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William Cook (1732 - 1804)

Colonel William Cook
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Died in Northumberland, Pennsylvaniamap
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Name: Colonel William Cooke Birth Date: 1732 Birth Place: Ireland Death Date: 1804 Death Place: Northumberland, Pennsylvania SAR Membership: 56759 Role: Ancestor Application Date: 24 Apr 1939 Spouse: Sarah Simpson Children: Jane Cooke Source Citation Volume: 284 Source Information U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Name: Captain John Cooke Birth Date: 17 Nov 1766 Birth Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania Death Date: 16 Jul 1824 Death Place: Northumberland, Pennsylvania SAR Membership: 88143 Role: Ancestor Application Date: 10 Jan 1962 Father: William Cooke Mother: Sarah Simpson Spouse: Jane Cooke Children: Robert Cooke Source Information U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations

Name: William Cook Gender: Male First Marriage Date: 1754 Spouse: Sarah Simpson Source Citation Book Title: The Kinnears and their kin

Name: William Cooke Gender: Male Spouse: Sarah Simpson Source Information Original data: Egle, William Henry. Some Pennsylvania Women during the War of the Revolution. Harrisburg, PA, USA: Harrisburg Publishing Co., 1898

Recorded by Rice University as "a noted Baptist minister, " William Cook was the father of Jane Cook Davis. (Jane was the first wife of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.)

Colonel William Cooke, one of the framers of Pennsylvania's 1st. Constitution: Cooke, William, of Northumberland County, was elected the first sheriff of Northumberland Oct. 1772. He was a member of the Committee of safety for Northumberland, February 08, 1776; of the Provincial Conference of June 18, 1776; and of the Provincial Conference of June 18, 1776; and of the Convention of July 15, 1776. On the last day of the session of the latter body he was chosen and recommended as Colonel of the battalion to be raised in the counties of Northampton and Northumberland. This became the 12th. regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, and,being composed of riflemen, was employed upon picket duty,and covered the front of General Washington's army during the year 1777, while detachments were sent from it to General Gates, materially assisting in the capture of Burgoyna. It was so badly cut up at Brandywine and Germantown that it was disbanded, Colonel Cooke mustered out of service. In 1781 and 1782 he was chosen to the General Assembly; appointed one of the justices Oct. 03, 1786; and Jan. 16,1796, an associate judge for Northumberland County. Colonel Cooke died in April,1804.

Note about wife and mother of Jane Simpson Cook

Rice University had a page indicating that a Jenny Strahan was the wife of William and mother of Jane. Once the data was challenged, the page was removed. Here is the note received from Rice University. Lee-5956 14:11, 9 January 2018 (EST) Our website does NOT indicate that Jefferson Davis supplied the name of his grandmother; indeed, we do not know her name. Likewise, we are unable to trace the source for Jennie Strahan and find no mention of her in our research files. That page was written in 1998 and will be corrected. From our best information--published genealogies and the records of Davis family members and our own extensive files--we believe Jefferson Davis' mother was Jane [Simpson] Cook, daughter of William Cook of Edgefield District, S.C. PJ Davis, Rice University. Page removed


  • 4) "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 September 2015), William Cook, Edgefield, South Carolina, United States; citing p. 100, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 511; FHL microfilm 22,509.

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Service Info.: US ARMY INDIAN WARS Birth Date: 26 Aug 1766 Death Date: 16 Jul 1824 Cemetery: Northumberland Memorial Park Cemetery Address: RR 4 Box 27 Rt 61 South Sunbury, PA 17801 Source Information National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator

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