Jesse Cook

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Jesse Cook

  • Birth 1741 Durham, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 13 Feb 1790 Wilmington, Windham County, Vermont, USA
  • Burial Wilmington, Windham County, Vermont, USA
  • Memorial ID 19427594

Jesse Cook was born circa 1741, and he was the son of Thomas Cooke and Dinah Doane Cooke. In October 1760, Jesse Cook and Ruth Fairchild were married in Durham, Middlesex County, Connecticut. Their children were Millicent, Robert and Sarah, and they were born in Durham. On 5 April 1766, Ruth Fairchild Cook died in Durham, Connecticut, and she was born about 1738. On 27 October 1766, Jesse Cook and Rhoda Talcut were married in Durham, Connecticut. The children of Jesse and Rhoda were Edmund and Ruth, and they were born in Durham. On 29 July 1771, Rhoda died of smallpox in Durham, Connecticut.

Jesse's third wife was Anne Smithson, widow of Moses Griswold (1741-1770). On 19 July 1746, Anne Smithson was born in Durham, Middlesex, Connecticut, and she was the daughter of Lt. William Smithson and Ann Smithson. On 20 October 1771, Jesse Cook and Anne Smithson Griswold were married in Durham, Middlesex, Connecticut. The children of Jesse Cook and Anne Smithson Cook were Rhoda, Delight, Joyce, Bela M., Anne, Jesse, Talcott Fairchild Smithson and David. These children were born in Durham, Connecticut.

During the American Revolution, Jesse Cook resided in Durham, Connecticut, and in 1780, he moved to Wilmington, Windham County, Vermont. On 16 September 1777, Jesse Cook signed an Oath of Fidelity in Durham, Connecticut. In Wilmington, Vermont, he was a Selectman (23 July 1781) and Moderator, Town Meeting of Selectmen (20 March 1782). Jesse Cook is an established ancestor for Daughters of the American Revolution. His DAR Service is Patriotic (Oath of Fidelity) and Civil (Selectman and Moderator, Town Meeting of Selectmen).

On 16 February 1790, the funeral of Jesse Cook, Esquire was held in Wilmington, Windham, Vermont. Gershom Clark Lymon, Pastor of the Church in Marlborough, preached a sermon at the funeral.

Jesse Cook was the third great grandson of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower. Stephen Hopkins was a passenger on the Mayflower and Signer of the Mayflower Compact. Giles Hopkins, Stephen's son and great great grandfather of Jesse Cook, was a child on the Mayflower. Stephen Hopkins voyage on the Mayflower was his second trip to America. In 1609, Stephen Hopkins left England for Jamestown on the Sea Venture, and he was shipwrecked with John Rolfe and others in Bermuda. In 1610, Stephen Hopkins arrived in Jamestown.

Jesse Cook's Mayflower line was from his father Thomas Cooke. Thomas Cooke was the son of Richard Cooke and Hannah (Smith?) Cooke. Richard was the son of Deborah Hopkins and Josiah Cooke. Deborah was the daughter of Giles Hopkins and Catherine Wheldon. Giles was the son of Stephen and Mary Hopkins.

Bio by Susan R. Cole

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In memory (of) (one corner of the marker is broken) JESSE COOK, E(sq.) Who died Febr(uary) Ye 13th 1790 In ye 49 Year Of his Age





  • Maintained by: Susan R. Cole
  • Originally Created by: Cynthia Kaley
  • Added: 18 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19427594
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jesse Cook (1741–13 Feb 1790), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19427594, citing Averell Cemetery, Wilmington, Windham County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Susan R. Cole (contributor 47574743) .