Augusta <I>Adams</I> Cobb


Augusta Adams Cobb

Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 3 Feb 1886 (aged 84)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot P_9_3_1W
Memorial ID 60955658 View Source

Augusta, daughter of John and Mary Ives Adams, married (1) Henry Cobb on December 22, 1822 in Charlestown MA. They had nine children. In 1842, Brigham Young was on a mission in the Boston area and met Augusta. They fell in love and she abandoned all but the two youngest children, and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. During the trips, her baby boy, named George "Brigham" Cobb, died. Once there, she married Brigham Young as his 2nd plural wife (out of some 45-55 wives total), without first divorcing husband Henry. Henry sued for divorce in 1846 and in 1847, the Massachusetts State Supreme Court granted them a divorce on the basis of her adultery with Brigham Young.

She and daughter Charlotte Ives Cobb migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1848. They lived briefly in the Lion House, with many of Brigham Young's other wives, but then she moved into a small home on State Street, just south of the old Social Hall. (It is now the front plaza of Harmon's grocery store.)

Augusta had received medical training from Mary Sargent Gove in Lynn, Massachusetts in the 1830s and used her skills most of her life, which included being one of the founding women in the Utah Council of Health in the 1840s. She was also an avid abolitionist, and a pioneering feminist, corresponding for years with prominent Massachusetts feminist Lucy Stone.

Augusta Adams Cobb Young died in Salt Lake and was initially buried next to Brigham Young and his civil wife, Mary Ann Angell Young. However, daughter Charlotte (now a dissident from Mormonism) had Augusta exhumed and reinterred in the Kirby family plot in the Salt Lake City Cemetery on February 3, 1907. A monument was placed there in Augusta's honor, but only recognizing her married name of Cobb to avoid any hint of her marriage to Brigham Young.

She is the grandmother of famed Chicago architect, Henry Ives Cobb.

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