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William Harper "Billy" Cooksey
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1837
Conehatta
Newton County
Mississippi, USA
Death: May 27, 1911
Goree
Knox County
Texas, USA

William Harper Cooksey, son of Samuel N Cooksey and Cynthia Ann Odom / Odem. Husband of Nancy Caroline Hollingsworth. Buried beside her. They married 29 Oct 1857, in Newton County, Mississippi. In the 1870s, he was one of the builders of the first school at Midway, in Newton County, and William and Caroline were among the founding members of Midway Baptist Church. During the 1890s, they moved their family to Texas, along with several other families from Newton County. Buried near four of his children, and one of his brothers. During the Civil war, he enlisted on 22 Feb 1862, at Union, Newton County, Mississippi, in a volunteer infantry unit named, "The Yankee Hunters." Soon that unit became Company D, 36 Mississippi Infantry. On 27 May 1863, he was wounded while in the Confederate trenches, during the Union siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. On 4 July 1863, his entire company was taken prisoner at Vicksburg, but they were released on 7 July 1863. Next to his grave at Goree, someone placed a Confederate Veteran marker for, "William P Cooksey, Co C, 11 Texas Cavalry," but that is a different person, and the marker is on the wrong grave.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Cooksey (1811 - 1902)
  Cyntha Ann Cooksey (1814 - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Caroline Hollingsworth Cooksey (1840 - 1928)
 
 Children:
  America Cordelia Harrist (1859 - 1951)*
  Pernecia Jane Cooksey Jones (1859 - 1926)*
  James M. Cooksey (1864 - 1870)*
  Lula Cooksey (1866 - 1935)*
  Joseph Harper Cooksey (1874 - 1952)*
  Mary Emma Cooksey (1876 - 1970)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Harper Cooksey (1837 - 1911)
  Louisa Cooksey Bonds (1846 - 1877)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Weep not, he is at rest
 
Burial:
Goree Cemetery
Goree
Knox County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Bourbon
Record added: May 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36994086
William Harper Billy Cooksey
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William Harper Billy Cooksey
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William Harper Billy Cooksey
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Mr. Cooksey on behalf of the W.R. Scurry Camp #606 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans would like to thank you for service to your country.
- Gary Holly
 Added: Jun. 12, 2013

- DBrown
 Added: Dec. 12, 2009
 
 
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