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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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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:0
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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:0
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There is a claim in my family that (1) there were 7 generations of John Cook Cuthbertsons, each being the father of the next, and (2) that the father of the first JCC married a Cook (or descendant) who was related to James Cook. (although I doubt this lady's maiden name was Cook, based on the family tree). I also know that not even all of the Cook Cuthbertsons were named John, or had the middle name of Cook. This one is the furthest back I could track: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/225680531/james-cuthbertson
By Graham C on 6/14/2021 7:48:02 PM Like:1 DisLike:0
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thanks for the info
By bob on 4/26/2021 6:03:26 AM Like:1 DisLike:0
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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:1 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:1 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:1 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:1 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:1 DisLike:0

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