Which of Alexander's wives birthed his daughter Burnetta ?

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labama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969

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Name Mary Dean
Spouse Alexander Cook
Marriage Date 3 Oct 1830
County Blount
State Alabama
Performed By Title Justice of the Peace
Performed by Name John H Box
Source Information Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research
Household Members
Name Age
Alexander Cook  
Mary Dean

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Marriage is supposedly in 1812

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Name Alexander Cook
Gender Male
Spouse Name Lettice Cornelius
Spouse Birth Place SC
Spouse Birth Year 1797
Number Pages 1
Household Members
Name Age
Alexander Cook  
Lettice Cornelius  

Notes for Alexander Cooke:
Blount County, Alabama, Marriage Record, Mary S. Dean to Alexander Cooke,10-3-1830, signed by Joshua, K. Roberts.
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1855 Alabama State Census lists Alexander,2 males under age 21,2 males over age 21,2 females under 21;2 females over 21 and 4 slaves.
Alexander Cooke's Descendants:
I got to wondering about the children of Alexander Cooke that moved from Alabama to Texas in the early to mid 1850s. I reviewed what information I had about our ancestor's family to see what we knew and what we could interpret from that information.
Alexander had married a "Polly Unknown" while in South Carolina and she must have died, for he later married Lettice Cornelius in South Carolina. Lettice and Alexander had 3 children, Elizabeth, William and Mahaleth, between 1814 and 1816 while living in South Carolina. Their fourth child, Austin, was born in Tennessee as the family moved toward Alabama where they eventually settled down to farming in Blount County.Lettice and Alexander's next three children, Ausborn, Marinda, and Lucinda, were all born in Blount County, Alabama, between 1821 and 1824.Lettice died in Blount County, Alabama, in 1829 leaving seven children motherless; Elizabeth - 15, William - 14, Mahaleth - 13, Austin - 10,Ausborn - 8, Marinda - 5 and Lucinda - 4.
A year later in 1830, Alexander, now 39 years old, remarried for the third time. He married the 30 year old Mary S. Dean. No record can be found that shows that Mary had children prior to marrying Alexander. One Cooke researcher contends that Mary was the widowed younger sister of Lettice Cornelius, but I have not been able to substantiate that fact.
Alexander and Mary not only set in to raise Alexander and Lettice's seven children, but in the ten years between 1832 and 1842, have five children of their own, Dorcus, Nancy, Robert, Stephen and Lettice, to add to the growing family.
Mahaleth, when just 15, married William A. Robbins in 1831, eleven months after her father had remarried to Mary Dean. Next, William, by now 18 in 1833, married Martha Nancy Mullins soon after Dorcus was born to the Alexander and Mary Cooke family. Then the 21 year old Elizabeth married Henson D. Harbin in 1835 before Nancy was born to Alexander and Mary. Then the 19 year old Ausborn married Ara Dailey in 1841 after his half brothers, Robert and Stephen, were born into the ever changing Alexander and Mary Cooke family. The 17 year old Lucinda married Calloway Reid in 1842 about the time that Alexander and Mary's last child,Lettice, was born. Then in 1843, Marindia, 19, married Silas Reid, who was thought to be Calloway Reid's younger brother. Finally the last of Alexander and Lettice's children to marry was Austin, who at the ripe old age of 25 and probably not living under his father's roof, married Minerva Hardwood in 1844. All the marriages of the children of Alexander and Lettice took place in Blount County, Alabama.
Six years later, in 1850, the Census shows that the now 60 year old Alexander and his 50 year old wife, Mary, still have all their children,Dorcus - 18, Nancy - 14, Robert - 12, Stephen - 10 and Lettice - 8, all living at home. All of Alexander and Lettice's children have married and are on their own, although William, Austin and Ausborn are farming next to each other in

