This blog showcases stories from my family history research, and is a place to share my journey as a new genealogist in a world where so much is available on line. My lines lead to Canada mainly from England and the United States, but also from Ireland, Germany and France. Some surnames I will be writing about are Saunders, Sanderson, Hart, Merriam, Wright, Marlow, Bosomworth, Monk, Crawford, Lefevre, Green, Cook, Goff, and Dickenson.
Monday, December 3, 2012
William and Emma Cook's Other Children
Now that I’ve discussed Lily Cook Arnold, Samuel Cook, and
also, to some extent, Faith Cook Saunders, I thought I’d talk about what I know
about the other siblings. All are still mysteries, and some were so close and
yet so far. All of the children either came to Canada from Lincolnshire, or
were born in Canada, i.e. Mary Eliza and Albert Godfrey. I will discuss these
two in my next posting, but today I focus on Clara Matilda Cook, Edward Wiliam
Cook, Arthur Wilson Cook, and Martha Annie Wheatly Cook.
Clara Matilda Cook
Clara Matilda Cook was born in Eston, Yorkshire on December
6, 1871. She was baptised in Eston on January 7, 1872. She came to Canada with
her family in 1889 (as did the other children born in England). In 1906, at the
age of thirty-five, she and her brother Edward were living in the household of
her future husband, “C. B. Moran” and his brother in Saskatchewan. She is
listed as the “housekeeper”. On August 18, 1910 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she
married Moran, born July 29, 1873 in Wellington, Ontario. She was thirty-eight
years old. He had a variety of possible first names, “Charles Benjamin Chad Guy”.
In 1911 and 1916, they are living in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, and he is a “farmer”.
( In 1916, it is specified that they are living in Rocanville, Qu’Appelle). No
children are listed. I have no death record for Clara, but her husband died on
April 27, 1938 a widower in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, where Clara’s sister
Lily was living. Clara is unlikely to have died in British Columbia herself, as
I can find no record of her death here.
Her brother, Edward William Cook was born on January 21,
1875 in St. Bottalpham, Lincolnshire. As mentioned above, in 1906 he was living
with his sister Clara in Saskatchewan in the household of her future husband. He
is the “hired man”. He was living in Winnipeg in 1910, where he was a witness
at his sister Faith’s wedding. He was living at the same address as his sister,
Mary Eliza, also a witness, 75 Donald Street. My guess is that this was also
the address of their widowed mother, Emma, and possibly some of the other
siblings at the time. In 1911, he is living with his mother and several of his
other siblings in his mother’s boarding house in Vancouver. He is working as a
carpenter. In early 1913, at the age of thirty-eight, he is living with his
mother and his sister Mary Eliza, and is working as a “lather”. Later in the
year, on June 21, 1913, he married Mabel Winnifred Mills, and listed his
occupation as “carpenter”. Mabel was born on January 13, 1889 in Kensington,
London, England. From 1929 onwards, he was a shipper and a warehouseman for
Vancouver Equipment Corporation until his death on December 6, 1954, and lived
in Burnaby for a good portion of the time. Edward and Mabel had at least one
child, George E. Cook, born in 1915. Mabel died August 5, 1978 in White Rock,
British Columbia. Her address was Crescent Beach.
The next brother, Arthur Wilson Cook, was born December 17,
1878 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England. Why he was born so far away from where the
family is known to have lived is one of the many mysteries about him. He is
living with his parents in Saskatchewan in 1901, and is a “farmer”. In the last
record I have of him, the 1906 Canada
Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, he is a “boarder” in the
household of Alexander Dafoe. He, like Edward, is not in the family portrait,
and therefore I have no photos of either of them.
The William and Emma Cook Family
Martha Annie Wheatly Cook
Martha Annie Wheatly Cook was born October 13, 1884 in
Guisborough, Yorkshire. She was baptised in Timberland, Lincolnshire, the
birthplace of her father, on March 9, 1887, the same day as her sister Lily. [For further information on Martha, please see my blogpost, Martha, Mary Eliza, and Clara Cook Revisited, dated July 30, 2013].