WILLIAM C. COOKSON, a well known manufacturer of Bloomfield, Wayne township, Jefferson county, was born at Steubenville, November 26, 1839. His family have long been residents of the Ohio valley. His father, John Cookson, was born at Steubenville, and died about 1844, having had by his wife, Eliza J. Walker, also a native of Steubenville, two children: John W., cashier of the Miners' and Mechanics' bank. of Steubenville and the subject of this mention. John Cookson was a son of John Cookson, one of the old residents of the county, who had the following children: Mrs. Caroline Bolen, Mrs. Sarah Doyle, Mrs. Pattie Durbin, Mrs. Harriett Roberts, John and Mrs. James Myers. The mother of our subject is the daughter of John Walker, a native of Hancock county, W. Va., died in 1872, who had by his marriage to Sarah Abraham, a native of Steubenville, who died in 1845, nine children: Mrs. Margaret Moore, Mrs. Sarah Thompson, Mrs. Elizabeth Ridgely and Charles, deceased and now living, Jacob, John, James, Mrs. Howard and Alexander. Mr. Cookson, after leaving school, engaged in various occupations until 1856, when he became an apprentice to Robert Davidson, a blacksmith of Steubenville, and he remained with him four years. He then opened a shop of his own, and has since then followed that trade, most of the time at Bloomfield, where he is now actively engaged in the manufacture of wagons and carriages. He has been successful in business, and his integrity and good business qualities has commanded a large patronage and the confidence of the public. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian church. In politics he is a republican and he holds membership in the Masonic lodge, No. 333, of Unionport of which he is presiding officer. From May, 1864, until August of that year he served in Company G, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh regiment Ohio National Guard and he is now a comrade of the G. A. R. Mr. Cookson was married April 19, 1861, to Martha C. Day, and they have had four children: Alva A., Mary E., deceased and Cyrus W., who married Emma B., Eldred, and has two children living, and John S. Mrs. Cookson is the daughter of Cyrus and Mary (Long) Day, and she is one of ten children, the names of the others being: Robertson and Joseph, deceased and Mrs. Joanna Templeton, William A., Addison, Josiah F., John M., Mrs. Mary A. Dickey and Henry H.
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