Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. I., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
One of the pioneers of Morris County, now residing in Green Village, Mr. COCKREM was born near that place on the 1st of November, 1818, a son of John and Rachel (ROBERTS) COCKREM. His parents were early settlers of the neighborhood, and there reared their family of four children, - David, William, Sarah, and Philip; but the only one now living is the subject of this review. David was a resident of Morristown and William also made his home in that city. The early members of the family were farmers and mechanics, and the father followed agricultural pursuits in connection with weaving. In religious belief the COCKREMs were Presbyterians; their political support was given the Whig party until its dissolution, when they joined the ranks of the Republican party. The mother of our subject was a daughter of Daniel ROBERTS of Green Village, also a representative of one of the old families of Morris County.
Philip COCKREM, subject of this review, spent his youth in or near Green Village, and when about twenty-one years of age, learned the wagon-making trade, which he followed in Morristown for some years. During the past forty years he has carried on agricultural pursuits in Green Village, and his well-cultured farm indicates his careful supervision.
In early manhood Mr. COCKREM was joined in wedlock to Miss Martha STURGUS, daughter of Joshua STURGUS. After her death Mr. COCKREM was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Phoebe MASTIN, a daughter of Godfrey REED, and a native of Morris County, born January 9, 1840. Our subject and his wife attend the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a staunch Republican, and during President Lincoln's administration served as postmaster of Green Village."
Transcribed by Marylin Johnson
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