John Cooke, alias "Butcher", son of Thomas Cooke, also alias "Butcher", was baptized in the parish church of St. Mary, Netherbury, Dorset, England, March 30, 1630. He died with the name John Cook, May 16, 1691, at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, probably of smallpox. He married, circa 1652 Mary Borden, daughter of Richard and Joan (Fowle) Borden. She was baptized in the parish of Cranbrook, Kent, England, on January 13, 1632/33 and died in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in December 1690.
John is affirmed to be the son of Thomas Cooke, a butcher, in Little Compton Families.
By 1653 John Cooke and Mary Borden married in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
John and Mary (Borden) Cooke/Cook had the following children, born in Portmouth, Rhode Island:
Mary, d. in 1716 or later; m. John Manchester, son of Thomas and Margaret (Wood) Manchester.
Elizabeth, b. in 1653; d. after 1716; m. about 1680 William Briggs, son of John and Sarah (Cornell) Briggs.
Sarah, d. after 1733; m. Thomas Wait, son of Thomas and Hannah Wait.
John, b. in 1656.
Hannah, b. in 1736; d. in 1786; m. (1) Daniel Wilcox; m. (2) Enoch Briggs, son of John and Sarah (Cornell) Briggs.
Martha, d. in 1704; m. William Cory, son of William and Mary (Earle) Cory.
Amey, d. in 1729; m. David Clayton.
Samuel, went to Manmouth, N.J.
John's death information contains a portion of his will, which (it says) "was proved May 25, 1691 (Portsmouth TC 2:266). A copy of this will is included in Court Files, Suffolk, 42579, where it was entered into evidence over fifty years later by John's great-grandson William Cook when he was seeking to recover his inheritance."
1655: Admitted Freeman.
1668 June 03: He and Daniel Wilcox were given the privilege of running the ferry at Pocasset.
1676 Aug 25: Aged about forty-five years, testified before a court martial held at Newport (On certain Indians) that being a Puncatest in the middle of July or thereabout, did ask of several Indians, whom they were that killed Low Howland, the aforesaid Indians' answer was that there was six of them in company, and Manasses was the Indian that fetched him out of the water.
1691 May 25: Will was proved.
Will: Will of John Cook of Portsmouth, aged, dated 15 May 1691, proved 25 May 1691, mentions sons John Cook, Joseph Cook, Thomas Cook, and Samuel Cook; daughters Mary Manchester wife of William Manchester, Elizabeth wife of William Briggs, Sarah wife of Thomas Wait, Hannah wife of Daniel Wilcox, Martha wife of William Cory, Deborah wife of William Almy, Amy wife of David Clayton, and six other unnamed daughters; granddaughter Sarah Manchester. Overseers George Sisson and Issac Lawton.
John Cooke signed his mark to his will 15 May 1691, less than five months after the death of his wife, Mary. He stated that although he was of sound memory and understanding,?yet being aged and calling to mind the brevity and uncertainty of this life not Knowing how soon the Lord may call me from hence Especially considering the sore visitation of the smallpox wherewith many are now visited and many have been taken away.
To his son John Cook he left his land at Puncatest Neck, it being about 150 acres, together with the housing thereon, 4 acres of saltmarsh meadow at Sapowet in Little Compton,together with one-half of the upland he had there, 8 head of neat cattle, the feather bed and bedding in the house John, Jr. now lived in at Puncatest, and 20 sheep. From this bequest was reserved for Joseph Cook the right during his lifetime to keep 15 head of cattle at Puncatest and to harvest hay there for the wintering of those cattle.
His son Joseph Cook received the housing where John now lived in Portsmouth, together with all the land and outbuildings, 4 acres of saltmarsh meadow at Sapowet and one-half of the upland there. If Joseph should die without male heirs this property was to pass to son Thomas and his male heirs.
Joseph, within half a year after his father?s decease, was to pay to his sister Mary, wife of William Manchester, £10 and to deliver to her 10 sheep. To his sister, Elizabeth, wife of William Briggs, Sara, wife of Thomas Wait, Hannah, wife of Daniel Wilcox, and Martha, Wife of William Cory, Joseph was to pay £10 apiece. Sister Deborah, wife of William Almy, was to have only one shilling. Sister Amy, wife of David Clayton, was to be paid £10 in money, ?and to each of his other sisters being six of them he shall deliver to each of them a cow. Elizabeth Briggs also received a feather bed, bedding and furniture.
The reference in the will to ?other sisters being six of them? has been often misinterpreted to mean that John left six additional daughters whose names he omitted. No evidence whatever has been found to indicate any other daughters, and the explanation seems simple: Amy Clayton was in New Jersey by 1691, making delivery of a cow to her impractical, and the other daughters whose name are given to add up to six.
