Malissa Cockburn, George Cockburn's (1746-1834) daughter, is not a Cockburn that gets much attention, mostly due to the fact that she never bore any children.
When she is discussed, there tend to be mistakes, since not many records exist, and those that do are not very informative. However, since in my DAR application I need to list George's children, I am examining her facts closely.
Malissa is referred to as a minor in the Franklin County Court of Ordinary Records, where she is mentioned in records from 1831 and 1832. Even if she was born in 1810 though (see the 1830 Census below), she would already be 21 in 1831.
I believe Malissa might have been called a minor simply because she was apparently still living at home with George when he died in 1834. In his will, recorded 4 Sep 1834, George referred to Malissa as "that unfortunate girl," and he wished that the slaves Crease and Cass would care for her. George left his bed and all of his furniture to Malissa. Her condition and George's gift of his furniture implies that she was living in George's home.
I also found an 1830 US Census record from Franklin County, Georgia, which shows the head of the household is George Cockburn, one male aged 80-90 (undoubtedly our George, since he was 88 in 1834), and one female aged 20-30. Therefore, the woman living with George was born between 1800 and 1810. I believe this to be Malissa Cockburn.
This is all I have found so far, so please feel free to add comments and sources.
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