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Martha Prentice and Moses Cobb

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Martha Prentice and Moses Cobb of Windsor Co., VT
By Linus Joseph Dewald 2.0, Editor
Fall 2000 and Revised 24 Mar 2004

The "American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men with Portrait Illustrations on Steel," Volumes I-II, contains a biographical sketch of Stephen S. Cobb who was Commissioner of Railroads for the State of Michigan. Additional information has been provided by a descendant, Mary Prentis Cobb. Martha Prentice's family tree is as follows:

1. Martha Prentice, b. 22 Jun 1789 in Weathersfield, VT, d. 3 Oct 1846 in Schoolcraft, MI and is bur. there.

She married Dr. Moses Cobb on 17 Nov 1809. He was b. 28 Aug 1784 in Springfield Twp., Windsor, VT and d. 16 Nov 1849 in Schoolcraft, MI. He was the son of Samuel Cobb and is bur. in Schoolcraft Cemetery. During many years' residence at Springfield, Dr. Cobb was widely known as a successful practitioner of medicine. Children (per Henry De Vries, email, 21 Aug 2002)"

  1. Samuel Prentis Cobb, b. 1811, d. 26 Nov 1852, and bur. in Schoolcraft Cemetery. He m. 2st Caroline Strong 12 Dec 1839 in Bronson, MI. He m. 2nd Prudence Tennant Dyckman on 27 Jun 1848 in Schoolcraft, MI. Caroline Strong was b. 1817, d. 9 Feb 1846 in Schoolcraft and is bur. there. Prudence Tennant Dyckman was b/ 9 Oct 1828 in Clay, NY. After Samuel's death in 1852, she m. 2nd Marshall Hale on 25 Sep 1854. Prudence d. 20 Jun 1907 in Ross, CA. She was the dau. of Evert Brown Dyckman and Harriet Hinckley. Children:
    1. Elizabeth Cobb.
    2. Martha Kidder Cobb.
    3. Frank Dyckman Cobb. Not in 1880 census.
    4. Cora Prentice Cobb.
    5. Moses Rush Cobb, b. 9 Jul 1815 in Springfield, VT. . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Thomas Spencer Cobb, b. 4 Oct 1819. . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Stephen Prentice, b. 10 Apr 1821. . . . . . . . . [4]
  4. Charles L. Cobb. He m. 1st Sarah Starkweather 1852 in Kalamazoo, MI. He m. 2nd Susan Johnson Bell in 1872 in Kalamazoo, MI.Susan was b. 11 Oct 1841 in Lewistown, NY and d. 14 Apr 1915 in Kalamazoo, MI. They appear in the 1880 Kalamazoo census with their children: Children:
    1. (illegible dau.) Cobb, b. c. 1852. She apparently is a dau. of Charles' first marriage to Susan Johnson Bell.
    2. Margaret Cobb, b. 3 Jul 1875.
    3. Stephen P. Cobb, b. c. 1878. At home in 1880. He does not appear in the 1920 census.
  5. Elizabeth M. Cobb. She m. Mr. Steel.
  6. Lucia A. Cobb.
  7. Mary Ann Cobb. She m. Mr. Mack.

2. Moses Rush Cobb, b. 9 Jul 1815 in Springfield, VT, d. 1904 in Schoolcraft, MI and bur. there. He m. 1st Maria Louisa A. Whittemore on 2 Apr 1845 in Schoolcraft, MI. She was b. 1816 in Schoolcraft, d. 1853 in Schoolcraft and is bur. there.

Moses m. 2nd Jane Elizabeth Dyckman on 25 Oct 1858 in Schoolcraft. She was b. 24 Dec 1831 in Clay, NY and d. Feb 1922 in Schoolcraft. Shew was the dau. of Evert Brown Dyckman and a sister to Samuel Prentis Cobb's 2nd wife, Prudence Tennant Dyckman. Children:

  1. Eliza Avery Cobb, b. 1846 in Schoolcraft and d. there in 1846.
  2. Mary Prentis Cobb, b. 21 Jul 1859, Schoolcraft and d. there in 1953. She m. William Judson of Grand Rapids, MI as his 2nd wife.
  3. George Dyckman Cobb, b. 19 Sep 1860, Schoolcraft. . . . . . . . . [5]

3. Thomas Spencer Cobb, b. 4 Oct 1819, Springfield, VT, d. 21 Mar 1891 while vacationing in Palm Beach Grove, FL and bur. in Kalamazoo Mountain Home Cemetery (per Henry De Vries, email, 18 and 21 Aug 2002). Thomas married, on 2 Jul 1845, Susan M. Fisher. She was the dau. of David A. Fisher and Sarah Ann Comstock and and was b. 5 Dec 1820 in Wrentham, MA, d. 27 1919 in Kalamazoo and bur. in Kalamazoo Mountain Home Cemetery. They have had six children: 3 sons and 3 daughters.

