- [S286] Eula Richardson Hasskarl, Shelby County Kentucky Marriages Vol II (1834-1878) Page 6, Marriage of Isaac Brumley and Malinda Cook, Garril Louis Kueber Sr.
Isaac Brumley and Malinda Cook, daughter of Seth Cook, married 8 Dec 1835. Bondsman - Vardiman B Perry.
- [S320] U.S. Census Kentucky 1850, Seth jr Cook, Shelby County, District 1, September 15, 1850, Page 311A, Dwelling 548, Family 548, Ancestry.com Census images, National Archives, Washington D.C.,.
- [S325] U.S. Census Kentucky 1850, Abraham C Cook, Shelby County, District 2, August 6, 1850, Page 353A, Dwelling 152, Family 161, Ancestry.com census image, National Archives, Washington DC,
Abram C Cook, age 40, male, farmer, born KY
Sarah Cook, age 39, female, born KY
Edmond Cook, age 17, male, born KY
Henry Cook, age 15, male, born KY
Emaline Cook, age 13, female, born KY
Squire Cook, age 11, male, born KY
Warren Cook, age 9, male, born KY
James Cook, age 5, male, born KY
Isaac Cook, age 3, male, born KY,.
- [S433] J H Spencer, History of Kentucky Baptists 1769 to 1885 (Copyright 1885), pages 432-435, Garril Louis Kueber Sr,
Abraham Cook was one of the early pastors of Christiansburg church. A sketch of his life will carry the reader back to the earliest religious operations in Franklin county, as well as to the horrid scenes of Indian warfare.
Abraham Cook was born of pious Baptist parents, in Franklin county, Virginia, July 6th, 1774. In 1780, his parents moved to the wilderness of Kentucky, and joined some half dozen families in forming a settlement at the Forks of Elkhorn, in what is now Franklin county. Here the father died only a few months after his arrival in the new country, and left the mother with a large family to struggle with the pinchings of poverty, and the hourly dangers of frontier life. When the settlers had increased to the number of seventy-five or one hundred souls, they began to feel the need of a preacher among them. Accordingly, the leading citizens of the little colony held a council, and commissioned John Major, a pious old Baptist, to go to the settlement on South Elkhorn, and, on behalf of the settlers, tender William Hickman a hundred acres of land on condition that he would settle among them. He reached Mr. Hickman's cabin late at night. It was in December, 1787, and the weather was very cold. "When he came in," says Mr. Hickman, "on being asked to sit down, he replied: 'No, like Abraham's servant, I will not sit down till I have told my errand.' He then told me what had brought him to see me, and gave me till the next morning to return him an answer. We passed a night of prayer. It was a night of deep thought with me, for I wished to do right." In February, 1788, Mr. Hickman moved among them, and in June following, constituted a small church called Forks of Elkhorn. A religious revival broke out in the settlement, and continued more than a year. "I must have baptized forty or fifty. I baptized none of old sister Cook's children, and among the rest, that well known Abraham, now the minister of Indian Fork church, in Shelby county."
This devoted christian mother's heart must have overflowed with joy, at seeing so many of her loved ones embrace her Savior. But an overwhelming flood of sorrow awaited her in the near future. About Christmas, in the year 1791, two of her sons, Hosea and Jesse, having married, and one of her daughters having married Lewis Mastin, the three young families, together with three or four others, settled three miles lower down on Elkhorn, in what was called Innis' Bottom. Here they remained undisturbed more than a year. But on the 28th of April, 1792, the settlement was attacked at three different points, almost simultaneously, by about one hundred Indians. The two Cooks were shearing sheep. At the first fire of the Indians, one of them fell dead, and the other was mortally wounded. The wounded man ran to the cabin, got his and his brother's wife, and their two infants, and a black child into the house, barred the door, and fell dead. The two Mrs. Cooks were now left to defend themselves and their babes against the bloodthirsty savages. They had a rifle in the house, but could find no bullets. One of them finding a musket ball, bit it in two with her teeth, rammed one piece down the rifle, and, putting the gun through a small aperture in the wall, fired it at an Indian who was sitting on a log near the cabin. At the crack of the rifle he sprang high in the air and fell dead. The Indians tried to break the door open; failing in this, they fired several balls against it. But it was made of thick puncheons, and the balls would not penetrate it. As a last resort, they sprang on top of the cabin and kindled a fire; but one of the heroic women climed up in the loft and threw water on the fire till she put it out. Again the Indians fired the roof, and, this time, there was no water in the house. But when did a mothers courage or resources fail when the life of her babe was at stake? Still remaining in the loft, though an Indian had shot down through the roof at her, she had called for the eggs which had been collected in the house. These she broke and threw on the fire till it was extinguished. Once more the baffled and infuriated savages kindled a fire on the cabin roof. This time there was neither water nor eggs. But another expedient was soon found. The jacket, thoroughly saturated with blood, was taken from the body of the murdered man, and thrown over the newly kindled fire. At this moment, a ball from the Indian's rifle passed through a hank of yarn near the woman's head, but did her no harm. The savages at last retired, and left the young mothers to weep over the bloody corpses of their husbands. Lewis Mastin was killed about the same time. The Indians were pursued, but they all escaped across the Ohio river, except the one killed by Mrs. Cook and one other.
