Birth: Francis Cooke was born about 1583.
Death: He died in Plymouth on April 7, 1663.
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: Francis Cooke and his family spent some
time in Norwich, Norfolk between 1606 and 1608, but the purpose is
unknown. Hester Cooke identified herself as being from Canterbury in her
Life in Holland: Francis Cooke was living in Leiden by
April 1603, when he worked there as a woolcomber. His wife’s family were
Walloons, originally from the town of Lille in Flanders, coming to
Leiden from London in 1590. Hester joined the Walloon church just before
her betrothal, but there is no record of Francis joining. He did appear
in the records as witness to a baptism and a betrothal.Three of their
children are listed in the church records between 1607–1611, but none
thereafter and they may have joined the English Separatist church at
Life in New England: Francis Cooke and his son John came
to New England aboard the Mayflower. Hester, Jane, Jacob and
Hester joined them in the summer of 1623, coming over on the Anne or
Little James. Francis was in the 1633 list of Plymouth freemen
and served on various committees and juries over the years. Although he
owned land on the North River and Namaskett, he remained in Plymouth.
Family: Francis Cooke married Hester Mahieu in Leiden on
July 20, 1603, or shortly thereafter.They had seven children.The birth
order for the first three is uncertain. Hester died after June 8, 1666.
Children of Francis and Hester Cooke: