James Adam Cockerham &
Nancy Carolina Hood

James Adam Cockerham, son of Moses COCKERHAM, Jr., was born abt. 1816 in Surry Co., NC, and died between 1870-1880 in Surry Co., NC. He married Nancy Carolina Hood, abt. 1844. She was born abt. 1826 in North Carolina and died between 1900-1910, probably in Alleghany Co., NC.

Children of James Adam Cockerham & Nancy Carolina Hood:

  1. Martha Cockerham, b. abt. 1845, Surry Co., NC.
  2. +John Riley Cockerham, b. May 23, 1847, Surry Co., NC; d. Dec. 31, 1944, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Mary Little KENNEDY, daughter of William KENNEDY & Amanda EDWARDS, Jan. 14, 1872, Wilkes Co., NC (b. Aug. 13, 1856; d. Feb. 2, 1834); bur. Snow Hill Baptist Church, Galax, VA.
  3. Joseph M. Cockerham, b. abt. 1849, Surry Co., NC.
  4. James Adam Cockerham, Jr., b. abt. 1851, Surry Co., NC; m. Levicia Jane LUFFMAN.
  5. Alexander Cockerham, b. 1860, Surry Co., NC.
  6. Wiley Cockerham, b. abt. 1863, Surry Co., NC.
  7. Francis Marion Cockerham, b. July 31, 1867, Surry Co., NC; d. Oct. 20, 1952, Wilkes Co., NC; m. Susannah F. BAUGUS, daughter of Thomas BAUGUS & Beulah HIGGINS, Mar. 2, 1890, Alleghany Co., NC (b. Dec. 25, 1867; d. July 29, 1950).


James Adam Cockerham was born about 1816 in Surry County, NC.  He married Nancy Carolina HOOD roughly 1844, based on the ages of their children.  Her parents are unknown, but it is possible she was the daughter of Stephen HOOD (born abt. 1797) who is listed on the 1850 census of Surry County, NC, Fish River District.  Stephen Hood (m. Henrietta Bowers) apparently moved to Surry County in 1842 from Caswell County, NC.  He moved again within a few years and eventually settled down in Raleigh County, VA.  See The Hood Family of Raleigh County by Beverley Thomas.  Currently, Stephen Hood seems to be the best candidate to be Nancy Carolina Hood's father, but this is based solely on geographic proximity to the Cockerhams.  More research is needed to determine if any kind of a link can be found.  There was also a Robert Hood in Wilkes County, NC, but I have found little information on him.

James Adam Cockerham lived in Surry County with his wife and children until the 1860's when they moved to Glade Creek Township in Alleghany County, NC.  James seems to have died during the 1870's.  Nancy is listed in the 1880 census in Surry County and the 1900 census in Alleghany County.  She probably died before 1910.  According to the 1900 census, Nancy was the mother of 10 children, only 3 of whom were still living at that time.  The living children (presumably) were John Riley Cockerham, Francis Marion Cockerham, and probably James Adam Cockerham, Jr.

1850 Census, Surry Co., NC, No. Div., Mt. Airy Dist., p.301 (HH#479):
JAMES COCKERHAM, 34, farmer, b. in NC
-- Nancy, 26, NC
-- Martha, 5, NC
-- John, 3, NC
-- Joseph, 1, NC

Note: in 1850, James Cockerham was living next door to Moses COCKERHAM (age 70) and Martha (age 73) (HH#480), probably his parents.

1860 Census, Surry Co., NC, Stuart's Creek Dist., Dobson P.O., p.454 (HH#29):
JAMES COCKERHAM, 46, farmer, $100, $250, NC
-- Nancy, 35, NC
-- Martha, 15, NC
-- Jno. R., 12, NC
-- Joseph M., 11, NC
-- James A., 9, NC
-- Alexander, 2 mos., NC
1870 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp., p.14 (HH#99):
JAMES COCKRAM, 54, farmer, $1,000, $-, NC
-- Nancy, 46, NC
-- James, 17, NC
-- Alexander, 10, NC
-- Wiley, 7, NC
-- Francis, 3, NC
1880 Census, Surry Co., NC, Bryan Twp., p.49 (HH#184):
NANCY COCKERHAM, 50, NC NC NC, keeping house
-- Alexander, 19, son, NC NC NC, farm laborer
-- Wylie, 17, son, " " ", farm laborer
-- Marion, 10, son, " " ", farm laborer

1900 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp., p.140 (John R. Cockerham, HH#203):
Nancy B. COCKERHAM, mother, b. June 1824, age 75, widow, 10 children/3 living, NC NC NC