Monday, July 13, 2020

Will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC date 1814

Will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC date 1814
Written March 22nd 1814  Proved May Term 1814

In the name of God amen John Cooke of Wake County North Carolina being of sound mind and memory blessed be God do this 22nd of March 1814 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say

First I give to my beloved wife Hannah Cooke,  my Negroes-- Dinah, Pompey, Willis, Tom, Ily, Arington, and Joe also my right in land whereon I live together with Smith and Burnett tracts during her life that is to stay the land for life the Negroes to dispose as she might think properly

Item two I give to my wife all my perishable estate after paying all my just debts out of it
Item three I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Cooke my negro girl Nelly as a special legacy.
Item four I give and bequeath to my daughter Gilly Hopkins and her heirs my negro girl Abby and my will farther is that my wife make my children equal in number of Negroes and of equal value as near as possible and that the special legacy given to my son Joseph shall not be considered in the aforementioned dividend but as an extra legacy and I hereby make and order my beloved wife Hannah Cooke, Lemmuel Cooke, Joseph Cooke executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and year first above written.

John Cook (Seal)

signed sealed and published by the testator in presence of us
Hugh Goodloe
Moses Winston
Benj Boon

Wake County May term 1814

The foregoing last will and testament was in open court duly proven by the oaths of Henry Goodloe and Moses Winston subscribing witness has thereunto and order to be recorded in the clerk's office of Wake County in book M page 238 June 4th 1814 North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line images 722-725 of 1929] Wake  --  Original Wills, Cameron, Francis Hawks - Dupree, Obidiah P
Will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC date 1814

Marie's Notes:  Please see original as this may contain errors and some liberties were taken with the formatting to make it more readable

I believe this is John Cooke, husband of Hannah Winston.  This John is thought to be the son of Shem Cooke(d. abt 1796 in Granville Co NC)  More research is necessary.  I have a few more wills of this John Cooke's descendants which I will try to get on the blog as soon as I can.  Adding the witnesses to  "FAN club" for John Cooke.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Tennessee Death Records Updated at Ancestry and FamilySearch

Researchers with an interest in Tennessee records might want to check out the updates in the years available of Tennessee Death Records at both Ancestry and FamilySearch.  Ancestry requires that you be subscribed to view this record set unless you are viewing thru Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) which is available free to TN residents.  You can access records at FamilySearch with a free account.

Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1965
Updates:  13 Apr 2020: Added 1,019,533 new records from 1959-1965.

Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966
Updated 19 April 2020

Also the TN Death Records
Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1966

Saturday, April 04, 2020

What I've been doing during the Covid-19's social distancing

As a visually challenged introvert not a lot has changed in my daily life except the inability to get ordered goods in a timely manner.  Initially I was worried that the social distancing(to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19) might postpone my chemotherapy treatments I'm receiving in my fight with stage 3 breast cancer but have been reassured by my healthcare specialist that will most likely not happen.

So what have I been doing? 

  • Today I made what we always used to call goulash when I was a child. Most times it was made using canned stewed tomatoes or sauce, some green peppers and onions if we had them and adding any available spices that might make that taste better and then what ever noodle we had on hand along with Worcestershire sauce.
  • I went thru my file folder container and started pulling contents to add to my family archives binder.  I've blogged about the one I made which contains my paternal grandparents documents and some ephemera.  The blog post can be found here.  I'm now working on one that will contain documents from the years after my parents married(1963) on up to present day.  I've kept school programs, graduation invitations and a number of other things.  As I did with my other archive binder(and this one will likely "spill over" to several binders) I've started putting the contents in sleeves and getting them in chronological order so that I can do a listing of contents.  This is fun to do and I'm going to ask my siblings to find any items which they would like preserved to add to this project.  You could also include a page of memories or anything else of family significance.  After all, it's your project to design.
  • There is no better time to have a physical copy of these two books by Ancestry:  Red book : American state, county & town sources and The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.  The Internet is bogged down from all the people who are online and there is just something more convenient(in my opinion) about just turning to the page you want without having to worry about a browser or system update, load speed or battery needing charged.  I'm studying county histories and the parent and surrounding counties to see if there might be other records available to research which I've been missing.
  • You might also want to think about the disease and virus outbreaks that occurred during your ancestors' lifetimes.  You can find sites dedicated to just that by Googling.  Once you have the dates you might also want to do a search at or any other newspaper site which you have access to that might cover the time period and the area in which you are interested.  
  • I'm catching up on a few things I've been meaning to do which is always a good thing.  I hope you are taking the time to get to know your family even more, especially the older generation.  Communicate!  Whether by phone or video.  You'll be glad you did.  