Blount County. Alexander has almost as many living offspring at this time as his father, Robert Fielding Cooke, had by his two wives. (You do remember that Robert and Susannah had 13 children and that 12 lived to produce grandchildren for Robert, don't you? And that Robert remarried to Sarah Sayers after his 73rd birthday and had another son, Jess Allen Cooke in 1825?)
Of Alexander and Mary's children, we know that the oldest, Dorcus,married first Leroy H. Hodges and then John H. Skelton in 1857 in Blount County when she was 21. Nancy, 20, married W. A. Earp in 1856 in Texas.Then Stephen, who was only 17, married a Lousia Unknown in 1857 in Blount County, Alabama. Next Robert, who was 21, married Sarah Skelton in 1859,who was thought to be John's younger sister. They also married in Blount County. And the last of Alexander and Mary's children, Lettice, married William G. Skelton, who may have been a younger brother to John and Sarah. We are not sure when or where Lettice married, but speculate that since her brother and sister married a Skelton in Blount County, she did, too.
Of Alexander and Lettice's children, only Elizabeth and Mahaleth made their home in Alabama and died there. William, Austin, Marinda, Lucinda and Ausborn all died in Texas. Of Alexander and Mary's children this is what we know or can infer from the records: Dorcus, was living in Alabama when Alexander died and she probably lived there all her life. Nancy had remarried to afellow by the name of Berry and the Blount County, Alabama, Probate Minutes 1872-1874, page 343 forward list her as a widow. She, too, probably lived out her life in Alabama returning there after her brief marriage to W. A. Earp in Texas. Robert Cooke died before 1872 and possibly in Arkansas, as his daughter Susanna, under 21, was listed as an heir of Alexander Cooke. Alexander and Mary Cooke's youngest son, Stephen, was in the Insane Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when Alexander's will was probated. He probably died there, given the conditions at insane asylums in those days. Lettice had died before her father did in 1872 as all her children were listed as being heirs to Alexander Cooke and all under 21 years of age.
I had believed that the Cooke clan had moved from Blount County, Alabama, in late 1854 or early 1855. But a re-examination of the records leads me to a different conclusion. Since all of Austin and Minerva Cooke's children were born inAlabama before 1851, that family may have been the first of the clan to move to Wood County, Texas, sometime between 1851 and 1855 when both Austin and Minerva died there.
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From "Descendents of Robert Cooke and Sarah Fielding" from Robert Kimbrough, kimbrb@owt.com -
"Alexander COOKE (Caai); b 19 May 1791, Culpeper Co., VA or Greenville Dist., SC; living in 1841. (sources: ms, bible of Richard F. Cooke, Mitchell.; Carson Family History, Carson; group sheet, Richard F. Cooke Bible)

From research by John Sawyer, San Angelo, TX:

