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Judge George P. Cobb (1841-1913)
  • Born Transcribed (May 2005)
  • 1884: Elected judge. (Added, May 2005)

    Bay City Tribune - Special Edition - November 1887



    George P. Cobb judge-elect of the Eighteenth judicial circuit, who, on January 1, 1888 will go upon the bench, was born April 13, 1841, in Livingston county, N.Y. and shortly afterwards removed to Rochester where he resided until March 1855. He then removed to Michigan, locating at Macon, Lenawee county. Five years later he removed to Ann Arbor. He attended the seminary at Ypsilanti and high school at Ann Arbor, and taught school in the vicinity. Early in 1865 he enlisted in the Fifth regiment, Michigan cavalry, then a part of the famous Custer brigade, and served one year, being discharged at Salt Lake City, Utah in 1866. Returning to Ann Arbor he entered the law department of Michigan university from which he graduated in 1868. In April of the same year he was admitted to the bar of Washtenaw county.

    In September 1868 Mr. Cobb came to Bay City where he engaged in the practice of his profession. He became a member of the firm of Grier, McDonell & Cobb in 1870, and so continued until the selection of T.C. Grier to the judgeship in 1871 when the business was continued by the two remaining members of the firm until 1874. At present he is a member of the law firm of McMath & Cobb. He was a member of the legislature of 1881 and was one of the most popular and influential members in the house. He served on the committee on ways and means, and insurance, and on the special committee appointed to investigate the management of the Ionia state house of correction. In the spring of this year he was nominated for the judgeship and elected in spite of the warmest opposition. November 1, 1871, Mr. Cobb was united in marriage to Miss Laura A. Munger, daughter of our esteemed townsman, Algernon S. Munger.

    1888: Brief bio. (Added Dec., 2008)

    Early History of Michigan with Biographies (1888)
    of State Officers, Members of Congress, Judges and Legislatures.


    Representative from the first district of Bay county in 1881-2, was born April 13, 1841, in York, Livingston county, N. Y., and shortly afterwards his parents removed to Rochester. In 1855 he removed to Macon, Michigan, and lived a farmer's life for several years, sometimes attending district school in winter. In the winter of 1858-60 he attended the union school at Ypsilanti. He served one year in the 5th Michigan volunteer cavalry. Having entered the law department of the University of Michigan in October 1866, he graduated in 1868. He settled in Bay City, his present home. He was supervisor of the third ward in 1873. He is a Republican. He was elected to the legislature by a vote of 1,779 to 1,516 for Fenton (Democrat), and 1,111 for Mussey (National.)

    1892: Ancestry. (Added Oct., 2009)

    American Ancestry - Ancestor Who Settled in U.S. Prior To
    Declaration of Independence, Vol. VII. (1892)


    Bay City, Mich., b. in York, N.Y., Apr. 13, 1841, served in the Civil war in the 5th Mich. cav., and afterward served in the 7th Mich. cav. and 1st Mich. vet. cav., grad law dept. Univ. of Mich. 1868, member of the House of Rep. 1881-2, member of bd. of visitors of Albion Coll. 1882-3, circuit judge of 18th judicial cert. of Mich. 1888 (m. Nov. 1, 1871, Laura A., b. in Cass co., Mich., June 15, 1848, dau. of Algernon Sidney Munger, b. in Bergen, N.Y., mar. 1, 1821, son of Jesse and Hulda Munger of Conn.); son of Elijah Vail Cobb of Bay City, Mich., b. in Paris, N.Y., Sep. 3, 1814, resided in Rochester 1842-55, removed to Lenawee co., Mich., where he resided 1855-60, in Ann Arbor 1860085, farmer, mechanic (m. Jan. 1840, Lucy Hastings, b. in Bristol, N.Y., July 4, 1812, Amherst, Mass., son of Simeon, son of Eltweed, who d. in Northampton 1673), had brother, George Albert Cobb, d. in Saline, Mich., Dec. 1, 1888, aged 76, farmer; sons of Elijah of Paris, N.Y., b. prob. in Westmoreland, N.H., d. in Paris, N.Y., Sep. 13, 1814, served in U.S. army and there contracted the disease of which he died (m. Mary Vail of Guilford, Ct., she m. 2d, Avery); son of George of Westmoreland, N.H., b. Oct 1, 1747, d. there Nov. 9, 1825 (m. 1st Martha Barker, and had ten children: Esther, Martha, George, Elizabeth, Isaac, Elijah, Joseph, Barker, Abner and Lydia, Isaac has desc. in Westminister, Vt., Joseph d. in Wayne co., Mich., leaving a son, Hubbard, who d. leaving a daughter Elizabeth m. Hildreth and removed to Wis., Barker reside in Paris, N.Y., m. 2d, Sally Brigham). This lineage is a reprint with corrections of that published in Vol. 6 of this work.

    1913 Death notice. (Added Jan., 2013)

    Annual Meeting of the Michigan State Bar Association.


    Hon. George P. Cobb of Bay City died at his home upon April 30, 1913. He is survived by his widow and one son, George. Judge Cobb was born on April 13, 1841, in Livingston county, New York, and received his early training in the public schools of his native state. With his parents he moved to Michigan in 1855, where he attended the Ypsilanti seminary, and the Ann Arbor high school. He taught school from 1860 until 1865, when he enlisted in the Fifth Michigan Volunteer Cavalry, receiving his honorable discharge at Camp Douglas, Utah, in 1868. He was a member of the state legislature as representative of the Eighteenth Circuit. On November 1, 1871, he married Laura Munger at Bay City.

    Additional Notes:

      1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

    • Cobb, George P. - age 34, b. NY
    • Laura W., wife - age 32, b. MI
    • George A., son - age 4, b. MI
    • Mary A., sister - age 37, NY

      1900 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

    • Cobb, George - age 59, b. NY
    • Laura M., wife - age 52, b. MI
    • Elija V., father - age 86, b. NY
    • Meyers, Emma, servant - age 15, MI
    Related Note & Pages

    Hon. George P. Cobb
    Top photo from 1865.

    Burial: Elm Lawn Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI.
    Related Pages:
    Cobb: Civil War Memories
    Grier, T.C.
    McDonell, Archibald
    McMatt, John W.
    People Referenced
    Barker, Matha
    Brigham, Sally
    Cobb, Elijah V. (father)
    Cobb, George A. (son)
    Cobb, George A. (uncle)
    Cobb, George P. (subject)
    Cobb, Mary A. (sister)
    Grier, T.C.
    Hastings, Lucy (mother)
    McMath, John W.
    Meyer, Emma
    Munger, Algernon S.
    Munger, Jesse
    Munger, Laura A. (wife)
    Subjects Referenced
    5th Michigan Cavalry
    18th judicial circuit
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Camp Douglas, UT
    Custer brigade
    Grier, McDonell, Cobb
    Ionia house of correction
    Lenawee Co., MI
    Livingston Co., NY
    Macon, MI
    McMatt & Cobb
    University of Michigan
    MI state legislature
    Rochester, NY
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Wastenaw Co., MI
    York, NY
    Ypsilanti, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.