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Cocklereece history

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Cocklereece history

Posted: 991856854000
Edited: 999004270000
Ms. Bruckner:

I have been meaning to send you a message for some time. I quite accidently came across your "Carolina Cousins" website and was amazed to learn about the origin of the Cocklereeces in America. Prior to seeing this information, my standard reply when asked where the Cocklereece name came from has been to say "We are just Americans!" Thanks for all the hard work you did in pulling together this information.

By way of introduction, I am, according to your chart, descended from Michael Kachelriess through Daniel Kachelriess (our most recent common ancestor?); Jacob Cocklereese; Charley Cocklereece; Arthur Cocklereece; and my father, John Alvin Cocklereece, Sr. (page 6).

In reviewing your materials, I had a couple of questions. I was particularly fascinated with the 1830 survey of Michael's land adjoining the Reedy Fork of the Haw River. Do you know the specific location of this property? My father grew up on property located in northeastern Guilford County (the last of which was just recently sold by his and his siblings), which property lies near the "Reedy Fork." My father also recalls going to a mill on the Reedy Fork when he was growing up. The 1830 survey also references a "mill tract" on the Reedy Fork. After reviewing your materials, my father and I made a "pilgrimage" to Freidens and to the site of the mill my father remembers. The dam is still there. Perhaps just a coincidence, but interesting nonetheless.

In your annotated chronological record, you also mention that Michael is not buried at Friedens (at least in any marked graves) and suggest he may be buried "in a plot on family land near Gibsonville." Do you know the specific location of such property?

Regarding my father's siblings, I can give you a few minor corrections/additions if you are interested. "Scarlette Cocklereece" was actually Dorothy Irene Cocklereece Scarlette, who passed away just last December. She was married to Bill Scarlette, who died a while ago. Thelma Cocklereece is Thelma Cocklereece Lashley. Her husband died many years ago and she presently lives with her daughter in Shreveport. There was another brother who survived infancy named Kelly Cocklereece, who presently lives in Texas. There was another daughter, Mamie Alma Cocklerece, who died in infancy.

Here is some other miscellaneous information. My grandfather, Arthur A. Cocklereece, had two sisters who died in infancy, Mary Cocklereese (1903-1904) and Lelia Cocklereese 1897-1899). My great grandfather, Charley Cocklereese, and two of his brothers, John G. and Joseph F., are buried in the Lee's Chapel Cemetery at 2303 Lee's Chapel Road in Greensboro. According to my father, my great/great grandfather, Jacob Cocklereece, is also buried there in an unmarked grave. Oral family history states that Jacob owned a barrel factory during the Civil War, which was considered a necessary resource, and, therefore, he did not serve in the War.

I have gone on too long for one message. Thanks again for all your work and I hope to correspond with you further.

John A. Cocklereece, Jr.
2308 Robinhood Road
Winston Salem NC 27104

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