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Thomas and Sarah Smith Cobbley

Thomas and Sarah Smith Cobbley

by their sons; Robert J. and Charles A. Cobbley

Thomas Cobbley was born Jan 15th 1818 in Barham, Northampton, Eng.  He was the son of Thomas Cobbley, who was born in 1758 and Ann Bird, born in 1750 in Northampton, England.  Thomas, Sr. And Ann had seven children; John, Thomas, James, William, Caroline, Betty and Jane.  This is not the order of birth and there may have been others.

John was killed in the Crimean War, where Russia fought against England, France and Turkey.  He was buried in the Black Sea.

Caroline married a Mr. White and later married John Wooley, a widower, and they came to Utah in 1861. They had a daughter Susan, who married Lyman Chapin.

Thomas Cobbley, Jr. Married Sarah Smith in 1842-a copy of their marriage certificate is a relic in the family of their grand-daughter, Reba Cobbley Loveless.

Sarah Smith Cobbley was the daughter of John and Hannah Sutton Smith, born April 27th, 1831 in Winwick, Huntingtonshire, England.  Her father was born Aug 4, 1795 and died Oct. 16, 1862.  Her mother was born march 10, 1800 and died June 15, 1868.  Both are buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  Sarah was the oldest child in a family of nine, as follows: Robert J. born June 8, 1823, Ann born May 8, 1825 (married Mr. Brutenal and died in England.), Hannah born July 1, 1827 (married Thos. Wooley), Charlotte born March 20, 1830 (married John Wright), James born March 18, 1832 and died in the Crimean War, Jane born Oct. 17, 1834 (married Mr. Skinner and died in England), Harriet born Sept. 2, 1836 (married Reuben V.  Harrison), and John Smith born May 30, 1843 (He had cancer of the stomach and died suddenly from hemorrhage while going from Pleasant Grove to Salt Lake City in a wagon with Joseph Foutz.  He was buried in Salt Lake City.)

Thomas, Jr. And Sarah Smith Cobbley lived in Winwick, Huntingtonshire, England where the following children were born to them: Robert John born Aug. 16, 1844 (married Caroline Harris), James born Sept. 25, 1846 (married Emma Thorne), Henry born June 20, 1848 (died in infancy), Emily born Feb, 21, 1850 (married Amasa Meacham), Jane born Feb. 16, 1853 (married Hans Kaler), and Charles Augustus born Sept. 13, 1853 (married Emma Davis).

Thomas followed the vocation of mining.  He was not identified with any religious body.  Sarah and her people were Methodists.

Through the teachings of the traveling missionaries the Cobbley family were converted to and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Both were baptized Feb. 14, 1853.

As was usually the case with the converts, after being baptized they desired to come to Utah to the headquarters of the church.  so the Cobbley family left Liverpool in the spring of 1856 with a company of saints including A. G. Keetch and Harriet and Ellen Shoell, all of whom later lived in Pleasant Grove.  They were six weeks on the voyage and had some rough seas to encounter.

The Cobbley’s lived in Chester Co., Penn. for six years.  Two more children blessed their home here: Elizabeth born Oct. 11, 1857 and Annie born Oct. 13, 1859.

Just after the civil war broke out they started for Utah.  While going through the state of Missouri their baggage got on fire and most all their clothing was burned.  They sailed up the Missouri River from St. Joseph to Omaha, Nebraska.  Before their journey was completed the crew left the boat and they were obliged to finish the journey themselves.

During their stay at Winter Quarters there was a great deal of sickness in the camp and their two little daughters, Elizabeth and Annie, passed away and were buried nearby on the bank of the Missouri River.

They started for Utah in the spring of 1862 in John Murdock’s company.  Arriving in Utah in the fall and made their home in south Pleasant Grove, now Lindon.

A son, John Smith Cobble, was born to them here in Utah on Nov. 16, 1862.  When a young man he worked for the railroad and while coupling cars met with an accident and both legs were cut off.  He died soon after in a hospital in Salt Lake City.

Thomas and Sarah Cobbley took an active part in all community affairs, contributing of their time and means to help build up this commonwealth.

At the time of Thomas Cobbley’s death he head the office of High Priest in the church and was counselor to Hyrum Winters in the presidency of the quorum.

Sarah was a teach a faithful worker in the Relief Society for many years; a good neighbor, always lending a helping hand in sickness.

Thomas died at Lindon on Jane 29, 1907.

Sarah died at the home of her sister in Salt Lake City on Jan. 5, 1811.

Both are buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

p. s.  These people used the P.E. Fund to emigrate to the United States but for some unknown reason stayed in Pennsylvania and missed being on the late handcart companies.

[From the files of Mary Jean Caldwell.]

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