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Dr. Henry Gansevoort Cooke, MD, son of Dr. Robert Woodruff Cooke, MD and Susan Gansevoort, was born at Holmdel, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, 3 February 1833.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 He died at his home on Livingston Ave. at New Brunswick, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, 2 December 1919,10,1,3 and was buried in the Cooke plot at the Old Brick Reformed Church Cemetery, Marlboro, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, 5 December 1919.3,10

Henry married Maria Burritt Cowdrey, daughter of Peter Anderson Cowdrey, Esq. and Maria Burritt, at New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York, 8 June 1876.11,1,12

A Henry Gansevoort Cooke Jr. was matriculated at Rutgers from 1894-5 and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1898. He was a student at Jefferson Medical College, Class of 1908, and died in Philadelphia, 10 Oct 1908. It is not known what relationship this person has to Dr. Henry Cooke (Sr.) His son Henry died as an infant in 1884. Henry G. Cook Jr. of Philadelphia, born in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, 14 Oct 1875, has not been located in either the 1880 nor 1900 census'.13

Henry was initially taught by William Woodhull at Freehold, and in 1850, entered Rutgers College, New Brunswick. He graduated from Rutgers with a Batchelor of Arts in 1853. He began his initial medical studies under his father and received his Master of Arts from Rutgers in 1856. He later studied under Dr. Willard Parker of New York and took his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York in 1857. He began his medical career by sharing his father's extensive practice in Holmdel.

During the Civil War, he served as a surgeon with the rank of major with the Twenty-ninth New Jersey Volunteer Regiment. The Regiment was raised in August and September of 1862 and was mustered into United States service for a term of nine months on 20 Sep 1862. On 28 Sep the regiment proceeded to Washington D.C., where it camped on Capitol Hill. It soon crossed the Potomac into Virginia where it was assigned to a provisional brigade in General Casey's division and posted in the southern defenses of the capitol. It remained in this area until 20 Nov when it moved to Aquia Creek, VA, and was made a part of the Army of the Potomac under General Burnside. At Fredericksburg, it came under Confederate fire on 13 Dec. On the night of 15 Dec, it withdrew to north of the Rappahannock, recrossing a pontoon bridge under terrific enemy fire.

During the winter, it camped near Belle Plain (taking part in the famous "Mud March" in January). The regiment crossed the Rappahannock on 29 Apr at Chancellorsville, held its position on the left flank with considerable loss in killed and wounded. It recrossed to the north shore on 6 May 1863, and reoccupied its winter camp near Belle Plain. About 12 Jun it moved to meet confederate forces which were then entering Maryland on the Gettysburg campaign. On 15 Jun it reached Centreville, VA, where it was relieved from duty and ordered to Washington where it was then ordered home for discharge. The unit was mustered out at Freehold, New Jersey, on 20 Jun 1863. The Governor of New Jersey later called for volunteer surgeons, and Dr. Cooke responded to share in the conflicts at The Wilderness and Cold Harbor.

He was a member of the District Medical Society of Monmouth County (which he served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary), the State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He was also a member and elder of the Reformed (Dutch) Church of Holmdel. He practiced in Holmdel until the spring of 1897 when he moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey where he continued his profession.14,15

