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COCKER, John Armstrong

Male 1851 - 1887  (36 years)


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  • Name COCKER, John Armstrong 
    Born 15 Nov 1851  Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 810 
    _UID 04A0C64A26684EEB805A68152832E7ADC0C5 
    Buried 1887  Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 14 Dec 1887  Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I810  Edgoose
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2017 

    Father COCKER, Joseph Robert,   b. 1819, Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1887, Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother ARMSTRONG, Margaret,   b. Between 1814 and 1815, Salford, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1884  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 1850  Chapel en le Frith Registration District, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F639  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family EDGOOSE, Harriet,   b. 14 Nov 1858, Algarkirk Fen, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1916, Ulceby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1883  Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 May 2017 
    Family ID F638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
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    JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER 1851-1887

    Date: 15 NOVEMBER 1872

    A DINNER will be provided at the George Hotel, Hathersage, ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1872, to Commemorate the Comimg of Age of MR. JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER, And you are requested to attend at One o'Clock punctually. No children can be admitted.


    Headstones
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    The grave of John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) in Hathersage Churchyard, Derbyshire. He married his father's servant Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) at Hathersage, Derbyshire, in 1883.

    Marriage Certificates
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    Personal Letters
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1884) to JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER (1851-1887) and HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 07 DECEMBER 1883

    The first page of a letter dated 7 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her son John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) and his new wife Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1884) to JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER (1851-1887) and HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 07 DECEMBER 1883

    The second page of a letter dated 7 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her son John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) and his new wife Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1884) to JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER (1851-1887) and HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 07 DECEMBER 1883

    The third page of a letter dated 7 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her son John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) and his new wife Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose

  • Notes 
    • JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER 1851-1887

      He was born at Broom Cottage, Hathersage, Derbyshire, on 15 November 1851, son of Joseph Robert and Margaret COCKER. Joseph Robert COCKER had married Margaret ARMSTRONG in 1850.

      The 1861 census of Belle Vue, Hathersage, Derbyshire:
      JOSEPH R. COCKER, head, aged 42, needle manufacturer and merchant employing 42 hands;
      MARGARET COCKER, wife, aged 41, born in Manchester, Lancashire;
      JOHN A. COCKER, son, aged 9, born at Hathersage;
      HANNAH COCKER, sister, aged 50, born at Hathersage;
      MARTHA BAGSHAW, servant, aged 18, house servant, born at Hucklow, Derbyshire.
      (RG9/2543/38/10)

      He was living at Belle Vue, Outseats, Derbyshire in 1881:
      JOSEPH R. COCKER, head, aged 62, retired merchand and steel manufacturer, born at Hathersage, Derbyshire:
      MARGARET COCKER, wife, aged 64, born at Salford, Lancashire;
      JOHN A. COCKER, son, aged 29, unmarried, merchant and steel manufacturer, born at Hathersage;
      HANNAH COCKER, sister, aged 72, unmarried, born at Hathersage, Derbyshire;
      HARRIET EDGOOSE, servant, aged 22, general servant, born at Swineshead, Lincolnshire;
      SARAH BOWERS, servant, aged 20, general servant, born Eyam, Derbyshire.
      RG11/3452/33/5)

      Sheffield Telegraph 17 December 1887:
      "DEATH OF MR. COCKER, OF HATHERSAGE.
      The sad news of the death of Mr. JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER, of Hathersage, has caused quite a gloom in the village with which he and his family have been so intimately connected and widely respected. It may be remarked that Mr. COCKER, father of the gentleman whose decease we now record, died as recently as Sept. 29th last, and he had in many ways played an important part in connection with its industry. Mr. J. A. COCKER, who was only thirty-six years of age, was a staunch and energetic Liberal, and was up to the time of his death president of the Castleton Liberal club. He was of a very sympathetic and generous disposition and dispensed considerable charity in a quiet and unostentatious way."

      FUNERAL OF MR. COCKER, AT HATHERSAGE (Sheffield Telegraph 27.12.1887)

      Last week it was our painful duty to record the somewhat unexpected death of Mr. J. A. COCKER, whose demise at an early age, has thrown such a gloom over Hathersage and the neighbourhood. Mr. COCKER and his family have been so long and intimately interested in the trade of Hathersage, that this sad event is likely to prove a serious blow to the village if rumours are true, but probably it is not yet definitely known what the effect of Mr. COCKER's death will be in this respect. The funeral took place on Saturday, at the Parish Church, Hathersage, everyone in the village being apparently anxious to pay every possible mark of respect and regret. The procession was headed by a deputation from the Castleton Liberal Club, of which deceased was president; the workmen of the Atlas Works, of which he was proprietor; and the singers of the Hathersage Wesleyan Chapel, of which he was honorary organist for many years. Amongst the family and friends who followed were Mrs. COCKER, the Rev. J. JULIAN (cousin), vicar of Wincobank, Mrs. JULIAN, Miss JULIAN, Miss RAYWOOD, (Huddersfield); Mr. and Mrs. DARRILL, Mr. GAMBLE, (Bradford); Mrs. IBBOTSON, Mr. and Mrs. COOPER, the Mayor of Sheffield, and Mrs. W.E. CLEGG, Mr. and Mrs. BROOMHEAD, (Hathersage); Mr. ASHTON, (Castleton); Dr. WRENCH (Baslow); Mr. Pollet, Liberal Agent (New Mills); Rev. J. CLEGG, Wesleyan minister, (Bradwell); Mr. Church, (Sheffield); Mr. ROYSER, (Castleton); Mr. MORTEN, and others. The Rev. C. CUTLER, vicar of Hathersage, officiated. Costly and beautiful wreaths were sent by various friends, including one from the children
      of the Sunday School. Blinds were drawn throughout the village during the day. The coffin was borne by the deceased's workmen. The large procession and the number of persons present showed that the people of the village were conscious that they had lost a good and generous friend.

