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I am trying to find more information about Thomas Mallett, who lived in Somerset, England. His daughter Avice Mallett married John Coker. Please let me know what kind of data you have found about the rest of Thomas Mallett's family (1400s-1500s)

Diana Samsom

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1805 - 1889 Sarah Miears 83 83 daughter of Elijah Miears and Mollie Miears.

1880 census
In Pontotoc County in District 2, J. F. Sullivan and wife Jane are enumerated along with mother-in-law Sarah Coker, age 75.
1824 William M. Coker m: October 21, 1841 in Coosa Co, AL       Mary M Pollie.
She was born Abt. 1823 in AL.

Notes for Mary M. Pollie:
The following information is from the 1850 Federal Census, Tippah County, Mississippi (Page 431a, Family #526)

VAL=Value of Real Estate
BP=Birthplace
SCH=Attended School within the Year

Name        Age    Sex    Occupation    VAL    BP    SCH
Mary M. Coker     27      F                AL
Drunetta Coker      9      F                AL
Henry Coker      7      M                AL
James Coker      4      M                AL

    
Children of William Coker and Mary Pollie are:
    73    i.    Drunetta J.6 Coker58,59, born Abt. 1841 in AL; died Abt. 1867 in Union Co., MS.
+    74    ii.    John Henry Coker, born January 1844 in AL; died 1907 in DeWitt, AR.
    75    iii.    James Coker60,61, born Abt. 1846 in AL.

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John Henry6 Coker (William M.5, Robert Albert4, Philip3, Robert2, John W.1)71,72 was born January 1844 in AL, and died 1907 in DeWitt, AR.  He married (1) Nancy C. Sanford.    He married (2) Virginia Elizabeth Manus.    He married (3) Virginia E. Snider December 14, 1882 in Union County, MS73.  She was born 1855 in MS, and died 1888 in MS.

Notes for John Henry Coker:
John Henry Coker was married three times and eventually moved to DeWitt, AR in the 1890's with his third wife. He died there in 1907.

More About John Henry Coker:
Burial: Forks-la Garue Cemetery

More About John Coker and Virginia Snider:
Marriage: December 14, 1882, Union County, MS73
    
Child of John Coker and Nancy Sanford is:
    85    i.    Drewnetta E.7 Coker, born 1868 in MS; died 1879 in Union Co., MS.

    
Child of John Coker and Virginia Manus is:
    86    i.    John7 Coker, born Abt. 1890.

    
Children of John Coker and Virginia Snider are:
+    87    i.    Joel7 Coker.
    88    ii.    Lee Coker.
    89    iii.    Flossie Coker.
    90    iv.    Cynthia Coker.
+    91    v.    Ziba Z Coker, born October 23, 1883 in Mississippi; died May 17, 1907 in DeWitt, AR.


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.  Joel7 Coker (John Henry6, William M.5, Robert Albert4, Philip3, Robert2, John W.1)  He married Lucinda Sanford. 
    
Child of Joel Coker and Lucinda Sanford is:
    92    i.    Carl Ray8 Coker, born in Union Co., MS.


    91.  Ziba Z7 Coker (John Henry6, William M.5, Robert Albert4, Philip3, Robert2, John W.1)74 was born October 23, 1883 in Mississippi, and died May 17, 1907 in DeWitt, AR.  He married Laura Virginia Redden74.  She was born July 14, 1878 in Mississippi, and died July 14, 1966 in DeWitt, AR.
    
Child of Ziba Coker and Laura Redden is:
+    93    i.    Drewnetta8 Coker, born June 16, 1905 in DeWitt, AR; died July 28, 1983 in West Helena, AR.

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Drewnetta8 Coker (Ziba Z7, John Henry6, William M.5, Robert Albert4, Philip3, Robert2, John W.1)74 was born June 16, 1905 in DeWitt, AR, and died July 28, 1983 in West Helena, AR.  She married Floyd Ancel Ward74 November 02, 1919 in AR74, son of Charles Ward and Rosa Williams.  He was born March 24, 1898 in DeWitt, AR, and died December 16, 1979 in West Helena, AR.

More About Floyd Ward and Drewnetta Coker:
Marriage: November 02, 1919, AR74
    
Children of Drewnetta Coker and Floyd Ward are:
    94    i.    Raymond Edward9 Ward74, born May 02, 1921; died June 02, 1922.
    95    ii.    Elbert Ward74, born November 14, 1922.
+    96    iii.    Rosa Laura Ward, born March 17, 1924 in Benton, AR.
    97    iv.    William Earnest Ward74, born September 30, 1925; died August 21, 1992.
    98    v.    Charles Ward74, born December 28, 1936.

1826 Lucinda Coker m: September 11, 1848 in Bibb Co, AL       Joseph Lawley 1828 - 1903 Elijah Miears Coker 74 74 m: December 24, 1850 in Pontotoc Co, MS       Lucy Jane 'Jennie' Meador

*2nd Wife of Elijah Miears Coker:          m: 1880       Sarah C Young +b: August 16, 1843

In the 1880 census John H. Coker & family, Elijah M. Coker & family and  James & family are in Union County, AL along with a couple of unknown Coker familes.

Children of Elijah Coker and Jane are:
    76    i.    Jacob6 Coker64, born Abt. 1846 in MS.
    77    ii.    William E. Coker64, born Abt. 1848 in MS.
    78    iii.    Thomas M. Coker64, born Abt. 1851 in MS.
    79    iv.    Lethia A. Coker64, born Abt. 1853 in MS.
    80    v.    Sarah E. Coker64, born Abt. 1856 in MS.
    81    vi.    Mary E. Coker64, born Abt. 1857 in MS.

1830 - 1901 James Thomas Coker 71 71 m: November 28, 1850 in Pontotoc Co, MS, Francis Laura Frazier b: December 17, 1833

In the 1880 census John H. Coker & family, Elijah M. Coker & family and  James & family are in Union County, AL along with a couple of unknown Coker familes.

                             OR

He married Sarah Rebecca Noonkester. 
    
Child of James Coker and Sarah Noonkester is:
    82    i.    Peyton Callaway6 Coker.
      
1833 John R. Coker m: December 31, 1854 in Marshall Co, MS, Sarah E Julian b: 1841.
He married (2) Jane.  She was born Abt. 1834 in AL.

In the 1880 census John R. Coker and wife Sarah E. J. and family enumerated in Lafayette Springs, Mississippi.

Here is the 1880 census for John R. Coker.

       Census Place:       Lafayette Springs, Lafayette, Mississippi
       Source:       FHL Film 1254652 National Archives Film T9-0652 Page 381B
       Relation       Sex       Marr       Race       Age       Birthplace
John R. COKER       Self       M       M       W       46       AL
       Occ:       Farmer       Fa: GA       Mo: AL
Sarrah E. J. COKER       Wife       F       M       W       28       MS
       Occ:       Keeping House       Fa: IL       Mo: AL
Chileona A. D. COKER       Dau       F       S       W       21       MS
       Occ:       Ast. Keeping House       Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Maneel D. COKER       Son       M       S       W       20       MS
       Occ:       Laborer       Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Armady A. COKER       Dau       F       S       W       18       MS
       Occ:       At Home       Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Nichols W. COKER       Son       M       S       W       15       MS
       Occ:       Laborer       Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Alse D. COKER       Dau       F       S       W       13       MS
       Occ:       At Home       Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Abbos A. COKER       Dau       F       S       W       10       MS
       Occ:       At Home       Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Leverta L. COKER       Son       M       S       W       6       MS
                     Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Eulala COKER       Dau       F       S       W       4       MS
                     Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Eolia G. COKER       Dau       F       S       W       2       MS
                     Fa: AL       Mo: MS
Alfonso H. COKER       Son       M       S       W       4M       MS
                     Fa: AL       Mo: MS

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Children of John Coker and Sarah Julian are:
    83    i.    Chaloma6 Coker70, born Abt. 1856 in MS.
    84    ii.    Maurice Coker70, born Abt. 1857 in MS.


       
1835 - 1893 Peyton Bibb Coker 57 57 m: June 1863, Sarah Elizabeth Rogers
b: January 03, 1845 in GA.

Notes for Peyton Bibb Coker:
Goodspeed (pub)      History of Northwest Arkansas (1889).  Sebastian County.

Dr. Peyton B. Coker, physician and farmer of Big Creek Township, was born in Bibb County, Ala., in 1835, and is a son of Robert and Sarah (Myers) Coker, natives of Lawrenceburg District, S.C., and Georgia, respectively.  They removed from Alabama to Mississippi in 1847, where their respective deaths occurred in 1881 and 1887.  Philip Coker, the grandfather, was born in South Carolina, and died in Georgia.  Dr. Coker is one of a family of twelve children, and being reared upon a farm his early education was received at a country school.  He read medicine from 1856 until 1860, and the following winter attended the Memphis Medical College.  He began to practice in Tishomingo County, Miss., and until 1870 practiced in that state.  He then came to Sebastian County, and having taught school prior to the war continued that vocation one year, since which time he has devoted his attention to farming and medicine.  In August, 1861, he enlisted as a Chickasaw Ranger, in Martin's battalion of Steward's brigade, and served in the Virginia army until discharged on account of ill health the following December.  He afterward served in different capacities, and he fought at the battle of Shiloh.  In June, 1863, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Rogers, natives of North Carolina and Georgia.  Mr. Rogers died in 1886, but his widow is now living.  Mrs. Coker was born in Georgia, and has borne the Doctor eleven children, of whom nine are living, and have enjoyed the advantages of a good education.  Dr. Coker has been a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for thirty-one years, having held many offices in the meantime, and his wife belongs to the same denomination.  Dr. Coker owns a nice farm of 320 acres as a result of his labor.  He has always been a Democrat, and for a short time served as justice of the peace.  He is a demitted member of the Masonic fraternity.
      
1838 Mary N. Coker m: January 16, 1860 in Pontotoc Co, MS, Peyton H Windham 1841 - 1925 Martha H B Coker 84 84 m: November 13, 1862 in Pontotoc Co, MS, S S Windham 1844 Albert G. Coker 1848 - 1848 Robert Coker 1847 - 1924 Jane Coker 77 77 m: April 06, 1879 in Lafayette Co, MS       J F Sullivan

1880 census
In Pontotoc County in District 2, J. F. Sullivan and wife Jane are enumerated along with mother-in-law Sarah Coker, age 75.
1821 Nancy Nouris Coker Nathaniel Coker D. 1781 Solomon Coker Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1772: Joseph Coker, William Coker, RobertCoker, Solomon Coker. Reference:Ratliff List.

1775-1776 - [185] Solomon Coaker    6 days 1# 7 shillings
                              Francis Gidions      6 days 1# 7 shillings
                    [186] Thomas Coaker     12 days in Captain Shepperds Company of Light Horse
                              on an Expedition to Cross Creek @ 4/6 4# 14 shillings 6 pence
                             (Others located at this rate of pay, 4/6, were sargents)
Reference: North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Secretary of State Treasurer's and Comptroller's Papers Vol. III, IV, Part III, Compiled by Wynette Parks Haun, 243 Argonne Drive, Durham, North Carolina 27704. Note: Cross Creek is old name for Fayetteville, North Carolina. Solomon Coaker, it is assumed was son of Robert Coker. It is assumed also Thomas Coaker was son of Robert Coker. Francis Gidions, as will be seen, seemed to be a close associate. It is known there was another Thomas Coker in Surry County with a military service record, however, from his pension application it is known he was not in service until 1779 and at that time he was no older than 16 years. He could not be the Thomas above.

10 April 1776 - Army Deserters: Francis Gideons, Solomon Coker, Surry County, NC Miscellaneous Records. Stack File #C.R.. 092.928.1 - at NC Archives, Raleigh. Reference:North Carolina Genealogical Journal Vol.  VI #1 February 1980, p.235.
1766 Phillip Coker Notes for Philip Coker, Sr.:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

It's not known if Phillip (1766) left a will and there is no proof of his death date, but using any available record, following is a possible partial list of his children.  It should be noted again that this is only speculative and has not been documented.

1.  Thompson Coker
2.  Phillip Coker, Jr.
3.  Robert (A.? - Albert?) Coker
4.  John Wesley Coker
5.  Ann Coker
6.  Hannah Coker
7.  Nathan Coker

Children of Philip Coker, Sr. are:
    24    i.    Thompson4 Coker, born Bet. 1785 - 1788 in NC/SC.

Notes for Thompson Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

Shown in "Index to Georgia
    Tax Digests", Vol. IV, p54, 1810 Tax List, Jackson Co., Hays District.  (Philip
    Coker was shown in same county and district, p56.)  "Jackson County, GA
    Inferior Court Minutes - Dec 1809 - "Thompson Coker, Philip Coker et al ordered
    to work on the road under John Pennington, Overseer.  The road running from
    John's Mill to intersect the road leading from Wood's Bringe to the Appalachee
    River near Pennington Mills - that is from the new bridge on the Mulberry to said road."
    New record - same source - "Thompson Coker appointed constable in William
    Pentecost's district."
    New record - same source, Jul 1816 - "Philip Coker's name drawn as a juror for
    ensuing term."
The above information concerning Thompson/Phillip was provided by Elizabeth C. Jones.

Next found record is Thompson Coker, 1830 Shelby Co., AL census, p255:
        1 male b 1820-25; 1 male b 1815-20: 1 male b 1780-1790
        2 females b 1825-30; 1 female b 1820-25; 1 f b 1815-20; 1 f b 1780-90
(Shelby Co. census: p267:  John W. Coker; p268:  Robert Coker, Phillip Coker; p275:  Philip Coker.)

Other brief references to Thompson found in "History of Coosa Co., Alabama", Rev. George E. Brewer, Southern Historical Press, follow.  "Was appointed J. P./constable ca 1834, resigned 1837; in 1836, court ordered new road from Thompson Coker's......."

Summation on Thompson Coker:  He probably married ca 1810-15, Jackson Co., GA, to (Mary? Unknown).   No other mention is found in Alabama 1840 census records for Thompson Coker.

Note:  A widow, Mary Coker, is shown as head of household on 1840 Coosa County census.  According to descendants of this Mary Coker, she and some of her children moved to MS near a possible kinsman of her husband.  The kinsman's name was Robert A. Coker (see more).

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

    25    ii.    Nathan Coker, born Bet. 1790 - 1800.

Notes for Nathan Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

A possible son of Phillip (b 1764).  Nathan was shown on 1840 Coosa Co census and was not named as a son of Thomas (d 1818).  Nothing more is known about Nathan.  It would be interesting to see a list of his children so that we could identify any naming patterns.

