Jacob Cooke was born 20 May 1618 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands to Francis Cooke (1583-1663) and Hester Mahieu (1582-1666) and died 18 December 1675 Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Damaris Hopkins (1628-1669) 10 June 1646 in Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. He married Elizabeth Lettice (1635-1693) 18 November 1669 in Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States.


Jacob Cooke born Leyden, South Holland, was the son of Francis Cooke, a Mayflower passenger, and Hester Mahieu. He came to the Colonies on the Anne with his mother, Hester.

From a Memorial of Francis Cooke, by Henry Cooke, "...Jacob Cooke, son of Francis, was first mentioned in the Colony Records as a volunteer in Capt. Prince's Company for the Indian War, June 1637, and in 1648 was made a freeman.

The records make frequest mention of his name in colonial affairs, as holding offices in the town of Plymouth, etc. On the removal of Governor Prince to Eastham, he sold his house and lands at Rocky Nook, adjoining the land of his father, Francis Cooke, and removed with the Governor's party to above mentioned town, where he resided until his death, which occurred July 7th 1676..." Jacob's will was dated 11 December 1675

Marriage & Family

1st Marriage: Damaris Hopkins

He married first on 10 June 1646, Plymouth County, MA. to Damaris Hopkins (1628-1669), the daughter of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins (1581-1644) and Elizabeth Fisher. Jacob and Damarius had 7 children:

  1. Elizabeth Cooke (1648-1692) - md son of Mayflower pilgrim.
  2. Caleb Cooke (1651-1721)
  3. Jacob Cooke (1653-1747)
  4. Mary Cooke (1657-1712)
  5. Martha Cooke (1659-1722)
  6. Francis Cooke (1663-1746) =
  7. Abraham Cooke (1665-1749)
  8. Ruth Cooke (1664-1734) - md Helkiah Tinkham, grandson of Mayflower pilgrim Peter Browne (bef1600-1633)

2nd Marriage: Lettice Shirtleff

After her death, Jacob married Elizabeth Lettice Shirtleff; "Jacob Cooke, Sen'r. was marryed to Elizabeth Shirtleff, widow, the 18th of November 1669" from "Records of the Colony of New Plymouth:Court Records, 1633-1689" pg 32, by Nathaniel B. Shirtleff. Jacob and Elizabeth had a daughter, Sarah. They were married 18 Nov 1669 in Plymouth, and had a daughter, Sarah, who married Robert Bartlett.

  1. Sarah Cooke (1671-1745) - md Robert Bartlett.


Offspring of Jacob Cooke and Damaris Hopkins (1628-1669)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Cooke (1648-1692) 18 January 1648 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 21 November 1692 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts John Doty (c1640-1701)
Caleb Cooke (1651-1721)
Jacob Cooke (1653-1747)
Mary Cooke (1657-1712)
Martha Cooke (1659-1722) 16 March 1659 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 17 September 1722 Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Morris Floyd (1643-1682) Morris Floyd (1643-1682) Elkanah Cushman (1651-1727)
Francis Cooke (1663-1746) 5 January 1663 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 18 September 1746 Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Latham (1665-1730)
Abraham Cooke (1665-1749)
Ruth Cooke (1664-1734) 17 January 1664 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 10 April 1734 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Helkiah Tinkham (1655-1731)

Offspring of Jacob Cooke and Elizabeth Lettice (1635-1693)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Cooke (1671-1745)




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