Monday, September 26, 2022

Did Plans Fall Through?

One of the items I found the other night while reviewing search results at was an announcement in the local social news of the Iola Register concerning  George Solifelt and Tennie.  Her name is listed incorrectly as Jennie.  Still not yet able to prove the uncle / niece relationship but feel confident that this mention is the George & Tennie I've been researching.

This was during a time period for which I didn't have much information for George and Tennie other than a deed from them to Arthur T Cundy Lot 6 Harmons Sub-division an Add to Iola $1020(deed transfer from the Iola Register) Did they not go?  If they did, they were back in Iola by the time of the 1930 Census.  What happened?  They lived at 616 N 1st at the time of the 1920 Census.  Tennie is not listed in the 1929 City Directories of Iola but George is listed with a residence of 711 S. Jefferson Ave.  I wasn't able to find an Iola directory for 1928. A search for Fort Dodge or Ford County directories for the years in question didn't turn up any online.  Need to contact the library for that area to see if any directories for those years exist.  So now I'm wondering what was going on in Fort Dodge that made them want to move there about 1927.


 “Locals,” The Iola Register, 6 Oct 1927, p. 3, col. 2; digital images, ( : accessed 24 Sep 2022).

Polk's Iola(Kansas) City Directory 1929, R.L. Polk & Co Publishers Kansas City, MO; imaged in "U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995," database, ( : accessed 26 Sep 2022), Kansas > Iola > 1929 > Polk´s Iola City Directory, 1929.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Union Soldier's Letter Home from Danville(Va.)

Gathering information on George Solifelt and found a few new items. One item is a letter home that was published in the Lewistown, PA paper. The letter was written by Union soldier, Joseph Tice who was captured during the Civil War and held at Danville.  The majority of the guys he mentions are part of Co E 20th PA Cavalry.  The only soldier I found by the name of Samuel Wasson for PA was from the 9th PA Infantry.

Danville, C.S.M. Prison

February 2, 1865
Dear Mother:-- This is the first opportuni
ty I have had to write to you since I am a
prisoner, and I hope these few lines will
reach you.  I was captured on the 19th of
July, at Ashby's Gap, along with Geo. Soli-
felt, Larry Brought, John Crawford, James
Summers and Harrison Cupples, from Free
dom Forge.

We are all well and in good spirits, and
expect to be exchanged soon.  Lewis Briner
and John Miller are well also. Samuel Was
son, from Mt. Union, died on the 8th of Nov
1864; please inform his relatives. We all
send much love and expect to hear from you
as soon as you receive this.  Your son,
                            Joseph Tice
P.S. Please inform the boys' friends of 
their welfare.
Direct:--  C.S.M. Prison, No. 1, 
                    Danville, Va.
Care Lt. Col. R.C. Smith


Lewistown Gazette(Lewistown, Pennsylvania) 1st March 1865 Page 3 Col 1 (at 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Researching Tennie-- including a few To-Do items

I've always loved census records because they provide me with so much information along with a time and place framework for finding more documents and more information. After all, pretty much every document you find will lead you to another document.   I'm currently studying a "shirttail relative."  Tennie was the step daughter of my paternal Grandfather's paternal uncle. 😀  The following update on my research detailing the census records that led me to wills, marriage records, newspaper articles, pension files and a number of other records will give you an idea of what can be found if you know where to look.  With the advances in indexing. finding our folks when they are in an unexpected location is so much easier than it used to be.  If you are interested in seeing the sources I mention in this post, they can be found in my tree at Ancestry.  If you don't have an Ancestry subscription, try accessing it thru your local library. 

Tennessee "Tennie" Ferguson's Census entries
  • Two entries(1870 & 1880) find her in Bedford Co TN as a Cook(her step Dad's surname)
  • One entry(1900) finds her in Sebastian Co AR as Tennie Hill with 2nd husband, Henry F Hill
  • Four entries(1910, 1920, 1930 & 1940) find her in Allen Co. KS with George H. Solifelt. She is listed as his Niece.  That relationship remains unproven.
  • I also have her in one state census(1925) and a city census(1943)
  • The 1900 census is the only census where there is evidence that Tennie had children.  She is listed as Mother of 1 child 0 children living.  I don't know if that was from her marriage to Henry or from her 1st marriage which I can't seem to find much about other than enough info to prove I have the correct Tennie.
  • Never enumerated under her actual maiden name.
  • Never enumerated under her 1st married name.
Henry F Hill's Census Entries
  • Three census(1850, 1860 & 1870) records with parents in Washington Co, Morgan Co and Perry Co of Ohio.
  • One entry(his final in 1900) w/ wife Tennie in Sebastian Co AR(They married in 1886 in Franklin Co Ark)
  • Not Census Related but worth mentioning:  Henry was a US Pension Agent and a US Civil War Vet.  I've ordered his pension and also a file which contains information on a fraudulent practices investigation against him during his time as a pension agent.  Can hardly wait to see what new info those provide.

George H Solifelt Census Entries
  • Census entries with Tennie(1910, 1920 & 1930) in Iola Allen Co KS and their State Census from 1925
  • 1900 US Federal Census Mifflin Co PA where he is known to have been
George is a complicated character.  
  • He has a paper trail laid out in his obit(likely written by Tennie)which doesn't exactly match the one I've finding in records. 
  • He is also a veteran who was a POW and was in the Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary in August of 1870.
  • His surname has a variety of spellings:  Solifelt, Solifell, Solifeld, Sollifield etc. and then he has two aliases George Sullivan and Theodore Sullivan which are listed on his pension index card.  
  • He was in TX when he filed for his pension in 1886.  I have the Application and the Certificate #s and need to get a copy of his pension papers as well.
Tennie did file for a widow's pension and I also need to get copies of those files.  I'm hoping to find more info about Tennie's first husband, Hugh Clawson as well.  

Monday, September 19, 2022

Bigham of Bell Buckle Tennessee

Periodically I search for surnames or locations at the Hathitrust site just to see what is out there or has been added since my last search. A search on my paternal grandmother's place of birth(Bell Buckle, TN) pulled up a number of the American Jack Stock Stud Books.  There was a gentleman who lived in Bell Buckle who owned some of the livestock that was listed. His name was Robert Lingo Bigham(sometimes spelled Bingham). I wonder if my Grandmother or her parents knew him.  It seems likely as her family had raised horses and other livestock in Bell Buckle around the same time period that he and his family lived there.  He is listed as a Trader in Livestock for the 1910 and the 1920 Census.  He passed in April 1st 1925 at the age of 56 and is buried in the Hazel Cemetery in Bedford Co TN.

If you are lucky enough to have your family listed as an owner or breeder that gives you additional details about their life.  

  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 June 2017), Tennessee > Bedford > Civil District 4 > ED 5 > image 3 of 30; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: NARA, n.d.).
  • "United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 February 2021), Robert L Bingham, 1920.
  • American jack stock stud book; Vol. 8, 1909. Nashville: American breeders Association of Jacks and Jennets. digitized by Google
  • "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 March 2021), R. L. Bingham in entry for Irene Bingham, 6 Apr 1920; Death, Bell Buckle, Bedford, Tennessee, United States, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 18 September 2022), memorial page for Robert Lingo Bingham (14 Feb 1869–1 Apr 1925), Find a Grave Memorial ID 113380480, citing Hazel Cemetery, Bell Buckle, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Sleepy Hill (contributor 47177870).

