What You Can Do To Rescue An Ancestor

If you live in Eastern New York or North-Central Connecticut
  1. Search local records in Litchfield County, Connecticut for information about Elizabeth Porter, wife of Daniel Cook born about 1760.
  2. Research Col. Phineas Porter of Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut. He was the guardian of an Elizabeth Porter in 1780. Local reading may shed light on this clue.
If you live in Massachusetts or New Hampshire
  1. Vital records are listed by county in Massachusetts. It is possible Elizabeth Porter (who would have been listed as Elizabeth Peters at the time of her death in 1832) is buried in Massachusetts. A local search of county vital records or a visit to the New England Genealogical and Historical Library in Boston is necessary. Without you, we may never know…
  2. Local research in Berkshire County for Cook Family connections in the Revolutionary War.
  3. Revolutionary War research to document Daniel Cook and Jonathan Churchill who may have enlisted in Massachusetts.
If you live anywhere else
  1. Joseph Cook, great-great grandfather of Phineas Wolcott Cook, married someone named Abigail in about 1705. The information we have about their family is undocumented and possibly incorrect. A search of vital records would clear up the problem. Those vital records are available at the Family History Library or on loan to local Family History Libraries.
  2. Joseph Cook's second wife Eleanor Johnson was the daughter of Walter Johnson. Tradition states she was born in Flatbush, Long Island about 1695. A search of vital records needs to be done. Films can be ordered from the Family History Library.
  3. Eleanor Johnson' s father was Walter. We know nothing about him. Local readings in both Wallingford and Flatbush should help us know who he was and where he came from. Films can be ordered from Salt Lake. Correspondence is useful.

I can't do everything
But I can do something

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