As of January 16, 2017:
- Y Elite test results for Francis Cooke descendant (kit 4DT9H, tested previously as kit #468236)
As of July 11, 2020:
- Two additional Big Y-700 test results for Francis Cooke descendant
For more information see: Woods, Ralph V. (with 2017 addendum by Susan E. Roser and Judith H. Swan), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, vol. 6 Cooke
Not much is known about the origins of Francis Cooke. He is believed to have been born about 1583 He registered his Banns to marry Hester Mahieu in Leiden on 4 Jul 1603 (see [[ The family is generally believed to have lived in Leiden until they emigrated aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Francis and his wife continued to live in Plymouth until their deaths. He died there on 7 Apr 1663.
Francis and Hester had an infant (sex unknown) who was buried at Leiden on 20 May 1608 then had two sons and four daughters. The sons were John (bp 1607) and Jacob. John married Sarah Warren (daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren) they only had five daughters. Thus, the Y-DNA line only continues from Jacob.
Jacob Cooke was born in Leiden about 1617-18 and died bet. 11 Dec - 18 Dec 1675. He came over with his mother and other siblings on the Ann in 1623. Jacob married twice. His first wife was Damaris Hopkins married Plymouth shortly after 10 Jun 1646. She diedand he married second, 18 Nov 1669 to Elizabeth LETTICE Shurtleff. By his second wife, he only had two daughters but by his first wife he had four daughters and three sons (Caleb, Jacob II, Francis).
(Capt.) Caleb Cooke (1651-1721/2) married Jane (surname unknown) and lived at Plymouth. They had five daughters and 4 sons (John, Caleb, James & Joseph). Son Caleb died s.p. shortly after marrying, and the Y-DNA line for son Joseph ended, so Y-DNA only continued with sons John and James.
Francis Cooke (1662-c1746) married Elizabeth Latham. They also lived in the area of Plymouth which later became Kingston. They had 3 daughters and 3 sons (Robert, Caleb & Francis). The son Francis only had two daughters, so the Y-DNA only continued with sons Robert & Caleb.
- Pilgrim Hall Museum Francis Cooke biography.
- married in 1603 yet listed on the Able to Bear Arms list of 1643 (supposedly aged 60 or less)
- https://www.dutchgenealogy.nl/pilgrim-leiden-pilgrim-records/?fbclid=IwAR2z9tDZHRxYx8l1bmhBCDBoQbmdALU4QZt0Ltc8IZSlvplZfsr-AkdAM_Q NOTE: Leyden was using the New Style dating at this time.
- PCR 8:23 as reported in Mayflower Descendants 3:95
- NEHGReg 143:197 citing Leiden records
- Sarah, Elizabeth, Esther, Mary & Mercy
- Pilgrim Hall Museum Jacob Cooke biography.
- Deposed ae 56 on 14 Jul 1674 MD 2:45-6
- date of will-inventory.
- daughter of Mayflower Passenger Stephen Hopkins by his second wife, Elizabeth Fisher
- Marriage contract. See Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 2, p. 27-28.
- Her last child, Ruth, was born 17 Jan 1665 (MD 18:57), so she died sometime between this birth and her widow's second mariage on 18 Nov 1669.
- widow of William Shurtleff
- Sarah and Rebekah, both in their father's will dated Dec 1675
DNA Results I-FGC57464
Previous Y-DNA testing
Y Elite and Big Y-700 testing documents the family falls under: I-M223>CTS616>FGC15071>BY1003>L1229>Z2069>Z2068>Z2054>Y4746>FGC15109>FGC15105>BY18>Y4761>Y4760>FGC57449>FGC57463>FGC57458>FGC57464
Interestingly, the FTDNA Cook DNA Project (sub-group I2 - Lineage 3b Cooke of Gloucester, VA) has tested positive for FGC57458 but negative for FGC57464. This documents where the Cooke family from Gloucester, VA is related to Francis Cooke's paternal ancestry. The founder of this Cooke family was Mordecai Cooke, born circa 1623. Some have claimed paternal ancestry for this family back to the 14th Century, but this claim still needs to be verified.
Lineage of testers
To date, one of the Big Y-700 testers has revealed their patrilineal (all male line) descent from Francis Cooke. It is as follows:
Francis Cooke (c1583-1663) Jacob Cooke (c1617-1675) Francis Cooke (1662-c1740) (Lt.) Caleb Cooke (c1694-1762) (Capt.) Ephraim Cooke (1737-1821) (Capt.) Manasseh Cook (1766-1855) Joseph Cook (1790-1861) George A. Cook (1813-1894) Charles W. Cook (1854-1927) James Herbert Cook (1890-1969) (father) (tester)
- Woods, Ralph V. (with 2017 addendum by Susan E. Roser and Judith H. Swan), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, vol. 6 Cooke General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA. Third Edition 2001
- Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Increasings From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, Second edition 1995, 1996. pp. 36-41.
- Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Passenger References, (from contemporary records & scholarly journals) [www.stewartbooks.com Stewart Publishing & Printing], Canada. Second edition 2015
- Bowman, George Ernest, The Mayflower Descendant vol. 3 (1901):95-105
- Underhill, Lora A.W., Descendants of Edward Small of New England and the Allied Families with Tracings of English Ancestry rev. ed. 3 vol. (Boston and New York, 1934), pp. 601-45
- Bangs, Jeremy Dupertuis, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 143(1989):195-212 "The Pilgrims and Other English in Leiden Records: Some New Pilgrim Documents"
- Bangs, Jeremy Dupertuis, The Mayflower Quarterly 78(2012):140-44 "Looking for Hester Mayhew and Francis Cooke in the Norwich City Records Office"
- Cook Y-DNA Project
- Wikipedia biography of Francis Cooke
- Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History biography of Francis Cooke
- Pilgrim Francis Cooke Society
- Pilgrim Hall Museum article about documents pertaining to Francis & Hester Cooke
- wikitree profile for Francis Cooke
- The Cooke Family - The Mayflower Society
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