WE COME TO THE END OF A WONDERFUL PERSONAL DIARY AND VERY BRIEF SKETCHES OF
THE LATER LIFE OF A GREAT AND WONDERFUL MAN. Phineas Wolcott Cook's personal
diary indiates to us the great physical, emotional and mental struggle our great
progenitor went through in joining the Church, leaving family and friends,
starting a new way of life, and attempting to the best of his ability to follow
the Prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints.
The short historical sketches of his later life, are not meant to be complete by any means. They continue the theme presented above. His life, along with the lives of his four wives spans a period of one-hundred and ten years - from his birth, August 28, 1819 to February 13, 1929 when his youngest and fourth wife, Johanna died. Counting Phineas as the first generation, one remains of the second generation - Phineas1 youngest child, Idalia Cook Covey. We had the great pleasure of her being at the Cook Reunion at Bear Lake in August, 1976. It was a joy for me to see her and to talk with her, and to realize that she was the daughter of my great grandfather. As Jiis publication goes to press in July 1979, we no doubt, are in the seventh and eighth generation from Phineas.
WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL TO KNOW HOW MANY DESCENDENTS SERE HAVE BEEN AND ARE AT THIS TIME?
MAY ALL WHO READ THIS DIARY AND SHORT HISTORY REALIZE VE PROFOUND INFLUENCE FOR GOOD THESE ANCESTORS HAVE ;ASSED ON TO US. AS PHINEAS SAID IN HIS DIARY, "THAT THEY [HIS POSTERITY) MAY LEARN BY THESE THINGS WHICH I HAVE 'ASSED THROUGH, PERHAPS TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE IN KNOW-.EDGE AND WISDOM, AND PROFIT BY THE ADMONITIONS WHICH I HALL GIVE IN THE COURSE OF MY HISTORY."
It has been my great pleasure to bring together this information. Perhaps someone in the future will bring into being a more nearly complete biography of the life of Phineas Wolcott Cook.
NEWEL COOK MCMILLAN — Compiler
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