Friday, March 16, 2012

The Silas W. Cobb and Sarah Hawks Family


To understand early census records, I needed to first research the Silas W. Cobb family. Please refer to March 9, 2012 Post. Vermont records can be accessed online through Ancestry.com, Family Search and various Google searches. The Newberry Library located in Chicago also has an extensive collection of Vermont records.

Silas Bowman Cobb’s biography informed me that his mother’s maiden name was Hawks. Researchers on Ancestry.com have noted her name as Sarah Hawks. I have not personally found original records proving her given name.  I did, however, find a book, Duxbury and Moretown Cemetery Inscriptions, Washington County, Vermont written by Robert Morse. Copies of the book can be found in Vermont. This book suggests that evidence does exist as to Mrs. Cobb’s given name. Vermont Old Cemetery Association also published a book giving Sarah Cobb’s death information; which I was able to locate at a nearby library. It is there I learned that Sarah Cobb passed away 3 January 1815.

Silas W. Cobb and Sarah Hawks had a good size family considering she passed away at approximately 33-35 years of age. Here are their children:

Adeline Cobb                           Born about 1802
Edwin Cobb                             Born about 1804
George Whitman Cobb            Born about 1807
Silas Bowman Cobb                Born about 1812
Mary Ann Cobb                       Born about 1814 – Mary Ann passed at 3 months of age
Twin sister to Mary Ann          Born about 1814

When looking at the 1820 U.S. Census records for the Silas W. Cobb household, I understand how the family fits into the census numbers. As you see, there are many reported but unknown people in the household. Sadly, Sarah Cobb nee Hawks is not reported. Her passing suggests a remarriage for Silas W. Cobb and perhaps a few more children!

Free White Persons – Males – Under 10:            2 (Silas Bowman)
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15:           2 (Edwin) (George Whitman)
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44:           1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10:         3 (Mary Ann’s Twin Sister)
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15:        2
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25:        2 (Adeline)
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44:        1           
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture:     1
Total Free White Persons:                                   13

Opportunities for genealogical research are always changing as new information comes online regularly.  I was recently contacted through Ancestry.com by a Vermont resident who is the new Cemetery Commissioner in the Town of Moretown, Vermont. She discovered Sarah Cobb’s gravestone and informed me that the stone was surrounded by briars and brambles in what was once a cow pasture. She has invited to Moretown and I plan on visiting there this spring or summer. How lucky am I?

Linda

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