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Jacob Cooke

Birthplace: Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Tyler Point Cemetery, Barrington, Bristol, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger; Francis Cooke; Hester "Walloon" Cooke and Hester Cooke
Husband of Demaris Cooke; Damaris Cooke and Elizabeth Cole
Father of Rebecca Drew; Jacob Cooke, II; Elizabeth Doty (Cooke); Caleb Cooke; Jacob Cooke, Jr. and 6 others
Brother of John Cooke, "Mayflower" Passenger; Child Cooke; Jane Mitchell; Elizabeth Cooke; Hester Wright and 2 others

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About Jacob Cooke

v JACOB, b. about 1618 (deposed 14 July 1674 "aged fifty-six years or thereabout" [ MD 2:45-46, citing PLR 1:81]); m. (1) Plymouth shortly after 10 June 1646 (marriage contract) Damaris Hopkins [ PCR 2:27; MD 2:27-28, citing PCLR 2:1:35], daughter of STEPHEN HOPKINS [ MF 6:13-14]; m. (2) Plymouth 18 November 1669 Elizabeth (Lettice) Shurtleff [ PVR 666], daughter of Thomas Lettice and widow of William Shurtleff [ MF 6:13].

Brief Biography

Jacob Cooke was the son of Hester Mayhew and Francis Cook, an Englishman who moved to Leiden. The couple married in Leiden in 1603. They were members of the Leiden Walloon Church, a congregation of French-speaking Belgian people whose beliefs were very similar to those of the English Separatists. Jacob was born in Holland about 1618.

Francis arrived in Plymouth in 1620 on the Mayflower with his teenage son John. Hester Mayhieu Cooke and the couple's three other children (Jane, Jacob and young Hester) arrived in Plymouth on the Anne in 1623. At the time, Jacob was about five years old.

In 1646, when he was 28 years old, Jacob married Damaris Hopkins, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins of the Mayflower. Damaris was born in Plymouth sometime after 1627 (she was named for an older sister, the "Mayflower Damaris" who, it is believed, died before she was born). Jacob and Damaris had seven children: Elizabeth, Caleb, Jacob, Mary, Martha, Francis and Ruth. Damaris died sometime between 1666 and 1669. Jacob married again, in 1669, to Elizabeth Lettice Shurtleff. They had two daughters: Sarah and Rebecca.


Jacob2 Cooke (Francis1)


  1. 1st Damaris2 Hopkins (Stephen1)
  2. 2d, widow Elizabeth (Lettice) Shurtleff.

Children of Jacob2 and Damaris (first wife)

  1. Elizabeth3 Cooke, married John2 Doty (Edward1). His first wife.
  2. Caleb3 Cooke, married Jane ----.
  3. Jacob3 Cooke, married Lydia Miller.
  4. Mary3 Cooke, married John Rickard.
  5. Martha3 Cooke, married Elkanah Cushman3 (Mary2 Allerton, Isaac 1). He prior married Elizabeth Cole by whom he had sons Elkanah, James and Jabez
  6. Francis3 Cooke, married Elizabeth Latham4 (Susanna Winslow2, Mary2 Chilton, James 1).
  7. Ruth3 Cooke. (Possibly she who married Hezekiah Tinkham, but no proof)

Children of Jacob2 and Elizabeth (second wife)

  1. Rebecca3 Cooke.
  2. Sarah3 Cooke, married Robert Barlett4 (Joseph3, Mary2 Warren, Richard1). Sarah has questionable descendancy according to Wood until primary sources can be found to establish her as a daughter.


  1. Records of the Town of Plymouth, Volume 1: 1636 to 1705 (Vol. 1) (1889). Plymouth, MA: Avery & Doten.

Links Birth: 1618, Netherlands Death: Jul. 7, 1676 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA

info edited from Mayflower Descendent Books Jacob Cooke born Leyden, South Holland, was the son of Francis Cooke, a Mayflower passenger, and Hester Mahieu. He came to the Colonies on the "Anne" with his mother, Hester. He married first on 10 June 1646, Plymouth County, MA. to Damarias Hopkins, the daughter of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins and Elizabeth Fisher. Jacob and Damarius had 7 children: Elizabeth, Caleb, Jacob Jr., Mary, Martha, Francis 2nd, and Ruth Cooke. After her death, Jacob married Elizabeth Lettice Shirtleff; "Jacob Cooke, Sen'r. was marryed to Elizabeth Shirtleff, widow, the 18th of November 1669" from "Records of the Colony of New Plymouth:Court Records, 1633-1689" pg 32, by Nathaniel B. Shirtleff. Jacob and Elizabeth had a daughter, Sarah. From a Memorial of Francis Cooke, by Henry Cooke, "...Jacob Cooke, son of Francis, was first mentioned in the Colony Records as a volunteer in Capt. Prince's Company for the Indian War, June 1637, and in 1648 was made a freeman. The records make frequest mention of his name in colonial affairs, as holding offices in the town of Plymouth, etc. On the removal of Governor Prince to Eastham, he sold his house and lands at Rocky Nook, adjoining the land of his father, Francis Cooke, and removed with the Governor's party to above mentioned town, where he resided until his death, which occurred July 7th 1676..." Jacob's will was dated 11 December 1675

Son of Francis Cooke and Esther. Husband of Damaris Hopkins (of the "Mayflower"?) and Elizabeth Lettice on 18 Nov 1669, widow of William Shurtleff. Father of Martha Cook Cushman, Francis, Elizabeth, Caleb, Jacob and Mary. Came to the Colonies on the "Anne" in 1623.

Family links:

 Francis Cooke (1583 - 1663)
 Hester Mahieu Cooke (1582 - 1666)

 Damaris Hopkins Cooke (1628 - 1669)*
 Elizabeth Lettice Shurtleff Cooke Cole (1636 - 1693)*

 Elizabeth Cooke Doty (1647 - 1692)*
 Caleb Cook (1651 - 1721)*
 Jacob Cooke (1653 - 1747)*
 Mary Cooke Rickard (1658 - 1712)*
 Martha Cooke Cushman (1659 - 1722)*
 Francis Cooke (1662 - ____)*
 Ruth Cooke Tinkham (1664 - 1734)*
 Sarah Cooke Bartlett (1671 - 1745)*

 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)*

Came to America on the Anne with his mother in July 1623.

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Jacob Cooke's Timeline

May 20, 1618
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Age 4
Plymouth, MA
January 18, 1647
Age 28
Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
March 29, 1651
Age 32
Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
March 26, 1653
Age 34
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 34