Charles Cyrus Cook, Sr. Family
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submitted by Janet (Kissling) Worcester & Carl Cook Kissling
Charles Cyrus Cook, Sr.
Cyrus Cook, SR. was born in the borough of Boston, Lincolnshire,
England in 1807. Charles, his wife, Mary Ann (Swift) Cook, b. 1809 - d.
1880 and their two children, George b. 1830 and Mary Ann b. 1832,
departed from London and came to the United States arriving on
5/15/1837. Caroline, their 3rd child was born in 1842 in New York. Also
born in New York, were Enos, born in 1843, Edmond born in 1846 and
Charles, Jr. born in 1849. All of the above, are buried in the Troy
Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa except for George who is buried in the
Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion, Iowa.
According to the 1840 census,
the family lived in Seneca, New York. Charles received his citizenship
on June 22, 1847 in Erie County, New York as the family resided
in Williamsville, Erie County, New York. By 1850, the census shows
their residency in Waterloo, New York where Charles built a large
"furniture and undertaking factory".
Charles started purchasing land in Troy Mills, Iowa in the Spring Grove Township. Records are as follows:
1854 - Sept. 11, - NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of section 5 - 40 Acres-$40
1855 - July 13, - SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 5 - 40 Acres-$50
(Purchased by his oldest son, George who came to Iowa in 1855)
1857 - Oct 11 - NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of section 4 - 40 Acres-$50
1859 - July 14 - NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 5 - 40 Acres-$200
the old account books, Charles was still in business at Waterloo in
1855 and then came to Troy Mills, Iowa in 1857. He built a large home
on the south side of the Wapsipinicon River. In 1869, he rented the saw
mill on the north side of the "Wapsi" River. Sons, Enos Cook and
Charles Cook, JR. purchased an old ferry from Independence, Iowa,
floated it down the river to "Troy" in order to haul people across the
river. Since it wasn't always dependable, later on a foot bridge was
built of lumber and lime rock, connecting the saw mill on north side of
the river across to the south side.
Here is a "Quote" from the "Troy Mills Centennial Book"
the earlier settlers was Charles Cook, a native of England, who came to
Iowa in the fall of 1857 locating across the river, south of Troy
Mills. He built a substantial house the year he came to Iowa.
Mr. Cook built a cabinet shop near his house. Mr. Cook could do all
kinds of work and repairing needed in the new country. He was the only
undertaker in this part of the county. He made many well finished
Two or three years after he came to Troy Mills, Mr.
Cook rented the saw mill for a year, and during that time he put up a
turning lathe in the mill. He could turn anything from a button
to a cane. People went to him for all kinds of turned goods, potato
masher, pitchfork handles, and broomsticks. When the land was surveyed
it was found out that the mill was partly on Cook's land.
there was no trouble as the mill company gave Mr. Cook 200 inches of
water on the south side of the river. Cook at once built a shop and
utilized his water power. His shop was used until it was washed away by
the high water in 1865. Cook never rebuilt."
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the last 40 acres that Charles purchased, he donated a portion of land
to be the Troy Mills Cemetery. None of the lots were to be sold and one
only had to pay $1 to have it recorded. At the same time he gifted the
land, his daughter, Mary Ann, laughed and made the comment that she
wondered who would be the first person buried there. She was the first.
A tombstone was placed for her at the top of the hill. Mary Ann (Cook)
Hulbert born 8/25/1832 - died 10/1/1864.
Charles Cyrus Cook, SR.
died 8/4/1865. He did not want a tombstone, only a tree in his memory
and was buried under a large pine tree by one of the cemetery's roads.
The tree is no longer standing and no stone was put there to mark his
grave. The Cook family plot is at the top of the hill in front of the
flagpoles per a family letter written in 1995 and describes the
location where Mary Ann is buried.
The other daughter, Caroline
(Cook) Holman, died in 1875 is buried next to Mary Ann with a stone.
Son, Edmond Charles Cook and his wife, Alice (Reece) Cook are buried in
the Cook family plot with a large stone with the plot name of "The old
part" Lot 42. Next to that in the row for the Cook family is Edmond and
Alice's 3rd child George H. Cook. In the same plot is Edmond and
Alice's 2nd child, Lilly May Cook, with a stone and their 6th child,
Perry James Cook, with no stone. Son, Charles Cyrus Cook, JR. and his
wife, Agnes (Reece) Cook are buried in the family plot along with their
child, Nettie Cook with no stones. Charles Cyrus Cook, JR. and his 2nd
wife Sarah had an infant child born and died in 1887 that was also
buried in the Cook family plot. Son, Enos Cook, and his wife Elizabeth
Maria "Eliza" (Peyton) Cook are both buried in another section of the
Many other descendants of Charles Cyrus Cook, SR. are buried in the Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa.
FAMILY GROUP FOR CHARLES CYRUS COOK, SR.
CHARLES CYRUS COOK, SR. - B: 1807 (England) D: 8/4/1865 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery
m: Mary Ann Swift - B: 1809 (England) D: 1880 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery
Both Charles & Mary Ann came to USA in 1837 from Boston, Lincolnshire, England.
Six children: George, Mary Ann, Caroline, Enos, Edmond, Charles Cyrus, Jr.
1. GEORGE M. COOK - B: 4/18/1830 (England) D: 4/14/1904 Buried: Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion, IA.
m: Martha Jane Alsop on 4/3/1855 - B: 3/24/1834 D: 5/11/1915 Buried: Oak shade Cemetery, Marion, IA.
