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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOSHUA C. COBB was born in Eddyville then (Caldwell County), Ky., on the 7th day of July, 1841. His father, Robert L. Cobb, was a native of the same town, and his mother, whose maiden name was Cornelia B. Mims, was born in Richmond, Va. Joshua C. in early boyhood attended the schools of his native village; later he took a course in the schools of Lebanon, Tenn., and at the outbreak of the war, was a student in the College of Georgetown, Ky. The first venture of what has been an active business career, was made with his father, in Eddyville, where he engaged in the tobacco trade, which has absorbed much of his attention since. From 1867 to 1869, he was the southern traveling agent for the Erie Transportation Company, after which he became interested in an extensive firm at New Orleans. He continued in this connection, traveling extensively, until the dissolution of the firm, caused by the death, in 1873, of Mr. Gunther, a leading member of the firm. Mr. Cobb then became a resident of Paducah, Ky., associated with Buckner and Terrell in the tobacco trade, continuing until 1878, when he became connected with the immense wharf-boat and forwarding business, which still occupies his attention. Mr. Cobb is a man of systematic business principles, and the urbanity with which he treats all with whom he comes in contract makes him deservedly popular. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was married at Paducah, in 1871, to Miss Manie, daughter of Dr. R. Saunders. They have three children: Reubie Fowler, Irvin S. and John S. Cobb.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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