*Benjamin Franklin Cook I
born 13 April 1846 Spencer County, Kentucky
died 27 February 1905 Payne County, Oklahoma
buried Flynn Cemetery, Lincoln County, Oklahoma




*Amanda Welsh (Walsh or Welch)
born 23 May 1847 Kentucky
died 11 June 1927 Payne County, Oklahoma
buried Flynn Cemetery, Lincoln County, Oklahoma
married 1866 Larue, Kentucky

*Anna Mae Cook born 3 August 1876 Habb County or Louisville, Franklin County, Kentucky
died 4 February 1914 Payne County, Oklahoma
buried Flynn Cemetery, Lincoln County, Oklahoma
Ellar Cook
Leora Emma Cook
born 2 October 1867 Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
died 23 March 1909 Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma
Burr Cook
Allie Cook
Tom Cook
Birdie Cook
Chester D. "Jack" Cook
born 1889 died 1940
Benjamin Franklin Cook II born 20 April 1893 died 20 February 1955
buried Flynn Cemetery, Lincoln County, Oklahoma

biographical and/or anecdotal:
On the footstone of his grave is says he served as a
"Pvt Co "O" 22 VA Inf." (Private- Company "O" 22nd Virginia Infantry)

notes or source:
from BF Cook's daughter-in-law's papers:
Know ye that Benjamin F.Cook a Private of Captain Mathew W. Tammer?
Company, 22 Regiment of _____________Veterens Enfentary Volunteers, who
was enrolled on the first day of November one thousand eight hundred and
sixty four to serve one year of _________the war,, is hearby discharged
from the service of the United States this 24 day of July 18, 186_(5)?, at
Louisville,Kentucky by reason of G O 26 A 2
July 3, 1865.
No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.
Said Benjamin F. Cook was born in Spencer County, in the state of Kentucky
is eighteen years of age . five feet seven inches high, dark complexion,
hazel eyes, dark hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a farmer.
Given at Louisville, Ky this 24 day of July 1865.
_R P ?_________
commanding the regt.
Capt 10 Mich Enfentry
ACM 2nd _____14 AC

Thomas Sheen or Shen or Sheu
Colonel __________Regt

?William Allen Cook (born 1810/or 1814, VA).
He had many children, one of which was Mary (born 1841, Alabama). They lived in
and around Greene County, Alabama. The 1850 Census has them living in Greene County.
His occupation was listed as "Overseer", and Mary's age, at that time, noted as nine years old.

William A. Cook (age 36)
Elizabeth Raglan Ussery Cook (wife,age 32)
Mordecai Cook (age 14)
Mary Cook (age 9)
Henry Clay Cook (age 5)
Benjamin Franklin Cook (age3)

Amanda WELSH
Spouse: Benjamin Franklin COOK
If there were any Welches or Cooks in Franklin County Kentucky for the 1850 Census I didn't find them in all 217 pages...

Cook, Benjamin F. 1850-1859 CD317 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1850 (#317)
Cook, Benjamin F. 1860-1869 KY CD318 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1860 (#318)
Cook, Benjamin F. 1890-1940 TN CD155 Military Records: Civil War Confederate Pension Applications Index, 1890-1940 (#155)
Cook, Benjamin F. 1870-1879 KY CD319 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1870 (#319) Cook, Benjamin F. 1850-1859 KY WFT Vol.28 WFT Volume 28. Tree: 2625

There were a number of Cook's from Va. that migrated to the Arkansa in the late 1700-early 1800's. I have a Benjamin F Cook married SUSAN F. MEREDITH ON 12-18-1850, and a Benjamin F. Cook, Jr.(Born: 31 Aug 1816 Franklin Co., Va
died 14 Dec 1884 St. Clair Co., Mo
buried Behind Brush Creek School, Osceola, Mo
who married Julia A. Mitchell (Birth: Abt 1824
<Franklin Co., Va.> Death: 1849) on 9-5-1842. These people came from Franklin Co., Va.

