Note: Mary Helen Haines Notes: In the book A History of the Baptist Church at the Stamping Ground, KY 1795 -, by J.W. Singer, Church Clerk John Cook appears frequently. On p. 158 -159 is a short summary, but there is more throughout the book. "Cook, John. Charter Member Sept. 1795. Excluded July 1808 for his disorderly and refractory conduct in neglecting to hear the church. Restored 1811. Chosen Moderator in 1811. Excluded May 1814 for saying the church records were false and calling the pastor a hireling. Restored Oct. 1815. Dis. Feb. 1816. Jane, wife of John. Charter member. Sept. 1795. Dis. Feb. 1816." Saying Dismissed, as opposed to Excluded, means that they joined another church. This is the same church that Elliott Jackson and his wife Sarah were baptized in 1800.
According to the history of this church, they came from Orange Co. VA, where the entire congregation of Upper Spottsylvania Baptist Church gathered together and moved west in 1781 under the leadership of Elijah Craig, who had been arrested in 1768 back in Culpeper Co. VA for preaching without permission from the state church. They at first were part of the Great Crossing Baptist Church and then received permission to have their own church at McConnell's Run in 1795. Elijah Craig became the pastor there, and John Cook and wife Jane, Nathaniel Mothershead, Ruth Mothershead, John and Hannah Scott, were among the charter members of the church.
In Tax list for Scott Co. in 1800 John Cook is listed as a farmer with 160 acres on McConnell's Run. In 1804 there is also listed a Coleman Cook and an Isaac Cook.
In Scott Co. Will Book G, p. 205 in 1828, John Cook's will lists his wife as Mary and his children as: Nathaniel Cook, John D. Cook, Daniel P. Cook deceased who has a son John Cook, Sally Jackson, Elizabeth Fryer, Nancy Jackson deceased, and Eleanor Hancock.Will dated May 1828, proved June 1832.
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Will of John Cook transcription by Mary Helen Haines
Scott Co. Will Book G, p. 205-206 p. 205 In the name of God Amen. I John Cook of the County of Scott and state of Kentucky being weak of body but of sound mind and desposing (?) memory calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate at it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeathe the same in the following manner viz First. I left (?) to my wife Mary Cook during her Natural life or Widowhood seventy acres of land including the dwelling house where I now reside and bounded as follows Beginning at the Corner of my original tract on Thomas Seabrus line thence with the line between said tract and the tract which I purchased of Sidney Burbridge known by the name of James Bealy tract to the nearest branch of McConne;;s Run thence down and along the said branch to the Junction with the second branch thence up the said branch to the line of said original survey at Joseph B. Beatys corner. Thence with a course as to include the dwelling house and Garden and the said quantity of seventy acres
p. 206 to the line of said original survey and Sidney Burbridges land thence with the Estanor (?) boundaries of my said original tract to the Beginning - with the following named slaves Henrietta a Woman. A Yellow Boy Washington and a Boy Named Harrison also the Rents of a house and Lott in the Town of Lexington occupied by E Yeager also one third of the Household and Kitchen furniture. One third of the stock of every description and provisions for her support till she can raise for herself the above property with the increase to be divided amongst my children herein after named at the decease of my Widow in such manner and proportions as are herein after mentioned for the distribution of the residue of my property 2nd All the rest of my estate both real and personal of whatever Kind soever at may be not herein before disposed of. I desire may be equally divided amongst my children Viz. Nath'l Cook John D. Cook John Cook infant son of Danl P. Cook now of Illinois Sally Jackson. Elizabeth Fryer, the Heirs of Nancy Jackson decd and Eleanor Hancock which I give to them and to their Heirs forever and I hereby authorize and empower my Executors herein after named or such of them as may undertake the execution of my will with the assent of any four of my seven children or their legal representatives herein after mentioned ; to sale any part or the whole of the land and slaves herein bequeathed to them in Common and divide the money arising from such sale among my said Children and Grand Children in proportion as hereing before described the children of Nancy Jackson representing their said mother to receive one proportion or seventh part Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Nathl Cook. John D. Cook and my friend Sidney Burgridge Exs of this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all other of former wills or testaments by me heretofore made In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 17th of May 1828 Witnesses M. Higbee John Cook seal Joseph Burt J.B. Bealy
Scott County Sat. June Court 1832 The foregoing last will and testament of John Cook decd was this day produced in Court and was proven by the oath of J.B Beaty one of the subscribing Witnesses��..
According to Caroln Rohr: John D. COOK was b. in the County/Town of Lincoln, Lincolnshire England about 1753. He emigrated to the U.S. as an indentured servant as a groom at the age of 21. He sailed on the Russia Merchant in July of 1774 to Petersburg, VA. He married Mary Jane MOTHERSHEAD and secured a land grant of 514 acres issued as a treasury warrant by the Lt. Gov. of VA in 1783. While owning this land they moved to Stamping Ground, Scott County, KY, and lived the rest of their lives on this land in the McConnel Run. They were charter members of the McConnell Run Baptist Church, founded in 1795. He was chosen moderator in 1811. Twice he was excluded and restored about 1815, and the records show he was a member about 1822 when the church moved to Stamping Ground.
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