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

+    26    iii.    Phillip Coker, Jr., born Abt. 1794 in SC.
+    27    iv.    Robert Albert Coker, born July 30, 1798 in SC; died 1869 in Pontotoc, MS.
+    28    v.    Anna Coker, born Bet. 1800 - 1804.
    29    vi.    John Wesley Coker, born Abt. 1802 in GA; died Bef. 1860 in Randolph Co., AL.  He married Nancy White Bassett October 27, 1823 in Bibb Co., AL.

Notes for John Wesley Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

This is my family and I have extensive data on descendants.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

More About John Coker and Nancy Bassett:
Marriage: October 27, 1823, Bibb Co., AL

    30    vii.    Hanna Coker, born Bet. 1805 - 1806.  She married Harris Spiers July 02, 1821 in Bibb Co., AL.

Notes for Hanna Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

According to research of Reginald Speir and Bobbie Speir Jarvinan

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

Marriage Notes for Hanna Coker and Harris Spiers:
The certificate written to the Clerk of Bibb Co [AL] giving permission for Hannah to marry Harris is written and signed by "Philip (one L) Coker, Father. Dated July the 2nd, 1821.



More About Harris Spiers and Hanna Coker:
Marriage: July 02, 1821, Bibb Co., AL

1798 - 1869 Robert Albert Coker 71 71 Notes for Robert Albert Coker:
He moved to Union Co (then part of Tippah County), MS in the mid-1840's.  (Source:  Jimmy R. Coker)

The following information is from the 1850 Federal Census, Tippah County, Mississippi (Page 431a, Family #525)

VAL=Value of Real Estate
BP=Birthplace
SCH=Attended School within the Year

Name        Age    Sex    Occupation    VAL    BP    SCH
Robert Coker    52     M       Farmer        500    GA     
Sarah Coker    47     F                GA
Lucinda Coker    22     F                AL
James T. Coker    21     M       Farmer            AL
John Coker    18     M       Farmer            AL
Peyton Coker    16     M       Farmer            AL      X
Mary Coker    12     F                AL      X
Jane Coker    11     F                AL
Martha Coker      9     F                AL      X
Albert Coker      7     M                AL      X

The following information is from the 1860 Federal Census, Pontotoc Co., MS
REEL NO:  590  PAGE NO:  809
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LN  HN     FN      L NAME     F NAME    AGE SEX  OCCUP.      VAL.    BPL    
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#810                    
14  2128     2128     Coker        Robert      62 M         Farmer   650           SC
15  2128 2128     Coker       Sarah       55 F                                Ga                                
16  2128    2128     Coker       Lucinda    28 F                   Ala
17  2128    2128     Coker       Martha H. 19 F                              Ala
18  2128    2128     Coker       Jane         14 F                               Ala
19  2128    2128     Coker       Albert Y.      16 M                             Ala                         
20  2128    2128     Coker    John R.     24 M         Farmer   221           Ala
21  2128    2128     Coker       Jane         22 F                             Ala
22  2128    2128     Coker       Chaloma    4 F                                        Miss
23  2128    2128     Coker       Marice D.  3/12 M                                       Miss

More About Robert Coker and Sarah Miears:
Marriage: March 1823, South Carolina38,39
1785 Thompson Coker Notes for Thompson Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

Shown in "Index to Georgia
    Tax Digests", Vol. IV, p54, 1810 Tax List, Jackson Co., Hays District.  (Philip
    Coker was shown in same county and district, p56.)  "Jackson County, GA
    Inferior Court Minutes - Dec 1809 - "Thompson Coker, Philip Coker et al ordered
    to work on the road under John Pennington, Overseer.  The road running from
    John's Mill to intersect the road leading from Wood's Bringe to the Appalachee
    River near Pennington Mills - that is from the new bridge on the Mulberry to said road."
    New record - same source - "Thompson Coker appointed constable in William
    Pentecost's district."
    New record - same source, Jul 1816 - "Philip Coker's name drawn as a juror for
    ensuing term."
The above information concerning Thompson/Phillip was provided by Elizabeth C. Jones.

Next found record is Thompson Coker, 1830 Shelby Co., AL census, p255:
        1 male b 1820-25; 1 male b 1815-20: 1 male b 1780-1790
        2 females b 1825-30; 1 female b 1820-25; 1 f b 1815-20; 1 f b 1780-90
(Shelby Co. census: p267:  John W. Coker; p268:  Robert Coker, Phillip Coker; p275:  Philip Coker.)

Other brief references to Thompson found in "History of Coosa Co., Alabama", Rev. George E. Brewer, Southern Historical Press, follow.  "Was appointed J. P./constable ca 1834, resigned 1837; in 1836, court ordered new road from Thompson Coker's......."

Summation on Thompson Coker:  He probably married ca 1810-15, Jackson Co., GA, to (Mary? Unknown).   No other mention is found in Alabama 1840 census records for Thompson Coker.

Note:  A widow, Mary Coker, is shown as head of household on 1840 Coosa County census.  According to descendants of this Mary Coker, she and some of her children moved to MS near a possible kinsman of her husband.  The kinsman's name was Robert A. Coker (see more).
1790 Nathan Coker Notes for Nathan Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

A possible son of Phillip (b 1764).  Nathan was shown on 1840 Coosa Co census and was not named as a son of Thomas (d 1818).  Nothing more is known about Nathan.  It would be interesting to see a list of his children so that we could identify any naming patterns.
1794 Phillip Coker Phillip4 Coker, Jr. (Philip3, Robert2, John W.1)23 was born Abt. 1794 in SC.  He married (1) Patience Honeycutt23 December 11, 1818 in Montgomery Co., AL.    He married (2) Temperance Wingham23 July 24, 1844 in Lauderdale Co., MS24.  She was born Abt. 1804 in SC.

Notes for Phillip Coker, Jr.:
1850 Shelby Co., AL Census Roll 14, Page 233

www.familitreemaker.com/cgi-bin/showimage.cgi?yr=1850st=AL&rl=14&pg=233

HN    FN    LAST    FIRST        AGE    SEX    OCC.        DOB
829    833    Coker    Philip        56    M    Farmer        1794
829    833    Coker    Temperance    46    F            1804
829    833    Coker    Sarah        20    F            1830
829    833    Coker    Nancy        15    F            1825
829    833    Coker    Daughter        15    F            1825
829    833    Coker    Alexander    12    M            1838
829    833    Coker    Thomas        13    M            1837
829    833    Coker    Charles            6    M            1846
829    833    Coker    Philip        86    M            1764
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Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

married 1/Patience Honeycutt, 11 Dec 1818, Montgomery Co., AL; m/2 Temperance \ \ Winningham, widow, 20 Jul 1844, Lauderdale Co., MS.
    Children (based on 1830 Shelby and 1850 Shelby Co., AL census):
    1 m b 1825-30                                    1 m b 1820-25 - (James?, see 1840 Shelby Co.)
    2 f b 1825-30 (is one Sarah, b ca 1830?)
    3 f b 1820-25
    1 f b 1815-20
    Nancy, b ca 1832
    John b ca 1835
    Alexander b ca 1838
    Thomas b ca 1837
    Charles, b ca 1844 (probably son Phillip and Temperance)

Half-brothers, John and Charles, moved to Drew Co., AR (see 1880 soundex).
Note:  Robyn Carr and Amanda Nall are researching Fatha/Hatha Ann Coker, b 14 Oct 1818, married James L. S. B. Clower, Jr.  Fatha/Hatha died 23 Nov 1884, Drew Co., AR.  She is likely first child of Phillip and Patience.  Another daughter of Phillip and Patience may be Sabrina Jane Coker; research of Charlotte Boykin shows Sabrina was born 1822, Shelby Co., m/1 Allen Gentry ca 1838, m/2 Beverly T. Calloway, 6 Jan 1844, Shelby Co.

According to Charlotte Boykin, Sabrina's Gentry children also moved to MS.

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

More About Phillip Coker and Patience Honeycutt:
Marriage: December 11, 1818, Montgomery Co., AL

More About Phillip Coker and Temperance Wingham:
Marriage: July 24, 1844, Lauderdale Co., MS24
    
Children of Phillip Coker and Patience Honeycutt are:
    52    i.    Hatha5 Coker, born 1818 in Bibb Co., AR; died November 23, 1884 in Drew Co., AR.  She married James Lawrence Samuel Butts Clowers January 1833.

More About James Clowers and Hatha Coker:
Marriage: January 1833

    53    ii.    Daughter Coker25, born Abt. 1825 in AL.

Notes for Daughter Coker:
I could not make out the name on the 1850 Shelby Co., AL Census.

    54    iii.    Nancy Coker25, born Abt. 1825 in AL.
    55    iv.    Sarah Coker25, born Abt. 1830 in AL.
    56    v.    John Coker, born 1835 in AL.
    57    vi.    Thomas Coker26, born Abt. 1837 in AL.
    58    vii.    Alaxander Coker27, born Abt. 1838 in AL.

    
Child of Phillip Coker and Temperance Wingham is:
    59    i.    Charles5 Coker27, born Abt. 1846 in AL.

1800 Anna Coker Anna Coker, (I think she is Robert Albert's sister) married Greenberry Grisham Sep 21, 1820 in Bibb Co, AL and their son married Britian Ann Miears May 9, 1850 in Bibb Co, AL. Britian Ann was Sarah Miears sister. They (Grishams) were in Pontotoc Co, MS by the 1860 census.

Notes for Anna Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

Born Bet. 1800-1804 if 16-20 at time of marriage.  Thomas Coker who died 1818 named daughter Anna in his will.  Greenberry Grissam married Ann Coker, 21 Sep 1820, Bibb Co., and Greenberry and family were enumerated immediately after Phillip Coker (b 1766) on 1830 Shelby Co., AL census.  So, it needs to be determined if Grissam married Ann, daughter of Phillip, or Anna, daughter of Thomas.

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>



More About Greenberry Grisham and Anna Coker:
Marriage: Abt. 1820, Bibb Co., AL
    
Child of Anna Coker and Greenberry Grisham is:
    71    i.    Littleberry5 Grisham.  He married Brittan Ann Miears Abt. 1850 in Bibb Co., AL.

More About Littleberry Grisham and Brittan Miears:
Marriage: Abt. 1850, Bibb Co., AL
1802 - 1860 John Wesley Coker 58 58 Notes for John Wesley Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

This is my family and I have extensive data on descendants.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

More About John Coker and Nancy Bassett:
Marriage: October 27, 1823, Bibb Co., AL
1805 Hanna Coker Notes for Hanna Coker:
Research by:

Charlotte Tucker                    
201 Los Encinos Ranch Road                email:  cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com
Wimberley, TX  78676

According to research of Reginald Speir and Bobbie Speir Jarvinan

Source:  Charlotte Tucker <cmtgwt@wimberley-tx.com>

Marriage Notes for Hanna Coker and Harris Spiers:
The certificate written to the Clerk of Bibb Co [AL] giving permission for Hannah to marry Harris is written and signed by "Philip (one L) Coker, Father. Dated July the 2nd, 1821.



More About Harris Spiers and Hanna Coker:
Marriage: July 02, 1821, Bibb Co., AL
D. 1759 John W. Coker Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

6 October 1728 - John Coker with Anthony Evans and James Bennett witnessed the will of Lovelis Savidge, Book 7, p. 943. Recorded 21 May 1729. Reference: Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia 1671-1750 by Eliza Timberlake Davis. Originally published: Smithfield, Virginia, 1955.Reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.Baltimore 1980. Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1995, p.114.

20 May 1741 - John Coker of Southwark Parish to John Moreing, 50 acres on the Cypress Swamp running to James Bennett's line south to John Coker, Jr. and east to Mary Vasser. Witnesses: James Langston, James Bennett, George Delk, John Coker, Jr.(Lawns Creek Parish had ceased to exist by 1741) Book 3, p. 310. Reference: Our Coker Kin, unpublished manuscript of June Barekman, Vol. I, p. 33. Note assumption: Grandson of John and Margaret, John Coker, sold the land and son of grandson of John and Margaret; John Coker, Jr.; witnessed the sale.

19 October 1741 - Daniel Vasser. Sale. Date ordered 19 October 1741, Recorded 17 August 1743. Robert Wynn, Sheriff, mentions: paid John Coker and wife their part of estate, #447. .Reference: Surry County Virginia Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories 1730-1800 by Lyndon H. Hart, III. Published 1983 and reprinted 1984 by Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC p. 32.

16 December 1758 - John Coker of Brunswick County - Will Book 3 Page 290

In the name of God Amen I  John Cooker of Brunswick County in the Colony of Virginia Being sick and Weak of Body but in my perfect Sense and Memory Thanks be to God for the Same do make my last will and Testament in manner of form following First I Give and bequeath my Soul to God who gave it to me and my Body to the Ground to be Buried in a Decent manner at The Discretion of my Executors hereafter ~Mentioned in Sure and Certain hope of Joyful resurrection Through Jesus Christ my only Savior & redeemer~and what worldly goods God hath been pleased to bestow upon I give and bequeath as followeth My will and Desire is that my Lawful Debts of my Funeral Charges be payed and Discharged all The residue of my Estate I let and lend to my loving Wife Priscela Cooker for and During her nateral Life and after her decease Equally to be Divided amongst my Children (Viz,) William Cooker John Coker; James Coker, Joseph Coker, Robert Coker and Honour Smith & Mary Floyd Also I Constitute and appoint my Son James Coker The whole and Sole Executor of This my last will and Testament Revoking all former and other wills & Bequests by me made Ratifying and Confirming this only to be my last will and Testament In witness whereof I have thereunto put my hand & affixed my Seal this 16th Day of December 1758
In presence of                                                        John Coker (LS)
Jno Campbell
JohnAtkinson
Nathan^Dorth (^represents "his Mark" - could not sign his name)


22 May 1759 - Will Book 3 Page 291
At a Court held for Brunswick County the 22 Day of May 1759
     This will was presented in Court by James Coker The Executor Therein Named who made Oath Thereto according to Law~and the Same being proved by The Oaths of John Atkinson and Nathan Dortch two of The witnesses Thereto was ordered to be Recorded and on The motion of the said Executor who Entered into Bond with John Spence his Security in The Penalty of five Hundred pounds Conditions according to Law, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate Thereof in Due form
                                                           Test Arch Wager (Illegible - may be sign for clerk)
In places throughout this recording of the will the 2nd "o" in Cooker is marked out - Coker, then.

