Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Nicholas Cocke

Male Bef 1623 - 1687  (> 64 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Nicholas Cocke  [1
    Birth Bef 1623  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 25 Oct 1687  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32578  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Father Family Cocke 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F21196  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane MNU Curtis,   b. Bef 1627, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 14 May 1694, Middlesex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 67 years) 
    Marriage Abt 15 Nov 1660  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maurice Cocke,   b. Bef 1643, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Jan 1698, Middlesex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 55 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Jane Cocke,   b. Abt 1661, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1694, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 34 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F21193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Bef 1623 - England Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=caswellcounty&id =I34177

      Three days before he closed his eyes forever, Nicholas Cock had his will drawn up, "beinge sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect minde", and when it was finished, he signed it carefully- He had left nearly everything to his only son, Maurice Cock; a life-interest to his beloved Jane; devised the 300 acre Beverley tract to his daughter, Jane Cock Jones and her son, Rice Jones. To his namesake grandson, Nicholas Jones, he devised the 300 acre Thackwell's Neck, adjoining both the home tract and the Beverley tract; a few other bequests; to his stepson, Nicholas Curtis, he devised the 480 acre York Branch tract in lower Essex County, Old friends, Doodes Minor, Edward Thomas and Richard Grimsted signed as witnesses to the carefully executed document.

      Source: Smith of Abram's Plains, Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith (1988).
      ===
      Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia Wills 1653-1800; {Ida J. Lee}
      HARRIS, John. 21 Dec. 1661. Rec. Prob. 12 March 1661.
      John Richons, his wife & children 400 acres of land, Ellenar Owns 500 a. of land, Humphrey Owens 200 a. of land, Nicholas Cocke and his son Morris Cocke 200 a. of land. Exors: Friends Humphrey Owen & Nich. Cocke. Wits: John Edwards, Thos. Foster. W.B. Loose Wills.
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      The Cox Family in America , Page 281
      Nicholas Cocke was in Lancaster in 1658, in which year six hundred acres were patented to him and, in 1663, a grant was made to his son, Maurice, of a like amount in the same county. The fact that he was naturalized in 1673, along with Minor Doodes and other Dutch settlers in Middlesex, has led to the belief that he was from Holland, but the coat of arms on his tombstone is identical with that of the Cocke family of Lancaster and Cornwall in England, indicating English ancestry. The family probably came from England to Virginia by way of Holland, to which country many English families emigrated during the period of the Civil War (1450-1471). He married about 1661, Jane, widow of Bart. Curtis; children--
      i. Jane, married Rice JONES;
      ii. Maurice, who married Elizabeth, widow of Doodes Minor, son of M. Doodes.
      ===
      1661-1666 Lancaster County, Virginia Deed & Wills [Antient Press]; Page 356
      - At a Cort, helde for the Countie of Lancastr: March the 14th 1665/6
      - A difference dependinge at this Cort, betweene the Orphts. of OLLIVER SEGAR & HUMP: OWEN, deced., & NICH: COCKE, Overseer for the saide Orphts. in accompt is by consent of the plies concerned referred to the auditeing of HENRY CORBYN, Esqr., who is thereunto requested by this Cort,, And it is further ordered by this Cort., that the saide COCKE doe for hymselfe deliv: into the handes of & possession of HUMPHREY JONES, who marryed the Widd: and Relicte of the sde. SEGAR & OWEN, Pits, all the Estate beIongine to the sde. Orphts, als execucon. It is further ordered that the sde. JONES doe give security for the saide Orphts. Estate accordinge to Acte.
      ===
      1670-1672 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 4, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 162
      THESE PRSENTS WITNESSETH that I NICHOLAS COCK of the County of MIDDLESEX doe authorize Impower & depute my Loveing Friend THOMAS WHARTON to be my true & lawful! Attorney to answer the Suite of HENRY CREIGHTON who marryed the Relict of RICHARD BRIDGATE & what my said Attorney shall doe therein shall be in as full power as if I were psonally prsent myselfe. As Witness my hand this 5th July 1670
      Test RICHARD ROBINSON, NICHOLAS COCK
      MAX ROBINSON
      ===
      1661-1666 Lancaster County, Virginia Deed & Wills [Antient Press]; Page 356
      I NICH: COCKE, Overseer of the Estate of HUMP OWEN deced, in behalfe of the Child of the sd HUM: OWEN having stated all accots. & reced full satisfaction of HUM: JONES do fully & absolutely acquit release & discharge the sd HUM: JONES his heirs Exrs. Admrs. of & from all manner of accots. claims & demands concerning the Estate of the sd Child until the 13th day of February Anno Dom: 1664 As Witnes my hand this 26th of April 1666
      Witnes HEN: CORBYN, NICH: COCKE
      JOHN FREDSHAM
      Record nono May 1666 p E. DALE
      KNOW ALL MEN by these p:sents that I RICH: LOES & NICH: COCKE in the behalfe of the Orpht. of OLLIVER SEGAR do acquit & discharge HUM: JONES, Exr. of the Estate of HUM: OWEN from all accts. debts of tobo: cattle or hoggs due or belonging to the sd Orpht. from the beginning of the World to the date hereof as Witnes our hands this 13th of Febr: 1664
      Witnes THO; CHOWNING, RICH: LOES
      ARTHUR KELLEY NICH: COCKE
      Record Nono Maii 1666 p E. DALE
      ===
      1666-1670 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 51
      At a Grand Assembly held at JAMES CITfY the 20th September 1668,
      Whereas NICHOLAS COCK, an Alien having long lived in this Country & truely & honestly behaved himselfe towards his Maties: & all his Leige People, having full resolution to make his residant abode in this Country, hath petitioned that he might he admitted a Denizen. It is by the Govr: Councel & Burgesses of this Grand Assembly granted & ordered that the sd: COCK be made a free Denizen of this Country of Virga,: & thereby vested & indulged with all full freedomes, liberties, priviledges & immunityes whatsoever as any Denizen is in occupation of, or by his Maties; gratious Declaration or any thing therefrom justly inferred, Provided the sd. COCK takes the Oathes of Supremacy & Allegiance to his Matie: before his Maties: Commissrs: in the Court of that County where he inhabites

