In my research lately I am trying to focus on those lines where I seem to have road blocs. One of these is the Harrison line as I mentioned earlier in this blog.
While I have been more successful in my research with them, the Cook line has been a challenge. For one, Cook is a pretty common name, and for two, when searching online articles, books, etc I end up with a lot of stories about cooks in my results. I have found out a lot of information about Joe E. Cook, my grandmother’s father and his wife, Cornelia Christopher Cook. I also know some about Joe’s father, John E. Cook, who I have not talked about in this blog.
John E. Cook (1836-1882) was born in Franklin County Alabama to Joseph Thomas Cook ( 1808-1858) and Lucinda Bates Cook (1809-1897). According to the family history written by William Stowt Bates in 1920, Joseph Thomas Cook served as sheriff of Franklin County, Alabama in the 1840’s. He served one term and made some money and moved the family to Hempstead County, Arkansas. He was later killed in an altercation with Colonel Gant of the same county.
John E. Cook entered Confederate States Army the day after his son, Joe. E., was born. He joined Ouachita Rangers at Caney, AR on June 1, 1861. On April 3, 1862, at DeVall’s Bluff, AR he was elected Lt.Colonel of Smead’s AR Volunteers. He lost an arm during the war.
John Cook moved to Texarkana in 1875 from Lewisville, AR where he practiced law after being admitted to the bar in 1865 at Camden. In 1880, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of the 9th Judicial District (Polk, Howard, Pike,Sevier, & Little River Counties). He was describes as “a very forceful character and a vigorous and aggressive prosecutor” in the book authored by Joe E, Cook’s one time law partner, Richard Arnold.
He is buried in Stateline Cemetery in Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas. There is a blurb about him on their website.
Till next time, MK