Silas Cook

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ChartsDescendants of Ellis Cook-6 Generations
Silas Cook, son of John Cook and Sarah Parrot, was born about 1777.1 He died 9 July 1846, aged 69 years,1 and was buried at the First Methodist Meeting House Burial Grounds, Manahawkin, Ocean Co., New Jersey.1

Silas married (1) an unnamed daughter of Martin Morrison;2 he married (2) Elizabeth Jane Salter, daughter of John Salter, at Pequanack, Morris Co., New Jersey, 17 January 1799.3,1

He was appointed county judge and justice of the peace for five year terms in 1806, 1812, 1817, 1821, 1826, 1833, 1838, and 1843.

He was elected a member of the county council 1823-1827, and was vice-president of the council in 1827.

In 1819 and 1820 he was elected a member of the New Jersey State Assembly from Morris County. In 1825 he was a member of the committee to organize the reception of Layfayette during his tour of the country. The description in the county history is interesting reading:
The arrangements were all completed, the stand was erected, the speakers appointed, the military in readiness under General Darcy, the tables in Mr. Sansay's long room spread in readiness for an epicurean feast for all who could pay three dollars for a dinner ticket, while the parlor of Mr. Ogden (by whom General Lafayette was to be entertained while here) was put in readiness for the ladies of the town to whom the honored guest was after the dinner to be introduced.

Early in the afternoon a booming cannon announced his arrival at Whippany; and an hour later a second salute told the expectant throng that he was approaching Morristown. He came accompanied by Governor Williamson, Colonel Ogden and William Halsey, a joint committee from Paterson and Morris, a deputation from the committee of arrangements who met him at Whippany, and a military escort of the Morris cavalry, who had joined him at the county line. He was conducted through the throng directly to the platform, where an, address of welcome was delivered, to which he briefly responded.

The band played, the choir sang patriotic airs, the people cheered, and the general no doubt felt satisfied with the reception which Morristown tendered him, honorable alike to himself and to the people whose guest he was.4

Family 1

(…) Morrison

Family 2

Elizabeth Jane Salter b. 1781, d. 21 Apr 1857
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  1. [S1546] Horace Reven, Find A Grave memorial #103447512, added 12 Jan 2013, online, accessed Mar 2015, further cited as Find A Grave.
  2. [S287] Edmund D. Halsey, History of Morris County, New Jersey: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers (New York, New York: W.W. Munsell & Co., 1882), 250, further cited as Halsey, History of Morris County.
  3. [S2013] Morris Co, New Jersey, Marriages, 1795-1919, A:65, FHL microfilm 1314453, further cited as Morris Co. Marriages.
  4. [S287] Halsey, History of Morris County, 76, 77, 78.
  5. [S80] George H. Cook, Notes for a Genealogy of the Family of Ellis Cook, of Southampton, L.I., N. Y. (New Brunswick, New Jersey: p.p., [1886]), 16, further cited as Cook, Notes for Ellis Cook.
  6. [S964] James W. Moore, Rev. John Moore of Newtown, Long Island, and Some of His Descendants (Easton, Pennsylvania: Chemical Publishing, 1903), 374, further cited as Moore, Moore Genealogy.