|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1819|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1892|
"Alexander Cockrell (June 8, 1820 - April 3, 1858) Sarah Horton Cockrell (Jan. 13, 1819 - April 26, 1892) Alexander
Cockrell came to Dallas area in 1845. After serving in the war with Mexico (1846-47), he filed on 640 acres in the PetersColony, and married Sarah Horton on Sept. 9, 1847. Cockress operated a freight line to Houston, Jefferson, and
Shreveport until 1852, when he purchased remainder of the Dallas townsite from John Neely Bryan (1810 - 1877), the
"Father of Dallas." Cockrell promoted growth of the village in the mid-1850s by building a brick factory, a sawmill, and a bridge across the Trinity River, replacing a ferry he had bought from Bryan. Cockrell's influence on Dallas' prosperity
ended April 3, 1858, when he met an untimely death in an altercation over an unpaid debt. Sarah Horton Cockrell became
the first woman in Dallas to exert economic influence outside the home. She completed the unfinished St. Nicholas Hotel, and rebuilt it after the fire of July 8, 1860; operated the ferry after the bridge collapsed in 1858 until a new span was erected in 1872; and, added a flour mill and other businesses to the community. The Cockrells' enterprises played a vital role in the establishment of Dallas as an early regional trade center." - Texas Historical Commission, The State Agency for Historical Preservation. (Refer to their Atlas for more state history at: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/index.html) (Marker location:Dealey Plaza, South Houston St.(s. side of Plaza), Dallas.)
Death of Mrs. S. H. Cockrell in This City Yesterday.
At 4:10 yesterday afternoon, there died at the residence of her son, Alex Cockrell, on South Lamar street, Mrs. S. H. Cockrell, an old landmark of the early settlement of this county, she having settled near Eagle Ford in 1844. She was the third daughter of Enoch Horton, a Virginian, and the widow of Alex Cockrell, a Missourian, who settled in Dallas one year after the time that the afterward Mrs. Cockrell came to this county. She was an honored member of the Dallas County Pioneers' Association and was well known for her good old-time hospitality. Frank M. Cockrell and Alex Cockrell, both well known and prominent business men of this city, are her only surviving children, one brother and one sister having died. Mrs. Cockrell leaves a magnificent estate, embracing large farms and some of the best business property in the city.
The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at 2:45 from the Commerce Street Methodist Church. Rev. C. O. Jones will preach the funeral sermon.
- April 27, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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Funeral of Mrs. Cockrell.
The funeral of Mrs. S. H. Cockrell was attended by a large concourse of people, the First Methodist Church being filled to overflowing to pay the last sad rites to one who was well known and loved by all, old and young. The city council and city officers attended in a body. The floral offerings were beautiful and in profusion and the funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen in Dallas.
- April 28, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
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CITY FATHERS IN SESSION.
The following resolutions of respect to the memory of Mrs. Sarah H. Cockrell were offered by Mr. Conroy and adopted by a unanimous vote:
Whereas, Mrs. Sarah H. Cockrell departed this life at the residence of her son, Alex. Cockrell, in this city, on Tuesday afternoon, the 26th instant, and,
Whereas, she was one of the pioneers of Dallas, and has fallen asleep and now sleeps the sleep of the blessed, after an eventful life, which, by reason of strength, has extended to four score years; and,
Whereas, she has been respected by more than a generation of people, among whom, she has lived for nearly half a century; and,
Whereas, in all the essential attributes of nobility of soul, unostentatious charity and hearty hospitality she was to the older settlers and their descendants "a very mother in Israel;" and,
Whereas, to the end that we may pay proper respect to her memory and also that coming generations may be profited by the virtues and example of her life, therefore be it
Resolved, by the city council of the city of Dallas:
1. That the calling home of the venerable lady, one idolized by her children, loved by her friends and neighbors and honored and respected by the entire community, breaks a link in the chain which connects us with the past, that saddens our hearts and shadows our homes.
2. That to her as one of the founders of our city, we can ever refer with pride, for she was one whose life was blameless, whose name was above reproach, whose reputation was spotless, and whose character emphasized the Christian graces of unwavering faith and unfaltering trust.
3. That as a further tribute to her memory, this council attend the funeral of Mrs. Cockrell at the First Methodist Church in this city to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in a body, and that the mayor be requested to order the heads of the different departments of the city government to close their offices during that hour.
4. That to the family of the deceased, F. M. Cockrell, a former member of this council, and to his brother, Alex Cockrell, we tender our profoundest sympathy in this, the time of their greatest bereavement.
The council then adjourned until May 7.
- April 28, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2-4.
Enoch Horton (1786 - 1852)
Martha Stinson Horton (1788 - 1850)
Alexander Cockrell (1820 - 1858)*
Aurelia E Cockrell Gray (1850 - 1872)*
Robert Benjamin Cockrell (1852 - 1886)*
Frank M Cockrell (1854 - 1935)*
Alexander Cockrell (1856 - 1919)*
Jane Horton Bradshaw (1812 - 1881)*
James Edward Horton (1816 - 1876)*
John Horton (1816 - 1870)*
Sarah Horton Cockrell (1819 - 1892)
Enoch B Horton (1823 - ____)*
Mary Horton Thompson (1829 - ____)*
Martha Horton Horton (1829 - 1848)*
Rachel Horton (1832 - 1851)*
Plot: Block 15
Created by: Larry Chenault
Record added: Mar 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5314706