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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 2--Thur. Feb. 27th

Day 2 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Thursday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Thursday's Live Streams

Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki—Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, Jeff Svare
This session was awesome!  Chocked full of great information about the vast number of pages and historical records articles available to help you with your research.  I love the Guided Research experience. While this is is great for the new researcher I feel like it would also keep any researcher on track.  I really had not realized how much information they had out there on the wiki.  Incredible!

German Research for the Everyday American—Karynne Moses
Items key to German research are
  • finding the spelling variations of the name
  • Learning to recognize/read the handwriting
  • Locating the town in Germany from which they came
  • Finding records for that home area
  • Navigating the records
Search for German Hometown  variations
A subscription site with German records a subscription site of Protestant records

General Session featuring Leigh Anne Tuohy

6.4 Million family tree added by users
108 million photos and documents added by users
1.8 Billion records added by Ancestry
There are now a total of 24 billion records available at Ancestry
All of the WWII Draft Cards are available on Ancestry

Leigh Anne Tuohy who is an advocate for adoption and whose story was the basis for the film "The Blind Side" gave a very inspirational talk.about what happens when you "invest time in someone and offer them hope." 

DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts—Blaine Bettinger
This talk is not meant to be for or against LE using DNA databases or about whether you should or shouldn't opt-in but is to give you information about what is involved so that you can make an informed decision on what is right for you. Informed Consent is key.  Each of the DNA databases(This includes the 4 major testing companies and GEDmatch)  have their rules for how they deal with Law Enforcement  This is a complicated subject and you really need to download the syllabus in order to review them all  Get the RootsTech app and download the handout for this session. 

Tackling Difficult Chapters of our Family History—Cheri Daniels
Humanity is Complex.  Let's try to be empathetic because we really don't know what a person has been through on their journey.  Great points Cheri made.  I think one thing that she pointed  out which struck me was that we should resist the urge to hide the difficult chapters.  I firmly believe this.  

Thursday's Hottest News
For me today's biggest news was Ancestry's DNA Match tool which Crista Cowen introduced on Facebook Live Event  from the Ancestry booth at RootsTech today.  I think it's supposed to start rolling out over the next week.

Check out the recorded sessions posted at

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 1--Wed. Feb. 26th

Day 1 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Wednesday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Wednesday's Live Streams

Making a Masterpiece:  How to Capture the Best Family Portraits--Jens Nielsen gave us a bit of background on the camera and photography and also had a very moving story about his Mother an why a photograph is so important to him and should be to us.  He says, "Genealogy without photography is like movies without sound."  David Ward talked more about the type of light and how it affects the outcome of our photographs. Drake Buseth talked about portraits--the photographing of people and how to add gestures to bring life to the photograph.  I know nothing about photography but they made it very interesting for me. 

What’s New at Ancestry—Crista Cowan
This was mostly a review of what Ancestry has added over this last year. The amazing thing is that they have added 1.8 Billion Records that's the most records ever added in a year. This includes updates in indexing to FindAGrave,  U.S. School Yearbooks, and Obituary index as well as records relating to the persecution of Jews.  You can find these Jewish records here along with many others.  A good majority of the records including the new Jewish resource previously mentioned do not require a subscription. 

Also featured were updates by Ancestry which were brought about by user suggestions.  Among those were updated profile page, improved member searches, and  a new message center.  Most US members should already have the new messaging center with a few exceptions.  (As of today I'm one of those exceptions)

Improvements were also made to the Family Tree portion of Ancestry including a new Hint management system which rechecks or refreshes the hints you receive.  Using DNA filters in tandem is now an option and you may search for your matches many different ways.  Filters are also available in the Thrulines portion of your account if you have DNA tested and have a linked tree.
There is also a  new map enhancement for the Ancestry App.  There are More announcements coming from Ancestry Thursday which Crista hinted at but could not talk about.  I'm really looking forward to hearing about those.

The Story of You on FamilySearch
A review of some updated features on the FamilySearch site including fan chart views.  Also the importance of recording our memories was stressed as well as what is happening with us today. One day we will be the ancestors.  FamilySearch also has a mapping feature that you can use to map your ancestors lives.

