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Daniel Feeks Cock

  • Birth 31 Mar 1837 Matinecock, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Death 30 Jun 1912 Virginia, USA
  • Burial Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 102497574

Daniel Feeks Cock was one of 10 children born to his parents, Peter Cock and Ann Feeks Cock of Matinecock, Long Island, New York. Daniel married Lucy Anne Deuel, daughter of John Cramer and Elmina (Barnard) Deuel, in Utica, NY, on September 30, 1863. The couple had 5 children.

Daniel was a New York Civil War Veteran who originally farmed on Long Island, NY; missionary and Justice of the Peace who relocated to Hampton, Virginia in 1865. He purchased 148 acres in Elizabeth City County. In Colonial times, the property, located to the west of Hampton River, had been part of a larger tract known as Little England. Cock taught agriculture at Hampton Institute. He was known to have wintered in Fiddlers Lodge, Osprey Florida.

In 1869, Daniel F. Cock set aside a triangular plot of 35 acres divided into 33 lots to be sold to blacks persons. This area was named "Cock's Newtown. In March 1870, the first 6 lots were sold at fifty dollars each. The last was sold in 1910. During this same period, Blacks also purchased lots of comparable size at the same price from Charles Smith, Edward Whitehouse, and William N. Armstrong, brother of Samuel Armstron Principal of Hampton Institute. These lots were close to "Cock's Newtown" or close to the area where the 'Little England Chapel' now stands. Subsequently, "Newtown" was applied to the entire Black community. In 1878, a large open arbor was built with ten rows of seating for academic and Sunday School classes on the property of Daniel Cock. (See Wipikedia for additional information)

In 1954 Frederick D. Cock, son of Daniel Feeks Cock, deeded the Chapel and its lot to the Newtown Improvement and Civic Club. A grand opening of the later restored chapel was held on May 23, 1993.

The five children of Daniel and Lucy Anne:
Ann Eliza, born 10-31-1866 (m: John Cutler Robinson);
Matilda, b: 4-28-1869, d: 4-22-1892 (unmarried);
Frederick Daniel, b: 4-10-1874, m: Evlyn Balmer;
Ruth Livingston, b: 10-2-1875, d: 7-3-1876;
Roland Deuel, b: 5-31-1885, d:2-8-1941, m: Ann Berry Renalds.

Newport News Public LIbrary System Daily Press
Obituary Index, Post dated 7-3-1912, p. 06


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  • Created by: Cara Mia
  • Added: 23 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102497574
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Feeks Cock (31 Mar 1837–30 Jun 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102497574, citing Saint Johns Church Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Cara Mia (contributor 47767618) .