Sources for Harry Clarke Cook & Jean Haldane Rankin

By the time of the 1881 Census of Canada for Middle Londonderry, Isaac D. Cook is a store keeper. He’s married to Susan and they have a 2 year old son, Harry Cook. After Susan remarries in 1890 to William Miller of Debert, the 1891 Census of Canada reports they live in Upper Londonderry 154/154. In the household are: 50 year old William, 47 year old Susan, Frederick 19, Alice 16, Estella 14, and Clara who’s the same age as Harry: twelve.

The report of a wedding in 1902 for Harry’s mother Susan is found in The Presbyterian Witness, Sat 1 Nov 1902, Vol. LV, No.44, p.352. It indicates that Harry owned a home in Sydney, Cape Breton; that the wedding to the former sheriff of Cape Breton County, William Buchanan, took place at “the home of the bride’s son”. The Census of just one year earlier is very unclear about a Harry Cook(e) in Sydney. The vital statistics in The Presbyterian Witness were compiled by J. & S. McCormick.

In 1906, H. C. Cook, machinist of Toronto, grants Power of Attorney to Robert Putnam Fletcher, dated December 14th. Fletcher was born about 1851 in Masstown, NS. He marries Isabella Spencer of Great Village in 1878. See the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. The name of their daughter, Georgie A. Fletcher, is also attached. City Directories for Toronto for the time period around 1906 revealed nothing conclusive.

The FamilySearch.org/ lists the marriage of Harry Clarke Cook & Jean Haldane Rankin in Vancouver, BC. Its reliability is based on the birth year for Harry and the names of his parents. For the first time, his middle name is spelled out. See British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932. Registration #1916-09-082652, film #B11379, GSU #1983707, Call #1916-09-082652/Roll b 11379 #3. Harry was aged 36 and single as was his bride at age 23. Records about their three children may be found in FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, The Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Public Library.

The search concludes in British Columbia where a website listed Harry C. Cook of the correct time-span. It revealed details about his wife Jean Haldane Rankin over their final years. See Province of British Columbia, Certificates of Death. The record of Jean’s death comes from British Columbia Vital Statistics, Reg. #1960-09-009170, film #B13247, GSU #2033304. In that record, it refers to her birth date as 25 Jan 1893. Her obituary in The Victoria Daily Colonist, July 13, 1960, p.14, was supplied courtesy Alice Cook Marwood. Jean was survived by sisters, children and grandchildren.

In the 1911 Census of Canada, Jean’s family is living in New Westminster, Delta Riding, Langley Municipality of British Columbia. The family came to Canada from Scotland in 1908.