Sunday, December 7, 2008

Zilpha Emeline Cockrell Cofield

Zilpha Cofield was born February 14, 1852 in Randolph County, Alabama and died November 3, 1900 in Marion County, Alabama.

An account of Zilpha's death appeared in a newspaper dated November 15, 1900.

"On the evening of November 3, 1900, the death angel visited the home of our friend S. L. Cofield, near Cockrell, Alabama, and snatched from it the beloved wife and mother, Zilpha Cofield, who was about 47 years and 8 months old. She leaves a husband and three children. Her remains were deposited in the Shady Grove Cemetery. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J.R. Holladay. Our prayers go out to the bereaved family."

Note that the community where the Cofields lived was called Cockrell, after the Cockrells who settled the area. A post office was established at Cockrell in 1893 but discontinued in 1905.

Shady Grove was apparently the name of the cemetery that is now referred to as the Cockrell-Cofield Cemetery. The cemetery has no sign, and my husband and I were driving around looking for it one day without success. Finally, we stopped at a small country store, and I went in to ask for directions. No one seemed to know anything about a Cockrell-Cofield cemetery until an elderly gentleman indicated that I should follow him in his truck. Follow we did, otherwise we would never have found it.

Wish I had a picture of Zilpha!

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