Over the next several years Samuel and Temperance had 7 children.
1761: a son was born
1765: a son was born
A son, William Hodges Cooke was born
1774: A daughter, Temperance was born
A son, George Whitefield Cooke was born
A daughter, Ann was born about 1774
A son, Samuel was born
In Dutchess County there were 1820 signers, and 964 persons who refused to sign. Some qualified their signatures by certain restrictions. Lists were recorded of those who signed and of those who refused to sign, and are preserved in the American Archives. They show a radical difference in the views even of members of the same family, and in some of the Precincts, almost an equal division in numbers. Source: History of Dutchess County, p.95-96
June – July 1775, Samuel Cook signed the Articles of Association document as a resident of the Poughkeepsie Precinct.
Source: History of Dutchess County, p.107
Known for his encyclopedic knowledge and his love of literature, Henry Livingston was a farmer, surveyor and Justice of the Peace, a judicial position dealing with financially limited criminal and civil cases. One of the first New Yorkers to enlist in the Revolutionary Army in 1775, Major Henry Livingston accompanied his cousin's husband, General Montgomery, in his campaign up the Hudson River to invade Canada, leaving behind his new wife, Sarah Welles, and their week-old baby, on his Poughkeepsie property, Locust Grove. Following this campaign, Livingston was involved in the War as a Commissioner of Sequestration, appropriating lands owned by British loyalists and selling them for the revolutionary cause.
I have the pleasure to inform you that yesterday afternoon my wife was a Joyful mother of a fine daughter- -a circumstance in providence I highly rejoice at- -You know the feelings of a father Sir on these occasions However I expect to be ready almost or quite as soon as the men here. As no man enters with more zeal into the service of his country than myself - Captain Dubois is now by me & tells me His men are in high spirits & want to be in motion & only want camp kettles & blankets to march immediately- Captain Billings writes to you himself- I must with sorrow tell you the Committees of this county had had but very little success(?) in purchasing arms Only the Committee of Poughkeepsie have done well. That precinct alone have furnished between 30 & 40 flintlocks that with little of the gunsmiths aid may do very well- I waited the result of the County Committees proceedings before I proceed (to) take any other method, & wait now for further orders in this particular - The county committees however I am informed this moment are resolved to impress arms from these gentlemen that state the liberties of America - perhaps a line from you directing in this affair may be very necessary.
If by your influence Sir you can any way get Doctor Cooke with us this would give universal satisfaction- I know the man, & our family & neighborhood have long experienced the effects of his skill & for my part it would considerably alleviate the evils of a campaign to have a surgeon at hand whose abilities was well apprised of & could confide in, My Brother Doctor Livingston was with me yesterday & desires his love to you.
I am sir your humble servant
Henry Livingston Junior
"SIR: I am desired by Colonel Clinton to inform the honourable the Provincial Congress, that drums are wanting for the respective Companies that compose his Regiment. He also desired me to mention our medicine chest; suppose, however, we shall find that and the drums at Albany. With respect to Dr. Samuel Cooke, the gentleman nominated Surgeon to our Regiment, I am authorized to inform your, Sir, that he attended several days in New-York for his examination, but at length by one contingency or other came away without it. He at first applied to Dr. Jones, who would not examine him unless Dr. Bard (who was out of Town) was present. The matter was stated to the Congress, who ordered that one of the members should wait on Dr. Jones, and inform him that an examination by him alone would satisfy them. Dr. Jones, however, declined. After Dr. Bard’s return, there was a day appointed for the business, but that day both Dr Jones and Bard were called to Long Island. Dr. Cooke, being very unwell at the time, could stay no longer, having attended several days to no purpose.
"Those officers and soldiers who are acquainted with Dr. Cooke and his practice, and good success both as physician and surgeon, are very desirous to have his appointment confirmed, and as we expect to march in two or three days, are exceedingly anxious that he may be acquainted with it, and follow us as soon as possible.
"I am, Sir, your obedient humble servant,
"HENRY LIVINGSTON, JUN.
"To the Hon. Peter V. B. Livingston, Esq."
Source: [1775-08-21] Livingston, Henry, Jr., Major; New-York, Congress. [S4-V3-p0555]
Ordered, That Dr. Samuel Cooke be appointed Surgeon, and be is hereby appointed Surgeon to the Third Regiment of Troops raised in this Colony, and at the request of Mr. Henry Livingston, Jun., the Major of the said Regiment, which he says is with the consent of a considerable number of the said Regiment.
Ordered, That the examination of Dr. Samuel Cooke be dispensed with, and that he be appointed Surgeon, notwithstanding he has neglected to be examined according to the standing order of this Congress, but that this shall not be a precedent in any other instance.
Mr. John Stephenson sent into Congress a certificate of Dr. John Jones and Dr. Bard, which was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
"This is to certify that we, the subscribers, agreeable to an order of the Provincial Congress, have examined Mr. John Stephenson, respecting his knowledge in physick and surgery, and that we find him competently qualified to act as a Surgeon' s Mate.
“JOHN JONES, M.D.”
"SAMUEL BARD, M. D."
