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Mary Cooke (unknown)

Also Known As: "widow Thayer", ""Mary Dixon Roberts" without attribution"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
Death: April 20, 1611 (76)
Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown father of Mary; Thomas Roberts; Unknown mother of Mary and Elizabeth Roberts
Wife of John Thayer, II and William Cooke
Mother of John Thayer; Thomas Thayer; Richard Thayer; John Thayer, III; William Thayer and 8 others

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About Mary Cooke

According to the latest research she was Mary (Unknown): TAG Vol 73 Clifford L Stott Thayer of Thornbury 1998 p 81 -90, 209-219 no date of marriage given: name "Mary ____" who married second to "___ Cooke." She is simply called Mary in the bp record of her children and later Mary Cooke.

According to Stott, the Thornbury parish registers were printed in the NEHGR 60 (1906):281-288, but with a number of transcription errors. Thomas Ojeda in 1907 attempted a reconstruction:

Tomas Thayer Ojeda, The Thayer Family of Thornbury: A Study Trying its Reconstitution, p. 16-17.

But his conclusions were later shown to be completely wrong. The most recent scholarly update of the family was:

The American Genealogist, vol. 73 no. 2, April 1998 p. 81-90. The Gloucestershire T(h)ayer Ancestry by Clifford L. Scott (Account at American Ancestors required).

The American Genealogist, vol. 73 no. 3, July 1998 p. 209-219. The Gloucestershire T(h)ayer Ancestry by Clifford L. Scott. (Account at American Ancestors required).

These sources say that she was Mary (Unknown) with no marriage record to John Thayer. She married second to ____ Cooke. She is know as Mary in the bp records of her children and Mary Cooke in later wills and documents.

Douglas Richardson in Royal Ancestry does not list her as a Gateway ancestor. Her maiden name and parents are unknown.

For a really great and accurate treatment of the Thayer family see:

Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004) The ancestry of Henry Clay Bartlett, 1832-1892 Part 3: p 371


