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then practicing in Pittsburgh, was the
oldest living member of the Allegheny
county bar. In 1888, on the completion
of the new courthouse, his seniority was
recognized by the presentation to him of
the keys of the Temple of Justice.

As a true citizen, Mr. Darlington was
interested in all enterprises which medi-
tated the moral improvement and social
culture of the community, and actively
aided a number of associations by his in-
fluence and means. In politics he was a
Republican, and, while he never exhibited
any political aspirations, and steadily re-
fused to accept office, was frequently
consulted in regard to questions of mo-
ment, being known as a vigilant and at-
tentive observer of men and measures,
whose sound opinions and liberal views
caused his ideas to carry great weight
among those with whom he discussed
public problems. No good work done in
the name of charity or religion sought his
cooperation in vain, and in his work of
this character he brought to bear the same
discrimination and thoroughness that
were manifest in his professional life. He
was a devout Christian and attended the
Presbyterian church.

Of singularly strong personality, no
one could approach Mr. Darlington with-
out feeling himself in the presence of a
man of marked ability and the loftiest
moral standards. Simple and dignified in
manner, he had withal a certain warmth
and geniality which drew men to him,
inspiring that loyal regard which was the
natural response to the friendship of a
nature like his. His countenance, bear-
ing and whole aspect were those of a
man of mark.

One of the chief features of Mr. Dar-
lington's home, and one most expressive

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of his individual tastes, was a library of
about fourteen thousand volumes, pecu-
liarly rich in the literature of his profes-
sion, and in historical works. It was, in
fact, one of the best and largest private
libraries in the United States. Second
only to his love of the law was his love
of history. He was vice-president of the
Pennsylvania Historical Society, and a
member of other historical associations.
In regard to anything pertaining to West-
ern Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley
his information was full and authentic,
and he was frequently consulted by local
and general historians. He was himself
the author of the following works: 'Illus-
trative Notes to Journal of Colonel John
May, Boston, 1788-89;" "Christopher
Gist's Journals, with Notes and Biog-
raphies ;" and "An Appendix of Illustra-
tive Notes to Colonel Smith's Narrative
of Captivity with the Indians, 1755-59."

Mr. Darlington married Mary Carson,
daughter of Richard Butler and Mary
Boyd (Fitzsimmons) O'Hara, of Pitts-
burgh. (See O'Hara line, following).
Children of William McCullough and
Mary Carson (O'Hara) Darlington: i.
O'Hara. 2. Hillborn, who died in 1862.
3. Mary O'Hara. 4. Edith, who became
the wife of Samuel A. Ammon, esquirC;
of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Darlington was in
all respects an ideal helpmate for her
gifted husband. She was a woman of
literary attainments and an authoress of
note. Her death occurred June 18, 1915.
Devotion to his family was the ruling
motive of Mr. Darlington's life, and no
place was ever so dear to him as his own
fireside.

On September 28, 1889, William Mc-
Cullough Darlington closed his long, bril-
liant and honorable career, passing away
at his home, "Guyasuta," Allegheny
county, and depriving the bar of that
county and of his native State of one who
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an order of government, and believed
that, whether in office or out of it, he
who measured up to his full height should
give public service. He stood as an
exemplification of what a lawyer's life
and attitude should be, not merely to the
bar, not merely to his clients, but to his
country at large and to the community in
which he lived. In private life he was
one of the most kindly and genial of men,
delighting in hospitality, and when the
announcement of his death appeared
many were the tears shed for the faithful
friend and the incomparable host, the
man to whose conversation it was ever
counted a privilege to listen, and the
charm of whose voice and manner yet
lingers in the memory of those to whom
it was once familiar.

The life of William McCullough Dar-
lington was one of singular completeness
and well-rounded symmetry, irreproach-
able and beneficent in every public and
private relation. The productions of his
pen are evidence of his public spirit and
literary ability, and will be read and
valued by future generations of Pennsyl-
vanians. As a lawyer he stands preemi-
nent in the legal annals of his day, not
only by reason of brilliant talents, but as
an upholder and an exemplar of the lofti-
est principles of his profession.

(The O'Hara Line).

The first known of this family was
Teige Oge O'Hara Buidhe, 1560, one of
the chiefs of the Clan O'Hara, in Ireland.
The coat-of-arms of the O'Hara family is
as follows : "A demi lion rampant, hold-
ing in the dexter paw a chaplet of laurel.
Motto, "Try."

(II) Cormac, son of above.

(III) Charles, son of above Cormac
O'Hara.

