Cook, Mary Jane Christine “Jennie”

Cook, Jennie, 1887

Mary Jane Christine “Jennie” Cook, c. 1894.












Class of 1887
Commencement address subject, “Commencement Day.”
(“Commencement at Mt. Pleasant,” The Concord Times (Concord, NC), June 9, 1887, p3)

Faculty: Music 1889-1894.

Birth: 17 Apr 1869, Cabarrus County North Carolina, USA
Death: 21 Oct 1949, North Carolina, USA

Jonas Cook (1842-1912)
Martha Shimpock Cook (1841-1893)

John Matthew Cook (1870-1924)
Lelia Regina Cook Cobb (1873-1957)
Walter Miller Cook (1875-1952)
Anne Marie Cook (1879-1879)
Agnes Wilhelmina Cook Johnston (1880-1963)
Karl Michael Cook (1884-1965)
Winona Cook Shirey (1887-1969)

Spouse: Rev. William Jennings Boger
Married: December 7, 1897, Cabarrus Co., North Carolina

Daniel Jennings Boger (1898-1974)
William Jonas Boger (1902-1961)
Charles Cook Boger (1904-1994)
Henry Crawford Boger (1906-1967)

Burial: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Source:, # 30116756


From Denise Steward McLain as posted to Memories of Mont Amoena Facebook group page, 31 Jan 2018.

Mary Jane Christine Cook, better known as Jennie Cook, was a popular early graduate of Mont Amoena. Jennie was the daughter of Mount Pleasant business leader and former Civil War Confederate Company H captain, Jonas Cook, and his wife Martha Shimpock Cook. She was a member of the class of 1887 and an accomplished pianist and organist. After graduation Jenny acted as secretary of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society and from 1888-1889 was the assistant teacher of music and the primary department of China Grove Acadamy.

In the fall of 1889 Jenny returned to Mount Pleasant where she became the music instructress for Mont Amoena. All were saddened when she took a position as head of the music department at the Polytechnic Institute in New Market, VA in the fall of 1892. She resigned her position six months later in order to return to Mount Pleasant to care for her ailing mother. In 1893, Jenny became assistant music teacher at Mont Amoena, a position made vacant due to the unexpected death of teacher Katie Walton.

In 1897, Jennie married North Carolina College alum, Rev. William Jennings Boger and had four children. After living in several pastoral locations in North Carolina, they returned to Mount Pleasant in later years. Both died in 1949 and are buried at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery.


The Concord Times (Concord, NC), December 9, 1897, p. 3.

Boger – Cook

The marriage of Rev. W. J. Boger, of Mt. Holly, a rising young Lutheran Minister, to Miss Jennie Cook, the accomplished daughter of Capt. Jonas Cook, which took place Tuesday afternoon, was a happy occasion. The ceremony was performed in the Lutheran church at Mt. Pleasant by Rev. H. N. Miller. The gate girls were Maggie McAllister and Annie Barrier, and the ushers were Messrs. R. W. Barrier, D. D. Barrier, G. F. McAllister and W. M. Cook. The attendants were Mr. L. T. Hartsell and Miss Winona Cook, Mr. E. T. Bost and Miss Addie Boger. These were followed by the flower girls, Annie Barrier and Katie Barringer. The bride was leaning on the arm of her brother, Mr. Jno. M. Cook, and the groom appeared with his brother, Mr. M. A. Boger. The bride and groom left immediately for their home in Mt. Holly.


Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), October 26, 1949, p. 4.

Boger Rites Conducted

NEWTON, Oct 25. – Funeral rites were conducted here Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for Mrs. Jennie Cook Boger, widow of Dr. W. J. Boger of China Grove, former pastor of the St. James Lutheran Church near Newton and one time chairman of the Lenoir Rhyne College Board of Trustees, in Hickory.

Among the survivors is Henry G. Boger, cashier of the First National Bank of Catawba County here.