      ===
      === land mentioned
      1679-1682 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Will & Deed Book 6, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 244-245
      THIS INDENTURE made the third day of Novembr: in the yeare of our Lord One thousand Six hundred Seaventy & nine & in the one and Thirtieth yeare of the Reigne of our most Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second &c, Between EDWARD
      THOMAS of County of Rappae: in the Collony of Virginia of one part and DANLL. WHITEHORNE of the same County and Collony of the other part Witnesseth that said EDWARD THOMAS for a valuable consideration to him paid hath sold unto the said DANLL: WHITEHORNE his heires or assignes forever all that devident of land conteyning Two hundred eighty six acres being in Rappae: County on the South side RAPPAE: RIVER back in the woods adjoyning to the lands formerly ROBT. HILLs now Mr. NICH: COCKS, and the land of JOHN SHARP bounding as followeth beginning at a corner White Oak by a slash or branch head by the line of SHARPE, and running thence S. W. to a line of HILLs & down his line So,So.East to a Swamp, thence along the Swamp East by So. to a fork, thence up YORK BRANCH E.N.E. to a knotty Gum in YORK SWAMP in SHARPs line, thence along SHARPS line where it first began, conteyning Two hundred eighty & six acres, with woods timber and trees standing growing lying and being and all other profits whatsoever belonging and now are in the occupation of the said EDWARD THOMAS. To have and to hold all the land wth the Timber and Timber trees belonging unto said DANLL. WHITEHORNE his heires and assignes forever in as large manner as is held
      by said EDWARD THOMAS In Witness whereof I have set my hand and fixed my Seale
      Signed Sealed & delivered in prsence
      of us RICHARD BRAY, EDWARD THOMAS
      BR, HODGSON
      Recognitr in Cur Com Rappae 5 die Nobembris 1679
      === land mentioned
      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 15)
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye 10th day of November 1699 truely recorded THIS INDENTURE made ye 5th day of October in ye year of our Lord God One thousand six hundred ninety & nine Between GILES CURTIS of ye County of MIDDLESEX, Planter, of ye one part & WILLIAM HUDSON of ye County of Essex, Planter, of ye other part. Witnesseth that ye said GILES CURTIS for a valuable sum to be paid on demand hath sold unto ye sd WM: HUDSON his heirs & assignes Two hundred acres of land being prt of a parcell of land formerly Mr. NICHOLAS COCKE bounded on ye land of Mr. COCKE & on ye land of HENRY WOODNOT and rutting along ye DRAGON SWAMP side, To have & to hold all & every the hereby sold premisses with their appurtenances to him ye said WILLIAM HUDSON his heirs & assignes for ever together with all woods water fishing fowling hawking & all other rights to ye same belonging and ye said GILES CURTIS doth for himselfe grant & agree that ye sd premisses free & clear from all other sales & incumbrances And that he ye sd WM. HUDSON his heirs or assignes shall peaceably hold & enjoy ye sd premisses without ye trouble or denial of him ye sd GILES CURTIS his heirs or any claiming under him In Witness whereof ye sd GILES CURTIS hath hereunto set my hand & seale ye day & year first above written Signed sealed & delivered in ye presence of CHRISTOPHER BERNARD, GILES CURTIS
      RICE CURTIS
      RICE CURTIS by vertue of a Power of Attorney from GILES CURTIS acknowledged this Deed of Sale in Essex County Court ye 10th day of November 1699
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I GILES CURTIS of ye County of MIDDLESEX doth impower & demise my well beloved Son, RICE CURTIS, to be my true good & lawfull Attorney with warranty to acknowledge two hundred acres of land in ye County of Essex as by Deed will appear as Witness my hand & seale ye fourth of November 1699
      Test JOHN COGLON, GILES CURTIS
      RICE CURTIS
      Prov'd in Essex County Court ye 10th day of November 1699 by ye oathes of ye Witnesses hereto truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      ===