July 21, 1998:
I have been doing some more research at the library in an attempt tosettle in my own mind the sequence of events that led to the migration ofthe Cooke clan members from Blount County, Alabama, to Wood County,Texas. I had said that I had first believed that the Cooke clan had moved to Texas in late 1854 or early 1855, but I realized that probably wasn't correct. I had read that Wood County was formed from part of Upshur County in 1855. Where ever I read that, it was wrong. Wood County was actually formed from part of Van Zant County in 1850.
An examination of the Tax Rolls for Wood County does lend some insight into what probably happened, as far as our Cookes are concerned. I had stated that William and Nancy Cooke's tenth child, William (Jr.) was born in Alabama in 1854 while the twins, Robert and Martha, were born in Texas in 1856. The 1853 Tax Rolls show that William Cooke was in Wood County and paid taxes on his two horses, which were valued at $100. It appears that Nancy stayed in Alabama until after William, Jr. was born, before following her husband to Texas.
And thus it appears that William, being the oldest of Alexander and Lettice Cooke's sons, was the first to move to Texas. The Wood County Tax Rolls for 1854 does show that both Austin and Ausborn Cooke had moved to Wood County early enough to be considered residents of the county for tax purposes that year. So I would speculate that they came in late 1853 as Ausborn and Ara's child James Austin was born in Texas in 1853.Ausborn and Austin were each assessed a State Tax of $0.50 and a County Tax of $0.25, but neither paid a Poll Tax. Neither Austin nor Ausborn owned any land, horses, cattle or slaves that were taxed. I don't know what they were taxed for, being seemingly poor and landless. Now, I find it curious that they didn't pay a Poll Tax, for the Poll Tax was not a tax paid to vote, as the name suggests, but a tax on each free, white,male resident of the State of Texas over 21 years of age. So, if they were both free, white and 21 (and now you know where THAT expression came from), as Austin would have been about 24 and Ausborn about 22, why didn't they pay a Poll Tax?
It's entirely possible that William blazed the trail, so to speak, to Texas early in 1853, since he had to pay taxes in Wood County, with Austin and Ausborn following late enough that year so they didn't pay taxes in Wood County for 1853. And it appears that William's wife, Nancy,followed after their son, William Jr., was born in Alabama.
I know from looking at the 1855 Tax Rolls, that Ausborn had bought 149 acres of land, on which he paid State and County Taxes, as well as paying his Poll Tax. I have to assume from this that while we believe that Ausborn died in 1855, it must have been late in the year or else his family paid the taxes after his death. I hardly think that the Tax Assessor - Collector would have collected the Poll Tax had he known that Ausborn was deceased, so I must speculate that Ausborn died late in the year, after the taxes were paid.
The 1856 Tax Rolls show that Ausborn Cooke (or his survivors) was assessed State and County taxes on the same land that he had owned the year before, but NO Poll Tax was asessed. I infer from this that Ausborn was deceased and that his widow, Ara, was holding the family together and the taxes were paid in his name, but being a female, she was not subject to the Poll Tax.
The Wood County Tax Rolls for 1855 and after makes no mention of Austin Cooke. I would speculate that both he and his wife Minerva really did die in 1855 as my earlier information showed and that because he had no land for his children to inherit, Austin's name was dropped from the Tax Rolls. I still think that the 1860 Census gives us a clear picture of Austin's children being raised by William Cooke's family and Lucinda Cooke Reid's family. William and Nancy raised Austin and Minerva's sons William and John while Lucinda and Calloway Reid raised Austin and Minerva's sons Ausborn Lafayette and Richard Fielding.
In 1855, William still had not purchased any land, but he did pay taxes on two horses, four cattle and one Negro slave. By 1856, William still had not purchased any land but did pay taxes on the two horses and one Negro slave but apparently didn't have any cattle left.
The Lucinda Cooke and Calloway Reid family finally show up in Wood County, Texas, in 1855, that being the first year that the Tax Rolls show that Calloway Reid owned 150 acres of land and paid State and County taxes of $1.43 plus his Poll Tax of $0.50. The 1856 Tax Rolls showed that Calloway owned the same land and paid the same taxes.
By 1857, the fortunes of both William Cooke and Calloway Reid had improved as both had bought farm land along the Sabine river. William had purchased 311 acres, valued at $1,000, still had one Negro slave valued at $1,000 and had two horses valued at $150. His Poll Tax was$0.50, State Tax was $3.74 and County Tax was $1.86 .
Calloway Reid now not only had the 150 acre farm valued at $400, but he also owned two horses valued at $80 and ten cattle valued at $100.Calloway paid his $0.50 Poll Tax as well as State Tax of $0.72 and a County Tax of $0.36 . I wonder why William's two horses were worth $150 while Calloway's were worth only $80?
There is no mention in the 1857 Tax Rolls of Wood County of the late Ausborn Cooke or his survivors. Having been told that Ara Dailey Cooke had remarried to a fellow by the name of Burns, I searched for that name in the 1857 Tax Rolls to see if I could find such a person. No luck. Yet I know that Ara stayed in Wood County after Ausborn's death raising their eight children. And sure enough, there in the 1858 Wood County Tax Rolls is Ara Cook(e) as being the owner of 40 acres of land on the Sabine river, which corresponded to the first 40 acre parcel that Ausborn had purchased in late 1854 or early 1855. The 40 acres was valued at $100,on which Ara paid $0.12 to the State and $0.12 to the County in taxes. And again the Poll Tax entry on the Rolls was lined out since she was not a free, white, male over 21.
I did not find Ara Cooke listed in any of the years following 1858 as owning land or paying taxes in Wood County, yet I know that she stayed there for she was counted along with her eight children by Ausborn in the 1860 Census. Times must have been hard on a widow in those years just before the Civil War and she obviously had to sell her farm to survive while raising her family alone. The Ausborn and Ara Cooke children started to drift away from their Wood County home shortly after that,with the 20 year old William Greenberry Cooke traveling to Wise County,Texas, where he married Alice Elizabeth Lewis in February, 1862. William Greenberry then enlisted in the Confederate States of America Infantry at Camp Brazos on April 10, 1862.
William Cooke and Calloway Reid continued to live in Wood County through 1860, as they both were listed on the Tax Rolls and William was elected County Commissioner in 1860 and 1861. I did not search those years after 1860 for the Cooke or Reid families in Wood County for I knew from previous searches that these families left Wood County by the time of the 1870 Census and had scattered deeper into the heartland of Texas.
I hope that what I have found in my research benefits us all with a better understanding of those occurrences in deep East Texas so many years ago that shaped the destinies of our ancestors and kin.
John L. Sawyer
(Notes forward by Willis Rodney Cooke, Starting December 21, 2003)
From the White Co., TN Ancestry Website this court record, dated November 15, 1809
James Cunningham )
vs: )
Alexander Cooke )

