1830 Marriage of PSGC and Rachel Wilt Hertzog

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1830 Oct 28 Marriage Philip St. George Cooke (age 21) and Rachel Wilt Hertzog (age 23) at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. The ceremony took place at her sister Mary and John Dougherty's home, and it is reputed to be the first "white" couple married in that state. There is a possibility that the families may have been acquainted before they met in Kansas, as Philip St. George Cooke's grandfather Nathan, and Rachel's father, Joseph Hertzog, were both merchants in Philadelphia at the same time. But even if they had not met, it would have been something they had in common.
Rachel has been described as being "gentle and refined" and had a waist that was so small (with corsets, I presume) that a man could put his hands around her waist. My grandmother related the story of a day in the 1840's when her grandmother was at the factor's and an Indian came in, came up behind her and suddenly tried to span her waist with his big hands. Of course there was a great uproar, but the Indian said he didn't mean any harm, only she was so small around, he wanted to see if his hands would meet around her.

1830 Nov 3 Birth of John Esten Cooke near Boyce, Clark County Virginia.

1831 Nov 14 Marriage of Rachel's sister Anne Hertzog to William Wickliffe at Fort Leavenworth. Catherine was present for the ceremony and it is probable that Philip and Rachel were in attendance as well. In 1827 at the age of 13, Anne had been sent back to Philadelphia to "polish her social graces". When she returned to the West she met Capt. William N. Wickliffe. Now all four sisters were married. Two to military men, one to an Indian Agent. Elizabeth, had married William Burrage Collins on the 26th of February 1826. In Dec 21,1831 their address was listed as No.166 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA.

1831 Dec 21 Catherine Hertzog and Rachel were both at Cantonment Leavenworth. The family ties were close, and, in a letter written from Leavenworth to her brother-in-law Michael Baker, Catherine wrote that "Should the command be ordered from this to Jefferson Barracks or the Arkansas I shall probably follow them. 'Tis the wish of Rachel I should do so; as it matters not much where I am now" and "My health has been better since I have been here for a long time. Excitement seems to answer me best. I generally visit Rachel and Ann from two to three times a week." (From a letter from C. Hertzog published in a Kansas History article The Pleasures of Female Society at Cantonment Leavenworth by Daniel D. and Marilyn Irvin Holt)

1832 Feb 8 Rachel, Mary, and Anne were all living at Leavenworth when the War Department directed all cantonments to be designated as forts. This led to the three sisters being separated by the new directions in their husband's careers. (The Pleasures of Female Society at Cantonment Leavenworth by Daniel D. and Marilyn Irvin Hold, Kansas History Vol 8 Spring 1985 Number 1)

1832 June 22 Birth of Charles Brewer in Annapolis Maryland. (The future husband of Maria P. Cooke). The Brewers were an old respected family affiliated with the Maccubbins, Mediarys, and the artist Charles Wilson Peale. For Brewer family history see Presidents Hill by Michael P. Parker and Rachel Brewer's Husband Charles Wilson Peale - a graduate thesis by Lance Lee Humphries University of Virginia 1993.

1832 Aug 2 Black Hawk War Philip was adjutant of his regiment at the Battle of Bad Axe. Abraham Lincoln was Captain of the Volunteers, and it is possible that he and Philip were acquainted at this time. Both men were only 23 years old at the time Lincoln being Philip's senior by a mere four months. This would have been Philip's first large-scale involvement with blood and gore, and I wonder what effect it had on him. (Incidentally, here in New Zealand the "Maori Wars" are now called the "Land Wars", which seems a more appropriate term.) Upon completion of the war with Black Hawk, leader of the Sauk and Fox Tribes, Philip and Rachel moved to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and on Sept 7 Philip attained the rank of Regimental Adjutant of the 6th infantry.

1833 Feb 6 Birth of James Ewell Brown Stuart at Laurel Hill plantation, Patrick County, Virginia. (Future husband of Flora Cooke). His father was Archibald Stuart and his mother Elizabeth Letcher Pannill. The Cookes and Stuarts were both from established, well-respected Virginian families, and were most likely acquainted, as was the custom among well-to-do families in the South.

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