      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=483&last=&g_p=P4&co llection=LO Patent
      Title Cock, Nich.
      Publication 25 August 1663.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Related See also the following surname(s): Cocke.
      Note Location: Lancaster County.
      Grantee(s): Cock, Nich. and Maurice.
      Description: 600 acres north west with the clifts - northeast on Rappahannock River.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 4, 1655-1664, Page 483 (Reel 4).
      ===
      URL (Click on link) http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=1&last=&g_p=P5&coll ection=LO Patent
      Title Cock, Nicholas.
      Publication 25 August 1663.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
      Related See also the following surname(s): Cocke.
      Note Location: Lancaster County.
      Grantee(s): Cock, Nicholas and Maurice.
      Description: 600 acres. 300 acres part thereof on the south side of the Rappahannock River bounded on the so east with Sandy Point Creek. The remaining quantity of land, lying on the south side of sd. river, adjoining a tract of land of 500 acres granted to Randolph Camlett and now in possession of John Jadivin.
      Source: Land Office Patents No. 5, 1661-1666 (v.1 & 2 p.1-369), Page 1 (Reel 5).
      ===
      1655-1664 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page410
      NICHOLAS COCK & MAURICE COCK, 600 acs. Lancaster Co., 25 Aug. 1663, Page 38 (483). 300 acs. on S. side of Rappa. Riv. bounding on land of Randolph Chamlett, now in possession of Jno. Jadwin. 300 acs. granted to Fra. Browne 18 June 1652 & sold to sd. Nicholas & 300 acs. due for trans. of 6 pers:* Ellin Franklin, Eliza. King.
      ===
      1662-1666 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 5; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 439
      MR. NICHOLAS & MURICE (Maurice) COCKE, 600 acs. Lancaster Co., 25 Aug. 1663, Page 136, (1). 300 acs. on S. side Rappa. Riv. bounded S. E. with Sandy Poynt Cr. & 300 acs. on S. side sd. Riv., bounding on 500 acs. granted to Randolph Camlett, now in possession of Jno. Jadwin. 300 acs. granted to Francis Browne 1 June 1652 & sold to sd. Nicholas & 300 acs. for trans. of 6 pers: Wm. Peche, Jno. Randall, Jane Allan, Ann Swillevant, Thomas Cicell (?), Thomas Colcott.
      ===
      1666-1679 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 52
      THOMAS HARWARR (Harwar) & NICH. COX. 922 acs. Rappa. Co.. S. side the Riv.. 7 Dec. 1668, Page 205. 867 ars. adj. John Chyn, Tho, Pattison & Rich. Bredgart. Jno. Sharpe, Inc. Mayo, & Lt. Coll. Tho. Goodrich; 55 acs. adj. Rich. Snurlong, & purchased from him; 867 ars. for trans. of 18 pers: Nich. Cox. Wm. Crosse. Hen. Battle. Jno. Williams. Jno. Tones, Bethell Garland. Rich. Brookes, Fliz. Chamberlen. Rich. Knowles, Wm. Crosse. Jno. Loxley, Wm. Chambers, Jno. Stock. Patrick Cookmen. Charles Thomas. Tho. Hat- wan. Hugh Lee. Sampson Cooper.
      ===
      1666-1679 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 6; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 89
      MR. THOMAS HARWAR & NICH. COX, 922 acs. Rappa. Co.. S. side sd. Riv., 17 Nov. 1670, Page 342. 867 acs. adj. Jno. Chin. Tho. Pattyson. Rich. Bredgar, Jno. Sharp, Jno. Mayo & Lt. Col. Tho. Goodrich; 55 acs. adj. Rich. Spurland & purchased of him. 867 acs. for trans. of 18 pers.* Note: This pat- tent is recorded in this booke in folio 205.
      ===
      1679-1689 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 7; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 267
      NICHOLAS COCKE, 346 acs., Middlesex Co.. adj. Jamaica Land: 20
      1683. Page 318. Adj. John Jadwin. near: path from Jamaican to the Town: by Mr. Cock's, 'ac. Granted to Major Beverky
      Mr. Henry Hartwell, 25 Sept. 1679. deserted, & now granted by order. &c. Trans. of 7 pers: Vincent Stanford, John Wilkinson, Ann Pettit, Wry Branch. Ed. Tcogood, David Griffin, David Williams.

  • Sources 
    1. [S75] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. II, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

Research Links  Find Nicholas Cocke at the following sites -