Abraham Cook remained a member of Forks of Elkhorn, till 1796, when he married Sarah Jones and moved to the head of Six-Mile creek, in Shelby county. Here he entered into the constitution of Six-Mile (now Christiansburg) church, in 1799. For a period of twelve years, he divided his time between laboring on his farm and studying the Bible. During this period, he suffered many conflicts and sore temptations. He felt strongly impressed with the duty of preaching the gospel. But being poorly educated, and having a very humble opinion of his natural gifts, he strove against the impression till his anguish became almost intolerable and, at last, he was compelled to yield.
In 1806, a church called Indian Fork was constituted near where he lived, and he became a member of it. Here he was licensed to exercise his gift, on the fourth Saturday in December, 1808, and, on the fourth Sunday in September, 1809, was ordained to the work of the ministry, by William Hickman, Jr., Thomas Wooldridge, and Philip Webber. He was now thirty-five years of age. He was over six feet high, very straight, rather spare, dark, swarthy complexion, large, dark brown eyes, and black hair. He possessed a strong constitution, and was very energetic. His bearing was dignified and commanding, and his manners, gentle, affectionate and persuasive. His voice was clear, strong, and musical, and could be heard at a great distance. His piety was of that sincere, frank and earnest type, that wins the respect of all, and the love of the godly.
His preaching talent was above the mediocrity of his times, and he soon became very popular and influential. He was chosen pastor of Indian Fork, Six-Mile and Buffalo Lick churches, in Shelby county, and Mt. Carmel, in Franklin. Like most preachers of his times, he did, in addition to his pastoral labors, much preaching among the destitute, and very great success attended his labors. He supported his family by his labors on a farm, persistently refusing to receive any pay for preaching. He continued to labor, as pastor, with the churches that first called him, until the feebleness of old age admonished him to retire; and the left them all strong and prosperous.
In 1851, he sold his possessions, in Kentucky, and, with his wife and youngest daughter, moved to Missouri. His daughter took sick on the way, and died, a few days after they reached their new home. Nor did he, himself, have to wait long for the Master's summons. On the 10th of February, 1854, he passed out of the "mud-wall cottage," and went to join the saints and their Redeemer in the New Jerusalem.
In doctrine, Mr. Cook was Calvinistic, and was very firm and decided in his principles, contending for them with earnest boldness; but he regarded it his duty to warn sinners to repent and believe the gospel. He preached the doctrines of the gospel with clearness and force, and dwelt much on the operation of the Holy Spirit and experimental religion. In exhortation, he was fervent, eloquent, and very effective. Of his descendants, Joshua F. Cook, a grandson, is a graduate of Georgetown College, and is an able preacher and a distinguished educator. He has been, for several years past, President of LaGrange College in Missouri.
- [S815] Eula Richardson Hasskarl, Shelby County Kentucky Marriages 1792-1833 (May, 1983), Page 61, Marriage of Hosea Dunn and Nise Cook, Garril Louis Kueber Sr.
Hosea Dunn and Nise Cook married July 19, 1814, Bondsman - John Pearson.
- [S923] Eula Richardson Hasskarl, Shelby County Kentucky Marriages 1792-1833 Page 133, Marriage of James Hackett and Eliza Hamilton, Garril Louis Kueber Sr.
James Hackett and Eliza Ann Hamilton married September 23, 1829.
- [S955] Shelby County, Kentucky, 1792 - 1815 AGLL roll V20-0345; Garril Louis Kueber Sr Tax Roll.
- [S1075] Seth Cook, Will Book 14, Page 157, Kentucky Will Books 12, 13, and 14 Microfilm of Shelby County, Family History Library,
I Seth Cook of Shelby County and commonwealth of Kentucky being now advanced in years & of course the measure of my days nearly full but of sound mind & disposing memory and for this purpose of settling my worldly concerns do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (viz)
After all my just debts and expenses as paid I wish the residue of my property to be disposed of in the following manner (viz)
having giving to some of my eldest children Sarah Cashler now dec'd, John Cook, Nancy Casler, William Cook, Polly Montfort, Malinda Brumley, Ann Guthrie, Seth Cook each of them a good horse saddle and bridle cow and calf bed and furniture
I also have given Frances Cook one bed and furniture cow and calf saddle and bridle and wish her to have a horse equal to the other children
I have also given to my son Jesse Cook one horse and saddle one bed and furniture & wish him to have on cow and calf and twenty dollars
I wish Jane Cook, Daniel Cook, and Martha Cook be made equal to my first children and that Daniel Cook have twenty dollars paid to them by my ex'rs hereafter mentioned.
Also my will is that all the residue of my property both real and personal remain in the hands of my beloved wife during her natural life or widowhood and after her decease I wish all ;my property to be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided between all my children or their legal representatives.