Note: Son, Thomas is not named. The only record of this son is found in his grandmother's, Margaret Coker's will.


Thomas Coker 1712 William Coker Notes for William Coker:
Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

William Coker became a resident of Northampton Co., NC.
+ 9 November 1757 - Northampton Co., NC, Deed Book 2, p413 - Granville Co., NC grant to William Coker of Northampton Co., NC - 118 acres adjoining Jack's Swap, the county line, Machin's Henry Arthur Smith and Fountain Creek.

The next three entries are taken from Abstracts of Minutes of the Court of Pleans and Quarter Sessions, Rowan Co., NC, 1763-1774, Jo White Lynn
+ 9 Feb 1763 - William Coker on jury, Rowan Co., NC - Vol. 2, p461.
+ 14 Apr 1763 - William Coker on jury, Rowan Co., NC - Vol. 2, p457
+ 16 Apr 1763 - William Coker on jury, Rowan Co., NC - Vol. 2, p461
+ 9 Feb 1766 - Rowan Co., NC - Deed Book 6, p269.  Abraham Whitworth, Jr. to William Coker - 357 acres on the east side of the Dan River opposite Cheraw (Saura) Town.  (This is in NC and not Cheraws District, SC.  There is no doubt this has caused great confusion among researchers.  Much later in time there was a William Coker in SC, Cheraws, but not this man.)

The next two entries taken from North Carolina Taxpayers, 1761-1786.  Compiler, Clarence E. Ratliff.
+ 1771 - Surry Co., NC - William Coker
+ 1772 - Surry Co., NC - William Coker

+ 16 Feb 1773 - Surry Co., NC - Deed Book 4, p34-35.  William Coker sold 175 acres on the east side of the Dan River adjoining Jerry Bradley for 60 pounds.  (Note:  Surry Co. was formed from Rowan in 1770.)
+ 1774 - William Coker appeared on Charles McAnally's list of taxpayers in Surry Co., NC - Journal of Surry County Genealogical Society - p7, Vol. IV, #2, Apr 1984.  PO Box 997, Dobson, NC  27017
+ 28 Feb 1778 - Surry Co., NC - William Coker and wife, Mary, sold to Amos Ladd for 200 pounds, 182 acres on the east side of the Dan River adjoining Jerry Bradley, Joseph Carmichael, Solomon Stone, William Carmichael.  The two land sales amounted to William's entire grant.  (Surry County, North Carolina Abstracts, Deed Books A, B, and C, 1770-1788,  Abstracted and Compiled, Corrected and Revised by Mrs. W. O. Absher, G. R. S. - Southern Historical Press, % The Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., PO Box 738, Easley, SC  29640, p14.)
The next entries are taken from Surry County, North Carolina Court Minutes Abstracts, Vol. 1, (1768-1785),  Absher and Hayes, p41.
+ 17 Feb 1782 - William Coker sued by James Condon.
+ 6 Jun 1788 - Laurens Co., SC - Deed Book B., p350 - William Coker and wife, Mary, to James Brown for 1100 pounds, 150 acres.  Part of 300 acre grant of 23 December 1771 to Rolly Brown on south side of Enoree River.  Witnesses:  John Farrow, John Brown.

1788 is the last record of William.  In 1790 two William Cokers appeared on the US Census for NC - one in Edgecombe County and one in Burke County. In 1790 two William Cokers appeared on the US Census for SC - one in Cheraws District and one in Orangeburg District.  The likelihood of William going back to NC seems slim.  Both SC Williams have households which appear entirely too young for William.  In regard to this reasoning based on the foregoing - William either died in Laurens - probably before 1790 - or moved to another state.

9 May 1757 - GRANVILLE to William Rutland of Northampton County, North Carolina ? shillings sterling money   330 acres, joining his own land in Rutland's ?pocosin, Valentine Floyd, Cader Powell, Baker and Ahotskey marsh   Wit: John Haywood, William Cooker   Issued by Francis Corbin and Joshua Bodley   Reg. Northampton County (month and year not given) C.Ct. Pub.Reg. (Not given) NorthamptonCounty, North Carolina Deed Book II, p. 385. Reference: Hofmann, p. 131-132. This was a Granville Grant. These are almost entirely in tact in NC Archives.


9 November 1757 - William Coker 118 Acres in Northampton County in Parish of North West, joining the county line, Jacks Swamp, Maclins Corner, Henry Arthur Smith and Fountain Creek  Or./s/ Wm. Coker   Wit: J. Edwards, Richard Vigers. Survayed 2 Ap. 1757 SCC: Maurice Floyd, John Coker   J. Edwards D. Surveyor. Patent Book 14, #3411. Reference: THE GRANVILLE DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA 1748-1763 Abstracts of Land Grants Vol. Two By Margaret M. Hofmann, p. 272.   Note: SCC stands for Chain Carrier. Chain Carriers were usually kinsmen.

9 November 1757 - Granville to John Edwards of Northampton County, North Carolina, 10 shillings sterling money    344 Acres, joining Roger's Branch, the countyline, Christopher Robinson and Francis Myrick   Wit: Richard Vigers, William Coker   Issued by Francis Corbin and Joshua Bodley Reg. Northampton Co.  Nov. Ct. 1757 J. Edwards C. Ct. Northampton Deed Book II, p.411. Reference: Hofmann 1741-1759, p. 135.


9 November 1757 - Granville to John Richards of Northampton County   10 shillings sterling money 533 acres, joining Turbafield's run, Edward Heathcock,Joshua Stap, Richard Biggens, William Short, Racoon Branch and other lands of the sd. Richards   Wit: J. Edwards, William Coker   Issued by Joshua Bodley and Francis Corbin Reg. Northampton Co., Nov Ct. 1757   J. Edwards C. Ct. Northampton Deed Book II, p. 411. Reference Hofmann 1741-1759, p.135.


9 November 1757 - Granville to William Coker of Northampton Co.  10 shillings sterling money  118 acres, joining Jack's Swamp, the co. line, Machins, Henry Arthur Smith and Fountain's Creek   Wit:J. Edwards, Richard Vigers   Issued by Francis Corbin and Joshua Bodley   Reg. Northampton Co.  Nov. Ct. 1757   J. Edwards C.Ct.  NorthamptonDeed Book II, p. 411. Reference Hofmann 1741-1759, p. 135.

2 January 1758 - William Coker of Northampton County, planter to Thomas Bass of Brunswick County, Virginia  planter   50 pounds current money of Virginia 118 acres between Jacks Swamp and Fountain's Creek, joining the county line, Mackin, Arthur Smith and the creek all buildings, orchards, gardens etc.  Wit: John Atkinson, Nathan Dortch, William Spence Reg. Northampton County, February Court 1758   J. Edwards C. Ct.  Northampton County Deed Book II, p.427. Reference: Hofmann 1741-1759, p. 137.

Note: Both John Atkinson and Nathan Dortch were witnesses to John of Brunswick will.

14 April 1763 - Rowan County, North Carolina - William Cocker (sic.) on a jury: The Justices & Rutherford Vs Godfrey Ridge. Book VII,   p.451.  Reference: Abstracts of Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan County, NC 1763-1774, by Jo White Linn (Mrs. Stahle Linn, Jr. Box 1948 Salisbury, NC 28144) Salisbury Printing Co., 1717 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, NC, p. 6.

16 April, 1763 - Rowan County, North Carolina - William Cocker (sic.) on a jury: William Long Vs. Geo. McGoune, Book VII p. 461. Reference: Linn Rowan Court Minutes 1763-1774,
p. 8.

16 April 1763 - Rowan County, North Carolina - William Cocker (sic.) on a jury: Elizabeth Gillispie Adm. Vs. Geo McGoune, Book VII p.461. Reference: Linn Rowan Court Minutes 1763-
1774, p. 7.

9 February 1766 - Abraham Whitworth, Jr. to William Crocker (sic.) For 30 pds.  357 A on E. side Dan River opposite Charraw town. Absalom Jordan, John Whitworth. Vol. 6 p. 269-270. Reference :Rowan County North Carolina Deed Abstracts Vol. II. 1762-1772 Abstracts of Books 5,6,7, Abstracted and Compiled by Jo White Linn, Indexed by Edith Montcalm Clark, Copyright Jo White Linn 1972, Publisher Mrs. Stale Linn, Jr. Box 978, Salisbury, NC 28144, p.71.

Note: The town mentioned above and spelled Charraw is Saura town. It was an Indian settlement on the East side of the Dan River. It appears on present day maps of Rowan County. This has led researchers to place William Coker in Cheraws, South Carolina. This is a serious mistake in Coker research.

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1771: Joseph Coker, William Coker, Robert Coker,
Reference: Ratliff List

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1772: Joseph Coker, William Coker, RobertCoker, Solomon Coker. Reference:Ratliff List.

Surry County Tax List for 1774 - Charles McAnally's List Taken 1774
(selected persons)
William Coaker - 1 poll
Francis Gidion - 1 poll
Reference: The Journal of Surry County Genealogical Association, Vol. 4, Book 2, p.7, April 1984
1714 James Coker Notes for James Coker:
Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

James Coker remained in the state of Virginia until his death.  He left a will in Greenville Co., VA, Clerk's Office of Circuit Court, Greensville Co., VA, Will Book 1, p228.  James' will was made 30 Nov 1792 and probated Aug 1793.  James named his wife, Ann; son, Thomas (under age 21); three daughters referred to as "my three children": Sally, Dolly, Lucy; "my grandson", Jesse Coker, identified as son of Darkis; "my daughter, Betsy Massey; and Frances Eppes.  Who Frances Eppes was is unknown.  Witnesses were Frances Eppes, Batte Peterson and Benjamin Coker.

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I James Coker of Greensville County do make and ordain
this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (to wit) I desire
my Body may be decently buried at the discression of my Executor hereafter named
and that my just debts be paid as to the rest of my estate I give and dispose of
in manner and form following, I lend to my beloved wife Ann Coker my Land and
Plantation whereon I now live during her Widowhood after her death or marriage I
give the said Land and Plantation to my son Thomas Coker to him his heirs and
assigns forever, but in case my son Thomas should die before he arrives to the
age of twenty one years, I will that my Land be sold and the money arising from
such sale to be equally divided between my three children and grandson, to wit,
Sally Coker, Dolley Coker, Lucy Coker, and Jesse Coker son of Darkis Coker the
rest of my estate I lend to my wife during her widowhood with the right of
giving to each of the above said Children as also to Frances Eppes what my Exor
shall judge to be equal to the value of what I give to my daughter Betsy Massey
and after the death or marriage of my wife, I desire my personal Estate to be
equally divided between my son Thomas daughters Sally, Dolly, and Lucy, and my
Grandson Jesse Coker as above, and Frances Eppes excepting all or any one which
shall receive the portion to be given by my Wife which when received shall be a
bar as to their claiming any right to any part of my personal Estate thereafter
I nominate and appoint my friend Batte Peterson Executor of this my last Will
and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made IN WITNESS
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the 30th day of November
1792.

SIGNED, SEALED published          
and declared to be my last                    his
Will and Testament in              /s/  James  X  Coker    (LS)
presence of Batte Peterson                    mark

        her
Frances D Eppes
       mark

          his
Benjamin  X  Coker
          mark

At Greensville August Court 1793. This Will was Proved according to Law by the
Oaths of Batte Peterson, and Benjamin Coker Witnesses thereto, and ordered to be
recorded

             Teste, 
                        P. Pelham C of Cur

             A COPY
             TESTE: /s/ Robert C. Wrenn, Clerk
                        By Mary D. Lee, D.C.

Recorded in Will Book L at page 228 in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court
of Greensville County, Virginia.


1715 Joseph Coker Notes for Joseph Coker:
Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

Joseph remained in Brunswick Co., VA through 1763-64.  This is arrived at through an accurate transcription of the Revolutionary War pension application papers of a Thomas Coker, soldier #30957, believed to be Joseph's son.  Through this accurate transcription a birth year may be ascertained for Thomas.  While his pension papers say he was born in Brunswick Co., NC, it is rather apparent this is an error.  On examination of the pension papers both Brunswick County and North Carolina are written in a smaller, paler hand - as though filled in possibly at a later date.  Brunswick Co., VA surely seems more accurate than a spot on the NC coast far to the south - in fact, almost in SC.

Joseph sold land in Northampton in 1769.  Whether he lived on this land is unknown. 
+ 10 Feb 1769 - Northampton Co., NC - Deed Book 4, p320.  Joseph Coker sold Northampton Co. land (signed by John Coker).  Joseph was of Dobbs Co., NC at that time.  This was 300 acres to Burwell Bass of Brunswick Co., VA.  (Note:  John Coker had power of attorney for Joseph.)  It is logical a brother would be given power of attorney to sign for another brother.

Joseph left Dobbs and was in Surry Co., NC by 1771 as were both William and Robert  The following two entries from North Carolina Taxpayers, 1701-1786, compiled by Clarence E. Ratliff:
+ 1771 - Tax List - Surry Co., NC:  Joseph Coker, William Coker and Robert Coker.
+ 1772 - Tax List - Surry Co., NC:  Joseph Coker, William Coker, Robert Coker and Solomon Coker.
+ 1774 - Tax List - Surry Co., NC:  Joseph Coaker and Robert Coaker with son Thomas Coker - both appear on M. Armstrong's list of taxpayers.  (Next to Robert is listed Nathan Hill, a boy Robert received guardianship for while residing in Dobbs Co. - Note:  Joseph was of Dobbs at one time also.)  William appeared on Charles McAnallys's Surry tax list in 1774. - The Armstrong list came out in the Dobson NC Journal in Vol. 4, Book 3, p253.
+ 3 Apr 1780 - Surry Co., NC - Deed Book B, p88 - Entry from  Surry County, North Carolina Deed Books, A, B, and C, (1770-1785), Mrs. W. O. Absher.  200 acres on Big Bean Shoal Creek, water of Yarkin(sic) (Yadkin) River near mouth of said creek.

The following two entries from Surry County North Carolinas Court Minutes, Abstracts,
Vol. 1 (1768-1785), Absher and Hayes.
+ 15 Nov 1781 - Surry Co., NC - Joseph Coker on a jury in Surry Co.
+ 12 Feb 1782 - Surry Co., NC - Solomon Coker (dec'd) Nuncupitive (oral) will - Joseph Coker and David Poindexter, executors, Surry Co.

