Aug. 7, 1860 Ransom Hillsdale County Michigan, USA
1948 Pioneer Williams County Ohio, USA
DEATH OF GENERAL JOHN COOK Added by yorkies2006 on 26 Mar 2009
.........I always wanted to see it in a story....kinda cute.......... Miss Mary Eliza....that's my G Greatmother Zorada Baker Green's sister........ Zorada was Bird Henry Green's mother.......Bird Henry was my mom's dad.........my parents would have gotten a kick out of reading this stuff.....
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARY ELIZA BAKER, born August 7, 1860, at Ransom, Mich. (daughter of Charles H. and Eliza D. (Rogers), Baker,) married September 16, 1889, at Ransom, Mich., General John Pope Cook, born June 12, 1825, at Belleville, Ill. He died October 12, 1910, at Ransom, Mich. CHILDREN I. Daniel Pope Cook, born February 14, 1893, at Ransom, Mich., married Fern Crow. II. Nina M. Cook, born May 9, 1894, at Ransom, Mich. III. Chas. Bosworth Cook, born October 27, 1896, at Ransom, Mich. IV. Daisy E. Cook, born August 15, 1898, at Ransom, Mich. Source: Original data: Phelps, James Andrew,. Heroic Willards of '76 : life and times of Captain Reuben Willard of Fitchburg, Mass., and his lineal descendants, from 1775 to date : profusely embellished with authentic portraits not heretofore available : register of Willards in the Revolution, and other wars : chronology of the George Willards. New York, N.Y.: Issued by the Genealogical Bureau, 1917.
DEATH OF GENERAL JOHN COOK John Cook was born in Belleville, Ills., June 12, 1825; died at Ransom, Mich., October 13, 1910. He was buried in Oak Ridge cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. He was the son of Daniel P. Cook, an early Illinois member of Congress, and for whom Cook County was named. His mother was Mrs. Julia Edwards Cook, the daughter of Ninian Edwards, Territorial Governor of Illinois. General Cook was married October 20, 1847, to Miss Susan Lamb, daughter of James L. Lamb of this city. By this union seven children were born, of whom three survive—James L. Cook and John C. Cook of Springfield and William J. Cook of Chicago. General Cook was later married to Miss Mary E. Baker of Ransom, Mich., in September 1889. His wife and four children survive him. General Cook was in the dry goods business for several years, and later went into the real estate business. He was mayor of Springfield in 1855, and was sheriff of Sangamon County in 1856. General Cook was one of the first to respond to the call for volunteers, and his regiment, the Seventh Illinois Infantry, was the first to leave the State during the Civil War. He was quarter master general of Illinois prior to the Civil War and later commanded the First Regiment. He was made the commander for the Third Brigade for General Charles F. Smith's Division, which had charge of Fort Donelson. He received the message bearing the surrender of Fort Donelson through General Smith to General Grant. He was then promoted to brevet major-general. As a token of appreciation of the service and good conduct shown at Fort Donelson, Governor Yates, on behalf of the people, presented him with a beautiful sword. General Cook was a member of the Legislature in 1868. He was sent as the agent for the Sioux Indians to the Rose Bud agency in 1879. A fuller notice of the life of General Cook, and some account of his family, will be presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois State Historical Society in May, 1911.
Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society By Illinois State Historical Society Published by Illinois State Historical Society., 1912
Porter-Edwards-Lincoln-Todd family of Illinois from The Political Graveyard is created and maintained by Lawrence Kestenbaum, of Ann Arbor, Michigan Daniel Pope Cook (1794-1827) — of Edwardsville, Madison County, Ill. Born in Scott County, Ky., 1794. Son-in-law of Ninian Edwards; father of John P. Cook. Illinois state attorney general, 1819; U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1819-27. Died in Scott County, Ky., October 16, 1827. Burial location unknown. Cook County, Ill. is named for him.
Ninian Wirt Edwards (1809-1889) — also known as Ninian W. Edwards — of Sangamon County, Ill. Born April 15, 1809. Son of Ninian Edwards; married, February 18, 1832, to Elizabeth P. Todd (sister-in-law of Abraham Lincoln). Democrat. Illinois state attorney general, 1834-35; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1837-41, 1849-53; member of Illinois state senate, 1845-49; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention Sangamon County, 1847; Illinois superintendent of public instruction, 1854-57. Died September 2, 1889. Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill. See also Porter-Edwards-Lincoln-Todd family of Illinois
John P. Cook (1825-1910) — of Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill.; Ransom, Hillsdale County, Mich. Born in Belleville, St. Clair County, Ill., June 12, 1825. Grandson of Ninian Edwards; son of Daniel Pope Cook. Mayor of Springfield, Ill., 1855; general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Died in Ransom, Hillsdale County, Mich., October 12, 1910. Burial location unknown. See also Porter-Edwards-Lincoln-Todd family of Illinois
Thus General Cook returned from South Dakota to his home in Springfield, where he planned to pick up where he left off. But this was not to be the case. For he found his wife suffering from a case of rheumatism that required almost constant care. After exhausting all efforts in Springfield and other places where there seemed to be a promise of a cure, the Cooks went to the Kellogg Sanatorium, Dr. Kellogg said: "General, I am going to give you the very best nurse we have. Her name in Mary Baker."
After two years at the sanatorium with excellent care yet with only temporary relief from her pain and suffering, and with fading hopes of any permanent relief or cure, Cook's wife returned with him to their home in Springfield, where local treatment was resumed, though to no avail. Mrs. Cook died a short time later. Mrs. Cook had been a invalid for twelve years, suffering from chronic articular rheumatism. When her soldier-husband went to war she followed him to the battlefield, shared with him the perils and its hardships, and by loving acts of kindness gained the undying devotion of many a sick and wounded soldier. Her many acts of charity made her name a loving household word in many a poor man's cottage. She was one of the main contributors to the Home of the Friendless, and was founder of the Women's Benevolent Society.
General Cook, now being alone and of retirement age, turned his affairs over to his son, James. Often his thoughts would wander back to the cheerful nurse at the sanatorium in Battle Creek who had been so considerate of his welfare as well as his wife's. He still appreciated this; and the feminine influence which he sorely missed set him about to get in touch with Miss Baker. So doing, he learned that she was at her home near Ransom, Michigan, taking care of her own mother. The two exchanged many letters, each expressing to the other a willingness to discuss the future from a more personal viewpoint. Consequently, after several train rides from Springfield to Hillsdale, Michigan, and as many horse-and-buggy trips down to the Baker farm home near Ransom, General Cook married Mary Baker in 1889.
That year, 1889, General Cook - and his new wife - now Mary Baker Cook - made their home in Hillsdale. Then later he bought two houses in Ransom and had them remodeled into one fourteen-room home. The resultant structure had seven bedrooms, with two separate staircases leading to the rooms above, it was here that they reared four children, two boys and two girls.
Though the General was somewhat older than his wife, the difference in their ages and social and business background was no bar to their compatibility. Father was from a fast-expanding urban Midwestern area, Springfield and Chicago. But he had visited rural Michigan several times and enjoyed the quiet countryside atmosphere, for he loved to hunt and fish and engage in every other activity that men with retirement within reach dream of pursuing. Mother likewise was naturally fond of countryside home life with its limited activity and amusements; they had been her life, for almost her only contact with the outside world occurred during her nursing at the Kellogg sanatorium in Battle Creek. In any case, the happy life patterns and experiences of both combined to produce a happy home life, instinct with mutual respect and understanding.