COOK, James Wilson - The youngest son of Thomas Cook who was the oldest son
of John Cook, the Wyoming settler, he came to Surveyor's Fork where the
present town of Lester is located. He sold his farm to Champ Lester in 1855
and moved to Slab Fork near Hotchkiss. His sons, James Remley and Matthew
Ellison Cook, were Confederate soldiers.
LESTER, Champ - Lester came from Floyd County to Lester in 1855. Five sons,
Samuel, Job, Perry, Pearis, and Daniel were Confederate soldiers. Samuel
was one of the first county victims of the war, dying in the winter of 1861
of measles. Job was color bearer of the 36th Virginia Regiment. He was six
feet, seven inches tall, and in battle or on parade, the 36th's colors could
be seen above all others. Daniel was wounded and never fully recovered,
dying a few years after the war.