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using DNA—Angie Bush
Angie Bush discussed the tools available at AncestryDNA, MyHeritage and 23&me that you can use to combine your DNA results and your family tree research.    23&me's tool is Your Family Tree(currently still in beta) and is based solely on DNA. MyHeritage has Theory of Family Relativity™ and AncestryDNA's tool is ThruLines™ both of these require that you have a tree attached to your DNA test   I would love to be able to reject Theories or Thrulines that are incorrect but you cannot do this at either site yet as was pointed out.  You still need to evaluate the suggestions made by any of these tools.

Finding Your Elusive Female Ancestors—Julie Stoddard
Key Points:  Timelines are critical for researching female ancestors.  Search specific records.  Studying her family associates and neighbors with whom she interacted.  Find your female ancestor on every census record taken during the time she was living.  DNA evidence can be very helpful in researching an elusive female ancestor.  Obituaries can also be very helpful in determining the ancestor's maiden name.  Indexes are great but can cause a loss of context.Always look at original records.

Wednesday's Hottest News
For me today's hottest news has been the DNA Painter's New Feature. Jonny Perl announced that DNA Painter now allows you to overlay a selection of traits onto your chromosome map.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Purchasers at Noah Putman's Estate Sale Hopkins Co KY

A true amt of the sale of property of the estate of Noah Putman deceased.

Elizabeth Putman
Joseph Hight
Simson Putman
F.G. Creek
John Stuart
Miles Putman
J. M. Lamb
David Clark
B. M. Harris

Returned and Recorded 10th of December 1855.

"Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Hopkins > Will records, 1854-1857, Vol. 8 > image 116 of 251; county courthouses, Kentucky.

I thought maybe the Simson might be Simeon Putman son of Noah but that seems a bit young to be making purchases so perhaps that is Simpson Putman brother of Noah(see Noah Putman's will linked below).  I believe that the Miles Putman is Jesse Miles Putman son of Hiram Putman.  Miles would be Noah's nephew.  As always I'm open to discussion.

Links to this and other documents from Noah Putman's estate.  These links are from FamilySearch and you will need to create a guest account to view if you do not already have one.  That is free though and no membership is required.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Purchasers from Estate Sale of John Hight--1796

Those who purchased from the inventory of the
estate sale of John Hight 11th of February 1796. 
Franklin County, North Carolina.

Please note that some persons may have purchased multiple items.
See original list at the source listed below.

David King
John Finch
Harbert Hight
John Hight
John Pardue
Littleton Fuller
Philemon Hawkins
Daniel Ball
Henry Fuller
Solomon Bobbit
John Peace
Isaiah Smith
Charles More
Joseph Fletcher
Edward Finch
Samuel Young
Lweling? Jones
Jonathan Hight
Nathaniel Jarratt
William Hight
John Forkner
Samuel Young
John Goodloe
Shim Cook
John Parham
John Loyd
Turner Bobbitt
Devereaux Jarratt
Ezekial Hayes
Joseph Mangum
Gideon Macon
Daniel Ball
James M Daniel(maybe McDaniel)
George King
John Lawrence
Thompson Glenn
Robert Jones
Benjamin Hayes
James Hunt

"North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Franklin > Inventories, 1789-1800 > image 72-74 of 104; county courthouses, North Carolina.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Charles Fuller Frizzell Jr(1896-1978).--My 4C2R

Charles Fuller Frizzell Jr. was the son of Charles Fuller Frizzell Sr. from my previous blog post and the grandson of the John Frizzell, Tennessee Supreme Court judge who is also mentioned in a previous blog post. Charles Jr. was born in Nashville and spent his earlier years there before the family moved to Atlanta and later New York.

In 1917 Charles was part of the 38th infantry and was promoted to 1st Lt. while in France. He received a distinguished service cross for his services in WWI in which he was several wounded, captured, and detained in a German prison camp. According to his military service card in Ancestry's New York Abstracts of WWI Military Service, 1917-1919, he was involved in the following engagements: Aisne, Champagne-Marne and Aisne-Marne. In 1919, he retired due to injuries he sustained while in service and returned to work as assistant agency superintendent of Royal Indemnity Company.

An article from 1945 notes that he was commanding officer of the Philadelphia Women's Army Corps Recruiting District until it was absorbed by the US Army Recruiting Service(1945) at which time he was appointed commanding officer over the US Army Recruiting Service of Eastern Pennsylvania

I was able to find an address for Charles Jr. for May 1950 in Ancestry's Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966. He filed this because he had went back into the Army from June 1942 to March 1946 during which time he worked in recruiting.  I took that address and Googled it and from there found it on Zillow(a real estate website) which included pictures of the home. It should be the same home, as the description given said that the home was built in 1930. Another address from the September 8th, 1918 edition of the New York Times Union Newspaper(at gave an address along with his name among those on the list of Prisoners of War. There is actually a history of that building on a website about New York Architecture. It's really interesting because the building was at one time, Headquarters for The Royal Insurance Company where Charles Sr. was Vice President at the time.

