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Henry Cobb, Deacon

Male 1596 - 1679

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  • Suffix  Deacon 
    Birth  1596  Reculver, County Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  3 Jun 1679  Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts - Lothrop Hill Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Henry, b in 1596 in the southeast part of the County of Kent, England. He was brought up in the Church of England, but in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that church, he broke away from the establishment and joined the Pilgroms. He is said to have united with a Congregational Church in London, of which the Rev. Mr.Lothrop was then pastor. He probably came to America in "The Anne" in 1629. He moved to Scituate, Mass., in 1633, and from there to Barnstable, Mass., in 1639. He was Deacon or Ruling Elder in Scituate and Barnstable 34 years. He also held various civil offices, among them that of Deputy to the General Court of the Colony for several years. He died in Barnstable at the age of 83 in 1679. He was m. (1) to Patience, dau. of James and Catharine Hurst of Plymouth.
      Notes from: THE GREAT MIGRATION BEGINS
      ORIGIN: Unknown
      MIGRATION: 1632
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
      REMOVES; Scituate 1634; Barnstable 1639
      OCCUPATION: Tavernkeeper. Licensed to draw wine at Barnstable 5 June 1644.
      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Goodman Cob and his wife" were members #7 and #8, admitted at the founding of Scituate church on 8 January 1634/5. "Decemb. 15, 1635 our Brother Cobb was invested into the office of a Deacon" at Scituate. Ordained ruling elder of Barnstable church, 14 April 1670. (Cobb Gen. citing BarnChR 1:1)
      FREEMAN: In the "1633" Plymouth list of freemen near others admitted on 1 January 1632/3; in 7 March 1636/7 list of freemen. Initially entered in Scituate portion of 1639 list of Plymouth Colony freemen, then transferred to Barnstable section. In Barnstable section of 1658 and 29 May 1670 lists of Plymouth freemen.
      EDUCATION; Signed his name to coroner's jury findings. His inventory included books valued at 24 s.
      OFFICES; Deputy of Barnstable, 5 June 1644, 3 March 1645/6, July 1646 (fined for "defect in appearance" 4s, 1 June 1647, 7 June 1652, 7 June 1659, 6 June 1660, 4 June 1661, 3 Jun 1662, Coroner's jury, 5 June 1658. Plymouth petit jury, 4 June 1639, 3 September 1639, 3 December 1639, 3 March 1639/40, 1 September 1640, 2 March 1640/1, 17 June 1641, 7 September 1642, 6 June 1649, 6 June 1650. Excise collector for Barnstable, 8 June 1664.
      In Barnstable section of 1643 Plymouth list of men able to bear arms. Committee for defense of Barnstable, 10 October 1643.
      ESTATE; Assessed 9s in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634.
      In the compilation of houses in Scituate prepared by Rev. John Lothrop, "GoodmanCobbe's" house is seventh on the list, among those in place before September 1634; this is annotated "now Goodman Rowlye's and "now Goodman Vinall's," perhaps indicating that there were two houses on this lot, or perhaps implying that Rowley purchased the house from Cobb and then sold it to Vinall. Later in the list, at position #32, among houses built in 1636, is"Brother Cobb's, on his lot," this being his second residence in Scituate, and probably the lot that he sold to Manasseh Kempton when removed to Barnstable.
      On 1 December 1640 "Henry Cob" sold to "Manasseth Kempton" of Plymouth his house in Scituate with twelve acres of upland with the parcel of meadow lying before the house and fourscore acres of upland in the fourth lot by North River, with a parcel of marsh meadow of about twelve acres.
      One of five men "granted liberty to view and to purchase a tract of land at Saconeesett," 7 June 1659.
      In his will, dated 4 April 1678 and proved 3 June 1679, "Henry Cobb" of Barnstable, though "weak in body," bequeathed to "my son James Cobb" my great lot in Barnstable; to "my sons John, James, Gershom and Eliezer" half my lands at Suconeesett equally divided between them "and 40s. being i n the hand of my sone James for my son Eliezer's part"; to A"Sarah my dear and loving wife during her natural life" my new dwelling house and all the rest of my lands; at Sarah's decease, to "my son Samuel" my dwelling house and two acres of upland, and an acre and a half of my marsh which I bought with his stock in partnership with my son James; to "my sons John, Gershom and Eliezer" one shilling each; to my "daughters Mary, Hannah and Patience" one shilling each; to "my daughter Sarah" my second best bed and furniture; residue to Sarah "my loving wife and sole executrix." Codicil dated 22 February 1678/9: "my son Samuel, Jonathan and Henry", Henry to have my house after my wife's decease and his part of the land to lie most convenient to the house, only my lands at the Island equally divided between my three sons, A "my son James to dry thatch on half an acre of the Island when the English corn is taken off..."
      The inventory of the estate of "Elder Henery Cobb Late of Barnstable" was undated and untotalled and included "a house land and meadow" valued at L80. He also owned part of a "thachboate".
      On 2 March 1679/80, administration of the estate of Sarah Cobb was granted to Mr. Thomas Hinckley and Samuel Cobb, who were "with the advice and help of their friends and relations, to make a distribution of the estate amongst the children, still having a special respect therein to the youngest children, for their best good"
      BIRTH: By about 1607 based on approximated date of first marriage.
      DEATH: Barnstable between 22 February 1678/9 (writing of codicil) and 3 Jun3 1679 (proving of the will).
      MARRAGE: (1)by 1632 Patience Hurst, daughter of James Hurst (his will names Cobb grandchildren); she was buried Barnstable 4 May 1648 "the first that was buried in our new burying place by our meeting house"
      (2) Barnstable 12 December 1649 Sarah Hinckley; she was admitted to Barnstable church 20 January 1649/50; she died before 2 March 1679/80
      Children:
      With first wife, Patience Hurst
      1. JOHN, b Plymouth 7 June 1632; m. Plymouth 28 April 1658 Martha
      Nelson
      2. James, b. Plymouth 14 January 1634; m. Barnstable 26 December 1663 Sarah Lewis.
      3. Mary, b Scituate 24 March 1636/7; bp Scituate 26 March 1637; m. Plymouth 15 October 1657 as his second wife Jonathan Dunham, son of John Dunham.
      4. Hannah, nbp. Scituate 5 October 1639; m. Barnstable 9 May 1661 Edward Lewis.
      5. Patience, b Barnstable 19 March 1641/2; bp Barnstable 13 March 1641/2; m. (1)Barnstable "beginningAugust 1667" Robert Parker, as his second wife; she m (2) after 1 June1685 William Crocker and d. Barnstable 23 October 1727.
      6. Gershom, b Barnstable 10 January 1644/5; bp. Barnstable 12 January 1644/5; bur. Swansea 24 June 1675; unmarried. (division of his estate to brothers and sisters.)
      7. Eliezer, b. Barnstable 30 March 1648; bp. Barnstable 2 April 1648; residing in Barnstable in 1703, apparently unmarried.

