genealogy of Patty Rose



Genealogy of Patty Rose

Name Francis* COOKE
Birth aft Aug 1583, England30,93
Death 7 Apr 1663, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts20,26,30,90,93
Marriage intent 30 Jun 1603, Leiden, Holland30
Spouse Hester* MAYHIEU
Birth abt 1585, Canterbury, Kent, England
Death bef 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts30
1 M Rev. John COOKE
Birth bef 31 Mar 1607, Leiden, Holland30
Death 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts20,30,87
Spouse Sarah WARREN
Marriage 28 Mar 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts20,26,30,87,93
2 ? (child) COOKE
Birth abt 1608, Leiden, Holland
Death bef 20 May 1608, Leiden, Holland30
3 F Jane* COOKE
Birth abt 1609, Leiden, Holland
Death aft 1630, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Spouse Experience* MITCHELL
Marriage aft 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts30
4 F Elizabeth COOKE
Birth bap 26 Dec 1611, Leiden, Holland26,30
Death bef 1627
5 M Jacob COOKE
Birth abt 1618, Leiden, Holland30,93
Death bef 18 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts30
Spouse Damaris HOPKINS
Marriage intent 10 Jun 1646, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts26,93
Spouse Elizabeth LETTICE
Marriage 18 Nov 1669, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts20,26,93
6 F Hester COOKE
Birth bef 1620, Leiden, Holland30
Death bef 7 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts30,93
Spouse Richard WRIGHT
Marriage 21 Nov 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
7 F Mary COOKE
Birth aft Mar 1626, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts30
Death 21 Mar 1714/15, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts20,30
Spouse Lt. John TOMSON
Marriage 26 Dec 1645, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts20,26,93
Notes for Francis* COOKE
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FRANCIS, Plymouth, came in the Mayflower 1620, with one* ch. John; his w. Esther, and other ch. Jacob, Jane, and Esther, com. in the Ann, 1623, so that he count. six sh. in div. of lds. 1624; and in 1626 was b. Mary, and he had seven sh. at div. of cattle. He was call. by Bradford, "a very old man," in 1650, wh. saw his "children's childr. hav. childr." and had m. in Holland a nat. of the Netherlands, of the Walloon ch. was one of the first purch. of Dartmouth 1652, and of Middleborough 1662; d. 7 Apr. 1663. His will, of 7 Dec. 1659, made w. Esther, and s. John excors. [ref 20]
*probable error
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Francis Cooke was born after Aug. 1583. He is listed on the Aug. 1643 list of men 16-60, so was no more than 60 years of age. He died 7 Apr. 1663, "above 80m" Plymouth. The date of his marriage to Hester Mahieu in Leiden, Holland has often been printed incorrectly. Marriage intentions were entered 4 July 1603 & 5 July 1603 which means the three banns were proclaimed 6 July, 13 July and 20 July (three succesive Sundays); therefore, the marriage took place on or after 20 July 1603. The marriage intentions state Hester Mahieu was from Canterbury, England and she was accompanied by her mother Jennie Mahieu and her sister Jennie Mahieu. She was admitted to the French Reformed Church in Leiden in 1603. Hester died between 8 June 1666 (agreement of hus. heirs) and 18 Dec. 1675 (will of grandson John Wright). Francis & Hester had 7 children: John, child, Elizabeth, Jane, Jacob, Hester, Mary. [ref 30]

Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu, 30 June 1603, Leiden [ref 30]
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Francis Cooke - A 1620 Mayflower passenger. Francis Cooke married Hester Mayhieu at Leiden 30 June 1603, the records there describing him as a woolcomber, unmarried, from England. Thus he was in Holland before the arrival of the Clyfton/Robinson Separatists. He was probably born no earlier than 1583, for he must have been under sixty in 1643 when he was on the ATBA for Plymouth, and yet not much after 1583 if he married in 1603. He appears frequently in Plymouth records on grand and trial juries, as a surveyor of the highways, on various ad hoc committees, and in a number of land transactions. He came to Plymouth with his wife, and son John and their daughter Jane and son Jacob arrived on the Anne in 1623. Two more children, Hester and Mary, were born at Plymouth. Jane married Experience Mitchell; Hester married Richard Wright; and Mary married John Thompson. Francis's son Jacob married Damaris Hopkins, daughter of Stephen. Francis died 7 April 1663. [ref 90:270]
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Francis Cooke was an Englishman, was with the Pilgrims at Leiden, and married in Holland. Edward Winslow wrote: "also the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloone, holds communion with the Church at Plymouth, as she came from the French, to this day, by vertue of communion of Churches." In August, 1643, the Plymouth authorities made a list of all the men in the Colony, between the ages of sixteen and sixty, who were able to bear arms. The fact that Francis Cooke's name appears in this list is sufficient evidence that he was then under sixty years of age. He must therefore have been born after August 1583. Against this official record, can be put nothing but the following entry in Bradford's list of the passengers: "Francis Cooke is still living, a very old man, and hath seene his childrens children, have children:" and the marginal note in an unknown hand: "dyed 7 of Aprill 1663 above 80." (This marginal note is by the same hand that added notes concerning the deaths of Bradford and Standish, both of which are incorrect.) These errors cast suspicion on the age in the Cooke note, and the statement "above 80" was probably due to the well known tendency to overestimate the years of an aged person after his death. Cooke was very active in public service, but after June 1645, was called on but three times. It is reasonable to suppose that he had become enfeebled by advancing years and appeared to be older than he was. Bradford's words "hath seene his childrens children, have children" probably meant simply that Cooke had lived to see great-grand-children born, for there is not the slightest evidence that in 1651 children had been born to more that one of his grand-children. That one was Elizabeth, daughter of Experience and Jane (Cooke) Mitchell, who married John Washburn, and had one, probably two children born before Bradford wrote. Francis Cooke was probably a husbandman after he came to Plymouth, as there is no evidence that he had a trade and both of his sons became farmers. He was not dignified by the title of "Mr.," but his frequent service on the grand inquest and trial juries and as a surveyor of highways makes it clear that he was a man of sound judgment and had the respect and confidence of the community. Francis Cooke and* his son John embarked on the Speedwell at Selfs-haven in July, 1620, leaving behind Hester and the other children. At Southampton or Plymouth, England, they were transferred to the Mayflower and in her set sail from the latter place on Wednesday, 6/16 September, 1620. He signed the Compact in the cabin of the Mayflower on Saturday, 11/21 Nov., 1620. On the afternoon of Thursday, 28 Dec./7 Jan'y, 1620/1, the Pilgrims divided themselves into nineteen families in order to reduce the number of houses to be built, and cast lots for locations. Francis Cooke's plot was on the south side of the street, with Isaac Allerton and Edward Winslow on the east and west. On Friday, 16/26 Feb'y, 1620/1, while Capt. Myles Standish and Francis Cooke were at work in the woods, they were recalled by an alarm at the approach of Indians, who did no damage except to carry off the tools left in the woods. These tools were returned by the Indians on Sunday, 18/28 March, 1620/1. In the latter part of July, 1623, Francis Cooke's wife Hester came to Plymouth in the Anne, bringing the rest of the children, and in the division of land made the following spring he received two acres on the south side of the brook, towards the bay, and four acres towards Strawberry Hill. He was one of the "Purchasers" who in 1627 bought all the rights of the "Adventurers" and in the division of cattle made Tuesday, 22 May/1 June, 1627, the first lot, the smallest of the four black heifers and two shee goats, fell to his company of thirteen, composed of himself, his wife Hester, his sons John and Jacob, and Daughters Jane, Hester and Mary; also Moses Simonson, Philip Delano, Experience Mitchell, John Faunce, Joshua Pratt and Phineas Pratt. The record of this division contains the earliest mention of the names of his wife and children. The next month he signed the agreement between the Purchasers and the Undertakers by which the latter were to have, for six years, the control of the entire trade of the plantation with the outside world. His name also appears in an undated list of the Purchasers found in the Court Orders II:244. On 3/13 Jan'y, 1627/8 he was appointed one of the six surveyors to lay out the lots in the division of land, by which each person was to receive twenty acres. Each surveyor was to receive a peck of corn for every share of land laid out (Col. deeds I:I:60,62 & Laws I:4). His name is found in the list of freemen, dated 1633, with which the first volume of Court Orders begins. In the tax list, drawn up by order of the General Court held 2/12 Jan'y, 1632/3, he was taxed eighteen shillings to be paid in corn at six shillings per bushell. One year later, 2/12 Jan'y 1633/4, his tax was nine shillings and his son John was taxed nine shillings (Col. court 1:10,62). On Wednesday, 7/17 Dec., 1659, Francis Cooke made his will, leaving all personal property to his wife Hester and giving her the use of all real estate as long as she survived. The only child mentioned is his son John, who was made joint executor with his mother. On Tuesday, 7/17 April, 1663, Francis Cooke died at Plymouth. The Plymouth Colony records contain only the simple statement "Francis Cooke Died the seaventh of Aprill 1663" (:27). On Friday, 1/11 May, 1663, the inventory of his estate was taken and on Friday, 5/15 June, 1663, his will was probated and Hester took oath to the correctness of the inventory, which amounted to 85. 11s. 1 d. (II:25,27). Children**: John, Jane, Jacob, Hester, Mary. [ref 93:3-95,102,103]
*and probably his daughter Jane
**incomplete list

