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Cook, John Bray


Age: 25, credited to Greensboro, VT
Unit(s): 14th IA INF, 41st IA INF, 7th IA CAV
Service: Co. A 14th IA INF; Co. A, 41st IA INF, Co. I, 7th IA CAV Cook, John B. Age 25. Residence Cedar Rapids, nativity Vermont. Enlisted Sept. 23, 1861. Mustered Oct. 23, 1861. Mustered out Oct. 31, 1864, Sioux City, Iowa, expiration of term of service. See Company A, Forty-first Infantry. Cook, John B. Age 25. Residence Cedar Rapids, nativity Vermont. Enlisted Sept. 23, 1861. Mustered Oct. 23, 1861. See Forty-first Infantry.

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Birth: 07/03/1836, Greensboro, VT
Death: 09/02/1919

Burial: Lincoln Cemetery, Greensboro, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 38981359


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/8/1890, VT; widow Kate K., 10/29/1919, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Cook, John Bray, of Greensboro, son of Charles, Jr., and Caroline (Huntington) Cook, was born at Greensboro, July 3, 1836.

Mr. Cook's grandfather removed to Greensboro in 1801, settling on the farm on which he now resides. His educational training was received at the Greensboro public schools and in two terms each at the academies of St. Johnsbury and Barre. Till the age of twenty-two he remained and labored upon the farm, and removed to Iowa in the spring of 1861.

In October of that year, he enlisted for three years in Company A., 14th Ia. Infantry, and expected to be sent immediately to the front, but the trouble with the Sioux Indians occurring at this time, the regiment was ordered to Fort Randall in South Dakota. Here Mr. Cook remained for two years, sharing in many of the exciting events of the campaign under General Sully. After the Minnesota massacre, he was detailed with a party of twenty-five to pursue the Sioux Indians, and after a successful skirmish captured six, who were carried to the fort, but who subsequently escaped. By the command of General Sully, Mr. Cook was assigned to the quartermaster's department, in which he remained until the expiration of his term of service. His company built the first building at Fort Sully. And as wagon master, under a strong Indian guard, he drew the logs for the first warehouse erected at Fort Rice.

He has been elected to several town offices and appointed justice of the peace. In his political faith, he is a Republican.

Mr. Cook is affiliated with Caledonia Grange, No. 9, of Hardwick, is a member of the Congregational church, and a teacher in the Sabbath school.

Mr. Cook married, Nov. 14, 1865, Katharine, daughter of Capt. Charles and Hannah (Lewis) Kallamyer. Captain Kallamyer left the service of the German Emperor for political reasons, and afterwards entered the regular army of the United States.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 70.



On Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, John B. Cook of Greensboro died, aged 83, after suffering from hardening of the arteries for several years. With the exception of nearly five years spent in the West (most of the time in the army) Mr. Cook spent his life on the farm which has been in the Cook name for 118 years, his grandfather having located there in 1801. In his passing, Greensboro loses a man of unusual worth. He was of a high order of citizenship and manhood. He had more than a little to do with the affairs of the town and state and in the tasks set him either as an official or a private citizen, his standard was right living. His sterling qualities made enemies for him but, to use his own words, he “never tried to injure my enemies.” He was a faithful and devoted church man, and in the years when public religious activity was possible for him, never failed to have his family present at the morning church service. There a re not a few men about town who gratefully remember him as their Sunday school teacher. In ways civic and religious he accomplished much in spite of physical handicaps which in his early years told seriously on his educational equipment. In conversation Mr. Cook was unfailingly entertaining and instructive. He had a memory well stocked with Indian traditions and stories of the settlement of Greensboro and towns surrounding. His telling of historical tales made him a favorite at many a gathering.

The funeral which was held Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4Th, was largely attended by people of the town as well as of other towns. Among those who came to do honor to Mr. Cook, were several members of Burnside Post No. 6, of which he was a member, having served in the 7th Iowa Cav., under General Sully, the Indian fighter from 1861 to 1865.

The service was conducted by Rev. S. F. Achenbach of Fryeburg, Me., a former Greensboro pastor and a close personal friend of the deceased.

He was married at Sioux City, Ia., November 14 1865, to Miss Katherine Kallmyer.

Mr. Cook leaves a widow and four children, Mrs. Anna C. Miller, C. Burt Cook, occupying the old home farm, George S. Cook of East Hardwick and Mrs. P. N. Allen of Greensboro, together with four grandchildren, also a brother, Dr. C. H. Cook of Natick, Mass.

Source: Orleans County Monitor, September 17, 1919.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.