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1777-1781 York Co., Pennsylvania
Posted by: Bob Cooke (ID *****0818) Date: April 20, 2010 at 19:22:39
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Hello, I am looking for source material of the militias formed in York Co., Pennsylvania, between 1777 & 1781, if there are any? Specifically from "Monaghan twp. at Dillsburg"; Newberry twp.; Getty's Tavern at Gettysburg; and Huntington twp., the last two are in what is today Adams county.

I was recently told about a couple of books by Henry James Young, from around the turn of the 20th century, (all I know at the moment) that lists some Cook's from York Co., who signed up to fight the English. The time, names and locations match up with my ancestors, but I don't have independent conformation. There are 16 Cook entries on Young's list from York Co., but there appears to be several duplicates that if proved would reduce the number of Cook's listed to less than 10. My ancestors are Quakers who belonged to Warrington Meeting, in Warrington twp., York Co.; Menallen Meeting, in Menallen twp. and Huntington Meeting in Latimore twp. Menallen & Huntington Meetings are in what is today Adams Co. The following individuals from my tree match the names on Young's list:

1. Samuel Cook (1738-1800) son of Peter & Sarah (Gilpin) Cook, Samuel died near Dillsburg, York Co., Pa.
2. Jesse Cook (1744-1818) son of Peter & Sarah (Gilpin) Cook, built homestead southeast of Dillsburg about 1775. Jesse's wife was from Huntington twp. and they were married in 1767 at Huntington Meeting, Huntington twp., York Co.
3. Peter Cook (III, 1747-aft.1790)twin, son of Peter & Sarah (Gilpin) Cook, of Warrington twp. Little is known except he was in the right place at the right time.
4. Jacob Cook (1746-bef.1809) son of Thomas & Mary (Underwood) Cook. Raised by his grandfather, Alexander Underwood in Warrington twp., and later in Newberry twp., York Co. Jacob married his first wife at Newberry Meeting, Newberry twp., York Co., in 1771. Jacob was in trouble in the 1760's for wanting to muster with a militia.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or knowledge of H.J. Young's books.


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