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 Lucy Plummer <I>Battle</I> Cobb

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Lucy Plummer Battle Cobb

  • Birth 14 Oct 1861
  • Death 27 Apr 1905
  • Burial Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 44035781


Lucy Plummer Battle was born 1861 in Wadesboro, Anson County, NC the eldest of 10 known surviving children (6 boys/4 girls) born to CSA veteran and attorney Richard Henry Battle and his wife, Annie Ruffin Ashe.

She was the paternal grandchild of Superior Court Judge William Horn Battle & Lucy Martin Plummer of Raleigh; and gr-grandchild of Col. Joel Battle & Mary Palmer Johnston of Edgecombe County. She is a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, J. John Battle (1634-1691) who immigrated from England to the Virginia Colonies in 1654 with his family and a number of relatives and neighbors settling on the west Fork of the Nansemond River in a district since known as Nansemond County, Virginia. On her mother's side, she was the maternal grandchild of Superior Court Judge Thomas Samuel Ashe & Caroline Burgwyn, of Anson County, and descended from prominent families on all sides of her family tree.

Lucy grew up in Raleigh where her parents located during the Civil War and where her father was then private secretary to Governor-elect Zebulon Vance.

On April 6, 1904, the 43-year old spinster became the 2nd wife of 42-year old Collier Cobb, geology professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, who was widowed in 1900 when his first wife, Mary Lindsay Battle, died at age 34 leaving him a widower with 3 small children. (Mary and Lucy were first cousins.)

The marriage was short-lived, as Lucy died April 27, 1905, just a few days after giving birth to her only child, Richard Battle Cobb. She was only 44 years old. Her twice-widowed husband would marry for the 3rd time to Mary Knox Gatlin in 1910.

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  • Added: 7 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44035781
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Plummer Battle Cobb (14 Oct 1861–27 Apr 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44035781, citing Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by pbfries (contributor 46951237) .