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Alexander Cockrell
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1820
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 3, 1858
Texas, USA

"Alexander Cockrell came to Dallas area in 1845. After serving in the war with Mexico (1846-47), he filed on 640 acres in the Peters Colony, 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.) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Horton Cockrell (1819 - 1892)
 
 Children:
  Aurelia E Cockrell Gray (1850 - 1872)*
  Robert B Cockrell (1852 - 1886)*
  Frank M Cockrell (1854 - 1935)*
  Alexander Cockrell (1856 - 1919)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Larry Chenault
Record added: Mar 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5314696
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