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Leonard Morris's County Records...#624 viewsLeonard Morris & John Jones, 190 Acres, Kanawha County, Virginia, 17 Sep 1810
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Leonard Morris's County Records...#524 viewsLeonard Morris, 220 Acres, Kanawha County, Virginia, 10 Sep 1812
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Leonard Morris's County Records...#325 viewsLeonard Morris, 220 Acres, Kanawha County, Virginia, 10 Sep 1812
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Leonard Morris's County Records...#229 viewsLeonard Morris 492 Acres, Kanawha County, Virginia, 20 Sep 1791
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Leonard Morris's County Records...#126 viewsLeonard Morris 492 Acres, Kanawha County, Virginia, 20 Sep 1791
Fleming Cobb # 1139 viewsFleming Cobb's application for a Military Pension for his service in the Indian Wars stated he was born 23 December, 1767 in Buckingham Co, VA. As a young man of 20 years he removed to Albemarle County, VA for two years before joining his Uncle in moving to Kanawha County. Fleming Cobb's son Thomas U. wrote an article for the Boone County, WV Newspaper "The Herald" 30 November 1893, describing his father leaving home to join his Uncle Thomas Upton, because he did not get along with his step-mother. (Reference the Addendum below.) It is also noted in the article that at age 15, Fleming enlisted in the Revolutionary War as a substitute for a man named McIntosh.
Fleming Cobb # 297 viewsIn 1791 and 1793 Fleming served as an Indian Scout in the defense of the Western Frontier. He enlisted February or March, 1791 as an Indian Spy under Col. George Clendenin and was a soldier defending Clendenin's Frontier or Elk Fort under William Clendenin. The spring of 1793 he enlisted as a First Sgt., under Capt. Moses Mann, and frequently went scouting with Col. Thomas Lewis, Maj. Leonard Cooper and Capt. Mann. He had as assistant spies Charles McClurg, David Robinson, Joe Burrell and Tom Lamaster. After his discharge in November, he lived with Thomas Upton and family, later he had as companions John Young and John Morris. The Payroll of Lieut. Mann's command of volunteer militia embodied for the defense of Greenbrier and Kanawha for the year 1793 shows that Fleming Cobb served as a sergeant from 1 January, 1793 to 27 September, 1793 and received a total pay of $28.25. His application was rejected, but he received a Bounty land Warrant in 1833. His widow Sarah (Morris) Cobb also received Bounty Land Warrant No 83776 for 160 acres the 25 September, 1854.
Sarah Cobbs60 viewsTomstone inscription:

Mrs. Sarah Cobbs, widow of Fleming Cobbs, daughter of Leonard Morris, born at Donnally's Fort at Greenbrier Co, VA, 1775. Departed this life Oct. 23, 1856. She was a pious member of the Baptist Church and died in full hope of meeting kindred dead in the land of bliss.
As Fleming Cobb's widow she applied for and received Bounty Land Warrant #83776 in 1854 under the Act of 1835. After her husband's death, her widowed daughter Katherine Corley and four Corley grandchildren lived with her. Her father Leonard wrote his will February 1831 and stated to my son-in-law Fleming Cobb $1,000.00.
Sara Morris' Tomstone Location55 viewsCountry Club/Cobb Cemetery, Charleston, Kanawha County, WV. Mrs. Sarah Cobbs, widow of Fleming Cobbs, daughter of Leonard Morris, born at Donnally's Fort at Greenbrier Co, VA, 1775. Departed this life Oct. 23, 1856. She was a pious member of the Baptist Church and died in full hope of meeting kindred dead in the land of bliss.
Fleming Cobb # 351 viewsFleming had gone to Albemarle Co, VA in 1787, and in 1789, he moved to Kanawha Co, VA. His pension application states he came with Thomas Upton and his family. Fleming was a noted pioneer for his various exploits. One of the adventures was his trip by canoe to Fort Randolph at Point Pleasant, a distance of 58 miles from Clendenin's Fort or Fort Lee in 1790 to get powder and ammunition. He encountered three Indians on his return home, but wounded or killed at least one and was able to outrun the rest. Fleming is also credited with killing the last Indian in Kanawha Co; according to the story he shot the man from a distance of two hundred or more yards.