Family

Maria Burritt Cowdrey b. 6 Jan 1844, d. 22 Oct 1927
Children

Citations

  1. [S213] Bible Record of Family and Descendants of Henry G. Cooke, The Comprehensive Bible; Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorized Version... (Hartford, Connecticut: Andrus & Judd, 1832); Compiler's genealogy files.
  2. [S145] Catharine Roseboom, J. Livingston Roseboom, Henry U. Swinnerton and Joseph H. White, A Brief History of the Ancestors and Descendants of John Roseboom (1739-1805) and of Jesse Johnson (1745-1832): 1630-1897 (Cherry Valley, New York: Co-operative Press, 1897), 46. Hereafter cited as Roseboom, et al., Roseboom Ancestry.
  3. [S1012] Henry Gansevoort & Maria Cowdery Grave Stone, Cooke Graveyard at the Old Brick Reformed Church Cemetery, Marlboro, Monmouth Co., New Jersey; Photographed by Bruce Mitchell, June 2003.
  4. [S457] United States Census for 1850 [Seventh Census of the United States], Raritan Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, population schedule, sheet 194, dwelling 133, family 140, Robert Cooke household, age 17, born in New Jersey, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication 1009, roll 456.
  5. [S458] United States Census for 1860 [Eighth Census of the United States], Holmdel Township, Key Port Post Office, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, population schedule, sheet 28, dwelling 181, family 172, Robt Cooke household, age 25, born in New Jersey, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication 1438, roll 701.
  6. [S459] United States Census for 1870 [Ninth Census of the United States], Holmdel Township, Matawan Post Office, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, population schedule, sheet 26, dwelling 202, family 203, Susan Cook household, age 36, born in New Jersey, a physician with $20,000 in real estate and $10,000 in personal property, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication 1748, roll 875.
  7. [S460] United States Census for 1880 [Tenth Census of the United States], Holmdel Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 108, sheet 7, dwelling 51, family 52, Henry G. Cooke household, age 47, born in New Jersey and a physician, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication 1454, roll 791.
  8. [S461] United States Census for 1900 [Twelfth Census of the United States], New Brunswick City, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 42, sheet 1B, dwelling 21, family 25, Henry G. Cooke household, age 67, born Feb 1833 in New Jersey, Physician, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication 1854, roll 791.
  9. [S462] United States Census for 1910 [Thirteenth Census of the United States], New Brunswick, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 18, sheet 23A, dwelling 328, family 429, Henry G. Cooke household, Lived at 7 Livingston Ave, age 77, born in New Jersey, a physician in general practice, and owned his home with no mortgage, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication 1784, roll 898.
  10. [S1015] Henry Gansevoort Cooke, Death Certificates (1919), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey.
  11. [S1575] Henry G. Cooke pension application file (Civil War); certificate no. 885921, Marriage Certificate in file; Pension application files based upon service in the Civil War and Spanish-American War; Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  12. [S461] US Census for 1900, New Brunswick City, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, pop. sch., ED 42, sheet 1B, dwelling 21, family 25, Henry G. Cooke hshld, married 24 years.
  13. [S1881] Rev. John Howard Raven, Catalogue of the Officers and Alumni of Rutgers College (Originally Queens College) in New Brunswick, N. J.: 1766-1916 (Trenton, N. J.: State Gazette Publishing, 1916), 233. Hereafter cited as Raven, Catalogue of Rutgers College.
  14. [S1051] Franklin Ellis, History of Monmouth County, New Jersey (1885; reprint, Cottonport, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1974), 341-342. Hereafter cited as Ellis, History of Monmouth Co.
  15. [S1881] Raven, Catalogue of Rutgers College, 114.
  16. [S512] Holmdel, New Jersey, Church Records 1825-1934, 100, FHL microfilm 1298672, item #2, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as Holmdel Church Records.
  17. [S460] US Census for 1880, Holmdel Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, pop. sch., ED 108, sheet 7, dwelling 51, family 52, Henry G. Cooke hshld.
  18. [S461] US Census for 1900, New Brunswick City, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, pop. sch., ED 42, sheet 2A, dwelling 21, family 25, Henry G. Cooke hshld.
  19. [S462] US Census for 1910, New Brunswick, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, pop. sch., ED 18, sheet 23A, dwelling 328, family 429, Henry G. Cooke hshld.
  20. [S512] Holmdel Church Records, 102; FHL #1298672, item #2.
  21. [S512] Holmdel Church Records, 103; FHL #1298672, item #2.
  22. [S1016] Edward Ambrose Cooke, Birth Certificates, File No. C108 (1887), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey.
  23. [S512] Holmdel Church Records, 104-105; FHL #1298672, item #2.
  24. [S147] Brooklyn, New York, Marriage certificates 1866-1937, Marriage Certificate #12921, FHL microfilm 1613585, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as Kings County Marriage Licenses.
  25. [S1014] Edward Ambrose Cooke, Death Certificates, File No. 60-092577 (1960), California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.