Benjamin Franklin Cook, born (perhaps) in Bowling Green, Ky

Dean, I'm not exactly sure about the migration route of your Benjamin to
Arkansas, but if history is correct, there was a lot of movement westward in
the late 1700's and early to middle 1800's.

First, let me say that my source of family history has come from several
sources. One, there was a book written by Stubbs, first published in 1895,
entitled "Mordecai Cooke of Mordecai Mount in Gloucester Co., Va.". He
complied much of his research by letters of 'ole Mordecai, personal
interviews, and search in Gloucester Co. His first edition didn't mention my
line of his family. Stubbs updated his family history in a book published in
1925. In that edition, information on the line is listed from the son of a
Mordecai Cook, b-1821 in Virginia. It has been further stated that my aunt
provided some info. to Stubbs in connection with her family who was also
living in Danville, Va early in the 1900's. Incidently, both books are
available thriogh the Morman Family History Library on film strip.

I have cruised both editions of this book, and have an applicable section of
the 1925 edition pertaining to my line. Also, there is info. in the Morman
Ancestral File computer program which provides partial descendancy on a John
Cooke, b- around 1733. If you would like the info., I'll be glad to make a
copy and send it to you. Of course, I'll need your mailing address.

Here's what I know about my line, and some of your line. If we go back to
'ole Mordecai Cooke, b- ca 1622, married Susan Peasley, a widow, around
1647-8 in Gloucester Co. they had four sons, I believe, one whom was a
Thomas, b-1650. We don't know who this Thomas married, nor when, but it is
alledged that one son was a Benjamin Cook. I personally believe there was
another generation between Thomas and this Benjamin. This Benjamin
supposedly married a "Mary" which will be clarified later.

There are researchers who say that this Benjamin was living in Amelia County
in the period after 1725. It is said that this Benjamin and Mary may have
had at least two children- John, b-1730-33, and a William.

The above time in Virginia was an expansion period to the west in the state,
and really creates confusion for researchers. The area where Benjamin and
John ultimately settled is now Franklin County. However, earlier, it was
Halifax, Lundenburg, Pittyslvania, and Henry Counties. I know that in the
1749 Lunenburg Tithes list a Benjamin, John and Mrs. Cook. This is probably
my line, but don't know for sure.

We know that a John Cook was in the Amelia and Pittsylvania Malita, and was
given land at Snow Creek, now SE Franklin Co., Va. Also, that Benjamin and
this John were land owners in the area.

We don't know where or when this John Cook was married, but probably a
Martha Woodson. We know that a Benjamin F. was b- 1757-9, and that there
were possibly other children, including a Shem, Elizabeth, Lucy and a John

It is felt that your line may come from this John (JR.), possibly b-1775
(?)and d-1858(?) married Amy Belcher in 12-14-1805.They apparently had seven
children, including a Benjamin F. Cook, b-8-18-1816 and d- 12-20-1885 in St.
Clair, Mo. He married Susan A.F. Merdith in 10-2-1830, and then Julia A.
Mitchell in 12-14-1850. I may have the spouses flip flopped.

My line descends from from Benjamin F. who married Sarah "Sally" Fuqua of
Campbell Co., Va in 1783. They ultimately settled and lived the rest of
their lives at Snow Creek. Benjamin F. died in 1830, and along with his wife
and some family members is buried in a family cemetery there. I have a copy
of his will.

My quest now is to varify the pedigree from my Benjamin F. back to 'ole
Mordecai Cooke(?). The mystery is where did Benjamin and his son, John
(SR.), go from the Snow Creek area of what is now Franklin Co., Va.
Apparently, Benjamin Cook died in the 96 District of SC sometime in the
1770's, and possibly John Cook died in NC or GA in the 1780's. They list
Benjamin's wife was a "Mary' and John's wife was a Martha.
I have yet to find their wills, although they were recorded in Henry Co.
before Franklin Co. was formed in 1786.

I hope the above info. is of some help in your quest for your family
pedigree. I'm still looking, and hopefully will resolve the mysteries some
day. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Sam Cook