535. Mary Minerva Hittson
was born on 20 May 1832 in Virginia. She died on 4 Sep 1875 in Van Zandt
County, Texas. She was buried in Baird Cemetery, Van Zandt County, Texas.
She was married to Archibald C. Cockerell Jr. (son of Archibald
Cockerell and Sarah Pridgen) on 9 Apr 1846 in Itawamba County,
Mississippi. Archibald C. Cockerell Jr. was born
on 24 Dec 1822 in Georgia. He appeared on the census on 28 Jul 1860 in Prairie
Beat, Van Zandt County, Texas.(639)
He appeared on the census on 18 Aug 1870 in Precinct #3, Van Zandt County, Texas.
(640) He died on 13 Feb 1910 in Van Zandt
County, Texas. He was buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, Van Zandt County, Texas.
See this link for more on Arch Cockerell:
I will give you another story about Archibald "Arch" Cockerell born
December 24, 1824 near Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Baldy and Selah Pridgen Cockrell.
Arch married Mary Minerva Hittson April 20, 1832 in Itawamba county, Mississippi
and the couple came to Texas in about 1850 and first settled in Rusk county,
Texas with Mary Minerva's father Alexander Hittson, who had received a land grant
from the Republic of Texas. Arch and Mary Cockerell moved to Kaufman county,
Texas where Mary Minerva died September 4, 1875, and is buried in the Beard Cemetery
in Van Zandt county, Texas.
Arch Cockerell then married Van Burena Rush on July 9, 1878 in Tyler, Smith county,
Texas. It was their son, Dr. Lonnie Lee Cockerell, born June 4, 1879 that was
my grandfather. As Arrch was getting older, they lived in a community called
Lawndale, Texas. The town became Mabank, Texas in about 1902, and that is where
I grew up.
The story is that one day Arch Cockerell could not find his gold, which he hid
in a coffee can. In those days, people buried their gold for safety from theft.
Apparently Arch got very angry because he could not find his gold, which he thought
was buried under the front porch. Apparently, Arch set the porch on fire to get
it out of the way so he could find his gold! Vannie, as his 2nd wfie was called,
came running out with the coffee can containing the gold, and they hurried to
put out the fire before the house was destroyed. It was apparently Arch Cockerell
who added the extra "e" to the name, and since he had at least 16 children
by the two wives, there are a lot of Cockerells living in and around Texas!
Mary Minerva Hittson and Archibald C. Cockerell Jr. had the following children:
John Alexander Cockerell.
Jessie Thomas Cockerell.
William A. Cockerell.
Sarah A. Frances Cockerell.
Mary Eliza Cockerell.
Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" Cockerell.
Charles Morton Cockerell.
Martha Minerva "Mattie" Cockerell.
Elisha Edward Cockerell.