James F. Cook, sheriff of Fayette County, was born in this county, October 19, 1854. He is a son of Isaac and Betsey Cook, the former a native of Ohio, and the latter of Virginia. They had a family of nine children—six sons and three daughters,

James, the subject of our remarks, was married in 1864 to Miss Mary A. Myers, daughter of John L. and Catherine Myers, of this county. They have a family of five children: Katie M., Lizzie L., Isaac T., James F., and John W.

Mr. Cook enlisted, July, 1861, in the three months service, and went to Camp Chase, where the command was disbanded. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, 90th O. Y. [., and was commissioned first lieutenant. In 1864 he was promoted to captain, and in 1865 was commissioned as major. Was mustered out of the service, June 13, 1865, at Camp Ilarker, Tennessee. He was at the battles of Stone Biver, Chickamanga, and all the engagements of the Atlanta campaign. He then came back with General Thomas, and was engaged in the battles of Franklin and Nashville.

He returned home and engaged in farming, until 1880, when he was elected sheriflt" of the county, which office he still holds. He is a member of Mount Sterling Lodge No. 269, 1. O. O. F. He received his education in Madison Township, where he was born and raised. His father came to Fayette County in 1814, where he remained until his death, in 1876.


From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County