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Capt Valentine Cook, Sr
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Birth: 1730
City of London
Greater London, England
Death: Jun. 1, 1797
Greenbrier County
West Virginia, USA

Valentine was one of seven children born to John Hamilton Cook and Elizabeth Eaton. He married Anna Susannah Baughman* (daughter of Jacob Baughman and Margarita Schwizler). They had eight children:

Christina Cook Hamman
Valentine Jr.
Pedigree Resource File

name: Valentine /Cook/
gender: Male
birth: 1730
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
death: 1 JUN 1797
Cooks Fort,Greenbrier, VirginiaUnited States
burial: JUN 1797
Cooks Fort,Greenbrier, VirginiaUnited States
father: John Hamilton /Cook/
mother: Elizabeth /Eaton/
Marriages (1)
spouse: Susanna /Baughman/
marriage: 1749
York, Pa, USA
children (8)

child 1: Henry /Cook/
gender: Male
birth ABT 1751
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death 1786
Stanford,Lincoln,KentuckyUnited States
burial Stanford,Lincoln,KentuckyUnited States

child 2: Adam /Cook/
gender: Male
birth 1749
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death AFT 1840
,,Tennessee United States

child 3: Jacob /Cook/
gender: Male
birth ABT 1760
York, Pennsylvania, United States

child 4: Valentine /Cook/
gender: Male
birth 1765 OR 1766
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death 1822
Russellville,Logan,KentuckyUnited States

child 5: David /Cook/
gender: Male
birth 25 FEB 1755 OR 25 FEB 1756
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death 29 JUL 1824 OR 29 JUL 1829
Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States
burial Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States

child 6: William /Cook/
gender: Male
birth 1753
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death 15 NOV 1852
Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States
burial Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States

child 7: John /Cook/
gender: Male
birth ABT 1757
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death ABT 1793
Stanford,Lincoln,KentuckyUnited States
burial Stanford,Lincoln,KentuckyUnited States

child 8: Christina Baughman /Cook/
gender: Female
birth DEC 1763
York, Pennsylvania, United States
death 28 JAN 1842
De Kalb, Alabama, United States
burial 29 JAN 1842
Fackler,Jackson,AlabamaUnited States

submitter: plauritzen1110188
submission date: 24 Apr 2010
submission id: MMW9-7WS
person count: 26,008
Possibly born in England.

Source Citation
"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch, entry for Valentine /Cook/.
Here is a very interesting article I found online about Valentine Cook:

Researched and compiled by Rachael I. Klemm

Valentine Cook, Sr., better known to his descendants as Captain Valentine, was born about 1730 in the vicinity of London, England. He was a son of John Hamilton Cook, first cousin of the renowned mariner, Captain James Cook.

When Valentine Cook, Sr. was age six, his father died, leaving at least two orphan sons, Valentine and Jacob. His mother, whose name is undetermined, is believed to have married second a Mr. Sly. Following the re-marriage, the family moved to Amsterdam, Holland, where Valentine was educated and raised.

In about 1750 this family immigrated to America, where they settled in York County, Pennsylvania. Valentine Cook married Susannah Baughman, (or Buchmann, per the Swiss spelling), daughter of Jacob Baughman and Margarita Schwizler, natives of Switzerland.

The older children of Valentine and Susannah Cook were born in York County, Pennsylvania. By 1763 Valentine Cook was a resident of Rockingham County, Virginia, and in 1773 moved to Greenbrier County, Virginia, where he settled on Indian Creek, a tributary of New River.

Here Captain Valentine Cook erected Cook's Fort, the larger of only two forts in the bounds of what is now Monroe County, West Virginia. Cook's Fort stood about midway in the Indian Creek Bottom, on the south side of the stream. It encompassed an oblong space of an acre and a half. In the building of the palisade, a trench was dug to the depth of four feet. A double row of logs was planted inside set in a vertical position and projecting about ten feet above the general level of the ground. The row was double in order to leave no crevice for bullets to pass. Within the stockade were cabins, the palisade forming one of the walls and the cabin roof serving as a parapet from which to shoot.