Fleming was listed as a friend and nephew and the executor of his uncle Thomas Upton's will the 2 Jan, 1794 in Kanawha Co, VA. The 6 May, 1794 Wm Clendenin and Morris Reynolds testified they were called to the house in George Clendenin's Fort where Thomas lived to write the will, and the remainder of the property was to go to Fleming Cobb. They had forgotten to put it down. He received the 1/2 tract of land above Davis Creekl.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project51 viewsThe Peytona Herald, Peytona, Boone county, West Va May 31, June 14, 21 and 28, 1894

EARLY SETTLERS The Trials and Troubles They Encountered While Exploring The Wilds of What is Now Boone, Kanawha and Mason Counties (By Thomas Upton Cobbs)

In the Herald of November 30, 1893, I saw something said about Fleming Cobbs. I will now, at this late date, tell you something about him, some other pioneers of this part of the country, and, also concerning the origin of the name of certain creeks, and etc..

Fleming Cobbs was born in Buckingham county, Virginia, near the Court-house. The date I do not know. His mother died when he was small. When he arrived to the age of fifteen years he enlisted as a soldier in the revolutionary war and served ninety days. He was a substitute for a man by the name of McIntosh. When the war was closed he came home.

Fleming's father's name was Thomas Cobbs. He was an Englishman. He married a second time, so when Fleming came home he and his stepfather disagreed. He met Thomas Upton at his father's home. Mr. Upton was a surveyor and an old bachelor. He had received a land warrant from Governor Dunmore previous to the revolutionary war. Governor Dunmore was the last colonial governor of Virginia. This land warrant was, presumably, for services in the Indian Wars. He (Upton) went and spent a winter at old Fort Donald, on Muddy creek, in Greenbrier county, now West Virginia and from there moved further west to Lewis' fort at Point Pleasant, where he had to pass another winter. Indian hostilities were plenty, in which he participated.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#264 viewsHe laid his warrant on the South side of Kanawha river, two miles below Charles Clendenen's fort, where the city of Charleston now stands. he died and was buried in a hollow walnut log within the confines of the fort. In those days the early pioneers had no coffins to bury their dead in and had to dig the graves with clapboards, and when William Goshorn dug the basement of his fine house he threw the hollow log out with Thomas Upton's bones in it. The log was sound as a dollar.

When Upton had laid his warrant he went back east to Thomas Cobbs', who was his brother-in-law, Cobbs having married Upton's sister for his first wife.

Fleming Cobbs was greatly dissatisfied with his stepmother, so Upton told his nephew he would take him to another part of the country where he would be out of the reach of his tormentor. So he told Fleming he would start west, one evening and would stop at a certain place in the mountain and Fleming should come to him and they would proceed to Donald's fort. Fleming accepted the proposition, and his father sent him to feed the cattle some distance away. He started off merrily whistling. He left without hat, shoes or coat and he did not stop till he arrived at the hiding place of his uncle, who took him to Donald's fort, and from thence he worked his way to Lewis' fort at Point Pleasant. The next I heard of him he was employed by Colonel Charles Clendenen as a spy.

Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#339 viewsJohn Morris, John Young, Ezekiel Drawdy and Daniel Boone were similarly employed one season. In the history of Daniel Boone the season he was employed as a spy in Kanawha Valley is not stated, but John L. Cole and Thomas Matthews, of Charleston, supplied the facts in their history.

Fleming Cobbs spied five years for Colonel Charles Clendenen, who was stationed where Charleston now stands, in which is the Capitol of the most noble little state of West Virginia.

Fleming was six feet two inches in height, he weighed 180 pounds, well muscled and had blue eyes.

John Morris was a small man, weighed 145 pounds, was a keen shrewd man.

John Young was tall, being six feet two inches in height, with black eyes, straight hair black as a raven. It was said of him that he was gifted with the sense of smell in an extraordinary degree, so he could smell an Indian an eighth of a mile.

Daniel Boone weighed 160 pounds, was round shouldered, and a little on the corpulent order.

As to Ezekiel Drawdy, I do not remember Fleming Cobbs ever saying what sized man he was.

Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#437 viewsWhen Fleming Cobbs and the other men were on a spying expedition they spied against the wind to keep the sound of any noise behind them, and if there was any noise they could hear, even if they could not see what made it.

Well, now, as to the origin of the names of the different creeks. When the above named spies were on duty they had certain places designated at which to meet, and the mouth of Drawdy creek, was one of those places. So Ezekiel Drawdy got there first on one account. While he was waiting he heard a herd of buffalo coming. They had been stampeded on the Kanawha river whence they resorted to lick the brackish water.

