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Richard Cocke

Nicknames: "Richard Cocke of Henrico"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sidbury, Shropshire, England
Death: Died in Henrico, Virginia
Place of Burial: Malvern Hills Cemetery, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Cocke and wife of Thomas Cocke
Husband of Temperance Cocke and Mary Cocke
Father of Captain Thomas Cocke, of Henrico; Richard Cocke the Elder; James Cocke; Richard Cocke; Edward Cocke and 5 others
Brother of Eleanor Cocke

Occupation: Planter, politician
Managed by: Private User
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About Richard Cocke

Richard Cocke

  • baptized: 13 December 1597, Parish of Sidbury, Shropshire, England
  • Death: October 4, 1665 Bremo, Henrico, Virginia
  • Parents: Thomas Cocke & his wife
  • Married: Temperance Bailey, Mary Aston

Additional Curator's Notes:

Richard Cocke, born in 1602 [1597] and died in 1665, was neither Richard the Elder nor Richard the Younger. He married twice and had a son named Richard with each wife. Richard, son of Temperance Baley, was known as Richard the Elder to distinguish him from his younger brother, son of Mary Aston, and known as Richard the Younger. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 1/3/2014

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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5557280

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Birth Location Leeds, Yorkshire, England Bremo,Henrico,Virginia,USA

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For English parentage, see:

Magazine of Virginia Genealogy

Vol. 45, No. 3

August 2007

Origins of Richard Cocke of Henrico County, Virginia

by Steven R. Day

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/a/y/Steven-Day-Mukilteo/FILE/0003page.html

Richard COCKE , Sr. Lt Col. 1602 - 1665

   * BIRTH: 1602 
   * BAPTISM: 5 Sep 1602, Stottesdon, Shropshire, England 
   * DEATH: 1665 

Family 1 : Temperance BAILEY

  1.  Thomas COCKE , I
  2.  Richard COCKE , the Elder  1639-1706
  3.  Elizabeth COCKE 

Family 2 : Mary ASTON

  1.  William COCKE
  2.  John COCKE
  3. +Richard COCKE , the Younger  c. 1657
  4.  Edward COCKE 

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From William and Mary Quarterly - The most powerful of theHenrico familieswere the Randolphs, Cockes, Eppses and Byrds.Of the English ancestry of Richard Cocke (circa 1600-1665) andFrancisEpped (died ante 1655) nothing definite is known(1), but fromtheir firstappearances in the colony, which was quite early, they bothoccupied a very solid position. RichardCocke amassed considerable means for the times in which he lived butjust whatwere his other occupations, besides planting and politics, isnot nowknown. His sons and grandsons, at one time or another, occupied nearly every office of dignity and profit in Henrico County and as the years went by and other parts of the colony

Richard was the son of John and Elizabeth Cocke. He came to Virginia from England during the early 1600's, and patented some 8000 acres of land, mostly in Henirco County, Virginia. He was a tobacco planter, and took a leading part in the affairs of the colony, serving as a member of Burgess in 1632, 1644, and 1654. He was a Lt Col in the Virginia Militia, and a member of the Grand Assembly of Virginia.

Richard was married twice, first to Temperance Bailey, the widow of John Browne, and second to Mary Aston. Temperance had children by her previous marriage, and Richard was appointed their trustee and guardian. Richard had two sons named Richard, one from each marriage. The oldest called Richard "the Elder", and the youngest was called Richard "the Younger".

Over his lifetime, Richard accumulated a sizable fortune. He owned three plantations ("Bremo", "Curles", and "Malvern Hills") of thousands of acres, stock of cattle and sheep, as well as a grist mill. In his will, dated 4 October 1663, Richard left 1/3 of his estate to his wife Mary, and the remainder mostly to his children.

Richard was buried at one of, if not the oldest graveyard in Virginia, located about 16 miles southeast of Richmond. In his will, he asked "to be Intered in my Orchard near my first wife". There is a memorial mounted on a stone wall near his grave that reads:

BREMO

RICHARD COCKE THE IMMIGRANT AND FOUNDER

OF HIS FAMILY IN VIRGINIA. BORN IN ENGLAND.