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Receipt from Dr. Andrew Hollabaugh, M.D.

 Two of the items in the Cooke/Jakes Family Archives binder are receipts from where my grandmother was a patient of Dr. Andrew Hollabaugh.  This particular one is from 23rd of August 1962.  There is another one dated 14th March 1963.  Dr. Hollabaugh suffered a fatal heart attack on the 7th of April 1963.

A few interesting items about Dr. Hollabaugh: 

  • Medical Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine(1926)
  • Post Graduate Work at Nashville General & New York Poly Clinic Hospital.
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, & Throat specialist(1929)
  • He had also been an instructor at Vanderbilt Medical School in addition to being a member of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, Davidson County Medical Association and American Medical Association.
  • Member of Phi Beta Pi fraternity
  • Member of St. George's Episcopal Church
  • Buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville(which is also where my grandmother is buried)
If you are interested in knowing more about my Cooke/Jakes Family Archives binder you can read more about it in my post from 4 years ago entitled "Just a Small Portion of a Family's Paper Trail."


Cooke/Jakes Family Archive Binder, Receipt from the office of Dr. Andrew Hollabaugh dated 1962 Aug 23; binder is currently held by Marie Cooke Beckman.

“Hollabaugh Dies at 60,” The Tennessean, 08 Apr 1963, p. 19, col. 3; digital images, ( : accessed 17 Sep 2022).

Comparison of 4C Descendants of Jabel Putman


Last month I posted a chart which compared the amount of shared DNA between 3 of my siblings and myself to a set of 4 siblings which are 4th cousins to us.  They were all descendants of William Putman, son of Jabel Putman. My siblings and I descend thru Jabel's daughter Elizabeth Putman Cook.  I thought it might also be interesting to see a chart of the other 4th cousins who also descend thru Jabel Putman compared to my siblings and myself.  I didn't include one of my brothers in this comparison because he isn't tested at all the sites which I used to collect the matches. There is representation from all but 2 of Jabel's children who had children.  I wasn't able to include descendants of their branches because I couldn't find tested descendants thru them who were 4th Cousins to us.  It seems we have an abundance of 4C1R from Jabel.  As I did in my previous chart I also included a 3C1R's amount(shown in green) so there would be a point of reference for a generation closer to the Most Recent Common Ancestor(MRCA).

Nothing really conclusive to tell if Wm Putman's descendants are Double 4C with us.  It's believed that Wm Putman's wife was the sister of Elizabeth Putman Cook's husband, Wm C Cook but we have no definite proof as we have not located Wm & Anna's marriage nor do we have definite proof of the parents of Wm C Cook.  

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Probate Records of William McCoy, Williamson Co TN Dist 25 resident

I found mention of a William Cook which is likely my 2nd Great Grandfather, William C Cook in the Williamson County Minute Books, Vol 9,  page 173.  The case is that of Samuel B Robinson  admin & c vs Ann McCoy & als (sic) and begins at the bottom of page 172.  My access to the records was via the microfilmed books which were filmed by the TN State Library and Archives in 1966 in a 19 reel set and digitized by FamilySearch which has made them available at their website   Volume 9 of the Williamson Co TN Minute books can be found FamilySearch on the reel which contains v. 9-11 1837-1845(Film # 008150669).   The image is 109 of 833.

You can find records available to view online from home for Williamson Co TN and other areas by using the FamilySearch catalog.  Enter Place of interest and select availability online.  See my blog post on how to browse the unindexed records from a few years ago.

Samuel B Robinson was appointed the administrator of Wm McCoy's estate.  Wm McCoy died in 1836(Estate Sale Records date is 28th Sept 1836) however he is listed in years 1836,1837, and 1838 on the Williamson Co TN Tax list. His estate wasn't settled until late in 1838.  Usually it will say "heirs of" on a tax list but it may be because his estate wasn't yet settled.  His probate is recorded in Williamson Co TN Will Book 7 pg 530 on Ancestry.  It appears that Wm died with more debt than he had the ability to cover without selling land which he owned.  Samuel was advised that it can be best settled by selling the land McCoy owned as one large lot rather than individual lots and he is petitioning the court to ask them to let him do this so he can settle the estate.

Reasons I believe this is my William Clifford Cook
  • Two of William's brother-in-laws are listed among those who(like William) are owed money by William McCoy.
  • Samuel B Robinson & William McCoy were residents of District 25 of Williamson Co TN.  
  • District 25 is the area in which Wm C Cook is known to have lived 
  • Joseph S Cook(over whose estate Wm C Cook was appointed admin) also lived in District 25 and is somehow related to Wm C Cook though their exact relationship has not yet been proven. Jos. S. Cook's probate documents put Wm C Cook in Williamson Co TN in Oct 1838.
  • Jos S Cook and Wm C Cook are the only persons with the Cook surname that I have found within Dist 25 of Williamson Co TN during the time period covered.
  • There are 4 others listed who are also Williamson Co TN Dist 25 residents:  Jackson, Hill, Patterson, and Ransom.
The case records provide me with more information to add to my page about residents of Williamson Co TN Dist 25.  I hope to also locate the notice from the newspaper about the sale mention within the case record.  I was able to find some additional records on William McCoy.  Below is the information I was able to gather from reading the Williamson Co TN court minutes of 26th July 1838. 

Samuel B Robinson admin &c


Ann McCoy & als

Be it remembered that this cause cam on to be again heard on the bill former order and report of the clerk which is in the words and figures following  The undersigned clerk & C to whom this cause stands referred by an interlocutory decree made  ___ at the present term of this civil reports that he has certain proof upon affidavit which is here with filed as to whether the land mentioned in the Pleadings? would sell for more in lots or whether it would sell for more or a better price if sold all together from which proof he is inclined to believe it would sell for a better price if sold all together as in one lot.  As to that part of said interlocutory decree which requires him to take an account with respect to the administration of the estate b the complainant as administrator aforesaid  he reports that he has on ???? the settlement of said administrator so  ? made with the  clerk of the county court of Williamson County in pursuance of an act of assembly in such case made and provided from which settlement it appears that there is due said administrator the sum of Twenty one dollars and ninety one cents

(page break --pg 173)

and that the personal estate is exhausted--and that there is still due and owing from said estate the following debts to wit:

To Thomas Black $25
To William Cook $12
To Nathan Jackson $5
To Benjamin Ransom $5
To Wm Putman $5
To Carson Patterson $10
To David McCoy $5
To Wm Hill $7
To I. Ransom $22
To James M Simpson $7
To S Mayfield $2.50
To Hiram Putman $35
amounting in total to $114.50(This total listed here is less than the one I arrived at when I did a total from this list.  I did double check the amount owed each person and believe I have all of those correct.  Not sure about his math but this appears to be what is written in the book)

and he further reports that from the best information and proof so to the probable value of land mentioned in the complainants bill that said land is worth from three to four dollars per acre all which is respectfully submitted   Jno W Allen From which being read & heard & not being excepted to is in all things confirmed and it appearing to the court that the personal estate of William McCoy dec'd has been exhausted by the administrating in the payment of bona fide debts of the --- --- estate pf said estate and that there still remain bona fide debts against said estate unpaid and it further appearing that it is necessary that the whole of said tract of land be sold for the purpose of paying said unpaid debts and that it is to the interest of the defendants & the creditors that the whole of said tract of land be sold in one lot.  It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the court that the complainant Samuel B Robinson administrator as aforesaid sell the tract of land described in this bill at pulick sale to the highest bidder at Versailles in Williamson County giving forty days notice upon a credit of six and eighteen months and that he takes the bonds of the purchasers with two good freehold sureties for the payment of the purchase money and also ?  a lien on the land for the payment of the purchase money.  It is also ordered that the complainants advertise the time, place and terms of said sale in some publick news papers printed in the town of Franklin and that said Robinson make report to the next term of this court until when when(sic) all other matters are resolved??