This day came the parties by their attornies and thereupon came a Jury of good and lawful men towit: Abraham Broyles, Robert G. Anderson, Joseph Neally, William Morrision, James Scott, Joseph Fleming, Adam Hafner, William Hayes, Philip Usry, Francis Pryor, Arthur Markum and David Miller who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths do say that the Defendant did assume in manner and form as the plaintiff against him in his declaration hath complained and the do assess the plaintiffs Damages to one hundred and sixty nine dollars and fifty cents besides all lawful costs - It is therefore the opinion of the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the Defendant in manner and form aforesaid assessed and the said Defendant in Mercy &/c.

From the White Co., TN Ancestry Website this court record, dated October 21, 1816

To Issd. ) Platt and certificate survey for

William White ) for 20 acres of land.

Was this day proven in open Court by the oath of Alexander Cooke and Joseph Shipman the subscribing Witness thereto and ordered to be recorded, let it be registered.

1850 Census, 17th Subdivision, Blount Co., AL
Family 657
Alexander Cooke 60 M Farmer 800 S. C.
Mary 50 F S. C.
Dorcus 18 F Ala
Nancy 16 F Ala
Robert 12 M Ala
Stephen 10 M Ala
Letty 8 F Ala

Census: Township13, Range 2 West, Blount Springs, Blount Co., Alabama
22 August 1870, Dwelling 41, Family 33, next door to son Stephen and family
Cook, Alexander 72 M W 1000 300 SC
Polly 65 F W Ala
Berry, Nancy 33 F W Domestic Servant Ten

Minutes of the Probate County of Blount County, for the February Term commencing Feb. 12th, 1877.

Alex Cooke, Decd. March 5th, 1877
And now on this day comes Jas. A. Dean, the admit. of the estate of Alex. Cooke, deceased, and presents to the Court his petition in writing and under oath, alleging that Said decedent in his lifetime, did advance property to Robert Cooke, who was then a Son of Said decd, to the value of eighty Six and 66/100 dollars, and that the value of Said advancement is not expressed in any conveyance within petitioners knowledge and that no charge for Said advancement has been made by Said decedent, that Said Robert Cooke departed this life intestate, prior to the death of Said Alex. Cooke. It is therefore Ordered, that Said application be placed on file for the inspection of all concerned and that the 7th day of April 1877, be Set for hearing Said application, and John M. Doyle, whom I hereby Appoint as admit. adliteus of the Estate of Said Robt. Cooke, decd, and who accepts such appointment, be duly notified of Said Application and (rest of text missing//John).

(JLS 8-29-1998)

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Minutes of the Probate County of Blount County, for the February Term commencing Mar. 12th, 1877.

