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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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Tammy, if you think that you are related to the Cook/Fleck family, then see if your ancestors appear on the family tree at www.withrop.dk/cook tree.html
As for the 3 Lt. James Cooks, the information appears in John Robson's book "Captain Cook's War & Peace" (2009). I will send you the data direct, as it is too long to post here.
By Cliff Thornton on 2/13/2017 9:29:04 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I was also told I was related...Cliff you say there was 3 James Cook's. Can you help point me in the right direction on where to find the other 2? Any help would be great...
By Tammy Reynolds on 2/8/2017 11:07:07 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Captain Cook's sisterMargaret was my great,great,great,great,great grandmother. To explain:Fleck,Carter,Pickering,Rymer,Sanders,Sanders,Moncu
By Gabriella Moncur on 12/3/2016 1:50:35 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Great to hear from your Ruth, thanks for getting in touch.
Rod Fleck is very strict about who he adds to the Fleck family tree, so I am pleased to see that you have passed his scrutiny and been added to the tree :-)
If you are in New Zealand, you may be in demand as a family representative, when that country commemorates the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first visit there in 2019.
By Cliff Thornton on 11/24/2016 12:47:21 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Captain Cook's sister Margaret 1742 to 1804 was the wife of my 7th Great Uncle James Fleck 1739 to 1817. James' sister Margaret Fleck 1743 to 1830 married Thomas Thompson 1726 to 1820 and they were my 6th Great Parents. I follow down the Thompson famil line. I am in contact with Rod Fleck who has dealings the Winthrop.dk website. I was born in Hartlepool in 1960 and after moving around my home is now in New Zealand
By Ruth Savage on 11/20/2016 12:19:05 AM Like:1 DisLike:0
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Vanessa, as none of James Cook's children survived to marry and have children of their own, the captain has no direct descendants. There were three officers namerd James Cook, in the Royal Navy in the late 18th century. It is possible that one of the other two may be your ancestor? There is a family tree of the Cook & Fleck famiy available on-line, go to
By Cliff Thornton on 7/31/2016 8:30:26 PM Like:6 DisLike:0
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I have always been told that I was somehow linked to this family, but I can't find any link myself. Could you help me?
By Vanessa Cook on 7/28/2016 11:56:52 PM Like:2 DisLike:1
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Randall, I am pleased to be able to confirm that your wife's ancestor was Margaret Cook, sister of Captain James Cook. Margaret married a fisherman from Redcar and became Margaret Fleck.
One of Margaret's grandchildren was Hannah Fleck who married Thomas Baron in 1834.
The Fleck family tree is availavle on-line at
You will be able to work out all of your relations from that tree.
Thank you for making contact, it is good to know that Cook's relatives are extant.
By Cliff Thornton on 6/24/2016 8:59:12 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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My wife Isabelle (Long) Nelson is descendant of the sister, Margaret Cook (Fleck) Other people in the line of descent from Margaret are: the Barons to the Longs of Camberwell in London, England.
My wife's father was Harold Bonny Long and his father was Samuel John Long,originally from Norwich, England. Harold Long's brother was Albert George Long from 60 Addington Road, Westwickam, Kent. I would like to know if my wife's ancestors can be traced back to Margaret (Cook) Fleck.
By Randall Nelson on 6/23/2016 4:52:02 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Catherine, I can confirm the ancestral line from Margaret Cook to Mary Ann Bailey who married Robert Hutchinson in 1893. But if your grandfather is descended from Robert's sister, then the blood line back to Margaret Cook is broken. I traced Robert back to his parents Robert and Alice Hutchinson in the 1881 census. They had a very large family, but I could not find a daughter named Anna Mary Hutchinson.
By Cliff Thornton on 4/25/2016 9:54:11 PM Like:0 DisLike:1

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