I'd love to hear what others are doing. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hopkins Co KY--Cook Marriages--1807 thru 1868

The following is a listing of Cook marriages which I found in the Hopkins Co KY Marriage Index and Register.  The list was made by navigating to the  "C" marriage listings and noting each marriage which involved a Cook.  The digital images can be found at the linked text below. Those included were from the 1807-1868 book which is at the first of the digital images of the microfilm.  I did not include those beyond 1868 although you could read thru the images for the remaining years up to 1892 from this link.

Marriage index 1807-1892(Film # 007719743)

Hopkins Co KY ---Cook Marriages

  • Jesse Cook & Susannah Rolls July 13th 1815
  • George Dunning & Rhoda Cook  Feb 8th 1816
  • James Cook Jr. & Peggy Clark Mar 6th 1817
  • Stephen Cook & Millinda Montgomery July 20th 1820
  • John Weeks & Nancy Cook Jan 10th 1822
  • Garret Cook & Elizabeth White Aug 29th 1826
  • Moses Cook & Matilda Posey Mar 5th 1828
  • Henry W Snodgrass  & Mary Ann Cook Apr 24th 1831
  • Reuben Cook & Elizabeth Edmiston Aug 16th 1831
  • Wm F. McClenning & Loay Cook Apr 25th 1835
  • Isaac Hill & Mary Jane Cook Sept 24th 1838
  • John H Davis & Margaret E Cook May 19th 1847
  • Lunsford Cook & Sarah Jane Howton Feb 18th 1849
  • Washington Cook & Nancy J Cobb May 9th 1849
  • John A Rodman & Elizabeth Cook June 14th 1849
  • John Cook & Cassandra Groves Aug 8th 1849
  • John Webster & Emily A Cook  Aug 13th 1849
  • Jas Cook & Drucilla Menser Dec 20th 1849
  • Jonathan Cook & Emily C Majors Aug 21st 1851
  • Chas W. Cook & Virginia A Staples Feb 22nd 1857
  • Jas H Cook & Artimessa Stone June 1st 1857
  • Andrew J Wheeldon  & Mary Ann Cook Sept 17th 1857
  • Stephen F Cook & Sarah Jane Perryman Sept 1st 1859
  • Jas H Cook Cook & Eliza Burnpass  Feb 9th 1860
  • Wm B Wall & Eleanora B Cook Oct 2nd 1860
  • John S. Rash & Laura E Cook Oct 19th 1865
  • James Cook  & Mary F Coffman Feb 12th 1866
  • G B Favor & Sarah Cook Nov 18th 1867

Saturday, February 29, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 4-- Sat. Feb 29th

Day 4 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Saturday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Saturday's Live Streams
Ancestry On the Go: Ancestry App Suite
Ancestry App:  Allows you to review hints on the go and / or just in your spare time.  You can add pictures to the gallery of your tree and also tag people in your tree.

AncestryDNA App:  Gives you a deeper look at your DNA results and is the fastest way to activate a DNA kit by scanning the code on the test rather than having to type it in.  You can view the map and the Genetic Communities on the App.  Also allows for easy sharing of ethnicity results. You can see DNA comparison and there is messaging within the app.

Peter Drinkwater talked about FindAGrave and the FindAGrave App.  It's hard to believe that the site has been around for 25 years.  You can browse the cemeteries, add photos and GPS coordinates.

