Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Dr. James P. Cooke Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC003

Collection Summary

Creator: Cooke, James P.
Title: Dr. James P. Cooke papers
Dates: 1868-1891
Dates: (Bulk: 1880-1889)
Abstract: Documents relating to the financial interests of Dr. James P. Cooke of Liberty, Texas.
Identification: MC003
OCLC Record No.: 45880927
Quantity: 50 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born in Maryland in 1836, James P. Cooke moved to Liberty, Texas, in 1860 to set up practice as a physician. In 1861 he enlisted in Company F of the 5th Texas Regiment, a part of General John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade. After the conclusion of the Civil War, Cooke returned to Liberty to resume his practice. He married Lucretia Skinner who died in 1875, and several years later, Elizabeth (Sallie) Perryman who died in 1885, three weeks after the birth of their only child.

Well respected and beloved in the community, Cooke actively participated in church and fraternal organizations. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Masons, and the Knights and Ladies of Honor, and held positions of trust in those organizations. During the 1880s, Cooke invested in mining stock in both the Galveston Ruby Mining Company and the Green River Mines. A landowner in both Liberty and Jefferson Counties in East Texas, Cooke's interest in land deals eventually led to his death. On January 27, 1892, fellow physician Dr. J. O. Furlow murdered Cooke in Bernard Riviere's saloon, apparently over a dispute concerning a real estate transaction. Cooke left a seven-year old daughter.

Scope and Content Note

Financial documents in the form of a small number of IOUs, tax receipts, receipts for payment of organization dues, the payment of life insurance policies, and mining stock purchases comprise the bulk of the Dr. James P. Cooke Papers. They briefly document the financial interests of a physician in Liberty, Texas, from 1868 to 1891. Within this small collection of fifty items is the "Key to the Password" of the Knights of Honor for the second half of 1880. Two certificates contain artifactual interest.


Organized into four series; arrangement varies according to series, chronological or alphabetical.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Cooke, James P.--Archives
Galveston Ruby Mining Co.
Green River Mines
Knights and Ladies of Honor
Family records--Jefferson County (Tex.)
Family records--Liberty County (Tex.)
Jefferson County (Tex.)--History
Liberty (Tex.)--History
Liberty County (Tex.)--History

Other Archival Resources

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575 936-336-8821.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Dr. James P. Cooke Papers, MC003, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


John and Henry Ager, 1942.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2000.


Partlow, Miriam. Liberty, Liberty County, and the Astascosito District. Austin: Jenkins Publishing, 1974.

"The Deadly Dirk! Dr. Jas. P. Cooke is Dead! " The Liberty Vindicator, 29 January 1892.

"Dr. Cook's Funeral. " The Liberty Vindicator, 5 February 1892.

"Furlow Goes Scott Free. " The Liberty Vindicator, 2 September 1892.


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16.2 1 Correspondence 1873-1891

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16.2 2 Financial Documents: Tax Receipts 1868-1888

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16.2 3 Financial Documents: Receipts, Accounts Payable 1869-1888

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16.2 4 Printed Materials 1881-1884, undated

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16.2 5 Notes undated