Friday, September 09, 2022

Taking advantage of Webtember at Legacy Family Tree Webinars


My paternal grandfather, Thomas D. Cooke was born in the area which was Fruit Valley, TN.  I've written about that several times in blog posts here and how that Post Office no longer exist.  This is the announcement of that in the Post Office Daily Bulletin.  I went looking for this after attending a presentation entitled "Delivering the Mail: Records of the United States Post Office" by Michael L. Strauss, AG.  This webinar was part of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars that are being offered as part of  "Webtember,"  If you aren't catching these live, you still have an opportunity to view them.  See Webtember:  All Genealogy.  All September Long!  I also really enjoyed the webinar "What’s Next When You Are Told Those Records Were 'Burnt up' ” by  J. Mark Lowe. FUGA.

“Post Offices Discontinued,” Daily Bulletin of Orders Affecting The Post Office, 10 Aug 1905, Vol 26 Issue 7756. Sheet 1, col 2; digital images, THE DIGITIZED US POSTAL BULLETINS and PL&Rs 1880 - 2013 ( accessed: 9 Aug 2022). 

Friday, September 02, 2022

NARA Catalog Search Reveals Additional Records

While I was thinking of things I need to do and items I need to order, I pulled(at Ancestry) the US Civil War Pension Index Card for Henry F Hill and his wife Tennie(Ferguson) Hill, step-daughter of James Polk Cook. I need to order copies of Henry's pension file and his widow's file. I'd also like to see the service files for Henry. He was a US Pension agent in the Ozark Arkansas area. On a whim I searched the NARA catalog and found a case file containing an investigation about him.

"These records are part of subseries 1. This file contains the oath of allegiance of Henry F. Hill of Huntsville and Ozark, Arkansas, that was required for admission to practice before the Bureau of Pensions, as well as investigative reports and correspondence about procedural matters and misconduct by Mr. Hill in his capacity as a notary public." I need to get copies of the pension files of Henry and Tennie and also THIS!!

While I'm at it, it would also be a good idea to get a copy of the service records of George H Solifelt. For those who haven't read my previous blog posts about Tennie, this was the man who Tennie(about 5 yrs after Henry's death) moved from Arkansas to Iola Kansas with and lived with him as his niece. I've yet to find any connection to confirm that she was his niece. I've checked George's family which is sketchy at best and I'm pretty familiar with her parents and step-dad's families. So now I'm looking to see if the niece relationship is thru her marriage to Henry. Henry was born in OH but his parents were from Maryland and Vermont. George on the other hand, was from Pennsylvania and served some time in prison. I have little hope that the Niece/Uncle story is valid but I am checking everywhere.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

1882 Tax List Mulberry Twp, Franklin Co. Arkansas, USA


This image shows James Polk Cook and his brother Joseph Knox Cook listed on the 1882 Tax list in the Mulberry Township of Franklin County Arkansas.  J.K. Cook's daughter Melzora A Cook married J B Reid on the 15th of November 1881.  This was the same day that J P. Cook's step daughter Tennessee Ferguson married Hugh Clawson.  Both couples applied for marriage licenses on the 14th.  I'm still looking for proof but I feel certain that Tennie & Hugh must have annulled their marriage or divorced because she marries Henry Hill on the 1st of September 1886 under her maiden name of Ferguson.  I did not find Hugh Clawson on this Tax list but did notice that J B Reid was listed but like J K Cook's entry it doesn't have the PAID notation beside it.  They end up back in Tennessee and may have went back not long after the marriage.  Wm Clifford Cook(father of J.P Cook & J.K. Cook) died on the 1st of Jan 1882.  Still a lot of research needed on all of these folks. 

The 1884 Tax list has J P Cook listed in White Oak township of Franklin Co Arkansas


Franklin Co Arkansas Tax record 1882, 1884, 1886, 1887 (Ozark District)
FHL Film 1027885 digital images at FamilySearch (

Links to the previously mentioned blog posts concerning Tennessee Ferguson Hill

Tennie Hill 1862-1946

Tennie Ferguson Hill's Timeline

Saturday, August 27, 2022

What's Next on My "To-Do" List?

In Answer to Randy Seaver's "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" challenge 

My next item is actually sort of in progress but is slow going right now. I hope to finish an article I'm writing about my Cook/King Great Grandparents and their descendants before the end of the year. These are my Paternal Grandfather's parents.  I wrote an article about my Paternal Grandmother's parents earlier this year.  While my paternal grandmother's family was much larger and is kind of complicated, the Cook/King project covers a smaller family but is way more complicated due to some key missing records, and a TB outbreak.  If any of my Cook/King cousins are reading this and have any information or pictures you want to send me, please contact me.  The best way is thru Facebook and then I can give you further contact info.   Every puzzle piece helps to present a clearer picture of our folks lives.

Once that tasks is complete, the next project will be better organizing my family pictures--both digital and prints.  I also need to write about both sets of my maternal great grandparents.  

Monday, August 22, 2022

Shared DNA Match Amounts between 2 Sibling Sets

The above chart is a visual representation of the Shared DNA between 2 sets of siblings that are known 4th cousins.  It is also believed that they may be Double 4th cousins but not yet proven.  They are kin to me and my siblings thru our Dad's side of the family.  I've also included my paternal aunt in the chart to show the DNA which they share with her.  While I'm not able to compare what my aunt shares with them to what Dad shared with them, I can see that my aunt shares almost double what any one my siblings or I share with JB.  I should also note that Bro-2 shares no DNA with JP or with JB.  That is not unusual once you get beyond the 2nd Cousin once removed level.

Jonny Perl's DNA Painter Website is very helpful for comparing match amounts thru the shared cM project and a number of other tools available there.  I am a subscriber, however the basic version of DNA Painter is free. If you intend to work with more than one chromosome map or tree, or take advantage of bulk import functionality, you will need to subscribe.  

Friday, August 19, 2022

D V Putnam--Dickson Co TN Confederate Pension Application #S8665

D V Putnam  S8665 Dickson Co. TN 11th Cav.

It appears that David Vance Putnam completed the application but it was not turned in until after his death.  Presumably this was so there would be some  notarized statements on file for the widow to apply for a widow's pension.  His claim was rejected as he was deceased and I've not yet found a claim made by his widow.  Will check further resources and make a follow-up post when and if I do find additional information.

See Original at

Source: "Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 October 2018), Filed by Soldier > no 8548-8698 > image 1623-28 of 2219; State Library and Archives, Nashville.

Letter of Explanation from T H Whitfield White Bluff TN  Jan 10 1907

Dear Mr. Hickerson & M? 

I enclose you application of D V Putman for Pension who died before
sending in.  You will please send me an application for her(his widow)
and also one for Mrs. Sarah Hall Widow of J A Hall who died last
year & would ask what has been done with  the case of E Buggett Company
B 49 Tenn.  I notice that in your ?  you have allowed quite a number
of 3nd class widows Please advise me what has been done in the case
of Mrs. Mary Andrews whose application has been there for quite a while
& if any other evidence is required very respectfully yours

T H Whitfield

Wrapper of Application

Tennessee Confederate Pension Application 
Soldier #8665 D V Putman (Rejected)

Soldier's Application for Pension

Under Class 1, 2, 3 or 4.

