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