Ordered, That Mr. John Stephenson be appointed, and he is hereby appointed, Surgeon' s Mate to the Third Regiment of Troops now raised in this Colony; and Ordered, That he join his Regiment with all possible dispatch. Mr. Bedford Williams, who was on the 16th instant appointed Surgeon' s Mate to the Second Regiment, agreeable to a standing order of this House, produced a certificate of Dr. John Jones and Dr. Bard, which is in the words following, to wit: "This is to certify that we, the subscribers, agreeable to an order of the Provincial Congress, have examined Mr.
Bedford Williams, respecting his knowledge in physick and surgery, and that we find him competently qualified to act as a Surgeon' s Mate.
"JOHN JONES, M. D.
"SAMUEL BARD, M. D."
Ordered, That Mr. Bedford Williams' s appointment of Surgeon' s Mate stand confirmed, and that he join his Regiment with all possible dispatch.
Source: [1775-08-25] New-York, Congress. [S4-V3-p0555-556]
September 2, 1775: Samuel Cooke and Lt. John Langdon arrived at Albany.
Source: Journal of Major Henry Livingston of the Third New York Continental Line August to December 1775
Autograph letter signed ("Samuel Cooke"), probably to General James Clinton, "Head Quarters before Quebec, 6, January 1776.
Dr. Cook announces defeat at Quebec." A New York surgeon with the Canada expedition reports on the American defeat and begs for medical assistance:
"Before this you have heard I doubt not of our defeat. Our loss is too great in so good a cause and we have more than forty officers killed & taken [prisoner]. Our Regiment is praying for your arrival...for we are sheep without a shepherd....Pray be pleased to order my mate [fellow surgeon] down we have great numbers of sick & wounded. I understand he has been...as far as Point a Trembles & returned again to Montreal...."
--COOKE, Samuel. Autograph manuscript "Account of the Names of Prisoners taken at the Parish of St. Peters...Canada...."
"An acct. of Prisoners taken below Quebec." The list contains some 44 French and English names arranged in two columns; at the head is "Revd. Mr. Borga wounded in the Belly." On the back Cooke notes that some men were "taken by a party of Continental & Canadian troops under...Major Lewis Dubois."
Provenance: See note preceding 316. Spring of 1777 3rd New York was stationed at Fort Mongtomery not sure Cooke was there, working on confirmation.
Dr. Samuel Cooke of Poughkeepsie called the attention of these Commissioners to the twenty-three acre lot, for which Mr. Beardsley had been given a deed originally, but which the charter had confirmed to the Church. Dr. Cooke was a resident physician, in practice at Poughkeepsie from 1767, who seemed to be alive to the chance of obtaining bargains in real estate through the sales made by the Commissioners of Forfeiture. He bought, as has been mentioned, ninety-six acres of Mr. Crannell's land, and apparently attempted to secure the twenty- three acre lot by having it confiscated as the property of the departed Tory clergyman.
William Emott wrote Mr. Beardsley, later, regarding Dr. Cooke's action, that the confiscation "was Averted By our personal appearance before the Governor, Attorney-General, and board of Commissioners, Where our title was duly examined, And your Agency manifested by the Records remaining in the Secretary's office, whereby you obtained the title and confirmation for the Corporation, without any reservation; expressly declaring that the Church were the sole proprietors of the said lands."
Although the church was closed while the war lasted,
and many of its members regarded with suspicion by the
1 Appendix, Beardsley papers, No. 14.
Source: Records of Christ church volume II
5th Regiment Listing from the state comptroller of NY (Document http://dunhamwilcox.net/ny/ny_rev_5th_reg.htm) 1779 JOURNALS OF THE MILITARY EXPEDITION OF MAJOR GENERAL JOHN SULLIVAN AGAINST THE SIX NATIONS OF INDIANS IN 1779 WITH RECORDS OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS (doc available http://usgwarchives.net/pa/1pa/1picts/sullivan/roster.html) see this section for excellent detail on DuBois and his resignation http://books.google.com/books?id=Q8olDBcZM_IC&pg=PA201&lpg=PA201&dq=samuel+cooke+surgeon&source=bl&ots=Ls8aBZzArd&sig=iFxMk-ztv06u9mn5RFIQEDSFcS4&hl=en&ei=HLQ5TJOfHIKC8gaj_cmmBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDUQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=samuel%20cooke%20surgeon&f=false Very important book must download describes conditions in winter of Du Bois regiment Must download book http://www.archive.org/details/historyofnewpalt01ralp
Source:Page 120 Abstract of Wills – Liber 36m
May 3, 1783: Samuel Cooke wrote his will with William Terry, tailor, Sebre Fish, hatter, both of Poughkeepsie Precinct, James Livingston Proved Aug 18 1783
May 28, 1783: Funeral sermon and burial at the Dutch Church in Poughkeepsie was officiated by Rev. Wheeler Case.
Buried 5/28 at the Dutch Church burial ground in Poughkeepsie.
Source: 10,000 vital records of New York p56 – 57, Death Notice in Dutchess County p. 30
August 31, 1804: Temperance Cook Land in Poughkeepsie
From the survey of Dutchess Turnpike Map 29A Filed August 31, 1804
S58E 16 16 Over the Old Road on the land of Temperance Cook to a stake in Peter Deremer’s Land East of his house and north of Old Road.
Source: The Eagle’s History of Poughkeepsie p n85
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