“Deacon John” is what some Gays River folk called this John (1848-1927). Headed for Christian ministry, John was obliged to return to the farm when his brother Albert also set his sights for life beyond the farm. Albert became a salesman in New York State. John and Martha Kellough (±1851-1896) become the parents of eight children four of whom died the same year. Two years after Mattie died, John married Kate McPhee.

Children of John James Cook and Martha Kellough:


Ralph Simpson Cook (1876-1961) 

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Leonard Cook (1878-1881)

Leonard, born in Gays River, NS, lived almost three years but was lost to diphtheria. He was one of 3 children in this family lost to the disease.

Sidney Cook (1879-1881)


Jessie Cook (1881-1881)


Eva Cook (1881- 1967)

Eva became a teacher and died in Vancouver, BC at the age of 85.

Lewis Cook (±1884-    )

Lewis married in Nova Scotia and fathered two children but nothing further is known.

Ella Jean Cook Keyes (1885-1959)

Ella Jean was born in Gays River, NS. She became a stenographer. Later she married a man from Gays River, Alfred McPhee Keyes (1885-1965). They latterly lived in Brookfield, NS, without children.

Alan Henderson Cook (1887-1968)

Alan was born in Gays River, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in British Columbia where he also became a plumber. He and his wife Ada May Armstrong lived without children.