PATENTED LAND HERE MAR 6, 1636. NEAR THIS

SPOT HE MADE HIS HOME AND CALLED IT "BREMO"

HERE HE LIVED AND HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM

FOR SIX GENERATIONS AND HERE HE AND SOME

OF THEM LIE BURIED. HIS SON THOMAS LIVED

NEAR BY AT MALVERN HILLS. HIS OTHER CHILDREN

WERE RICHARD THE ELDER WHO INHERITED

BREMO. JOHN, WILLIAM, RICHARD THE YOUNGER

ELIZABETH AND EDWARD

The 2 children of Richard and Temperance were: Thomas, born about 1638 in Colonial Virginia, died in 1697, married twice, had 7 known children; and Richard "The Elder", born 10 December 1639, died 20 November 1706, buried at Bremo; married Elizabeth, had 4 known children.

The 5 children of Richard and Mary were: Elizabeth, born about 1653; William, born 1655, died February 1693, married twice - to Jane and to Sarah Dennis, had 3 known children; Richard "The Younger", my ancestor; John, born about 1655, married Mary Davis; and Edward, born about 1666, died 1734, married Mary.

(Ref: Cockes and Cousins, Vol I and Vol II, by Leonie Cocke and Virginia Cocke; ancestry.com message board, and numerous family trees)

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Emigrated from Leeds, Yorkshire, England before 1636. See Cockes And Cousins. Vol. I, 1967, concerns descendants of Richard Cocke, born 1639. Vol. II, 1974 concerns descendants of his brother Thomas. See Genealogical History of Our Ancestors, 1977, by William L. and Anna Clay Rutherford, for details of Richard's history and descendants.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=a5-oneped&id=I7675

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Richard Cocke arrived in Virginia prior to 1632 and settled on the James River, near present-day Richmond. Some researchers believe that Richard Cocke came from the town of Pickthorne, located in Stottesdon Parish, Shropshire, England.

One of Richard's sons, Col. Thomas Cocke, named his home "Pickthorne Farms," perhaps in memory of the family's ancestral village. There was a Cocke family in Pickthorne, Shropshire, around the time that Richard Cocke emigrated.

In addition, Richard Cocke's plantation on the James River was known as Malvern Hill. It must have reminded someone of the Malvern Hills in England, which are only a few miles from Pickthorne.

The Marquis de Lafayette camped at Malvern Hill in July-August 1781. During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee attacked Major General George B. McClellen's Union Army of the Potomac at Malvern Hill as it retreated to the James River from the gates of Richmond.

The Malvern Hill House survived the battle as a Federal headquarters, but burned down in 1905. Only the ruins of the chimney and foundation are left today.

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Richard the younger Richard Cocke I's son come from a 2nd marrage to Mary Aston. The son's and grandsons (Richard Cocke I ) at one time or another, occupied nearly every office of dignity and profit in the county." and "the most powerful families were the Randolphs, Cockes, Eppses, Byrds, Kennons and Pleasantses, who continue to occupy the exalted positions which their founders in Virginia first occupied, to the very end." In the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1632 onward, one or more memebers of this family sat in nearly every session.

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REFS:

Magazine of Virginia Genealogy

Vol. 45, No. 3

August 2007

Origins of Richard Cocke of Henrico County, Virginia

by Steven R. Day

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/a/y/Steven-Day-Mukilteo/FILE/0003page.html


-------------------- Graduate of Caius College Cambridge

Possessed 8000 acres in 1600

Member of the Virginia Militia

Member of the Virginia General Assembly

Burgess 1632, 1644, 1654

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=marykl&id=I051915

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Lt. Col. Richard Cocke's Timeline

1597
December 13, 1597
Sibury Parish, Shropshire, England
December 31, 1597
Shropshire, England
1627
1627
Age 29
1637
1637
Age 39
Bremo Bluff, VA, USA
1638
1638
Age 40
1639
December 10, 1639
Age 41
Henrico County, Virginia
December 10, 1639
Age 41
1647
1647
Age 49
1651
1651
Age 53
Henrico, VA, USA
1652
1652
Age 54
Henrico, Virginia, USA