William Cook
Biographical Information

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According to William Cook's Declaration of Intention, he was born in Donegal County, Ireland. His date and location of birth are unknown. No information has been found regarding the county in which his wife, Isabella, was born. The specific location of the children's birth is also unknown.

According to the ship passenger lists at the National Archives, William and Isabella Cook arrived at Philadelphia on 18 Jun 1832 aboard the ship ASIA which had sailed from Londonderry, Ireland. The information contained on the passenger list was recorded in this manner.

Wm Cook



Farmer Ireland
Isabella Cook



Margt Cook


" "  
Eliza Cook


" "  
Jno Cook   Male Boy  

The family at that time consisted of William, Isabella, Margaret, Elizabeth A. and John R. John's age was probably not included because he was an infant.

William filed his Declaration of Intention to become a citizen on 15 June 1846.

Declaration of Intention
Of William Cook
Filed 15 June 1846

Pennsylvania, Armstrong County-S.S.

The Declaration of William Cook upon his solemn oath represents that he was born in Donegal County Ireland that it is bonafide his intention to become a Citizen of the United States and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, State or sovereignty whatsoever and particularly to Queen Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland of whom he was heretofore a subject. And the said William Cook makes report and registry as follows-Name William Cook Birth Place Donegal County, Ireland. Native allegiance-Queen Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Place whence he migrated London Derry.
Place of intended settlement, Armstrong County, PA.

Sworn and subscribed in open Court this William Cook
15th day of June 1846

Petition of William Cook to become Citizen of U.S.
Filed 19 June 1848

The Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County.

The Petition of William Cook respectfully sheweth, that your petitioner has heretofore been a subject of Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in the month of June A.D. 1832, and has continued to reside within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States ever since: and that he filed his declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United State, on the fifteenth day of June 1846, in the Court of Common
Pleas of Armstrong County in open Court.
Your petitioner, therefore, prays your Honorable Court that he may be admitted to
become a citizen of the United States, &c.

William Cook (signed)

Armstrong County, ss. William Cook

The above named petitioner, on his solemn oath, doth say that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are just and true; that he has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the U. States for more than five years last past; that he will support the Constitution of the United States; that he doth hereby relinquish every order or title of nobility to which he is or may hereafter become entitled; that he does absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty, whatsoever, and particularly to Victoria queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland--------of whom he was heretofore a subject.

Sworn and subscribed, in open Court,
the 19 day of June 1848.
J. E. Meredith, Pro William Cook

We, William McElhiney & Martin Schrecengost Citizens of the United States, do swear that we are well acquainted with William Cook the foregoing petitioner; that he has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for more than five years last past; that during all that time he has behaved himself as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution on the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.

Sworn and subscribed in open Court
the 19 day of June, 1848
J. E. Meredith Pro William McElhiney Martin Schrecengost


1 June 1850

On the above date, William Cook purchased 50+ acres of land in Cowanshannock Township, Armstrong County, PA.

This Indenture Made the first day of June In the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight-hundred and fifty. Between John McElwain Sr. of Cowanshannock Township Armstrong County, PA of the one part and William Cook of the Same place of the other part. Witnesseth: Than the said John McElwain for and in consideration of the Sum of one hundred and forty Seven Dollars and fifty seven cents lawful money of the United States to him in hand paid by the said William Cook at or before the sealing or delivery hereof receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged has granted, bargained, sold . . . unto the said William Cook . . . the following described piece or parcel of Land Situate in the Township of Cowanshannock in the County of Armstrong bounded and described as follows to wit Beginning at a post corner of the John McElwain thence by Carson South thirty five degrees west Eighty Perches to McGauhey's corner, thence by McGauhey's South Seventy two and one half degrees west forty two perches to a ???? Oak. Thence by Schrecengost North thirty three degrees East Eighty perches to a post: Thence North fifty four degrees west one hundred and Sixty four perches to a post. Thence by Stewart North twenty Six Degrees. East thirty three perches to a Post, thence South fifty four degrees East two hundred and two perches to the place of Beginning Containing fifty two Acres and one hundred and seventy perches . . .


William wrote his will on 28 October 1863. He died sometime between that date and December 1863.

Will of William Cook
I, William Cook, being of Sound mind do hereby bequeath my property after the payment of my debts, as follows, to wit: To my Sons John Cook, Samuel G. Cook, Robert A. Cook and my Daughters Margaret Stockdale, Elizabeth A. Lowery each one dollar. To my daughter Sally Hall, half a dozen chairs, a Bedsted and six Sheep. All the remainder of My property real and personal I bequeath to my son William Thomas Cook and his mother my wife, And I do hereby appoint Samuel McCorkell and William McElhiney Executors to this my last will and testament Witness my hand and Seal this 28th day of October A.D. 1863


William Cook's heirs
William Cook & his mother

Know all men by these presents that we the undersigned heirs and legal Representatives of William Cook deceased, hereby acknowledged that the above was and is the correct and true will of Said deceased and in Consideration of the same, and also for the natural love and affection we have for William Thomas Cook Son of said deceased and his mother the widow of said deceased we hereby agree to the same and bind ourselves our heirs executors and administrators thereto, and for the said consideration we and each of us do hereby release forever to the said William Thomas Cook and the said widow all our claim right title and interest of in and to the whole estate Real, personal and mixed the bequests given to us in the will as above mentioned in it. And we hereby Authorize and direct William McElhiney the Administrator of Said deceased to have the whole will above written and this also Recorded. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and
Seals this 9th day of December A D 1863.

Margaret Stockdale, Joshua Hall, Sally Hall, Robert Lowery, E. A. Lowery, George Stockdale.

Sworn statements followed.

Contributed for use by Ken Tessendorff

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