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My Carolina Cousins

Updated July 31, 2010

Peggy Reece Bruckner

P O Box 145

Bostwick, GA 30623

A-United States

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"My Carolina Cousins" was created to help my many "cousins" with North Carolina roots find me!

My paternal REECE ancestors descend from Michael COCKLEREECE who first appeared in America in the Granville District of North Carolina about 1770. Within North Carolina, descendants of Michael have been found in Orange/ Guilford/ Alamance and Surry Counties. Some migrated to Tennessee about 1812, Illinois about 1820, Iowa about 1850, later to Indiana, Missouri, Oregon, California and Texas.

This surname has numerous spelling variations including: COCKELREAS, COCKLEREAS, COCKLEREESE, COCKLERUSE, COCKLERESS, CUCKLEREESE, among others. After about 1850, some NC and TN families shortened the name to REECE, REESE or REES.

In Guilford County NC, the Friedens Lutheran Church records from the early 1800's document many early births in this family, including my 2ggf David COCKLEREESE. These records were written in German and have been translated into English revealing the original spelling of the COCKLEREESE surname to be KACHELRIESS. My research indicates that Kachelriess is a very rare German surname, originating from Unternesselbach, Mittelfranken, Bayern (Bavaria, Germany).

Other paternal surnames include: HUTCHISON, BELL, STORY, RAWLEY, SUMMERS, OSBORN, ISLEY, RASCOE, SWINDELL, WEEDEN, KIMBROUGH... and many others.

My maternal KNOX ancestors descend from Captain Patrick KNOX who first appeared in America on the "east side" of the Catawba River in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina about 1779. He fought for America's independence in the Revolutionary Battle of Ramseur's Mill, and died there on 20 June 1780. Patrick married Mary SMITH and had at least five children: Hannah who m. Samuel WILSON Jr; Matthew; Ruth; John who m. Polly B. ROBISON, and Jane/Jean. Hannah, John and Jane died in Mecklenburg County. Nothing more is known about Matthew and Ruth.

After their marriage in 1813, John and Polly B.(ROBISON) KNOX settled on the "headwaters" of McDowell Creek in what became Caldwell Station (now Huntersville), Mecklenburg Co, NC, and raised seven children. Their eldest son, Robert J. Wilson KNOX was born, married Martha Nantz JETTON, and died in Mecklenburg Co, NC. Three other sons never married: John R. KNOX and Andrew Springs KNOX died in the Civil War; Patrick Jefferson KNOX removed to Alabama in the late 1840s and died there between 1880-1900. Eldest daughter Margaret KNOX married Amos Alfred ALEXANDER, and removed to Tennessee bef 1850, where she died before 1860. Daughter Mary B. KNOX m. Benjamin B. SMITH in Mecklenburg Co, NC, and removed to Arkansas after 1850 where she died before 1868. Youngest daughter Hannah KNOX, died in Mecklenburg Co at age 17 in 1835, and never married.


CAUTION: This is a work in progress...please note that some relationships are noted as UNPROVEN ancestry. This means there is no primary evidence, and in some cases is pure speculation based on circumstances. Always verify information before adding to your work. Corrections and additions are always appreciated.

CONTACT INFO: Sorry, but I've removed my email ID link because of all the junk can still email me at (just substitute pbruckner where the "p" is..)


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