Note: Joseph Cook was a sheriff. He died in a "shoot out" in 1858 in Falcon, Arkansas. In 1860 his wife was living in Bastrop, Texas according to the 1860 Census. Her brother came with oxen drawn wagon to help her move to Uvalde, Texas. See story in Lucinda Bates' notes.
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 removed his family to Hemstid (Hempstead) County, Arkansas and later 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."
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