William's known ancestors were: 1) Mordecai, born about 1720 - death unknown, probably in Virginia; 2) William born 1740 in Virginia, died 1819; Mordecai N. born Louisa County VA 1782, died 1822 in KY;William Pinckney born in VA, 1810, died 1898 in MS.His father Zachariah was born 1851 inSlate Springs MS, died 1918 in Coryell County TX.His mother Faye Ellen (Fox) also was born in MS and died in TX, 1853-1907.
William Pinckney was born 3 August 1880 in Grayson County TX, probably in the home of Ellen's parents, Jesse H. and Virginia Fox, who had emigrated from Slate Springs Mississippi two years earlier.His parents had joined them a few months before his birth.A sister and brother had been born in Mississippi, and four additional brothers were also born in Texas.
After farming his land near Valley View in Cooke County for ten years, William's father moved the family to Jonesboro, just north of Gatesville, in Coryell County.Here he grew to manhood on a farm.Unlike his ancestors, his chores were eased somewhat by horsedrawn implements.(Threshing was done by a stationary steam powered implement, probably not owned, but 'rented'.)Many of the barnyard activities remained the same though.
He attended school , but it is not certain how many grades.Perhaps all available, because he later held the position of Secretary of the Turnersville School Board.
William married Iris Tatum on 7 August 1901.Her parents were Thomas E. Tatum and Sallie (Roebuck), recent emigrants from Mississippi.Iris was born in Grenada on 26 Nov 1882.(It is possible that William's grandfather could have met or passed them on the street, as Grenada was his market town.)
By 1920 William had been farming several years near the intersection of Gatesville Road and Cave Creek, with the children attending school at Turnersville.In 1925, after the three oldest children finished high school, and during a period of severe drought, he moved his family to Wingate Texas.He did so at the urging of his brother Leroy, who had married Clara Hemmeline.Leroy had already joined Clara's brother in farming there.He soon began farming for a Mr. Dillingham at nearby Drasco, where he and Iris' remaining children went to school. The nearest town was Winters, nine miles distant. This was the time of tractors replacing horses for operating farm implements.It is said that William farmed until 1941, but never had a tractor, to his sons' dismay.
[Drasco Community here was originally called County Line. Name changed when General Store owner R.0. Kerr applied for a Post office and granted one under Drasco on Dec 16, 1904.Kerr was Postmaster until 1909. The School House was built in 1902 on land donated by Tom Puckett. School was continuously taught from 1903 until 1947. The Methodist Church organized in 1904, and the Baptist Churchin 1907.During Drasco's thriving years, there were two stores, a blacksmith shop, a five room school building, and a cotton gin. (William's son Elton managed the local cotton gin 1945/6.)Population never exceeded 30.]
Iris died 3 September 1934 at home with tuberculosis, after being treated unsuccessfully at a sanitarium.She was buried at Northview Cemetery in Winters.
William lived thirty years longer, dying on 7 January 1965.In those years he remarried to 'Miss Annie' in 1937, lived on the Patterson farm just north of Winters that his daughter Ethel bought with him.He also lived a brief time in Brownwood Texas, and with his son James 'Pud' in Winters.
He died 7 January 1965, and is buried at Northview Cemetery, Winters Texas.
William P. Cooke, 84, died at Winters Municipal Hospital at 10:30 p.m. Thursday after being in ill health 10 years.He had lived two years at the Merrill Rest Home and had been hospitalized since Dec. 30.Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Spill Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Walker, pastor of First Methodist Church officiating, assisted by the Rev. Emmitt Brooks, pastor of Rochester Baptist Church.Burial will be at Northview Cemetery.Born in Whitewright , Tex., Aug 3, 1880, he moved with his parents to Valley View in 1881 and to Jonesboro in 1890.It was there he married Iris Tatum Aug. 1, 1900.In 1925 the family moved to Runnels County, settling on a farm in the Drasco community, where he farmed until his retirement in 1943.He then moved to Winters and on to Brownwood in 1951.Mrs Cooke Died in 1934.Mr. Cooke was a member of First Methodist Church, and at one time was a school trustee of the Turnersville School.Survivors are eight sons, Elton of Levelland, Ed of Loving, N.M., Dalton of Hamilton, James (Pd) of Winters, W.P. of Lovington, N.M., Martin ofAbilene, Leslie of San Diego, Calif., Billy of Dickinson; two daughters, Miss Ethel Cooke of Odessa, and Mrs L.C. Officer of Oklahoma City; 27 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren;two brothers, Leslie of Fort Worth, and the Rev Ellis Cooke of Beaumont.Pall Bearers will be Joe Baker, Elmo Mayhew, Willie Patterson, Thad Traylor, C.C. Smith, Marvin Bedford, Raymond Loyd, J.C. Belew.
MEMORIES OF THREE CHILDREN
My father (WP) said he was about seven years old when he first went to school.It was a two room school that he walked to with Tom and Roy, about a mile of so.As a child, they raised cows, chickens, pigs, and grain crops, cotton and molasses.His travels were going to church and town.