      With second wife, Sarah Hinckley:
      8. Mehitable, b. Barnstable in September 1651; bp Barnstable 7 September 1651; bur. Barnstable 8 March 1651/2.
      9. Samuel,b. Barnstable 12 October 1654; m. Barnstable 20 December 1680 Elizabeth, said to be Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Richard Taylor.
      10. Sarah, b Barnstable 15 January 1658; Bur. There 25 January 1658.
      11. Jonathan,b. Barnstqable 10 April 1660; m. Barnstable 1 March 1682/3 Hope (Chipman) Huckins, daughter of John Chipman and widow of John Huckins.
      12. Sarah, b Barnstable 10 March 1662/3; m. Barnstable 27 December 1686 Samuel Chipman.
      13. Henry, b Barnstable 3 September 1667; m. Barnstable 10 April 1690 Lois Hallet.
      14. Experience (dau), b Barnstable 11 September 1671; no further record.
      15. Mehitable, b Barnstable 15 February 1667; no further record.
      BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE; Henry Cobb and his family were treated in detail by Philip L. Cobb early in this century (A History of theCobb Family, Part 1), cited above as Cobb Gen. This genealogy is to be commended for including full transcripts of many records for the early generations, whle at the same time avoiding the many legends and traditional tales typical of volumes published in that era.

