I think it's time for another installment of family history. If I remember correctly I finished of with the progenitor of the family William Cockey. Next, I am going to tell you about his two eldest sons;Thomas and John whom we are both decended from. The oldest son was Col. Thomas Cockey, and though the title suggests it, he never actually held a military commission from the British Army. I understand it was customary to entitle gentlemen in the colonies as such when they held prominence within the county. Persons of these titles would be alderman, magistrates of the crown, sheriffs, arbitrators over disputes and so forth. Thomas Cockey was born at Broad Neck Hundred in 1678. He married Elizabeth Hammond Moss, widow of the Rev'd Richard Moss, before 1700. Elizabeth was born of the Hammonds of Annapolis. Their only child Anne, was born 1704 and in 1721 married her kinsman Thomas Hammond. Col. Cockey's marriage after a few years was apparently incompatible, for he soon sought companionship with Penelope Deye, whom had recently arrived from London. Penelope's family history is sketchy and her reason for coming to Maryland as a single woman is not known. The one thing we do know is that her maternal grandfather was Sir Frances Thwaites, a Baronet whose family held position in the royal court. Penelope bore four children of Col. Cockey, the first, Charlotte, born 1724. The others followed shortly; Cassandra in 1726, Thomas in 1728 and Charcilla in 1731, all four children took the surname of Cockey-Deye. In 1725, Thomas Cockey acquired Taylor's Hall, which became his plantation for Penelope and their children. It definitley seems that the affair was well known in the county,however because of Cockeys' position and reputation he was still a member of polite society. At his death his estate equalled or perhaps excelled the reputed wealth of the Dulaneys & Carrolls. His personal wealth was appraised at over 3300 pounds not including a large collection of silver,42 slaves,several indentured servants and over 3500 acres of land in both Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties. Most of his estate was left to his children from his mistress. However, his widow instituted legal action immediately and was awarded only 950 pounds. Most of his landed estate went to his only son Thomas Cockey-Deye who eventually became master of Taylor's Hall. His mother lived there until her death and his sisters lived there until there eventual marriages. Col. Cockey also was very close to his nephew, Thomas,by his brother John, and willed him the remains of his estate after his wife and children. Col. Cockey's son, Thomas Cockey-Deye, became the most famous member of the family. He became a representative in the Maryland Assembly and in 1782 became Speaker of the House remaining so for many years. Though he was not one of the Maryland delegates sent to Congress he did sign the Declaration of Independence. During and after the revolution he was in opposition of the government. He and his colleagues including Charles Ridgeley and Rezin Hammond,knew that revolution was the only way to resolve the problems at the time, but were in favour of reuniting with Britain after the war was over. Cockey-Deye died without an heir and his estate was divided through the family.
William's second son, John was born 1680 at Broad Neck Hundred. He settled in Green Spring Valley, Baltimore County, and married Elizabeth Slade in 1714. He was styled as Captain and also served as a Baltimore County judge from 1726 to 1731. He was also one of the five commissioners to survey and layout Baltimore Town in 1745. Remarkably for that time he was survived by all nine of his children. In order of birth tey were;Susannah 1714,Mary 1716, William 1718,Sarah 1721, Thomas 1724,John 1726,Joshua 1729,Edward 1731 and Peter 1734. At Cpt Cockey's death in 1746, his personal estate was just under 3100 pounds. His landed estate, consisting of about 2000 acres was divided up to his sons except Thomas,as he had been will to by his uncle, Col. Cockey.
The family connection between tht two brothers,Thomas and John, was very strong and carried on to their children and grandchildren. Witnessed in the many marriages that took place in the comming years. Col. Thomas Cockey's youngest daughter,Charcilla married Joshua the 4th son of Cpt John Cockey. Their son Joshua F Cockey established the area know as Cockeysville. Also the son of Charlotte Cockey-Deye-Ford, Thomas Ford, married his 2nd cousin Achsah daughter of Thomas Cockey of Cpt John Cockey. Yes, I know this is were it starts to get confusing, and as such it is time for me to go for know.