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Jabez Cook

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Branston, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 21, 1917 (78)
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, United States
Place of Burial: Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, United States
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Husband of Margaret Cook
Father of Frank Cook

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Birth: Nov. 13, 1838 - Branston, Staffordshire, England

Death: Jan. 21, 1917 - Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA

Jabez Cook, 79 years of age, died at his home on North Third street at 11:40 o'clock yesterday morning following a lingering illness of more than two weeks, the result of a stroke of paralysis, suffered the latter part of December. His eight children were at his bedside when death called the pioneer settler of Laramie and Albany county.

Mr. Cook was rational until within an hour of two of death.

Jabez Cook was born in Branston, England, on November 13, 1838. He received his early schooling in the old country and came to the United States when about 19 years of age. Two years after landing here he drifted to Illinois and when President Lincoln called for volunteers Jabez Cook was one of the first to enlist. He enlisted from LaSalle county, Illinois to serve three months and was mustered into the service at Springfield on April 30, 1861, as a private in Company K, Eleventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. On July 30 of the same year he was honorably discharged by reason of his desire to re-enlist to serve in the same company and regiment for a period of three years.

Shortly after re-enlisting, Mr. Cook's regiment moved south and participated in the campaign against Fort Henry, Tenn. From there the regiment moved to Fort Donelson and participated in one of the most bloodiest battles in which the company participated. During this battle 329 men were killed, wounded and missing out of 500 who engaged. Mr. Cook escaped without a scratch and with the remainder of his regiment proceeded to Pittsburg Landing and took part in the battle of Shiloh on April 6 and 7, 1862.

Later Mr. Cook participated in the siege of Mobile which included the capture the Spanish Fort and Forest Blakely and still later was in the siege of Hopkinsville and also took part in the siege and assault on Vicksburg, Miss., on April 26, 1863. Mr. Cook was mustered out of service in Springfield on September 16, 1864.

Following the close of the war Mr. Cook remained in Illinois for awhile and then went to Missouri where on Jan. 1, 1870, he was married to Margaret Parton in Newton City, Mo. To this couple were born eight children, Alfred, Fannie, Frank, Herbert, Rebecca and Nina, all of whom are still living and were at the bedside of Mr. Cook when he died.

Jabez Cook was a member of Custer Post, N, 1, Department of Colorado and Wyoming, Grand Army of the Republic of which he was a past commander. He also was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having joined that fraternal organization more than 40 years ago.

Mr. Cook came to Laramie in December 1874, and has lived here ever since, having been employed as an engineer by the Union Pacific railroad for a number of years.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Stryker Undertaking parlors at 2:30 o'clock. The G.A.R. and the Odd Fellows will have charge of the services.

© Laramie Boomerang no. 7 January 22, 1917, page 1


Rebecca Cook married John Huckfeldt in Cheyenne on March 21, 1918.

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  • Margaret Parton Cook (____ - 1932)


  • Alfred Cook (____ - 1944)
  • Frank Cook (1881 - 1957)

Burial: Greenhill Cemetery, Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA (Plot: Row IOOF Lot 75 Space 5)

Created by: Lostnwyomn

  • Record added: Sep 20, 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 76819163
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Jabez Cook's Timeline

November 13, 1838
Branston, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 42
January 21, 1917
Age 78
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, United States
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, United States