James/John Cubbage is one of my many brick walls. He seems to be more perplexing than my others, though, as I have more snippets about him which just don’t seem to add up.
Take for instance, this note which my great aunt had in her papers. It simply states, “John Cubbage (Cabbage), 2-24-1758 (which I presume was his birth), died 12-1874, Pvt. VA.
Now, I seriously doubt that John lived to be 116 years old, so I question whether the 1874 is in fact, 1814, or 1784. As it notes he was a private for Virginia, I again presume that was during the Revolutionary War. Okay, so far so good.
Then there is the will of Zachariah Bunch in 1793, Clark County, Kentucky, which lists his daughter, Mourning Bunch, and grandson, James Cubbage by name, but does not list a spouse for Mourning. If James/John died in 1784, this would make sense that he would not be listed. To add to the plausibility of this timeline, Mourning married Peter Myers in 1791 in Mercer County, Kentucky. Ok, this all looks good.
Then it starts to go sideways again, as James Cubbage, son of Mourning (Bunch) Cubbage Myers, was born in approximately 1785. According to the 1860 census (the last before his death), he was 74 years old. Sigh. To make matters worse, or to confuse things more, I am not sure which, there is speculation that James/John the elder (our brick wall person) was a member of the Cubbage family that was prevalent in Delaware at the time. It is thought that for whatever reason, perhaps he was disowned.
A search through the Revolutionary records available at Fold3.com only yielded 1 hit for John (and/or James) Cubbage. A John Cubbage was a witness to sworn statement by Thomas Gilmore to the Continental Congress on June 15, 1776. No record of John Cubbage in the Virginia records. Another dead end.