“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Oceana in Wyoming County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

John Cooke

John Cooke Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
1. John Cooke Marker
Inscription.  First settler of Wyoming County. He was born in London, 1752, and kidnaped and sold to Virginia planter as an indentured servant. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and fought in battles of Point Pleasant, Monmouth and Stony Point. In lieu of army pay, he was given grant of land in Montgomery County, Virginia, located on “Little Laurel,” on which he and two sons settled, 1799. He is buried here in the Delilah Chapel graveyard.
Erected 1973 by West Virginia Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 37° 41.346′ N, 81° 37.36′ W. Marker is in Oceana, West Virginia, in Wyoming County. Marker is on Cook Parkway (West Virginia Route 10) 0.2 miles south of Kooperston Road (Route 85), on the left when traveling west. It is next to Berlin McKinney Elementary School at the edge of Laurel
John Cooke Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
2. John Cooke Marker
Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oceana WV 24870, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. Ralph Stewart (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named John Cooke (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Romance (approx. one mile away); William Walker (approx. one mile away); Prehistoric Petroglyphs (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pineville (approx. 8.7 miles away).
Also see . . .  John Cooke worked to complete his wife’s term as indentured servant. Excerpt published in 2017 in the Wyoming County Report from Mary Keller Bowman’s 1965 book Reference Book of Wyoming County History Excerpt of the excerpt:
John Cooke (born in London, England, about 1752, died in Logan County, Virginia, 1832), when a boy of 14 to 16 years, with a considerable number of other children, accepted an invitation to enjoy a day of festivity on board a ship anchored in the Thames River, near London. Part of the entertainment was to be a trip down the river to Liverpool and return late that afternoon. Among these young people, who ranged in age from 10 to 16 years, was Nellie, who lived in Scotland but was then visiting in London. This fatal day was the fourth Sunday in May, 1766 or 1767. The pleasures of the day were enjoyed by all until the time came to return home. Instead of sailing back up the river, the ship continued out to sea and on to Virginia.
(Submitted on August 27, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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