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will have again.We,the Cook kids who
grew up at Clarendon were told about the
Revolutionary War by it's last soldier,
our Great Grandfather,Lemuel Cook,who
we more affectionately called granpa Lem.He would delight in telling us about
his life and we were glad to listen.We'd
watch for Lemuel to come to come out and
sit in his rocker either on the front
porch or under the big old elm tree in
the front yard,as he always did on warm summer afternoons.We would watch for him
to motion us to come over with his cane,
he always knew we were watching and
would run to see who would get there for
the best seat.It would usually start
with a question.Tell us about George
Washington,what did he look like?He
would say "Let me think on it",a gleem
would come to his eye and he would begin
to speak slowly and deliberately.
I saw General Washington a few times
,said a few words to him and he back to
me.I'll not forget .First time I set
eyes on him was at White Plains or there
abouts.I'd joined up at the first call
and those first couple of years were
hard ones.Our company was resting near
White Plains after being pushed off
the island and out of New York City and
up river.My job was with Major Tallmadge
bein' in the Light Dragoons we had horses to take care of.Mine was a good
ole Bay I'd brought from home.I was caring for my horse and a couple of others that needed rubbing down and heard a commotion a ways down the road.
I could see by the uniforms it was officers leading several companys of
foot.One fellow sat in the saddle head
and shoulders above the others.I knew it
must be the General,we had heard how
large a man he was.As they came closer
all I could do was stand there with my
mouth open.An officer in front gave me
a dirty look like saying,'How come you
don't salute?I whipped off a fancy one.
The officers dismounted and went to talk with the Major I suppose.I went
back to my horse,a while later the
General came around the headquarters
where I was ,to stretch his legs I
suppose and said,"Is that your horse
soldier?""Yes ,Sir,said I coming to
attention.He put me at ease and asked
my name,"Lemuel Cook ,from Connecticut,
Sir".That's a right smart mount you have
there Lemuel Cook from Connecticut"."He's done good by me,
General"said I."Well ,you take care of
him,you will be glad you did",with that
the General went about his business.
That's all there was to it,I'll never
forget tho,all the things that must have
been pressin' on him he took time for a
kind word.He had the kindest look in his
eyes I've ever seen.Got the chance to
see him a few times more being in the
quartermasters,they called us artificers in them days.Didn't see him
again until some two,maybe three years
later.We were going down thru the Head
of Elk,things were better,we had been
winning we knew we had a big battle
coming up somewhere to the south.Scuttle
butt was that the General had gone on ahead and would meet us along the way.
We had stopped and I was minding my own
business payin'no mind to no one when
I heard a rich full voice say,Lem Cook,
is that you?"I thought that might be you
with that bay".I had whirled around with
my eyes bugging out and mouth wide open
again,amazed that he had remembered me.
I finally managed a "Yes Sir","It's
very good to see you Sir"."I admire the
lines of your Bay,Lem,I have one like it
at Mount Vernon","Yes sir,he's a little
worse for wear but I've been keepin'
your advice,my brothers made me promise
to bring him back to the farm when the War was done"."That's what we are about,
Private"and with that the General was
gone as quickly as he appeared.I'd
grown six inches since the last time I
spoke we'd met,he must of recognized
the horse than me.It seems as tho he still towered a foot over me.But I was
ten feet tall after that,they all asked
"How come the General knows you?"they
all asked.I didn't tell 'em.We saw him
again at Yorktown,which turned out to
be the big one where we was headin'.Last
time I spoke to him was at Danbury when
he gave me my discharge,I was standing
there with my brother,still have my
discharge here someplace,but will have
to tell you about that another time.The
general had a look about him you don't
forget,there's hardly any words to
describe him.Those were hard days for the most part but there was some good
things about them too.
Note*Lemuel Cook was born 10 Sept.1759
in Connecticut.He died 20 May 1866 in
Clarendon New York.Frank W.Cook who
recorded this story was his grandson.
Juanita Cook Bride of Sgt. S. E. Williams
Miss Juanita Cook daughter of Mrs, Iva Cook, 5119 Victor, became the bride of Staff Sgt. Sidney E. Williams, USMCR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney L. Williams, Milford, Feb, 23, at the Junius Heights Baptist Church. The Rev. Melton C. Greer officiated.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother Horace Cook. Mr. and Mrs Robert Townsend attended the couple and special music was furnished by another brothe of the bride, Verdie Cook, soloist and Miss Mary Cook, organist. Ushers were P> W. McClendon and Ben Cook, who is also the bride's brother.
A reception was held following the ceremony at the home of the bride's mother.
Mrs. Williams is a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended TSCW. Her husband, a graduate of Milford High School, served with the AAF in the European theater of operations during the war.
After a short wedding trip, the couple is at home at 2818 Brooklyn.
Out-of-town guests at the wedding included the bridegroom's mother and Miss Frances Williams, Milford; Mrs. Aulton P. Yeager and Miss Phillis Ann Yeager, Nevada, and Mrs. Aline Tremble, Corsicana.
Cook, who lived at 2105 Royal Lane, owned and operated the Checkerboard Feed Store at 11415 harry Hines for several years. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church. A native of Oklahoma, he moved to Collin County in 1900, later to Dallas.
Survivors include his wife; a son, James Cook of Sweetwater; a daughter, Miss Melva Cook fo Nashville, Tenn,; two sisters, Mrs Lonnie Smith of Royse City and Mrs. W. E. Holland of Dallas and a brother, D. E. Cook of McKinney.
Funeral arrangements were pending at Rhoton Funeral Home, Carrollton.
was born 3-16-1894 Cameron (near Ft. Smith, Ar.)
