Joan Syday

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
Joan Syday, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), died between November 1561 and January 1561/62.1

Joan married Robert Cooke, son of John Cooke, about 1539.1

Joan left a will dated 17 November 1561, and proved 12 Jan 1561/2 which contains "complicated legacies and provisions for remainder interests, obvously drawn up by a skillful lawyer." As given by Davis, it calls for:
To Robert Coke, my son, the moiety or half part of my two marshes and two fields of land, customary in Pebmarsh, called Redingfen, Perytonfen, Stanliefield, and Willifield, which I hold of the manor of Pebmarsh, until such time as my eldest son Thomas Coke shall have conveyed to his brother Robert an estate in all those lands and tenements which Robert Coke my late husband, held in the town of Halstead, whereupon the said Thomas Coke shall have the said moiety, to him and his heirs forever.
To John Coke, my youngest son of that name, the other moiety of the said two marshes and two fields, until such time as the said Thomas my son shall have conveyed to the said John the younger the water-mill with the close of land thereunto belonging, whereupon the said Thomas shall have the said moiety, to him and his heirs forever.
To the aforesaid Thomas, my son, one feather-bed, all my brewing vessels and brass haning in the furnace, my best joined bedstead, my best cupborard, my conter table, my querne with the bin, my yeting vat, my fabting trough and all the stalls, shelves and ladders belonging to the house.
I bequeath the whole residue of my stuff, utensils, and implements to be equally divided amongst my six other children hereunder named: John the elder, John the younger, Lawrence, Robert, Elene, and Margerie, at marriage or the age of eighteen.
I bequeath all my jewels and apparel to be equally divided between my two daughters, with £10 in ready money to each of them at marriage or the age of eighteen.
All residue to the said Thomas, my son, on condition that he pay to each of my sons John the elder and Lawrence £30 at the age of eighteen, and that he shall at his cost honestly keep, find, and bring up all of his brothers and sisters until such time as they shall come to convenient age otherwise to provide for themselves.
I name my aforesaid son Thomas and my loving brother-in-law John White executors, and my friendly cousin John Quedwell to be supervisor, and I bequeath to each of them 20s. besides his reasonable costs and expenses.
Witnesses: John Sewall the elder, Chirstopher Sydey, John Sewall the younger, Henry Sydey, and others.2


Robert Cooke b. say 1515, d. bef. 1559
  • Thomas Cooke+1 b. say 1541, d. bef. 26 Nov 1621
  • John Cooke1 b. aft. 1542, d. bef. 1621
  • John Cooke1 b. aft. 1542, d. bef. 1621
  • Robert Cooke1 b. aft. 1542, d. aft. 1621
  • Helen Cooke1 b. aft. 1542, d. bef. 1621
  • Margery Cooke1 b. aft. 1542, d. bef. 1621
  • Lawrence Cooke1 b. bef. 1621, d. aft. 1621
This person was last edited on6 Oct 2016


  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, 1:296-7 (citing Commissary Court of London, for Essex and Herts., 115 Westwood).