Biography of Cobus Westbrook
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Westbrook, Cobus, born in New Jersey, served in the Revolutionary war under General Washington and drew a pension. He moved to Van Etten, N. Y., among the early settlers, where he died at an advanced age. By his wife, Catherine, he had six children: Peter, Cornelius, James, Polly, Elizabeth, and Catherine. Peter was born in New Jersey, August 5, 1797, and came to Van Etten at the age of seven with his father, where he died aged sixty three. He married Fanny, daughter of Jonathan Hill, of Van Etten, and their children were Daniel, Luther, Lyman, Abner, Amasa, Adelbert, Milroy, Rebecca. Charity, and Jacob. The latter, born at Van Etten. May 5, 1839, in 1865 married Esther Card, of Potter County, Pa., daughter of Samuel and Mary (Cook) Card, who died September 9, 1888, aged forty. His children are Abner H., Milton S., Billey, Mina, Emma, Fanny, and Mattie. He served in the late war in Battery M, Third New York Volunteer Light Artillery, for three years, was honorably discharged in 1864, and is now drawing a pension. He was engaged in the Burnside expedition and under General Grant at the surrender of General Lee, being wounded at Petersburg, losing the sight of one eye by the bursting of a shell. Abner served in the Ninth Illinois Cavalry as a lieutenant, and died at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in 1864, aged twenty seven. Amasa D. was born at Van Etten, June 9, 1842, and married Emeline, daughter of Daniel and Rosana (Clark) Swartout. Their children are Albert and Lizzie. He served in Company K, Twenty sixth New York Volunteers, for two years, being the first volunteer from the town of Van Etten. He enlisted April 22, 1861, and; was honorably discharged May 14, 1863. He served at the battles of Bull Run, Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock, second Bull Run, Chantilla, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, and under General Seymour he received a commission as captain. He is now drawing a pension. Milroy served in the One Hundred and Forty first New York Infantry under Captain Baldwin, and died at Van Etten from the effects of a wound combined with pneumonia, at the age of forty. His great great grandfather, Cobus Westbrook, was killed in a skirmish with the Indians before the war of the Revolution. Cobus, jr., his son, served in the War of 1812 and drew a pension.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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