John Cobb of Taunton

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  • ID: I0028
  • Name: Edward COBB
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BEF. 26 Nov 1636 in Corfe Castle, Dorset England
  • Death: 1675 in Taunton, MA
  • Fact 1: 26 Nov 1636 Baptism, Swanage, Dorset, England
  • Note:
    Immigrated to America with his brother Augustine & Uncle John Cobb (John Cobb of Taunton b.1609, d. 1672) in the 1650s.

    Submitted by Mrs. D. Jane Brown
    1937 Divot Lane
    Palm springs, Ca. 92264
    08 October 1999

    Who settled about the year 1670 In
    Westhampton Beach, Long Island

    The Cobbs of Corfe Castle and Swanage
    County Dorset, England

    Morgan Cobb, a resident of the parish of Corfe Castle, County Dorset, England, died there suddenly on May 4, 1620 nuncupative will which was duly proved in the Peculiar Court of Corfe Castle, by which he left legacies to the poor and the Church of Corfe Castle, his best vice to his son (in law) Samuel Cobb, small cash legacies to his children (not naming them), and his whole residuary estate to his wife, (not naming her) whom he appointed sole Executor. (See Exhibit I)

    The proof of the will shows that his wife was Alice Cobb who was duly appointed Executor. Alice Cobb died after November 13, 1624, the date of her will, and before January 1, 1624-25 (the date of its probate) at Corfe Castle leaving a will which was duly probated at the Peculiar Court of Corfe Castle, and provided as follows:
    -After the usual formalities, she directs her body to be buried as near as may be to her husband, who was buried in the churchyard of Corfe Castle, and small legacies follow the poor and Church of Corfe Castle.

    -She then leaves legacies to her sons, relatives and friends, of which we will abstract these, drawing definite family relationships:
    Her four sons: Nicholas, Richard, William and John
    Margery, wife of her son Nicholas Cobb
    Samuel Cobb, her son-in-law
    Morgan and Solice, her grandchildren, son and daughter of Samuel Cobb


    -She states that her son John is a minor, and appoints guardians for him, and leaves him her entire residuary estate making him sole Executor, under the guidance of his overseers and guardians, her friends Gervase Russell, the minister, and John Perce.

    -She bequests the shop tools half and half to her sons Nicholas and John, directing them to make certain quarry tools for her son William. The two wills show beyond question that Morgan Cobb, the testator of 1620, and his sons Nicholas & John were blacksmiths.
    So we may say with positiveness that Morgan and Alice Cobb left the following descendants:
    Sons: Nicholas, Richard, William, John
    Grandchildren: Morgan and Solice cobb

    These are all the facts which are obtainable about the Cobbs of Corfe Castle, except something is known of one Nicholas Cobb of an older generation who died at Swanage in 1619. (Probably the father of Morgan Cobb , who named his eldest son Nicholas.) And afterwards, a Nicholas Cobb who was Parish Clerk of the Parish of Corfe Castle from 1635 to 1679, who was doubtless Morgan's son, Nicholas, mentioned in Alice Cobb's will. Nicholas Cobb was a descendant of Corfe Castle at the time of the Protestation Oath in 1641. It is interesting to note that the name of "Nicholas Cobb 1602" is incised in the stone doorway in the tower leading into the belfy of St. Edward King and Martyr the Parish Church.

    Unfortunately, the Parish Registers of St. Edward King and Martyr (the Church to which Morgan and Alice were devoted,
    [NOTE: Sequential page missing, but information from present Swanage Cobbs indicate Castle Corfe was destroyed along with many vital records by Cromwellians. Some documents had been removed to Swanage prior. MGC 7/01/2001]

    Luckily, the Registers of the Parish of Swanage are intact,and in fairly good condition from the year 1561 and a few years ago, the Parish Record Society published them. These registers disclose the following facts:


    1619 June 1 Nycholas Cobb and Margaret Leed
    1629 May 7 John Cobb and Margery Gover
    1630 July 13 William Cobb and Dorothie Savie
    1650 April 2 Dorothy Cobb, widow and Henry Vye

    1619-1620 January 24 Mary Cobb Child of Nicholas and Margaret Cobb

    Children of John and Margery Cobb
    1633 April 22 Bridgett Cobb
    1638 Sept. 15 Ursula Cobb

    Children of William and Dorothie Cobb
    1630 September 18 William Cobb
    1633 January 6 Augustine Cobb
    1636 November 26 Edward Cobb
    1646 June 6 Phineas Cobb

    1619 January 30 Mary Cobb Daughter of Nicholas Cobb
    1642 June 29 Ursula Cobb Daughter of John Cobb
    1651 November 22 Bridgett Cobb Daughter of John Cobb
    1648 November 25 William Cobb, Sen

    The Parish of Wareham, Dorset, bounds the Parish of Corfe Castle in the northwest. Wareham itself being about five miles distant, and the Parish Church of Wool some six miles northwesterly from Corfe Castle.

    At the time, 1641, when the Parliamentary Protestation Oath was tendered to all males over 18, we find William Cobb and John Cobb at Swanage, Nicholas Cobb at Corfe Castle, and Samuel Cobb and Morgan Cobb at Wareham.

    Let us now examine the known facts relating to the Cobbs of Taunton in Old Plymouth Colony from 1651 to 1693. The statements which follow are all based on documents either in the archives of the Old Colony Historical Society, recorded in Bristol County, or appear in Colony Records. I here take pleasure in acknowledging my great indebtedness to my friend Mr. James A. Leaver, now deceased, who as for many years [was] Secretary of the Old Colony Historical Society, and in his time an acknowledged expert on historical and geneological matters relating to Taunton and Old Plymouth Colony, whose careful examination of many old records gratuitously furnished me with much important data relating to the early times of the Cobb family of Taunton, 1651-1700, particularly with reference to John 1651, Edward 1657, Augustine ?, and William 1693.


    Edward Cobb appeared in Taunton as early as 1657 when he took [the] Oath of Fidelity. Afterwards many grants of land were made to him by the Town along the Plymouth Path. He married November 28, 1660, Mary, daughter of William Haskins. Edward died in 1675, apparently intestate, leaving his wife, Mary, and two children. Edward Jr. and John Cobb III. An inventory of the Edward Cobb estate [was] taken, October 4, 1675 and witnessed by John Cobb and Austin (Augustine) Cobb. Savage takes note of Augustine and Edward by stating "Edward Cobb was brother perhaps of Augustine."


    Item I-Grants of land along Plymouth Path to Edward Cobb are noted in the Proprietory Records of Taunton.

    Item II-Marriage of Edward Cobb and Mary Haskins in Plymouth Colony Records.

    Item III-In the disposiltion of Edwards Cobb's Will, see many Deeds of record, Bristol County.

    Item IV-With respect to witnessess of Inventory of Edward Cobb's properties, see Plymouth Printed recordss, Vol. 3, p. 72

    Mother: Dorothy SAVIE

    Father: William COBB b: 1605 in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire England
    Mother: Dorothy SAVIE

    Marriage 1 Mary HASKINS b: 1640 in Plymoth, MA
    • Married: 28 Nov 1660 in Taunton, MA
    1. Has Children Edward COBB b: 1661 in Taunton, MA
    2. Has Children John COBB
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