BIRTH 19 August 1720, Wallingford, New Haven, Ct. PARENTS Joseph Cook and Elizabeth Pond MARRIAGE Elizabeth Pond, February 6, 1746 CHILDREN 1. Samuel b. 2 Aug. 1747, Wallingford 2. Amasa b. 26 Oct .1749, Wallingford 3. Philip b. 2 Feb. 1752, Wallingford 4. Lois b. 27 Feb. 1754, Goshen 5. Lydia b. 29 Oct. 1756, Goshen 6. Daniel b. 18 Aug. 1761, Goshen 7. Moses b. 25 Apr. 1764, Goshen 8. John b. 8 Sep. 1767, Goshen DEATH Died in 1778 in Goshen
Born and raised in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, Daniel remained there when his father bought a farm in 1739 in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1746 he married Elizabeth Pond, daughter of Samuel and Abigail Goodrich Pond, and they had three children in Wallingford.
In 1750 he bought the farm of his father's next neighbor on Town Hill in Goshen, and in time built himself a fine home across the street from his father's. Raising his 8 children there, he farmed and had a dairy herd; and selling cheese became part of their livelihood. Living on a hill with a creek provided him with water power and he was part-owner of a small sawmill which was passed down through generations of the family. A stand of maple trees at the edge of his pasture made their lives bounteous.
Goshen was the seat of considerable political fervor as the Revolutionary War broke out. In December of 1776 his son Amasa volunteered as a soldier in a company comprised of Goshen citizens for the relief of the Continental Army. Before long four sons and several of his brothers were involved. His son Daniel Jr. served for seven years, which eventually broke his health. Even his son Moses, who was 11 when the war started, became involved near the end of the war.
Daniel Sr. was in ill health during those years, and died in 1778. However, he contributed goods from time to time for the war effort and supported his sons when possible. Even with the war effort, his probate totaled 179 English pounds in equipment and goods. His widow continued to live in Goshen and joined the Congregational Church in 1791 as the political fervor of the colonies inspired lay membership in the church. She died September 7, 1791, leaving the farm and house to her sons and her gold beads, silk cloak and side saddle to her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Cook, wife of Daniel Jr.