Three hundred people found refuge in Cook's Fort for the entire summer of 1778, during an Indian Insurrection instigated by the killing of Cornstalk. During the summer, food became scarce in the Fort. Jacob Mann, one of the settlers beleaguered therein, volunteered to go out in search of game. He shot a buck in the flat woods, found a cavern at the bottom of a sinkhole and went in with is dog. He pulled weeds over the entrance and held the dog's mouth until nightfall when he regained the fort.

William Hutchinson was a Revolutionary Soldier who served as Indian Scout between Cook's Fort and Wood's Fort (the second fort in what is now Monroe County, West Virginia). He probably summed up the general consensus of opinion when he stated, "often at night, when lying out with no covering but his blanket and no shelter but the forest, it was the scream of a panther or the yell of an Indian that reminded him of his duty to his Country."

Perhaps the last visit of the Redskins to Indian Creek was in 1785. Valentine Cook, Sr., while clearing ground near his Fort, became aware that seven Indians had removed his horse and gun. They forced him to accompany them to Indian Draft to the Elijah Vass Farm. There they game him an old mare and a broken gun in exchange for this property, and motioned him to return.

Valentine hesitated, thinking he would be killed if he turned his back. One of the braves then pointed toward the Fort and gave him a kick from behind. The pioneer understood and acted upon this suggestion.

In addition to Indian problems, the inhabitants of Indian Creek had to deal with rattlers. Here they grew to a breadth of sixteen inches and one man was known to have killed two hundred in a single season.

Valentine Cook died in 1797 in what was then Greenbrier County, Virginia (later Monroe County, Virginia and now Monroe County, West Virginia). Prior to his death he had given ground for the construction of a "Meeting House" later known as Cook's Chapel.

The death of Captain Valentine Cook ended a trail blazed with history, and a life blessed with great service to his Country and to his fellow residents of Indian Creek.

The will of Valentine leaves to his "Beloved wife, Susannah," his dwelling house, slaves, etc.; likewise the Gristmill and one third of the land, stock, etc. that may be sold hereafter. Sons, Jacob and Valentine Cook, received two hundred acres each, and all other children to receive an equal share when the division of the estate shall take place. To Jean, daughter of William Cook, $133.00 and two shillings; to Robert Richy, one half of the Powder Mill presently building; likewise, in whatsoever hand my son Adam Cook dies, the same is to receive his estate.

Kentucky land records show a total of 6,300 acres in the name of Valentine Cook in the Lincoln and Fayette Entries alone. It is, therefore, reasonable to assume that most of the sons, and the one son-in-law of Valentine Cook, Sr. had moved to what later became Kentucky, then known as "Western Country," to see to the vast land interests of their father. In addition to his Kentucky lands, Valentine Cook had received a grant of 650 acres on Indian Creek, dated 1774.

Following Valentine's death, Susannah Cook joined her children, most of who were already living in Kentucky. She resided in Lincoln County, where she made her will but died on a return visit to Greenbrier Country, Virginia, thus she is buried beside her husband, Captain Valentine.

The will of Susannah Cook, probated 1807 in Lincoln County, Kentucky, mentions the following children: sons, Adam, David, John, Henry, William, Jacob, Valentine and daughter, Christina Hammon.

A Court of Appeals deed, dated May 28, 1815, entitled "Valentine Cook's Heirs," places the location of some of Valentine Cook's children on this date:

David Cook of Lincoln County, Kentucky
John Cook of Lincoln County, Kentucky
Henry Cook of Barren County, Kentucky
Phillip Hammon and wife of Montgomery County, Kentucky
William Cook of Madison County, Kentucky
Valentine Cook of Logan County, Kentucky

The exact order of birth of Valentine and Susannah Cook's children is uncertain, although dates are known for at least three.

David Cook, born about 1756 in York County, Pennsylvania, may have been the oldest son. The first name of his wife is, to date, undetermined but she was a Forbis according to Draper Manuscripts.

On the morning of March 22, 1782, Ensign David Cook distinguished himself in Kentucky History at the Battle of Estill's Defeat. It was a battle of "Every man to his men, and every man to his tree," since Captain Estill had a force of twenty-five men and the Wyandottes numbered twenty-five Indians. The battle took place two miles Northeast of Mt. Sterling and lasted two hours.

David Cook, in his ardor, got some distance in advance of his company and, seeing an Indian halt, raised his gun and fired. Just at this instant, another Indian passed in line and, thus, one shot proved fatal to both. This remarkable instance, witnessed by the entire company, inspired great enthusiasm and confidence.

