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It is said that if one’s ancestors came from Europe, then that person has royalty in their lineage. However, it is not that easy to trace family lineage (especially without signing up for ancestry.com or paying a pro to do it). I had a good start being a descendent of the Cook family and knowing a few key facts.
Oliver Cook’s father was Daniel Cook. His father was also named Daniel and his father was Josiah Cook. Josiah’s father was Haynes Cook and his father was Joseph Cook, Jr. His father, Joseph Cooke, Sr. married Elizabeth Haynes, whose father was John Haynes, Governor of Massachusetts and Connecticut – Google him for some interesting info). I noticed on the Individual Record of Elizabeth Haynes that she was considered royalty. I knew the Cook line went back to Sir John Cook but it stopped there. This is where we depart the Cook family and pursue the Haynes connection. John Haynes married Mary Thornton, whose father was Robert Thornton.
Type the following into your browser: http://www.familysearch.org. This is the website of the Mormon Church and is free. When the prompts appear, enter Robert Thornton for the name, birth in 1565, and England as the search country. Under the category “Pedigree Resource File”, click on the No. 15 listing of Robert Thornton. The reason for all the listings is because various genealogy researchers send their input to the Mormon database in Salt Lake City. I found this particular link simply by trial and error. On the Individual Record, click on “pedigree” for Robert Thornton. Now start through the genealogy and click on the arrows next to the names listed in the list that follows. It is interesting to note all the other names (you can go back and try another route just to see what the lineage is).
Henry RICHERS, Esq.
“Longshanks” Edward I
King of England Henry II
“The Conqueror” William I King of England
Duke of Normandy Richard I
Regnvald “the More” Eysteinsson
Ingvar Eysteinsson The Tall
Heigi Halfdansson King of Denmark
Fridleif Frodasson King of Denmark
Havar Strong Hand Fridleifsson
Hope you have as much fun with this as I did. Lee