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John Wesley Cook

Male 1810 - 1846  (36 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Wesley Cook was born 1810, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died 26 Dec 1846, Perry Township, Licking County, Ohio, United States.

    Notes:

    Name:
    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.

    John married Nancy Ann Edwards 1832, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States. Nancy was born 1813, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died 23 Feb 1895, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Feb 1895, Nevada Municipal Cemetery, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Mary I. Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Dec 1833, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died Apr 1840, Licking County, Ohio, United States.
    2. 3. James William Henry Andrew Jackson Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Aug 1834, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died 17 Feb 1909, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Feb 1909, Nevada Municipal Cemetery, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    3. 4. Eliza Ann Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Feb 1836, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died 18 Apr 1845, Licking County, Ohio, United States.
    4. 5. Sarah Frances Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Jun 1839, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 20 Jun 1923, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Jun 1923, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    5. 6. Mary C. Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Nov 1841, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 5 Oct 1913, Licking County, Ohio, United States; was buried Oct 1913, Pleasant Hills Baptist Church Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio, United States.
    6. 7. John Wesley Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 May 1844, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 7 Dec 1932, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Dec 1932, Nevada Municipal Cemetery, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    7. 8. Henry Michael Cook  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Sep 1846, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 26 Aug 1910, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried 28 Aug 1910, Oak Hill Cemetery, Story County, Iowa, United States.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Mary I. Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 20 Dec 1833, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died Apr 1840, Licking County, Ohio, United States.

  2. 3.  James William Henry Andrew Jackson CookJames William Henry Andrew Jackson Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 14 Aug 1834, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died 17 Feb 1909, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Feb 1909, Nevada Municipal Cemetery, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States.

    Notes:

    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.


  3. 4.  Eliza Ann Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 10 Feb 1836, Culpeper County, Virginia, United States; died 18 Apr 1845, Licking County, Ohio, United States.

  4. 5.  Sarah Frances CookSarah Frances Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 26 Jun 1839, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 20 Jun 1923, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Jun 1923, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States.

    Notes:

    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.

    Sarah married Conrad Langdon Gearhart 19 Dec 1858, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, United States. Conrad (son of Henry Gearhart and Elizabeth Billman) was born 8 Mar 1838, Newark, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 3 Oct 1899, Collins, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried 5 Oct 1899, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 9. George Douglas Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 15 Jul 1860, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 9 Nov 1929, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Nov 1929, Maxwell Cemetery, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    2. 10. Rosanne Elizabeth Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1 Jun 1862, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 21 Jan 1948, Iowa Center, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Jan 1848, Woodland Cemetery, Iowa Center, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    3. 11. William Henry Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Sep 1864, Ohio, United States; died 10 Jul 1936, Collins, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    4. 12. Flora Jane Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 16 Apr 1867, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 20 Oct 1936, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Oct 1936, Maxwell Cemetery, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    5. 13. Ollie Belle Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 21 Mar 1870, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 31 Dec 1959, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Jan 1960, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    6. 14. John Alva Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 22 Aug 1872, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 13 Aug 1948, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Aug 1848, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    7. 15. Eva Alice Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Feb 1877, Iowa, United States; died 4 Sep 1879, Story County, Iowa, United States.

  5. 6.  Mary C. Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 12 Nov 1841, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 5 Oct 1913, Licking County, Ohio, United States; was buried Oct 1913, Pleasant Hills Baptist Church Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio, United States.

  6. 7.  John Wesley CookJohn Wesley Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 25 May 1844, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 7 Dec 1932, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Dec 1932, Nevada Municipal Cemetery, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States.

    Notes:

    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.


  7. 8.  Henry Michael CookHenry Michael Cook Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 20 Sep 1846, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 26 Aug 1910, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried 28 Aug 1910, Oak Hill Cemetery, Story County, Iowa, United States.

    Notes:

    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.

    Name:
    Name is sometimes given as Michael H. Cook.



Generation: 3

  1. 9.  George Douglas Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 15 Jul 1860, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 9 Nov 1929, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Nov 1929, Maxwell Cemetery, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States.

