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Capt. Thomas Cooke

Also Known As: "Cook"
Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Netherbury, Dorset, England
Death: 1670 (44)
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Thomas Cooke, alias Butcher and Mary Cooke
Husband of Thomasin Cooke
Father of Thomas Cooke; Capt. John Cook; George Cook; Joseph Cook; Sarah Parker and 6 others
Brother of John Cooke, alias Butcher and George Cooke

Occupation: Captain
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About Capt. Thomas Cooke

Thomas Cooke was not married to Mary Havens. She was married to Captain John Cook, his son.

The descendants of Thomas Cook of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, should not depend too much on "Austin" for their genealogical information as the Portsmouth records contradict him in several ways.

Mary Havens is given, by Austin, as the wife of Capt. Thomas Cook, son of Thomas, Sen. On 12 Oct 1670, the Portsmouth Town Council appointed Thomas Cook "eldest son of the afore named Capt. Thomas Cook, to be whole and sole Executor unto the whole Estate of the Sayd Capt. Thomas Cook and the late deceased widow Thomasin Cook ... shall pay unto his brothers: John, George, Stephen and Ebenezer Cook ... unto his sisters, namely Sarah, the wife of Peter Parker, Mary, the wife of Thomas Langford, Elizabeth, Phebe and Martha Cook.

Footnote: National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol 29, P 120 -- corrections.

In 1904 a collection of loose papers was discovered in the cellar of the Portsmouth Town Hall. Among these papers was one written up by G. Andrews Moriarty concerning a verbal will made by Captain Thomas Cooke.

I have uploaded page 29 of Jane Fletcher Fiske's book, THOMAS COOKE OF RHODE ISLAND which explains this in more detail.

Thomas Cooke, called Captain, son of Thomas Cooke alias Butcher and his first wife, probably Mary ---, was born in England about 1626 and died at Portsmouth, R.I. in 1669 or 1670. Record of his baptism has not been found, and it is thought that this may well have occurred in the home parish of his mother, where his parents were probably married. It was probably not too far from Netherbury, Dorset, where his father was baptized in 1600 and his younger brother John in 1630. He married ca. 1648 Thomasin ---, whose maiden name has not been learned. She died at Portsmouth in 1670, probably in early October. Source: Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island by Jane Fletcher Fiske Boxford, MA, 1987; p25


Capt. Thomas Cooke Jr. was also known as Thomas Cook. Capt. Thomas Cooke Jr. was born circa 1626 at England. He was the son of Thomas Cooke and Mary (Unknown). Capt. Thomas Cooke Jr. was born in 1628 at Earls Colne, Essex, England. He emigrated in April 1637 from Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England; on the ship Speedwell with his parents. He immigrated circa July 1637 to Taunton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He resided at at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, in 1643; probably moved here with his parents. He married Thomasin (Unknown) circa 1648.

Capt. Thomas Cooke Jr. was granted 30 acres of land next to his father by the Town Council of Portsmouth, RI on 4 September 1648 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. On 8 April 1656 he was chosen one of seven men to "goe over to the mayne [i.e. the mainland, across the Sakonnet River in Plymouth Colony] to treat with the Ianidan Sachems to informe them of the mynd of the towne that they Come not upon tye lland but accordinge to order given."

He was "Capt. Thomas Cooke being chosen by the towne of Portsmouth for Juror with Mr. Richard Burden and not apearinge at the court" General Court of Trials to be held at Providence' he was fined ten sshillings. He must havd had a valid excuse, for his fine was remitted at the next court. On 24 June 1656 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. He sold land to Gyles Slocum a strip of land adjoining the lond on which Slocum was living; it was 3rods wide next to the fence running along Thomas Cooke's own land about 60 rod and about 20 rods wide from that point, on the south side. On 22 February 1657 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. He sold land Thomas Cooke, Jr. of Portsmouth sold to John Randall of Porstmouth a parcel of about 20 acres of land bounded notherly by land of Thomas Cooke, Sr,, southerly by land of Mr. William Brenton, easterly by the sea, and westerly by Mr. Brenton's highway, retaining the privledge for Thomas Cooke Ser to cut wood on said land and cary it away, and rese4rving a higway for Thomas Cooke Snr and William Brenton to cart hay through. The deed was witnessed by John Sanford and Richard Pearce. On 22 February 1657 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. On 10 March 1656/57 one of those who signed an agreement to purchase Conanicut Island (Jamestown) from the Indians. His name was down for 1/11th part, his broher John's for 1/250th.

He leased from Thomas Wllett, "in the behalf of the Town of Plymouth in New England Doe heerby sett to farming unto Thomas Cooke of Porstmouth, Jnr; a Ceraine necke and peece of land adjoyning Caled by the Indians Punckateesett being and lying over against Road Iland on the East side of the River or pond..." This was a lease, for seven years, and was withnessed by Benedict Arnold and Richard Smith, jr; it specified that Cooke was to "make noe wast or spoyle of Timber on the prmisis but onely shall use wha t is Nesssary for ffence &c upon the same land... to sew four or five acres of the fitest of the said land with English hay seed..." It was noted that the land had been purchase of the Sachem called Akitumba. Because the Indians were not removed from the property, the first year's rent was only one ewe lamb, which Captain Cooke was to keep, along with two ewe lambs already in his possession. For the next two years he was to pay three pounds sterling a year and for the last four years five pounds sterling a year, payments to be made in good ewe sheep at current prices. On 8 April 1657 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was granted an additional 6 acres from the Town of Portsmouth on 10 December 1657 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island.

He held the position of a juror at the Court of General Trials, held that session at Portsmouth in March 1657/58 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. On 1660 The Supreme Court of Plymouth Colony assessed Capt. Cooke, Mr. Brinton, and Mr. Briggs each 10 shillings for "common charges," referring to their share of common lands.

On 5 January 1660 he was one of eight men chosen to meet on the 10th of the month at "Eight of the Clock in the morning at the howse of Bartholomew West.. to the old Line [between the towns of Portsmouth and Newport] and ro Run it as it is Recorded...," the Newport men having altered the line and thereby caused some disorder. The following week he and others wer again ordered to survey and straighten the lin with Newport and to bring their acoounts at the rate of 3 shillings apiece per day to be baid out of the twon treasury.

He held the position of a juryman at the General Court of Trials at Newport on 13 March 1659/60 at Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island. He held the position of he was one of four deputies to serve at the General Court to be held at Newport. On 27 April 1664 at Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island. He held the position of he was picked to be a juror in October 1665. He held the position of he was picked for a juror in October 1666. He held the position of he was picked with his brother as grand jurymen for the Court of Trials on 17 October 1667. He held the position of He again served the Court of Trials as a grand juryman. This was the last event of him alive that has been found between 16 October 1668 and 5 November 1668. He died in 1669 or 1670 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. The Inventory of Capt. Thomas Cooke Jr. was taken on 12 October 1670.

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Capt. Thomas Cooke's Timeline

Netherbury, Dorset, England
Age 20
Probably Newport, Newport Colony
Age 22
Probably Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Age 26
Portsmouth, Aquidneck County, Colony of Rhode Island
Age 28
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
Age 30
Portsmouth (Newp, RI
Age 32
Portsmouth, New Port, Rhode Island, United States
Age 33
Age 35
Portsmouth (Newp, RI