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The family of Captain James Cook

 

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).

None of Captain Cook's children married and had children of their own.
So there are no descendants of Captain James Cook.
There are many people alive who can claim that they are related to Captain Cook, but they are all descendants of Cook's sister Margaret who married James Fleck.

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James, thank you for your message, so nice to hear from another of the Burnicle family, well known for its descent from Captain Cook's sister Margaret Cook.
By Cliff Thornton on 7/24/2020 7:20:29 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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My link to been a descendant of the cook family is, Grace Fleck married John Carter, Anne Carter married John Burnicle, then six generations later you have me, James Colin Burnicle.
I have just came across your society and thought you might like to here from me.
By James Colin Burnicle on 7/24/2020 6:20:27 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Matthew, it would have been unusual for James Cook's father not to have had any siblings. But the church records for the parish in which he was born, Edman in Roxbroughshire, Scotland contain no sign of any siblings. In the UK the surname Cook is not uncommon. So it is no surprise to find that other families named Cook lived in and around Great Ayton. But I am not aware of any evidence that links them to the family of James Cook Senior.
By Cliff Thornton on 7/10/2020 8:54:08 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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What do we know about James Cooks Fathers siblings?
My family is from a Cook descendants that lived in Great Ayrton In 1700s and 1800s
My great grandfather James Cook for example his great great uncle - Robert Cook all lived and died in Gt Ayrton
I even look very like James Cook if I could I would send you a picture
So I believe the tree is not complete
By Matthew Emmerson on 7/9/2020 2:35:54 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Sharon, I was born and bred in Stockton on Tees, and I can tell you that there was a wealthy Cook family in that town in the 18th century. James Cook of Stockton owned various properties in the town, and regularly crops up in the historic records. But he has no known relationship to Captain James Cook. No records have been found suggesting that Captain Cook's brother John ever married.
By Cliff Thornton on 6/2/2020 9:00:33 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I am a descendant of a Cook family from Middlesbrough, and Stockton on Tees. For years we were told we were descendants of Captain Cook, which I know is not true. I know he had a brother, John Cook, who died at the age of 23 y,o., but I am wondering if he married and/or had children. Thank you for you attention.
By Ms, Sharon Doré on 6/1/2020 1:51:39 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I have the full history in paper
By k on 5/21/2020 4:21:09 AM Like:0 DisLike:1
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My family member done a family tree a few years back which led to discovery that through my grandmothers side of the family we are indeed related to captain cook
By Mathew hayward on 5/16/2020 6:25:10 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Fay, none of Captain Cook's children married and had children of their own. So there are no direct descendants of Captain James Cook. There are many people alive who can claim that they are related to Captain Cook, but they are all descendants of Cook's sister Margaret who married James Fleck.
By Cliff Thornton on 2/14/2020 3:58:58 PM Like:2 DisLike:0
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do you know if Vivian Cook is related to James Cook
By Fay on 2/14/2020 10:47:17 AM Like:0 DisLike:0

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