However, in the course of the battle, the Indian Chief was wounded but did not die immediately. He dragged his body behind a bush and, from there, directed his braves. Three Indians had fallen before they returned a shot but, with the encouragement of their wounded leader, their work was deadly. Captain Estill ordered a Lieutenant and six men to flank the enemy, a movement that would probably have won the battle. Under stress, however, these men panicked and deserted. When Captain Estill discovered this, he replaced this detachment with three men under Ensign David Cook. Cook moved promptly, pressed forward to deliver his fire, and retreated slowly with his face to the enemy. In so doing, he became entangled in the top of a fallen tree and, while disengaging himself, a ball struck him in the shoulder blade and came out hear his collarbone.

Captain Estill was wounded and dying and the Indian Chief was still in death. By a kind of mutual consent, the bloody battle ended with seventeen men remaining on each side.

The white men removed, carrying their three wounded, which included David Cook. The battle was really a draw but, since the Indians were left in possession of the ground, it is known as Estill's Defeat.

David Cook swore for twenty years that he would kill the deserting Lieutenant if he came face to face with him. Collins states in his history that no Jury would have convicted him.

The marker erected in honor of Captain James Estill was inscribed on it the name of David Cook, wounded. David Cook died in Lincoln County in 1825.

Jacob Cook, a minister, was born 1763 in Rockingham County, Virginia. In his Revolutionary Pension Application in 1834, he gave his age as seventy-one. He told of his move in 1773 with his family from Rockingham County, his birthplace, to Indian Creek, tributary of New River, into what was then Greenbrier County, Virginia, now Monroe Country, Virginia. He spoke of the founding of Cook's Fort. His military service was as Indian Spy and he entered the service from Cook's Fort.

Adam Cook, son of Captain Valentine and Susannah Cook, seems to have been an invalid. The wills of both parents make mention of the fact that whoever is caring for Adam at the time of his death is to receive his share of the Cook Estate.

Christina Cook, only daughter of Captain Valentine, married Phillip Hammon in Cook's Fort. The date of the marriage was March 3, 1780.

Christina (Cook) Hammon was the "Mrs. Hammon" (mentioned in the narrative of William Whitley). She came into Crab Orchard in her linsey-woolsey, wounded in the head with an arrow, after the Jacob Baughman Defeat on the Wilderness Road at the head of Dix River in 1782.

Phillip Hammon, known as the Savior of Greenbrier, made a 160-mile trip during Lord Dunmore's War to warn Fort Donnally of an impending attack by Indians. He was for nine years an Indian Spy and Scout, a Colonial Soldier and a Revolutionary War Hero.

Phillip Hammon died in 1832 in Jackson County, Alabama and Christina died there January 28, 1842. A Memorial Marker erected for the Patriotic Service of Phillip Hammon says, "Here rest in peace: A Noble Man; a Gracious Lady."

The Revolutionary Pension of Phillip Hammon in 1820 lists the following children: James, Polly, William, Elijah, Sally, Phillip, Jr. and Valentine Hammon.

Valentine Cook, Jr., one of the first graduates of Coloksbury College in Abingdon, Maryland, the oldest Methodist College in the United States, was a Methodist Minister by 1788. He was the fifth son of Captain Valentine.
In 1792 he had charge of the Pittsburgh Circuit, and it was here that he held his famous debate with the Rev. Jamieson, a Scottish Seceder Clergyman. This controversy is credited with opening the doors of Western Pennsylvania to Methodism. It gained for Rev. Valentine Cook a reputation as a great orator. It also led him to be placed in charge of Bethel Academy, the second institution of learning established by the Methodist Church of America.

Shortly after Rev. Valentine Cook's arrival in Kentucky, he married in 1799, in Mercer County, Kentucky, Tabitha (Tabby) Slaughter, daughter of James and niece of ex-Governor Slaughter.

Many stories of Rev. Valentine's experiences and quaint sayings are handed down through the "History of Methodism in Kentucky." On retiring from Bethel Academy, Rev. Valentine located in Logan County, Kentucky in 1806, where he resided three miles north of Russellville until his death in 1822.

