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Descendants of Francis Cooke




Generation No. 1


1. FRANCIS3 COOKE (RICHARD2, ANTHONY1) was born 06 Apr 1583 in Blythe, Yorkshire, England (Source: Great Migration, Anderson, vol I), and died 07 Apr 1663 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 469, wft36, tree 1590; Pope's Pioneers, p. 114; wft39, tree 1638; wft42, tree 252, 2386, 1642; wft42, tree 65;.). He married HESTER MAHIEU Abt. 20 Jul 1603 in Leyden, Holland (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 469, also wft42, tree 65;.), daughter of JAN MAHIEU and JEANNE LAMAM. She was born Abt. 1585 in Leyden, Holland (Source: Wft42, tree 252.), and died Bef. 28 Dec 1675 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Notes for F
RANCIS COOKE:
d. ae above 80, Plymouth
MD II/116 says he died at Plymouth, 17 Apr 1663
CD 100, UA Record 37-338 gives birth place as Blythe, Yorks, England & date.
MC 4, p. 97; in case of alarm, he was one at Joanes River to repair together for defense, 22 Jun 1644; !Mayflower passenger; MD 2, p. 116; m. in Holland, Hester ---, who d. after 18 Jun 1666, Mayflower Genealogies. In MD 2, p. 24 ff; has his will and Inventory; MD1, p. 197, 198, he was one who took inventory of the estate of Francis Eaton, Carpenter of Ply outh, 8 Nov 1633; in MD1, p. 149, he and family were listed with those in his company in the division of cattle, 1627; he received one whole
share in the purchase of Dartmouth, 7 Mar 1652, according to MD4, p. 186, 187; a genealogy is in MD3, p. 95.
Great Migration, vol I, pp 467-471; Origin: Leiden, Holland; migrated 1620 in Mayflower to Plymouth; freeman, in 1633 Plymouth list of freemen, ahead of those admitted on 1 Jan 1632/3; on numerous committees; Able to bear arms, Plymouth, 1643; will dated 7 Dec 1659, proved 5 Jun 1663; invt. taken 1 May 1663, L86.11s.1d "besides the housing and land."
WFT1, ped #2612: We do not know when or where Francis Cooke was born. It has been suggested England or possibly Holland. The names of his parents have not been found, but we do know that he had a brother Thomas who elected to remain in Holland. On 4 Jul 1603 Francis registered his intention to marry Hester Mahieu in Leyden, Holland. It is believed that they were m. on 20 Jul 1603 or a short time later. Hester was prob. b. in France because she was a Huguenot. The origin of the Huguenot is
uncertain but it seems to be a general designation for all who were affiliated with the Protestant Reformation in France. She was also a Walloon. The natives of Northern France and Southern Belgium were known as Walloons. Early in 1620 Francis made plans with other Separatists from Leyden church to come to the New World on the ship "Speedwell" which was going to meet the "Mayflower" at Southampton, England. Francis took his elder son, John, with him. Hester stayed home and would hopefully come at a later time. The "Speedwell" was found unfit for travel across the ocean after two unsuccessful starts. Those that still wanted to continue the journey transferred to the "Mayflower". Francis and son John,who was about 13 years old were two of those transferring to continue the journey to America. The conditions in the New World were far worse than expected. The hardships of the first year were very great and many lives were lost from the "Great Sickness", as it was called. Atleast half of
the Pilgrims died that first winter. So it was very wise that Hester waited until a later date to sail. Hester spent 3 years of waiting in Holland with her 2 daughters and a younger son. Francis was the 17th signer of the "Mayflower Compact" signed on the "Mayflower" 21 Nov 1620. In July 1623 Hester and children came to Plymouth on the ship "Anne" and the following spring the family received two acres onthe south side of the brook, toward the bay and four acres toward Strawberry Hill. Francis is buried at the Hill Top Presbyterian Cemetery in Mendham, NJ. The upper half of his stone is broken off and now unreadable, but his son's stone right next to it is easily read. " Note: hard to believe that they were moved to New Jersey.
WFT1, ped #3785 says he was the son of Richard & Ann (Cawnton) Cooke; this also says that Hester Mahieu was b. in Riverwaal, Holland, in 1583 and d. aft 8 Jun1666.
WFT1, ped #2219 says that his father was --- Cooke and his mother was Alice Caunton, dau of Richard & Jennie (----) Caunton; the father --- was son of Anthony Cooke and Anne (Fitzwilliam). The --- Cooke was supposedly b. 1531, Gidea Hall, Essex, England and d. 3 Oct 1576 in Gobrons, Essex, England. Francis was supposedly b. in Gides Hall, Essex, England, if it can be believed.
WFT3, ped #1762-son of --- Cook and Alice Caunton; Cooke was the son of Sir Anthony & Anne (Fitzwilliam) Cooke; Alice was the dau of Richard & Jennie (---) Caunton; according to this his father died 3 Oct 1576, in Gobrons, Essex, England, and Francis was b. after Aug 1583, so how was he conceived? This says that he was b. in Guider Hall in Essex, England; he lived in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, where he worked as a wool comber. He fled to Leyden, Holland to escape religious persecution. While
