Fayette County Genealogy Project
COL. EDWARD COOK was born in Chambersburg in 1741, married Martha Crawford in Franklin county, and came in 1770 to Washington township where he kept an early store and tavern in a log cabin which he built. He was prominent in county, state and military matters, figured as a leader in the Whisky Insurrection, entertained Washington, and died in 1812 in the faith and membership of the Presbyterian church. Colonel Cook was a large land owner, built a mill and laid out Fayette City. He was one of the leading characters of his day in Southwestern Pennsylvania where he was respected for his many virtues.