Francis Cooke

Francis Cooke

Death 7 Apr 1663 (aged 80)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 34825341 View Source

Born in or shortly after 1583. Came from Leiden, Holland to Plymouth in 1620 in the MAYFLOWER. Died in Plymouth 7 April 1663.
Married in Leiden 20 Jul 1603[NS] or shortly thereafter Hester Mahieu; she died after 8 June 1666.
Their 7 children: Jane Mitchell, John, a child buried in Leiden, Elizabeth, Jacob, Hester Wright, & Mary Thomson.
Source: Anderson's Pilgrim Migration.

Cenotaph at Burial Hill in Plymouth, Mass. The information they have is that Francis Cooke was buried at Cole's Hill. Additionally, the first internment at Burial Hill was in the early 1670's - after the death of Francis Cooke.

Find A Grave contributor Mary Wiese found this information in an unidentified source:
Francis Cooke was born about 1583. His origins have not been discovered, but it is probable he was born in England, perhaps from the Canterbury or Norwich areas. He married Hester le Mahieu on 20 July 1603 in Leiden, Holland; she was a French Walloon whose parents had initially fled to Canterbury, England; she left for Leiden sometime before 1603. Francis Cooke and Hester le Mahieu's marriage occurred in Leiden, Holland six years before the Pilgrim church made its move there, so he was living there long before their arrival and must have met up with and joined them afterwards. His wife Hester was a French Walloon. What brought Francis to Holland in the first place is unknown: religious persecution of Protestants in England did not really begin until after King James took power in 1604. In 1606, the Cookes left Leiden and went to Norwich, Norfolk for a time (for what reason is not known), but returned to have their first son, John, baptized at the French church in Leiden, sometime between January and March, 1607. In Holland, Cooke took up the profession of a woolcomber.
Francis, and his oldest son John, came on the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620.. He left behind his wife Hester and his other children Jane, Jacob, Elizabeth and Hester. After the Colony was founded and better established, he sent for his wife and children, and they came to Plymouth in 1623 on the ship Anne.
Francis lived out his life in Plymouth. Although he kept a fairly low profile, he was on a number of minor committees such as the committee to lay out the highways, and received some minor appointments by the Court to survey or lay out land. He was a juror on a number of occasions, and was on the coroner's jury that examined the body of Martha Bishop, the 4-year old daughter who was murdered by her mother Alice. He received some modest land grants at various times throughout his life. He lived to be about 80 years old, dying in 1663; his wife Hester survived him by at least three years and perhaps longer.
The image used here of a pilgrim holding his hat is NOT of Francis Cooke. The original image of a group of Pilgrims can be found at the link below for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Someone has copied or extracted the image of one of the Pilgrims in the picture and labeled it as Francis Cooke and now it is widely found as such on Ancestry and other sites (although many seem to prefer an image of Sir Francis Bacon renamed as Francis Cooke!).
The biography submitted without a source is word for word from Caleb Johnson's Mayflower

Find A Grave contributor Donna & Wayne Cain add. without any source:
Father: 71581371
Mother: 71581828

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