Alex. Cooke, Decd. March 19th, 1877
And now on this day come James A. Dean, admit. Of the Estate of Alex. Cooke, decd. and presents to the Court in writing and under oath his accounts and vouchers for the final Settlement of his administration thereof; and also therewith produces and files his Statement in writing and under oath of the names, ages, residences and condition of the heirs (illegible word) distributies of Said Estate in form as required by law; it is thereupon ordered that Said Account, Vouchers, Evidences and Statement be placed on file for inspection of all concerned, and that the 14th day of April 1877, be set for examining and auditing Said Account and Vouchers, and that notice of the filing od Said Account and the day for set for Examining and Auditing the Same be given by publication for three Successive weeks in the "Bangor Broad Axe", a weekly newspaper published in Said county, notifying all persons interested in Said Settlement to be and appear in and before this court on Said 13th day of April 1877 and contest the same if they think proper. And it appearing to the Court that Susanah Cooke, interested in Said Settlement is a minor it is Ordered that Ed. N. Hood, be and he thereby is appointed guardian adliteus to represent and defend Said Minor in all matters pertaining to Said Settlement, and that he have due notice of his appointment and the day set for hearing.

(JLS 8-29-1998)

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Minutes of the Probate County of Blount County, for the April Term commencing April 19th, 1877.

Alex. Cooke, Decd April 14th, 1877
On this day comes James A. Dean the admint. of the Estate of Alex. Cooke, decd. and makes report of payment of the purchase money for the following described land, towit: NW ¼ of N/W ¼ & West ½ of NE¼ & NE ¼ of SE ¼ & SE ¼ of NE ¼ & NW ¼ of SE ¼ of Sec. 3 & SW ¼ of NW ¼ of Sec. 2 in T 14 & SW ¼ of SW ¼ of Sec. 34 in T 13 all in Range 2 West Sold to James A. Dean in accordance a decree of this Courtentered in this cause on the 9th day of May 1874. It is thereupon Ordered by the Court that Said report be accepted and recorded, and that C. H. Hamile be and is hereby appointed a Special Commissioner to make and convey title to Said land to Said James A. Dean, as the law prescribes.

Alex. Cooke, Decd April 14th, 1877
This being the day appointed for Examinating and Auditing the Account heretofore filed by James A. Dean, as the admit. of the Estate of Alex. Cooke, Decd. for the final Settlement thereof; now comes the Said admit. and moves the Court to proceed with Such Settlement And it appearing to the Court that due notice of the time and nature of Such Settlement has been given by publication for three Successive weeks at in the "Bangor Broad Axe" a newspaper in Said County, in strict accordance with law and order of this Court heretofore made in this cause, Mr. Ed. N. Wood, as guardian adliteus of the Estate of the heirs of Letty Skelton, decd., and John M. Doyle, as Special Admit. of the Estate of Austin Cooke, Ausborn Cooke, Robert Cooke & Eliza Harbin, decd., coming now and consenting to act as Such Guardian Adliteus and Special Aduit. Audit. Denying the correctness of Said Account and Each and Every item charged on the credit side thereof, and insistint that Strict proof be made of correctness on the Same, the Court proceeds to Examine and audit. Such Examination and from the Evidence in Support of the Same that Said Account and Vouchers are just, true and correct, it is Ordered and considered by the Court that Said Account and Vouchers as ststed by Said audit. Be and the Same is thereby passed and allowed and that Said Account be recorded.
It is further Ordered that William Cooke, have and recover of the Said admit. The sum of One and 92/100 dollars, being the balance of his distribution share of Said Estate,
It is further Ordered that Marinda Ried have and recover of the Said admit the sum of One and 92/100 dollars, being the balance in full of her distribution share of Said Estate,
It is further Ordered that Susanah Rice have and recover od Said admit. The sum of one and 92/100 dollars, being balance in full of her distribution share of Said Estate,
It is further Ordered that Alex, Richard and R. F. Cooke, have and recover Each, of Said admt. The sum of forty eight cents, being balance in full of their distribution share of Said Estate,
It is Ordered that Ed. N. Wood, as guardian adliteus of (blank space in record) Skelton the sum of fifty six and 27/100 dollars, the distribution share in full of Said Minors in Said Estate, for all which Sums let Execution issue,
It is futher Ordered that Lucinda Reid, Nancy Reid, Dorcas Hodges, Mahala Robbins, Eliza Harbin & Robert Cooke, having Each received the full amount of their distribution share of the Said Estate, that they receive nothing further on this Settlement.

(JLS 8-29-1998)

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Minutes of the Probate County of Blount County, for the April Term commencing April 19th, 1877.