A law passed 15/25 Nov., 1636, required the registering of every man's cattle marks. Francis Cooke's are recorded as follows: "ffrancis Cooke a hole in the left eare and a slitt in the (. . .) right eare downe the middest of the eare" (town rec I:2). John Harmon, son of Edward Harmon, a tailor of London, was apprenticed to Francis Cooke on 24 Dec./2 Jan'y, 1636/7, for seven years from 1/11 Oct., 1636, and was to receive at the expiration of his term two suits of clothes and twelve bushells of corn (Col. court I:97). On 7/17 March, 1636/7, Francis Cooke's name appears in the list of freemen and at the same Court he recovered 3 damages from Mr. Brown the elder for damage to his cattle the preceding November, by Brown's servants, and execution was granted against Mr. Brown on 7/17 June, 1637 (Col. court I:105,116 & Judicial acts A:2). The fact that Josiah Cooke was on the jury which tried this case is sufficient evidence that he was not a near relative of Francis. [ref 93:3-99]

A parcell of upland next to John Shaw's at Smelt River was granted to Francis Cooke, 4/14 Feb'y, 1638/9, and in the same year (month and day not recorded) Governor Bradford sold to George Watson three acres of land part of which he had bought of Francis Cooke (Col. court I:187 & Col deeds I:83). Land of Francis Cooke at Rocky Nook next to land of John Coombs is mentioned in a mortgage given by the latter to Governor Thomas Prence, 24 June/4 July 1639 (Col. deeds I:70). 24 Jan'y/3 Feb'y, 1641/2 Francis and his son John contributed one sixteenth part (12. 10s.) of the cost, estimated at 200 of building a bark of forty or fifty tons (Col. court II:39). The Court Doth grant unto ffrancis Cooke & John Cooke Junr the prcell of upland lying betwixt Leiftennant Holmes lands at the North River and the lands granted to John Rogers Constant Southwood &c and the meddow before yt or so much as shalbe thought competent when the same is viewed & layd forth by Capt. Standish & mr John Alden There is a prcell of upland moore there found containing about 10 or 12 acres be it moore or lesse wch the Court hath likewise granted unto them the sd francis & John (Col. court I:245) (see also Col. court I:230). The forsaid grant of two hundred acres of upland were layd forth by Captaine Standish and mr Alden according to the Order of the Court to the said ffrancis Cooke & John Cooke in manner following vizt All that prcell of upland lying betwixt the Lands of Willm Holmes and the lands of John Rogers containing 212 acres be it more or lesse wth the meddow lying before bounding upon the upland of John Rogers And whereas Willm Holmes hath prt of his meddow lands lying before part of the said upland so granted to ffrances & John we have also layd unto them the said ffrancis & John the meddow or marsh lying betweene the said Willm Holmes his meddow or marsh ground and the said North River (Col. court I:246). On 7/17 March, 1642/3, Francis was granted six acres at the North Meadow by Jones River (Col. court II:66). On 10/20 June, 1646, Francis Cooke by deed of gift conveyed to his son Jacob, after the latter's marriage to Damaris Hopkins (Stephen), land at North River, and agreed to give him half of any future divisions of Purchase Lands. Hester Cooke signed this deed, making her mark. No other document signed by her has been found. On 9/19 April, 1650, Francis deeded to his son Jacob all his rights in the land at North River granted him by the Court in 1640 (Col. deeds I:307). Under date of March, 1652/3, Francis and John Cooke are recorded as among the proprietors of the Plymouth lands at Punckateesett (now Little Compton RI), and on 22 March/1 April, 1663/4, they are entered as owners of the eighteenth lot (Plym. town rec I:47,71). On 7/17 March, 1652/3, they were among the purchasers of what was later named Dartmouth (Col. deeds II:I:106). On 25 Dec./4 Jan'y, 1655/6, he received the following grant: "Wee Graunt to frances Cooke 3 holes of meddow lying at the Hither end of the Greate meddow Caled Jons river" (Plym. town rec I:r68). On 3/13 June, 1662, the land near Namasket or Namassaket (now Middleborough), lately purchased from the Indians by Major Josiah Winslow, was granted to some of the ancient freemen, and Francis Cooke is recorded as owner of the fourth lot (Col. court IV:19 & Col. deeds III:21). Before his death, this last grant was turned over to sons-in-law John Tompson and Richard Wright (Col. court IV:60). [ref 93:3-99]

