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Mary Cooke (unknown)

Also Known As: "widow Thayer", ""Mary Dixon Roberts" without attribution"
Birthplace: Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown father of Mary and Unknown mother of Mary
Wife of John Thayer, II and William Cooke
Mother of John Thayer; Thomas Thayer; Margery Knight; Richard Thayer; John Thayer, III and 9 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

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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
Age 27
Limehouse, Middlesex, 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