His parents (ZM and Ellen) were very religious.He probably got acquainted with Iris (his wife) at church.
Grandpa Tatum was very kind and quiet.He had a watch he would take out at noon, and would always say that his watch was 'right' because the sun was straight overhead.
Mom and Dad lived on the farm in Drasco.The house had a breezeway running down the middle.There was a small kitchen, dining room and living room one side.On the other side, there were three bedrooms and a big back porch, which had been enclosed.It was used as a bedroom.
There was an outdoor toilet and a hand water pump in the kitchen.There was an 'icebox', There were no electric lights, but lamps.The kitchen had a kerosene cook stove.The dining room had a coal-burning stove for heat.The door was left open between the living and dining rooms so that it would warm both rooms.
I remember that when I was very young, I had some goldfish in a bowl in the living room.During a cold spell I was afraid the goldfish would freeze.Sure enough, they froze.I changed the water and the fish were fine!
Dad worked on the farm, using mules and horses.Dillingham was the owner of the farm at Drasco; he got 1/4 and Dad got 3/4 of the shares.The main crops were cotton and grain.
My Dad's brothers:Earl was a farmer.Ellis was a Baptist preacher.Leslie worked at Pangburn Candy Company.I don't remember what Leroy did; his daughters, Verlin and Veda were schoolteachers.Me and Billwalked over to eat dinner at UncleTom's house at times.They all lived fairly close by and would often come and eat Sunday dinner after church.
Bill and I went to school at Drasco, first through eighth grades.The high school at Drasco had been closed.I graduated from high school at Winters.I remember Dub graduating at Drasco though.
Prior to moving to Drasco, they lived at Gatesville, Coryell County. My brother Travis died of pneumonia there. They moved because the farm was larger, and they could make more money at Drasco.
Uncle Tom and Aunt Claude moved when we did.Tom and Dad both had Model T Fords.They couldn't seem to go50 miles without having a flat.They must have had six or seven flats.They brought some small pieces of furniture, clothes and linens.
Drasco consisted of a little store, gin, two churches and the school.
We attended both churches. We went to Sunday School at the Methodist.the ministers of the two churches, Methodist and Baptist came every other Sunday.Everyone went to each service.I remember a Pastor Mayhew and a Pastor Clyde Jackson, who preached mother's funeral.
Ourneighbors were the Seay's and the Horn's. I played with Mary Lee Horn.
About once a year we went back to Gatesville to see Uncle Oliver and Aunt Pearl.They came to see us once a year also.Aunt Pearl and Uncle Orin more often.
Oliver built houses, a contractor.Pearl lived on a farm.Luther and Nancy, he was a mail clerk on the train from Sherman to Oklahoma City.The last time I saw them was about 1941, I had just gone to nurse's training.
My mother (Iris), became illwhen I was about eight.Dr. Dickson was her regular doctor, the one who delivered Bill.She was also taken to the Mayo Clinic.Mrs. Glaze was the housekeeper.My sister Ethel came home on weekends and holidays.In the final months of Mom's illness, there was a full time nurse.
Mother died on a September day.The services were held at the Methodist church in Drasco, with burial in Winters.All the children were there.Aunt Pearl, and Uncle Luther, Nancy and some of dad's brothers were there.
Dad continued to farm 8 or 9 more years.He left Drasco about 1938 and moved to Wingate.I stayed with my brother Elton to finish the last six months of high school.I visited a lot with brother Edd and his wife Effie, on the Buchanan place near Bradshaw.Dad moved to Winters after I went to nurse training.He and Ethel bought a small farm with a house together.Ethel lived there in the summers and school vacations.Patterson was a neighbor.Bill lived there while in high school.
Dad loved to go fishing, and would go every day if someone would take him.Usually Bill would go.After Miss Annie died, (she was buried in a small town south of Houston) Ethel and Dad bought a mobile home together.They still had the farm, but did not farm it because he was to old.His last months were spent at Winters.
Dad was always patient and kind.Mother was quilting or crocheting.She never complained about being sick.You could look at her and tell though.Both were very quiet.
My father joined the Methodist church when he married my mother.
Farming was hard work during the depression. Groceries were bought in Drasco. There were regular farm chores.Main crops were cotton, maize, corn, wheat and oats. Our neighbors names were; Belew, Pace, Baker, Downing, Vinson, Baldwin
As my brothers and sisters grew up; Elton moved to Levelland and operated a cotton gin,Ethel went to college in Denton, Edd went to business college, Dalton joined the CB's in WWII, Pud moved to Winters and ran a wrecking yard,Dub farmed at Bradshaw, Leslie worked on a farm at Bradshaw, Katherine went to Nursing School at Hendrick's in Abilene, Bill moved to Houston to do construction, then house building, I went to barber school in Ft Worth.Dalton, Leslie, and I served in World War II.
Dad's brothers Tom and Leroy were also farming nearby. Earl sold life insurance.Ellis was a Baptist preacher.Leslie was in Army during WWI and worked for Pangburn's Candy, and later became President.
