I was born in from Huntsville and still live here today. Lee Cobble's (Laura's oldest brother) children were born near New Market , in Madison County, or in Huntsville and they lived their lives in this area. Four of Lee’s children are still living, 2 in Huntsville, one in Connecticut and one in Georgia.
I don’t know much more about Ardmore than what Donnie mentions. Ardmore is two little towns that join one another on the Alabama and Tennessee state line. Ardmore as we know it today is located in two states and four counties; Giles and Lincoln Counties in Tennessee and Limestone and Madison Counties in Alabama. The history of Ardmore begins in 1910 when the Louisville and Nashville railroad announced plans to build a direct route between Nashville, Tennessee and Decatur, Alabama. The proposed route would cross the state line where Ardmore is today. Ardmore was first known as the village of Austin. The bridge that separates them was built for that railroad line.
In the 1900 census, John Allen Cobble, Laura’s father, and family lived a place known as Gilbertsboro in Limestone County. A John M Cobble, who I speculate was John Allen’s father, lives nearby in Leggtown. John Allen dies 2 years after Laura was born and her mother remarries in 1911 to a J. S. Powers. I have drawn a blank on he 1910 census, keeping it on my ToDo list.
Laura’s mother, new husband and her brother who was 2 years older than she can be found in the 1920 census living in Civil District 5 of Giles County Tennessee. Laura has already met and married Dave Jones before this census. I would tend to think they met in Giles County TN based on the sequence of events.
I have a copy of the 1920 census showing (lines 54 and 55) David and Laura living in West Huntsville. The individuals listed in the household preceding David and Laura’s household are her brother Sie Cobble, his wife Bessie, stepsons William and Murphy Hymer (lines 51-53). It appears that David and Uncle Sie are both working in the Merrimack Cotton Mill (aka Huntsville Park). I can’t say how long Dave and Laura lived in Huntsville. If I knew where Robert 1924 and William(Bill) 1926 were born, we could narrow it down.
I have located a copy of the 1930 census from Maury County Tennessee that counts David, Laura and some children. Also in the household are Addie Lynn Cobble Powers and J. S. Powers. The only thing that strikes me odd is the census was taken in Maury County TN. Giles County is bordered on the north by Maury County. I can speculate that they lived so close to the county line that the census taker may have made a mistake in his count. The children listed in the census include: Novella (11), Ruby (7), Robert (6), William (4.9)
My relation to any Cobbles around Blanch TN is not known yet. My dad’s oldest brother owned a farm at Taft TN before he died in 2007. He once related a story about going into a beer joint on the state line in the general area of Blanch and running into a fellow who asked him if he was a Cobble (because he looked like one). The guy said he was related to us and I think my uncle never told me he was a Jones. Man, how I’d love to track that guy down today. There are people between Athens AL and the southern Tennessee area that we are kin to that probably don’t know we are alive.
Unfortunately, I have only 2 or 3 pictures of my grandfather, one picture of Laura’s brother WB (everyone called him Uncle B) and one picture of her sister, Ada Cobble. I have some pictures of the tombstones on the graves of John Allen Cobble and his son Willie. They are both buried at Wid Legg Cemetery in Limestone County Alabama. I know where her other brothers and sisters are buried around the Giles TN, Limestone and Madison County AL but have never gone to take a picture of their grave markers. If anyone has any pictures, I would welcome a copy or scanned image. The granddaughter of Harvie Cobble, another of Laura's brothers, has been in contact with me. She was researching to find anything on John Allen Cobble and she wondered if a picture of John Allen existed. I have not heard from her in a while, but I am sure if she ever found anything, I would know about it.
I have sent Donny some of the census records, death certificates and other documents. I will send the same materials to you, Janie. If Joshua Jones will email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
, I will send what I have to you.