Fred Cocke

Frederick Bird Smith Cocke, Jr.

Full Name: Frederick Bird Smith Cocke, Jr.
Date of birth: November 17, 1839
Date of death: September 7, 1912

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Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 98 Jan 10, 1899 - Jan 8, 1901 26th   Democrat Buda / Hays   Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Hays

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House District 98
Jan 10, 1899 - Jan 8, 1901
Legislatures: 26th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: Buda / Hays
Counties in district: Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Hays

Biographical Information top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituary, "Capt. Cocke, Pioneer Citizen, Drops Dead: Death Occurs on His Farm Near Pleasant Hill: Well Known Lawyer and Legislator, Funeral Yesterday—Captain in Confederate Army," 9/9/1912, p. 8. Austin Statesman.
  • Fred Cocke, birth date 11/17/1839, death date 9/7/1912, biographical sketch, burial in Cocke Cemetery, Buda, Hays County. Commander of Cocke's Company, Benavides' Cavalry Regiment (CSA), attorney, Texas state legislator. Find a Grave.
  • Biographical sketch of the Cocke family. 4th col., "My grandfather, Frederick Bird Cocke was the first of our name to enter Texas (and that on horseback) in 1852 . . . During the Civil War, five of their sons, including my father, William G. Cocke, served in the Confederacy; one of them, James, was a lieutenant (and during the nineties was a member of the Texas Legislature). Two of them, Jack and Fred, became captains; and still later lawyers in San Antonio . . . After his retirement to Hays County, Fred also served in the Texas Legislature."
    Relatives: Frederick Bird Smith Cocke - father; James Cocke and Fred Cocke - sons.
    James Cocke and Fred Cocke - uncles, William A. Cocke - nephew.
    Frederick Bird Smith Cocke - grandfather, William A. Cocke - grandson.
    "Centennial Information . . . Early Settlers: Some recollections concerning the Ridley and Cocke Families, pioneer Kerr County settlers," by William A. Cocke, 3/15/1956, p. 11. Kerrville Mountain Sun.

Military Service Notes

  • Confederate States Army, Captain, Cocke's Texas Cavalry Company. Frederick Bird Smith Cocke, U.S., Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865.
    Texas State Troops, Private, Company A, Frontier Regiment, Col. J.M. Norris commanding, enlisted 1/13/1862 in Karnes County, mustered in 1/28/1862 at Helena. F.B.S. Cocke, Texas, U.S., Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900.

Other Resources

  • Obituary, "Capt. Fred Cocke Dies: Former San Antonian Expires on Farm at Kouns," San Antonio Express, 9/9/1912, p. 5, crediting the Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Relatives: James Rogers Cocke, birth date 3/28/1838 in Grainger County, Tennessee, death date 1/27/1919 in Gonzales County, Texas, son of Frederick Bird Smith Cocke.
    Frederick Bird Smith Cocke, Jr., birth date 11/17/1839 in Grainger County, Tennessee, death date 9/7/1912 in Hays County, Texas, son of Frederick Bird Smith Cocke.
    William Alexander Cocke, born 9/24/1874 in Nueces County, Texas, died in Arkansas, son of William Gabriel Cocke (1842-1935), grandson of Frederick Bird Smith Cocke (1913-1903).
    Message board posting, Descendants of Frederick Bird Smith Cocke. Internet genealogical service.


  • Photograph. Fred Cocke, 26th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

26th R.S. - 1899
County Government and County Finances  
Judiciary No. 2  
Private Land Claims  
State Affairs  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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