Subject: Re: Cook-POWG-2|
From: Anna Penny
Date: December 28, 1999
Sorry, I see when he was born now. Anna Penny
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COOK, GEORGE. 1765-1815 TELFAIR
> George Cook was born in North Carolina about 1765. He died at his home in
> Jefferson County, Georgia, about 1815. His wife was Jane Ashley, born
> 1768 in North Carolina, daughter of Nathaniel Ashley (Vol.11). To them
> born six known children (order of birth not certain), viz:
> 1. Hugh b. 17--, m. Molsey Parker, Jan. 10, 1830. Died 1833.
> 2. Eliza C. b. 17--, m. Julius Alford.
> 3. William b. 17--, died single In N. C., 1827.
> 4. Louisa Jane b. 17--, m. Josiah Rodgers.
> 5. Mary b. 1800, m. John J. Twiggs.
> 6. Margaret b. 1804, m. George Paulk, May 14, 1835 (Vol-lll).
> Nathaniel Ashley was the administrator on the George Cook estate in
> Jefferson County, and the administration was transferred to Telfair County
> in 1830, where the administrator having wound up the administration, was
> dismissed March 1831. Mrs. Jane Cook, widow, drew land in the 1827 Georgia
> land lottery, resident of Telfair county at the time. She receipted the
> administrator March 19, 1829, for $10,000 in full for her part of her
> husband's estate and shortly after married Francis H. Cone. Receipts from
> the children named above are also on record in Telfair Court of Ordinary.
> COOK, JOHN JASPER 1839-1815 BERRIEN
> John Jasper Cook was born in Wilkinson County, Georgia June 13, 1839, a
> of Elijah Cook (Vol.111). He was married October 9, 1865 to Lucretia
> Sirmans, born August 20, 1838, a daughter of James Sirmans (Vol.IV). They
> had six children:
> 1. Milvinia b. 8/9/1866, m. Barney B. Chism, 11/25/1883.
> 2. Charlotte b. 9/23/1867, m. William Jack Boyett, 8/27/1882.
> 3. Aaron b. 6/23/1868, m. Nancy Baldree, dau. of Wm.
> 4. Sarah b. 10/23/1872, m. James Hall, 12/23/1887, son of Edmund Hall.
> 5. James Melvin b. 5/3/1874, m. 1) Cora M. Knight, 2/5/1899, 2) Mrs. Maude
> McKinnon Vickers.
> 6. Mary Helen b. 2/20/1876, m. Orville A. Knight.
> John Jasper Cook enlisted in March of 1862, at Nashville in Company "I",
> 50th Georgia Regiment. He obtained sick furlough in January of 1865, and
> was at home at the surrender. He bought his parents homeplace in 1865
> his son, J.M. Cook, later lived. He lived there until his death about
> His wife, Lucretia, died January 11, 1917.
> COOK, AARON A. 1868-1946 BERRIEN
> Aaron A. Cook was born in Berrien County, Georgia June 23, 1868, the son
> John Jasper Cook (Vbl.VIII) and Lucretia Sirmans, the daughter of James
> Sirmans (Vol.IV). Aaron was married on December 11, 1887 to Nancy Roseada
> Baldree, born in Berrien County on September 18, 1868. She was the
> of William A. Baldree and Lucinda Boyd. She died on December 9, 1951. To
> Aaron and Nancy were born:
> 1. Lillie Victoria b. 11/30/1888, m. Raymond Bostick.
> 2. William Marcus b. 9/18/1890, m. Carrie Knight, dau. of Aaron
> 3. Lucious Perry b. 1/4/1894, m. 1) Susie Mae Beaton, 2) Lois Stansel.
> 4. Lona Belle b. 11/4/1895, m. 1) Bud Smith. 2) John A. "Teat" Burkhalter
> 5. John Plimp b. 2/12/1898, m. Myrtle Fender, dau. of Mathew.
> 6. Verdie Lee b. 9/25/1900, m. Henry Rogers, son of Perry.
> 7. Lawson Howard b. 9/14/1903, m. 1) Lavrayne Fender, dau. of Tucker. 2)
> Myra Giddens, dau. of Joseph.
> 8. Isaac Clayton b. 12/5/1906, m. Mattie Elma Sirmans, dau. of John H.
> 9. Aaron Henry Littles b. 7/10/1909, m. Vera Giddens, dau. of Henry.
> 10. Essie Pearl b. 10/ 11/ 1912, m. 1) James Arthur Walls, son of James.
> 2) Jay Mitchel Sirmans, son of Jay.
> 11. Rosie Esther b. 3/30/1915, m. never married.
> Mr. Cook had another son, John Virgil Cook. He was born February 17, 1890
> and died August 17, 1977. John Virgil was raised by his paternal
> grandparents Jasper and Lucretia Cook and married Vertie Arnetta Mattox.
