Samuel Wilson Cook
From: "Biographical Review of
Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical
Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 541; a reprinted by
Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler
County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Samuel W. Cook, a highly respected member of the farming community of Oakland township, was born in Marion county, Ohio, in 1833, a son of Peter L. Cook. The father was born in 1808, and died May 2, 1892, aged eighty-four years; he enjoyed excellent health until about three weeks previous to his death. The paternal grandfather of our subject, John Cook, was a blacksmith by trade and also carried on farming in Marion county, Ohio; he was sixty-two years of age at the time of his death, and left a second wife a widow. His first wife was Susann Louderback, a native of Pennsylvania, and in that state they were married; thence they removed to Ohio, when Peter L. was a small lad; he is one of a family of nine children, seven of whom grew to adult age. He married Hannah Hankle, a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Henry Hankle, who died at the advanced age of ninty-six years. Eleven children were born of this union; the mother died in the fall of 1887, in her seventy-sixth year; one son died in the summer of 1859, aged twenty-eight years; he left a wife and five children; the other members of the family are living, all are married and have familes, the first, second and third generations numbering about 125 souls.
Samuel W, Cook our worthy subject, was married in 1857, to Elizabeth Lovell, of Schuyler county, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Seaver) Lovell; Mrs. Cook's father was a native of Kentucky, and her mother was of German extraction; the maternal grandmother lived to the extreme old age of 104 years; Mrs. Cook was born in 1840. They began their married life here in Schuyler county, and with the exception of a legacy of $3,000, which was recently received by Mrs. Cook, have accumulated their property through own efforts. They own a fine fertile farm of 110 acres, and Mrs. Cook has a tract near by which consists of fifty-six acres.
They are parents of eleven children; one son and two daughters died in infancy; Charles E. died at the age of ninteen years, in 1885; Mary E. is the wife of Thomas Chalkley; William T. married Laura Stausbaugh and has two children; Lizzie is the wife of Harry Smith; Hannah married James Lybarger, and is the mother of one child; Inez L., Samuel W. and Wilmar F. are at home.
In his political opinions Mr. Cook adheres to the principles of the Democratic party; he has represented his township in some of the local offices, and has discharged his duties with great credit to himself. Mrs. Cook is a consisent member of the Church of the Disciples.
1861 Militia Roll
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