1650 - 1672 (20 years)
|1. ||Hester COOKE was born 16 Aug 1650, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts (daughter of John COOKE and Sarah WARREN); died Between 17 Apr 1671 and 1672, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. |
- Name: Esther Cooke
- Death: 10 Apr 1671, Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
Hester married Thomas B. TABER Abt 1667. Thomas (son of Philip TABER and Lydia MASTERS) was born Feb 1644, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; was christened Feb 1646; died 11 Nov 1730, Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]
- Esther TABER was born 17 Apr 1671, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts; died Between 14 Jan 1749 and 1750, Sandwich, Massachusetts.
- Thomas TABER was born 22 Feb 1681, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts; died Between 02 Aug and 04 Sep 1722, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
|2. ||John COOKE was born Bef 1612, Holland (son of Francis COOKE and Hester MAHIEU); died 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Massachusetts. |
- Baptism: Between 01 Jan and 31 Mar 1607, Leyden, Holland
- Birth: 01 Jan 1607, Leyden, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
- Will: 09 Nov 1694, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
- Death: 23 Nov 1694, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
- Will Proved: 16 Apr 1696
In 1620, John and his father, Francis, embarked on the Mayflower.
Excerpt from "Certain Comeoverers": John Cooke became the foremost settler of the town of Dartmouth and its largest landed proprietor. The date of his birth in Leyden is unknown, about 1610, perhaps, since he was not much over ten years of age when he sailed with his father, Francis, on "ye dauntless ship," and came to Plymouth in 1620. He was the last male survivor of the Mayflower passengers, dying at his home in what is now Fairhaven, 1695.
As a youth he probably devoted himself somewhat to study, and possibly intended to fit himself for the ministry. If so, it would seem probable that his independence of thought precluded him from being accepted as a true disciple of the "old lights." Indeed he went so far astray from orthodoxy that he was subsequently called an "anabaptist" and as a lay preacher spread doctrines not acceptable to the "standards." That he never quite disassociated himself from allegiance to the true faith which the Pilgrims brought across the ocean to form the corner-stone of their commonwealth seems probable, but that he fell into errors and shisms and finally became an "anabaptist preacher" would seem to be clear from the traditions which have come down to us. His earnest, straight-forward, forceful nature seems to have compelled his friends and neighbors the convictions concerning religious matters which he had, himself, formed. It was not in any established church, however, either orthodox or Baptist, that he preached in Dartmouth. It was probably among his neighbors at their homes, and on occasions when they met together in social intercourse.
With his father he entered into several business ventures and in 1634, when he was about twenty-four years old, he was taxed equally with his father. It was in this year that on March 28 he married Sarah Warren, the oldest of the daughters of Richard Warren, who had come over on the Ann with John's sisters. Mistress Warren, the mother of Sarah, and the widow of Richard Warren, in consideration of the marriage conveyed to John Cooke "of Rocky Nook" certain land at Eel River, which in 1637 he exchanged for other land with his brother in law, Richard Bartlett.
Three years after his marriage he volunteered in captain Prince's company for service in the Pequot War "if provision could be made for his family." Doubtless the provision was arranged and he went on the campaign. In 1643 he was serving in the military company of Plymouth, giving points, probably, to his young brother in law, Nathaniel Warren, who joined the company at the same time.
From 1638, when he served his first of many terms as Deputy for Plymouth to the General Court, until he moved to Dartmouth some twenty years or so later, he was prominently connected with the management of Plymouth affairs. Nearly every year he acted as "rater," generally serving with Manasses Kempton or Nathaniel Warren. He was repeatedly put on special committees at the town meetings to dispose of the town's lands, provide for the town's poor, etc. In October, 1643, he was appointed by the General Court one of a committee "for the Court and psons to be the Counsel of Warr." In 1649 the town appointed its first standing committee of "seven men" of whom John Cooke was one. A few years later this committee was reduced in number and called the "select men" and John Cooke was chosen a Selectman and served as such during several years.
