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Eight Generations of Rooke - Rook - Rooks Family, September 9, 1999




Generation No. 1


1. THOMAS "THE ELDER"1 ROOKE was born Abt. 1632 in Boltongate, Cumberland, England, and died Abt. 1663. He married ANNE PORTER.

Notes for T
HOMAS "THE ELDER" ROOKE:
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Mark and Jana Rooke are beginning this family with Thomas Rooke of Bolton, Cumberland, England. We are coming to this conclusion based upon the following information:

THOMAS "THE ELDER" ROOKE
TO GEORGE "THE QUAKER MINISTER" ROOKE
TO GEORGE "THE MERCHANT" ROOKE
TO THOMAS "THE IMMIGRANT" ROOKE
From Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Records of Quaker Church:
Thomas Rooke, a grandson of George Rooke, received on certificate from Dublin (monthly meeting), Ireland dated 1739/40 1,12.
(Immigration of the Irish Quakers, Meyer, pg. 296)
THOMAS ROOK, unmarried, "Granson to our ancient and Esteemed Friend George Rook of this City." Dated 1 Mo. 12, 1739-40, from Mtg. in Dublin, Ireland.
George Rooke, an eminent Quaker minister of Ireland, son of Thomas, was born at Boltonwood (parish of Boulton) in Cumberland, England, in 1652. He lost his father when he was eleven years old, and his mother was left with several small children to support. At sixteen he was apprenticed to Thomas Drewry, a carpenter and joiner, one of the Society of Friends, and became a member of society. At about the age of twenty-five he appeared in the ministry and travelled much in that service. In 1686, he removed to Limerick, Ireland, and married Joan the daughter of John Cooke. In 1693, he settled in Dublin. His wife died there, 7 Mo. 17, 1737 and was buried in the Friends' burial ground on Cork Street, aged eighty four. He spent his declining years with his widowed daughter Rachel Carlton and her children, and died 12 Mo 7, 1742. --Rutty 334-7; Leadbeater, 212-226.

THOMAS "THE IMMIGRANT" ROOKE
TO AMOS ROOKE, SR.
As of September, 1999: The will of Ann Strettell of Philadelphia, PA (1761) lists an Amos Rooke as a descendant of her 'cousin' Thomas Rooke in Philadelphia, PA (children: George, Robert, Amos, Thomas, and Elizabeth). (The total will is transcribed under Thomas "The Immigrant" Rooke)
We believe that this 'cousin' Thomas Rooke is our immigrant and the father of our Amos Rooke, Sr., because we know:
      a. Thomas "the Immigrant" Rooke was a Quaker in Philadelphia at the time
      b. Thomas "the Immigrant" Rooke had a son, Amos
      c. Our Amos Rooke, Sr. was born in Philadelphia in 1753 and raised a Quaker.
      (from Amos Rooke Sr.'s Moravian Church Records at New Dorp, Staten Island)
d. The continuity of family names. The first four sons of Amos Rooke, Sr. are the same as the sons of
            Thomas "the Immigrant" Rooke: George, Robert, Thomas, Amos
      e. Amos Rooke, Sr. also had a daughter Elizabeth, just like Thomas "the Immigrant" Rooke

We have eliminated Thomas "the Immigrant" Rooke's brothers, George and Amos Rooke, as being possible parents of Amos Rooke, Sr. as follows:
Since Ann Strettell, a devout Quaker, does not mention her other cousins George and Amos Rooke (brothers of Thomas "the Immigrant" Rooke - see below) in her 1761 will, we believe that they were not Quakers in the Philadelphia area at this time. We also believe that these cousins George and Amos Rooke were not Quakers in America because there is no record of them joining a Quaker Monthly Meeting.

