I have narrowed down when I think Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook (Donaldson) came to Laurens and Abbeville.
Cornelius Cook is not on the 1790 Census of Laurens, which leads me to believe he was still in unknown County, NC. (Remember that on the the Turkey Creek Records that he stated he came from Greenham Church, North Carolina.)
Mary Cook married to Thomas Donaldson in 1792/1793 because their oldest daughter Sallie Cook Donaldson was born in Abbeville in December 1793. Cornelius witnessed a land deed between Thomas Williamson and Benjamin Magee in late 1794/ early 1795. There was also a Daniel Cook who was a witness on Samuel Finley’s will in Anderson Co, SC in 1795. I am not sure how Daniel Cook is related to Cornelius and Mary Cook Donaldson. Daniel may be the same Daniel Cook who lived on Fishing Creek in Chester District, SC and died in York County, SC in 1823. I think they are related somehow because the Cooks, Donaldsons, and Finleys all lived in the area where Abbeville, Laurens, Anderson and Greenville come together on the Saluda River.
The 2 burning questions I have are 1) Where was Greenham Church? and 2) Who did Cornelius travel with to Laurens/ Abbeville.
If I could find out where Greenham Church was in North Carolina then I could find the origin of Cornelius and Mary. I am guessing it was somewhere along the Great Wagon Road between Orange County, NC and Mecklenburg County, NC. It sounds like a Methodist or Episcopal Church to me personally. I don’t know for sure.
Also several families arrived in Laurens and Abbeville at the same time the Cooks did between 1790- 1792……the Maddoxes, the Poseys, the Gaines, and maybe the Finleys. Did Mary and Cornelius hitch a ride with them also?
Time will tell.
My research is taken me in an entirely new direction.
It all started with a Cornelius Cook who died at the Battle of Fishing Creek on August 18, 1780. Cornelius Cook’s was a private in Henry Hampton’s Light Dragoons for 49 days. I found his record, #1434, in “Accounts Audited of Claims Growing of the Revolution”. Cornelius Cook’s brother, Daniel Cook, received Cornelius’s payment for service. Daniel also was reimbursed 25 Pounds for Cornelius Cook’s smooth bore gun that was lost in the attack on General Sumter. Daniel Cook acquired land on Fishing Creek in 1774. It is safe to assume that Cornelius Cook lived in the vicinity of his brother, Daniel.
Fast forward to January 1795 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, where Samuel Findley died. A Daniel Cook witnessed his estate record. This was at the same time where Cornelius Cook (1771- 1838) was in Laurens, South Carolina, witnessing a land deed between Thomas Williamson and Benjamin Magee. Also worth noting is that Samuel Findley’s 2 sons, John and Samuel Jr, bought items from Thomas Donaldson’s estate in 1811. Thomas Donaldson was a Brother In Law to Cornelius Cook. Thomas Donaldson was married to Cornelius’s sister Mary Cook in 1793. All these documents taken as a whole seem to link Daniel Cook to Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook.
I need to prove or disprove with documentation that Daniel Cook of Fishing Creek was the same one who signed Samuel Findley’s estate record in 1795. I also need prove or disprove if the Cornelius Cook of Fishing Creek was the father of Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook.
Luckily, I live in York County, SC which is one county above Chester. I plan on going to the York County Library tomorrow and looking at the Chester County records.
Cheers and have a great weekend!
What I am working on…..
The Cook Family- There is an James Cook ( died 1816), John Cook (died 1835), Abraham Cook ( died 1843) and Cornelius Cook Sr (died 1838) in Laurens County. I think they are all descended from Abraham Cook from New Kent, Virginia 1669-1749. Abraham Cook had a son named William Cook, and William had a son named Clayton Cook. I think all the Cooks’ in Laurens were descended from Clayton Cook. I am still trying to prove this theory.
The Donaldson Family in Rutherford County, NC-
There was a Thomas Donaldson who served in the Tryon Co Militia in Oct 1777 for 30 days. There was a Thomas Donaldson who had got a land grant in Oct 1782 in Rutherford Co, NC.
There was a Thomas Donaldson who was a bondsman at the marriage of Samuel Donaldson and Mary Adams in 1788 in Rutherford Co, NC.
In 1786, John Harris purchased 100 acres on Middle Fork of Cathey’s Creek of 2nd Broad River on March 7 from Thomas Donnelson of South Carolina.
In Oct 1792, Thomas Donaldson of Rutherford Co died. It his hastily done will, he mentions an unnamed widow called “the old lady”, son William and daughter Mary. I also believe Samuel Donaldson was also Thomas’ son even though he wasn’t mentioned in the will.
As much as I would like to think the letter that my Nannie wrote was historically accurate, the lack of historical evidence states otherwise.
I cannot find any proof that Thomas Donaldson fought at Kings Mountain. I have checked the roster of soldiers and his name is not on the list. I cannot find evidence that Thomas Donaldson had 2 other brothers. I am pretty sure he had one brother named William Donaldson. William Donaldson was listed in the 1787 tax list in Abbeville along with Thomas. William was also listed in the 1790 census of Abbeville with Thomas.
Thomas Donaldson could have been from the Wilmington area because there was a large Scot Irish settlement in the Cape Fear Region. I think Mary Cook may have been from Sampson County, NC . There is a Cornelius Cook who was in Sampson County, NC in 1790, but he disappears by 1800. A Cornelius Cook (a son?) then pops up in Laurens County in 1794 according to land records. Cornelius Cook was mentioned in Thomas Donaldson’s state record in 1811.