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Thomas Cooke, known as Bowcher, Bocher, or Butcher, arrived near Boston in 1637 with a group that accompanied Elizabeth Poole and her brother, William. Thomas, his wife, and three children. They sailed on the ship, Speedwell; others included John Reade, Richard Smith, Henry Smith. an early proprietor of Taunton, Massachusettes.. He was "one of the 46 original settlers of Taunton in 1637 and in Portsmouth in 1643. His home lot on the east side of the island of Portsmouth 6 miles north of Newport. In 1876 the well and remains of the chimney and cellar were there and were a few yards from the wharf.
Thomas Cook became an inhabitant of Portsmouth, R. I., and "gave his engagement to the government and propounded for a lot" in 1643. He was made a freeman of Portsmouth in 1655, and was a deputy in 1664. From the frequency of his name in public records he must have been a man of considerable prominence. His wife's name was Mary, and he was the father of three sons: John, born in 1631, evidently a son by a former marriage, as in the settlement of his estate his widow is spoken of as "step-mother to John Cook"; Thomas, known as Capt. Thomas; and George. Thomas Cook, the father, died Feb. 6, 1674.
Alias Butcher: Noted in baptism papers of son John and also in will
alias Butcher/Bowcher/Bocher/Boocher/Bourchier/ Buthcher.
Thomas COOKE alias BUTCHER was probably the child baptized 13 April 1600 in the parish church of St. Mary, Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England, as Thomas BOWCHER.
13 APR 1600 or BEF 13 APR 1600 in Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England or Earls Colne, , Essex, England
Immigration: 1637 "Speedwell" 1637 Went from England to Plymouth Colony aboard the "Speedwell", 22 Apr 1637 paid the fee for the passage.
It has been long known that Thomas Cooke settled in Taunton, but we now know that he came with the group that accompanied Elizabeth Poole and her brother William in 1637. A recent discovery by Peter Wilson Coldham, F.A.S.G., in port books in the Public Records Office in Chancery Lane, London, has made it possible to state with certainty that Thomas Cooke, his wife, and three children sailed on the ship 'Speedwell, Mr. Robert Corbin, Master, from Weymouth, Dorset, probably shortly after 22 April 1637...
He died at Portsmouth, Rhode Island in the spring of 1677, probably just before 21 May, when his inventory was taken, as Thomas COOKE.
He died bet 6 February 1673/1674 (will) and 21 May 1677 (inventory of his estate)
06 FEB 1677/1678 Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. 
Burial: 6 FEB 1677
6 FEB 1673/74 Will written, proven June 20, 1677 Inventory of his estate 21 May 1677.
His will dated 1677 mentioned his wife, Mary. He is known as having two wives named Mary, but records and dates indicate all children were with his 1st wife, and that is second wife was much younger. Some genealogists believe his wife to be either Mary Slocum, sister of Giles Slocum. LDS records Rebecca Westcott based on vague wording in a early legal document. The 1st Mary made her mark in 1660 to a deed, but she had died by 1672/3 when the second Mary wrote a good signature on another deed The second Mary was much younger, and without issue. (Per Fiske) who later married Jermiah Brown. The actual name of this Thomas's wife may never be known.
According to Thomas's will, his son, also Thomas, is deceased (died 1670 - seven years earlier). The two daughters of Thomas, Phebe and Martha are mentioned. He leaves his house to John (his grandson), with designation to pay a portion to his brothers, George, Stephen, and Ebenezar. He also makes a statement "If my son, George, attempts to collect pay him...". He mentions Sarah Parker, wife of Peter Parker, and her three children Penelope, Peter, and Sarah.
His will made 6 Feb. 1674 and proved 20 June 1677: "Executrix wife Mary: To wife my mansion house and land belonging there for life and she to enjoy whole estate including movables for life; to son John a cow and to all his children 1 shilling each; to two daughter of deceased son Thomas, namely Phebe and Martha, at 18 or marriage 15 pounds each; to grandson John, son of Thomas, my house and land adjoining at death of my wife and bounded partly by my brother Giles Slocum, and said grandson when in possession of same to pay his brothers George, Stephen, and Ebenezer 40 shillings each at 21 years of age. If said John should die then to Ebenezer, then to George and if he dies then to Stephen the said real estate. To Sarah Parker, wife of Peter Parker, 5 shillings and to Sarah's three children Penelope, Peter and Sarah each five shillings at eighteen. If my son George come to demand it, he to have 5 shillings..."."
Father: Thomas Cooke b: 1570 in Netherbury, Dorset, England
Mother: Joanna De Netherbury b: ABT 1570 in Netherbury, Dorset, England Mother: Joannah [Unknown] b: Bef 1583
Father: "Speedwell" [Ships] b: 1635 Mother: "Second Voyage" "Speedwell" b: 1637
Thomas and his family were evidently living in Netherbury on 30 March 1630 when, as "Thomas Cooke alias Buthcher," he had his son John baptized there. When they came to America in 1637 there were three children, but the third has not been identified.
Residence: 1637 Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Freeman Aft 1637 Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts 1638 Had 6 shares of early Taunton, MA
In 1643 Thomas Cooke took oath of fidelity required of freemen in Taunton and both he and his son, Thomas Cooke, Jr. were on the list of men between the ages of 16 and 60 who were considered able to bear arms (Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Editor., "Records of Plymouth Colony" [rep. 1976], 195). Later that year the family removed to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where on 28 November Thomas was received as an inhabitant and granted land ("Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth", page 23).
1656 was chosen as one of three men to sit at the General Court of Trials.
He was chosen a Juryman for the General Court of Trials 13 Mar 1569.
He is known to have had two wives named Mary, but it is not known whether the first Mary was his first wife, married in England, and thus the mother of his first three children. She was his wife in May 1660, when she signed her mark to a deed, but she had died by March 1672/3, when the second Mary wrote a good signature on another deed. It is likely that the first Mary died about 1670, when several members of the family of Thomas Cook died within a few months time.
Married: Bef 1626 Alt. Marriage 1637 in England
The second Mary Cooke, who survived her husband, was much younger ---young enough to have been his granddaughter. She and Thomas had no surviving children, and her identity is not critical to Cooke descendants, but she married, second, in 1679, as his second wife, Jeremiah Brown of Newport, son of Chad and Elizabeth (Sharparowe) Brown, and bore him at least two children. Although proof is lacking, this compiler considers it a strong possibility that the second Mary was Mary Shearman, born May 1645, daughter of Philip and Sarah (Odding) Shearman of Portsmouth.
Marriage 2 Mary [Unknown] b: Bef 1654 Married: Abt 1673 He married, 2nd, Mary --, who survived him, and she married, 2nd, Jeremiah Browne. Thomas had no children by his second wife.
He was married to Mary about 1623. Children were: Thomas COOKE , John COOKE, child COOKE , George COOKE, Sarah COOKE . Thomas and (the first) Mary Cooke had three children; however, apparently only two reached adulthood. They were Thomas, ... and John. "
Note: Austin and others have erred by calling Sarah Cook, who married Peter Parker, a daughter of this Thomas Cook. She was actually his granddaughter. Sarah as granddaughter is proved by her mention in his will, along with her three children: Penelope, Peter, and Sarah.
This Thomas Cooke was not married to Rebecca Westcott He was only married twice. First to a Mary, and second wife was also named Mary, possibly Mary Sherman.
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