Isaac Cook, son of Thomas Cook & Mary Underwood, was born in 1743, Warrington, York Co., Pa.
Isaac Cook died Jan. 15, 1820, Union Co., Ind. He is buried in Silver Creek Friends Burial Ground, Union Co., Ind.
Isaac married abt. 1st mo. (January) 1763, Wateree MH, Newberry Co., S. Carolina, Charity Wright, b. 11th mo. 13, 1744/45, Prince George Co., Maryland. Charity was the dau. of John Wright & Rachel Wells.
Charity died Nov. 13, 1822, Caesars Creek, Clinton Co., Ohio and is buried in Caesars Creek FBG, Warren Co., Ohio.
Thomas Cook died in March 1752, Warrington, York Co., Pa. and is believed buried in Warrington FBG in an unmarked grave. Mary and family moved to the Carolina's from Pennsylvania in 1754.
Isaac & Charity had eleven children. Isaac Cook raised most of the children on his own while Charity traveled for years as a 'minister' of the Society of Friends.
The oldest of twelve children, Joseph Cook, was born Dec. 23, 1763, Newberry Co., S. Carolina. Joseph married first in 1782, Newberry Co., S. Carolina, Mary Harbert, dau. of Walter Harbert & Ann Galbreath, b. Jan. 15, 1765. Joseph and Mary had twelve children. Following is the story of Joseph & Mary's meeting and marriage:
The Whig-Tory War brought its dangers to the Bush River community. In addition to the bloody conflict between Whig and Tory forces, bands of robbers terrorized families who were unfortunate enough to be in the path of their raids. When it was to their advantage, they pretended to be foraging units from either the American or British armies. Each warring party considered anyone who would not join them to be their enemy, and Quakers found themselves in a critical position.
Sixteen or seventeen-year-old Joseph Cook, the oldest of the children of Isaac and Charity Cook, was captured by an armed band. When he refused to join them, the captain ordered him to be shot. While preparation for the execution was being made, Mary Herbert, a girl about Joseph's age, interceded on behalf of this unfortunate victim of the ruthless band. When pleading failed, she boldly declared that they could not shoot Joseph, that he belonged to her; and she picked the young man up in her arms and started away with him.
The captain of the company must have been amused, for he told her that if she could carry him out of range of their muskets and rifles she could keep him, but if she allowed his feet to touch the ground they would start shooting. Evidently Mary Herbert mustered her full strength to meet this vital challenge, for she is reputed to have carried Joseph Cook over the hill and out of sight and range of the armed band. In all probability she saved his life.
Two years later she legalized her claim to Joseph by marrying him. By marrying a person who was not a member of the Society of Friends, Joseph Cook got himself ejected from Bush River Monthly Meeting.
-- Charity Cook A Liberated Woman, Algie I. Newlin, 1981
Mary Harbert died Apr. 24, 1807, Newberry Co., S. Carolina. Joseph married second, March 28, 1809, Clear Creek MH, Highland Co., Ohio, Elizabeth Mills, dau. of Reuben & Cicilia Mills, b. June 12, 1775. Joseph & Elizabeth had four children.
Elizabeth Mills died Aug. 21 1840, Marion Co., Ind. Joseph died Nov. 2, 1841, Marion Co., Ind. and is buried in Fairfield FBG, Hendricks Co., Ind.