To Joseph he left his Negro man call Jack ?who is of service for time of his Life? and his Indian woman Maria to be his servant for ten years and then to be freed, and his Indian boy Goan Francisco to serve with him until he be twenty-four years old, at which time Joseph was to put him in good apparel and give him corn and a horse. Joseph also received a feather bed and bedding.
To son Thomas Cook he left the 16th lot in Pocasset Purchase, divided or undivided, and 4 acres of salt marsh.
To son Samuel Cook he left the 19th lot in Pocasset Purchase, but Samuel was not to have the disposal of this without the advice and consent of the executor and overseers of the will.
John further bequeathed to his son John his Negro woman Betty and to his son Thomas 20 sheep, 3 cows and a mare. He named son Joseph whole and sole executor of the will and ?Request and Intreat my Loving friends and neighbors George Sisson and Isaac Lawton to by my overseers to do their utmost that all Things may be managed aright according as I do hereby dispose. Moreover I will and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sarah Manchester a cow to be delivered her at the day of her marriage....?
George Sisson, Margaret Hall and John Yelthro witnessed the will; Yelthro was a schoolmaster and probably the scribe who wrote it. All three testified to it authenticity when it was proved 25 May 1691 (Portsmouth TC [Town Records] 2:266). A copy of this will is included in Court Files, Suffolk, 42579, where it was entered into evidence over fifty years later by John?s great-grandson William Cook when he was seeking to recover his inheritance.
-- THOMAS COOKE OF RHODE ISLAND, by Jane Fletcher Fiske, page 36-37.
(Proved, 25 May 1691)
From the document, "Cook-Tallman Connections" by Cynthia C. Cook, dated January 5, 2004:
Thomas and (the first) Mary Cooke had three children; however, apparently only two reached adulthood. They were Thomas, ... and John.
John Cook, second son of the original Thomas Cooke. He was baptized on 30 March 1630 in Netherbury, England, came to America with his parents in 1635, and died on 16 May 1691 in Portsmouth, RI. John Cook married, probably about 1652, Mary Borden, daughter of Richard and Joan (Fowle) Borden. She was born in England on 13 January 1632/3, and died 23 December 1690 at Portsmouth. John and Mary had eleven children; only one of them will be of interest here.
"John Cook. Born on 13 Jan 1630 at England. John was baptized in St Mary, Netherbury, Dorset, Eng. on 30 Mar 1630. John died at Portsmouth, RI on 16 May 1691.
Will of John Cook of Portsmouth, aged, dated 15 May 1691, proved 25 May 1691, mentions sons John Cook, Joseph Cook, Thomas Cook, and Samuel Cook; daughters mary Manchester wife of William Manchester, Elizabeth wife of William Briggs, Sarah wife of Thomas Wait, Hannah wife of Daniel Wilcox, Martha wife of William Cory, Deborah wife of William Almy, Amy wife of David Clayton, and six other unnamed daughters; granddaughter Sarah Manchester. Overseers George Sisson and Issac Lawton.
ca 1652 John married Mary Borden, daughter of Richard Borden (ca 1595-25 May 1671) & Joan Fowle (15 Feb 1604-15 Jul 1688). Born ca 1633 at Kent, England. Mary was baptized in Cranbrook, Kent on 13 Jan 1633. Mary died at Portsmouth, RI on 23 Dec 1690. "
[Our Research, by Alice Ament Davidson Gedge - adgedge1.GED]
! (1) Paula Evans, Rt. 2, Box 152, Hale Center, TX. Cites: (a) "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island."
(2) "Genealogies of Rhode Island Families from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1989) 1:676. "The Manchester Family of Rhode Island," contributed by Alden C. & Rita C. Manchester.
(3) Lawrence K. Lee, Overland Park, KS (1998).
! Birth: (1) 1631. (1,2,3) s/o Thomas Cook.
Baptism: (3) 30 Mar 1630.
Death: (1,3) 16 May 1691. (3) Portsmouth, RI.
(2) Of Pocasset, in Plymouth Colony, now Tiverton and Little Compton, RI.
[Tobelmann Family Tree 11-9-2003 by Susan K night - 2715919.GED]
↑ Jane Fletcher Fiske, Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island, published by Jane Fletcher Fiske, Boxford, Massachusetts, 1987. Reference Volume 1, pages 13-19, 23, 36-7
↑ 2.02.1 Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin, Little Compton Families, Published by the Little Compton Historical Society from records compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, reference “The Cook Family”, Volume 1, pages 2-5-206
↑Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700, (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015, Reference Volume 1, page 367
Cook-11694 and Cooke-714 do not represent the same person because: There are many Cook(e)s. But there is only one with the nickname "Butcher." I have opted for the rejected match, as there is just too little information on the one profile to make a determination.