Seeking: Parents for John Cook, b 1804/05 d 1892

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Known Information on the John Cook for whom we seek parentage:

=> Inconsistency on various New York State & US Federal Census records,  Some cite birth state as Connecticut, others as Massachusetts, and others, New York State.  These are not for other John Cook's as they are for the same family members  (spouse & children)

=> Per census records, b 1804/05; Per gravestone, d 1892  However, note: gravestone has b as 1798 - It is indeed the gravestone of our ancestor & it is of a style of more recent times.  We think the birth information on the stone is erroneous.  Burial: Layton Cemetery, Kirkwood, Broome County, New York, USA

=> Resided - Kirkwood, Broome County, NY.  First purchase of land is 1832 in Kirkwood (then known as Conklin as Kirkwood was formed from Conklin in 1850) .  He continued residency there throughout remainder of his life. Per New York State 1855,  resided in the county for 27 years & he is 50 years of age - putting him in the county in 1828.  Occupancy cited : Farmer  

=> Spouse: Martha Darling Baxter Cook, b Sept 14. 1814  d Feb 26 1902.  Burial: Kirkwood Cemetery, Kirkwood, Broome County, New York, USA.  Per her parents Bible (Stephen and Nancy (Couch) Baxter, married John Cook Dec 31, 1829.

=> Children, all born Kirkwood, NY

      1) Martha b 1832/1833  d Jul 9 1862  spouse: Franklin Colwell (all obtained from her  gravestone Burial: Beside her mother's stone in Kirkwood Cemetery

      2) Sarah b 1835/1836 d unknown spouse: William J Williams  (determined via census recrods).  Had one child, Owen who died young.  Sarah never remarried.

      3) Weltha/Wealthy b 1837/1838/1840 d 1933 Buried Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, NY   Spouse: Benjamin Franklin Wardwell (from 1865 New York State Census & their children's names appearing in land deed civil actions - Note neither Wealthy nor Franklin are listed, we assume they both must be deceased).  Census records when a child list her as Wealthy.  As adult, she appears as Weltha & her gravestone has Weltha.  Census Records 1865 NYS Census listed husband as Franklin.  From Weltha's gravestone & their daughter Martha Ella's gravestones, his name is listed as Benj F Wardwell, giving us his first name as Benjamin.  Weltha's & and Franklin's children were

            3-A> Martha Ella b 1860 d 1933 from gravestone in Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, NY in same plot as her mother is buried  Spouse: Fredrick O'Brien (Martha appears in 1865 census as Ella daughter of Weltha & Franklin, also as Ella O'Brien in 1902 land records, as Martha E O'Brien on later land records, & as Martha E on her gravestone citing her as daugther of Benj F Wardwell - so these are all the same person).  
           3-B> John b? d?
           3-C> Lellien/Lillian

     4) Oliver b 1840/1841 d 1925  Spouse: Charity D Owen (went by Charrie, she seems likely to be named after one of Martha's sister Charity who also went by Charrie)  Marriage September 8, 1887 in Hume, Edgar County, Illimois, Charrie D, daughter of Philander R. & Amelia S. (Baxter) Owen.  Amelia Baxter is one of Martha Darling Baxter's sisters, so marriage was between first cousins.  From Broome County Historical Society holdings, Oliver is listed as being in the military in 1862 &  1864 - so participated in the US Civil War - but currently we do not know with which company.  Per being listed in the 1902 land civil action records & subsequent other findings, we know he survived the war.  So far, we have found they had two daughters, Ruth, born 1888, & Lucy born, 1893.  Family was living in Paris Township, Edgar County, Illimois (per 1900, 1910, & 1920 US Census records).  On 1920 census, Lucy is listed along with her spouse, Leonard Mcfarland, as living with her parents.  Both Lucy and Leonard are listed as being 26 years old.  Found a death record for a Lucy McFarland for Paris, Illinois - not yet verified but seems likely to be her - lists birth as Feb 5, 1893; death as May 1, 1968

     5) Lucy J  b 1843/1844/1845   d 1919  Burial - with her father (a shared stone) in Layton Cemetery.  gravestone lists birth as 1843; Census records would have brith as 1844 or 1845

    6) Winfield Scott b 1847/1848  d ? Spouse :Martha C, Cartmell (went by Mattie; some records have middle initial as B))  B 1853 D 1916  She is buried Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville, Union County, OH.   On the 1902 civil actions, are listed as living in Marysville, Ohio, USA....Had a son Louie W  b 1880 d 1884 & is in same cemetery lot as Mattie which is a Cartmell family plot.   (We think they had another son who would be Winfield Scott Cook, Jr with a wife by the name of Nellie who appear on subsequent land civil actions & they are listed as residing in Broome County - but this is conjecture at this time)

