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Capt Richard Cobb
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Birth: 1716
Taunton
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1772
Taunton
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA

Multiple war veteran.

1745 - Sergeant in Joseph's Company, Bristol County Regiment commanded by Col. Sylvester Richmond in the Cape Briton Expedition of the "Old French War" which resulted in the capture of the fortress at Louisburg.

1758 - Captain of a company in the Lake George campaign of the French and Indian War.

"Minute Man" veteran of the Colonial War campaigns.

Richard was severely wounded by the accidental bursting of his gun on 4 November 1772 and died 4 days later. A loaded gun, which he had set on the ground, accidentally discharged, the barrel bursting into pieces. Eight inch pieces of gun barrel struck him just below the knee, completely severing his lower leg. He died shortly after the accident.

The inscription on his tombstone: "In memory of Capt Richard Cobb who died Nov 8th, 1772, in ye 56th year of his age--He was wounded inas [sic] you know by ye splitting of a gun ye 4th day & died ye 8th much lamented."

His Captain's commission was handed down for generations, but disappeared about 1891. The commission, dated "Massachusetts Bay Province 1758" was written on parchment and signed by Thomas Pownall, by order of his majesty King George II.

The following link is to a video about the discovery of a powderhorn that belonged to Captain Richard Cobb. www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/powder-horn/ 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Samuel Cobb (1682 - 1726)
 
 Spouse:
  Constant Burt Cobb (1728 - 1810)
 
 Children:
  Bathsheba Cobb Leonard (1753 - 1850)*
  Samuel Cobb (1753 - 1837)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Thomas Episcopal Burying Ground
Taunton
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: M. Duffy
Record added: Dec 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102113301
Capt Richard Cobb
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Captain Richard Cobb
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Apr. 7, 2015

- Brigitte Masters
 Added: Dec. 4, 2014
A powder horn, inscribed "Richard Cobb, 1764," was found by chance. The story aired on the PBS program, History Detectives, on Jan. 8, 2013. They traced the powder horn to this same Richard Cobb. Amazing.
- Larry E. Barnes
 Added: Jan. 8, 2013
 
 
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