Estate Record of Ezekiel Cobb

Filed 2 Sep 1835, Escambia County, Florida

Contributed by Deborah Biesbrock

Know all men by these presents that I, Daniel Cobb, of the County of Escambia & Territory of Florida, for diverse good cause and considerations those unto knowing (?) have made, ordained, constituted and appointed and by these presents do make, ordain, constitute and appoint Isaiah Cobb, my brother, of the Count & Territory aforesaid my true and lawful attorney to sign my name to the bond for which obligation he is bound to enter into for the faithful administration of the Estate of Ezekiel Cobb, deceased, and the said Isaiah Cobb is hereby authorized to sign my name as though he is myself as the present situation of my family prevents me from attending to the same myself, this 27th day of August 1835.

Witness: Elijah Gaylor , Isaiah Cobb

This will be filed _______ them that Daniel Cobb consented for Isaiah Cobb to administer on his father's estate and that he ___________ become a ______ to the ______ had the _____ power of attorney been formal. Pensacola, September 2nd 1835. C. E______; Judge, CCEC (?)


Know all Men by these Presents, That we Isaiah Cobb, Athal S. Cobb an Benjamin Cobb, of the County of Escambia, and Territory of Florida, are held and firmly bound unto the Governor of Florida, and his successors in office, in the just and full sum of three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500), the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this second day of September 1835.

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bounden Isaiah Cobb, Administrator of Ezekiel Cobb, deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular, the goods, chattels, rights and credits, of said deceased, which have or shall come to the lands, possession or knowledge of the said Isaiah Cobb, or unto the hands or possession of any person or persons, for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited into the office of the County Court, for the County of Escambia, at or before the 10th of November next and the same goods, chattels, rights and credits and all the other goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, at the time of the death of the said deceased, which shall at any time come to the hands or possession of the said Isaiah Cobb or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons, for do well and truly administer according to Law. And further make or cause to be made, a true and perfect account of its administration, when required, and all the rest and residue of the same goods, chattels, rights and credits, which shall e found remaining on the said administration account, the same being first examined and allowed by the County Court of the County aforesaid, and shall deliver and pay to such person or persons respectively, as the said Court by their decree and sentence, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of he act of the Legislative Council in such case made and provided, shall appoint and direct; then this obligation to be void and of no effect, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.


Isaiah Cobb
Athel S. Cobb
Benjamin Cobb

Note: Part II, above, is on a type-set form, with personal information written in.


Territory of Florida
Escambia County

Isaiah Cobb maketh oath to the best of his knowledge and belief that Ezekiel Cobb, deceased, died without a will and that he left six children and legal representatives.

Sworn to before me this 2nd of September 1835

M. Griffen Isaiah Cobb, Clerk


Inventory of the Estate of Ezekiel Cobb, Deceased

One Negro woman named Huldy $400.00
I Negro child $200.00
1 Negro woman $550.00
1 Negro child $150.00
1 Negro named David (?) $450.00
1 Negro girl 13 years old $450.00
1 Negro boy 11 years old $450.00
1 Negro boy 7 years old $350.00
1 Negro girl 9 years old $300.00
1 horse 7 years old $ 80.00
Illegible entry $125.00
One mare and coult $ 55.00
150 head of stock cattle more ______
three dollars 75 cents per head $562.00
35 head of hogs $100, .50 per head $ 48.50
1 yoke of steers 9 years old $ 35.00
1  yoke of half-broke steers $ 25.00
1 cart $ 25.00
1 shotgun $ 11.00
2 feather beds $ 24.00
7 shears $1.00 each $ 7.00
1 cloth press $ 7.00
1 bridle $ 2.00
1 Spanish saddle $ 7.00
1 grindstone $ 2.50
6 pots of different sizes $ 5.12 ½
1 spinning wheel $ 2.00
2 olde axes $ .50
1 coffee mill $ .25
3 wooden pails 50 cents each $ 1.50
100 bushels of corn at 56 ¼ cents per bushel $ 56.25
1 pair of ________ $ .50
1 iron __________ $ .75
1 set of small wagon wheels $ 8.00

We the undersigned do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct appraisement of the personal property of the Estate of Ezekiel Cobb, Deceased, so far as has the same been estimated and sworn to an subscribed before this 5th day of October 1835.

Elijah Gaylor, J. P., E. C. Daniel Campbell
Jesse Mims
Isaiah Cobb, Administrator

Transcription from the original record kept on file at Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, Deeds & Records, by Deborah Cameron Biesbrock, direct descendant of Ezekiel Cobb, submitted to Santa Rosa County, Florida, USGENWEB site on 3 January 1999. This is not "copywritten" material; it is a public record and is submitted as such for the use of genealogical research. Ezekiel owned 640 acres, a section of land, containing what is now the township of Bagdad, adjacent to Milton, Santa Rosa County, Florida, on the Blackwater River. His estate record notice in the Pensacola Gazette of 21 October 1837, which is on microfilm at the University of West Florida, led me to the record. Without the publication of Index to Deaths and Marriages in Pensacola Newspapers, 1821 - 1865 compiled by Dr. Brian R. Rucker and published by Patagonia Press, Milton, Florida 1990, these invaluable sources of pioneer history would be overlooked.

I am submitting this file in honor of the birthday of my best friend since first grade at Pace Elementary School, Santa Rosa County, FL - Janis Campbell Engert, who is also a Cobb descendant. Obviously, she is also a descendant of the pioneer Campbell family. Elijah Gaylor was married to Nancy Campbell.

An account of the turbulent marriage, the death of their twin sons, and a description of their two-storey mansion on the Escambia River ridge north of Jay known in early times as "The Devil's Backbone" may is contained in the vertical file "The History of Pine Level", an early account of Jay and surrounding settlements written by Mr. Diamond, in Special Collections at UWF. This unpublished document contains a wealth of information about the early settlers, including Cobb, Barrow, White, Polk, Campbell, Diamond, Jernigan, et al.

Deborah Biesbrock, deborah@cconnect.net