Five Children: Edith, Charles Daniel, Ina, Hattie, Harley
2. MARY ANN COOK
- B: 8/25/1832 (England) D: 10/1/1864 Buried: She was the first
person buried at Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills IA. The land was
donated by her father.
m: Charles Henry Hulbert 2/5/1856 - B:
1/14/1832 D: 7/1/1903 Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, Waterloo, NY on
7/3/1903. There is also a burial record for him at Harrisonville
Cemetery, Bolton, KS, where his 2nd wife was buried. Is probably a
Two children: Judson, Henry
After Mary died, Charles returned to New York and married Cordelia E. (Baker) Curtis on 1/31/1878 at Seneca Falls, NY.
Cordelia - B: 11/3/1840 D: 8/1912 Buried: Harrisonville Cemetery, Bolton, KS.
Cordelia was previously married to Sylvanus Durham Curtis on 11/9/1858.
Sylvanus: B: 6/25/1837 D: 12/28/1868 Buried: Valley Home Cemetery, Windham in Bradford County, PA.
3. CAROLINE COOK - B: 1842 (NY) D: 10/30/1875 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA.
m: Isaac Newton Holman on 3/18/1863
Isaac - B: 3/23/1836 D: 12/8/1922 Buried: Hillcrest Cemetery, Decatur, NE.
Seven children: Mary Ann, Frank, Virgil, Enos, Elias, Ida, Ina
Isaac married a 2nd time to Mary E. Fagan.
Four children: Isaac, Leslie, Louie, Thomas
Isaac married a 3rd time to Sarah Ellen (Hall) (Fenton) Hoffman)
4. ENOS COOK - B: 2/18/1843 (NY) D: 11/25/1917 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA.
m: Elizabeth Marie "Eliza" Peyton on 7/17/1865 - B: 3/24/1847 D: 5/4/1910 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA
Twelve children: Mary Ann, William, Lorenzo, Sarah, Cora Belle, Ocea, Jessie, Bertha, John, Frank, Infant, Gladys
5. EDMOND CHARLES COOK - B: 9/17/1846 (NY) D: 6/1/1892 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA
m: Alice Jane Reece on 11/29/1869 - B: 1/22/1849 D: 12/26/1919 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA
Seven Children: Mary Evalene, Lilly, Bertha May, George, Charles, Arthur, Perry
6. CHARLES CYRUS COOK, JR. - B: 7/4/1849 (NY) D: 11/8/1928 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA (no marker)
m: Agnes Jane Reece on 12/2/1869
Agnes - B: 1850 D: 12/1882 Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA
Six children: Edith, William, Jennie, Lillie, Nettie, Sylvia
married a 2nd time to Sarah Jane Clark on 11/22/1883. (Noted in Walker,
IA newspaper dated 12/6/1883: "Charles Cook returned from Washington
territory - brings a wife."
One child: Infant - D: 1/5/1887 Buried: 1/6/1887 in Charles Cook, Jr. lot at Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, IA
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Charles Cyrus Cook, Sr.
|George M. Cook||Martha Jane Alsop|
Wife of George M. Cook
|Mary Ann Cook|
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|Charles Henry Hulbert|
Husband of Mary Ann Cook
|Caroline Cook||Isaac Newton Holman|
Husband of Caroline Cook
|Mary Ann and Caroline Cook||Enos and "Eliza" (Peyton) Cook|
|Edmond Charles Cook||Alice Jane (Reece) Cook|
Wife of Edmond Cook
|Charles Cyrus Cook, Jr||Childhood photo of Agnes Ida Reece|
Wife of Charles C. Cook, Jr.
Mary Ann (Cook) Hulbert
THE FIRST PERSON BURIED IN THE TROY MILLS CEMETERY
Mary Ann (Cook) Hulbert - Born: 8/25/1832 in England; Died: 10/1/1864; Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa
Ann Cook came with her parents, Charles and Mary Ann (Swift) Cook, from
Boston, Lincolnshire, England and landed on 5/15/1837 in New
York. She lived with her family in Williamsville, New York.
By 1850, she was living with the family in Waterloo, New York. On
2/5/1856, she married Charles Henry Hulbert in Seneca Falls, New
York. They resided in Waterloo, New York where they had two sons.
and Mary Ann moved to Troy Mills, Iowa, Spring Grove Township, in 1863
with both boys. Mary Ann’s father, Charles, had donated land to
the community to be the Troy Mills Cemetery-Mary Ann laughed and
remarked, “I wonder who will be the first to be buried there”, and it
was her. Mary Ann (Cook) Hulbert died a young mother (aged 32) in
Iowa on 10/1/1864.
Her husband returned to New
York with their two children, and remarried in 1878 to Cordelia E.
(Baker) Curtis b. 1840-d.1912, who, also, had two children. They moved
to Kansas. Charles died 7/1/1903 and is buried in the Maple Grove
Cemetery-Waterloo, New York, along with several family members,
all engraved on a large stone. He, also, has a cenotaph at
the Harrisonville Cemetery-Bolton, KS. where he is listed in the
records with his second wife Cordelia E. (Baker) (Curtis) Hulbert.
first son of Charles and Mary Ann was Judson Cook Hulbert b. 1858-d.
5/27/1927 who is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery-Waterloo, New York
along with his wife, Susan Jane Downes b. 1855-d. 1946.
They had two children - Marian E. Hulbert b. 1887-d. 1979
and Ray Cook Hulbert b. 1890-d. 1975. Marian, who never
married was a librarian. She is buried in the Maple Grove
Cemetery-Waterloo, New York. Ray married Edith Girard Watkins b.
1891-d. 1976. Both Ray and Edith are buried in the Woodlawn
Cemetery in Elmira, New York. They had no children.
second son, Henry Newton Hulbert was born 1860. There is no
record of his whereabouts or burial. He was an heir in his
father’s will, dated 1903, but wasn’t located.
|Early Settlers of the Troy Mills area |
As recorded in Charles Cyrus Cook, Sr. record book 1858-1865