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Thomas Cooke III (1600 - 1677)

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Thomas "Butcher" Cooke III aka Cook
Born in Netherbury, Dorsetshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Earle's Colne, Essex, England, United Kingdommap
Husband of — married before in Rhode Islandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
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Thomas Cooke was born at Earls Colne, England, in 1603, and died at Portsmouth, R.I., in 1677. His ancestor, from a pedigree in Miller's History of Dorchester, England, was Edward Cooke, born about 1450 who was Mayor of that place in 1509.
The Arms of this Cooke family were:- Head, argent, ducally gorged. Argent, a lion rampant, sable, over all a chevron, ermine. Crest:- A wolfs head, argent ducally gorged.
Thomas Cooke emigrated to America in 1635-6, settling first at Boston, then Plymouth, Then to Taunton, Mass., in 1637 where he became a proprietor.
He was called Captain when he came to America and was probably in the English army. At Plymouth he was honored with a Commission to survey the west line of Rhode Island Colony. In 1637, he with 54 others purchased land known as Taunton from the Tetiquet Indians, situated on Taunton River, an Indian village.
He removed to Portsmouth, R.I., in 1643, than called Pocasset, and his first homestead was about six miles from Newport, R.I., opposite Fogland Point in Tiverton on 200 acres of superior farm land. The estate remained in the Cooke family until 1804, when it became the property of Samuel Clarke: it was known as the Glen Farm until 1886.
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.


Thomas COOKE, alias BUTCHER
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. [2]
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..."."
Thomas Cooke's will, dated May 2/1677, left his wife Mary, the mansion house and land belonging to it, she to enjoy the whole estate of moveables, cattle, &c, and household stuff. To son Jacob, a cow, and to all his other children, one shilling each. To deceased son Thomas' two youngest daughters, Phoebe and Martha, _15 a piece at 18 years of age or at marriage. To grandson John, son of Thomas deceased, my house, and land adjoining orchard at death of my wife, and that grandson, when we pass, is to pay his brothers George, Stephen and Ebenezer, forty shillings, and the youngest son of Thomas to have said estate, or if he die, then to George, and if he die, then to Stephen. To Sarah Parker, wife of Peter Parker, five shillings, and to Sarah's three children, Penelope, Peter and Sarah, five shillings each, at the age of 18. If son George comes for his legacy from his father's estate, five shillings. Thomas' widow in 1678 took receipt from John Cooke for his legacy from his father, he calling her mother in law, instead of step mother, as was customary in those days. Witnesses were his wife Mary, overseers were Obadiah Holmes and Joseph Tony.


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.


1643 - He was received as an inhabitant, gave his engagement to government and propounded for a lot.
1649, Oct 25 - He bought of William Brenton, a parcel of land where said Cook hath built his house.
1655 - Admitted Freeman.
1657, Feb 6 - He was granted 8 acres.
1660, May 14 - He, called Thomas Cook, Sr., alias Butcher, 80 acres bounded partly by land of Captain Thomas Cook.
1664 - Deputy


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[2] Cook died within a few months time.
Thomas Cooke married, 1st, in 1620, Mary --, born in England in 1605.
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. "
Issue:- (by his first wife Mary ---)
1. Captain Thomas Cooke b: 23 Mar 1626 in Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England c: 30 MAR 1630 in England,died in Rhode Island in 1676. He married Mary ---. and/or Thomasine Unknown
2. John Cooke. Born in 1626 or 13 Jan 1629/30 or 1630/1 in Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England, or in Earls Coine, Essex Co., England c: 30 MAR 1630 in St. Mary's, Netherbury, Dorset, England, died 1691 at Portsmouth, R.I. He was made freeman in 1655. He and David Wilcox ran a ferry at Pocasset on June 3/1668. He was Deputy Governor in 167O. He married Mary Borden, baptized in England January 13/1632, daughter of Richard Subject 1386. (417) P2. and Joan (Fowle) Borden, see subject 1390. See subject 394 for issue and further particulars.
Issue :- 2/1. John Cooke, born 1652. He was captain in the Tiverton Colonial Army
2/2. George Cooke, born 1655.
2/3. Stephen Cooke, born 1657.
2/4. Ebenezer Cooke, born 1659.
2/5. Phoebe Cooke, born 1661. She married Oliver Arnold.
2/6. Martha Cooke, born 1665. She married John Woodstock.
(Unknown) Cook b: Bef 1635 in England c: 25 Jan 1634/35
3. Sarah Cooke. Born in 1633 in England. She married Peter Parker, son George and Frances Parker of Portsmouth, R.I. Issue:.
2/1. Penelope Parker.
2/2. Peter Parker.
2/3. Sarah Parker.
4. George Cooke. Born in b: 1634 in Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England or 1635 at Boston or Taunton, Mass. or abt 1647 in Portsmouth, RI Name of wife unknown.

