Description: Nancy Elizabeth Cook, who married William Henry Grimes, was a granddaughter of Martin Cook, b. December 14, 1798, and Catherine (Katie) Murchison, b. November 11, 1802. This marriage forms the basis for the following free online manuscripts
Martin Cook and Katie Murchison were married in Wayne County, Tennessee, in 1820. They established their home on a farm known later (1900) as the Rich Moore place, near Olive Hill. The writer is in possession of old deeds to three different tracts of land which were purchased by Martin Cook and which apparently formed a part of this farm. Two of the deeds were from John Hollingsworth for tracts of 50 and 80 acres and were recorded September 12, 1844. The price specified was $750.00. The third deed, for 25 acres, was from Martin Cook's father-in-law, Kenneth Murchison. It was recorded February 18, 1853, and the price was $250.00. The land was described as being situated on Hardin's Creek in Wayne County, District 7, Range 11, Section 5.
Katie Murchison's father was Kenneth Murchison who emigrated to this country from Scotland. In the settlement of Kenneth Murchison's estate in 1868, the following parties signed as his other heirs: John McCarin Hood Murchison, Robert Murchison, Mary Harris and Tipsie Baughman. Apparently these were his children or grandchildren. The name of his wife is not available.
Martin Cook, according to a letter written in 1922 by his grandson, Dr. K. L. Cook, a practicing physician of Clifton, Tennessee, was a descendent of Mordecai Cooke of Virginia. Dr. Cook's letter was published in 1923 in a book, "Two Families of Virginia, Cooke and Booth," by Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Stubbs.