Suffolk County Biographies
New Jersey Biographical Sketches, 1665-1800
Branches of the Southampton, NY COOK Family
The name Ellis Cook appears in the
records of Morris county at a very early date. Mary, wife of
Ellis Cooke (so the name is spelled on her tombstone in the
Hanover graveyard), died April 19, 1754, aged thirty-eight years.
Ellis Cook Esq'r "departed this life April 7th, 1797 In the
66th Year of his Age." Margret Griswould, wife of
"Coll. Ellis Cooke," died March 15, 1777, aged
forty-one years and three months.
A tombstone was erected in the same graveyard in 1860, by their descendants, to the memory of "Ellis Cook, a Captain in the Revolutionary Army who died A. D. 1832, and of Isabella Cook, his wife who died A. D. 1825." According to local tradition, Ellis Cook was the "original blacksmith" of Whippanong township, whose shop occupied the site of the old Academy. In 1772, Ellis Cook kept a tavern in Hanover.
The foregoing are evidently of three generations. During the Revolutionary period, Ellis Cook was very prominent in public affairs. He was elected a member of the Committee of Observation of Morris county, January 9, 1775, and on May 1 he was elected one of the delegates for said county, they being vested with power of legislation, and to raise men, money and arms for the common defense.
He served as a member of the Provincial Congress in May, June, August and October, from Morris county, and was a member of the Committee of Safety which sat at New Brunswick from January 10 to March 2, 1776. At a meeting of the Committee of Safety on January 13, 1776, the Committee of Morris county applied to have Ellis Cook commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel of the Eastern Regiment of Militia in that county, and a commission was ordered to be issued to him accordingly.
The Provincial Congress, which sat at New Brunswick in February and March of the same year, ordered that 1. 6s. 8d. be paid to Ellis Cook, Esquire, in full of his account for removing the records in the Surveyor-General's office at Perth Amboy to New Brunswick. He was a member of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey which met at Burlington June 10, 1776, and which adopted the Constitution of New Jersey, July 2, 1776.
On July 18, 1776, he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the battalion to be raised in Morris county. He was elected a member of the Assembly for Morris county in the years 1776, 1777, 1779, 1781-1792, and was appointed one of the Judges of the Morris county courts, 1793-1795.
The will of Ellis Cook, of Hanover, Morris county, yeoman, dated March 11, 1756, was proved Aug. 31, 1756. He devises to William and Ellis, his two eldest sons, "all my whole estate, Plantation and movable estate," to be equally shared; to his sons Jonathan, Epaphras and John, 10 each when 21. Executors--sons William and Ellis. Witnesses--Jonathan Squire, Thomas Bigelow and William Dixon.--N. J. Wills, Liber F., f. 404. No inventory is on file or of record at Trenton. It will be observed that he makes no mention of wife.
Her tombstone in the Presbyterian churchyard at Hanover says: "Here lieth ye Body of Mary wife of Ellis Cooke Dec'd April ye 19 1754 Aged 38 Years." This Ellis Cook, b. 1703, was a son of Abiel3 Abiel2 Ellis1, of Southampton, L. I. His mother was Martha Cooper. He m. Mary, dau. of John Williams. He removed about 1744-5, with his father-in-law, from Southampton to Hanover, Morris county.
He seems to have had brothers Abiel, Samuel, Lemuel, Zebulon, Matthew, Abraham. He is said to have been killed at Fort Oswego, 1756. Issue:
i. William, b. 1734; m. Sarah Cocker, June 5, 1755. He was the father of Captain Ellis Cook, mentioned above, who d. in 1832. William Cook (was he the same, or of a later generation) m. Margaret Cooper, Feb. 12, 1778.
2. ii. Ellis.
iii. Jonathan, m. Margaret Tappan, Nov. 30, 1757.
iv. Epaphras, m. Sarah Smith, Oct. 4, 1762. Epaphras Cook and Charlotte his wife were received into the Presbyterian church at Morristown, from the Hanover church, July 25, 1822, and were dismissed May 4, 1829, to New York. He was doubtless of a later generation.
v. John, m. Sarah Parrott. John Cook, of Pequannock, m. Jane Peer, of the same place, Oct. 14, 1772. Was this the son of Ellis?
2. Ellis2 Ellis1 Cook, b. 1732. m. Margaret Griswould Cocker, (b. Dec. 15, 1735), July 12, 1753; d April 7, 1797, in the 66th year of his age, according to his tombstone at Hanover; she d. March 15, 1777, aged 41 years and 3 months. Her tombstone sets forth that
Here lies one bereav'd of Life,
A Tender Mother and a Loving wife;
Kind to Relations & a faithful friend
Happy in her beginning, no doubt so in her end.
The very useful and distinguished career of Col. Cook has been narrater above. He m. 2d, Lucy (Ely) Perkins, who was received into membership in the Hanover church, Jan 12, 1791. His will, dated April 6, 1797, sets forth that he was at the time "infirm in body," which might be inferred from the fact that the instrument was proved on the 25th of the same month.
In his will he provides that his wife Lucy should "furnish my son George Whitfield with clothing, &c., from her right of dower." He devises to son Jabez a tract of land "opposite my dwelling house, bounded by Mathew Kitchel, Samuel Merry, Passaick river and road, except a meadow; also my tract in Essex county joining Aaron Beach, Isaac Winans and others." Sons Zebulon, James and Ambrose "to share equally all the rest of my real estate, in Morris and Essex counties." To daughters Margaret Kitchel, Matilda Plumb and Rulatte Gregory, 10 each.