A writing appointed to be Recorded as followeth Att a generall meeting of the Purchasers att Plymouth the seaventh of march 1652 It was ordered and fully agreed unto and Concluded by the whole that all that Tract and tracts of lands lying from the Purchassers bounds on the west side of acoughcusse to a river called Accusshaneck and three miles to the Eastwards of the same; with all Ilands meddows woods waters rivers Creekes and all appurtenances therunto belonging Should bee given to those whose names are heerunder written Containing thirty four shares and was then given alloted Assigned and sett over to them by the whole to have and to hold to them and their heires and Assignes for ever; to Devide and Dispose of the same as they should see good; and they are to Satisfy the Indians for the Purchase therof and to beare all other Due Charges that shall any way arise about the same According to their severall proportions William Bradford, Captaine Standish, Mr Collyare and Sarah Brewster, mr Aldin, mistris Warren, Robert Bartlett, John ffaunce, Manasses Kemton, George Morton, John Dunham, William Palmer, Thomas Morton, Edward holman, mistris Jeney, Joshua Pratt, Tho: Southworth, James hurst, Edward Doty, John Shaw, ffrancis Cooke, John Cooke, Samuell Cutbert, John Crackston, Stephen Tracye, ffrancis Sprague, henery Sampson, Peter Browne, Constant Southworth, George Soule, Phillip Delanoy, Moses Simons, Edward Bumpas, ffrancis Eaton (Plym. deeds II-I-106,107). [ref 93:4-185]
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the Dutch record of their marriage followed by the English translation:

"Franchoijs Couck wolcammer Jongman uijt Engelant vergeselschapt met Phillippe De Vaeu & Raphael Roelandt zyn bakenden
Hester Mahieu Jonge Dochter van Cantelberch In Engelant vergeselschapt met Jenne Mahieu haer moeder & Jenne Mahiet haer zuster"

Francis Cooke, wool comber, unmarried, from England, accompanied by Philip De Veau and Raphael Roelandt, his acquaintances,
Hester Mahieu, unmarried, from Canterbury in England, accompanied by Jennie Mahieu, her mother, and Jennie Mahieu, her sister
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Uppon wch agreement they were equally devided by lotts soe as the burthen of keeping the males then beeing should be borne for common use by those to whose lot the best Cowes should fall & so the lotts fell as followeth. thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot.
1, 2 The first lot fell to ffrancis Cooke & his Companie Joyned to him his wife Hester Cooke.
3 John Cooke
4 Jacob Cooke
5 Jane Cooke
6 Hester Cooke
7 Mary Cooke
8 Moses Simonson
9 Phillip Delanoy
10 Experience Michaell
11 John ffance
12 Joshua Pratt
12 Phinihas Pratt
To this lot fell the least of the 4 black Heyfers Came in the Jacob, and two she goats.
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WILL of FRANCIS COOK, 7 Dec 1659 - 5 Jun 1663:

The Last Will and Testament of ffrancis Cooke made this seaventh of the tenth month 1659 I being att prsent weake and Infeirme in body yett in prfect memory throw mercy Doe comitt my soule unto god that gave it and my body to the earthe; which my will is should bee Intered in a Decent and comly manner; As for such goods and lands as I stand posessed of I Doe will and bequeath as followeth;

