WILLIAM HENRY COOKE DECENDANTS
Thomas Cantrell (4) of John(3) of Joseph(2) of
Richard(1) was born
Jan. 23, 1761 twelfth of John Cantrell's 21 sons. May have
in Rockingham Co NC, since his parents migrated there before the
Revolutionary War, and in the Ninety-sixth District or Spartanburg
SC after the war where his father, John, owned over 800 acres on
Creek, on the waters of Pacolet River.
About 1780 he married Elizabeth Norris, daughter of Thomas Norris,
served in the Rev. War from PA. She was born Mar. 10,
their marriage they first settled in Grenville District, SC, but
moved to TN. It has been said he was the first of the name
to that state. He settled on Sink Creek, De Kalb CO, where he operated
an iron forge, which is still called the "Old Forge," and
where one of
his descendants now lives. (This info was about 1914.)
War Records, at Washington, D.C., show that 'Thomas
as a member, rank and company not stated, of Lieutenant Colonel
command, Caswell County, NC, Revolutionary War. 'His name has been
found only on a list, not dated, of men 'enrolled for Captain Robert
Moore, from Caswell County'.
There is tradition, which comes from William Magness
'Thomas Cantrell, in company with Mr. Adcock, who was an uncle of
grandmother, were captured at the battle of the Cowpens, SC and
on a British ship to be sent to England. After getting some four
from land, they escaped by jumping overboard and swimming to shore,
having to escape not only the dangers of the sea but also the fire
He was a deacon in the Baptist Church. He and
his wife are buried
in the THOMAS CANTRELL CEMETERY, at Grady, Tenn. This town was was
first known as CANTRELL'S CROSS ROADS; later changed to Williamsburg,
and today is known as Grady. (Now West Etowah.)
The inscription on his tombstone reads: HERE LIES THE BODY
CANTRELLE, BORN JANUARY 23, 1761. DIED SEPTEMBER 25, 1830.
1091 i. Isaac.
1092 ii. Jacob
1093 iii. Mary, b. Dec. 13, 1784, in SC; m. WILLIAM
in 1804. He was b. May 15, 1784,
in Culpepper Co. VA, and was
a son of Robert and Susannah Watson Cooke.
Robert Cooke was in
the Revolutionary War and served under
Washington at Valley Forge;
d. Nov. 12, 1841, at the age of eithty-nine.
William Henry Cooke was deputy surveyor in Spartanburg
Co,SC in 1807.
In 1820 he moved with his family to McMinn Co, TN,
where he purchased
a large tract of land in the Hiwassee District, on
One of his descendants writes:
'It is over eighty years since WILLIAM HENRY and MARY
came to their new home in Tennessee. The country was new and
reached the end of their long, tiresome journey just at nightfall.
It was raining, there was no house to receive them and a temporary
shelter was hastily erected. Beneath that, wrapped in quilts, with
babe in her arms, all through that dark, rainy night, sat Mary Cantrell
Cooke weeping; so dreary and lonely seemed the prospect. Nevertheless,
she was a woman of strong mind and great capabilities. Her
an upright and enterprising citizen, but she was the potent factor
the training of her children: one of their sons became a noted lawyer
and judge; another a Baptist minister; another an excellent physician,
and still another, one of the most influential citizens in the section
in which he lived.
She was founder and promoter of the CONASAUGA BAPTIST CHURCH.
The hill where the family spent their first night in Tennessee was
afterward given as a burial spot for his kindred by William H. Cooke:
his wife was the first to be laid there, and one week later he was
placed by her side. Now many of the descendants of the first,
and third generation are sleeping there.'
1. Robert Fielding Cooke, b. May 27,1805; m. Charlotte Kimbrough,Sept.
28, 1834; d. Dec. 1, 1872. He was a successful physician.
2. Hezekiah Cantrell Cooke, b. Nov. 4, 1806. in Greenville District,
m. Mary Wood, 1830. Was educated for commercial business and
life was successful as a merchant, planter and stock raiser. In
forty fourth year of his age he was ordained a Baptist minister,
after which he preached for country churches without salary and
several churches for congregations not able to aford construction.
