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Helen Elizabeth (Cobb) Parker (1915 - 1981)

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Helen Elizabeth Parker formerly Cobb aka Belden
Born in Smithville Flats, Chenango, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1 Dec 1932 (to about 1941) in Norwich, Chenango, New York, United Statesmap
Wife of — married 18 Jun 1948 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of , , , [private daughter (1940s - unknown)] and
Died in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 3 Sep 2019 | Created 17 Feb 2019
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Helen was born on 10 October 1915 in Smithville, Chenango, New York.[1] She was the daughter of Arthur W Cobb and Malaskia Wells. In 1920, her family is living on her Grandfather, John Cobb dairy farm as a large extended family. She has a new baby sister, Katherine Jeanette.[2] The following year, Helen becomes a big sister again with the birth of Hazel.

Unfortunately, life is hard for little Helen and her sisters. By July of 1924, Helen watched her family fall apart. Her mother files for divorce with a charge of Non-Support on 30 June 1924. Judge Stratton accepted the evidence and proofs and adjourned until 7 July 1924.[3] On that dreadful Monday, her parents would not be reconciled. Her sister, Jeannette, was adopted by her Great Aunt and Uncle, Hattie (Wells) and Horace Clark. Her father was given custody over her and her mother custody over Hazel. The family was completely broken.[4] Her father took her back to her Grandfather's farm and leaves her there.[5][6] In 1931, Helen contacts her mother in Binghamton saying that she is being made to work beyond her abilities and hasn't been provided with sufficient clothing. Her mother picked her up at Greene High School and took her to court when Judge Brown summon them. Helen was allowed to stay with her mother after that.[7]

On 1 December 1932, Helen marries Irving Jason Belden in Norwich, Chenango, New York.[8] While living in DeRuyter, Madison, New York, Helen gave birth to Ella Hattie on 23 February 1935. On 22 June 1936, Charles was born. Wesley was born on 9 February 1939. Helen's family was still living in Binghamton, Broome, New York in 1940 where her husband was working in the brick yard. Janet is born 21 June 1940. A year later, William Arthur was born in Norwich, Chenango, New York. Soon after, Helen and Irving divorce. In 1948, Helen remarries Ernest Parker who adopts William.[9]

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Helen was living close to Sherburne. I can remember visiting her in her trailer home. She would be chain smoking at the kitchen table. Her wizen face always had a kind word. Often she was joined by her best friend, Lena Tucker.[10]

She passed away in 1981 in Syracuse, New York and was buried with Ernest Parker at Sherburne West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne, New York.[11]


  1. Ella Hattie Belden b. 23 February 1935
  2. Charles Belden b. 22 June 1936 d. 10 September 1985
  3. Wesley Belden b. 9 February 1939 d. 9 January 2013
  4. Janet Belden b. 21 June 1940
  5. William Arthur Parker b. 6 June 1941 d. 7 October 2018


  1. "New York State Birth Index - 1915" by Reclaim the Records: accessed 1 September 2019;
  2. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 September 2019), Helen E Cobb in household of Arthur Cobb, Smithville, Chenango, New York, United States; citing ED 141, sheet 1B, line 63, family 18, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1094; FHL microfilm 1,821,094.
  3. "Guilford Man Faces Non-Support Charges"; Norwich Sun; Norwich, New York; 30 June 1924; pg 5 col 3: accessed 1 September 2019; The Digital Archives of the Guernsey Memorial Library;
  4. "No Reconciliation Is Effected By Court"; Norwich Sun; Norwich, New York; 7 July 1924; Monday Evening edition; pg 1 col 6: accessed 1 September 1924; The Digital Archives of the Guernsey Memorial Library;
  5. "New York State Census, 1925," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 November 2014), Helen Cobb, Smithville, A.D. 01, E.D. 01, Chenango, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 1, line 30, New York State Archives, Albany.
  6. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 September 2019), Helen E Cobb in household of John A Cobb, Smithville, Chenango, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 40, sheet 4B, line 81, family 102, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1416; FHL microfilm 2,341,151.
  7. "Children's Court Cases"; Norwich Sun; Norwich, New York; 16 June 1931; Tuesday Evening edition; pg 5 col 6; accessed 1 September 2019; The Digital Archives of the Guernsey Memorial Library; Norwich, New York;
  8. "New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 March 2019), Hellen Elizabeth Cobb in entry for Ervin Jason Belden, 1 Dec 1932, Chenango, New York, United States; citing ref. ID , county clerk offices from various counties, New York; FHL microfilm 819,847.
  9. "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 September 2017), Ernest Parker and Helen Cobb, 12 Jun 1948; citing Marriage, , Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States, various county courts and registers, Pennslyvannia; FHL microfilm 2,022,022.
  10. personal memories of Angelina Pease written 1 September 2019, Southbury, CT
  11. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 July 2016), Helen E. Dudlley Parker, ; Burial, Sherburne, Chenango, New York, United States of America, Sherburne West Hill Cemetery; citing record ID 93185029, Find a Grave,

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