1 My will is that hester my Dear and loveing wife shall have all my moveable goods and all my Cattle of all kinds; viz: neat Cattle horsekind sheep and swine to be att her Dispose

2 my will is that hester my wife shall have and Injoy my lands both upland and meddow lands which att prsent I posesse During her life

3 I Doe ordaine and appoint my Deare wife and my son John Cooke Joynt exequitors of this my said will
ffrancis Cooke

John Aldin
John howland

An Inventory of the estate of ffrancis Cooke Deceased taken and Aprised the first Day of May 1663 by Ephraim Tinkham and Willam Crow

Imprs 2 Iron potts & 1 Iron skillett 02 16 00
Item 2 paire of pott hookes 00 01 00
Item 7 pewter Dishes & 2 basons 00 17 06
Item 3 pewter potts 00 06 06
Item 1 pewter bason 2 porringers & 1 salt seller 00 02 00
Item 1 pewter Candlesticke 00 02 00
Item 2 Alcemy spoones 00 03 03
Item 1 lanthorn 1 gallypot 00 01 02
Item halfe a Dozen of trenchers and one stone bottle 00 01 00
Item 3 olde ladles 00 00 06
Item 1 woodden tray 6 trenchers 00 01 00
Item 1 morter and pestell 00 02 00
Item 4 wooden Dishes 00 00 08
Item 1 earthen pan and 2 earthen potts 00 00 09
Item 1 great brasse kettle 01 06 00
Item 2 smaller kettles 00 08 00
Item 3 wooden pailes 02 03 06
Item 1 pewter Chamber pott 00 02 06
Item 1 warming pan 1 frying pan 00 0 26
Item 1 thwart saw 1 hand saw 00 03 06
Item 1 paire of pincers 1 hammer 00 02 06
Item 1 Drawing Knife 00 00 06
Item 1 water Tubb 00 01 06
Item 1 axe 00 01 06
Item 1 greate Chaire 00 05 00
Item 3 smale Chaires 00 03 00
Item 1 gridiron 1 fiershovell 1 paire of tonggs 00 05 00
Item 2 paire of pothangers 00 06 00
Item 2 old musketts 00 02 00
Item 2 paire of sheers 1 paire of sissers 00 00 09
Item 1 great bible & 4 old bookes 00 0 00
Item 1 brush 00 00 02
Item 1 file and 1 paire of pincers 00 00 06
Item 1 Table & forme 00 06 00
Item 1 old bucking Tubb 00 02 06
Item 1 tubb & 2 kimnells* 00 05 00
Item 1 Chist 00 03 00
Item 1 pair of Cards and one baskett 00 01 00
Item 1 Chist 00 02 00
Item 4 earthen potts 1 Cupp 2 wooden trayes 00 05 00
Item 1 Chern 1 old Cask & four bottles 00 05 06
Item 1 old trough & a forme 20 0 26
Item 1 woolen wheele & scales 00 04 00
Item 1 Iron Driping pan 00 03 00
Item 1 sifting trough & one odd trough 00 03 00
Item 1 tray 1 tubb 1 box 00 03 00
Item 2 seives 00 02 06
Item 3 paire of sheep sheers 00 03 00
Item 3 paire of old Cards 00 01 06
Item 1 Cheespresse 1 Cheesfatt 00 01 00
Item 2 old ferkins & som sope 00 01 06
Item 2 old basketts & yarne 00 04 00
Item 1 feather bed & bolster 02 00 00
Item 1 paire of sheets 00 12 00
Item 1 Coverlid & blankett 01 00 00
Item 1 pound of Candles 00 00 06
Item 2 hoes 00 01 06
Item 1 Cushien 02 00 06
Item 2 Chistes & 3 boxes 01 06 02
Item 1 feather bed 1 bolster 1 pillow 03 10 00
Item 1 paire of sheets 102 1 blankett 1 Coverlid 15 01 15 00
Item 2 old Curtaines & vallence 00 02 02
Item 2 paire of sheets 01 00 00
Item 3 halfe sheets 00 06 00
Item 2 hatts 00 15 00
Item 1 long coate 25s 2 short coates 30s 02 15 00
Item 1 old coate & 1 Jerkin 00 15 00
Item 2 paire of briches 1 paire of Drawers 01 10 00
Item old clothes stockers gloves shooes 01 10 00
Item 4 shirts & smale linnine 01 0 02
Item 1 bed & beding in the loft 03 00 00
Item 20 lb of woole & 2 paire of old stockers 01 07 02
Item 8 paire of stockers 01 05 00
Item some other old dumber about the house 00 02 00
Item 2 mares & one yearling mare 06 00 00
Item 2 Cowes & one Calfe 07 10 00
Item 12 yeare old and 1 yearling heiffers 03 10 00
Item 16 sheep 08 00 00
Item 5 lambes 01 00 00
Item 4 smale swine 01 04 00
The sume apprised is 85 02 01
Debtes Due to the estate from severall about 04 0 00
Due from the estate of severall about 02 10 00
summa totalis 86 11 01
Besides the housing and land; the goods and Chattels amount to eighty six pounds eleven shillings and a peney; apprised by us Ephraim (his E T) Tinkham Willam Crow

