Temperence (…)

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ChartsDescendants of Ellis Cook-6 Generations
Temperence (…), whose ancestry is unknown or not traced here, was born in 1704.1 She died at Southampton, Suffolk Co., New York, 9 December 1723,2,1,3,4 and was buried at the Water Mill Cemetery, Southampton, Suffolk Co., New York.1,5

Temperence married Ellis Cook, son of Abiel Cook and Frances (…), before 1723.1,2,6

Opposite the water mill east of Southampton, in a small and old burying ground (on a homestead formerly owned by Hedges Sanford) is a gravestone marked: "Here lyes the body of Temperrence Cook, wife of Mr. Ellis Cook, who died Dec 9 1723 in ye 19th year of her age."

It is tempting to think that she was the sister of Job Wick who married Ellis' sister, Anna. However, the 1698 list of inhabitants shows the John Wick family with a daughter Temperance, obviously born before that date and too old to be the wife of Ellis Cook. The Mecox cemetery holds the remains of "Mrs Temperance Ludlam Wife to Mr. Jeremiah Ludlam who Decd. April ye 21st, 1726, in ye 29th year of her age" who is most likely the Temperance Wick in the list of inhabitants. The first wife of Ellis Cook remains unidentified.7,8,9


Ellis Cook b. say 1699, d. 1756
This person was last edited on9 Sep 2015


  1. [S171] George Rogers Howell, The Early History of Southampton L.I., New York with Genealogies. Revised, Corrected and Enlarged. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 2nd ed., 1887, 189. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of the Town of Southampton, New York (http://genealogycds.com: genealogycds.com, 2007), further cited as History of Southampton.
  2. [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]), 4, further cited as Cook, Notes for Ellis Cook.
  3. [S975] William A. D. Eardeley, "Inscriptions from the Town Cemetery, Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, 1681-1885," Typescript (35 p.) at the Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, New York: (1913), microform copy: FHL Film #17924, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 27, stone #598, further cited as "Southampton Cemetery Inscriptions."
  4. [S979] James Truslow Adams, Memorials of Old Bridgehampton (Bridgehampton, Long Island: p.p., 1916), 313, indicating Howell made an error and the date should read "1725", further cited as Adams, Bridgehampton.
  5. [S1546] Fred Saar|4 Mar 2007, Find A Grave memorial #18157133, added Jul 2011, online http://www.findagrave.com, further cited as Find A Grave. Originally found in a field near the Mill Pond and later moved to Water Mill Cemetery.
  6. [S1580] Gregory Don Cooke, "Abiel Cook2 of Southampton, Long Island, New York," The American Genealogist 84 (April 2010): 108-112, at 111, further cited as Cooke, "Abiel Cook of Southampton, N.Y."
  7. [S171] Howell, History of Southampton, 36, 189, 405-406.
  8. [S80] Cook, Notes for Ellis Cook.
  9. [S979] Adams, Bridgehampton, 313.