Where That Lewis Girl Went


She went to Tennessee.  First to Tipton County then to Marion.  To track her it was necessary to spell her first name right.  Since her parents, Jonathan and Nancy Steele Lewis weren’t around to ask, I had to gather the various spellings and search, search, search.  Serene Lewis was born 1852 in DeKalb County, Alabama.  Her name has been spelled: Cyrene; Seroney; Serina; and annotated on some census as simply S. C.

Serene Lewis married Samuel Cook March 14, 1871 in DeKalb County, Alabama and soon afterward they moved to Tipton County Tennessee.   They were there for the 1880 census with five children: Emma, S. E. (daughter), Samuel, Columbus, and a two month old daughter yet to be named.  They were living next to her sister Cansada Lewis Pinkham and her family.  By 1900, Serene’s husband, Samuel Columbus Cook, had passed away and Serene with five children had moved to Marion County.  The children listed on 1900 census were:  Sam, Bill, Rolin, Josie, and Paul.  Emma had married J. M. Vittetoe and was living in Early County, Georgia.  At the age of 57, “Serina” was living with her son J. Roland Cook and his family in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.  It is said that her son, Sam Cook, died in Texas.  There is a Columbus Cook, who could be the son, living in Eastland County, Texas, very near a sister of Serene’s, “Crecy” Lewis Blackwell.

This picture was among some very old photos, on the back it reads:


Sam Cook


Mrs. Fred Teaters

South Pittsburg, Tennessee

Tipton Co TN Census 1880


 S. C. COOK         Self         M             Male       W             31             GA                           NC           NC

 Seroney COOK   Wife       M             Female  W             28             AL           Keeping House   KY          KY

 Emma COOK      Dau         S               Female   W           8               AL                            GA          AL

 S. E. COOK          Dau         S               Female   W           6               MS                           GA          AL

 Saml. COOK        Son          S               Male       W             4               AL                            GA          AL

 Columbus COOK   Son   S              Male       W             1               AL             GA        AL

  COOK                  Dau         S               Female  W             2M           TN            GA         AL


Source Information:

                 Census Place        District 14, Tipton, Tennessee

                 Family History Library Film          1255282

                 NA Film Number                T9-1282

                 Page Number       352A 




1900 Civil District 16, Marion, Tennessee

S C Cook                                                   Alabama           Head      

Sam Cook              abt 1877                 Alabama                Son         

Bill Cook                                                  Alabama               Son         

Rolin Cook            abt 1884                 Alabama                Son         

Josie Cook             abt 1887                 Georgia                  Daughter              

Paul Cook             abt 1888                 Georgia                  Son




1910 Census South Pittsburg, Marion, Tennessee


J Roland Cook     25

May Cook             19

Serina C Cook     57  abt 1853  Widowed

Reece O Vittetoe 17  Nephew  (Son of Emma Cook and J. M. Vittetoe)  Emma was widowed before 1910 and

Jake M Vittetoe   8    Nephew  (Son of Emma Cook and J. M. Vittetoe)   remarried to John Shaylor.  They were

Floyd Cook           6    Nephew                                                                                     living in Jackson County, Alabama