Prepared by Elnora Frances
Cook, Hawthorne, Willit,
Wilson, Bozeman, Osteen, Nichols, Patterson, Scarborough, Goodson, Slaughter, McPhaul,
Prosser, Tenery, Nally, Boiles, Hines, Sutherland, Pierce, Scott, Rich, Slane,
Myers, Alexander, Gayler, Lloyd.
Biography; HENRY COOK:
the 9th and youngest child of
James and Margaret (? Hawthorne) Cook;
first known location for
his family was in Effingham Co., GA. They migrated
to Jefferson and Franklin Counties, MS area in the very early 1800s.
James Cook Family is found on the 1810 census for
Jefferson Co., MS. His
Will is dated 1812 in Jefferson Co., MS, the Will names all of his children
except, first daughter Mary, and his first son Samuel Cook:
1. Mary Cook, b. abt. 1774, m. (?) Willit (their daughter Ritty Willit;
named in Will)
2. Samuel Cook, b. abt 1776, nothing more known.
3. Elizabeth Cook b., m. Jessie Wilson, 10 August 1796 Effingham Co., GA
4. Nancy Cook b. 27 July 1780 in GA. d. 9 Oct 1869 in MS.
m. #1. Howell Bozeman, 1802 Bladen Co., NC #2. Simon Osteen, 2 September
1814 Jefferson Co., MS
5. Ellender Cook b. abt 1784 , m. Henry Nichols, location and date unknown.
6. Margaret Cook b. abt 1788, m. 1806 in Effingham Co., GA, Peter
7. Able Cook b. abt 1792 m. #1. Rebecca Patterson, 5 December 1816,
Jefferson Co., MS #2. Harriet (?) (Date unknown, in Jefferson Co., MS)
8. David Cook b. abt. 1796 m. Elizabeth Scarborough, 22 February 1821 in
Jefferson Co., MS
9. HENRY COOK, b. 20 May 1801, in GA. d. 14 May 1883, Navarro Co., TX .
Henry was married twice and
fathered fifteen children, all but
one survived to adulthood, his youngest child a daughter Sally Mae was born only
one year before he died at the age of 82,
on May 14, 1883, in Navarro County,
Texas, we do not know where he is
Henry married first wife,
MARY POLLY GOODSON, 18 January 1825,
Franklin Co., MS. Mary Polly
Goodson was born May
14, 1804 in GA. and died between 1860-1870, probably in Dresden, Navarro
Co., TX. She was the daughter of
Benjamin & Elizabeth (Unkn) Goodson.
1. Nancy COOK
b: 1 November 1824 in (Probably) Hinds Co., MS d: 6 January 1891 in
Kaufman Co., TX. She married Thomas
Jefferson TENERY b: 22 April 1816
in Giles Co., TN d: 20 January 1901 in
Kemp, Kaufman Co., TX m: 18
1846 in Navarro Co., TX
William Daniel TENERY Mother:
Nancy Smith YOUNG
b: Abt. 1829 in (probably) Hinds Co., Mississippi
d: Aft. 1880 in (probably) Texas. He married Cyntha Ann NALLY
b: 14 February 1840 in Missouri
23 July 1923 in Calvin, Hughes Co., OK
m: 3 March 1853 in Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX. Her parents are
James COOK b: Abt. 1830 in
(Probably) Mississippi, date, place of death and burial unknown.