> His mother was Sarah Malissa Baldree.
> Aaron and Nancy Cook were members of Empire Primitive Baptist Church, and
> are buried in Empire Cemetery with graves marked. Mr. Cook was a farmer
> a carpenter. He served in the Spanish-American War. He was a Veteran of
> Foreign Wars, Valdosta, Georgia. He lived in Berrien (later Lanier)
> Georgia all of his life.
> COOK, BENJAMIN T. 1842-ca.1924 BERRIEN
> Benjamin T. Cook was born in Georgia in February of 1842, the son of John
> Cook and Martha Knight, who were married December 5, 1841 in Wilkinson
> County, Georgia. Ben and his parents are listed in the 1850 census of
> Wilkinson County, Georgia and in the 1860 Baldwin County, Georgia census.
> After his service in the Confederate Army, Ben married Samantha Jane
> on December 14, 1865, in Berrien County. Jane was the daughter of William
> Jackson Taylor and his wife, Samantha Jane Rogers. Jane was born about
> in South Carolina.
> The children of Benjamin and Jane Taylor Cook were:
> 1. William Jackson b. 3/13/1867, m. 1) Annie Laura Mathis,
> d. 2/1/1951. 9/25/1887, Berrien Co,
> b. 4/17/1871, d. 10/7/1910, 2) Nancy Barker, 3) Carrie E. Sullivan,
> b. 10/ 19/1878, d. 11/20/1942.
> 2. Frances "Fannie" b. 1868, m. "Bud" Benefield.
> 3. Mary b. ca. 1871.
> 4. Henry b. ca. 1875, m. Fannie Giddens.
> 5. James Lewis b. 2/7/1876, m. Elizabeth Virginia "Lizzie"
> d. 5/31/1945. Duren, 8/24/1899, Berrien Co. b. 4/13/1879, d. 8/28/1942.
> 6. Elijah "Lige" b. ca. 1883, m. Eva Studstill, 2/9/1905.
> 7. Martha b. ca. 1884, m. Charlie Tucker.
> Jane Taylor Cook died on June 7, 1888. Ben married his second wife,
> "Sis" Stone, about 1889. Arrilla was born in March of 1867. According to
> the 1910 Berrien County Census, they had been married 20 years and were
> parents of 7 children, six of whom were still living in 1910:
> 8. David b. 6/22/1891, m. Lou Annie Gray. d. 4/1/1957.
> 9. Elizabeth b. 9/??/ 1894.
> 10. Nancy b. 10/??/ 1897, m. Isaac Gray.
> 11. Leonard b. 2/??/ 1899, moved to Alabama.
> 12. William Harrison b. 11/13/1902, m. Mineola Smith, b. 3/10/1904. d.
> 13. Celia Samantha b. 6/5/1907, m. Eddie Gray, I I / I 1/ 1922.
> Benjamin T. Cook applied for a Confederate Veteran's pension in 1920. His
> claim reported that he had enlisted May 1, 1862, at Macon, Georgia with
> Company "A", Ist Confederate Georgia Regiment. He was a resident of
> County at the time. He was captured November 23, 1864, at Milledgeville,
> Georgia and held as a prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland until his
> June 10, 1865. He was one of the fortunate few to survive the terrible
> conditions at that cruel prison camp.
> Ben's physical description, listed on his Oath of Allegiance, describes
> as being a resident of Milledgeville, Georgia, of florid complexion, dark
> brown hair, hazel eyes, and 5 ft. 3 3/4 inches tall. Ben's application for
> a pension was accepted, and he was awarded $6.00 a month.
> Family members who remember Ben recall a man with a temper, who enjoyed
> family get-togethers, such as barbecues. He walked with a limp, which was
> the result of his breaking his leg when he fell from a barn roof. He
> rebroke it before it healed, thus the limp.
> Ben died at his home in the 10th district of the newly formed Lanier
> sometime in the early part of 1924. He is buried between his two wives at
> Empire Cemetery. His home still stands as a reminder of the industrious
> who came to Berrien County and made a home for himself and his large
> after the Civil War.
> Sources: Tombstones Empire Cemetery; Georgia census records 1850 Wilkinson
> County, 1860 Baldwin County, 1870-1910 Berrien County; Interviews with
> grandchildren of Ben and Jane Cook; Pension Records from Georgia Archives;
> Berrien County and Wilkinson County marriages records; Interview with
> Samantha Cook and her sister-in-law, Mineola Smith Cook, at their home on
> October 13, 1990; Cook family Bibles.
> Contributed by: Linda Ward Meadows of Adel, Georgia, great-great
> granddaughter of Benjamin T. and Samantha Jane Taylor Cook.
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