William Cobb Shop, ca. 1910:  Edward Elliott, Raymond Alexander, William M. Cobb,
Homer Washburn, Charlie Hunt, Edwin Cobb, Nettie Cobb


        Joseph Cobb was born 8 June 1800 in Onondaga County. He was educated in the schools of that day, and on 5 June 1821 he married Margaret Soules; they had ten children that grew to maturity: Mary, Eli, Perry, John, Elijah, Philena, Carsendana, Julia, Elsie and Orlando (who was drowned at the age of eight years).

        Elijah Cobb was born 22 July 1833, in the town of Alexandria, Jefferson County, New York, and came with his parents to Hounsfield when ten years of age. He was educated in the district schools and followed the occupation of farming a farmer.

        On 13 November 1858, he married Emily Crandall of Hounsfield, and they had four sons: Herbert C., George H., Eugene F., and Edward E.  Emily Crandall had previously been married to Mr. Frink, by whom she had one son, Franklin P. Frink, who married Minnie E. Waterbury of Hounsfield, and they had two children: Perrin H. and Clara Emily Frink.

        Mrs. Cobb's father, William Crandall, was born in the town of Brookfield, Madison County, New York, 13 July, 1803; he married Maria Moore of his native place, and they had three children: William D., Henry C., and Emily M. Mr. Crandall died 13 August 1856, and his widow in 1876.

        In 1864, Elijah Cobb enlisted in Co. B, 186th NY Vols., and was wounded 2 April 1865, in front of Petersburg, Va., and was honorably discharged 2 June 1865. He was subsequently a member of Joseph K. Barnes Post of Sackets Harbor, No. 360, G.A.R. In his political choice he was a thorough Republican.

        Emily M. Cobb died on 22 May 1924, and Elijah Cobb joined her March 1934. They are both buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York.

        Herbert C. Cobb married Olia Putnam of the town of Adams and they have one son, Ray Putnam Cobb. Mr. Cobb was a resident of South Dakota and held several town offices.

        George H. Cobb married Louisa Wenzel of Watertown; in 1898 he was holding the office of city recorder.

        Eugene F. Cobb married Sadie Wadsworth of Adams Center, they had one daughter, Florence E.

        The old native limestone house near Camp's Mills on the Middle road to Sackets Harbor, known as the Membery Home, was purchased by Edward E. Cobb, born 1873, and Maude H. Cobb on 5 July 1923, including 95.75 acres of land from Miss Carrie M. Membery, daughter of George O. Membery and Melia I. Babbitt. It has remained in the Cobb family ever since. Prior to that, the property had been owned by the Membery family for 80 years.

        Edward Cobb died in 1964, and Edward Cobb, Jr., took up residence in the homestead. He served as Hounsfield Town Supervisor for a number of years, and still resides in the old Membery home.

        Perry Cobb and Anne Denee were parents of Madison Cobb, who married Nettie Steele, daughter of Roswell M. Steele and Polly A. Tubbs, of Ellisburgh. Madison and Nettie Cobb had 13 children, as follows: Hubert Henry, grandfather of Bruce Cobb; William M.; Alice, who died at age 31; Clarence; Fanny, who died as a baby; Jennie, died as a baby; twins Fred and Fern; Benjamin; George; Bessie; Grace; and Mary, who died age 21.

        Nettie Cobb, born 1908, daughter of William M. Cobb and Lucy Cook, married Mr. Main and presently resides on Salt Point Road in Camps Mills, around the corner from the old Membery home, in the house her father built in the 1930's, (two doors north of Nichols' Sawmill).



Bartlett's Cemetery Transcriptions of the Town of Hounsfield.
[http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/barhocd.htm] Visited 17 July 2000.

Emerson, Edgar C. "Our County & Its People" 1898, p.194 (Personal References)

Sullivan, Michael D. "Harbor Walk: A Guide to the History & Architecture of Sackets Harbor."
Presented with permission of the Sackets Harbor Historical Society. p. 35.

Special Thanks to Shirley Farone, Don Scee, Bruce Cobb, Nettie, Edwin, & Richard Main
for assisting in the identification of the members of the photo above.

Thanks to Bruce Cobb for details on the descendants of Perry & Ann Cobb.

Photo of Elijah Cobb courtesy of Shirley Farone.

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