Sources for William Cook & Mary Ann Taylor Annand
Mary Ann Taylor married Alexander Annand, son of John Annand Sr. & Elizabeth McAfee (possibly McHeffey) about the year 1838. He died on April 9th 1839 after a marriage of 16 months. Mary Ann was pregnant with their only child, who would be named Alexander Annand Jr.
Neil Taylor, in his story of the Taylor family, cites that baby Alexander Annand Jr. died young, possibly as the result of “a plague that swept the valley in 1844”. Mary Ann goes on to marry William Cook and have additional children.
There’s a marriage dated November 8th 1842 between William Cook and Mary Ann Annand found in Nova Scotia Marriages 1763-1864, listed by Groom in 1841 and compiled by Holder & Oldershaw #15932 in the Nova Scotia Genealogical Society Collection. The same information can be found in a database of early marriages on the site of the Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management (NSARM) mfm #15932. It indicates William to be a farmer, formerly of Musquodoboit, a bachelor and his bride, Mary Ann Annana (sic) to be a widow. The License to marry was directed to the Rev. Mr. Martin in Halifax. It is also recorded among the Truro Township Book. See Item 2, Family History Library, film #1376196.
In the 1871 Census of Canada, William was a farmer in Gays River; all of his children are Nova Scotia-born and Presbyterian. The same census, family #69 lists the children’s names and ages.
The 1881 Census of Canada for Gays River, Family #107 lists William Cook as born in 1817 in Nova Scotia, aged 64, a farmer, widowed and Presbyterian. In the same household is Edward Cook, aged 30, a farmer, and Betsy Merson, aged 58, widowed, and young David Blades, aged 11 who works on the farm.
William’s death is recorded in The Presbyterian Witness, Sat 1st May 1897, Vol. L No.18, p.144, as compiled by J. & S. McCormick. Cook was aged 81 when he died. Another record claims he died April 21st 1897 at age 82. There’s also a death record at the Colchester Historical Society Archives among the files for the Truro Daily News, reference #415/1897.