October 28, 1929
Dear Emma & All,
letter came to hand 26th. I sure was glad to hear
from you. I thought you had forgotten me. When
did your father die. I was thinking of him the
other day & wondering if he was still living.
will tell you all I can about your Grandma. I
remember her. I was just 7 years old the last
time I seen her. But mother told me a lot about
her. I am not sure but think the people that she
was bound to name was Uptigraph but I may be
mistaken it might have been Eppley. They was very
cross to her & did not treat her very good.
Now I will tell you all I can & maybe you
wont want to know all this.
name was Martin Cook, your Grandmas father his
first wife was Elizabeth Firebaugh. Their oldest
daughter was Polly Cook Smitley, the second your
Grandma, the 3 Rebecca. She married James Moore a
brother to your Grandpa. The 4th was twin girls
Susan & Catharine my Mother. Susan married
Tom Moore a brother to your Grandpa. My Mother
married James Arbaugh. When my mother was 4 years
old Grandpa married Magdalen Swineheart. They had
4 children: Adam Martin, Sally & Delila.
Adam married Hettie Long & I dont know
if any of them are living yet or not. They were
just before my mother died 1916. Aunt Hettie
lived in New Philadelphia with her son, Homer.
Aunt Hettie had 5 girls & one boy. I
dont know who Uncle Martin married. Aunt
Sallie married Charles Reed. She had 2 sons.
George he lived in New Philadelphia. The youngest
son Charley lived about 100 miles west of me. I
visited them once & he was here once. The
last time I heard from him he was in Omaha
Polly never had any children. Aunt Rebecca had 5.
They lived in St. Louis, Mo. We visited them
often & was down there the 4 of this month
& visited the children, but Mothers
sisters are all dead. Aunt Delila Long died about
12 years ago. Grandpa Cook was born down in the
old Glades in Pennsylvania & Grandma his wife
was born in Ohio. Both of his wives were born in
Ohio. My brother Levi was not at home very much
is the reason he could not tell you very much.
Mother told me everything about her family &
if I could see you I could tell more than I can
write. You might be able to find Homer Cook in
New Philadelphia if he is living.
Susan had 8 children. Her husband ran off with a
woman & left her to take care of all the
children. Mother always said Uncle Isaac your
Grandpa was the only one of the Moores that was
of any account & she thought he was such a
good man. Uncle Jim left Aunt Becca during the
Civil War. He went to the south & she begged
him not to go & she told him if he went,
& would fight against the north she never
would live with him & he said he was going
& would shoot his own brother down. So they
never lived together again. He married again
& she lived with her children in St. Louis.
had, lots of sorrow since I visited you in the
inside of 2 years my 2 brothers, Sister Maryann,
1 nephew, 2 cousins, my twin daughter & her 2
children died. I never can get over loosing her.
She was 31 years old. All my children are married
& we are all alone. One son lives half a mile
from us & our daughter 7 ½ miles from us
& our younger son is traveling auditor for
the Sinclair Oil Co. He is in nearly every state.
His wife goes with him.
Sister Maryann. Her daughter was not good to her
& she sure did treat me terrible after I went
back there from your place & when she died I
did not get the word for some time. One of my
cousins wrote to me. How are your boys. Are they
married yet. How is Mr. Ream. Give him my
regards. Does Kit still teach. Tell her hello for
me & is the maid that was there when I was
there still living. I have forgotten her name.
been in poor health since April. Took the rest
cure. Did not work very much for 3 months I have
leakage of the heart, but am better now &
doing my work. How are all of you. It is raining
today, We had a snow storm last week but did not
last very long. Now I hope this will help you
some & if you think of anything else write
& if I can will tell you.