Abraham Cocksedge

(7 May 1713 - 11 April 1766)
     Abraham Cocksedge was christened on 7 May 1713 in Stowlangtoft, Suffolk. The age at death suggests a birth in 1715 not 1713. He was the son of Thomas Cocksedge and Ann Beals.
     In Thomas Cocksedge's will dated 24 March 1726/27 in Stowlangtoft, Abraham Cocksedge was named as heir; The last will and testament of Thomas Cocksedge of Stowlangtoft in the county of Suffolk, Gent, made this twenty fourth day of March 1726?
His heir and sole executor is his son Thomas on condition he pays his youngest son Abraham Cocksedge (brother of Thomas) £20 p.a. until he turns 21; and also pay his five daughters Rachell, Ann, Delariviera, Elizabeth & Sarah, £10 p.a. each until marriage or 21. He gives 40 shillings to the poor of Stowlangtoft and mentions his son-in-law Thomas Garnham and Bridget his wife, my daughter ...
On the 11 Nov 1727 he adds: whereas it may please God that I might die seized of some copyhold land not surrendered to the uses of my will which may fall to my son Abraham by custom of the manor....

     In Thomas Cocksedge's will dated 22 August 1739 in Stowlangtoft, Abraham Cocksedge was named as heir; The will of Thomas Cocksedge, of Stowlangtoft, gentleman, mentions being infirm in body but of sound mind ... gives his brother Abraham Cocksedge his copyhold, messuages, lands, tenements etc whatsoever and gives to his uncle Mr Henry Cocksedge of Thetford and his brothers in law namely Thomas Garnham and John Cole and to the survivor ... case my said brother Abraham shall think fit to marry with their approbation ... and if my brother shall not think fit to marry and shall live to 31 ... his sisters Rachel, Elizabeth & Sarah ... he requests a memorial to his father, mother & grandfather's estates.
     Abraham Cocksedge and Bridget Cocksedge obtained a marriage licence on 14 September 1743. Abraham Cocksedge of Bardwell, gent. s.m. & Bridget Cocksedge, of Drinkston, at same. Bondsman, Hen. Cocksedge of Thetford, co. Norf., 14 Sep 1743.
     Abraham Cocksedge married Bridget Cocksedge, daughter of Henry Cocksedge, on 15 September 1743 in Drinkstone, Suffolk. Abraham Cocksedge, gent of Bardwell & Bridget Cocksedge of Drinkstone married by licence They were first cousins.
     Abraham Cocksedge made a will dated 17 January 1743/44 in Bardwell. His will mentions his wife Bridget daughter of Mr Henry Cocksedge, and his late brother Thomas.
     Abraham died on 11 April 1766 in Drinkstone, Suffolk, aged 52. He was buried on 13 April 1766 in Drinkstone. Abraham Cocksedge Esquire aged 51:- altar tomb in churchyard erected by Bridget his widow.
     His will was proved on 24 September 1766 at Sudbury.
     Abraham Cocksedge was mentioned as being deceased in the will of Rachel Cocksedge dated 29 March 1786.

Children of Abraham Cocksedge and Bridget Cocksedge

Bridget Cocksedge

(circa 1720? - before 8 January 1781)
     Bridget Cocksedge was born circa 1720? In Drinkstone, Suffolk. She was the daughter of Henry Cocksedge, and either the daughter or sister of Henry Cocksedge of Thetford who was bondsman for her marriage licence. She was the daughter of Henry Cocksedge.
     Bridget Cocksedge and Abraham Cocksedge obtained a marriage licence on 14 September 1743. Abraham Cocksedge of Bardwell, gent. s.m. & Bridget Cocksedge, of Drinkston, at same. Bondsman, Hen. Cocksedge of Thetford, co. Norf., 14 Sep 1743.
     Bridget Cocksedge married Abraham Cocksedge, son of Thomas Cocksedge and Ann Beals, on 15 September 1743 in Drinkstone, Suffolk. Abraham Cocksedge, gent of Bardwell & Bridget Cocksedge of Drinkstone married by licence They were first cousins.
     In Abraham Cocksedge's will dated 17 January 1743/44 in Bardwell, Bridget Cocksedge was named as heir and executrix of the estate. She was an executor of Abraham Cocksedge's estate on 24 September 1766 in Sudbury.
     Bridget Cocksedge made a will dated 7 August 1777 in Bury St Edmunds. I Bridget Cocksedge of BSE, to be buried at Drinkstone... son Thomas Cocksedge, my daughter Elizabeth by my late husband Abraham Cocksedge, the wife of William Moseley.
     Bridget died before 8 January 1781 in Suffolk.
     Her will was proved on 8 January 1781 at Sudbury. She was buried on 11 January 1781 in Drinkstone.

Children of Bridget Cocksedge and Abraham Cocksedge

Harriet Bird

(7 March 1858 - )
     Harriet Bird was christened on 7 March 1858 in Woolpit, Suffolk. She was the daughter of William Bird and Harriet Bullett.