Donald Force Cooke

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Donald Force Cooke, son of Edward Ambrose Cooke and Adele La Force, was born at Middletown, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, 10 January 1923.1,2,3 He died at his home in Irvine, Orange Co., California, 19 May 2017.4

Donald married Dorothy Harriet Pierce, daughter of William Jerome Pierce and Harriet Hanson Robinson, at Los Angeles, California, 30 November 1945.5,6,7

Donald and Dorothy had four children, all still living.


Dorothy Harriet Pierce b. 6 Feb 1927, d. 15 Nov 2013


  1. [S678] Walter Force Family Bible, The Holy Bible: Containing The Old and New Testaments... (London and New York: Castle, Petter and Galpin); Current owner: Bruce Mitchell, Nuevo, California.
  2. [S1016] Donald Force Cooke, Birth Certificates, File No. 87 (1923), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey.
  3. [S464] United States Census for 1930 [Fifteenth Census of the United States], South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 1519, sheet 2A, dwelling 41, family 41, Edward A. Cooke household, age 7, born in New Jersey, digital image, (; original data: NARA micropublication T626, 2668 rolls, roll #175.
  4. [S190] Donald Force Cooke, Death Certificates, File No. 3201730008747 (2017), Orange County Public Health and Medical Services, Santa Ana, California.
  5. [S206] Donald Force Cooke & Dorothy Harriet Pierce, Marriage Certificates, File No. Book 2508, p15, certificate #22277 (1945), Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, Los Angeles, California.
  6. [S213] Bible Record of Family and Descendants of Henry G. Cooke, The Comprehensive Bible; Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorized Version... (Hartford, Connecticut: Andrus & Judd, 1832); Compiler's genealogy files.
  7. [S1673] Gregory Don Cooke, "Historic Ancestors: Major Stede Bonnet, Pirate of the Caribbean," The Genealogist 25 (Spring 2011): 31-33, at 33, further cited as Cooke, "Major Stede Bonnet."