Robert COOK was born on 2 Apr 1853 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He died on 4 Dec 1928 in Provo, Utah, Utah. He was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah. Robert married (MRIN:6633) Alice Sophia KERBY on 26 Sep 1878 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
BURIAL: Robert Cook in the U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
Name: Robert Cook
Birth Date: 2 Apr 1853
Birth Place: Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland
Death Date: 4 Dec 1928
Death Place: Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States of America
Cemetery: Provo City Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States of America
Has Bio?: Y
Mother: Elizabeth Lawton Clifton
Spouse: Alice Sophia Cook
Rulon Francis Cook
Robert Lynn Cook
Mary Alice Mecham
Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
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BIOGRAPHY: Robert Cook learned about the Church of JESUS Christ of Latter Day Saints and traveled to America to be a part of the church. He met his wife Alice Sophia Kerby and married her in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the progenitor for a vast amoung of good people with the surname COOK for his son's descendants and other surnames for his daughter's descendants.
Bio by: Rhonda Hawkins - Find A Grave Memorial 32858178
HISTORY OF ROBERT COOK
I, Robert Cook, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 2, 1853. My father's name was John Cook, and my mother's name was Elizabeth Lawton Frith. They were married March l, 1839. I was blessed by Robert Gamble on the 19th of April, l853. My father came into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and only remained a little while; he was disfellowshipped on account of drunkenness, but my mother kept the faith. My father said that none of his family could come to Utah, but the Lord helped mother and they all came to Utah but father. The family moved from Scotland back to their old home, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. My mother was the only one of her family to join the Church, and that too helped to make it hard for her to do her duties, but she was blessed with a determination and a will to do the will of our Heavenly Father, and she was helped by divine Power. My mother took in washing. She washed four and five days a week to help maintain the family, and in this way she put a little away for to come to Utah some day. My brother Mathias was nearly twenty-one years old, he had been sick with rheumatism nearly all his life. He had not been baptized yet, so he and I were baptized March l862 by Thomas Memmitt and confirmed three days after. Matthias was feeling quite blue at this time. Mother asked him if he would like to go to Utah. She said that she had money enough to take two and when they got there they could save and help bring her and the rest of the family. He said he would go, so it was decided that he and Joseph (the next older brother), should go with the next company of Saints that would sail for America, which was about April 23, 1862. Father did not know anything about this move until they were gone. They sent a letter to father saying that they were going to America, and father did not know that they had gone to Utah until after they got there. They reached Salt Lake City, October 1862. On the way brother Joseph became acquainted with a woman by the name of Harriett Hopkins and they were married on Christmas Day after their arrival in Salt Lake City. Matthias met a man by the name of John Eddins and went home with him and agreed to work for him. Eddins gave Matthias one year's wage in advance, so he sent back for us. Mother and the rest of the family, five in all, were able to go to Utah the next year "The Lord moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform."
Now arrangements had to be made to get away in the spring without father knowing until we had got far enough away so he could not bring us back. Clothing had to be got for Utah, and how was it to be done without father knowing about it? He, himself, opened the way by getting on a drunken spree, and did not come home until we had all gone. When he came home he found the house all clean and everything in its place and he thought we had gone to grandmother's. So he was quite contented for several days. A neighbor woman who was in the church wrote and told us what he did. She said that father said he could not blame his family for going for he had not treated them right. We left Liverpool May 30, 1863, and landed in New York City, July 19th. Measles broke out among the children, and over twenty were buried at sea. There were 735 people on board. My brother John had the Measles while on the ship and he was sick all the way to Salt Lake City. My mother and sister Jane were sea sick all the way across the ocean. My brother William had to be the cook. I was sea sick one night only. We came up the St. Lawrence River to Albany and were loaded onto cars. We crossed the Niagara River near the Falls we could see them. we changed cars two or three times and the last time was a cattle car with a little straw to sit on. We were unloaded at St. Joseph, Missouri. Just before we were to start up the river, some rough soldiers came and said that a girl had said she would stay with them and they were going to have her, but she hid herself on the boat and they could not find her, so finally they let us go on.