(IV) Dermond O'Hara, son of above
Charles O'Hara. Son of Dermond O'Hara



was Sir Charles O'Hara, Lord Tyrawly;
Sir James O'Hara, son of Sir Charles,
who became Lord Tyrawly, born 1690,
died 1774.

(V) Felix O'Hara, son of Dermond
O'Hara, was an officer in the Irish Bri-
gade in the service of France.

(VI) John O'Hara, son of Felix
O'Hara, served as officer in the Irish Bri-
gade in service of France, as did his
father.

(VII) James O'Hara, son of John
O'Hara, was quartermaster-general in
United States Army, 1792; married Mary
Carson, daughter of William Carson, of
Philadelphia.

(VIII) Richard Butler O'Hara, son of
General James and Mary (Carson)
O'Hara, married Mary Boyd Fitzsim-
mons, and their daughter was

(IX) Mary Carson, who married Wil-
liam McCullough Darlington, of Pitts-
burgh, as stated above.

Mrs. Mary Carson (O'Hara) Darling-
ton was born at "Guyasuta," Allegheny
county, Pennsylvania. As a child she
spent much of her time with her grand-
mother, the widow of General James
O'Hara, who lived in Pittsburgh, where
she studied under governesses. Later in
her young girlhood she was at school at
Braddock's Fields, Mrs. Olver's "Edge-
worth Seminary." Later she attended
another famous boarding school for girls,
Mrs. McLeod's School, on Staten Island,
New York. Soon after returning home
from school she married William M. Dar-
lington. Mrs. Darlington was always a
student, and being especially interested
in history, read and studied with her hus-
band, whose library and historical writ-
ings remain as a monument to both hus-
band and wife. Her ability to read
French, Italian, German and Spanish was
of great assistance in the research work
necessary in exhaustive studies of the

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history of this country. In 1892 Mrs.
Darlington published the book "Fort Pitt
and Letters from the Frontier," and since
that time wrote many articles of histor-
ical value. In 1901 she prepared a list of
names of the officers of the Colonial and
Revolutionary armies who died in Pitts-
burgh, and were buried in the historic
graveyards of the First Presbyterian or
Trinity churches, Pittsburgh, and wrote
a sketch of the life of each. This paper
was read before the Pittsburgh Chapter
of the Daughters of the American Revo-
lution, of which Mrs. Darlington was an
honorary member, and as a result of in-
terest awakened, a bronze tablet has been
placed on the stone wall on Oliver ave-
nue, back of the two churches, which
bears the names of these officers and
others of whom Mrs. Darlingfton also
wrote sketches for the use of students of
history. For several years Mrs. Darling-
ton was an attendant at the First Pres-
byterian Church of Pittsburgh, but for
many years was a member of the Pres-
byterian Church of Sharpsburg, where
she taught a Bible class, when she first
returned from school, and in later years
had charge of the Sunday School infant
class. She had travelled quite exten-
sively, twice having been abroad with
her family. Her greatest happiness was,
however, in her home with her books, her
flowers and her family, but never did she
lose interest in the affairs of the world,
of her own country and locality, or her
desire fail to give aid where needed. Hers
was a long, beautiful life.



COOKE, Abbot S.,

Man of Affairs.

Not always does it happen that the
traditional traits of a man of birth and
breeding are combined with those of the
modern business man, but the personality
and career of Abbot S. Cooke, of Pitts-

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burgh, furnishes a striking instance of
this union of qualities. Mr. Cooke, presi-
dent of the Cooke-Wilson Electric Sup-
ply Company and officially connected
with other important organizations of a
similar character, is one of the most
aggressive and successful business men
of the Iron City, and he is also descended,
through both his parents, from New Eng-
land families of colonial. Revolutionary
and national distinction.

John Cooke, founder of the American
branch of the family, is said to have
come from Wales, and on June 19, 1696,
was of Saybrook, Connecticut, the re-
cords of the town showing that on that
date he sold a tract of five acres. He
married, and had a son and a daughter,
John and Mary. He married (second)
Hannah, born February 11, 1670, daugh-
ter of Captain Daniel and Mary (Weld)
Harris, of Roxbury, the former a native
of England. By this second marriage
there was a son Daniel, mentioned below.
John Cooke died January 16, 1705, at
Middletown, Connecticut.

(II) Daniel, son of John and Hannah
(Harris) Cooke, was born September 19,
1691, at Saybrook, Connecticut, and re-
moved to Providence, Rhode Island,
where he married, February 4, 1713,
Mary Power, whose ancestral record is
appended to this sketch. Daniel Cooke
died February 7, 1738, and his widow
passed away December 17, 1741.

