Biographical Sketches from Cook Cemetery


Benjamin F. Cook, farmer, is the son of Isaac T. and Elizabeth Lewis Cook and the grandson of Isaac Cook, senator, who settled in Ross County in 1804. The grandfather died in that county and of his ancestry little more can be said than that they were of Scotch descent.

This subject was born March 14, 1838 and was married February 26, 1879 to Fannie J., daughter of Levin and Susan Bennett of Madison County. She was born January 18, 1856. They have one child, Benjamin F. Jr. born March 22, 1880.

Our subject gives the principal part of his time to farming and stock raising in which pursuits he has been reasonably successful. During the late Civil War he did honorable service as a sergeant in Co. H, 60th OVI and participated with his regiment in the eventful campaigns in Virginia during the early part of the great conflict. He was captured and paroled by the enemy at Harper's Ferry in September 1862. In politics he is a Republican.

His father, Isaac T. Cook, was born March 6, 1797 and died April 9, 1873. His mother, Elizabeth Lewis Cook, was born January 15, 1804 and died November 30, 1872. His brother, John J. Cook died September 23, 1852.

(Buried at Cook Cemetery: Benjamin F. Cook himself, wife Fannie J. Bennett Cook, Benjamin F.'s father Isaac T. Cook and Benjamin F.'s mother Elizabeth Lewis Cook and Benjamin F.'s brother John J. Cook.)


Alexander Grim, farmer, is the youngest son and fourth child of Jonathan and Betsey Long Grim. He was born in Ross County, this state, July 25, 1815. His father's family consisted of four sons and four daughters. Alexander's siblings were: John, Jacob, William, Polly, Susan, Elizabeth and Sarah.

Our subject was married 1836 to Elizabeth Cochran of Ross County. They had four children: Mary Ann, Susan, Margaret and John. Mrs. Grim died in Ross County in 1840. Mr. Grim was again married in 1844 to Jane Dick of this county. By this marriage eight children have been born: William, Charles, Martha J., Ann, Jacob W., James M., Laura Alice and Evan.

Mr. Grim has been a resident of this county since 1840. He owns a farm and is comfortably fixed for life.

(Buried at Cook Cemetery: Alexander Grim's wife Elizabeth Long Grim and their son Jacob W. Grim.)


Joseph S. Harrison, farmer, was born in Madison Township June 23, 1851and is the first child of John J. and Cynthia A. Shuffleberger Harrison. His father was born in the same township and his mother was a native of Virginia.

Batteal Harrison, his grandfather, was one of the early settlers of Madison Township and did much in locating land claims for early settlers. The Harrison family is directly related to William H. Harrison, 9th President of the United States.

Mr. Harrison was educated in the common schools of the neighborhood, obtained a fair education and by years of practical business life has added much knowledge to his store of book learning.

On August 28, 1878 he married Margaret, first daughter of Henry Fulton of Madison Township. Their only child, Nellie, was born May 17, 1880.

Mr. Harrison was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace for Madison Township April 4, 1881. He possesses the proper qualities of a good officer.

(Buried at Cook Cemetery: Grandfather Batteal Harrison and grandmother Elizabeth Thompson Scott Harrison.)

Genealogical Data collected and assimilated in part by Mary Lou Stiverson.