Mary Ann COOK b: Abt. 1832
in Texas d:
December 1856 in Peoria, Hill Co., TX
married John Gideon (Jack) BOILES b: 12 August 1827 in Pike Co., MO Or KY Or AR
d: Bet. 1909 - 1910 in Eastland, Eastland Co., Or Lubbock Co., TX
m: 16 June 1850 in Navarro Co., TX
Father: Daniel BOILES
b: Abt. 1837 in Texas
d: Abt. 1862 in (Probably) Texas. He
Mary PIERCE b: 1840 in AR or TX d: Abt. 1862 in (Probably) Texas
1 July 1857 in Navarro Co., TX
Father: Lewis PIERCE Mother:
Rebecca Dulaney COOK
b: 1839 in Probably Navarro Co., TX
d: 1873 in Blanton,
Co., TX. She married John
b: 24 April 1832 in TN d:
15 January 1909 in Blanton, Hill Co., TX m:
1 July 1857 in Navarro Co., TX
Elizabeth J. M. (Bessie) COOK b: Abt. 1841 in (Possibly) Navarro Co., Texas
married first W Ashley SUTHERLAND b:
Abt. 1825 in Probably Texas d: Bef. 1865 in Texas
m: 22 July 1860 in Navarro Co., TX
2nd Husband was Hugh PIERCE b: Bet.
1841 - 1842 d: 29
September 1932 in Vera, Knox Co., TX
m: 24 August 1865 in Navarro Co., TX
Father: Lewis PIERCE
Sarah Francis COOK b: Abt.
1845 in (Probably) Navarro Co., Texas
d: 16 August 1901 in Kaufman Co., TX
George Washington COOK b: 22
November 1847 in (Probably) Navarro Co., Texas
d: 1909 in Frost, Navarro Co.,TX. He married Mary SCOTT
b: 15 October 1854 in Mississippi
d: 15 February 1944 in Frost, Navarro Co.,TX
m: 17 July 1873 in Navarro Co., TX
Father: James Jackson SCOTT
Mother: Mary HAMILTON
married second wife Effie Jane MCPHAUL, 29 June 1870 in Navarro Co., TX
12 April 1837 in MS d: 28 December
1901 in Childress, Childress Co., TX
Daniel MCPHAUL Mother: Sara Jane Smith
Henry David COOK b: 14 May 1871 in Navarro Co., TX.. Date and place of death
unknown. He married
Minnie L RICH, 5 August 1900 in Jack Co., TX., Minnie died January
1904 in Childress, Childress Co., TX. Date, place and identity of second wife is
Ann COOK b: 4 March 1873 in
Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX d: 6
January 1934 in Portales, Roosevelt Co., NM. She
first married James Cromwell
MCPHAUL b: 12 April 1850
d: 17 October 1890 m: 1886.
Husband of Laney Ann COOK was Ben
Hugh SLANE b: June 1861 in Indiana
d: 22 February 1901 m: 12
July 1894 Father: Hyman SLANE
Mother: Mary Polly UNKN.
Husband of Laney Ann COOK was George
b: 23 August 1875 in Decatur, Wise Co., TX
d: 23 March 1956 in Portales, Roosevelt Co., NM
m: 23 December 1903 in Decatur, Wise Co., TX
Father: George Valentine MYERS
Mother: Nancy Lou RENDEE
Archie B COOK
b: Bet. 15 February 1874 - 1875 in Navarro Co., TX
d: 4 January 1952 in Coleman, Coleman Co., TX.
He married Cora Bell ALEXANDER
b: 27 January 1880 in Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX
d: 31 May 1954 in Lancaster, Dallas Co., TX
m: 30 May 1897 in Navarro Co., TX
Father: Alexander Archibald ALEXANDER
Mother: Lou Verne WHEELER
Lauchlen D COOK b: 18 January 1877 in Navarro Co., TX d: 23 January 1877 in Navarro Co., TX
Effie Jane COOK b: 1
February 1879 in Navarro Co., TX. Date
and place of death
She married William T GAYLER m:
3 May 1896 in Jack Co., TX
Sallie Mae COOK
b: 1 May 1882 in Navarro Co., TX d:
17 August 1961 in San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX.
She married R. C. LLOYD
b: 1869 d: 24
January 1941 in San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX m: Unknown in Possibly Roswell,
Chaves Co., NM
From His earliest days
Henry was involved with the land, he is consistently listed as a farmer on the
3 census we have found him on, I
suspect he was also a rancher, raising livestock, both cattle and horses as his
Livestock ownership brand “JHC” was the first registered in Navarro
County, TX. He did have
slaves as shown on 2 slave schedules for Navarro County, and
appeared to be of
Confederate Sympathies as 2 of his sons were in enlisted in the Army of
the CSA from TX. His 3rd
son Thomas may have died in the war
His life is best described
by the many deeds we have collected for him. He moved often and was very active
in obtaining land which he appears to have shared with his children.
