The Stooke family and the end of the world

Well the world didn’t end on 21 December, but our ADSL router did — it was zapped by lightning on the evening of the 20th, and so we missed the momentous event, just when I was making some interesting discoveries about the Stooke family too.

I seem to have lost touch with many of the people who were researching the Stooke family. Our biggest breakthrough came from Joyce Robinson in Victoria, Australia, who sent us a huge family tree back in 1989, and at the time we were in though with several descendants of the Stooke family, including David Furse (who has since died), who had links to two different Stooke families. Back in the early 1990s we were in touch with several others as well, but now there doesn’t seem to be anyone to share interesting family news with.

So if you’re interested in Stooke families originating in Devon in England, and are reading this, please leave a comment.

I have also started a Stooke family forum on YahooGroups. This is a place for contacting others interested in the Stooke family history. The main feature of a mailing list for posting research queries and discoveries etc, but there are also facilities for exchanging Gedcom and other files, posting photographs, databases and more. Please click on the link to find out how to join.

I originally tried to post this on the quick & dirty Posterous blog, but it doesn’t seem to work any more.

6 Responses

  1. My daughter has a large amount of information on the Stookes of Carlby in Lincolnshire England.
    The church contains a memorial to the 4 Stooke boys who died in WW1 and information on the 3 other brothers who returned.
    My e mail is below
    #John Disley – grandson of Frank Stooke – killed 15 May 1915 in France

    • John, I am a grandson of Edith Ethel Stooke sister of your grandfather. That makes us second cousins. She became a Burdett through marriage to Avery whose name I share. I knew her well as a child from my visits to Oundle nr. Peterborough in the 1940s and 1950s. I have letters from aunts which mention Stookes of Carlby and Essendine, in addition to a few Stookes whose relationship to the family I am unable to establish. I am curious about the three brothers who returned from WW1 as only Harold is mentioned in records. I assume they were the older brothers William and Ernest.

  2. Greetings, I recently discovered Stooke/Stookes relatives while researching my English ancestors. My John Stookes was born 1833 Devonshire and emigrated to Detroit, Michigan USA by 1854 where he became a policeman. He married Jane Barry of London, d/o Thomas Barry & Jane Mooney (my 4th g-grandparents). Thomas & Jane prob married at St. Anne Soho. Not sure if John & Jane married in England or America, but his 3 daughters were born in Detroit. Hope I can flesh this out a bit more! – Paul

  3. I am descended from Thomas Stooke of Trusham and Ashton. The family traces back to 1560 in Trusham. There is a family tree that dates from 1740 and includes the descendants of Thomas Stooke. A memorial is set in the Ashton church yard.

    It will require significant work to trace back before formal church records began. The family were yeomanry and landed gentry. It appears that every generation has been literate since this time. My branch of the family descends from Edward, who had a brother William and another brother John. This branch moved to Dawlish, where John Barigan Stooke was born. He was a timber merchant builder and married Mary Barter of Kingskerswell in 1808. Their sons Henry, Edwin and George emigrated to Melbourne, where they became wealthy providing meat to the ships and Victorian gold fields.

    I would welcome any additions.

    Kind regards

    B. Warren Stooke AM.

    Melbourne Australia

    • Hi, my 4x great grandfather was James Stooke who married Mary Barjeron (several spellings of this name exist) in 1771 in Dawlish Devon. He was a woolcomber. They went on to have 6 children that I have found.

      Unfortunately I can’t find where he was born so I can’t find his parents. For several years I believed he came from the Stookes of Ashton but after a bit more research I am no longer confident that is the case.

      Trusham was another option so any info on the Stookes of Trusham would be gratefully received.

  4. I’m a stooke in Grantham Lincolnshire I would be very interested in you contacting me ref the name stooke I have tried to look for other stooke to see if there is any connection I’m aware my grandfather brother was in the army he his on the memorial in Stamford Lincolnshire my grandfather always said he never know if his brother was killed in action or he ran away please contact me if you wish as I would like to know if there is any connection

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