William Cook and Sidney Holmes Cook were passengers on the 1761 voyage of the Hopewell from Northern Ireland to Halifax along with a party of recruited immigrants for the shores of Cobequid Bay. Their destination was the newly laid out township of Londonderry. William’s 250-acre grant would be located in the village of Portaupique, where his brother and sister-in-law, James and Martha Cook, were also settled. Neighboring townships of Onslow and Truro lay to the east.
William Cook died young and unexpectedly in about 1767, whereas the lifespan of his second wife, Sidney Holmes Marshall Cook was 1730-1812. The appraisal of his estate offers a glimpse into his household. Read more
Both William and Sidney had prior marriages and children. Two more children joined their family in Nova Scotia. It’s the oldest children of William that we follow here and their names were John Cook and William Cook Jr. though the blended family included these members:
Rachel Marshall Feasch Green (1746-1824)
Rachel was probably born in England to Sidney Holmes and David Marshall, and like her sister Elizabeth, she came to Nova Scotia for a time and married Captain George Feasch. Following his death, she married Joseph Green Esq. Rachel died in England.
John Cook (1753-1833)
John was born in Ireland though the location is unknown. Any Irish record of the marriage of his parents was lost as Presbyterian marriages in the mid-1700s had no state recognition. His mother’s name is also lost because of her early death and the disruption of migration. Read More
William Cook Jr. (1754-1832)
William Jr., like his brother John, was born in Ireland. When their father drowned in Portaupique, young William and his brother were placed in guardianship but in different homes. It was likely William who went to the home of Thomas Fletcher (1738-1808) of Londonderry Township. Read More
Elizabeth Marshall Crowe (1758-1832)
Elizabeth was the daughter of Sidney Holmes and David Marshall. She came to Nova Scotia with her mother and step father. In 1776 she married John Crowe (1748-1825) also a child of newcomers to Nova Scotia. Five sons and two daughters were born to them.
Rebecca Cook Smith (1762- )
Rebecca was born in Nova Scotia shortly after William and Sidney’s arrival. She’d go on to marry David Smith, a cabinet maker who operated his business in Halifax. David (1759-1800) was born in Scotland and at age 12 came with his Presbyterian minister-father, the Rev. David Smith to Londonderry Township. Rebecca and David would parent six sons, all less than 10 years old when their father died in 1800. It is their fourth son, William Smith (1796-1855) who figures in the Cook family history because he marries a Gays River woman named Susannah Cook (±1799-1860).
James Cook (1764- )
Only known about this James was that he was born in Nova Scotia to William and Sidney and he died a bachelor.