3. Nancy Watson Cooke, b. Sept. 26, 1808, Greenville Dist SC; m.
Thompson July 19,1825. She united with the Conesauga Baptist Church
day after it was organized; d. Nov. 10, 1885.
4. Eliza Cooke, b. Jan. 26, 1812, in Greenville Dist, SC; m. (1)
Cooper, Aug. 2, 1832; two children; he d. Oct.
26, 1834; m. (2) Duke
Kimbrough, Aug. 9, 1836; six children; she d. July 4, 1853.
5. George Washington Cooke, b. Oct. 16, 1813, in Greenville
Dist. SC: m.
Sarah Jane Gilbreath, Oct. 22, 1840; dau of Joseph Goilbreath, who
to McMinn CO, locating at Coy Hill in 1826.
In 1836 she attended school at Athens, at which period
were principally log; the Baptist Church was also of this construction.
In that church she tells of the first sermon she ever heard:
the preacher wore neither coat nor vest, but with shirt sleeves
up to the elbows,
collar thrown open, he dispensed the Word with all the fervor and
simplicity of the times. Some of the audience looked so primitive
one would have connected them with Noah and the Ark. She d.
1905, having been a devoted mamber of the Conesauga Baptist Church
sixty years. One of her descendants writes that: 'she was
a woman of
strong convictions, pure in thought and action, her aspirations
characteristic of noble womanhood.
George Washington Cooke d. Mar. 5, 1855.' Six children.
6. Clarissa Cooke, b. Sept 16, 1815. in SC; m. Thomas Cooper, Feb.
1835, in McMinn Co TN.
7. Elmira Cooke, b. June 10, 1817, in SC; m. James Cooper Sept. 28,
1834, who was a brother of Henry and Thomas Cooper, who married
sisters Eliza and Clarissa Cooke. She d. Sept. 4, 1854. Three
children, whose names were not given.
8. James Burch Cooke, b. in SC, Apr. 1, 1819; m. Penelope McDermott,
Jan. 30, 1850. Graduated from the East Tennessee University
at Knoxville, in the early forties. Was admitted to the bar
practiced at Athens, Tenn., until the beginning of the war. He was
colonel of the 59th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A., and at the close
the Civil Was moved to Chattanooga, where he was a prominent and
leading citizen during the remainder of his life. He was a
the legislature; district attorney general of the Judicial Circuit
judge of the Supreme Court of TN. Died in Chattanooga, Apr. 18,
His character is well indicated by the folowing inscription on his
monument in the Old Citizens and Confederate Cemetery at Chattanooga
'A learned lawyer. A just judge. A brave soldier, and an honest
Judge Cooke accumulated and prepared considerable data regarding
Cantrell Family, under the guidance of his mother, which has been
great service to the compiler of this book.
9. Attaline Cooke, b. Mar. 25, 1821; m. Dr. James Carson, Feb.22,
d. Mar. 13, 1897.
10. Sarah Miranda Cooke, b. Feb. 8, 1823; m. Caleb R. Hoyle; d. May
11. Susannah Cooke, b. May 9, 1825, in McMinn Co TN; m.John D. Chattin,
Apr. 3, 1847. Lives in Rhea County, and is the
only child now
living of William Henry and Mary Cantrell Cooke.
(This date was in
the early 1900's.)
12. John Augustine Cooke, b. Mar. 7, 1827; d. Nov. 19, 1849.
1094. iv. THOMAS, b. about 1786, in Greenville
Dist, SC; m (1)_____ Cantrell; m. (2) ____
Glaze. Thomas Cantrell
and his family moved to Alabama where he
d. leaving a family of
whom we have no records.
1095. v. ELIJAH (5) b. about 1788 in
Greenville Dist. SC; m. Sarah
Cantrell, dau of Benjamin and Charity Legat
Cantrell, in SC.
They moved to De Kalb Co, TN early in the
last century and later
settled in McMinn Co, TN. About 1848 they
moved, with all their
family except their son, Thomas, to Dade
Co, MO., where Elijah and
Sarah Cantrell died.
Children: 9: only the oldest listed here:
1154 Thomas Cantrell (6)
born in DeKalb Co Tn. June 22, 1819, and
was a small boy when his
parents moved to McMinn Co; m. Louisa Lawson,
dau of Lewis Lawson,
near Athens, about 1843. In 1850 they moved
to MO, but returned to
TN and lived in Bradley Co during the Civil
War; later returned to
De Kalb Co, where he died in 1885.
