Sources for John Boyd Cook & Ann Mary Carr

The source of the birth and death dates for John Boyd and Ann Mary (known as Mary) as well as the names and dates for their children was taken from The Cook Family Bible, transcribed by relatives in British Columbia and held at the Colchester Historical Society Archives in Truro, NS.

A Bond dated November 4th 1816 states that John Boyd Cook will provide child support so that the Township will not incur costs for a 7 year old child he fathered with Lydia Clarke.

In 1870 when Burton Cook, son of John B. and Mary was married, the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics record claims that John B. was a spar maker. That refers to the wooden support for a vessel’s sails and rigging. Witnesses at the marriage were W.A. Cook and a Patriquin.

Diana Cook Farnan, Owen Farnan and children

Diana Cook Farnan (1822-1884) and Owen Farnan lived in Londonderry, N.S. A descendant displays the Irish love of horses—and children. –Shelley Farnan Clattenburg

Several family historians have indicated that John Boyd died at Bass River, NS, but this researcher has found no evidence; neither for a death nor a burial.

A record, dated 1817, refers to 150 acres surveyed for John B. Cook in Cumberland County, NS. In the same notation are names Robert Cook and Joseph Geddis, all three from Londonderry. Charles Baker Fonds, 1783-1893, p.9/16, Esther Clark Wright Archives, Acadia University.

A Death Notice for Mary Kerr/Carr Cook (1792-1870) reads: died 5th January 1870 at Acadia Mines, 77 years, of rheumatism. She the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Kerr, born at Portaupique, NS, a widow; Ephriam Cook, Informant. Colchester County Deaths Index 1864-1877 at the Colchester Historical Society Archives, Truro, NS. Records of her birth year are contradictory.

The Rev. John Waddle performed the wedding at Onslow of John Boyd Cook and Mary Carr. A digital record is available through the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics, Year: 1817 – Book: 1800 – Page: 3967. The witnesses were Ralph Cook and Daniel Urquhart. Some of their children moved to British Columbia in the 1870’s but it’s unclear which children left.

In 1869, Mary Cook sold property in the Township to William S. Knight. The record of the transfer can be found at the Truro Deeds Office, Book 44, p.243. Source: an unknown Carr relative who compiled a Carr Family History in the 1970s.

The 1838 Colchester Census has been compiled into a booklet by Jane Wile for the Colchester Historical Society Archives in 2000. In it, John and Mary have ten children. The Census was enumerated in December of that year.








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