    George married Ruth Ella Willhide 25 Dec 1878, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States. Ruth (daughter of Joseph Alfred Willhide and Nancy Jane Smith) was born 21 Aug 1860, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 25 Jun 1952, Fort Dodge County, Iowa, United States. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 16. John Edward Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 16 Apr 1880, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 9 Jul 1941, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States.
    2. 17. Iva Romena Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 5 Jan 1882, New Albany Township, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 9 Jan 1975, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States.
    3. 18. Omar Alfred Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Feb 1884, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 28 Dec 1930, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; was buried 5 Jan 1931, Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States.
    4. 19. Lois Maud Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 30 Jul 1888, Iowa, United States; died 26 Jun 1922.
    5. 20. Earl George Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 18 Sep 1891, Iowa, United States; died 21 Apr 1964.

  2. 10.  Rosanne Elizabeth Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 1 Jun 1862, Licking County, Ohio, United States; died 21 Jan 1948, Iowa Center, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Jan 1848, Woodland Cemetery, Iowa Center, Story County, Iowa, United States.

  3. 11.  William Henry Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 7 Sep 1864, Ohio, United States; died 10 Jul 1936, Collins, Story County, Iowa, United States.

  4. 12.  Flora Jane Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 16 Apr 1867, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 20 Oct 1936, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Oct 1936, Maxwell Cemetery, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States.

  5. 13.  Ollie Belle Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 21 Mar 1870, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 31 Dec 1959, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Jan 1960, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States.

  6. 14.  John Alva Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 22 Aug 1872, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 13 Aug 1948, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; was buried Aug 1848, Colo Cemetery, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States.

    Notes:

    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.


  7. 15.  Eva Alice Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 24 Feb 1877, Iowa, United States; died 4 Sep 1879, Story County, Iowa, United States.


Generation: 4

  1. 16.  John Edward Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (9.George3, 5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 16 Apr 1880, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 9 Jul 1941, Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, United States.

  2. 17.  Iva Romena Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (9.George3, 5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 5 Jan 1882, New Albany Township, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 9 Jan 1975, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States.

  3. 18.  Omar Alfred GearhartOmar Alfred Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (9.George3, 5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 29 Feb 1884, Colo, Story County, Iowa, United States; died 28 Dec 1930, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; was buried 5 Jan 1931, Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States.

    Omar married Gertrude Nettie Perkins 25 Dec 1910, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States. Gertrude (daughter of John E. Perkins and Mary Isabell Young) was born 13 Sep 1887, Hector, Renville County, Minnesota, United States; died 16 Mar 1971, Pasco, Franklin County, Washington, United States; was buried Mar 1971, Evergreen Cemetery, Benton City, Benton County, Washington, United States. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 21. John Douglas Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Dec 1911, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; died 9 Dec 1985, San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States.
    2. 22. Ruth Isabelle Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 9 Apr 1913, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; died 6 Feb 1988, Canton, Stark County, Ohio, United States.
    3. 23. Eva Marie Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 3 Aug 1914, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; died Aug 2007, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, United States.
    4. 24. Alice Gertrude Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Nov 1915, Washington, United States.
    5. 25. Jessie Nadine Gearhart  Descendancy chart to this point was born 6 Apr 1916, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; died 16 Jan 2007, Troy, Latah County, Washington, United States.
    6. 26. David Edwin Swier  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Dec 1921, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, United States; died 29 Jul 2001, Selah, Yakima County, Washington, United States.
    7. 27. Donald Omar Cannam  Descendancy chart to this point was born 11 Jul 1920, Wallula, Walla Walla County, Washington, United States; died 28 Sep 1948, Chelan, Chelan County, Washington, United States.
    8. 28. Frank Manley Walker  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Jul 1923, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, United States; died 4 Jun 2013, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, United States.
    9. 29. Mary Elizabeth Zieglar  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Mar 1925, Metaline, Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States.
    10. 30. Marjorie Ann Narum  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Feb 1927, Brownstown, Yakima County, Washington, United States; died 2 Sep 2012, Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, United States.
    11. 31. Omar Alfred Gearhart, Jr.  Descendancy chart to this point was born 5 Aug 1929, Washington, United States; died 8 Jan 1983, Sublimity, Marion County, Oregon, United States.

  4. 19.  Lois Maud Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (9.George3, 5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 30 Jul 1888, Iowa, United States; died 26 Jun 1922.

  5. 20.  Earl George Gearhart Descendancy chart to this point (9.George3, 5.Sarah2, 1.John1) was born 18 Sep 1891, Iowa, United States; died 21 Apr 1964.