William was born on January 16, 1813 in South Carolina. He was the son of Artice Samuell Cook and Mary Elizabeth Matheeny. He married Hetta Marandy Young on May 05, 1834. Hetta was born on December 03, 1810 in South Carolina. Hetta was the daughter of Johnson Benjamin Young and Mary Margaret Madison. Hetta's headstone states that she died on September 08, 1875 in Frankston, Anderson County, Texas and is buried in Old Bethel Cemetery in Frankston. BUT there is a marriage certificate that says that William married Chloe Ann in 1871. Some researchers also agree that Hetta's date of death is wrong. So first mystery - When did Hetta really die?
William’s second wife was Chloe Ann. She was born February 22, 1829 in Kentucky and died September 18, 1905 in Erath County, Texas. William and Chloe were married in Anderson County, Texas. This is a second mystery regarding William. Chloe's last name has been stated as Mefford or Marks. Marks was on their marriage license. The license also states they were married in 1871.