His church membership was at Highland Baptist, Dallas, Tx. He married Irene Frazier Oct. 20, 1915 Nevada, Tx. He died Nov. 10,1957 Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Tx. Irene was born Aug. 22, 1895 Nevada, Tx. Also became a member of Highland Baptist Church. She died Jan 15, 1979 Brookhaven Medical Center, Dallas, Tx. She was the daughter of David Edward Frazier and Annie Olivia Williamson Frazier. Irene and Ira Ancel are buried at Restland, Dallas,Tx.
Children: Melva Janice Cook born Aug.1,1919 Nevada, Collin Co. Tx.
James Weldon Cool born Nov. 5, 1926 Wylie, Collon Co. Tx. m 1st: Melva Moore, 2nd: Helen Rolater--one child Pat Cook.
Verdie Bryan Cook born 2-17-1889 Cameron, It . He was a Baptist; he died in Nevada, Tx and is buried there. He was a son of Ira Erastus and Clarissa Stinebaugh Cook. He married Iva Ethel Estes. He died Jan 12, 1930. She married J. O. Smithey.
Verdie and Iva Cook's Children:
Horace Alton Cook born Jan 12, 1924 Nevada, Collin Co. Tx. married 1st: Dorothy Clinton 2nd Mary Elizabeth Bedigan. He died Nov 24, 1981.
Bennet Bryan Cook (Ben) born 11-17, 1926 Neveada, Collin Co. Tx. married Mary Margaret Cook (not related). They are still living.
One daughter Melissa Jane Cook married 1st: Kevin Thompson, children: James Paul Thompson and Fiana Lynn Thompson. Melissa's 2nd: Benjamin Reid Tamplin, Jr. Child: Bryan Bennett Tamplin.
Iva Juanita Cook born Nov 27, 1926 Nevada, Collin Co. Tx. Married Sidney E. Williams, she died Oct 16, 1991. She had the misfortune of eating at the Luby's in Killeen, Tx. the day a hate filled person drove his truck inside and got out shooting, Juanita was one of the victims of his shooting rampage.
Verdie Estes Cook born in 1930, he married Mary Nell Bellflower. Children: David Cook and Barbara Gayle Cook.
information about the rank in the service or which branch's serving in would be greatly appreciated. A photo of him can be seen on AncientFaces in the Mystery section under surname "Cook", entitled "Mary Cook Henchman's Unknown" Man.
Never give up on your family research. I'd been researching the COOK Family
for about four years and then I decided to research the Witnesses on our
certificates. Through this I discovered some step family members who knew our
family well. She gave us the name of a half sister to my husband which we
knew nothing about. The researcher contacted the sister but she didn't want to have any contact with us at that time. So we respected her wishes for her privacy. However we did get to England and visited with the step family who was happy to meet with us for some time and now we communicate
through letters. We were so happy and they are just wonderful people.
After 2 years I decided at Christmas that I'd send our half sister a letter,
not a Christmas card, as yet we knew nothing of her background. In this
letter I enclosed a picture of my husband, her half brother and stated that now you may not wish to speak with us but that someday if she had children
they may wish to contact the family. Well, about two months after Christmas
2001 we receive a letter from another country and this is from her son, our
nephew. He was over joyed to find some Cook Family. Soon we were emailing
each other often and he sent us his web page and finally this past Christmas
2002 we get an invitation to meet his mother in London. How happy we were.
It was during this visit that I was given a wee small picture of a man in a
service uniform. She told us that their mother kept this photo on her always
and in the end when she was on the way to a hospital where she died she
passed this small pamphlet with a 1' by 2' photograph to me stating she did
not know the man nor did my husband. She stated to me that I may be able to
find who he was and what rank and branch of service he may be in and maybe where the photo was taken.
To say I was overjoyed is an understatement. I've been trying through all my resources to find his rank and branch of service he may be in. It's fun and exciting to discover information that formerly was a mystery and I'm on the trail of discovery. I love it!
Thanks for any sort of information.
I would like to find either the Veteran himself if possible, or the families of these Veterans and send them the photo.
The names of the soldiers are:
George Schroeder; V.J. Parr; George Harris; Dr. F.L. Mitlinos; Forrest J. Poole; Joe Eule; Al Wish; Harry "abie" Levine; Herman Weiner; Harry Paskow; C.J. "Olsen" Olszowski; Albert Kamm, Wilford L. McHugh, and S.J. "Butch" Plas.
One photo of Veteran Gordon J. Engelbrink has found its way home. I found his son living, made the phone call to verify some information, sent him the photo by email and he verified it that yes, it was his father.
My father was in the Army, though Mr. Engelbrink's photo proved he was in the Navy. How my father and he crossed paths, I have no idea unless my father met him while be transported on a ship. My father took basic training at Ft. Sheridan in Illinois in 1942. He served in the 50th Field Artillery Battallion overseas. Though my father talked very little about his service years, I know he served in Germany and France.
If anyone has any information on any of these Veteran's, please contact me by email.
I looked into your Cook, there are an number of listings for this family tree on [external link]; It lists Mary Cook as both Mary Anne Cook and Mary Georgeanna Cook, b. 04 July 1825 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, NY. They list her mother, ______Wemyss, as being born in Taverndale, Scotland. Very few of these sites have any records for that time period, so you may want to try a family History Center at your local LDS stake center. they have the ability to access microfilm of older harder to find items.
I rather enjoyed you grandmother's mother Mary Isabel listed in the death records in Yuma, Arizona on [external link]. there aren't many resources that bring up the death certificates for death listings.
Good luck in your search.