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This page compiled by Pat (Grant) Cooper
Granddaughter of John and Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb

There are links below to go to other Cobb pages
Research for this page was done by: Glenda Sue (Harmon) Scully
Great-Granddaughter of John and M. Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb

(Revised June 26, 1994)

The following history tracks the background of Cobb/Sasser lineage especially for the descendants of:


for whom the Cobb reunions held in Ponca City, Oklahoma are dedicated

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John A. Fields, 6164 U. S. 285, Morrison, Colorado 80465, was the great-great grandson of Amanda Cobb. Amanda (Cobb) Shull/Scholl/Schull (spelled differently on different documents) was the sister to John Cobb, husband of Grannie Cobb (Margaret Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb). Mr. Fields provided copies of his research into the Cobb Family tree. In brief summary is the information from Mr. Field's letter, dated January 13, 1977 as it relates to the Cobb-Sasser "branch" of this family tree:

Samuel "Ambrose" Cobb and Rachel (Black) Cobb

Samuel Ambrose (Went by Ambrose) Cobb was born before 1765, probably 1760-61. He was the son of Asa Cobb. He married Rachel (Black) Cobb. Rachel was born in 1763 in North Carolina, the daughter of B. Black. They were married in Lincoln County, North Carolina and moved to Knox County Kentucky. According the census they moved back and forth between Knox and Clay counties in Kentucky.

According to Census information their children appear to be:

  1. A daughter born before 1790
  2. Elizabeth Cobb, born about 1785
  3. Thomas Cobb, born about 1787
  4. Esther (Hetty) Cobb, born about 1788
  5. A son before 1790
  6. Ambrose Cobb, Jr., born 1793
  7. Samuel Cobb, born 1794 (This is one of our Grandpas!)
  8. A daughter born between 1794-1800
  9. Martin Cobb, born 1795
  10. Daughter, born between 1800-04
  11. Radford M. Cobb, born 1803-05

Samuel Cobb and Keziah "Kizzie" (Barber) Cobb

Samuel Cobb was born 1794 in North Carolina. He married Keziah "Kizzie" Barber, who was born in Tennessee or Kentucky in 1798. She was the daughter of John Barber and ? (Snodgrass) Cobb. About 1817 Samuel and Kizzie were married. In about 1840 they moved to Macon County, Missouri. After Samuel's death, she lived with one of her sons, also Samuel, in Marion County, Iowa. Kizzie died between 1870-1880.

Samuel and Kizzie's children are as follows*:

  1. James (Jim) Cobb, born about 1818 in Kentucky
  2. Amanda Cobb, born April 3, 1820 in Knox County, Kentucky
  3. John Cobb, born 1822 in Kentucky (This is one of our Grandpas)
  4. Ambrose Cobb, born June 17, 1827 in Kentucky
  5. Hannah Cobb, born about 1835 in Kentucky
  6. Amelia Cobb, born between 1825-30 in Kentucky
  7. Frances "Fanny" Cobb, born 1833-34 in Kentucky
  8. William Madison Cobb, born April 1, 1840 in Kentucky
  9. Samuel Cobb, born January 23, 1844 in Missouri

* Several of these family members are buried in the Lovilia, Monroe County, Iowa Cemetery in back of the Methodist Church and the city cemetery at Marysville, Marion Co., Iowa.

The following account of the Cobb - Sasser history was given by Mary Jane (Cobb) Womack in her 86th year as a Memorial to the Cobb - Sasser Family. Mary Jane resided in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and was the oldest child of John Cobb and Margaret "Elizabeth" (Sasser) Cobb:

  1. John Cobb and Lurana (Phipps) Cobb
    John and "Lurany" were farmers near London, Kentucky in Knox county. Little else is known about them except that they had at least 8 children. (The information provided by Fields indicates that John was born in Kentucky and Lurana was born in Tennessee)
  2. Sam who married Mandy Jane Hubbard, who died and then Louas (Loo•oz) Philpot. Born about 1844. Sam is one of our Great Grandpas. How "Great" depends upon which generation you are.
  3. Elizabeth who married Nathan Hubbard. She was born about 1845.
  4. Joe who married Ella. He was born about 1847.
  5. James (Jim) was born about 1849. (No information on wife)
  6. Rad who married Nancy Jane Sasser
  7. Steve who married America Sasser, who died, then he married Mary Ellen Sasser, who had been married before to a Sasser, her maiden name is not known. Steve is also Lucy Cobb's husband's Daddy.
  8. Matt (No other information)
  9. Will (No other information)

Samuel Cobb and 1st wife: Mandy Jane Hubbard and 2nd wife: Louas Philpot

Sam Cobb was also a farmer in Knox county Kentucky. (Field's records indicate that Sam was born in 1844. His crops included corn and tobacco. He lived to be near 100 years of age and was buried in Indiana.

