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Major Cook and Family: Richmond, VA/Detroit, MI


I am looking for information on my great-great-great grandfather, Major Cook.

He was born about 1808 in Richmond, Virginia, and married Priscilla Bramhall in 1832 in Charles City, Virginia.

In 1848, he mirgrated with his wife and five children to Detroit, Michigan, where he worked as a shoemaker.

He died in 1872 and his wife died in 1874, both in Detroit.

Their children were:

Lomax B. Cook (b. 1837)
John Hartwell Cook (1838–1879) Attended Oberlin College, became a lawyer, and worked for the Freedman's Bureau in Washington, D.C.; father of famous musician Will Marion Cook; grandfather of Ambassador Will Mercer Cook.
Arthur Cook (b. 1843)
Cordelia Cook (b. 1846)
Robert Cook (b. 1847)
Albert Cook (b. 1849)
Virginia Cook (1854–1932) My great-great grandmother; married James Harvey Jackson from Charlotte Co., VA/Butler Co., OH.
Sarah (Sadie) Cook (b. 1856) Married Oliver T. Jackson (brother of James Harvey), founder of black settlement in Colorado.
Lucinda Cook (b. 1861) Dean of Women (?) at Howard University; Cook Hall on Howard's Campus is named after her.

This family was counted as "mulattos" or "free persons of color" on the 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870 U.S. Census records that I've come across.

Any information on Major's or Priscilla's parents/siblings, etc. would be most appreciated.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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