Charles F. Frizzell Jr. and his wife Phyllis Phillips Frizzell had 3 daughters--Phyllis, Rosemary, and Edith Lee.  Charles passed in 1978 and is buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery in Manhattan, New York along with family, and many other notable historical figures.

  1. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Box Title: Fries, Henry W - Frost, Joseph A (Box 267) Image 1486 of 3690.
  2. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [images on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. WWI Officer Cards > Friend, W-Gibney, R(Box 686) > Image 28 of 878.
  3. "Won a D.S.C. in World War" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN), Mar 22 1920, page 6, column 2. Image copy, : downloaded 12 February 2020)
  4. "Army Will Handle WAC Recruiting Hereafter"The Times-Tribune(Scranton, Pennsylvania), May 5 1945, page 7, column 3. Image copy, : downloaded 12 February 2020)
  5. "Mary Pattie Frizzell Dies of Pheumonia" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Dec 17 1918, page 8, column 6..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  6. "Mrs Emma F Christopher Dies in New Jersey" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Oct 4,1920, page 5, column 2..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  7. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 12 February 2020), memorial page for Charles Fuller Frizzell, Jr. (1896–1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167544337, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Neil Funkhouser (contributor 46781068) .

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Charles F Frizzell Sr. (1869-1947) --My 3C3R

Charles F Frizzell Sr, was the son of the John Frizzell--the subject of my previous blog post..

1869 Jan 16 Birth in Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA
1892 Jan 19 Marriage to Edith Miller in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA
1894 Apr Birth of daughter, Emma Frizzell in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1896 Sep 26 Birth of Son Charles F. Frizzell Jr. in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1905 Aug 28 Birth of daughter Mary Frizzell in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1910 Residence in Nashville TN(505 Russell Street)
1911 Apr 18 Children visit friends in Chattanooga and will join parents in Atlanta, GA.
1918 Dec 15 Death of Daughter Mary Pattie Frizzell in New York , USA
1920 Residence in Manhattan, New York (790 Riverside Drive)
1920 Oct 3 Death of Daughter Emma Frizzell Christopher in New York, USA
1922 Organized the Indemnity Insurance Company of North America (Exec. Vice-President)
1930 Residence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania (6419 Overbrook Ave)
1933 Retirement
1933 March Trip on the U.S.S. Virginia with wife and Emma's son Richard C Christopher
1940 Residence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania  (6419 Overbrook Ave)
1947 Feb 26 Death Charles F. Frizzell Sr.

Charles did very well in the Insurance business and was Vice President of The Royal Insurance Company until he took the job as president of Newark Fire Insurance Company of Newark N.J.

Charles had two sisters, Mary Sophie Frizzell who married Joshua Henry Warman Ambrose and Maude Frizzell who married Lewis S. Hall. Both of his sisters are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.

Note the three items I lived in the above graphic.  These are three interesting items that I didn't think about much having come from people who aren't world travelers(read that as farmers)  I really love this passenger list of US Citizens. Look at the information it contains!.  Ancestry also had pictures of the ship which happens to be the Mauretania, sister ship of the Lusitania. Charles' passport application contains a letter as well as a copy of the picture of he and Edith from his passport.


