Cooke, Francis Pilgrim-Mayflower

Male 1577 - 1663  (85 years)


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  • Name Cooke, Francis 
    Suffix Pilgrim-Mayflower 
    Born 25 Apr 1577  Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth Aug 1577  Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 26 Nov 1577  Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 7TSS-LT 
    Birth Bef 1579  Blythe, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration 1620  Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 7 Apr 1663  Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 7 Apr 1663  Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education IMM: 'MAYFLOWER' 1620; ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE 
    Occupation Wool comber 
    Died 7 Apr 1663  Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3386  32 Generations
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2011 

    Family MAHIEU, HESTER 'THE WALLOON',   b. 1585, DINANT, ARMENTIERS, LILLE, FRANCE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1666, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1602  Leyden, SHol, Neth. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Cooke, Mary,   b. 22 May 1627, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1714/5, Abington, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Cooke, John,   b. Abt 1606, Leyden, Hol Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
     3. COOKE, JANE,   b. 1610, LEYDEN, SOUTH HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1666, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. COOKE, ELIZABETH,   b. 26 Dec 1611,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. COOKE, JACOB,   b. 1614,   d. 7 Jul 1676  (Age 62 years)
     6. COOKE, MARY,   b. 22 May 1627,   d. 23 Nov 1695  (Age 68 years)
     7. Cooke, Esther,   b. 1622,   d. 8 Jun 1666  (Age 44 years)
    Family ID F37600  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Francis cooke was of bawtry parish of blyth, yorkshire, england. His father and grandfather are said to have been silk mercers. The parish records of blyth attest to the manorial ri gh ts of the family, also to their ownership of the convent of blyth as early as 1540.

      Of roman catholic family, francis cooke won over to the separatist by the strong pressure of religious conviction which spread along the line of the great northern road leading fro m lo ndon to scotland, and was one of the "exiles from scrooby" to leyden, holland, where he married hester who is known as a walloon from the southern province of belgium.

      He with his son john - afterward known as rev. John cooke - came to plymouth in the "mayflower", 1620. Hester his wife followed with the rest of the children in the "anne", 1623

      This pilgrim was one of the signers of the mayflower compact. He was made freeman in 1663 , in 1634 referee in settlement of various affairs between members of the colony. Until 1640 his name appears constantly in some capacity performing important duties for the governmen t. H e died apr 7, 1663 aged about 86 years. He is spoken of in the death records as "francis cooke the ancestor", and bradford the pilgrim historian states that "he lived to see his c hildrens children have children" hester his wife is known to have survived him for a number of years .

      Will of francis cooke

      The last wil and testament of ffrancis cooke, of plymouth, late deceased, exibited before the court held at plymouth aforesaid, the first day of june 1663, on the oath of mr. John alden and mr. John howland.

      "The last will and testament of francis cooke made this seventh of the 10th month, 1659
      "i being at ye present weak and infirm in body yett in perfect memory thro mercy doe comt my soul unto god that gave it, and my body to the earth which my will is should be intered in a decent and comely manner. As for such goods and land as I stand possessed of i doe will and bequeath as followeth:
      "1. My will is that hester my dear and loving wife shall have all my moveable goods a n d all my cattle of all kinds viz. Meat cattle horse kind sheep and swine to be at her dispose.
      "2. My will is that hester my wife shall have and occupy my lands both uplands and meadow lands which at present i possess during her lifetime.
      "3. I doe ordaine and appoint my dear wife and my son john cooke joynt executors of th i s my said will. Ffrancis cooke
      wittness, - john alden, john howland

      Some sources say born gides hall, essex, england! Arr 1620 in "mayflower"

      1077 / E 69v / 4-7-1603 banns

      Parties: francis cooke, bachelor, woolcomber, england; hester mahieu,
      spinster, canterbury, philippe veau, raphael roelandt;

      Banns francis cooke and hester mahieu, 1603 (n.b.:
      ondertrouwregister nh-kerk)

      Witnesses: jenne mahieu, mother bride, jenne mahieu, sister bride.


      FRANCIS COOKE IMMIGRATED TO AMERICA ABOARD THE MAYFLOWER WITH HIS SON JOHN. HESTER AND THE OTHER CHILDREN ARRIVED ON THE'LITTLEJAMES'/ 'ANNE' CROSSING IN 1623. IN THE ARCHIVES OF LEYDON, NETHERLANDS, IT IS RECORDED THAT FRANCES ENTERED
      HOLLAND ON JUN 30 1603. HE WAS A BACHELOR, AND LISTED HIS OCCUPATION AS A WOOLCOMBER. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY PHILLIPPE DE VEAU, RALPH ROELANDT, HESTER MAHIEU, HER MOTHER JENNIE MAMAM MAHIEU, AND HER SISTER JENNIE MAHIEU.

      FRANCIS WAS MADE A FREEMAN IN 1633. HE APPEARRED FREQUENTLY ON PLYMOUTH RECORDS IN GRAND JURIES, SURVEYOR OF HIGHWAYS, AD HOC COMMITEES, AND LAND TRANSACTIONS.

      ROMAN CATHOLIC/ CONVERTED TO SEPARATISTISM