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Charles Cyrus Cook, Sr. Family

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Charles Cyrus Cook, Sr.

Charles 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

From 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"

"Among 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.

Shortly afterward, 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 coffins.

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.

However 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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From 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 cemetery.

Many other descendants of Charles Cyrus Cook, SR. are buried in the Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa.


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 cenotaph.
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
Charles 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. CookMartha Jane Alsop
Wife of George M. Cook

Mary Ann Cook
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Charles Henry Hulbert
Husband of Mary Ann Cook
Caroline CookIsaac Newton Holman
Husband of Caroline Cook
Mary Ann and Caroline CookEnos and "Eliza" (Peyton) Cook
Edmond Charles CookAlice Jane (Reece) Cook
Wife of Edmond Cook
Charles Cyrus Cook, JrChildhood photo of Agnes Ida Reece
Wife of Charles C. Cook, Jr.

Mary Ann (Cook) Hulbert 


Mary  Ann (Cook) Hulbert - Born: 8/25/1832 in England; Died: 10/1/1864; Buried: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills, Iowa

Mary 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. 

Charles 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. 

The 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.

The 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

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