Charity Wright Cook

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Charity Wright Cook (1745 - 1822) was an American Quaker minister.

Cook was born in Prince George's County, Maryland but moved with her family to the area of Cane Creek, North Carolina at the age of three; they moved again, probably in 1760, to Bush River, Newberry County, South Carolina. There she met Isaac Cook, a Quaker, whom she would go on to marry.[1] In 1760 an accusation of sexual impropriety was levied against her, and as a result she was estranged from the Quaker community for eight years. Even so, in 1762 she married Isaac Cook, with whom she would go on to have 11 children. By 1772, the controversy having abated, the Bush River Quaker Meeting commissioned her as a preacher. During the American Revolutionary War Cook traveled around the Southern United States preaching adherence to pacifism. In 1797 she traveled to Europe to tour Quaker meetings there; she returned to the United States in 1802, whereupon she and Isaac established new meetings in Ohio and Indiana.[2] Cook died in Clinton County, Ohio and is buried in Caesar Creek Cemetery in Waynesville.


  1. ^ Hinshaw, Seth B.; Hinshaw, Mary Edith; North Carolina United Society of Friends Women (24 August 1994). "Quaker women of Carolina : freedom, achievement". Greensboro, NC : North Carolina United Society of Friends Women. Retrieved 24 August 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Susan Hill Lindley; Eleanor J. Stebner (2008). The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious History. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-664-22454-7.