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John "Earnest" Cobban was the son of William Couban and Margaret Scot. He was born in 1758 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland. 1 He was christened on 15 September 1758 at Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland. He died before 1841 .

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Notes: John was one of the tenants who was relocated to Cummingston about the end of the 18th century. He worked as a blacksmith with a side issue of an itinerant preacher, a quite common combination in this period of intense religious fervor. He married Elspet Sandison in 1788 and had 6 children and 41 grandchildren (27 boys and 14 girls) Elspet and 15 of the grandchildren emigrated during the 1850's, 12 to Canada and 4 to the USA during the major population shifts of the Industrial Revolution. They were to be followed by many of the great grandchildren and to include Australia as a new home. While there are many stories of the violent removal of the "crofters" from the Highland farms to make room for the more profitable sheep, this is only a small factor in the movement of Scots to other lands in the 18th and 19th centuries. Moray was not a sheep country but a farming area. Factors in the economic changes were: - growth in population starting from 1500 with major expansion after 1700 - improvements in agricultural technology including lighter plows and automatic reapers, which allowed farms to be worked with smaller crews - change from handwork and oxen to large faster horses (Clydesdales) - improved yields and new crops combined with improving transport of produce to market. - improved diets and health conditions reduced the death rate. The actual need for farm workers did not decrease but did not keep up with the growth in the population during the 1700's and surplus people had to move into the new requirements of the Industrial Revolution or to move into the colonies being developed in the new areas of America and Australia. While these were major and difficult moves, there was little tragedy and much success. Some of the Cobbans did not move and still form as large a group as existed before 1700 with equal success. Comment is made in other data about the massive increase in population in Europe during the Industrial Revolution. John Earnest had 7 children and 41 grandchildren in a "but and ben", a small house with a kitchen/living room and one bedroom. The children slept in corners with the boys in an unheated loft. Compare this to a family now of 2 children and 4 grandchildren in a 7 room house

He married Elspeth Sandison in 1788.

Elspeth Sandison has no recorded parents. She was born wFT estimate 1760 at Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland. She died in 1813 at Cummingston, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland.

Children of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison:

          James Cobban Logo


Footnotes:

William Couban

born about 22 Jun 1724 at Inchkeil, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland

Marriage of William Couban and Margaret Scot on 13 Oct 1750.

Child of William Couban and Jean Couban on 29 Nov 1720

Margaret Scot

born about 13 Oct 1723 at Keam, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died

Marriage of William Couban and Margaret Scot on 13 Oct 1750.

Child of William Scot and Helen Simson on 8 Feb 1718

Elspeth Sandison

born WFT estimate 1760 at Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died 1813 at Cummingston, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland

Marriage of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788.

William Cobban

born about 22 Feb 1789 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died 1860 at Cummingston, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland

Marriage of William Cobban and Isabella McKenzie on 10 Jun 1830.

Child of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788

Margaret Cobban

born about 6 May 1791 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died 31 Mar 1871 at Scotland

Marriage of William Forsythe and Margaret Cobban.

Child of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788

Elizabeth Cobban

born 1795 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died at Scotland

Marriage of John Forsyth and Elizabeth Cobban.

Child of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788

Ellen "Helen" Cobban

born about Jan 1798 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died after 1851 at Cummingston, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland

Marriage of John McHardy and Ellen "Helen" Cobban.

Child of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788

Elspet Cobban

born Nov 1800 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died 14 Aug 1858 at Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland

Marriage of John Laing and Elspet Cobban.

Child of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788

John Cobban

born about 10 Nov 1803 at Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland died 1854 at Scotland

Marriage of John Cobban and Christina A. James on 26 Nov 1828.

Child of John "Earnest" Cobban and Elspeth Sandison on 1788

Source: Church of Scotland parish records, Duffus, Morayshire, 1629-1819

Type: Church

Roseisle, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland
 
Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland

Parish on the shore of Moray Firth including the town of Burghead, Gordonstoun School, and the estate of Spynie.  See notes from 1841 Census of Scotland.

 
 
Cummingston, Duffus, Morayshire, Scotland
 
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