The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 211
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Col. William G. Cooke.
King's authority for stamping all the linen manufactured with
the seal of England; and, all linen made in the north of Ireland
had to be brought to him to be stamped.1 Adam and Martha
(Riddell) Cooke were the parents of nine children, as follows:
Jane Oliver, the oldest, died at sea on the voyage to America;
James, educated for a physician, chemist, pharmacist, and dentist,
at the University of Pennsylvania, died August 10, 1873, in Fred-
ericksburg, Virginia, in his 78th year; Eliza, married C. P. James,
died in Peoria, Illinois, January 8, 1880; Annie, died in her 26th
year; William G., the subject of this sketch, born March 26, 1808;
Robert, died in infancy; Jane; Martha Rebecca, born January 10,
1813, died November 22, 1893, at San Diego, California; and
Mary Hamilton, born January 4, 1818, taught 45 years, died No-
vember 22, 1884.
Miss Martha Rebecca Cooke, writing to her nephew, Wm. N.
Cooke, the son of W. G. Cooke, said, "I think our parents [Adam
and Martha (Riddell) Cooke] came to this country in 1792."
In 1835 W. G. Cooke, then a young man about twenty-seven
years of age, came to Texas with a company from New Orleans,
and took a very active part in the storming of San Antonio de
Bexar, in December of the same year. For the particulars of his
brilliant share in this movement the reader is referred to his letter
to his brother, Dr. James Cooke, of Fredericksburg, Virginia,
which is printed below.2
Houston, 7th Augt., 1839.
Dear Brother: By the boat from the Columbia today, I had
the pleasure to receive yours of the 16th ulto. I know of nothing
'This statement and the genealogy of Col. W. G. Cooke here given are
from letters written by his sister, Miss Martha Rebecca Cooke, to her
nephew, ex-Sheriff Wm. Navarro Cooke, of Eagle Pass, Texas, which I
have been permitted to examine.
2The original letter, old, time-worn, and in places torn, is now in the
possession of his son, ex-Sheriff Wm. N. Cooke, Eagle Pass, Texas. I
have endeavored to supply the missing words and parts of words. I have
been told by Mr. Cooke that some years ago, at the request of Col. H. P.
Brewster of the Department of Statistics and History, Austin, Texas, he
sent 'him his father's most valuable papers, and that he has later been
informed that they are lost. These papers, if they could be found, would,
very probably, cast further light on Texas history. Could they not yet be
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