I, D V Putnam a native of the State of Tennessee and now a citizen of
Tennessee, resident of Flat Pond in the county of Dickson in said state 
of Tennessee and who was a soldier from the State of Tennessee, in the 
war between the United States and the Confederate States, do hereby apply
for aid under the Act of the General Assembly of Tennessee, entitled "An 
Act for the benefit of the indigent and disabled soldiers of the late war 
between the States, and to fix the fees of attorneys and agents for 
procuring such pensions, and fixing a penalty for the violation of the same, 
and amendments thereto" And I do solemnly swear that, while in the discharge of my duty in the service of the Confederate states as a member of 11th Tennessee Cavalry Tom Miller Capt, Ed Hamilton Lieut. Holman Col. I was first wounded  Sawing lumber for the construction of a railroad for the Confederacy. and that by reason of such wound and disability I am now entitled to receive the benefits of this Act.  I further swear that I do not hold any National, State, or County office, nor do I received aid or pension from any other State, or from the United States, and that I am not an inmate of any soldiers' home, and that I am unable to earn a reasonable support for myself and family.  I do further solemnly swear that the answers given to the following questions are true.

In What County, State and year were you born?
Answer:  Williamson Tennessee 1831.

When did you enlist and in what command?  Give the names of the regimental and company officers under whom you were serving at date of wound or other disability.
Answer:  1861 1st in 24th TN Infantry.  2nd 11th Tenn. Cavalry Holman Colonel Tom Miller Capt. Ed Hamilton Lieut.

What was the precise nature of your wound or disability?
Answer:  Was first struck in the side by Handstick while sawing lumber for the confederacy  2nd was struck in same wound by fragment of shell.

What limb, if any, did you lose by reason of said wound or wounds, and if no limb, state fully your disability, and if contracted in the services and is said disability permanent?
Answer:  After receiving above mentioned wounds my arm became almost useless.  Said wounds contracted in army service and is permanent.

Were you incapacitated for service by reason of said wound or disability incurred?
Answer:  Yes for about six weeks

Were you discharged from the army by reason of said wound or disability?
Answer:  No

If discharged from the army, where were you and what did you do until the close of the war?
Answer:  Was not discharged

What was the name of the surgeon who attended you?
Answer:  Dr. Hutton

How Did you get out of the army, when and where?
Answer:  Left sick on Hood Fall back in 1865 in Alabama

Did you take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government?
Answer:  No

If so, when and under what circumstances?
Answer:  Not So

Are you married, or have you been married?
Answer:  Yes

If so, what is the size of your family living together?
Answer:  Wife and five children

What are the respective ages of your wife and the children living with you?
Answer:  Wife 36 Children 12, 10, 8, 6, 3.

In what sex do your children belong?
Answer:  4 girls and 1 boy

Are not some of your children able to support you?
Answer:  None that is with me.

In what business are you now engaged, if any and what do you earn?
Answer:  Sawmilling, when able at one dollar per day

What estate have you in your own right, real and personal, and what is the value?
Answer:  Five acres land more or less valued at $25 and personal none

What estate has your wife in her own right, real and personal, and what is the value?
Answer:  None

How have you derived support for yourself and family for the last five years?
Answer:  By my manual labor

Do you use intoxicants to any extent?
Answer:  No

How Long have you been an actual residen of the State of Tennessee?
Answer:  All my life

Have you an attorney to look after this application?
Answer:  No

If so give his name and address

Witnessed my hand this April 15th day of 1904
D V Putnam(signature)


Notarized Statements

Jas R Major M D --Physician
(J) G Cook --Witness
W J Christopher(His Mark)-- Witness
Witness W M Goodlett

Statement of Physician Jas R Major M D 
Notarized by W H Stringfellow

Personally appeared before me, W H Stringfellow Notary Public of said county, the above named Jas, R Major M D, one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing application, and who is a physician of good standing, and being duly sworn says that he has carefully and thoroughly examined D V Putnam, the applicant, and find him laboring under the following disabilities:

Serious impairment of the function of the left shoulder and arm caused from a wound in the left side just below the axillary region caused from a fragment of shell striking him while in battle, the shell striking an older wound said wounds both received during the civil war.

Witness my hand and seal of office this 15th day of April 1904

W H Stringfellow N.P.

State of Tennessee Davidson County

Personally appeared before me, W M Goodlett Notary Public of said county, the above named J G Cook and W J Christopher, two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing application, with whom I am personally acquainted, and known to me to be citizens of veracity and standing in this community, and who make oath that they are personally acquainted with the foregoing applicant, and that the facts set forth and statements made in this application are correct and true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that they have no interest in this claim, and that said applicant's habits are good and from from dishonor and we further make oath to the following facts touching the applicants service in the Confederate Army.

Witness my hand and seal of office this 4th day of May 1904

W M Goodlett 
Notary Public

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Supporting Evidence in County Court Records

While reading through Delayed Birth Certificates, I noticed that several made reference to county court orders under the supporting evidence section. My curiosity got the better of me and I went looking for the County Court Minutes that was referenced in my Cook's delayed birth certificate  There were many more thru this the surrounding counties particularly during the time period when people were applying for a Social Security number.  

Just one of the many unindexed "gems" at As I mentioned in a blog post from last year,  you can also find Military Discharge Records for some counties in the US. Be sure to check the FamilySearch catalog regularly for areas in which you have research to see what records are available.  

Monday, August 08, 2022

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousins--1950 US Federal Census

In a blog post I made in April, I listed the citations of the 1950 census entries for Dad, his siblings and a number of his paternal 1st cousins. I am doing the same of his maternal 1st cousins for this post.  A link to the Enumeration Districts is also included after each citation.  I didn't hyperlink the web addresses so you will need to copy and paste the url into your browser. This will be a great help to me when I read thru the districts again. When no one was at home a revisit was required and those revisits are listed at the end of each enumeration district.  The sheet #s for the revisit sections start with 71 to set them apart from the initial walk thru.  See this informative post at HistoryHub.

Aunt Lula's Children
Dad's maternal 1st cousin James Morton Gibson & family
Morton & Martha Gibson with sons Granville & Darrell
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co. TN, Nashville, Enumeration District 99-271, sheet 77, Serial/Household #144, Lines 5-8( James M Gibson Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 99-271

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Telitha Aline Gibson Stevens  w/ her husband Andrew & Daughter Patricia.
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co. TN, Nashville, Enumeration District 99-278, Serial/Household #211, sheet 17, Lines 26-28( Andrew D Stevens Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census  (
Link to District 99-278

Aunt Cora's Children
Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Lillian Irene Gibson Wagster & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Butler Co. OH, Ross Township(West of Route 127), Enumeration District 9-114, sheet 73, Serial/Household #201, Lines 25-28( Huston I Wagster Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 9-114

Dad's maternal 1st cousin Thomas Lytle Gibson and Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Civil Dist. 24, Enumeration District 2-39, sheet 8, Serial/Household #60, Lines 20-21( Tom L Gibson Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-39:

Dad's maternal 1st Cousin Verna Gibson Wagster & her husband
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 13, Serial/Household #128, Lines 27-28( Paul Wagster Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-10

