What I have been working on for June 2019….

This is a land deed for 272 acres from Armistead Oakley to Cornelius Cook in Laurens District in 1805. Cornelius neighbors are as follows: John Watkins-northeast, William Dennington and James Rosemond- northeast, Samuel Nabors- southwest, and William Maddox- southeast.

I am particularly interested in John Watkins because there was Cornelius Cook in Sampson Co, NC in 1786 who had a sister, Ann Cook Watkins (Estate Record of James Cook, Sampson Co, NC, 1786). Ann Cook Watkins was married to William Watkins. I think this particular William Watkins moved to Pendleton District in 1797. William Watkins had a brother named John, which could be the same John mentioned in the deed. I do have a theory that the Cornelius Cook of Laurens and Mary Cook Donaldson of Abbeville could be the children of Cornelius Cook mentioned in James Cook’s estate record in 1786 but I have yet to prove it.

Author: samanthanifong

I have been a avid history buff since age 10. I graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in US History. I have been researching my family for 12 years. I specialize in South Carolina history and research. I do freelance genealogy work centered around South Carolina between 1750- 1880. If you have ancestors in South Carolina between 1750-1880 that you would like me to locate, please contact me. Disclaimer.....My research is based on actual evidence which I may or may not post. Any photographs or documentation that I use is my intellectual property unless otherwise noted and may not be used or borrowed without my expressed written consent.

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