Clara Aileen Cockman

Clara Aileen Cockman

Female 1915 - 1986  (70 years)

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  • Name Clara Aileen Cockman 
    Born 5 Sep 1915  Cumberland County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Residence Emsley Wallace / Mallie Wallace Homeplace, Robbins, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence William Jerome Cockman Homeplace, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    With Parents 
    Died 29 May 1986  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Robbins, Moore County, NC at Tabernacle United Methodist Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Our grandmother was born on September 5, 1915 to Jerome Cockman and Dora Sanders. Before she was a beloved mother and grandmother, she was a daughter to Rome and Dora, granddaughter to Vicie, and sister to Clyde, Ruby, Cris and later Hubert. Granny learned the value of hard work and resilience early on; her father ran a saw mill and farmed for a living and her mother spent her days cooking, cleaning, farming, raising a family, and doing whatever else needed doing like most wives in her day. Pop often spoke of the first time he met Granny, "she was the prettiest girl I had ever seen." After a quick courtship, Granny who was only 16 years old slipped off with Pop (age 21) to Danville, VA to get married. Hurley and Ressie Cockman went along as witnesses. Looking back it is funny to note that on their marriage license they swore and attested that Granny was 21 and Pop 22.

      Pop and Granny first built the "little house" that sat at the end of Pop's field for many years and later they tore down Emsley's old house and built their new one in its place. Granny gave birth to Jack, Chloe, Doris and twins Patricia (Hon) and Priscilla. Priscilla only survived nine hours and Hon was so small she could fit in a shoebox. Granny and Pop held her close and with love and sheer will, they helped her grow strong and healthy.

      Granny worked hard managing a house, cooking, cleaning, raising four girls (not to mention keeping her hand on the back of Hubert's neck as well) and then later added a job in the textile mill to all of that. She was very proud of her yard full of flowers, had a green thumb and a huge garden. Pop taught weavers at various mills and usually was gone all week, leaving Granny with quite a handful. Fortunately, Granny was more than up to the task. She not only successfully raised the four girls and kept Hubert alive; she had more than a hand in raising each of her grandchildren.

      Granny was a Cockman and proud of it. Cockmans have always been hearty, often large, and generally had boisterous attitudes and mouths. Granny grew up in this environment and was not at all intimidated. She would take after big old boys like Hubert, Butch, Duck, etc. with a broom or grab them by the ear to make them behave if necessary.

      One of the things I remember most about Granny was her laugh. She loved to laugh and being married to Papa provided her with years of things to laugh at. Her laugh was so contagious and when she really It was impossible to watch without joining in. We spent many a Sunday laughing the afternoon away. If you can imagine tickling a little child until they are laughing so hard they can't speak - now imagine this reaction on a grown woman. That was our Granny.

      She was a warm, comforting, fun loving woman with a heart of gold and a backbone made of steel. She loved her children and friends dearly and cherished each of her grandchildren like they were the only one. Growing up, there was no safer or more comfortable place to be than in Granny's lap. She was our playmate and protector all wrapped in one. And she fed us. Boy did she feed us. You couldn't step foot in her house without her offering to fix you something to eat. Despite numerous pleas and countless sayings that you weren't hungry, she would head to kitchen. Regardless of how full you were, when you were at Granny's, you ate. As grandchildren, we all certainly had our shortcomings, but malnourishment was never one of them.

      You could always count on Granny to be on your side, even at the expense of your parents. Whenever you found yourself in some kind of predicament or trouble, Granny would be the first place you went. While you couldn't avoid the consequences or your parents forever, Granny was a shelter and safe haven. She would then talk to your parents and explain that there was nothing that was worth getting that upset over, especially with these sweet, little children. A line I heard many times was "It is not their fault; they're little!" And it often worked, at least until we got home. Granny was always your biggest fan. She had a lot of faith in us and made sure we knew it. She was bound and determined that we were going to make it, whether we liked it or not.

      It is hard to do Granny justice in words. She was our rock. She was the driving force in our family. She was the glue that kept us together and on the straight and narrow. Our hearts were broken when Granny died on May 29, 1986 at the age of 70. While her health had been in decline, her death was too sudden and too painful for us to bear. She was a central character in the story of each of our lives. It was as if, the North Pole had disappeared from the globe and the world was no longer certain which way to spin. Pop finally declared that we had two choices: we could die with her or we could choose to live on. We chose to live on and live on we did. But she was always there with us in spirit and in our hearts. Gradually as it does, sadness turns the page and the memories of laughter and of love and warmth surround us. We have all felt her presence over the years and there has never ben any doubt that Granny is in Heaven watching over us all. Fortunately, for Papa, she got there first and began the much needed lobbying to get him on the list. There is no doubt that she succeeded and they now sit there together, Pop singing songs and telling stories and Granny laughing, all while keeping a watchful eye down on her family.
    Person ID I00404  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2021 

    DNA Tests  8 DNA tests are associated with Clara Aileen Cockman 

    Father William Jerome Cockman,   b. 6 Jul 1883, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1947, Central Falls, Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Dora Alice Sanders,   b. 17 Jun 1892, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1983, Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 28 Aug 1909  Robbins, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mallie Lester Wallace,   b. 31 May 1910, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 2002, Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1931  Danville, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Jacqueline Wallace,   b. 23 Oct 1932, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 2015  (Age 82 years)
    +2. C.L.. Wallace
    +3. Doris Ann Wallace,   b. 21 Feb 1943, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 2013, Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. P.L.. Wallace
     5. Priscilla Lois Wallace,   b. 13 Feb 1946, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1946, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Histories
    Mallie Wallace
    Mallie Wallace
    Mallie L. Wallace was born May 31, 1910 to Lucian and Nancy Williams Wallace. He grew up a farmer's son and was at heart a farmer himself. He married Clara Cockman and was the father to four girls: Jacqueline, Chloe, Doris and Patricia.
    Family ID F0126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Sep 1915 - Cumberland County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Emsley Wallace / Mallie Wallace Homeplace, Robbins, Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - With Parents - - William Jerome Cockman Homeplace, Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Dec 1931 - Danville, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 May 1986 - Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Robbins, Moore County, NC at Tabernacle United Methodist Church Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Clara Cockman Wallace
    Clara Cockman Wallace and Patricia Wallace
    Clara Cockman Wallace and Andrew Spivey
    Mallie Wallace and Clara Cockman 1957
    Mallie Wallace and Clara Cockman 1981
    Mallie Wallace and Clara Cockman
    Mallie Wallace and Clara Cockman [early 1980s]
    Mallie Wallace and Clara Cockman [car photo]

    Documents
    1931 Marriage Certificate, Danville, VA - Mallie Wallace & Clara Cockman
    1931 Marriage Certificate, Danville, VA - Mallie Wallace & Clara Cockman
    1931 Marriage License Application, Danville, VA - Mallie Wallace & Clara Cockman
    1931 Marriage License Application, Danville, VA - Mallie Wallace & Clara Cockman

    Headstones
    Clara Cockman Wallace
    Clara Cockman Wallace
    Daughter of William Jerome Cockman and Dora Alice Sanders