Thomas J, Cook, farmer, is a son of George B, Cook, mentioned elsewhere, and was born November 13, 1837, on land now owned by Hezekiah Brown. Owing to the early death of his mother, he was reared on the "Dick farm,"' by bis grandparents, Bates, and has lived in tbe locality since, devoting himself to farming.

He was married, September 7, 1864, to Eliza Jane Plyley, of Ross County, who bore him two children: William S., and Mary Alice, both living. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, an exemplary Christian, and departed this life May 23, 1881, leaving a fond husband and two children to mourn their irreparable loss.

Mr. Cook is a member of New Holland Lodge, No. 892, F. & A. M., and holds the oliice of treasurer. Is a Democrat, but does not aspire to office. Owns two hundred acres on the Waterloo and New Holland road, two and one-half miles from New Holland. He raises grain and stock, on ti farm well improvijd and nicely cultivated.


From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County