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Mary Cantrell

Mary Cantrell

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Born: 13 Dec 1784
Greenville District, SC ?

Died: 2 Oct 1848
McMinn Co., TN
Conasauga Baptist Church Cemetery; McMinn Co, TN (



Thomas Cantrell

Elizabeth Norris
f: Thomas Norris



General Sources

  1. Charles Leonard Papers
    TSLA Mf #1421 Reel #2 - Robert Cook
  2. The Cantrill - Cantrell Genealogy
    Page 98
    1093. iii. Mary, b Dec. 13, 1784, in South Carolina; m. William Henry
    Cooke, in 1804. He was b. May 15, 1784, in Culpepper county,
    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
    eighty-nine years.

    William Henry cooke was deputy surveyor in Spartanbury
    county, S.C., in 1807. In 1820 he moved with his family to
    McMinn county, Tenn., where he purchased a large tract of
    land in the Hiwassee district, on the Conesuaga. One of his
    descendants writes:
      "It is over eighty years since William and Mary
    Cantrll Cooke came to their new home in Tennessee. The
    country was new and they reached the end of their long, tire-
    some 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 her babe in he
    arms, all through that dark, rainy night, sat Mary Cantrell
    Cooke weaping, so dreary and lonely seemed the prospect.
    Nevertheless she was a woman of strong mind and great capa-
    bilities. Her husband was an upright and enterprising citizen,
    but she was the poetent factor in 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 Conesauga
    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, second and third generation are
    sleeping there."
  3. James R. Blanks
    Burial: Conasauga Baptist Church Cemetery; McMinn Co, TN (Cooke Cemetery)


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