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NOTE !! This is a compilation of information only, and the reader must allow for errors. Because of past courthouse burnings, a large majority of coker information comes only from stories handed down through families and acquaintances. This genealogy is meant to be used simply as a guide. For additional information on the Cokers, look at the book on Marion County, AR families at the Marion County library.

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CATHERINE "KATIE" COKER, dau. of Buck Coker

born abt 1791, Burke Co., NC

died December 1856, Marion Co., AR

married Girard Leiper BROWN abt 1812 in Knox Co., TN

S.C. Turnbo wrote, in his article "A Part of an Account of the Coker Family Biographical and Historical," about Katie and Girard:

Katie daughter of Buck Coker married Girard Leiper Brown who was killed on the Arkansas River. Their off springs were Tom, Alex, Robert, Becca, and Catherine. The latter married Tom Magness son of Joe Magness after the death of Magness she married Pew [Pugh] C. Anderson and she died leaving little Tommy Anderson who was reared by his aunt Becca who lived at the mouth of Becca's Branch on White River just below the mouth of Trimbles Creek. Little Tommy was a school mate of the writer in 1854. He died in 1867 and is buried in the graveyard opposite the Panther Bottom. Katie the widow of Girard Leiper Brown died in the same house that stood at the foot of the bluff as mentioned where her son Tom Brown died.

Katie is buried in the Allin Trimble Cemetery in Marion Co., AR. [Allin Trimble was Catherine's nephew.] Catherine is last seen living in her son Thomas' 1850 Marion Co., AR household. In 1850, she was 59 years old.


1. REBECCA BROWN (never married), born abt 1813 in Alabama. Is listed in the 1850 Marion Co., AR household No. 132, Thomas A. Brown.

2. CATHERINE BROWN, probably born between 1814-1818 in Alabama, married (1) Tom MAGNESS, (2) Pew/Pugh C. ANDERSON. Child: Tommy Anderson, born abt 1848 (who was raised by his Aunt Rebecca) and died abt 1867, Marion Co., AR. Catherine Brown apparently died between 1848 and 1850. S.C. Turnbo wrote the following in his article, "The Old Pioneer Joe Magness and His Family":

Tom [Magness] married Catherine Brown daughter of Tom and Katie (Coker) Brown. He died shortly after their marriage and was buried in the same grave yard [on his father Joe Magness' land]. A year or more after the death of Tom Katie his widow married Pew C. Anderson. She lived only a short time and while on her death bed she ask[ed] Mr. Anderson if he would permit her body to be buried at the side of her first husband and her wish was strictly carried out as she desired.

3. THOMAS A. BROWN, born abt 1819 Alabama, married Sarah COKER, dau. of William Coker, Jr. Known children: Loduska/Lucinda, Mary Ann, Samantha/Anamissta, and William L.



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