      WILL OF JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER 1887 (punctuation added)
      This is the last will and testament of me JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER of Hathersage in the County of Derby Merchant and Manufacturer. I devise unto and to the use of my dear Wife HARRIET COCKER her heirs and assigns all the real estate and I bequeath to her her executors administrators and assigns all the personal estate of which I may die possessed of or entitled to and of which I have power to dispose of by Will Upon trust after payment of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses for the sole use and benefit of my said Wife. But in case my said wife shall die in my lifetime then I give devise and bequeath my said real and personal estates unto my friends JOHN CHARLES CLEGG of Sheffield in the County of York Solicitor and E M WRENCH of Baslow in the County of Derby Upon trust to sell and convert into money my said real and personal estates when and as the trustees or trustee for the time being of my Will shall in their or his discretion deem it most advantageous so to do with power to make any special or other conditions of sale as to the title or the evidence of title or otherwise and with power to buy in at any sale by auction and to rescind or vary either on terms or gratuitously any contract for sale and to resell without being accountable for any consequent loss and to execute and do all assurances and acts which may be necessary for vesting the property so sold in the purchasers therof respectively.
      And I declare that in the meantime and until the sale thereof respectively such real and personal estates and the interest and yearly produce thereof respectively shall be subject to the trusts and provisions hereinafter contained concerning the money to arise therefrom and concerning the income of such money. And that such real estate shall be considered as converted in equity from the time of my decease for the purposes of such trusts and provisions. I bequeath to each of them the said JOHN CHARLES CLEGG and E M WRENCH 500 as an acknowledgement for the trouble of executing my Will. (There follows almost one page struck through and initialled). And as to the residue of my trust estate I direct my said trustees to pay two equal fourth parts thereof unto my Mother in law MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE Or if she shall not be living at my decease then to pay the same unto JOHN ROBERT and ELIZABETH the son and daughter of the said MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE in equal shares if both living or to the survivor of them in case either of them shall be dead. And as to another equal fourth part of the residuary estate I direct my said trustees to pay the income arising from the same unto MARY IBBOTSON the wife of JOSEPH IBBOTSON of Hathersage aforesaid Postmaster during her life. And after her death to divide the same fourth part of the residuary trust estate equally between and amongst the children of the said MARY IBBOTSON if more than one and if only one then the whole shall be paid to such one child. And as to the remaining equal fourth part of the trust estate I direct my trustees to pay the same unto MARY BIBBY JULIAN the wife of JOHN JULIAN of the Vicarage Wincobank Sheffield aforesaid Or if she shall not be living at my decease then to pay the same unto the children of the said MARY BIBBY JULIAN in equal shares if more than one and if only one then the whole shall be paid to such one child.
      I empower my trustees to invest any monies belonging to the trust estate in their names in the public funds or on Government Securities of the United Kingdom or on the bonds debentures stock or guaranteed stock or shares of any railway Companies in England Wales or Scotland but not elsewhere which railway companies shall respectively at the time of the investment aforesaid be paying dividends or on real or leasehold securities in England or Wales but not elsewhere such leaseholds having not less than 60 years to run at the time of investment and not in any other investment with liberty to change the investment at their discretion for any other or others of the Kinds prescribed. I declare that my trustees on loan of money may at their discretion fix the amount to be advanced not exceeding two thirds of the value at the time of making such loan ascertained by a valuation obtained in the usual course of business of the property to be comprised in the security without regard to any rule limiting the powers of trustees in these respects and may also at discretion dispense wholly or partially with the production or investigation of the lessors title in case of a loan on leasehold securities. And I further declare that the said JOHN CHARLES CLEGG may be employed or act as a Solicitor and transact any business as a Solicitor and shall be entitled to charge and be paid all professional charges for any business done by him or his firm in connection with the trusts herein contained including acts which an executor or trustee could have done personally.
      I appoint my said wife HARRIET COCKER Executrix of this my Will. But in case of her death in my lifetime I appoint the said JOHN CHARLES CLEGG and E M WRENCH Executors hereof I revoke all former Wills. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 14 day of November 1887.

      JOHN A COCKER

      Signed published acknowledged
      and declared by the Testator in our
      presence who at his request in
      his presence and in the presence
      of each other have hereunto
      suscribed our names as witnesses

      SARAH ANN MORTON
      MARY PROCTER

      (revised 19.12.2005)