Dr. Samuel J. Cockrell, Masseur (b. 1857) Mississippi

According to information on ancestry.com, Samuel Jefferson Cockrell was born June 1857 in Mississippi to Cynthia Henderson and Griffin Cockrell. He married Malinda Caroline Mitchell in Clay County, Mississippi in 1878.

The 1910 census shows the couple living in San Saba, Texas and by 1920, the census shows the doctor and his wife living in Comanche. I’m not sure exactly when the following business card was  printed, but it advertises Cockrell as a masseur, and he appears to be wearing a WWI uniform. The plane on the back of the card seems to indicate that era as well.



Malinda Caroline Mitchell

Malinda Caroline Mitchell

S.J. Cockrell and Malinda are buried in the White Point Cemetery in Comanche County.


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Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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