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Unknown (Unknown) Cooke (abt. 1612 - 1645)

Unknown Cooke formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1636 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 33 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Apr 2013
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Unknown (Unknown) Cooke migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Caution: Some believe she was Aaron's step-sister, Mary, dau of Thomas Ford by his first wife, Joane Way, but "Torrey had earlier presented evidence on Aaron Cooke which showed that he was a stepson rather than son-in-law of Thomas Ford TAG 11:179-80." Therefore, until further evidence surfaces, she is Unknown Unknown.

Whoever she was, she married Aaron Cooke about 1636, probably in Hartford Co, CT. She died in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT in 1645.

In accordance with the last name at birth as unknown, the parents are being removed from this profile-- William Cooke and Martha White. (Nally-4 11:59, 19 May 2016).

Yer baptism- Disproved : 18 AUG 1612, Cranborne, Dorset, England[1] Is based on her being Mary, daughter of Thomas Ford.


  1. Source: #S210 Data: Text: Baptism date: 18 Aug 1612 Baptism place: Cranborne, Dorset, England

Sources showing her as Mary Ford, d/o Thomas, which has been disproven.

  • Source: S210 Author: Title: Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.Original data: Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S79 Author: Edmund West, comp. Title: Family Data Collection - Births Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.; Repository: #R1
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. (for Mary Ford marriage)

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Updating her profile given name to "Unknown"; this is consistent with the narrative.--Gene.
posted by GeneJ X
First Wife should be listed as 'First Wife Cooke' or Mrs. Aaron Cooke Jr.

Andersons Great Migration Study: AARON COOKE ORIGIN: Dorchester, Dorsetshire MIGRATION: 1630 on Mary & John FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester REMOVES: Windsor 1637, Northampton 1661, Westfield 1668, Northampton 1678

BIRTH: Baptized Bridport, Dorsetshire, 20 March 1613/4, son of Aaron and Elizabeth (Chard) Cooke [TAG 11: 179-80). DEATH: Northampton 5 September 1690 . MARRIAGE: (1) By 1638 ___ ___ ; she died by 1650. [Probably did not exist. See Comments below.] (2) By 1650 Joan Denslow, daughter of Nicholas Denslow; she died Westfield in April1676. (3) New Haven 2 December 1676 Elizabeth Nash [NHVR 1:43]; she died by 1688. (4) Hadley 2 October 1688 Rebecca (Foote) Smith [Pynchon VR 224], widow of Philip Smith, daughter of Nathaniel Foote [Wethersfield Hist2:328); although not mentioned in the will of her second husband, she survived him and died 6 April 1701

CHILDREN: With first wife i. JOANNA, bp. Windsor 5 August 1638 [WiVR 33; Grant 29]; m. Windsor 19 March 1656 Simon Wo'olcott [WiVR 42].

ii. AARON, bp. Windsor 21 February 1640[11 ?] [WiVR 33; Grant 29]; m. Hadley 30 May·1661 Sarah Westwood (Pynchon VR 223].

iii MIRIAM, bp. Windsor 12 March 1642[/3?] [WiVR 33; Grant 29]; m. Dorchester 8 November 1~61 Joseph Leeds [DVR20].

iv MOSES, bp. Windsor 16 November 1645 [WiVR 33; Grant 29]; m. Windsor 25 November 1669 (as "Moses Cooke of Warronock") Elizabeth Clarke [WiVR 12].

v SAMUEL, b. Windsor 21 November 1650 [Grant 29], bp. Windsor 22 November 1650 [WiVR 33);

v1 ELIZABETH, b. Windsor 7 August 1653 [WiVR 33: Grant 29]; by about 1677 Samuel Parsons [NEHGR 148:219].

vii NOAH, b. Windsor 14 June 1657 [WiVR 44; Grant 29];

                    • COMMENTS: Pope suggests that the first wife of Aaron Cooke was Mary, who was a member of Dorchester church in 1636; but the records of the Dorchester church do not include a Mary Cooke. In fact, the alleged first wife of Aaron Cooke (before he married Joan Denslow) may not have existed. There is no record which names the supposed first wife, and especially no death record. The records are consistent with the proposal that Joan Denslow was the first of Aaron Cooke's three wives, and the mother of all his children. The only problem is the will of Joan's mother, the widow Elizabeth Denslow, which names "my daughter Joan Cooke" and that daughter's children Elizabeth, Samuel and Noah. These are the three youngest children, born from 1650 on, after a five-year gap in the birth of children to Aaron Cooke.

The standard arrangement of assigning four wives to Aaron Cooke will be retained here, with the caveat the first two may be only one.

(Pope also gives Aaron Cooke an eldest child Nathaniel, but Nathaniel Cooke of Windsor married in 1649, which would make him too old to be a son of Aaron.)

posted by Katherine Cappon
edited by Katherine Cappon

If you would please post this to G2G, it will get a much wider audience.

Thank you, S

posted by S (Hill) Willson
Hi Katherine,

Thank you for supporting WikiTree.

Hope you will edit your post to cite, rather than copy from, Anderson's article. See PGM Editing Guidance: Biography Text for "If you find "copy/pastes" of multiple paragraphs of text -- whether it's from copyrighted work (like Anderson's Great Migration series), or even public-domain text ... please replace such text ..."

Thank you for supporting WikiTree.--GeneJ

posted by GeneJ X
Biography indicates that she is Unknown Unknown, but in the data section she is still "Mary Cooke Ford (disproven)."
Why has this woman's LNAB become "Unknown" when parents and siblings are shown here? If there is documentation of William and Martha Cooke being her parents, her surname should be restored. If not, they should be removed.
posted by Brian McCullough
Unknown-197787 and Ford-3853 appear to represent the same person because: There is controversy among historians raised by Anderson whether Aaron Cook married a wife Mary at all. See Bio of Aaron Cooke for the discussion. But if he did, both these Mary's represent the same person and should be merged.
posted by Walter Howe
There is a pending merge for this profile that has been approved in the pending merges list.

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