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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for James H. Cook, who resided at Oceana, West Virginia:

Is a son of Robinson and Nancy Cook, both natives of Giles county, Va.; the father was born Feb. 7, 1812; both parents now reside in Wyoming county, W. Va. Their son, James H. Cook, the subject of this sketch, was born Aug. 11, 1835, in Logan county, W.Va. He was united in matrimony to Elizabeth Cooper, Dec. 25, 1855, in Wyoming county, W.Va. His wife was born in Giles county, Va., Feb. 3, 1842. Their children have the following records. David H., born Feb. 21, 1857, now married; Almeda, born March 25, 1859, now married; Joseph L., born June 6, 1864; Mary E., born June 30, 1866; Florence, born Aug. 21, 1868; Annie, born Aug. 15, 1870; John R., born April 3, 1879; the last five live with their parents. Mr. James H. Cook enlisted in Co. I, 22d Va. infantry, C.S.A., and served from 1862 for 12 months, having espoused the cause of his native State. In 1868 he was received into the fellowship of the Missionary Baptist Church, and was a most devoutly pious and consistent Christian, always zealous in all Church and Sunday School work. In 1872 he entered the ministry of that church, and ever since has labored in the spread of the Gospel. As a minister he is greatly beloved by all who know him, having been the instrument in the hands of the Master by whom many have been turned to righteousness. He resides in Oceana, Wyoming county, W.Va., with his family, and by his earnest precepts as well as conscientious example is accomplishing great good in the cause of Christ. He spends his leisure hours during the week, when not engaged in preaching at his appointments, in attending to his farm.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 826-827.

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