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Samuel Cobbledick, Thomas Cochrane, William Cochrane, James Cock, Edward Cockayne,
Joseph Cocking, Thomas Cockram, Robinson Cocks,


Samuel Cobbledick

Samuel Cobbledick 1820 - 1900 aged 80 came c1856 with Sarah Ann Fruteral/Fentril 1828 - 1921 aged 93 and lived at Keilor, Wyndham, Werribee, buried in Werribee Cemetry
9 Children 1. Samuel James Cobbledick 11 Oct 1853, South Australia, Australia
2. Emily Jane Cobbledick 1856 #749 - 1887 #15944 lived 32 years
3. Theophilus Fewtrill Cobbledick 03 Dec 1857, 1858 #1021
4. William Robert Cobbledick 1860 #6295
5. Sarah Ann Cobbledick 1862
6. Thomas John Cobbledick 1864 #4082
7. Edward Charles Cobbledick 1866 #18852
8. Mary Amelia Cobbledick 1868 #13212
9. Stephen George Cobbledick 1872 #27304
3. Theophilus Feutrell Cobbledick 1858 #1021 wed 1881 #3789 to Mary Anne Pentland 1855 #18975 and lived at Traralgon
4. William Robert Cobbledick 1860 #6295 wed 1888 #8189 to Alice Alexandra Moss
Source - April 1998 Australian Veterinary Journal, pages 38, 57-8.
The most serious incident occurred at Werribee in Victoria in 1872, when FMD was diagnosed on two properties near Melbourne.
Description of the outbreak * Mr S G. Staughton, a prominent squatter (a term used at the time for rich and influential rural landholders), purchased a shorthorn bull, at a sale, on the 2 May 1872 from a cattle importer William McCulloch. The bull ‘Achmet’ had been imported from England, arriving with a consignment of eight cattle (six bulls and two heifers) on the steamship Northumberland, on the 29 February. After landing, the cattle were housed for one or two nights at McCulloch’s stable and Glasscock’s livery stable at the Royal Horse Bazaar in Bourke St, Melbourne, before being taken to McCulloch’s property ‘Rockbear’, Darebin, where most of them remained until about April 29. Three of the bulls, including Achmet, were exhibited at the Heidelberg show on March 28. At the end of April, the six bulls returned to the Royal Horse Bazaar for sale by public auction.
After being purchased, Achmet was driven along Ballarat and Exford roads stopping one night at Cunningham´s stables, the second night stopping at stables at Exford owned by one of Staughton´s brothers. He was delivered to the dairy farm of Samuel Cobbledick, a tenant farmer of Staughton, arriving at the property on the Werribee River on May 5. Disease subsequently broke out on Cobbledick´s farm among the 11 cows that were in contact with the bull. Pigs that had been fed milk near the cows were also affected. On May 12 an old bull that had been in close contact with Achmet was lent to another tenant farmer, John Bowman whose property was nine miles east of Cobbledick´s. A similar disease outbreak occurred, affecting 14 cattle.
Samuel Cobbledick
The property consisted of a portion of allotment A, section 20(XX), parish of Werribee 635 acres (or about one square mile). Some confusion exists about the exact number of livestock existing on the property at the time of the outbreak. According to newspaper reports, Cobbledick received compensation for 10 dairy cows, 17 dry cows, 1 bull, 7 pigs, 23 piglets and 14 pet ewes and lambs.
However, when questioned at the inquiry Cobbledick stated that 58 cattle and 37 pigs were destroyed. At least three animals destroyed came from the neighbouring property belonging to Staughton. Staughton´s property, containing 800 to 1000 cattle and a number of sheep, was separated only by a wire fence.
Source appears to be infected hay, used as packing from UK, then used for bedding where the bull was housed overnight on his way to Werribee.

