Francis Cooke

Passenger on the Mayflower

b. Aft Aug 1582-England d. 17 Apr 1663-Plymuth, MA

Hester Mahieu

b. Bet. 1582/1588-Kent England d. Aft 18 Jun 1666-Plymmouth, MA

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Their Family:

01. Cooke, Jane b. Abt 1604-Leyden,Netherlands

02. Cooke, John b. Abt 1 jan 1607-Leiden, Netherland d. 3 Dec 1695-Dartmouth, MA

03. Cooke, Child b. Bef 20 May 1608

04. Cooke, Elizabeth b. Bef 26 Dec 1611-Leiden, Netherlands

05. Cooke, Jocob b. Abt 1618-Leiden, Netherlands

06. Cooke, Hester b. Abt 1623-Plymouth, MA

07. Cooke, Mary b. 22 Mar 1626/1627-Plymouth, MA

Notes:

Francis Cooke Biographical Summary
Francis Cooke was born about 1583. His origins have not been discovered, but it is probable he was born in England, perhaps from the Canterbury or Norwich areas. He married Hester le Mahieu on 20 July 1603 in Leiden, Holland; she was a French Walloon whose parents had initially fled to Canterbury, England; she left for Leiden sometime before 1603. Francis Cooke and Hester le Mahieu's marriage occurred in Leiden, Holland six years before the Pilgrim church made its move there, so he was living there long before their arrival and must have met up with and joined them afterwards. His wife Hester was a French Walloon. What brought Francis to Holland in the first place is unknown: religious persecution of Protestants in England did not really begin until after King James took power in 1604. In 1606, the Cookes left Leiden and went to Norwich, Norfolk for a time (for what reason is not known), but returned to have their first son, John, baptized at the French church in Leiden, sometime between January and March, 1607. In Holland, Cooke took up the profession of a woolcomber.

Francis, and his oldest son John, came on the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. He left behind his wife Hester and his other children Jane, Jacob, Elizabeth and Hester. After the Colony was founded and better established, he sent for his wife and children, and they came to Plymouth in 1623 on the ship Anne.

Francis lived out his life in Plymouth. Although he kept a fairly low profile, he was on a number of minor committees such as the committee to lay out the highways, and received some minor appointments by the Court to survey or lay out land. He was a juror on a number of occasions, and was on the coroner's jury that examined the body of Martha Bishop, the 4-year old daughter who was murdered by her mother Alice. He received some modest land grants at various times throughout his life. He lived to be about 80 years old, dying in 1663; his wife Hester survived him by at least three years and perhaps longer.

The last Will and Testament of ffrancis Cooke of Plymouth late Deceased: exhibited before the Court held att Plymouth aforsaid the fift day of June 1663 on the oathes of mr John Aldin and mr John howland;
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.

Witnes
John Aldin
ffrancis Cooke
John howland

Sources:
Title: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations
Abbrev: Cooke Silver Book
Author: Compiler: Ralph V. Wood, Jr.
Publication: Rockport, ME: Picton Press, December 1999
Repository:
Page: p. 26

Title: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations
Abbrev: Cooke Silver Book
Author: Compiler: Ralph V. Wood, Jr.
Publication: Rockport, ME: Picton Press, December 1999
Repository:
Page: p. 29

Title: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations
Abbrev: Cooke Silver Book
Author: Compiler: Ralph V. Wood, Jr.
Publication: Rockport, ME: Picton Press, December 1999
Repository:
Page: p. 9

Title: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations
Abbrev: Cooke Silver Book
Author: Compiler: Ralph V. Wood, Jr.
Publication: Rockport, ME: Picton Press, December 1999
Repository:
Page: p. 10

Francis COOKE Mayflower emigrated in 1620 from Plymouth Colony, MA. He died on 7 Apr 1663 in Plymouth, MA. His will is made 7/10/1659. He makes his wife Hester and son John executors. It is witnessed by Howland and Alden. Inventory was taken 1663 by Eph. Tuckham and Wm Crowe. He was born prob after 1582 in Probably England. As a Mayflower ancestor, Francis Cooke is documented rather thoroughly in numerous volumes; thus, we leave it to those studies for in-depth information. The recent volume "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol 12, Francis Cooke, Ralph V. Wood, et all, Picton Press, 1996, is probably the most comprehensive abstract to date on this Mayflower Family. This line is principally interested in the Experience Mitchell, Jane Cooke descendancy through Elizabeth Mitchell and John Washburn.

Additional Mayflower Sources:
Susan E. Rosser. Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol I, II. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1992. P. 316, p.338: Bridgewater VR, MD 15:168.

Ralph V. Wood, jr. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower. Volume 12. Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1996. p. 4.
Ibid. p. 1.

George Ernest Bowman. The Mayflower Descendant, 3:195, 1901. The Mayflower Descendant, 3:195, 1901.

Mayflower Descendant III: 103, (1901). Mayflower Descendant 3:103, (1901).

George Ernest Bowman. Boston, Published By The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants,. P.49: The author again indicates that he was born after August, 1583, as indicated in Vol 3 [p.95].

Ralph V. Wood, jr. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower. Volume 12. Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1996. p. 1.

Hester Mahiew:
Hester's parents were French Waloon refugees, that had fled to Canterbury, England where Hester was born.

The Cooke silver book gives her parents as "probably the daughter of" . . .
Birth: BET 1582 AND 1588 in prob Canterbury, Kent, England 1 Death: AFT 08 JUN 1666 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Note:
and before December 18, 1675.
Immigration: BET JUL 1623 AND AUG 1623 via "ANNE" Note:
"Hotten's Lists" pp 29-30 and "The Planters of the Commonwealth", p.55.
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Religion: Separatist

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