|Birth: ||1840, England|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1876|
Samuel Crooks was born in London, England around 1840 and migrated to Victoria, Australia sometime around 1854. Records reveal that he was sometimes listed as "Cook" and at other times as "Crook"; and was referred to as "Little Sam". Upon arriving in Victoria, Samuel made his home in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He was a little clean-shaven nautical looking individual who often hung out in front of the Williamstown Steamboat Jetty or Pier Hotel who arrived in Williamstown when it was only a village, and often spent short intervals at sea. Upon his learning of the arrival of a Confederate Cruiser, the CSS Shenandoah, in Port Phillip Bay, off Melbourne on January 25, 1865, Samuel was reported to have sold all his personal belongings and went aboard the CSS Shenandoah on a Friday night; February 17, 1865. He was not enlisted, however, until the ship was outside the legal limits of Australian waters. He then signed on as a member of the ships crew the following day, as a seaman, on February 18th, 1865, at a pay rate of $29.10; and since he couldn't write, he simply placed his mark beside; his name. It was said that no crew was better fed, or better paid than that of the CSS Shenandoah.
After the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah on November 6, 1865, to British Captain Paynter, commanding her Majesty's ship "Donegal, in Liverpool, England, Samuel returned to Australia and became a fisherman, living at his home in Waterman's Row, or Stafford Place as it was later called, on Little Nelson Street, in Williamstown. Samuel was never married and died on a Thursday June 30, 1876 at 52 years of age. At twelve o'clock Crook was taken very ill with asthma, of which he had long suffered, and a Dr. Figg was sent for; but within a quarter of an hour after midnight it was found that he had passed away. Samuel Crooks was buried in public ground on July 2, 1876 in an unmarked mass grave, in the Williamstown Cemetery
Plot: Comp. M - 4
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Apr 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68583015