William Rester Cockerham

30 June 1912–10 April 1969 (Age 56)
Ronda, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Rester

When William Rester Cockerham was born on 30 June 1912, in Ronda, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, his father, William Martin Cockerham, was 26 and his mother, Viola Blackburn, was 24. He married Cora Susie Yarboro on 5 August 1933, in Forsyth, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Leaksville, Rockingham, North Carolina, United States in 1935 and Edwards Township, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States in 1940. He died on 10 April 1969, in Elkin, Surry, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States.

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William Rester Cockerham
Cora Susie Yarboro
Marriage: 5 August 1933
William Rester Cockerham

Spouse and Children

5 August 1933
Forsyth, North Carolina, United States


    William Rester Cockerham


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World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 6

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.

Age 17

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire named Cocker, from the Cocker river (a Celtic name apparently derived from an element kukro ‘winding’) + Old English hām ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rector Cockerham in household of Mart Cockerham, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rester W Cockerham, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Rester Cockerham, "North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000"

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