in Leyden he m. Hester Mahieu, a Walloon refugee from France (or possibly Belgium). He sailed to America on the Mayflower with his son John. His wife and other children followed on the Anne.
WFT3, ped #457; see Mayflower Planters, p. 156; died 7 Apr 1663, Plymouth (Mayflower Planters, p. 157); will made 7 Dec 1659, witnessed by John Alden, John Howland.
WFT3, ped #2603. Family of Cooke of the parish Blyth of York and Nottingham, England, adjoining Austerfield, the residence of Bradford and Brewster. Parish records attest ownership of old convent and manor of Blyth by the Cooke family as early as 1540. He went to Holland and there married a Walloon woman, Hester Mahieu. After the massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day, large numbers of the inhabitants of Normandy, and other localities, fled to the English Islands of Jersey and to England itself. A
larger number emigrated both to England and Holland from the Walloon country on the northeast border of France. The Walloons were inhabitants of the region now comprised by the French departments du Nord and the southwestern provinces of Belgium. They were of French extraction and spoke the French language. The city of Leyden attracted greater numbers of the Walloons and French than any other city in Holland. Leyden records show the betrothal of Franchois Couck to Hester Mahieu as 6.9.1603. Francis
with child John came to America in the Mayflower, 1620; Hester, Jacob, Jane and child Hester came in the Ann, 1623; Francis was the 17th signer of the Mayflower Compact. In the settlement of Plymouth Colony, Francis was given six shares in the division of lands in 1624; and in 1626 Mary was born and he had 7 shares in the division of cattle. In the plan of settlement, Francis's was the third on Leyden St., next to Edward Winslow and Isaac Allerton. Afterward he was granted more. At the time of his death the place was known as Cooke's Hollow. He was obviously a prominent member of the Plymouth Colony. 1633-4, he was appointed referee in the settlement of various affairs between different members of the colony, and surveyor for laying out the highways about Plymouth, etc. In 1636 he received an apprentice, John Harmon, son of Edward Harmon of London, tailor, for 7 years. His pay at the end of service was to be a double suit of clothing and 7 bushels of corn. From 1636-1640 his name constantly appears in some capacity or other, performing important duties for his government.
      WFT36, tree 368-From "Mayflower Web Page", There is conflicting evidence about the birth of Francis Cooke. A note scribbled in Bradford's journal, says Francis Cooke died above the age of 80, meaning he was born before 1583. However in Augusut 1643, he was in a list of men of Plymouth, between the age of 16 and 60 allowed to bear arms. This means he was born after 1583. Also, he was married in Leyden in 1603, so he probably would have been at least 21 at the time. This means a birth before 1583. The fact that all these records seem to conflict suggests that Francis Cooke was probably born in 1583.
      Charles Banks mentions a Francis Cooke baptized on 6 Apr 1572, in Biddenden, Kent, England, son of Thomas. However, this person is about 10 years too old for the Francis of the Mayflower. Cooke had been living in Holland about 8 years before the arrival of John Robinson and the rest of the Pilgrims. His wife Hester was from Canterbury, England, so perhaps that is where he is from as well. William Brandford recorded his list of passengers that came over in the Mayflower: "Francis Cooke and his son John, but his wife and other children came afterwards". Later in 1651, he writes "Francis Cooke is still living, a very old man, and had 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, as their increase is eight. And his son John, which came over with him is married, and hath four children living." Francis and Hester (Mahieu) Cooke had lived in Leyden as early as 1603, about five years before the Pilgrims fled there from England. In 1606, they left Leyden to live at Norwich, England, where they joined a French Walloon church; however, they did not stay long in England-probably because of religious persecution-and by 1607 were back in Leyden as members of the French Wallon church there. Sources: Mayflower Families in Progress: Francis Cooke for Four Generations, by Robert S. Wakefield, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 3d edition, 1994. Mayflower Descendants, 8:48-50, "The Mayflower Marriage Records at Leyden and Amsterdam: Francis Cooke". New England Historical and Genealogical Resgister, 107:61, 143: 195-199 (Records of the Cooke and Mahieu families in Holland and England).
      Additional information from FTW 41, tree 1047 in vertical file.


