Walter Cooke

Male Abt 1618 - 1696


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  • Name  Walter Cooke 
    Born  Abt 1618  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  05 Jan 1696  Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Walter COOKE received four acres "in the Westerneck" at Weymouth which had first been granted to Thomas "Baylie;" also an acre "upon Round Iland" first granted to Thomas HOLBROOK. He received five acres in the First Division and fifteen acres in the Second Division, 14 Dec 1663. Walter COOKE of Weymouth was admitted freeman of the colony, 18 May 1653. How much earlier he came to New England is a matter of conjecture. He was one of twenty-three men from Braintree and from Weymouth who accepted of allotments in Mendon in 1662 and agreed to settle thereon before 30 Sep 1663. He was a member of the committee to build the minister's house at Mendon, 2 Feb 1669. He was Selectman in Mendon in 1671.

      Walter COOKE of Mendon, being weak of body made his will 18 Jan 1694-95; proved 5 Jan 1697-98. To his wife Catherine the use of his estate. John, "being his eldest son," to have the great Bible and ten acres; son Nicholas to have ten acres. Unto his children Hannah, Samuel, Nicholas and Experience, besides what he formerly gave them the reversion of his moveables after his wife's decease. Son John COOKE, sole executor, to whom administration was granted, 6 Jan 1697-98.
      !Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth:174
    Person ID  I15254  Bryant
    Last Modified  13 Feb 2004 

    Family  Catherine Brenton,   b. Abt 1628, Hammersmith, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jan 1695/96, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1648 
    • Catherine wife of WALTER COOK(E):
      Walter Cooke Weymouth and later of Mendon, Mass. died in Mendon 5 January 1695/6, having survived his wife Catherine by only three days. Both left wills. Catherine's last name has not been found and some early mixing of facts led to the belief that she was a Second wife and not the mother of Walter's children (see George Chamberlain History of Weymouth, Mass. 1923. 3:174). This, I believe, has been corrected and the supposed first wife Experience shown to belong to someone else (Nora E. Snow, The Snow Estes Ancestry 1939 1939.2:102-V)

      William Brenton, long a resident of Taunton but with land holdings from the Merrimack to Rhode Island, died in in Newport where his will was proved in 1674. The original official copy of the will has survived and is in the possession of of the Newport Historical Society. It includes the following: "I bequeath unto my sister Katerine Cook's children to be paid within one year and a day after my decease (if demanded) twenty pounds in stock at the currant price that my oversear shall appoint." (see John 0. Austin Dictionary of R.I. 1887 p 254).

      Any papers which might have indicated the distribution and thus the names sisters children have been lost. Because William Brenton had early land dealings with Thomas Cook of Taunton and Portsmouth, and there was some intermarriages of descendants, a thorough attempt was made to connect Katerine with the family without success. Therefore I submit they she may well have been the wife of Walter Cook of Mendon. Each family named a son Ebenezer, which is hardly proof. It is known however that William Brenton came from Hammersmith, Middlesex, England. It is possible that research there might disclose some evidence.
      Boxwood, Ma. Apr. 1974 Jane F. Fiske
    Children 
     1. Hannah Cooke,   b. Abt 1650, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1717, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Cooke,   b. 1654, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1718, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ebenezer Cooke,   b. 30 May 1656, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Walter Cooke,   b. 10 Sep 1657, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1730
     5. Samuel Cook,   b. Abt 1658, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1752, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Nicholas Cooke,   b. 09 Feb 1659/60, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1730, Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Experience Cook,   b. 09 Nov 1662, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After Aug 1723
     8. Catherine Cooke,   b. Abt 1663, probably, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Peter Cooke,   b. Abt 1664, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Elizabeth Cooke,   b. Abt 1666, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F610  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S155] Benson, Benson Genealogy, (1923).


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