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John Cooke


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  • Name John Cooke 
    Born of Horkesley, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth of Pebmarsh, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I31171  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 

    Family (Unknown) Newton 
    +1. Robert Cooke,   b. Abt 1515, of Pebmarsh, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1559  (Age ~ 43 years)
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F18502  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Walter Goodwin Davis (citation details below):

      The village of Pebmarsh in the county of Essex is not far from the compact and busy little town of Halstead, but the winding lanes by which it is approached give it a feeling of remoteness. It is a purely agricultural parish, divided, as are many Essex parishes, into several small manors which are not more than large farms in extent. In such a parish yeoman families seem often to have acquired considerable wealth, and a position, through leasing the manors of absentee landlords, comparable to that of the provincial gentry. Of such were the Cookes and the Sydays of Pebmarsh. Their holdings were large, not only in their own parish, but in the neighboring villages of Alphamston, Lamarshe, Bures-at-Mount and in the town of Halstead, and during Cromwellian times their Puritan leanings, added to their wealth, brought them into prominence.

      In the Visitation of Essex, 1684, the Cookes entered a pedigree, stating that their first Pebmarsh ancestor had come from the Essex parish of Horkesley and that "the ancient arms of this family of Cooke remaineth on a grave stone in Horkesley Church where one of the Ancestors lieth buried with the said arms." This coat was: Sable, three bendlets argent; Crest: a cockatrice statant argent, wings or, beaked and combed gules, and thus it may still be seen, not in the church of Horkesley but in that of Pebmarsh. It was exemplified or confirmed by the Clarencieux King of Arms in 1585 to John Cooke of Little Stambridge, son of Robert Cooke of Pebmarsh, with the difference of a field azure.

      JOHN COOKE is stated in the Visitation pedigree to have come from Horkesley to Pebmarsh and to have married a daughter of the family of Newton. This would have been in the last years of the fifteenth century or early in the sixteenth. John Cooke, Senior, witnessed the will of John Syday, whose daughter married Cooke's son, in 1589.

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