19 August 2012

Divorce Action in Williams Co, OH - Minerva W Sharpless Cook v John W Cook

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Minerva W. Sharpless Cook v John W. Cook (Journal 14 p307 - 21 Mar 1888; p380 - 23 June 1888; p495 - 1 Dec 1888; p569 - Mar 1889; Roll 52 case number 3333 - 1890)
            There was a continuance and then a divorce was granted based on John's abusive behavior.  On 31 Jan 1888 he hit Minerva and forced her from their residence.  Their daughter Anna M. Cook is past the age of majority.  Later there was a change made in the amount of alimony he had to pay.

John W Cook (8 Dec 1834 Washington Co, PA – 24 Feb 1904 Williams Co, OH @69Y 2M; burial at Floral Grove, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH); Death V3 p21; Brady Twp Cemeteries p30; son of Daniel and Rebecca Kenney Cook, both buried at Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH; father died in 1870; mother died in 1882; Brady Twp Cemeteries p30 – Rebecca Cook, Bryan Press, 2 Nov 1882

John W Cook, according to his death record, was a widower in 1904, born in Washington Co, PA; died in West Unity, Brady Twp of a heart condition; he was buried beside his young daughter, Olive, and next to his parents.  Note he was also buried near Sharpless – Oliver, Geo H, Mary H(Hazen), and Jonathan Sharpless.  This Jonathan Sharpless was the brother of Minerva W Sharpless Cook.

John W Cook married Minerva W Sharpless, 28 April 1859, Knox Co, OH

Minerva W Sharpless Cook (21 Oct 1828 Erie Co, PA or Fayette Co, PA – 4 Sept 1905 Morris Twp, Knox Co, OH @76Y; burial at Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Knox Co, OH); d/o Samuel Sharpless and Eliza Rudof, married, housewife, according to Minerva’s death record. Note online sources state her parents were Samuel Sharpless and Elizabeth Piersol.

1. Olive (4 Dec 1860 Williams Co, OH - 2 Dec 1861 Williams Co, OH; burial at Floral Grove, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH, Brady Twp Cemeteries p30)
2. Anna May (26 Mar 1866 Williams Co, OH – 12 July 1935 Mt Vernon, Knox Co, OH @69Y 3M 26D, burial at Mound View Cemetery) practical nurse, single, d/o John Cook and Minerva Sharpless; informant Margaret Hilliard of Mt Vernon

1850 Perry Township, Richland Co, OH, NARA Series M432, Roll 724, page 417A, Enumeration Date: 12 September 1850. Lines 1-8, dwelling 83, family 83
h/h Cook, Daniel 45 Germany miller
Rebecca 37 PA
Theadore 20 PA clerk
John W 17 PA laborer
Hannah S 12 PA
Bentley 8 PA
James W 4 PA
Orlando 6/12 OH

1850 Jefferson, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_780; Page: 270B; Image: 126.
h/h 8/8 Sharpless, Elizabeth 55
Craft, Edith 28
Sharpless, Minerva M 21
Craft, William S 6
Sharpless, Jonathan 19 carpenter
Brence, Elizabeth 20

1860 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 156; Image: 318; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h /471 Cook, JW 26 PA
MW 28 PA female
Note living in the neighborhood of Lockport near his parents, Daniel and Rebecca Cook

1864 Williams Co, OH Atlas – JW Cook, Section 10, Brady Twp; his father, Daniel Cook, Section 9, Brady Twp

1870 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 5A; Image: 13; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 65/68 Cook, John W 35 PA farmer
Minerva 41 PA
Anna M 4 OH

Williams Co, OH Probate, 1 Oct 1883, case number 1386 – Daniel Cook, estate

1874 Williams County, OH Atlas – JW Cook, Section 10, Brady Twp; his father died in 1870 so this is listed as Daniel Cook, estate, Section 9, Brady Twp

1880 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 499A; Enumeration District: 005; Image: 0633.
h/h 73/73 Cook, John W 45 PA-Germ-PA farmer
Minerva wife 52 PA-PA-PA
Annie M dau 14 OH-PA-PA

Williams Co, OH Probate, 2 Jan 1883, case number 2453 – Rebecca W Cook, estate

John W. Cook married Sarah C Mann on 8 Feb 1890, Williams Co, OH by John Poucher, GM

1894 Williams County, OH Atlas – JW Cook, Sections 10 and 15, Brady Twp

1900 Brady Township, Williams Co, OH, NARA Series T623, Roll 1332, page 15, Enumeration District: 101, Sheet Number: 3A, Enumeration Date: 9 June 1900. Line 48, dwelling 56, family 57:
h/h 56/57 Cook, John W 66 (Dec 1833) PA-Germ-PA divorced

1904 Williams County Plat Map – JW Cook, Section 9, Brady Twp

Williams Co, OH Probate, 11 Mar 1904, case number 4545 – JW Cook

Sometime between 1888 and 1900 Minerva Cook and her daughter Anna M moved back to Knox Co, OH. Note Minerva is identified in the 1900 census as a widow, but John W Cook is still alive.  This in my opinion is why looking at the divorce records is vital in understanding the family dynamics.

1900 Frederickton, Morris, Knox, Ohio; Roll: 1291; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 60; FHL microfilm: 1241291
h/h 98/101 Cook, Anna M 34 (Mar 1866) OH-OH-OH single, farmer
Minerva mother 72 (Oct 1828) OH-PA-PA widow 2/1 ch
Beckholt, Floyd J in. charge 2 (June 1897) OH-OH-OH

1910 Morris, Knox, Ohio; Roll: T624_1199; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0075; Image: 1084; FHL microfilm: 1375212.
h/h 52/56 Cook, Anna M 44 OH-PA-OH single, own income
Beckholt, Floyd J boarder 12 OH-OH-OH

There is also a second probate filing for JW Cook – Williams Co, OH Probate, 21 Jan 1910 case number 5315.  

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