He appears to have had some
education as he utilized the Court Systems for conducting his business and
was Administrator and Guardian for his two insane children and his
orphaned grandchildren. There is no
personal knowledge of any family history of him as a Father or Grandfather, so
the best I can do is provide a Chronological History of his Life.
February 1825: Hinds
Co., Mississippi;, Henry Cook is named as Executor/Administrator of Last Will
and Testament of "John Slaughter", husband of Rhoda (Goodson)
Slaughter , older sister of his wife, Mary Polly (Goodson) Cook. Witnessed by
Honorable Judge W (N. S. Smith?) ESQ. Probate Judge for the Orphans Court of
Hinds Co., MS, and William Goodson
and William L (Avick or Arick), Orphans Court page 149, J.R. Enloe,
November 1826: Records in my possession
show Henry was living on an 80 acre tract of
Public Lands in Hinds Co., MS, he
purchased 15 January
1827, signed by, “John Quincy Adams”, President of the United State
The west half of the South
East quarter of Section 25,
Township 6 Range 4 West, in the district of Choctaw and State of Mississippi,
containing 80 acres and forty seven hundredths of an acre.
March 7, 1829: Hinds Co., Mississippi,
Deed witnessed by Stephen Holt J.P., selling
property located at Section 25 of Township 6 Range 4 West, the west half
of described tract by a ? division from south to north containing forty acres
more or less, in Hinds Co., MS, to
Rhoda Goodson-Slaughter and her children, the heirs of John Slaughter, Deceased;
Signed by both Henry and Mary Cook.
* I do not have a deed of
sale for the other half of this property.**
November 1828: Again Henry
is found living on another 80 acres tract of Public Land in Hinds Co., MS, that
he purchased 1 December 1830, signed by “Andrew Jackson”, President of the
United States of America.
The West half of the North West quarter of Section Twenty five in
Township 6 of range 4 West, in the district of lands offered for sale at Mount
Salus, Mississippi, containing 80 acres and forty seven hundredths of an acre.
*I do not have a deed of
sale for this property.**
Hinds Co., Mississippi, Receipt #32: Recorded on page 191, signed by (M/TW
Boica?) Clerk; from Henry Cook
"All of the Goods chattels
personal Estate of John Slaughter.
Signed by Rhoda Slaughter (by her + Mark)
25 May 1829." Henry
Cook resigns his duties as Executor
for Estate of John Slaughter, Dec’d.
Hinds Co., Mississippi, 23 April 1832, Annual Settlement in the
Estate of John Slaughter, Dec'd Filed by Rhoda
Goodson-Slaughter, Recorded in Inventory Docket page 352, July
Term of County Court; Lists two disbursements made to Henry Cook, on 2
occasions (no dates) in the amount
of #1. $70.00 and #2. $30.00. Henry was reimbursed for duties performed prior to
his resignation as Executor of Estate of John Slaughter, Dec’d.
Arrival in Texas:
Henry and Mary Cook are
shown on “Stephen F Austin’s, Register of
with their 3 oldest
children, Nancy, William, and James, arriving from Northern
There is no date on the document I have and the number (35) is listed
above Henry’s name, I do not know the meaning of this number? Article states
they had not selected their land at that time.
Exact Area that Henry Cook Family was living in is Unknown:
Henry is shown on the
Records of Republic of Texas, Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas. "Muster
roll, of Company of Rangers, (formerly commanded by Sterling C. Robertson),
under the Command of Capt. Boales, served for four (4) months, from 11 Sept.
