My Cook Family

I am researching my Cook / Roach / Long family tree roots and offer this information to you for your review and input. My paternal grandparents were Lew Wade Ray and Emma Melvina Cook Ray Mann. I have been researching my family tree off and on over the past twenty or so years. As a child, my mother would tell stories about her German Grandmother who spoke in a mix of German and English. Another grandmother made hats. These tales created a visual image for a small child. I decided to capture as much information as possible about my parent's families.

Dad didn't know his paternal grandparents, but as luck would have it, a great deal of information became available to me about his father's family; the Ray Family. The Ray family came to Calloway, Graves, and Marshall Counities from Virginia via Tennessee in the early 1800's.

My father's maternal line proved to be a much larger challenge! I have compiled as much information as I have about these folks. It is because my Grandmother's family has been so hard to find that I have managed to accumulate so much Cook information.

As with all research, verify the information that I offer.

Let's begin our journey with Grandma Emma.