A buffalo could not be killed by shooting it in the head. One had to shoot it behind the shoulder. Drawdy drew a bead on one and felled it. When Cobbs and Young came to the appointed rendezvous they found Drawdy skinning his game, and since then the creek has borne his name.

Bull creek obtained its name from a curious circumstance. Fleming Cobbs and John Young spied together; John Morris and Ezekiel Drawdy were companions in spying. Cobbs and Young were going up the creek. The buffaloes had a big trail up it. Those men heard the animals coming, so they stepped out of the way, for when buffalos are scared, they do not mind anything in their path, but trample men and animals under their feet. They are always led by an old and powerful male. This old fellow had his head down, as usual smelling along, at the same time making a low noise like an English bull. So that stream was named Bull creek, and bears the name to this day.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#534 viewsThe way Rush creek obtained its name was, on account of the buffalos, when stampeded, instead of taking time to go two miles further up the Kanawha to go west through the Guyan country they would rush for the creek known as Rush creek. Hence its name.

The creek above was old Leonard Morris' creek, who settled at its mouth. The buffalo went up this creek when they were left to go quietly their own way.

And this is how Indian creek got its name: A party of Indians stole some horses of Leonard Morris, from his fort on Rush creek. The news reached the Clendenen fort. Fleming Cobbs, John Young and John Morris got into a canoe, and rushed for Coal river, which they ascended till they came to an Indian trail across the river at the mouth of this creek. They knew that the Indians would come that way to cross the Coal river. They landed their canoe a distance below on the lower side and went up against the mouth of the creek on the top of the bank and concealed themselves. In a short time the Indians put in an appearance accompanied by the stolen horse.

They swam the horses across and then hurriedly constructed a raft on which to cross them selves. As soon as the Indians had pushed their raft from the bank of the river the white men commenced to fire upon them. There were seven Indians, all of whom the whites killed, and as they fell they pitched into the river. The whites then swam the horses back to the other side of the river and took them in safety to Leonard Morris'. After that the stream went by the name of Indian creek.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#638 viewsTacket's fort stood on the lower side of the mouth of Coal river. The Indians captured it, as it was a weak fort, yet there were forty five women, children and men in it. They took one man, Thomas Tays, prisoner. A man by the name of Young put his wife in a canoe, and pushed for Clendenen's fort. The next day the woman gave birth to a child. She laid in the canoe on the water till her husband pushed her to Clendenen's fort, twelve miles from Tacket's fort.

The child was named Joseph Young. I have seen him as a man. It was three days after the fort was taken and the people massacred before the people could bury the dead.

Fleming Cobbs, John Morris, John Young and Ezekiel Drawdy went to the heart-rending scene to bury the dead. The ravens and crows had picked out the eyes of the dead. They had nothing but paddles to dig the graves with.

They crossed on the upper side of Coal river near its mouth, and dug a hole in the sand some fourteen feet long;. They placed the women and children in one end and the men in the other end, feet to feet. Fleming Cobbs showed me where they buried the dead. The stench was so powerful that they could not handle the corpses, so they braided a rope of leatherwood bark and made a running noose which they threw over a corpse and dragged it through the water and up the bank and tumbled it in its resting place.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#732 viewsCobb's creek got its name after Fleming Cobbs. After Mad Anthony Wayne made peace with the Indians at the Maumee river in Ohio, which gave peace to the country east of the Mississippi river, Fleming Cobbs chose this creek for his hunting grounds. He had a man employed to pack his game to camp. His name was John Casa or Casey. He had a large wen on the back of his neck. The horse which he used to pack with was turned out to graze around the camp and strayed away one night, to what is now known as Horse creek, where he was found, and this incident gave it the name. Fleming Cobbs afterwards moved his camp to Turtle creek. John Casa, the game packer, came into camp one day, with two turtles which he had caught. He was fond of turtle meat and thought Cobbs was also, so he cooked them, intending to give Cobbs a rare treat. But what was his astonishment when he found that Cobbs did not like seven kinds of meat in one (for a turtle is a perfect ollapodrida, having meat which tastes like beef, veal, pork, venison, fish, mutton and chicken): So Cobbs poured the precious mess into a trough and cooked what he did like to eat, for he had the fat of the land at his command. John liked turtle and had the whole feast to himself. But this simple incident gave the name to the creek it now bears.

