“WILLIAM L. COBB, farmer; P.O. Kilbourne; is a native of St. Clair Co.; born May 11, 1833. His father was a native of North Carolina, born in 1804 and died in 1877; he came to the State as early as 1830. Jane Reid, his wife, was born in Missouri in 1807 and is still living in St. Clair, Co.
William, at the age of 18, embarked for himself and worked by the month as a farm-hand, until he attained his 25th year, when he was married to Nancy Ware. The date of her birth is Sept. 8, 1841. Nine children now gather around the festive board–James, Mary, John, Flora, Serilda, Dora, Ada, George and Norman.
He was a renter up to the year 1872, when he bought eighty acres, where he now lives. Mr. Cobb came to this county in 1864 and lived on Crane Creek, seven years.
He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church at New Lebanon and are trying to honor their profession. ”
Source: The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, O.L. Baskin and Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1879, page 802