The Julia Cook letters form a narrative account of Cook's life in Wiscasset, Maine, and travels to other towns from December 1816-October 1818. She frequently discussed her opinions of marriage and courtship.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Christa Lemelin, September 2006, and Meg Hixon, January 2012
Scope and Content:
The 36 Julia Adelaide Cook letters form a 32-page narrative account of Cook's life in Wiscasset, Maine, and travels to other towns from December 1816-October 27, 1818. She frequently discussed her opinions of marriage and courtship. The letters, addressed to a friend, often concern her opinions on topics such as courtship and married life. On May 27, 1818, she commented on recent difficulties in her cousin John's marriage as a result of his intemperance. Cook voiced her desire to earn an independent living, particularly while her parents were contemplating a move to Missouri or another faraway location. She also provided news of her family and acquaintances throughout Maine, which she obtained during several trips to Saco and Biddeford.
Biographical / Historical:
Julia Adelaide Cook was born on July 7, 1797, and lived in Wiscasset, Maine. She married Lauriston ("Asa") Ward (1786-1851) of Saco, Maine, on October 13, 1824. She died on September 23, 1825, less than a month after giving birth to a son, Lauriston Cook Ward (b. September 8, 1825).
2002. M-4181.2 .
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Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Additional Descriptive Data:
Martyn, Charles. The William Ward Genealogy; the History of the Descendants of William Ward of Sudbury, Mass., 1638-1925. New York: A. Ward, 1925.
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