Established 1797, named in honor of SENATOR WILLIAM COCKE (1796, 1797, 1799 to 1805)
An officer of the Revolutionary Army; one of the leaders of the State of Franklin and member of the Legislature of the Territory South of the Ohio River.
One of the original 13 colonies, named reportedly for England's Charles II. Virginia Dare, first child born of white parents on the North American Continent, was born in the "lost colony", August 18, 1587. The first permanent settlement was made at mouth of Cape Fear River in 1660.