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This information comes from "The Journal of Alexander Che(s)ney A South Carolina Loyalist in the Revolution and After":


Cook's in the Census


"We learn the early history of the John Cook Family. Alexander Cheney, the elder of Dunclug County of Antrim, Ireland, m. Jane FULTON whose sister, Sarah FULTON, m. John COOK. The author of "The Journal" was a grandson of Alexander Cheney and his wife."



John Cook, b. abt. 1707 in Dunclug, County of Antrim, Ireland, and his wife, Sarah Fulton, b. abt. 1711 in Dunclug, County of Antrim, Ireland, m. 1731 in County of Antrim, emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1757. At the Court of September 24, 1757, John Cook was one of several who "being Quakers or such who were conscientiously scuple to take an ooath, being also Foreigners", by affirmation were naturalized in Pennsylvania. He died in Pennsylvania and Sarah moved on to South Carolina and by 1772 had settled near Grindal Shoals on Pacolet River about five miles from the river in the portion of Union County which became Cherokee County. When Alexander Cheny, the younger, arrived in this area, he lived for a time at the home of his Aunt Sarah COOK. Later, he obtained grants for land along the river.



John and Sarah Cook were the parents of Hugh, John, and Nancy, who were unmarried and living at home with their mother in 1772. Son Thomas and daughter Sarah, who married Charles BRANDON, had already established their homes nearby. A land grant for 300 acres was made to Sarah Cook.


Sarah Cook's will dated 4 May 1783, gives her house and plantation in Ninety-Six District to her grandsons, George, John,and Christopher Cook


The 1800 Union County census lists Thomas Cook and wife, both over 45 years of age with seven children. Three of their sons were Hugh, John, and William

William COOK m. Martha (3x Gr. Grandparents) who was b. 1776. They had the following children: William b. 1806 m. Lucinda; **Alfred b. 1815 m. Nancy FOSTER, second wife Elizabeth; John b. 1821 m. Eliza; Mathias.


William (1806) and Lucinda COOK had the following children: Julia Ann COOK b. 1806 m. Francis MABRY. d. 1867; Lemuel J. "Leonard" COOK b. 1829; Sara COOK b. 1831; Francis C. COOK b. 1832; Mary E. COOK b. 1838; Smith N. COOK b. 1841 d. 1862; Cordelia V. COOK b. 1844; Martha Jane COOK b. 1848; Delilah Jane COOK b. 1849; Inez COOK b. 1852.



Alfred Cook (b. 18 Apr 1815) m.Nancy FOSTER b. 19 Apr 1813, d/o James "Bully Jim" FOSTER and Jincy MILLER. Alfred was partially paralyzed from a wound received while serving during the Mexican American War. Children of Alfred and Nancy: Martha Jane b. 1834 m. Robert "Robin" ADAMS. Second husband was Klough GARNER. Martha d. in 1907; Rebecca b. 1839 d. 1923 m. William IVEY. Second husband was Thomas Adams; Malinda b. 1842 m. Stephen Dunaway. Second husband was Smith COOK, third husband was John ADAMS; Salina m. Adolph MOTT; **Julia m. Joseph "Frank" BLACKWOOD On 22 Dec 1849, Nancy Foster Cook died and was buried in the Foster Family Cemetery near Pinckneyville. After Nancy's death, Alfred m. Elizabeth. The 1870 census lists Alfred, ELizabeth, and two children, Robert COOK b. 1867 and Lou Sara COOK b. 1869


On 31 May 1887, after walking to and from a neighbors home, Alfred sat down at the dinner table for a meal, Suddenly, he toppled from his chair dead. He was buried in Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery in Cherokee County near the Cook Homestead.



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