Samuel's children by Mandy Jane Hubbard were:

  1. Nathan married Nicie Tuttle
  2. John married Margaret Elizabeth Sasser (This is our Grandpa and Grandma)
  3. Lorraine (or Lurana) died at age 15

His children by Louas Philpot, believed to be Indian were:

  1. Sam married Margaret
  2. Rad married Ellen
  3. Jim married Sophia Hensley
  4. Emily
  5. Mary married Alec Smith
  6. Joe married Vicky
  7. Marshall married Nancy Garrison
  8. Jess married Daisy Sasser
  9. Edith married Daily Herman
  10. Hannie married Ada

John Cobb and Margaret "Elizabeth" (Sasser) Cobb

John Cobb was married to Margaret "Elizabeth" Sasser when she was 14 years old. He was believed to be about 10 years older. His exact birth date is not known since the family Bible was somehow destroyed. They settled in Knox county. Their first child was born when Elizabeth was 16 years old. She was named for her Mother, Mary and his Mother, Mandy Jane, thus Mary Jane.

Margaret Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb was one of 11 children born to Ely and Mary (Tuttle) Sasser. Mary Sasser died during her 12th pregnancy with what was referred to as the "bloody flux", a complication of pregnancy, when Grannie was 11 years old.

Eli and Mary Sasser Children:

Note: Use Sasser Sprout link below to visit descendant tracking of these children

  1. John Henry married to Georgiann
  2. Jim married Nanny Belle
  3. Bob married Viney
  4. Joe married Ada Attaway
  5. Mary Ann married Will Stanley
  6. Liza Jane never married
  7. Nanny married Charley Attaway
  8. Rachel married Arthur Stanley then Luther Attaway
  9. Ely married Alice Attaway
  10. Margaret Elizabeth married John Cobb (These are our grandparents.)
  11. Mahala (Haley) married Andy Cheek

The children born to John Cobb and Margaret Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb were:

  1. Mary Jane May 24, 1892
  2. Mahalia Angeline (Haley) September 16, 1894
  3. Henry April 7,1897 died at 10 months of age from spinal trouble described as a "boil on his spine" (a birth defect). (This could have been a condition now known as "spinal bifida").
  4. Lucy Ann February 19, 1899
  5. Sophia April 12, 1901
  6. Floyd March 4, 1903
  7. Charley August 13, 1906
  8. Frank November 26, 1911
  9. Nollie Belle August 10, 1914
The first four children were born in Kentucky and lived there for a time. After Uncle Nathan sent word of the good crops in Oklahoma a large group of the family, (6 or 8 families) chartered a train and came to Tribbey, Oklahoma. They actually settled 8 miles southwest of Tribbey. They stayed on Uncle "Nay's" place for a time until Grandpa rented land. He then bought a school tent and the family moved in there. They stayed in Oklahoma one year. During that year they were all sick with "chills". Haley had typhoid fever and it settled in her legs and eyes. She was partially, temporarily blinded and wore a black bonnet her mother made for her to shield her weak eyes from the sun for about 1 year. John Cobb moved his ailing family back to Kentucky to the same area they had lived before. He cut logs and built their home. Their illnesses lingered on. Some had Scarlet Fever and "dropsy". During these very difficult times at least one blessing did occur. The birth of their third daughter, Sophia.

John Cobb planted a corn crop that year in Kentucky and tended it until it was hard enough to grist. Then he sold it, put his family back on the train and brought them back to Oklahoma to the same area he had been forced to leave one year earlier. Oklahoma was now "Home" and John Cobb would never go back to Kentucky.

