Cora Mary Margaret Pinney (written by Susan Alice Cook Zabriskie)
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Cora Mary Margaret Pinney was born on November 5, 1872 in Panguitch, Utah to Richard Charles Pinney and Susanna Dugard Smith.
Residing in Georgetown in 1889, two letters in my possession were written to my Father Frederick Cooke, one dated May 19, 1889 and the other dated June 5, 1889. They were love letters from Cora and they were both sent from Georgetown, Garfield Co., Utah to her intended husband Frederick and tell of the preparation for their marriage which was in the Manti Temple on June 26, 1889.
Robert William Pinney, the brother of Cora, was married the same day to Clara Eliza Goulding. They gave me the story of their double wedding.
The two couples left Georgetown about June 20, 1889 and traveled in a covered wagon the long distance to the Manti Temple where they were married on June 26, 1889.
Then they had the long trip back to Garfield Co., which lasted from the first day out, about two weeks. Frederick Cooke had employment in Kanab for a time then Susan Alice was born on August 11, 1890 and the parents moved to a sawmill in the Spring of 1891 where Frederick again found employment helping to saw lumber. He was going to build a home in or near Tropic, Utah when they could earn enough lumber to do so.
Cora took sick soon after they moved to the mill and she had every care from a good doctor but Dropsey developed and her body was swollen until she could not wear any of her clothes for many weeks. My Father came for my Grandmother Cook to go to the mill and care for me. She was there from August 1, 1891 and faithfully cared for me and my dear Mother who was very ill by that time.
The morning of August 29, 1891, Cora seemed a little better and asked for something to eat. Grandma Cook gave her some soup and a neighbor came in with some kind of food for her, which she ate and as they watched her lying there in her bed, they could see a change come over her. They were hoping my Father would soon return from the sheep herd where he had gone to purchase a fat lamb for meat. He did not arrive to see Mother alive again. She called for Grandmother Cook and Aunt Emma Cook, who was sixteen, to raise her so she could get her breath, which she did.
I was but one years old and was asleep in my cradle when Grandma tried to save my Mother by some raising of her arms but she said, “Mother I am going, will you please take my baby and always be kind to her?” Grandma told her she would and Aunt Emma promised to help care for me, then with a “thank you” she died in my Grandma’s arms where I was held with love for many years that followed.
Grandmother faithfully fulfilled her promise to my Mother, as she did all a Grandmother could do for a child and I bless her memory forever and I have written a history of our lives together in a large leather bound book.
Events added later from Uncle Robert Pinney on April 22, 1957 at Monroe, Utah.
Before the two couples, Frederick William Cooke and Cora Mary Margaret Pinney and Robert William Pinney and Clara Goulding left on the journey to Manti to be married, they had to be rebaptized because their baptism dates could not be found on the old church records. Robert Charles Pinney, Father of Robert William Pinney and Cora Mary Margaret was the person who rebaptized the two couples on June 21, 1889 in Hillsdale.
The Pinney family were musical, Grandmother Susan Dugard Smith Pinney was a good musician, the organ was her best friend. Grandfather, Robert Charles Pinney could play the organ quite well, so the family played for dances in different towns. That was where my parents met after they were grown up. The dance was at Hillsdale and as most couples do, they got pretty well acquainted in one season of dancing by the music of the Pinney Orchestra in Garfield County. The home of the Pinney Family in 1888 and 1889 was at Georgetown in the Winter where the children attended school but in the Summer they moved to Blue Fly Ranch where the sawmill was and where my Mother died. One name for the sawmill was “Seam and Sawmill.”
Mother was very religious and a very good housekeeper and although she had lived such a short life, she did much good and left an honored name for her little child to carry on. People all loved her very much because she was a real lady, clean and pure. She would not stoop to any act that would not be right. She loved the taste of beer but would not keep it in her house because it was a temptation to her and she believed the “Word of Wisdom” and lived it as well as the rest of the gospel.