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John Henry Cook
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1843
Bad Doberan, Germany
Death: Apr. 12, 1908
Erie County
New York, USA

On December 15, 1863, John enlisted as a private in Company I, Eighth Regiment of the New York Heavy Artillery at Leroy, New York for three years of service. In March of 1864, he was garrisoned at Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland. During the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, great grandfather was taken prisoner at the Battle of Ream's Station, Dinwiddie Co., Virginia on August 25th 1864. Ream's station is twelve miles south of Petersburg.
On August 24th, Union forces were moving south along the Weldon Railroad, tearing up track, preceded by Gregg's Cavalry division.
This railroad was an important supply line for General Lee's half surrounded army at Richmond and Petersburg. On the 25th, Confederate Major General Henry Heth attacked and overran the faulty Union position at Ream's Station, capturing 9 guns, 12 colors, and taking 1,600 prisoners. The Union force was shattered and Major General Winfield Hancock withdrew to the main Union line near Globe Tavern, bemoaning the declining combat effectiveness of his troops. Although it was a Confederate victory, they never regained control of the track between Ream's Station and Petersburg. On August 25th, John was taken to Libby Prison, a converted ship chandlery on the bank of the James River, and then transferred to Belle Island Prison where he was held for five weeks. He then was sent to Salisbury prison in North Carolina. On his way to Salisbury, he wrote that he "was kept about five days and nights, during a severe rain storm, in an open field, where he was taken with (pneumonia) the lung fever." During the time he left Belle Island and until the time he left Salisbury prison four and a half months later, "he was kept on the shortest possible allowance of food (just enough to prevent death from the lack of food), and was exposed to every inclemency of weather and was not provided with either clothing or bedding". He was hospitalized November 24, 1864 at Salisbury for pneumonia and twice again before he was paroled and exchanged at North East Ferry, North Carolina on February 27,1865. He reported at Camp Parole, Maryland on March 14th, 1865. On March 21, 1865, he was furloughed and came home to Town Line where he was treated for dysentery. He returned to Camp Parole on May 14th and was discharged from the service on June 23, 1865.
In July of 1865, John returned home to Town Line, Erie County, New York and according to his younger brother Henry, "...his general health was so poor that he could not work but a little. "Physically he was pale looking, feeble and emaciated."
After his father died in August of 1866, John went to California to improve his health. He was taken sick on board the ship taking him to San Francisco and was treated by the ship's doctor. In the spring of 1867 he worked on the Thomas and Charles Estey Dairy Ranch at Novato, Marin Co., California, where he was in charge of milking and dairy operations and because of his war related infirmities, he was not involved in haying or the more strenuous parts of the operation. He worked there until 1871 and then labored for a short while, probably at Duncan's Mill, in the lumbering trade, where his lungs gave him considerable difficulty. He was then hospitalized in San Francisco, and was treated for about five weeks. He then returned to Duncan's Mills in Sonoma County until he returned home to Town Line in September of 1873 to stay with his mother and brother Henry. Because of his poor health he worked very little for a year and eight months. John spent a great deal of time out west with his brother Charley.
On November 17, 1874, John married Mary Adaviena Goodman at Wilson, Niagara Co., New York. Mary was the Daughter of Fritz and Dora Schumacher Goodman. Some time later, Mary's family moved to South Arm Township, Charlevoix Co., Michigan. They are buried, along with Dora's parents, at Sunset Hill Cemetery, East Jordan, Charlevoix County, Michigan.
On December 10th, 1874, less than a month after their marriage, great grandfather Cook bought a 75 acre farm in Alden, New York. The following April, John and Mary moved onto the farm. The farm is located on what is presently Exchange Street across the road and north of where Henske Road intersects.
On the 12th of September 1875, a daughter, Harriet M. was born.
Because of John's continuing health problems, the farm was rented and the Cook's moved to Frisco, Beaver Co., Utah in 1978.
There he worked five years for the firm of Godbe and Hampton and Co., whose business was refining ore from the Horn silver mine. John worked as a smelter, shoveling charcoal to feed the smelting furnaces and also served as a watchman until the fall of 1882, when the family moved briefly back to Alden.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Daniel Cook (1811 - 1866)
  Mary Schult Cook (1821 - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Adaviena Goodman Cook (1855 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  Harriet M Cook Patch (1875 - 1927)*
 
 Siblings:
  Christopher Cook (1839 - 1896)*
  Frederick Cook (1840 - 1902)*
  John Henry Cook (1843 - 1908)
  Mary L Cook Thomas (1848 - 1900)*
  Henry D Cook (1852 - 1906)*
  Augusta Cook Gerhardt (1855 - 1904)*
  Frank Cook (1862 - 1915)*
  Alfred Frederick Cook (1865 - 1927)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Alden Evergreen Cemetery
Alden
Erie County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Jeff Cooke
Record added: Mar 08, 2010
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John Henry Cook
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John Henry Cook
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8th New York Volunteer Heavy Artillery
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