||Henry Cobb migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Because his previously claimed parents have been disproven, the Henry Cobb and Pleasance Reddwood have been detached as parents. Similarly the specific birth date of January 8, 1596 has also been removed. Please do not attach parents without discussion.
While a 2 May 1615 baptism of a Henry Cobb, son of Henry was found in the old register of St Mary's Church, Reculver,, and OEC suggested this Henry was the immigrant to America, a 1615 birth would be too young for the Henry Cobb of Barnstable.
Similarly, John E. Cobb proposed in 1985 that
However, DNA analysis disproving the relatedness between Henry Cobb of Barnstable and Ambrose Cobb of Virginia is described in more detail by Hubert F. Cobb in 2005.
In addition, "in 1999, I [Hubert F. Cobb? see below] proved with wills that Elder Henry Cobb was not the son of Henry Cobb of Reculver, Co. Kent. With the data from the Cobb DNA project we now know that Henry Cobb and Ambrose Cobb are not related. Ambrose is a descendant of the Reculver Cobb’s. The DNA project also shows there are two distinct Cobb lines in Kent (maybe more)."
The following is excerpted from a "write-up" done by Cobb research Hubert F. Cobb, published [sic; this work, unfortunately, does not appear to have been published] in an attempt to help eliminate mis-information about Henry Cobb "The Elder" highlights of which include:
"Savage the historian says Henry 'had been of Plymouth about 1629'. This is supported by the church records that say several persons arrived in 1629, some of whom had been in Mr Laythrops (Lothrop) Church in England. Most of us know of the close association Henry [Cobb] had with Rev. Lothrop, both here and in England."
"In Nathaniel Morton’s "History of the Plymouth Church 1620-1680" is the following paragraph discussing streghtening (sic) the colony with a new group of immigrants:
"The fact that Dean[e] in his history of Scituate says he was one of the "men of Kent" and that Rev. John Lothrop preached in Kent plus his association with other men of Kent seems to indicate that he probably was from Kent."
- "In Anno 1629 a Considerable Number of the bretheren of the Church which were le[ft] in Holland were Transported ouer to vs that were of the Church in New England which although it was att About 500lb charge yet it was bourne Chearfully by the poor bretheren heer Concerned in It; alsoe about that time seuerall Godly prsons; some wherof had bin of mr Laythrops Church in England and others alsoe Came to vs out of England; so wee becaime through the Goodnes of God pretty Numerous and were in the best estate Respecting the Church that wee had as yet bine in New England." (Also see NEHGS New England Ancestors, Fall 2003, Vol 4, No. 4, pg. 28).
In a book Early English Dissenters by Champlin Burrage is the following which is also interesting:
- "After Jacobs departure the congregation managed as best it could without a pastor until about 1624, when John Lathrop, who had formerly been a Puritan preacher at Cheriton in Kent [just outside Folkestone and about 8 or 9 miles from Romney Marsh or Cobb’s Court], and who evidently was still an Independent Puritan, joined the church. He was chosen pastor in 1625."
- "Did Elder Henry meet the Rev. in Cheriton and live somewhere around that area? We now have three areas where they could have met, Egerton, Cheriton or Southwark."
Two pedigrees of the Cobb line in Kent have been very helpful in sorting out the families as has Hasted's History of Kent. The two pedigrees are:
Henry apparently was brought up in the Church of England, and in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that Church, broke away from the Establishment and joined the Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a Congregational Church in London, of which the Rev. John LOTHROPP, Sr, The Pioneer, was then pastor. 
Henry probably came to America in "The Anne" in 1629.
He married first by 1632, Patience Hurst (birth of first child 7 Jun 1632).
He moved to Scituate, MA, in 1633, and from there to Barnstable, MA, in 1639.
He was Deacon or Ruling Elder in Scituate and Barnstable for 34 years. He also held various civil offices, among them the Deputy to the General Court of the Colony for several years. Henry and his 2 wives had 16 children, 3 born in Plymouth, 2 in Scituate and 11 in Barnstable.
On 8 January 1634/5, he was listed as member #7 at the founding of Scituate Church.
On 5 Jun 1644, he was licensed to draw wine-- i.e., he was a tavern keeper.
He married second Sarah Hinckley 12 DEC 1649 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
He is buried at the Old Barnstable Cemetery/ Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
Enoch Taylor Cobb, Henry's 3rd great-grandson, erected a stone to the memory of Henry in the old Barnstable Cemetery in 1871 with the following inscription:
His will was written 04 Apr 1673, codicil 22 Feb 1678, proved June 3, 1679, Plymouth Colony.
Henry's will names sons John, James, Gershom and Eleazer to whom he had previously given "half my Lands at Suconeesset. Also named were son Jonathon and daughters Mary, Hannah, Patience and Sarah. The will includes "Great Lott of Land in Barnstable" to his son James who paid his older brother 5£ for his interest, to his wife Sarah "new dwelling house" and the remainder of his "Lands both upland and meadow." The original will gave the "dwelling house" to his son Samuel upon the death of Sarah but the codicil changed the recipient to be his son Henry.
With first wife Patience Hurst:
With second wife, Sarah Hinkley:
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