William b. 18_ d. 1906 (killed by a horse kick) OUCH!
Charles b. 18_ d. 1959
James Meredith b. 1876 d. 1975
I wonder why William is NOT on the 1880 census?
Just to give you some perspective on this line of the Cockrum family, it is purportedly not Cockrum at all.Other southern Illinois Cockrums would not claim this clan as kin.The story is that Charles Mills Cockrum (Benjamin Franklin Cockrum's father) moved to the area to escape the authorities and simply assumed the very common local name of Cockrum.In an interview late in his life, James Meredith called Charles Mills "the meanest old man who ever lived".