Quarantine Day 9……

Today was a good day. I found out that Governor McMaster extended school closures until April 30. I think that it is a good idea because schools are a germ factory.

I did some genealogy research today. I need to look at estate records from Caswell Co NC and Granville Co, NC tomorrow in hopes that I can find the parents of Cornelius Cook and his Mary Cook Donaldson.

My daughter, Amelia, got her lacrosse uniform for Carolina Ladies Lacrosse today. She is #89. There is something about seeing your daughter’s last name on a uniform. I pray that this Covid 19 will go away by May so she can still play lacrosse. She has been working so hard and only got to play 3 games. I also want to see her play in her uniform.

Good night all and sweet dreams!

What I am working on for August……

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.

Please stay tuned in and please comment if you like this post. Thank you.

Narrowing down the Cook’s arrival to Laurens/ Abbeville….

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.

Thomas Donaldson Bible first page analysis and more…

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The first sentence says ” Come people attend whilst I do retal (retell) my travels? from my sin to my …..(last 2 words are illegible). My best guess is “from my sins to my present state”  because that makes sense according to context. I am pretty sure it is a testimony of Thomas Donaldson’s faith. I am not sure what denomination he was considering I can’t find any church records on him. I do know that most of his children were Baptist.

Thomas says the book is his. His daughter Polly Donaldson (born 1797) practices her penmanship on this page.

Thomas’s son, William Donaldson, wrote the bottom part which is somewhat illegible. The handwriting is distinctly different from Thomas’s handwriting above. It was probably written after Thomas died in 1811.

I have gleaned a few things from this Bible.Firstly, Thomas Donaldson could read and write. He was somewhat educated. Secondly, this particular Bible was published in 1794 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He obtained it after his marriage to Mary Cook Donaldson (they were married 1792/early 1793).

My question is how did Thomas Donaldson come into possession of this Bible? Was it sold in South Carolina to individual citizens or did one of his relatives bring it over from Scotland when he/or she immigrated? Was it a gift of some sort? I want to find out the answers.