Joseph Coker is not located on any census for North Carolina in 1790.  Joseph Carker is located in Laurens Co., SC in 1790.
+ 20 Mar 1790 - Laurens Co., SC - Will Book A, p71.  Will of Joseph Coker - probated 1792.  Joseph named his wife, Mary, and sons Thomas, Calvin, Drury and John.  It is stated that John was the joungest.  Drury was executor and witnesses were:  William Hellams, Thomas Coker and Martin Dial.

26 November 1761 - Henry Meecham 656 acres in Northampton County, joining Thomas House, the Virginia line, Meechams line, Charles Gee, Joseph Coker, and the head and side of Moors Branch OR: /s/ Henry Meacham Wit: Jno Linton surveyed 3 June 1761 SCC: Maurice Floyd, Joseph Coker J. Edwards J. Edwards surveyor. Northampton Patent Book 14, p. 3494. Reference: Hofmann, Granville District, 1748-1763  p. 231.


25 May 1762 - Joseph Coker   527 acres in Northampton County, joining Jacks Swamp, the Main Road, John Peterson, the county line, the head and side of Moores Branch, and both sides of Cates Branch OR: /s/ (mark) Wits: Jno Linton, James Martin, surveyed 16 March 1758 SCC: Maurice Floyd, Thomas Floyd J. Edwards Surveyor. Northampton Patent Book 14, p. 3405.
Reference: Hofmann, Granville District, 1748-1763 p.270.

10 February 1769 - Joseph Coker sold Northampton County, NC land (signed by John Coker). Joseph was of Dobbs County, NC at that time. This was 300 acres to Burwell Bass of Brunswick County, Virginia. Northampton County, NC Deed Book 4, p. 320.

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1771: Joseph Coker, William Coker, Robert Coker,
Reference: Ratliff List

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1772: Joseph Coker, William Coker, RobertCoker, Solomon Coker. Reference:Ratliff List.

Surry County Tax List for 1774 - A List of Tythables for 1774 - M. Armstrong's List:
(selected persons)
Richard Varnel - 1 poll
Robert Coaker & son Thomas Coaker - 2 polls
Neathan Hill - 1 poll
Joseph Coaker - 1 poll
Elijah Smallwood - 1 poll
Wm. Varnell - 1 poll
Martin Armstrong &Isaiah Gymon - 2 polls
John Armstrong, George Flyne and Negro Luci - 3 polls
Reference: The Journal of Surry County Genealogical Association, Vol.4, Book 3, p.6, July 1984.
1718 Robert Coker Notes for Robert Coker:
North Carolina Taxpayers, page 42
1769 Tax List:
North Carolina, Dobbs County
Robert Coker and sons; Thomas and Nathaniel

1771 Tax List, North Carolina, Surry County
Robert Coker

1772 Tax List, North Carolina, Surry County
Robert Coker

1774 Tax List, North Carolina, Surry County
Martin Armstrongs List:
Robert Coker and son Thomas Coker 2; Sampson BRAZEAL 1; adj John Brown 1; adj Joseph Coker 1; adj William Harrison and son Robert Harrison 2;.......

(Solomon Coker, another son of Robert died in Surry County in 1781.  Nathaniel has never been found after the Dobbs County list)

Deed
12 November, 1778
North Carolina, Surry County.
Joseph Winston-His Entry Book, Land Entries, 1778-1781.
Robert Coker enters 400 acres..Surry County...Toms Creek.  Warrant granted to Thomas Coker.
(Micajah Clark also lived on Toms Creek.

Patent
South Carolina
3 March, 1789
Robert Coker, plat for 100 acres on Big Creek, Ninety Six district surveyed by Jonathan Clark.

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Research of Elizabeth C. Coker

Robert Coker, based on years of research, is the best candidate located for the father of Thomas Coker who died in Bibb Co., Alabama, 1818.  Thomas of Bibb was born in 1755 according to Mrs. A. B. (Sue) Denny who obtained the information from Mrs. Ethel Bonner.  Mrs. Bonner was in possession of a Coker Bible which belonged to Jonathan Clark Coker, son of Thomas of Bibb.  Both Mrs. Denny and Mrs. Bonner are descendants of Thomas of Bibb.  The same Jonathan Clark Coker mentioned above gave North Carolina as the birthplace of his father, Thomas of Bibb, on the US Census for Clay Co., AL in 1880.  Considering the birthplace and birthdate given above as correct and going under the assumption Robert was father of Thomas of Bibb, it may be said Robert was in NC by 1755. 

The following references are from Johnston County, NC Court Minutes, 1759-1766, Book 1, by Waynette Parks Haun, 243 Argonne Drive, Durham, NC  27704.
+ (Haun, p71) (Book p146-76) 3rd Tuesday in Apr 1763 - "Inventory of the Estate of Lewis Hill exhibited into Court by Doys. Wright and ordered to be filed."
+ (Haun p73) (Book p149) 3rd Tuesday in Apr 1763 - "Ordered that Dionysius Wright be appointed Guardn to Nathaniel Hill Orphan of Lewis Hill Decd.  On his giving Joshua..., etc."
+ (Haun p89) (Bookp182-94) 17 Jan 1764 - "Order'd that the following persons be sum'd to our next Court in order to make it appear if they can, that Dionys. Wright neglects to do his Duty to the Orphans of Lewis Hill Dec'd., viz. Theops. Hunter, Esqr. and John Myott."
+ (Haun p95) (Book p193) 16 Oct 1764 - "Robert Coker came into Court  & pray'd that he might be appointed Guardian to Nath'l Hill Orphan of Lewis Hill Decd. & offers for Security Elisha Thomas & Thomas Tomlinson which are excepted of by the Court."
+ Dobbs Co., NC (formerly Johnston Co.), 1769:  Item from Ratliff Tax List cited earlier - Robert Coker appeared on a tax list for Dobbs Co., NC.  He was listed as having sons:  Thomas, Nathaniel and Solomon.  Joseph Coker was a resident of Dobbs in 1769 when John Coker of Northampton Co., NC sold his Northampton land for him.
+ 1771 - Guilford Co., NC - Item from Buffalo Church and Her People, the Reverend     S. M. Rankin - Robert Coker was living on North Buffalo Creek in 1771 in Guilford Co., NC.
+ 1772 - Guilford Co., NC marriage - from same reference as above - John Scott married Mary Coker.  (Note:  Guilford Co. was formed from Rowan Co. and Orange Co. in 1770.  Buffalo Creek is on line between what was Surry and Guilford Counties.  Today that line is between Stokes and Rockingham.  This Mary could have been a daughter of Robert Coker.  It could be significant that a John Scott appeared on page 17 of the Pendleton , SC US Census in 1800 and Thomas Coker [Thomas of Bibb] appeared on page 18 of same census.)
+ 1771 - Tax List - Surry Co., NC (Cited earlier - Ratliff) - Robert Coker, William Coker, Joseph Coker.  (Accounting of sons not given.)
+ 1772 - Tax List - Surry Co., NC (cited earlier - Ratliff) Robert Coker, William Coker, Joseph Coker, Solomon Coker.  The premise is these, Robert, William and Joseph, are the three brothers who left Brunswick Co., VA, sons of John of Brunswick.  A second premise is Solomon, listed as son of Robert in Dobbs, has now reached the age of 21 years and therefore has his own listing.

The Journal of Surry County Genealogical Association printed the Surry County tax lists for the year 1774 (P. O. Box 997, Dobson, NC  27017)  The following entries appeared:
+ Vol. IV, No. 2, Apr 1984, p7 - Cha. McAnally's List Taken 1774 - William Coker 1
+ Vol. IC, No. 3, Jul 1984, p6 - M. Armstrong's List 1774 - Robert Coaker with son Thomas 2.  Immediately following Robert Coaker and Thomas is listed Neathen Hill 1.  This listing of Thomas still with his father indicated he was not yet 21 years.  This ties in with birthdate 1755 given by Mrs. Denny.  It also fits with later census records.  The Neathen Hill appears to be the boy Robert accepted guardianship for back in Johnston (Dobb) Co.  Solomon did not appear on this list, however, Joseph Coaker 1, does appear a short distance below Robert.  (Note:  1774 the three brothers are on Surry tax lists - Joseph, Robert and William.)
+3 Apr 1780 - Grant Book 41, p37, File 298 - Surry Co., NC - North Carolina grant to Robert Coker - location:  Chestnut Creek and waters of Tom's Creek.
+ 14 Nov 1780 - Surry County, North Carolina Court Minutes, Abstracts, Vol 1 (1768-1785), Absher and Hayes - Robert Coker and Jesse Bumps (executors) Will
of Richard Varnel, 7 Jun 1780, Surry Co., NC.  (This is a curiosity:  Richard Varnell left all his earthly goods, so it seems, to his "friend" Hannah Coker and her two children, the youngest whose name is Robert and to her child which she is "pregnant" with.  The immediate thought is Hannah's children are Richard's also, however, Solomon Coker is deceased also.  The exact time is not known.  He died intestate.  His will is recorded and inventory taken in Feb Court 1782.  This is pure speculation:  Could Solomon have been the father of Hannah's children?  Solomon, it seems, could have precedeased Richard.  Estates are not settled and recorded immediately upon death.  No reason for a closeness between Richard and Cokers is apparent.)

+ 6 Apr 1789 - Robert Coker received a land grant in 96 District on Big Creek of Big Generostee This is Pendleton, SC land on SC/GA line.  This land had been surveyed by Jonathan Clark for him 31 Mar 1787.  NC took a state census of 1784 - neither Robert or son Thomas appeared in this enumeration.  The census it was learned, though called 1784 was not taken until 1786-87.  It is assumed Thomas and Robert had moved on by then.

+ 1790 - Laurens County, Heads of Families, First Census of the United States - 1790.  South Carolina.  South Carolina Heritage Series, No. 6, p75.  The case can be made the Carkers who showed up in Laurens County were really Cokers.  The following are found very, very close together:  Robert, Philip, James, Robert, John and Joseph.  Joseph left a will in Laurens in 1792.  Researchers badly wish for Joseph to have gone to the Cheraws in SC but it doesn't fit.  These people seem to be the Cokers of interest.

+ 3 Jun 1797 - 18 Jul 1797, Laurens Co., SC - Robert Coker to Philip Coker for 40 pounds sterling, part of original grant to John Abercrombie 1 Dec 1769 by Bull - North Side Rebourns Creek bourdered on James Abercrombie.  Wit:  Robert Coker, Jr., William Hellams, John Coker, JP.
+ 24 Jul 1797 - Laurens Co., SC Deed Book F, p303 - Robert Coker, Sr. to James Coker for 20 pounds sterling, 100 acres on south side of Raiborn Creek, bordered by James Abercrombie, Big Sarvey, Richard Owens, original grant 21 Dec 1779 by William Bull.  Witnesses:  Thomas Coker, Robert Coker, Jr., John Coker, JP.  (Possibly these references have led researchers to believe Robert Coker married an Ann Abercrombie.  Maybe he did.  Back in Surry in 1779 Thomas Coker gave his mother, Ann, a slave as a gift of love.)
+ 1800 - US Census - Laurens Co., SC - Robert Coker, Sr. is enumerated as age 45 up and his wife the same.  He is found on page 18.  He and wife are only household members.  On this same page are listed what seem to be Joseph's boys.
+ 1805 - 1805 Georgia Land Lottery  Virginia S. Wood and Ralph Wood - two Robert Cokers are listed.  Both are listed as residents of Jackson Co., GA.
+ 1807 - 1807 Georgia Land Lottery - Virginia S. Wood and Ralph Wood - Robert Coker, Sr. is listed without county of residence.  He drew land in Wilkinson Co., GA. 

Because a person drew a lot of land doesn't imply he moved on to the land.  This entry concludes information in regard to Robert Coker, Sr.  It appears likely he spent his last days in Jackson Co.

16 October 1764 - Johnston County, NC - Robert Coker came into court and prayed that he might be appointed guardian to Nath'l Hill, orphan of Lewis Hill, Deceased and offers for security Elisha Thomas and Thomas Tomlinson which are excepted of by the court, 194-100.
Reference: Johnston County North Carolina Court Minutes 1759-1766, Book One p71. By Wynette Parks Haun, 243 Argonne Drive, Durham, NC 27704. Transcribed from: Microfilm c.056.30001, Johnston County Court Minutes, Vol: Part One, Years: 1759-1766.

     The following preceded the above:
       144-75 - Dionessious Wright admitted to adm. on estate of Lewis Hill
       146-76 - Ap. 1763 Inv. of Estate of Lewis Hill exhibited in ct. & ordered filed
       149 - Dionysius Wright appt. guardian to Nathaniel Hill
       166-86 - Dionys. Wright have right to sell estate sufficient to pay the debts
       182-94 - Theops Hunter & John Myott ordered to court to make it appear Dionys. Wright
                     neglects to do his duty to Lewis Hill's orphans.

1769 - Dobbs County NC Tax List (Dobbs was formerly Johnston)
                       Coker, Robert; his sons Thomas and Nathaniel;
                                   Negro, Lucy - 3 whites 1 black - total 4 taxables
Reference:The Story of Kinston and Lenoir County, Talmadge C. Johnson; A.B., A.M., D.D. Charles R. Holloman, B.S., L.L. B., Raleigh, Edwards & Broughton Company 1954, p. 366.

Clarence Ratliff, North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1786, Genealogical Publishing Company , Inc. Baltimore 1986, For 1769: omits Negro, Lucy but includes another son for Robert, Solomon Coker..


1771 - Guilford County, North Caroline - Robert Coker was living on North Buffalo Creek in 1771. John Scott married Mary Coker in 1772. Buffalo Creek was on the Stokes County Rockingham County line. In 1771 Guilford included Rockingham and Stokes was Surry. Therefore at that time this was the line between Surry County and Guilford County. From Buffalo Church and Her People by Rev. S. M. Rankin. The marriage is recorded in North Carolina Marriage Bonds Part 1 - 1741-1778 - North Carolinian - Editor Wm. Perry Johnson, September 1959, p. 594.

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1771: Joseph Coker, William Coker, Robert Coker,
Reference: Ratliff List

Surry County North Carolina Tax List 1772: Joseph Coker, William Coker, RobertCoker, Solomon Coker. Reference:Ratliff List.