Rev. Valentine Cook's last public appearance as minister was made at Yellow Creek Camp-meeting in Dixon County, Tennessee. His sermon produced such an excitement in the people that Brother Cook was forced to stop speaking. When order was restored, he resumed his message, with again the same result. Rev. Valentine then sat down amidst a glorious shower of grace and wept, saying, "If the Lord sends rain, we will stop the plow and let it rain."

Rev. Valentine Cook was buried in an unmarked grave, but, in 1934, the Louisville Conference of the Methodist Church erected a monument at his gravesite in memory of him and his work in Logan County.

Rev. Valentine Cook and Tabitha (Slaughter) Cook had at least the following children, as named by the widow of James Slaughter, Revolutionary Soldier: Nancy Cook, who married William M. Gwin, later a Member of Congress; Valentine Cook; Gabriel Cook; William Cook; John Cook; Asbury Cook and Susan Cook.

William Cook, son of Captain Valentine Cook, lived in Madison County, Kentucky, in 1815, as stated in the before-mentioned Court of Appeals Deed. He was married and had a daughter, Jean, in 1797, at the death of Captain Valentine Cook. No further information of William was available.

Henry Cook, son of Captain Valentine Cook, was born in 1769 in Rockingham Country, Virginia. He, along with his brother John, was living in what was then Lincoln County, Virginia (now Lincoln County, Kentucky) for at least five years prior to Kentucky's Statehood.

Henry married Elizabeth Forbis and, by 1800, was living in Barren County, Kentucky where they spent the remainder of their days. Henry received a Land Grant of 200 acres dated July 26, 1799, plus an additional 200 acres.

On August 6, 1808, Henry Cook, resident of Barren County, Kentucky, gave power of attorney to his brother, John Cook, to "transact all business, etc., and particularly to sell a tract of land in Monroe County, Virginia on Indian Creek, about five miles from Sulphur Spring, this being land formerly belonging to Valentine Cook, now deceased."

In 1820 Henry Cook wrote his will, leaving all estate, both real and personal, to wife Elizabeth, who was named as Executrix; son, William Cook, Executor. Henry Cook was dead by 1827, when his heirs who were of age sold 266 acres of land to Randal Harlow. The tract of land was located at Blue Spring Grove, "Being land where on Elizabeth Cook, widow of Henry Cook, deceased, now lives." Life rights were reserved to Elizabeth Cook and two shares for the two youngest children underage.

Elizabeth Cook wrote her will on February 25, 1838, and the same was probated April 7, 1838.Elizabeth Cook names in her will the following children and grand-children:

Daughter, Elizabeth Bradley, son-in-law, Joel Bradley and grand-daughters, Martha Ann Bradley and Perlina Bradley
Daughter, Charlotte (Lotty) Howell
Sons, Elijah, William F., George B., Jesse, Jonathan F. and James F.

The Cook Bible, owned by Mr. J.M. Cook of 803 East Side Court, Horse Cave, Kentucky, lists the following dates for the births of Henry and Elizabeth Cook and their children:

Elizabeth Cook born August 15, 1769
Henry Cook born 1769
Margaret (Peggy) Cook born November 9, 1786
William F. Cook born March 27, 1789
George Cook born November 8, 1790
Jonathan F. Cook born April 13, 1793
Sara Cook born November 17, 1794
Elizabeth Cook born June 19, 1796
Charlotte (Lotty) Cook born August 23, 1799
Polly Cook born September, 1797
James Cook born October 4, 1804
Jesse Cook born March 24, 1807
Elijah Cook born October 4, 1809
Polly Cook died October 4, 1804

The following Barren County Marriages seem to apply to the children of Henry and Elizabeth Cook:

Margaret Cook to Randal Harlow 1806
William R. Cook to Nancy Gumm 1813
George B. Cook to Nancy Howell 1813
Jonathan F. Cook to Malinda Smith 1827
Elizabeth Cook to Joel Bradley 1816
Charlotte Cook to John Howell 1812 (Charlotte died in 1867 -- Johnson County, Illinois)
Jesse Cook* to Elizabeth T. Crain March 4, 1837

*The above Jesse Cook and Elizabeth (Crain) Cook were great-grandparents of Mr. J.M. Cook, owner of the Cook Bible. Elizabeth was daughter of Nathaniel Crain.

An account of the eleven children of William F. Cook is given in Battle, Perrin and Kniffin's History of Kentucky - Hart County Section -- 1886, so the same is omitted here.

