After many days of total frustration and trying to force pieces of this genealogical puzzle to fit, I made a crucial discovery. I think Nancy Kinman, who I thought was married to Cornelius Cook Jr, was actually married to Cornelius Cook Sr. Reasons I believe this….
- Thomas Cook- He was living near Cornelius Cook Sr in Laurens in 1830. The census taker has his middle initial as a “R”. Jump forward to the 1850 census in Calhoun Co, Alabama; there is a Thomas K. Cook with a son name Cornelius Cook. I believe the middle initial “K” stands for Kinman. I believe that Thomas K Cook was the eldest child of Cornelius Cook and Nancy Kinman. Most eldest children back then were given the mother’s maiden name as a middle name. I have seen this several times in my research of different families.
- Nancy Kinman’s father died in 1816. James Kinman, the father, left Cornelius Cook Sr.and his heirs money.
- In William Rutledge’s will of 1816, he left Cornelius Cook Jr $100 dollars, in trust to his father Cornelius Cook Sr, for his education. Cornelius Cook Jr was a minor and therefore could not have been married to Nancy Kinman.
- I have found references that Rachel Kinman, Nancy’s sister, was born in mid 1770’s. I am guessing that Nancy was born around the same time. I believe that Cornelius Cook was born between 1760-1770, so his age would be close to Nancy Kinman’s age.
Until next time….