Cobb, James (1869-1927)

James Cobb was the caretaker for the Denman Tennis Courts. He lived at 910 Denman Street in 1920. No further conclusive information is available for him.

There was a James Cobb who lived in the Vancouver area from about 1913 to 1927. He was born in England on March 11, 1869. His father may have been William Cobb; his mother’s last name was Smith.

He served with the British military in India for 16 years.

On May 23, 1896, in Bushey, Hertford, England, he married Mary Ann Bates. She was born about 1868, possibly in Wales. Her father was Newman Bates.

James and Mary arrived in Canada about 1913. A James Cobb was living at 5108 Chambers Street in South Vancouver from 1917 to 1919. In 1919, he was working for the shipbuilding company of John Coughlan and Sons.

In 1920, James Cobb was the caretaker for the Denman Tennis Courts.

The 1921 Canada census included a listing for James and Marie Cobb, who were living in the Sunnyside area of Burnaby, British Columbia. They were both 53 years old, and they had arrived in Canada in 1913. James was born in England, and was a farmer. Marie was born in Wales.

The 1922 and 1923 Vancouver directories listed James Cobb at 4868 Beatrice Street.

By 1926, James Cobb was the quartermaster sergeant for the 11th Canadian Machine Gun Brigade. He was living at 600 Cambie Street.

On February 17, 1927, James Cobb died in Vancouver. He had been a caretaker at the army huts at the Cambie Street Grounds, and had been living at the army huts. His wife was Mary Cobb. James was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

From 1928 to 1933, Mary E. Cobb, the widow of J. Cobb, was living at 4868 Beatrice Street.

No further information is available at this time.

 

Sources

Vancouver directories

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3PY-LZT : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb in household of William Cobb, Bushey, Hertfordshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. , PRO RG 11/, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NF34-8F1 : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb and Mary Ann Bates, 23 May 1896; citing St. Peter’S, Bushey, Hertford, England, reference 2:3D37XS0; FHL microfilm 1,537,870.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKX6-MMK : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb and Mary Ann Bates, 23 May 1896; citing St Peter’S, Bushey, Hertford, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1537870 IT 2-3.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2C-44V : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb, 17 Feb 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13130, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,349.

“Military Caretaker Dies Suddenly,” Vancouver Sun, February 18, 1927, page 11: “Sergt. Major Cobb, a veteran with 43 years military experience, and late quartermaster of No. 2 company, 11th Machine Gun Brigade, died suddenly Thursday at the military huts, Cambie street, where he was caretaker. He was 58 years old, and in addition to serving with a Vancouver battalion, he served in India for 16 years. His widow survives him. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in Center & Hanna’s chapel. Interment will be made in the returned soldiers’ plot, Mountain View cemetery.”

“Sergt.-Major Cobb Died Suddenly at Military Quarters,” Vancouver Province, February 17, 1927, page 26: “Death came suddenly at 9:30 a.m. to Sergeant-Major James Cobb, of the 23rd Brigade, veteran with forty-two years’ military service. He had been caretaker at the army huts on Cambie street grounds. This morning he went to 415 Cordova street west, new military headquarters since removal from Cambie street. Complaining of feeling ill, he lay down. Medical aid was called and the apparently unconscious man [text missing ]. [He] is survived by his wife. He was a sergeant-major with the local battalion and for many years served in campaigns along the Indian frontier.”

James Cobb, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 18, 1927, page 17; Vancouver Sun, February 18, 1927, page 18: “Cobb – Suddenly, Feb. 17, 1927, Sergt.-Major James Cobb, late quartermaster-sergeant No. 2 Company, 11th Machine Gun Battalion, in his 58th year. Funeral services will be held at Center & Hanna’s chapel Saturday, Feb. 19, at 3 o’clock. Interment Returned Soldiers’ Plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NXYP-DZX : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb in entry for Florence May Cobb, 1897; citing Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, reference – 2:2PVS9DJ; FHL microfilm 1,537,870.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQMF-P5F : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb in entry for James Newman Cobb, 09 Oct 1898; citing Bushey, Hertford, England, reference It.2 p56; FHL microfilm 1,537,870.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J95L-9G8 : accessed 8 April 2015), James Cobb in entry for Elsie Mary Cobb, 14 Oct 1900; citing Bushey, Hertford, England, reference It.2 p70; FHL microfilm 1,537,870.

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