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William Cooke II (1633 - 1698)

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William Cooke II aka Cook
Born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, , Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half], [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married 1654 in Isle of Wight, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Isle Of Wight County, Virginiamap
Profile last modified 21 Oct 2018 | Created 6 Mar 2011
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William Cooke II migrated from England to America in 1635.
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William was a Friend (Quaker)

William was born in Sep. 1633 in Bristol, England . He passed away in 1698 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. At the time of his death, he was 64.

In 1654 when William was 20, he married Joane Roper, daughter of Hugh Roper (1613-1665) in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Joane was born (ca) 1635 in Burnham, Somerset, England, Joane died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia on 31 Mar 1720 at the age of 85.

Known children of Joane and William II: Henry (1654-1696), John (1658-1711), Elizabeth (1658-1732) , William (1659-1740), Reubin (1661-1752) Thomas (1662-1736), Joannah (1663-1720), Sarah (1668-1720), Unknown Child (?-?).

"William and Joane were Quakers and are on record as witnessing weddings and hosting meetings Early Quaker Records (White). Jone apparently married a Carrell" after William's death." (Chapman, Wills Isle of Wight)

William Cooke, Jr., and Joan his wife, on November 10, 1665, sold to Thomas Woodward 360 acre s formerly patented by him in 1664?. On April 9,1665, William Cooke, having married Joane, on e of the daughters of Hugh Roper of Burnham in Somerset, appoints "George Stoat of Bristol, England to receive of my wife's brother, Hugh Roper, legacy left by her father."William Cooke made several transactions in land in Isle of Wight. Because he had a son, William, he also made his will as William Cooke, Sr., May17, 1698 and same was probated August 9, 1698. He g ave his three sons,John, William and Reuben, each a plantation. He gave his wife, Joan, the plantation "I now live on" and at her death to his son Thomas, who was not 21. Witnesses Pete r Vasser, Peter Hays, James Atkinson. (SouthsideVirginia Families, pg. 161)

In 1664 William Cooke patented 360 acres in Isle of Wight at the head of a branch of the Blac kwater. Before 1665 he married Joan Roper, the daughter of Hugh Roper of Burnham in Somerset , England and in the next year she received a legacy from her father. Because he had a son al so named William, he signed his will as "William Cooke, Sr." in 1698. The will was probated t hat August. He gave his three sons, John, William and Reuben, each a plantation. His wife Joan was given "the plantation I now live on" which, at her death, was given to the son Thomas , not 21. His widow Joan married John Carrell and died in 1720. The children of William and Joan were John (m. Hannah Jones), William (m.Rebecca Jones) , Reuben(m. Hannah Atkinson Gee) , Thomas (m. Mary Jones), Elizabeth (m.John Weaver), Joanna (m. _____Burrow), Sarah (m. Samuel Cornwall) and Jane who married Samuel Hargrove.

Will of Thomas Cocke, Records of Henrico County, original vol. 1688-1697, p. 687. Cocke bequeathed to his daughter, Agnes Harwood, a mulatto girl, who was to be employed as Mrs. Harwood thought fit, except that she was not to be ordered to “beat at the mortar or to work in the ground.” “My will is that she may be an ease to my daughter’s own person, and that the girl may be well and kindly used, and I also give with her, the weaver’s loom and all the stages and harness to the same, with all other appurtenances thereto, all of which is to be enjoyed by my daughter, to be used by the girl, Sue. At my daughter’s death, the girl and loom to pass to her son Thomas.” Cocke thus concludes: “My will is that ye girl be well used in all her time of service, whoever shall happen to be her master or mistress, for if she shall bee by any of them notoriously abused, my will is that she shall have liberty to choose which of my sons she pleases for her master to live.


Date: 1633
Place: At sea, "The Transport", England to Virginia
Date: 1635
Ship: "The Transport"
Date: August 9, 1698
Place: Isle of Wright, Virginia


Father: William Cooke I (c. 1613 d. 1679)
Mother: Mary Miles (c. 1614 d. 1716)
Spouse: Joan Roper Cooke (b. 1635 d. 1720)
  1. Eleanor Cooke Carter (b. 1633 d. 1669 m. Thomas Carter Sr.)
  2. Frances Cooke Person (b. 1640 d. 1721 m. John Person)
  3. James Cooke (b. 1642 d. 1698)
  4. John Cooke (b. 1658 d. 1711)
  1. John Cooke (b. 1658 d. 1711)
  2. William Cooke (b. 1659 d. 1740 m. Rebecca Jones)
  3. Reuben Cooke (b. 1661 d. 1751 m. Hannah Atkinson)
  4. Joannah Cooke (b. 1663 d. 1720)
  5. Thomas Cooke (b. 1669 d. 1736 m. Mary Jones)
  6. Elizabeth Cooke (b. 1670 d. 1718)
  7. Jo Anna Cooke (b. 1676 d. 1770)
  8. John Cooke (b. 1680 d. 1762)
  9. Sarah Cooke (b. 1681 d. 1720)


Date: 1654
Place: Isle, Virginia

Occupation and Will

Details: gave his wife and each of his sons a plantation


  • (caution) "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 February 2018), entry for William /Cook/, cites sources; file (2:2:2:MM4G-MS7), submitted 10 May 2012 by Marshall Wren [identity withheld for privacy].
  • "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 March 2018), entry for William COOKE JR, cites sources; file (2:2:2:MM9R-KMZ), submitted 15 August 1999 by RichardEnsign [identity withheld for privacy].
  • Robert W. Witt, "The Isle of Wight Cooks" pub, 2007 Heritage House.
  • Chapman, Marriages Isle of Wight
  • Boddie, "Southside"
  • White, "Early Quaker Records"
  • Wills, "Isle of Wight "

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Cooke-1612 and Cooke-657 appear to represent the same person because: Some of the dates are a little off, but must be same person.
posted by Sue (Howard) Ison
Cooke-2309 and Cooke-1612 appear to represent the same person because: Looks like we are duplicating all the way down the line propose we merge all
posted by Ben Cook

William is 17 degrees from Greg Clarke, 15 degrees from George Hull and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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