  1. Charles William Cobb, b. 1846 in Wrentham, MA and d. 28 Mar 1895 in Kalamazoo, MI at the age of about 49. He. m. Helen M. Taylor on 1 Oct 1873. She was b. c. 1854, MI. They appear in the 1880 Kalamazoo census, where Charles is a Merchant, withtheir childen:
    1. Thomas S. Cobb, b. c. 1876, MI.
    2. Mary T. Cobb, b. c. 1878, MI.
    3. (probably additional children between 1879 and 1895)
  2. Anna Fisher Cobb, b. c. 1856, Kalamazoo and d. there 2 Aug 1950.
  3. Martha Prentis Cobb, b. c. 1857, Kalamazoo and d. 23 May 1959, Veverly Hills, CA. She was living with her brother, Addison, in the 1930 Los Angeles, CA census and was then unmarried.
  4. Addison Cook Cobb, b. c. 1862, Kalamazoo and d. there 13 Dec 1945. He appears in the 1920 and 1930 census in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Olive J, b. c. 1878, IN. Children:
    1. Mary B. Cobb, b. c. 1916-17, CA. At home in 1930.
    2. Anna F. Cobb, b. c. 1917, CA
  5. Edward Comstock Cobb, b. c. 1864, Kalamazoo and d there. 2 Mar 1938. He appears in the 1920 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI census as a boarder. Shown with him is Raymond Cobb, b. c. 1900, MI, but the relationship between Edward and Raymond, if any, is not shown.
  6. Ellen Cobb.

4. Stephen Prentice, b. 10 Apr 1821, Springfield, Windsor County, VT, d. 30 Dec 1891 in Kalamazoo, MI and bur. there in Mountain Home Cetery. Stephen, when twelve years of age, was placed in a dry-goods store at Andover, MA where he remained one year and six months. He then entered the preparatory department of Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, New Hampshire, where he remained one year.

Stephen was then placed in charge of his grandfather Prentiss' farm in Windsor Co., where he remained until 1842, when he then moved to Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Stehen Prentice married on 21 Jul 1847, Lucy A. Goss, of Montpelier, Vermont. Lucy was b. 12 May 1819 in Montpelier, VT and d. 21 Jun 1880 in Kalamazoo. By email of 18 and 21 Aug 2002, Henry De Vries of Kalamazoo, MI advises that, according to Stephen's obituary, Stephen and Ludy had no children.

5. George Dyckman Cobb, b. 19 Sep 1860, Schoolcraft. He m. Clara Young in Schoolcraft. Children (per Mary Prentis Cobb, email 24 Mar 2004):

  1. Perry Rush Cobb, b. c. 1886, MI. . . . . . . . [6]
  2. Myra Cobb, b. c. 1888, MI. At h ome in Kalamazoo in 1930 census. Did not marry and d. Kalamazoo, MI.
  3. Amelia Cobb, b. c. 1891, MI. . . . . . . . . . [7]
  4. Lucia Cobb. She m. a judge of probate in Rochester, VT.

6. Perry Rush Cobb, b. c. 1886, MI. He m. Agnes Chestney. She was b. c. 1888. They appear in the 1920 census in Manhattan, New York City, NY. Son:

  1. Evert Dyckman Cobb was b. 23 May 1912, Schoolcraft, MI. His parents moved to N.Y.C. c. 1920-21, when Evert was 8 or 9 then moved to New Haven, CT c. 1923-24 when he was 11 or 12. Their last move was t o Meriden, CT about 1926 when Evert was 14 yrs. old. Evert m. Ruth Pelton Wheeler. Ruth d. 15 Jun 1999. Daughter (per Mary Prentis Cobb, email, 24 Mar 2004):
    1. Mary Prentis Cobb

7. Amelia Cobb, b. c. 1891, MI. She m. Doty Edmunds Krum in Schoolcraft, MI. He was b. 6 Feb 1889, Schoolchraft (ref: Ancestry.com). Amelia appears in the 1930 District 27, Kalamazoo, MI census as a widow with her children:

  1. George C. Krum, b. c. 1912, MI.
  2. Elizabeth D. Krum, b. c. 1914, MI.
  3. Marcia E. Krum, b. c. 1917, MI.
  4. Jean C. Krum, son, b. c. 1919, MI.

Who are Martha Prentice's Parents?

Based on the reference to the Prentice farm in Windsor Co., VT, it seems likely that Martha Prentice is the Martha Prentice who was b. 22 Jun 1789 in Weathersfield, Windsor Co., VT, daughter of Thomas Prentice and Mary Spencer. Thomas Prentice is a descendant of Valentine Prentice.

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