1836, with the Rank of Private. Signed
29 March 1838, by Colin Boales."
January 1838: Issued, Head Right Land Grant Certificate #207:
#84, Milam Co., First Class, 1
League and 1 Labor (4605 acres).
date of arrival as 1832.
(Patent #313, date 29
Lee County-177 acres,
Surveyed, 16 March 1838: Abstract #66.
(Patent #314, date
29 September 1849)
Lee County-535 acres,
Abstract #392. Surveyed; 17 April 1838:
Milam County-141 acres,
Abstract #125. Surveyed; 17 April 1838:
acres, Abstract #126. Surveyed; 17 April 1838:
Robertson County, Texas: Listed on
the Robertson Co., Tax Roll (probably lived in present Navarro Co., portion);
per "Old Northwest Texas, Vol. 1-B, Navarro county, 1846-1860".
Navarro County, TX: 17
August 1846: First recorded Cattle Brand of Navarro Co., TX. Listed on Tax Rolls of Navarro Co., TX, also owned land in
Burleson, Milam and Leon Counties.
Navarro Co., Texas: Taxed for 4
Surveys in Navarro Co., also owned land in Milam Co., TX.
From; The Handbook of Texas
Online: DRESDEN, TEXAS.
Dresden is at the junction
of Farm roads 744 and 55, fifteen miles west of Corsicana in west central
Navarro County. The first county elections were held there on July 13, 1846.
A three-acre town site was set
aside in March 1847 with Jacob Hartzell, Ethan Melton, and Henry Cook as
Annie Carpenter Love, History
of Navarro County (Dallas; Southwestern, 1933)
Wyvonne Putman, comp., Navarro
County History (5-vols., Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1975-84)
Navarro Co., Texas; Taxed for 854 acre Knott & Ramsey Survey, Henry
also appears on the list of Jurors for Navarro
Navarro Co., Texas: Road From Tarrant’s Toward Springfield:
Old Northwest TX, Chapter III; The
road from Edward Hampton Tarrant’s, in present Ellis County, to the county
line, in the direction of Springfield, Limestone County, went across what is now
western Navarro County. It was
worked in two sections in 1849. According to the February 1849 court minutes,
the northern portion of this road was to begin at Jacob Hartzell’s and end at
the center channel of Mill Creek to the north.
Daniel Boyles/Boiles was appointed overseer for this section of the road
John Boyles/Boiles, John
Carr, Henry Cook, William Cook, James Cook, Hiram Parker, John
Parker, John Pevehouse
Navarro Co., Texas; Listed with
family on the 1850 Census, Navarro Dist. Navarro County, Texas enumerated on 8
Oct 1850, listed as a farmer worth $7,900,
# not listed.
He was also taxed for
portions of Joseph Knott, J.A. Ramsey, W.J.French, W.Myrick and Leakey Surveys,
He probably lived on Knott Survey in the Dresden, Navarro Co., TX area. (Per Old
Northwest Texas, Vol. 1-B; Navarro County 1846-1860]. Other information
includes, " Henry patented the Claiborn Jarrell 640 -acre 3rd Class survey
28 August 1854. Henry is listed as
a Slave holder in 1850 on the records of Navarro County, TX.
1856 to April 1857: Guardianship of Son James Cook.
Cook is appointed as Guardian and executor of the estate of his son, who had
been tried and found (Insane) by a jury of 12 men, in the Navarro County Court.
is never mentioned again.
Navarro Co., Texas;
Henry and Mary Polly Cook
Family is Listed on 1860 U S Census of Navarro Co., TX, Living in Dresden Post
Office district, enumerated 12
August 1860, page 86.
Henry is listed as a Slave
holder in 1860 on the records of Navarro County, TX.
