John Lewis Cobbs
State Treasurer: 1888-1892

COBBS, JOHN LEWIS, business man, was born December 7, 1832, in Bedford County, Va., and died November 27, 1897, at Montgomery; son of Bishop Nicholas Hamner and Lucy Henry Landonia (Cobbs) Cobbs, grandson of John Lewis and Susan (Hamner) Cobbs, and of Edmund and Elizabeth (Manson) Cobbs, all of Virginia. He received his early education in Virginia, and moved with his parents to Alabama in 1844. He attended the University of Alabama for several years, and established himself as a dry-goods merchant in Tuscaloosa prior to1858. He entered the C.S. Army, joining Co. D, Second Alabama cavalry, and in 1863 was transferred to the quartermaster corps, serving as assistant quartermaster of Co. F., Fifth regiment of Alabama, with the rank of captain. He was honorably discharged from the service, May 17, 1865. After the war, Mr. Cobbs moved to Montgomery and opened a dry-goods business in that place, now carried on under the name of John L. Cobbs & Company, by his sons, John Lewis and Christopher Claudius Cobbs. In 1888, he was nominated and elected Treasurer of the state of Alabama, and was re-elected in 1890, serving through two terms. He was a Democrat, and a member of the Episcopal Church, serving for years as vestryman of St. John's Church, and afterwards holding the same office in the Church of the Holy Comforter. Married: October 13, 1858, at "The Cedars," Dallas County, Dorothy Evans Pegues, daughter of Christopher Butler and Elizabeth Hodges (Evans) Pegues, who lived first in Cheraw County, S.C., and later in Dallas County; granddaughter of Claudius Pegues, a captain in the Revolutionary Army; great-granddaughter of Claudius and Henrietta (Butler) Pegues, the former a native of London, England, born 1719, went to South Carolina in 1736, was married there, settled in Georgetown, S.C., and afterwards moved to Cheraw District, that state, on the Pee Dee River; the latter was a native of Charleston, S.C. Mrs. Cobbs was a niece of Senator Evans of South Carolina. Children: 1. Nicholas Hamner, d. in infancy; 2. John Lewis, m. Ida Bell Woodfin, Montgomery; 3. Christopher Claudius, m. Annie Melvin Westcott, Montgomery; 4. Lucy Hamner, m. John Danforth, Birmingham; 5. Leighton, d. in infancy; 6. Elizabeth Evans, d. in infancy; 7. Edward Ellerbe, d., m. Edith Hurter, Montgomery. Last residence: Montgomery.

Owen, Thomas McAdory, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Spartanburg: The Reprint Company Publishers, 1978 (1921), III, 358.

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