(Reference to George and Amos Rooke leaving to America)
pg. 67, PENNSYLVANIA GLEANINGS IN IRELAND, contributed by Lothrop Withington
MONTGOMERY V. ROOKES. 1. Wiliam Montgomery, City of Dublin, Merchant, affirms that George Rookes of Dublin, Merchant, deceased Intestate, was at his decease indebted to him the said William Montgomery, 110 pounds, he was acqainted with said George Rookes, and believes he died a widower, leaving 5 children, viz., George, Amos, Thomas, Abel, and Joanna, spinster, said Joanna lives in Dublin, Abel in Limerick, Thomas in Philadelphia, America. Their Uncle is Mr. John Barclay of Dublin, Merchant, who said that George and Amos left this kingdom several years ago for America. Sworn 20 November 1750.),

AMOS ROOKE, SR.
TO CAPTAIN THOMAS ROOKE
TO THOMAS ROOKE, JR. ("TEXAS THOMAS")
TO HENRY LEVI ROOKE, SR.
TO HENRY LEVI, ROOKE, JR.
TO DAVID LEE ROOKE
TO MARK LEE ROOKE
TO CURRENT DAY
Our branch of the Rooke line is confirmed to Amos Sr. ( born in Philadelphia, 17 March 1753, died 30 September 1842, Staten Island, New York) and Martha Mersereau (born 16 February 1757, Staten Island, New York, died 24 February 1831, Staten Island, New York, married 13 June 1781, Staten Island, New York) to the present day by the family bible of Amos and Martha Mersereau Rooke's grandson, Amos and Rachel Rebecca Stroman Rooke, son of Captain Thomas and Martha Beard Rooke.

Please contact us if you have any questions, corrections, additions and any other theories!!!!!

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Sources:
Research by Patricia C. O'Donnell, archivist at Swarthmore College, Quaker Collection (tel (610-328-8496))
      Ref: PA Magazine, vol. 32; pp 67-68
      Myers Immigration, p. 296

Other Rookes researched by Patricia C. O'Donnell: Dates are in old style, 1st month =March, 12th month=Feb.

            Date of Death      Age      Residence      Description      Burial Date            Burial
Joshua Rooke      1726                  Dublin            Son of George, Sr.      1726, 10 mo, 22day      Dublin
Joanna Rooke      1695            7      Dublin            Dr. of Geo. & Joan      1695, 12 mo, 16day      Dublin
Anne Rooke      1702, 5 mo,26 day      9      Boltongate, Cumb?      "            1702            Near Wigton,Cum.
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Cumberland & Northumberland Quarterly Meeting, Digest Register of Births 1648-1837
            Date of Birth      Place of Birth      Parents                  Parents Abode      Monthly Meeting
Mary Rook      1760, 5 mo, 16 day      Bolton Wood      George & Mary            ------            Holme
George Rook      1762, 4 mo, 7 day      Bolton Wood      George & Mary            _____            Holme
Joseph Rook      1765, 9 mo, 5 day      Bolton Wood      George & Mary            _____            Holme
Jane Rook      1767, 3 mo, 15 day      ____            _____                  _____            Holme
Anne Rooke      1756, 4 mo, 15 day      Boltonwood      George & Mary            _____            Holme
Rebeckah Rook      1758, 1 mo, 4 day      Bolton Wood      George & Mary            _____            Holme
Anne Rooke      1729, 5 mo, 9 day      Boltonwood      George & Anne            ______            Holme
George Rook      1732, 1 mo, 14 day      Boltonwood      George & Anne            _____            Holme
Jos. Rook      1734, 8 mo, 24 day      Boltonwood      George & Anne            _____            Holme
Jane Rook      1737, 5 mo, 17 day      Boltonwood      George & Anne            _____            Holme
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(I don't know what kind of book this is from, seems to be a marriage register from Cumberland)
Book 325 Page 164
            Parents            Parents Abode      To whom married      Where married      Date of M.      Mo.Mtg.
George Rooke      Wm. Rooke      Parson bridge___,      Ann Rickerby      Boulton Parish      1721,8 mo, 25day      Holme
                        N. Westward, Cumb.
Ann Rickerby      Joseph Rickerby            "      George Rooke            "            "      Holme

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The Parish Registers of Wigton, Cumberland, Baptisms 1604 -1727 (Rae to Younghusband)
Originally transcribed by Rev. F. B. Swift, Vicar of Addingham and published by the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society 1950 (http://www.btinternet.com/~grigg/wig1bap3.html) This information is in another file. (contact Jana Rooke for the information)
     
