Expanding a bit on Brad's last posting re: Thomas Cockey and Prudence Gill.
They had a very public spat - details of which were published in the Baltimore Gazette. You can find a family file in the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore which details what was going on -- really very amusing.
Thomas began by posting a message that he wanted to sell all his Baltimore Co. family as he planned to leave the county. Then he posted an ad saying he would not be responsible for the debts of his wife Prudence as she was trying to drive him into the poor house and was in league with Lucifer.
Prudence responded that if any one was Lucifer's best friend it was not she but Thomas Cockey and recounted his sins: he attempted to kill himself in the woods by their house but was found by a daughter and cut down from the tree he tried to hang himself under; he had conspired with his "favorite" (daughter) Achsah to poison her (Prudence); that he accused his eldest son of stealing a watch from him - said watch having been a gift from him to his son Thomas; that he held a revolver to her breast and threatened to kill her; and that he had beaten one of the servants so badly that the man's ear was nearly taken off by the whip.
That is why he cut his eldest son out of his will as stated: "one shilling and it is my desire that he never enjoy any portion of my estate by the death of any of my children".
According to Mordecai Gist Cockey, son of Thomas, Jr. & Ruth Brown (who I think might have had Cockey ancestors as well), his grandfather had some other stipulations about who could be buried on the family property as well. However, when family property left the Cockey family Thomas, Prudence and Thomas, Jr. all ended up together at a cemetery in Reisterstown. Mordecai G. Cockey said you could hear the bodies rolling!!
Just thought you might find this amusing.
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