Notes for Richard Cocke: Thomas Cocke, so far as extant records reveal, was the first child bearing the name Cocke to be born in Colonial Virginia. A deposition dated August 1, 1685, shows his age to be about 46 at that time, or about the same age as his brother Richard, the Elder, whose birth date, 10 December 1639, is engraved on his tombstone in the graveyard at Bremo. A careful study of the will of their father, Richard Cocke, identifies Thomas as being older than Richard, but with only an approximate date for the birth of Thomas, it is not possible to tellhow close the two births were. By interpreting the deposition as being within a year of being correct, Thomas could have been born late in 1638 or he and Richard, the Elder, could have been twins.
It is evident that the two brothers were born at Bremo a short time afer their father patented that land in 1636. They were the only children of Richard's first wife. Both had reached maturity when their father died.
Except the land patents, the records of Henrico County before 1677-1678 have been lost or destroyed. Because of this, statements about Thomas' early life can be supported only by circumstantial evidence. It is known that Thomas lived at Malvern hill, land which was patented by his father in 1636.
Malvern Hill or Hills was named after the chain of hills in England where the Counties of Worcester, Gloucester, and Hereford come together. The family names, including Cocke, of many settlers on the James River are duplicated in that region of England, but the place named Pickthorn is found only as the home of Thomas Cocke in Virginia and as the residence given in the will of Thomas Cocke of Shropshire, England, dated July 26, 1567. A significant connection is indicated, but the site of Richard Cocke's family in England may not have been definitely established.
Richard distributed his estate by will probated in henrico County 1666, leving Bremo plantation to Richard the elder, but Thomas seems to have been given Malvern Hill beforehand, as implied in the will by the clause referring to the land formerly given his sons "by deed of gift thereof recorded in Henrico Court."
Children of Richard Cocke and Temperance Bailey/Baley? are:
+Thomas S. Cocke, b. Abt. 1639, Bremo, d. Bet. August 01, 1685 - 1697, Malvern Hill, Henrico County, Virginia.