I have studied the Cobbs of Pitt Co a little bit.
As Betsy has already told you, there are only a handful of surviving Pitt Co.
wills dated prior to 1858 and as far as I know there are no Cobb wills amoung
them. Because of the scarcity of records and the repetitive use of names, the
Cobbs have proven especially difficult. If you require absolute proof, it may be
difficult to trace this family.
I would be interested in knowing the generations in
your Cobb family and exactly what tie you have established to Pitt Co. It seems
that the Cobbs lived on the border between Pitt and Edgecombe Counties and moved
back and forth between the two. Also in approximately 1801 it appears that a
portion of Pitt Co was annexed to Edgecombe so that after that date some of the
Cobbs who had previously been in Pitt were in Edgecombe. No work on these Cobbs
can be complete without a thorough examination of the records of Pitt and
Edgecombe Counties. As you will see later, some of these Cobbs also went to the
Sampson Co area of NC.
My grasp on the Cobbs is not yet as firm as I would
like, but I will attempt to share what I can. Please note that I do not yet have
any knowledge of the Sampson Co folks other than what is contained in a deed
which I will include later.
You inquired about a James or Reuben Cobb who
died between 1789 and 1799.
There were several James and Reuben's. The death of
one James Cobb is acknowledged in several Pitt Co deeds the most important of
which is Deed Book V p. 79:
James Norville and Nancy his wife of Edgecombe
Theophilus Norville and Priscilla his wife of
Hardee Cobb- Martin Co
Grantee: Benjamin Atkinson
Note: Nancy, Priscilla, Seley, Polly, and Hardee
were identified as children of James Cobb dec'd. Two sons were mentioned who
were minors at the death of their father. They were Hartwell and Norman. The
father James had died between 1798 and January 1800 as evidenced in other
There is no proof that I can find as to the father
of this James Cobb. However, I believe the most likely candidate is Edward Cobb
III of Edgecombe Co. who was probably born ca 1710's. Two reasons I believe
Edward III was James' father. Edward III was closely associated with the Bullock
family. The children of James dec'd ca 1799 are also identified as heirs of an
Agnes Bullock in other deeds. This plus the fact that many of James children had
settled in Edgecombe Co.
Edward Cobb III of Edgecombe was born ca 1710's in
Isle of Wight Co. VA. He was the son of Edward Cobb Jr. whose will was dated
Aug. 22, 1742.
Edward Cobb Jr. was the son of Edward Cobb Sr. of
Isle of Wight VA. Edward Sr's will was written Nov. 26, 1729 and probated Mar.
Edward Cobb Sr's father was Nicholas Cobb probably
born ca 1620's and died about 1686. He gave a noncupative- or oral- will which
was proven in court in Isle of Wight on May 8, 1686.
It is suspected that Nicholas Cobb's father may
have been Joseph Cobb who immigrated from Amsterdam to Jamestown VA in 1613. A
case can be made but there is no proof.
There is no record of a Reuben Cobb who died in
late 1700's. The following shows Reuben Cobb died ca 1820- no date on the deed,
not sure of the year but it was prior to the census of 1820.
Deed Book CC p. 37
Grantor: Reuben Cobb dec'd
Keziah Cobb widow
James Cobb , brother, of Sampson Co.
Reading Cobb, brother, of Sampson Co.
Mary Cobb, sister, of Sampson Co.
Charity Thomas, sister, and her husband William
Thomas of Sampson Co.
Martha Cobb, sister,
Elizabeth Peaden, sister, and her husband
Silvia Truss, sister, and her husband Samuel Truss
Obediah Cobb, nephew, of Sampson Co.
Mary McIlwain, neice, and her husban Benjamin of
Rusha Cobb, neice
Note- Reuben and Keziah had no children. Obediah,
Mary McIlwain, and Rusha were children of Reuben's brother David who was
Following is a deed that I believe refers to
Reuben's brother David who was dec'd .
Deed Book S p. 394 Dated Jan. 13, 1813
Grantor: David Cobb Jr.
Mary Spain(Spain not definite but probable) and her
This is a Division of Land so the grantor was dead.
This is a little confusing. The grantees are believed to be children of David
You will notice that David had a son named Reuben
and we already established that he had a brother Reuben. This of coarse was
common practice to name sons after the father's brothers.
Now, I'm not sure that there is absolute proof, but
I believe the father of David Jr dec'd 1813 and Reuben dec'd ca 1820 was James
Cobb Jr of Pitt-who is not the same James Cobb who died ca 1799. This based on
deed associations that I won't take the time to type out here.
James Jr of Pitt was I believe the son of James
Cobb Sr. of Pitt who was born ca 1710's in Isle of Wight Co. VA.
James Sr of Pitt and Edward III of Edgecombe were
brothers. Isle of Wight records show that after the death of their father Edward
Jr in the 1740's, sons James and Edward sold their land and came to NC. A
deed dated Oct. 28, 1751 shows James Cobb was by that time in NC and it
was at this time that he sold the last of his land in Isle of Wight
James Sr and Edward III had come to Beaufort Co.
where they together witnessed a deed between Summerells- date 1755.
Note James Sr and Edward III's sister Ann had
married Thomas Summerell in Isle of Wight.
I hope all this helps rather than confuses you and
if anyone has info to share or corrections to make I would welcome the
At least all this gives you an idea where the Pitt
Co. Cobbs came from. The family in VA is pretty well documented and it is only
after they arrived in Beaufort and Pitt and later still Edgecombe that it gets
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2001 1:13
Subject: [genpcfr] need Pitt Co Will
Hello, I have just joined this group. I have tracked my
back to Pitt Co. Now the fun really begins. Can anyone do a
for me in an abstract of wills book? I am looking for a James or
Reuben Cobb, who died in either 1789 or 1799. Thanks a bunch
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