(III) Nicholas, son of Daniel and
Mary (Power) Cooke, was born Febru-
ary 3, 1717, and became a successful ship-
master and merchant, also engaging in
rope-making and distilling. He was pos-
sessed of a handsome fortune for his day,
owning and managing various estates in
Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Con-
necticut. For years he was one of the
most influential men in the colony, hold-
ing many offices of trust and honor and

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almost continuously serving as deputy
governor. Upon the outbreak of hostili-
ties between England and the colonies he
was called to the governorship of Rhode
Island, and for the next three years, as
Governor Cooke, he presided in the gen-
eral councils, directed the State military
operations, and furnished the supplies for
the troops, not only in his own depart-
ment, but also for those under the im-
mediate command of General Washing-
ton. Governor Cooke married, Septem-
ber 23, 1740, Hannah, born March 13,
1722, daughter of Hezekiah Sabin, the
first settler of that portion of Northeast-
ern Connecticut where his Red Tavern
was for many years the favorite hostelry.
Governor Cooke and his wife were the
parents of twelve children, among whom
was Jesse, mentioned below. Governor
Cooke died November 14, 1783, and the
death of his widow occurred March 21,
1792.

(IV) Jesse, son of Nicholas and Han-
nah (Sabin) Cooke, was born December
19, 1757, in Providence, Rhode Island,
and married (first) Rosanna, daughter
of Captain Christopher and Joan (Vin-
cent) Sheldon. Captain Sheldon was a
prominent citizen of Providence, and a
son of John Sheldon, the immigrant an-
cestor. Mrs. Cooke died November 20,
1789, leaving a son Joseph, mentioned
below. Mr. Cooke married (second)
Hannah Warner, by whom he had a
daughter, Rosanna Sheldon, born Au-
gust 30, 1792, died December 20, 1808.
Mr. Cooke died September 13, 1794.

(V) Joseph, son of Jesse and Rosanna
(Sheldon) Cooke, was a slender lad and
during his youth narrowly escaped
death by yellow fever. Upon attaining
manhood he procured the insertion of
Sheldon in his name by act of the Legis-
lature. He became a noted business man
of Providence and New York City, for

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eighteen years was the agent of the Ly-
man Cotton Manufacturing Company,
and in New York was an associate of
Job Angell in the wholesale dry goods
business. He was interested in the
banks and canal enterprises of his day,
and served as one of the councilmen of
Providence. In 1821 he was elected a
director of the Providence Mutual Fire
Insurance Company, and in 1831 a trus-
tee. In the Masonic fraternity he at-
tained the highest honors. After passing
all the chairs of his lodge he becam,e in
1828 a member of the Grand Lodge, and
in 183 1 was made grand master of the
State, holding that high office until 1835.
He was also a chapter, council and com-
mandery Mason. Mr. Cooke married
Mary Welch, and of their nine children
the youngest was Nicholas Francis, men-
tioned below.

(VI) Nicholas Francis, a son of Jo-
seph Sheldon and Mary (Welch) Cooke,
was born August 25, 1829, in Providence,
Rhode Island. For several years he was
the private pupil of the Rev. D. Thomas
Sheppard, of Bristol, in that State, and
later was instructed by Professor Henry
S. Frieze, subsequently Professor of
Latin at the University of Michigan. In
1846 Mr. Cooke entered Brown Univer-
sity, and in 1849 began a tour of the
world, returning in 1852 and entering the
Medical Department of the University of
Pennsylvania, at the same time attend-
ing lectures at Jefiferson Medical Col-
lege. After close investigation of the
Hahnemann system he became a homceo-
pathic physician, and began practice in
Providence with Dr. A. H. Okie, the first
homceopathic graduate in America. In
1855 Dr. Cooke removed to Chicago,
where he soon came into prominence as
a learned and skilful physician. Upon
the organization in 1859 of the Hahne-
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was selected for the chair of chemistry,
and afterward for that of theory and
practice, from which he resigned in 1870.
Shortly before his death the same institu-
tion elected him Professor Emeritus of
Special Pathology and Diagnosis. Dr.
Cooke was essentially progressive, hail-
ing with delight every new medical dis-
covery and introducing into his practice
every new remedy or antiseptic. He was
the author of a work entitled "Satan in
Society," in which he quotes largely from
his experiences as a physician. In 1866,
after months of close study and as a
result of strong conviction. Dr. Cooke
became a member of the Roman Catholic
church, his obedience to the dictates of
conscience separating him from his be-
loved brother Masons, and costing him a
large part of his professional practice,
which, however, he soon regained. St.
Ignatius College, Chicago, conferred
upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws.
Dr. Cooke married, October 15, 1856,
Laura Wheaton Abbot, whose ancestral
record is appended to this sketch, and
their children were : Nicholas Francis,
born August 7, 1857; Abbot S., mentioned
below; Joseph W., born November 29,
1867; and Mary G., born November 17,
1869. married, October 21, 1902, Craig
Heberton, of Philadelphia. The death of
Dr. Cooke occurred February i, 1885,
and Mrs. Cooke, who had been received
with her husband into the Roman Cath-
olic church, died December 13, 1895.