  1. "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), Chas Fuller Frizzell and Edith Lee Miller, 19 Jan 1892; citing Davidson, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 42, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 200,299.
  2. "Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939", database, FamilySearch ( : 27 January 2020), Charles F. Frizzell in entry for Mary Frizzell, 1905.
  3. "Society Personals" The Chatanooga News(TN) April 18, 1911, pg.8, column 5.image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020) 
  4. "Mary Pattie Frizzell Dies of Pheumonia" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Dec 17 1918, pg.8, column 6..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  5. "Mrs Emma F Christopher Dies in New Jersey" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Oct 4,1920, pg.5, column 2..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  6. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Charles F. Frizzell in entry for Mary Pattie Frizzell, 15 Dec 1918; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,439.
  7. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Richard Charles Christopher Jr. and Emma Frizzell, 06 Apr 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,642,914.
  8. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line], Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010; accessed Jan. 4, 2020.; Entry for Charles F Frizzell and wife, New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island) >1820-1957 > Roll T715> 1897-1957 > 3001-4000 > Roll 3504 > image 957 of 1272.
  9. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.
  10. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. accessed Feb. 4, 2020, Mauretania, 1907-1935.
  11. "C.F. Frizzell Dies, Insurance Aide" The Philadelphia Inquirer(Philadelphia, PA) Feb 27 1947, pg.10, column 3..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  12. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 04 February 2020), memorial page for Maude Frizzell Hall (3 Oct 1866–9 Feb 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131497010, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by S.J. (contributor 46931676) .
  13. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 04 February 2020), memorial page for Mary Sophia Frizzell Ambrose (17 Nov 1855–10 Jun 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109709120, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Melody (contributor 47148339).

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

John Frizzell (1829-1894) My 2C4R

1856 The Home Journal (Winchester TN)

John Frizzell (1829-1894) My 2C4R

1829 Born in Bedford Co TN--Son of Nathan S Frizzell & Mary Jones
1841 Moved to Winchester, TN (Franklin Co)
1854 (23 Jul) Married Matilda Winford in Rutherford Co. TN
1854 Licensed to practice law 1854
Civil War volunteered 1st Tennessee Infantry (Turney's Regiment)
1868 Moved to Nashville TN
1883 Appointed as Referee Judge for East Tennessee
1894 Died and Buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery Nashville TN
President of the Nashville Grand Masonic Lodge.

My Most Recent Common Ancestor with John Frizzell is Nathan Frizzell and Margaret Deason, my 5th Great Grandparents.  While I've not identified a descendant of John among my matches I do have a DNA match at AncestryDNA who descends thru John's sister Martha Jane Frizzell.  That descendant would be my 6th cousin and shares a 12 cM segment.  The shared matches are all Frizzell /Deason descendants which makes it seem likely that the segment is from that couple.  My paternal grandmother who is a Frizzell  / Deason descendant is also buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. 

The Passing of John Frizzell


  1. Good Man Passes Away: Death in Nashville Last Night of Judge John Frizzell, The Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, Tennessee), 01 Dec 1894, Page 1, Column 2; image copy, : downloaded 29 January 2020).
  2. "Local Directory--Masonic" The Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee) 05 Apr 1856,  Page 3 Column 3,image copy, : downloaded 29 January 2020) 
  3. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 29 January 2020), memorial page for John Frizzell (8 Sep 1829–30 Nov 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25620994, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Jerry Platz (contributor 46865690).
  4. 1860 US Census, Franklin County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 1, page 2, dwelling 12, family 12, Family of John Frizzell; image, : accessed January 29, 2020); citing NARA microfilm publication M653 roll 1249.
  5. Hale, Will T, and Dixon L. Merritt. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 1913. pg. 387, Internet resource.

MyHeritage to have 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon March 12th-13th

I received an announcement from MyHeritage letting me know that they will be having the first 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon.  The marathon begins on Thursday March 12th(5pm Eastern) and ends on Friday March 13th(5pm Eastern).  Each webinar will be 45 minutes which includes 10 minutes for questions following each session. To attend the webinars click on the logo below and register for as many of them as you'd like to attend.  It's free.  The recorded webinars will be available free for a week and will be included in the LegacyFamilyTree Webinar library which can be viewed at any time with a LegacyFamilyTree Webinar Membership.

Click on the Image below for a listing of Topics, Speakers, and to Register.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Live Streams from RootsTech SLC 2020 announced

The Live Streaming Schedule for RootsTech Salt Lake City 2020  was released today.  You can find the complete list by clicking on the hyperlinked words above.  I've looked over the schedule and  picked my top three I'm planning on catching Wednesday thru Saturday.  I'm normally part of the #NotAtRootsTech crowd and this year is no exception.  While I'm at home I usually watch RootsTech on my Roku television but you can watch it on a computer, phone or tablet as well.  This is great because I'll probably have to catch some of the earlier Thursday sessions via my phone as Thursday morning is my weekly chemo treatment til early April.  RootsTech is offering a Virtual Pass again this year for those who want to be able to see additional sessions.  You can find more information on that below the list of Live Stream sessions on the RootsTech website.