February 1861, Deed Abstract:
do not have these deeds;
Cook of Navarro Co., TX, Gift Deed to Heirs of Daughter Mary Ann (Cook) Boiles
and to Daughter Sarah Francis Cook, (Unsound Mind);
569 acres each, from Patent
on “Middle Yegua”, located in, Williamson County, may extend into Lee or
Henry Cook of Navarro Co.,
TX. For the Natural Love and Affection for daughter Nancy
(Cook) Tenery, 569 acres in
(part of his headright) cannot read the county land is located in, but, I
believe it is Williamson County, may extend into Lee or Milam also. I have this
deed, most of it is unreadable.
Mary Polly (Goodson) Cook died, Date and location are Unknown.
Henry Cook Family is not found on
Census, of Navarro Co., Texas;
June 1870 in Navarro County, TX:
Henry Cook married,
Mrs Effie Jane (McPhaul) Prosser:
Marriage License, and Certificate of Marriage, signed by J.S.M Shigog, J.P.:
January 1874: Deed from Henry Cook and 2nd wife Effie Jane (McPhaul)
Prosser Cook, to his Children:
In consideration of
the Love and Affection for his children, George W. Cook, William Cook,
Sarah Cook, Elizabeth (Cook) Pierce wife of Hugh Pierce, Heirs of John Hines by
his daughter Rebecca (Cook) Hines dec’d, Heirs of John Boiles by his daughter
Mary Ann (Cook) Boiles dec’d, and one dollar in hand, and
further consideration that the Heirs herein mentioned
[do consent and agree to and with Henry Cook and Wife Effie Cook to leave
to the entire control of the parties of the first part,] one tract or parcel of
land, situated in the state of Texas and County of Navarro now used, owned and
claimed as the homestead of Henry and Effie Cook. The same being four hundred
and forty acres off of the six hundred and forty acre survey.
Have this day bargained
sold devised and conveyed., and do by these presents sold bargained (aliened?)
and convey, unto the Heirs above mentioned [Two tracts or parcels of land
situated and described as follows, to wit.
first being Three Hundred and Twenty acres granted to Henry Cook assignee
**Myrick in Denton District Jack County on the waters of [?] creek, a
tributary of the west fork of the Trinity River about 7 miles east from [?] by
virtue of Certificate No. 40, issued
by the board of Land Commissioners of Milam County on the 6th day of May A.D.
1844 and transferred to the said Cook on said day. Beginning at Nancy P
Overby or P. Middleton’s S. E. Corner a pile of rocks from which a [?] post
oak bears --------------back to the beginning.
Second tract being situated in the South E Corner of Williamson County and
partly in Milam county and state aforesaid on the Head Waters of the Middle
Yegua and is part of my headright League and bounded as follows. Beginning
at the NE of said League a stake from which a post oak marked
W. bears--------------------……………..to the corner of a Survey of 569 acres made for William Cook, a stake from which a
Post Oak--------------Back to Beginning, Containing 569 acres
to have and to hold [??] the within mentioned Heirs, their Heirs and assigns
Wm Myrick 320 acre survey in Jack Co., Tx, said survey patented to Henry Cook
Assignee by patent no 697, Vol. 15. Information per court minutes in estate of
daughter Sarah F Cook, filed in Navarro Co., TX; August 1901, sold to J.D.
Caddel, for $140.00, entire tract of land ***
January 1874: LIFE ESTATE DEED TO HENRY COOK:
The State of Texas]
County of Navarro]
Know all men by these
presents that we, Elizabeth Pierce, joined by her husband Hugh Pierce and William
Cook all of said County of Navarro in consideration of a deed of even date
herewith made to us and others of our brothers and Sisters and the heirs of two
of our deceased Sisters by our father Henry
Cook and his present wife Effie Cook have rented and leased and do hereby
rent and lease to said Henry cook our undivided interests in and to Four hundred
and forty acres of land near Dresden in said County of Navarro now used and
occupied by said “Henry Cook” as
a homestead for the full Term ---of his natural life, giving to said Henry Cook and his said wife Effie Cook the entire control of the
same and the rents, profits and products of the same from this day until the
death of said Henry Cook, when this
lease shall end and we again have the right to the use and the right to the use
and permanent use of the same. To
have and to hold the same as aforesaid it being our intention to accept and
receive the one half interest of the said Henry
Cook in and to the lands mentioned in said Deed hereinbefore described to us
as payment for this lease and for
the use and care of said Four hundred and forty acres of land during the Natural
Life of said Henry Cook and do hereby
in no way effect our titles to the same.
