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Daniel Cook (b. 10 Jun 1763, d. 1823)Daniel Cook (son of Adam M. Cook and Barbara Fleshman)508 was born 10 Jun 1763 in Culpepper County, VA508, and died 1823 in Mercer County, (W)VA.He married Rosanna Wilhoit on 30 Sep 1793 in Culpepper County, VA, daughter of Daniel Wilhoit and Mary Blankenbaker.
Notes for Daniel Cook:
1810 Census - Monroe County, (W)VA - Page 2
Daniel Cook Household
3 males under 10 (b. 1800-1810) - David, Cornelius & Ephraim
1 male 10 to 15 (b. 1795-1800) - Joel
1 male 16 to 25 (b. 1785-1794) - Abram
1 male 45 and over (b. 1765 or bef.) - Daniel
4 females under 10 (b. 1800-1810) - Anna, Dinah, Jemima & Elizabeth
1 female 26 to 44 (b. 1766-1784) - Rosanna
11 in household
*Rhoda would've been about 13 and wasn't listed in this household.
Daniel Cook was not born in GERMANY as others, myself included, have written about him. His father, Adam Cook was born in German, but came to Virginia in 1717, with the second group of Germans to arrive on our shores. Daniel Cook, as well as his wife Rosanna Wilhoit, were both born in Culpepper County, Virginia.
Letter written by grandson of Daniel Cook dated 1883
My Note: I found a copy of this letter in the library at Hinton WV - L H P
Adam Cook grew to manhood in GERMANY. He married and raised a family, but I can give you only a part of the names of the members of his family. I know of three sons; Daniel, Ephriam, and John. All three came to America. Daniel and Ephriam moved to WEST Virginia, and John to Kentucky. We are descendants of Daniel Cook, and I will speak of him in particular.When he was a young man of 18, he joined the army of the Revolution under George Washington. We have every reason to believe that he was at the siege of Yorktown and saw Cornwallis surrender to Washington. And march out to the tune, "The World Is Upside Down" and hand his sword over to Washington. He was there to see our country freed from the Mother Country, and become the land of the free and the home of the brave. He helped fight the battles that gave us liberty and the right to worship God according to our own beliefs. I am glad to say our grandfather, Daniel Cook, was there and helped gain victory for liberty we now enjoy. Let us as a family stand by the Stars and Stripes, the Union and the Constitution. I believe we have the best government on Earth. I am glad I am an American.
A few years after he retired from the battlefield to his home, Daniel Cook formed an acquaintance with a young, German lady by the name of Roseanna Wilhoit, and they were married in 1792. He was 30 years of age and she was 18. We have no photographs of them, but I will try to draw you a picture in writing. Daniel Cook was just a little below average in height, had broad shoulders, and was muscular. He had black hair and blue eyes, and red whiskers. In his manner, he was loud and outspoken. In his dealings, he was honest and upright. His wife was somewhat the reversed. She was tall and large, had black hair and brown eyes. She was rather of a timid nature, was neat and clean in her home, and very domestic. She was always ready to feed the hungry and help the needy. She strictly attended to her own affairs, and said no harm of anyone, and it is said she died without an enemy.
To this happy couple were born 13 children; 8 sons and 5 daughters. They were as follows, beginning with the oldest: Abram, Joel, Rhoda, Anna, David, Dinah, Cornilus, Jeannie, Ephriam, John, James and Madison.
In 1823 Daniel Cook died from an injury he got from a fall. He was climbing, his hand slipped and he fell with his stomach across the fence, receiving internal injuries; and resulting in his death a few days later. His funeral took place at his home on the South bank of the New River, Summers County, WV The remains were taken about a mile up the river in a boat to the cemetery, which was on the opposite side of the river. The funeral procession walked to the ferry about 40 rods from the house, just below the falls. The transportation took considerable time, as the procession was about a mile long. As they proceeded to the North bank of the river, the remains of Daniel Cook floated in a boat on the broad, silvery surface of the New River to his last resting-place. He was lowered into the vault in the presence of his bereaved family and a large circle of friends. Thus ended the days of one of Washington's brave soldiers, and a good man.
In 1833 most of the family emigrated to Indiana, and some of them became homesick for the mountains of WV and returned home, leaving grandmother and 4 sons in Indiana. All of the family was buried in WV except for Grandmother and the 4 sons; Abram, Joel, John, and Madison who were buried in Indiana.
