John Cooke (1607-1695)

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John Cooke was born 20 May 1608 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands to Francis Cooke (1583-1663) and Hester Mahieu (1582-1666) and died 23 November 1695 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Warren (c1613-1696) 28 March 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Mayflower Pilgram at age 13 with his father and early settler of Plymouth Colony. He is frequently listed in Plymouth records as John Cooke, JR. to distinquish him from another John Cooke who is unrelated.

Vital Statistics Edit

  • Son of Francis Cooke (1583-1663) and Hester Mahieu
  • Born 1607 in Leiden Holland
  • 1620 - Voyage to America on Mayflower
  • 28-Mar-1634 - Married to Sarah Warren
  • 23-Nov-1695 - Death in Dartmouth

Biography Edit

John Cooke was baptized at Leiden between January and March 1607/1608.

He became a deacon of the church in Plymouth in the 1630s in the Pilgrim Church. He probably became a Baptist at around the time he was excommunicated from the Seperatists (ca. 1657).

A local deputy of the community as he is listed frequently in Plymouth records for juries and other special assignments.

In 1664, he is granted 20 acres of land in Dartmouth and had other land dealings in the area. In 1666 becomes a deputy for Dartmouth and an advisor in the local defense against the Indians.

Marriage & Family Edit

John married Sarah Warren, daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, and had five children.


Offspring of John Cooke and Sarah Warren (c1613-1696)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Cooke (1634-1715)
Sarah Cooke (1635-1712)
John Cooke (1637-)
Esther Cooke (1650-1671)
Mary Cooke (1652-1708)
Mercy Cooke (1656-1733)


Offspring of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu (1582-1666)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jane Cooke (1604-1666)
John Cooke (1607-1695) 20 May 1608 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 23 November 1695 Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Sarah Warren (c1613-1696)

Elizabeth Cooke (1611-1627)
Jacob Cooke (1618-1675) 20 May 1618 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 18 December 1675 Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Damaris Hopkins (1628-1669)
Elizabeth Lettice Shirtleff (1648-)

Hester Cooke (1620-)
Mary Cooke (1625-1714)

Vital Records Edit

Bradfords Passenger List Edit

In 1651, fellow Pilgrim William Bradford (1590-1657) wrote of him:

"Francis Cooke, and his sone John. But his wife and other children came afterwards."

"Francis Cooke is still living, a very old man, and hath seen his children's children have children. After his wife came over with other of his children; he hath three still living by her, all married and have five children, so their increase is eight. And his son John which came over with him is married, and hath four children living."

Gravestone Edit


Gravestone Plaque for John Cooke at Cooke Memorial Park in Fairhaven MA.

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