Robert Cook Woodhurst


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Brief biography

Robert Cook Woodhurst was born in 1862 in Indiana to parents Hazard (1) Woodhurst and his wife Margaret Jane Hayden. A relative reports that the birth was at Cartersburg in Hendricks County on September 11th 1862.

The US 1870 Census finds him living at age "7" with his parents in Liberty township, Hendricks County.

The US 1880 Census finds him living at age "17" with his parents in Salt River township, Ralls County, Missouri and occupied as a farm labourer.

He married Ann Eliza Jane Slaughter, in her father's home, on September 6th 1888 in Monroe County, Missouri [IGI: Batch 8500803]. She was born at Monroe City on March 7th 1873 of parents John Brown Slaughter and Elizabeth Jane (nee Williamson), and was known familiarly as "Lyda Jane" [descendants' reports].

The US 1900 Census finds Robert Cook cited as present in the household of his parents in Mason township, Marion County in Missouri. This record gives his birthdate as October 1863 and cites no occupation. He also appears in a separate record with his wife "Lyda J." and three children living in Salt River township. This record gives his age as 37, his birthdate as September 1862 and his occupation as farmer. He and his wife had been married 11 years but had produced only 3 children. Ann Eliza Jane's birthyear is here given incorrectly as "1872". Her father's birthplace is cited as Tennessee and her mother's as Kentucky.

The US 1910 Census finds him at age 47 in the household of his parents in Salt River township, together with his wife and their son Fred Raymond. He was occupied as a farm labourer.

The US 1920 Census finds him living at age "54" with his wife in Santa Barbara City, California. His occupation is cited but is undecipherable. His wife, aged "42", is here named "Mary", which is presumed to have been merely a familiarization. She was working as a telephone operator. Her father's birthplace is again cited as Tennessee but her mother's is now given as Missouri.

Robert Cook died in Hannibal in Marion County on January 8th 1945 and was buried at Perry in Ralls County on January 10th, whilst Ann Eliza Jane died at Moberly in Randolph County, Missouri on August 10th 1949 and was buried at Menlo Park in San Mateo County, California [descendant's report].

His children by Ann Eliza Jane Slaughter

  1. Myrtle S. Woodhurst
  2. John Virgil Woodhurst
  3. Fred Raymond Woodhurst