      from: ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF FRANCIS AND EBENEZER COBB
      Henry (1), b. in 1596 in the sutheast part of the County of Kent, England. He was brought up in the Church of England, but in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that Church, he broke away from the Establishment and joined the Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a Congregational Church in London, of which the Rev. Mr. Lothrop was then pastor. He probably came to America in "TheAnne" in 1629. He moved to Scituate, Mass., in 1633, and from there to Barnstable, Mass., in 1639. He was Deacon or Rluling Elder in Scituate and Barnstable thirty-four years. He also held various civil offices, among them that of Deputy to the General Court of theColony for several years. He died in Barnstable at the age of eighty-three in 1679. He was m. (1) to Patience, dau. of James and Catharine Hurst of Plymouth, Mass., April 1631. She d. May 4, 1648. (1) To Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Sarah Hinckley, and sister of Gov. Thomas Hinckley, Dec. 12, 1649. They had sixteen childrren, three born in Plymouth, two in Scituate, and eleven in Barnstable, as follows:
      (see family page)
      Removed to Scituate, MA 1633
      Removed to Barnstable, MA 1639
      HENRY, b. in 1596 in the southeast part of the County of Kent, England. He was brought up in the Church of England, but in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that Church, he broke away from the Establishment and joined the Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a Congregational Church in London, of which the Rev. Mr. Lothrop was then pastor. He probably came to America in "The Anne" in 1629. He moved to Scituate, Mass., in 1633, and from there to Barnstable, Mass., in 1639. He was Deacon or Ruling Elder in Scituate and Barnstable 34 years. He also held various civil offices, among them that of Deputy to the General Court of the Colony for several years. He died in Barnstable at the age of 83 in 1679. He was m. (1) to Patience, dau. of James and Catharine Hurst of Plymouth, Mass., April, 1631. She d. May 4, 1648. (2) To Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Sarah Hinkley, and sister of Gov. Thomas Hinckley, Dec. 12, 1649. They had 16 children, three born in Plymouth, two in Scituate, and 11 in Barstable, as follows:... [from Cobb Family, L.H. Cobb, 1897, #CS 71 C653]
      From the Cobb Chronicals:
      Henry Cobb left Norwich, England, in approximately 1629 on the ship the
      Mayflower II and landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was a Puritan, and
      found in the Plymouth Colony old friends and other "Men of Kent" of similar
      religious and political persuasion. He settled into the community easily.
      He was a "freeman," which meant he was unindentured, more than 21 years old,
      of good reputation, and "orthodox in the fundamentals of religion." He was
      a farmer by trade.
      He left Plymouth for Scituate with some of his friends because there was
      little room left for growth in Plymouth. In 1634 he built a house in
      Scituate on Kent Street, which was the seventh house built by the English
      there. On December 15, 1635 he was given the position of deacon by Reverand
      Lothrop, who had just arrived in the colony. Reverend Lothrop was the
      leader of the Separatists, a Puritan group to which Henry belonged.
      There was disagreement in Scituate over church discipline and procedure,
      especially concerning baptism. Those who advocated sprinkling instead of
      total immersion were led by Reverend Lothrop to leave Scituate and settle
      the establishment called Barnstable. Henry Cobb was among that group of
      people who left Scituate in search of greater worldly rewards and spiritual
      unity.
      He took a modest part in the government of Barnstable, and was Deputy of
      Barnstable from 1659 until 1662. He also represented the town at the
      General Court at Plymouth for many years. He was an uneducated, self-made
      man, and was regarded a solid citizen and an exemplary Christian. He served
      Reverend Lothrop as a deacon from 1635 until 1670. In 1670, he became a
      ruling elder in the church, and remained as such until his death in 1679.
      He wrote his will on April 4, 1673, and it was exhibited before the court at
      Plymouth on June 3, 1679. In it he wrote, "After my desire to Comitt my
      soule to God in Jesus Christ whoe Gave it and my body to decent buriall;
      when God shall please to call mee hence; and as touching my wordly estate
      which God hath beyond my deserts bestowed upon mee my will is to dispose of
      it as followeth." He then disposed of his property to his sons and wife,
      whom his named as his sole executor. The will was witnessed by Sarah
      Hinckley, his mother in law, and Thomas Hinckley, his brother in law.
      When he died in 1678, he was buried in an unmarked grave on Lothrop's Hill in Barnstable. A monument was erected four generations later by a descendant, Enoch Taylor Cobb.
      There is a stone monument to Henry Cobb in Barnstable, Massachusetts. The inscription on the monument reads: "On This Land Stood the Stone Fortification House Built by Deacon Henry Cobb. About 1643."