Dad's maternal 1st cousin Bertha Eunice Gibson Stokes Osteen and Family
1950 US Federal Census, Butler Co. OH, Hamilton, Enumeration District 96-21, sheet 19, Serial/Household #227, Lines 25-27( John R O'Steen Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to Dist 96-21:

Dad's maternal 1st cousin  Preston C Gibson and Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Tourist Court, Enumeration District 2-4, sheet 77, Serial/Household #174, Lines 8-12( Preston Gibson & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-4

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin. Leone Gibson Uselton & 1st Husband
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-11, sheet 6, 210 Jefferson, Serial/Household #66, Lines 17-18(Fred Uselton & Leone); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-11

Aunt Kitty's Children
Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Mary Magdalene Bell Dye & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 13, Serial/Household #125, Lines 16-21(Bernum B Dye Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-10

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Zada Florene Bell McGregor & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 26, Serial/Household #255, Lines 27-30(Florene Bell McGregor & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-10

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin Lawrence Melvin Bell & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Civil Dist 7, Enumeration District 2-16, sheet 5, Serial/Household #49, Lines 6-8( Lawrence M Bell & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-16

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin Patra Bell
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co. TN, Nashville, Enumeration District 99-265, sheet 6, Serial/Household #60, Line 17(Living in Clarence Huffman Household but arrow drawn to Household of Lillie B Adams HH 59); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 99-265

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin. Tom Bell Jr & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 22, 703 Elliott, Serial/Household #216, Lines 26-30(Tom Bell Jr. & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-10

Dad's Maternal 1st cousins, Pearl, J.B., and Olive Bell living in the household of their parents
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 14, 530 Oak,  Serial/Household #130, Lines 5-9(Tom Bell (Sr) &  Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 2-10

Uncle John's daughter
Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Hazel P Jakes Jetton & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co TN, Murfreesboro, Enumeration District 75-25, Serial/Household # 89, sheet 76, Lines 9-11(John M Jetton Family); U.S. National Archives,  1950 Census  (
Link to District 75-25

Uncle Will's Children
Dad's Maternal Uncle Will B Jakes Sr. & Family
1950 U.S. census, Davidson Co., TN, Old Hickory Civil Dist 4, ED 19-19, sheet 10, 311 30th Street, Serial/Household #111, line 29-30 & sheet 11, lines 1-2 (Wm B Jakes Sr. Family);  U.S. National Archives,  1950 Census  ((
Link to District 19-19

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Lula Pauline "Polly" Jakes Sams & Husband
1950 US Federal Census, Bay Co. FL, Parker, Enumeration District 3-38, sheet 22, Serial/Household #202, Lines 1-2(Tom B Sams & wife); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (
Link to District 3-38

Sunday, August 07, 2022

1943-1944 Term Dupont Grammar School Report Card Davidson Co. TN

The images are scans of my Dad, Billy Joe Cooke's 6th Grade Report Card.  He was attending Dupont Grammar School in Old Hickory, Davidson County, Tennessee(USA).   
(Form No. 1)

Davidson County Elementary Schools Report

School reports are of value if they help parents understand the meaning of practices in school and the opinion of the school of the child's progress. We want each child to compete with his own record, not with those of other children. Therefore teachers and parents must avoid comparing the child with other children in class and home.

The school desires to help each child become a worthy member of the group, use his leisure time constructively, and master the school subjects.

Name: Billy Joe Cooke
Grade: 6

The grading period was every 4 weeks
Grade listed in parenthesis is his Final Average
Dad was graded on the following subjects :

Spelling Test and Written work(98)

Days Present--173 Days
Days Absent-----3 Days
Days Tardy------0 Days

In that grade level they were also graded on a number of 
"Habits and attitudes Desirable for Citizenship"

Dad was Promoted to Grade 7

School  Dupont Grammar School
Principal:  W. M. Tate
Teacher:  Bertha McFerrin
Term 1943-1944

Parents Sign:  Mrs. T D Cooke signed 6 times

Dupont Grammar School Principal W M Tate (31 Dec 1896 - 31 Jan 1968)
William McKever Tate Sr. was the son of Daniel Anderson Tate & Clara Raulston and was born in Marion County, Tennessee.  He married Inez Roth in 1924 and the following year they came to Davidson County, TN where he was principal at Morny School. He worked at several other schools but held the position of principal at Dupont Elementary School from around 1938 until his retirement in 1962.  At the time of the 1940 census, Principal Tate and his family lived on Lawrence Street in Old Hickory.  That was two streets over and down about a block from where Dad and his parents lived during that time. According to his obituary, he is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park 

6th Grade Teacher Bertha McFerrin (22 Mar 1911 - 8 May 2001)
Bertha McFerrin was the daughter of Arthur Alexander McFerrin and Callie Ann Vance. She was from the Cannon County town of Readyville.  Bertha graduated from MTSU(Then Middle TN State Teaches college) in 1936.  She never married nor had children of her own.  At the time of the 1940 Census she and her Dad were in Montgomery Co.,  Tennessee living with her sister and brother in law.  She is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, Cannon County, Tennessee.


  1. Cooke-Jakes Family Papers, in possession of Marie Cooke Beckman, "Report Card of Billy Joe Cooke, 6th Grade student at Dupont Grammar School," School Term 1943-1944. Item Digitized 7 Aug 2022.
  2. "W. M. Tate Sr. Services Today," The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) 2 Feb 1968, pg 35 Col 6; ; digital images, ( : accessed 7 Aug 2022).
  3. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 January 2021), William M Tate, Civil District 4, Davidson, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-9, sheet 14A, line 25, family 267, NARA digital publication T627, National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3884.
  4. "U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012"; database with images, Ancestry( 7 Aug 2022), Tennessee > Middle Tennessee State Teachers College > 1936 > image 35 of 124.
  5. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 January 2021), Bertha McFerrin in household of Sterling B Odom, Civil District 12, Montgomery, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 63-24, sheet 3A, line 12, family 44, NARA digital publication T627. National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3923.
  6. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 07 August 2022), memorial page for Bertha McFerrin (22 Mar 1911–8 May 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55567967, citing Riverside Cemetery, Woodbury, Cannon County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Patricia Davidson (contributor 46638656).

Monday, August 01, 2022

Anna Putman & others VS Wm G Hight & Others

From the Burned Index deeds referenced in the Chancery Court Record whose transcription follows.
Not sure I understand what is going on because the Wm Putman father of D V Putman  had been thought to have died in 1855.  Did D V Putman just not record it til 1859 or is it Wm Putman's heirs/estate.  He only had one son--David Vance Putman.  At least this does list his heirs but it also raises some questions.  

Typed Index to burned volumes (extinct) made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861

1856 Sep 10  Bargainor: A P MoHundro  Bargainee: D V Putman    Deed 90 Acres
1857 Jan 16  Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainee: O W Crockett  Trust Deed
1857 Oct 5  Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainee: W G Hight  Trust Deed
1858 Jan 25 Bargainor: D V Putman Bargainee: W G Hight  Trust Deed
1858 Sep 23  Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainee: W G Hight  Deed 90 Acres
1859 Nov 22 Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainor: Wm Putman  Deed

Transcriptions Chancery Court Case Anna Putman & Others VS Wm G Hight & Others
Bedford Co. TN, Chancery Court minute books 1830-1965, Mar. 1871 - Oct. 1872
Images 440 & 441 of 638  (pg 201)
(Page 201)
Anna Putnam & Others   vs Wm G Hight & others
Final Decree be it remembered that this cause was finally heard on the 11th of Sept 1871 by Hon. A. S. Marks Chancellor & c on bill answer exhibit proof and on the motion of Richard Nance and Thos N. McCord Trustees of W G Hight to be (p. 202) made dependents which is allowed by consent of complainants and upon full consideration of the whole case the court is of opinion & so decrees that the deed executed by D V Putnam to his father Wm Putman in 1857 invested the vender with the legal title to the tract of land conveyed by A P Mohundro to D V Putnam that W G Hight when he took the absolute deed from D V Putnam on the 22 Sept 1858 knew of the existence of the deed from D V Putman to Wm Putman and is there for not an innocent purchaser.

