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Joseph S Cobb, I

Birthplace: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Cobbs and Sybil Sheets / Sheetz
Husband of Elizabeth Cobb
Father of Nicholas Cobb; Joseph Cobb, Jr.; Elizabeth Cobbs; Ambrose Cobb; Pharoah (Farrar) Cobb and 1 other
Brother of William (Cobbe) Cobb and Ambrose (Cobbe) Cobb

Managed by: Ron Cobb
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About Joseph S Cobb, I

     No record has been found of Joseph in Virginia between his arrival in 1613 and the muster of Virginia settlers in February 1624/25 in which he is listed at Elizabeth City with his wife Elizabeth, who had come in the Bone Bess in August 1623. Both are given as aged 25, but Joseph was older. He does not appear in the census taken in February the year before, so he was apparently either missed or out of the country. He had possibly returned to England for his wife and two sons for whose passages, as well as those of four servants, and by his own right, he was granted land in 1637. (It was often years before patents were recorded).

Some think Joseph may have been married twice, others think only once.

Assuming the one wife theory ...

Since there is no record of Joseph between his arrival in Virginia in 1613 and the 1624/25 muster, he may have returned to England periodically, or once for a long period, married Elizabeth (who may or may not be surnamed Flinton) and fathered two sons before finally returning to Virginia with his family. He may have been out of the country again in 1623/24, during which time Elizabeth stayed with the Flintons and was incorrectly called Elizabeth Flinton in the census. This could account for there being no record of Joseph Cobb having been granted land under the status of Ancient Planter. (Those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of three years, and paid their own passage have been referred to as ancient planters. They received the first patents of land in the new world as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure).

From Genforum,cobb,amsterdam::cobb::292.html:

Joseph is said to have come to America on the ship "Treasurer", which arrived in Virginia in 1623. Elizabeth and sons Benjamin and Joseph arrived in 1623 as well on the ship "Bonnie Besse."

Also found here:

Reference to Joseph's father, Richard Cobb and wife Sybil Sheets; Richard was born Richard O'Connor in Ireland, and attended school at Oxford. Here he became interested in the religious wars taking place in Holland and moved there to fight for Holland. Here the surname was changed from O'Connor to Cobb (supposedly Dutch translation.)


From website: who was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1588. In 1613 he arrived in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia on the London Company ship, Treasurer. He settled on land east of the James River. He returned to England and then back to Virginia to prepare for the arrival of his family. His wife, Elizabeth Flinton, and their sons, Benjamin and Joseph, arrived in Virginia in 1625 on the Bonnie Bess. Elizabeth was the sister of a colonial physician named Pharoah Flinton. Pharoah Cobb, who was born sometime before 1641, was named for him. Joseph Cobb was granted 400 acres in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. His Will was executed in 1654, and is probated in Isle of Wight County Will Book A, page 520.

Jamestown was established in 1607 to find gold and a water route to the Orient. After the "starving time" winter 1609/10 during which only 60 the original 500 settlers survived, the London entrepreneurs who funded the settlement, started recruiting people with skills to survive. Joseph Cobb was classified as "a gentleman, entitled by rank to wear a sword and trained by experience to use one." [Ed. Is that the same as "licensed to kill"?]

Joseph was the the G-G-G-G-G-G Grandfather of John Thomas and son of RICHARD COBB, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Richard was educated at Oxford University. Richard served Queen Elizabeth as a member of Henry Championís troop. In 1576 he married Sybil Sheets and settled in Holland.

Joseph Cobb, the first of this family in Virginia came over on the "Treasurer" from London in 1613. Owned jointly by Captain Samuel Argall and others, the "Treasurer" is famous as the ship on which Argall made Pocahontas prisoner in 1613, taking her to Jamestown "for the ransoming of so many Englishmen as were prisoners of Powhatan..." (her father).

In the census of settlers taken in Virginia, 7 February 1624/25, Joseph Cobb made his muster in Elizabeth City County where many of the settlers were then living because of fear of the Indians.

Joseph Cobb received a grant of 400 acres of land in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 4 August 1637, on a "branch of Warwicksquike River, now called New Town haven," and on the back creek .

It is quite common to find males with biblical names in Joseph's lineage. The Joseph Cobb line seemed to remain concentrated in the tidewater region of Virginia, then migrated southward into the coastal counties of North Carolina, before ever beginning to move westward. Incidentally, in those times, someone that "went West" meant they were still probably somewhere East of the Mississippi River. It is speculated that Joseph Cobb immigrated to America, on religious grounds.

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Joseph S Cobb, I's Timeline

Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Age 21
Age 22
Age 28
Age 30
Age 36
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States
Age 37
Age 40
Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States
March 1, 1653
Age 65
Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA
Age 66
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States