Alex. Cooke, Decd April 14th, 1877
On this day comes James A. Dean the admint. of the Estate of Alex. Cooke, decd. and makes report of payment of the purchase money for the following described land, towit: NW ¼ of N/W ¼ & West ½ of NE¼ & NE ¼ of SE ¼ & SE ¼ of NE ¼ & NW ¼ of SE ¼ of Sec. 3 & SW ¼ of NW ¼ of Sec. 2 in T 14 & SW ¼ of SW ¼ of Sec. 34 in T 13 all in Range 2 West Sold to James A. Dean in accordance a decree of this Courtentered in this cause on the 9th day of May 1874. It is thereupon Ordered by the Court that Said report be accepted and recorded, and that C. H. Hamile be and is hereby appointed a Special Commissioner to make and convey title to Said land to Said James A. Dean, as the law prescribes.

Alex. Cooke, Decd April 14th, 1877
This being the day appointed for Examinating and Auditing the Account heretofore filed by James A. Dean, as the admit. of the Estate of Alex. Cooke, Decd. for the final Settlement thereof; now comes the Said admit. and moves the Court to proceed with Such Settlement And it appearing to the Court that due notice of the time and nature of Such Settlement has been given by publication for three Successive weeks at in the "Bangor Broad Axe" a newspaper in Said County, in strict accordance with law and order of this Court heretofore made in this cause, Mr. Ed. N. Wood, as guardian adliteus of the Estate of the heirs of Letty Skelton, decd., and John M. Doyle, as Special Admit. of the Estate of Austin Cooke, Ausborn Cooke, Robert Cooke & Eliza Harbin, decd., coming now and consenting to act as Such Guardian Adliteus and Special Aduit. Audit. Denying the correctness of Said Account and Each and Every item charged on the credit side thereof, and insistint that Strict proof be made of correctness on the Same, the Court proceeds to Examine and audit. Such Examination and from the Evidence in Support of the Same that Said Account and Vouchers are just, true and correct, it is Ordered and considered by the Court that Said Account and Vouchers as ststed by Said audit. Be and the Same is thereby passed and allowed and that Said Account be recorded.
It is further Ordered that William Cooke, have and recover of the Said admit. The sum of One and 92/100 dollars, being the balance of his distribution share of Said Estate,
It is further Ordered that Marinda Ried have and recover of the Said admit the sum of One and 92/100 dollars, being the balance in full of her distribution share of Said Estate,
It is further Ordered that Susanah Rice have and recover od Said admit. The sum of one and 92/100 dollars, being balance in full of her distribution share of Said Estate,
It is further Ordered that Alex, Richard and R. F. Cooke, have and recover Each, of Said admt. The sum of forty eight cents, being balance in full of their distribution share of Said Estate,
It is Ordered that Ed. N. Wood, as guardian adliteus of (blank space in record) Skelton the sum of fifty six and 27/100 dollars, the distribution share in full of Said Minors in Said Estate, for all which Sums let Execution issue,
It is futher Ordered that Lucinda Reid, Nancy Reid, Dorcas Hodges, Mahala Robbins, Eliza Harbin & Robert Cooke, having Each received the full amount of their distribution share of the Said Estate, that they receive nothing further on this Settlement.

(JLS 8-29-1998)

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Abstracted from Minutes of the Probate County of Blount County:

Robert Cooke, deceased pgs. 578 - 579 Alexander Cooke, the father of Robert is appointed administrator of estate. He makes bond to court and S. Cooke and Griffin Mars are securities 6/25/1866. Small inventory given pg. 579. 1866 - 1872 Book pg. 11 A repeat of the above but no inventory listed. 1874 - 1878 Bk pgs. 336, 347
Alexander Cooke, deceased, James A. Dean, administrator 3/5/1877
Susanah Cook, a minor heir 3/19/1877 pg. 347
Heirs listed pg. 356-7 4/14/1877
William Cooke
Marinda Reid
Susanah Rice
Alex Richard Cook (?)
R. F. Cooke or R.T. (?)
Letty Skelton, deceased, heirs of (Ed N. Wood-guardian)
Lucinda Reid
Nancy Reid
Dorcus Hodges
Mahala Robins
Eliza Harbin
Robert Cooke
Austin Cooke
Ausborn Cooke, deceased, heirs