It is decreed by the court that the surviving complainants are entitled to the said tract land less the interest of D V Putnam as one of the heirs and for the four or five acres purchased by him of Richard Nance and included in the deed of Sept 25 1858 to W G Hight subject to a lien for the purchase money and interest yet ____ unpaid at the date of the deed of D V to Wm Putnam which is hereby decreed  a lien on said land
It is further decreed by the court that this cause by referred to the Clerk & Master to take proof & report to the next term of this court the annual value of the rents of said tract of land including the four or five acres sold by R Nance to D V Putnam from the date of the deed from D V P to Wm Putnam to the time of making his report with interest. He will also report what betterments if any have been made by complainants and also what damages have been done said land since it's occupation by complainants under the deed to Wm Putnam all other matters being reserved

Images 448 & 449 of 638 (pg 217)
Sept 14th 1871
(Pg 217)
Anna Putman & Others
Wm G Hight & Others
Final Decree
Be it remembered that this cause came for hearing on this 11 Sept 1871 before the Hon. A S Marks Chancellor & C on bill, answer & proof and on motion of Richard Nance & Thos. N McCord Trustees of W G Hights to be made Defts which is allowed by the consent of Complts and upon consideration of the whole case(pg. 218) The court is of opinion  & so decrees that the deed executed by D V Putman and his father Wm Putman in Jan of Janry 1857 invested the vender with the legal title to the land in controversy & W G Hight when he took the absolute deed from D V Putman 22 Sept 1858 knew of the execution of the deed from D V and Wm Putman & does not in this answer place himself in condition to rely on the plea of an innocent purchase. The court decrees that the compts are entitled to the land as heirs at law of Wm Putman dec'd less the share of D V Putman as one of the heirs & the four or five acres purchased by him from Wm G Hight but that the land is first chargeable with 5/6 of the Miller Debt mentioned in the trust deed of D V Putman to Hight of 5 Oct 1857 the whole debt being unfixed at $275.00 with the interest on the 5/6 from the 25 Dec 1857
This cause is referred to the master to take an account with the year 1859 being the year after D V Putman moved from the land after the death of the Father  In estimating the value of the rents during the life of Anna Putman the widow, the master will consider her right to dower in the land and only estimate two thirds of the rents for that time.  By the consent of all parties upon the case shown by record the court further decrees that the land be sold first for the payment of the miller debt as herein set forth & secondly for the distribution or division among the compts & Wm G Hight or his trustees & that T S Steele C Master & C is appointed commissioner to sell the same & that he sell it on a credit of one  or two years taking notes & sureties for the purchase money first giving notice as required by law He will by consent sell the small piece purchased by D V Putman from Richard Nance and report to next term

Images 513 of 638 (pg 347 )

Anna Putman & Others
Wm G Hight & Others
Be it remembered that this cause came in for further hearing and was heard on this 5th day of March 1872 before the Hon A S Marks Chalr & C upon the proceeding heretofore had and the report of the sale made by the mater which is in the words and figures following:
In the case the undersigned in pursuance of an interlocutory decree pronounced by the Hon Chancery Court for Bedford County at its Sept Term 1871 begs leave to submit the following
He advertised the land in the pleadings mentioned by printed hand-bills posted as required by law giving due and legal notice of the time place and terms of sale and on the 4th day of November 1871 the time as a advertised he attended his his Deputy James C Jett on the premises the place designated and offered said lands for sale at public auction to the highest bidder on one and two years credit, the mode & terms as advertised when and where after the same had been cried a reasonable time the said lands situated in Dist 9 Bedford County Tennessee adjoining the lands of John Landrum- James Foster--John King & others and containing 96 acres were struck off to A Tucker at his bid of $12 42 1/2 cents per acre aggregating the sum of (pg 348)
($1192.80) Eleven Hundred & Ninety Two 80/100 Dollars the same being the last highest & best bid offered for said lands.  The said purchaser has paid the undersigned the costs and commissions-after said sale the said A Tucker associated with him as an equal partner in said lands one W C Cooke and the said parties Tucker & Cooke have executed to the undersigned as Clerk & Co. their two promissory notes with the W M Boyce & J R(K?) Cooke securities in each Each note is for $547.90 and due respectively in one & two years after date- & dated on the 4th day of November 1871 and executed for the purchase money of said lands and a lien is also retained on said lands to secure the payment of said notes and is so expressed on the face of each-said notes are now in the hands of the undersigned subject to the orders of the Hon. Court.
All of which is respectfully submitted Nov 2 1871
Which being unexcepted to it is ordered in all things to be confirmed

It is further ordered by the court that all the right title claim and interest of the compts & defts in and to the land described in the pleadings be divested of them & vested in the purchasers subject to a lien for the purchase money and upon the payment of the purchase money, the clerk master will executed to them a deed in accordance with the terms of this decree and the cause was further heard on the report of the clerk as to rent which is not being excepted to it is ordered in all things to be confirmed. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed that T S Steele as clerk master recover for the use of the parties in interest of Charles Norville & Wife, Mary A.  Henry Warner & Wife Sarah, John A Vincent and wife Willy, Elizabeth Putman, Sciota Putman the sum of 120.00 the amount of said rent & in the adjustment he will allow them a credit for their respective portions as settled by the decrees of this court.  The clerk will also collect the rents which have accrued under the renting made by the clerk master of this court & distribute the same as settled by the decree of this court.  The clerk will proceed & collect the purchase money & pay the same together with (pg. 349) money now in the hand out after paying all unsettled costs to the parties entitled to the same as fixed by decree pronounced 14 Sept 1871 and the amount giving to W G Hight or to his trustees will be paid to their solicitors, Edmund Cooper, James L. Scudder & H L Davidson, who have a lien on the same for the payment of their fees, which is hereby declared.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Notes On William Clifford Cook(4 Apr 1811-1 Jan 1882)

W. C. Cook is my 2nd great grandfather and I’ve been searching for information on who his parents were since I began my research in 1990.  I’ve collected documents from a varying number of sources and even have DNA tests both autosomal and YDNA. The intent of this blog post is to pull together the documents, squeeze out the information and clues contained in them and to use those clues to ask questions and identify where I have opportunity for further research in my quest to answer the question:  Who are the parents of William Clifford Cook(1811-1882)  I have this information in my tree at Ancestry but wanted to make sure that any other researchers who don't have access to the tree could see the information. I'd love to hear from any other Cook or related family researchers with any additional information / corrections or insight. 