Surry County Tax List for 1774 - A List of Tythables for 1774 - M. Armstrong's List:
(selected persons)
Richard Varnel - 1 poll
Robert Coaker & son Thomas Coaker - 2 polls
Neathan Hill - 1 poll
Joseph Coaker - 1 poll
Elijah Smallwood - 1 poll
Wm. Varnell - 1 poll
Martin Armstrong &Isaiah Gymon - 2 polls
John Armstrong, George Flyne and Negro Luci - 3 polls
Reference: The Journal of Surry County Genealogical Association, Vol.4, Book 3, p.6, July 1984.
1720 Mary Coker Notes for Mary Coker:
Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

Mary married a Floyd.  A John Floyd left a will in Northampton Co., NC.  The will was dated 3 Aug 1756 and went to probate in Nov 1756.  John named the following sons:  Morrise, Thomas, William, Stephen, Jesse, John.  He named one daughter, Elizabeth Cooker (Coker?).  He named his wife, Mary, and executors were his sons Thomas and William.  Witnesses were Charles Campbell and James Stanton (Will book and page for reference not available).

Several things should be noticed about the will.  A Charles Campbell witnessed the will of John of Brunswick, also, John Floyd died two years before John Coker.  Mary could have been wife of one of John Floyd's boys.  Mary for now must remain in the realm of the unknown with a best guess - wife of one of John Floyd's sons.
1725 Honour Coker Notes for Honour Coker:
Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

Virtually nothing is known of Honour Coker other than the fact that she married a Smith.  William Coker's land grant in Granville was bounded on one side by land belonging to Henry Arthur Smith.  William owned the grant for one year only and never resided on it.  Smith is a very, very common name.  To make a connection here would be foolish.
1714 John Coker Notes for John Coker:
Research of Elizabeth C. Jones

In 1769 John was in Northampton Co., NC.  He signed for Joseph Coker who was in Dobbs Co., NC.
+ 10 Feb 1769 - Northampton Co., NC - Deed Book 4, p320.  Joseph Coker signed by mark of John Coker.  Joseph was of Dobbs Co., NC, to Burwell Bass - 300 acres in Northampton Co., NC.  (Note:  William Coker sold his land to Thomas Bass of Brunswick Co., VA.)
It is not known if John ever occupied this land.  William did live in Northampton Co. and John lived and died there.
+ 2 Nov 1778 - Northampton Co., NC - Will Book A, 1762-1791, p309.  John left his will.  He did not name his wife by name.  He named two sons, John and Joshua, and referred to the rest as "all my children".  Both John and Joshua were named executors of the will.

From the will of William Robinson/Robertson (names interchangeable in old records) who left a will in Sumter Co., SC:  He named a wife, Mary, and step-sons, Joshua and Noah Coker.  From this will, John's wife, Mary, may possibly be determined and also one of his sons Noah.  John Robertson's will is located in Sumter Co. Will Book A, p12.  Taking the assumption this will named the wife of John of Northampton, Noah Coker becomes one of the unnamed children in John's will.  Three of John's sons then are known:  John, Joshua, and Noah.

4 May 1747 - Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Book 1, p. 338 James Lundy of Brunswick Co., Va. to George Butler of Northampton Co. 4 May 1747 20 pounds current money of Va 200 acres joining a swamp, the Roan Oak path and Jack's Swamp   Wit: John Peterson, Robert -----, John Cooker Reg. Northampton Co.  May Ct. 1728 J. Edwards C. Ct. Reference : ABSTRACTS OF DEEDS 1741-1759 Northampton County, North Carolina PUBLIC REGISTRY Deed Book One and Deed Book Two Margaret Hofmann, Second Printing, Copyright 1974, Margaret Hofmann, p. 54.

17 August 1747 - Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Book 1, p. 308: Benjamin Person of Northampton County to Richard Lewis of Northampton County 17 August 1747   1000 lb. tobacco   100 acres more or less on the west side of Jacks Swamp, joining the swamp  part of a patent granted to Benjamin Person for 200 acres   11 November 1743   Wit: Henry Arthur Smith, James Lundy, John Cooker   Reg. Northampton Co. Aug. Ct. 1747 John Hooker D.C. Ct. Reference: Hofmann, p. 49.


17 August 1747 - Northampton County, North Carolina Deed Book 1, p. 309: Benjamin Person of Northampton County to John Cooker of Northampton County   7 pounds, 10 shillings current money of Virginia 100 acres more or less on the west side of Jack's Swamp, joining Richard Lewis and the swamp, part of a patent to Benjamin Person for 200 acres 11 November 1743   Wit:Henry Arthur Smith, James Lunday, Richard Lewis.  Reg. Northampton County August Court 1747 John Hooker D.C. Ct. Reference: Hofmann, p. 309


Mary Unknown John Coker Joshua Coker Noah Coker William Robinson Mary Aldridge resided Roanoke, VA or Charlotte Co., VA. She was born in Brunswick Co., VA. She died in Laurens Co., SC. 1767 Jeanette Coker 1766 Hannah Coker 1765 John Coker 1764 Nancy Coker 1763 Collins Coker 1762 Honour Coker 1761 - 1835 Thomas Coker 74 74 was born in 1761 in Brunswick Co., VA. He died on 6 Jan 1835 in Harlan Co., KY. He served in the military in Revolutionary War. Revolutionary War pension number: 30957 He resided. Laurens Co., SC, Franklin Co., GA, and Sevier Co., TN,
1758 Drury Coker He signed a will on 20 Dec 1830 in Laurens Co., SC.
1757 Robert Coker "of Rayburn" ? 1756 Calvin Coker He died in Franklin Co., GA. 1755 - 1791 William Coker 36 36 Served in the Revolution from Williamsburg Co., SC He appeared on the census in 1790 in York Co., Camden Dist., SC.
He died in 1791 in York Co., SC.
He resided between the Black Swamp and Lynches Creek in SC.
Dicey Nancy Mary Dial appeared on the census in 1810 in Laurens Co., SC. She died after 1810 in Cherokee Co., TX. She was born in PA. 1798 - 1881 Joseph Coker 82 82 Joseph COKER was born on 14 Aug 1798 in Laurens Co., SC. The family was here until about 1815. He appeared on the census in 1816 in Monroe Co., Mississippi Terr.. 1 male under 21, 2 males over 21, 1 female under 21, 2 females more 21 He appeared on the census in 1830 in Franklin, TN. The family of John Coker and of his three sons were in Franklin Co., TN from about 1827 to 1832. US Census, Joseph Coker, 1 male under 5, 1 M 20-30, 1 M 30-40, 1 female under 5,
1 F 5-10, 1 F 20-30, 1 F 50-60. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Talladega, AL. On page 267, you find listed in order: James Coker, Seaborn Jones, Edey Tackey, Wesley Jones, Nathaniel Harris, Lepee Fane and Joseph Coker. John, Joseph and James Coker and their father, John Coker were in Talladega Co., AL from 1832 to 1849.
Joseph Coker, Males, 11:10-15, 1:40-50; Females 1 under 5, 2:5-10, 1:10-15, 1:15-20, 1:30-40, 1:60-70. 7 Male slaves, 4 Females slaves. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Cherokee City, TX. Family #110, enumerated 30 Sept 1850

Joseph Coker, 50, M, Farmer, $3500, SC; Melinda, 39, F, SC; Nancy Virginia, 16, F, AL; Nancy Virginia, 16 F, AL; Sarah P. 13, F, AL: Malinda W., 9, F, AL; Amanda, 7, F, AL; Wm. L. T., 4, M, AL; Neal B., 10 mon., TX.
He was living in 1853 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. After the death of his wife, Melinda, in 1853, Joseph and nine of his children came to the Coker Settlement at the invitation of brother, John Coker. Of the three boys and six girls, the youngest was four years old and the oldest was 28 years old. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Bexar Co., TX. He was newspaper article on 17 Apr 1870 in San Antonio , Bexar Co., TX,. Mr. Joseph Coker, an old citizen of Bexar County, who was convicted of murder in the second degree and who escaped from the guard on the 13th of June, 1869 has been pardoned by the governor, and his return to his family is anxiously desired. When last heard from, he was in Bowie County, Texas. He is perhaps 70 years of age. The papers in Austin and all over Texas are requested to copy this notice. Page 3 Col 2. San Antonio Herald, April 17, 1870.

Joseph Coker was convicted in the shooting John Jones, Jr, who was apparently the son of Samuel C. Jones. Joseph was guarding a watering hole on the Salado. He was sentenced to two years but escaped from the hospital where he had been sent to determine the status of his health before beginning his sentence.

Joseph was in Bowie Co. near Texarkana, where his wife, Melinda Brown's sister, Elizabeth, lived with her husband, Levi Shockley. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Bexar Co., TX. He died on 10 Mar 1881 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He was buried on 12 Mar 1881 in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX. San Antonio Obituary, 12 Mar 1881, last page. He was living early 1860's in Castorville, TX. A severe drought in the area caused local ranchers to guard dwindling water supplies for their herds. Water was hauled from San Pedro Springs, which was about a days journey. Joseph Coker with his sons, Neil and William Leonard were guarding a water hole when three boys aged 18, 16 and 15 challenged the use of the water. A fight broke out after the boys started calling names and throwing stones. Joseph, who had been drinking, lost his temper and shot the 18 year old. He was tried in Hondo, TX and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After being taken to a hospital for illness, Joseph escaped. He hid out with various family members and in the countryside until 1870 when he was pardoned. A personal notice in the newspaper told Joseph of his freedom and he returned home at about 70 years of age.

Joseph Coker died in his sleep on Friday, March 10, 1881. His death was discovered when he didn't come for breakfast according to J. Harrison Coker's diary. A coffin and burial suit were brought and he was buried in the evening. English General Davidson, who had retired from India to the Coker Settlement, said the service. Most of the family attended the funeral. Those listed in the diary include: the J. Harrison Coker's, the Taylor Jones', the Neil Coker's,
the Nat Wilson's (Nat was the brother of Judith Wilson Coker), and Jim Walker. He was a Farmer. He was Methodist. He was married to Melinda BROWN about 1822.

1797 - 1879 James Coker 82 82 was born in 1797 in Laurens Co., SC. He appeared on the census in 1830 in Franklin Co., TN. 1 Male 30-40, 1 Female under 5, 1 F 20-30. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Talladega Co., AL. pg. 267, Males 2:5-10, 1:30-40; Females 1 under 5, 1:5-10, 1:10-15, 1:30-40. No slaves. He emigrated in 1846 from Cherokee Co., TX. James and Joseph Coker, follow their father, John and brother, John to Texas. James settles in Cherokee Co., and raises his family there.

He appeared on the census in 1850 in Cherokee Co., TX. Family #345, enumerated 28 Oct 1850

Jas Coker, 53, M, Farmer, 500, SC; Mary, 43, F, SC; Franklin, 19, M, TN; Andrew J., 17, M, AL; Mariah E., 14, F, AL; Sarah J, 12 F, AL; John, 10 M, AL; Joseph, 6, M, Al; Mary F., 3, F, AL. He died about 1879 in Cherokee Co., TX.
1789 - 1864 John R. Coker 75 75 John R. COKER was born on 10 May 1789 in SC. His birth date on his tombstone. He owned land in 1802 in Laurens Co., SC.(69) He sold his last Laurens Co., SC land in 1802. He resided in Texas in 1834 in the Austin colony, TX..(70) John Coker arrived in the Republic in 1834. He is listed in Stephen F. Austin's Application Book, p. 103-4. The date of his application is Feb 1836. He is listed as single, wanting land, and his occupation is blacksmith. His father was with him at this time. They came from Alabama. He owned 640 acres in 1836 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.(71) John Coker served 6 months from 16 Mar to 15 Sept 1836. He received bounty land in Bexar Co, survey No. 65 in Sec. No. 5, situated NE side of Medina about 50 miles NW of city of San Antonio in Bexar Co. The survey was made 18 May to 1 Aug. 1838. Recorded in Book C., p. 193. William Lindsey made the first survey in 1836. He owned 1/3 league on 5 Jul 1841 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. The following is a copy of the deed John Coker received for being in Texas in 1836.
"Coker, John, Bexar No. 234, 1/3 league in Bexar Co., File #172, 1st Class Certificate granted for being in Texas in 1836 - settler Patented Oct 18, 1845, No. 299 Vol. 4, Granted by Bd. of Land Commissioners for County of Montgomery. Survey #12, Sect. #2, situated on Salado Creek of Co. of Bexar at stake set on the NW line of Survey No. 10 (400 varas NE of its SW corner) from which a live oak 15" in dia. bears N41 deg W49 varas and a live oak 2 inchs in Dia. bears S69 deg W67 4/10 varas. Then N48 deg 35 W 288 varas set a stake and raised a mount for corner. Thence N 41.25 deg RattleSnake Creek 2887 varas to stake set for N corner of this survey from which a mesquite 4" in dia. bears N64 deg W25 varas and an elm 3" in dia. bear SC E24 4/10 varas. The survey contains four labors of arable land and four 1/3 labors of pasture land.

R.C. Timble, surveyor.
Survey made Feb 1, 1837 - May 24, 1838, Examined Oct. 8, 1838

To 4 labors of Arable land @$2.50........$10.00
To 4 1/3 labors of pasture land @1.20 ..$ 5.20
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$15.20

Received of John Coker $15.20 in promissary notes the fees upon the forsgoing survey made under Cert. No. 234 from Montgomery Co. Signed John S. Simpson, dated San Antonio, 5 Jul 1841 at Alton, Texas, Denton Co., Texas. He was buried in 1857 in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX. The first person was buried in the Coker Cemetery in 1857. The family would get together once a year to clean up the graves. Tex Sullivan caught the snakes, did cleaning and clearing for the cemetery in the late 1930's. As the years progressed, it became harder and harder to get people to come and clean up the grave sites. The Coker Cemetery Assocation
was formed to provide perpetual care and set up an account with $25,000. The fund now has over $100,000. Gifts and interest support the cemetery as excellent care is given without touching the principal. In 1986, the Board of Trustees included: Royce Jones, Arthur Nagel, Ray Williams, Carlton Coker, Sidney Gefers, Jr., Gary Nagel, and James Williams. He resided home of Amos Dickens Jones and his wife, Jane Maria in 1860 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He was educated Coker School in 1861 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Education was important to the Coker Settlement and the first school was established in 1861 in a one room frame building. The tuition was $2.00 a year per child to pay for the teachers salary. You were not required to pay for the days a child missed due to illness. In 1904, a two story building was added to the school which served to educate children until both buildings burned in 1924. A two story brick building replaced the burned frame school in 1925. The teachers were Edna Jane Jones and Janette Stanfield Jones. Two indoor restrooms and a hallway were added to the building in 1936 under the leadership of Craig Stanfield. This building was abandoned until it was turned into an Italian restaurant which later burned.

