1827 - Petition for Dower - Margaret Cocklereece - Orange Co Estate (CR. 07.508.1) NC State Archives (Nov Term 1827):
Margaret, wife of Michael Cocklereese, Sr.
Catharine, m. John Lewis/Ludwig Markert/Marquart (a.k.a. Lewis Morgin/Morgan)
Sarah "Sally", m. Hardy Andrews
Henry m. Mary Unknown,
Mary, m. Christian Isley
Elizabeth, m. John Tickle
Rebecca, m. James McClain
The significance of this document is that it confirms many assumed connections and provides other new information such as:
1) Establishes a death timeframe for Michael: BEFORE Nov 1827
2) Provides first mention of a Margaret as WIFE of Michael. (I assume that Margaret is a second wife; Rebecca, previously mentioned in a deed dated February 9, 1780 - Recorded in Granville County Deed Book O, page 29: - Michael Cockleree deed to Francis Breesie of Mecklenburg County, VA, also signed by "Rebecah Cockleree, wife of said Michael." This is the only document mentioning his WIFE, Rebecah.)
The wording of the petition for Dower almost seems to indicate these are NOT Margaret's children: "Petition of Margaret Cocklereas humbly shuwth that her husband Michael Cocklereas died intestate and without will on the ___ day of May last past leaving your Petr. his widow the following children, John, Michael, Nicholas, Jacob, Daniel, Henry, Mary married to christian Isly, Elizabeth married to John Tickle, Rebecca married to James MClain, Catharine married to Lewis Morgan and Sally Cocklereas"
Neither Rebecca nor any other name for Michael's wife ever appears in the Frieden's records. A Margaret does appear separately, but is not identified as Michael's wife (which was customary), so I always assumed she was the first daughter of John. If she is a second wife, she could not be the mother of any of the children listed. She may also be one person: Margaret Rebecca or Rebecca Margaret... Also, there do not appear to be any daughters of Margaret and Michael who were named Margaret (or called by Margaret).
3) Establishes John as a son of Michael.
However, there are still open issues here: I do not understand how John could have been born in Holland in 1760 (as per The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 39, page 72 (Sept. 1951), under "Settlers in Montgomery Co., Ill., Previous to 1840") -- 23 years AFTER the arrival of the first Nicholas in PA in 1737!
I have never found any primary source document that shows John was FOREIGN born -- only this article, the details of which I believe may be in error. It is possible that his FATHER Michael was born in Holland, since the ship left from Amsterdam. Since this article contains information on John's son George, I suspect the it was George who gave this information -- and that it was his GRANDFATHER, not father, who was born in Holland.
4) Establishes others listed above as children of Michael.
5) Reveals the names, locality and spouses of two previously unnamed daughters:
Catherine and J. Lewis Marquart in "Butler Co, OH, formerly of Davidson Co, NC" and, Sarah and Hardy Andrew in Wythe Co, VA
6) Indicates Mary Cocklereece who m. Mathew Allison in Orange Co was either a different Mary or must have married a second husband, Christian Isley, before 1827. I believe this Christian was the brother of Daniel's wife Philipina Isley, however, there were multiple Christian Isleys in this same location and timeframe.
7) Provides a clue as to the identity of Susannah Morgin/Morgan (wife of John), who says she was born in Pennsylvania (1850 Iowa Federal Census, Marion County).
John's sister, Catherine Cocklereece, was married to Lewis Morgan prior to the 1827 Dower Petition proceedings. In the 1829 court record, her husband's name is recorded as John L. Marquart.
This Lewis, appears to be the same person who was the bondsman on the 1801 Guilford County marriage bond of Susannah and John Cocklereese -- and also apparently was the Frieden's Lutheran Minister J. L. Markhart who baptisted several children at the Brick Church about 1807-1808. In addition, on page 124 of the Frieden's church records, a G. Ludwig Markert confirmed four Kachelriess children on Nov 11, 1811.
8) Other court papers filed during the settlement of Michael's estate show papers filed with estate name Henry Cockelreas as one of Michael's sons; also indicate Henry died July 4, 1828 in Shelby County, Illinois before Michael's estate was settled. Henry's wife's name is given as Mary Mary Lu Rhodes?); Jessee Rhoads was appointed to serve with Mary Cocklerease administrator of Henry's affairs. No other family members are named.
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