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In the pension file for Louisa Funk Cook to draw on deceased husband William Cook, Louisa states her father and younger sister Susannah drown while going down the Mississippi River on a flat boat, while in the process of moving. She further states that a chest shifted knocking them into the water. She states that her siblings were Maggie, John, Catherine, David, Jane, Mary Ann, and Susanna. She states that John was bonded out to a man named Prugh. She does not mention the parents names; however in the 1850 census we find a household consisting of Abraham Funk 37, Hannah his wife 40, and six children, Catherine 15, Louisa 14, Magdalin 12, Susan 10, Mary A 5 and David H 1. We also find John in the household of David and Mary Ann Prugh in 1850. Our Jane was not born untill after David, so was probably not born yet.

The 1870 census finds Hannah a widow in the house with David and next door is Jane 19, and Wm K Grimm 25, and baby Hannah 1. They are all living in Jersey County Illinois.

John is in Montgomery Co., Ohio with David and Mary Ann Prugh in 1850 and 1860 I did not find Hannah.

Louisa states that John later Joined the Civil War Union but kept deserting and rejoining in different areas for the fee paid for enlisting. She states she thought he was found out and in trouble over it.

Pension file states that Louisa was married first to James Derby and that they moved to Negro Hill Arkansas (now called Georgetown) near where the Red River runs into the White River. It further states that he died there leaving her a widow with a baby. That child became known as Mary Derby Cook after Louisa married William Cook. She states that he is buried in an unmarked grave and that she could watch the Red River go by as they buried him, and that she does not know the name of the cemetery. (Note: I went to the area and the cemetery she describes must be West Point Cemetery. It looks just as she describes it and is the only one that you can see the Red River from.)

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