It was between 1653 and 1660 that John Cooke settled in Dartmouth. He took up holdings in the northerly part of Fairhaven in the district now known as Oxford. It was about this time when, owing to his unorthodox religious ideas he was presented to the Court at Plymouth for breaking the Sabbath by unnecessary travelling thereon and fined ten shillings. It is probable that his "unnecessary" travelling was actually for the purpose of preaching what he considered to be God's word, but which his orthodox brethren evidently considered neither a work of charity nor necessity. He was certainly settled in Dartmouth prior to 1660. In 1667, he was authorized by the Court at Plymouth "to make contracts of marriage, administer oaths, issue out warrants in His Majestie's name, bind over persons to appear at Him Majestie's Courts, issue subpoenies, warn witnesses, "etc., etc. Also in 1668 he was appointed by the Court to take the testimony of all parties and establish the boundaries of the town in reference to a dispute with the Indians. In 1672 the town of Dartmouth gave John Cooke Ram Island, now known as Popes Island, in recompense for his former services to the town "and also eleven pounds for his services and three Pounds for his damages and trouble with said fourteen pounds shall be paid to him in good merchantable port, beef and corn in equal proportions." Notwithstanding his anabaptist faith he was chosen by the inhabitants of Dartmouth, who were mostly Quakers, to represent them at the General Court on many occasions. (1666-1668-1673-1675-1679-1686). John Cooke also served his fellow citizens of Dartmouth as Selectman in the years 1670, 1672, 1673, 1675, 1679 and 1683. There was, indeed, no public service and no public undertaking in which John Cooke was not a participator, and it would seem that in those earliest days he well deserves the designation of "our most prominent citizen."
In 1675 a crushing blow came to the infant settlement of Dartmouth, dealt by the infuriated Philip, whose savage hordes devastated the town with torch and tomahawk. Nearly all the dwellings of the settlers, with their crops and live stock were destroyed and several men and women murdered. John Cooke, foreseeing the necessity, had converted his homestead into a "garrison house." The main structure stood north of that is now the Riverside Cemetery about six hundred feet west of Main Street. It was a building of sufficient size to shelter a considerable number of persons, and was surrounded by a stockade. To this haven of safety the inhabitants of that part of Dartmouth hastened on the first alarm of the Indian uprising in the early spring of 1676. At least four were tomahawked on their way, but most of them reached Cooke's Garrison House and there defended themselves against the attacks of the savages. Whether it was the garrison house itself, or a separate dwelling of John Cooke's, which was burned and sacked at this time is not clear. Captain Ben Church in July, 1676, made a rendezvous at the "ruins of John Cooke's home."
That the people could again take heart to rebuild their homes and commence anew their occupations must have been due to the indomitable leadership of such men as John Cooke. It was he, perhaps, who obtained the orders from the Plymouth Court which gave relief by exemption of taxes and military aid, etc. The Court, however, could not refrain from hinting in its order that the indifference of the people of Dartmouth to listen to the word of God as proclaimed by his ministers "had been a provocation of God thus to chastise their contempt of his gospell, which we earnestly desire the people of that place may seriously consider off, lay to hart, and be humbled for, with a solicitous endeavor after a reformation thereof by a vigorous putting forth to obtain an able faithful dispenser of the word of God amongst them."
The people of Dartmouth may have been grateful for the Court's clemency, but they certainly did not follow its advice about a minister, continuing even more stubbornly than before to assert their religious independence; and John Cooke, whom the Court certainly would not have certified as "an able faithful dispenser of the word of God," continued for many years to preach an unorthodox faith. He died at the age of about eight-five years, on November 23, 1695.
At Poverty Point, Fairhaven, there is now a large boulder with a bronze inscription which reads as follows:
Sacred to the Memory of John Cooke who was buried here in 1695.
The last surviving male Pilgrim of those who came over on the Mayflower. First white settler of this town. The pioneer in its religious, moral and business life. A man of character and integrity, and the trusted agent for this part of the Commonwealth of the Old Colonial Civil Government of Plymouth.
Excerpt from "Mayflower Families in Progress - Francis Cooke": The will of John Cooke of Dartmouth, County of Bristol, dated 9 November 1694, proved 16 April 1696, mentions wife Sarah; "my son-in-law Arthur Hathaway & his wife Sarah my daughter": "my son-in-law Stephen West and his wife Mercey my Daughter": Jonathan Delano; grandson Thomas Taber; and grand-daughter Hester Perry.
On 15 July 1696 Sarah Cooke of Dartmouth, widow and Relict of John Cooke, Thomas Taber & Jonathan Delano, both of Dartmouth, yeomen, posted bond. On 7 Dec. 1696 widow sarah Cooke presented the inventory.