The Civil War was going on at that time. On going up the river before we got to the landing place, about three miles, the boat got stuck on a sand bar and we all had to walk the last two or three miles. I enjoyed this very much. Here we found the wagon from Utah waiting for us. The oxen were nice and fat, having been on good feed. We left this place August l5. A day or two after we started a severe thunder storm set in and the lightening struck a chain on one of the wagons that three yoke of cattle were on and it killed five of the oxen. The meat was dressed and given to the emigrants to eat, a good deal of it was salted down and divided and it was very good. We had a very good trip in crossing the plains. One evening myself, brother William and another boy were up a hollow gathering berries and there was a great bear. We reported in camp what we had seen and all turned out and killed him, and had him for supper. I walked, you might say, all across the plains, it seemed to be no task for me. I kind of liked it. We had one snow storm before we got through. It was a great pleasure to see the great valley of Great Salt Lake. My brother Matthias met us about where the State Penitentiary now is (about 2lst South and l7th East), we unloaded our things right there. This was a joyous meeting. My brother William was walking ahead of the train, therefore missed Matthias, so he walked on to Salt Lake City, and he was told where he would find us. We were about three miles south of the city on the State road, so he came to us that night after dark. The John Edding Family was very good to us, and we were cared for all that winter. I did chores for my board for Jens Christensen, who at that time was living on the Robert T. Burton farm In the spring of 1864 my mother became acquainted with Chas. Clifton and married him. He was a mason by trade. I lived with him three or four months, doing chores for a neighbor, getting 25¢ a week. Later I was hired out to Timothy Gilbert for $60 a year. He lived where Riverton now is. He had charge of a farm belonging to James Gordon and Gordon wanted it himself so that threw me out of employment. So I engaged myself to Samuel Green for one year for $100.00 a year to herd sheep. This was early in the spring of 1865. lst May of this year, my brother Matthias died, and I knew nothing about it until after he was buried. Had he lived until July 5th, he would have been 24 years old. He was to have married Sarah Wells in the fall. This same year I went to see my mother in Salt Lake City, she was so pleased to see me that she did not want me to go back to my job, so my brother Joseph got me a job with some masons at a dollar a day. My stepfather was working away from home at the time, but when he came home he wanted me to help him, so I did, but would have much rather stayed where I was. When cold weather came so we could not work, he told me that I must find a place to work for my board, so I did. I went back to Brother Jens Christensen, the man I boarded with the first winter we came to Utah, and I worked for board and clothes until 1868. This fall and winter, I with brothers Joseph and William worked on the grade of the U.P.R.R. in Weber Canyon. In 1869 the U.P. and C.P. Railroads met at Promontory, north of Ogden. There was much rejoicing at this advent. All the steam whistles there were in Salt Lake blew for about two hours at the driving of the last spike, which was a gold spike. This spike was driven May l0, 1869. When it was learned that this road would not come to Salt Lake City, the people organized themselves into a company and built the Utah Central Railroad, to bring Ogden and Salt Lake City together. This road was finished January 10, 1870. Brigham Young drove the last spike. I heard the stroke and saw the spike. April 25, 1870 I was ordained an Elder by David Day and on the same day I received my Endowments in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. In the same year I was ordained a Seventy by William Taylor of the Second Quorum of Seventies.
In the fall of 1870 I drove team for William Rigby from Salt Lake City to Alta City, Little Cottonwood Canyon, for about eighteen months. It was tiresome work and I did not like it. February l8, 1873 I received a Patriarchal Blessing from C. W. Hyde of Salt Lake City. This summer I worked on the Gardo House for President Young and in the fall I moved to Wallsburg, Wasatch County, October 25th, and bought a small piece of land, and two town lots In the following spring my mother and her husband came to see me and when they saw the place they wanted to come and make it their home. So they sold their home in Salt Lake and moved out the next fall, 1874. I became acquainted with Alice Kerby who afterwards became my wife. When the Y.W.M.I.A. was organized in that town, I was set apart as one of the counselors to the President. I worked in this capacity a good many years. I was also Superintendent of Sunday School for a long time and I have seen many changes in the method of Sunday School teaching while I was in that work. At first we used to use day school books to read out of in Sunday Schools. In that town it seemed almost like one family. Those days we all could sympathize with each other when in trouble. In 1875, my brother William came with his family to Wallsburg and in January 21, 1876, his wife Ellen died in giving birth to a child. Later he married Mary Taylor of Heber City and they had one child, a girl, and they could not agree so they separated and he moved