W.C. Cook consistently lists his place of birth as North Carolina on the 1860[1], 1870[2] and the 1880[3] Census. His first identifiable appearance in the area(Rutherford Co TN, Williamson Co. District 25 and Bedford Co TN 9 & 10) is among a group of men who on the 5th September 1831 met at the smith shop of William Gilliam to give depositions for the court case of Robert Williams vs Wm Putman, et al[4]. This case would eventually be a TN State Supreme Court case.  In W C’s deposition he is asked if he is related to Wm Putman and he acknowledges that Wm. is his brother in law.   Is he thinking ahead?  He’s not yet married to Wm’s sister(That happens about 3 weeks later).  Or just maybe William Putman is married to W.C.’s sister?  I do not know.  It would seem to me that he could have given the answer as NO at that point and time.  Given that and scattered stories identifying Wm Putman’s wife as a Cook I believe that it seems possible that W C's sister could be Wm Putman's wife. Need to work on finding the marriage of Wm Putman to Anna which would give her name and the time period of their marriage and help to answer this question.  The copy of the TN State Supreme Court Case that I obtained from TSLA is 41 pages.  It contains documents from Bedford, Rutherford and Williamson Counties..  All of the counties’ records need to be examined for the period even though the case itself is in Rutherford Co. TN Time Frame  Oct 1829-1835ish.

I also have yet to locate W.C. in the 1830 Federal Census although from his deposition it would appear that he was in the Middle TN area at that point.  I have checked Joseph S Cook and variations though I do not know the relationship between Joseph and W C.  I’ve not located a Joseph(or variation) with a male W.C.'s age living in the household in the area where I'd expect him.  There are a few Cook households in Bedford Co TN who have a male the right age--John, Thomas, and Elizabeth Cook.  The Elizabeth Cook household would seem the most likely given that it is near the Anglins and other families that were involved in the court case.

What is the relationship between W C Cook and Samuel Anglin?  Between W C and Robert Williams?  Asking about Williams because W.C. was asked if he rode the horse(the one at the center of the Williams vs  Wm Putman case)after Williams bought it and his answer was yes.  Generally speaking, I wouldn't think a person would let someone ride their horse unless there was a trusted relationship between the two parties.  Just like these days we don't let just anyone drive our car.

Other Blog posts about the Williams vs Wm Putman case: 

As I mentioned earlier, W C Cook and Elizabeth Putman were married on 27 of Sept 1831 by Lemuel Manire. The marriage bond and license are dated 26th of Sept 1831 and Zachariah Little signs with W C.  Zach Little was making bond & obtaining a license to marry Mary Hill at the same time.  The person copying marriages from the loose documents into the book writes 29 instead of 27 when copying WC Cook and Elizabeth’s marriage date. Their marriage was announced along with others from Williamson Co TN in the 7th Dec 1831 edition of the Nashville Banner & Nashville Whig.

In 1836 & 1837 W C Cook was on the Tax List of Bedford Co TN in District 10. August 4, 1837 W C Cook & wife sold land in Williamson Co TN District 25 to David Young.  This would presumably be land that Elizabeth inherited when her father Jabel Putman passed.  At that time they were not living on the land.  In 1838 W C was appointed Overseer for Road Work. This is recorded in the Williamson Co TN records

“Ordered that William C Cook oversee that part of the fishing ford road of which Jacob Crick was late overseer and that all the hands on the south side of the road  leading leading(sic) from Murfreesborough to Columbia and all the hands that worked under said Crick work therein under his direction and that they work said road from the Bedford County line to the Rutherford County line.”

There is no date given in the entry however looking at the surrounding entries it appears to be Fall of 1838.  Where is Volume 1 of the Williamson Co Road Books?  Does it no longer exist?  I looked for it on the digitized microfilmed images but it looks like this roll of microfilm only contains Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of the Williamson Co TN Road Books.  Check 1838(Fall) thru 1840 for entry to see if there is a replacement named for W C Cook.  W C Cook was appointed admin of the estate of Joseph S Cook 1st Oct 1838.  He reports the estate sale 7 Jan 1839.  The inventory listing provides a good bit of names.  No other Cooks made purchases other than WC.  I was unable to find distribution papers for Jos S Cook’s estate.  His Probate file in Williamson Co TN Archives is problematic. Jos S Cook died intestate and they have mixed his file with a Joseph Cook who died in 1840 and who left a will.  It’s obvious by looking at the handwriting and knowledge of probate records.  Was that paper lost or did it ever exist?  I contacted the Williamson Co TN archives about it and explained the issue.  I was told that some time in the 1980s the probate files were put into folders.  This is probably when the two Joseph Cooks files were combined and might have been when the distribution paper was lost if it did in fact exist.  
W C  and family were in Dyer Co TN[5] by 1840’s census date of June 1st and the enumerator tallying which was signed on Oct 30 1840. Why Dyer Co?  Also who is the “extra'' female 15-20 in his household.  I’d not discovered that the family was in Dyer Co TN until I went looking to see with which of her children W C’s mother-in-law was living.  It appears she is living with daughter Elizabeth(W C’s wife) unless that is another older lady.  Maybe W C’s Mom but I haven’t identified his parents so I don’t have anything for age comparison. It is more than likely Nancy, widow of Jabel Putman as I was unable to find her in the households of any of her other children.

By July of 1841 the family was back in Williamson Co TN District 25 where Wm C Cook is listed on the school census with one female over 6 but under 16 attending school[6].  That would be his daughter, Minerva. During the time that W C Cook and family were in Dyer Co TN the Putman siblings were scattered–some in Bedford, Lauderdale, Weakley, Williamson Counties of TN and by early 1850s the majority of the Putman brothers would be in Christian and Hopkins Co KY area.  

W C Cook was the witness for a deed by Thos. B Carlton for Liberty Meeting house on Dec 23 1843 in Bedford Co TN[7].  

In July of 1848 daughter Elizabeth was born living only for a week.

Any Census Entry for W. C. Cook in 1850 was likely in Bedford County Tennessee’s District 10.  The District 10 enumeration is nowhere to be found.  I do not know if they were skipped, the pages lost, never turned in or skipped in the digitization.  In May of 1853(23rd)[8] W C was at the Union Hall Hotel(D Y Winston Proprietor) and noted as being from Bedford Co along with fellow Bedford Co resident W G Hight(s).  Several others in the same hotel are J O Stubbs(Rutherford Co), J N Clark, and J W Nelson (both of Murfreesboro.) What was the reason for the stay?  Business in Nashville?  On the way to or from Kentucky?  Need to look at court records from Davidson Co. TN around this date.

Records from the “burned”[9] index that was reconstructed have Wm C Cook selling? land to J H W Jones (140 Acres) on Oct 4th 1854  Also a deed to Wm G Hight Nov 9th that same year.

Feb of 1855 finds WC listed among others of the District 9 & 10 area petitioning for a boundary change.[10]  The change was granted and I’ve included the information from it below.  That area seems to change boundaries frequently.  

(Feb 1855 Term pg. 413)

On Petition of John Jackson, William G. Hight, William C Cook, Thomas Davis, Jno. W. Manier, William King, and Jno. Boyce, it was ordered by the Court that the line of Civil District #11 be changed as follows, to wit, commencing at Weakley's Creek and running with the public road by Hight's to as to include the lands of the petitioners from District #9 to #10.  21 Justices voting in the affirmative.

The year 1857 would be a rough year for WC and family as children David V(abt 8) and Rebecca(abt 14) would die.

The Census day for 1860 was June 1st.  W C and family would be enumerated[11] in District 10 of Bedford County, Tennessee.  
[12]On 27th Nov 1860 W C would witness a deed of 155 acres(District 10 land) from Richard Nance to J F Elliot.  

