I have made a little summary of what I think I have figured out about the 1790 census Cokers of NC.Did you know there were only 13 Cokers listed on the 1790 census of NC and most of them seem to be accounted for via various folks' research on Ancestry.com
Burke Co., NC
Charles Coker Sr. b. 1740 VA and died in TN, with wife, Judieth Moore b. 1745 VA died TN and his sons: Charles Jr. b. 1760, Joseph, Leonard b. 1767 and William "Buck" b. 1769.Buck was the one who went to Boone Co., ARKAt least these 5 Cokers were found together in Burke Co., 1790 census, so that all seems to fit nicely with what folks have posted regarding this family.
I think the Jacob Coker in Chatham Co., NC was our Jacob Coker, s/o Joseph Coker and brother to Abraham, Isaac and Malachi, but there was another Jacob Coker per NC vital statistics s/o Caleb Coker born bef. 1785??, , or was this our Jacob Coker; I guess that Abraham, Isaac and Malachi had already left NC by then and only Jacob lagged behind by 1790, but he should have been listed as a son of Joseph Coker per the will in Chatham Co., NC, so was Joseph a son of Caleb?For clarification, there seems to have been 2 Caleb Cokers.One was probably born 1692, married to Mary and was the father of the James Coker Sr. mentioned below?and the other Caleb Coker was the son of this James Coker Sr. and was born about 1753.This second Caleb Coker seems to be the one that was referred to as the father of this Jacob and Ezekiel Coker (per NC Vital statistics database).So one thing is clear.... there weren't that many Cokers in NC at this early period, but it is still hard to figure them all out.
So in Edgecombe Co., NC there was the family of James Coker Sr. b. 1730 and Mary Spier with his sons: William, Richard, Brumbley and James Coker Jr.James Coker Sr. I have listed then that this James Coker Sr. was the son of a Caleb Coker b. 1692, who was the son of a William Coker (b. VA), who was the son of a John Coker, but I don't have any proof of that, only sent to me by someone, but those names were altogether there on 1790 census in Edgecombe Co., NC.There was also an Elizabeth Coker on this 1790 Edgecombe Co., NC census, but there was no Elizabeth listed as a daughter of James Coker Sr., so she may have been a wife of one of his sons???The other sons not listed separately in this county for this 1790 census were Caleb and David....
The information on the listing of the children of James Coker Sr. came from his will as posted on Ancestry.com.
"From Ancestry.com posting by Tonnie Cates firstname.lastname@example.org dated 12/12/2005
"extracted from the book titled The Coker Report by Sherman Lee Pompey and co-written by June Barekman, page 22...transposed by "Tonnie" Wetaunah Ann (Coker Cates Aug. 2, 2004, unedited
(James)...The son of Caleb and Mary Coker of Edgecombe Co., NC
granted land by John, Earl of Gravnille, August 4, 1781
Will dated September 2, 1796, November court 1796
Children: William, Ann Smith, Selah Pearman, Mollie Jackson, Richard, Caleb, David, Brumbly, James, Sarah (Nunnary, married had 6 children)
Tonnie also has listed Nathaniel Coker b. 1761, Jacob Coker and Ezekiel Coker as sons of James Coker Sr., but curiously these names aren't mentioned in the will that she listed
There was also a Hardy Coker in Craven Co., NC on this 1790 census and I don't know who he belongs to, nor anything about his descendants.He doesn't show up on the 1800 NC census, nor do I see him on 1800 census anywhere else.I did find a Hardeman Coker on 1830 census in Walton Co., GA, but I don't think this is the same person due to the ages of those censuses.
Also, there were some Cokers with a different spelling on the 1790 census. They were in Northhampton, NC:Henry Coaker and Benjamin Coaker.Someone said there were 4 sons of a William Coker b. 1730:Henry, Benjamin, Francis and Nathan, and they all served in the Revolution.That person thought this William was a son of John Coker and Priscilla Geddings.It seems to me that folks are unclear as to the children of John Coker and Priscilla Geddings, and a certain Robert Coker also.These early Cokers seem to be listed lots of different ways on Ancestry.com, but not always are their sources listed, so I don't know what to think about it.Only I know that I found Henry and Benjamin Coaker on the 1790 census there in Northhampton, NC and a Nathan Coaker and Francis Coaker listed in 1790 in Orangeburgh, SC, so perhaps since those places are close to each other, they may all four have been brothers??
Well, these are my observations from looking through the various postings on Ancestry.com and comparing them with the NC census data of 1790.Thanks to all who have posted on these families before, and please forgive if I have overlooked stuff that was posted before....More on 1790 SC Cokerslater....Hope this all helps somebody, I thought since I was trying to make sense of all of these Cokers myself, that maybe my musings may help someone else.