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Mary Willis Cobb Johnson
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Birth: Jun. 9, 1828
Clarke County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1899
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

From the Atlanta Constitution, February 3, 1899, page 5:


Passed Peacefully Away in This City Last Night


Died at the Residence of Her Daughter, Mrs. Hagan, on Peachtree Street


Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of the late Colonel John A. Cobb, of Athens, Ga. She was the sister of the late General Howell Cobb and the late General T. R. R. Cobb, both of Athens, and of the late Major John B. Cobb, of Macon. She was the sister of the late Mrs. William Rutherford, wife of Professor Rutherford, of Athens; Mrs. L. J. Glenn, mother of Colonel John T. Glenn, and of Mrs. John C. Whitner. The last two survive her.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Athens, June 9, 1828, at a time when the chivalry to which southerners like to refer was at its height. Amidst the culture and refinement of a town which at that time was the center of society, Mrs. Johnson spent the days of her girlhood. It was there she received her education and there it was her character was imbued with the beautiful traits which in after years made her loved and respected by every one.

After she had grown to womanhood she spent much of her time in Richmond, Washington and New York. Her brother, General Howell Cobb, was secretary of the treasury under the Buchanan administration, and Mrs. Johnson was the belle of Washington, being an especial favorite with the president.

Mrs. Johnson was married to Colonel Frank Erwin, of Chambers county, Ala., October 18, 1851. From this marriage there were three children, Mary Willis Erwin, now dead; Lucy Cobb Erwin, now Mrs. Welborn A. Hill, of this city, and Colonel Howell C. Erwin, of Atlanta.

Mrs. Johnson's first husband died February 12, 1857, and on Mary 18, 1864, she was married in Atlanta to Dr. John M. Johnson, of Kentucky. From this marriage there are two children, Sallie Cobb Johnson, now Mrs. Hugh Hagan, of Atlanta, and James L. Johnson, of Arkansas.

[Note: Although her obituary says that her first husband died 12 Feb 1857, his tombstone says that he was born 12 Feb 1811 and died 7 Feb 1859.]


During the war, Mary Willis Cobb Johnson was known for her care to have the Confederate dead buried. After the war, she was president of the Ladies Memorial Association of Atlanta for twelve years, and during that time the Confederate dead monument was erected at Oakland. She also worked to get headstones on the graves of all the Confederate unknown.
Family links: 
  John Addison Cobb (1788 - 1855)
  Sarah Robinson Rootes Cobb (1792 - 1865)
  Hezekiah Franklin Erwin (1811 - 1859)
  John Milton Johnson (1812 - 1886)*
  Howell Cobb Erwin (1855 - 1922)*
  Lucy Cobb Erwin Hill (1859 - 1936)*
  Sarah Cobb Johnson Cocke (1865 - 1944)*
  Howell Cobb (1815 - 1868)*
  Laura Battaile Cobb Rutherford (1818 - 1888)*
  Mildred Lewis Cobb Glenn (1820 - 1900)*
  Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1823 - 1862)*
  John Boswell Cobb (1826 - 1893)*
  Mary Willis Cobb Johnson (1828 - 1899)
  Sarah Martha Cobb Whitner (1831 - 1906)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Julia Ather
Record added: Mar 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50213753
Mary Willis <i>Cobb</i> Johnson
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