J.R. Cocke

James Rogers Cocke

Full Name: James Rogers Cocke
Date of birth: March 27, 1838
Date of death: January 26, 1919

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 84 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 12, 1897 24th (1) (2) (3)   Populist Rancho / Gonzales   Gonzales
H 84 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd (4) (5)   Populist Rancho / Gonzales   Gonzales

(1) Populist. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) Discussion of populists elected to 24th Legislature, populist pluralities by county, and roster with party affiliation, "Official Returns," "The Next Legislature," The Galveston Daily News, 11/15/1894, p. 6, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Populist. Roster, "News from Austin: Twenty-Fourth Legislature," The Galveston Daily News, 12/23/1894, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) Rancho post office closed in 1911. Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Populist. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • COCKE, JAMES ROGERS (1838–1919). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 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

  • Texas State Troops, Private, Company A, Frontier Regiment, Col. J.M. Norris commanding; commanding officer Captain Thomas Rabb. J.R. Cocke, enlistment date 1/13/1862 in Karnes County, muster date 1/23/1862 at Helena. Texas, U.S., Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900. Ancestry.com.
  • Texas State Troops, 2nd Lieutenant, Helena Guards. Confederate States Army, Private, 36th Texas Cavalry Regiment under Col. Peter C. Woods. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant. "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.

Other Resources

  • James Richard Cocke, birth date 3/27/1837 in Tennessee; death date 1/26/1919 in Nixon, Gonzales County, Texas; farmer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • James Rogers Cocke, birth date 3/27/1838, death date 1/26/1919, burial in Rancho Cemetery, Nixon, Gonzales County, with wife Grace Elizabeth Cocke. Find a Grave.
  • James Rogers Cocke, pp. 297, 306. The People's Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism, 2020.
  • Death notice, "J.R. Cocke Sr. Dies at Nixon," San Antonio Express, 1/27/1919, p. 2, crediting 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. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • 23rd Legislature (1893) - J.R. Cocke, postoffice Rancho, nativity Tennessee, age 55 (born circa 1838), farmer. Texas Legislative Manual.

Photographs

  • Photograph. J.R. Cocke, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.R. Cocke, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.R. Cocke, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

24th R.S. - 1895
Absence of Hon. T. R. Watkins, Investigate, Special  
Bribery in Frost-O'Neal Case, Investigate  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Affairs  
Towns and City Corporations  
23rd R.S. - 1893
Agricultural Affairs  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Debt  

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