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Again sorry it has taken me so long to give the more detailed information that I promised. You know how life can be. Well I guess I should start at the beginning. The first thing I should say is that there are several different variations of spelling. And because of this the name has been found in various areas of both England and Scotland. Our branch of the family hails from Somerset in the West Country of England. In this area the family goes back to the reign of Edward III, mid 14th Century. The marriage of John and Alice de Cockeye. Eventually the family seat became the ancient town of Frome. It is here that John Cockey,Esq. had established his bell foundry. It was his son Thomas who sailed to Barbados with his wife in 1634. He established a sugar plantation and lived out his life there. His only son William emigrated to Anne Arundel County,Maryland in the mid 1660's. He married his first wife,Frances Vincent, in 1668. Shortly after, she died, and William married the daughter of his neighbor Samuel Underwood in the mid 1670's. All Cockeys living in the U.S. are descendents of William and Sarah Cockey. The couple lived in Anne Arundel County on 300 acres between the Magothy and Severn Rivers in an area known as Broad Neck Hundred. William also held property in Baltimore County on the north-side of the Patapsco River "between the northeast branch of the Jones' Falls and the said Falls", called Cockey's Trust. William and Sarah had nine children, we are descended from the two eldest sons, Col. Thomas Cockey and Cpt John Cockey. William died in 1697, his property in Anne Arundel County including Mutual Consent and Cockold's Point were willed to his eldest son William by his first wife Frances. Cockey's Trust was willed to his two eldest sons. His personal estate was valued at almost 100 pounds. His wife Sarah, died shortly after in 1698 her personal estate was at value of at little over 90 pounds. Wiliam's oldest son William died without male heirs and his property and estates went ot his eldest daughter Sarah Cockey Hall who predeceased her husband. Upon her husbands death he willed the lands to members of the Hall family. As to the children of William and Sarah; Thomas,John and Joshua all established themselves in Baltimore County, Edward moved to Kent Island on the eastern Shore, the daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Anne all married into families landed around Annapolis.
As you can see the information is quite lengthy. I afraid I am going to have to stop here for now.
As you can see so far the information is quite lengthy. I am going to have to stop here for now, but I will contact you soon with more information on the two brothers and there descendants.