|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1905|
Obituary from the August 24, 1905 Sun (Baltimore).
"COLONEL JOSHUA H. COCKEY OF HARMONY HALL IS DEAD----Col. Joshua H. Cockey died yesterday at 2 A.M. at his home, Harmony Hall, My Lady's Manor, Baltimore county. Colonel Cockey had been ill for several months, but it was hoped that an operation would aid his recovery. About two weeks ago, he was removed to the Maryland University Hospital. He was too weak from age and exhaustion to withstand the surgeon's knife, and was taken back to his home. Death was due to Bright's Disease.
The funeral services will be held today at 3:30 P.M. at St. James Protestant Episcopal Church, My Lady's Manor, the rector, the Rev. S.A. Potter officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Colonel Cockey was born at Harmony Hall, his maternal grandfather's estate, near Manor, in the Tenth district of Baltimore county, in 1842, and was reared at Melrose near Cockeysville. He was educated at private schools, and finished his studies at the Milton Academy, Baltimore county.
In 1864, he went on a merchant vessel as supercargo to Nassau, New Providence, and from there to Fortune Island where he accepted a position as secretary to a prominent merchant and chief magistrate of the island. He visited different parts of the Bahamas, including Kingston, Jamaica; St. Thomas, Danish West Indies; Port au Prince, and Cartegena, South America. After returning home he engaged in farming. Early in life he took an interest in politics. In 1883, he was elected to the House of Delegates, and served in the session in 1884. He was appointed aide-de-camp with the rank of Colonel by Governor McLean. In 1885 he was a delegate to the Elkton convention, which balloted 1,800 times for a candidate for Congress without making a nominee.
He was also a member of the convention held at Towson a few weeks later. In 1887 he was again nominated to the House of Delegates, but by some irregularity of the convention was counted out. He took a Civil Service examination at the Baltimore Custom House, and passed and received an appointment and was twice promoted by Gov. James B. Groome, Collector of the Port. He managed his farm while at the Custom House, and after leaving, engaged more extensively in farming, dairying, and relating blooded stock.
Colonel Cockey was also a member of the House of Delegates in 1904. Throughout his career, he was noted for his courtliness of manner and gentlemanly bearing, and he had many friends among both Democrats and Republicans.
On Dec. 5, 1871, he married Miss Anna Rebecca Hutchins of Harford county, who survives him, with a family of six sons and four daughters. The sons are Messrs. Nicholas, Hutchins, Herman, John, Frederick, and Thomas Cockey; and the daughters are Misses Elizabeth, Daisy, Annie Laura, and Susie Lee Cockey. Mrs. Elizabeth Cockey, his mother;a brother, Dr. Melchoir Gist Cockey of Kansas, and four sisters also survive him."
(Note: A very hard to make out picture of Col. Cockey is included with his obituary in the newspaper.)
Anna Rebecca Hutchins Cockey (1853 - 1927)*
Nicholas Hutchins Cockey (1873 - 1948)*
M Elizabeth Cockey Jessop (1874 - 1944)*
Joshua Hutchins Cockey (1876 - 1923)*
Herman Cockey (1878 - 1952)*
John Cockey (1879 - 1909)*
Frederick Hambleton Cockey (1885 - 1935)*
Susie Lee Cockey Given (1891 - 1968)*
Saint James of My Ladys Manor Cemetery
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