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Posted by: Lynn (ID *****1197) Date: August 08, 2008 at 17:12:50
In Reply to: COL. NATHANIEL COOK by Yvonne Friedrich of 571


Did you ever find more info on Nathaniel Cook? I checked for references to him in the databases of which I can review on line thanks to my local public Library.

There is a book written by Louis Houck, called A history of Missouri : from the earliest explorations and settlements until the admission of the state into the Union which was published in Chicago by R.R. Donnelley & Sons in 1908 and has 1241 pgs. On page 377 there is a footnote about Nathaniel Cook and his brothers and family. It was written in 1905 and some excerpts from the book are

"The Cook Family originally from England, came to VA in the early paert of the 18th century. About ten years after the close of the Revolutionary War, John Dillard Cook moved to Scott county, KY, where he lived as a thrifty farmer. His eldest son, Col. Nathaniel Cook, went from KY to MO in 1797. Before leaving his native state he was in some skirmishes with the Indians. He served in the second war for Independence and commanded a regiment at the battle of Lundy's Lane. He was elected a member from Madison Co. to the constitutional convention in 1820. At the election held Aug. 23, 1821, Col. Cook was a prominent candidate for lieutenant-governor, being defeated by a small pluarlity. He was a formidable opponent of Thomas Hart Benton for the United States Senate the first time that distinguished man was elected. In 1802 he married Honore Madden, daughter of Thomas Madden, the Spanish deputy surveyor for the Ste. Genevieve district. The only member of Col. Cook's family now (1905) is Mrs. Letitia Fissell of Oak Ridge, MO."

"Daniel P. Cook, a younger brother of Col. Cook, after he was admited to the bar removed from KY to IL and was identified with the history of that state... His wife was the daughter of Governor Edwards of IL and their only son is Gen. John Cook of IL. Daniel Cook was not yet forty when he died in 1827 at Springfield..."

"John D. Cook, the youngest of three brothers, was born in Orange Co. VA in 1790. He studied law under General Talbert of Frankfort, KY, and in 1814 married married Miss Sarah Kiddleton Taylor, cousin of Gen. Zachary Taylor, and soon moved to Ste. Genevieve, MO... He ...was appointed circuit judge of the tenth circuit. The circuit then included nearly all of southeast MO. This office he continued to hold until the election of General Taylor to the presidency, when he was appointed US district attorney for MO, which position he held at the time of his death in 1852."

The book also says that Cook county where the city of Chicago is located, was named in honor of Daniel P. Cook.


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