Thomas Cochrane

Thomas Cochrane came c1866 with Eliza Geard and lived at Gisborne then at Tylden
2 Children 1. Selina Ellen Cochrane 1867 #22030
2. Thomas John Cochrane 1870 #5710
1. Zeliner Cochrane 1867 #22030 wed 1883 #4720 to Henry Dodkins

William Cochrane

The Wanata came Oct 1852 with 5 adults and 9 children surnamed Cochrane, John Cochrane 37, Elizth Cochrane 34, Elizth Cochrane 30, Elizth G Cochrane 26 and Wm Cochrane 25
Elizth Cochrane 13, James Cochrane 10, Andrew Cochrane 7, John Cochrane 6, Elizth Cochrane 5, Mgt Cochrane 4, Jean Cochrane 1, Robt Cochrane I and Jean G Cochrane 1

William Cochrane came c1854 with Elizabeth Laird lived at South Melbourne
4 Children 1. William Cochrane 1855 #3933 - 1856 #659 lived 1 year
2. John Cochrane 1857 #14250
3. Alexander Cochrane 1860 #1722 - 1861 #1173 lived 14 months
4. Robert James Cochrane 1864 #18379
2. John Cochrane 1857 #14250 wed 1885 #4366 to Hannah Marion Drafter/Dafter and lived at South Yarra
9 Children 1. Elizabeth Laird Cochrane 1886 #29786 - 1964 #2255 aged 77
2. Evelina Maud Shepherd Cochrane 1888 #15695 - 1961 #16014 aged 72, wed White
3. Wm Cochrane 1890 #17512
4. Hannah Marion Ellen Cochrane 1892 #17505 - 1971 #28756 aged 79, wed Newton
5. John Cochrane 1893 #26586 - 1977 #2158 aged 83
6. Alice Cochrane 1895 #24605
7. Jeannie Cochrane 1898 #22192
8. Myrtle Cochrane 1899 #29873 - 1900 #14787 lived 1 year
9. Robina Cochrane 1901 #6719

James Cock


From on Sunday, 10 February 2013
Hi, Thank you for the wonderful site. I would like to forward some information about Hugo van Berkel ‘s wife. Her name is actually Christiana Cock (not Christina) baptised 23 Feb 1845 in St Just Cornwall. She immigrated to Melbourne Australia arriving 14 May 1858. (not c:1866) I have attached a birth index. Hope you find this helpful regards Laura
I also found the marriage of Christiana's parents.
Christiana Goolden Glazebrook wed Apr-Jun 1840 to James Cock in the district Madeley in the county of Shropshire
It is tempting to think this is Christiana's brother,
John Golding Glazebrook 1836 - 1884 #1067 aged 48, son of Mary Yates and Richard Golding Glazebrook died at Echuca, wed 1862 #18 to Isabella Philp 1822 - 1871 #3013 aged 49, dau of Jane and James Philp from Cornwall
John Golding Glazebrook from Cheshire wed 1872 #2415 to Harriet Jane Bray from Cornwall, and lived in Ballarat, then Echuca
5 Children 1. John Thomas Glazebrook 1873 #7138 - 1963 #22167 aged 92
2. Richard Golding Glazebrook 1874 #6767 - 1951 #24027 aged 77
3. Harriet Bray Glazebrook 1875 #13668 - 1876 #362 lived 6 months
4. James Bray Glazebrook 1876 #13724 - 1877 #1161 lived 5 months
5. Mary Ellen Glazebrook 1878 #2296 - 1878 #5002 lived 10 weeks
And this is the family in Cornwall 1851 Census, Folio 301 Page 27, "Princess Street, St Just",
James Cock, Head,M, 35, Tin Miner, with Christiana Cock, Wife,M, 27,
Mary Jane Cock, Dau, 8, Christiana Cock, Dau, 6, William Cock, Son, 4, Scholar, Margaret Cock, Dau, 2, all listed as born at St Just Cornwall,