Witness our Hands this the
24th day of January 1874.
Pierce, Elizabeth Pierce and William [his X mark] Cook
Signatures are stamped
Filed for Record on March
J.M. Doolan, C.D.C. NC
by, Deputy, L.H. Kerr
October 1874; Republic of Texas
Pension Application Abstracts;
Cook, Navarro Co., Served in Army of Republic of Texas, for 3 months in
1836. (Per records from Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas)
under Capt. S. C. Robertson.
November 1870 and re-filed 14 October 1874, Approved, for "Bounty Warrant
and Pension of $250.00", Age 69.
warrants #343 for 320 acres and #2035 for 320 acres. Michael Boren and Britton
Dawson, Navarro Co., affirmed identity. Do not have locations for these
warrants, I suspect they were in Navarro County.
His daughter Sarah Francis Cook has been judged (Insane) and her affairs
are being administered by a
Guardian, Attorney Bryan T Barry of
Navarro Co., TX.
Sarah is apparently still
living in her Father’s home
but her care is being paid for from proceeds of sale of land given to her by her
Father in 1861. I believe she remains in Henry’s home at least until his death
The Guardian Bryan T Barry
is still filing annual reports for Sarah’s
care and board
until 1899 when he files
his final report and requests to be discharged
as her Guardian, but the record does not give location where she is
living or with whom.
Soon after Bryan T. Barry
is discharged as guardian, Attorney, R.E. Dodson files for Guardianship of
Sarah’s estate in Navarro Co., TX . Part
of his petition reads;
F Cook a female lunatic, about 54 years of age, who is now on the poor farm in
Kaufman Co., Texas, is the owner of real property within this state of the
probate value of Five Hundred Dollars, and that said lunatic will soon be
precluded by the statue of limitation from its recovery from parties, who are
now on it unless immediate actions is taken, and it is waiting for the proper
care and attention. The said
lunatic has a brother George Cook of Frost, Texas, who does not wish the
Guardianship of the said Sarah F Cook and request your petitioner is not legally
disqualified from performing the duty thereof.
Your petitioner would further show that Bryan T Barry of Dallas, Texas, qualified as the guardian of the said
Sarah F Cook in 1876 and has remained in that capacity down to the present time.
That on May 1st, 1899 the said Bryan T Barry filed herein his
final account, and application to resign said guardianship.
That on the hearing there of and his discharge your applicant asks to be
appointed in his place and stead. Wherefore your petitioner prays, that citation
issue and that at next term of said court your honor will grant your petitioner
letters of guardianship of the person and property of said minor, and your
Petitioner will ever pray. Etc.
E. Dodson Filed
September 2, 1899.
J H Galbreath, C.C.C. N.C.T. By HC Talbot deputy,
request for Guardianship is approved,
And as quoted from
information provided by a Cook Cousin;
“Sarah Cook was arrested
from the "poor farm" and on the 12th of August, 1901, The State of
Texas vs. Sarah Cook: a jury of 6 found her "of unsound mind." I find
this amusing, since on every Texas census she had been listed as "an
idiot." Her "self-appointed guardian", W.J. Weaver, of Navarro
Co., knew she was of unsound mind, and wanted her portion of Henry's estate.
