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A Biography of
Ventner Cobb

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Excerpts/Paraphrasing from
photocopied pages (origination unknown) entitled:

"Unit 222.Biography Section - Chapter 3"
"Vintner C. Cobbs"

The photocopied pages were sent to James L. Cobb, III,
a Ventner descendant, who has searched, to no avail,
to find out what book the pages were copied from.
Vintner C. Cobbs
was born about 1748/1749, and in 1766/1767, lived with his family in
Halifax Co, VA. Halifax County is located in the southern Piedmont
section of VA, which includes the counties of Halifax, Pennsylvania,
Henry, Patrick, Franklin, Bedford, and Campbell. It is situated in
South Central VA, touching the NC border. The elevation is high,
the soil is well drained and rich.

It is unknown where Vintner was born. Our source indicated that he may
have lived in NC at an early age. The 1788/1789 Federal Census of
Rockingham Co, NC, records the following:

VINTNER C. COBBS
7 White Souls
1 Other Building

It would appear that there were five children living in the household
with their parents. The time of this enumeration is between 1787/1788.
We learn the names of four of Vintner's children on Page 142, of Order
Book 12, of Halifax Co, VA, dated March, 1784, which reads:
"Ordered that overseers of the children for the County to number
William Cobbs, John Cobbs, Ambrose Cobbs, Mary Polly Cobbs."

The one big historical event two decades earlier,
was the Revolutionary War. We have no definite proof yet that Vintner
Cobbs was directly involved, but he was old enough to have fought in
the War. His children were born between 1770 and 1798/99.

During the War and the decade following:
In 1774, Vintner Cobbs's wife was killed by Indians. Vintner Cobbs
left two sons with his father, Ambrose Cobbs, and went off to killing
Indians, and trapping. He was a spy, hunting Indians, and killed them
for John McKey. Their whole duty, this tour of three months, consisted
in guarding the fort, spying through the country, and guarding the
people while they were at work in their little fields.
In 1776, he went back home to Halifax Co, VA, and to the home of his
father, Ambrose Cobbs. His father was fixing to move to NC, but
Vintner remained in Halifax Co, VA.
His father settled in Lincoln Co, NC.

Vintner's next tour was at the South in Carolina. He volunteered,
under Captain James Jackson, and served three months as an Orderly
of First Sergeant; and, was at the Battle of Guilford, under Colonel
Williams, attached to a regiment of Infantry. His last tour was one
week only, to guard the arsenal at Campbell County, and as a Private,
ordered out as one of the guards by the Lieutenant Colonel of the
County. The most that the guard did was to guard old John Hood, a tory.

In 1788, Vintner Cobbs lived in SC. Previously, he was in Rockingham
Co, NC. A short time after his return from SC, there is some evidence
that, between 1790 and 1800, Vintner may have been exploring in KY.
His sons would have been old enough to accompany their father. It
seems reasonable that they might have participated in exploring
expeditions before actually moving the family.

In the 1700s, many, many Cobbs families lived in VA and NC.
Vintner was in Halifax Co, VA, following the Revolutionary War. He
was among some of the first families on the KY frontier, settling first
in Jessamine Co, KY, and then in Hickman Creek and Nicholasville.
He may have been in Jessamine County by 1799 or 1800. Our Cobbs
ancestors helped to open up the big Hickman Creek.

It is reasonably certain that the early Jessamine County residents
had to deal with Indians to some extent. Historians tell us that there
is nothing to indicate that Jessamine County was ever inhabited by
Indians as a permanent place to live; however, nearby territory, which
lies between the Kentucky River and Cumberland River, was used by
Indians for hunting purposes. My experiences of finding arrowheads
in the fields of Jessamine and adjoining Counties, would tend to
confirm this statement.

The countryside of Jessamine County is now as it was in 1800,
rolling and hilly. The soil was fairly good, however. The hillsides
soon eased away because of the clearing of the land and cultivation,
which left the bottomland more productive. In later years, measures
were taken to correct this problem. There are many small streams in
all parts of the County. Many of these streams have their headwaters
in springs of pure water. In fact, almost every farm had one or more
good spring, which, first on Big Hickman Creek, runs through the center
of the County, from the east-west portion, toward the Kentucky River.
A never-failing stream of clear running water flows into Big Hickman
Creek, about six miles east of the County seat, Nicholasville. These
are the two streams mentioned most often in the land deeds of the Cobbs
family, although Vintner Cobbs's first homestead was on Big Hickman
Creek. After 1800, Vintner began settling on Big Hickman Creek, near
Nicholasville. This area is located in the Southwestern part of
the County seat.

James Overstreet declares that in his youth, he knew Vintner Cobbs,
and lived about a mile from him and his father, in Halifax Co, VA.
John Walters lived about three miles from Vintner and said that Vintner
was married two times, he was a soldier and spy at the time, and he
frequently visited the fort when he was in VA. James Overstreet and
John Walters moved to KY with Vintner, in 1790/97/98. Vintner Cobbs
died when he was about fifty-eight years old. In 1805, James Overstreet
became Guardian of Vintner's sons, Thomas and Ralph Cobbs.
In 1806, John Walter became their Guardian.

It was proven that Vintner Cobbs's brother, John Cobbs,
died in SC, on 23 May 1841.


...end of transcript; date and author of original writing unknown...



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