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Joe and Betty My parents, Joe and Betty Cabaniss. Betty is the daughter of Harvey and Grace (Dovel) Cobb.

Grace and Betty

Grace Dovel Cobb and baby Betty

Harvey and Grace's children: Bob, Betty, Barbara, Marilyn, Billie. Harvey died in 1939. Grace married Raymond Knauf 1942. Raymond and Grace had a daughter, Linda Rae.
Cobb family in Gyp and Arapaho cemeteries

Custer County, OkGenWeb


Jerrie Cobb, Oklahoma Flight Pioneer Trained for Space Flight

Jerrie is a great- granddaughter of Thadeus and Effie Cobb.

Family History and Southwest Oklahoma
Family Tree
Mom's Grandparents
Rufus R. and Mittie (Stephens) Cobb

Rufus Cobb family

Back Row:
Frank 1896-1973, Randle 1902-1961, Jack 1894-1963, George 1888-1965
Middle Row:
Lois 1898-1978, Fannie 1906-, Mary 1909-1972, Mildred 1912-
Front Row:
Harvey 1900-1939, Rufus 1865-1947, Mittie 1869-1943, Cecil 1889-1954

Rufus was born in Alabama. Lived in Fannin and Montague counties, Texas. Mittie was born in Grayson county, Texas. They met at a camp revival on the Red River. They lived in Chickasaw Nation near Healdton until 1892, then moved their family to "G" (Custer) county, Oklahoma Territory. Rufus was a businessman and farmer-rancher. He opened general merchandise stores in Arapaho and Gyp, Oklahoma.

Mittie's Journal, 1941

Rufus' parents Thadeus and Effie Caroline (Burke) Cobb 1850s

Thadeus Hiram Cobb and wife, Effie Caroline Burke, maternal great-great grandparents, left Georgia for Texas in 1856. They settled in Fannin County, Texas. During the Civil War Effie and the children went to Alabama. The family returned to Fannin County in 1868. They lived in Indian Territory a short time and settled in Montague County, Texas by 1878. Effie died there in 1899. After Effie's death, Thadeus lived with sons in Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory and died at Gyp, O. T. 1906.

Cobb Family Tree
Betty Lou Cobb Cabaniss (mom)
Harve Glen Cobb 1900-1939 md. Grace Dovel (grandparents)
Rufus Rowland Cobb 1865-1947 md. Mittie Stephens, AL>TX>OK (great-grandparents)
Thadeus Hiram Cobb 1834-1905 md. Effie Burke, SC>GA>TX>AL>TX>OK (gg grandparents)
Rowland Cobb 1796-1867 md. Mary Ann Edwards, SC>GA>TX
Rev. John S. Cobb 1749-1841 md. Francis Smith, VA>NC>SC
Ambrose Cobb 1729-1797 md. Sarah ?, VA
Robert Cobb 1687-1768 md. Croshia ?, VA
Ambrose Cobb 1662-1718 md. Elizabeth Pinkett, VA
Robert Cobb 1627-1682 md. Elizabeth Thorpe, VA
Ambrose Cobb 1603-1656 md. Ann White, England>VA

Family records
COBB CHRONICLES, John E. Cobb, Durant Publishers, Alexandria, VA, 1985.
COBBS OF TENNESSEE, Cully Alton Cobb, Ruralist Press, Atlanta, GA, 1968.

Mittie's father George Wesley Stephens 1842-1927
G. W. Stephens
The picture I have of George is about 8 x 11.
The image quality is poor and there are water spots on it.

Rufus and Mittie Cobb, newlyweds, crossed the Red River October 1887 with all their possessions in three covered wagons. They were making a new home in the Chickasaw Nation. One of the wagons became stuck in the quick sand and Mittie's bedding, clothing and personal items got soaked in the Red River. Maybe the water spots on George W. Stephens' picture came from this incident.

George and his brother Benjamin, sons of Wesley Stephens and wife, Emily Yoakum (Price), born in Monroe County, Tennessee, were orphaned in 1854 and went to live with their uncle Dr. Franklin Yoakum in Limestone County, Texas.

George enlisted in Confederate service on April 27, 1862 at 11th Texas Infantry Regiment, Reynolds Brigade, Walker's Division at Camp Lubbock (near Houston) as a private. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant and assumed command of Co. C. June 23, 1862 and on muster roll for January and February 1864 (last on file). Shown absent sick since February 1864. According to his two witnesses on his CSA Texas pension application of August 1921, George Taylor and W. M. Berryman, George fought with them on the 3rd day of November 1863 on the boggy bayou in Louisiana.

He married a young widow 11 November 1864 Grayson County, Texas. Mary Catherine Sarver was born 1842 on the New River in Montgomery Co, VA. She was the widow of Pearis Olinger. George and Mary had three children, William (Bill), James and Martha "Mittie" Olivia.

In the 1870 census with George Stephens was a store clerk in Whitesboro, Grayson County, TX. Mary Catherine died in 1874. George married C. Fannie Edsall, and moved his store into Chickasaw Territory and established a postoffice first near Jimtown, later near Healdton.

George sent his daughter to Catholic Schools in Grayson county. Not many girls of the time had the opportunity for education to the eighth grade. George, his sons Bill and Jim, and son-in-law Rufus Cobb, were in the run opening the Cheyenne and Arapaho Country in April 1892. After they had made their homestead claims in Custer County, they went back to the Chickasaw Nation and prepared to move their families and belonging to Custer County. Three covered wagons made the trip in October 1892. It took two weeks to travel from Stephens Post Office to Arapaho, "G" county, Oklahoma Territory.

George and Fannie Stephens built and owned the Orient Hotel in Arapaho, Oklahoma. The building was destroyed by lightning in 1902 and later rebuilt at Custer City.

George was interested in health and healing. He published The Magnetic Healer, copyright 1900, "Designed for Student and Teacher," promises "This little work if followed will not only save doctor's bills, but life. It is the straight path of life." The book divided "Magnetic Healing" into hypnotism, vital magnetism and mental science. The book covered subjects from Asthma, Appendicitis and Apoplexy to Vomiting, Water Brash and Yellow Jaundice in 61 pages.

George applied for a correspondence course in the InterState School of Osteopathy at 148 Washington Street, Chicago in 1902. He paid $10 for his home-study course. His study books were Gray's Anatomy, Kirk's physiology, Potter's Compendium Anatomy, Gould's Lexington.

George was awarded the Masonic Third Degree at Custer City 24 September 1906. He retired to Confederate Soldiers's Home in Austin, Texas and died there 1927.

Many thanks to Jeanette Bland, cousin-in-law, who shared George Wesley Stephen's history.


Page created 25 October 1997 by Susan Cabaniss Bradford.
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