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About Stephen Cocke
STEPHEN2 COCKE (WILLIAM1) was born 1800, and died 1860. He married WILLING. She was born in Mississippi.
Notes for STEPHEN COCKE:
From "Memoirs of Mississippi", p. 563:
"In 1816 [or 1818], when Stephen Cocke was yet a boy, his parents moved to Columbus, Miss., where the father [William Cocke] had been sent as an agent of the government to the Chocktaw Indians, and here, later, Stephen Cocke served in the capacity of a clerk under the agency of his father. His education was necessarily limited, but upon arriving at manhood, he was elected clerk of the circuit court of his county, and while thus engaged began the study of law. In 1834 he became a member of the [state] legislature [for the counties of Monroe, Lowndes, and Rankin), and distinguished himself for his advocacy of the formation of the new counties out of the Choctaw and Chickasaw sessions. In 1845 he was elected chancellor the state, which position he held for a term of six years. He possessed no particular distinction as a lawyer or as a judge, but is remembered particularly in his efforts in behalf of the admission of the new counties spoken of.