Biography of George W. Cook of Pavilion, NY

George W. Cook was born November 26, 1833, where he now resides. He is a son of Joseph and Mahala (Keisey) Cook, who were born in Eastman, Washington County, and Greenfield, Saratoga County, respectively. Joseph Cook came to Genesee County in 1830 and located on 30 or more acres where George W. now resides, to which he continued to add until he owned 175 acres. He was industrious and honest, was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and ability, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He served his town as assessor for several terms. In 1853-54 he served as a member of the Assembly from his county. He had a family of three sons and four daughters, as follows: John L., Leonora S., George W., Ann O. (Mrs. Shadbolt), Mary E. (Mrs. Edson), Sarah J., and William J. Joseph Cook died in 1858, aged 56. He was strictly a self-made man. His wife was a daughter of William Kelsey, who came from Saratoga County to Genesee County in 1817, and located about one mile south of Le Roy. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. George W. Cook has always lived on the farm where he now resides. He received a good common school education, and married Emma E., only daughter of John G. and Harriet (Taber) Barber. Mr. Barber came from Vermont and was one of the early pioneers of Le Roy. He was a dentist and druggist. Mrs. Cook died in 1882. They had one child, Emma E. William J. Cook, a genial, clever, and hospitable gentleman, and brother of George W., was born in September, 1845, and occupies a portion of the homestead. He is an active politician and has filled a responsible position in the revenue department. He married Lucinda M., daughter of Homer and Lucinda (Buck) Daw, of Dawes Corners, this county. They were born in Connecticut and Vermont respectively, and came to Dawes Corners about 1820.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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