Henry Jackson Cook Family
of Limestone & Navarro
Counties, Texas


Biography Index



Photo from the collection of Edward L. Cook [photo], submitted by Dan Wilkes
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Cook Family Photo- (L-R) John Cecil Cook, Alvah Raymond Cook (Ed's Dad), Howard Cook, L.C."Jake"Cook, Barney Cook



Henry Jackson and Araminta A. (Durham) Cook

Henry Cook, born 9 Sep 1839 in Georgia, was one of nine children of Henry Thomas and Martha (South) Cook. Henry’s siblings were, James Monroe, Thomas M, Benjamin Dick, Eugenia, Ardella Elizabeth, Samuel G., Nancy Ann and Mary Jane Cook.
He married 2 May 1867 to Araminta A. Durham, born about 1849 in Meriwether Co. GA, died 22 May 1876 in Texas. Araminta was the daughter of Abner and Mary Ann (Carver) Durham. Known siblings of Araminta were M. E. Durham and A. L. Durham.
Henry married 2) 31 Dec 1876 to Ida Turner, born 25 Dec 1855 in South Carolina, died 29 Sep 1941 in Limestone County, Texas. Henry died 6 Mar 1913 in Limestone County, Texas. Henry and Ida are buried at the Thornton Cemetery, Limestone County, Texas.

1900 LIMESTONE COUNTY TEXAS US CENSUS, dated 12 June 1900, PO East of the T.C.R.R., p 304
Henry J. Cook, birth date September 1839, age 60, married 33 years, born Georgia, father born North Carolina, mother born South Carolina, no occupation listed; Ida F., birth date December 1855, age 44, born North Carolina, father born North Carolina, mother born South Carolina; James K., birth date August 1882, age 18, Hay Laborer; Henry W., birth date October 1884, age 15; Florence E., birth date October 1889, age 11; Willie T., birth date March 1891, age 9; Ruby D., birth date January 1895, age 5; all children born Texas, father born Georgia, mother born North Carolina.

The friends and acquaintances of H. J. COOK Whose death occurred yesterday at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 27 days, are requested to attend the funeral services, which will be held at the family residence at 2 P.M. Friday, March 7, 1913. Interment at the Thornton Cemetery.

OBITUARY, Dallas Morning News, March 9, 1913
Cook, Thornton, Texas, March 8, H. J. Cook, aged 73 years, died suddenly Thursday about noon at his home near here. Mr. Cook was one of the pioneers of this county and was well known in the '70s as a skilled mechanic. He owned and conducted a large gin plant here up to the time of his death. He is survived by several children.


Henry Jackson Cook was born in Georgia in 1839 and died at his home in Thornton, Texas, March 6th 1913.
Mr. Cook moved from Georgia to Texas in 1861 settling at Jefferson, Texas when he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Walker's Division. After the war in 1867, he married Miss Araminta Durham and settled at Mt. Pleasant in Titus County. His wife died in 1876, leaving five children, three of whom still survive.
In December 1876, he married Miss Ida Turner, and soon after came with his family to Thornton when he resided up to his death. Nine children were born of this last marriage, five of whom are still living. Uncle Jack, as he was familiarly called by everybody, was one of the most substantial as well as one of the oldest citizens of our town.
Firm in his convictions, strictly honest in all his business dealings and kind and considerate in his social relations, he enjoyed the respect and confidence of every one.
The funeral procession was very imposing; all the business houses were closed as loving hands laid to rest the remains of this honored and honorable citizen. The floral tribute was very beautiful. All of his children were present. They are: Sidney A. Cook of Purdon, Mrs. Mary J. Davis of Wills Point, A. J. Cook of Corsicana, and J. C. Cook, H. W. Cook, Mrs. Will H. Moss and Misses Willie and Ruby Cook of Thornton.
The bereaved ones have the sincere sympathy of the entire town and community.

We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness shown us while paying the last tribute to our dear husband and father. May many blessings rest upon them.
Mrs. Cook and children.

Children of Henry and Araminta Cook
1. Sidney Cook, see below
2. Mary Jane Cook, born 16 Aug 1869. She married Henry Philip Davis. Their children were: Homer Davis, born Aug.1887; Wilma Davis, born Feb. 1889. She married Leslie Valentine; Grady Davis, born Oct.1891; Minta E. Davis, born Jun. 1894; William Davis; Mary Ruth Davis, born Mar 1898; Henry Philip Davis.
3. Andrew Jackson Cook, see below
4. Elizabeth Cook, born 4 Nov 1874, died 16 Aug 1897, married John Abbott.
5. David Aley Cook, born 21 May 1876, died 9 Mar 1898.

