Henry Cook was born in Lowestoft in 1816.

His parents were Samuel and Ann Cook

Henry Cook married Isabella Foster on 4th April 1842  in Houghton le Spring Parish Church.

She was born in 1818 in Fence Houses

William Samuel Cook was born at 31 Nesham Square, Sunderland on 12 January 1851

Children of Henry and Isabella

Margaret Cook
Elizabeth Cook born 1842
Sarah I. Cook born 1848
William Samuel Cook
Robert W. Cook born 1859
Thomas E. Cook born 1859

Some of this information was obtained for me from the 1851 census

On the 1881 census I found Henry Cook - now in Seaham and retired
29 School Street, Seaham
Henry Cook Retired Seaman Age 65 Lowestoft, Suffolk
Isabell Cook Wife 63 Fence Houses
Robert W.Cook Coal Miner 21 Sunderland
Thomas E Cook Coal Miner 21 Pinmile Suffolk
Margaret Cook Daughter Sunderland

William Samuel Cook married Barbara Walker 6th March 1876 in St. Thomas Church, Seaham Harbour

Barbara was the daughter of Thomas Walker and Ann Spoors.  She was born on 21st June 1854 in Seaham Harbour.

On the 1881 census, they are living with her parents
46 New Cottage, Dawdon
Thomas Walker Railway Platelayer 57 Durham
Ann Walker Wife 55 Durham
Elen Walker Daughter 19 Seaham
William Walker Son, Railway Lab. 16 Seaham
William Cook Son in law, Coal Miner 31 Sunderland
Barbara Cook Wife(Daughter) 25 Seaham
Isabella Cook Grand daughter 4 Seaham
Ann Cook Grand daughter 2 Seaham
Mary E Cook Grand daughter 1m Seaham

Thomas Walker was born 1824 in Penshaw, The son of Thomas Walker and Barbara Walker.
His wife Ann nee Spoors was born in Penshaw, the daughter of William and Margaret Spoors.

On the 1841 census both families are living in Seaham, Behind North Railway Street and in North Railway Street.

In the 1891 Census my grandmother was living in New Seaham

William Cook Coal Miner 41 Born Sunderland
Barbara Cook Wife 36 Seaham
Isabella Cook Daughter 14 Seaham
Annie Cook Daughter 12 Seaham
Thomas Cook Son 7 Sunderland
William Cook Son 4 Seaham
Mary A. Cook Daughter 1 Seaham

Mary E Cook has probably died as an infant as they have used the name for another child.

Isabella Cook married John Prest on April 12th 1902 in the register office, Easington. John Prest gives his occupation as Colliery Fireman.

Children of Isabella Cook and John Prest are

Barbara Prest born 1904 Died 24 February 1977

Never Married

William Henry Prest born 1908 Married Edna Dawson 1937 Died 29 December 1963
Sarah Prest   Died February 1919  
Joseph Thomas Prest born 18 June 1910 Married Muriel Makepeace 1943 Died 4 October 1979
John Prest Born 1915 Died 1970

Never married

Mary J Prest   Died February 1919  
Elizabeth W. Prest   Died February 1919  
Matthew Prest Born 1918 Died February 1919  

Isabella Prest died 4 October 1944 at her home in Low Moorsley.

Isabella's grandchildren, Enid, Peter, myself and baby Derek

Enid and Maureen in Moorsley Enid and Peter My brother Derek and myself

Here are some family photographs

Derek died, age 64 on 11 April 2013

Here are some photographs of him as a teenager.



Last updated April 2014