to Salt Lake City and married Lydia Hartle. He had ten children by her. He moved to Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, about 1895 and he died there with cancer of the stomach May ll, 1920. I was set apart as a block teacher by Bishop Nuttall, 1873. I felt my weakness going among the brethren teaching them, but the Lord helped me and I did the best I could. Later I was called on as a home missionary to go and meet with the different wards in the county. This was a good experience for me. On the 26th of September 1878, Alice Kerby and I were married in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, by D.H. Wells. Both of our mothers were along with us. This year the grasshoppers laid their eggs in this valley and in the spring of 1879 grasshoppers took all of the grain and nearly all of the hay so we had to send all of the cattle on the Indian Reservation for there was no feed in the valley; this winter was a hard one. Frascers Kerby stayed with us at our home. He had four or five children. Diphtheria broke out among the children in the valley and there was something like thirty died through the winter, but we were blessed. None took the disease in our home at this time. I did a good deal of carpenter work which helped us out in a financial way. July 21, 1880, our daughter Mary Alice was born which brought more joy at home, but I did not know how a mother had to suffer till now. My brother John married Martha A. Nuttall 1880 in Salt Lake City by D. H. Wells. September 1881, myself, wife and baby with Father Kerby with his wife and baby started for St. George to do work in the Temple for the dead. We took our team wagon. We were two weeks on the road to Pahrea, that is where my brothers-in-law lived. We stayed there until after Christmas. The whole town ate Christmas dinner together. While we were at Pahrea my brother-in-law Frances Kerby and his father and their wives went to Kanab to visit and get flour. They took one of my horses and one of theirs. The horses got away from them. Their horse came home but mine did not. So I took my other horse and the one that came back and I started after them. I passed them on the road and went on to Kanab before I knew that I had passed them. I found them the next day camped in some Cendos and they were pleased to see me, so we all got home that night but my horse was gone, and left us in a strange country. But we all prayed to the Lord about it and we were in earnest. Next morning, myself and Frances took wagon and horses and food for several days. That night we asked the Lord to help us in finding the horse. We started the next morning and we almost went straight to where she was, so we went home rejoicing. January, 1882, we started for St. George. The first night out it snowed on us about six inches. This evening I got my toe frozen. It was quite painful. One of the most pleasing sights I ever saw was when we came in sight of the Temple. We had to stop and look at it. It looked so heavenly. We rented two rooms from a Brother Hardy. We worked in the Temple about a month and moved to Washington and stayed with P. H. McQuire. Francis Kerby left for his home again. I kept going back to the Temple every day they worked, for about three weeks. While we were here, our baby took sick, canker, and we thought we were going to lose her, but we administered to her and through prayer, her life was spared. While here my father-in-law painted Brother McQuires' house on the inside. In March we started for home and the first few days all went well. When we got to Levan, one of our horses took sick and I had to leave all the folks and took the other horse and go home for another. While I was gone, my father-in-law painted the Bishop's house on the inside to pay the expenses for staying there. When I got to Provo City I found Joseph Kerby with a pair of horses so we returned to Levan, found my sick horse all well, so we made another start for home and got there on Sunday, and found all well and everybody glad to see us and we were glad to see them. While we were at the St. George Temple, myself and wife gave Endowments to Matthias Cook, my brother, and Betsy Lawton and had them sealed on the same
day, February 9, 1882. Jane Hardcastle, who is dead, by the consent of her mother was sealed December 18, 1884 to my brother Matthias at Logan Temple. January 6, 1883, our daughter Elizabeth was born. When she was a small baby she got very sick and it was said that she could not get better but by the blessing of the Lord,
she was restored to health again. She was blessed by myself, February l, 1883. I was set apart by one of the presidents of the 20th Quorum of Seventy located in
Heber City, January 1, 1885, by Seymore S. Young. At the organization of the 96th Quorum of Seventies, it composed the Seventies of Midway and Charleston, also
