Cook Family

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Cook Family

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Joseph B. Cook, the earliest discovered ancestor of this line, was born in New York about 1797 according to U.S. Census records. It is possible he was married 3 times. 

  • The 1850 U.S. Census shows him married to Eliza (age 38 and born in Pennsylvania)

  • The 1860 U.S. Census shows him married to Casia (Age 40 and born in Virginia)

  • Earlier records show him married to Louisa Burns 

The Joseph Cook family moved at least three times over the years.

  • His first son, Britton Cook, was born in New York about 1830

  • His second son, Horace Cook, was born in Pennsyvania about 1832

  • In 1833, Isabella Cook was born in Virginia as well as another daughter in 1836

  • All the rest of Joseph's children were born in Ohio starting in 1838

From the census records, it appears that Joseph Cook had at least 10 children.

Britton Cook, Joseph's oldest son was a Corporal in Company E, 4th Regiment of West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, Union Army. From a rough transcription of a Muster Roll and Pay Roll dated December 31, 1862, the 4th Infantry was organized at Mason City, Mason County, Virginia in the summer of 1861.

According to Boyd B. Stutler in "West Virginia in the Civil War", Company E was recruited in Racine, Pomeroy, and Syracuse, Ohio, and crossed the Ohio River as an organized infantry unit to join the new regiment.

The 4th was a very active and far-ranging outfit during the War, participated prominently in the siege and capture of Vicksburg in 1863, and suffered heavy losses in that and subsequent campaigns. Again according to Stutler, by December 1864 the 4th regiment was so depleted that it lost its identity when consolidated with another unit. Stutler mentions that Corporal Britton Cook lost his life at Vicksburg. Britton Cook is buried at the Memphis National Cemetery, Section H Site 4190, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.

In the book "Loyal West Virginia 1861-1865", Theodore Lang writes:

"About the 10th of May, the Fourth, under command of Colonel Dayton, received orders to march to the front with General Lightburn's brigade, Blair's division, 15th Army Corps. On May 19th, the memorable assault on Vicksburg occurred.

The Fourth Regiment was placed in the advance of Lightburn's brigade and charged the enemy's works. A few men scaled the parapet, among them Capt. Finley D. Ong, of Company F, and Britton Cook, a corporal of Company E, who entered the Confederate works; they were wounded and taken prisoners and died in the enemy's hands."


Click on the following link to view information on the descendants of Joseph B. Cook to the present. This report is generated by the Legacy Genealogy program. (Report with documentation also available)

Cook Family Descendant Book (1797 - Present) - a privatized (dates & places of living people omitted) 9 Generation Descendant Book (PDF), starting with Joseph B. Cook - 23 pages plus index

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Last modified: January 04, 2018