Edward Cobb ca 1743 – 1778 | his parents
and Elizabeth Collins? bef 1750 – aft 1797 | her parents
of Bertie County, NC
This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Edward Cobb ca 1743 – 1778
appeared on tax list in 1759 through 1778
married Elizabeth Collins?
Children of Edward Cobb and Elizabeth:
1. Elizabeth Cobb 
shown on 1850 census age 84 “blind” living with her son James C Castilloe
married 19 July 1791 James Castilow
a. James C Castlloe
married 1827 Christian [Kitty] Hoggard
2. John Cobb 
Nov Ct 1786 ordered that John Cobb about sixteen be bound unto Stephen Buck to learn the trade of a House plasterer.
12 May 1794 John Cobb sold the 150 ac his father bought from Richard and Mary Bell to Thomas Whitmell Pugh. Wit: James and Elizabeth Castellaw
3. Happy Cobb 
married April 1789 Smith [x] Davis
[5 Jan 1790 bond – Bryan Smith, Bm ]
4. Joseph H Cobb  – 1821 Bertie Co
appears on Tax List in 1802 – 1820
married Emmetia [Emelia]
a. Harmon W Cobb
appears of Tax List 1822 – 1839 Bertie County
married 1825 Mrs. Prudence Bowen nee Lawrence
5. Edward Cobb ca 1777 –
Nov 1792 Edward Cobb appeared in court and selected James Castellaw as his guardian.
Robert Lawrence and George Simons were security for the 300 pounds bond
his name is on the tax list of 1802
Elizabeth Cobb married second on 6 Nov 1778 Stephen Buck in Bertie County.
Stephen was born about 1755 in Edenton and died there in 1826?
Children of Elizabeth Collins? Cobb and Stephen Buck:
1. William Buck 11 Dec 1779 Bertie Co, NC –
2. Anna Buck 12 Jan 1782 Bertie Co, NC –
3. Celia Buck 6 Jan 1786 Bertie Co, NC –
4. Stephen Buck 2 Oct 1788 Bertie Co, NC –
5. James Buck 6 May 1791 Bertie Co, NC –
a. Sarah Buck
married in NC 1843 Franklin Parker
went to Hardeman Co, TN 1848 and then to Howard Co, ARK 1878
ancestors of Ken Parker
6. Jasper Buck 17 Dec 1792 Bertie Co, NC – Cass Co, IL
ancestor of Marion Trenkle
married ca 1814 Sophia Corbert 13 children
7. Thomas Bary Buck 27 Oct 1794 Bertie Co, NC – Cass Co, IL?
8. John Buck 12 Sep 1797 Bertie Co, NC – Cass Co, IL
Bertie tax record abstracted by Joe H Cobb: “In 1778 he [Edward Cobb] was listed in Humphrey Hardy’s district along with Henry Cobb Jr and Hannah Cobb, who was the widow of Thomas.”
In 1765 Edward and Henry Jr were designated by the sheriff to be petit jurors. The word “fined” was written by Edward’s name.
In 5 Dec 1766 he bought 150 ac of land from Richard and Mary Bell of Craven Co, SC for 35 pounds. Wit were Alexander How and John South. land was located on the Horse Spring Branch and Bear Swamp.
June Ct 1767 Edward Cobb petitioned for permission to build a water grist mill partly on the land that belonged to Samuel Moore. When Samuel Moore was summoned, he petitioned to build a grist mill over the same stream. Edward’s request prevailed.
In June 1770 Edward Cobb petitioned to build a public grist mill across Horse Spring Branch. This time it affected the land of John Moore. again Edward Cobb’s request was granted.
From Records of Estates, Bertie Co, NC [abstract by Gammon]
Edward Cobb – adm. grtd. Stephen Buck, Nov 11, 1779. Account of sale Nov 9 1779 by the admr. Account current Jan 24 1792 with the admr. Petition [Nov 1791] by James Castilow and wife Elizabeth and Smith Davis and wife Happy and James Cobb [sic] stating they were the children of the dec’d and since his death Elizabeth Cobb had married James Castilow and Happy Cobb had married Smith Davis. Record notes that Edward Cobb had died sometime before Nov 9 1779 intestate and his widow had married secondly Stephen Buck who became administrator. There were three other children, Edward, Joseph, and John Cobb. This petition was for a share of the estate. Stephen Buck answered this petition [undated] and agreed with the petition, stating that Smith Davis and Happy Cobb were married in April, 1789, and all the other children had remained at home. He had raised, clothed, and fed them at his expense, and he felt he had already paid them their share. Account of sale Jan 28 1792 by Solomon Cherry. Stephen Buck and Joseph Simons bought. Division of estate Jan 24 1792 between 1. James Castilowe, 2. Smith Davis, 3. John Cobb, and lots 4 and 5 were to be sold. A one-third share was paid to Stephen Buck who had married the widow.
Ref: “Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983” by Joe H Cobb 1983
[his widow still has his books available]
“The Cobbs of the Tidewater” by Bruce Montgomery Edwards 1976
Bertie County records: Deeds, Marriages, Census, tax lists, Ct Records, Estate Records etc.
– Genforum.com on Cobb