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Hester Mahieu

Female 1588 - Aft 1666  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Hester Mahieu  [1
    Born Between 1582 and 1588  Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Alternate birth 1584 
    Died Aft 8 Jun 1666  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I1708  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 12 May 2021 

    Father (Unknown) Mahieu,   b. of Lille, Flanders Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Jeanne 
    Family ID F1606  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Francis Cooke,   b. Abt 1583,   d. 7 Apr 1663, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 30 Jul 1603  Leiden, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Children 
    +1. John Cooke,   b. Abt 1607,   d. 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
    +2. Mary Cooke,   b. Abt 1626, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1714, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F1329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Or Esther.

      The record of her marriage intention in Leiden describes her as an unmarried young woman from Canterbury in England, but while that may have been her most recent residence, all other evidence points to her having been part of a largely French family.

      "In his attempt to justify the structure and practice of the Plymouth church to an English audience, Edward Winslow included among his examples 'the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloon, [who] holds communion with the Church at Plymiuth, as she came from the French, to this day, by virtue of communion of churches'." [The Great Migration Begins]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3711] George English, "Ancestry and History of Philip Delano, Born Philippe de Lannoy: Further Findings about the de Lannoy and Mahieu Families." The Mayflower Descendant 69:5, 2021.

    2. [S636] Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 12, Francis Cooke of the Mayflower by Ralph V. Wood, Jr. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1996; revised edition, 1999.

    3. [S1139] Ancestral Lines, Third Edition: 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 1998., place only.

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    5. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004., date only.

    6. [S4249] The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2020.

    7. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., says 20 Jun 1603.

    8. [S603] Walter James Harrison, "New Light on Francis Cooke, His Wife Hester Mahieu, and Their Son John." The Mayflower Descendant 27:145, Oct 1925., says 20 Jun 1603.

    9. [S636] Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 12, Francis Cooke of the Mayflower by Ralph V. Wood, Jr. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1996; revised edition, 1999., no date.

    10. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004., says 20 Jun 1603.

    11. [S1139] Ancestral Lines, Third Edition: 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 1998., says "after 20 July 1603".

    12. [S3710] Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, "Leiden Records." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 143:195, 1989.

    13. [S4249] The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2020., says "20 July 1603 or shortly thereafter".