Joel Cook was married June 2, 1820 to Nancy Farley, who was the daughter of Capt. Matt Farley.To this union 2 sons and 3 daughters were born. Four were born in WV and one in Indiana. Joel Cook went to Indiana in 1830, where he lived the remained of his life. His first wife died June 2, 1835. They lived together 15 years to the day. Joel Cook remarried three years save one day to Susanna Rodgers, the daughter of Nathan Rogers, who came from Davidson County, North Carolina. To this union 10 children were born. All are living at the present time.
In 1883 Brother Harrison and I visited our grandfather's home in WEST Virginia. On November 10, we took the train at New Castle, Indiana, and arrived in Columbus, Ohio at 11 o'clock the same day, again taking the train at 5 o'clock we arrived at Ashland, Kentucky a 9 p.m. We remained there overnight. We then took the 7:30 morning train on the C. & O. Railroad. We next came to Huntington, WEST Virginia. At this point the traveler bids adieu to the Ohio River hills and after crossing the Guyandotte River we soon entered the valley of the great Kanawha. The train then accelerates its pace and we are rushing up the greatcanyons on the New River. On the Kanawha the cliffs and mountains are on one side of the road while on the other side of the road are frequent pastoral landscapes. Now the scene is changing. The mountains close in from a valley to a gap, contracts to a canyon and then the canyon becomes a mere defile. Hawk's Nest frowns a thousand feet above as id indignant at such intrusion on its solitary majesty.
The roadbed is cut into the solid face of the cliffs and over Adamantine Bets the trains speeds without a jar and swings the curves with the ease of a bird. Looking back you see the way closing behind you as you turn a bend forward and the engine seems to be rushing to certain destruction, attempting to hang on to the everlasting hills, but as the door behind you shuts, the one before you mysteriously opens.
At four o'clock in the evening we arrive at Hinton, W. Va. And inquire for Uncle Martin Cadle. We cross the river on a ferry, hire a guide, and proceed to climb the mountain. We arrive at our Uncle's house at 10 p.m., receive a hearty welcome, had a short conversation, and Uncle showed us to our room upstairs. In preparing for bed, I threw my clothes on a chair Uncle said my grandfather, Daniel Cook, had made 75 years ago.
The next morning was clear and beautiful and we started for the Cook Community nine miles away, arriving at Uncle James Cook's and stayed the night. Next morning we visited Uncle Cornilus Cook, and were received joyfully. He entertained us in old Virginia style. The next morning, we with our Uncle began climbing Bend Mountain. When we got to the highest point, we saw sights I have never beheld. The beauty of it took my breath away. You could see for miles. One of the peaks was called Angel something or other, I can't recall what. Uncle said it was 50 miles away in the adjoining state. We could see the fog raising off of New River, with the beautiful mountains forming a stunning back drop. We could trace its course to the place it passes through the Allegheny Mountains. As I viewed this scene, I thought of Moses as he stood on the mountaintop and saw the Promised Land for the first time.
We descended to the other side, picking up a few chestnuts under a large chestnut tree, and then we returned to Uncle's house. That evening we received considerable instructions concerning our ancestry. The next morning, we with our uncle, descended the steep side of the mountain for more than three miles. On reaching the bottom, we found ourselves in one of the most remarkable places I have ever seen. There was about three acres of level land hemmed in by tall mountains. It looked as if it had been let down into a great pit, more than a thousand feet up, with no way to escape. In this solitary place, there was the most profound silence, not even the song of a bird was to be heard. In the morning it was 9 o'clock before we could see the sun and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon it disappeared from sight.
After visiting our Uncles and one Aunt, we made our way to the site of Grandfather's old home place. We went down to a small stream called Tom's Run to the place it empties into the New River. I thought it was the most lovely site I have ever seen, and could well understand the homesickness felt by the ones who returned to this Paradise. The river is straight for about 3 miles with high mountains on one side, the bottom being narrow. Grandfather's home was on WEST End of this valley. We passed over some of the fields where he had once grew his corn. Two of our Uncles were there to show us places of interest. We came to where once had stood our grandfather's house. The house was gone, but the foundation and the remains of the fallen chimney were still there. I stood on the ruins of the house, amid scenes of beauty and grandeur At my left, stood Stoackley's Mountain, where a man by that name had been killed and scalped by the Indians. About 40 feet away were the falls of the New River, the water plunging over a ledge of stone. Beyond us a mountain called Alum Roch stood the full width of the river. We crossed the river in a boat, landing at the base of a mountain, made our way up the river road to Captain Matt Farley's place, which is still standing. We went to the door and were introduced to the lads of the house, and asked permission to exam the house. The inside looked old. It is made of pine logs, hewed, and it is two story high. It had a large stone chimney at the north side. I went inside and the first room had a large stone fireplace, built in the old Virginia style.
