Re: James A. H. Cockfield 1828 md Adeline Timmons
I'm struggling with them also, and while I've got Adeline Judson Timmons pretty well filled out with good facts back several generations to some of the other first families of SC, James Alexander Hilliard Cockfield is a harder nut to crack.
My wife and children are descended from his grandson Jamie Hartwell Cockfield,Sr. and my mother-in-law and her brother Jamie remember well his James A.H.'s son Uncle Eddie, and my information back to James A.H. is pretty solid, down to the places of burials.
The 1900 census data gives his date of birth as October, 1833 ( along with the correct data about his second wife Margaret E. Timmons and his second family of children born after the death of Adeline in 1871), and this also jibes perfectly with the 1850 census data which shows him as a 16 year old in Sept, 1850 when the census was taken (He was also then the only James Cockfield in SC at that point). This would make him the son of Washington Cockfield, whose wife does not appear on the 1850 census, which would match the information on the Washington Cockfield whose wife died in 1849, indicating a likely match. Washington Cockfield's age of 53 on the 1850 census places his birth in 1797, in SC, but that is as far as I've gotten. I'm now looking for leads as to his father.
Some interesting circumstantial evidence extrapolated from the 1850 census is that 53-year-old Washington Cockfield's children living at home then ranged in age from 12 to 21, while next door a 33-year old Washington Cockfield lived alone, and within a couple of houses in either direction are the families of William H.(also 33), Cleland (29), and Hezekiah(37), who are the only adult Cockfields in SC at that point with the exception of32-year old Joseph Cockfield in Marion County. This could be a fluke, or the result of the children of an earlier marriage settling around their father, or just a large family with the eldest already moved out, and a worn out mother not making it to 50. How exactly they are all related to the Josiah Cockfield who came to the area of Lake City in 1796 is not clear yet, but unless the census missed most of the Cockfields, or unless all of Josiah's descendants had moved on to Louisiana by then ( they say they hadn't), then Washington will be connected somehow to Josiah as a son, grandson, or nephew.
I'm in the hunt right now, and will keep you posted if you will email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I've uncovered a large and confusing number of Cockfields marrying Singletarys, cousins marrying cousins,widowed husbands marrying in-laws, etc., but will figure it out soon.
Hope the above is of help, and if you have learned more since posting this query, Please let me know.