Martha Stackhouse Cook

12 May 1847–24 September 1895 (Age 48)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Martha Stackhouse

When Martha Stackhouse Cook was born on 12 May 1847, in Iowa, United States, her father, Ennion Job Cook, was 32 and her mother, Sarah Casteel, was 25. She married Lewis Gibbons Bailey on 14 February 1867, in London Grove Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in London Grove Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years and Penn Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. She died on 24 September 1895, at the age of 48, and was buried in London Grove Friends Burial Ground, West Marlborough Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Lewis Gibbons Bailey
Martha Stackhouse Cook
Marriage: 14 February 1867
Maria Bailey
Sallie Bailey
William Robert Bailey

Spouse and Children

14 February 1867
London Grove Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States


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World Events (7)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 10

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 16

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 20

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from Old English cōc (Latin coquus). There has been some confusion with Cocke .2 Irish and Scottish: usually identical in origin with the English name, but in some cases a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cúg ‘son of Hugo’ ( see McCook ).3 In North America Cook has absorbed examples of cognate and semantically equivalent names from other languages, such as German and Jewish Koch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martha F Cook in household of Enion Cook, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Bailey in household of Gibbins Bailey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Martha S Cook in household of Emmon S Cook, "United States Census, 1860"

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