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Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson
birth: 9 September 1861 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to Thomas Coke and Drusilla DeWolf Thompson
death: 25 February 1942 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
burial: Burstrom Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

marriage: 11 May 1882 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Andrew Cook
birth: 27 July 1859 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to John and Mary O’Brien Cook
death: 3 February 1944 in Chesterton, Porter, Indiana
burial: Burstrom Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

Children of Mary Thompson and Andrew Cook:

  • Lulu May Cook (1883-1968) m. Gustaf “Gust” Teodor Samuelson
  • Grace Gertrude Cook (1886-1962) m. John Henry Honaker
  • John Thompson “Jack” Cook (1887-1967) m. Hilda Albertina “Snooky” Gustafson
  • William DeWolf Cook (1890-1945) m. Helen Anna Curran
  • James Andrew Cook (1893-1906)
  • Drucilla E. Cook (1897-1897)
  • Whitney Calvin Cook (1902-1924)

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Chesterton, Porter, Indiana

Other Information:

Mary Thompson, born 9 September 1861 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois was the daughter of Thomas Coke and Drusilla Williams DeWolf Thompson. Both of Mary’s parents had been married previously. Thomas Coke, whose first wife’s name may have been Elizabeth, had six sons, four who died as infants and one within weeks after mustering out of the Civil War. Drusilla had one son, John Calvin DeWolf, from her first marriage to Calvin DeWolf. It is likely that both of Mary’s parents knew each other in Lansingburgh, Troy, New York where their first marriages occurred. Thomas and Drusilla married in Chicago on 15 July 1857; Mary was the third of possibly four children born to that union. Mary’s birth was recorded in the family Bible. Her birth date and location were confirmed when she was an adult and became a member of the Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter County, Indiana. In 1870, Mary is found with her parents and two older brothers attending school in Chicago’s Ward 10. She continued to reside with her parents in Maywood, Illinois in 1880 but had completed her education, having attended school for 8 years. On 10 May 1882 at 261 Forquier Street in Chicago, Mary married Andrew Cook. The couple had three daughters and four sons. Youngest daughter Drucilla, likely named after Mary’s mother, died as an infant. Son James was killed as an 11 year old by a train on his way home from school. Youngest child Whitney, died at age 22 of hemmoraghe from a tantric ulcer. It is not known for certain when the family relocated to Porter County, Indiana, but Mary can be found there with the children in 1900. Andrew remained in Chicago as a boarder working as a blacksmith. Several records have been found that show Andrew selling lots in the Cook Waverly subdivision so it is possible that Mary maintained a household in Porter County to oversee the land purchases. There is no record of Mary being employed outside of the home. In 1910, the family is found reunited in Westchester, Porter, Indiana. By 1920, the family had moved closer to Andrew’s job in Gary, Lake, Indiana. The couple did not stay long in Gary; shortly after Whitney’s death there Andrew and Mary are found in Valparaiso, Indiana. By 1930 the couple had returned to live in Chesterton, Porter County. They remained in Westchester through 1940. After selling their home they traveled to Illinois and Ohio to visit relatives and to winter in Florida where they reported that they saw the president and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In December 1941, Mary and Andrew traveled to Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona to visit their son John who had relocated there. She became ill from the flu and died of broncho pneumonia on 25 February 1942. Mary’s body was returned to Indiana for burial in Burstrom Cemetery in Porter County.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook
birth: 27 July 1859 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to John and Mary O’Brien Cook
death: 3 February 1944 in Chesterton, Porter, Indiana
burial: Burstrom Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

marriage: 11 May 1882 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Mary Thompson
birth: 9 September 1861 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to Thomas Coke and Drusilla Williams DeWolf Thompson
death: 25 February 1942 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
burial: Burstrom Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

Children of Mary Thompson and Andrew Cook:

  • Lulu May Cook (1883-1968) m. Gustaf “Gust” Teodor Samuelson
  • Grace Gertrude Cook (1886-1962) m. John Henry Honaker
  • John Thompson “Jack” Cook (1887-1967) m. Hilda Albertina “Snooky” Gustafson
  • William DeWolf Cook (1890-1945) m. Helen Anna Curran
  • James Andrew Cook (1893-1906)
  • Drucilla E. Cook (1897-1897)
  • Whitney Calvin Cook (1902-1924)

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Chesterton, Porter, Indiana

Other Information:

