Family Photo Friday

My grandmother. Jessie Cook Sain, had given me many of her family photos and I have been scanning them off and on over the last few years. Probably more off than on. Yesterday while cleaning I found a little pile of the last group of photos I had been scanning. And in that pile was this picture:

Cook 1911

At the bottom of the photo someone has written Cook 1911 and on the back I have written: “Joseph pitched Pittsburg Pirates. ” I do not know when I wrote this, but it is my handwriting.  I am assuming the photo is of my great uncle, Joseph Edward Cook (1888-1976). He would have been 23 in 1911. I tried to research if there was every a Joseph Edward Cook playing major league baseball. I looked up Cook in the Baseball Almanac, but there was no Joseph, Joe or J.E.  At Baseballreference.com I did find a J.E. Cook that pitched in the minor leagues in 1911. He was on the roster for two teams: Topeka Jayhawks and Omaha Rourkes. There was no personal information about him, just his batting and pitching statistics.  I do know that by 1920 my great uncle was married, living in Peoria, Illinois and had two children. His occupation was a salesman for an automotive dealership.  And in the 1930 census he owned dealership.

So my question is, why is he wearing a Cubs uniform and why on the back have  I written that he pitched for the Pirates? Were the teams he played for farm teams for these organizations? So I guess I need to read some baseball history.  It is amazing how one old photo can  open up a bunch of questions.

DNA and Genealogy

My uncle had his DNA done for our Sain line and we found that we are not linked to the Sains of Tennessee. One of the theories about Elisha Reynolds Sain”s ( my second great-grandfather ) heritage was that he and his brothers were adopted into the Sain family. The DNA now proves it. It shows that we are related to the Griffins and Strouds who lived near and intermarried with the Sains. I have not identified whom the father of Elisha was yet, but now I have a clue.

But what is interesting is that I was working on another line the other day and came across another incident where DNA disproved another relationship. My fifth great-grandfather, Thomas Smithers Hill, is the ancestor that qualified me be a member of the DAR. In a documentary history compiled by Mary Helen Haines entitled “Thomas Hill’s Ancestry, Relationships and Descendants,” she mentions that DNA evidence proves that his father was not William Hill, as mentioned in Thomas’s pension records and in his son, Abner’s “Obituary.” Thomas is descended from the Grogan famiy who lived near the Hill family.  But at this point no one know who the father was or for that fact who his mother was. But he was raised by Wiliam and Hannah and treated as one of their own. 

I find this all fascinating and it makes want to explore DNA and my ancestry even more. 


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