The seven common school districts were consolidated in 1949 into the North East Rural High School District with Clarence Camp as the chairman of the Board of Trustees. At that time the Coker School had 109 scholastics. The Blanco Road School had 17 students and the Serna School was the largest school with 274 children. In 1955, the NERHSD voted to become the North East Independent School District. Today this district has 30 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle Schools and 5 High Schools with more that 42,000 students, 4,700 teachers and staff and three special activites campus'. He died on 4 Jan 1861 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He owned 640 acres on 16 Dec 1874 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. (72) Survey No. 45 issued by Sec. of War., Geo. W. Heckley 15 June 1838.

Survey No. 45 in La Salle Co., situated on waters of Jahney Creek, a tributary of Nueces River, about 90 miles SW of S A, surveyed Dec. 7, 1874. Chain carriers: Wm. W. Garretson, John W. Garretson, Albert Bailey. Recorded in Book D., No. 4, San Antonio, 16 Dec 1874 by L.C. Navarro, Dist. Surveyor, Bexar Dist. He owned Coker United Methodist Church in 1883 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. "A little boy looked up at his father and asked, "Who are these?" as he read..."Deaf Smith, Denmore Rives, John Coker, Y.P. Asbury, E. R. Rainwater, John Garner, and Moses Lapham..." His father replied, "These were men who performed an outstanding deed by destroying a bridge which trapped Santa Anna and his troops. This act helped to win independence for Texas." The father and son were reading a marker that designates the site of Vince's bridge at Houston, Texas.

John Coker, a bachelor from South Carolina, was recognized for this deed by the Texas Legislature, October, 1845, and given a grant of land consisting of one-third of a league. (A square league is 5,760 acres. One-third is 1,920 acres.) This area in later years became known as Coker Community.

Upon receipt of the grant of land, John or "Jack" as he was familiarly called, wrote to his brother, Joseph, in Alabama inviting him to Texas to share the grant. Joseph came and the families of his sons and sons-in-law. They travelled many days about fifteen miles per day, but they always rested on Sunday. In his diary, Amos Dickens Jones (a son-in-law) referred to Sunday as a "lonesome day." When they arrived at Salado Creek in Bexar County, they set up residence with John Coker.

The settlers continued to feel the need to gather together on Sundays for worship. At first they met in homes, then later outdoors in groves and brush arbors. Still later, the families met in the schoolhouse. Finally, in 1886, the residents of Coker Community built a church.
Amos Dickens Jones collected money from San Antonio businesses so that the building was build debt free. This was the beginning of Coker Community and Coker Church.

In the early years it was called Salado Methodist Episcopal Church, South, being named for the creek on the bank of which it was built. Later it was called Coker Methodist Church.

Like so many rural churches in the United States, Coker has experienced several periods of development during its growth from a pioneer church to an urban church. Each of these periods has been distinct and has made its contribution to the history of this church.

Spiritual guidance during the pioneer period was first provided by laymen, both church-appointed and self-appointed, and later by circuit riding preachers. The Rev. A. E. Rector, a circuit rider for Coker and three other churches, came to Coker Community in the fall of 1883. Rev. Rector's circuit consisted of Boerne (where he lived), Selma, Lockhill and Coker (called Salado). He travelled his circuit on horseback. He carried a slicker and blanket in his saddle bag. His congregations went to church in wagons drawn by horses and sometimes oxen. A few people had buggies. The services lasted all day.

Coker Church at that time met monthly in the community schoolhouse. It was a small frame building and was situated in about the middle of the present cemetery. In the summer months services often were held under a brush arbor. Regardless of the meeting site, the women sat on one side and the men of the other. During Rev. Rector's period of service, the Coker membership doubled from the original 15 to 30. Rev. Rector's salary for the first year was $360 for the entire circuit, out of which he had to buy a horse and pay for his board and laundry. The second year, Rector was given an assistant and the third year, the circuit was divided.

Rector made each church once a month. It was at the urging of Rev. Rector and through the efforts of Amos D. Jones, who collected money from businessmen in San Antonio, that a frame church building was erected debt-free in 1885. The building was one room with a wooden floor and roofing. In those days, the mark of progress for a community was a schoolhouse, a church, and a cemetery. Leonard T. Coker and Neill B. Coker (donors of the church site), Amos D. Jones, Z. T. Autry and William Sabin were the original trustees of the church property; Taylor Jones was the first superintendent of the Sunday School.

It is interesting to note that among the first weddings in the frame church were those of Agnes Autry to William C. Marmon and Margaret Autrey to Fred Tomasini. The brides were sisters. The last wedding to be held in the frame church was that of Leona Marmon, daughter of one of the first brides, Agnes. The last funeral to be held from the frame church was that of Fred Tomasini, one of the first bridegrooms.

Even though the pastorates were of short duration and the program of the church was limited, the church was a powerful force for good. It was established with the conviction that no society could be a good society without being God-oriented and that Christ must be the central integrating force in personal life as well as in the community life. The church building was the outward symbol of the pre-eminence of God in human life. The church made that faith real in terms of fellowship and aspiration toward the divine.

A period of church decline set in as the population of the community began moving away. This trend was very evident in the 1930's. It was just before this that the name was changed to Coker Community Church. Coker Church was a supply church under McKinley Avenue Methodist Church and then under Los Angeles Heights Methodist Church. It was during this time that A. H. Bankert preached. He had a dream of building a rock church, and encouraged the membership to collect and sell old gold and scrap iron to start a fund for that purpose. He tried to revive interest in Coker Community Church by having a Homecoming for members, friends and former attendants on Sunday, November 6, 1932. The Rev. A. E. Rector was there as well as two other former ministers, the Rev. J.D. Scott (pastor form 1915-1916) and the Rev. J. G. Pollard (pastor from 1922-24). Two services were held including an evening service conducted by Rev. R. S. Adair who baptized some children whose parents he had baptized in this building years ago. The building had recently been painted to get ready for the occasion. Even so, there was much talk about the "rural church problem" and about the "dying country church." For a while it looked as though Coker was going to be one of these.

The period of readjustment started in 1937 when Coker became an independent charge in the West Texas Conference. This gave Coker Church a new sense of its importance to the community and to the Methodist district as a whole. The people wanted a new building. The seed that Rev. Bankert planted was growing. An additional strip of land was deeded to the church by Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Townsend. A fundraiser rodeo, organized by J. B. Palmer, was held in July 1938. Now there was money to start. Henry H. Wallace began rounding up people to help haul the rock that James M. Coker donated. Through Wallace's willingness to work and to get others to help, the enterprise began to take shape. People contributed money and their personal services. Men labored and women prepared meals. Many Saturdays and holidays were spent working. These efforts culminated in a rock building which was ready for service in March, 1939.

The home-made slatted wooden benches used as pews in the frame church were used initially in the new church. Even though the membership was only ninety, letters were sent to many friends of the congregataion, soliciting one dollar from each to be used toward raising money to finish the church and to complete an educational building. By December, 1940, a rock veneered educational building was ready for the use of the church and community and all was debt-free. Some of the lumber from the frame church was used in this.

The dedication service, which was preceded by a basket dinner on the grounds, was conducted by the Rev. Edwin C. Calhoun, District Superintendent, and the Rev. J. H. Meredith, pastor. Special guests were the Rev. A. E. Rector, first pastor of Coker Church, and Mrs. Fannie Hatch Coker and Mrs. Mattie Coker McNett, both of whom joined the church under Rev. Rector in the 1880's. The program consisted of a historical sketch of the community and church given by Arthur W. Nagel, while Monte M. Brown, District lay leader, gave a glimpse into the future of Coker Church. White haired Rev. Rector, speaking from a rocking chair, added to the program by giving some "Echoes of the Past." C.J. Stanfield, Jr., chairman of the building committee, presented a radio to Rev. Rector as an expression of appreciation from the church. V. L. Jones, a descendant of one of the original trustees, presented the new buildings for dedication.

Soon another period became evident, the period of change from rural to urban. What was once a rural church was now a suburban church and soon became a city church. In 1949, the first educational unit (the old Sunday School wing) was connected to the sanctuary and the following year a small pastor's study and church office were added to the educational unit. The building now used as a church office was originally the parsonage, which was completed in the spring of 1953.

Trustees, with visions of growth of the northern part of San Antonio and Coker Church, purchased 6.979 acres of land east of the existising property in March, 1957. This increased church and cemetery acreage from three to eleven acres, the current size.

The area around the church began to be referred to more frequently as the suburbs of San Antonio. The designation "Coker Community" was used less often and the only by ""old timers." The number of families living within five miles of the church continued to grow. Again, in order to be responsive to the needs of the people, a second educational unit of 6 rooms was completed in the spring of 1961. Now it was possible to have twelve Sunday School classes. The total floor space had been quadrupled.

By the spring of 1963, even more classroom space was needed. This need was met by converting the parsonage and garage into 3 classrooms and a church office as the old office became a classroom. This move ended an era - that of the preacher living next to the church. No longer will ministers assigned to Coker be able to tell, as can some of their predecessors, of times when they were cut off from the rest of the world because of being surrounded by the high waters of the flooding Salado Creek. Several times the solid rock church and parsonage stood high, dry and firm as waters of the rampaging Salado Creek rushed past on all sides but never actually touched the buildings.

The change from rural to urban became more obvious as the number of homes and businesses in the area increased. What fabulous growth this has been. The church too has continued to grow. The years 1965 and 1966 were very important in its long history. With increased attendance each Sunday, it became necessary to build a larger sanctuary. Under the pastorate of the Rev. John R. Gibbs, the sanctuary was remodeled to be used as a meeting place, as well as to provide space for six classrooms. Now there were three distict departments in church school - children, youth, and adult. The church membership was 550. A weekday school was organized.

By 1967, Coker United Methodist Church was becoming a leader in the Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. All of the classrooms were air conditioned and a central air conditioning system was installed in the pastor's study and the church office. There was a nursery for both church school and worship.

In 1969, the Methodist Church had a new organizational structure for local church government. Now the governing bodies are the Administrative Board, the Council on Ministries, and the Commissions. The church bought a parsonage for the Rev. G. Robert Grimes and his family who came to Coker in June, 1968.

In November, 1970, a pipe organ was contracted to be built. Coker Church started an intensive athletic program to include children, youth, and adults. Under the leadership and direction of Rev. Grimes, the growth of the church has continued both spiritually and materially. In 1971, a part-time minister was added to the staff to be in charge of youth activities.

A missionary on leave, the Rev. Finis B. Jeffery, came to Coker and in January 1973 organized a lay witness program. This program enriched the spiritual growth of Coker Church so much that several Prayer and Share Groups were formed. The Care and Concern Groups also functioned in a marvelous way. By now the church membership had doubled. In December, 1972, it was reported as 1,048.

By February 1974, it became apparent that more space was needed. A Charge Conference was called to present the proposed construction of a new building. By the end of the year a new multipurpose building had been completed and was formally consecrated December 29, 197. The well equipped kitchen fulfilled a dream of many of the women of the church.

The following year saw the completion of a sixteen rank pipe organ and the remodeling of the first educational building with permanent partritions. The old sanctuary was once again remodeled to afford space for 150 more seats for worship. A choir director, Mr. David Cain, was hired to be in charge of all choirs. There were now two associate ministers, the Rev. Mary Elizabeth Raper, and the Rev. C. Reginald Hardy. A Mother's Day Out Program, which is self supporting, was started.

The pastor's report for Charge Conference for the year 1976 gave the names of three ministers with the Rev. C. Leon Sims replacing Rev. M. E. Raper. The ever increasing tempo of activities every day and evening at Coker Church has made an exciting and lively congregation.

In October 1976, John Bridges became the Director of Music. A new chapter of AARP was organized under the sponsorship of Coker Church. In May 1977, the church membership was reported at 1,427. From 1966 to 1977 the membership tripled.

In 1978, the Rev. Gregory Robertson became leading minister. It was at this time that the stained glass windows were installed and renovation of the scout hut building was made. The logo for the church was designed with an oak tree with running water at its base which represented Salado Creek. A church library was set up by Denny Graham. Handbells were purchased in 1979 and Coker Church was connected to the San Antonio water system. The beautiful altar kneelers were completed by a group of women headed by Margaret Mangum and presented to the church. Lonnie B. Phillips initiated the Ministry through Clowns program.

By 1980, the membership reached 1,770. The nursery facilities were remodeled, the enlarged parking area paved, and three worship services were being held each Sunday. A fulltime choir director was hired. It was obvious that once again more space was needed. In May 1980, a three year building fund pledge program was initiated raising $440,000 for construction of new facilities.

Membership reached 1,825 in 1982. An Altar Guild was formed. Coker Church became a member of the San Antonio Urban Council. A Sunday morning breakfast program, organized by Alton Voges, became popular. Lenten luncheons were served. In June of 1982, ground was broken for a million dollar expansion project which included a new sanctuary (600 seats) and major renovation of the present sanctuary into a two story education building.

On June 12, 1983, the new sanctuary was occupied and Rev. C. Reginald Hardy retired. During the year, six Boy Scouts received God and Country awards. Each week is filled with activity with Wednesday night being the highlight. Day School, exercise classes, Methodist Men, and Bible Studies are among other week day programs that are being held. Dedication services were held November 20, 1983, for both the new sanctuary and new education facilities with Bishop Ernest T. Dixon, Jr., preaching at these services.

By constantly enriching the educational program, it is hoped that the youth will find present experiences, such as picnics on the church lawn and sessions under the oak trees, as meaningful to them as basket dinners and Easter egg hunts on church premises were to those of the pioneer church.

By the close of 1985, Coker's membership had grown to approximately 2,150. There are now three worship services and two Sunday School sessions each Sunday. The church staff now numbers 15. Rev. Greg Robertson is senior pastor, and Rev. Norman Roe is associate pastor. The coming years continue to be a challenge to Coker as we reach out in mission and ministry. May this rich heritage go on!

John Coker, as he helped Deaf Smith carry out the order of General Sam Houston that day in 1836, may possibly have had some idea he was helping to create and establish the Republic of Texas. But do you think he had any idea his service, his contribution to freedom would lead, someday to this place of worship, Coker Methodist Church? (This account was written by Royce and Jeanette Stanfield Jones) He served in the military 6 Mar to 15 Sep 1836 in Battle of San Jacinto, TX. John received a 1,920 acre land grant in Bexar Co. on the Salado Creek near the present San Antonio Airport for his payment for his participation in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. The battle cry at 4:30pm was "Victory or Death". The land boundary markers included a live oak tree of 15 inches diameter, Rattle Snake Creek, a mesquite tree four inches in diameter and an elm tree three inches in diameter. John Coker is the only known War of Independence hero from Bexar County.

