Grave of William Cocke

Friendship Cemetery, Columbus Mississippi

pictures taken June 1, 2004
photographer:  Ruth Ann Faris

Here lie the remains of
William Cocke,

     who died in Columbus, Mississippi on the 22nd of August A.D. 1828.
The deceased passed an active and eventful life; was Captain in Command
     during the Revolutionary struggle of 1776
and was distinguished for his bravery, daring and intrepidity. 
Was one of the pioneers who first crossed the Alleghany Mountains into
the wilderness of Kentucky with Daniel Boone; took an active part in the
formation of the Frankland Government, afterwards the State of Tennessee.
Was the delegate from that free land to the Congress of the United
States; was a member of the Convention which formed the first Constitution
of Tennessee, and one of the first Senators from that State to the
Congress of the United States for a period of twelve years, and afterwards
one of her Circuit Court Judges.  He served in the Legislature of Virginia,
North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
At the advanced age of sixty five years was a volunteer in the War of
1812 - 13, and distinguished himself for his personal courage.
     He departed this life in his eighty first year universally lamented.

Entombed with him is his second wife Kissiah, widow of Parish Sims; she was
a kind mother, a devoted wife and an affectionate friend; she departed this
life at Columbus Missi.     day of       A.D. 1820, in her 62nd year
universally esteemed.

Original slab broken
Replaced by Columbus Marble Works 1954

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