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Sentimental Sunday

Today is Sentimental Sunday where I am to discuss a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or maybe even a family tradition that touches me. As I like a visual I looked through my collection of family photos and found this one:

cook brothers loop de loop

This is one of my grandmother, Jessie Cook Sain’s, photos that I have that came from her mother, May A. Young Cook’s, photo album. The contraption is called a Looped-de-Loop and was built by the Cook brothers, Joe, Gilbert, Jim and Phillip on the Cook property on State Avenue in Texarkana, Arkansas in the early part of the 20th century, probably the later part of 1900- 1910. The boys preformed some kind of dare devil stunts. I think that is some kind of wagon or vehicle that they are sitting on that they rode on the contraption. From what my grandmother said the ride was hair raising and packed with thrills. They all seemed to have survived.

I cannot imagine seeing something like this today, except maybe in skateboarding.

Wordless Wednesday

funky boat

Surname Saturday

I have not had the spare time to work on genealogy the last week or so. But as today is Surname Saturday I thought I would post on the Christopher name and how it fits into my family tree.

The earliest Christopher I have been able to tie in with my family is John Christopher (b. abt 1765 in VA and d 1840 in Lunenburg VA). He was married to Nancy Ussery  (1766 –1811). They married on 19 Dec 1787 in Lunenburg VA. Later after her death, he married Elizabeth Winn (1790– 1853) on 19 Dec 1821.

Lunenburg County is between Richmond and Raleigh and was formed in 1746 from Brunswick County. John Christopher’s name appears in the 1810, 1820 and 1830 censuses in Lunenburg county.

From the union of John and Nancy our next Christopher ancestor is born: Robert Christopher (b 15 Dec 1804 in Richmond VA and d15 Sept 1853 in Nevada County AR). He married Mary Eliza Neal on 28 Jan 1833, probably in AL. They immigrated to Arkansas around 1844 and settled in Nevada County, twenty miles south of Prescott. They are both buried in the family cemetery on their property. Mary Eliza Neal is the granddaughter of Samuel Neal, who is a patriot. My daughter Carolyn and I joined the DAR through this line.

Of the thirteen children they had one was my 2nd great grandmother, Cornelia Ewell Christopher (b 22 Sept 1838 in Lowndes, AL and d 24 Oct 1918 in Texarkana, Miller, TX). She married John E. Cook in 18 Apr 1860 in Washington County, AR) They are both buried in State Line Cemetery in Texarkana, AR.  John was reportedly a magnificent orator and one of the finest criminal lawyers that southwestern Arkansas ever produced. He also served in the 19th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Dockery’s) during the Civil War. All I know about Cornelia was that she was an exceptional woman. 

The Christopher’s are the source of our “oil money.” The descendents share in the dividends of what was once three oil wells  Two have been capped I believe, so the “oil barons” as my sister calls them each get a dollar or two once or twice a year from this last working well.

The well is in Troy Field, Nevada county, AR. It is named for the town of Troy which is four miles southeast of the field. The field is three miles long and has an average width of half a mile.

Other that the facts stated above I do not have a sense of who the Christopher’s were. So that will be my future task.

Till next time, mk

Tombstone Tuesday


Cornelia Ewell Christopher Cook was my great great grandmother. She was born 22 September 1838 in Lowndes County Alabama and died 24 October 1918 in Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas. She was supposedly an exceptional woman, though I know very little about her personally. She was married to John Cook, who was a magnificent orator and one of the finest criminal lawyers in southwestern Arkansas. They lived at 422 Hazel Street in Texarkana. Through her family my daughter, Carolyn, and I were able to join the DAR. Our Revolutionary ancestor through this line is Samuel Neal

John and Cornelia Cook are buried in State Line Cemetery in Texarkana.