There are only two records of Andrew Cook’s birth on 27 July 1859 in Chicago, Illinois. The first is a baptism record from Old St. Mary Church in Chicago, Illinois. The second was made by the Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter County, Indiana when he and his wife, Mary, became parishioners. Andrew was likely the son of John Cook of Scotland, a Protestant, and Mary “Molly” O’Brien, an Irish Catholic, who had met in New York City after emigrating from their native countries. Andrew’s parents settled in Chicago in 1854 and had three children, Andrew being the youngest. Family legend states the couple agreed that any sons would be raised Protestant and any daughters, as Roman Catholics. Records have been found, however, that both sons and daughter were baptized as infants in the Roman Catholic Church. The sons and their lines did join Protestant denominations while the daughter’s line did follow the Roman Catholic faith. In 1860, Andrew was found living with his inferred parents and siblings in Chicago Ward 1. The family is not found in the 1870 US federal census but they were found in Chicago City Directories between 1870-1875. In 1880, Andrew was noted to be a single engineer living on West Congress Street in Chicago. On 11 May 1882 in Chicago he married Mary Thompson. The couple would go on to have three daughters and four sons. Tragically, they lost their youngest daughter, Drucilla, likely named after her maternal grandmother, as an infant. Son James was killed in a train accident on the way home from school as an 11 year old. Youngest son Whitney died at age 22 of a hemorrhage from a tantric ulcer. By 1900, Andrew and Mary had purchased a home in Westchester, Portage, Indiana. Andrew continued to live in Chicago where he was employed as a blacksmith. By 1910, Andrew had relocated to live with Mary in Westchester and was employed as an engineer. By 1920, Andrew, Mary and Whitney were living in Gary, Lake, Indiana where he was working as a machinist for the nearby steel mills. Andrew sold a lot in Cook’s Waverly subdivision in Porter County to David L. Atkinson on 28 September 1927 for $1.00 and a lot to Samuel Goldman on 13 October 1927 for $10.00. He continued working as a machinist in the mill in 1930 but had relocated back to Weschester, Porter County. The couple enjoyed a two week trip to Akron, Ohio in July 1931. Retired by 1940, Andrew and Mary sold their Westchester home and traveled to Illinois and Ohio to visit relatives and spend the winter in Florida where the saw the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the President. Mary died in Phoenix, Arizona where she had been visiting for 3 months on 25 February 1942 of broncho pneumonia from influenza. The couple was likely visiting their son John who had relocated there. Andrew returned to Porter County and died at his daughter Lulu’s home on 3 February 1944. His obituary noted he was a 45 year resident of Chesterton. He is buried in Burstrom Cemetery, Porter, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Mary Florence Condra

Mary Florence Condra
b. 5 March 1860, Rolling Prairie, Wills Township, LaPorte County, Indiana, to Patrick and Eliza (Jackson) Condra
d. 16 October 1937, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

m. 14 October 1885, St. Peter’s, LaPorte County, Indiana
James Curran
b. 25 July 1852, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana, to Patrick and Bridget (Smith) Curran
d. 16 November 1911, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Children with James Curran:

  • Irene (1886-1980) married Martin Reilly
  • Elsie (1888-1951) married Raymond Helfrick
  • Catherine Marie (1893-1940) married William Donahue
  • Helen Anna (1894-1976) married William Dewolf Cook
  • George Edward (1896-1988) married Jeanette Jacobs
  • Mary E. (1898-1968) married Fred Noel

Mary Florence’s family came to the United States in 1856 from Ireland. She moved with her children to Chicago after James died there in 1911. She worked briefly as a housekeeper at St. Felicitas Parish in Chicago.

Submitted by:
Ellen C. Courtney
San Francisco CA
E-mail: elleninsf@sbcglobal.net

Helen Anna Curran

Helen Anna Curran
b. 25 November 1894, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, to James and Mary Florence (Condra) Curran
d. 11 September 1976, Arlington Heights, Illinois

m. 17 February 1917, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
William Dewolf Cook
b. 29 July 1890, Melrose, Clark County, Illinois, to Andrew and Mary (Thompson) Cook
d. 27 February 1945, Phoenix, Arizona

Children with William Dewolf Cook:

  • William Edward (b. 1919) married Shirley Ann Bauer
  • Ellen Irene (b. 1921) married Charles Robert Courtney

Helen moved to Chicago after the death of her father in 1911. After the death of her husband, she had several jobs, including being a cashier at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Helen and William are both buried in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Ellen C. Courtney
San Francisco CA
E-mail: elleninsf@sbcglobal.net