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Thornaby, a settlement from the arrival of the Danes in 800 AD is the birthplace of Cook's mother Grace Pace.

On October 10th 1725 she married James Cook, a day farm labourer, who had come south from the banks of the River Tweed in Roxburghshire, Scotland, following the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. The centre of Thornaby has moved in recent years and is now part of Stockton-on-Tees. In Stockton parish church there is a memorial to Captain James Cook and an altarpiece made of wood from the Resolution.

Grace and James Cook had eight children. Four died in childhood. Only the second son James and his sisters Margaret and Christiana survived. Margaret married a man named Fleck of Redcar, and Christiana married a fisherman named Cocker of Staithes, where her father James lived with them. [In 1771, after the death of Grace Cook, James Cook senior went to live with his daughter Margaret in Redcar.]

At Marske by the sea, the tower of St Germain's Church overlooks the grave of James Cook senior. Mrs Grace Cook is buried with her five other children at Great Ayton. In addition to his father's roots by the river Tweed, the Tweed was the name of a ship that Cook served on in 1763 (see page 650, Cook's Log), and the name of the sculptor of the Whitby statue.

Brenda Paulding

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 911, volume 16, number 2 (1993).

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Caroline, there is no "Alice Cook" in the family of Captain James Cook or his descendants.
If you have an ancestor names Alice Cook, then she must be descended from a differentCook family.
The surname "Cook" was not uncommon in the 18th & 19th centuries.
By Cliff Thornton on 11/13/2017 9:59:05 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Does anyone know where Alice Cook was in the family tree?
By Caroline on 11/11/2017 5:50:21 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Emily, according to the Ancestry website, some other relatives of Paul Cook have traced his ancestral line back to the Cook family of Great Ayton in the mid-1700s. Despite this geographical location there is no connection between the family of Thomas Cook of Great Ayton and the family of James Cook of Great Ayton. The Cook surname is not uncommon in North Yorkshire, but none of Captain Cook's brothers survived to have children of their own, and his sister Margaret married a James Fleck. Sorry that I could not bring you better news!
By Cliff Thornton on 9/12/2017 9:44:36 AM Like:2 DisLike:0
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Hello, we are trying to establish weather or not our family are related in some way to Captain Cook, My great great grandfather Paul Cook was approached by a solicitor from Chancey who was trying to establish if Paul Cook and his two brothers where entitled to part of Cooks estate before Paul Cook come to New Zealand in 1880 they did not have the money to pursue this. Paul Cook was born in Scalby Yorkshire 1855 Paul's two brothers were George and Charles. Pauls parents were Charles Cook - 1826 -1874 and Hannah (nee) kidd 1832-1899 his grandparents were William Cook 1977-1855 buried in Scalby Yorkshire. Oour family would just like help to see if there was a connection or not. Thank you
By Emily on 9/11/2017 1:44:38 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Jason, there is a very comprehensive family tree for the Cook/Fleck family on-line at
None of Captain Cook's children survived to have children of their own. But Cook's sister Margaret married James Fleck and their descendants can be found around the world.
By Cliff Thornton on 9/10/2017 7:27:27 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I was told on my mothers side that I was related to captain cook. Is there anyway to verdict that? I've done ancestry.com and my mother has as well. Thanks
By Jason Wall on 9/7/2017 8:18:34 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am flying to Northern England in the end of September to play James Cook, SR. in a feature film about the explorer Captain James Cook. I am researching the look of James Cook, Sr. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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By Paul Thomas Arnold on 9/5/2017 1:20:29 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Abi, I know of no illegitimate children born to Captain James Cook. The Cook family left Marton in the 1730s, so your grandfather's birth in Marton must be from another Cook family. The surname is not uncommon in the UK.
By Cliff Thornton on 8/18/2017 9:40:35 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Im trying to find out if im somehow related to Capt Cook. My grandfather Robert Cook was also born in Marton and it just so happens my father is a spitting image of Capt Cook, same facial features and everything. Its very uncanny.
Did Capt Cook have any illegitimate children who are not officially recorded?
By Abi Cook on 8/13/2017 8:07:57 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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My family on my Fathers side had their family tree done and it indicates a relationship with a William Cook born 1716 to Father James Cook, Was Captain Cook's father married prior to Grace? Any information would be great
By Chuck Powell on 5/30/2017 5:51:31 AM Like:0 DisLike:3

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