Note: Notes for Lucinda Bates:
Congress passed an act on July 27, 1892 providing pensions for survivors of the Indian Wars or for their widows. Service for at least 30 days was a requirement. Lucinda Bates Cook applied for a pension based on the service of her husband, Joseph T. "Tom" Cook in the Seminole Indian War of 1836. Joseph T. Cook was elected captain of a company of volunteers raised in Franklin County in February, 1836. Although most of the company served only five days because there were more volunteers than needed, Capt. Cook apparently served for a longer time and went as far as Vernon, Florida; nevertheless, the widow could not prove this and her claim was rejected.
Her application included the following information:
"On this 19th day of September, 1892�appeared before me�Mrs. Lucinda Cook, aged 83 years, a resident of Cook Springs in the County of Columbia in the State of Arkansas�the widow of Joseph T. Cook, who served under the name of Joseph T. Cook, as a captain in the Company commanded by Captain Joseph T. Cook, in the regiment of Vol, commanded by Gen. Jessup in the war with the Seminole Indians in Florida in the year 1836�my said husband enlisted at Russelville, Ala. on or about the fourth day of Feb., 1836 for the term of the War�I was married under my name of Lucinda Bates to my said husband by Parson Skinner on or about the 18 day of January, 1827 at my father's on Bear Creek in the State of Alabama and lived with my said husband from the date of my marriage until the day of his death, to wit, the 17th day of August, 1858, when my said husband died at Falcon in the State of Ark and I have not since remarried�My husband�went with his Company from Russellville to Tuscaloosa from there to Vernon in Florida and was honorably discharged at Vernon, Fla on the last day of May, 1836�I am 83 years of age�I was born on or about the 23 day of April, 1809 at my father's farm in the Stae of Ala�I have not heretofore made application for pension or bounty-land�The Commission he held was Capt. His discharge papers I have lost or mislaid and cannot now produce them. .Since the death of my husband I have resided�in the State of Texas from 1863 to 1877 and from 1877 to present in Columbia County, Ark. I hereby appoint John S. Duffie at Washington, D. C. my attorney to prosecute my claim. My Post Office address is Buckner, Columbia County, Ark."
The pension application file included the following statements:
1. From E. A. Bates (brother of Lucinda Bates Cook): "I volunteered and went with Capt. Tom Cook's company and with him to Tuscaloosas, Alabama in the year 1836. Said Company was made up in Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama. Thos. Cook was Captain. Said Company was made up upon a call for Volunteers to fight Indians. When Capt. Cook's Company arrived in Tuscaloosa they were not needed a s Infantry. But Capt. Cook was ordered to return home and mount his men and proceed to Vernon in Florida and in obedience to said order Capt. Cook did return & mount what men he could and left for Vernon, Florida in March, 1836 and did not return until about the middle of May. I was with him all the time."
2. General affidavit by Lucinda Cook: "My husband, Capt. J. T. Cook was about 30 years old when he enlisted for Seminole War of 1836. He was six feet and one inch high, hazel eyes, black haired, fair skin, and was borned in Spartinsburgh, South Carolina, the 9th day of December, 1806�My husband was a farmer by occupation."
According to the family history written by William Stowt Bates in 1920, Joseph Thomas Cook served as sheriff of Franklin County, Alabama in the 1840's. "Serving one term made him a financial success. Soon after he removed his family to Hempstead County, Arkansas and later was killed in an altercation with Col. Gant of that county, leaving his widow, several daughters and son Capt. John Cook, a Confederate soldier, who gave one arm to the lost cause." (These notes were provided by Jerry Brooks, a Bates descendant and researcher.)
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