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Cook, Edwin R.

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Cook, Edwin R.
March 16, 2007 03:23PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis
Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 99-100. Christian Co.


Edwin R. Cook, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky is one of the well known and
highly respected residents of Christian county, where he has lived for more
than half a century. A brief review of his life gives the following facts:
Edwin R. Cook was born in Liberty, Bedford county, Virginia, April 11,
1824, a representative of a family that had lived in the Old Dominion for
several generations. His father, William Cook, was born September 21,
1789, in Franklin county, Virginia, son of Benjamin Cook, also a native of
Franklin county, Virginia. Benjamin Cook spent his life as a farmer in his
native state. He and his wife were the parents of seven sons, two of whom
died in infancy, the others being Moses, Samuel, Robert, William and
Benjamin F. William Cook was a farmer and an attorney at law at Liberty,
where he passed his life and died. He was a prominent Democrat, active in
public affairs, and his house was a general stopping place. He married, in
Campbell county, Virginia, Sarah Ottey, a native of Bradford county [sic],
that state and they became the parents of eight children, Edwin R. being
the fifth in order of birth, and the others as follows: Mary, Frances,
Robert, William, Laura, Sarah and James, all born and reared in Virginia.
About the time he reached his twenty-fifth year Edwin R. Cook came to
Kentucky. Shortly after his arrival here, in 1850, he married Miss Martha
U. Campbell, a native of Kentucky, daughter of John P. Campbell, who was
born in Orange county, Virginia, and who moved to Kentucky at an early day
and located on a farm in Christian county. In the Campbell family were
nine children, Mrs. Cook being the seventh in order of birth. After Mr.
Cook's marriage he returned to Virginia and settled up his father's estate,
and then came back to Kentucky and settled on a farm of five hundred acres
near Hopkinsville, where for many years he carried on general farming
extensively. He is now living retired in Hopkinsville.
His life of earnest and successful endeavor has gained for him a place
among the leading representative citizens of the county. For several years
he was a member of the board of commissioners for the Western Kentucky
Asylum for the Insane. When a young man he graduated in the medical
department of the University of Pennsylvania. However, he practiced his
profession for only a short time. He has been a life-long Democrat, and,
fraternally, has for many years been a Mason, having membership in Lodge
No. 37, F.& A.M. To Mr. and Mrs. Cook have been given a large family,
eleven in number, seven of whom are deceased - Sarah, William, Flora, Edwin
R., Mary C. and two that died in infancy. Those living are Walter, James
O., Frank P. and Robert L., all born and reared in Christian county.

Cook Ottey Campbell
Bedford-VA Franklin-VA Campbell-VA Orange-VA

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