I wish my beloved wife Frances Cook to have the p__ly and with the consent of my ex'ors to sell all or any part or parcel of my property and divided the proceeds equally among all my children at any time so as to leave her a full and ample support during life.
I wish my grandchildren that is the five heirs of Sarah Keshler dec'd. James A Kesler, Julian Reid, Jefferson Kesler, Lemuel Kesler, Leroy Kesler to have on childs part of my estate to be equally divided between them and that Julian Reads part remain in the hands of my ex'or to be handed to her according as her necessity may require and is never to be handed or placed in the hands of her husband in any way or manner whatever.
I appoint James Kesler my son Seth Cook and my son Jesse Cook my ex'ors of this my last will and testament. Given under my hand this 9th day of October 1840.
Signed: Seth Cook Sr
Signed in the presence of: Cary White, Richard Radford, Wm Maddox
Shelby County September term 1841
A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Seth Cook dec'd was produced to the court whereupon Cary White and Richard Radford two of the subscribing witnesses thereto being sworn state that said writing was signed and acknowledged by the said Cook as and for his last will and testament and that they believe he was of sound disposing mind and memory at the time of doing the same which will is ordered to be recorded & time is given the ex'ors to qualify __
Atteste: James S Whitaker clerk, Shelby County Court.
- [S1177] F R Clements-Zerilda Cook, marriage license and return, October 12, 1865, Volume 9, Kentucky, Shelby Co Marriage Records, Volumes 8-9, 1852-1869, film no. 0259275, Latter Day Saints Church, Salt Lake City, Utah,
Clements, F R, of Henry, age 24, 1st marr, farmer, born Henry, father born Montgomery, mother born Bourbon, and Zerilda Cook of Shelby, age 21, 1st marr, born Shelby, daughter of Wesley B Cook, dec'd, born Shelby, mother born Shelby, married 12 Oct 1865, bondsman-Addison Cook.
- [S1456] Daniel Wilcoxson, Will Book 15, Page 127, Shelby Co, Kentucky Courthouse,
Settlement August 9, 1842. Heirs: William Bohannon, Polly Miles, Frances Cook.
- [S2646] U.S. Census Kentucky 1830, Seth Cook, Shelby County, 1830, Page 246, north of road from Louisville to Frankfort, Ancestry.com census images, National Archives, Washington DC,
male age 60-70: 1
male age 20-30: 1
male age 10-15: 2
male age to 5: 1
female age 40-50: 1
female age 15-20: 2
female age 10-15: 2
female age 5-10: 1
female age to 5: 1
- [S2722] U.S. Census Kentucky 1840, Hackett Capt J, Franklin County, 1840, Page 291, Ancestry.com census images, National Archives, Washington DC,
Capt J Hackett
male age 60-70: 1
male age 40-50: 1
female age 60-70: 1,.
- [S2762] U.S. Census Kentucky 1840, Seth Cook, Shelby County, 1840, Page 138, Ancestry.com census images, National Archives, Washington DC,
male age 70-80: 1
male age 20-30: 2
male age 10-15: 2
female age 50-60: 1
female age 20-30: 1
female age 15-20: 1
female age 10-15: 1
4 in agriculture,.
- [S2802] U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Kentucky, 1820, Seth Cook, Shelby County, 1820, Page 151, Ancestry.com census images, National Archives, Washington DC,
male over 45: 1
male 16-26: 1
male 16-18: 1
male 10-16: 1
male 0-10: 2
female 26-45: 1
female 10-16: 2
female 0-10: 3,.
- [S2857] William G Scroggins, File on William Cook (1730-1790), Garril Louis Kueber Sr,unpublished, last updated August 20, 1998,Woodford County, Kentucky,inventory of Hosea Cook estate,page 17,
Agreeable to order of Court we appraise the estate of Hose Cook decd. as follows
£ S D
1 negro girl £30 1 fether bed £3-10 33-10-0
2 axes £1-7 1/2 of a stud horse £12-10 13-17-0
1 flax wheel 18/- 1 bay mare £12 12-18-0
1 sorrel ditto £12 1 colt £3 15- 0-0
11 sheep £6-12 1 pot and oven £2 8-12-0
1/2 dozen knives and forks 6/- 0- 6-0
4 tins 6 plates and 6 spoons 0- 6-0
1 bedstead 1 pr saddlebags 0-15-0
1 pale and 1 piggin 0- 5-0
1 red cow and yearling 3- 0-0
1 white --- --- £3-10 3 shoats 12/6d 3- 2-6
Done this day and date above mentioned by William Ware Edmd Ware and Carter Blanton
This is to certify that the within appraisers took the oath according to law and order of Court Decmr 28th 1792
Woodford County March Court 1793
This inventory and appraisement was returned into Court and ordered to be recorded
Teste Cave Johnson CC
- [S3978] Unknown author, FGS Seth Cook (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
- [S3982] Wm. E. Railey, History of Woodford County (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
- [S4354] J. H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists, Vol 1 (n.p.: n.pub., 1886).
- [S4413] Unknown author, Record (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
- [S4572] Dorothy Kintigh Sidfrid, Descendants of Margaret Cook (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).