G2G Research Notes

Research-Notes: From: John Fiske <> Date: 10/12/01 19:17:31 To: <> Subject: Thomas Cooke
Dear Leslie Ann,
This is the same Thomas Cook, but as I show in the book he was bapt. 1600, and did not marry Rebecca Westcott. Also, he never lived in Boston, but went to Taunton and then to Portsmouth, RI. Phebe who m. Oliver Arnold as one of her 3 husbands was a granddaughter, not a daughter. John whose wife was probably Mary Havens is my ancestor, too -- he was a grandson of the first Thomas, not a son. There's a lot of erroneous material in print, but I think my book settled all that.
Note: "Historical Miscellany, John E. Stillwell, M.D. . .States he 'came to Boston in 1635. Moved to Taunton, Mass of which he was one of the original proprietors in 1637. Later settled in Portsmouth, RI in 1643. On October 5th of that year he was voted as a citizen." (Families of Burlington Co., NJ, Bill Abrams, RootsWeb World Connect Project database) Occupation: ButcherInventory of estate: 21 May 1677
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.[3]
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.


  1. "Ten Generations of the Briggs Family" by Pearl Leona Heck, 1932.
  2. Source: #S21 Text: One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT:, Inc.
  • "Little Compton Families" Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin, 1887-1964 Publication: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967 College Hill Press Providence, RI FHL Film 844901
  • "Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island" Author: Jane Fletcher Fiske, Boxford, MA, 1987 A genealogy of Thomas Cooke alias Butcher of Netherbury, Dosetshire, England who came to Tauton MA in 1637 and settled Portsmouth, RI in 1643, Vol. I and Vol. II Page: 13-24
  • "Ten Generations of the Briggs Family" by Pearl Leona Heck, 1932.
  • Document, "Cook-Tallman Connections" by Cynthia C. Cook, dated January 5, 2004
  •; Repository: R1 Name:; Title: OneWorldTree Repository:
  • Gerstenberg & Butts Author: John T. Gerstenberg Media: Electronic
  • Also see:
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  • Source: WikiTree profile Cook-2929 created through the import of Ed_s tree_2008-10-18_2011-07-29.ged on Jul 29, 2011 by Alexis Connolly. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Alexis and others.
  • Entered by Daivd Barnhardt, Mar 21, 2013

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On 23 Nov 2018 at 13:57 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:

Re Dorset England.

I'm not familiar with a History of Dorchester by Miller..and not in local hist centre catalogue Edward Cooke Mayor,1509 ? The charter granting the right to elect a Mayor was in 1629 Previous documents and charters just mention Bailiffs elected from the Burgesses. Hutchin's Hist and Antiquities of Dorset Vol, 2 p 351 lists them back to 1395. There are a few gaps but no Cooke. Hutchins has only a few isolated mentions of Cookes and no pedigree. Netherbury register is on Ancestry, needs checking page by page. It does have a baptism of Thomas Boucher or Butcher on 13 April 1600 no alias mentioned. However there is an Ambrose Butcher alias Cooke bur in 1615 . Thomas Butcher m Alicia Hallett 1603. A burial of Thom.Butcher, 1614

On 22 Nov 2018 at 22:20 GMT William Catambay wrote:

This Thomas "Butcher" Cook is in my personal tree (11GGF), and I'd like to update my tree to match better sourced information (which I am hoping to find here). In my tree, I show this Thomas married to Mary Havens, but there's no date in the source, so I'm guessing that Mary Havens is, perhaps, married to Thomas IV, the son of this Thomas. Is there any source listed here that supports that? (besides the email post from John Fiske)

On 18 Jul 2017 at 17:48 GMT Carolyn (Olsen) GiaMarco wrote:

Thomas Cooke III is my 11x great grandfather

On 28 Feb 2016 at 01:10 GMT Lynden (Raber) Rodriguez OCDS wrote:

Cooke-720 and Cook-634 appear to represent the same person because: Hello! I believe these two profiles are for the same person. Please merge.

On 26 Feb 2016 at 15:13 GMT Lynden (Raber) Rodriguez OCDS wrote:

Cook-6020 and Cook-634 appear to represent the same person because: Hello! Could it be possible that these two profiles are for the same person? If you think they are, please merge. Thanks!

On 31 May 2014 at 06:12 GMT Lynden (Raber) Rodriguez OCDS wrote:

Cook-6020 and Cook-7427 appear to represent the same person because: Hello! I believe these two profiles aremfor the same person. Can you take a look, and if you agree, complete the merge?

Thank you, Lynden Raber Rodriguez

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