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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.

For more information visit www.CaptainCookFamilyTree.com

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This is really helpful for my project
By Jake.Liam.Tomlinson on 9/14/2022 4:49:14 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am related to Captain Cook through marriage. His Neice Grace was married to my 4 x Gr Uncle John Carter. Do any of the descendants of this line know anything about John's Father George Carter? He was a Master Mariner and he appears to have left his wife, John & Siblings in Redcar around 1768 and ended up in the USA marrying and having another family?
By Elizabeth Christou on 7/8/2022 2:20:07 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Hi a few weeks ago I’ve come across an article pointing our family in the direction of caption cooks family
In my family tree I have Thomas Harris , in an article online it says Thomas’s aunt is the mother of captain cook , which than means Thomas is the first cousin of James cook ?
Is there anywhere I can send this info and screen shot to so I can see if this is true ?
I think there is another reply in this chat with the same Thomas Harris in their family
I only stumbled across this info while looking for something else in the family tree
By Tanika on 7/2/2022 4:07:18 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Janet, if you had any other surname than Cook, then you might be related. But there are no direct descendants of Captain James Cook as none of his childreen had children of their own. There are plenty of people who can claim to be related to Captain Cook, as his sister, Margaret Cook, married and had a large family. Their descendants can now be found around the world. Here is a link to the family tree of Margaret Cook and James Fleck http://www.captaincookfamilytree.com/
By Cliff THornton on 3/16/2022 3:39:17 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I think I’m related. My family owned/owns land on Vancouver Island
By Janet Cook on 3/15/2022 10:33:08 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Christine, I can understand your confusion, which id the result of father and son having the same name - James Cook. Two of the children of James Cook Senior, are thought to have married. But as both were his daughters, any children arising from their marriages would no longer carry the Cook surname. In contrast, none of the children of James Cook Junior (i.e. Captain Cook) are known to have married. I have heard that some people claim that Frank WIld was a relative of Captain Cook. I have tried to trace Wild's ancestry and have not found any discernable links to the Captain.
By Cliff Thornton on 2/3/2022 2:08:41 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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I was always told that my Great Grandmother,Hannah,Elizabeth Cook was first cousin to Frank Wild the Explorer,which I believe to be true. The family also spoke of being descendants of Captain James Cook,but reading various articles,I am of the opinion that this can,t be true? It said above that none of Cooks children married,but then it,s written that two daughters married? This is confusing so would welcome your comments on this . Many thanks,
By Christine Lewis on 2/2/2022 6:56:24 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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Bill, thank you for your enquiry about your great grandmother. As none of Captain Cook's children survived to have children of their own, that particular Cook line died out. Anybody living in the 19th and 20th centuries named Cook must have come from a different Cook family.
By Cliff Thornton on 11/23/2021 9:00:58 PM Like:0 DisLike:1
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my great grandmother was Elisa Cook, originally from England wondering if she is related? thanks Bill Hillen Alberta Canada
By bmhillen46@gmail.com on 11/21/2021 10:15:05 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Graham, using the Ancestry website I found that the father of James Cuthbert (1811-1853), was a John Cook Cuthbertson (1780-1830). He was born to James Cuthbertson and Dorothy Robinson.
Why they should give their son a Cook middle name is a mystery. Might it be that James Cuthbertson was very patriotic and chose the name Cook in remembrance of the great explorer from the North-East of England, as news of his death had only arrived in England in 1780?
Whilst the Cuthbertson family can be traced back to the 17th century, the Cook middle name only appeared in 1780. I can find no simple link to the family of Captain James Cook, or their more prolific line of descent via the Fleck family.
By Cliff THornton on 6/15/2021 9:42:36 AM Like:1 DisLike:2

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