James Cock aged 38 came Jan 1855 as an Unassisted Inward Passenger on the Golconda The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 6 January 1855
January 5 - Golconda, ship, 1124 tens, George Kerr, from Liverpool 14th Oct Passengers-cabln Mrs Kerr and child, and 343 in the intermediate and steerage, GF Train and Co, agents
I found the shipping record - Christiana Cock aged 34 came May 1858 as Unassisted Inward Passengers on the Parsee with Mary Jane Cock aged 15, Christiana Cock aged 12, William Cock aged 11, Margaret Cock aged 8, Elizabeth Cock aged 6 and Harriet Cock aged 4
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 15 May 1858
Arrived May 14, the Parsee, ship, 1,050 tons, Edwin E. Thomas, from London, via Southampton, February 17th. Passengers- cabln : Miss Sumner ; and 437 Government immigrants. JC Sanger, Esq., MD., surgeon superintendent. Montefiore, Graham, and Co., agents.

James Cock wed Apr-Jun 1840 to Christiana Goolden Glazebrook in the district Madeley in the county of Shropshire. The family came to melbourne in May 1858, on the Parsee.
6 Children 1. Mary Jane Cock aged 15, c1843
2. Christiana Cock aged 12, c1846
3. William Cock aged 11, c1847
4. Margaret Cock aged 8, c1849
5. Elizabeth Cock aged 6, c1851
6. Harriet Cock aged 4, c1853
2. Christiana Cock came aged 12, c1846 - 1874 #6864 aged 29 wed 1862 #2602 to Hugo Van Berkel 1839 - 1882 #4158 age 43, son of Hugo Van Berkel from Rotterdam, lived at Ballarat, 3 chn
3. William James Cock came aged 11, c1847, from Cornwall wed 1883 #4673 to Jessie Best Naunton 18 Oct 1861 - 13 May 1923 #5613 aged 62, dau of Martha Fookes and Wm Best Naunton, born in Cornwall, England, and lived in Fitzroy
5 Children 1. William Frederick Cock 26 Jun 1884 - 1 Feb 1967 aged 83,
2. Ida Jane Cock 11 Dec 1887 #2854 - 16 Jan 1969 aged 82,
3. May Cock 14 Jun 1892 #22885 - 22 Dec 1975 aged 83,
4. Ethel Florence Cock 12 Apr 1897 #10887 - 24 Dec 1973 aged 76,
5. Alice Evelyn Cock 12 Feb 1904 - 15 Jul 1978 aged 74,
1. William Frederick Cock 26 Jun 1884 - 1 Feb 1967 aged 83, wed Ellen Elizabeth Booth 1887 #1407 dau of Phillippa Sedgeman 1851 #10814 - 1922 #2940 aged 71, dau of Mary Hill and Michael Sedgman, wed 1871 #3919 to John William Booth from London
2. Ida Jane Cock 11 Dec 1887 #2854 - 16 Jan 1969 aged 82, wed Edwin Julian Harvey 1887 - 1965 #13217 son of Frances Jessup from Norfolk wed 1871 #3923 to William Harvey from Cornwall
3. May Cock 14 Jun 1892 #22885 - 22 Dec 1975 aged 83, wed Harold Percy Dunstan 1892 - 1965 #2015 aged 73, son of Elizabeth Ann Smith and William Dunstan
4. Ethel Florence Cock 12 Apr 1897 #10887 - 24 Dec 1973 aged 76, wed Horace Leigh Roberts 1898 #6234 - 1973 #10236 aged 75, son of Annie Sarah Waddington wed 1889 #5096 to Horace Henry Roberts
Horace Henry John Roberts 1863 #22502 dau of Hannah Mary Weight and John Roberts, lived at Richmond
5. Alice Evelyn Cock 12 Feb 1904 - 15 Jul 1978 aged 74, wed Thomas Arthur Cole 1898 - 1939 #10149 aged 40, son of Gert Treanor and Thomas Cole
5. Elizabeth Jane Cock c1852, wed 1874 #957 to James Holyoak 1852 - 1876 #12217 aged 24, son of Elizabeth Coventry and George Holyoak
Elizabeth Jane Holyoak nee Cock wed 1877 #4151 to Thomas Morcom Allen 1853 - 1883 #12530 aged 30, son of Elizth Morton and Wm Allen died at Sandhurst. Both listed Cornwall as birthplace.
4 Children 1. George Henry Holyoak 1875 #5872 born at Tarnagulla, mother Elizabeth Jane Cox
2. Ernest Morcom Allen 1879 #11818 born at Sand, mother Elizabeth Jane Cock
3. William Leslie Allen 1881 #12171
4. Hilda May Allen 1883 #12176
6. Harriet Emma Cock 1857 - 1879 #5407 aged 22, wed 1877 #644 to Thomas Harbison was born 30 September 1855 in Scotland, and died 1938 in Pascoe Vale, Vic, Aus, son of John Harbison and Elizabeth Melville Haldane, and lived at Hotham
Thomas Harbison from Scotland, wed 1888 #1086 to Euphemia Mcclymont Watts nee Freebairn
Euphemia Mcclymond Freebairn wed 1881 #2508 to Joseph Watts 1855 - 1882 #7901 aged 27, son of Eliza Harris and Joseph Watts died at Brunswick. Parents registered their first Australian born child as Caroline 1858
2 Children
of Harriet
1. Edward Robert Thomas Jno Harbison 1877 #10185
2. James Haldane Harbison 1879 #10533 - 1879 #5406 lived 18 days
3 Children
of Euphemia
3. Horace Leslie Harbison 1891 #4155
4. Walt Moir Harbison 1892 #33643
5. Euphemia Freebairn Harbison 1900 #19658

