Family Lessons 62: Son of a Crook

William Crook was my 7x great-grandfather. His son and my ancestor, Richard Crook, was born at the Lancashire village of Up Holland in 1765. His son, and my 6x great-gramps, was another Richard Crook, born at Orrell, Wigan, in 1795. They seemed to be colliers/miners and weavers. The next generation is female, so as far as my genes are concerned, the Crooks died out. ‘Crook’ as a name almost certainly indicates a pastoral, shepherding origin, rather than its current association with petty crime or dishonesty. Still, Grandfathers Crook passed onto me their natures. Their blood flows through my veins and their DNA helps make me who I am. I am naturally peevish, ill tempered, impatient, violent and dishonest. Thankfully, Christ the Last Adam remakes all who believe in Him into His own beautiful image. I might be a Crook by ancestry, but I am saved by grace and being perfected by faith. Your family might have blighted your earlier life and disappointed you in your upbringing, but Christ the Re-Creator will make all things right.

This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. Genesis 5:1-3

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect. Hebrews 12:23