Edmund Cooke father of Henry Cooke at Salem?

+4 votes

Hi, I have been a member of WikiTree for a while but am not very active due to my business keeping me busy.  I am trying to identify the father of Henry Cooke (Cook-8446) of Salem.  I see that Edmund Cooke was removed.  I am a descendant of Henry and my DNA appears to match Edmund (per GEDMatch).  Does that add any proof to Henry being the son of Edmund?

WikiTree profile: Henry Cook
in The Tree House by Lynn Cook G2G Crew (470 points)
retagged by Lynn Cook


I think you're referring to Henry Cook the immigrant but you linked to the son:

Correct link (I think):


You might want to update the link and add PGM to the tags.

Correct!  Thank you!

2 Answers

+5 votes

Lynn, Henry Cook is your 8th great grandfather. If Edmund Cooke is Henry's father, he would be your 9th great grandfather. How does GEDmatch show that you're related to Edmund, who was born in 1561? Autosomal DNA is very unlikely to be useful that many generations back.

I suggest that you use your yDNA test to join the Cook DNA project at FTDNA: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/cook/about

A yDNA match with another Cook male who has a paper trail back to Edmund Cooke would be much more helpful for you in documenting Henry Cook's father.

by Kay Wilson G2G6 Pilot (198k points)

Thank you.  I have joined the Cook DNA project and will see where that leads me.  I appreciate the link!  yes

+4 votes

Thanks for posting the question.  There's some explanation on the profile in the Disputed Origins section, and more in the "More research needed" section, which I just moved up so it was more visible. 

There should be better sources on there, but if the information is correct it sounds like Edmund's son Henry died without issue, probably young, and so therefore couldn't be the immigrant.

Also looking at Henry's bio, he was a butcher...which would not be likely if he came from an aristocratic family.  I'm guessing that the story of his parents came from a 19th century/early 20th century genealogy.  It was typical to try to connect American immigrants to noble origins, often selecting a child who had died without issue as the connecting point.  Unfortunately, people can become quite attached to their pedigrees and craft stories that they were disowned and written out of the family history, just to maintain the noble connection.

I've added some potential sources for information on Edmund's genealogy if you want to double check, but I think you'd likely be researching someone else's family (which can be fun!).

On another note...have you ever looked at some of the court records for Henry. Some of these may be for his son, I didn't delve to deep, but it gives you a little more insight into his life in Salem. 

by M Cole G2G6 Mach 4 (45.5k points)

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