Thursday, March 29, 2012

What Is A Man To Do?

What is a new widower to do with four young children? The answer seems quite obvious. He needs to remarry quickly and that is exactly what Silas W. Cobb did. I often wonder how does a man find a suitable bride in Vermont in the year 1815. I haven’t discovered the answer yet, but I know that Silas W. Cobb prevailed in his quest for on 9 October 1815, just nine months after the death of his first wife, Silas W. Cobb remarried. His bride was Olive Throop, herself a widow.

Olive lived in Bethel, Vermont with her husband, Charles Throop, along with their four children:  Martha, Nancy, Sarah and Charles. Her husband, Charles,  passed away in 1809 prior to the birth of their son, Charles. Poor Olive had to give birth to her only son just three months after the death of her husband.

Records show that Olive did not rush into a second marriage. She was a widow for ten years. This indicates that Olive had strong, familial support. The support may have come from her father-in-law, Nathaniel Throop.

Nathaniel Throop and Elizabeth Skinner had a large family of ten children. Nathaniel was the patriarch who cared for his own family and most likely the family of his deceased son, Charles. I believe this to be true as he officiated the wedding ceremony of Silas W. Cobb and Olive Throop, his daughter-in-law. Nathaniel Throop was a Justice of the Peace.


  1. Your blog is getting more and more interesting. Can I hire you to do research my family? At least verify the two presidents! Hee hee.

  2. I would be happy to research your possible presidential connections.