My Top 3 from each day of RootsTech SLC 2020

Wednesday Feb. 26th

  • What's New At Ancestry--Crista Cowan
  • Adding Branches to your Family Tree Using DNA--Angie Bush
  • Finding your Elusive Ancestors--Julie Stoddard

Thursday Feb. 27th

  • Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki--Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, Jeff Svare
  • DNA Genealogy, and Law Enforcement:  All the Facts--Blaine Bettinger
  • Tackling Difficult Chapters of our Family History--Cheri Daniels

Friday Feb. 28th

  • 2019: Year of the Copyright--Judy Russell
  • City Directories and other New Collections on MyHeritage--Mike Mansfield
  • Preserving the Fabric of our Families--Jennifer Hadley

Saturday Feb. 29th

  • Ancestry on the Go:  Ancestry App Suite--Peter Drinkwater, Kenric Russell, Victoria Smith
  • Healing & Family History: The Emotional Side--Robin Wirthlin
  • Intro to What Are The Odds?(WATO)--Leah Larkin

Friday, January 17, 2020

Mary C Oursler's notations in the 1800 Meckenburg Co. NC Census

While searching at in the 1800 census for an Isaac Cook I came across 3 entries of the same person--two which appear to be copies of the original page(noted above and shown as the 2nd image below.)  These images are also at FamilySearch which stands to reason since they digitalized the microfilm)

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Co. North Carolina page and one of the Salisbury Mecklenburg pages are copies of the entry on another of the Salisbury, Mecklenburg Co.NC pages.  Both of the copied pages have a header that reads "Census of the Inhabitants of Charlotte Rowan Mecklenburg County North Carolina".

There is a notation at the bottom of the two copied pages by Mary C Oursler that gives the date of the copies as March 6th 1931(see image below) but don't really offer much more of an explanation
Rowan Co. NC was formed in 1753 from a part of Anson Co. NC and Mecklenburg Co NC was formed in 1762 also from a part of Anson Co NC  These census entries are from 1800 though. Confusing for sure. A quick search of the Internet and I find out that she was the Official Custodian of the US Census Records at the US Census Bureau; a position she held for over 30 years according to an article at the Library of Congress site.  I wonder if she ever published anything that told why this entry was modified.  Perhaps she maintained a logbook of modifications or entries.  That would make for some interesting reading.

Source Citation

Year: 1800; Census Place: Salisbury, Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 33; Page: 606B; Image: 156; Family History Library Film: 337909

Source Information 1800 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.( Image 87 of 87)

Source Citation

Year: 1800; Census Place: Salisbury, Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 33; Page: 525; Image: 73; Family History Library Film: 337909

Source Information 1800 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. (Image 4 of 87)

Source Citation

Year: 1800; Census Place: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 29; Page: 280; Image: 235; Family History Library Film: 337905

Source Information 1800 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.(Image 1 of 1)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Purchasers at Estate Sale of Powel Kimbro--Orange Co NC-Nov 1795

Kimbro, Powell (Nov 1795) NC Estate Files Orange Co NC

Catherine Kimbro(widow of Powell Kimbro) gave up admin. rights to his estate to Jeremiah Kimbro. (see above image--pg 2 of estate papers)

The following list of people made purchases at the estate sale.

Isaac Cack
John Esslin
Nicholas Smith
Conrad Cack
Jeremiah Kimbro
John Graves
John May
Joseph Noe
John Hawkins
Henry Kimbro
Eve Kimbro
Daniel May
John Shaddy
Isaac Holt
Rich'd Standley
Conrad Kimbro
Philip Burrow
George Kimbro
William Rose
Felty Neese
John Noe
Philip Shoe
Frederick Kimbro
Peter Spoon
Phillip Moires
Nathaniel Robertson
Henry Cook
Henry Loy
Joshua Holt
George May
Peter Smith
Katy Kimbro

Source:  "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 November 2015), Orange County > K > Kimbro, Powell (1795) > image 1 of 13; State Archives, Raleigh.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Papaw Cooke's Paternal 1st Cousins thru his Uncle Gideon

I spent today looking at the obituaries of 3 of the children of Jefferson Gideon Cook(Uncle of my paternal grandfather).  These guys were my Paternal Grandfather's Paternal 1st cousins which makes them my 1st Cousins 2 times removed.  I was amazed at how much information was included in their obituaries.  Gideon's children for which I do not have an obituary are:

  • Cass Buchanan Cook  1880–1976
  • Martha Annie Cook  1883– Sept. 1920(died of TB)
  • Olli Mai Cook  1884–1968

