Mordecai Cooke was born in 1623 in Gloucester, Gloucester, Virginia, United States. He is the son of John Cooke (1597-) and Ann (Todd) Cooke (1597-1682).
Mordecai married Sussanah Peasley Thrasher (1625-1670) at Mordecais Mt, Gloucester, Virginia, USA in 1648. Susanah is the daughter of Robert Earl Thrasher (1603-1657) and Isabell Elizabeth (Painter) Thrasher (1603-1680).
Morecai Cooke and Susanah Cooke are the parents of the following known children: Hans Mordecai, Susan, Frances, Giles, John and Thomas Cooke.
The introduction narrative for the Cooke family in colonial Virginia provides this insight:.
One of the earliest settlers of Gloucester County, Virginia, was Mordecai Cooke, of "Mordecai's Mount." He patented land in Gloucester County in 1652. He and his descendants have always been large land holders in Gloucester County - "Warham," "Beechy," "Woodlawn," "Cedars," "Chalk Level" and "Mordecai's Mount" (later known as "Church Hill") were some of their possessions. "Cedars" and "Woodlawn" are still owned by the family. It is not positively known if Mordecai Cooke was the immigrant, or the son of the immigrant. There are many interesting and romantic traditions as to the early history of the family. Among the original patents taken from land books at Richmond, we find the following: 1174 acres on Mock-Jack Bay, patented October 02, 1650, called "Mordecai's Mount," and became his family seat. On September 07, 1654, he patented 300 acres lying on Ware River, for the transportation of six persons into the Colony..
Colonial Families of the Southern States, p. 164: Mordecai Cooke was in Elizabeth Cityi Co. 1639. One of the earliest settlers of Gloucester lonial was Mordecai Cooke of "Mordecai's Mount." He patented land in Gloucester in 1652. He and his descendants have always been large land holders in Gloucester Co. "Wareham," "Beechy," "Woodlawn," "Cedars," "Chalk Level," and "Mordecai's Mount" (later known as "Church Hill") were some of their possessions. "Cedars" and "Woodlawn" are still owned by the family..
It is not positively known if this Mordecai Cooke was the immigrant, or the son of the immigrant. There are many interesting and romantic traditions as to the early history of the family..
Among the original patents taken from the land books at Richmond, we find the followng: 1,174 acres on Mock-Jack Bay, patented 2 Oct 1650, by Mordecai Cooke, et al. This estate was called "Mordecai's Mount" and became his family seat..
He was a staunch loyalist and devoted to the king and to the House of Stuart; a staunch and liberal supporter of the established church.
In 1650, a grant of 1174 acres in Gloucester was made to Mordecai Cooke, who became Sheriff of Gloucester as well as a member of the House of Burgesses. In 1658, he built a large brick house on the land just above the Ware River. Over the centuries, the brick house burned, with only a small portion surviving. This nineteenth century frame house was built on the old foundations. Walnut trees from Shelly were cut down and used for paneling inside the present house in about 1935, according to Col. C. Wray Page, whose uncle Mann told of the work.
The Coat of Arms found on the Tomb of Mary Cooke, daughter of Mordecai II and wife of Thomas Booth, at Jarvis farm in Gloucester County, Virginia, represents the Cooks of Whitfield County Suffolk, and is doubtless a modification of the arms of Cook's of Wheatley Hall, County Yorkshire..
Mordecai first lived in Elizabeth City, Virginia in 1639, where he appeares in 1645 as a witness in a suit. he next appears in 1646 in York County, Virginia. His wife Susannah was previously married to Michael Peasley and they had two children, Henry and Elizabeth. Michael's will was probated on 22 May 1647 in Gloucester County, Virginia, leaving his wife Susannah a widow. No record of Susannah's maiden name was found. After her marriage to Mordecai, he became guardian for Elizabeth but not Henry (indicating he was 21 y/o). On 2 Oct 1650 Mordecai patented land on Mock-Jock Bay, 1174 acres. This became the family seat known as "Mordecai Mount", in Gloucester County, Virginia. In 1667, Susannah's name appears in a patent with land next to theirs, so Mordecai had already died before then.
Susannah Thrasher Peasley-Cooke