About Joseph Cooke
"Richard Singletary married for his second wife (Goodwife Singletary having died in 1638/9} Susannah Cooke,..." who was the mother of his 7 children.
Susannah was the sister of Phillip Cooke of Cambridge MA, who "was a proprietor at Cambridge 1646: freeman, May 26 1647, and when he died he left a will dated 18 Jul 1666; probated 2 Apr 1667; wife Mary; Samuel, eldest son; "children to be placed in family of friends and relatives if his wife approved." (Monnette's Reference: Paige’s History of Cambridge [MA], p. 514) Children: John, age 3 to sister Singletary of Haverhill; Phillip, age 5, to Richard Eccles; & Hannah, age 9 to John Cooper. He wanted his children "to be brought up in Christian nurture and honest employment."
Monnette stated that upon checking records, etc. at Cambridge, MA, that Joseph Cooke at Cambridge was an older brother of "Col. George Cooke, Gent., Freeman, March 3, 1635-6...", a Cromwellian soldier. According to other indications, Monnette states that Phillip Cooke was also brother of the above George and Joseph, who came to America together, and they are believed to have been related to Susannah (Cooke) Singletary. "An/d probably from his actual service, and as a Colonel in Oliver Cromwell’s army, gave the tradition to Thomas Bloomfield, through the Daughter Mary who became the wife of Jonathan Dunham", s/o Richard Singletary.