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Hester Mahieu Cooke

  • Birth 1582 Lille, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Death 8 Jun 1666 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 16220034

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.


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  • Added: 17 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16220034
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hester Mahieu Cooke (1582–8 Jun 1666), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16220034, ; Maintained by Bernice (contributor 46867562) Unknown.