Philip Cook was born in 1775 at Cook's Ferry, Broad River, Fairfield District, South Carolina. He was a son of Revolutionary War Soldier, Capt. John Cook and Martha Ann Pearson. Philip, his father, and others family members migrated to Hancock County, Georgia before July 4th, 1794, when Philip Cook purchased of 287.5 acres of land on Rocky Creek in Hancock County from John Liddell Dixon. Philip's father and brother, John Cook, Jr. witnessed the deed.
"Some GA Co. Records, Vol. I" by Rev Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Southern Historical Press, 1977, p. 87, shows the presence of Philip COOK and his family in Hancock County, Georgia as early as July 4th, 1794, when Philip COOK purchased of 287.5 acres of land on Rocky Creek in Hancock County from John Liddell DIXON. Philip's father and brother, John COOK, Sr. and John COOK, Jr. witnessed the deed.
On 5 June 1798, Philip Cook, John Cook (Jr.), and John Harbert were the administrators of the estate of Capt. John Cook. John Regan was Security, with a bond for 3000 lbs Sterling. ["Some GA Co. Records, Vol. I" by Rev Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Southern Historical Press, 1977, p. 96]
In Hancock County, Phillip Cook witnessed the 8 Dec 1800 will of Levi Daniell, husband of his sister, Martha Pearson Cook. [Hancock County, Georgia Wills and Estate Records, page 6]
By 1810, Philip was the sheriff of Baldwin County when he carried out the sentence of the court in the "The Ducking of a Scold." recorded by Leola Selman Beeson. "An old woman, the annoyance of her neighborhood in town, was tried before Judge (Peter) Early(of the Ocmulgee Circuit) and sentenced to be ducked. The sentence was executed by lashing her to a stock fastened to a gig which was run out from a flat into the river. Major Phil Cook, the Sheriff, executed the judgment of the court. The impression on my memory of this event is very clear, but the ducking did not abate the nuisance." [History stories of Milledgeville and Baldwin County by Leola Selman Beeson, Macon, Ga.; J.W. Burke Co., 1943, p. 14]
"The new chapter [of United States Daughters of 1812] was named for Major Philip Cook because of his distinguished service in the 3rd Regiment at Fort Hawkins during the 1812 period. Fort Hawkins was then an outpost of civilization in Georgia where only Indian tribes inhabited lands west of the Ocmulgee River. Captain Cook became the Commander of the Fort in 1812. The 3rd Infantry had 73 men stationed there on 6 Jun 1812. On August 15, 1813, Cook was promoted to Major and in November 1814, there were 210 officers and men serving under Major Cook. Cook commanded the 8th U.S. Infantry. It is certain that Major Cook was commandant at Fort Hawkins at least as late as Nov 16, 1814, and he was probably still in command until his discharge on June 15, 1815." [Source: Major Philip Cook Chapter U.S.D. OF 1812 Minutes, 1944]
"Fort Hawkins - Wilderness Stronghold" says that COOK commanded the "8th U.S. Infantry" and "In November  an army of 2,500 militia were mustered in at the fort" by him.
Major Cook's family resided with him in Fort Hawkins. In 1813, his wife, Anna "Nancy" Martha Wooten, gave birth to their first child, Martha Pearson Cook, said to be the first white child born in the territory which would become Bibb County in 1822. About 1815, Philip and family moved to Twiggs County, Georgia. Among his and Anna's children are Mary Lawrence in 1815, Philip Cook, Jr., in 1817, and John Raiford Cook in 1822. Of his daughters, Martha Pearson married Isaac Winship from Massachusetts, and Mary Lawrence married Dr, Creed Taylor Woodson. of his sons,Philip married Sarah George Lumpkin, and Dr. John Raiford Cook married Lavinia Adeline Hollinshead.
"Two of his sons attained distinction: Dr. John Raiford COOK, a Confederate surgeon, and [Brigadier] General Philip COOK, a gallant soldier and civilian who served Georgia on the tented field, in Congress and as Secretary of State..." His grandson Philip III was also a Secretary of State of Georgia. [Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends, Lucian Lamar Knight, p. 600]
In 1829 Major Philip Cook was appointed "Principal Keeper" of the Georgia State Penitentiary in Milledgeville, Georgia.
In 1832, Philip was widowed when Nancy died after an extended illness.
An obituary of Major Phillip Cook published 23 November 1841states "At his residence in Twiggs County, Maj. Phillip COOK in his 66th year. He held in his long and worthy life several public offices in all of which he discharged his duties with great fidelity. Nov 23, 1841."
Philip is buried in Hawthorne Ridge Division, Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. His monument states:
MAJOR PHILIP COOK U. S. A. 1812 SON OF CAPT. JOHN COOK AND MARTHA PEARSON HIS WIFE BORN FAIRFIELD DISTRICT S.C. 1775. DIED TWIGGS COUNTY, GA. NOV. 7, 1841. -------- A SCHOLAR, A PATRIOT, A CHRISTIAN. [by Robert Louis Daniell]