Robert Lee Cook (age 86)
  • 16 May 1868--11 Jun 1954
  • Born:  Rutherford Co TN
  • Parents:  Dr. J. G. & Mary Hamer Cook(both deceased)
  • Lived for many years in Detroit while employed by 
  • an automobile firm from which he retired 5 years ago and moved back to Nashville.  
  • Married Miss Anna Bailey of Detroit in Detroit in 1923.  She died 20 yrs ago.  
  • Brothers:  J. B. Cook of Chicago and C.B. Cook of Robards, KY
  • Sister:  Mrs. Dave Cook of Nashville
  • Residence: 301 Wimpole Drive Nashville
  • POD Davidson Co. Hospital
  • Burial:  Triune Cemetery 
Source: The Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 13 Jun 1954, Sun, pg. 78

Jefferson G. Cook Jr. (Chicago Obit says age 80 TN obit and Gravestone say age 78)
  • (23 Feb 1876--07 Apr 1954)
  • Residence 2210 Eleventh Ave S. Nashville (returned to Nashville in 1949)
  • Worked 43  years as Streetcar Conductor in Chicago.
  • POD:  Nashville
  • Burial:  Triune Cemetery
  • Wife:  Sarah Seat Cook
  • Children:  Sarah L. Cook Kester, Fredrick S Cook and John Cook
  • Grandchildren:  James, Doris and Ellen
  • Siblings : John, Cass, Bob, Ollie and Annie Cook.
  • Member of Parian lodge, No 977, A.F. & A. M. and Colfax O.F. L., No 450, Interment Nashville TN
Source: The Tennessean(Nashville, TN), 08 Apr 1954, Thu., pg. 32.
Source: Chicago Tribune(Chicago, IL), 09 Apr 1954, Fri, pg. 56.

John Rainey Cook(Age 92)
  • (28 Aug 1878--08 Jan 1971)
  • Retired Railroad Conductor
  • Residence:  Henderson, KY
  • Masonic Services 
  • Burial Woodlawn Memorial Park(Nashville TN)
  • POD:  Henderson Community Methodist Hospital
  • Survivor:  C. B. Cook of Robards KY(Brother)
Source:  The Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 10 Jan 1971, Sun, pg. 46.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Notes on Cook Deed listings from Bedford Co TN Film # 008150806

Marie Cooke Beckman accessed January 9th 2020 at
The Letter "C" in the index begins at Image 24 of 481 for Item 1
The Letter "C" in the index begins at Image 166 of 481 for Item 2

Cook listings from index Item 1
Film  # 008150806  1st Item on Film
Bedford County, Tennessee deed books and index, 1808-1966
Typed Index to burned volumes (extinct) made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861

First column lists the date and reception.  Second column is the name of the Bargainee.  Third column is the name of the Bargainor.  Forth column is a notes section and described as No. of Acres Etc.

Cook listings from index Item 2
Film # 008150806 2nd Item on Film
Bedford County, Tennessee deed books and index, 1808-1966 Item 2 Deeds, v. DDD (includes full-name index), 1851-Sep 1865

Monday, January 06, 2020

An Illustration of Thomas D Cooke's Y line daughtering out

I think sometimes in the pursuit of ancestors we fail to examine our own families closer.  I'm talking about around the level of Great Grandparents or Grandparents.  For my family I'm looking at the level of Grandparents.  While I am in my early 50's, all of my grandparents were born in the 1800s so this works best for me.  If you are using DNA research as a tool to add to your research evidence you have no doubt explored and examined your closer family to find testers from your branch.  

The above chart is an illustration of how my Grandfather's branch of the Cooke line "daughtered out."  You can click on it to see a larger version.

Top Level:  Papaw & Granny
2nd Level:  Their 4 daughters & 3 sons
3rd Level:  Their Grandchildren
4th Level:  Their Great Grandchildren thru Bill(their only son to have children)

Who of these have taken DNA tests?
Tom & Pearl's youngest daughter has taken an autosomal and an mtFull DNA test.
Four of Bill's five children have taken autosomal DNA test.  Bill's youngest son also did the Y-111

My Mom(Bill's widow) also did autosomal testing which has been helpful in determining whether matches are from her side of the family or thru Bill's lines.

So while Tom's Y line has ended at the grandchild level we did "capture" it thru my youngest brother's Y111 test.