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Person Page 181

Richard Collier Cobb1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

born 10 April 1899, died 8 January 1963

Family: Mary Rose Sicard (born 13 January 1903, died 26 January 2002)

Facts and Notes

  • Name:9
  • Anecdote: Mary Rose Sicard; See person note10
  • Birth: 10 April 1899; Vernon, Lamar County, Alabama, USAB6,5,1,2,3,4,7,8,9
  • Residence: 1900; Vernon, Lamar County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 1; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son4
  • Residence: 1910; Vernon, Lamar County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 12; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son9
  • Occupation: About 1917; Meat cutter with L.P. Robertson3
  • Residence: Between 1917 and 1918; Lamar County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 183
  • Education: Before 1920; completed 4 years of high school6
  • Residence: 1930; Precinct 20, Shelby County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 31; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head5
  • Occupation: 1930; Coal mine operator5
  • Residence: 1935; Vernon, Lamar County, Alabama, USAB6
  • Divorce: 19 August 1937; Mary Rose Sicard; Jefferson County, Alabama, USAB; The grounds for divorce that Mary Cobb sought from her husband, Richard Collier Cobb, were changed from "cruelty" to "abandonment" during the negotiation process.11
  • Residence: 1 April 1940; Cottondale, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USAB; Age: 41; Marital Status: Divorced; Relation to Head of House: Head6
  • Occupation: 1 April 1940; Hospital attendant at a veteran's hospital6
  • Occupation: Before 1963; "Warehouse man" before he died2
  • Death: 8 January 1963; Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USAB; Died of acute respiratory failure and chronic pulmonary emphysema at age 632,1,7,8,12
  • Burial: 12 January 1963; Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Lamar County, Alabama, USAB2,7,8
  • Note: Richard Collier Cobb served in U.S. Naval Reserves during World War I and II.

    Martha Stone Cobb Daniel wrote the following about Richard Collier Cobb and Mary Rose Sicard:
    "Richard was a dear little boy, all of four when Mama and Daddy were married and Daddy said he felt as though he was his own son. As he grew older, he was up to great tricks [such] as sliding down the ladder with Rollie for an easy escape, so he was packed off to a Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee - a private school for boys. This school had a reputation which was similar to Marines! Send me a boy, and I will return you a man! How long Richard stayed there, I do not recall - he ran away and joined the Navy. Why? Had not his brother been in the Army? So, with his bell-bottomed trousers, he was a delight to the girls in each port, of that I am sure - He served his duty well, whatever it was, because you know damn well, no Cobb could possibly shirk!
    When he was released from the service, he met a most beautiful girl, Mary Sicard, and they were married by her Catholic Priest in her Catholic Church. All the women loved her Priest because he reminded them of the Cobb men. He kissed them all and loved Mr. Sicard's wine served at the reception. Richard and Mary lived in Vernon for a short time and Mary proved to be a real favorite. Nanny (Laura Chappell) Cobb had lost her contact with the Convent, but she had not forgotten and she was so proud to have a Catholic daughter-in-law. Pa Cobb (Rowland Wallace) used to chuckle and tell how he would say, 'Mary, what are you going to have for supper?' He would raise his voice and attempt to imitate Mary and say "Soup" - They (Richard Collier and Mary Rose), too, soon moved away, but would return frequently for visits and always arrived at the most ungodly hours! My! Reminds me of some trips we used to take when Hugh and I were young."


  1. [S457] Daniel, Martha Stone, Genealogy Project, Daniel, Martha Stone. Genealogy Project. Privately held by Provided by Richard S. Cobb, Arlington, Virginia, 1995., Descendants of Alexander Cobb
  2. [S680], Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964, Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania., Record for Richard Collier Cobb
  3. [S392], U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Registration State: Alabama; Registration County: Lamar; Roll: 1509397, Record for Richard Collier Cobb
  4. [S449], 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Vernon, Lamar, Alabama; Roll: 23; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1240023, Record for Rowland W Cobb
  5. [S375], 1930 United States Federal Census, United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls., Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 20, Shelby, Alabama; Roll: 48; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0029; Image: 1099.0; FHL microfilm: 2339783, Record for Richard C Cobb
  6. [S390], 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Cottondale, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Roll: T627_84; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 63-23, Record for Richard C Cobb
  7. [S418], U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963, Record for Richard C Cobb
  8. [S448], U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for Richard C Cobb
  9. [S450], 1910 United States Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Vernon, Lamar, Alabama; Roll: T624_20; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0057; FHL microfilm: 1374033, Record for Ratie W Coob
  10. [S26] Daniel, Martha Stone Cobb, Daniel, Martha Stone Cobb, "Cobb Notes" to Cobb, Richard and Marianna, Geneaology Correspondence, Geneaology Correspondence., 25 November, 1971
  11. [S257] White E. Gibson, Gibson, White E. , Letter to Mary Cobb, 6 Aug 1936, Gibson, White E. (1605-16 Comer Building, Birmingham, Alabama) to "Mary Cobb". Letter. 6 Aug 1936. Privately held by Mary Jane Reyes, Lorton, Virginia. 2015.
  12. [S532] The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Alabama, USA (print edition), The Birmingham News. Alabama, USA. Birmingham., "Richard C Cobb"; Jan 9, 1963, Funeral Notice for Richard Cobb