More About F
RANCIS COOKE:
Baptism: 25 Apr 1582, Leyden, Holland (Source: WFT5)
Fact1: 17th signer of Mayflower Compact (Source: Charles Henry Pope;, Pioneers of Massachusetts, (Baltimore, Gen. Publishing Co., 1969; originally published, Boston, 1900;), p. 114.)
Freeman: 1633, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 467, also Pope's Pioneers, p. 114;.)
Inventory: 01 May 1663, L86.11s.1d.
Migration: Jul 1620, Sailed from Delftshaven on "Speedwell"
Note1: 17th signer of Mayflower Compact (Source: Wft42, tree 1642.)
Occupation: Woolcomber (Source: Wft42, tree 1642.)
Offices: Surveyor, Juror (Source: Wft42, tree 2510.)
Origin: Leiden, Holland
Resided: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Will: 07 Dec 1659, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 468, also Pope's Pioneers, p. 114; wft42, tree 1642-John Alden & John Howland witnesses;.)
Will Proved: 05 Jun 1663 (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 468, also Pope's Pioneers, p. 114;.)

Notes for H
ESTER MAHIEU:
daughter perhaps of Jenne of Canterbury, England; CD 100, UA Record #30-339
gives her death as 18 Jun 1666. Great Migration, vol I, p. 469 gives her death
as after 8 Jun 1666. WFT5, ped #1455 says she d. 18 Jun 1666, Plymouth.

CD181, English Origins of NE Families, series 1, vol 3, p. 170; she was a Walloon from Canterbury, where the Walloon Church was established in 1547, in the crypt of the Cathedral, by refugees fleeing from persecution in Brabant; the records of the
Walloon-French Church in Canterbury contains a number of references to the le Mahieus. On 27 Mar 1582, Jonas, son of Hercules Landsheare and Clarette Mahieu, was bp. on 11 Nov 1604, Anthony, son of Jean le Mahieu, native of Coulon, near Calais, married
Martha Cornart, daughter of the late Noe Carnart, native of Canterbury. Bp. 29 Sep 1605, Marye, dau. of Antoine Mahieu. Bp. 18 Mar 1609, Jane, dau of Antoine Mahieu. It may be suggested that Hester or Esther was probably a sister of Antoine and
daughter of Jean le Mahieu from Coulon. Gives ancestry-
Jean le Mahieu = Jeane
of Coulon by Calais |
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| | |
Antoine le Mahieu=Martha Cornart Jeanne Hester=Francis Cooke
of Canterbury | betro. 6 Jul
m. 11 Nov 1604 | Leyden &
_________________| Plymouth
| |
Marie Jane
bp. 29bp. 18
Sep 1605Mar 1609

