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COOK, Elisha A.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 918-919

Every community is bound to have among her citizens a few men of recognized influence and ability, who by their systematic and careful, thorough manner of work attain to a success which is justly deserved.  Among this class is Elisha A. COOK, a man esteemed to be a prominent and substantial, as well as progressive, farmer of Bonus Township, Boone County [IL].  He was born in the town of Lawrence, Otsego County, NY, 30 Mar 1841, and his parents, Chauncey and Lovina (ANDREWS) COOK, were natives of the Excelsior State [NY] also.  The parents passed their lives in their native state and died in Otsego County, the father when about 61 years of age, and the mother at the age of 30 years.  

Our subject's paternal grandparents, Holden and Ruth (JOSLYN) COOK, where originally from RI, but died in Otsego County, NY, at the age of 65 and 77 years, respectively.  They were the parents of eight children, all now deceased.  Holden COOK was a son of Samuel COOK, also a native of RI, but who received his final summons in NY State.   The maternal grandparents of our subject, Eleazor and Daphnae (GOODALE) ANDREWS, where natives of VT, but died in Onondaga County, NY, when quite aged, the father at about 93 years.

The subject of this sketch remained with his parents until 20 years of age, and then enlisted at Albany [Albany County], NY, 08 Aug 1861, in Comapny B, 44th NY Regiment, and served until Nov 1862.  He was wounded at Malvern Hill and was on the battlefield for a week.  Afterward he was at Libby Prison, and after getting out he was for four months in the hospital.  He participated in the following battles:  Siege of Yorktown, Hanover Court House, Gaines' Mills, Malvern Hill, and in many skirmishes.   He was mustered out at Philadelphia for disability on 26 Nov 1862, and returned to his home in NY State.  On 20 Feb 1864 he came to Boone County, IL, and as his means were limited, he worked by the month for three years.

On 18 Feb 1866 Mr. COOK was united in marriage with Miss Sarah J. HOPPEN, a native of Holman, Dearborn County, IN, born 18 May 1846.  Her parents, Reuben and Martha M. (GIVAN) HOPPEN, are natives of Prospect, New Haven County, CT, and MD, and now reside near our subject in Bonus Township.  Mrs. COOK's mother was the daughter of Joshua GIVAN, who was also a native of MD, but who died in Dearborn County, IN.

After his marriage, our subject worked by the month for a year, and then having accumulated sufficient means, he purchased his present farm of 100 acres, which had some improvements on it.  A poor man at the outset, Mr. COOK has worked his way up until he is now in the enjoyment of a comfortable competency.  He has ever taken a deep interest in all public enterprises, and in politics is a supporter of Republican principles, casting his first Presdential vote for Grant.  He has held a number of local offices in the county, and for years has been a member of the Committee on Highways, also a member of the School Board.  Socially he is a member of Hurlburt Post, G. A. R., [p 919] of Belvidere.  Mr. COOK is of English ancestry, and many of his ancestors were professional men.  One of his uncles was a Colonel in the Civil War, and a cousin held the rank of Captain.  Grandfather Holden COOK was in the War of 1812, and the ancestors farther back were in the Revolutionary War.

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