Upstairs I found another fireplace. A window in the WEST Side gives me a nice view of the river. This is the oldest house I was ever in. We knew it stood there in 1820. It was probably there many years before that time. We then visited grandfather's grave, and crossing the river, we went to Aunt Anna Cook Farley's place. After a pleasant visit with her, we visited a few other places and returned home.
Daniel Cook had 13 children; 133 grandchildren and 540 great grandchildren that I know of.
Source: A. A. Hopkins
Daniel Cook built his log cabin on the right bank of Tom's Run about 300 yards above the mouth of the lower end of Crump's Bottom. The writer has seenthis site many times. It is certain he established his permanent home there about 1800
Note: If this is true, then Daniel Cook, not Drewry Farley was the first permanent White settler in the Pipestem area. It is a fact that Drewry was still living in Monroe County when the 1810 census was taken.
In this humble home, Daniel Cook and his wife, Rosanna Wilhoit, raised 13 children, until he came to his death just before the middle of the 19th century, when he came to the end of his long, useful life full of honor for having done his part in helping to conquer the Wilderness. Daniel Cook and his wife must have passed away before the 1840 census of Mercer, nor does it have the names of 5 of his sons.
Note: Daniel was dead, but Rosanna was still alive in 1840, living in Hancock County, Indiana
The old gentleman came to his death by a fall backwards from the fence in front of his house. His neck was broken in the fall, being a very large and heavy man. His wife soon followed him in death (this is wrong). They rest about a mile below the mouth of Indian Creek in Forest Hill District on the Capt Marr Farley Plantation, known as the James Dickinson Place. This old cemetery is entirely covered by the backflow of the waters of the Blueston Dam. Thus the last resting place of the ancestors of the Farley and the Cooks is forever hidden from the sight of man. When the angel, Gabriel, stands with one foot on land and the other on the sea, and proclaims that time shall be no more, their sould shall come forth in resplendant glory bright shining as the sun to hear the welcome salutation, "Well done good and faithful servant. Inherit the home prepared for you from the foundation of the world"
To Daniel Cook and his wife, Rosanna Wilhoit, a large family of 13 children were born; Abram, Joel, David, Cornelius, Ephriam, John, James, Madison, Rhoda, Anna, Dinah, Jemina, and Elizabeth.
The average of these ancient Cooks at death was almost 90 years. They were a long lived family.
Several of the Cooks and Farleys from Indiana have visited their kinfolks in Summers County, bun none recently. When they came to Pipestem, they all took back a good supply of the reed, Spiraca, which makes good home made pipestems.
The writer would like to say that several of the ancient Cook family married into the older Farley family. Four of Drewry Farley's children married 4 of Daniel Cook's children.
The Cook, Farley, Lilly and Meador/Meadows families have intermarried together so much that their histories are very closely blended. It is quite difficul to trace the exact relationship of thes numerous large families.
The ancient Cook family, as far as I know, were all Baptist in their religion and Democrates in their politics. Many of the old Cook family are laid to rest in the old family church yard on the farm first settled by Drewry Farley near Rocky Mount Church.
The first settlement on Indian Creek was made by Cooks about 1770. This is near Indian Mills and there they built a fort still known as Cook's Fort. In this fort, the surrounding settlers of Bradshaw Run, Indian Creek and Sinking Creek would gather at alarm of the approach of Indians. The horses and cattle were allowed to roam with bells hung around their necks. The horses and cattle would be gathered into the fort to prevent the Indians from stealing them.
We are not able to state with certainty just what generation of Cooks made that settlement at Indian Creek. Some historians think the Cooks of Indian Creek were cousins of Daniel Cook and that he followed them to this area. Others say that the Cooks of Indian Creek were English by birth.
In the History of Monroe County, we find that Valentine and Jacob Cook were brothers, the sons of John Hamilton Cook of London and cousins of Captain James Cook, the famous English explorer. The Cooks came to what is now the J. R. Johnson place at Greenville, Monroe County about 1770. About the same time that Jacob and Adam Mann came to the same area.