The above written Inventory was exhibited before the Court held att Plymouth the fift of June 1663 and Attested unto Upon oath by hester Cooke widdow
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from "The Great Migration" [ref 26]:
ORIGIN: Leiden, Holland
MIGRATION: 1620 in Mayflower
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: In his attempt to justify the structure and practice of the Plymouth church to an English audience, Edward Winslow included among his examples "the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloon, [who] holds communion with the Church at Plymouth, as she came from the French, to this day, by virtue of communion of churches."
FREEMAN: In "1633" Plymouth list of freemen ahead of those admitted on 1 January 1632/3; in 7 March 1636/7 and 1639 lists of Plymouth freemen. In Plymouth section of list of freemen of 1658.
EDUCATION: The inventory included "1 great Bible & 4 old books" valued at 10s.
OFFICES: Committee to lay out the twenty-acre grants, 3 January 1627[/8]; committee to lay out land, 5 May 1640, 5 October 1640; committee to lay out highways, 1 October 1634, 2 May 1637, 1 February 1640/1, 10 June 1650. Plymouth petit jury, 2 January 1637/8, 3 September 1639, 3 December 1639, 3 March 1639/40, 2 June 1640, 7 June 1642, 7 September 1642, 7 March 1642/3; Plymouth grand jury, 5 June 1638, 2 June 1640, 7 March 1642/3, 6 June 1643. Surveyor of highways 1 March 1641/2, 7 June 1642, 4 June 1645. Coroner's jury, 22 July 1648, on the body of a four-year-old daughter of Richard and Allis Bishop. Arbitrator in land dispute between Thomas Pope and William Shurtleff, 2 August 1659. In Plymouth section of 1643 Plymouth list of men able to bear arms.
ESTATE: Appears on diagram of "meersteads & garden plots of [those] which came first laid out 1620," between Isaac Allerton and Edward Winslow. In 1623 Plymouth land division received two acres as passenger on Mayflower, plus four acres for the rest of his family which came on the Anne in 1623; some of this land had apparently been sold to William Bradford by 1639. In the 1627 Plymouth cattle division Francis Cooke, his wife Hester Cooke, John Cooke, Jacob Cooke, Jane Cooke, Hester Cooke and Mary Cooke were the first seven persons in the first company. Assessed 18s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 and 9s. in the list of 27 March 1634. On 3 December 1638 a small parcel of land which had been previously granted to Francis Cooke was instead granted to Thomas Prence. On 4 February 1638/9 "a parcel of upland lying at the end of Gooman Shawe's land at Smilt River is granted to Francis Cooke." On 5 October 1640 Francis Cooke and John Cooke Jr. were granted a parcel of upland "provided it do not exceed two hundred acres of upland, and the meadow before it," along with a parcel of upland "containing about 10 or 12 acres." On 9 April 1650 Francis Cooke gave "his son Jacob Cook" all his right in one hundred acres at North River granted him 5 October 1640. On 17 October 1642 Francis Cooke was one of those who received six acres apiece "if it be there to be had" at North Meadow by Joanes River. He is on the list of Purchasers. In his will, dated 7 December 1659 and proved 5 June 1663, Francis Cooke bequeathed to "my dear and loving wife" all moveables and cattle and to "Hester my wife ... my lands both upland and meadow lands which at present I possess during her life"; "my dear wife and my son John Cooke" to be joint executors. The inventory of the estate of Francis Cooke, taken 1 May 1663, totalled 86 11s. 1d. "besides the housing and land," which was not included. On 3 June 1662 Francis Cooke was included in the list of those who might "look out some accommodations of land, as being the first born children of this government." On 1 March 1663/4, the court "taking notice of such evidence as hath been produced for the clearing of a controversy between John Tompson, plaintiff, and Richard Wright, in reference to a parcel of land at Namassakett, do allow an agreement between the said parties, which was ordered here to be entered, as followeth, viz: that the said parties shall have