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Looking for ancestors of George Cook, b @1850, possibly in Back Bay NB. Married May Rappley @1869. They lived North Head, Grand Manan. She died @1898 of an absessed tooth (no doctor available. Winter?). He died Prince Rupert, BC early 1920s.

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I'm trying to help a friend in Bangor find her relatives. Her mother was Annetta Fay Cook, who grew up somewhere near where the IGA in Eastport is now, in a house that no longer exists, according to my friend. Eleanor remembers a Bernie Eye in Eastport who might have been a relative, but he didn't come to their HS reunion. Annetta's parents were Betty Eye and James Cook. I've been able to get somewhere with Betty's lines (Charles Eye and Annette Gildart), but no luck on James Cook. Wonder if he's related to the line you're seeking? There's a family legend that they're related to Captain James Cook, but it would have to be indirect because I believe James left no progeny.
George's sons were Charles and George W. There may well be a connection, since we have the same legend - but then he's the kind of person a family might simply want to latch onto. Who knows?
When I set up the tree for George, I noticed some info on a George Washington Cook, so maybe that is the George W. you mentioned. Now that I know George's sons, I'll add them to the tree and maybe get some more hints.
Children of George and May CooK:
George, known as Sandy. Family ???
Charles, drowned, no children
Mabel, married Milton Cronk
Julia Anne, married Arthur Blackburn and then an Ackley. George?
Marjorie, died young,
Ada, married an Outhouse
and my grnadmother, Lillian May, married thomas Rea Lewis

Todd House B&B said:
When I set up the tree for George, I noticed some info on a George Washington Cook, so maybe that is the George W. you mentioned. Now that I know George's sons, I'll add them to the tree and maybe get some more hints.
Got more of the tree filled out with this new info. Having trouble with Rappley and am wondering if it could be Rappleyea? I found some Loyalists with that name and variations who left New Jersey and New York for NB and NS. This is getting even more interesting! Can't get anything with PANB using Rappleyea either but will keep trying. Nothing in search at PANB or Irving Library, but perhaps it's NS, not NB, since Grand Manan is not far. No luck at NS Archives so far, even with Rap*. Good winter project. The following mentions Norman roots, but name also sounds Dutch or Flemish? Here is what I found:

August 1, 1960 -Dutton Advance.

Is your name de Rapelie, Rapelye or Rapelje or some derivative? If so, Mrs. Sally G. Stevenson, 1548 Commerce Avenue, Longview, Washington is anxious that you get in touch with her. [Note: this was written in 1960]

Mrs. Stevenson, compiling the genealogy of her husband’s maternal line, is missing a part of the family that ventured to the Maritime provinces. She wrote to the Nova Scotia Department of Trade and Industry for information where she might trace her missing relatives.

Of Norwegian birth, Mrs. Stevenson became a genealogist in 1936. Her family emigrated to Canada in 1907 and travelled across the country to enter the United States at Sumas, Washington.

In tracing her husband’s maternal family, Mrs. Stevenson discovered that a Norman Frenchman, Joris Janse de Rapalie and his wife came to New Amsterdam where their daughter Sarah, was the first white girl to be born in the Long Island area.

Family members wrote their name in various ways: de Rapelie, Rapalje, Rapelje, Rapayle, Rapelye and Rappleyea, but all are from the same family tree. In the War of the Revolution, many who were Loyalists residing in New York and New Jersey, surrendered their estates in support of their principles. These people went to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but further record has been unavailable.

Mrs. Stevenson would like to trace these people to add to the 40,000 family members she has already collected to conclude the history. She has requested that anyone with a name - or knowing of a name - such as those mentioned above write to her.

Several members of the Rapelje family live in this district. Daniel Rapelje was the first settler in St. Thomas, arriving there in 1810."DID YOU KNOW THAT

In fuedal times, a peasant was permitted to collect wood from his master's estate as long as he used only a farming hook or shepherd's crook to gather suitable branches. This was a tiresome job but it did eventually secure a supply of kindling for his fire. Hence the well known expression "by hook or by crook”

When remedies and cures were sold in great quan tities at country fairs, the vendor Proclaimed their supposed value in a loud voice. This student form of advertising was known as "quacking", the term becoming associated with medicine generally. Hence the word "quack" to describe a false medical man, but sometimes used jestingly for a real one.

Google Arnie Krause. Select St Croix Valley Families. Four lines down, select basic search at world connect. Lower left, enter Cook, and just to right click on list. Click on Cook on alternate spellings. You need to scroll down and go to next page. Your Cook is George Cook b. bew 1853 and 1854. It traces him back another three generations. Arnie is a very accurate genealogist for Charlotte CO and a trusted source.

There is also a brand new tree on Ancestry called Mc Cloud (June 25, 2010). It doesn't go back as far but apppears to have more accurate dates and children of George Cook, b. 02 Aug 1855 and Elizabeth May Rappley b. 1862 Deer Isle. No ancestors are shown for her. The site has enough census, that it is probably reliable.
Thank you! But the spelling should be MacLeod (as in David, another member on this site).

Hello Kathryn. I am a nw member to Charlotte county New Brunswick genealogy also researching my Loyalist Cook families from 1710. Patriarch Jacob Cook. Included in the Loyalist line are other repeated surnames: Lambert, Greenlaw, Nickerson, Williams, Eye,  and more. My grit grit grandfather was named MARINER COOK born 1837 in either Calais,Maine or St. Stephen, NB! Maine. Hospitals and doctors were in Maine, across the bridge. He married Esther Elizabeth Williams in 1860. His father was John Cook; mother was Eliza Richardson. Esther,s parents were John Williams and Sasha Nickerson, both from Dufferin area/ St Stephen. Would be willing to share about your Cook family?  Valentines Day 2018,  Karen

P.S.John Cook’s father was James Warren Cook, also a sea captain.  Were,t most of them living near the sea and coast. Or perhaps they were lumber men.


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