The Family of Samuel W. Cook

- Contributed by Don Stowell

SAMUEL W. COOK, b. Ohio , February, 1832, d. 05 Feb 1905, Normal, McLean, Illinois. Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Bloomington, Illinois (apparently in an unmarked grave next to son Charles) m. Mary Jane Ross, b. Ohio, 1833. d. Dec 1877. Apparently moved to Illinois between 1856 – 1859. In the 1860 & 1870 US Census for Magnolia, Putnam, Illinois, Samuel is listed as a wagon maker. In the 1880 US Census for Magnolia, Putnam, Illinois Samuel is enumerated as a widower, a carpenter, and has Charles and Kate still with him. He shows both parents born in Ohio

He served in the Civil War and at the time of enlistment he was described as 5’9” tall with dark hair, blue eyes and dark complexion. He was in the Illinois 77th Regiment, Company B, Battery L, 2nd Artillery. He enlisted on 4 August 1862. He was promoted to Sergeant, and then to Second Lieutenant on 29 May 1863 and resigned his commission on 13 Sep 1864. Fought in the Battle of Knoxville

In the 1900 US Census Samuel is shown as an employee, a carpenter, at the Soldiers' Home in Normal, Illinois where he lives. He shows both parents born in Ohio.


+ Eliza J. “Lida - Lidy” COOK, b. abt 1856, Ohio

+ Herma Kate COOK, b June 1859, Illinois

+ Harry Ross COOK b. bef. 1864, Illinois

+ Charles B. COOK b. 24 May 1866, Illinois

Lillian COOK, b. 1869, Illinois

+ Frank Ross COOK, b. 29 Apr 1871, Normal, Illinois

Unknown Child b. Dec 1876


December 4, 1873

Died in Magnolia, Nov. 12, Mrs. Ross, mother of Mrs. S. W. COOK (Jane Ross enumerated next to Cook family in 1870 US census shows age 60, born in Pennsylvania). It further shows her father was of foreign birth.)

June 28, 1877

Magnolia - A child of S. W. COOK of this place, about seven months old, was buried Tuesday at nine a.m.

December 20, 1877

Local Vicinity - Magnolia Mrs. Mary COOK, of whom we had made frequent mention, died last Friday about 8 o'clock. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. The two oldest are women grown. The oldest, Miss Lida is teaching the primary department of our public school. It is true the mother's loss will be greatly felt, but not as much so as it would be if all the children were smaller.

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