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The COCKERS of TONGA


For my fellow Cocker descendants.




THE DESCENDANTS OF JOSHUA AND ELIZABETH COCKER


Joshua Cocker


Elizabeth (Lobley) Cocker
With special thanks to cousin Jocelyn Jones Lui for her kindness in sharing these photos.


Joshua and Elizabeth Cocker had 6 children.


1. MARTHA ELIZABETH COCKER
Born 29 Mar 1817, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Baptised 27 May 1847, Wesleyan Centenary Chapel, Dewsbury.
Died 1848, Dewsbury, aged 18 months.
Buried 2 Oct 1848, Dewsbury.


2. BENJAMIN LOBLEY COCKER
Born 30 Apr 1849, West Town, Dewsbury.
Baptised 23 Aug 1849, Wesleyan Centenary Chapel, Dewsbury.
Emigrated with mother 1857-58 to Australia, thence with both parents to Tonga.  Trader and carpenter of Houma, Tatakamotonga, Mu’a and Nuku'alofa.
Married (i) Aselika (Amelia) Ngaki, Tongan, c.1873 at Kolovai; (ii) Mele, Samoan, c.1885 at Nuku'alofa.
Died Nuku'alofa 17 Sep 1932, pneumonia, aged 83.  Buried Telekava cemetery, 18 Sep 1932.


3. WILLIAM WALKER COCKER
Born 16 Oct 1853, Hailgate, Howden, East Yorkshire.
Emigrated with mother 1857-58 to Australia, thence with both parents to Tonga.  Trader of Nuku’alofa.  Made money.
Married (i) Siosi Fangupo, c.1868; (ii) Mary Ann Smith, c.1902
Died Nuku’alofa 30 May 1942, aged 89.
Buried Telekava cemetery, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


4. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH COCKER
Born 11 Dec 1860, Nuku’alofa (allegedly first white girl born there).
Married: 1879 Henry William August Riechelmann (born Hamburg, Germany, 20 Apr 1848, arrived Tonga 1876, general store keeper, ‘one of the most prosperous merchants in Tonga’, died 31 Aug 1940, buried Telekava cemetery, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa).
Died: 8 or 10 Jun 1947, aged 86.  Buried Telekava cemetery, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


5. JOSHUA COCKER
Born 11 Feb 1862, Nuku’alofa.
Trader and carpenter of Nuku’alofa and Kolofo’ou.
Married Jiosi’ana Uhi 25 Jan 1884, Nuku’alofa Wesleyan Church.
Died Nuku’alofa 25 Nov 1916 aged 54.
Buried Telekava cemetery, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


6. LOUISA COCKER
Born in Tonga.  Date unknown.
Died an infant or child of tetanus in Tonga.  Date unknown.
No surviving records of birth or death and no memories of her in Tonga, but included in list of children compiled in New Zealand c.1935.



Joshua Cocker

Elizabeth (Lobley) Cocker

Joshua and Elizabeth Cocker in later years. 




BENJAMIN LOBLEY COCKER

Son of Joshua and Elizabeth Cocker



Benjamin Lobley Cocker
With special thanks to cousin Jocelyn Jones Lui for her kindness in sharing this photo.


Benjamin Lobley Cocker married 1st Aselika Ngaki of Houma c.1873 and they had 5 children.  

Benjamin married 2nd Mele of Samoa c.1885 and they had 3 children.


1. WILLIAM (WILLY) COCKER.
Son of Benjamin Lobley and his 1st wife Aselika Ngaki of Houma.


2. MARY LOUISA (MELE LU'ISA) COCKER.
Daughter of Benjamin Lobley and his 1st wife Aselika Ngaki of Houma.

Mary Louisa Cocker married 1st George Charles Skudder and had 6 children.
(a) George Joshua Skudder.  Lived in Lapaha.  Married Mele Tonga Prescott of Nuku’alofa.  Eleven children.
(b) Charlotte Laura Skudder.  Married Jack Branscombe Protheroe.  Three children.
(c) Stanley Benjamin Skudder.  Married Mele Talia Tupou.  Five children.
(d) Ella Jane Skudder.  Married Shaw.

(e) Walter Alfred Skudder.  Had 1 child with Mele Ma'ulu.  Married Mele Tupoumatahiva Tonga. 

