William O. Cook

Father: Jefferson Davis Cook (1860 - 1916)
Mother: Mary Emma Roach Cook

The only information that I have about William is that he served in France during WWI, moved to St. Louis, Missouri and after his wife passed away, he committed suicide. No children were born to William and his wife. But his wife might have had a previous marriage and may have had children from that union.

William's younger brother, Jasper Marvin Cook, lived in Granite City, Madison County, Illinois - just across the river from St. Louis. According to my great aunt, it was my grandmother, Emma Cook Ray Mann and her husband Harry Mann, who found her Uncle Will.

I have found the death certificate for both William and his wife, Ida Mae Singleton Cook. They are online at the Missiouri State Archives web site. Will and Ida lived on N. 11th Street in St. Louis. Will died 3 years after Ida. Ida was about 10 years older than her husband, Will.


  • 13 Aug 1889: Born to Jefferson Davis Cook and Mary Emma Roach Cook in Ballard Co, KY
  • 1900 Census: With mother and 2 brothers, David Iley Cook and Jasper Marvin Cook, Carlisle County, Ky
  • 1900 Census: Mother is listed as widow but in fact, Jefferson is in the Western Ky Assylum for the Insane
  • 1910: Mary Emma Roach Cook may have died - I can not find her in the census.
  • 1910 Census: Magisterial District 4, Ballard, Kentucky.
  • WW 1 Registration address listed as Wickliffe, Ballard County, but he worked at the Illinois Glass Company in Alton, IL. He was single at this time.
  • 1920 Census: Unknown location.
  • 1930 Census: St. Louis, MO with wife Ida Mae.
  • 21 Nov 1943: Wife Ida Mae Cook dies of cancer.
  • 5 Apr 1946: William Arthur Cook dies of gunshot wound.
  • Both William and Ida are buried at the New St. Marcus Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Wishlist for this relative: Where did William serve in the military? Does anyone have a photo?