Thomas Cooke

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
Thomas Cooke, son of Robert Cooke and Joan Syday, was born say 1541.1 He died at Pebmarsh, Essex, England, before 26 November 1621, when his will was proved.2

Thomas married (1) Margaret Rice, say 1562;1 he married (2) Susan Brand at Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England, 26 September 1568;1 he married (3) Elizabeth North at St. Nicholas, Colchester, Essex, England, 24 May 1574. The ancestry of all three wives is unknown (or not traced here).1

Thomas left a will dated 30 August 1621, and proved 26 November 1621:
To the poor of Pebmarsh, £5
To the poor of Alphamston and Lamarshe, 10s. to each parish
To the parish of Pebmarsh £5 as an increase to the stock given by Mr. Hugh Clapham, sometime minister of the parish, to purchase a house or lands.
To Thomas Cooke, my grandson, a messuage called Goddards and all my lands which I late purchased of John Hilton, gentleman, and Mary his wife situate in Gestingthorpe and Little Maplestead, co. Essex, now in the occupation of John Clark or his assigns.
To my brothers Lawrence Cook and Robert Cook, during their natural lives, 40s. apiece yearly.
To Thomas Wiscowe, the younger, my sister's son, £5.
To every one of the children of my brother John Cook, deceased, my sister Wiscowe and my sister Sawen, deceased, and my brother Lawrence, not before nominated, 20s. apiece.
To George Cooke, my grandson, lands in Lamarshe had by grant of Robert Becle of Lamarshe.
I fovgive Edmund Reade, my son-in-law, the three score pounds due me by his bill of December 1, 1606.
To my daughter Elizabeth, now his wife, three score pounds in one year after my decease.
To my said daughter Elizabeth and to Margaret her daughter, now wife of John Lake, and Susan, now wife of my son Thomas, one "spur Riall" of gold apiece.
To Samuel Reade, my grandchild, £40, and to every of the residue of my daughter Reade's children unmarried, £10 to be paid within one year after my decease, to them or to their father for them
To every one of the children of my son Thomas Cooke, £20 apiece.
The residue to my son, Thomas Cooke the younger, whom I make sole executor.
To Martha Reade, now wife of (---) Epps of London, my grandchild, £10.
To Johane Gillott, my late servant, 20s.
To Maryon Edwards, Clement Chandler and Elizabeth Hayward, 5s. apiece, to William Scott, George Smith and Samuel Medcalf, 3s. 4d. apiece, and to Thomas Maninge, Thomas French and Richard Goodwin, 2s 6d. apiece.
Witnesses: George Coo, Robert Williams, Thomas Smithe.3

Family 1

Margaret Rice d. bef. 1568
  • Thomas Cooke1 b. say 1563, d. bt Sep 1638 - Feb 1638/39

Family 2

Susan Brand d. bef. 1574

Family 3

Elizabeth North d. bef. 1568
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S246] Walter Goodwin Davis and Gary Boyd Roberts, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-ancestor Compendia (Plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants), 16 vols. in 3 (1916-1963; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1996), 1:295-299, further cited as Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis.
  2. [S246] Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, 1:298.
  3. [S246] Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, 1:298, citing PCC 94 Dale.