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Jane/Hughes/Meredith/Cockle/Tracy/1900's
Posted by: Ruth Ann Tolman Baker Date: November 27, 2000 at 09:57:52
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We are looking for information on Jane in Texas, also need her maiden name, names of her parents, name of her last husband, and death dates. Can you fill in missing details or suggest sources to search (especially in Texas) for the information?

John Cockle (born 1854 in Illinois) was married to Helen Cornelia Buck (born 1859 in Illinois). They left Illinois sometime after the death of their two oldest sons Lester and Paul in January 1887.

They were living in Arborville Township, York County, Nebraska when 1900 Census was taken in June with Clarence Werden (13), Elmer Richmond (12), William Earl (10), Sarah Mildred (8), and Helen Lucille (a baby). Helen Cornelia Buck Cockle died in 1904 in Nebraska leaving a family of young children. Also on the 1900 Census in York County, Nebraska was Annie H. and ______ Meredith. We are wondering if they may be Jane's parents. We have not yet found Jane on the 1900 Census.

Jane served as a housekeeper for the family. At a later unknown date Jane married widowed John Cockle. I have not yet found this couple on the 1910 Census. Also at an unknown date at least part of the family moved to Texas. They were there by the time the 1919 Houston City Directory was printed.

The 1920 Census lists her as Jane P. Cockle, age 54, born in Ohio, and her parents were born in Wales. Living with her and John Cockle were the youngest two Cockle children, Helen Lucille (20) and George Dean (18).

John Cockle died in 1921 in Houston, Texas. Jane remained a widow through at least 1925. She is not in the 1929/1930 Houston City Directory. One family record indicates the Cockle family may have lived at Brownsville and/or that John died there. Somewhere in this time period Jane married a Mr. Tracy and moved to California.

In the early 1930's my husband was quite young and remembers visiting at their home. Jane and Mr. Tracy were his step-grandparents. They may have lived in various towns. One place they lived was Oakland, California on 90th Avenue.

The California Death Index at rootsweb site online lists a Jane Tracy that very likely may be the one we are researching. This person was born 16 March 1865 in Ohio, mother's maiden name Hughes, father's last name was blank, and died 15 February 1954 in Alameda County, California.

Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Ruth Ann Tolman Baker
ratbaker@juno.com


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