Sunday, January 15, 2023

Elizabeth Dent Browning Cook--widow of Willis Cook

Read thru some Cook documents looking for those with a connections to Franklin Co. NC. Found one who also had a connection to Weakley Co. TN which is also an area of interest It was the Widow's Pension Application of Elizabeth Dent Browning Cook who applied on the service of her husband, Willis Cook. I've included the link to the full source file in the Source section but will put direct links as I address some of the information contained within the file. There are 38 Images within the file folder at Fold3

War of 1812 Claim of Widow for Service Pension (pg 33)
Soldier: Willis Cook Widow: Elizabeth Dent Browning Cook
The application gives a description of Willis Cook and a summary of his service time. His occupation is given as carpenter.

Marriage date given as 10th of Dec 1820 married by Harry Goodlow J.P. according to notarized statements given by Elizabeth's brothers Jourdan N T Dent and Joseph E Dent. Elizabeth was a widow of Thomas Browning(died while serving during War of 1812) William Smith was the bondsman.
[The Franklin Co NC Abstract shows the bond date as Dec 19, 1820. The bond appears to say Dec 19, 1820 as well. The year is clear and seems to be a year later than that remembered by the Dent brothers. There is a possibility that the date on the bond is actually the 9th as a pen stroke may have been misinterpreted as a 1 before the 9 making it the 19th. It does seem more likely to me that the marriage bond was signed on the 9th of Dec with the marriage taking place on the 10th at their father's home in the year given on the bond--1821 See bond at:]

Date & Location of Soldier's Death 24th April 1870 near Dresden Tennessee.

Information which I find helpful to know is also included on her application. She is asked to list where they have resided and she lists Franklin Co NC, Murray Co. TN(that's actually Maury Co TN) and Weakley Co TN where she now lives.

From the Widow's Pension Application at

Widow also mentions that her husband did file a Bounty Land Warrant but she couldn't remember the date of his filing.

WO16754 WC24867 Bounty Land Warrant Number: 21298 --160--12


“War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files,” database and images, Fold3 ( : accessed 15 Jan 2023); image of widow Elizabeth Cook's pension claim WC24867, service of Willis Cook(Pvt. Capt. E J Leigh's Co And Corp Capt. Villard's Co 10 US Inf. Corp Capt. Hight's Co And Sgt. Capt. Hall's Co US Art Corps); citing "War of 1812 Pension and Bounty land Warrant Application Files, compiled ca. 1871–1900, documenting the period 1812–ca.1900," National Archives Catalog ID: 564415, Record Group 15, Roll RG15-1812PB-Bx0812, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

"North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2021), Willis Cook and Betsey Browning, 19 Dec 1821; citing Franklin, North Carolina, United States, p. , North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History; FHL microfilm .[abstract from Bonds]

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