Mom's brother Oliver was in construction; Luther was in postal service; Pearl was farming. Last time I saw Luther was 1936 in Denison on a visit.Saw Oliver last in 1943 when he came to Drasco on a visit.Saw Pearl for last time at mother's funeral.
When she died,Dub, Leck, Kat, Bill, and I were living at home. Our neighbors pitched in and helped us when she got sick.
She died 3 September 1934.Pallbearers were EH Baker, Kirk Jones, JL Kennedy, Ed Belew, WM Ashburn, and WE Lewis.Luther, Oliver, and Pearl all came to funeral.All the children were there.
Before Miss Annie came, Dad paid three different women to stay and keep house.
He married Miss Annie about 1941 in Ballinger.Moved to Wingate 1942 or 43. In 1945, moved to Ethel's farm in Winters.It was the 'Patterson Place'; Bill was the only child that lived there.Dad continued farming for awhile and then retired to Brownwood.They moved there because Miss Annie had relatives there (sister). Their pass times were playing cards and fishing.
He moved back to Winters, and diedin January of 1965. Pallbearers at his funeral were Joe Baker, Elmo Mayhew, Willie Patterson, Thad Traylor, CC Smith , Marvin Bedford, Ramond Loyd and JC Belew.
When my father moved his family from Coryell County to Drasco in 1925, one stipulation he agreed to do was keep the 'retired' mules of Mr Dillingham's on the place.Mr Dillingham owned a dairy, and delivered fresh milk to doorsteps in Abilene, Winters, and other nearby towns.Mules pulled the wagons around a set 'milk route' every day, and a good mule learned his route well enough to know when to stop, then proceed to the next stop automatically.A good thing, because this left the deliveryman free to just tote the milk bottles to the doorstep.However, when the mules got old and placed in retirement, this go/stop trait was not a good thing on the farm.None could be trained to plow or pull a wagon without stopping frequently.So these mules were a true nuisance, and never did a single day's work!
Elton Graves, b. 1902, Coryell County TX,m. Ora Lee Abel, d. 22 Aug 1971, Levelland TX, two children. Managed and then owned a cotton gin.
Ethel Mae, b. 6 Sep 1903, Coryell County TX, never married, d. 25 May 1993, Odessa TX, buried Northview Cemetery, Winters TX.A school teacher.
Travis, b. 16 Sep 1905, Coryell County TX, d. 1914, Coryell County TX
John Edwin, b. 1 Dec 1907, Coryell County TX, m. Effie Mae Buchanan, d. 8 Jan 1982, buried Northview Cemetery, Winters TX, one child.Spent much of his life in Loving NM, working as an book keeper for a cotton oil mill.
Dalton Bruce, b. 2 Feb 1910, Coryell County TX, m. Mabel Pilgrim, no children, d. 12 Apr 1995, buried Evant TX Cemetery.A farmer, and a respected amateur softball coach.
James Madison 'Pud', b. 22 Jul 1912, Coryell County TX, m. Ruby Shults, d. 8 Nov 1993, buried Northview Cemetery Winters TX, six children.Owned a salvage yard in Winters.
William Pinckney Jr. (Dub), b. 13 July 1915, Coryell County TX, m. Violet Badgett, d. 1 Sep 1999, buried Northview Cemetery Winters TX, four children.Farmed near Lovington NM. Our last farmer in the family, after seven generations.
Martin Luther, b. 1 Apr 1918, Coryell County TX, m. Ruth Riddle, d. 23 June 2006, buried Northview Cemetery Winters TX, two children.Uncle Mart was the one that encouraged the tracing of our family roots.
Leslie Hugh, b. 4 Feb 1921, Coryell County TX, m. 1st) Billie Badgett, two children, 2nd) Lucy Rash. Retired aircraft industry engineer.
Katherine Juanita, b. 31 Jan 1923, m. Leman Officer, d. 23 Apr 2012, four children.She was a surgical nurse.
Billie Joe, b. 10 Dec 1928, Drasco TX, m. Dorthais Traylor, d. 1 Oct 1998, Dickinson TX, six children.He was a home builder and a subdivision developer.
1) Federal Census - 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
2) Newspaper articles
4) Children's recollections
Locating where William Pinckney Cooke (II) farmed:
Go to website 'Mapquest.com' and Enter "Turnersville TX"
Look north one half mile to the intersection of Hwy 182 and Hwy 217.On the northwest side of that intersection is where William and Iris' home was, according to my father Edwin and uncle Dalton.
Now from that intersection follow Hwy 217 west about 10 miles to Jonesboro on the County line.That is where his father Zachariah's farm was, on the Leon River.
From there go one mile west, then one half mile north.Their home would sit almost on the Runnels - Taylor County line.
Wingate is to the west about seven miles.Winters is nine miles south.
To find his and daughter Ethel's little farm and home, go north from downtown Winters to Novice Road, turn east and go six blocks, turn north and go about 0.2 miles and look northeast a short ways. (Satellite view)The house is no longer there.