Children of Henry and Ida Cook
1. Ella Cook, died 1897 in Thornton, Limestone County, Texas.
2. James Caty Cook, born 17 Aug 1880, died 26 Jul 1953.
3. Henry Weldon Cook, born 6 Oct 1883, died 15 Mar 1979.
4. Florence E. Cook, born Oct. 1889.
5. Willie T. Cook, born Mar. 1891.
6. Ruby D. Cook, born 15 Jan 1898, died 27 Nov 1917.


Sidney Albert and Margaret (Maggie) Ann (Bradley) Cook

S. A. Cook was born 19 Mar 1868 in Titus County, Texas, died 25 Jan 1925 in Navarro County, Texas. He married in 1889 to Margaret Ann Bradley, born 1871, died 1955

1900 LIMESTONE COUNTY TEXAS US CENSUS, Dated 4 June 1900, East of the TC RR, p
Sid Cook, birth date May 1868, age 32, years married 10, born Texas, father born Alabama, mother born Georgia [should read both parents born Georgia], Farmer; Maggie, birth date September 1872, age 28, gave birth to 4 children with 4 now living, born Texas, father born Kentucky, mother born Tennessee; Alva, [census states daughter, should read son] birth date October 1891, age 9; Cecil, [census states daughter, should read son], birth date March 1893, age 7; Barnie, birth date January 1896, age 4; Pearl, birth date January 1899, age 1. All children born Texas.
Their children:

1. Alvah Raymond Cook, (obituary), born 30 Oct 1890 in Limestone County, Texas, married 17 Jul 1919 to Lillie Pearl Kelly, born 31 May 1899 in Bosque County, Texas. Alvah and Lillie are buried at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas. Their children were Glenn Joseph (obituary), Preston Kelly (obituary), Alvah Lee, Raymond Wendell (obituary), Edward Lockhart and Sidney Albert Cook. Alvah Was a World War I Veteran. [View Marker Photo || Military Marker Photo]

2. John Cecil Cook, born Mar 1893 in Limestone County, Texas, died 1948. He married Martha Crider who died 1981. Their son: I. A. Duane Cook.

3. Martha Jane Cook, born 1894, died 1931, buried Oakwood Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas.

4. Barney Ivy Cook, born 29 Jan 1896 in Limestone County Texas, died 13 May 1979. He married Lila Harvard, born 10 Apr 1897. Their children: Martha Ann and Jack Cook.

5. Elizabeth Pearl Cook, born Jan 1899 in Limestone County, Texas, died 1988. She married J. D. Ferrell, born 19 Mar 1900, died 18 Dec 1972. They are buried at the Oakwood Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas. Their children: Sidney E. and Margaret Helen Ferrell.

6. Leslie Carlile Cook, born 20 Dec 1901. He married Jessie Nelms (obituary).

7. Howard A. Cook, born 9 May 1904. He served in the US Navy. Howard married 11 Oct 1931 to Lena Miller, born 4 Oct 1907. They are buried at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas. [View Marker Photo]

8. Samuel Cone Cook, born 6 Aug 1910, died 13 Dec 1981. He married Bertha.

Andrew (Bunk) Jackson and Sina Alice (Richardson) Cook

Bunk was born 19 Apr 1871 in Texas, died 15 Nov 1915 in Navarro County, Texas. He married 1 Mar 1895 in Limestone County, Texas to Sina Alice Richardson, born 1 Feb 1876 in Limestone County, Texas, died 5 Jan 1968 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas. She was the daughter of G. L. and Barbara Allen (Foster) Richardson. Bunk and Sina are buried at the Petty’s Chapel Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas.

1900 LIMESTONE COUNTY TEXAS US CENSUS, dated 12 June 1900, PO East of the T.C.R.R., p 304
Andrew J. Cook, birth date April 1871, age 29, married 9 years, born Texas, both parents born Georgia, Farmer; Sina, birth date February 1876, age 24, gave birth to 2 children with 1 child living; born Texas, both parents born Texas; Nolie M., birth date January 1899, age 1, born Texas, both parents born Texas.

1910 NAVARRO COUNTY TEXAS US CENSUS, dated 28 April 1910, PO Corsicana, p 137
Andrew J. Cook, age 39, married 14 years, born Texas, father born Georgia, mother born Texas [should read mother born Georgia], Merchant, Grocery; Sina, age 34, gave birth to 6 children with 4 living, born Texas, both parents born Texas; Nolie, age 11; Fay, age 9, Otha, age 5; Opal, age 5; all children born Texas.

1930 NAVARRO COUNTY TEXAS US CENSUS, dated 22 April 1930, p 183
Sina A. Cook, owns home, value of home 2,500, age 54, widow, born Texas, both parents born Texas, none occupation.

