Isaac Cook, the grandfather of M. Cook, was a native of Kentucky, He came to Ohio, and located near Chillicothe, before the year 1800. He was the father of Isaac, jr., Joseph, Matthew S., sen., William, Maria, Phœbe, Lucy, and Margaret.

Matthew S. Cook, sen., was born in the year 1800. In the prime of his life he was surveyor of Ross County. In the year 1837, he married Ellen, second daughter of Edward Tiffin, the first governor of Ohio. By this marriage they became the parents of Mary, Margaret, Edward, Thea, Matthew S., Lucy Maria, Ellen, and William, all of whom are living. The parents are also living, and are residents of Chillicothe. The daughter, Maria, married Dr, Webb, of Kentucky, and their daughter Lucy became the wife of R. B. Hayes, twenty-third governor of Ohio, and nineteenth president of the United States.

Our subject was fairly educated, and at the age of twenty-one, assumed the management of a large estate in this township. He is a single man, of steady, studious habits, giving his time to his own affairs—a man of few words, but who impresses a stranger favorably.


From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County