Edward Cockayne

Who was Edward, who wed widowed Sarah Arnold?
Henry Edward Cockayne 1866 - 1943, son of Edwin Cockayne and Hanora Toohy,
Is he related to Henry Edward Cockayne who wed 1902 to Agnes Chamberlain
Sarah Cundall, born in Yorkshire 1853 died 21 Nov 1930 aged 77, daughter of Hannah Rockett and John Cundall, wed 25 Jan 1871 at Tarnagulla C of E to William John Arnold, born at Cambridge 13 Jan 1843, died at Arnold's Bridge, Vic on 5 May 1896 aged 53, of pneumonia following influenza.
Sarah wed (2) to Edward Cockayne and she died at Eaglehawk.

The index shows Henry Edward Cockayne wed 1910 to Sarah Arnold. It took me some time to realise there were two men with the same name and similar in age.

George Cockayne wed 1879 to Margaret Ellen Gray
2 Children 1. Henry Edward Cockayne 1883
2. Sarah Ann Cockayne 1887

Second set of parents
Henry Edward Cockayne 1860 - 5 Aug 1943 aged 86, son of George Constantini Cockayne and Elizabeth Fraser, wed 1886 to Jane Rutherford 1864 - 1902 aged 38.
7 Children 1. Annie Cockayne 1887 died aged 1 year
2. Ellen Cockayne 1889
3. Robert Edward Cockayne 1891
4. George Cockayne 1893
5. Elizabeth Isabella Cockayne 1896
6. Clara Jane Cockayne 1899 - 1903 aged 4
7. Christina Cockayne 1902 lived 1 day, mother also died.

Henry Edward Cockayne 1883 - 1950, wed 1902 to Agnes Chamberlain 1875 - 1932, she died at Findley, NSW
7 Children 1. Annie Ellen Cockayne 1902 wed McCrabb
2. William John Cockayne 1904 #29166
3. Thomas Edward Cockayne 1907
4. Florence Evelyn Cockayne 1911
5. Gordon George Cockayne 1914
6. Myra Beryl Cockayne wed Vince
7. Winifred Cockayne

Henry Edward Cockayne 1866 - 1943, aged 77, parents unknown.
Henry Edward Cockayne 1883 - 1950, aged 67, son of Margaret Ellen Gray and George Cockayne.

Now defunct site First Family entry for Cockayne - Gray shows Margaret Ellen Gray is a daughter of Margaret Allen and John Gray, who came to Victoria on the Southern Ocean in 1868

Can you help expand the details of these families?
Solution to the puzzle - the two Henry Edwards are Uncle and Nephew, answer given on 5 March 2000, and received with many thanks.