The Heroes of San Jacinto, by Dixon and Kemp, on page 311
2nd Reg't Texas Volunteers
Pvt. COKER, John
Born in Alabama, emigrated to Texas with his father, JOHN COKER, in 1834. He was a blacksmith by trade. In service record #1553 it is stated that Mr. Coker served in the Texas Army from 6 Mar to 5 Sep 1836, and that a horse he was riding was killed at San Jacinto. He was with Deaf Smith and his party when Vince's Bridge was destroyed.
Mr. Coker died in San Antonio in December 1864. His only surviving brothers, James and Joseph, were his heirs, Mr. Coker being single.

San Antonio Monthly, April, 1982, by John Jeter

John Coker, a 47 year old bachelor just two years in Texas (came with his father John in 1834) from Laurens Co., SC, volunteered to put his life on the line for a struggling republic. In April 1836, at San Jacinto, "Uncle Jack", as he was affectionatelly known, told his men of a plan to wrest control of the territory from the "Bonaparte of the West," Santa Anna.

"Boys," said Coker to the men of Capt. Karnes' Cavalry Company, "before many hours we will have one of the damndest, bloodiest fights that ever was fought and I believe it would be a good plan to go and burn that bridge so as not only to impede the advance of reenforcements of the enemy, but cut off all chance of retreat."

So behind the lead of Sam Houston's trussted scout, Deaf Smith, Coker and party of five men from Smith's Spy Company set out to burn Vince's Bridge, which spanned a strategic bayou not far from the main battleground.

Young P. Alsbury wrote of John Coker, "He is a man who is second to none in honesty of purpose, valor and patriotism."

Jeanette Stanfield, Mrs. Royce Jones, notes in a paper on "The Cultural Development of Coker Community, Texas", "Smith took with him, Denmore Rives, John Coker, Y.P. Alsbury, E.R, Rainwater, John Garner, and Moses Lapham. They galloped eight miles to the spot where a pine and cedar log bridge spanned the bayou. They first fired the bridge but it wouldn't burn, so they cut it down, and it fell into the bayou."

At the September 1986 Coker Family Reunion, well-known historian and author T.R.Fehrenbach noted in his luncheon speech that indeed John Coker's contribution as of great important for Texas independence
1807 Mary Unknown 1847 Mary F. Coker b. AL 1844 Joseph Coker b. AL 1840 John Coker b. AL 1838 Sarah J. Coker b. AL 1836 Mariah E. Coker b. AL 1833 Andrew Jackson Coker b. AL 1831 Franklin Coker b. TN 1806 - 1853 Melinda Brown 46 46 Melinda BROWN was born on 3 Nov 1806 in SC. Birth determined from 1850 Census of Cherokee Co., TX.
She died on 24 May 1853 in Cherokee Co., TX. She was buried in Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Cherokee Co., TX.
1849 - 1932 Neill Brown Coker 83 83 Neill Brown COKER was born on 22 Jul 1849 in Cherokee Co., TX. He died on 31 Oct 1932 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He was buried in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX. He was donated land for the Coker Methodist Church. It is said that Neill is named after Melinda Brown's brother. 1846 - 1928 William Leonard Tarrant Coker 82 82 William Leonard Tarrant COKER was born on 15 Jan 1846 in Talladega, AL. He died on 31 Dec 1928 in Coker Community, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He was buried in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX. He was named after Leonard Tarrant. William Leonard Tarrant was a Rev. War Soldier, was a Methodist pastor, lawyer, judge of the county court, Indian agent and legislator in Talledega, AL. He presided at the marriage of several in the family. He and his family moved to Texas. William is named after William Leonard Tarrant, a Methodist Preacher in Talladega, AL, and a Rev. War Soldier. 1843 - 1862 Amanda Emily Coker 19 19 Amanda Emily COKER was born on 4 Feb 1843 in Talladega, AL. She died on 9 Nov 1862 in Coker Community, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. 1840 - 1929 Malinda Winifred Coker 88 88 Malinda Winifred COKER was born on 8 Jun 1840 in Talladega, AL. She died on 20 Jan 1929 in San Antonio, TX. She was buried on 20 Jan 1929 in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX.  1836 - 1929 Sarah Permelia Coker 92 92 Sarah Pamelia COKER was born on 17 Dec 1836 in Talladega, AL. She died on 7 Dec 1929 in TX. She was buried in San Jose Burial Park. The Coker family came from Telladega Co., AL to TX. As they came through East Texas, Melinda took a fever, died and was buried in Cherokee Co. Sarah Permilia and her sister, Virginia, took over the household duties and reared the two small brothers. The family moved on to the San Antonio area and established what is know as the Coker Community.
The Seay and Coker famiies lived on adjoining tracts of land and shared a common water well. It was at the well that Sarah Permelia Coker and Marshall Molton Seay met. They courted under the big trees on the grounds of the Coker home. They were married on 22 July 1854 in the Jones Boarding House on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, TX. Sarah Permelia wove dotted swiss and made her wedding dress entirely by hand. Their first home was on the Olmos, a creek well know to northside residents of San Antonio.
1834 - 1898 Nancy Virginia Coker 64 64 Nancy Virginia COKER was born on 18 Feb 1834 in Talladega, AL. She died on 3 Sep 1898 in Seguin, TX. She was buried on 4 Sep 1898 in Geronimo, TX. Geronimo, TX is located north of Seguin, TX. 1831 - 1914 Eliza Caroline Coker 83 83 Eliza Caroline COKER was born on 1 Feb 1831 in TN. She died on 22 Jun 1914 in Seguin, TX. She was buried in San Geronimo Cem., Seguin, TX. 1827 - 1892 James Harrison Coker 65 65 James Harrison COKER(10) was born on 22 Oct 1827 in SC. He died on 23 Oct 1892 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. He was buried in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX. He was Lay minister, did legal papers for friends, was a farmer, and a teacher at the Coker School. He was described as a quiet, gentle, strict man who wore a black frock tail coat. He walked with hands behind back. James was named after the original John Coker's friend, James Harrison from Virginia who's decendants became Presidents of the U.S. He served as a Private in the Confederate Army
Captain J. K. Stevens, Co. C Col. P. O. Woods Riflemen Texas Cavalry . Discharge states he was born in South Carolina, is 33 years old, 5 feet 8 inches high, light bellious complexion,
hazel eyes, dark hair and by occupation a stock raiser, was inducted by Capt. J.K. Stevens
at San Antonio, TX on the 22nd day of March 1862 to serve three years or for the War. He was paid $50 when he enlisted, owes the Confederate States $15.69 for clothing. He is discharged for disability. His attorney is brother in law Amos Dickens Jones, who is in the same Company .
1825 - 1896 Jane Maria Coker 71 71 Jane Maria COKER was born on 5 Apr 1825 in SC. She died on 15 Apr 1896 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. She was buried in Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., TX.  1823 - 1846 Harriett Elvira Coker 23 23 Harriett Elvira COKER was born on 31 Jan 1823 in SC. She died on 14 Nov 1846 in Talladega, Alabama. 1780 - 1813 Benjamin Brown 33 33 Benjamin BROWN was born about 1780. He died in 1813. Robert and Rachel are in the 1935 Henderson Cherokee Role, p. 12 and 14. They are the only Cherokees with the name of Brown to sign up from Talladega, AL, to sign up for land in OK. He was married to Nancy.
Nancy Unknown Nancy was born about 1780. Daniel Brown Sepelby C. Brown Mary Brown Winney Brown 1802 Elizabeth Brown Elizabeth BROWN was born in 1802 in SC. James Brown 1755 - 1818 Thomas Coker 63 63 Notes for Thomas Coker:
1769, Tax List, North Carolina, Dobbs County
Thomas Coker
"son of Robert"

Deed
Surry County, North Carolina, Record of Deeds, 1770-1783, #277 Deed Book

1775-1776 - [185] Solomon Coaker    6 days 1# 7 shillings
                              Francis Gidions      6 days 1# 7 shillings
                    [186] Thomas Coaker     12 days in Captain Shepperds Company of Light Horse
                              on an Expedition to Cross Creek @ 4/6 4# 14 shillings 6 pence
                             (Others located at this rate of pay, 4/6, were sargents)
Reference: North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Secretary of State Treasurer's and Comptroller's Papers Vol. III, IV, Part III, Compiled by Wynette Parks Haun, 243 Argon
14 November, 1779
"Thomas Coker to mother Ann, a negro woman."

1779, Tax List, South Carolina, Pendleton District
Thomas Coffer

1790 Federal Census, South Carolina, Pendleton District, p 84
Thomas Koker, 01, 02, 04

1800 Federal Census, South Carolina, Pendleton District
Thomas Coker, 31101-23010-04

Land Records:

Grant to Thomas Coker
22 January, 1789
180 acres, surveyed the 17th___1786, Situate in the District of 96 on the Hurricane Creek the Waters of Saluda River and hath such form marks, butting & boundings as the above plat represents.
T Bremar, Surveyor General.
(Land adjoins Michajah Clark, Joh Johnston and with a branch running throught the center)

Thomas Coker
5 December, 1791
Abendnego Green, plat for 142 acres on waters of Brushey and Hurricane Creeks, Ninety Six District, surveyed by Jonathan Clark on 23 April, 1787.

Deed
Georgia, Franklin County
17 June, 1795
Thomas Coker of Zpendleton County, South Carolina, 200 acres, 100 Pounds, to William Varnall of Franklin County, Georgia.

Deed
Ninety Six District, South Carolina
11 July, 1795
David Clark to William Brodenhamer, 80 Pounds for 200 acres on Hurricane Creek, granted Clarke 21 January, 1785.
Wit: James Anderson, James Wilburn, Thomas Coker.

Deed
31 August, 1803
Ninety Six District, South Carolina
Jonathan Clark for $1,000 sells to Thomas Coker 200 acres granted to Bolling Clark by Benjamn Guerard, Plantation where Jonathan Clark now lives on east side of 23 Mile Creek bounded by Peter McLean.
Wit: Joseph Clark, William Coker, Lucinda Rogers.
William Coker made oath to John Wilson, 2 November, 1803.  Jenny Clark, wife to Jonathan released dower to John Wilson.

(Jonathan Clark son of Bolling Clark.  Bolling son of Christopher Clark.  Christopher Clark son of Micajah Clark.  Clarks lived next to Robert Coker on Tom's Creek, Surry County, North Carolina, prior to South Caroliina.

Will of Thomas Coker
26 May, 1818
Alabama, Bibb County
Mentions wife Sarah, daughters; Anna, Elizabeth, Sally, sons; William, Thomas, James.
Remains of property to N.B., Jonathan, Robert, Agnes, Lutisha Coker at their mother's death.
Appointed Phillip Coker & N.B.Coker executors
(Wife was Sarah Clark, daughter of Jonathan Clark)
(Phillip Coker was a cousin of Thomas)

FROM FILE OF ORIGINAL PAPERS PERTAINING TO THE ESTATE OF THOMAS COKER, deceased, Filed in probate office at Centreville, Bibb County, Alabama

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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF

Thomas Coker

Mississippi Territory)
Montgomery County)

In the name of God Amen that I Thomas Coker being weak in Body though sound in memory Blessed be God do make and constitute this my last will and testament at the same time Revokes all former wills that I have here before made or appointed. 

I first give my daughter Anna a Negro girl named Lucy supposed to be worth three hundred dollars and one mare worth sixty dollars and one bed worth twenty-five dollars and two sows and pigs worth ten dollars for that to her part of the estate.

I give my son William one Negro boy named Peter worth three hundred and fifty dollars, surveyors instruments worth forty dollars, two rifle guns worth forty dollars, and one bed worth twenty five dollars, and one pair of saddler bags worth five dollars this to be his part of the estate.

I give my daughter Sally one Negro girl named Malinda supposed to be worth four hundred dollars, and one bed worth twenty-five dollars this being her


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part of the estate.

I give my son Thomas one Negro boy named his Willie supposed to be worth four hundred dollars and forty dollars cash; and one sow and pigs to be worth ten dollars, this to be his part of the estate.

I give my son James one Negro boy named Issac supposed to be worth four hundred dollars the conditions is such that he is not to have use of him until his mothers death (or widowhood) this to be his part of the estate.

I give the remainder part of all my property to N. B. Coker and Johnathan and Robert and Agnes and Lutisha at their mother's death or at the end of her widowhood between the five cows to be Equally divided amongst them.

I appoint Phillip Coker and N. B. Coker to execute My Last Will and Testament In writing whereof I sign my and seal.

This twenty-sixth day of May 1818        Thomas Coker (Seal)

B. Newton Vick
Luke Rea
Jesse Potter
Test

The next sheaf of papers were tied together and on the jacket was written:  Sarah Coker, widow of Tho Coker, dec'd To /AC N B Coker to the executor $96.18 ¾.  These papers were mostly notes and bills present to the executor for payment.  Some of them are copied below:  Sir please to let Garison have one quarter whiskey and it will settle one half dollar For blacksmith work and I will settle with you for the same.    Sarah Coker
No date

Mrs. Sarah Coker     Pleas to pay N.B. Coker one dollar for me & this order shall be your Receipt for the same
                                                                                Woodson Young
no date


Noah B. Coker Executor of the estate of Thomas Coker deceased
To Henry Denison                                                   Dr
To medicine & attendance on
Isaac three months                                                $25.00
To medicine for Sam                                                    .75
To medicine for Anne                                                 1.00
Sept. 10th 1822
Received payment - Henry Denison

Received of N.B. Coker for Sarah Coker two dollars in full for smith word this 12th Day of Sept  1821
                                                                                     Jonathan Clower

Dec.  1823 (or 1820?)  Sally Coker to Starling Strange                                                        Dr.
                                      To smith work                       $3.00

Received of N.B. Coker Executor of Thomas Coker Decest fifty cts in full of all demands up to this date this 1st Day Sept.  1821
Test                                                                                             his
                                                                                         Thomas X Cost
Matthew Cox                                                                               mark


November the 27th 1821   Rec'd of Noah B. Coker for the widow Coker three dollars and sixty two cents and his own Tax                                           $2.50
                                              John Henry, Shff


Recd of Sarah Coker by hand of N.B. Coker four Dollars in full of book -------(illegbile)
May 3, 1821                                         Willis Brown

Mrs. Sarah Coker's acct with Willis Brown
cards                                       $1.25
whis                                          2.00
whis                                          1.50
                                                 4.75

Rec'd pay Demb.  The 25th 1819
                                           Willis Brown

Sally Coker acct                  James Strange 1822
28 June 1823 James Strange swears acct is true

                                                   March 13, 1822
Widdow Coker to P.J. Waner?
                                                                      Cahawba County May ----------------

Rec'd of N.B. Coker for Sarah Coker three dollars & seventy five cts in full for territorial & county tax
                                                 Andrew Henshaw
N.B. Coker Esqr. To Wm. B. Allen     Dr.
For Cahawba Press from No. 9 Vol. 3 to No 35 Vol 4 (in Co. with R.S. Cargill) 1 and ½ years    
@ $7.50 half of which is 3.75 To advertising Thomas Coker's estate 6 weeks 3.50
Recd Payt by
                                       J. Jones Esqr
                                      Wm. B. Allen

State of Alabama
Bibb County                       Personally came before me the underassined Jesse Potter Acten Justice of the Peace in and for the County of aforesaid Edward Lawlarnce   and being Duly Sworn on oath deposeth and sayeth that a certain acount for blacksmith woork   dun for the Estate Thomas Coker deseced   to the amount of $5 and 50 cents is Just and true and this being the 
leagagle (legal?) way to obtain his write
Sworn and attested to before me this the 5 of August 1822
Witness     Jesse Potter, J.P.
                          
