William Artice Cook (January 11, 1839 - March 19, 1918)
Nancy Elizabeth Evans (October 23, 1840 - June 12, 1921)
Photo courtesy of LaVonne Hoel
William was born on January 11, 1839 in South Carolina. He married Nancy Elizabeth Evans on February 11, 1861 in Anderson County, Texas. Nancy was born on October 23, 1840 in Tennessee and was the daughter of John Henry Evans and Nancy Caroline Cantrell.
In 1862, William enlisted in the 20th Texas Cavalry, Company G (Bass') in Palestine, Anderson County. William purchased land from his father, the deed is included in William Alexander’s (Click on name to view) information. At some point in time, they moved to Erath County, and then to Stephens County, Oklahoma.
The 1880 census records show that W.A. Cook, age 41 born about 1839 in South Carolina lived in Erath County, Texas married to Nancy E. Cook, age 39. His parents birthplaces were both in South Carolina. He was a farmer. Children were: William G. Cook, age 16; Nancy C. Cook, age 13; Chenley Cook, age 8; Ellen Cook, age 6; Amanda Cook, age 4; Arabella Cook, age 1; Hettie Cook, age 1. The 1910 Census records show William, age 71 and Elizabeth (Nancy), age 69, living with their daughter Ellen and her husband James McInroe and family in Rock Creek, Stephens County, Oklahoma.
William died March 19, 1918 in Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma and was buried on March 20, 1918 in Rock Creek Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma. William's death certificate lists the reasons of death being Paralapsis of the pneumo gastric, and senility. The pneumogastric nerve is another name for the vagus nerve. It supplies the pharynx and larynx, lungs, heart, esophagus, stomach and most of the abdominal viscera. Bilateral vagus nerve paralysis causes death. Nancy died June 12, 1921 of typhoid fever in Stephens County and is buried beside William.
William and Nancy’s children:
Amanda E. Cook
Molcy J. Cook
William Glover (Lum) Cook
Charles Thomas Cook
Hettie Cook b. March 06, 1879; d. June 16, 1952; married James Isaac Ketchum
Arabella Cook – Hettie’s twin sister
James Andrew Cook
Nancy Ann Cook
Sarah Emeline Cook
Dollie Lee Cook
Martha Jane Cook
William and Nancy's Marriage License filed in Anderson County, Texas Volume 4, page 137