"My son Ambrose to take my son George Whitfield and bring him up and instruct him in the Practice of Physic, and Ambrose to be paid 25 annually until George Whitfield is 21." Executors--Aaron Kitchell, Prudden Alling, James Cook. Witnesses--(Dr.) John Darcy, William Cook, Epaphrus Cook. The "Inventory of Coll. Ellis Cook Esqr," April 12, 1797, footed up 602, 14, 4, as appraised by Enoch Beach and David Bedford.--N. J Wills, Liber No. 37, p. 228. Issue:
ii. Zebulon, b. March 22, 1755; m. Mary Jones, Feb. 15, 1775; d. Dec. 12, 1810; she was b. May 20, 1758; d. April 14, 1830.
iii. James, b. Mar 25, 1760; m. 1st, Elizabeth P. Condit, Nov. 25, 1781; 2d, Ruth Pierson, Aug. 3, 1786; he d. March 26, 1836: he lived at Succasunna.
iv. Ambrose. "Doctor Ambrose Cook and Miss Sally P. Wheeler" were married June 27, 1794. He d. in Monmouth county.
v. Margaret, m. William Kitchell, of Hanover.
vi. Matilda, m. David Plumb, Feb. 27, 1794. He was of Newark.
vii. Rulatte (called Lotta), m. William O. Gregory, Sept. -, 1792; he was of Newburgh, N. Y.
viii. Elizabeth, d. Sept. 30, 1780, aged 1 yr. 4 mos. 2 days.
ix. George Whitfield, bap. 1790 or 1791. In accordance with the terms of his father's will he was brought up a physician, and practiced in Hudson, N. Y.
Another Ellis Cook, of Bottle Hill (now Madison), m. Sarah Wortman, Sept. 28, 1789. He was of Hanover when he made his will, April 7, 1801, which was proved Aug. 5, 1807. In this instrument he gives to wife Sarah 60 in lieu of dower; to daughter Keziah Morris 70, New York money; to daughter Mary Miller, wife of John Miller, 70; to daughter Sarah Ward, wife of Israel Ward, 70; to grandson Ellis Morris, 30, when twenty-one years of age; to grandson Ellis Thompson, 30; to "grandson Benjamin Cook, son of my son Benjamin, in fee, all houses, lands and tenements in Morris County, if he shall live to twenty-one years, otherwise to be divided among surviving grandchildren allowing two shares of the whole to the daughters or daughter of my son Benjamin Cook, deceased, and the remainder in equal shares among the children of my three daughters Keziah Morris, Mary Miller and Sarah Ward, share and share alike;" to "daughter-in-law, Sarah Cook, widow of my son Benjamin Cook, deceased, all the use of the real estate herein devised to her son Benjamin Cook, and to bring up the children of my said son Benjamin, deceased, during her widowhood; in case of her marriage, his executors to take charge of the same;" residue of estate to be divided among surviving children as they shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years.
Executors--Sons-in-law Luke Miller, John Morris and Israel Ward. Witnesses--John Donington, Jonathan Richards and John Blanchard. A codicil, dated August 5, 1807, gives to wife Sarah 100 additional. Witnesses--Archibald Sayre, John Blanchard.--Morris County Wills, Liber A, p. 236. According to the late Prof. George H. Cook, State Geologist of New Jersey, this Ellis Cook, of Bottle Hill, was a son of John Cook, of Southampton, and was 80 years old at the time of his death. He had a brother Obadiah, of Halseytown, Morris county, whose brother-in-law, Joel Halsey, was named as his executor in 1765.
All these Cooks were descendants of Ellis Cook, m. Martha, dau. of John Cooper, who was one of the "undertakers" or settlers of Southampton, L. 1., 1640; d. 167?? at Southampton. Issue:
John, Ellis, Martha, Elizabeth, Mary, Abiel.
Abiel had children: Josiah, Frances, Abiel 2d.
Abiel 2d d. 1740 at Southampton, having had children: Abiel 3d; Samuel, d. at Shrewsbury, N. J., 1745; Ellis, b. 1703, d. 1756, who settled in Hanover, Morris county, as above stated; Phebe, Susannah, m. - Barton, and lived with nephew Abiel in N. J.; Matthew, d. in N. J.; Zebulon, settled at Freehold, N. J.; Lemuel, Abigail, Anna.
Abiel 3d m. - Leonard; he located in Monmouth county in 1720. Children: Abiel 4th; Sarah, m. Aaron Mattison, April, 1745; Nathaniel, m. - Robins; Frances, m. Samuel Mount, 1755; Susannah, m. - Imlay; Mary, m. Jonathan Lippincott, 1757; Phebe, m. Peter Dewitt, 1757; Abigail, m. - Strickland.
Abiel 4th, b. Nov. 15, 1723; m. Mary, dau of Samuel Thompson, June, 1765; d. Jan. 24, 1797. Children: Sarah, William, Susannah, Samuel, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Hannah, b. 1775, m. the Rev. Joseph Stephens, pastor of the Baptist church at Freehold, 1789-1793, d. 1817.
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