Children of T
HOMAS ROOKE and ANNE PORTER are:
2. i.   GEORGE "THE QUAKER MINISTER"2 ROOKE, b. 1652, Boltonwood, Cumberland, England; d. December 07, 1742, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland.
  ii.   SIBLING ONE ROOKE.
  Notes for SIBLING ONE ROOKE:
From Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Records of Quaker Church: Thomas Rooke, a grandson of George Rooke, received on certificate from Dublin (monthly meeting), Ireland dated 1739/40 1,12.
      (Immigration of the Irish Quakers, pg. 296)
      THOMAS ROOK, unmarried, "Granson to our ancient and Esteemed Friend George Rook of this City." Dated 1 Mo. 12, 1739-40, from Mtg. in Dublin, Ireland.
            George Rooke, an eminent Quaker minister of Ireland, son of Thomas, was born at Boltonwood (parish of Boulton) in Cumberland, England, in 1652. He lost his father when he was eleven years old, and his mother was left with several small children to support. At sixteen he was apprenticed to Thomas Drewry, a carpenter and joiner, one of the Society of Friends, and became a member of society. At about the age of twenty-five he appeared in the ministry and travelled much in that service. In 1686, he removed to Limerick, Ireland, and married Joan the daughter of John Cooke. In 1693, he settled in Dublin. His wife died there, 7 Mo. 17, 1737 and was buried in the Friends' burial ground on Cork Street, aged eighty four. He spent his declining years with his widowed daughter Rachel Carlton and her children, and died 12 Mo 7, 1742. --Rutty 334-7; Leadbeater, 212-226.

  iii.   SIBLING TWO ROOKE.
  Notes for SIBLING TWO ROOKE:
From Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Records of Quaker Church: Thomas Rooke, a grandson of George Rooke, received on certificate from Dublin (monthly meeting), Ireland dated 1739/40 1,12.
      (Immigration of the Irish Quakers, pg. 296)
      THOMAS ROOK, unmarried, "Granson to our ancient and Esteemed Friend George Rook of this City." Dated 1 Mo. 12, 1739-40, from Mtg. in Dublin, Ireland.
            George Rooke, an eminent Quaker minister of Ireland, son of Thomas, was born at Boltonwood (parish of Boulton) in Cumberland, England, in 1652. He lost his father when he was eleven years old, and his mother was left with several small children to support. At sixteen he was apprenticed to Thomas Drewry, a carpenter and joiner, one of the Society of Friends, and became a member of society. At about the age of twenty-five he appeared in the ministry and travelled much in that service. In 1686, he removed to Limerick, Ireland, and married Joan the daughter of John Cooke. In 1693, he settled in Dublin. His wife died there, 7 Mo. 17, 1737 and was buried in the Friends' burial ground on Cork Street, aged eighty four. He spent his declining years with his widowed daughter Rachel Carlton and her children, and died 12 Mo 7, 1742. --Rutty 334-7; Leadbeater, 212-226.

  iv.   SIBLING THREE ROOKE.
  Notes for SIBLING THREE ROOKE:
From Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Records of Quaker Church: Thomas Rooke, a grandson of George Rooke, received on certificate from Dublin (monthly meeting), Ireland dated 1739/40 1,12.
      (Immigration of the Irish Quakers, pg. 296)
      THOMAS ROOK, unmarried, "Granson to our ancient and Esteemed Friend George Rook of this City." Dated 1 Mo. 12, 1739-40, from Mtg. in Dublin, Ireland.
            George Rooke, an eminent Quaker minister of Ireland, son of Thomas, was born at Boltonwood (parish of Boulton) in Cumberland, England, in 1652. He lost his father when he was eleven years old, and his mother was left with several small children to support. At sixteen he was apprenticed to Thomas Drewry, a carpenter and joiner, one of the Society of Friends, and became a member of society. At about the age of twenty-five he appeared in the ministry and travelled much in that service. In 1686, he removed to Limerick, Ireland, and married Joan the daughter of John Cooke. In 1693, he settled in Dublin. His wife died there, 7 Mo. 17, 1737 and was buried in the Friends' burial ground on Cork Street, aged eighty four. He spent his declining years with his widowed daughter Rachel Carlton and her children, and died 12 Mo 7, 1742. --Rutty 334-7; Leadbeater, 212-226. .



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