John Alexander Cocke, Maj.Gen. (1772 - 1854)

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Birthplace: Brunswick, Nottoway, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Rutledge, Grainger, Tennessee, United States
Occupation: lawyer, general, politician
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About John Alexander Cocke, Maj.Gen.

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MAJ. GEN. JOHN ALEXANDER2 COCKE (WILLIAM1) was born December 7, 1772 in Brunswick County, VA, and died February 16, 1854 in Rutledge, Grainger County, TN. He married SARAH STRATTON 1794, daughter of STEPHEN COCKE and AMY JONES. She was born 1774, and died July 13, 1853.

Notes for MAJ. GEN. JOHN ALEXANDER COCKE:

   Maj. Gen. John Cocke (War of 1812) was one of the founders of the School for the Deaf and Dumb in Knoxville, TN, which is now a State institution -- Family Chronicle & Kinship Book by Octavia Bond, p. 455 and 470.
      He was a prominent officer in the State militia.  In the War of 1812 he held with distinction a commission as Major General.  In 1819 he was elected to the Congress of the United States, where he served four terms, representing the Second Congressional District of Tennessee.  From the best information obtainable General John Cocke married Miss Louisa King, who was probably a daughter of Hon. Thomas King, who was prominent in the public affairs of early East Tennessee.  He was appointed Collector of Washington District by the North Carolina Assembly of 1788.  He was a representative from Hawkins County in that Assembly and in the Convention of 1788.
      Their grandson, Walter Cocke, was a lawyer possessed of a scintillating intellect that dazzled the Knoxville bar.  His brother, Dr. James Cocke, although totally blind, won honors as a surgeon and physician.  He lived in the latter part of his life in Baltimore.  Their sister, Miss Miriam Cocke, has come into prominence as a prize-winning playwright and poetess.
      Ella Cocke, granddaughter of General John Cocke, married Overton Lea of Nashville, grandson of the eminent Judge John Overton, who was the early friend and law partner of Andrew Jackson.  Overton Lea was the son of Judge John M. Lea, one of the most deeply revered men of his generation, respected and beloved for his integrity, his learning and his broadly humanitarian ideals.  His wife was the daughter of Judge John Overton, the fides achates of General Jackson.  United States Senator Luke Lea of Nashville is a son of Mrs. Ella (Cocke) Lea and her husband, Overton Lea.  As a brilliant leader of the Democratic party he was a candidate for Governor of Tennessee.  He is the proprietor of the Tennessean and American, the foremost evening paper of the capital city.  By his marriage with Miss Mary Louise Warner of Nashville he united two of Tennessee's most prominent families.  Senator Luke Lea held a commission as Colonel in the World War, where he served with distinction.
      Laura Cocke, the sister of Mrs. Ella (Cocke) Lea, married the gallant Colonel Hal Gillespie, C. S. A.  Her descendants are given in this family chronicle under Issue of Mrs. Eliza M. Carter and her husband, George T. Gillespie.  "Lealand", the historic home of the Leas of Nashville, was founded by Judge John M. Lea.
   [source: Family Chronicle & Kinship Book by Octavia Bond, pp. 468-469].

-------------------- MAJ. GEN. JOHN ALEXANDER2 COCKE (WILLIAM1) was born December 7, 1772 in Brunswick County, VA, and died February 16, 1854 in Rutledge, Grainger County, TN. He married SARAH STRATTON 1794, daughter of STEPHEN COCKE and AMY JONES. She was born 1774, and died July 13, 1853.

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Maj. Gen. John Cocke (War of 1812) was one of the founders of the School for the Deaf and Dumb in Knoxville, TN, which is now a State institution -- Family Chronicle & Kinship Book by Octavia Bond, p. 455 and 470.

  He was a prominent officer in the State militia.  In the War of 1812 he held with distinction a commission as Major General.  In 1819 he was elected to the Congress of the United States, where he served four terms, representing the Second Congressional District of Tennessee.  From the best information obtainable General John Cocke married Miss Louisa King, who was probably a daughter of Hon. Thomas King, who was prominent in the public affairs of early East Tennessee.  He was appointed Collector of Washington District by the North Carolina Assembly of 1788.  He was a representative from Hawkins County in that Assembly and in the Convention of 1788.
  Their grandson, Walter Cocke, was a lawyer possessed of a scintillating intellect that dazzled the Knoxville bar.  His brother, Dr. James Cocke, although totally blind, won honors as a surgeon and physician.  He lived in the latter part of his life in Baltimore.  Their sister, Miss Miriam Cocke, has come into prominence as a prize-winning playwright and poetess.
  Ella Cocke, granddaughter of General John Cocke, married Overton Lea of Nashville, grandson of the eminent Judge John Overton, who was the early friend and law partner of Andrew Jackson.  Overton Lea was the son of Judge John M. Lea, one of the most deeply revered men of his generation, respected and beloved for his integrity, his learning and his broadly humanitarian ideals.  His wife was the daughter of Judge John Overton, the fides achates of General Jackson.  United States Senator Luke Lea of Nashville is a son of Mrs. Ella (Cocke) Lea and her husband, Overton Lea.  As a brilliant leader of the Democratic party he was a candidate for Governor of Tennessee.  He is the proprietor of the Tennessean and American, the foremost evening paper of the capital city.  By his marriage with Miss Mary Louise Warner of Nashville he united two of Tennessee's most prominent families.  Senator Luke Lea held a commission as Colonel in the World War, where he served with distinction.
  Laura Cocke, the sister of Mrs. Ella (Cocke) Lea, married the gallant Colonel Hal Gillespie, C. S. A.  Her descendants are given in this family chronicle under Issue of Mrs. Eliza M. Carter and her husband, George T. Gillespie.  "Lealand", the historic home of the Leas of Nashville, was founded by Judge John M. Lea.

[source: Family Chronicle & Kinship Book by Octavia Bond, pp. 468-469].

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Gen. John Alexander Cocke, US Congress's Timeline

1772
December 7, 1772
Brunswick, Nottoway, Virginia, United States
1795
1795
Age 22
TN
1797
1797
Age 24
1801
1801
Age 28
1803
April 22, 1803
Age 30
Rutledge, Grainger, Tennessee, United States
1805
1805
Age 32
1807
1807
Age 34
1809
1809
Age 36
1813
February 13, 1813
Age 40
Rutledge, Grainger, Tennessee, United States
1815
1815
Age 42