Mary Louisa Cocker had 3 children with Solomone Piutau Ahome'e of Ha'avakatolo.
(f) Alipate Ahome'e.  Married Ma’uhuni.  Eight children.
(g) Seluini Ahome'e.  Married Lisi.
(h) Ngaki Ahome'e.  Married Isileli Tupou Lausi’i.  Four children.

Mary Louisa Cocker had 1 child with Fakahafua of Lapaha.
(i) Vikatolia Cocker.  Married Kiti of Kolomotu'a.  3 children.

Mary Louisa Cocker married 2nd Paula Manatau Tafolo of Lapaha and had 2 children.
(j) Leafaitulangi Manatau.  Married Filisona.  Ten children.
(k) Kalauta Manatau.  Married Lesina.  Eight children.


Mary Louisa (Cocker) & George Charles Skudder
With special thanks to cousin Donna-Liza Piliu for her kindness in sharing this photo.


3. EDWARD (ETU) COCKER.
Son of Benjamin Lobley and his 1st wife Aselika Ngaki of Houma.

Born at Houma.  Trader of Houma and Tatakamotoga.  Buried Mu’a Tonga.

Edward Cocker married 1st Mele'ana Fisilaumali and had 6 children.
(a) Mary Cocker.
(b) Robert Cocker.  Planter of Vaini.  Married Kalolaine Lauaki and had 8 children.
(c) Benjamin Cocker.  Trader's Assistant.  Lived in Mua.  Married Lesieli Longani.
(d) David Cocker.
(e) Fred Cocker.
(f) Janie May Cocker.  Married Moss.  One child

Edward Cocker married 2nd Ana Pipiena of Fakakakai and had 3 children.
(g) Lotti Cocker.  Mu'a.  Married Vili Moa.
(h) Carl Cocker.  Married Ana Vesiliti and had 6 children.
(i) Edward Cocker.


4. JANE SEYMOUR (SEINI SIMOA) COCKER.
Daughter of Benjamin Lobley and his 1st wife Aselika Ngaki of Houma.

Jane Seymour Cocker married 1st Fred Watkins and had no children.

Jane Seymour Cocker had 1 child with Salesi Tu'ipulotu Kupu of Nuku'alofa.
(a) Taufa'ahau Kupu.

Jane Seymour Cocker married 2nd Viliami Manu Inukiha’angana of Lapaha and had 3 children.
(b) Ilaisaane Mele Saiatua Inukiha'angana.  Married Tevita Kautau Lavulo of Kolofoʻou.
(b) Sione Inukiha'angana.  Marred 1st Mele Latainiuʻui Poʻuli of Kolomotuʻa.  Married 2nd Mele Tupou Ma'u of Kolofoʻou.
(c) Palu Onelua Hotaia Inukiha'angana.  Married Osaiasi Tovi'ovelata Lavulo of Kolofoʻou.



Jane Seymour (Cocker) Inukihaʻangana

Sione Inukihaʻangana
Son of Jane Seymour (Cocker) Inukihaʻangana

5. ROBERT COCKER.
Son of Benjamin Lobley and his 1st wife Aselika Ngaki of Houma.

Robert Cocker married Mele Tu'ifonualava of Pangai, Ha'apai and had 2 children.
(a) Toatepi Cocker.  Married Ron Sundin of Auckland, New Zealand and had 3 children.
(b) Ema Louisa Tapululululu Cocker.  Married Solomone Aholotu Leka of Kolomotu'a and had 3 children.


6. GEORGE COCKER.
Son of Benjamin Lobley and his 2nd wife Mele of Samoa.

George Cocker married Kato of Niutoua and had 3 children.
(a) Mele Cocker.  Married Pohahau of Niutoua and had 8 children.
(b) Walter Cocker.  Married Meleane Tamale of Niutoua.
(c) Joseph Cocker.  Married Mele Vaiangina of Niutoua and had 9 children.


7. EMMA COCKER.
Daughter of Benjamin Lobley and his 2nd wife Mele of Samoa.

Emma Cocker married Steward and had 1 child.
(a) Simi Steward.


