Richard Cocke

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Lt. Richard Cocke (1597-1665) was an early American settler, planter and politician.

Richard Cocke was born in Pickthorn, Shropshire, England around December 13, 1597 when he was baptized.[1] His father was Thomas Cocke of Pickthorn.[2]

By 1632 Cocke had emigrated from England and was living in Henrico Co., Virginia.[3] He married Temperance Baley the widow of a man named John Browne. Cocke supplied 6,397 pounds of tobacco to pay off the debts left by Mr. Browne.[4] On March 6, 1636 he patented 3,000 acres of land in Henrico Co.[5]

His wife, Temperance died young after giving birth to two children, Thomas and Richard. Cocke married Mary Aston the daughter of Lt. Walter Aston and had several more children. Including another son named Richard who was referred to as “the Younger.”

Cocke served as County Lieutenant various times and served as a representative from Henrico in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1644 to 1654.[6] He eventually owned three plantations, Curles, Bremo, and Malvern Hills. They totaled over 7,000 acres and would remain in the family for generations.[7] Lt. Cocke died in 1665 in Henrico Co., Virginia.

United States Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are descended from Richard Cocke.[8][9]

References

  1. Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Origins of Richard Cocke of Henrico County, Virginia, Steven R. Day, August 2007, Vol. 45.
  2. Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Origins of Richard Cocke of Henrico County, Virginia, Steven R. Day, August 2007, Vol. 45.
  3. Richard Cocke of Henrico, Virginia, Steven R. Day, November 1, 2007
  4. Richard Cocke of Henrico, Virginia, Steven R. Day, November 1, 2007
  5. Documents, chiefly unpublished, relating to the Huguenot emigration to Virginia and to the settlement at Manakin-Town: with an appendix of genealogies, presenting data of the Fontaine, Maury, Dupuy, Trabue, Marye, Chastain, Cocke, and other families, Robert Alonzo Brock, 1886, page 193.
  6. Documents, chiefly unpublished, relating to the Huguenot emigration to Virginia and to the settlement at Manakin-Town: with an appendix of genealogies, presenting data of the Fontaine, Maury, Dupuy, Trabue, Marye, Chastain, Cocke, and other families, Robert Alonzo Brock, 1886, page 193.
  7. Richard Cocke of Henrico, Virginia, Steven R. Day, November 1, 2007]
  8. The Royal Descents of Five Hundred Immigrants, by Gary Boyd Roberts.
  9. Ancestors of American Presidents, by Gary Boyd Roberts
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