Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Playing Favorites: Burton W. Cook

I never felt that I had a favorite child among our four children. Each contributed to our family in their own unique way, had his/her own talents, abilities, and challenges and so each has a special place in my heart. 


Our four "kids" on a recent visit
I tend to say I don't have favorite ancestors, although I have to confess, there are some I feel a little more drawn to. Not surprisingly, they are often the ones I know the most about. Do I dare say, maybe I do actually have a few favorites? 

Burton W. Cook, b. 1831 in Georgia is one of those. However, he is not truly my ancestor but married Mary Ganus, sister to my 2nd great grandfather. I've written about him quite a bit, including the following: 





Having his marriage record, a multitude of deeds, tax digests, Civil War records and even his will, which is a rare find for my family, I really have done a lot of research on Burton and felt satisfied that I knew a lot about him. But recently while using the site, "Georgia Historic Newspapers," a free website found HERE, I was excited to find yet a few more things about Burton. 

Although I was actually researching someone else at the time, I can never resist the temptation to enter in a few other names into the search box while I am there. You never know what has been recently added.  First of all, I found in the Carroll Free Press, Feb. 2, 1894, page 2, the following: 

KANSAS
 "Mr. Burton Cook was struck with paralysis last Friday and hasn't been able to set up to (sic) since. He is not expected to live." 

Interestingly enough, in the same edition, just one page later, on page 3, was the following:
MR. BURTON COOK DEAD

"Mr. Burton Cook of Kansas district, died Tuesday evening from a stroke of paralysis. He was stricken on Friday. 

"Mr. Cook was in the 70th year of his age at the time of his death.

He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and in his death the county has lost a good citizen." 
So now I knew the circumstances of his death, although none of my research supported the statement that he was in his 70th year. A final find was constant with what I had for his age and birth year but added additional rich details about his life. Published in the Carroll Free Press, February 9, 1894, page 3, this was written about Burton:  
IN MEMORY OF BURTON W. COOK

"The subject of this notice was born in Coweta county in April 1829 and departed this life at his home in Carroll county on the 30th day of January 1894, aged 64 years, 9 months and 14 days.  
"He was married to Mary Ganus in 1850, united with the Baptist church while in the army in 1862, and cast his lot with the church at Shadner afterwards, moved his membership to Sardus church Coweta county, moved to Carroll county and united with the church at Abilene on the 5th day of June 1880, where he remained a consistent member until called away. 
 "Bro. Cook was a good man and was loved by all who knew him. Always ready to give counsel to those who he thought needed it, always ready to assist those who were in distress, always tried to visit the sick and administer to their wants and do all that he could to console them. His seat was seldom vacant at church when he was able to go. He has said for many years that he was ready to quit the walks of men when it was the will of the Lord to call him away.
"Therefore be it resolved; That in the death of Bro Cook the county has lost one of her best citizens, the church one of its brightest jewels, his companion and children a loving and affectionate husband and father."
So with the aid of one of my favorite resources, newspapers, I was able to learn more about one of my favorite men, someone I thought I already knew so much about. I learned that at the age of 64, Burton died as a result of a stroke. I learned that he was a religious man, a man eager to serve others, and who was respected in the community. I have never been able to determine exactly who his parents were in the large sea of southern Cooks but hopefully the clue, "he was born in Coweta," was shared by someone who actually knew and I'm excited to pursue that possibility. This new information just further fueled my love for Burton and yes, I think his place as one of my favorites is pretty secure. 

Copyright © Michelle G. Taggart 2017, All rights reserved

10 comments:

  1. Well, Burton would be one of my favorites too, if he was on my family tree. Don't you just love those old (and free) newspapers? I'm going to add your GA news link to my own post about free news sites, which went up today. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Marian I DO love the newspapers. They can fill in with the most wonderful details.

      Delete
  2. First of all, welcome back. I've missed your posts Michelle. I think we do have our favorite ancestors. Those we are drawn to for one reason or another. I have several of them. I too love newspapers. They can be treasure troves of information.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Diane! I missed posting too, but life threw me a real curve ball that has taken my time and energy. I agree, newspapers can be fantastic.

      Delete
  3. Glad to have you back blogging! I missed your posts! I love newspapers too! You can find out so much about your ancestor's life! I love all my ancestors although some abit more than others.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I sure wish I had the same kind of details for all of my ancestors.

      Delete
  4. Newspaper articles and obituaries often have such interesting information. You hit the jackpot with those; maybe Burton wants to be remembered! Some ancestors just seem to make it a little easier to find info, don't they?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree---Burton seems to want to be remembered. I was thrilled to find these articles and the obit after thinking I had essentially found all there was to find about him. Burton had a little bit of money, he wasn't wealthy, but at least had enough to buy and sell land and have a will, which has helped a lot. Sadly some of my folks had very little and seemed to have left very few records as a result.

      Delete
  5. Michelle, nice to read a new post from you! Hope life has settled down happily for you & yours. I do have favorite ancestors too. Funny that these are people we have never met and yet we feel a strong connection.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Michelle,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Genealogy Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2017/05/janas-genealogy-fab-finds-for-may-19.html

    Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete