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Len Thomas (#47217338)
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Walter Sands
Otto Thiem
Hi Len,In the Hartman Family Tree on Ancestry Otto's middle name in Emril.If he is some kin of yours I will send him to you,and you can change his name. Walter
Added by Walter Sands on Jul 11, 2014 5:10 PM
lewis fitch
I have a duplicate of Lewis, #122662878 It has some information on it that your memorial does not have. If you would like to copy it and let me know when you have I will delete the duplicate.

Added by JD on Jul 10, 2014 11:47 PM
RE: David Lee Cobb
Hi, Len,

I checked out the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database at and came up with 17 David Cobbs. Two were "colored," and nine had middle initials that were not an L, including the only man to have served from Michigan. Two appeared to be duplicates (served more than one enlistment) and that person was from Kansas The final four served from New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Indiana. This database searches for both Union and Confederate soldiers; however it does not list all sailors units; just the African-American ones.

Then I searched the 1890 Union Veterans Census at Ancestry ( and came up with seven Union Veterans with the name David Cobb that were alive in 1890. Two had the last name "Copp" and one had the last name "Kopp." None of them lived in Michigan.

Finally, I went to the Michigan County Histories and Atlases website (, which includes a lot of biographies and lists of Civil War soldiers. Doing a promiximity search of the words "David" near "Cobb" and limiting the search to the word "Lapeer" in a title, I came up with two hits. The first was simply a Directory of Lapeer County within the text of Atlas and directory of Lapeer County, Michigan by F. A. Dunham. It was not a list of enlisted men or veterans, as is sometimes found in county histories. The second hit came with the words "Russel Cobb, David and Jonathan Crampton" in the biography of Samuel L. Brigham in the text History of Lapeer County, Michigan.

I would have to conclude, therefore, that David Lee Cobb was not a Civil War veteran. Considering that he was approximately seven years old at the start of the war, and perhaps 11 years old at the end of the war, it is not likely he served. Such young boys generally served the Confederate (losing) side near the end of the war, as drummer boys, messengers, and the like.
Added by Miriam on Jun 24, 2014 2:39 PM

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