Valentine Cook married Rachel Baughman. They had at least 4 sons; Henry, David, Jacob and Valentine. henry and David went to Kentucky. Valentine and Jacob became Methodist Ministers. Jacob died 1844. Valentine died on Bradshaw's Run 1797.
The Cooks of Summers County are not to be confused with the Cooks of Wyoming County. The ancestor of the Wyoming Cooks is said to have been English. Among the Wyoming Cooks was William Henry Harrison Cook, a Missionary Baptist Minister. One of his sons, William Casisus Cook was State Superintendant of Schools. The other son Rev. Jay Cook was an outstanding Methodist preacher. The Wyoming Cooks are not only Methodist but Republicans, unlike the Summers County Cooks.
History of Mercer County 1984
Submitted by J Fred Cook
(Note his dates are off or their was an error in printing)
Daniel Cook, son of Adam and Elizabeth Fleshman Cook, was born 1772 (I have 1763) He married Rosanna Wilhouit 26 Sept 1774? She was the daughter of Daniel Wilhouit and Mary Blankenbaker. Their marrieage was made about 1792 when Rosamnna was about 18 years of age. This courageous young couple decided to seek their fortune by migrating westward across the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wilderness beyond the Alleghany Mountain range. Having crossed these mountain ranges, they traveled down the Greenbrier River to its mouth, where the town of Bellepoint is located today. They must have learned of the rich river bottom land that lay only 4 miles up the New River, for they immediately traveled to that area called then Culbertson's Bottom. Their quest for a place to build a homestead had ended, and here at the lower end of Crump's Bottom and 300 yards from the mouth of Tom's Run and New River, they built their future home. The site was well chosen as it was not visible from the far side of New River, where there was a trail used by many Indian tribes. In this vast wilderness, there was only one other family, the Drewry Farley family, living closeby and they had mutual concern for each other in case of an Indian attack, for in the year of 1793, pioneer families were being raided by the Indian War Parties, who killed and burned their homes.
Daniel and Rosanna successfully reared 13 children at this homstead
1. Abram 8 Jun 1793
2. Joel 5 Oct 1795
3. Rhoda 22 Aug 1799
4. Annie 11 Oct 1801
5. David 10 Sept 1802
6. Dinah 15 Sept 1803
7. Cornelius 15 Sept 1805
8. Jemina 15 May 1808
9. Ephriam 11 jan 1810
10. Elizabeth 5 Mar 1813
11. John 24 Dec 1814
12. James 6 Apr 1816
13. Madison 27 Oct 1819
Rosanna moved to Hancock County, Indiana, to be with her sons, Joel, Abram and Madison a short time after the death of her husband. His death was caused by injuries from a fall.
Per internet book "Larkin Williams" by Charles Lee Williams
Page 36 of 459
Daniel and Rosanna died sometime before the 1840 Census. He is buried in the Forest Hills District of Summers County on the Captain Matthew Farley Plantation, later known as the James Dickinson Farm. The site has since been covered by the impounded waters of the Bluestone Dam.
Along with the Farley's, they were some of the original settlers of Pipestem District, Summers County.After the death of her husband, Rosanna moved to Hancock County, Indiana.
Original papers in the possession of descendant of David Cook & Nancy Elizabeth Farley.
A C May the 29 1793 (Abram Cook)
J C Oct the 5 1795 (Joel Cook)
R W Aug the 22 1797 (Rhoda Cook Williams)
A F Oct the 19 1799 (Anna Cook Farley)
D F Dec the 7 1801 (Dinah Cook Farley)
D C Sep the 10 1803 (David Cook)
Cor C Oct the 24 1805 (Cornelius Cook)
M F April 6 1807 (Jemima Cook Farley - don't know about the "M" could first name be Mary?)
E C March 5 1809 (Elizabeth Cook Cadle)
Eph C1811 (Ephraim Cook)
J C Dec 15 1813 (John Cook)
Ja C April 6 1815 (James Cook)
M C Oct 27 1817 (Madison Cook)
More About Daniel Cook:
Census: 1810, Monroe County, (W)VA.509
More About Daniel Cook and Rosanna Wilhoit:
Marriage: 30 Sep 1793, Culpepper County, VA.
Children of Daniel Cook and Rosanna Wilhoit are:
- +Rhoda Cook, b. 22 Aug 1797, Culpepper County, VA510, d. 15 Apr 1878, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV.