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Francis Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger

Also Known As: "Franchoys Couck", "Franachoic Couck", "Francois Cook", "Mayflower Passenger"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Perhaps near (operative description), Canterbury, Kent, South East - England, United Kingdom (present day)
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Burial Hill
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown father of Francis Cooke and Unknown mother of Francis Cooke
Husband of Hester "Walloon" Cooke
Father of John Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger; Child Cooke; Jane Mitchell; Elizabeth Cooke; Jacob Cooke and 3 others

Occupation: Wool Comber, Mayflower, Wool comber
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About Francis Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger

Francis Cooke (c 1583 – April 7, 1663) d. Plymouth, Massachusetts, was one of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower of 1621. [1] This early settler is one of the twenty-six male Pilgrims known to have descendants and the longest living male Mayflower Pilgrim. His burial site is not known.

Parents: ***There is no evidence to support Edward Cooke and Alice Canton as his parents.***. Date and location of birth is unknown. There was a considerable foreign French and Walloon colony in Canterbury (Kent). "Per author Eugene Aubrey Stratton, he was probably born no earlier than 1583, and may have been under age sixty when his name appeared on the 1643 Able to Bear Arms List for Plymouth.". (see Wikipedia).


  1. some time after July 20, 1603 at Leiden, Holland to Hester le Mahieu (c. 1585-7 April 1663, Plymouth, daughter of Jean Le Mahier and Jeanne ???.

Children of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu:

  1. Mary Cooke b 1605 d. 23 Nov 1695 married Francis Tobey b.1602 d.1635
  2. John Cooke, ("Mayflower" Passenger) b. Jan 1607 d. 23 Nov 1695 married Sarah Warren b. Abt 1614 d. Aft 15 Jul 1696
  3. unnamed child buried in Leiden
  4. Jane Cooke b. Bef 1613 d. Abt 1650 married Experience Mitchell b. Abt 1609 d. Abt 11 May 1689
  5. Jacob Cooke b. Abt 1618 d. 18 Dec 1675 married Damaris Hopkins b. May 1617 d. Bef Nov 1669
  6. Hester Cooke b. Abt 1620 d. Aft 21 May 1669 married Richard Wright b. 1608 d. 9 Jun 1691
  7. Mary Cooke b. Abt 1626 d. 21 Mar 1696 married John (Tomson) Thompson b. 1616 d. 16 Jun 1696


  • In 1651, William Bradford wrote of him:

"And seeing it hath pleased Him to give me [William Bradford] to see thirty years completed since these beginnings, and that the great works of His providence are to be observed, I have thought it not unworthy my pains to take a view of the decreasings and increasings of these persons and such changes as hath passed over them and theirs in this thirty years ...

"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." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.

Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 75-6.


Francis’ will was made 10 Jul 1659. He makes his wife Hester and son John executors. It is witnessed by Howland and Alden. Inventory was taken 1663 by Eph. Tuckham and Wm Crowe. 7 December 1659

The last Will and Testament of ffrancis Cooke of Plymouth late Deceased: exhibited before the Court held att Plymouth aforsaid the fift day of June 1663 on the oathes of mr John Aldin and mr John howland; The Last Will and Testament of ffrancis Cooke made this seaventh of the tenth month 1659

I being att prsent weake and Infeirme in body yett in prfect memory throw mercy Doe comitt my soule unto god that gave it and my body to the earthe; which my will is should bee Intered in a Decent and comly manner; As for such goods and lands as I stand posessed of I Doe will and bequeath as followeth; 1 My will is that hester my Dear and loveing wife shall have all my moveable goods and all my Cattle of all kinds; viz: neat Cattle horsekind sheep and swine to be att her Dispose 2 my will is that hester my wife shall have and Injoy my lands both upland and meddow lands which att prsent I posesse During her life

3 I Doe ordaine and appoint my Deare wife and my son John Cooke Joynt exequitors of this my said will 

Witnes John Aldin ffrancis Cooke John howland


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Biography> * from: Francis Cooke

Early life and family:Francis is described in Leiden Walloon church marriage records dating from 1603 as a "woolcomber out of (uyt) England".[1] However, his origins are unknown. He could have been a refugee from religious persecution elsewhere in continental Europe. In Leiden, sometime after July 20, 1603, as Franchoys Couck, he married Hester le Mahieu, the daughter of Protestant refugees from the Walloon Flanders area.[2] The Mahieus, from Lille, had resided in Canterbury, then London, since the 1570s before moving to Leiden in 1590. Hester le Mahieu's sister was Marie le Mahieu, wife of Jan Lano, another Protestant refugee in Canterbury and then Leiden, whose son, Philippe de Lannoy (anglicized to 'Delano') migrated on the Fortune to join his uncle Francis Cooke and his cousin Robert at Plymouth colony in 1621, having been left behind with twenty others when the Mayflower's sailing mate, the Speedwell, foundered and returned to port in England leaving the Mayflower to sail alone. Philippe is the progenitor of the branch of the Delano family from which Franklin Delano Roosevelt descends. While in Leiden, Francis and Hester were members of the Walloon church. In 1606, they left Leiden briefly for Norwich, England, where they joined another Walloon church, returning to Leiden in 1607, possibly for religious reasons. Between 1611 and 1618, the Cookes were members of the Pilgrim Separatist congregation in Leiden. [3] The Pilgrim church was not established in Leiden until 1609, so Francis was living there long before their arrival and must have met up with and joined them afterwards.

The Mayflower and Plymouth In 1620, Francis, his son John, and nephew Philippe de Lannoy boarded Speedwell at Delftshaven. Cooke left wife Hester and their younger children behind to follow when the colony was established. The Leiden Separatists bought the ship in Holland. They then sailed it to Southampton, England to meet the Mayflower, which had been chartered by the merchant investors. In Southampton they joined with other Separatists and the additional colonists hired by the investors.

The two ships began the voyage on August 5, 1620, but the Speedwell leaked badly and had to return to Dartmouth to be refitted at great expense and time. On the second attempt, the two ships sailed about 100 leagues beyond Land's End in Cornwall, but the Speedwell was again found to be leaky. Both vessels returned to Plymouth where the Speedwell was sold. It would later be revealed that there was in fact nothing wrong with the ship. The crew had sabotaged it in order to escape the year long commitment of their contract.

Eleven people from the Speedwell (including Francis and John Cooke) boarded the Mayflower, leaving 20 people (including Robert Cushman and Philippe de Lannoy) to return to London while a combined company of 103 continued the voyage. For a third time, the Mayflower headed for the New World. She left Plymouth on September 6, 1620 and entered Cape Cod Harbor on November 11, 1620. The Fortune eventually followed, arriving at Plymouth Colony one year later on November 9, 1621.

Arriving at what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts, on November 11 (November 21, new-style calendar), forty-one of the passengers, among them Francis Cooke, signed the Mayflower Compact as the boat lay at anchor.

Francis was active in Plymouth civil affairs in the 1630s and 40s - committees to lay out land grants and highways, petit jury, grand jury, coroner's jury. He appears on the 1643 Plymouth list of those able to bear arms. At some point in 1638 or afterward, he settled at Rocky Nook on Jones River, within the limits of Kingston, a few miles from Plymouth.[4]

In 1651, fellow Pilgrim William Bradford wrote of him: "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." [5] Francis Cooke died in 1663 in Plymouth.[6]

  1. Johanna W. Trammel, The Pilgrims and other people from the British Isles in Leiden, 1576-1640 (Isle of Man: Mansk-Svenska Publishing Co. Ltd., 1989), p.152 # Walter J. Harrison, "New Light on Francis Cooke and His Wife Hester Mayhieu and Their Son John," Mayflower Descendant, Vol 27, 145-153. Their betrothal was recorded July 4 and 5,so the 20th was the soonest the marriage could have taken place after banns were read.
  2. Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. "The Pilgrims and other English in Leiden records: some new Pilgrim documents." New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1989, p.195-214.
  3. Robert Charles Anderson, "Francis Cooke", The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, 1995, Vol. I.
  4. William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York: Knopf, 1991), p. 442, 446.
  5. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, eds., (Boston 1855-1861), Vol 8, p. 23
  6. Famous Descendants of Mayflower Passenger Francis Cooke, Francis Cooke Society


1 Francis Cooke, (Mayflower) b. Aug 1577 d. 7 Apr 1663 + Hester Mahieu b. 1592 d. 18 Jun 1666

2 John Cooke, (Mayflower) b. Jan 1607 d. 23 Nov 1695 + Sarah Warren b. Abt 1614 d. Aft 15 Jul 1696

2 Jane Cooke b. Bef 1613 d. Abt 1650 + Experience Mitchell b. Abt 1609 d. Abt 11 May 1689

3 Elizabeth Mitchell b. 1628 d. Bef 5 Dec 1684 + John Washburn b. 20 Nov 1620 d. 12 Nov 1686

4 John Washburn b. 1646 d. 1719 [ =>] 4 Thomas Washburn b. 1647 d. 1729 4 Samuel Washburn b. 1652 d. 24 Mar 1720 4 Joseph Washburn b. 1653 d. 20 Apr 1733 4 Jonathan Washburn b. 1653 d. 1720 4 Benjamin Washburn b. Abt 1655 d. 1690 4 Mary Washburn b. 1661 d. 28 Feb 1740 4 Elizabeth Washburn b. Abt 1663 d. 27 Feb 1742 [ =>] 4 Jane Washburn b. Abt 1666 d. Bef 21 Sep 1698 4 James Washburn b. 15 May 1672 d. 11 Jun 1749 4 Sarah Washburn b. 1675 d. 1746 + Samuel Packard d. Yes, date unknown

3 Thomas Mitchell b. 1627-1628 d. Yes, date unknown + Mary Moulton b. 1629 d. Yes, date unknown

3 Mary Mitchell b. Abt 1634 d. 1679 + James Shaw b. Abt 1632 d. 1679

2 Jacob Cooke b. Abt 1618 d. 18 Dec 1675 + Damaris Hopkins b. May 1617 d. Bef Nov 1669 + Elizabeth (Lettice) Shurtleff b. 1637 d. 31 Oct 1693

2 Hester Cooke b. Abt 1620 d. Aft 21 May 1669 + Richard Wright b. 1608 d. 9 Jun 1691

3 Adam Wright b. 1645 d. 20 Sep 1724 + Sarah Soule b. 1660 d. 1693-1699

4 Isaac Wright b. 19 Jan 1686 d. 11 Jan 1766 [ =>] + Mehitabel Barrow b. 1674 d. Yes, date unknown

2 Mary Cooke b. Abt 1626 d. 21 Mar 1696 + John (Tomson) Thompson b. 1616 d. 16 Jun 1696

Bibliographic Information

  • Source: Bullard, Edgar J. Bullard and Allied Families. Private Publisher, Detroit 1930. Page 184:

FRANCIS COOKE, Pilgrim ancestor of this family in America was born in Blythe, Yorkshire, England, about 1583, and came to New England on the Mayflower, 1620. The town or parish of Blythe adjoins Austerfield the home of William Bradford, and Francis Cooke, doubtless had as neighbors, the band of yeomen who formed the church of Scrooby some years after he himself had gone to Leyden. Six years before the Pilgrims came to Leyden, Francis Cooke was married there to Hester Mahieu. The record of their marriage was entered in June, 1603, and reads, "Francis Cooke, woolcomber, unmarried, from England, accompanied by Philip de Vean, and Raphael Roelandt, his acquaintances, and Hester Mahieu, her mother and Jeannie Mahieu, her sister, were married by the Civil Magistrate." When the Pilgrim colony surreptitiously left England in 1608, their plan was to settle in Amsterdam where a nonconformist English church was already established. They went to Amsterdam but becoming dissatisfied with the conduct of the church there, sought a new place of refuge in Leyden. Hester Mahieu was of French blood and doubtless a member of the Huguenot Walloon church at Canterbury, in England, where the name was numerous in this parish. She did not cross in the Mayflower, with her husband and eldest son, but came two years later on the Ann, bringing her younger children with her and in the company of Mistress Warren and her daughters.

Francis Cooke was one of the sterling characters among the noted band of Pilgrims who signed the famous compact in Cape Cod Harbor on November 11, 1620. He was with those sent out to seek a suitable landing place and in the cruises of discovery there were found several places with which his name was later associated.

With his son, John, who came with him in the Mayflower, he soon began to clear a lot of land on the main street of the little village they were building, which had been named Leyden street, and there built a log cabin for the reception of his family waiting in Leyden to cross the seas to him. In the first division of cattle, 1627, Francis Cooke, his wife Hester, and his son John, with ten others drew the first choice. In 1650, Bradford wrote of him "Francis Cooke is still living and hath seen his children's children have children." He lived fifteen years after the memoranda by Bradford, and died in Plymouth, April 7, 1665. The children of Francis and Hester (Maiheu) Cooke, of whom there is record, were:

  • I--JOHN, b. about 1612. (See following.)
  • II--Jacob, b. in Leyden; m. Damaris Hopkins
  • III--Jane, b. .........; m. 1628, Experiance Mitchell.
  • IV--Esther, b. .........; m. 1644, Richard Wright.
  • V--Mary, b. 1626, in Plymouth; m. John Thompson.

Notes for Francis Cooke

Francis2 Cooke, MPC (Edward1) was born November 26, 1584 in Gides Hall, Essex, or Blyth, Yorkshire (West), England, and died April 07, 1663 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.. He married Hester Mahieu June 30, 1603 in Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, daughter of Jacques Mahieu and Jennie ?.

A 1620 Mayflower passenger, Francis Cooke married Hester Mayhieu at Leiden 30 June 1603, the records there describing him as a woolcomber, unmarried, from England (MD 8:48). Thus he was in Holland before the arrival of the Clyfton/Robinson Separatists. He was probably born no earlier than 1583, for he must have been under sixty in 1643 when he was on the ATBA for Plymouth, and yet not much after 1583 if he married in 1603. He appears frequently in Plymouth records on grand and trial juries, as a surveyor of the highways, on various ad hoc committees, and in a number of land transactions. (See Bowman's "Francis Cooke and His Descendants," MD 3:95.) He came to Plymouth with son John, and Francis's wife and their daughter Jane and son Jacob arrived on the Anne in 1623. Two more children, Hester and Mary, were born at Plymouth. Jane married Experience Mitchell; Hester married Richard Wright; and Mary married John Thompson. Francis's son Jacob married Damaris Hopkins, daughter of Stephen. Dawes-Gates, 2:239-57 gives a good account of both father Francis Cooke and son Jacob Cooke. Another good account of the Francis Cooke family can be found in Small Descendants, 2:601. Francis died 7 April 1663 (PCR 8:23). Son John Cooke has a separate entry below. See also Walter J. Harrison, "New Light on Francis Cooke and His Wife Hester Mayhieu and Their Son John," MD 27:145. Some confusion about the marriage of Francis Cooke's son Jacob's daughter Mary Cooke, is cleared up by Stratton, "Which John Rickard Married Mary Cooke?," MQ 49:122.

Notes for John Cooke

  • 4 ii. John Cooke, Mayflower Passenger, born Abt. 1606 in Leyden, Holland; died November 23, 1695 in Dartmouth, Mass.

John Cooke was born circa late 1606 at Leyden, Holland.1,2 He was the son of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu.[1] John Cooke married Sarah Warren, daughter of Richard Warren and Elizabeth Walker, on 28 March 1634 at Plymouth Plantation.2 John Cooke died on 23 November 1695 at Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts; John Cooke was the last surviving male passenger of the Mayflower. [2]

John Cooke was baptized in the Walloon Church, Leyden, Holland between January 1 and March 31, 1607 and was, thus, about thirteen years old on arrival at Plymouth, MA with his father, Francis Cooke in 1620 on the Mayflower. There were two John Cooke's. This may have been the John who became a deacon of the Plymouth Church in the 1630's, but he was excommunicated from the church ca. 1757. Probably around the time he was excommunicated, he became a Baptist. He was a Baptist preacher and about 1680 established a Baptist church in what is now Tiverton, near Adamsville.[2]



  1. [S1] Register Report - COOKE, online
  2. [S123] Jr. Ralph V. Wood, Mayflower Families, Francis Cooke.

Notes for Jane Cooke

Jane Cooke was born prob abt 1604 at Leyden, Holland.[1] She was the daughter of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu. Jane Cooke married Experience Mitchell after 22 May 1627.[1] Jane Cooke died in 1650. [2] As of after 22 May 1627,her married name was Mitchell.[1]

Jane Cooke was born abt 1604 (probably) in Probably Leyden,Holland. (601)(602) (603) No absolute birth or death records have yet been found for Jane, and as can be seen there are some prior discrepancies on her birth date. The most recent and exhaustive Cooke study suggests a 1604 date, and the rationale for this date assumption. She died after 1631, prior to 1640 in Plymouth, MA. (604)(605) (606) Her latest suggested death date as Experience remarries in this year, though it is noted that she was certainly dead before Bradford prepared his accounting of Mayflower families.

She was married to Experience (1) Mitchell after 22 May 1627 in Plymouth Colony, MA.(607) (608) Rosser, Mayflower Increasings: "m. aft. 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Experience Mitchell . . ." This date reflects that she was still single in the May 22, 1627 Division of Land. Rosser: There is much controversy over the children of the two marriages of Experience Mitchell: "MFIP (Mayflower Families In Progress) , Cook:3 states Elizabeth Mitchell was b. 1628 and Thomas Mitchell c 1631. These two have been accepted by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants as Jane Cooke's. Since Thomas was the only Mitchell child known to have received land from grandfather Francis Cook, doubt is cast on the remaining Mitchell children who were born later than Thomas."

Ralph Wood takes exception, however, in his MF5G:12 volume, 1996, and includes Mary "presumed, quite safely, as a daughter of Jane, based on Mary's approximate date of birth.". Mary is born about 1632, presuming Jane married about 20. There is then a near 10-year span before the rest of Experience's children are born, presumably, by his second wife, Mary,. Another observation is that if Jane died very early in their marriage, Experience was left with near infant children--quite a hardship in any event, and especially so in those days. Many such men would hasten to find a new wife and mother for such small children, and female companionship for themselves, however, Experience doesn't remarry until 1640/1. Children were: Elizabeth (3) Mitchell, Thomas[3] Mitchell Mary Mitchell.



  1. [S1] Register Report - COOKE, online
  2. [S123] Jr. Ralph V. Wood, Mayflower Families, Francis Cooke.

Notes for Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke was born before 26 December 1611 at Leyden, Holland.[1] She was baptized on 26 December 1611 at Walloon Church, Leyden, Holland.[2] She was the daughter of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu.[1] Elizabeth Cooke died before 22 May 1627.2 Elizabeth Cooke was a Separatist.[1]



  1. [S1] Register Report - COOKE, online
  2. [S123] Jr. Ralph V. Wood, Mayflower Families, Francis Cooke.

Notes for Jacob Cooke

  • 6 iv. Jacob Cooke, born Abt. 1618 in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands; died July 07, 1676 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.. He married (1) Damaris Hopkins. He married (2) Elizabeth Shurtleff.

Jacob Cooke was born about 1618 in Leyden,Holland. (590)(591) Rosser: by deposition, MD 2:45 He emigrated in 1623 from Plymouth, MA. Came with mother Hester in the Anne. He died Bet 11-18 Dec 1675 in Plymouth, MA. (592) Will of son, John, Rosser MB&D, Vol 1, p. 316 Two additonal children are Sarah (possible) born about 1671, and Rebecca (probably) living 11 December 1675. [Wood P. 55] Parents: Francis Cooke Mayflower and Hester Le Mahieu.

He was married to Damaris Hopkins Mayflower in 1646.(593) (594) Children were: Elizabeth Cooke, Caleb Cooke, Jacob, Cooke, Mary Cooke, Martha Cooke, Francis Cooke, Ruth Cooke. He was married to Elizabeth Shurtleff on 18 Nov 1669.(595) (596)

Notes for Hester Cooke

  • 7 v. Hester Cooke, born Abt. 1624. She married Richard Wright.

Hester Cooke was born between May 1624 and 22 May 1627 in Plymouth or Leyden, Holland. (583) Wood gives various scenarios for her birthplace, but feels it more likely she was born in Plymouth. She died after 9 May 1669 in prob Plymouth, MA.(584) She died between May 9, 1669 when she releases her dower rights in a deed and June 8, 1691, when she is not mentioned in her husband's will. They had a total of six children: Adam, John (died unmarried), Esther, Isaac (died unmarried), Samuel (died unmarried), Mary.

Parents: Francis Cooke Mayflower and Hester Le Mahieu.

She was married to Richard Wright in Nov 1644 in Plymouth, MA. (585)(586) Children were: Adam Wright, John Wright , Esther Wright, Isaac Wright , Samuel Wright, Mary Wright .

Notes for Mary Cooke

  • 8 vi. Mary Cooke, born Abt. 1627. She married John Tomson.

Mary Cooke was born btw 22-25 Mar 1627 at Plymouth Plantation.1 She was the daughter of Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu. Mary Cooke married John Tompson on 26 December 1645 at Plymouth Plantation. [1] Mary Cooke died on 21 March 1714. As of 26 December 1645, her married name was Tompson. [1]

Mary Cooke died on 21 Mar 1714 in Middleborough, MA.(370) (585) (617) Wood: in her 88th year. She was born c1624-1627. (585)(618) Wood says she is born between March 22, 1626 and March 21 1627.

She was married to John THOMPSON on 26 Dec 1645 in Plymouth, MA.(585) (619) MFIP: Lists a total of 12 children born in Plymouth and Barnstable. Children were: Adam Thompson, John Thompson, John Thompson, Mary Thompson, Hester/Esther Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Lydia Thompson, Jacob Thompson 3 Esq, Thomas Thompson, Peter Thompson, Mercy Thompson.



  1. [S123] Jr. Ralph V. Wood, Mayflower Families, Francis Cooke.
  2. [S1] Register Report - COOKE, online

Francis and his son John immigrated aboard the “Mayflower” landing November 11, 1620. Hester Mahieu Cooke (wife of Francis) along with Jane and Jacob (their children), immigrated aboard the “Anne” in 1623. Francis Cooke was given six shares in the division of lands in 1624. He was one of the ‘Purchasers’ who in 1627 bought all rights of the ‘Adventurers’, and in the division of cattle made Tuesday, May/June 22, 1627, the first lot, the smallest of the four black heifers and two shee goats, fell to his company of thirteen, composed of himself, his wife Hester, his sons John and Jacob, and daughters Jane, Hester, and Mary; along with Experience Mitchell. In 1633-34 he was appointed referee in the settlement of various affairs between different members of the colony’ and surveyor for laying out the highways about Plymouth. Francis Cooke’s great-grandaughter Elizabeth Mitchell married John Washburn, Jr.

Came over on the Mayflower.
Francis arrived on the first voyage of the MAYFLOWER and arrived on 12/21/1620. He brught his son John with him. He left his wife Hester and 3 daughters in Leyden, Holland. They arrived on the third ship ANN in 1623.

REF: ( The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgram Fathers ) by Charles Edward Banks Baltimore : Geneaological Publishing Co., 1962 pp. 47-48 Per Dutch Marriage Records in Leiden, Holland, name recorded as- Franachoic Couck-marries Hester Mahieu, probably 6/30/1603 ....Witnesses-the Walloons family.

Immigration of Frances Cooke to Colonies of USA Abt. 1620 arrived aboard ship Mayflower 
Probate: 6/05/1663
Will: 12/07/1659

SOURCE< the Mayflower Society and family records. My Spouses 1st cousin, 12 x removed.

Marriage to: Hester "Esther" Mahieu - Leiden, Holland Abt. 7/20/----

He is a Mayflower Passenger, see Mayflower Society # 70376, Gerald James Burkland
Of the Mayflower

He was a Leiden Separatist who came to America in 1620 on the Pilgrim ship Mayflower and a signer of the Mayflower Compact.

He is first noted in historical records on April 25, 1603 in Leiden, Holland as a witness at Raphael Roelandt’s betrothal. For purposes unknown, Francis Cooke resided in Leiden for about six years before the arrival of the congregation of English Separatist Pastor John Robinson in 1609.[3]

Francis Cooke was betrothed to Hester Mahieu at the French Walloon Church (Vrouwekerk) in Leiden on June 30, 1603, with she joining the church one month prior to her betrothal. Her family were Protestant (Walloon) refugees from Lille, France to England. She was probably born in the late 1580s with her family coming to Leiden about 1590. Mary Mahieu, a possible sister of Hester, married Jan de Lannoy in Leiden and their child Philip de Lannoy had Francis Cooke as a witness to his baptism in the Vrouwekerk on November 6, 1603. Cooke’s nephew Philip “Delanoy” would later join the Separatist Church in England and arrived in Plymouth in November 1621 on the ship Fortune.[3]

