As I've posted before here, the Caquelin family from Alsace were
apparently Pietists immediately before and after they emigrated
to Lancaster County, PA in 1736. Further both Didier and his son
Jean Caquelin/John Cocklin separately affirmed rather than swore
that they had witnessed members of the Bricker family sign their
own last wills. According to Karen Border Flowe in her posting here
of June 2002, it was Jean and his uncle Jacques (Jacob) who moved
in 1772 to the Cumberland County with their families. This, I gather
was the Upper Cumberland Valley, where Monroe and Upper Allen
Then, recalling I'd once read that the Brethren movement had Pietist
roots, I checked the RootsWeb's Brethren mailing list and found the
"Elmer Q Gleim in his book "The Brethren of the Upper Cumberland
Valley" mentions early Dunker cemeteries of Mohler's and Cocklin's."
Just like the Mennonites, the Brethren do not swear oaths, but rather
affirm the truth.
I then discovered both that the Brethren movement first became strong
in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, in the mid-1730s, which is when
the Caquelin family moved there, and also that the Mohler family, into
which a later generation of Cocklin descendents married, were Brethren.
I am awaiting information from the Cumberland County Historical Society
as to which faiths the Cocklin's Church cemetery served (Mennonite and/
or Brethren?). None of what I have found decisively determines that the
Caquelins/Cocklins were Brethren rather than Mennonite, but it seems
likelier. Fanny (given name, Veronica) Bricker, who was John Cocklin's
wife and was buried with him in Cocklin's Church cemetery, was raised
as a Mennonite, however.