Joseph Cocking

Joseph Cocking from Adelaide wed 1873 #714 to Frances Cumming from Normandy, and lived at Learmonth
7 Children 1. Mary Ann Cocking 1873 #17599R
2. Lilly Cocking 1876 #3663
3. Joseph Cocking 1877 #23368
4. Frances Amelia Cocking 1881 #10606
5. Thomas Cocking 1883 #3707 - 1883 #2152 lived 11 days
6. Daniel Cocking 1884 #14371
7. William Cocking 1887 #17492
1. Mary Ann Cocking 1873 #17599R wed 1893 #4816 to Robert Trickey

Thomas Cockram

Thomas Cockram wed 1858 #3411 to Anne Walsh and lived at Hotham
4 Children 1. Thomas Cockram 1860 #1036
2. Harriet Anne Cockram 1864 #10148
3. Mary Ellen Cockram 1866 #22607
4. Elizabeth Jane Cockram 1868 #24793
1. Thomas Cockram wed 1886 #6879 to Eleanor Byford 1862 #15662 born in Melbourne
2. Harriet Ann Cockram 1864 #10148 wed 1887 #4009 to Walter Edwin Thurling

Robinson Cocks

Robinson Cock wed in UK Sep 1849 quarter, to Mary Ann Reeves in District of Spalding in the county of Lincolnshire, Vol 14, Page 761 Robinson Cocks 1823 - 1892 aged 69 died at Heathcote, son of John, came c1853 with Mary Ann Reeves 1821 - 1887 #2208, died at Heathcote aged 66, daughter of Elizabeth Harvey and Emmanuel Reeves
5 Children 1. Robinson Cocks 1850
2. John Thomas Harvey Cocks 1854 #7123, born at Heathcote
3. Joseph Shepperson Cocks 1856 #13495
4. Catherine Elizabeth Cocks 1859 #3729
5. Amy Cocks 1860 - 1863 lived 2 years


From on Monday, 12 July, 2010
Hi, Thank you for the information on your website. Regarding the Cocks family, you said that you could not find the death of Catherine Elizabeth Cocks. I have some information for you. She was born on the 16th of May, 1853 in London and died on the 7th of June, 1909, aged 56 at her son Fred's residence at Allora. She is buried at Allora Cemetery, Queensland, in the Roman Catholic Section. My sister and I found her obituary notice in the paper. There were actually 9, perhaps 10 children. Please contact me if you would like any more information. Kylie.
Also in Melbourne Argus Thurs 10 June 1909, only sister of Mrs W Wood, Brighton, beloved wife of Robinson Cocks of Bowral, NSW, elder daughter of the late Thomas Cocks formerly of Heathcote, and Mrs Cocks of Clifton St, Richmond, Vic.
John Cook wed 19 May 1814 to Catherine Shepperson at Pinchbeck, Lincoln, England Thomas Cocks 1825 - 1886 #3652 aged 60 son of Catherine Shepperson and John Cocks, died at South Yarra
Thomas Cocks aged 34 came as Unassisted Immigrant in July, 1859 on the Swiftsure with Elizabeth Cocks aged 36, John C Cocks aged 7, Kathe Cocks aged 6, Ellen Cocks aged 4 and Frederick Cocks aged infant, and also George J Cocks aged 19.
Thomas Cocks wed in UK, Dec quarter 1850, to Elizabeth Adams in Westminster District, Volume 1, page 449.
Catherine Elizabeth Cocks died 1909/C3988, Queensland records, daughter of Elizabeth Addams and Thomas Cocks
1. John Charles Thomas Cocks Dec 1851 St. Geo. Han Sq
2. Catherine Elizabeth Cocks June 1853 St Geo Han Sq
3. Ellen Mary Cocks Mar 1855 Kensington wed 1878 #8003 to William Wood
4. Frederick Shepperson Martin Cocks Dec 1857 at Kensington, and died 1866 #11670 aged 9 years
5. Arthur Alfred Clements Cock 1862 #8684 son of Elizabeth Adams and Thomas Cocks, at Heat?.
6. Robinson Frederick Thurston Cocks died 1950/B30095 in Queensland

