George W. Cookingham and John Cookingham
This is the line I am tracing:
Johan George Cookingham married Anna Schmidt(internet)
Son:Johannes Cookingham born Oct. 7 1758 (internet)
Other children are not certainly known to me.
Johannes Cookingham married Gertrude Emigh (internet) before 1780(date from son’s birth)
John Cookingham born 1780 (1850 census)(1792/93 Helen M. Shursen posting)
George Cookingham born 1782 (1850 census)
Lawrence/Lorentz born 1789 (1850 census, 1789 Rhinebeck church christening)
Robert born 27 Oct. 1793 (Helen M. Shursen posting)
Other children may be shown in census information but are not known to me by name.
I can trace, I believe, the Johannes Cookingham family group in censuses and other records from 1790 to 1860.I think my great great grandfather George W. Cookingham was the son of the John Cookingham born in 1780.My father’s cousin, Maxine B. Dwyer, researched this family and published a short family history. I am trying to expand on her efforts and link my branch to the immigrants.I have a growing spreadsheet of Cookingham census data I am very willing to share.
I believe the Johannes Cookingham family was in Dutchess Co. NY in 1790.This is based on the baptism of Lawrence Cookingham in 1789 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess Co., the birth of Robert Cookingham in 1793 and on the presence of a John Cookingham, with a wife and 3 sons in Northeast town, Dutchess Co. in the 1790 census.There are also a Daniel and George Cookingham (perhaps Johan George?) in the town, and I believe they are older since they have more children of older ages.
By 1800, the Johannes Cookingham family is in Schaghticoke,Rensselaer Co. with a wife,four sons and two daughters.Perhaps son John was still in Dutchess Co.This is based on the ages of sons shown in the 1800 census [son 16-26 George (recorded as having a child in Rensselaer in 1806), son 10-16 Lawrence, son 10-16 unknown, and son under 10 Robert}.Also, if son John is the father of my ancestor George W.,he was in Dutchess Co. forGeorge W.’s birth in 1810 ( 1855 NY census).There are no John Cookinghams in the Northeast census for 1800 but there are two there in 1810.
Son George has a son David in Rensselaer Co. in 1806.Johannes and son George show separately in the Rensselaer census for 1810.By 1820 the Rensselaer census shows Johannes and (sons?) John, George and Lawrence.By 1830 the families have moved a bit.Son John is still in Schaghticoke in Rensselaer and I assume Lawrence may be there.Johannes and son George have moved to Wilton in Saratoga County. George’s son David has his own household in Granville, Washington County, to the north of Rensselaer.
By 1840, George is still in Saratoga County, John and Lawrence are in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, and Johannes died in 1835. George W. appears with his family in White Creek, Washington County,an area where his in-laws the Samuel Crosby family have lived.George W. and Samuel Crosby are both shoemakers.
John’s wife Ellen died March 31, 1847 at age 58, fixing her birth in 1789.This is according to tombstone records for Rensselaer Co. Helen M. Shursen, in a web posting, has her name as Ellen or Eleanor Sears or Shires.She would have been 21 in 1810 when George W. Cookingham was born.Maxine Dwyer, who corresponded with Helen Shursen,has George W. Cookingham’s parents as Eleanor Sears and Daniel Cookingham.But Daniel may be from the memory of an aunt of Maxine’s of a legendary shoemaker ancestor.It appears in the 1850 census that John is living with George W. and his family in Washington County.
In the 1850’s George W. Cookingham lost his father and his wife, Clarissa Axtell Crosby.He had two daughters,Mary Augusta and Caroline.At this point,George W. remarried.He married Martha Ladd Chamberlin,the oldest daughter of Josheph Fitch and Rebecca Montgomery Chamberlin, neighbors of (his uncle) George Cookingham in Wilton, Saratoga County.George W. and Marthahad children.
The Chamberlin-Cookingham connection is close. George W. Cookingham’s eldest daughter Mary Augusta married Joseph Chamberlin, brother of Martha Ladd Chamberlin, and they were my great grandparents. So there is a double relationship, George W. Cookingham was both my Grandfather John G. Chamberlin’s uncle and his grandfather.
George W. and his family were still in New York in 1860 but by 1870 they had moved to Kankakee County, Illinois.I have a journal he kept while on an exploratory trip to Kankakee.He was preceeded by two of the sons of Joseph Fitch Chamberlin, his wife Martha’s brothers.The entire Joseph Fitch Chamberlin family eventually moved to the same area.A few years later the George W and Martha Cookingham family moved to the Paton area in Greene County, IA.At about the same time Joseph and Mary Cookingham Chamberlin moved to a farm near Humboldt Iowa.
I am interested in anything confirming or contradicting or expanding my information of this family.