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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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Cliff. Further to Ian Boreham's email to me. I am Robert D.H. Winspeare. Horace was my Father and Cuthbert and Millicent Davison were my Grandparents. Simon is my Son. I hope that this clarifies and ancestry issues for Simon's claim to have have his family added to The Society's Master Copy of the Cook Family Tree. Regards Rob.

By robert.winspeare@gmail.com on 3/31/2021 1:38:05 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Mitchell, if the mother of Thomas Harris was an Aunt to Cook's children, then she must have been a sister of James Cook, or a sister of his wife, Elizabeth Batts. I know that none of James Cook's sisters married anybody called Harris. So that leaves a sister of Elizabeth Batts marrying a man called Harris. From what I know of the Batts family there was no marriage with a family called Harris.
The family tree of Captain James Cook is available on-line at http://captaincookfamilytree.com/
Good luck with tracing back your family tree. Please let me know if you find a link to Captain James Cook.
By Cliff Thornton on 3/2/2021 10:15:51 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am a descendant of a cousin of Cook's, Thomas Harris. Supposedly his mother is the Aunt of the Cook chilren
By Mitchell Guyatt on 3/1/2021 5:05:51 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Tracy, thank you for getting touch, as we have barely any information about Richartd Guy Rimer, apart from his birth details. You can see his part of the Fleck family tree on-line at
By Cliff Thornton on 2/9/2021 6:13:43 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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My husband is a dna descendant of Margaret Cook and James Fleck, he was born in South Africa - he has a very interesting lineage going back to Robert the Bruce, for which of course there is lots of documentation, through the Moodie line. Margaret's granddaughter Grace Carter married a Richard Pickering, their grandson, Richard Guy Rimer married into the Moodie family from Scotland who then moved settled in S.A. Amazingly it looks like I am related to hubby as one of the Pickerings married one of my Simpson ancestors - albeit 7 generations away...
By Tracy on 2/9/2021 12:07:18 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Simon, in 1907, Cuthbert WINSPEARE (1885 - 1950) married Millicent Margaret DAVISON (1883-1960).
They had three children, all boys, Horace (1907-1972), Gilbert (1908-1927) and John (1911-1932). So if you can trace your ancestry back to any of these sons, then you can claim to be related to Captain Cook through the Fleck family and their descendants. If you are descended from a line of the WINSPEAR family which is earlier than Cuthbert, then there is no relationship to Cook. I hope that this makes ssense?
By Cliff Thornton on 11/29/2020 8:59:02 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Just found out I maybe related
By Simon Winspeare on 11/29/2020 4:23:05 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Moosa.salie, James Cook had two brothers. John was born in 1727/8 and died in 1750, aged 22 and unmarried. William was born in 1745 and died aged 3 years. The surname Cook was quite common in England and Scotland, ih fact at one stage in the late 18th C there were 3 officers in the Royal Navy called Lieutenant James Cook!
By Cliff Thornton on 11/25/2020 9:02:58 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Did Captain Cook have a brother with offspring? So the surname Cook ended in Cape Town by that means. Just checking that angle.
By Moosa Salie on 11/25/2020 3:18:57 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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i liked everyones comment
By Yanny Ma on 11/5/2020 12:17:43 AM Like:0 DisLike:0

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