1. Robinson Cocks 1850 - 1933 aged 83 died at Windsor, NSW, son of Mary A and Robinson Cocks, wed 1876 to Catherine Elizabeth Cocks now 'found' born 1853 and died 1909 at the home of her son Frederick in Allora, Queensland.
6 Children 1. Robinson Frederick Thomas Cocks 1878 #4642
2. Herbert Victor Thomas Cocks 1879 #23732 wed Ida Evelyn, son
3. Daisy Elizabeth Cocks 1883 #3226
4. Chas Williams Reeves Cocks 1885 #10594
5. Catherine Ivy Cocks 1886 #26764 - 1943 aged 57, wed Dobson
6. Thomas Langwornor Cocks 1888 #30167

2. John Thomas Harvey Cocks 1854, wed 1875 to Jane Frances White from England
7 Children 1. Francis Ernest Cocks 1878 wed 1904 to Mabel Ann Penrose
2. Edith Amy Cocks 1881 wed 1904 to George Wirth
3. Albert Edgar Cocks 1883 wed 1909 to Mary Winifred Cecilia Slattery
4. Clive Cocks 1886 - 1886 infant death
5. Harvey Cocks 1887 wed 1910 to Emma Lavinia Gibson
6. Vera Cocks 1890 wed 1913 to Norman Stanley Michael
7. Dorothy Cocks 1893
2.3. Joseph Shepperson Cocks 1856 #13495 wed 1878 #780 to Ann Grace Bruffell
4 Children 1. William Shepperson Cocks 1878 #15754
2. Ethel May Cocks 1882 #90
3. Amy Maud Cocks 1886 #18942
4. Ina Moorabbee Cocks born 1888, registered 1889
From on Wed, 9 Feb 2005
Ina Moorabbee Cocks was born in 1888, registered 1889, in Heathcote, Victoria, Australia, married Douglas William Patton, died c14 Nov 1938, and was buried on Nov 15, 1938 in Fawkner Cemetery & Crematorium, Reg. Number: 4273.
Burial Notes: "Fawkner Crematorium And Memorial Park wishes to advise that the location of the buried remains of the late Ina Moorabbee Patton aged 50 are located at Church Of England: Compartment R Grave 1088."
[Courtesy of the Fawkner Cemetery & Crematorium Website].
The spelling of Ina's second name varies between Morrabbee at the time of her death and Moorabbee listed in the Digger - Federation Index. Victoria 1889-1901. It was obviously an unusual name and prone to variation in spelling.
Charles Douglas Patton 1860 #2007 son of Charlotte Stafford and William Patton
Charles Douglas Patton wed 1880 #3709 to Caroline Mary Alice Scott
Douglas was born on May 25, 1884 in Wallan Wallan, Victoria, Australia, died on Dec 8, 1969 in Longwood, Victoria, Australia at age 85, and was buried on Dec 10, 1969 in Fawkner Cemetery & Crematorium, Fawkner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Fawkner Cemetery & Crematorium, 1187 Sydney Road, Fawkner, Melbourne, Victoria 3060, Australia).

2.5. Harvey Cocks 1887 wed 1910 to Emma Lavinia Gibson
8 Children 1. Daisy Winifred Cocks 1911 wed Keith Long
2. John Clive Cocks 1913
3. Edith Annie Cocks 1915
4. Mabel Frances Cocks 1917
5. Graeme Cocks c1920
6. Rodney Cocks c1922
7. Lois Cocks c1924
8. Emma Cocks c1927.
4. Catherine Elizabeth Cocks 1859 #3729, (dau of Mary Ann Reeves and Robinson Cocks born at Heathcote), wed 1879 #2896 to Alexander Sykes McGillivray, no chn to 1888

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