Interesting stories, Paul, about our mutual ancestor Morgan Snook. What are your sources? Here is some additional info. for you.
Thomas Graves of the "Antelope" surveyed the property of all settlers on St. Pierre before it was turned over to the French via Treaty of Paris in 1763. His report to the Lords of Trade indicates the family owned the following property on St. Pierre prior to 1763: Morgan Snook, Sr. - one dwelling house 36' by 16', another house 24' by 14 ', a third house 14' by 12', and a salt house ; the total value was 78 pounds.His son Morgan Snook, Jr. owned a fish stage, a house, a fisherman's house, a lumber house, another dwelling house and a picketted garden for a total value of 241 pounds. (Source: CO-194, pp. 189-90).
Are your stories about Morgan Snook Sr. or Jr.?
The earliest trace of our Snook ancestors that I was able to trace was the marriage of Morgan Snooke to Mary Chamberlen which took place on 29 August 1700 at Sturminster Newton in the county of Dorset, England. Morgan had been born there presumably around 1670.
Morgan Snooke’s son, also named Morgan Snook, married his wife Susannah in 1730. Morgan and Susannah called their son - we should not be surprised! - Morgan.
This Morgan Snook, son of Morgan and Susannah, was born in 1735 in Dorset. He moved to St. Pierre, whether on his own as a teenager, or whether his parents immigrated there with him when he was a child I do not know. Since he was only 27 in 1763, he must be the Morgan Snook, Jr,refered to in the record of property -holders. The records show that in 1755, at the age of 20, he got married in Fortune, Nfld. to Ann Barnes. Ann Barnes, daughter of Robert Barnes, had been born in St. Pierre, and it is presumed that this is where they met.Their daughters Ann and Eleanor, who later married brothers John and Jonathan Hickman, were also born in St. Pierre. The family moved to Newfoundland in 1763 when the Treaty of Paris turned St. Pierre over to the French. Morgan died at Fortune in 1818. His wife Ann died in Grand Bank in that same year.
Written records confirm that Morgan Snook did indeed sail with Capt. Cook, serving as pilot when Cook surveyed Fortune Bay in 1765.