Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Pondering on the Littles, Lambs, Putmans and their many connections to the Cooks

William C. Cook & Elizabeth Putman were married in Williamson Co TN Sept 27 1831. Wm. C. Cook obtained their marriage license and signed a marriage bond on Sept 25th.  There is a Zachariah Little that signs with him on the marriage bond.  William C. Cook also signed on Zachariah's marriage bond also taken out on the same day(Sept 26) to a Mary Hill.   I have never been able to find William C. Cook in the 1850 census but I believe that is due to the 1850 census records for the Rover being lost/destroyed or missed entirely.  I found Zachariah in the 1850 census of Marshall Co TN and it appears that Mary has died after having several children with him and he has remarried to a Lydia Swinford(Sept 20th 1844 in Lincoln Co TN)

There is also an Alfred L. Little listed in the estate inventory for Joseph S. Cook--an estate over which William C. Cook was the named administrator(Jan Term 1839).  Not sure how these Little families connect to the Cook line or to one another.   They may just have been neighbors however it was usually kin who signed off on bonds and a lot of times neighbors WERE  kinfolk.  Charles and Hardy Pope are also mentioned in the inventory listing as purchasing items.  I believe some of Hardy's children married into the Lamb family which intermarried heavily with the Putmans and is well represented in the listing of those purchasing items from Joseph S. Cook's estate.  Other purchases were Richard Nance, Johnathan Vickers?, Joseph Hight, James Putman, Hiram Putman, William Putman, Noah Putman and Nancy Putman.  Nancy Putman is listed as the purchaser of 1 large Bible.  I believe that this Nancy Putman is Nancy Tyler Putman widow of Jabel/Jabez Putman and mother of Elizabeth Putman Cook, Parry Putman Lamb and the other male Putmans listed.  I wonder what became of the Bible. I believe the Hight and the Pope families also are connected to each other after looking thru some of the family histories in my copy of the History of Rover & the 10th District of Bedford From a glance at the 1850 Census I see Little families in Cannon, Bedford, Rutherford, Marshall and Williamson Counties of TN

Wish we had a clue who Joseph's wife was before they married and if they were William Clifford Cook's parents.  My autosomal dna is matching with others who have Cooks out of Orange/Chatham Co NC area but whether that is Cook DNA or DNA from another line of that area which came to Bedford Co TN is hard to say.  Once there are non Cook descendants from William Clifford Cook's line testing we may be able to sort out some of that mystery.

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