US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.164
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Level of description
George Washington Cook Letters 1857-1860
Name of creator
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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Scope and content
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.
System of arrangement
Original order as established by donor maintained. One letter per folder.
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Immediate source of acquisition
Donation, with transcripts included.