The first man in this section of the country who brought a hog west of the Allegheny mountain was Dr. John Cipher. He died six miles west of Paris, Monroe county, Missouri. I have slept in his house in that state.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#845 viewsHail's branch took its name at the expense of a man's life. There was a spring up the branch which afforded a cool and refreshing drink when the water was obtained. A sick woman was in the fort who longed for a drink of this cooling beverage. A man by the name of Hail frequently crossed the Kanawha river to this branch to furnish the woman the desired water. The Indians learned the fact and watched for the approach of the unsuspecting man, and shot and killed him. So his memory is kept green in giving the name of Hail to this branch. I heard Fleming Cobbs say he was in the fort at the time and heard the fatal shot.

Briar creek obtained its name from a trivial circumstance. I do not recollect so well about how it got its name, but the best of my recollection is that I heard Fleming Cobbs say that when he and John Young were spying for the Clendenen fort, on that creek, they found a large buck with ample horns which had got them entangled in a lot of grapevines and bamboo briers, and died there.

Now some reminiscences of Fleming Cobbs. When he was spying for General Andrew Lewis and he was with him two years--At Point Pleasant, West Virginia, he pushed a canoe to Clendenen's fort, sixty miles in one day, to take ammunition to save that fort from capture by the Indians. An account of this may be seen in the History of the Valley of the Kanawha.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#948 viewsThe last red man killed in the valley of the Kanawha was killed by Fleming Cobbs, where the Blackband tipple now stands. He shot the Indian across the Kanawha river.

The last elk killed in the valley was shot near the mouth of Elk river, on Two Mile creek. He was killed on a Sunday by John Morris.

Fleming Cobb died four and a half miles west of the city of Charleston, on the south side of Kanawha river.

John Young died on Elk river about the mouth of Falling Rock creek, Kanawha county.

John Morris died in Missouri, in St. Charles county, and was buried where St. Charles city now stands.

I do not know if I ever heard Fleming Cobbs say what became of Ezekiel Drawdy.

Daniel Boone was the first white man who looked over the bow of the timber of Kentucky, and Fleming Cobbs and John Young were the second and third.
Early Settlers of Kanawha County....The WVGenWeb Project...#1036 viewsDaniel Boone was the first white man who looked over the bow of the timber of Kentucky, and Fleming Cobbs and John Young were the second and third.

Now, I will tell you who it is who has done this writing. My name is Thomas Upton Cobbs, a son of the above mentioned Fleming Cobbs. I was born four and a half miles west of Charleston, on the south side of the Kanawha river, on 20th day of May 1817. I am the last one of the old family of Fleming Cobb who is living. All I have written I have heard from my father's lips.

There are many other things I could tell of concerning the doings of the first settlers of the valley of Kanawha, which I heard my father tell concerning the wars Leonard Morris and my grandfather were engaged in

T. U. Cobbs

Submited for your benefit by Gerald Ratliff and Kanawha Valley Genealogy Society.
42 viewsFleming married January 10 1796 to Sarah Morris daughter of Leonard Morris, a Kanawha Co, pioneer who lived on the south side of the Kanawha River above Fort Lee. After their marriage the couple built a log home near what are now the Kanawha Country Club grounds. On their homestead they planted the first fruit trees in the Kanawha Valley. Fleming had brought 2 apple and two pear trees over the mountains to the valley. In 1945 the old gnarled apple trees still stood on the grounds. Fleming and Sarah had at least 10 children, who have been identified by court and land records and his will. Fleming died 10 January, 1846 and was buried in the family cemetery which is known as the Cobb or Country Club Cemetery in Charleston, WV. Fleming left a will which provided his wife Sarah with the farm where they lived, all the stock, farming utensils, and Negroes for the rest of her natural life. His 3 sons, Fleming, Roswell and Thomas U. were made the executors of the estate. A copy of his pension application and his will is in the Addendum.

Sarah's stone reads; “Mrs. Sarah Cobbs, widow of Fleming Cobbs, daughter of Leonard Morris, born at Donnally's Fort at Greenbrier Co, VA, 1775; departed this life October 23, 1856. She was a pious member of the Baptist Church and died in full hope of meeting kindred dead in the land of bliss”. As Fleming Cobb's widow she applied for and received Bounty Land Warrant #83776 in 1854 under the Act of 1835. After her husband's death, her widowed daughter Catherine Corley and her four children lived with her. Catherine had 5 children, but her daughter Virginia was not shown on the 1850 census with the family.
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