  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England, by J. and ... by John Burke
  • Pg.444
  • This family was said to have derived from a gentleman of Scotland, one
  • WILLIAM ROOKHERST, who came into England and settled at Goudhurst, in Kent, in the third year of the reign of HENRY I. He assumed afterwards the
  • Pg.445
  • surname of ROBERTS;* and having purchased a certain lands in Goudhurst, Called Winchet Hill, he there built a mansion, calling it Rookherst, after his own name. Here his descendants continued for 275 years, until the reign of RICHARD II. when
  • STEPHEN ROOBERTES marrying the daughter and heir of William Tyllye, esq. to whom the manor and lands of Glassenbury belonged, was, in her right, possessed thereof, and built "a fair sumptuous house" on the hill of Glassenbury, which came by lineal descent to
  • WALTER ROBERTHE, esq. who in the year 1472, caused the same to be pulled down, and the next year erected, at the charge of eighteen hundred pounds, another moated house in the valley of Glassenbury and parish of Cranebook, which ever afterwards continued the abode of the family.† This Walter became possessed of the whole estate by the death of his brother Stephen, who died without issue. he was a person much famed for his eminent qualifications and hospitality, as also for adhering to the Lancastrian interest, by which he became a great sufferer during the rule of RICHARD III. Having concealed Sir John Guldeford in his house at Glassenbury, where that person was seized by Sir Edward Stanley and Sir John Savage, he was attainted of treason, his lands seized, and forced himself to abscond until the accession of HENRY VII. when he was restored to his possessions. In the 4th of that reign he had a grant from the crown to impark six hundred acres of land and one thousand acres of wood in Cranebrook, Gowdehurst, and Ticehurst, in the counties of Kent and Sussex; as also that he and his heirs should have free warren in all his lands and woods, and fishing in his waters, in the parishes aforesatid, with all liberties and franchisements in such cases granted. He was sheriff of the county of Kent in the same year, and hiving lived under six kings, HENRY VI. EDWARD IV EDWARD V. RICHARD III. HENRY VII. and HENRY VIII. departed this life at more than eighty years of age, A.D. 1522. This Walter m. first, 23rd October, 1463, Margaret, daughter and heir of John Penn, esq. of Penn's Place, Herts; secondly (his first wife dying 6th May, 1480), Isabel, daughter of Sir John Culpeper, knt.; and thirdly, Alice, daughter of Richard Naylor, esq. and widow of Lord Abergavenny; by whose ladies he had no less than thirty children.‡ His son and heir,
  • THOMAS ROBERTES, esq. of Glassenbury, was sheriff of Kent 25 HENRY VIII. He m. Elizabeth, daughter of James Frammingham, esq. of Suffolk, and had issue,
    • WALTER, his heir.
    • Thomas, who died in 1567.
    • John, ancestor of the Roberts of Borzell Ticehurst, and Stone House, Warbleton, Sussex.
    • Mary, m. to Thomas Cheney, of Woodley.
    • Jane, m. first to Richard Burston; and secondly, to Richard Love.
  • Dying in 1557, he was s. by his son,
  • WALTER ROBERTES, esq. of Glassenbury, who married Frances, daughter of Mr. Alderman John Maynard, of London (which lady was born when the Emperor CHARLES V. visited England, and had the honour to have his imperial majesty for her godfather); by her he had issue,
    • THOMAS (Sir), his heir.
    • Edmund, m. Judith, third daughter of William Bird, esq. of the city of London, and widow of Thomas Blunt. He died 12th September, 1625, leaving issue.
    • Alexander, of Thorp, near Egham, in Surrey. This gentleman was a great traveller. He m. a daughter of Thomas Culwich, esq. of London, and dying in 1649, left issue.
  • The eldest son and heir,
  • I. SIR THOMAS ROBERTS, of Glassenbury, who was knighted by King JAMES I. at Whitehall, before his coronation, 23rd July, 1603, and was created a BARONET 3rd July, 1620. He m. Frances, daughter of Martyn James, esq. of Smarden, in Kent, and had issue,
    • WALTER (Sir), his successor.
    • Thomas, d. unm.
    • John, d. unm.
    • William, d. unm.
    • Frances, m. first, to John Hooper, esq. of Stockberry; and secondly, to Henry Crisp, esq.
    • Elizabeth, m. to Sir Alexander Culpeper, knt. of Bedgbury.
    • Anne, m. to Thomas Crisp, esq. of Goudhurst.
  • Sir Thomas is described as "hospitable without excess, and charitable without ostentation." It is farther stated, that "in all other respects he shewed himself a prudent and judicious gentleman, a lover of his country, and a good Christian; he valued the memory of his ancestors, and bore in his mind their good actions, as well as the care they had taken in preserving the estate entire for many generations; where-upon, in the year 1599, he caused an inscription to be set up in the church of Cranebrook, containing a memorial of his family, that his posterity, having it always before their eyes, might be induced to imitate their example, and preserve the credit and repute his forefathers had lived in." He d. 21st February, 1627, and was s. by his son,
