Appendix 1: Kokernots' Ancient Origins

DNA evidence places David Kokernot's male line ancestors in the Middle East some ten to twenty millenia ago and in the Poland-Ukraine border region four to five hundred years ago.

Appendix 2: David and Caroline's Children

One died at twenty-four, another in her ninety-eighth year. One was desperately poor, two others were among the wealthiest ranchers of their day. David and Caroline’s children fit no mold. It is difficult to infer anything about the parents from the fates of their children. Nevertheless, I devote a few pages to each of the nine children.

Read an extract covering Julia Ann Kokernot's life.

Appendix 3: Birth of the O6 Ranch

By the early 1880s, David Kokernot's cattle herd in Gonzales County, carrying the "LK" brand, amounted to only 250 head or so, all managed by his son John. John and his brother, L. M., were eager to expand their own cattle operations but had simply run out of space in Gonzales and surrounding counties. They found their ideal location four hundred miles west, beyond the Pecos River, in remote Presidio County. Together with some other local investors, they accumulated land there and shipped several thousand cattle there by rail in the summer of 1883. Among the cattle were some that bore the "O6" brand as well as others carrying "LK," the last of David Kokernot's cattle. This account details the very earliest years of the O6 Ranch, before it grew to cover a half million acres in the twentieth century.

Appendix 4: Kokernots in the Crescent City

The Kokernot family in New Orleans remained devoutly Jewish and mercantile. David’s widowed mother remarried and was widowed again before moving to New York City in 1839. His brother Louis raised a large family, but only one child, a daughter, left him grandchildren. Commercial setbacks and bankruptcies dogged all parts of the family in the years before the Civil War. Louis and Nancy separated, and after their deaths the four surviving children remaining in New Orleans lived together, unmarried. While they weren't poverty stricken, they nevertheless lived "with very little of this world's goods," as one wrote to David Kokernot in 1890. When the last of them died in 1913, the Kokernot name was extinguished in New Orleans.

Appendix 5: David Kokernot's Reminiscences

In 1878 while running for county commissioner, David Kokernot's local newspaper, The Gonzales Weekly Inquirer, published five of his letters, in which he recounted his most cherished stories of his life through the Texas Revolution, the details of which had grown more dramatic over the decades. They are reproduced here without editing or comment.


David Reminisces
War Again!
To the Waters of Peach Creek
Tories Strike Back
Tory Chase
David and Caroline Kokernot's Children
Finest Looking Man I Ever Saw
Well Nigh Dead
Barbarous Strife and Drunken Debauch
"I Came to the United States with My Father"
"I Was Born in the City of Amsterdam"
Who Was David Kokernot and Why Should You Know Him?
The Author