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Christopher Cocker

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Date: About 1530 to about 1580
Location: Lancashire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Surnames/tags: Cocker Crocker England
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The following information was sourced from the "Visitation of Cheshire" in 1580.Pages 67-68 and takes the histody back a few more generations. [1]

The "Visitation" does not show many dates so as a guide I have estimated these to be based on parents being approx 22 years older than their children.

The parents of Christopher Cocker are Thomas Cocker c 1108 and Anne Ashton (d to Myles Ashton of Herod in Lancashire, England

Thomas' parents were Christopher Cocker c 1492 & his wife Unknown. Christopher was the youngest of four sons. His brothers were John Cocker of Strerthill c 1489, Hugh Cocker c 1490, & William Cocker. c 1491

Christiopher's and his brothers' father was Hugh Cocker of Strethill c 1467 to his first wife Unknown d to Winngton of Offerton. Hugh's second wife Unknown d to Robert Leigh of High Ligh bore him a fifth son George

Hugh's parents were Richard Cocker c 1444 & Mary Moyn

Richard's parents were Hugh Cocker of Strethill c 1423 & his wife the heir to Richard Venables of Strethill, from whom he received the lands and title.(PLEASE SEE NOTE RE DEED at the end of this request for assistance)

I understand from further research, that I am at present conducting, but unable to quote exact source to Wiki's standards that:- (somebody else with more knowledge may be able to assist here)

Hugh was the son of John Le Cokker of Pickmere

Hugh's wife was Isabel Venables daughter of Richard Le Venables & Isabel Langton (whos father was Rawlin, Baron of Newton & Walton, Lancashire. England

Returning to John Cocker the oldest brother of Christopher who took on the title to the ( and according to my personal research) married Anne Ligh daughter of Thomas Leigh (and we have seen Leigh before as wife of Hugh and her husband.s mother). They had two children Thomas Cocker & Hugh Cocker of Strethill who married Elizabeth Banks c edarly 1600's

For furthe research an Anne Cocker of Streethll is also shown in the same "visitation" in the Hurlton family on Page 130 and on Page 253,George Cocker of Tarvern is shown with the Winnington of Offerton tree.

For those who are interested I offer the following for information taken from a very interesting article (for research reference only as sources have not yet been checked to wiki tree standards) written by Tom Parker https://tomparker3216.wixsite.com/familyhistory/origins-of-the-strettells

Hugh Cocker of Strethill was the son of John le Cokker of Pyckmere. The date of his marriage to Isabel Venables is not known, but he was the first in the "Cocker of Strethill" line which eventually became extinct in 1643 (Source: Magna Britannia).

( nb Ben Cocker comment...here we have the Legh family again)

The Cocker family is notable in that in 1440 made a Deed granting to his son Richard "all his messuages, lands,etc in More, Pykemere, Knottesford and Strethull, together with the reversion of land, etc in Strethull le Mere and Knottesford held in dower by Isabel de Venables". (Source: Plea Rolls of the County of Chester). Richard then granted the same (plus all his goods and chattels) to Nicholas de Rysheton, John Humbleton and Richard de Catlawe, chaplains. The purpose behind these Grants isn't clear, but the Cocker of Strethill pedigree continued for a further 200 years, with Strethill Farm, Mere being the seat of the Cocker family for several generations, until it was purchased by Henry Legh (recorded in the Mere Charterers in 1666).

It may be entirely coincidental, but the year in which the Strethill estates seem to have been granted to the above chaplains (1440) was the same year that the first "Strettell" was recorded as living in Mobberley (see below).


  1. the "Visitation of Cheshire" in 1580.Pages 67-68

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