This is a family that begins with Abraham Cooke, an apparent immigrant to Old Rappahannock County, Virginia who first appears there in 1684.
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Papers on each generation of my own Cook line:
- Abraham Cooke (c1660 – 1720s) of Old Rappahannock, New Kent, and Hanover counties. This includes a discussion of the evidence for identifying his likely children. For a discussion of the identity of his wife see the McAllister paper below.
- Benjamin Cook (1690s – 1759/60) a possible son of Abraham Cooke who lived in Hanover (later Louisa) County, Virginia and who had two known sons, William and Benjamin.
- William Cook (c1730 – 1801) of Louisa and Charlotte County, Virginia and later of Surry County, North Carolina. This paper includes discussion of his eleven children and his wife Keziah Burch.
- Samuel Cook (12 September 1774 – 13 July 1828) of Surry County, North Carolina and Jones County, Georgia including identification of his two wives, Elizabeth Hendrick and Sarah Jull, and his large family.
- Asa Barrett Cook (28 January 1806 – 6 December 1848) of various Georgia counties and Titus County, Texas. For the details of his divorce from his wife Elizabeth W. Ivey, see paper below.
- Andrew Barney Cook (3 April 1836 – 19 November 1902) of Titus County, Texas, founder of the town of Cookville, and husband of Sarah Gray Rountree. (My great-great-great-grandfather)
Supplemental information about my Cook Ancestors:
- The old Samuel Cook Family Cemetery in Clinton, Georgia
- Summary of the Asa Barret Cook divorce case in 1846, including depositions given to the Upson County, Georgia Superior Court.
- The story of the Titus County, Texas Cook brothers in the Civil War
- A brief history of Cookville, Texas — founded by my great-great-great-grandfather Andrew Barney Cook
Some Miscellaneous Cook Files:
- The Cook-McAllister Connection – a paper summarizing the possible nature of the connection between Abraham Cooke and his mother-in-law Hannah McAllister
- David Cook’s letters written in 1816 from Barren County, Kentucky to his mother and brother-in-law in Surry County, which briefly mention several of his siblings.
- William Nichols Cook (c1730 – c1810): A paper on a neighbor and contemporary of William Cook in Surry County, North Carolina whose children have been widely confused with William Cook’s children.
- John Cook (c1755 – 1804) who may have been the eldest son of William Nichols Cook.
- Some notes on several other William Cooks in 18th century Surry County
- A list of all Cooks in the Surry County, North Carolina Tax Lists from 1767-1821
- Cooks in the Surry County Censuses of 1786, 1790, 1800, and 1810.