The 1860 Census of Hart County, Kentucky - District 1, P.O. Horse Cave, Kentucky, shows Jonathan F. Cook and Jesse Cook, sons of Henry and Elizabeth, also as residents of Hart County. Jesse Cook is said to have, at one time, operated a Stage Coach, but his occupation in 1860 is listed wagon-maker. His household, (150-145) listed the following members:

Jesse Cook 53 Born Kentucky
Elizabeth 40 Born Kentucky
William N.** 20 Born Kentucky
Elizabeth F. 7 Born Kentucky
Nathan C. 3 Born Missouri
Catherine J. 6 months Born Kentucky
William Prewitt 36 Born Kentucky
Mary E. Prewitt 3 Born Missouri

**The above William N. was grandfather of Mr. J.M. Cook.

In conclusion mention should be made of the fact that in addition to the previously described markers that have been placed at the graves of Rev. Valentine Cook, Phillip and Christina (Cook) Hammon, and the James Estill monument including the name of David Cook, a Highway Marker commemorates the founding and location of Cook's Fort, in what is now Monroe County, West Virginia.

Thus four members of one family had their characters and deed immortalized more than one hundred following their deaths.


1. "Biographical Sketch of the Rev. Valentine Cook" by Edward Stevenson, printed in 1858.

2. "A History of Monroe County, West Virginia," by Oren F. Morton, 1916.

3. "Lists of Swiss Emigrants to the American Colonies," by Foust and Brumbaugh.

4. "History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory," by David E. Johnston.

5. Wills of Greenbrier County, Virginia.

6. Kentucky Lang Grants and Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, by Jillson.

7. Lincoln County, Kentucky Wills and Marriages.

8. Mercer County, Kentucky Marriages.

9. Barren County, Kentucky Wills, Deeds and Marriages.

10. Kentucky Court of Appeals Deeds.

11. D.A.R. Records.

12. Revolutionary Pension Applications and Records.

13. Records supplied by Mrs. B.F. Hughes, permanent Historian of the Phillip Hammon Family Association.

14. Last, but not least, the Family Record from the Henry Cook Bible, supplied by our good friend Mr. J.M. Cook of Horse Cave, Kentucky to whom this manuscript is dedicated and for whose benefit it was compiled.

Ancestral File

name: Valentine COOK
gender: Male
birth: <1728>
afn: 1CW4-F6L
Marriages (1)
spouse: Anna Sussanah BAUGHMAN (AFN: 1CW4-F7S )
marriage: Abt 1750
Submitters (2)
submitter: flstonemets1854169
submitter: tagsr2497629

Source Citation
"Ancestral File v4.19," database, FamilySearch , entry for Valentine COOK.
*Anna Sussanah BAUGHMAN
Ancestral File

name: Anna Sussanah BAUGHMAN
gender: Female
birth: 24 Aug 1732
, Elgg Parish, Zurich, Switzerland
afn: 1CW4-F7S
mother: Margaretha SCHWIZLER (AFN: 1CW4-DPJ )
Marriages (1)
spouse: Valentine COOK (AFN: 1CW4-F6L )
marriage: Abt 1750
Submitters (2)
submitter: flstonemets1854169
submitter: tagsr2497629

Source Citation
"Ancestral File v4.19," database, FamilySearch entry for Anna Sussanah BAUGHMAN. 
Family links: 
  John Hamilton Cook (1700 - 1736)
  Susanna Baughman Cook (1732 - 1807)
  Valentine Cook (1763 - 1822)*
  Christina Cook Hamman (1763 - 1842)*
  William Cook (1770 - 1852)*
*Calculated relationship
Cook's Fort
Monroe County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: unmarked grave
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Debra Polly
Record added: Dec 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82453515

In honor of my 6th great grandfather
- Jennifer
 Added: Jul. 3, 2016
Greenville United Methodist Church and Cemetery was among other sites such as Cooks Mill, Cooks Fort, and Fort Donnelly visited by members of the 2012 Phillip Hamman Family Association (PHFA) reunion in West Virginia. The discovery of the grave marker of ...(Read more)
- BD
 Added: Sep. 29, 2015
My 6th Great Grand Father.
- Marilyn Gosnell-Young
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