John married Sarah WARREN 28 Mar 1634, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Sarah (daughter of Richard WARREN and Elizabeth WALKER) was born Abt 1614, England; died Aft 15 Jul 1696. [Group Sheet]
|3. ||Sarah WARREN was born Abt 1614, England (daughter of Richard WARREN and Elizabeth WALKER); died Aft 15 Jul 1696. |
- Mercy COOKE was born 25 Jul 1654, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 22 Nov 1733, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
- Sarah COOKE was born Abt 1635, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died Between 26 Feb 1712 and 1713, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
- 1. Hester COOKE was born 16 Aug 1650, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died Between 17 Apr 1671 and 1672, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
- Mary COOKE was born 12 Jan 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died Between 26 Apr 1708 and 25 Jan 1714.
- Elizabeth COOKE was born Bef 1644, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 06 Dec 1715, Tiverton, Massachusetts.
- Susanna COOKE was born Abt 1656, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 1704, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
|4. ||Francis COOKE was born Aft Aug 1583, England; died 07 Apr 1663, Plymouth, Massachusetts. |
In 1620, Francis and son John embarked on the Mayflower, leaving behind his wife and younger children (who would come later when the Colony was more settled).
Excerpt from "Certain Comeoverers": Francis Cooke was born about 1583 in Blythe, Yorkshire. Blythe adjoins Austerfield and doubtless Francis Cooke knew the young lad William Bradford and had as neighbors the band of yeomen who formed the church of Scrooby some years after he, himself, had gone to foreign parts and settled in Leyden. What took him to Leyden we may not know. He was certainly there in 1603, six years before the Pilgrims came thither, since the record of his marriage in Leyden was entered in June, 1603. It reads "Francis Cooke, woolcomber, unmarried, from England, accompanied by Philip de Vean and Raphael Roelandt, his acquaintances, and Hester Mahieu, her mother, and Jeannie Mahieu, her sister," were married by the civil magistrates. That his sponsors were Dutchmen and that he married a Walloon would indicate that Francis Cooke was without compatriots in Leyden. When his old neighbors surreptitiously left England in 1608 their plan was to settle in Amsterdam where a non-conformist English church was already established. They went to Amsterdam, but becoming dissatisfied with the conduct of the church sought a new place of refuge. That they went to Leyden may have been at Francis Cooke's suggestion.
Governor Winslow, in his Hypocrisies Unmasked says, "also the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloon holds communion with the Church at Plymouth as she came from the French." It may be that she had been a member of the Huguenot Walloon church at Canterbury in England, the name Mahieu being a common name in that parish. She did not cross on the Mayflower with her husband and eldest son, coming two years later on the Ann with her younger children in company with Mistress Warren and her children.
Francis Cooke was one of the sterling characters among the notable band of Pilgrims who signed the famous Compact in Cape Cod Harbor on November 11, 1620. He was among those who were sent out to seek a suitable landing place, and in the cruises of discovery there were found several places with which his name has since been associated. Soon after the landing was made at Plymouth, it is recorded that Francis Cooke was at work with Myles Standish in the woods "and coming back to the settlement for something to eat they left their tooles behind them but before they returned their tooles were taken away by the savages." This was the first evidence of the existence of Indians in the neighborhood of Plymouth which the Mayflower Pilgrims experienced. Through the kindly services of Samoset the tools were subsequently returned. Francis Cooke and his son John at once began to clear a lot of land on the main street of the village, which was called Leyden Street, between Edward Winslow's and Isaac Allerton's, and there built a log cabin for the reception of the rest of the family awaiting in Leyden a summons to cross the seas. Afterward Francis Cooke lived at "Cook's Hollow" on the Jones River, a place later known as Rocky Nook, within the present confines of Kingston.
One of the most interesting of the earlier records of Plymouth concerns the division of cattle in June, 1627. The entire population of the little community, even to the last baby of only a few months of age, is listed and divided into groups of thirteen persons each, and to each group is allotted some one or more animals. Francis Cooke, his wife Hester, and his son John, assigned to them "one lot, the least of the four black heyfers came in the Jacob and two shee goats." It is to be hoped that the heifer proved to be a good milker in time, and that meanwhile sustenance of their thirteen owners. It seems probable that Franics had acquired a somewhat larger herd of livestock by 1634, since in that year he "presented" certain persons for "abusing his cattle." In 1633 he was made a freeman, and paid a tax of eighteen shillings. He acted as surveyor of highways and in other minor arbitrator or ref3ree. There are occasional references to Francis Cooke in the records until about 1648 when he appears to have ceased to be publicly active. William Bradford writes in 1650" "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." Bradford gives rather an exaggerated statement of the age of Francis Cooke, since he was under seventy at the time. He lived for fifteen years after the above memorandum was written by Bradford, and died April 7, 1665.
