Matrilineal Monday

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



  1. Bennett Dickson said,

    July 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Captain Joseph Thomas Cook is my wife’s 2d Great Grandfather. I have considerable information on this family including the Alabama and Spartanburg, SC roots along with the cousins who went to Texas during the Civil War. I am interested in the Arnold connections as I went to college with one of the current generation Arnold.

    Please feel free to contact me

    Bennett Dickson

    • mkaymac said,

      November 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      I am just finding your comment, as I have changed emails and have neglected my genealogy blog for awhile. I would like to know about the Spartanburg SC connections. I know a little bit about the Arnold connection and may be able to help you with that.

      Mary K McGraw

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