Known Tombstone Carvers

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These pages seek to identify and document the known tombstone carvers in the state of Pennsylvania, from all time periods.  If any one has any information about additional tombstone carvers to be included, or have additional information to add to an existing carver,  please feel free to contact Ellis Michaels or Bill Plack


G. B. COOK

J. R. COOK

The Cookstown Cutters

(Biography and Photographs contibuted by Bill Plack)

     George Thurstonís 1859 Directory of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Valleys tells us that Fayette City was founded by Col. Edward Cook, who came to the area in 1770. The town was first settled in 1794 and laid out by Col. Cook who called it Freeport. The name was later changed to Cookstown, and finally, around the 1850ís, to Fayette City. Thurston notes that in 1859 the town included 2 churches, 2 hotels, 2 fraternal lodges, a public school, 12 stores, 3 inactive glass works, and three quite extensive marble works, although he only lists two of them. One was the Fayette City Marble Works at 3rd Street near Market, operated by George B. Cook, whose residence was at the corner of California Street and Connellsville Road.

     The other marble works was only identified as James R. Cook, marble cutter, whose shop was at the corner of 3rd and Fording and residence at Second near Fording.

     Some of the tombstones I have found that are signed by G.B. and J.R. Cook are marked "Cookstown, Pa." and others are marked "Fayette City, Pa.".

     Although it is possible that George and James Cook were related to Col. Cook, the records indicate that neither of them was his son. However, it does seem quite likely that George and James were closely related to each other, possibly brothers, since two of Jamesís children had the same name as George and his wife, Amanda.

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1860 U.S. Census information for George Cook family in Fayette City, Fayette County, PA:

  • George Cook, 46, marble cutter
  • Amanda, 36
  • Mary, 17
  • Henrietta, 15
  • Cassius, 13
  • Anna, 10
  • John, 8
  • Rebecca, 6
  • Amanda, 3
  • Anna, 1

1860 U.S. Census information for James Cook family in Fayette City, Fayette County, PA:

  • James Cook, 38, marble cutter
  • Isabel, 28
  • Amanda, 10
  • James, 8
  • Woodison, 6
  • Elizabeth, 5
  • George, 3
  • Emma, 1

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Known Examples of

George B. Cook's

Tombstone Carving


 

Rehoboth Presbyterian Cemetery

Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County

 


   Hoffman Cemetery

South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County

 


Belle Vernon Cemetery

Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County

 


Known Examples of

James R. Cook's

Tombstone Carving


Rehoboth Presbyterian Cemetery

Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County

 


Little Redstone Presbyterian Cemetery

Washington Township, Fayette County

 



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