Francis married Hester MAHIEU Abt 20 Jul 1603. Hester died Between 08 Jun 1666 and 18 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]
|5. ||Hester MAHIEU died Between 08 Jun 1666 and 18 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Massachusetts. |
- 2. John COOKE was born Bef 1612, Holland; died 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
- Hester COOKE was born Abt 1620, Leyden, Holland; died Aft 21 May 1669, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
- Child COOKE was born , Holland; was buried 20 May 1608, Leyden, Holland.
- Jacob COOKE was born Bef 1618, Holland; died Between 11 and 18 Dec 1675, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- Mary COOKE was born Between Mar 1624 and 22 May 1627; died 21 Mar 1714, Middleboro, Massachusetts.
- Jane COOKE was born Bef 1613, Holland; died Bef 1650, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- Elizabeth COOKE was born , Holland; was christened 26 Dec 1611, Holland.
|6. ||Richard WARREN was born Abt 1590, Poss. London, England; died 1628, Plymouth, Massachusetts. |
Excerpt from "Certain Comeoverers": He was not of the Leyden company, but coming from London joined the Pilgrims at Southampton whence they originally set sail, afterwards coming back and again sailing from Plymouth. Of his origin in England nothing definite is known. He signed the Compact in Provincetown Harbor, November 11, 1620 and was doubtless, one of the company who on the fifteenth of November ventured ashore by wading through the surf and made the first attempt to find a suitable location for a settlement. He is expressly named in Mourt's Relation as being one of those who on December 6 made the memorable expedition which was so disastrous to the health of most of the participators. In the first allotment of house lots Richard Warren was given a lot on the north side, near William White's widow's and Edward Winslow's. Later he lived near Eel River at a place now called Wellingsley.
Richard Warren lived only eight years in the new settlement, dying at his home in 1628. Nathaniel Morton thus writes of him: "Grave Richard Warren, a man of integrity, justice, and uprightness; of piety and serious religion; a useful instrument during the short time he lived, bearing a deep share of the difficulties and troubles of the Plantation."
The surname of Richard Warren's wife, Elizabeth,is not known. She outlived her husband forty-five years. Unlike most of the widows of the early settlers she did not remarry, but herself took charge of her family and proved a most competent manager. She was most highly respected in the community and was always described by the honorary title of "Mistress." There is a record in 1635 of her dealing with her servant, Thomas Williams, exhorting him to fear God and do his duty, which admonition he evidently did not heed, since he was presented to the Court for "speaking profane and blasphemous speeches against the majesty of God." As an owner of real estate she is constantly mentioned in the records. The was one of the proprietors of Puncatest, and in 1652 she was an original proprietor of one share of the Dartmouth purchase. In 1661 she was taxed for a considerable property, owning seven horses among other items. Before her death she divided some of her properties among her children. She died October 2, 1673, aged ninety years. The record of her death and burial reads: "Having lived a godly life she came to her grave as a shoke of corn ripe." Her son in law, John, Cooke, was the executor of her will.
Richard married Elizabeth WALKER Apr 1610, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England. Elizabeth was born Abt 1580, England; died 22 Oct 1673, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried 24 Oct 1673. [Group Sheet]
|7. ||Elizabeth WALKER was born Abt 1580, England; died 22 Oct 1673, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried 24 Oct 1673. |
- Abigail WARREN was born Abt 1618, England; died Between 03 Jan 1692 and 1693, Marshfield, Mass..
- Nathaniel WARREN was born Abt 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died Between 16 Jul and 21 Oct 1667, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
- Joseph WARREN was born Abt 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died 04 May 1689, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
- Elizabeth WARREN was born Abt 1616, England; died Between 09 Mar 1669 and 1670, Hingham, Massachusetts.
- Anna WARREN was born Abt 1612, England; died Between 19 Feb 1675 and 1676, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
- 3. Sarah WARREN was born Abt 1614, England; died Aft 15 Jul 1696.
- Mary WARREN was born Abt 1610, England; died 27 Mar 1683, Plymouth, Massachusetts.