I know of Gustav Kobbe, he was one of 10 children of Carl Wilhelm Ludwig August Kobbe and Sarah Lord Sistare.They were a prominent family in the New York/New Jersey area.
Gustav was born on March 4, 1857, in New York City.He graduated from Columbia University in 1877 and from its law school in 1879.He then received his Master’s there in 1880.He was on the staff of the New York Sun in 1881 and was correspondent of the New York World at the first performance of “Parsifal” at Bayreuth in 1882.He specialized in music, art, and drama in his journalist career and became art critic to the New York Herald after 1905.He married Carolyn Wheeler and they had five children.
His siblings all faired well as well, including his brother William August Kobbe, who rose to the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army, seeing action in the Civil War, along the western frontier, and in the Spanish American War.There’s a fort in the Panama Canal Zone named for him.
Their father was born in 1802 in Idstein, Nassau, Germany.He came to the United States to serve as the Consul General for the Duchy of Nassau in New York City.He married Sarah Lord Sistare in 1835.
Gustav’s paternal grandparents were Friedrich Siegfried Kobbe and Anna Maria Haüser, who had five children.Friedrich was born in 1753 in Atzbach and married Anna in 1792.He died in Idstein in 1808.Friedrich, in turn, was the second of 11 children of Johann Georg Kobbe and Katharina Charlotte Gümbel.Johann was born in 1721 in Nastätten.He and Katharina were married in 1761.He died in Berg-Nassau in 1793.
Johann was one of six children of Johann Christian Kobbeus and Elizabeth Dorothea Lönitzer.He was born in Celle in 1690, served in the Swedish armed forces from 1708 to 1743, and married Elizabeth in 1713.She was born in 1683 and died in 1774.He died in 1765 in Berg-Nassau.
Johann Christian was the son of Johann Georg Kobbe.He is believed to connect to the Kobbe family of Wersabe/Wurthfleth (in the area between Bremen and Bremerhaven, along the Weser River), based on circumstantial evidence but unfortunately the evidence is scarce and there’s no definitive proof that ties them together.The Kobbes of Wersabe date back to Hinrich von Kobbe, who settled in Wersabe and had three sons, Lüder (b. 1629), Johann, and Diedrich (b. 1639).The descendants of Lüder and Diedrich are well documented, so Johann appears to be the candidate for being the ancestor but again, definitive evidence is lacking.