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  • ID: I2753
  • Name: Malissa POTTS
  • Given Name: Malissa
  • Surname: Potts
  • Name: Lizzie POTTS
  • Given Name: Lizzie
  • Surname: Potts
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 22 Feb 1850 in Belleville, Mifflin, Pennsylvania 1
  • Death: 28 Nov 1932 in Galion, Crawford, Ohio 1
  • Burial: Marion Cem, Marion, Ohio 2 2
  • _UID: 06CF02435B3E844294C72745F0A4092D0AAB
  • Change Date: 7 Sep 2004 at 14:34
  • Note:
    (Research):(All from Pattie Smith)
    Information from Malissa Potts (Smith) (Cooke) Death Certificate, showsparents were Joseph Potts and Rachel Berlue, Belleville, PA

    Obituary from the Mansfield News Newspaper, Mansfield, Ohio, November 28,1932
    MRS. MELISSA COOK - Galion Woman Succumbs After Short Illness
    GALION, Nov. 28 --- The death of Mrs. Melissa Cooke, 83, occurred Sundayafternoon at the home of her son, Joseph A. Smith of 326 North ColumbusStreet. She suffered a stroke of paralysis Nov. 15, which later causedher death.
    The body was taken to the Snyder Funeral Home and will be returned tothe home of the son today. Funeral arrangements have not been completed,but burial will be made in the cemetery at Marion.
    Mrs. Cooke was born in Mifflin County, PA., Feb. 22, 1850, the daughterof Joseph and Rachel Potts. She was married first to Augustus Smith whopreceded her in death. To this union, the one son, who survives, wasborn. The second marriage was to Jacob Cooke who died about 25 yearsago.
    Mrs. Cooke has made her home in this city for the past seven years.
    Surviving are her son; one grandson, Joseph H. Smith of Harding WayEast; and six great grandchildren.

    Malissa is shown on census as Elizabeth on the 1880 Census, shown asLizzie Cooke on the 1900 Census and as Elizabeth on the marriagecertificate of her son (my great- grandfather) Joseph A. Smith to CoraLee Hamman. It appears Malissa was known as 'Lizzie" and was thought tobe short for Elizabeth, instead of Malissa.

    Notes from Lizzie (Potts, Smith) Cooke application for pension file afterthe death of her 2nd husband Jacob Cooke.
    This note is from a 'General Affidavit' form, State of Pennsylvania,Union County.
    National Archives Record No. 1059613, Can No. 3356, Bundle No. 38

    "In the matter of pension for Lizzie Cooke, widow of late Jacob Cooke,Co. E, McKeag's Infantry Battlion, PA....Civil War

    Lizzie Cooke, aged 75 years, a resident of Lewisburg, County of Union,State of Pennsylvania whose Post-office address is 321 South SixthStreet, Lewisburg, Union County, Pa. well known to be reputable andentitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to afore said case as follows:

    "My maiden name was Melissa Potts, but from childhood up I was calledLizzie Potts, and I have signed my name "Lizzie" ever since. I alwayswrote it "Lizzie" ever since. I always wrote it "Lizzie" and thought itwas the right thing to do. I was only married once before I married thesoldier, Jacob Cooke. I was married to Augustus Smith, and was divorcedfrom him September 12th, 1876."

    Note: [I now have a copy of the Divorce record between Augustus Smithand Melissa, dated September 12, 1876, in the Court of Common Pleas ofClinton, County, Pennsylvania, Document No. 304. Melissa filed for thisdivorce.]

    "I was not married previous to that. after I was divorced from AugustusSmith, I was not married until I married Jacob Cooke, the soldier, and welived together as husband and wife from the time of our marriage up tothe date of his death, October 15, 1906. We had no children. Mr. JacobCooke had no children by his former wife. I have not married since thedeath of Jacob Cooke, and am still his widow. Mr. Cooke's first wife,Harriet Rothrock, died at Beech Creek, Pa. After I was divorced fromAugustus Smith, I took my maiden name, and this is the name under which Iwas married to Jacob Cooke. My husband spelled his name "Cooke" and Iwish my name to appear in the certificate, in case one should issue, as"Lizzie Cooke." Harriet Rothrock, Mr. Cook's first wife, died before mymarriage to him, and her body is buried at Beech Creek."

    She further declares that she has interest in said case and is concernedin its prosecution

    Signature: Lizzie Cooke
    Signature: Mary W. Bennett, Notary Public

    Father: Joseph POTTS b: Abt 1820
    Mother: Rachel BERLUE b: Abt 1825

    Marriage 1 Jacob COOKE b: 1844
    • Married: 26 Jan 1879 in Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania 2
    • Change Date: 17 Jun 2012
    1. Has No Children Cora Lee COOKE b: Mar 1880
    2. Has No Children Rae Cooke COOKE b: Apr 1881

    Marriage 2 Spouse Unknown
    • Divorced: Y
    • Married: 12 Sep 1876 in , Clinton, Pennsylvania 2
    • Change Date: 17 Jun 2012
    1. Has No Children Joseph A SMITH b: Mar 1870

    1. Media: Obituary
      Abbrev: Obituary, for named person
      Title: Obituary
      Note: For named individual
    2. Media: Email
      Abbrev: Smith, Patti, emails (Cooke)
      Title: Smith, Patti, emails (Cooke)
      Note: Jacob Cooke - Melissa Potts Smith
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