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Cocke family papers, 1725-1939, Surry and Fluvanna counties, Virginia, also Alabama and Liberia, accession number 640

Author: John Hartwell Cocke; University of Virginia. Library.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, ©2000.
Series: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series E., Part 4,, Cocke family papers ;, reels 1-64.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Microfilm : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Cocke family papers are arranged into four series and span from 1725 to 1939 with the bulk of the collection spanning from 1800 to 1865. The first series of the Cocke family papers is correspondence which is arranged chronologically. The second series is composed of miscellaneous papers which are grouped roughly by subject. The third series consists of bound volumes, which include cash books, account books,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
Correspondence
Diaries
Sources
Named Person: Cocke family; John Hartwell Cocke; Anne Barraud Cocke; Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Hartwell Cocke; University of Virginia. Library.
OCLC Number: 46853377
Notes: Title from reel guide.
Accompanied by a printed reel guide.
Description: 64 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
Series Title: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series E., Part 4,, Cocke family papers ;, reels 1-64.
Other Titles: Cocke family papers, 1725-1939

Abstract:

The Cocke family papers are arranged into four series and span from 1725 to 1939 with the bulk of the collection spanning from 1800 to 1865. The first series of the Cocke family papers is correspondence which is arranged chronologically. The second series is composed of miscellaneous papers which are grouped roughly by subject. The third series consists of bound volumes, which include cash books, account books, journals, and letterbooks. The fourth series comprises the diaries of Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke. The majority of the Cocke family papers were generated by John Hartwell Cocke, who was born in 1780 in Surry County, Virginia, the son of John Hartwell and Elizabeth Cocke. John Hartwell Cocke attended the College of William and Mary between 1794 and 1799. During his time at William and Mary, he met Anne Blaws Barraud who was studying music in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1801, Cocke took possession of over 5,500 acres of land in Fluvanna and Surry counties. In 1802, he married Barraud and sold his Surry County holdings, moving with his new wife to Fluvanna County, Virginia. Cocke owned property along the James River known as Bremo. He divided the property into three large plantations, Bremo Recess, Upper Bremo, and Lower Bremo, each consisting of over 1,000 acres. Cocke lived at Upper Bremo from 1808 until 1855. He moved to Lower Bremo in 1855 and lived there until his death in 1866. John Hartwell Cocke and Anne Barraud Cocke had six children. Anne Barraud Cocke died in 1816, 3 months after the birth of her sixth child. Cocke married his second wife, Louisa Maxwell Holmes, in 1821. Thirty-two volumes of the diary of Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke are included in this collection. Her diaries reveal intellectual and literary pursuits, her interaction with slaves, and general details of daily life at Upper Bremo. John Hartwell Cocke was a planter who was interested in improvements in agricultural practice. He advocated crop rotation, careful livestock breeding, the use of manures and reforestation. He waged an aggressive campaign against the cultivation of tobacco because it depleted the soil, and it was a labor-intensive crop. He also thought that the use of alcohol and tobacco was inconsistent with Christian precepts. The Cocke family papers document the lives of slaves in their own words, the American system of slavery, Cocke's rules for governing his slaves, and his thoughts on slavery and its abolition, his interest in temperance reform and education reform. Military records from both the War of 1812 and the Civil War are also included in the collection.

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