Guide to the Bennett Cook Papers, December 1803

Summary Information

Title: Bennett Cook Papers, December 1803
Collection: AC.527
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Bennett Cook Papers contains a handwritten paper in which Bennett testifies in a lawsuit between Colonel Hugh Phelps of Wood County, Virginia and William Skinner. It is signed by Joseph Cook, Justice of the Peace in Wood County, Virginia, December 10, 1803.

Creator: Cook, Bennett

Biographical/Historical Note

Testament of December 10, 1803 by Bennett Cook, former Constable of Wood County, Virginia regarding his receiving a document from Colonel Hugh Phelps of Wood County, Virginia on June 1802 regarding a suit between Phelps and the property of William Skinner and a bale of bear skins.

Bennett Cook was born Oct. 3, 1776 in Massachusetts and died in October 1845. He was married to Hannah James in 1806.

Scope and Contents

This is a single sheet of tattered, fragile paper on which Bennett Cook has written his testimony in a lawsuit over a bale of bear skins between Hugh Phelps and William Skinner. Skinner asked a question of Cook, "Did you open the bail (sp.) of skins and count them at the time you served the first attachment?" Cook's answer was, "No I did not."

It was signed by Cook before the Justice of the Peace of Wood County, Virginia, Joseph Cook, on December 10, 1803.


It is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The donor of this collection is unknown. Accession number AC.2001.035

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.527: Bennett Cook Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Testament, December 1803 ACSC_Box 15.25