Happy New Year,
Thanks to everyone who responded to my earlier post about my surname
interests. I'm specifically looking for help tracing the descendents of my
ggg-grandfather William Cooke's siblings.
Here is what I already know:
My ggg-grandfather William Cooke was bap. 29 Sep 1791 in Atherington,
Devon. His parents were George and Betty.
George Cook, bap. 7 May 1755, Atherington, son of Hugh and Jane, may be
Hugh Cook, bap. 3 Jul 1728 St. Giles in the Wood, son of James and
Katherine may be George's father.
I have two other children born to Hugh and Jane: Mary, bap. Jul 1757,
Atherington and John, bap. 19 Nov 1751, Atherington.
My ggg-grandfather's siblings were:
Samuel Cooke bap. 5 January 1790, Atherington
Maria Cooke bap. 27 June 1792, Atherington
Charlotte Cooke bap. 23 Apr 1794, High Bickington
Sarah Cooke bap. 10 Oct 1795, High Bickington
My ggg-grandfather William emigrated to Newfoundland before 1820.
Charlotte Cooke married James Wood, 29 May 1824, High Bickington. At the
time of the 1851 Census, Charlotte and James were living at Southcott
Cottage, Westleigh with two servants. Visiting them was 25-year-old Annie
Cook who was born in High Bickington.
Charlotte was still alive at the time of the 1881 Census, living in
Bideford with her 25-year-old great-niece Mary C. Cooke who was born in
In the parish register for Atherington, both Charlotte and her sister Sarah
are described as "daughter of George and Betty Cook of Langley in the
Parish of High Bickington."
In the 1851 Census there is a Michael Cook living at Langley Barton, High
Bickington. His age is given as 72 and his place of birth is St. Giles in
the Wood. Living with him is his wife Mary and several servants as well as
George Cook 41 St. Giles in the Wood
Mary J. Cook 38 High Bickington
I'm assuming that Michael Cook is related to my ggg-grandfather and that
the other Cooke's born in High Bickington are also related. I'm just not
sure what the relationships are.
Confusing matters is the fact that there were many Cooke's in North Devon
and that Cooke was often spelled Cook in parish and census records.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada