Jacob Cooke
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Jacob Cooke (1653 - 1747)

Jacob Cooke
Born in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
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Husband of — married 29 Dec 1681 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 94 in Kingston, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Jacob Cooke, son of Jacob Cooke and Demaris Hopkins, was born 26 Mar 1653 at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony. He died 24 Apr 1747, in his 95th year, at Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay.[1] Jacob was buried in Old Church Cemetery, Kingston.[2][3]

Jacob married Lydia Miller, daughter of John Miller and Margaret Winslow, 29 Dec 1681 at Plymouth Colony. Lydia was born 18 May 1661 at Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony. She died 1 Mar 1727/1728 at Kingston, Massachusetts Bay.[3][4]

Children of Jacob Cooke and Lydia Miller

Jacob and Lydia had four sons and four daughters.[3] All children were named in Jacob Cooke's will.[4][5]

  1. William
  2. Lydia
  3. Rebecca
  4. Jacob
  5. Margaret
  6. Josiah
  7. John [twin], d. bef 24 Apr 1747 (his father's death)[5]
  8. Damaris [twin], b. 23 May 1703 in Plymouth, MA; d. after 16 Nov 1749; m. John Delano on 15 Nov 1749 in Kingston, MA; John was born on 11 Oct 1699 in Duxbury, MA, and died 16 Nov 1774 - 5 Aug 1766

Will of Jacob Cooke

[Plym. Co. Prob, 10:419] "Jacob Cooke of Kingston yeoman" made his will 16 October, 1728. Bequests were as follows:[5][6]

"Imprimis having Given to my Three Sons William Jacob and Josiah By Deed of Gift what I Designed Them as Their full parts and Portions of my Estate, I Give and Bequeath unto my Son John over and above what I Have already Given him By Deed of gift Which I Do Hereby Confirm, a Bed and Beding."

To "my Daughter Damaris one of my Best Beds With all The Furniture Belonging To it allso Two Cows or the Value of Them In money allso The Liberty To use and Improve one Room In my Dwelling Tlouse So long as She Shall Remain unmarried." To "my Four Daughters Lydia Rebeckah margaret and Damaris Their Heirs and assigns forever To Be Equally Divided Between Them my lott of Land which I Bought of Joseph King lying Near agawam In the Township of Plimouth Together with all the Remainder of my moveable Estate after my Just Debts and Funerall Charges are first paid"

"I . . . . appoint my Son John Cooke Sole Executor of This my last Will" The witnesses were : Thomas Croade, John Washburne and Rachel Croade.

His son John died in 1745 before the probate of his father's will. Benjamin Samson of Kingston was granted the administration of his estate.[6]

His inventory was taken on 13 June 1747 in Kingston.[7]


  1. Massachusetts Vital Records : Kingston - Deaths Cooke, Jacob, h. Lydia, Aor. 24, 1747, in 95th y.
  2. Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society Jacob Cooke
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mayflower Families vol 12, p 85-86
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. The Mayflower descendant : a quarterly magazine of Pilgrim genealogy and history. Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Boston. 1899. Jacob Cooke's Will, pg. 43
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997D-82B6 : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1745-1749 and 1836-1849 vol 10-10A > image 227-228 of 611; State Archives, Boston.
  7. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97D-8L7Q : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1745-1749 and 1836-1849 vol 10-10A > image 236-237 of 611; State Archives, Boston.

See also:

  • John D. Austin, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol 6, Stephen Hopkins, Plymouth, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2001 [3rd edition], Page 11.
  • Ralph V. Wood, Jr., Mayflower Families through Five Generations Volume 12, Francis Cooke, Rockland, Maine: Picton Press, 1996 [1st edition], Pages 54, 84-85.
  • Wood, Ralph V., Jr., Mayflower Families through Five Generations Volume 12, Rockland, Maine: Picton Press, Revised Edition, 2011 Francis Cooke
  • Ferris, Mary W., Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes, Volume 1, published online by Ancestry.com, The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, 2005; original book privately printed, 1943.
  • NEHGR: Miller, Cook, Clark, Hall, Crosby and Smith, Volume: Vol. 51 Author: Cutter, William R. Librarian of the Woburn Public Library Publication: Jan. 1897
  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHRW-W8H : 13 July 2016), Jacob Cooke, 24 Apr 1747; citing Death, Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 910,3
  • Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998. Repository: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA, Ancestral File Number: GCGH-M1
  • Caleb H Johnson, "Manorial Records - New Information," The Mayflower Quarterly, Vol 76, No. 2 (june 2010), 125-134.[1]
  • Ancestry.com U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;
  • Find a Grave, database and images, memorial page for Jacob Cooke (26 Mar 1653–24 Apr 1747), Find A Grave: Memorial #22154079, citing Old Burying Ground, Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by James E. Welch (contributor 47006151) .

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Cooke-4556 and Cooke-1 appear to represent the same person because: These 2 Jacob Cookes have the same parents and the same siblings. They are the same person. Therefore, Cooke-1 should replace Cooke-4556.
posted by David Reynolds
Cooke-1 and Cook-6662 appear to represent the same person because: The marriage to Lydia Miller, the marriage date, Lydia's parentage and the list of children mentioned in the bio for Cooke-1 matches the existing marriage, Lydia's profile and existing children for Cook-6662.
posted by Bruce Veazie