FamilySearch App for Intermediate/Advanced Users—Todd Powell
Several great features on the app

  • Relatives Around Me
  • Map My Ancestors
  • My Contributions
  • Find My Ancestor(New User)

Using multiple screens, descendency research, and Source linker are easy to do on the go using the FamilySearch App.

General Session featuring Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith told the story of finding his ancestors who came from West Africa to Mecklenhurg VA on to Cleveland Alabama and on to Pensacola Florida where Emmitt's story began.  Be prepared to change and broaden your perspective. 

Healing and Family History-The Emotional Side of DNA—Robin Wirthlin
Families that have been separated for various reasons can heal as DNA can reunite the descendants.
Unexpected results cam cause many emotions.  It's not always a happy time.  Time can heal many wounds. 

Introduction to What Are the Odds? (WATO)—Leah Larkin
WATO is a sketch and share program that uses probabilities with DNA data to compare likely hypothesis for ways a targeted person is likely to connect to the Most Recent Common Ancestor that the DNA matches all have in common.   I use this tool when I'm helping other DNA testers with their unknown lineage/relationshps. 

Saturday's Hottest News
RootsTech 2021 will be Feb 3rd-6th with registration beginning in September of 2020.

A big THANK YOU to all who helped make RootsTech and #NotAtRootsTech possible. Be sure and check out the recorded sessions posted at

Friday, February 28, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 3--Fri. Feb 28th

Day 3 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Friday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Friday's Live Streams

Discover Your Family with Interviews and Sources—Mat and Rachel Trotter
Great ideas for questions and people to interview.  She also mentioned a book called  My Life Story Question book.  Use a digital recorder and also take notes. Saving your work.  Thumbdrive, Google Drive Dropbox etc. FamilySearch Memories App lets you record memories.  Don't put off
A source is anything that has information in it. Census records, marriage records, newspapers can add a great deal of color and context to your ancestors stories.

2019: Year of the Copyright—Judy Russell
What is copyright is and why should we care?  Judy told us why the years 1909, 1976; and 1998 were so important.  Currently everything before 1925 is now in the public domain.  Copyright protection is automatic no mark is necessary. Common misconceptions were addressed.  You might want to download the handout for this session to refer to when you have questions on copyright.

General Session featuring David Kennerly—Sponsored by Canon
MyHeritage's  Aaron Godfrey told us about some of the latest happenings at MyHeritage(today's sponsor)  They have added 1.3 billion records from 25,000 directories covering the years 1860-1960.
If you haven't used the MyHeritage In Color™ tool to colorize your black and white photos you are missing out.  I used it to take the horrible cheeto color out of some of my color photos that were taken in the 1970s. MyHeritage also announced that they will be launching Genetic Groups for those that have DNA tested.  It groups DNA testers together by area with a visual display on a map.
David Kennerly gave a great talk and shared with us many of his great photographs.The history that he has covered with his photography is incredible!

City Directories and Other New Collections on MyHeritage—Mike Mansfield
An overview of the City Directories at MyHeritage and what information might be available in them.   Some of the larger cities in Europe published directories early on and I did not realize that.  Also they have added more newspapers.

Preserving the Fabric of our Families—Jennifer Hadley
This session was very informative and got me thinking about what I need to do to preserve items I've cross-stitched or embroidered.  Temperature, Humidity and Light all can cause damage.  While light causes fading, it also causes structural damage as well. 

Friday's Hottest News
For me the Hottest News of the day was Ancestry's announcement of the Civil War Stories project. 
You can find out more by visiting the Project Regiment page at Fold3 where they will post updates about what's out there and what's coming.  Also so those who are experts who wish to contribute information for the project you can do so by visiting Civil War Stories and taking the survey.  During the time of the Civil War all of my living direct ancestors were living in Tennessee which was pretty much a statewide battlefield and that is why this project is of such importance to me.  I want to know their stories.