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Hester "Walloon" Cooke (Mahieu)

Also Known As: "Esther le Mahieu", "Mahie", "le Mahieu", "Walloon", "(Walloon)"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jacques Mahieu and Jeanne "Jennie" Leman
Wife of Francis Cooke and Francis Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger
Mother of Jane Mitchell; John Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger; Child Cooke; Elizabeth Cooke; Jacob Cooke and 2 others
Sister of Marie Mahieu; Antoine le Mahieu; Jenne Mahieu; Antoinette Le mahieu; Francoise Cricket and 1 other

Occupation: Woolcomber
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About Hester "Walloon" Cooke

Hester Mahieu was born between 1582-1588 at Prob Canterbury, England and died after 8 June 1666 at Plymouth Plantation.

She was the daughter of Jacques Mahieu and Jenne (?).

Married: on 20 July 1603 in Leiden, Holland to Francis Cooke (1583-1663)

Children of Hester Mahieu and Francis Cooke:

  1. John Cooke (____ - 1695)
  2. Jane Cooke Mitchell
  3. Jacob Cooke (1618 - 1676)
  4. Hester Cooke Wright (1622 - 1666)

Brief Biography

Francis Cooke married Hester le Mahieu on 20 July 1603 in Leiden, Holland; she was a French Walloon whose parents had initially fled to Canterbury, England; she left for Leiden sometime before 1603. Francis Cooke and Hester le Mahieu's marriage occurred in Leiden, Holland six years before the Pilgrim church made its move there, so he was living there long before their arrival and must have met up with and joined them afterwards.

Francis, and his oldest son John, came on the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. He left behind his wife Hester and his other children Jane, Jacob, Elizabeth and Hester. After the Colony was founded and better established, he sent for his wife and children, and they came to Plymouth in 1623 on the ship "Anne."

Hester Mahieu was admitted to communion in the Walloon church by confession of faith. on 1 June 1603.


  • Edward Winslow wrote in "Hypocrisie Unmasked" ["Mayflower Descendant" 27:64] --

"Take notice of our practie at Leyden, viz. that one Samuel Terry was received from the French Church there, into communion with us; also the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloone, holds communion with the Church at Plymouth , as she came from the French, to this day, by virtue of communion of churches."


>SOURCE< the Mayflower Society and family records

She came to America on the "Anne" in 1623 from Canterbury, England.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pattyrose/engel/gen/fg18/fg18_063.htm http://www.allaboutnhre.com/familytree/franciscooke.html

The ship Anne arrived in Plymouth in July, 1623 accompanied by the Little James, bringing new settlers along with many of the wives and children that had been left behind in Leyden when the Mayflower departed in 1620. This ship passenger list is reconstructed from the 1623 Division of Land, the passenger list compiled by Charles Banks in Planters of the Commonwealth, and the research found in Eugene Aubrey Stratton's Plymouth Colony: Its History and Its People, 1620-1691. The author is a descendant of Anne passengers Ellen Newton, Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, Anna Warren, Mrs. Barbara Standish, Mary Buckett, and Francis Sprague.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Annable, Anthony Jane (Momford) Annable, wife Sarah Annable, daughter Hannah Annable, daughter

Bangs, Edward Bartlett, Robert Buckett, Mary Brewster, Patience Fear Brewster, sister

Clarke, Thomas Conant, Christopher Cooke, Mrs. Hester (Mahieu) Jane Cooke, daughter Jacob Cooke, son Hester Cooke, daughter

Dix, Anthony Faunce, John Flavel, Mrs. Elizabeth Flood, Edmond Fuller, Mrs. Bridget (Lee) Godbertson, Godbert Sarah (Allerton)(Vincent)(Priest) Godbertson, wife Samuel Godbertson, son Sarah Priest, step-daughter Mary Priest, step-daughter

Hatherly, Timothy Heard, William Hicks, Mrs. Margaret Samuel Hicks, son Lydia Hicks, daughter

Hilton, Mrs. William William Hilton, son Mary Hilton, daughter

Holman, Edward Kempton, Manasseh Long, Robert Mitchell, Experience

Hester La Mahieu was christened on Jun 1 1603 in Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. She was buried in 1666 in Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She died on Jun 18 1666 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was born in Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. She has Ancestral File number 7TSS-M1. She has reference number AUD30055. An article you should get a copy of is "The Pilgrims and Other English in Leiden Records: Some New Pilgrim Documents," in NEHGR CXLIII (July 1989), pp. 195+. It helps establish the family of Hester Mahieu (Esther de Mahieu) from the area around Lille. On page 199 is:

Lille, also known in Dutch as Rijssel, now lies in northern France. Formerly it was part of Walloon Flanders. Heavily Protestant, the area was captured by Catholic armies under Parma in 1578, and many Walloon Calvinists fled to England directly, while others fled north towards the Protestant cities of Bruges and Antwerp. When those cities fell in 1585, refugees went across to England or north to Zeeland and Holland. We may assume that Hester Mahieu's parents were among these refugees, taking with them their daughters Marie and Francoise. Hester was evidently born in Canterbury, although the Walloon Church records there do not contain references to this family....With their deep roots in the Walloon refugee experience, Hester Mahieu and Franchoys Cooke appear much less English than their names and birthplaces originally indicated.