Here Banks and Johnson betrothal data differs. Per Banks, Leiden records give Francis Cooke’s betrothal as 9 June 1603, and presuming his birth was 1582 or before. In the Leiden church Betrothal Book he was recorded as “Franchois Couck” and his bride being Hester Mahieu with the witnesses to the marriage being two Walloons.[1] They were identified as “from England” (Francis) and as “from Canterbury” (Hester).[4]

It is known that Francis Cooke and his wife departed Leiden in August 1606 for Norwich in county Norfolk in England, which may have been where he originated but there is no proof has been found in records of the time. The Leiden congregation had some Separatist members who had fled Norwich, and the Cooke’s may have contacted the Separatists there. The Cookes did not remain in Norwich long as their son John was baptized at the Walloon Church in Leiden between January and March 1607 with the couple receiving communion in Leiden on January 1, 1608.[5] Francis and his wife Hester were identified as “Franchoys Cooke et Esther sa femme” in Leiden after their return from Norwich, taking communion in Leiden’s Walloon church on New Year’s Day, 1608.[6]

In February 1609, members of Pastor John Robinson’s English Separatist church came to Leiden. The Cookes did not then become members of the Walloon church, but did join the Leiden congregation sometime later, after their daughter Elizabeth was baptized on December 26, 1611.[7]

When the English Separatist church in Leiden decided to go to America in 1620, Francis Cooke decided that from his family only he and his thirteen year–old son John would go over. His wife Hester and younger children would remain in Leiden until the colony was more established.[7]

The Mayflower Voyage[edit]

Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899 The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England on September 6/16, 1620. The small, 100-foot ship had 102 passengers and a crew of about 30-40 in extremely cramped conditions. By the second month out, the ship was being buffeted by strong westerly gales, causing the ship‘s timbers to be badly shaken with caulking failing to keep out sea water, and with passengers, even in their berths, lying wet and ill. This, combined with a lack of proper rations and unsanitary conditions for several months, attributed to what would be fatal for many, especially the majority of women and children. On the way there were two deaths, a crew member and a passenger, but the worst was yet to come after arriving at their destination when, in the space of several months, almost half the passengers perished in cold, harsh, unfamiliar New England winter.[8]

On November 9/29, 1620, after about 5 months at sea, including 3 months of delays in England, they spotted land, which was the Cape Cod Hook, now called Provincetown Harbor. And after several days of trying to get south to their planned destination of the Colony of Virginia, strong winter seas forced them to return to the harbor at Cape Cod hook, where they anchored on November 11/21. The Mayflower Compact was signed that day.[8][9]

Francis Cooke was not involved in government or politics in Plymouth, and in his life kept a low profile, but his work on behalf of the people of Plymouth colony has been well-recognized by history.

Per Bradford, Francis Cooke was recorded by him as “Francis Cooke and his sone John. But his wife and children came afterwards.”[10]

After the Pilgrim arrival at Cape Cod, Francis Cooke was one of those who signed the Mayflower Compact on November 11, 1620.[7]

Francis Cooke’s house plot in New Plymouth that was assigned late in 1620 was located between the plots of Isaac Allerton and Edward Winslow. Cooke’s wife and children came over on the ship Anne in July 1623.[11]

In the Division of Land in 1623, Cooke received two acres, one for himself and one acre for his son John.[11] He also received 4 “akers” for his wife and children who “came ouer on the shipe called Anne” in 1623.[12]

There was an agreement signed in 1626 in which fifty-eight planters, including Francis Cooke and many other “first comers”, later known as Purchasers, bought from the Merchant Adventurers all their colony stock, shares, land, etc.. Later these Purchasers would assign all shares and debt in the company to eight Plymouth notables and four former Adventurers from London, then to be known as Undertakers. This was to be an investment organization with profits supposedly going largely to the colony.[13]

In the 1627 Division of Cattle at Plymouth, his family was the one recorded first as: “The first lot fell to ffrancis Cooke & his Companie Joyned to him wife Hester Cooke.” Also named in the 1627 records were their children John, Jacob, Jane, Hester and Mary as well as two men – Cooke’s nephew “Phillip Delanoy” (Delano) and Experience Mitchell, who would marry Cooke’s daughter Jane soon after.[14]

On January 3, 1627/8, Francis Cooke was one of six men named to lay out the boundaries for the twenty-acre land grants that would be made to everyone who came as a planter, under the employ of the joint-stock company.[15]