Member of Meth. Episc. Ch. and highly respected
wherever he lived.
Children: ix (I list only the first two. WLB.)
1163 i. Louis Kendrick Cantrell
1164 ii. ELIJAH WILSON CANTRELL (7)
of Thomas (6) of Elijah (5) of Thomas (4) of John (3 of Joseph (2)
of Richard (1) . Elijah Wilson Cantrell was born Jan. 6, 1848. m.
Bettie Jane Moore, Sept. 3, 1873. She was born Sept. 5, 1855.
had) a large fruit interest (grafting) in McMinn Co.TN.
They are members of the Methodist Church. (Probably Piney Grove.)
Children: 14 as follows:
1184 William Thomas, b. July 29, 1874
1185 Molly Louisa, b. Feb. 29, 1876; m. George Riden,
Sept. 28, 1888.
Children: Samuel Riden, Clarence Wilson Riden. (See the
Riden Story # 999 in the McMinn
Co Heritage Book.
1186 Hattie Esther, b. 18 Dec. 1878; m. John Kinser Aug
1901. children: Victor,
Spence, Ray, Alma Kinser
1187 Sam Wilson, b. Sept. 5, 1881.
1188 Maggie L. b. Aug. 15, 1883, m. Creed Sexton Aug.
1189 Lucy Almina, b. Aug. 27,1885; m Andrew Brinkley,
July 24, 1902.
1190 Cally Tennie, b. Apr. 25, 1887. m. Oscar Walker.
1191 CREED JONES (8), of Elijah Wilson (7), of Thomas
of Elijah (5), of Thomas (4),
of John (3), of Joseph (2) of
(My immediate family follows, W.L.Bigham>):
Creed Jones Cantrell b. Jan.2, 1889. d. Aug 8, 1964. m. Lula Bell
Walker b. Oct. 29, 1893,
d. Oct. 30, 1978.
Children: Nettie Jane
b. Jan 14, 1914, d. Sept 28, 1986;
Creed Jones Jr. (C.J.) b. Apr. 8, 1916; Mary Lee b. Nov. 28, 1917;
James Luther b. Aug 8, 1919; William Francis b. May 27, 1921;
Iago b. Feb. 14, 1926.
1192 Frank b. May 18, 1891. m. 1.Dovie Williams.
1193 Harley Ross b. Oct 2, 1893.
1194 Fred M. b. May 3, 1895.
1195 Charles S. b. June 28, 1899.
1196 John Arthur, d. in infancy.
1197 William ?, lived and died in Eric, OK
1165 iii. Thomas Pierce Cantrell .
1166 iv. Albert M. Cantrell.
1167 v. Sarah Elizabeth, m. Lemuel
Cantrell, son of son of
Jackson Cantrell.(This is probably Andrew Jackson Cantrell,
son of Jacob and Elizabeth DeLong Cantrell. Not verified.
1168 vi. Mary Louisa, m. C. M. Holland.
1170 viii. Minerva Jane, m. John Jones.
1171 ix. Nancy Clementine, m. Horace Collwick;
1096. vi. NANCY, m. Isaac Cantrell, son of John
and Elizabeth Cantrell.
1097. vii. SARAH, m John Kaskie. They moved to MO.
1098. viii. DAVID, m. (1). Alice Reynolds, dau of Isham Reynolds,
Co. Settled in McMinn Co. on the Chestuee. See John Cantrell
1099. ix. GABRIEL, b. in Greenville Dist, SC;
went with parents to TN
where he m. Nancy Smith. Gabriel moved with family to MO ....
no records since.
1100. x. BRAZAILA, m. Thomas Kaskie.
They moved to MO.
UNQUOTE, End of Transcription
SOURCE: THE CANRTRILL-CANTRELL GENEOLOGY, FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1908
MRS. SUSAN CANTRILL CHRISTIE; 2ND BY MRS. W.E. BENSON &
SLAYDEN, BOWIE TEXAS.
For more info on the Cantrell-Newman families contact William
William L. Bigham
452 County Road 754,
Riceville, TN 37370
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