Cook Family History ~ Washington County, Missouri

1830 Census
COOK, James H.
“ , Valentine

1840 Census by: Frances Nelson & Gwen Brouse
Liberty Township
COOK, Robt. 1-0-2-1-1-0-0-0-1 0-1-1-1-0-0-1

1850 Census by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry
COOK, John 49 M Ky
“ , Phebe 39 F Tenn
“ , Elihu 21 M Mo
“ , Thos. S. 18 M “
“ , Allen 15 M “
“ , Nancy 12 F “
“ , Sarah 10 F “
“ , Stephen 8 M “
“ , George R. 6 M “
“ , Joseph 3 M “
“ , Mary A. 1/12 F “

COOK, George N. 30 M Tenn
“ , Jane 24 F Tenn
“ , Martha B. 7 F Mo
“ , Christopher 4 M “
“ , Wm. H. 2 M “
GRIFFIN, James 21 M Tenn

COOK, Isabella 52 F SC
“ , David A. 29 M Mo
“ , Angeline 25 F “
“ , Martha J. 23 F “
“ , John F. 22 M “
“ , James A. 21 M “
“ , Sarah M. 19 F “

1890 Civil War Veterans Census:
Cook, Moses 67 MO Inf
Cook, James H., 32 MO Inf
Cook, James, 32 MO Inf

Capt. John Casey organized a company of Confederate soldiers in September 1861 from Washington, St. Francois and Iron counties. More than one half of the recruits were from Washington County with Richard Berryman, Mack Cook and Samuel Long as lieutenants.

The 50th Regiment, Missouri Volunteers was not organized until after Gen. Price made his raid into Missouri. Company E [was raised in Washington County in the summer of 1864] and was stationed at the courthouse in Potosi but had not yet mustered into United States service. Capt. Cook, of Old Mines, was in command when they attempted to resist the rebels when Gen. Shelby captured Potosi. They were taken as prisoners-of-war and some were executed. Later the prisoners were released on parole of honor not to take up arms against the Confederate government until exchanged. They returned home and considered their paroles binding until Gen. Rosecrans issued an order repudiating and ignoring all paroles of such kind. The men then reported and mustered into United States service. Capt. Cook, who was confined to his bed with illness at the time, was replaced by another officer. The officers for Co. E were Capt. H. Hannahs and Capt. Arthur Wilkinson, 1st Lt. Wm. Woran.

Stationed at Potosi were about 26 Union soldiers of Co. E, 50th Regiment Infantry, Missouri Volunteers under command of Capt. Cook of Old Mines and Col. Madison Miller. They, along with about 130 citizens attempted to resist, but the Confederates charged and chased them into the courthouse. Here they bravely continued their defense. The rebels then placed a cannon near the railroad depot and began to bombard the courthouse. According to Capt. Cook, one of the shells burst in the courtroom where 30 people were present, but miraculously no one even received a scratch.

From: Goodspeed’s History of Washington County, 1888 Reprint, page 505
On the 5th of February, 1884, Samuel Cook (colored) was indicted for killing his lady-love, Emma Shore (colored). He shot her July 5th, 1883 while she was in the company of another colored man. He was tried on the 15th of April, 1884, found guilty of murder in the first degree, and was sentenced to be hung on the 6th of June following. An appeal was taken to the supreme court, where the judgement was affirmed. Gov. Marmaduke then commuted his sentence to imprisonment for life.