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Andrew Cook
Winona & Roy's Great-Uncle
1850 Census
Parke Co., Indiana Biographies

Andrew Cook, a representative citizen and extensive farmer of Parke County, resides on Section 31, Wabash Township. He has served his friends and fellow citizens as Constable, and in the spring of 1890 was elected trustee for a four-year term. He is a strong supporter of the Republican party, active and interested in the work of the same.

Mr. Cook was born in the northern part of Wabash Township, Parke County, Ind., January 7, 1833, and is a son of Thomas and Jane (Ensworth) Cook. The former was born in Maryland, in which state his father's death occurred. With his mother and her family he came to Circleville, Ohio, and later to Indiana. He was one of several boys: Jesse and Henry died in Ohio; the others were William, Mark and Eleven, who was so named on account of being the eleventh child in the family.

With his brother Mark, our subject's father served in the War of 1812 and was present at Hull's surrender. He was a farmer by occupation, and in 1821 came to Vigo County, Ind., with a team and wagon. Leaving his family, he made a trip to St. Louis on horseback to collect a debt, and on his return raised a crop on Harrison Prairie. The following year he entered eighty acres of land and purchased a like amount on Section 6, Wabash Township, where he resided until he was called to his final rest in 1841, aged fifty-eight years. His widow survived him twelve years, dying in August, 1853. Politically he was a Whig, and was liberal in his support of the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife was a member.

The mother of Andrew Cook was born in Circleville, Ohio, being the daughter of Andrew and Margaret Ainsworth, who were of German origin. The latter's people were killed by the Indians. Mr. Cook is one of a family of six children, the others being: Matilda, wife of John Phillips of Edgar County, Ill.; Margaret, deceased; Mary, wife of Lazeras Shirk of this county; Sarah J., deceased, and Charles. Mr. Cook's educational advantages were limited, being those of the primative log school house. In 1852, with four others, he left home in April, driving a team, his destination being California.

He crossed the Missouri river May 22, and landed in California August 19. He spent six years in the Golden State, the first year engaging in ditching and working in a sawmill, after which he turned his attention to mining. He made some money during this time, and when he arrived home, leaving returned by way of the Isthmus of Panama, he found he had some $2,200.

In the spring of 1859 Mr. Cook purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in Edgar County, Ill., where he resided until December, 1863, when he sold out and returned to Parke County, Ind. Here he rented land for about three years, in 1866 purchasing one hundred acres on Section 31, where he has resided up to the present time. Year by year, as his financial resources permitted, he added to his farm until he is now the owner of four hundred and eighteen acres.



Courtesy James D. Vandermark


On December 1858 Andrew Cook and Martha Hayth were united in the bonds of matrimony. The lady was born in Wabash Township, Ind., September, 1841, being a daughter of Thomas and Saluda A. (Camper) Hayth, who came from Virginia about the year 1830, the former being a farmer by profession. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cook: Thomas, who died at the age of two months; Charles T.; Eva, wife of John Funkhauser; Rosa, wife of Samuel Miles; Florence, wife of James Daily; Fred, who died at the age of eighteen months; Jennie; Andrew, who died in infancy; Clarence; Bertie, and an infant who died unnamed. Our subject and wife are active in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, honored and respected by all who know them.