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Re: Confused....I Have To Get Those Books
Posted by: Karen Cotter (ID *****8605) Date: March 31, 2003 at 20:39:22
In Reply to: Confused....I Have To Get Those Books by Leo D. Brooks of 1156

It becomes even more confusing since Margaret Jones was the stepdaughter of Abraham Wood.

Margaret Unknown Jones, widow and mother of Peter Jones married Thomas Cocke in 1663 per Vol 2, Genealogies of Virginia Families from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. It goes on to say that since this article was in the printer's hands we have seen the will of Margaret Cocke, widow of Thomas Cocke. She did not die till 1718 surviving him over twenty years. We discover from the will that before marrying Thomas Cocke, she had been married to an unknown Jones and had three children, one of whom was Major Peter Jones, the founder of Petersburg, and after whom the town was named. It is the same family with Roger Jones of Northcumberland and Lieutenant-Colonel Cadwallander Jones of Stafford. On the register of Bristol parish, 1725, is the name "Cadwaller Jones, son of Peter Jones". The executors of Margaret Cocke's will are Peter Jones and William Randolph. She leaves a negro girl to Mrs. Mary Randolph and a "mulatto boy" to her "godson William Randolph, son of William Randolph". Some WorldConnect researchers show her as Margaret Wood, the daughter of General Abraham Wood, however "A Genealogical Bombshell" by Charles Hughes Hamlin, Volume 55 (1967) pp. 95-97 shows: Margaret who married Peter Jones was the step-daughter of Abraham Wood. General Abraham Wood married the widow of James Cruse, who already had a daughter Margaret Cruse. The daughter Margaret Cruse married Peter Jones and later married second Thomas Cocke of Malvern Hill, Henrico County, who methioned her son Abraham Jones deceased and her son Peter Jones in his will.

Her will (as transcribed by Nancy Ragsdale Murphy on her WorldConnect posting
In the name of God Amen August 12th 1718. I Margaret Cocke of the County and Parish of Henrico Widow, Considering the uncertainty of this life, and being I thank the Almighty God of Sound and perfect memory I do hereby revoke annul and make void all former wills heretofore by me made and do make ordain publish and declare those presents to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God who gave it not in the least doubting of a Joyful resurrection and pardon and Remission of all my sins by the intercession and merits of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and my body I bequeath to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named.

I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Margaret wife of Edward Goodrich one mulatto boy named John the son of my mulatto woman Sue, which boy is to be enjoyed by my grand daughter and her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Mary the wife of John Worsham and to her heirs for ever one Mulatto girl named Margaret which she now hath in her possession.
I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Peter Wynne and to his heirs forever one Mulatto man named John Henry he being appointed to be given unto my said Grand Son by the last Will and Testament of my deceased husband Mr. Thomas Cocke. I also give to my said Grand Son 10 shillings to buy him a ring.
I also confirm a gift of a Mulatto boy named Thom which I made to Major Joshua Wynne in his lifetime, upon condition that there be paid (if not already done) two thousand pounds of tobacco to Thomas Harwood by the administrators of the said Wynne it being on that proviso I gave the said boy to the said Wynne.
I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Margaret Jones two Silver Spoons.
I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Mary Randolph and her heirs forever one Mulatto boy named Billy.
I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Peter Jones the son of my son Abraham Jones decd. ten shillings to buy him a ring.
I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son Joshua Wynne two steers.
I give to each of my Grand Sons Robert Wynne, William Wynne and Francis Wynne a Cow to be delivered to them when they arrive to lawful age.
I give and bequeath unto my God Son William the Son of William Randolph one Mulatto boy named James he being the son of my Mulatto woman Sue which Mulatto boy is to be held by my said God son and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath all of my wearing clothes to be divided among my Grand Daughters by my Executors.
I give and bequeath to my son Peter Jones and his heirs forever all the rest of my estate both real and personal, and I do hereby appoint my said Son, together with William Randolph to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the day and year above written.
Margaret Cocke.
Signed Sealed Published and
declared as her last will and testament in presence of
Thomas Buckner, Thomas Morriss, Will Jones."
Proved at a Court held May 4, 1719 on the oaths of William Jones and Thomas Morriss.

Some researchers show her father as Abraham Wood, born 1615, died about 1682, but he was her stepfather, though he considered her his daughter. She was the daughter of James Cruce and Margaret Llewellyn. (Kent McMahan email kmcmahan.louiville@worldnet.attn.net, shows her name as Margaret Llewellyn daughter of Daniel Llewellyn, born about 1620, Chelmsford, Essex, England (probably), died before 1682. She married James Cruse about 1638, born before 1613 and died before 1653. She married Abraham Wood after 1663, born about 1610, England, died between 1680 and 1683 in Henrico County, VA; Dent McMahan, email kmcmahan.louisville@worldnet.att.net shows that Daniel Llewellyn (Lluellin's 1663/64 will names his daughter as Margaret Cruse.) After James Cruce died, she married Abraham Wood.

Lynda Dixon email Imdixon@emeraldis.com
"fearless adventurer, Indian trader, soldier, exxplorer" member of Governor's Council, Burgess. Represented Henrico and Charles City Counties, VA. Major General in command of Ft Henry. Active in settling Bacons Rebellion and troubles with the Indians. "One of the most interesting and notable persons in the history of Virginia." He came to America in 1620 (5 years old) as an indentured servant on the "Margaret and John" and was in the service of Capt Samuel Mathews near Jamestown. "This orphan lad gained and acquired favor,
prominence, honor, wealth and fame and sat high on the council and leadership of the struggling young colony of Virginia.
Note that he was not a "natural" ancestor of ours. Our ancestor, Mary Wood, was his stepdaughter. His only natural child, Mary (Chamberlain) had "no known or proven issue"

"Wood came from England. There is a legend that __3__ of the older Wood brothers were Thomas, Samuel & Stephen. One Abraham Wood age 10 arrived in Jamestown 1620 in the Margarett & John. He was a landowner, politician, Soldier, Trader & Explorer. Settled "Wood" now Petersburg, Va. Was the discoverer of now New River & it was named Wood River and went by that name for over 100 years. He was a Major General, Membe of House Of Burgesses for several years and then a member of the Upper Council for 22 years, or until 1680."

Contact: Jack Auble mirrors this data and adds information
"fearless adventurer, Indian trader, soldier, explorer" member of Governor's Council, Burgess. Represented Henrico and Charles City Counties, VA; Major General in command of Ft Henry. Active in settling Bacons Rebellion and troubles with the Indians; "One of the most interesting and notable persons in the history of Virginia." He came to America in 1620 (5 years old) as an indentured servant on the "Margaret and John" and was in the service of Capt Samuel Mathews near Jamestown. "This orphan lad gained and acquired favor,
prominence, honor, wealth and fame and sat high on the council and leadership of the struggling young colony of Virginia.
Note that he was not a "natural" ancestor of ours. Our ancestor, Mary Wood, was his stepdaughter. His only natural child, Mary (Chamberlain) had "no known or proven issue"
According to Massey Families in America by Judge Frank A. Massey, Abraham came to Virginia about 1620 as an orphan 12 years old, a
bond-servant for his passage. However, another source states that he was a child aboard a British ship, the [IT:Margaret and John:IT], with
his parents when it was attacked by a Spanish man of war. His parents were killed, and it is possible that without other family, he
indentured himself until he was of age. He is listed as one of the inhabitants of James City Co. in 1624, one of the earliest census
records. When Fort Henry was built about 1645 as a protection from the Indians, he was the first commanding officer. Abraham was loyal to Gov. Berkeley during Bacon's Rebellion, (others on our line took the opposite side and participated in the rebellion, which was an expedition Berkeley opposed against Indian attackers) and held the commission of Major General during this period. He was a Justice in Charles City in 1655, Colonel of a regiment from Charles City and Henrico in 1656. He also served on the House of Burgesses, and was on the Governor's Council from 1657 to 1671. He advanced himself pretty well for a penniless orphan boy.
The name of his wife is not known, but she had one daughter Margaret, who married Peter Jones, who succeeded him as commandant at Fort Henry. Note: Abraham Wood is not the natural father of Margaret who married Peter Jones, although he regarded her as his own.

Contact: Nancy Ragsdale Murphy
She is the step-daughter of Abraham Wood. Her mother's name is unknown. Margaret's will dated Aug. 12, 1718, is the source of much information about her descendants. Her second husband was Thomas Cocke of Malvern Hill. In her will she mentions daughters Mrs. Mary Randolph, Margaret Jones, sons Peter Jones and deceased son Abraham Jones. Grandsons, Peter, Joshua, Robert, William, and Francis
Wynne, all children of dec.: Joshua Wynne and her daughter Mary, as well as grandaughters Margaret Goodrich and Mary Worsham.

Her father had large land holdings on the north side of the Appomattox river. He is believed to be the first permanent white settler in Dinwiddie County.

Her second husband, Thomas Cocke, had significant land holdings in the Malvern Hill area of Henrico County. Margaret undoubtedly inherited a lot of wealth from her father and her second husband. His wealth was added to the wealth which already existed in the Jones family.

NGSQ called "A Genealogical Bombshell" by Charles Hughes Hamlin. Volume 55 (1967) pp. 95-97. Margaret who married Peter Jones was the step-daughter of Abraham Wood. General Abraham Wood married the widow of James Cruse, who already had a daughter, Margaret Cruse. Her daughter Margaret Cruse married Peter Jones, and later married (2nd) Thomas Cocke of Malvern Hill, Henrico County, who mentioned her son Abraham Jones deceased and her son Peter Jones in his will.

According to James L. McLemore III in "B. F. McLemore":
"Margaret was the step-daughter of General Abraham Wood and widow of Peter Jones."

Margaret joined husband Thomas Cocke in a deed to his son Stephen Cocke 1 August 1687. The will of Thomas Cocke was dated 10 Dec 1696 and probated 1 Apr 1697, in which he mentions his wife Margaret and her grandson Peter Wynne.

Children
Richard Jones
William Jones
Abraham Wood Jones b: 1662
Peter Jones b: 1666 in Charles City County, Virginia
Mary Jones b: 1668

In regard to the marriage of James Powell Cocke (4) with Martha Herbert, we find on going over our notes, that in the Henrico Clerk’s office there is a record of the Inventory of Herbert Powell in 1690. His mother must have been Herbert, and his father one of the Powells of 1620 and thereabouts. The children of Thomas Cocke (2) were not by his second wife, Margaret Jones, but by his first wife, and she was probably a Powell. In this way the names Stephen Cocke, James Cocke and James Powell Cocke, may have gotten into the family, and in that way James Powell Cocke (4) may have met Martha Herbert (a relative), whom he married.

Most researchers identify his first wife as Agnes Powell though it isn't shown in the publication.





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