8. ALICE COCKER.
Daughter of Benjamin Lobley and his 2nd wife Mele of Samoa.

Alice Cocker married Taniela Tu’ipulotu Kama of Ma'ofanga and had 9 children.
(a) Tu’ipulotu.  Married 1st Louhina and had 1 child.  Married 2nd Lute and had 1 child.
(b) Felise (Filisi) Tu'ipulotu.  Married Lotolua.  USA. 
(c) Melekiate Tu'ipulotu.  Married Pauline.  USA. 
(d) Soakimi Tu'ipulotu.  Married Pesi.  USA. 
(e) Salote Lealofi Tu'ipulotu.  Married Sione Puli Moimoi. 
(f) Lopeti Tu'ipulotu.
(g) Toatepi Tu'ipulotu.  NZ.
(h) Tapu Tu'ipulotu. 
(i) Lisiate Tu'ipulotu.  Ma’ofanga.



WILLIAM WALKER COCKER

Son of Joshua and Elizabeth Cocker



William Walker Cocker
With special thanks to cousin Jocelyn Jones Lui for her kindness in sharing this photo.


William Walker Cocker married 1st Siosi Fangupo of Nga'unoho c.1868 and they had 1 child.  

William married 2nd Mary Ann Smith (Meleane Simiki) of Nuku'alofa c.1902 and they had 5 children.


1. JOHN WILLIAM COCKER.
Son of William Walker Cocker and his 1st wife Siosi Fangupo of Nga'unoho.

John William Cocker married 1st Alice Taylor and had 3 children.
(a) Violet Jiosi Tupou Cocker.
(b) William Henry Cocker.
(c) Emily Cocker.

John William Cocker had 1 child with Pauline Lisimoana of Kolomotu'a.
(d) Alipate Tupouniua.  13 children.  Nuku'alofa. 

John William Cocker married 2nd Salote Cakobau of Nuku'alofa and had 1 child.

(e) George Cocker.  Married Fijian.

John William Cocker married 3rd Latu of Houma and had 3 children. 
(f) North Cocker.
(g) Joyce Cocker.  Married Lulu Faupula. 
(h) David Cocker.  Married Hiva and had 10 children.  Nuku’alofa.


2. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH COCKER.
Daughter of William Walker Cocker and his 2nd wife Mary Ann Smith (Meleane Simiki) of Nuku'alofa.

Married John Trotter and had 2 children.  Auckland.


3. ARTHUR THOMAS REGGIE COCKER.
Son of William Walker Cocker and his 2nd wife Mary Ann Smith (Meleane Simiki) of Nuku'alofa.

Married Helen O’Connor and had 2 children.  Auckland.


4. MARY AGNES COCKER.
Daughter of William Walker Cocker and his 2nd wife Mary Ann Smith (Meleane Simiki) of Nuku'alofa.

Mary Agnes Cocker married 1st Alton Bodley and had 2 children.  

Mary Agnes Cocker married 2nd Jack Redwood.  Auckland.



Mary Agnes (Cocker) Bodley
With special thanks to cousin Victoria Bodley for her kindness in sharing this photo.


5. IVY COCKER.
Daughter of William Walker Cocker and his 2nd wife Mary Ann Smith (Meleane Simiki) of Nuku'alofa.

Died in Melbourne, Australia 1977.


6. RUBY FUANITA COCKER.
Daughter of William Walker Cocker and his 2nd wife Mary Ann Smith (Meleane Simiki) of Nuku'alofa.

Ruby Fuanita married Ken Green.  Melbourne. 




CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH COCKER

Daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Cocker



Elizabeth Charlotte (Cocker) Riechelmann
With special thanks to cousin Jocelyn Jones Lui for her kindness in sharing this photo.


Elizabeth Charlotte Cocker married Henry William August Riechelmann in 1879 and they had 10 children.


1. EMILY ELIZABETH RIECHELMANN.
Born Nuku’alofa.  Married Harold Derby Chatfield and had 1 daughter.  Buried Telekava Cemetery, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


2. MINNA SOPHIA RIECHELMANN.
Born Mu’a.  Married James L Yarnton and had 5 children.  Auckland.


3. CHARLOTTE (LOTTA) RIECHELMANN.
Married Richard Hahn and had 3 children.


4. LOUISA MARY RIECHELMANN.
Married Robert Glasford Mitchell Denny and had 3 children.


5. LILY WILHEMINA (LILLA, KALOLAINE LAUSI’I, LILI PAKINALE) RIECHELMANN.
Married William Carfield Bagnall Minister of Finance.  One adopted son.