Feb of 1862 General Grant issued an order suspending civil government in TN and declaring martial law[13] and by early March Lincoln had appointed Andrew Johnson as military governor of TN and the entire state was under military law(Middle & West by US and East by Confederate States)

Dec 31 1862- 2 Jan 1863–The battle of Stones River which according to family stories you could hear where W C and family lived(northern Bedford Co)  

4 Mar 1863 Cavalry Detachment, Army of the Cumberland. Col. Robert H. G. Minty 4th Mich. Cavalry & 7th PA were in Rover area

7 Mar 1863 “On Saturday last a Federal cavalry force made an attack upon the Confederate camp at Unionville, Tennessee and captured all their wagons and camp equipment. The Confederate 80 killed 180 injured. Federal 2 slightly wounded.”

Daughter Angeline would have 2 children–Sally born in 1864, and another who died as a young child from burns.  This would have an effect on the family, not to mention all they were going through with the state of unrest.

12 April 1865 Son James Polk Cook filed for a divorce from 1st wife Messina Bailey on grounds of abandonment. [14]  It’s granted and by 12 Oct 1865 James was married to Harriet G Hamer in Williamson Co TN[15] with Richard Polk as his bondsman.  James’ brother Jefferson Gideon Cook married Mary S Hamer(Sister of Harriet) in Williamson Co TN on 9 Sep 1866 and James signed as a bondsman.[16]  I do not know what became of Harriet or Mary.  More research is needed.  James was with Susan Carson Ferguson and Gideon with Martha Hale by the time of the 1870 Census.[17] The 1870 Census entry has both couples listed in Bedford Co TN District 10 “next door.”  I did note that James and Susan’s 1st child together was born in 1869 and named Harriet presumably in honor of his wife Harriet so I’d think that there wasn’t a divorce involved.  Harriet’s mother is listed as Susan on her death certificate but I’d wondered if there was a chance that she was a child of James and Harriet G Hamer.  Maybe not.  I've never located the marriage record of James and Susan.  That needs more attention.

July 1866 Mail route restored Unionville and Poplins Crossroads suffering from a large outbreak of Flux.
Census Day 1870(June 1) finds W C Cook and family enumerated in District 10 of Bedford Co TN in the household of Elizabeth’s widowed sister, Parry Putman Lamb[18]

W.C. paid taxes in District 9 of Bedford Co TN for the years,  1875[19] 1876[20] 1877[21] 1878[22] 1879[23] 1880[24] 1881[25]  He wrote his will[26] in November of 1881 and died in Jan of 1882 at the age of 70.  Elizabeth had passed in 1880 as the result of a fall.  They are buried together in Simpson Cemetery in Rover, TN surrounded by many family members.[27] [28]

There seems to be some connection to the Hight, Little, Smith, Pope, and Harrison families when looking at DNA results and the interactions of the families.  The Putmans intermarried numerous times with the Crick, Carlton and Vickery families which also interact with the other families which may tie in thru the Cook lines. It must be remembered that not only are we looking for the father of William Clifford Cook, we are also trying to identify the mother whose family name is unknown to us.

Our YDNA line matches most closely with others who are descendants of Shem Cooke(1722-1796) of Granville Co NC and a group of Patterson men who are likely Cook descendants as the one of them who has tested matches with my our BigY700.  The connecting generations have not yet been found or sorted out.  Cooks from this group are all over NC, Middle TN, Alabama(Cullman Co area) and Georgia(Carroll Co)  We really need more Cooks in these areas to test.

Please see my Cooke/Luna Main File at Ancestry and the profile of William Clifford Cook in that tree

[1] "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 February 2021), W C Cook, 1860.

[2] "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 June 2022), Wm C Cook in entry for Parry Lamb, 1870.

[3] "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 June 2022), W.C. Cook, District 9, Bedford, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration District 9, sheet 269D,

[4] Williams vs. Putman--TN State Supreme Court Case Middle District Ordered from TN State Library & Archives via Delivery(Jan 2, 2019) via email of scanned digital images(PDF) 41 pages. (Location at TSLA Range: 33 Section: A Shelf: 2 Box Number: 375)

[5] "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 September 2021), Household of Wm C Kook, Dyer, Tennessee, United States; citing p. 104, NARA microfilm publication M704 , (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.), roll 521-522; FHL microfilm 24,544.

[6] Williamson, Tennessee, School Census 1838-1939, District 25, William C Cook 1 child(Over 6<16); digital images, FamilySearch, Image  1067 of 5811; citing Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998  Film 2115582 Item 2, DGS 8411324.

[7] Bedford Co. Tennessee Deed Book OO p 26; digital images, FamilySearch(; citing Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville(TN)1965; Film 476362 DGS 8567893

[8] "Arrivals at the Principal Hotels," The Tennessean, 25 May 1853, p. 3,  col. 2; digital images, ( : accessed 31 Aug 2022).Clipping is  at

[9] Bedford County, Tennessee deed books and index, 1808-1966, Typed Index to burned volumes (extinct) made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861; digital images, FamilySearch( Image 26 of 481.

[10] Marsh, Helen C, and Timothy R. Marsh. Earliest County Court Records of Bedford County, Tennessee. Shelbyville, Tenn: Southern Historical Press, 1985. Page 119.

[11] "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 February 2021), W C Cook, 1860.

[12] Bedford County, Tennessee Deed Book DDD pg 6; digital images, FamilySearch( Image 189 of 481.


[14] Bedford County, Tennessee Circuit Court Minutes 1864 - 1865

Apr. 1864 - Aug. 1867. FHL  Film  475985   DGS 8659576

Cook, James P. vs. Messina Ann Cook  page 283 - 284; digital images, FamilySearch(

[15] "Tennessee State Marriage Index, 1780-2002," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), James F Cook and Harriet G Hamer, 12 Oct 1865; from "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2008); citing p.539 , Williamson, Tennessee, United States, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

[16] "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2016), Williamson > Marriage records, 1865-1878, vol 6-8 > image 46 of 975; citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties.

[17] "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 June 2019), Tennessee > Bedford > District 10 > image 31 of 36; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C: National Archives and Records Administration).

[18] "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 June 2022), Wm C Cook in entry for Parry Lamb, 1870

[19] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477092 Dist. 9 1875 Tax Year image 91 of 573

[20] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477092 Dist. 9 1876 Tax Year Image 269 of 573

[21] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477092 Dist. 9 1877 Tax Year Image 465 of 573

[22] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477093 Dist. 9 1878 Tax Year Image 112 of 774

[23] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477093 Dist. 9 1879 Tax Year Image 305 of 774

[24] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477093 Dist. 9 1880 Tax Year Image 494 of 774

[25] Bedford Co TN Tax Books 1878-1881 Film # 477093 Dist. 9 1881 Tax Year Image 681 of 774

[26] "Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Bedford > Wills, 1861-1897, Vol. 1 > image 245 of 424; county courthouses, Tennessee.

[27] Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 31 July 2022), memorial page for William Clifford Cook (4 Apr 1811–1 Jan 1882), Find a Grave Memorial ID 66487991, citing Simpson Cemetery, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Gerald Staggs (contributor 20947500).

[28] Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 31 July 2022), memorial page for Elizabeth Putman Cook (1814–5 Sep 1880), Find a Grave Memorial ID 66488146, citing Simpson Cemetery, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Gerald Staggs (contributor 20947500).