- Col. Richard P. Cook - born at North Green, New Kent county, October 10, 1813, was a son of William and Rebecca (Hayes) Cook.
His wife is a daughter of William and Frances (Apperson) Chandler, Sarah Ann Eliza Chandler, born at Laurel Springs, this county, July 4, 1814. Their marriage was solemnized at the residence of the bride's parents, November 22, 1836, and their children are recorded: Margaret Cordelia, born October 10, 1837, now the wife of R. G. Smith, their record elsewhere given in these pages; Ann Elizabeth, born May 24, 1838, married William W. Jones, December 27, 1871, and died May 20, 1873; Mary Aurelia, born in 1839, is the wife of Hammon F. Crump; twin sons, William Giles and James Dandridge, who died in infancy.
Col. Cook qualified as ensign of the 52d Virginia Militia October 25, 1833, and received promotion in the following order: lieutenant, June 3, 1835; captain, May 10, 1836; major, December 31, 1847; lieutenant-colonel, February 6, 1851; colonel, 1852. His brother, W. C. Cook, was commissioned major under him. James H., another brother, served through the war between the States.
Col. Cook has been a magistrate of New Kent County since 1866, and held other minor offices; he is inspector of weights and measures for New Kent county. His great grandfather, William Cook, served as gunner in the navy during the war for Independence. He was of English birth, and settled probably in Gloucester county on coming to America.
He received for service in the Revolutionary war a grant of 2, 633 1/2 acres, which was never located. His son William located in New Kent county, and married Ann K. Chamberlayne, sister of General William Chamberlayne. Their son William was born in New Kent county, and in 1812 married Rebecca Hayes, who was a daughter of Robert Hayes, a native of New Kent county, and many years a merchant of Cumberland.
James Chandler, paternal grandfather of Mrs. Cook, was born in this county, and married a Miss Lipscomb, of King William county, and they had two sons, William and James. William married Frances Apperson, and located at Laurel Springs, where Mrs. Cook was born.
Col. R. P. Cook was educated at William and Mary College, and has devoted most of his life to farming. In 1840 he purchased Chestnut Grove, which was formerly the home of the Dandridge family. Chestnut Grove contains 1,175 acres. Mrs. Martha Washington was born in the east room of the mansion house. Col. Cook's address is New Kent C.H., New Kent county, Virginia.
(Source: Hardestys Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, H.H.Hardesty, 1884.)
Transcribed by: T. Lindsay
Burial: New Kent Memorial Chapel on Cooks Mill Road, New Kent County, VA