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William John Cock born 1868

William John Cock born 1868 - his wife Lucy is below

Cornwall, Camborne, Lucy COCK nee Thomas born 1869 - married William John Cock

Cornwall, Camborne, Lucy COCK (nee Thomas) born 1869 - married William John Cock

Cornwall, Camborne, William James Cock with a toy Trundling Hoop and Stick c.1893

Cornwall, Camborne, William James Cock with a toy Trundling Hoop and Stick c.1893

William James COCK as boy of 14 working for J. Pengilly

William James COCK as boy of 14 working for J. Pengilly

Cornwall, Camborne, William James Cock b.1890

Cornwall, Camborne, William James Cock b.1890

Cornwall, Camborne, Katie Tremecna Cock (nee Tonkin)

Cornwall, Camborne, Katie Tremecna Cock (nee Tonkin)

Old Photos of Camborne in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Old Photos of Camborne in Cornwall in England.

The Cock Family of Camborne.

Cornwall, Camborne, Arabella Cock (nee Thomas) 1838 and William COCK 1844

Cornwall, Camborne, Arabella Cock (nee Thomas) 1838 and William James COCK 1844 - Arabella passed away in 1929 and William in 1931.

Cornwall, Camborne, Nicholas James Cock b1850 - married Eliza jane Pascoe - and John Cock b 1852 - married Ann Heathorne

Cornwall, Camborne, Nicholas James Cock b1850 - married Eliza Jane Pascoe - and John Cock b 1852 - married Ann Heathorne - these were brothers to William James Cock above

Glynis Millett-Clay (nee Cock) of South Africa, traces her family history directly back to Camborne in Cornwall. Glynis's grandparents - William James Cock and Katie Cock (nee Tonkin) - emigrated to South Africe in 1926, where Glynis's father - and later Glynis - was born.

But in fact the story of the Cock family of Camborne can so far be traced as far back as the couple above, who were born about 170 years ago William and Arabella Cock (nee Thomas). William J. Cock was a Superintendent in the 'Old Bible Christian Chapel' as well as being a Steward, local Preacher, Sunday School Secretary, and a member of the local choir for over 60 years. It is also known that he was a Local Preacher. When the Bible Christian Chapel closed down, William James became associated with the Trelowarren Street United Methodists Church in Camborne.

William James was also one of the earliest shipping agents in town, but was a mason by trade. William James was the last survivor of the Camborne Volunteer Company under Major W. Bickford. He was also one of the first Volunteers in the Camborne Fire Brigade under Captain Josiah Rowe. Both these names were very well known in Camborne. It is believed that Josiah Rowe later went to South Australia.

William James is also believed to have been a wholesale merchant in food stuff, and had a beautiful home in Camborne which had a greenhouse inside. He also kept pigs, horses (Landau and horses).

William James and Arabella had a son born in 1868 that they named William John Cock, later to marry Lucy Thomas (a factory girl from Bassett Street, Camborne). Shortly after the Boer War, William John went to see if there were any prospects in South Africa, but he never made the move there. It was their son - William James Cock born in 1890 - that emigrated to South Africa in 1923, with Katie and their daughter Dorothy following in 1924.

If anyone can help explain the middle name 'Tremecna' which was traditionally used as the second christian name for females in her family Glynis would be delighted to hear from you.

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Siblings of William James Cock:-

Cornwall, Camborne, Albertise Cock - born 1872

Cornwall, Camborne, Albertus Cock - born 1872

Cornwall, Camborne, Doris Edna Cock b 1900 and Grandma - possiby on the Thomas side of the family

Cornwall, Camborne, Doris Edna Cock b 1900 and Grandma - possiby on the Thomas side of the family

South Africa, Rita nee Blignaut b1924 and William Ernest Leslie COCK with daughter Denise Glynis Cock on her christening day Aug 1952

South Africa, Rita nee Blignaut b1930 and William Ernest Leslie COCK b1926 with daughter Denise Glynis Cock on her christening day Aug 1952

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