Betsy Maria (Penfield) Cook Last month, I shared a letter penned by Betsy Maria (Penfield) Cook to her son, Arthur, during the American Civil War; in it, she worries about Arthur's safety and laments the death of her son, Wesley, only a few months before. It's an emotional and touching letter (one of my favorite lines [...]
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A Tale of Two Brothers
Two brothers--Wesley and Arthur Cook of Decorah, Iowa--enlisted in the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War on October 25, 1861 at the ages of 21 and 19, respectively. Both Wesley and Arthur were mustered into Company H of the 9th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment and were ordered to proceed to Franklin, Missouri with their [...]
You Boys Have Been My Life’s Work
Betsy Maria Penfield, my 4th great-grandmother, was born on December 29, 1809 in Connecticut to William Penfield and Betsy Lydia Blish. Her father was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church--as well as a shoemaker by trade--and she joined the church herself at the age of 16 in Rome, New York. Betsy married Joseph [...]
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