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Hester Mahieu Cooke
Birth: 1582
Kent, England
Death: Jun. 8, 1666
Plymouth
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Came to America on the ship Anne in 1623. She was of Walloon (French Protestant) stock but came to Leyden, Holland from Canterbury, England where there was a Walloon church, in the records of which the name of Mahieu was common.

The marriage intentions state Hester Mahieu was from Canterbury, England and she was accompanied by her mother, Jennie Mahieu and her sister Jennie Mahieu. In his book "Hypocrisie Unmasked", Edward Winslow stated she was a "Walloone" and came from the French "Mayflower Descendant" 27:145 shows she was admitted to the French Reformed Church in Leiden in 1603.

"Take notice of our practie at Leyden, viz. that one Samuel Terry was received from the French Church there, into communion with us; also the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloone, holds communion with the Church at Plymouth , as she came from the French, to this day, by virtue of communion of churches." [Winslow's "Hypocrisie Unmasked" in "Mayflower Descendant" 27:64]


Daughter of Jacques an d Jenne/Jeanne (___) Mahieu, Walloon refugees from the area around Lille (now in France). If 19 at marriage and 42 at the birth of her last known child about late 1626, then Hester was born about 1584 and thus was about two years younger than her husband. As Hester was about 82 in 1666, it seems likely she died closer to 1666 than to 1675. Hester Mahie was admited to communion in the Walloon church by confession of faith on June 1, 1603, about a month and a half before her marriage. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Francis Cooke (1583 - 1663)*
 
 Children:
  Jane Cooke Mitchell*
  John Cooke (1608 - 1695)*
  Josiah Cooke (1610 - 1673)*
  Elizabeth Cooke (1611 - 1627)*
  Jacob Cooke (1618 - 1676)*
  Hester Cooke Wright (1620 - 1666)*
  Mary Cooke Tomson (1625 - 1714)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Bernice
Record added: Oct 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16220034

10th Great Grandmother. RIP
- Norma Jones
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014

- Renee Robison
 Added: Jun. 25, 2014
In loving memory
- G-g + granddaughter
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