Hester's parents, Jaecques and Jenne Mahieu were received into communion with the Leiden Walloon Church on 10 June 1590. Four sisters of Hester Mahieu are known:

1. Marie Mahieu, widow of Jan de Lannoy, married secondly on 18 Feb 1605 at Leiden to Robert Mannoo, a woolcomber from Namur.

2. Francoise Mahieu of Bondu (a hamlet near Lille and Armentiers) married on 10 June 1611 before the magistrates in Leiden to Daniel Cricket, a woolcomber from Sandwich, Kent, and a member of the English Separatists.

3. Jenne Mahieu of Armentiers (near Lille), widow of Nicola Cordonne, and stepdaughter of Jenne Mahieu and step-sister of Anthonette Mahieu, married on 4 May 1602 at the Leiden Walloon Church to Jan de la Roche from Rheims.

4. Anthonette Mahieu of Houpelyne (near Armentiers), widow of Guillaume de Sint Merty, married on 15 May 1605 at the Leiden Walloon Church to Guillaume de Renquyre, a woolcomber from Saint Thomas.

Francis' wife Hester Mahieu was the daughter of Jaques and Jenne Mahieu, French Waloon refuges that had fled to Canterbury, England where Hester was born about 1584. When in Leyden, Holland, from 1603 until the arrival of the Pilgrims, Francis and Hester were members of the French Waloon church. HoweverIndiana 1606 Francis and his wife left for a trip to Norwich, and they returned in 1607 to have their son baptized in the Church, and in 1608 they rejoined communion with the Walloon Church in Leyden. Sometime between 1611 and 1618, the Cookes switched and began communion with the Pilgrims' Separatist church in Leyden.

In 1620, Francis and son John embarked on the Mayflower, leaving behind his wife and younger children (who would come later when the Colony was more settled).


Birth: 1582 Kent, England Death: Jun. 8, 1666 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA

Came to America on the ship Anne in 1623. She was of Walloon (French Protestant) stock but came to Leyden, Holland from Canterbury, England where there was a Walloon church, in the records of which the name of Mahieu was common.

The marriage intentions state Hester Mahieu was from Canterbury, England and she was accompanied by her mother, Jennie Mahieu and her sister Jennie Mahieu. In his book "Hypocrisie Unmasked", Edward Winslow stated she was a "Walloone" and came from the French "Mayflower Descendant" 27:145 shows she was admitted to the French Reformed Church in Leiden in 1603.

"Take notice of our practie at Leyden, viz. that one Samuel Terry was received from the French Church there, into communion with us; also the wife of Francis Cooke being a Walloone, holds communion with the Church at Plymouth , as she came from the French, to this day, by virtue of communion of churches." [Winslow's "Hypocrisie Unmasked" in "Mayflower Descendant" 27:64]

Daughter of Jacques an d Jenne/Jeanne (___) Mahieu, Walloon refugees from the area around Lille (now in France). If 19 at marriage and 42 at the birth of her last known child about late 1626, then Hester was born about 1584 and thus was about two years younger than her husband. As Hester was about 82 in 1666, it seems likely she died closer to 1666 than to 1675. Hester Mahie was admited to communion in the Walloon church by confession of faith on June 1, 1603, about a month and a half before her marriage.

Family links:

 Francis Cooke (1583 - 1663)*

 Jane Cooke Mitchell*
 John Cooke (1608 - 1695)*
 Josiah Cooke (1610 - 1673)*
 Elizabeth Cooke (1611 - 1627)*
 Jacob Cooke (1618 - 1676)*
 Hester Cooke Wright (1620 - 1666)*
 Mary Cooke Tomson (1625 - 1714)*
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Came to America on the Anne, arriving in Plymouth in July 1623.

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Hester "Walloon" Cooke's Timeline

July 3, 1582
Canterbury, Kent, England
June 1, 1603
Age 20
Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
June 7, 1606
Age 23
Leiden, Rhynland, Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
May 20, 1608
Age 25
Leiden, Rhynland (present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
Age 26
Leiden, Rhynland, Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
December 26, 1611
Age 29
Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
May 20, 1618
Age 35
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Age 37
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Age 40