(VII) Abbot S. Cooke, son of Nicholas
Francis and Laura Wheaton (Abbot)
Cooke, was born July 9, 1859, in Chicago,
Illinois, and received his early education
under private tuition in his native city.
From 1876 to 1879 he was a cadet at the
United States Naval Academy, An-
napolis, Maryland. His initial business
experience was gained in the Chicago
office of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne &

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Chicago railroad, and from 1881 to 1885
he was engaged in mercantile and bank-
ing business in New Mexico. His next
removal was to Kansas, where in addition
to his connection with banking he be-
came interested in the lumber business,
remaining until 1896.

In that year Mr. Cooke came to Pitts-
burgh, finding in that city a field peculiar-
ly adapted to the exercise of his energies.
He engaged in the mining machinery
business, and when in 1905 the Cooke-
Wilson Electric Supply Company was
organized he became its president, an
office which he has since continuously
retained. He is also president of the
Cooke & Wilson Company of Charleston,
West Virginia, and a director of the
Union Collieries Company of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, and the Electric Materials
Company of North East, Pennsylvania,
as well as a member of the Pittsburgh
Board of Trade. He is a man of progres-
sive ideas and by his success has abund-
antly proved his ability. As an energetic
and enterprising citizen Mr. Cooke is
always ready to give practical aid to any
movement which he believes would
advance the public welfare. His charities
are numerous but extremely unostenta-
tious. He belongs to the Sons of ^he
American Revolution, the National Geo-
graphic Society, the Pittsburgh Art So-
ciety, the Duquesne Club, the Pittsburgh
Athletic Association, the Automobile
Club of Pittsburgh and the Oakmont
Country Club. He and his family are
members of St. Paul's Cathedral of Pitts-
burgh.

As his countenance shows, Mr. Cooke
is a man of deep convictions and great
force of character, his clear, direct gaze
speaking of will power, fidelity and
tenacity of purpose. Quick to see an
emergency, he is equally quick in devis-
ing a plan to meet it, and he has at all
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times stood as an able exponent of the
spirit of the age in his efforts to advance
progress and improvement. His nature
is genial and he is emphatically a man of
many friends.

Mr. Cooke married, November 15,
1883, at Lincoln, Illinois, Mary Belle,
daughter of Benjamin F. and Ann Louisa
(Ashe) Smith. Mr. Smith wras born in
1830, in Adair county, Kentucky, re-
moved to Lincoln and in 1862 enlisted in
the Union army as corporal of Company
F, io6th Regiment Illinois Infantry. In
July, 1865, he was mustered out as ser-
geant of the same company and regiment.
Sergeant Smith belonged to James R.
Fulton Post, Grand Army of the Re-
public, Garden City, Kansas. He died
in 1902.

The follovvring children have been born
to Mr. and Mrs. Cooke: Georgia Ger-
trude, in religion, Sister Aquin, of the
Sisters of Mercy ; Laura Abbot ; Doro-
thea May ; Mary Bertile, novir Mrs. John
B. Curley; and Wilhelmina Louise. Mrs.
Cooke, a woman of rare wifely qualities,
is admirably fitted to be the helpmate of
a man like her husband the centre of
whose happiness is in his home and who
delights in the exercise of hospitality.

Throughout his notably successful
career Mr. Cooke has ably and worthily
maintained the noble traditions of his
ancestry, proving that the traits of cour-
age, fidelity and self-forgetful devotion
to duty which marked the brave soldiers
and sailors, the high-minded merchant
and the heroic physician, are no less
characteristic of the true Pittsburgh
business man.

(The Power Line).

Nicholas Power, the first ancestor of
record, was an associate of Roger Wil-
liams in the settlement of Providence,
and one of the thirteen purchasers of
Shawomet (Warwick) from the Indians.



He was a man of large means and his
sudden death, intestate, August 25, 1657,
was the cause of what would now be
regarded as a most extraordinary pro-
ceeding. Ten years after, his estate being
still unsettled, the town council made a
will for him, disposing of his property as
they thought proper and not according
to any law.

(II) Nicholas (2), son of Nicholas (i)
Power, was slain, December 19, 1675, at
the famous capture of the Narragansett
Fort.