of Wallsburg, I was sustained as one of its presidents, November, 1886. I enjoyed my labors with those brethren. We were united in our duties. In the fall of 1886 I worked on Stake House in Heber City for one_month. Bathsheba Minette Kerby, one of Alma Kerby's daughters whose mother died when she was two years old, was cared for by us from babyhood until she got married. I baptized her October l8, 1885 and she was confirmed by Mathew Tompson. Our third child Robert Lynn was born at Wallsburg August 8, 1885 and was blessed by myself. My mother after suffering for many years with asthma finally overcame with it and on April 27, 1887, she died and we buried her in Salt Lake City Graveyard. She was full of faith in the gospel to the last. I was ordained a High Priest by Apostles Frances M. Lyman and John W. Taylor, and set apart as First Counselor to Bishop F. A. Froughton of Wallsburg Ward, Wasatch Stake of Zion August 4, 1888. My daughter Mary Alice was baptized by F. A. Froughton August 12, 1888 and confirmed by Joseph Kerby. Our daughter Harriet was born in Wallsburg June 26, 1888 and blessed by Francis Kerby, her grandfather. My sister, Jane Farrer received a Patriarchal blessing by W.J. Smith, July 3, 1879. My daughter Lizzie was baptized by I.0. Wall August, 1981 and she was confirmed the same day by E.A. Duke. Our daughter, Blanch was our fifth child, born December 27, 1890 and was blessed by myself February 5, 1891. The latter part of December 1891, diphtheria broke out in our family and our daughter Harriet died January 10, 1892. She was a bright little girl, but it seemed like that she was wanted somewhere else. The Lord knows best. My mother-in-law died May 9, 1893. In 1893 my son Robert Lynn was baptized by F.A. Fraughton and confirmed by E.A. Duke. This day I conducted the confirmations, there being a good number getting baptized that day, this was the 9th of August 1893. They were confirmed the same day. My daughter Isabella was born at Wallsburg May 5, 1893 and was blessed by myself June 1, 1893.
April 6, 1892, myself and family was at the laying of the capstone of the Salt Lake Temple and witnessed the unveiling of the Angel. I took part in the shout, Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna, to Lord and the Lamb, repeated three times by a great mass of people, and the shout must have been heard a long way off. President Wilford Woodruff touched the electric button and stone was raised to its place at the top. Apostle F.M. Lyman proposed that the Temple be finished one year from that time and he proposed to give $1,000 himself. This would make it just forty years from when it was first started, and there was a unanimous vote to complete it on the 6th of April, 1893. One or two days before its dedication, people that were not members of the church were allowed to pass through and see the inside. April 6th, I was privileged to be at the first dedicatory services, President Woodruff presiding. At this gathering, bishops and counselors were privileged to be there so I took the opportunity. And how the wind did blow on the outside, signs were blown down all along Main Street, but on the inside the spirit of the Lord prevailed. Again on the third day with the Wasatch Stake I passed through again, this time President Joseph F. Smith, presiding. My niece, Bathsheba Minnett Kerby was with me this time. I still had another opportunity in a few days to go through again as a representative of the Aaronic Priesthood, but my wife was not well at home and I felt that I should go home. I was told that on the first day, April 6, a large eagle lit on the end of the angel's trumpet. My wife, Alice, received a Patriarchal Blessing when she was 12 years old, September 26, 1873, by Levi Hancock, and another by John Duke, a Patriarch, May 12, 1895. My daughters, Mary Alice, Elizabeth and my son Robert Lynn all received a blessing by Brother Duke. Estella was born January 17, 1896. She was blessed by myself March 5, 1896. May 9, 1898 I ordained William A. Nuttall a Teacher. Annie Dahlan and Mariam Kerby were confirmed members of the church July 9, 1898 by me. I blessed four children on the 2nd day of January 1898, whose names were Ernest Mechan, Boyd Wall, Samuel M. McFee, Gerald Mecham. I confirmed my daughter Blanch and William O. Mecham July 29, 1899. February 6, 1899, ordained my son Robert Lynn a Deacon and April 8, I ordained John Harris Greer a Deacon. In this same year I blessed two children, one on January 1, and the other February 5, 1899. My son Rulon Francis was born in Wallsburg, Wasatch County, October 15, 1901, blessed by me November 6, 1901. Isabell, my daughter was baptized by me on the 24 July 1901, and she was con- firmed August 4, by me. My son Rulon Francis was born October 15, 1901. Estella, my daughter, was baptized by me on the 28th day of July, 1904 and confirmed 31st of July 1904 by W.J. Boren. Our daughter Afton was born May 29, 1904 at Wallsburg, Wasatch County and blessed by me July 3. We sold out our home in Wallsburg, April, 1905 and moved to Timpanogos Ward on Provo Bench, Utah Stake of Zion. we liked our new ome,.but it was spoiled by my wife dying on the 4th day of July, 1906, taking a baby boy with her, leaving nine children at home. I will never forget the day. My wife said at five o'clock in the morning that she felt fine, that she had rested good all night, but by four o'clock in the afternoon she was gone forever as far as mortality is concerned. Nearly twenty years have passed and I am still lonesome and life is dull without her. When my wife died I was owing $800, but through the blessings of the Lord I was able to pay all off in three years. In the fall of 1906 I was given the janitor work in the schoolhouse and it proved to be a great blessing to me in helping to provide for the family; it lasted a long time. I baptized my daughter Bessie September 9, 1906 with 15 or 20 others and my daughter was confirmed a member by Andrew Hood. In November, I was appointed a block teacher by the Bishop of the ward and in this capacity I still labor. In the fall of this year my son Robert Lynn was called to take a Missionary Course in the B.Y.U., preparatory to going on a mission.
