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Harrison COCKRILL 12243 - Estill Co.

Posted: 1 Aug 2014 7:30AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Cockrill, Sewell, Turner
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.

HON. HARRISON COCKRILL was born in Breathitt County, Ky., June 18, 1826. His father was Simon Cockrill, a native of Virginia, who settled in Breathitt County, Ky., when a young man. He followed farming and stock-dealing extensively all his life, and was for many years looked upon as one of the leading men of eastern Kentucky. He was the father of twelve children, the most of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. He gave them all a fair education and a good start in the world. Having accumulated considerable money and property during his lifetime, he died in good circumstances. He was a man of good moral character, beloved by all who knew him, and the name of Simon Cockrill is justly entitled to a place in history as one of the pioneers and settlers of the territory now known as Kentucky. He was an enterprising man, was of powerful physique and of superior intellect, and did much to build up his country. Harrison Cockrill, the fifth child in the family of twelve, was reared and educated in his native county. He entered into politics when quite young, as a Democrat, and was elected county court clerk of Breathitt County, serving in that capacity for a number of years. He was subsequently elected county judge, serving some time. He moved to Estill County in 1858, and settled on a farm about eight miles east of Irvine, where for a few years he devoted his entire time to agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the State Senate two different terms, and in 1874 moved to Irvine. In 1875 he made an active race for Congress from the Ninth District, but was defeated by a small majority. He was a very popular man, both socially and politically, and was a great favorite with all who knew him. He was a liberal contributor to all church and charitable institutions, and a friend to the poor and needy. In 1848 he married Miss Fannie Sewell, a daughter of Thomas and Joana (Turner) Sewell. Thomas Sewell was well known in Eastern Kentucky for many years as a trader; he was also engaged in merchandising in several of the mountain towns. He had four children, three sons and one daughter, Mrs. Fannie Cockrill the only one now living. Thomas Sewell was born in 1798, and lived to be eighty-four years old. He began life very poor, leaving his father’s home in Virginia when a mere boy. His first occupation was that of selling merchandise. He carried his goods over the country on his back. The country being sparsely settled, and it being a long distance to the towns, this method was a great accommodation to the first settlers. At this employment he made money, and afterwards came to Kentucky, where he did business on a larger scale, exchanging his merchandise for furs and ginseng, in which the country abounded. He was a man of untiring energy, prompt in all his business engagements, and honest in all his dealings with men. These characteristics insured him success in all his enterprises, and he amassed a considerable fortune before his death, which occurred in 1882. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his home was a resting place for the weary itinerant preacher. He did business successively in Breathitt, Lee, Estill and Fayette Counties, in each of which he owned property. He died at Clay’s Ferry, in Fayette County, in 1882, in his eighty-fourth year. His remains lie in the cemetery at Lexington, Ky. To Mr. and Mrs. Cockrill were born eight children, six of whom are still living, viz: Mary J., Flora, Isabella, Fannie, Horace B. and Harrison, who rank among the best citizens of their community. For many years before his death, which occurred April 22, 1876, Mr. Cockrill was a member of the F. & A. M.

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