In early 1633, Cooke was assigned by the court to help resolve a dispute of a financial nature between Peter Browne and Dr. Samuel Fuller. These men are believed the men of the same names who were companions of Cooke on the Mayflower voyage, both dying later in 1633.[15]

During the 1630s and 1640s Francis Cooke held a number public sector positions but was never in government or politics. In 1634 he was one of a number of Plymouth men tasked with laying out the highways. In 1637 he was appointed, with others, to lay highways about the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury and Eel River. Cooke and others performed this task and two months later reported back to the Plymouth Court.[16]

On October 1, 1636, John Harmon, son of Edmund Harmon, tailor, of London, became an apprentice to Francis Cooke for a period of seven years.[17]

Francis Cooke was awarded damages by the court on March 7, 1636/7 in a civil case involving the abuse of his cattle against Mr. John Browne the younger, who had previously been an Assistant and magistrate. Others also charged, all being in the service of John Browne the elder and Thomas Willet, were Thomas Lettice, James Walker and Thomas Teley. On June 7, 1637, due to Browne’s failure to the damages, the court reaffirmed the verdict and ordered John Browne to pay.[18]

In May 1640 Francis Cooke and his son John were among those tasked to compute the number of acres of Edward Doty’s meadows and make a report to the next court.[16]

In October 1640 Francis Cooke was appointed to compute the land boundaries between Thomas Prence and Clement Briggs at Jones River.[16]

In 1640/41 he was one of twelve men tasked by the court to designate additional highways, and make a formal survey and mark the boundaries of plots of land in the town of Plain Dealing. The next year he was one of four Plymouth surveyors and was tasked to survey the highway for Jones River. In 1645 he was again highway surveyor for Plymouth. In June 1650, when he was almost seventy, he was still doing survey work, as when he and twelve others reported to the court that they had marked a new way from Jones River to the Massachusetts Path through John Rogers property. And even in August 1659, in his late 70s, he was again called upon by the Plymouth Court to resolve a land boundary dispute between Thomas Pope and William Shurtliff.[2][19]

Although he was specially qualified to survey new highways, he did do other public service work, being on several petty and grand juries. He also served on civil case juries in late 1639, March 1640, mid-and-late 1642 and March 1643 court sessions. Most of the civil case involved trespass, debts or slander. He was also on grand juries in 1638, 1640, 1642 and 1643 which involved crimes of a misdemeanor or felony nature.[20]

In the 1643 Able to Bear Arms (ATBA) List, Francis Cooke and his sons Jacob and John (“John Cooke, Jnr, his boy”) are listed with those from Plymouth.[21]

In 1651 Bradford recorded his impression of Cooke and his family in his later years: “Francis Cooke is still living, a very olde man, and hath seen his children's children have children; after his wife came over, (with other of his children,) he hath 3 still living by her, all married, and have 5 children; so their increase is 8. And his sone John, which came over with him, is maried, and hath 4 children living.”[22]

On June 3, 1662 the General Court approved a list of thirty-three names “as being the first borne children of this govement,” to receive two tracts of land purchased from the Indians by the colony. The list was wider in scope than just being for “first born” settlers, as it named several of the original Mayflower passengers, including Francis Cooke, but was presumably for their children.[23]

Francis Cooke married Hester Mahieu in Leiden, Holland on July 20, 1603 or shortly thereafter. They had seven children. Her parents were Jacques and Jenne/Jeanne Mahieu, from France.

Hester died after June 8, 1666 and was buried at Burial Hill in Plymouth, Mass

On December 7, 1659 Francis Cooke made out his will, describing himself as “at present weak and infirm in body.” He had a very simple will that just gave everything to “Hester my dear and loving wife.” 1609.[29]

Francis Cooke died in Plymouth on April 7, 1663 and was buried on Burial Hill in Plymouth.[25][30]

Francis Cooke died in the spring of 1663 and an inventory of his estate was taken on May 1, 1663. From his estate inventory, it appears that he was involved with sheep and wool as he had sixteen sheep and five lambs, a “woolen wheele & scales,” three pairs of sheep shears, and twenty pounds of wool

Immigrated November 1620 to Plymouth. Came to America on the Mayflower.

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Francis Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

November 26, 1577
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid, Holland
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid, Holland
April 25, 1582
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Canterbury, Kent, South East - England, United Kingdom (present day)