Collection MS/MS 01.164 - George Washington Cook Letters 1857-1860

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US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.164

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George Washington Cook Letters 1857-1860



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(1823 -1883)

Biographical history

George Washington Cook (b: January 25, 1823 d: November, 24 1883).

Electa Caroline Cook (b: 1822, d: July 27,1863).

George and Electa had one daughter Ella L. Cook (b: 1860, d: October 11, 1894), who never married and had no children.  Ella may have been born in Grinnell.

George and his second wife Rhoda had only one child, who was named Alfred Bailey Cook (b: March 14, 1873, d: December 14, 1945).

Sarah Elizabeth Cook (b: August 22, 1840, d: August 14, 1921). Sarah never married and had no children.

Collins Cook (b: May, 30 1824, d: October 24, 1886).

Henry W. Cook (b: March 6, 1829, d: October 21, 1879).

George Cook and his immediate family members as well as his son Alfred, daughter-in-law Suzette, and grandson James are buried in the East Cemetery in Meriden, CT.

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The collection consists of twenty-six letters, one land deed, and three loose envelopes.

Letters are written between George Washigton Cook and Electa C. Cook to family and friends, particularly Sarah E. Cook, Collins Cook, and Henry W. Cook. The letters detail life in Grinnell, IA, during the 1857-1860 time period.

The land deed is dated January 1, 1859 and is signed by J.B. Grinnell.

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Original order as established by donor maintained. One letter per folder.

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  • English

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Donation, with transcripts included.

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