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Edith and Earl Cook family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS996

Scope and Content

This collection consists of genealogy records created by Edith Cook. Included within this genealogy are the family history for the Bell, Bloch, Cook, Collier, Dicks, Fish, Griggs, Harber, Ingram, Owen, Thomas, Tigner, Wagnon, Waldo-Hall, Weiss, and Wilson families. The collection also contains correspondence and scrapbooks. Of particular interest is material pertaining to Edith W. Harber (Cook.) Edith Harber enlisted in the the United States Army during World War II and earned her pilot's license. The materials pertaining to Edith include her correspondence, Army papers, and flight instruction records. Also included is material related to Earl P. Cook's family in Georgia including land indentures of district three, land lot 150 in the name of John Hodnett, an ancestor through his mother's Tigner family, as well as an oversize land indenture in the name of Burrell Cook of South Carolina.


  • 1821-1992, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative and Biographical History

Edith Wilson Harber married Earl P. Cook, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia in 1947. The Georgia roots of Edith Cook's genealogy begin with the Dicks family in the late 1700s. Jonathon Dicks married Isabella Collier in 1812 in Savannah, Georgia. Their daughter, Anna Isabella Dicks, married George Pegram Wagnon; and their daughter, Alice Ione married James Lorenzo Bell, a Confederate Civil War veteran. James and Alice's daughter, Eva Eliza Bell, married Manson Wilson, the son of W.A. Wilson, who also served in the Confederate Army. One of Eva's daughters, May Hall Wilson, married Paul T. Harber. The couple had a daughter, Edith Wilson Harber. Earl P. Cook's family in Georgia dates back to a Revolutionary War soldier, Captain John Cook (1738-1798) who moved to Georgia from Virginia via South Carolina. His son, Burrel Brown (1762-1803) married Mary Honoria Kirkland (1800-1883) in 1818 and had ten children. Burrell's youngest son was Nathan Milton Cook (1830-1911). Nathan married Maria Sheppard in 1869 and had two children: Mary Cook and Earl Pope Cook (1877-1943) who married Katherine Tigner (d. 1991) and had Earl P. Cook, Jr.


8.84 linear ft. (9 document cases and 4 oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged first alphabetically by surname and subsequently chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2003 with subsequent additions in 2008

Description Control

Collection processed in 2010.

Edith and Earl Cook family papers
Melanie Stephan
December 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305