   7) Lazette A b 1849/1850  d 1927  spouse : Martin R Weidman b 1846 d 1912, served in Company F, 15th Regiment, NY Volunteers, Engineers during the USA Civil War   Both are buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Binghamton, Broome County, New York.  Children: 7-A) Minnie M b 1871, d 1931, married Junius "June" Wagner; 7-B) Claudia B b 1875 married 1st ?? Blatchkley, divorced; 2nd Benjamin H Perkins, Jan 16, 1898

   8)  Victor A b 1852  d 1911  unknown if ever married - & interestingly is listed in 1902 land civil actions pure reference "if alive or to his hiers".  Would seem family did not know where he was or details either at that time)  Burial : Next to his mother's stone in Kirkwood Cemetery

   9) Roldolf A  b 1854/1855  d Mar 14, 1878  (death date from his gravestone)  Unknown if ever married.  Burial is next to his sister's stone in Kirkwood Cemetery

  10) Vesalius H   b 1856/1857  d <we have it, I just do not have it handy at this moment for reference>  (spelling also has been Versalius; Middle name believe is Horace, but some think it may be Horr) Per his obituary, burial Kirkwood Cemetery - no stone.  Spouse : Mary Dunlea b 1861, Ireland; d 1932
There are a number of Cook families that migrate to Central New York in the 1800's from New England states.  We have tried to link John to them without success to-date.   

Additonally, we have found a single sentence noting the death of a Captain John Cook of Kirkwood,NY as a conspicuous & wealthy man dying at age  88 survived by an aged wife & 8 children.  The exact same sentence appears in a Fair Haven, Cayugo County (New York) paper (Novemebr 26 1892) & in a Monticello New York  paper (November 29 1892).  This seems to coincide with our John Cook as it is the year he died (we do not know month), he was survived by his wife & 8 of his children at his death.  However, we are not sure if it is a reference or not as we have not found anything to-date as to why he may be referred to as Captain - The term could be per some military service or per possible movement of goods on the Susquehanna River where the term has been used for others who participated in that commerce.  We do not know if he did do river boat navigation  - as all census records indicate he was a farmer.

Any information that may aid in this effort is appreciated.
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All - I  posted this question &  per information provided by Wallace Weir (Thanks so very much, Wallace!!), the mystery of John Cook, has had a crack.  I wanted to edit my original post, but due to unknown technical reasons, had to create a new account entirely.  G2G support suggested posting a comment to the original question with what update I would like to provide.

Via research Wallace had done on a branch of his family tree, he had a copy of an  ancestor's will who was a daughter of Isaiah and Weltha (Cook).  Her will cited all her siblings - one being cited as "John Cook White aka John Cook" & with him, cited members of his family (wife & children).  All the names matched, leaving no doubt that it was the John Cook of which I was seeking information.  From this, we at least now know, John Cook was raised from a young child as a member of Isaiah White's household.  Unfortunately, we do not know what his relationship to Weltha Cook may be - ?nephew?, ?cousin?, & - as her father, Joseph Cook, lived to 102 years of age, dying in 1829 in Stonington, CT -  remotely even ?half-brother?   On the latter, we've not found materials suggesting Joseph had chidren in his late years per marrying a woman of child-bearing age after being widowed per the death of his 1st wife.  But not having such evidence also means it can not be excluded from the alternatives.

So our quest to find John Cook's parent's continues.
Located Weltha's grave.  Have some other information to share.
We too have photographs of Weltha Cook White's & her husband's (Isaiah White) grave stones in the White Family Cemetery in Pharsalia.  If you have additional information on Wealtha/Welathy/Weltha to further aid us in our quest to uncover John Cook's relationship to her, and, perhaps, his parentage, that's be welcome information.

Thank you

3 Answers

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I believe I may own a CDV of Oliver Cook, and other info. please contact me.
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I am not a member of this family, but I have a gggrgrandfather who's tombstone has his death as -1819- age 71 making est b 1748/49 according to Vermont vital records he died in -1822-.  Accordingly his will was probated in -1819- making his tombstone record correct.  Sometimes, with a little more research, we can find the truth.
by Living Butchino G2G6 Mach 4 (41.2k points)
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I have information about John Cook before he arrived in Broome County.  Contact me for details.
by Wallace Wier G2G Rookie (230 points)

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