Cooke ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Cooke are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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Cooke, Arthur GilbertRef 452-1798
Son of
Frank Cox Cooke.

He was employed by the Halifax Conservative Union / a political clerk for registration agent [1911] / a Conservative agent in Coventry / a traveller for Johnson & Company, wine & spirit merchants in  Coventry.

In [Q4] 1915, he married Elsie Mabel Jackson at St Mark's Church, Coventry.

Elsie Mabel was the eldest daughter of Thomas Jackson, of Coatham Road, Redcar

They lived at Halifax

During World War I, he served as a Bombardier with D Battery 122nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 8th May 1918 (aged 27).

The Halifax Courier [25th May 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II L 7].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Jude's Church, Savile Park, and on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Cooke, BeatriceRef 452-565
Née Smith. Aka Beatrice Feathers. The estranged wife of Arthur Cook.

She was murdered by Livingstone Thwaites on 21st October 1909. The two had been living together at Shroggs Road for some time.

The two had gone for a walk and he attacked her with a knife, slitting her throat. Her body was found on Shroggs Road tip. Dr Crossley Wright conducted the post mortem.

Thwaites was sentenced to death at Leeds Assizes, but the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on grounds of insanity

Cooke, BryanRef 452-404
The family lived at
Wheatley. A Royalist, he had to pay £1,460 decimation.

He married Unknown.

Child: George

Cooke, Frank CoxRef 452-1577
Son of
William Cooke.

Born in Halifax [16th April 1856].

He was a shop assistant [1881] / a printer, bookseller & stationer in Bull Green, Halifax [1887, 1905]  / a newspaper manager [1891] / a stationer (employer) [1901] / a newsagent & stationer (employer) [1911] / one of the subscribers to The Old Halls & Manor Houses of Yorkshire  [1913] / a retired newsagent [1939]

In 1887, he married Sarah Alice Shepherd [1865-1951] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Alice, of Queens Road, Halifax, was born in Hallfields / Bilston, Staffordshire [6th November 1865], the daughter of Thomas Shepherd, sewing machine dealer


  1. Louis C. [b 1889]
  2. Arthur Gilbert
  3. Lilian Beatrice [b 1892]
  4. William Henry [b 1896] who was a solicitor's clerk [1911]
  5. Edith Alice [1901] who died in infancy

They lived at

  • 24 Thomas Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 8 Emscote Grove, Halifax [1901]
  • 40 Willow Bank, Halifax [1911]
  • 40 Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax [1939]

Living with them [in 1911] was granddaughter Winifred Alice [b  1911].

Frank died Q3 1941 (aged 85).

Sarah died Q1 1951 (aged 85).

They both died in Halifax

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Cooke, GeorgeRef 452-422
Son of
Bryan Cooke.

Became a Baronet in 1661

Cooke, H.Ref 452-1855
Stage coach proprietor at Halifax.

In April 1861, he was declared insolvent

Cooke, JamesRef 452-1140
Of Warley.

He was one of the subscribers to the Leeds Infirmary [1792]

Cooke, JamesRef 452-2223
Leather dresser and merchant at
Corn market, Halifax [1822]

Cooke, JamesRef 452-567
He was a member of
Clifton Bowling Club [for 42 years] / President member of Clifton Bowling Club [1886-1900] / a hatter with premises in the Brighouse Town Hall on Bradford Road.

He started in business in 1868.

He married Unknown.


  1. son
  2. son

They lived at 6 High Street, Brighouse.

He retired in 1899

Cooke, JamesRef 452-2660
Warley House.

Nephew of Abraham Kershaw

This & associated entries use material contributed by Alan Boocock

Cooke, JohnRef 452-345
He married Isabel Stansfeld.

Isabel was the daughter of
Richard Stansfeld


  1. Richard
  2. John
  3. Stansfeld
  4. Ellen
  5. Elizabeth
  6. Prudence

This & associated entries use material contributed by Joanne Backhouse

Cooke, JosephRef 452-88
A former Wesleyan minister, he was expelled in 1806 for heresy when he taught that a person could be saved without knowing it.

His followers were the Cookites or Methodist Unitarians and they set up a number of societies in the Rochdale district in the early 19th century.

Their first meeting house in Todmorden, the Todmorden Unitarian Chapel, was built in 1823-4

Cooke, JosephRef 452-1114
Born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

He was a plug tester at Halifax Corporation Water Works [1911].

In [Q2] 1905, he married Elizabeth in Halifax.

Elizabeth [née Slater] was the widow of
Samuel Henry Cunliffe

Child: Mary [b 1911]

The family – including 6 of Elizabeth's children by her first marriage – lived at 27 Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1911]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Cooke, LucyRef 452-480
Of Summerfield,

She married Archibald William Reith

Cooke, RichardRef 452-1913
A Halifax merchant.

He married Baptista, daughter of Robert Milnes

Cooke, RichardRef 452-5290
Of Halifax.

He was a livery stable keeper.

In August 1850, he was fined £10 plus costs for

conveying passengers, for hire, in the gig mail driven by him from Todmorden, he not having a stage carriage licence

Cooke, RichardRef 452-1128
Mail Contractor of Halifax.

He married Martha [1809-1872].


  1. Jane [1835-1880] who married Thomas Carter

Richard died 14th December 1852 (aged 52).

Martha died 12th March 1872 (aged 63).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 524] with their granddaughter Martha Eleanor Carter [1875-1897]

Cooke, W.Ref 452-1856
Commission agent at Halifax.

In May 1866, he was declared bankrupt

Cooke, WilliamRef 452-2101
Registrar of marriages at Halifax [1850]

Cooke, WilliamRef 452-47
Corn dealer and porter / ale bottler at 17 King Cross Street, Halifax

This & associated entries use material contributed by Ian Lister

Cooke, WilliamRef 452-1272
Born in Lewes, Sussex.

He was a printer & stationer / a stationer [1881].

In [Q3] 1853, he married Ellen Cox [1832-1???] in Brighton.

Ellen was born in Lewes, Sussex


  1. Clara A. [b 1855]
  2. Frank Cox
  3. Elizabeth H. [b 1865]
  4. Katherine [b 1869]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at 3 Bull Green, Halifax [1881]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley


The Cooke familyRef 452-1266
They lived at Wheatley.

See Bryan Cooke and George Cooke


Cooke surnameRef 452-1
There are 21 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Cooke, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Cooke

Marriages 1885, 1900

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 4721


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