David Cook was at that time an associate judge of Westmoreland county, and
the new township was named after him. He was the father of William A.
Cook, for many years a member of the Westmoreland bar, and still later a
lawyer of great renown in Washington City.
The early settlers were the Campbells, Pipers, Thompsons, Binkeys, Bests,
Phillippis, Beistals, Matthews, Groves, Parks, Haugers, Heinzs, Hoods,
Felgars, Stahls, Brants, Cavens, Withrows, McDowells, Wellers, Weavers,
etc. One of the most renowned early settlers was "Elder" Robert Campbell,
the progenitor of the large Campbell family which resides in Ligonier
valley, and who have since settled in many other parts of the county.
blockhouse called Fort Williams, on the Four Mile run, was built by
Richard Williams, and on his land. Among the first justices of the peace
in the township were Seymour Campbell, and still later came Lewis
Thompson, James McCain, James McDowell, John Campbell, J. G. Weaver and