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Joseph Cooke

Male Abt 1608 - Bef 1699  (~ 91 years)


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  • Name Joseph Cooke 
    Born Abt 1608  of Great Yeldham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1608  of Pebmark, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Alternate birth Abt 1608  of Stanway and Pebmark, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Alternate death Aft 1679  Stanway, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died Bef 19 May 1699  Stanway, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Person ID I31162  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 

    Father Thomas Cooke,   b. of Pebmarsh, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 17 Sep 1638 and 8 Feb 1639 
    Mother Grace Upcher 
    Family ID F4007  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Haynes,   b. Bef 19 Oct 1624,   d. Aft Jan 1659  (Age > 35 years) 
    Married Bef 1643  [1, 6, 7
    Children 
     1. Mary Cooke,   b. 30 Jan 1647, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F18495  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He and his brother George emigrated to New England in 1635 on the Defense as servants of their neighbor Roger Harlakanden or Earls Colne, Essex, and three young men being adherents of the Rev. Thomas Shepherd. Also present on the voyage was Roger's sister Mabel, who would eventually become the second wife of Joseph Cooke's father-in-law, Massachusetts and Connecticut governor John Haynes.

      George Cooke returned to England in 1645, became a colonel in Cromwell's army, and was "reported to be slain in the wars in Ireland in the year 1652."

      From Walter Goodwin Davis (citation details below):

      Plentifully supplied with money, [Joseph and George Cooke] purchased large properties in Cambridge from settlers who were moving to the Connecticut Valley, and immediately became prominent in the community. Joseph Cooke was selectman of Cambridge in 1635 and in six succeeding years, also serving as town clerk from 1635 to 1641. He was a local magistrate from 1648 to 1657, and a representative to the General Court from 1636 to 1641. After his brother's departure for England, Joseph Cooke, who had joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1640, took his place as commander of the Cambridge military company. Returning to England himself in 1658, he was of Stanway, co. Essex, in 1665 when he conveyed his Cambridge property to his son Joseph.

  • Sources 
    1. [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.

    2. [S3826] The Ancestry of Bethia Harris, 1748-1833: Wife of Dudley Wildes of Topsfield, Massachusetts by Walter Goodwin Davis. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1934.

    3. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    4. [S4969] Douglas Richardson, "A Royal Ancestry for Mary (Cooke) Talcott of Hartford, Connecticut." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 148:225, 1994., year only.

    5. [S4969] Douglas Richardson, "A Royal Ancestry for Mary (Cooke) Talcott of Hartford, Connecticut." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 148:225, 1994.

    6. [S4969] Douglas Richardson, "A Royal Ancestry for Mary (Cooke) Talcott of Hartford, Connecticut." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 148:225, 1994., says "circa 1642".

    7. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013., says "about 1642".