does anyone have dna results for Cokers of nw arkansas

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Mary lee Coker, my paternal grandmother was born june 29, 1871 and orphaned soon after. Appears only way now is thru Dna or if someone knows something about her that i have never found in 15 years of searching. She most likely is of the Cokers of nw arkansas, but have found no connections. Could sure use some help if anyone out there knows
WikiTree profile: Mary Harris
in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Harris G2G Crew (670 points)
retagged by Darlene Athey-Hill
James, I edited your post and put Mary Lee's profile as the highlighted one in order for people to see what you know.  I've added information and sources to her profile (census & marriage).

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James, I responded to your other G2G post with regard to your grandmother.  Do you know at what age your grandmother was orphaned?  Do you know if she had any siblings?  Where did you get the information on your grandmother (with regard to her being orphaned)?  What did she/they say (i.e. who raised her -- relative, neighbor)?

There is a James William Coker who died in 1873 in Lead Hill, Boone, Arkansas (see here:

I located your grandmother's marriage record, and she was living in Lead Hill, Boone, Arkansas at the time of her marriage.

Since James died two years after Mary's birth, this seems a strong possibility of being her father...

If not James, then perhaps a brother of James?  He had a brother named Felix Thornton Coker, who died 8 Mar 1871 in Lead Hill, Boone, Arkansas.  If he married (I don't know), his wife could have been pregnant with your grandmother when he died.

Certainly one of the Coker families is hers since she and they lived in the same town...

by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (419k points)
edited by Darlene Athey-Hill
Here's another possibility:  Randolph B. Coker married Minerva Foster.  A tree at ancestry shows they both died on 14 May 1879 in the Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma).  This is the same Coker family as the ones above.  So again I'll ask as to what you know of your grandmother being orphaned...
James, I'm Nancy from Midland and my g-grandfather is Sampson Harris.  Here is what I know from my mom, Lillian Harris Vos and Wanda Harris Thweet.

*  Granny always said she was the g-niece to Cynthia Ann Rogers who was (b: 1787 - Burke County NC).  She was the 3rd wife of Joseph Dempsey Coker.  His father (b: 1769 VA - d: 1855 - Marion County, AR)  was William (Buck) Coker and ( b: 1775 - d: 1820  AR) &  Nancy Lee his mother.

* Granny also said there were was family members named Wood.  Buck Coker had 10 children:  the last daughter married (b: 1810 TN - d: ?) Nancy Jane Coker, she married George Washington Wood.

* Also was told her father was killed by bushwackers & her mother later died from a broken heart  and Granny went to live with an aunt who's husband abused her.  Buck Coker 5th son (b: 1790-96 Burke County, NC - d: abt 1850 AR) Leonard Coker. His wife unknown, but some think her name was Frances Coker.  Their 2nd child was (b: (abt.1828) Seaborn S. Coker married (m: Amanda J. Predella Tucker), during the Civil War he was allegedly killed by Bushwackers.

* The name Coker can be spelled many way Colcher, Crocker, Copher Coffer, Cofer.  I was told she also had 2 brothers..  She also said her father was from TN and mother from AR.  While searching for a Mary L. Coker b: 1871 in the 1880 census, I came across a Mary L. Cofer, age 9 living in Barren, Jackson AR showing to be a niece to aunt Mary & Lonny O'Banon.  Then I found two more children, both boys named Benjamin Cofer age 12 and William Cofer age 14 living in Barren, Jackson, AR showing to be nephews of William Cobb and Sarah Cobb.   All 3 children show their father b: TN and mother b: AR.  Her brothers, I was told, they moved to Illinois or Indiana.

There is book called "Our Coker Kin" by June B. Barekman, you can get  it from an Interlibrary Loan. You will found it very interesting, also do a search on the web for "The Turnbo Manuscripts" by Silas Claiborne Turnbo.  He lived with and around the Cokers in Boone and Marion counties.

Hope this helps a little, let me know what you discover as well.
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Hi James.  I am descended from Buck Coker of NW Arkansas.  My DNA is on 23&Me and Ancestry.  How can I help you?
by Darek Coker G2G Crew (350 points)

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