Their children:

1. Vera Minta Cook, born 3 Jan 1893, died 27 Feb 1900, buried Thornton Cemetery, Limestone County, Texas.


Cook Store - Corsicana

This is the Cook Store in Corsicana, Texas. It is said to have been located on South Highway 75. Pictured are A. J. (Bunk) Cook and sons, Nolie and Otha Cook. (Dated between 1913 and 1915)  Submitted by Dana Stubbs


2. Nolie Melvin Cook, born 1 Jan 1899 in Limestone County, Texas, died 24 Apr 1937 in Navarro County, Texas, buried Petty’s Chapel Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas. He married
1) 17 Nov 1917 to Pearl Sumroe, she died in child birth along with their child. Nolie married
2) 22 Nov 1920 in Ellis County, Texas to Maggie Lee Heath, born 20 May 1898 in Texas, died 4 Jul 1987 in Ontario, San Bernardino Co CA, buried in CA. Their children: Herschell Dwight, Earl Dean (obit), Peggy Jean and Aubrey Jackson Cook.

3. Lila Fay Cook, born 25 Jul 1901 in Limestone County, Texas, died 28 May 1920 in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas. She had just received her teacher’s certificate when she fell ill with influenza and she is buried in an unmarked grave at Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas.
County Second Grade Certificate) State of Texas
The holder hereof Miss Lila Fay Cook Having furnished satisfactory evidence of good moral character, and having passed the prescribed examination at Corsicana, Texas, on the 5th & 6th day of September, 1919, as approved by the State Superintendent, is granted this County Second Grade Certificate and is hereby authorized to contract to teach in the elementary grades of the public schools of Navarro County, Texas This certificate is valid from the date of the examination until August 31, 1923, the 4th anniversary of the thirty-first day of August of the calendar year in which it was issued, unless canceled by lawful authority. Witness my hand and seal of office at Corsicana, Texas this 6th day of September, A. D. 1919 Albert J. Davis County Superintendent of Public Instruction.

OBITUARY from an Ennis, Ellis County, Texas
The task, which lies before me, is sad indeed; for I have undertaken to write a few lines in memory of our beloved child, Lila Fay Cook.
One year ago last November she fell a victim to that dreaded disease Influenza. She contracted pneumonia and had to be operated on. She was ill for several months but finally regained enough strength to get up. But she never became healthy any more and finally passed away from this world, Friday, May 28, 1920 at 6:15 A.M.
During the greater part of her life she had made her home in and around Corsicana and had made many true and lasting friends there. At the time of her death she was living with her mother in Ennis.
Patience was one of her greatest characteristics. Even though she suffered much pain, no one realized how near death she was because she kept all of her sufferings to herself. Not one word of complaint passed her lips. She wished to teach school and though ill studied and passed the examinations in September 1919. She was kind hearted, of loving disposition and true to her friends and loved one. There is no tribute to great to pay her, for "to know her was to love her." To ___ was to praise.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sina Cook, a sister Opal, and two brothers, Otha and Nolie Cook, besides a host of relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the Myrtle cemetery at Ennis and though they had been in Ennis but one month the Christian people there extended to them a helping hand and their kind deeds and sympathetic words will never be forgotten by Mrs. Cook and her family.
To you, dear broken hearted loved ones, though
A precious one from you has gone
A voice you loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in you home,
That never can be filled.
Let me to say, mourn not for our dear one that rest. She suffered much pain here on earth, but remember and God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither shall there be any more pain, for former things are passed away (Rev. 21:4)
And also remember, we have a purpose in our lives now as we have never had before. That purpose is to live such a straight forward, Christian life that we may meet where parting will be no more…

4. Earl Cook, born and died 1903 in Limestone County, Texas and is buried at the Thornton Cemetery, Limestone County, Texas.

5. Opal Lee Cook, twin of Otha B. Cook. born 17 Feb 1905 in Anderson County Texas, died 8 May 1997 in Navarro County Texas.  Obituary; Married 27 Apr 1921 to Robert William Barham, born 17 Jan 1904 in Navarro County Texas, died 17 Dec 1994 in Navarro County Texas. They are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery. Their children: Dorothy Lee, Bobbie Nell, Wanda Laverne, Alice Priscilla Barham.

6. Otha B. Cook, born 17 Feb 1905 in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, died 25 Apr 1976 in Dallas, Texas, buried Laurel Lane Memorial Park, Dallas County, Texas. He married 1) Florence Louise Mays, born 23 May 1907 in Crowley, Arcadia Parish LA, died 8 Dec 1994, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, buried Oakwood Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas (obituary). Their daughters: Barbara Louise (obituary) and Patsy Faima Cook. Otha married 2) Bertie Willis, their daughter: Charlotte Cook.

See Also: Otha at the Pool Hall


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