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Richard Cocke, II

Birthplace: Bremo Plantation, Henrico County, Virginia
Death: Died in Bremo, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Henrico County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Col. Richard Cocke, of Bremo and Temperance Cocke
Husband of Elizabeth Cocke and Elizabeth Cocke, of Bremo
Father of Richard Cocke; Richard Cocke, of Bremo; Martha Bennett and John Cocke, of Bremo
Brother of Captain Thomas Cocke, of Henrico
Half brother of Elizabeth Cocke; William Cocke of the Low Ground; John Cocke, of Henrico County, VA; Richard "the Younger" Cocke; Edward Cocke, Sr., and 1 other

Occupation: House of Burgess
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About Richard "the Elder" Cocke, of Bremo

Richard Cocke

  • Birth: 12/10/1639
  • Death: 11/20/1706, Bremo, Henrico, Virginia
  • Parents: Lt. Col. Richard Cocke, of Bremo and Temperance Bailey
  • Married: Elizabeth


Known as Richard "the elder" Cocke to distinguish him from his young half-brother of the same name. He inherited the 640 acre "Bremo" plantation in Henrico from his father.

had 3 surviving children mention in Richard's will: Richard, Elizabeth, and Martha.

In 1895 The Virginia magazine of history and genealogy estimated his estate to be worth $35,000. According to Measuring Worth, in 2010 $35,000 from 1895 was worth:

  • $4,350,000.00 using the unskilled wage
  • $7,440,000.00 using the Production Worker Compensation
  • $7,430,000.00 using the nominal GDP per capita
  • $32,900,000.00 using the relative share of GDP

He owned, with his brother Thomas, a Ferry and an Ordinary at the courthouse It was still "Cocke's Ferry" in 1810.


SERVICE: a surveyor of the county and justice, 1678. A member of the county court 1678, 1680, 1699, and probally during all of this period.

VA Gen 40: 243-248 Oct 1996 apparently shows that this Cocke family and the one of Princess Anne Co. seen in early Moseley records may be all the same one of Constantine area in Cornwall England.

From: "Adventurers of Purse and Person":

Called "the elder" to distinguish him from his young half-brother by the same name.

He inherited the 640 acre "Bremo" plantation in Henrico from his father and served as surveyor of the county and justice, 1678.  He was associated with his brother Thomas is various enterprises, among them the operation of a ferry across the James River, known as "Cocke's Ferry" as late as 1810, and the operation of an ordinary near the courthouse at Varina.  He held 2180 acres in Henrico County, 1704.

His will, 19 Nov 1706-02 Dec 1706, named his children and grandchildren.

RICHARD COXE (THE ELDER), b. December 10, 1639, Bremo, Curles, Henrico County, VA; d. November 20, 1706, Bremo, Fluvanna County, VA.

He resided at Malvern Hill:

Father: Richard COCKE , Sr. Lt Col. 1602 - 1665

Mother: : Temperance BAILEY


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

Father's Family 2 : Mary ASTON

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

Married Elizabeth b. 1643

Said to have been the daughter of John Hartwell of 'Swann's Point', Surry Co., VA; gr dau of William Hartwell, J.P. James City. But this is not possible; John Hartwell son of William of James City was born about 1681, some 50 years after this Elizabeth was born. It is a mixup with A later Elizabeth (Hartwell) Cocke

Children of Richard Cocke II and Elizabeth are:

  • 1. +Richard Cocke III, b. 1672, BREMO,VA, d. 1720.
  • 2. +Elizabeth Cocke, b. 1675, d. date unknown.
  • 3. +Martha Cocke, b. 1677, d. 1757.
  • 4. +John Cocke, d. 1699.



The Cocke family is well known in Virginia genealogy, but its early history is not easy to unravel. It's hard to find reliable sources.

11 Richard Cocke, the wealthy emigrant who founded the family, was born about 1600 (some say 1602), evidently at Pickthorne, Shropshire, because his son Thomas's plantation in eastern Henrico County was later named Pickthorne. He seems to have come to Virginia in the early1630s. In 1636 he patented 3000 acres in Henrico, establishing an estate called Bremo; in all he was to patent more than 10,000 acres for bringing 220 people to Virginia. He married twice; in the mid 1630s he married Temperence Bailey, and in 1652 he married Mary Aston, who was the daughter of one of his colleagues in the House of Burgesses and about 30 years younger than he was.

He had at least six documented children, although sorting them out by spouse has been a problem.

Apparently he had two sons named Richard, one by each wife; they are known in Virginia genealogy as Richard the Elder and Richard the Younger.

He was elected to the House of Burgesses for Henrico in 1644 and again in 1654. He was Lt. Colonel (commander of the county militia), and he served as Sheriff of Henrico in 1655. He made his will in October1665 and evidently died soon thereafter. The will survives.

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Richard "the Elder" Cocke, of Bremo's Timeline

December 10, 1639
Henrico County, Virginia
Age 32
Age 32
Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 37
Old Bremo, Curles Neck, Henrico County, Virginia
Age 38
November 20, 1706
Age 66
Bremo, Henrico, Virginia, United States
November 1706
Age 66
Henrico County, Virginia
March 4, 1970
Age 66
September 14, 1970
Age 66