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 11 children.
Britton J. Cook
Horace A. Cook
C. J. Cook
Nathaniel C. Cook
Amanda "Mandy" Cook
In 1853, Britton married Harriet Sina Vining, the daughter of Timothy Birum Vining and Sina Jones.
Meigs County, Ohio Marriage Records, 1852-1862 vol 2, Page 64, Number 26
Groom: Britten Cook
Bride: Harriet S. Vining
Marriage: 27 Nov 1853
Marriage Place: Meigs County, Ohio
Performed By: Rev. T.A. Welsh
Per the 1860 U.S. Census, Britton and Harriet resided in Syracuse Township, Meigs County, Ohio. Listed are:
Britian Cook, age 30, born New York
Harriet Cook, age 22, born Ohio
Tracy A Cook, age 5, born Ohio
Zillah Cook, age 3, born Ohio
Ellen Cook, age 2, born Ohio
age 17, born Ohio
*NOTE: Hanna Vining is Harriet's younger sister.
Britton and Harriet are known to have 5 children:
Tracy A. "Addie" Cook (1854-1937)
Zillah Cook (1857-Bef 1863) - Died before 5th birthday
Ellen Cook (1858-Bef 1863) - Died before 5th birthday
Lillian Maybelle "Belle" Cook Lathey (1860-1919)
James Harvey Cook (1862-1931)
Cook 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
|Cpl Britton J. Cook|
According to Boyd B.
Stutler in "West Virginia in the Civil War", Company E was recruited
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
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.
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."
|Gravestone at Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, MS||Plaque at Vicksburg National Cemetery|
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