Thanks for the question. This one was a toughie.
First of all, the correct spelling of the maiden name is Fairbairn,
not Fairburn. Her father was Dr. John F. Fairbairn, an
otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) in Buffalo, New York.
Her first husband was William R. Cass, who was later killed in a plane
crash. Her second husband was J. Allen Fusca, from whom she was
divorced. She met Cobb in Lake Tahoe and they married soon after that
on September 24, 1949 at 3PM. The marriage didnt last and she filed
for divorce on September 7, 1955. Another little tidbit, which may or
may not be of interest, she had a nickname of Pansy, because she had
Frances was born on September 25, 1909 in Buffalo.
It was Cobb's second marriage, and the third for the bride, who
turned 40 on the day following the wedding, Sept. 25.
A little background here as well, a Buffalo man was trying to locate a
copy of his marriage license, but didnt have a date. Buffalo City
Hall officials were stymied until the man volunteered that he was
issued the license on the same date as Ty Cobb, which led to the
discovery of the license itself.
Marriage License of Ty Cobb Found in City Archives, by Thomas J.
Dolan. Buffalo News, 7/17/1999, Final ed., A1.
Full text is available for a fee of $1.95 (see below for my search
The article was then picked up by the AP wire service. I checked it
out as well, and it has more details of how the license was
discovered, but not much more in the way of Frances and her
Cobb memorabilia found on microfilm by Bill Porter. Associated
Press Newswires. Buffalo, NY, 07/22/1999
As I mentioned in my clarification request, I am uncertain as to
whether or not Frances is still alive or under what name she ended up.
It is entirely possible she remarried. There are several entries in
the SSDI and via Family Search http://www.familysearch.org for Frances
Cobb, Frances Cass etc. I even attempted to search via her maiden
name. None of the dates match up. I also searched several newspaper
databases for obituaries for her using variations of the name and
Ty Cobb Frances Fairburn
Frances Fairbairn Buffalo
John Fairbairn Buffalo
etc. but pulled up nothing with dates that could be used.
Interestingly a fair amount of web sites have her maiden name as
Fairburn and not Fairbairn.
I decided to tackle this from the Buffalo angle and went to their
search terms: ty cobb and frances cass
I then searched several newspaper and periodical databases using a
variety of terms:
ty cobb frances cass frances fairbairn etc.
I hope this answers your questions. If you need additional
information, please ask for clarification before rating my answer and
Ill do my best to help you.