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      Henry Cobb Pilgrim
      "Henry Cobb was the first known Cobb to emigrate from England (prob on the "Anne" in 1629) t o the Plymouth Colony, Cape Cod, MA. Many distinguished descendants have long searched for h is English origin and background. In developing this vignette of the immigrant I have draw n liberally from the scholarly works of Philip L. Cobb, :BO ] author of [UL: The Cobb Famil y :UL] (1907), Richard Cobb, Harvard professor and Richard Cobb a retired Navy Supply Corp s Captain. However, the hypotheses and conclusions contained herin are my own. Much is know n on the activities of Henry Cobb, the Puritan, in the Bay Colony but little has been done t o unravel the specifics of his origin. There is general agreement that "The Elder Henry or t he Deacon Henry Cobb" came fr om an area in County Kent east of the Medway River which flow s out of the hills of southern Kent through Maidstone and Chatham and into the Thames Estuary . It is within this area that inhabitants are called "Men of Kent" (Jutish origin); those t o the west of the Medway are known as "Kentish Men" (Saxon origin) . Professor Richard Cobb , through study and acquaintance with the Cape Cod descendants of Henry Cobb, suggests tha t as a young man Henry Cobb was "rather short, with blue eyes and reddish sandy hair."

      Interesting, as this description agrees with the perceived appearance of the Germanic Jutes w ho invaded and settled in Great Britain in the 5th century. The most visible trail of "Henr y the Elder" in England is found in his relationship with his church leader, the Reverend Joh n Lothrop. Lothrop, "a man of good family and education" was baptized at Eton on 20 Decembe r 1584. Her eceived BA and MA degrees at Queens College, Cambridge. In 1611 we find him wit h the established Church of England at Egerton, Kent, a distance of about 15 miles from the p robable home of Henry Cobb in Reculver, Kent.
      Obviously disenchanted with the autocratic dogma of the King's Church, the Reverend Lothrop i s found as minister of an independent church in London in 1623; and then on 29 April 1632, w e find him imprisoned in London with 40
      members of his flock for violating the laws relating to religious gatherings. Following two y ears imprisonment, Lothrop left England in the ship "Griffin" with his family and some member s of his church for the Plymouth colony, arriving there 18 September 1634. Here Henry Cobb , the Lothrop protege who had been in the Colony for about five years, responded to the cal l of his old friend and esteemed pastor. He aided the Reverend in getti ng his family and chu rch established in the newly formed town of Scituate. [BO : Lothrop's records published in th e New England Register, Volumes IX and X, leaves little doubt of Henry Cobb's membership i n Lothrop's London church: "Upon January 8, 1634, Wee had a day of humiliation and then at ni ght joyned in covenaunt together, so many of us had beene in covenaunt before. To Witt. Mr. G ilsonn and his wife Goodman Anniball and his wife Goodman Rowly and his wife Goodman Cobb :BO ] and his wife Goodman Turner Edward Foster Myselfe Goodman Foxwell Samuel House." It is ve ry probable that immigrant Henry Cobb of Plymouth and Ambrose Cobb of the Virgina Colony wer e of the same Kent Family, they shared a common progenitor in John Cobb, Esquire (b. ca 1300 ) of Cobb's Court, Romney, Kent. The suggested (but undocumented) relationships shown are b assed primarily on the association of the family names, locations, and dates. That is, Henr y Cobb of Plymouth Colony would appear to be a second son of Henry Cobb :B O] (1561-1617) o f Reculver, Kent. The son Henry "Anne"Elder

