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Cook Family in America, Generation 6 - Irene Churchill - 1786

Phineas Wolcott Cook’s mother was Irene Churchill. Irene was also the sixth generation in America. The first Churchill was Josiah, born about 1613 at Dorsetshire, England. His first record in America is a land record dated February 28, 1641 at Wethersfield in Hartford County, Connecticut. The Churchill family stayed in Wethersfield four generations until Jonathan II moved to Woodbury, Litchfield County in 1749. His son Jonathan III married Sarah Burgess of Woodbury and they moved to the town of Litchfield where their 7 children were born.

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Cook Family in America, Generation 7 - Phineas Wolcott Cook - 1819

The youngest son of Phineas and Irene Cook, Phineas Wolcott Cook is the seventh generation of Cooks from the earliest Pilgrim ancestor Henry. Born in 1819 at Goshen, Connecticut, he came to Michigan in 1837, married in 1840, and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1845. He was in Kalamazoo County until 1846 when Phineas took his wife and children to join the Saints at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. After many trying experiences, they arrived in Utah in 1848, lived in Salt Lake City, Manti, Payson, Provo, Goshen, Cedar Fort, Bear Lake, and Logan, Utah.

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Cook Family in America, Generation 6 - Phineas Cook - 1786

The sixth generation is the son of Daniel Cook II and Elizabeth Porter. Phineas Cook was born at Goshen in 1786. He married Irene Churchill of Litchfield just a few miles away, and they became the parents of seven children, all born at Goshen. With his brother Amasa, Phineas inherited their father’s but debts began to accumulate. After Amasa died in 1817 his heavy debts fell to Phineas, who slowly lost everything. The financial panic of the mid-1830’s made it impossible for him to recover, and in 1836 he sold the farm to Uncle Moses Cook and moved his entire family to Michigan.

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Cook Family in America, Generation 5 - Daniel Cook II - 1761

The fifth generation in our line stayed in Goshen. Daniel Cook II was born in 1761 and served at a very young age in the Revolutionary War. Having seen action in the war for seven years, he suffered ill health thereafter. He married Elizabeth Porter of Bethlehem and Goshen, and they had three children. Daniel died at the age of 48 in 1809. His widow Elizabeth moved away from Goshen, remarried twice, and died in 1834 while she and her husband Joseph Peters were living at Bloomfield, Darien, New York.

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Cook Family in America, Generation 4 - Daniel Cook - 1720

The fourth generation in the Cook Family is Joseph Cook’s son Daniel, born in 1720 at Wallingford. After his father left Wallingford, Daniel married Elizabeth Pond and had two children before moving to Goshen. They had six children in Goshen where Daniel died in 1778 and Elizabeth died in 1796. Daniel was credited with providing goods for the American troops in the Revolutionary War.

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Johanna Christina Pahlsson Cook

  • Apr 17, 2017

A Short History by Wendy Bentley

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Cook Family in America, Generation 3 - Joseph Cook - 1683

The third generation in the Cook family followed the pattern of the first two by moving away from the family home. Joseph Cook was born in 1683 at Wallingford, married Eleanor Johnson there in 1714, and after their eight children were born they moved away to new land being opened in the northwest county in Connecticut. In 1738 he purchased land at Goshen, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and became one of the early settlers of the town. Joseph and Eleanor never left Goshen. Joseph died there in 1764 and Eleanor died in 1767.

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Cook Family in America, Generation 2 - Samuel Cook - 1641

Samuel Cook, second son of Henry Cook, was born in 1641. He moved from Salem two years after his father’s death. New land was opening near the mouth of the Connecticut River, and he moved to New Haven as a young man of 22, opening a tannery there.

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Cook Family in America, Generation 1 - Henry Cook - 1638

The Cook Family already had a long history in America before Phineas Wolcott was born in 1819. Henry Cook arrived at Salem, Massachusetts in 1638, and by the next year was married to Judith Birdsall who had come from Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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