CCTD columnist and blogger Camilla Cox passed away January 3, at the age of 95. Thanks to her forethought we still have several of her columns to share with her readers, and the blogs will remain on the website as a reference--and in memory of the countless hours she spent in documenting the history of our area.
George Washington Cook was in Greene County. Ark by 1873 and in the part of Greene County. that became Clay County by 1874 where he eventually owned 960 acres. He was interested. in stock raising and made a specialty of Berkshire and Poland China Hogs. He was a veteran of the Civil War. having enlisted in Weakley Co., Tenn. in Company C. 2nd Tennessee Infantry in 1861 and participating in the battle of Shiloh. He returned home at the end of six months. He has a write up in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas by Goodspeed published in 1880.
George W. Cook (1842-1892) was born in Weakley Co., Tenn., the youngest in a family of seven children born to Richard A. and Ann David Cook who moved from Virginia to West Tennessee. G. W. Cook grew to manhood in Tennessee and married Mary Martha Jenkins (1844-1901), daughter of C. P. and Mary G. Boothe Jenkins, in Tennessee in 1863. They had 11 children with four living in 1880 when his history was written. The children were: Ella Catherine Cook Bolton, Sollie Cook who only appears on the 1870 Census, Lela Francis Cook died at 18 and is buried in Scatterville Cemetery, Elvis Daniel Cook, Infant Cook, Joseph A. Cook, Infant Cook, Infant child on 1880 Mortality Schedule, Oda D. Cook, Infant Cook and Edgar Cook.
Ella Catherine Cook (1866-1955), daughter of G. W. and Mary, married John Washington Bolton (1862-1933), and they are buried in the Mitchell Cemetery at Greenway. This couple had 11 children: William Arthur Bolton married Floy Elzia Reeves; Lela Francis Bolton married James Richard Turner; Launa Mae married James D. Emerson; George Thomas Bolton married Martha?; Johnny Cleveland Bolton (1892-1893); Luther Joseph married Mammie Blondie York and had six children; Betty Mary Bolton; Ruby Alice Bolton married Marion Foster; Delbert Bolton (Feb. 1903-June 1903); Vestal A. Bolton married Ophia C. Belote; Clyde Bolton married Ruth St. Anant and Beatrice Thaxton; and Freeda Irene Bolton married Alvin Granville Johnson. Elvis Daniel Cook (1872-1932), son of G. W. and Mary Cook, was born in Weakley Co., Tenn. and is buried in Woodland Heights Cemetery. He married Vergie A. Randleman in 1894 and had one child, Myrtle B. Cook. In 1904 he married Alice Dudley and had Earle, Murle, Perl, Merlie and Carl.
Joseph A. Cook (1877-1957), son of G. W. and Mary Cook. never married. He was staying with Freeda Cook Johnson and her husband, Alvin, at the time of his death.
Oda D. Cook (1882-1912), son of G. W. and Mary Cook, married Lee Gardner May 19, 1901 in Clay County. The Vitascope, an early Rector newspaper, had this obituary: “Oda Cook and Wife —The deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Oda Cook which occurred just one week apart is a very sad affair. They left two bright little children — a girl and a boy — who will never remember distinctly the loving care of a father or mother. Mrs. Cook died January 15, and her husband followed her January 22.” She was the daughter of John Gardner and loved for her kind disposition and her faithfulness to her friends — to whom she was never known to be untrue. Her way was as clear as a blue sky without a cloud. Mr. Cook was a good citizen and his last words were in reference to the care of his motherless children. The funerals and burials were at Mary’s Chapel January 16th and January 23rd, 1912. A large crowd of friends in attendance.” (There are no Markers). The children were Gladys G. Cook (1903-1982) who married John W. Clark in Rector in 1919 and died in King Co., Calif; and Cecil C. Cook (1906-1980) who married Bertha Stokes in 1925 in Clay County and she died in Kings Co., Calif. in 1961. Cecil is buried in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Craighead, Co., Ark.
Edgar Cook (1885-1948), son of G. W. and Mary, was listed as blind on the 1900 Clay Census. He married Consadda (Saddie) Parker in April, 1914 and had these children: George, Mary Elmore, Virgil, Harry, Gerald, Harold, Nellie, Ellagene, Juanita, and J. T. Cook. He is buried in the Finch Cemetery near Paragould.