John Cobb farmed cotton in Oklahoma and his family flourished as well as his crop, Floyd, Charley, Frank, and Nollie Belle added to their family. All the family helped with the chores, and all the family participated in the entertainment. They had "play parties", picnics, Sunday School, and square dances. They all loved square dancing until their religious convictions made them decide to give it up. Mary Jane joined the Free Will Baptist Church in 1919 and the rest of the family joined Missionary Baptist Church. They all later became Pentecostal Holiness.

The household chores as well as the field work for this large family were never ceasing. They canned in anything they could get a hold of that could hold anything and be sealed with wax, including clay pots. They bought their coffee green and parched it over the wood cook stove and ground it themselves. Margaret Elizabeth Cobb had homemade remedies for about everything that ailed them. She boiled the bark from Black Walnut trees, rolled them into tiny pills, rolled the pills in sugar and thus had a tried and true laxative.

Mary Jane and Haley started dating at the same time, age 16 and 14. They dated brothers, Charley and Edd Harmon. The boys came visiting each Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon and were allowed to stay until after supper. The courtship continued for about two years until Louie Womack came along and Mary Jane married, a time later, Haley married Edd Harmon. The family was starting to expand again:

Mary Jane - married Louie Boyd Womack
Mahalia Angeline (Haley) - married Edd Harmon
Lucy Ann - married Bill Cobb
Sophia - married Cole Davis
Floyd - married Edna McGehee then Ellen Nabors
Charley (died at age 12)
Frank - married Doxie Bennett
Nollie Belle - married Robert Hughes Grant

John and Elizabeth Cobb had a family they could be proud of. They worked hard and they loved deeply. Mary Jane recalls that her Daddy "took to having spells of the blues after Charley died". Charley died from pneumonia at the age of 12. They were a big family but each one was loved and missed individually.

Aunt Jane says some might disagree with some of the dates she has given: but, they are correct in her opinion, and that is good enough for me. I may have misspelled some of the names, if this is the case, I apologize. The important thing is the jest of the story is written. I feel very special knowing that the blood that sustained John and Elizabeth Cobb through such trying times, made my "Mammie" such a beautifully special person, and gave Mary Jane Womack such a clear mind and memory at 86 years; is the same blood that flows through my veins and through my children.

I'll never forget August 26, 1978, when a lovely, white-haired lady provided me with a guided tour back to Kentucky and introduced me to some very special people.

Thanks Aunt Jane, from all of us, we won't forget!


Aunt Jane recalled many instances during our visit that maybe weren't pertinent to the Cobb - Sasser history; but were interesting to me, and I'm sure will be to her family.

Aunt Jane said she and Haley were always like twins and always very close. They went to school at Red Oak, one year at Wildcat and part of a year at Davis. She told me how they used to gather ginseng root to sell. It was used in those days to make medicines. She told me how they did chores together and how she led Mammie around when the typhoid fever settled in her eyes causing temporary blindness when she was about 5 years old.

I'll never forget the twinkle she had in her eyes when she told me about the arrival of Louie Womack on the scene. The eyes of that little white-haired lady suddenly took on a gleam generally associated with a starry eyed school girl. She sort of giggled when she told me she had been courted by Charley Harmon for about two years when Louie came on the scene from a distance of 7 or 8 miles away. She knew immediately that he was the one. It's encouraging to know that a woman can love her husband so much that recalling their first meeting after 70 some years still could put a gleam in her eye.

She told me they liked to square dance after they were married and one night after they got home from a dance Louie said, "Honey, let's don't go anymore. I'm afraid something might happen between us." So, they didn't go anymore. That summer, 1919 Aunt Jane got saved in the Free Will Baptist Church. She and Louie were baptized together.

She told me about the year when she and Aunt Lucy lost baby boys within 6 days of each other to the fever that was going around in Wynona. Aunt Jane is an extremely strong woman with a whole lot of Elizabeth Cobb in her. She gave up three sons tragically, Louie "Wayne" of smallpox and pneumonia at 2 years of age in 1924, Carl Eulin at 3 years of age in 1929 of intestinal flu, and Robert Lee in an automobile accident in 1957. Her faith in God sustained her through all this.

I was not at all surprised when she told me, "I want to live to be 100. but my goal is to be alive to see the Lord come." I had sincerely hoped that her wish would come true, but Aunt Jane went to be with her Lord in 1988. There is no doubt she met Him there. The fact is, Heaven surely shines a little brighter since Mary Jane has moved in.

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