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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
HON. BENJAMIN F. COCKRELL, a farmer and stock-grower, was born in Montgomery County, Ky., June 14, 1835, the third of five children born to William and Sarah (Spratt) Cockrell. William Cockrell was born near Winnsboro, S. C., and followed farming and stock dealing all his life. He came to Kentucky about the year 1826, and settled near where his son William Cockrell now resides, in Montgomery County. He was a son of Jerry Cockrell, of Virginia, and of Scotch-Irish extraction. Sarah Spratt was born in Montgomery County, a daughter of Andrew Spratt, an early settler of Kentucky, and who was identified in the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church in this State. Hon. Benjamin Cockrell was brought up on the farm, received a common-school education, and has followed farming all his life. His farm comprises 466 acres. In 1865-66 and 1869 he was a member of the Legislature from Montgomery County. December 24, 1859, he married Junietta Oldham, a daughter of Richard Oldham, of Montgomery County. To this union were born three children, Laban B., Jeremiah D. and Marion O., all living. Mrs. Cockrell died January 31, 1875, and Mr. Cockrell next married, January 3, 1883, Annie Calmes, daughter of Harry Calmes, of Clark County. In politics Mr. Cockrell is a stanch Democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his wife is a member of the Christian Church.