6. HENRY WILLIAM AUGUST RIECHELMANN.
Married Ruby Florence Brahne and had 2 children.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.


7. GEORGE BENJAMIN RIECHELMANN.
Married Flora Brahne and had 3 children.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


8. CARL DANIEL RIECHELMANN.
Died 12 Nov 1918 (Tongan Flu Epidemic).  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


9. DAVID JOSHUA RIECHELMANN.
Married Isabella Parsons Cockayne and had 4 children.


10. FRANK ALAN FINAU RIECHELMANN.
Married Marjorie Bruce Mosman and had 2 children.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa. 



The Wedding of Emily Elizabeth Riechelmann and Harold Derby Chatfield.
From
left Lilla (#5), Lotta (#3), August Riechelmann, (seated) Elizabeth Lobley Cocker, Emily (#1) & Harold Chatfield, (seated) Charlotte Elizabeth Riechelmann, Minna (#2) and Louisa (#4).  
With special thanks to cousin Jocelyn Jones Lui for her kindness in sharing this photo.




JOSHUA COCKER

Son of Joshua and Elizabeth Cocker


Joshua & Siosiʻana (Uhi) Cocker


Joshua Cocker married Siosi’ana Uhi of Kolomotu'a in 1884 and they had 12 children.

 

1. CLARA ELIZABETH COCKER.
Married Alexander Donald Cameron Launceston Australia and had 8 children.



Clara Elizabeth Cocker
With special thanks to cousin Jocelyn Jones Lui for her kindness in sharing this photo.


2. JOSHUA ALBERT COCKER.
Married Sarah Hurrell Nuku’alofa and had 16 children.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


3. HENRY WILLIAM COCKER.
Married Irene Smith (Toa’ila Simiki) Nuku’alofa.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


4. JOSEPH NORTH COCKER.
Joseph married 1st Lu'isa Tupou Kafaloto Aleamotu’a 



Lu'isa Tupou Kafaloto (Aleamotu'a) Cocker.
With special thanks to cousin 'Anaseini Mahoni Tu'ipulotu for her kindness in sharing this photo.


Joseph North and Lu'isa Tupou Kafaloto Cocker had 3 children.
(a) Lily Fatafehiholeva Cocker.  Married Sosefo Filipine Mahoni of Ma'ofanga and had 16 children.
(b) Mo'ungahea Cocker.
(c) Violet Tu'ifua Lu'isa Tupoukafaloto Cocker.  Married Terira Huirama of Ngaruawahia and had 12 children.


Joseph married 2nd Riutoto of Ngaruawahia.


Joseph married 3rd Losa Tuku'aho of Auckland.



Joseph North and Losa (Tukuʻaho) Cocker


5. LUCY MARIA COCKER.
Married George Duncan and had 4 children.  NZ.


6. NAIMA ANNIE LILIKAKIHETAU COCKER.
2 children.


7. JANIE FANNY TOKIAʻIFALEMEI COCKER.
4 children.


8. EDWIN STANLEY COCKER.
Born 10 Jul 1900.  Married Kalolaine Rounds.


9. JAMES CECIL COCKER.
Married Alice Hekisuva Latu and had 8 children.  Nuku'alofa.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.



Standing center back James Cocker (#9) with family friends Fetutuki One'one left and Fa'afua right. 
Seated front left Janey Tokia'ifalemei Cocker (#7) and right Naima Annie Lilikakihetau Cocker (#6). 
The children: Seti?, Henry and Naima?. 


10. SIOSI’ANA EMALINE COCKER.
Married Knox and 2 children.  NZ.


11. DAVID CABUSH COCKER.
Born 4 Mar 1906.  Died 23 Mar 1906.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.


12. RODGER ALFRED SAMUEL COCKER.
Married Siesia (Jessie) Hiliate Latu and had 6 children.  Nuku’alofa.  Buried Telekava, Kolomotu’a, Nuku’alofa.



Rodger Alfred Samuel Cocker.
With special thanks to cousin Nella Tiana Billeci for her kindness in sharing this photo.




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