Jesse Moore Cook1,2

M, #2, b. 12 September 1823, d. 17 September 1896
Last Edited: 3 Apr 2013


Father: Daniel Cook1,2 b. 16 Jul 1780, d. 20 Jul 1837
Mother: Keziah Smith (#61)1,2 b. 7 Oct 1784, d. 19 Jan 1866

Family 1:

Sarah Smith Scudder b. 10 Aug 1828, d. 3 Feb 1858


Henry Clay Cook1 b. 10 Nov 1848
Edgar Scudder Cook+ 1 b. 28 Aug 1851
Catherine Scudder Cook1 b. 28 Dec 1853
Sarah Cook1 b. Dec 1856

Family 2:

Catherine G. Scudder b. 4 Sep 1832, d. 20 Aug 1889


Carrie B. Cook1 b. 27 Oct 1860, d. 15 Jun 1875
Mary E. Cook1 b. 23 Feb 1862, d. 22 Feb 1883


  • Census*: 1870; Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania
  • Occupation*: 1871; Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania; Firm: Cain, Hacker & Cook4
  • Census: 1880; Fairmont, Somerset Co., Maryland
  • Note*: 19 September 1896; Obituary of Jesse M Cook in Weekly Advocate, Pottstown Pa., Sat 9/19/1896: "Jesse M. Cook, aged about 72 years, died at his home in Princess Ann, Maryland, Thursday morning...Deceased formerly resided here and was a member of the George J. Newton & Co. coal company..."5
  • Note: "Jesse M. Cook, the father of Edgar S. Cook, was born and raised in New Jersey and received his education at Lafayettee college. At nineteen years of age he came to Philadelphia, and shortly afterwards, in connection with a Mr. Moore, established and operated a line of omnibusses. Later he withdrew from the omnibus business to become a member of the firm of Cain, Hacker & Cook, which dealt extensively in the mining and selling of Schuykill country anthracite coal, until President Gowan, of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad company, absorbed nearly all of the coal interests in the Schuykill country anthracite region. When Mr. Gowan came in control of the coal trade, Mr. Cook removed to the eastern shore of Maryland and engaged in the small fruit business there on a farm which he had purchased about the close of the late Civil War. After ten years spent actively and successfully as a small fruit raiser and dealer, he retired from active business and still resides in Maryland. While a coal operator in Schuykill country, Mr. Cook was also a manufacturer of pig iron at Monocacy, Berks county. He has been successively a Whig and Republican in politics, and is a Chapter and Commandery Mason, and a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, having been an elder for many years of the Tenth and Arch Street church of Philadelphia. Mr. Cook was born September 23, 1821, and has been not only a successful, but also a useful business man. He married Sarah Scudder, whose father, John Scudder, was a native and farmer of New Jersey. To their union were born six children, of whom four are living: Henry C., of Philadelphia; Kate S., wife of George H. Potts; Sallie A., who married Dr. John Dale, of Princess Ann county, Maryland; and Edgar S., whose name appears at the head of this sketch. The two children who died were: Carrie B., aged sixteen, and May E., who was twenty years of age."6


  1. [S256] Lewis D. Cook, "Anthony Cook's Descendents."
  2. [S262] Lewis D. Cook, "Smith Family of Bedford."
  3. [S287] Mercer Co., Pa., Gravestone Inscriptions; microfilm 441,467 Item 2.
  4. [S482] Phila. City Dir.;, 290, Gospill's City Directory 1871 & 1875.
  5. [S500] Weekly Advocate. Pottstown, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. Clippings from Mike Osiol.
  6. [S33] Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with an introductory historical sketch. ed. by Samuel T. Wiley. Published 1896, Phila., Biographical Publ. Co. Viewed on HeritageQuest., p. 98.