      Just about everything we know about Henry Cobb of Barnstable, MA comes from the records of Re v John Lothrop, a Pruitan preacher, whoemigrated from London in 1632. Henry was the first kno wn Cobb to emigrate fromEngland to the Plymouth Colony. Other sources of Cobbs are - The Cob b Family (1907 Philip L Cobb) Richard Cobb a Harcard professor, and Richard Cobb a retired Na vy Captain. Henry probably came from County Kent but really little is known of his origins.

      Rev Lothrop and company left England on the ship "Griffin" and arrived in Plymouth 18 Sep 163 4. They established in the newly formed town of Scituate. Lothrop's records were published i n the New England Register Volumes IX and X and leave little doubt of Henry Cobb's membershi p in the church.It was probably after the Winthrop departure that Henry Cobb at age 24 made h is move probably in the sihp "The Anne" in 1629 though there are other possible ships.

      Henry married Patience Hurst within 2 years of his arrival.

      He was a Freeman in the Incorporation of the Plymouth in New England dated 1633. To bea freem an in the Plyouth Colony you had to be unindentured, no younger than 21years, of good reputat ion and orthodox in the fundamentals of religion.

      After marrying Sarah Hinckley, he became interested in the less heavily timbered land at Scit uate, about 20 miles to the north of Plymouth. He was in Scituate before Sept 1634 (Dean's Hi story of Scituate page 238). He built a house on KentStreet #32. Henry was invested with th e office of Deacon by Rev Lothrop on 15Dec 1635.

      Later in 1639 it was decided to move the Church to Mattakeese, now Barnstable, MA. Henry wa s one of those responsible for choosing the proper location for the new town. HEre the firs t Independent Congretational Church of that name in the world was established and Henry Cob b elected an Elder or seniorDeacon. He was also a town officer and served on numerous committ ees. His signature is found on petitions, court reports, wills, invventories of estates, etc.

      Mass Historical Collection Second Series, Vol IV page 247 - "In the ancient cemetery on Lothr op's Hill, in Barnstable, within an enclosure about six feetsquare, surrounded by stone post s and iron rails, is his grave with that of his first wife. In the center, between the two gr aves, stands a plain simple granite shaft about six feet in height from the base, on the fron t of which has been engraved the following: Elder Henry Cobb the anvestor of the Cobb Famil y in Barnstable. Died in 1679, erected in 1871 by Enoch T Cobb, a descendant."

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    Person ID  I53934  4-22-08
    Last Modified  22 Jun 2008 

    Father  Henry Cobb, Baronet,   b. 1564, Cobbs Court, County Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1617, Reculver, County Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F17493  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Patience Hurst,   b. Apr 1611, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1648, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Apr 1631  Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. John Cobb,   b. 7 Jun 1632, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1713/14, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Augustine Cobb,   b. 6 Jan 1633/34
    >3. James Cobb, Sgt.,   b. 14 Jan 1633/34, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Cobb,   b. 24 Mar 1636/37
    >5. Hannah Cobb,   b. Abt Oct 1639, Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1729/30, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Patience Cobb,   b. 19 Mar 1640/41
     7. Gershom Cobb,   b. 10 Jan 1644/45
     8. Eleazer Cobb,   b. 30 Mar 1648
    Family ID  F22184  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sarah Hin(c)kley,   b. 1629, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Dec 1649  Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mehitable Cobb,   b. 1 Sep 1651, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Samuel Cobb,   b. 12 Oct 1654, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1727, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Jonathan Cobb,   b. 10 Apr 1657, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1728, Middleborough, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Cobb,   b. 10 Mar 1662/63, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1741/42, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Henry Cobb,   b. 3 Sep 1665, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F17583  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1596 - Reculver, County Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Apr 1631 - Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Dec 1649 - Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jun 1679 - Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts - Lothrop Hill Cemetery Link to Google Earth
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