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William G. Cooke, celebrated in the annals of the Texan Revolu-
tion and of the Republic of Texas, was born in Fredericksburg,
Virginia, March 26, 1808. He was the son of Adam and Martha
(Riddell) Cooke, both of whom were natives of Ireland. His
father, Adam Cooke (son of James Cooke), was born of English
parents in Glasslough, Ireland. Adam Cooke had one brother,
John, and three sisters, Rebecca, Isabella, and Jane. Rebecca
married an Englishman, Hawley by name, and lived in Manches-
ter, England. Isabella also married an Englishman, and lived in
Bath. She and her daughter later came to Fredericksburg, Vir-
ginia, where they died. Her daughter married a Mr. Johnson
from Maryland, and left a married daughter, Mrs. Susan Turner,
who became a widow. Jane never married. John, Adam Cooke's
brother, became the great grandfather of George Gordon, of San
Antonio, 'Texas. One of the great grandfathers of Jane Oliver
(who was the mother of Adam Cooke) was Robert Riddell, a
Scottish earl. He was banished from Scotland, and all his prop-
erty confiscated, for taking a prominent part in a rebellion in that
country. He crossed over and settled in the north of Ireland. W.
G. Cooke's mother, Martha Riddell, had two brothers, William and
John, and a sister who married a Mr. Robertson. She had also
three half-brothers, James, Robert, and Joseph, and one half-
sister, Mary, who married an Englishman named Hamilton. Wil-
liam went to Fredericksburg, Virginia, during the War of 1812.
With Dr .James Cooke, brother of W. G. Cooke, he joined a volun-
teer company from Fredericksburg, and after the war, enlisted in
the United States Army, and died in the service, of fever, on Lake
Erie. John Riddell became a surgeon in the English navy. He
died of the fever at Rio Janeiro, on board the warship Huron.
Both William and John Riddell died unmarried.
W. G. Cooke's grandfather, Riddell, became, after he went to
Ireland, a linen manufacturer, and was the only one who had the

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