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1 1870 Census, Magoffin County, Kentucky, Lindsey Trusty's name is spelled "Linzy." His age is listed as 5/12 (five months old). He appears to be living in the home of his grandmother Margaret McDaniel Trusty. The census notes that he was born in December 1869.

1880 Census, Magoffin County, Kentucky, Lindsey's name is spelled Linsey, and he is living in the home of Samuel Trusty. Other Trusty relatives, including his grandmother Margaret, live nearby. Samuel Trusty is listed as a widower. Lindsey's relationship to Samuel is given as his "son." It is unclear who Lindsey Trusty's mother was. Samuel's sister Sarah A. Trusty was living in the home, possibly to help care for the small children after their mother's death, but many family records list her as the mother of the children, probably out of some lack of attention to details when reading the census record.  
Trusty, Lindsay (I196)
 
2 David Willis appears only on the 1880 Census. It is possible he died in childhood. Willis, David (I275)
 
3 Evelyn Cook Hall notes in The Cook Book that family rumor indicated that John Wesley Cook or Cooke was of Irish descent and that his father was a doctor. Hall was unable to substantiate the rumors. If the family was Irish, it stands to reason they were not Catholic, as indicated by John Wesley Cook's name. I was able to find two families in Culpeper County in the 1820 Census who had male children at the right age: one headed by Alexander Cook and the other by Alfred Cook. In the 1830 Census, possible fits include two families headed by men each named Charles Cook. Cook, John Wesley (I303)
 
4 From Story County Watchman October 6, 1899

Yesterday C. L. Gearhart of north of Collins died at his home at an advanced age. He has been a resident on his farm there for many years and is classed as one of the older residents of Story county. The funeral takes place today and the remains carried to their last resting place. He was one of the good men of Story county and his many friends and neighbors testify as to his integrity and good standing with them.

From Story County Watchman October 23, 1899 [sic]

Collins Liberator: Conrad Gearhart one of Story county's oldest and most respected citizens, ended life by succumbing to the Angel of Death Tuesday afternoon....

In the same paper:

Colo Watchman.

Conrad L. Gearhart was born in Licking county, Ohio, March 9, 1838. He was united in marriage with Sarah Cook, December 19, 1858. They removed to Story Co., in 1865 where they have since resided. There were eight children born to this union, of which all are lived to mourn the loss except one daughter who died in infancy.

After an illness of three weeks weeks he died at his home in Collins Oct. 3d 1899. Aged 61 years 6 months and 25 days.

Through his sufferings he was very patient and willing and prepared to go at any time. His last words were: "I love you all but I will have to leave you, 'tis so sweet to think of such a rest after so much suffering. I am going home."

The remains were followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends from Collins to Colo, where the services were held in the United Evangelical church Oct. 5, at 12 o'clock, conducted by Elder Gilshrist of this place, assisted by Elder Morey of Maxwell, Rev. Caldwell of the M. E. church and Rev. Bamford of the Evangelical church. After the services at the church the body was laid to rest in the Colo cemetery. The departed was well known in this part of the county having resided on a farm 4 miles south of Colo for over 20 years and was respected by all who knew him.  
Gearhart, Conrad Langdon (I198)
 
5 He arrived from Ohio 1 May 1865 and located at Colo, Story Co., Iowa. He later bought a farm, about 1878, in the center of Richland Twp., Story Co., just northwest of the town now called Fernald Stat­ion. This was his homestead until about 1908 when he moved to Nevada. Art Couser lives there now.

He was a man of quiet and unpretentious habits, a most kind and affectionate husband and father, always careful of his home and fam­ily, a good citizen, honest and upright in all of his dealings and his character was unassailed. He was a member of the Friends Church and was devoted to his religion. Everyone knew him as "Mike" Cook.

He married 21 Sept. 1867 to Rosanna (Rose Ann) Elwood, daughter of William Elwood and Margaret Cooper McCamie. She was born 2 Dec. 1848 in Monroe Twp., near Farmland, Randolph Co., Ind. She came to Story Co., Iowa in 1858 and settled in New Albany Twp. with her wid­owed mother and brothers, where she grew to young womanhood. When she was 16 years old she was converted to the Methodist Church. She died 9 Apr. 1936 at her home at 1035 K Ave. in Nevada, Story Co., Iowa, of pneumonia. She was buried, with Henry Michael, at Oakhill Cemetery in Richland Twp., Story Co., Iowa.

Henry Michael Cook died in Nevada, Story Co., Iowa 26 Aug. 1910 at 4:00 a.m. of a paralytic stroke. He had been in declining health for three years. 
Cook, Henry Michael (I310)
 
6 He married Sarah Ellenor Barnes on 26 Nov. 1857 in Licking Co., Ohio. She was born 2 Apr. 1836 in Oneida Co. New York. She lived in Ohio since early childhood.

When their son George was 16 months old they loaded their pos­sessions into a covered wagon, tied the cow behind so as to have food for the baby, and started the long journey to Iowa. They drove a team of horses and so came faster than by oxen. They were 30 days making the trip. It took real courage for a man to travel far then and great bravery for the young mother to leave her parents and move to far—away Iowa.

They finally reached Story County and settled here on a farm 2-1/2 miles east of Nevada, Iowa, where their other 8 children were born. Their out-fitting was simple. Jim had only to cut the trees to make their beds, tables, chairs and even their wash pan was hallowed from a block of wood. Of course, their house was a log cabin. Sarah's sister, Julia Barnes came with her and married Lew Williams.

During the Civil War Sarah took charge of the farm while Jim served in the Union Army. During that time two children died.

In 1892 Jim and Sarah moved closer to Nevada, 3 miles east, on an acreage joining the town of Nevada.