I will quote from one
article that I found. "To the Honorable County Court of said County
(Kaufman), your petitioner W.J. Weaver, a resident citizen of Navarro Co. TX,
respectfully shows to your honor, that Sarah Cook, who is now a resident citizen
of Kaufman Co., TX, is of unsound mind, that she has some property situated in
Navarro and Williamson Counties, State of Texas, and is without any lawful
guardian of her person or estate. That condition is such, as to render it
necessary that this court appoint a guardian to take charge of her property for
the welfare of herself and in justice to the county and general public".
To make a long story short,
they summoned a jury, found her of unsound mind, and then had to set the order
aside and cancel it, WHY?
was found dead in the county jail on Friday night, 16 August 1901!!!
Among other things, one of
the questions the jury answered was, #2 If the defendant is of unsound mind, is
it necessary that she be placed under restraint? Answer: YES.”
Order to have Sarah committed to the Asylum in Kaufman Co., is part of her court
records, but of course it was too late.
know that Sarah Francis Cook died in Kaufman County, TX, and her burial expenses
were $51.60 , paid by a bank in Corsicana, to “Wood Nash”, in Kaufman Co.,
TX. There is no record of which
cemetery she buried in. Usually
there were no costs associated with the burial of a person at the Poor Farm,
leading me to believe she was not buried at the Poor Farm, but at a private
January 1880: Deed from Henry Cook to George W. Cook:
The State of Texas]
County of Navarro]
Know all men by these
present that I Henry Cook of The County and State aforesaid for an in
consideration of one dollar to me paid and for the natural love and affection I
have for my son G. W. Cook, I have this day given, granted , bargained, sold and
conveyed and do by these presents give, grant, bargain and convey a certain
tract or parcel of land lying and
situated in the County of Navarro, and State of Texas about 15 miles east of
Corsicana on Post Oak Creek and is part of a 640 acres grated to me as assignee
of Claiborn Jarrell Survey and is bounded as follows;
to the beginning.
one hundred acres to have and to hold unto the said G.W. Cook, his heirs, and
assigns forever and I the said Henry Cook, do for myself, my heirs, executors
and administrators do convey all of my rights, title and interests I have in and
to the above described tract or parcel of land in testimony in hereby I have
hereunto set my hand and affixed my scroll for seal, this the 22nd
day of January A.D. 1880
Signed: Henry Cook
Sam R Frost and H. G.
for Record, March 13, 1882
Signed; S.H.Keon (sp?),
C.C.C.N.C., by Deputy; T.J. Keon (sp?)
Navarro Co., Texas; Listed with his 2nd Family on 1880 US Census,
Enumeration # 125, house # 124, page 17, 7 June, 1880. Listing wife E.J., and
children; 2 males H.D, and A.B., 2 females L.A. and E.J. , Mother in-law,
S.J. Newberry, and (mistakenly listed as son, was indeed his grandson) David
Thomas Cook, (should read Thomas David Cook)., and 32 year old
daughter Sarah F Cook, listed as " Idiot".
Navarro County, Texas: Reported to
have Died 14 May 1883, Birth and Death dates were reported in Family Records,
kept by members of Henry’s second family, burial location was not given in
died in Navarro County, TX; is
confirmed by a letter from John D Lee, Attorney, in Navarro Co., TX, regarding
settlement of the estate of Sarah Francis Cook.
His surviving children
migrated to other Texas counties, and by 1900 his Grandchildren were found in
many other states. He was the Father of 15 Children and Grandfather of 68,
may have been more we do not know of yet.
I admire the strength of
our Grandmothers who faithfully followed, bearing the children and nursing the
ills which always accompany a family, with few resources at hand. Leaving
parents and sibling in other states, often never to see them again. Keeping
families together while their husbands were out scouting for more prosperous
land or new challenges to undertake. Their Strength and Courage is a marvel to
I have 2 wishes,
the first is that we could find a picture of Henry and second
that we could find his final resting place, and that of our Grandmother Mary
Polly and the others that died in Navarro County, TX.