SPRING HILL MASONIC LODGE
produced no L L Cook in Navarro County and is highly likely that
the letters “ L L” could be in error. The most likely Cook
to have been an early Grand Master of the Spring Hill Lodge
would have been Henry Cook who lived near Dresden. The few
known facts about him suggest that he was just such a man.
Henry Cook was a
well respected member of the community, a large land owner, a
successful land trader, and served as a Trustee of the Dresden
Methodist Church along with Ethan Melton and Jacob Hartzel. Most
of the early Grand Masters were mature men and Henry would have
been fifty-nine in 1860. He had served in a company of Texas
Rangers once commanded by Sterling Clack Robertson. Brit
Dawson affirmed his identity when he applied for his Headright
Certificate. Robert Harve Matthews and Brit Dawson had,
probably, served with him in the same Ranger Company mentioned
Henry & Mary
Goodson Cook had migrated from Hines Co MS, to TX in 1832 as
members of Austin’s Colony. However, the records indicate
that Henry never made a choice of land there. The fact that
he served in a company of Texas Rangers once commanded by
Sterling Clack Robertson would indicate that he had left the
Austin Colony at some point and chose land in the Robertson
Colony. His land grants were filed in what became Milam,
Williamson, Lee, and other counties filed out of Ft. Franklin in
1838, seat of The Robertson Colony.
Mary Goodson Cook had married in Franklin Co MS in 1825.
Mary Goodson was born Wilkinson Co GA. Henry Cook was born GA
1801, died Navarro Co 1883.
The Ranger Company
formed by Sterling Clack Robertson was later commanded by Capt.
Boales (Boyles, Boiles) It was Colin Boales who signed that
Henry Cook had served four months in 1836. The document was
required in order for Henry Cook to be issued a Headright
Certificate in 1838. Brit Dawson and Michael Boren affirmed his
“Boyles” was found often in the records of Western Navarro Co.
Boales was, likely, the father of Daniel Boyles-Boiles who
lived near Henry Cook in the Dresden area. Malinda Boyles b.
TN 1814 had married Albert Green Tadlock and lived in the
Dresden-Blooming Grove area, a neighbor to Dresden. Elizabeth
Boyles married John Fullerton who enlisted in the CSA at Dresden
in 1862. Fannie Boyles married George A Fullerton in 1880, then
James Macginnis Lee after 1913.
He held title to
more than 4,000 acres in Milam County by 188. Other land deed
were found in Williamson, Burleson, Leon, and Lee counties. He
was on the Robertson Co Tax List in 1845 and was, probably,
living in the area that later became Navarro Co. He was on the
Tax Roll of Navarro Co in 1845 and recorded the first cattle
brand issued by Navarro County.
Henry Cook served
on the committee to maintain roads near Dresden. Daniel
Boyles-Boiles was Chairman. Others included: John Carr, William
Cook, James Cook, Hiram Parker, John Parker, and John Pevehouse.
Henry and Mary
Goodson Cook had nine children. Their oldest child was William
Goodson Cook, born 1829, who married Cynthia Ann Nally in
Navarro Co Texas. There was a daughter, Nancy, born in
Mississippi. Mary died about 1865 and was probably buried at
Henry married Mrs. Effie
Jane McPhaul Prosser and they had six children. Henry was said
to have had fifteen children by both wives.
One son, Thomas Cook , born about 1837, married Mary Pierce in
Navarro Co TX in 1857. Mary Pierce was a daughter of Lewis &
Alsey Pierce. Mary Pierce had a brother, Hugh Pierce
Thomas and Mary Pierce Cook had a daughter, Ella , who married
John Scott, and a son, Thomas David Cook. Ella was born 1858
and died 1939 at Frost, Texas.
Their daughter, Mary Ann Cook, was born 1832 in Hines Co MS and
married John Gideon Jack Boiles in Navarro Co June 16, 1850.
Jack Boiles was born Pike Co MO. A Malinda Boyles, born Tenn,
married Albert Green Tadlock 1832, Perry Co AL and lived early
at Spring Hill.
Another daughter, Elizabeth Cook, married W Ashley Sutherland in
Navarro Co about 1860. Their children were Frank and William
Sutherland. She married 2nd to Hugh Pierce, son of
Lewis & Alsey Pierce.
Another son, George Washington Cook, born 1847, probably in
Navarro Co., married Mary Scott and lived in the area of Frost,
Sources: Eleanor Frances
CookWyrick and others.
The Cook Family, however, was in Western Navarro Co. Texas
early. Henry Cook had married Mary Polly Goodson in 1825 at
Franklin Co. Mississippi and by 1832 they had moved to Texas.
The family settled at some point at Dresden and Mary Polly was
buried there before 1870. Henry married Effie Jane Prosser in
Children of Henry and Mary Polly
Nancy b. 1824 m. Thomas J Tennery
William b. 1829 m. Cynthia Ann Nalley b. 1834 MO
Mary Ann b.c1856
m. Charles Rushing
m. Capt. Hayes
m. Henry Runnels
Nancy b. c1858
John W b. c1860
Thos Jeff. b. c1864 NavCo
m. Mary Alice Molly Compton
James H b. c1866 NavCo
Benj. F. b. c1868 NavCo
m. Annie Compton
Chas Payton b. 1872 NavCo
m. 1894 Amy Newman
Cynthia b. c1876 NavCo
m. James B Shropshire
m. Robert Caldwell
Walter C b. 1879 Navco
m. Jimmy Susan Akers - dau Charles
c1917 W M Cook
born Franklin TX
Charles born Franklin TX
James b. MS c1830
Mary Ann b. TX c1832 m. John
G Jack Boiles (Boyles)
Thomas b. TX c1837 m. Mary
Rebecca b. TX 1839 m. John
Elizabeth b. TX c1841 m. W Ashley
Sarah F b. TX c1841
Geo. Wash b. TX c1849 m.
Children of Henry and Effie Jane
Henry D b. TX 1871
Laney Ann b. TX 1873 m. Ben
Geo B Myers
Archie B b. TX 1875
Lauchlen D b. TX 1877
Effie Jane b. TX 1877
Sallie Mae b. TX 1882
John R Cook was Grand Master of the New Market AL Lodge 1838
sons James Cook and Isaac Cook buried at New Market
Many of the Cooks left for Jasper Co TX 1840-1850
Joseph Hawthorne m. Rejina Cook in Georgia & after her death he
migrated to Jasper Co TX 1861
John B Cook 1828-1911 m. Martha Ann Kelly.....b. Perry Co AL
Lived Jasper Co TX