Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Joshua W. Cobb was a native of Canaan, Conn. When of age found his way west to Rochester, N.Y., and helped to
erect the first bridge across the Genesee River. It was commenced in 1812, but not completed until 1814, the west
side refusing for some time to build their half. He also purchased eighty acres of land now lying within the city
limits. Becoming disheartened on account of the unhealthy location he, though having made a partial payment, abandoned
the place, pushing on west to Sheldon, Wyoming Co.; purchased eighty acres, which he afterwards sold, and removed
to Niagara County; remained there a short time, then returned to Bennington, Wyoming Co., where he resided for
a period of twenty years. He then removed to Duplain, Clinton Co., and purchased forty acres on section 11, where
he resided until his death, which occurred in May, 1852, his being the first burial in the cemetery at Elsie. Mr.
Cobb was married quite early in life to Miss Snsanna Doty, and raised a family of nine children. At present all
are living, except one, a son, who died at Bowling Green, Ky., while in the army. Mrs. Cobb is still living, at
the advanced age of eighty eight, making her home among the children, where she is ever made welcome.
Lyman Cobb was the sixth in the family, and born Aug. 14, 1826, at Bennington, N. Y.; came West with the family
in 1844, and when of age purchased eighty acres on section 13, Duplain township, from an elder brother residing
in Oakland County, giving in payment two years’ labor. Payment being made, he returned and began the improvements
by which he has succeeded in making one of the finest farms in that locality. For several years he labored single-handed
and alone, but his better judgment finally prevailed, and on April 20, 1853, he led to the hymenàl altar
Susan, daughter of Oliver and Sally Hicks, natives of Wayne Co., N. Y.; theyzemoved to Cnyahogi Co., Ohio, where
they resided nearly twenty years, and in 1852 removed to Elsie. Both have since passed away. Oliver Hicks served
during the war of 1812. The family consisted of eleven children, seven living to maturity, Mrs. Cobb being the
tenth in number. Mr. Lyman Cobb united with the church while yet a youth, and Mrs. Cobb Soon alter their marriage.
Both have been prominently identified with the erection of the church building, and with the growth and prosperity
of the society.
To Mr. and Mrs. Cobb have been born six children, George W., Jan. 18, 1854; Susie M. (now Mrs. Davis), born Sept.
16, 1856; Samuel R., July 3, 1859; Henry P., Jan.. 11, 1863; Dellie L., May 29, 1870; and Judson L, born Feb. 24,
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.