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Monday, March 15, 2010

Surname: Cooke

I don't imagine it's terribly unusual for a Mayflower descendant to have more than one Mayflower line. Rosmer Pettis Kerr had a few. In this post, we'll take a peek at his connection to the Cooke surname. Rosmer's eighth great-grandfather was:
  • Francis Cooke, born in England in 1577. He married his wife Hester while living with the Puritans in Holland. Francis and his son John came over on the Mayflower in 1620. Hester and the other children arrived in July 1623 aboard the Ann. Francis and Hester were my tenth great-grandparents.
  • Josiah Cooke, born about 1616. He married Elizabeth Ring, widow of Stephen Deane, on 16 September 1635 in Plymouth Colony. They were my ninth great-grandparents.
  • Josiah Cooke Jr., born about 1645. He married Deborah Hopkins on 27 July 1668. They were my eighth great-grandparents.
  • Josiah Cooke III, born 12 November 1670 at Eastham, Massachusetts. He married Mary Godfrey. They were my seventh great-grandparents.
  • Desire Cooke, born 14 June 1694 in Eastham. She married Beriah Higgins about 1716. They were my sixth great-grandparents.
Read more about Francis Cooke here:

Print or download a 7-page typescript of the entire text of A Memorial of Francis Cook at The Vertical File.

View or download A Memorial of Francis Cook in your choice of several formats at Internet Archive.

Cook, Henry. A Memorial of Francis Cook, One of the "First Comers" of the Plymouth Colony, December 22, 1620, and of His Immediate Descendants. Boston: Printed for private distribution, 1870.


Joan said...

TK, the John Cook Memorial was a treasure to read. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Wendy Hawksley said...

Well, cousin, I don't think it's unusual at all to have several Mayflower lines. Looking at how many people they had to marry and all... LOL

T.K. said...

You're welcome, Joan. I found it quite a pleasant relief after the Wakefield Memorial beast!

Yep, Wendy, that surname pool didn't have too awful many fish in it!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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