Willis Philander Cobb was born 15 November 1845 in Glasgow, Scott, Illinois. He was the son of Barnum Cobb and Electa Alice Hovey. He was their fourth child and had a twin sister Alice. His siblings were Lorenzo S Cobb (also a veteran), Julia Cobb ( Married to James E Deweese), James Cobb, and Alice Cobb his twin sister. He married Edith Florilla Hovey on September 8 1892 in Keokuk, Lee, Iowa. He was a carpenter and a painter. Willis died on March 20th 1924 in Chattanooga, Tennesse. He was 85 years, 4 months, and 8 days old at his death. He is buried in US Veterans Cemetery - Chattanooga National Cemetery.