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John Cooke, of the Mayflower[1]

Male 1607 - 1695  (88 years)

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  • Name John Cooke  [2, 3
    Suffix of the Mayflower 
    Born 1607  Leiden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 1620  America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    on the "Mayflower" 
    Died 23 Nov 1695  Dedham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3501  Main
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2004 

    Father Francis Cooke, of the Mayflower,   b. 6 Apr 1583, Blythe, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1663, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Hester Mahieu,   b. 1592, Canterbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 18 Jun 1666, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Jun 1603  Leiden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Family ID F1404  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Warren,   b. Abt 1614, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 15 Jul 1696  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1634  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    +1. Esther Cooke,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2003 
    Family ID F1402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1607 - Leiden, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - on the "Mayflower" - 1620 - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Mar 1634 - Plymouth, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Nov 1695 - Dedham, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • JOHN COOKE (I), son of Francis and Hester (Mahieu) Cooke was born about 1612, and came to New England, with his father, in the Mayflower, 1620. As a lad he had acquired an education superior to that of most of his contemporaries, which was evinced by his own achievements and shown in the strong, earnest character which distinguished him during his long life. The most active period of his life was spent in Plymouth and although he never quite disassociated himself from allegiance to the faith which the Pilgrims brought with them, his independence of thought seem to have precluded entire acceptance of the orthodox establishment and his earnest nature compelled him to "speak his mind" and give to his friends and neighbors the convictions concerning religious matters which he himself had formed. He at one time became an Anabaptist preacher and after his removal to Dartmouth, he was authorized by the Court at Plymouth, "to make contracts of marriage, administer oaths, issue warrants in his Majestie's name" and to perform all civil and religious acts. In 1643, he was serving in the military company of Plymouth and had engaged in many business enterprises and accumulated an estate that in 1644, when he was just 24, was taxed equally with his father. He married, March 28, 1634, Sarah, daughter of Richard Warren, the Mayflower passenger. Mistress Warren, the widow of Richard, and mother of Sarah, in consideration of the marriage conveyed to John Cooke, certain lands at Eel River, which in 1637, he exchanged for other lands with Richard Bartlett. He was a volunteer in Captain Prince's company for service in the Pequot war, and was one of the owners of the first vessel built in the colony, the forty-ton pride and delight of Plymouth. Between 1653 and 1660, John Cooke removed to Dartmouth and took up holdings in the northerly part of Fairhaven, in the district now known as Oxford. Here he lived at the time the crushing blow fell on Dartmouth, dealt by the infuriated Philip whose savage hordes devastated the town with torch and tomahawk. Foreseeing the necessity, John Cooke had converted his homestead into a "garrison house" and to this haven of safety the inhabitants of that part of Dartmouth fled on the first alarm, those that reached it safely there defended themselves but many were slain on their way. John Cooke died November 23, 1695, aged about 85 years. A large boulder with bronze inscription has been erected in Oxford, bearing the following memorial:

      Sacred to the Memory of
      who was buried here in 1695.
      "The last surviving male Pilgrim of those who came in 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."

      His will, dated November 9, 1694, names the following children and makes the widow, Sarah, executrix:

      I--Sarah, b. abt. 1635; m. Nov. 20, 1652, Arthur Hathaway.
      II--Elizabeth, b. .........; m. Nov. 28, 1661, Daniel Wilcox.
      III--Esther, b. Aug. 16, 1650; m. Thomas Tabor.
      IV--MERCY, b. July 25, 1654. (See following.)
      V--Mary, b. Jan. 12, 1657; m. Philip Tabor.

      Dartmouth is place of death according to: Mayflower Planters, Cape Code Series Vol. II, Political, Economic and Social England, 1580-1620, Page 151

      List of those able to bear arms in the Colony of New Plymouth in 1643.
      Mayflower Source Records (August 1643) The names of all the males that are able to beare armes from XVI yeares old to 60 yeares wth in the seuerall Towneshipps. pg. 501 [2, 3]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S868] Scott Garfield, (, (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S633], (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S869] Dianna Saario, Dianna Saario, (, (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S873] Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, George Ernest Bowman, (The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants,. The Marriage of Francis Cooke at Leyden, in 1603 To Hester Mahieu. Photo of will and commentary, with confirmation that neither had been married before, and mention of later documentation that it was the only marriage of either.), (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S1508] Mayflower Descendant V 56, No. 2 - Summer 2007, Ancestry and History of Philip Delano, Born Philippe De Lannoy by George English (Reliability: 0).
      Hestera Mahieu , b. Canterbury, Eng. 1582-84; d. MA bef. 1675; m. Leiden  July 1603  Francis Cooke , d. Plymouth MA 7 Apr. 1633