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Monday, September 11, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Mrs. L. B. Cook

Jennie Owen Cook
October 2, 1884 to December 3, 1939

This is an obituary for Jennie Owen Cook, wife of Lloyd Byron Cook. Born in Georgia on October 2, 1884, Jennie was the daughter of John Jasper Owen and Nancy Parker Owen. 

This is another obituary without a first name or maiden name. However, an obituary published in the Bienville Democrat gave more details about her life and did reveal her maiden name of Owens. You can see this at the Find A Grave site by clicking here

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© 2017

Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Mrs. L. A. Cook


This obituary is for Katherine Huddleston Cook, wife of Lorry A. Cook. I find it sad no mention of her first name or maiden name was in the obituary. This is not the first like that I posted. During the first 60 to 70 years of the last century, women were often identified in newspaper articles, as members of organizations, on cemetery stones, and even in workplaces by their husband's names or initials. 

Katherine Huddleston, born in Denison, Texas on October 21, 1905,  was the daughter of Lula Scruggs and Eliab Fleming Huddleston. She and Lorry Cook were married in Dallas, Texas on November 14, 1927. 

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© 2017

Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday's Photo: The Family of Thomas Jefferson Martin and Laura Bryan Martin

Back Row
Anne Cook Martin - wife of James Bryan Martin/daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte and Sophrania Pauline Porter Cook
James Bryan Martin - son of Thomas J. and Laura Bryan Martin/husband of Anne Cook Martin
Charles Laurie Martin - son of Thomas J. and Laura Bryan Martin
Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin - daughter of Thomas J. and Laura Bryan Martin. Married Edward Clifton Cook. Mother of Marguerite Cook Clark
Front Row
Edith Martin - daughter of Anne Cook Martin and James Bryan Martin
Thomas Jefferson Martin - husband of Laura Bryan Martin
Laura Bryan Martin - daughter of Joseph B. Bryan and Sarah Margaret Wimberly/ wife of Thomas J. Martin



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Source
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Bryan Log Cabin in Bienville Parish


Click on the book to see it at Amazon.

I purchased this book from Amazon when they were only selling books. It was purchased for one reason  -  on page 59 was the Bryan Log Cabin. The Bryan Log Cabin was the home my great-great-grandparents, Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan, built after moving to Louisiana from Georgia in the 1830s. 

The house was a two room dogtrot log cabin and was similar to these homes. 

The following was written by Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook - Wife of Edward Clifton Cook, Daughter of Thomas Jefferson Martin and Laura Bryan.
The old Thos. J. Martin home, Mama, Mammie, Aunt Fannie
Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Sarah Bryan, Aunt Fannie Pittman Wimberly. 
Mrs. Martin was Laura Bryan Martin (Mama), Mrs. Sarah Bryan was Sarah Wimberly Bryan (Mammie), and Aunt Fannie was Georgia Ann Frances Bryan Pitman Wimberly.
Go to the bottom of this post to see a larger photo of the women in this picture. 


Old home of Dr. E. C. Cook. was also written by Maggie Martin Cook.
Maggie may be the woman with the baby in the doorway.

Go to the bottom of this post to see a larger photo of the woman and baby in this picture.

In addition to seeing the cabin in this book, a sketch and description be found in the research paper Log Houses as Public Occasions: A Historical Theory written in 1977.  I won't put either on my blog as I want to avoid copyright infringement. 

However, I want to tell you a story about the cabin and maybe have questions answered. 

The Story 
This is the story as told to me by a Wimberly/Bryan descendant (my third cousin) when visiting Bienville Parish in 2007. 

About three years before my visit, the woman who owned the land told my cousin someone from Louisiana State University asked for the cabin. They took the cabin apart carefully numbering each piece. When a Nix/Bryan descendant asked for a board, he was denied as they needed each piece. 

My cousin said when LSU was called to find out where to see the house, they did not know anything about it. I don't know who called LSU. 

My Questions
  • Could the cabin be at LSU?
  • Could the cabin now be a cute guest house, someone's home, or a Bed & Breakfast?
  • Does anyone remember the Bryan log cabin?
  • Has anyone heard this story or know of another story?





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© 2017 

Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Newton, M. B. and Napoli, L. P.-D. (1977), Log Houses as Public Occasions: A Historical Theory. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 67: 360–383.  https://www.jstor.org/stable/2562336?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Overdyke, W. Darrell. Louisiana Plantation Homes, Colonial and Antebellum.  New York: American Legacy Press, 1981.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Bert and Susie Porter Ellis

On the back - Aunt Susie Ellis

On the back - Bert Ellis  Uncle Bert

Susan "Susie" Cook
Born November 29, 1834 in Jasper County, Mississippi
Died April 13, 1914 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Ira Robertus Ellis
Born May 15, 1829 in Mississippi
Died December 24, 1914 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Son of Lennon Bridges Ellis and Theresa M. Moffett

Bert and Susie Ellis was written on the back of the above photo. Marguerite Cook Clark's daughter guessed they were Mississippi family but could not positively tell the connection. I'm a sucker for a good mystery and love the search so scanned photos.

It didn't take long to find the connection. Susie was the older sister of Sophrania Pauline Porter Cook. They were the daughters of Larkin Lancelot "Landlot" and Elizabeth Bounds Porter. 

Susan Porter and Ira Robertus Ellis married sometime after September 10, 1850, as on this date, the 1850 census has Susie as single and living with her parents. In 1910, on the federal census, they reported being married for 60 years. 

Bert was reported to be a teacher on the 1870 Federal Census, a farmer in 1880, and a teacher in 1900. 

Susie and Bert lived in Arcadia in Bienville Parish at the times of their deaths and had no children. 

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Diana

© 2017

Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday's Photo: Dr. Edward Clifton Cook and Family Plus One Man and a Dog





Dr. Edward Clifton Cook holding Charles Laurie Cook
Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin Cook (daughter of Thomas Jefferson Martin and Laura Bryan)
Paul Cook, Marguerite "Greta" Cook, and Clifford Cook. 



This is Marguerite Cook Clark's family. Dr. Edward Clifton Cook is her father, Maggie is her mother and Charles, Paul, and Clifford are her siblings. The dog is on the right and a man on the left. Who is he? 

As Charles was born June 1916, the photo was probably taken in the spring or summer of 1917. 

The man on the left doesn't appear to be one of Marguerite Cook Clark's grandfathers. Napoleon Bonaparte Cook passed away several years earlier and comparisons of photos indicate it is probably not Thomas Jefferson Martin. 


Any ideas?  

























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Diana

© 2017
Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Lloyd Byron Cook

Lloyd Byron Cook
April 23, 1878 to December 27, 1947
Husband of Jennie Owen Cook
Father of Phillip G. Cook and Lucille Cook
Son of Jacob Oscar Cook and Frances P. Leverett
Brother to Millard Fillmore Cook



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Diana

© 2017
Sources

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members. 

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.