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COCKE, FREDERICK BIRD SMITH (1813–1903). Frederick Bird Smith Cocke, Texas legislator, was born on February 13, 1813, in Rutledge, Grainger County, Tennessee, son of John and Sarah (Stratton) Cocke. Cocke was educated at East Tennessee College in Knoxville, now the University of Tennessee. On October 2, 1832, F. B. S. Cocke married Eliza Malvina Rogers in Hawkins County, Tennessee; the couple had fifteen children.

Cocke and his family moved to Texas in 1854 and settled first in Lockhart, Caldwell County. By 1860, the Cocke family lived in Karnes County.  From 1862 to 1863 Cocke served in the Texas House of Representatives. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1875 and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for the second time in 1879. F. B. S. Cocke died on April 28, 1903, at Center Point, Kerr County, Texas. He is buried in the family cemetery near Buda in Hays County.


Hedwig Krell Didear, A History of Karnes County and Old Helena (Austin: San Felipe, 1969). E. W. Swindells, A Legislative Manual for the State of Texas (2 vols., Austin: 1879–83). The Political Graveyard (, accessed January 11, 2007. History of Cemeteries: Hays County Cemetery Inscriptions (, accessed December 15, 2008.

Jennifer Eckel

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Jennifer Eckel, "COCKE, FREDERICK BIRD SMITH," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on November 30, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.