  • II. SIR WALTER ROBERTS, who was knighted by King JAMES at Greenwich 7th May, 1624. This gentleman augmented his estate by marrying Margaret, daughter and heir of George Roberts, esq. of Brenchley, in Kent, and had five sons and three daughters, but none of them survived him. His eldest son,
    • THOMAS, m. Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir Matthew Howland, knt. and dying 23rd January, 1638, left two sons, viz.
      • HOWLAND, who succeeded his grandfaather as third baronet.
      • Walter, who assumed the name of HOWLAND on inheriting the estate of Bristow Causey, in Surrey, from his mother's family. He m. Elizabeth, daughter of — Nutting, esq. of Cambridge, but leaving no issue, his possessions devolved upon his nephew, Sir Thomas Roberts.
  • Sir Walter was s. at his decease by his grandson,
  • III. SIR HOWLAND ROBERTS, who m. Bridget, daughter of Sir Robert Jocelyn, knt. of Hyde Hall, in Hertfordshire, and had issue,
    • * The name was at different time written ROOBERTES, ROBERTES, ROBERD, ROBERT, ROBERTHE, and ROBERTS.
    • † There were successively from WILLIAM ROOKHERST, alias ROBERTS, thirteen esquires of the name and progeny who dwelt in the parishes of Goudherst and Cranebrook to the year 1599, when Thomas Roberts, esq. of Glassenbury, erected a plain monument of black marble in the chancel of the church of Cranebrook, with an inscription thereon setting forth the descent of his family as here related.
    • ‡ Of whom the following, mentioned in his will, survived to maturity: THOMAS, his eldest son, Clement, John, William, George, Edmund, and Martin; Elizabeth Hendley, Mary St.-Nicholas, Joan Horden, Elizabeth Tukke, Joan Leed, Dorothy St.-Nicholas. On those and their heirs male he entails his estates, remainder to William Ashburnham, of Ashburnham, and his heirs male.
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    • THOMAS, his heir.
    • Jocelyn, b. 29th October, 1659; m. Hannah, second daughter of Joseph Harris, citizen and merchant taylor, of London, and left three daughters, viz.
      • 1. BRIDGET, m. to Edmund Farrington, a Turkey merchant.
      • 2. HANNAH, m. to Mr. Langton, of London, goldsmith.
      • 3. REBECCA, d. unm.
    • Bridget, b. in 1657; m. 5th October, 1675, to Edmund Trench, of London.
    • Elizabeth, b. in 1661, d. young.
    • Dorothy, b. in 1662, after the deceased of her father; m. to John Spence, esq. of Malling, in Sussex.
  • Sir Howland d. in November, 1661, aged twenty-seven, and was s. by his elder son,
  • IV. SIR THOMAS ROBERTS, b. 2nd December, 1658, who was returned knight for the county of Kent in 1691, and again 7 WILLIAM III. He m. 31st May, 1683, Jane, daughter and co-heir of Sir John Beale, bart. of Farningham, in Kent, and had issue,
    • THOMAS, his successor.
    • WALTER, heir to his brother.
    • Jane, b 5th April, 1684; m. Samuel Trench, of London; and d. s. p. 20th October, 1706.
    • Bridget, b. 1st December, 1686; m. to Edmund Trench, of London; and d. 9th June, 1720, leaving a son,
      • Edmund Trench, who d. in 1725.
  • Sir Thomas d. 20th November, 1706, in the forty-eighth year of his age, and was s. by his son,
  • V. SIR THOMAS ROBERTS, b. 27th June, 1689. This gentleman m. in 1714, Elizabeth, only daughter and heir of Samuel Newbery, citizen of London, but died s. p. 5th January, 1729-30 (his lady died 30th July, 1727), and was s. by his brother,
  • VI. SIR WALTER ROBERTS, who m. in 1726, Elizabeth, only daughter and heir of William Slaughter, esq. of Rochester, and had by her, who died 15th July, 1744, two daughters, viz.
    • ELIZABETH, who died in 1743, aged sixteen.
    • JANE, m. in 1752, to George, third Duke of St Albans, and d. s. p. in December, 1778.
  • Sir Walter died 7th July, 1745, when the BARONETCY EXPIRED. The manor of Glassenbury was devised to Sir Thomas Roberts, bart. of Ireland.
  • .... etc.



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Mary Cooke's Timeline

Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
Age 22
November 7, 1559
Age 24
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, Engalnd
August 2, 1562
Age 27
South Gloucestershire, England
February 28, 1564
Age 29
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
November 1, 1564
Age 29
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
December 16, 1565
Age 30
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
September 23, 1568
Age 33
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
August 13, 1570
Age 35
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England