                                      (Seal)     Edward Lawrence

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An Account of the Sales of the Estate of Thomas Coker deceased on the 12th day of December Anno Domini 1822.

Bibb County

Administrator's Accounts   Book "C"
1821-1831

On File in the Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

An account of the Sales of the Estate of the Estate of Thomas Coker dec'd on the 12th day of December Anno Domini 1822. To wit: Sold

One sow and pigs to Sidney Bates for                                                                $11.00
One do and     do to Philip Coker                                                                             5.17 ½
One do and     do to Greenberry Gresham for                                                         4.75
One lot of 25 bushels of corn to James Forgason                                                 16.56 ½
One 25 do                                       Andrew Caviness                                            16.25
One 25 do    "  do to                Henry Henley                                                         16.25
One 7   do   " do to                N.B. Coker                                                                  4.55
One negro Samuel do N.B. Coker for                                                                   666.00
One negro woman and 2 children to Robert Coker                                              936.00
One negro girl to Reuben Cargile                                                                         582.00
One cow to Henry Cook                                                                                           16.00
One do   to Greenberry Greshman                                                                          20.00
One cow and calf to Henry Cook                                                                             12.30
One do and do to Samuel Martin                                                                            15.55
One Steer to N.B. Coker                                                                                          12.00
One do to same                                                                                                       11.30
One do to same                                                                                                         9.35
One do to James Coker                                                                                             8.70
One do to T. Coker                                                                                                    3.65
One do to same                                                                                                        5.85
One cow and calf to Samuel Martin                                                                       17.70
One Bull to Henry Henley                                                                                        6.00
Amt. carried forward------------------------------------------------------------------ $  2397.48 2/4
One horse to Archibald B. McMillan for                                                                 82.00
One horse sold to John W. Coker                                                                          61.10
One colt to Philip Coker                                                                                         40.00
One stack fodder to Elisha Honeycutt                                                                     7.00
One do do to John Brannon                                                                                     7.00
One do do to P. Coker                                                                                              6.05
One do do to N.B. Coker                                                                                          7.35
One do do to Noel Northout                                                                                     5.15
One lot of land rented to William Vardmin                                                             26.75
1 do do do to John S. Bates                                                                                   30.00
One do do to N. B. Coker                                                                                        30.55
One shear plow to N. B. Coker                                                                                 5.05
One gun to Philip Coker Jr.                                                                                     11.00
One log chain to James Lathem                                                                               5.05
One waggon to T. Coker                                                                                          50.00
One pair of streachers to N. B. Coker                                                                       1.50
One scooter plough to Sidney Bates                                                                      00.65 
                                   Amounts E. E.   --------------------------------        $2783.68 3/4
Sworn to and subscribed before me
Williams Caddell clerk this 1st day of November 1824
                                                         N. B. Coker esecutor
                                                          For Thomas Coker
                                                          Deceased.

Examined and ordered to be entered of record.  Tho. Crawford Judge County Court.

An additional inventory of the Estate of Thomas Coker dec'd to wit

Cash collected from John Beeks of Geo.                                                                   $464.00
Cash received from Sarah Coker for corn sold                                                            100.00
40 Bu corn sold to Richard Chandler in 1820 -                                                              40.00
30 do do Nathan Jones                                                                                                  30.00
30 do do William Hamilton                                                                                             30.00
Cotton sold to Charles A. Dennis                                                                                    61.62 ½
Cattle sold at Cahawba                                                                                                   53.25
                                                                                                                                 _________
                                                                                                                                    $778.87 ½

One note on Robert Coker                                                                                              58.75
One note on William B. Coker                                                                                       32.50
                                             -------------------
                                                        N. B. Coker Executor for                                      870.12 ½
                                                        Thomas Coker Deceased
Sworn to and subscribed before me William Caddell Clerk this 1st day of November 1824.
Examined and ordered to be entered on record Tho. Crawford Judge County Court.

The Estate of Thomas Coker dec'd to N. B. Coker Executor of the last will and Testament of Thomas Coker Dec's
1822
April 2 To cash pd John S. Bates on a compromise ----                                                  350.00
March 2 " pd. Jesse Smitherman apt.                                                                                6.00
Sept. 10 " do pd. Henry Denison apt.                        2                                                     26.75


1823
Feby 24 ' do pd. John Henry collector tax for 1822 3                                                       7.87 ½
1821 " do pd. B. Wilson att. ads pf Bates                                                                       30.00
           do Inge and Baston a ttas in Same Suit                                                               20.00
1822 do pd. Inge and Baston Att-N. B. Coker                                                                  25.00
    "   "   pd. B. Wilson attas in the samesuit.                                                                  25.00
        "   pd. William B. Allen ap.                                              8                                        3.50
Feb. 25 " pd.John Henry Sheriff, Executor of Bates 9                                                    13.20

1821
Novem. 27 do pd. Same and Expenses same                                       10                    40.00

1822   do pd. Daniel Williams aps                                                       11                       3.75

August
1824

Jany. 27 do William Smitherman

1822    For horse                                                                                    12                    110.00
Feby. 20 Do pd. James Samples ap.                                                     13                        3.60
Sept. 1   do pd. Thomas Costs ap.                                                         14                          .50
Dec.  12 " do pd. William Gardner's ap                                                 15                        1.401/4
                                   ----------------------
1822     Amount carried over                                                                                          666.573/4

Jany 28 " cash pd. W. Neads apt no.                                                      16                       7.00

1823

Feby 1 do Pd William J. Starks ap.                                                                                   17.633/4
           Do pd. Branson Lawrence apt.                                                                              18.18-
1821 do apt Andrew Henshaw Taxes                                                     19                        3.75

November 27 do pd. John Henry shff taxes for 1822 Miss Coker        20                           3.62
March 16 do pd Edward Lawrence apt same                                      21                           5.50
23   do pd. P. J. Weaver sp agt. same                                                                                4.25

1823 27 " do pd. S. Cagile Apt. Agt.  Same No. 23                                                         23.381/2
June 28 " pd. Starling Strange Apt. Agt. same                                      24                        12.75
            " pd.  Sarah Coker's Order                                                     25                             .50
              do pd. Woodson Younges Act. Agt.----                                   26                        1.00
1819 " do pd. Willis Brown Apt.  Agt.  Sarah Coker                       27                               1.00
Dec. 25 " do paid ditto ditto   ditto                                                        28                         4.75
Jany. 29 " do pd. William Mulkey's apt.  Agt. same                       29                                 5.75
March 3 " do pd. John Suttles apt. agt. same                               30                              3.68
May 3 " do pd. J. P. Weaver Apt. agt. same                                31                              4.00
              do pd. Willia Brown Act. agt. same                              32                               5.19
Sept. 12 " do pd. Jonathan Clower Apt. Agt. same                     33                               2.00

1822
Feby. 17   do pd.  Maples and Goodwin apt. agt. same                 34                           12.87 ½

1823
Dec. 2   " pd. Starling Strange apt. agt. same                               35                             3.00

1824
Oct. 27 " apt. for Sundries furnished to Mrs. Sarah Coker
                Widow of J. (?). Coker                                                       36
                                      Amount E. Es                                                                   __________
                                                                                                                                 875.62
                                        Restatement                                                                      874.62

The Estate of Thomas Coker dec'd In to XXXXX Noah B. Coker Exon of the last will and testament of said Coker

1821
Aug. 29 To apt. rendered to the Court                                                                        139.12
182-/-
Nov.  1 Ap. rendered this day                                          ----                                      874.62
Commission at 5 pt. on $3639                                                                                    187.95
Pd. James B. Clark Atton                                                                                             10.00
Paid for pailing the estates grove                                                                                    8.00
T. P. Lumpkin, Printer                                                                                                    8.00
xxxxxxxxxxxxx William Caddell Clk. up to this Settle                                                    2.18 3/4
Judge of County Court up to this settle enclusive both judge and clerk                           3.00 
1821 Credits Amt.                                                                                                    1220.88 ½

Nov.  5 By up of sales                                                                                                  76.56 ½

1822
Dec. 12, By up of Sales                                                                                        $2783.68 3/4

1824
Nov.  1 By additional Inventory                                                                                 70.12 ½ 
        Amts.  E.E.                                                                                                $3730.37 ½
        Debts                                                                                                           1220.88 ½
                      Balance to be                                                                               $2509.29 1/4


Distributed between N. B. Coker Robt Coker Jonathan Coker R. L. Cargille and Agnis his wife and Jas. Loving and Lutesia his wife being $501.89 cents.

The State of Alabama ' Noah B. Coker Bibb County 'Maketh oath before Thomas Crawford Judge of the County Court for Bibb County aforesaid that all accounts contained in the foregoing accounts by him exhibited against the estate of Thomas Coker dec'd were paid by him as executor of the last will and Testament of said Thomas Coker Dec'd that such of them as are not duly proven be of his own knowledge knows to be correct xxxxx or has been inform - - - by his mother Sarah Coker that they were just accounts and for necessarys and he paid them accordingly his own account for Sundries furnished Mrs. Sarah Coker of $96.18 3/4, It is just and true.
                                                                                                        N. B. Coker
Sworn to and Subscribed before                       
                                                                                              Tho Crawford Judge Bibb
                                                                                                   County Court                                                       
                                                              
Following are some notes regarding to foregoing:

Thomas Coker believed he had 11 children living at the time of his death. He may have had some who were deceased. Why he divided them into 2 groups is of interest.  Did he give their inheritances according to need?  Of the six first named Elizabeth received the most estimated value. The will also refers to her portion as "there" part. Does this imply Elizabeth had a husband and/or child? James and Anna received the same and the least. Is William's gift of surveyor's instruments a clue to Thomas' own business or did a lot of people have such instruments at that time?  Thomas, due to the gift of a slave, seemed to lump James with the first mentioned 5 children, however, he gave him no inheritance until his mother's death or end of widowhood. This
puts him into the other group of 5 children who are to receive nothing until that same time. This is a puzzle which has been perplexing for many years.

The name, Starling Strange, is possibly worth remembering. Thomas Coker was involved in a law suit back in Jackson County, GA with a Starling Strange. Is this the same man?

It is worth noting Sarah Coker is referred to in a couple of places as Sally Coker. Some researchers have not easily accepted Sally as a shortening of Sarah and for this reason have found it difficult to believe Sarah Mary Coker, wife of John Beeks, could be the Sally named by Thomas Coker as one of his daughters.

There is record of Thomas Coker loaning money to John Beeks in Jackson County 28 October 1817,  recorded 19 Dec. 1819,  Book G, p. 134. N.B. Coker served as a witness to the loan.  The collection of the remainder of the loan money is referred to in the estate settlement. Account of the remaining loan collection  is recorded below the recording of the loan in the same Book G, p. 134.  N.B. Coker went to Jackson County and collected the remainder of the debt in November 1819. The estate was charged for the cost of his trip to Georgia.


In addition to the Beeks loan, two notes are recorded in the estate settlement. One is on Robert Coker and the other on William B. Coker. Presuming John Beeks was Sally's husband and presuming Robert and William B. were Thomas' sons, one wonders if Thomas was in the habit of loaning money to his grown children.


It is recorded the estate settlement was to be advertised in the Cahaba Press. It was. Sanford University Library, Birmingham, AL has a microfilm collection of old newspapers. Among those on film is CAHABA PRESS AND ALABAMA STATE INTELLIGENCER. PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY Wm.  B. Allen & Co. PRINTERS OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA. NO. 28 CAHABA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1822.   VOL.IV
                                                              NOTICE
The undersigned executor
of the last will and testament of
Thomas Coker, late of Bibb county,
deceased, will apply to the Judge of
the county court of Bibb county, at
his chamber in said county, for a
final settlement of his ministration
on the third Monday in December
next, when those interested may
attend if they please. This 5th day
of November 1822.
                                                               N.   B.   Coker, Exe'r.


No record has been found for Thomas Coker ever owning land in Alabama. There is reason to believe persons arrived as early in Bibb as the Cokers only squatted for a few years. There is a lack of understanding as to whether a person rented land to others when he had no ownership of the land. It is stated in the settlement land was rented to Wm. Vardmin, John S. Bates, N.B. Coker. It is also stated money was paid for pailing the estate grove. Whether the above inplies land ownership in Bibb is unknown. It is known Sarah acquired land in Bibb around the area known as Antioch several years after Thomas' death.


The settlement lists purchases by Philip Coker and by Philip Jr.  A T. Coker is listed as a purchaser. Whether this T. Coker is Thomas, Thomas' son, is not known. The son was a Georgia resident at that time. It is possible this T. was Thompson Coker, believed son of Philip Coker.

This is an interesting will and settlement. Two factors exist which probably have caused Coker researchers to believe in their possible descendancy from Thomas. If a person is looking for a Coker ancestor in early Alabama this is perhaps the earliest Coker will to be found and it is fairly easy to access through Bibb CH or AL Archives. The other factor is the appearance of Thomas' affluency. Undoubtedly many researchers find this very attractive. While Thomas was obviously not a jasmine, white column, mint julip, many many  multiple slave owning southerner, nevertheless, this family most likely led a far better life than most of its day.

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