born 01/00/1749 in North Carolina
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Researchers report that James Cook was a fervent Patriot in the Revolution, attached to his wife Ursula's uncle, Col.James Williams, who was killed in action in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Soon after the Yorktown surrender James and his brother John were at Hayes Station, a way station near or on James Williams' plantation, when they were overwhelmed by "Bloody Bill" Cunningham and his troops. John was killed in this action along with 12 others including two sons of Col. James Williams. (Cunningham fled to Florida, was deported to Cuba, and died in Nassau in 1787.) James was later repaid for two horses, saddles, and bridles lost in that action. In 1786 James purchased a tract of land in Laurens Co, SC. James and his wife Ursula had at least six sons: John, Clayton, Mitchell, Daniel, Tobias, and William. The eldest, our ancestor, Major John Cook, received $500 at his father's death. It is noted that "The connection between this James Cook and the John Cook of Madison County, Alabama, is strengthened by the fact that all the sons of James Cook were living in Madison County in 1820."
Spouse ~ Ursula Mitchell
born 1758 in Granville Co, NC