FTM, New World Immigrants, I, The Mayflower Series of Papers -5-immigrants on the Pilgrim ship: Late in Jul 1623, the Anne arrived and 10 days later, the Little James. Among those on board were Christopher Conant, Francis Cook's wife, Hester and 3 children, Experience Mitchell
      FTW36, tree 368; From Genealogies of Mayflower Families, Hester LeMahieu, wife of Francis Cooke; it has long been known that Hester LeMahieu of Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, was a Walloon from Canterbury, where the Walloon church was established in 1547, in the crypt of the Cathedral by refugees fleeing from persecution in Brabant. On 5 Jul 1603, Francis Cooke, woolcarder, from England, was betrothed to Hester LeMahieu, singlewoman, accompanied by her mother and sister, both named Jennie LeMahieu from Canterbury (Mayflower Descendant, vol 27, p. 145 sq). The records of of the Walloon-French Church in Canterbury contain a number of references to the LeMahieus. On 27 Mar 1582, Jonas, son of Hercules Landsheare and Clarette Mayhieu, was baptized. On 11 Nov 1604, Anthony, son of Jean Le Mahieu, native of Coulon, near Calais, married Martha Cornart, daughter of the late Noe Carnart, native of Canterbury. Baptized, 29 Sep 1605, Marye, daughter of Antoine Mahieu. (Registers of the Walloon and Huguenot Church, Canterbury, vol 1, p. 4). It may be suggested that Hester or Esther was probably a sister of Antoine and daughter of Jean LeMahieu from Coulon.

      WFT41, tree 1047-Hester Mayhieu born 1592 was a Walloon, an area of France, who had gone to Holland to live. She married about 1613, Francis Cooke, who had also come to Holland to live, in Leyden. She and two young daughters ad a young son stayed behind in Leyden while Francxis and older son John started for America on another ship than the Mayflower, this ship made several tries at ocean going but was deemed unfit. The ship's captain then decided to take his passengers to meet the Mayflower and transfer them to that ship. Hester and the other three children said goodbye, and waited three years in Holland before passage on the ship "Ann" to America. When they arrived on 14 Jul 1623, the children, ages 5 to 8, only the oldest child remembered her father. Francis embraced his wife. "As the passengers came ashore, he, Bradford, could see the shock on their faces. Some wept at what they saw, others wished themselves in England again. But for the old friends from Leyden the pleasure of being togeter was sufficient", and they lived in the Plimoth Colony to celebrate the first harvest and Thanksgiving. Francis and Hester's son John was to be come a Baptist minister.


More About H
ESTER MAHIEU:
Migration: 1623, On "Anne" with children (Source: Charles Henry Pope;, Pioneers of Massachusetts, (Baltimore, Gen. Publishing Co., 1969; originally published, Boston, 1900;), p. 114.)
     
Children of F
RANCIS COOKE and HESTER MAHIEU are:
2. i.   REV. JOHN4 COOKE, b. Bet. 01 Jan 1606/07 - 31 Mar 1607, Leyden, Holland; d. 23 Dec 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.
  ii.   CHILD COOKE, b. Bef. 20 May 1608, Leiden, Holland (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 470.); d. 20 May 1608, Leyden, Holland.
  More About CHILD COOKE:
Burial: 20 May 1608, Leiden, Holland (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 470.)

3. iii.   JANE COOKE, b. Abt. 1609, Leyden, Holland; d. Bef. 1641, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
4. iv.   JOSIAH COOKE, b. Abt. 1610, England; d. 17 Oct 1673, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
  v.   ELIZABETH COOKE, b. Bef. 16 Dec 1611, Leiden, Holland (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i, p. 470.); d. Unknown, n.f.r. (Source: Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), vol i,p. 470.).
  More About ELIZABETH COOKE:
Baptism: 26 Dec 1611, Leyden, Holland (Source: WFT5)

5. vi.   JACOB COOKE, b. Abt. 1618, Leiden, Holland; d. Bet. 11 - 18 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
6. vii.   HESTER COOKE, b. Abt. 1620, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; d. Aft. 21 May 1669, bef. 7 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
7. viii.   MARY COOKE, b. Bet. 22 Mar 1625/26 - 21 Mar 1626/27, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; d. 21 Mar 1714/15, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 88th year.
  ix.   MERCY COOKE(?), b. 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Source: Wft41, "CD-ROM," tree 1047, also wft42, tree 252;.); d. Unknown.


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