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Biographical Sketch of Henry Cook

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Henry, son of Edward and Ann (Jones) Cook, was born in Somersetshire, England, June 5, 1818, died in Geneva, New York, January 26, 1904. Emigrating to the United States in 1855, he was employed by his brother for a short time at the Quaker settlement near Waterloo, New York, whence he went to Sennett, near Auburn, New York, and obtained employment as a farm assistant. In 1857 he returned to the Quaker settlement, where he was engaged in farm work until 1863, where he purchased a farm of twenty-five acres located four miles north of Geneva, and was thenceforward occupied in tilling the soil on his own account. In 1882 he added to his landed possessions by the purchase of another twenty-five acre farm and derived a comfortable prosperity as the result of his labor. In politics he supported the Republican party, and in his religious faith he was a Presbyterian. He was married in 1840 to Sarah Hillman, who was born in England about twelve miles from the city of Bristol. in 1818, died in Phelps, New York, in 1876. Children, all born in England except the youngest. are: 1. Willemina. born in 1840. died in 1852. 2. Esther Ann Hillman, born March 9, 1842, emigrated to America and became a nurse and is now (1910) living at the Church Home at Geneva, New York. 3. Jane, born in 1845, married Charles Haines. 4. William Hillman, born 1847, married Hattie Dadson and has four children: Harry, Jessie, Edith and Florence, all of whom are married. 5. Edward, born in 1849, married Ida Steele; one daughter, Lena, married Leslie Lee. 6. Benjamin Franklin, see forward. 7. Henry, born in 1855, married Carrie Ferguson; children: Howard, died in 1881 ; Ruby and Amy. 8. Amelia Russell, born in 1860, married Thomas Avery and resides in Syracuse, New York; children: Burt, born in 1886, died in 1888; Mildred, born in 1894; Russell, born in 1900.


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