equal share of the land allotted to Francis Cooke at Namaskett aforesaid, provided that they be equal in bearing the charge about the said land." On 8 June 1666 John Cooke, Jacob Cooke, Hester Wright the wife of Richard Wright and Mary Tompson the wife of John Tompson, in order to prevent dispute over the intent of their father Francis Cooke in his will with regard to the land at Rocky Nook, agreed to divide it into five shares, with John Cooke as the eldest son getting two shares. On 5 July 1670 "Whereas it is evident to the Court, that a certain tract or parcel of land, called Old Cooke's Holes, lying at Jonses River meadow, was formerly granted unto Francis Cooke, of Plymouth, deceased, in the lieu of some land which is supposed would have fallen within his line at the Smelt Brooke, but is not fully settled on the said Cooke and his heirs and assigns, this Court doth by these presents fully and absolutely settle, ratify, assure and confirm the said grant of land or tract of land, being threescore acres ... unto the said Francis Cooke, his heirs and assigns forever, which said land was given by the said Francis Cooke unto Richard Wright and Thomas Michell, commonly called Old Cooke's Holes, and since his decease ratified and confirmed unto the said Richard Wright and Thomas Michell by John Cooke, the heir unto the said Francis Cooke."
BIRTH: In or shortly after 1583.
DEATH: Plymouth 7 April 1663.
MARRIAGE: Leiden 20 Jul 1603 or shortly thereafter Hester Mahieu; she died after 8 June 1666.
CHILDREN: John, child, Jane, Elizabeth, Jacob, Hester, Mary.
COMMENTS: In his accounting of the passengers on the Mayflower, Bradford includes "Francis Cooke and his son John; but his wife and other children came afterwards"; in the summary of these families as of 1651, Bradford tells us that "Francis Cooke is still living, a very old man, and hath seen his children's children have children. After his wife came over with other of his children; he hath three still living by her, all married and have five children, so their increase is eight. And his son John which came over with him is married, and hath four children living." Francis Cooke signed the Mayflower Compact. On 24 December 1636 John Harmon contracted to become the apprentice of Francis Cooke for seven years. On 7 March 1636/7 Francis Cooke sued John Browne the elder and several others, and on 7 June 1637 Francis Cooke, having sued Mr. John Browne, was granted an execution against him. "Take notice of our practice at Leiden, viz. that one Samuel Terry was received from the French Church there, into communion with us; also the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloone, holds communion with the Church at Plymouth, as she came from the French, to this day, by virtue of communion of churches."
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1901 George E. Bowman prepared a genealogy of the family of Francis Cooke, in which he abstracted every record he could find for the immigrant, his wife and children. Lora A.W. Underhill, in her pursuit of the ancestry of Edward Small, published in 1934 an even more detailed study of the family. Mary Walton Ferris also compiled a brief account of the family of Francis Cooke.
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Notes for Hester* MAYHIEU
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daughter of Jacques MAYHIEU and Jenne
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Hester Mahieu, dau. of Jennie le Mahieu of Canterbury, England; Bowman states she died pre 8 June 1666 but it is almost certain she d. pre 1650/1 [ref 30:404]

Hester Mahieu, d. betw. 8 June 1666 - 18 Dec. 1675 [ref 30]
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Hester Mayhieu, the wife of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke. Hester came to Plymouth in 1623 on the Anne. She was a Huguenot who had lived in Canterbury and Leiden. She was of the French Walloon (Huguenot) Church and took communion with the Separatist Church. She was admitted to the French Reformed Church in Leiden in 1603. [ref 90:326]
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