Hello to my fan base. For August, I am trying to ascertain where Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook Donaldson originated from, assuming that they are in fact siblings and not cousins.
I have narrowed down a time for when they came to the Laurens/ Abbeville area…1792- 1793. I came up with 1792- 1793 because 1) Cornelius Cook is not on the Laurens/ Abbeville census records of 1790 2) Mary Cook married Thomas Donaldson in 1792/ 1793 according to first daughter’s birth date and 3) Cornelius witnessed a land deed between Benjamin Magee and Thomas Williamson in Dec 1794 in Laurens.
I have a place of origin sort of for Cornelius Cook. He stated in the Turkey Creek Church Records in Nov 1801 that he came from Greenham Church, North Carolina. I have no idea where Greenham Church is, but I know that it is in North Carolina. That is a beginning.
My next plan is to search estate records in each North Carolina county using Family Search and Ancestry up to 1792-1793 when Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook Donaldson moved to South Carolina.
I haven’t given up on the idea that Cornelius Cook and Mary Cook Donaldson may be the children of the Cornelius Cook who died at the Battle of Fishing Creek in present day Chester Co (or maybe York Co), South Carolina in August 1780. If dad was fighting in a battle, then the children were most likely staying with mom or relatives in a safe location away from the fighting. This theory is in the back of my mind.
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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.