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Descendants of William Cobb

[A very special thanks to researcher, Ray Henderson, for contributing this file to the Gardner Family Tree. Ray is currently working on the Cobb Family History, excerpts of which he has generously agreed to share with us. Thanks, Ray!]

William Cobb
  • Birth: 1804 Lincoln Co NC, USA
  • Married: Martha "Mattie" Harmon
  • Death: Aft 1880, Cleveland Co NC, USA
  • Buried:
  • Parents: Father-Ambrose Cobb; Mother-

Wife: Martha Harmon

  • Birth: 1809, Lincoln Co NC, USA
  • Death: 13 Sep 1868, Cleveland Co NC, USA
  • Buried:
  • Parents: Father-Unknown; Mother-Unknown

Around 1778, our Cobb Family jouneyed from Virginia, down the Great Wagon Road to the North Carolina Piedmont, seeking cheap, fertile farmland. William Cobb was born in 1804 in North Carolina, probably in present-day Cleveland County which was then part of Lincoln County. He was a direct descendant of Ambrose Cobb who had immigrated from England to Colonial Virginia in 1635.

In 1827, William Cobb married Martha Harmon in Lincoln County, NC. The Harmons were descendants of Germans who had come to North Carolina from Pennsylvania in the late 1700's.

In 1850, William and Martha Cobb were living in White Plains Township (present day Kings Mountain), Cleveland County, North Carolina and had ten children.

--Cobb Family History, Ray Henderson


  1. James Cobb (1863)
  2. Elizabeth R. Cobb (1830)
  3. Mary Cobb (1883)
  4. Sarah Julian Cobb (1835)
  5. John Harmon Cobb (1837)
  6. Nancy L. Cobb (1840)
  7. William Wilson Cobb (1842)
  8. Richard Jerry Cobb (1844)
  9. George Scott Cobb (1847)
  10. Martha J. Cobb (1849)

Other Spouses: Catherine Howell Collins (1835-Aft:1880)


  1. Florence Cobb (1872)
  2. Thomas Lee Cobb (1875)

In about 1816, while still a young boy, William Cobb was apprenticed to a working shoemaker. William would have spent at least a year learning the shoemaker trade from his teacher. To pay off the debt for being taught a valuable and skilled trade, William would have worked several years for his mentor without receiving any pay. William Cobb was employed throughout his life as a shoemaker in the Lincoln and Cleveland County area.

--Cobb Family History, Ray Henderson