In the spring of this year I planted out about 600 peach and other kinds of trees, and my wife cut off the ends of strawberry plants roots enough to plant two acres of ground while I planted them and we were able to have a good crop of strawberries the next year. And also this same year I planted out one acre of
raspberries. October 23, I907, my son Robert Lynn was called to take a mission to the Southern States and was set apart by Rudger Clawson, one of the Apostles, and was sent to East Kentucky Conference. I went with him to Salt Lake City to see him off. I could not help but cry and yet was glad to think that he was worthy to go on a mission. My son Robert Lynn had been ordained an Elder by Don C. Clayton, October 9, 1907 and received Endowments October 11. August 16, 1908 I was chosen by the High Priests of Timpanogos Ward to preside over the branch organization of High Priest in the ward and set apart by Harvey Cluff to that position. My daughter, Mary Alice, received her endowments and was married to Alma Mecham November 25, 1908 in the Temple by John R. Winder. My son Rulon Francis was baptized October 15, 1909 by me and confirmed by Theodore Farley, October l7. May 29, 1910 on Afton's birthday (she commenced school this year). My son R. L. Cook came home from his mission after being gone for 30 months and we were all pleased to see him. My daughter Blanch received her endowments and was married to Levi Kitchen in Salt Lake Temple January 18, l911. My son Robert L. was married to Rosalee Terry June 7, 1911 by A. H. Lund, Salt Lake Temple. Joseph Kerby, my wife's brother died September 16, 1911. On the 18 June, 1912 my daughter Afton was baptized by me and confirmed by O. L. Terry June 23. Rulon Francis, my son, was ordained a Deacon by Raymond
Partridge November 24, 1913. Francis Kerby, my father-in-law, died at Wallsburg September 13, 1914. I was given my second endowments in Salt Lake Temple,
February 13, 1914 by A. H. Lund. April 21, 1915 my daughter Isabella was married to Alfred Newel Knight in the Salt Lake Temple by Alvin F. Smith. Estella my daughter, received a Patriarchal Blessing from Albert Jones July 7, 1915, also Bessie received one at the same time. Alma Kerby, my wife's brother died 1916 in Arizona. Isabella with her husband moved to Burley, Idaho, 1916. Lynn, Alma, Levi went out on the Indian Reservation and bought land. They seemed to like that country and early in the spring they went out to plant their crops, and in the fall of 1917, moved their families out there all going at the same time. May 11, 1917, my Blanch received a Patriarchal Blessing from Albert Jones. Rulon Francis, my boy, was ordained a teacher by Otto J. Poulson, March 4, 1918. My daughter, Isabella came back from Idaho while her husband was gone on a mission to the Eastern States. She lived in with me while he was gone. This was in May, 1919. November 1920, I was appointed one of the ward committee on Temple and Genealogy work. My boy Rulon Francis was ordained a Priest b Charles D. Terry, May 2, 1920. My daughter Isabella moved back to Idaho with her husband and children to Burley on their old farm, March 1921. Isabella Penrod, a sister to my wife, died in Declo, Idaho July 20, 1922. My daughter Estella married Laurence Allen of Ogden. They were married at Farmington, Davis County, Utah, December 31, 1923. My tithing, this year, 1924, is the most I have paid at one time, $98.46. My son, Rulon Francis was ordained an Elder by James H. Clark April 19, 1925. Francis
Kerby, my wife's brother was run down by a hobo and was killed on November 12, 1925 in Arizona. On February 3, 1926 I was set apart by the Bishopric of
Timpanogos Ward as Second Counselor to Brother J. W. Latter in the Genealogy and Temple Committee in the Ward. (Robert died on December 4, 1928 in Provo, Utah)
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