Fleming Cobbs' gravestone in Cobbs Cemetery.
Mary Cobbs, Fleming's wife, headstone in Cobbs Cemetery.
Portrait of Fleming Cobb published in Images of America: South Charleston. (Romano, 62 and Draper, Web)
Backstory and Context
The Cobbs Family Cemetery is located in Spring Hill, West Virginia. It is beside the Little Creek Park Golf Course (formerly Kanawha Country Club), right off of the fourth green (Draper, Web).
Fleming Cobbs is the most famous person interred within the cemetery. He was a scout during the early years of the settlement of the Kanawha Valley region by whites. He and his uncle Thomas Upton were two of the first white people to settle in the South Charleston area (Romano, 62).
Fleming Cobbs planted two pear trees on Blaine Island in the Kanawha River in the 1790s which survived into the 20th Century. He inherited the island from his uncle, Thomas Upton and traded it to Charles Blaine for a flintlock rifle. Legend has it that Cobbs also killed the last Native American in the area near that same island (Andre, Web).
Some of the tombstones hold the name Cobb instead of Cobbs on
them and some of the historical writings also refer to Fleming Cobbs as
Cobb. All of those buried in the northeast
corner of the cemetery are of the Cobbs family.
The dates of birth range from the 1770s and the dates of death go to the
1970s, with thirteen family graves in all (Draper, Web).