The following letter I received from a Mr Cook may exsplain the Cook Alexander conection or part of it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good to hear from another cousin.Considering your surname, you obviously descend from Joseph, but how? I hope you can open a word document.I'm attaching a Word document, generated Family Tree Maker and saved as a Word doc.Julia Ann Alexander was my great great grandmother.She m. George Allhands back there in Montgomery County. My late father was born there.The attachment will begin, of course, and show what I've come up with regarding her ancestry.I don't claim that it is error free, yet.Any input you guys may have will be appreciated.
Frankly, although I knew of Joseph Alexander I had been stone walled for many years,not being able to prove that he was my Richard Alexander's father.Richard was shown in the 1850 census and signed for Julia Ann to marry...then he disappeared...for me.Eventually, through internet connect to Betty Moutray, I discovered that he had gone back to Clark County, Ohio and died there between the two census records.His wife, Frances Malone moved back to Indiana to live with children.Both she and Richard are Benton County...they brought his body back from Ohio.
Buried in Sugar Grove cemetery also is my 4th great grandfather James W. Cook.He was only 18 years old.He married in January of 1847 in Illinois.He died in July and his wife bore his son that November. That's how close I came to not even existing.When I began this my family never even knew the Cooks had been in Indiana.Yet James W. is buried less that five miles from where Dad was born.
Joseph Alexander has had a new stone placed by the area chapter of the S.A. R.The old one was very difficult to read.
I have most of what you sent.In fact I have Photocopy of Joseph's original pension application in original script.I did not have much of that in your last message...references to various other records of Malone, etc. mostly from other published material...glad to have it.