Ella Chance

3 August 1875–31 July 1955 (Age 80)
Shorterville, Henry, Alabama, United States

The Life of Ella

When Ella Chance was born on 3 August 1875, in Shorterville, Henry, Alabama, United States, her father, Augustas James Chance, was 31 and her mother, Matilda Saint John, was 22. She married Davis Jackson Cobia on 1 June 1893, in Henry, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She died on 31 July 1955, at the age of 79, and was buried in Shorterville, Henry, Alabama, United States.

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Davis Jackson Cobia
Ella Chance
Marriage: 1 June 1893
Willie J. Cobia
Perla Dink Cobia
Ella Cobia
Sara Elizabeth Cobia
Rosa Lee Cobia

Spouse and Children

    Davis Jackson Cobia



1 June 1893
Henry, Alabama, United States


    Willie J. Cobia



    Ella Cobia



    Rosa Lee Cobia


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 1

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 20

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 21

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old French chea(u)nce ‘(good) fortune’ (a derivative of cheoir ‘to fall (out)’, Latin cadere), a nickname for an inveterate gambler, for someone considered fortunate or well favored, or perhaps for someone who had survived an accident by a remarkable piece of luck.2 Americanized form of German Tschantz or Schantz .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ella Cobia in household of Davis Cobia, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ella Cobin in household of Davis J Cobin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ella Cobin in household of Davis J Cobin, "United States Census, 1920"

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