Grizel Cocke (Kissah) (c.1758 - 1820)

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Nicknames: "Grizzell;Simms;Keziah;Sims", "Kissiah"
Death: Died
Managed by: Elizabeth-Gaye Jeans
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About Grizel Cocke (Kissah)

Parish Sims, first husband of Grizel Kissiah, made his will November 26, 1807, and died within a few months. His will, recorded in 1812, in Lincoln County (later destroyed by fire), named his wife Grizel as inheriter of all his estate for the sole purpose of supporting and raising his children during her lifetime, "and in the case of her marriage or death, leave my estate to be equally divided among my children".

In September of 1810, a petition was sent to President Madison, and one of its signers was Grizell Sims, widow of Parish. Parish's mother Elizabeth also signed the petition. This petition asked the President not to allow the removal of the settlers even though their purchase of the land from the Cherokees was in dispute by the Chickasaws. This "trouble with the Indians" is significant in that it may be how widow Grizel Sims, referred to in some records as Kissiah Sims, came to meet and know William Cocke, who was later appointed as the Agent for the Chickasaw Indians. It is thought that her maiden name was Kissiah, a family name in North Carolina and Virginia.

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