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

Mary Cooke formerly [surname unknown] aka Ford (disproven)
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 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Apr 2013
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The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.
The Puritan Great Migration.
Mary (Unknown) Cooke migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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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 (EDT)

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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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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