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.

All his children lived for the rest of their lives in Michigan except Eliza Hall and Phineas Wolcott, both of whom joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved west.