James died 17 Feb. 1909 in Nevada and is buried there.

Sarah died 9 Aug. 1904 of cardiac failure in Nevada and is buried there. 
Cook, James William Henry Andrew Jackson (I306)
 
7 John Alva Gearhart's wife Hattie composed the following song titled "Cook-Gearhart Theme Song" for Gearhart-Cook family reunions (sung to the tune of "Beautiful Ohio"), dated 1937:

The Cooks and the Gearharts meet here each year
To renew the friendships that we hold so dear.
We look forward to coming with our baskets filled
To a full day of joy and thrill.

Beautiful Ohio in my dreams used to be,
Beautiful Ohio in my dreams I see.
Beautiful Ohio in dreams again I see,
Visions of what used to be.

But we will not forget the ones who come
To the country now that is of tall corn fame,
To lay the foundation for me and for you
To their mem'ry we will be true.

Beautiful Ohio in my dreams used to be,
Beautiful Ohio in my dreams I see.
Beautiful Ohio in dreams again I see,
Visions of what used to be.

Also, of Mrs. Gearhart's composition, titled "Gearhart-Cook Reunion Song," the following song to the tune of "Dear Hearts and Gentle People":

We love those Gearharts and the Cooks too,
Who come from miles around.
Because those dear hearts and gentle people,
Will never let you down.
We come to visit and follow tradition,
Just like we've done for years.
We love those dear hearts and gentle people,
Who share our joys, our dreams, and tears.
You are so welcome each time that you return,
That our happy hearts keep laughing like clowns.
We love those Gearharts and the Cooks too,
Who live and love in our home towns. 
Gearhart, John Alva (I204)
 
8 John was three years old when his father died in Ohio. His mother kept her family of children together and helped in support­ing them by weaving, while the children assisted by doing the farm work until all were grown. In l864 he came to Story Co., Iowa with his mother, sister and brother.

John went to work at 9 years of age for a Mr. Grant, a neigh­bor farmer, for 50¢ a week. He didn't collect his wages for 10 years intending to collect all at one time but Mr. Grant went broke so consequently John was left empty-handed.

He married 21 Feb. l66Y to Rebecca Emiline Jackson, daughter of Thomas Jackson and Anna Lane. She was born 28 Feb. l845 in Boone Co., Indiana. She died 25 May l9l4 in Nevada, Story Co., Iowa and is buri­ed there. Her family moved to Iowa in time for Rebecca to see the first train go through Nevada, Iowa on the 4th of July l864.

John and Rebecca settled on a farm in the S.W. corner of Sec­tion 22, Richland Township on 220 acres. He was a successful far­mer and businessman and by his industry and thrift accumulated a comfortable fortune consisting of money and lands.

Retiring from farm work, he brought his family to Nevada in 1695, where the children were educated and were married.

He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over half a century and until later years had been one of the active spir­its in that organization in Nevada.

After the death of his wife he continued his home at l034 8th St. and here for many years he lived with and was cared for during his declining years, by his daughter, Mrs. J. Neal Clemmer and family. John died 7 Dec. 1932 in Nevada, Story Co., Iowa and is buried in Nevada, Iowa. 
Cook, John Wesley (I309)
 
9 Name is sometimes given as Michael H. Cook. Cook, Henry Michael (I310)
 
10 She married Conrad L. Gearhart on 19 Dec. 1858 in Licking Co., Ohio. Sarah was nicknamed "Frank" and Conrad was called "Coon."

Conrad was born 9 Mar. 1838 in Licking Co., Ohio. His parents are unknown.

"Coon" and "Frank" had eight children, the first three being born in Licking Co., Ohio.

About 1865-66 Grandma Nancy Edwards Cook decided to come to Iowa and live with James Cook. She still had John Wesley and Henry Michael at home so she and Sarah and Henry came through on the train to Nevada, Iowa.

John Wesley, Jr. and "Coon" came later by way of Canada.

"Coon" and "Frank" settled on a farm four miles south of Colo, Story Co., Iowa, where their other five children were born.

"Coon" worked on the railroad for a time. He bought his farmland south of Colo for $4.00 per acre. They all lived there in a three-room house and married and raised their families in the same neighborhood.

Flora Gearhart Fish tells a story told to her by her parents:

"Father took my mother home from singing school with only the lining of his trousers left. They had no carpets then so the floors were bare and were scoured with sand and kept white and clean. They had just one cow and she died. They had no money to buy another one. It was really hard times!"

Conrad died 3 Oct. 1899 at Collins, Story Co., Iowa and is buri­ed at Colo, Story Co., Iowa.

Sarah died 20 June 1923 at Maxwell, Story Co., Iowa and is buried at Colo, Story Co., Iowa. 
Cook, Sarah Frances (I199)
 
11 Some time before 1900, Richard Hezekiah Jeannette changed his name from Joseph Hezekiah Jeannette to Richard Hezekiah Jeannette. He went by the nickname "Dick." It is not known why he changed his name. His surname was spelled a variety of ways as well. This family tree reflects the spelling on his death certificate. Jeannette, Richard Hezekiah (I149)
 
12 The Cook Book compiled and written by Evelyn Hall Cook gives Nancy Ann Edwards's birth year as 1808 and the place as New York. Edwards, Nancy Ann (I304)
 
13 There is much debate about Mary ASilla Stallings's unusual middle name. Most family histories and family trees give her name as Mary A. Silla. Her grave has her name written as Mary A. Silla as well. However, her daughter Annie Jennings Cunningham insisted in a letter to Jan Jennings that her mother's name was frequently misspelled, and that it is correctly spelled Mary ASilla. I have chosen to write her name as Annie Jennings Cunningham specified. Stallings, Mary ASilla (I99)