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    Lightbulb Searching for Rev. Cooke in 18th Century Hampshire, England

    Hello,

    I am new to Family Tree Forum, having read Daddy of all Mysteries, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    I wondered if anyone might have any idea of how I might find a Rev. Cooke who was a rector somewhere in Hampshire in the second half of the 18th century! The only information is that his son (my 3xgreat grandfather), Dr Edward Cooke, married Mary Hanmer in Bristol in 1801. I don't know when/where Edward was born, but family lore tells that he was the son of a rector in Hampshire. It's not much to go on, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    According to a message on the ancestry boards from 2007, Edward Cooke was born ca. 1760. I have checked the Hampshire baptism records, and there were no Edward Cookes baptised at all around that time. There were a few Edward Cooks baptised, one in 1760 (baseborn, mother Mary in Portsmouth) and 2 in 1762 (in Bishops Waltham to John and Martha and in St Mary Bourne to Edward and Elizabeth).
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    Ooh - interesting. Further checking of the baptisms reveals that John and Martha are named as Cooke for their daughter Olive in 1764. Then on Knightsroots, it has a listing of Rectors for Bishops Waltham and John Cooke was Rector 1737 to 1744. Maybe there is some link here.

    http://www.knightroots.co.uk/transcr...ps_Waltham.htm
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    A bit more info, but you need to do a lot more research, this may not be the right connection.

    John (w) married Martha Barnes 15/8/1756 in South Stoneham (just down the road from Bishops Waltham)
    John and Martha had 8 children between 1757 and 1772. There is a death for Martha Cook in BW in 1774. 2 possibilities for Johns death 1774 and 1801.

    It looks like John was previously married to Mary, who died in either 1752 or 1754. A few possibilities for marriages to Mary.

    Gives you a little bit to go on anyway.
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    Have you tried the Clergy database? http://theclergydatabase.org.uk/
    I see the John Cook mentioned above is listed. Bit of a needle in a haystack though!
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    According to the Clergy Database he died in 1744 so was not the John of John and Martha above.

    Back to the drawingboard!
    Linda

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    Thank you, Linda and Ann for your suggestions. I'm afraid the message on Ancestry boards was posted by me. I have been looking for Edward Cooke for a long time! I think his date of birth is more likely to be ca. 1770.

    I don't think I have come across the birth of an Edward Cooke to Edward and Elizabeth in St Mary Bourne. I will look into that further.

    Also I found a record on Ancestry (Hampshire Extracted Parish Records) as follows - "23 Sept 1758 Mrs Elizabeth Cooke, relict of Rev. Mr Cooke bur.". I am a bit confused because the Collection named is "Hampshire - Register of Marriages 1576-1812".

    I am very grateful for the link to the Clergy Database. I have another very elusive clergyman on my husband's side of the family and have found one possible name, which I will also follow up.

    One other thing, do you know anything about records for surgeons at that time? Edward must have trained somewhere. I think many doctors trained in Edinburgh. I have searched for him at the British Library as he was in the service of the East India Company. If I recall correctly, I found his name in a directory, but that's all. He died in 1810 as a result of a shipwreck off the Cape of Good Hope.

    Thanks again!

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    Here's another scenario for you - as Rev John died in 1744, and Elizabeth, relict to Rev in 1758, it seems reasonable to assume that she was Mrs John. So I did another search of baptisms and found they had a son John, born 23 Aug 1734, received into the church after private bapt. on 20 Sept 1734 at Winchester, parents Mr and Mrs Rev John and Elizabeth Cook.

    So could family lore have missed out a generation, and Edward was grandson of the Rev? This will obviously need to be proved/disproved.

    Mr & Mrs Rev had 6 children bapt at Winchester - Elizabeth, Francis, Mary, Rebekah, Ann and John
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    Was he definitely a surgeon and not a doctor of divinity?

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    Last edited by Olde Crone Holden; 04-09-15 at 18:42.

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    Edward was definitely a Surgeon (his daughter died in Scotland and death records there show the names and professions of parents, which is most helpful). He is shown as "Edward Cooke, Surgeon, Honorable East India Company Service, Deceased". His father was, according to family lore, "Rev. Cooke of Hampshire".

    Family lore could easily have skipped a generation. Some of the statements in the book are muddled but based on fact. I will try to pursue Rev. John (see above).

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