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Thomas Cook
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1831
Granville County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1924
Olney
Young County
Texas, USA

Son of Stephen and Frances (Cole) Cook

About 1847, Thomas' family moved to Clark County, Arkansas. About 1852, he married Cynthia Brown. They had 13 children, ten of whom were living in 1900.

Thomas served in Crawford's Arkansas Cavalry during the Civil War and received Confederate Pension Number 19915 from the state of Texas for his service to the Confederacy.

In the autumn of 1877, the family moved to Ellis County, Texas, into a community named South Prong, near Waxahachie Lake.

About 1896 Thomas sold his South Prong farm land and moved his family to Angleton, Texas, some 40 miles south of Houston. His sons and their families went with him to the Gulf Coast area.

Thomas bought properties for all his children along the Brazos River. In 1899, there was the great Brazos River flood in Angleton, Texas, and it washed all the properties away.

An article appeared in the Olney "Enterprise" newspaper, Nr. 36 in December 1920: "Captain Thomas Cook Passes 90th Birthday: a personal sketch of one of Olney's most interesting characters.

Recently at the home of his son, George W. Cook, of this city, Captain Thomas Cook, the subject of this sketch, duly celebrated his ninthieth birthday by having a birthday dinner and inviting quite a number of his friends among the older people of the city.

Born in Franklin Co. Misouri (sic, but not correct) on November 28th, 1830, he moved to Arkansas in 1847 and then in 1849 moved on to Texas where he remained until 1852, going to Arkansas at that time and marrying Miss Cynthia Brown, a South Carolina girl (sic). He settled down to farming then until the Spring of 1862 when he volunteered .(garbled copy).... division of the Western troops, and was transferred across the Missippi river to reinforce Albert Sidney Johnston at Shilo.

His brigade was detached to Port Hudson, La., and on July 8th, 1863 they were taken prisoners and paroled. The Western troops all went home, reorganized, and went back into General Price's division west of the River, and soldiered under him until the close of the war.

Grandpa Cook went into the army as a private, and was a captain at the close of hostilities. (sic)

In the Fall of 1877 he moved with his family to Waxahachie, Ellis Co., Texas, and has been a resident of this State since that time. He boasts having raised ten children to manhood and womanhood, and at present is the grandfather of fifty-eight and the great grandfather of as many more children.

He has been a member of the Baptist Church for seventy years, and for forty-three years of that time has served as a Deacon. In spite of his ninty years, he is hale and hearty, is cheerful and optimistic, and it is indeed a pleasure and a privilege to know him and is quite enjoyable to hear him tell of actual experiences during the early days of Texas history as well as during the memorable struggle of the sixties....
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 Spouse:
  Cynthia Brown Cook (1839 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  William Smith Cook (1857 - 1934)*
  John Henry Cook (1859 - 1943)*
  David Andrew Cook (1863 - 1912)*
  Emma Rebecca Cook Simpson (1866 - 1936)*
  Thomas W. Cook (1874 - 1971)*
  George Wells Cook (1877 - 1966)*
  James Calvin Cook (1881 - 1951)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pioneer Cemetery
Olney
Young County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: bgoxford
Originally Created by: Searchers of our Past
Record added: Feb 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47600774
Thomas Cook
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Thomas Cook
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Thomas Cook
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Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression.
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