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Re: Cockefair and Hendershot
Posted by: Annette Schaumann (ID *****5829) Date: May 14, 2004 at 21:05:43
In Reply to: Re: Cockefair/Cockefer/Cockever/Cookfair Surnames by Diane Cookfair of 8

I don’t have solid proof that Mary and Naomi were twins, only a story. It is told in a book. “Bloomfield, Old and New, Edited by Joseph Fulford Fulson and published by the Centennial Historical Committee of Bloomfield, NJ in 1912.

Pg 173 “...At Wyoming in Pennsylvania near the present city of Wilkes Barre, one of the horrors of the Revolution was enacted. During the massacre two young girls hid behind a log while the Indians killed all the other members of their family. These girls were Mary and Naomi Hendershott, twin sisters eleven years old, and they succeeded in escaping with a few others to the settlements along the Delaware River. This was in July 1778. Just when they came to Bloomfield is not known, but Thomas Cockefair, grandfather of Lewis, married Mary Hendershott, and a John Cockefair married Naomi. Mary lived until 1808 and Naomi until 1835.” [If you want the whole section about Cockefairs let me know. It is about three small pages.]

I believe their parents were Michael Hendershot and his wife, Naomi. While the massacre is known as the Wyoming Massacre, there was a bigger path of killing extending further west. Deeds in Northumberland County show that Michael Hendershot and his wife Naomi owned land in Turbot Township, Northumberland County on Limestone Run and there are records showing the massacre extended to that area.

The Hendershot immigrant came to New Jersey in 1710 and Michael was a very popular name with them. I am trying to determine which Michael it was that was married to Naomi. I have not found a marriage record and don;t know Naomi;s maiden name, nor have I found any baptism records for the girls. I’d also like to know if there were other children in the family. This might help me as I try to trace my line back to the immigrant. If I figure it out, I certainly will let you know. I can follow my Hendershot line back to Michael born abt 1758 and I am wondering if he could have been a brother of Mary and Naomi. That is what got me looking at Cokefairs. If I determine this to be true, I’ll get back to you about more Cockefair information.

I’m glad to share any Hendershot information that I have, if it is of any interest to you.

Thanks for your help.

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