Page 370 also lists
Leroy Hodges
William Robins
Stephen Cook

Alexander Cooke 1872 - 1874
pages 341 - 343 2/9/1874
Contains legal description of Alexander Cooke property and had best list of heirs:
William Cook, William E. Cook, George A. Cook, Robert J. Cook, James A Cook all reside at Springville, Texas. A. L. Cook, John R. Cook and Susanah Rice, Alvarado Texas. Lucinda Reid, Elizabeth Harbin and Nancy Berry all three widows lives at Springville, Texas. Darcus Hodge wife of Leroy Hodges resides Eleyton, Alabama. Mah Robbins wife of William Robbins reside in Jefferson County, Alabama. Susanah Cooke under 21 yrs old resides in Arkansas (post office unknown) and heir of Lettah (?) Skelton, deceased. They are James Skelton, William A. Skelton, Robert F. Skelton all under 21 years old ( residence unknown) and Stephen Cooke of unsound mind & in the insane hospital in Tuscaloo Alabama.

(JLS 8-29-1998)
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allenriverford Cooke Family: Thanks for your great insights...John Oliver Cooke is one of my great grandfather's living in Sawdust Maury County TN. His estate consited of over 1,000 acres and the Cooke Grave Yard has many graves and monumnets. Located on James Gray Robinson Road....The land has a magnificant view towards the Natchez Trace. Near by town Williamsport about 2 miles...John Allen

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Willis Cooke Cooke Family: I think I have found a few errors in your data. William Cooke had no middle name as far as I have found. He did have a younger brother named Austin who moved to Texas with William, but died in 1855 along with his wife Minerva and brother Ausborn. Cause and exact dates are unknown to me, but Cholera was epidemic throughout the westward migration path. William Cooke's wife was named Martha Nancy Mullings. There son was William M. Cooke. I have not seen a middle name spelled out, but it was not Harold. William M. Cooke and Christine Hallonquist were parents of William V. Cooke. I have been told that his son was called Harold, but I see it on the census as Harrell. I don't know which is correct. Lucinda Cooke married Silas Reid or Reed who was brother to William Calloway Reid or Reed. Silas and Lucinda lived their lives in Blount County while William Calloway and Marinda Cooke moved to Wood County Texas along with another brother Rial Reid/Reed. Rial and Calloway both died during the Civil War. I don't know the exact date or cause of death. William Cooke raised Austin's sons William b. 1845 and Richard b. 1852. Calloway and Marinda raised Osburn/Ausborn, b. 1847 and John, b. 1849. The 1860 census shows Calloway Reid with wife Lucinda but a closer look at the original photo copy looks to me like Lomeda. I have seen her complete name as Ann Marinda Lomeda Cooke Reid in a public tree. It makes sense, but I have not found an original source to confirm this name. I hope this helps.

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WillJames56 Cooke Family Names in East Texas: Hello Willis Cooke, I am not sure that all of these comments are for me or if they are for the original submitter of this story. I would certainly and logically consider that you would have more information available to you, being a Cooke. I am not at all positive about all of my wife's Cooke family relations, but I may have some basis for these middle names for the various Williams that you speak of. I have been able to find free death certificates on the Family Search Mormon site and have downloaded several of those to individuals. Certainly there may be an error here, but you would think that the majority of these are filled out with information provided by sons, daughters and spouses, who seemingly would have correct responses and accurate names. Here are 4 generations listed beginning with WA Cooke. Most die in Rains County, Texas or nearby in East Texas. The only middle name unsupported is William Austin Cooke, and there are several trees that I have connected with that use that name as well. Check my tree on these 3 with death certificates, and I think you can agree that they are all connected. Not all list middle names, but do list each other. 4 Generations William Austin Cooke (1815-1876) William Howard Cooke (1854-1931)death certificate Irving Aaron Cooke (1885-1964) death certificate William Howard Cooke (1912-1975) death certificate Feel free to contact me with any additional information or corrections. Will James

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WillJames56 typo: That's Irvin Aaron Cooke, not Irving

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