(III) Nicholas (3) , son of Nicholas
(2) Power, was presumably of Provi^
dence, Rhode Island.

(IV) Mary, daughter of Nicholas (3)
Power, was born March 29, 1696, and
became the wife of Daniel Cooke, as
mentioned above.

(The Abbot Line).

George Abbot, founder of the Amer-
ican branch of the family, emigrated
about 1640 from Yorkshire, England, to
the colony of Massachusetts, being one
of the first settlers of Andover, where he
lived and died on a farm that was until
recently in the possession of his descend-
ants. The house was used as a garrison
for protection against the Indians many
years both before and after his death.
George Abbot married, in 1647, Hannah,
daughter of William and Annis Chand-
ler, and among the thirteen children bom
to them was Benjamin, mentioned below.
The death of George Abbot occurred De-
cember 24, 1681, he being then sixty-six
years of age.

(II) Benjamin, son of George and
Hannah (Chandler) Abbot, was born De-
cember 20, 1661, on the homestead, where
he passed his entire life. He married, in
1685, Sarah, daughter of Ralph Farnum,
an early Andover settler, and among
their children was Benjamin, mentioned
below.



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(III) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin
(i) and Sarah (Farnum) Abbot, was
born July 11, 1686, and passed his life on
the homestead. He married (first) in
1717, Elizabeth, his cousin, daughter of
George Abbot. She died in 1718, leaving
a daughter Sarah, born August 13, 1718,
and Mr. Abbot married (second) in 1722,
Mary Carlton, who died in January, 1726.
Mr. Abbot married (third) in 1729, Abi-
gail, daughter of Nehemiah Abbot, who
died December 8, 1753, surviving her
husband five years. By his second mar-
riage Mr. Abbot became the father of
two sons : Benjamin, mentioned below ;
and Daniel, born January 9, 1726, died in
April, 1793. Benjamin Abbot, the father,
died December 8, 1748.

(IV) Benjamin (3), son of Benjamin
(2) and Mary (Carlton) Abbot, was born
November i, 1723, and married, in 1747,
Elizabeth, daughter of George Abbot.
Among their children was Joel, men-
tioned below. Benjamin Abbot died Jan-
uary 5, 1770.

(V) Joel, son of Benjamin (3) and
Elizabeth (Abbot) Abbot, was born De-
cember 4, 1757, and married Lydia Cum-
mings, who was born November 26, 1769.
Four sons and four daughters were born
to them, one of the sons being Joel, men-
tioned below. Joel Abbot, the father,
died April 12, 1806, and the mother of
the family passed away March 5, 1813.

(VI) Joel (2), son of Joel (i) and
Lydia (Cummings) Abbot, was born
January 18, 1793, entered the United
States navy, and served as a midshipman
under Commodore MacDonough, taking
part in the memorable battle on Lake
Champlain during the war of 1812. He
was promoted to a lieutenancy for gal-
lant conduct not only during the action
but before, in discharge of hazardous
duty. He also received from Congress
a handsome sword and an appointment to

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the navy for his brother. In 1848 he was
made post captain, the highest rank of the
old navy, and was placed in command of
the frigate "Macedonian," of the famous
Perry Expedition which made a treaty
with Japan and opened the ports of that
country. At the conclusion of the treaty,
in which he bore a prominent part. Cap-
tain Abbot succeeded Commodore Perry
in the command of the squadron, with
the rank of commodore. The onerous
and delicate duties thus imposed upon
him,, together with his extraordinary
labors in the interest of navigation in
Chinese waters, impaired the health of
the veteran, but when told by his physi-
cians that a speedy return home alone
could save his life, he said: "I belong to
the old school of officers and remain at
my post until regularly relieved." The
government, which had already given
public approval of his course in Japan
and China, had ordered a relief sent to
him, but it arrived too late to save the
life of the old hero, who expired at Hong
Kong, December 14, 1855. Commodore
Abbot married (first) Mary Wood, of
Newburyport, Massachusetts, who died
April 15, 1824, leaving a son, Joel Wood
Abbot. He married (second) November
29, 1825, Laura Wheaton (see Wheaton
line), and among their children was a
daughter, Laura Wheaton, mentioned be-
low.

(VII) Laura Wheaton, daughter of
Joel (2) and Laura (Wheaton) Abbot,
was born March 10, 1835, and became the
wife of Nicholas Francis Cooke, as stated
above.

(The Wheaton Line).

Charles Wheaton served in the Revo-
lutionary War as quartermaster-sergeant
of a Rhode Island regiment of artillery.
He married Abigail Miller (see Miller
line), and their daughter Laiu-a is men-
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