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Caleb Cooke

Male 1651 - 1722  (70 years)


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  • Name Caleb Cooke 
    Born 29 March 1651  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation yeoman 
    Will Will of Caleb Cooke of Plymouth, Province of the Massachusetts Bay (1721)
    Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 4, p. 324-326, 328-329, from FHL microfilm #0550510.
    http://home.earthlink.net/~jamaltby1/miscellaneous_wills.html
    In the Name of God amen; The tenth day of February anno Dom 1721 I Caleb Cook Senr. of Plymouth In ye County of Plymouth in New: England yeoman—being Sick & weak in Body but of perfect mind & memory (Thanks be given unto God) Therefore Calling to mind ye mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to dye: do make & ordain this my last will & Testament: That is to Say Principally and first of all; I give & Recommend my Soul into ye Hands of God that gave it; & my Body I commend to ye Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at ye Discretion of my Executrix nothing doubting but that at ye general Resurrection I Shall Receive ye same again by ye mighty Power of God. and as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this Life: I Give Demise & Dispose of ye same in ye following manner & forme:
    Imprimis I Give & Bequeath to Jean my dearly beloved wife my best Bed & all ye furniture belonging thereunto, also ye Lower Part of ye westerly End of my dwelling House, also Twenty Pounds in good Bills of Publick Credit in this Province or Currant money of New: England to be Paid in manner yearly & Every year during Her natural Life: out of ye Estate of my Son John hereafter by this Instrument given unto Him ye Sum of five Pounds, & also out of ye Estate hereafter given unto my other three sons to wit: Caleb, James, & Joseph, five Pounds Each upon default of ye Payment of all or any Part to Enter upon ye Estate of that Party that is faulty.
    Item, I Give & Bequeath to my Loving Son John His Heirs & assignes forever (under ye Consideration above mentioned, as also it Shall be hereafter ordered) all that Part of my Homestead that Lyeth below the high way, bounded beginning at a heap of Stones about three Rod & a half to the Southward of a Round Cobling Rock that lyeth in ye highway, from thence Extending North Easterly to a Large white oak Tree & from thence to a Stump that ye fence now lyes upon at ye Head of ye marsh, from thence Northerly as ye fence now Stands till it Comes to a large Rock That is near ye Stepping Rock & from Sd Rock westerly to Sd Stepping Rock in a Creek and then bounded by Said Creek till it Comes to Grays. meadow, and then bounded by a Parcell of meadow that Sd John Cooke lately bought of mr. Thomas & then bounded by Sd meadow till it Comes to James Howlands. Land, and then by Sd James Howlands. & Thomas Howlands. Land till it comes to ye fishing Rock by ye water side and then Ranging westerly by Sd Tinkhams Land to ye High way & then by Sd High way Till it comes to ye Bounds first mentioned.
    Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Loving Son Caleb, His Heirs & assignes forEver (under Consideration aforementioned as also what Shall be hereafter ordered) all that Part of ye Purchase made from Samuel Fuller that lyeth to ye Northward of Smelt brook till it Comes to ye Foot of a Hill about Twenty Rod westward of ye High way & then by ye way up into ye woods thrô my Land till it Comes to ye Head of Sd Purchase being all to ye Northward of Sd Brook & way Reserving half an acre of Sd Land on ye Notherly Corner of ye westerly Side of ye High way.
    Item, I Give & Bequeath unto my Loving Sons James & Joseph to their Heirs & assignes forEver (under Consideration aforementioned as also what Shall be hereafter ordered) all ye Housing Lands & meadow & Swampy Land that I have in ye Township of Plymouth or Elsewhere Excepting a Purchase I made of John Sturdevant of about an acre & half of Salt meadow & ye Reserve out of my Son Calebs. Part. notwithstanding what is afore written my will is that there be a way allowed thrô my Sd Land down to ye waterside & up into ye woods where it now is.
    Item, I Give & Bequeath unto my Grand Children The Children of my daughter Jean Harris ye Sum of thirty pounds in bills of Publick Credit, in this Province or Currant money of New: England to be Paid to them at my decease by my Son John Six Pounds yearly Successively untill ye Sd Thirty Pounds be Paid.
    Item, I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Anne Johnson or to ye Heirs of her Body the Sum of Thirty Pounds in Bills of Publick Credit in this Province or Currant money of New: England to be Paid at my decease by my Son Caleb Six Pounds yearly Successively untill ye Sd thirty Pounds be Paid:
    Item, I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Elisabeth Johnson or to ye Heirs of Her Body the Sum of Thirty Pounds in Bills of Publick Credit in this Province or Currant money of new: England to be Paid at my Decease by my Son James Six Pounds yearly Successively untill ye Sd thirty Pounds be Paid.
    Item, I Give & Bequeath unto my Loving Son Robert Carvour & Mary His wife their Heirs & assignes forEver all that half acre of Land reserved out of ye Bequest made to my Son Caleb: also I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Carvour or to ye Heirs of Her Body, The Sum of thirty Pounds in Bills of Publick Credit in this Province, or Currant money of new: England to be Paid at my decease by my son Joseph Six Pounds yearly Successively untill ye Sd Thirty Pounds be Paid; and all ye Remainder of my Estate whatsoever & wheresoever after my Just debts are Paid (Excepting my Cedar Swamp at Colechester which I do hereby give & Bequeath unto my Sons Caleb, James & Joseph to their heirs & assignes for Ever to be Equally divided amongst them) one third Part to be to my Loving wife for Ever and ye other two Thirds to be Equally divided amongst my Children and Grand Children aforesd.
    Item I do hereby Constitute make & ordain my Loving wife, Jean Cooke my Sole Executrix of this my last will & Testamt. and I do hereby disallow Revoke & disanull all & Every other former Testaments will, Legacys & Bequests & Executors by mee in any ways before named Willed & Bequeathed, Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my Last will & Testament; n witness where of I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal ye day & year above written
    Caleb C C Cooke          (seal)
    Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and declared to be his last will & Testament before us 
            Sarah Shurtleff
            John Dyer
            Francis Adams
     
    March ye 31st 1722 The above named Sarah Shurtleff made oath that She Saw ye abovewritten Caleb Cooke Signe Seal & heard him declare ye above written & ye within written Instrument to be his last will and Testament and that She together with John Dyer & Francis Adams She Set to Her hand as a witness & that also according to ye best of her observation he then was of a Sound & disposing mind & memory.
    Before me Isaac Winslow Judge of Probate

    Aprill ye 4th 1722 The above named John Dyer & Francis Adams made oath that they Saw ye above named Caleb Cooke Signe Seal & heard Him declare ye above & within written Instrument to be His Last Will & Testamt. and that they together with Sarah Shurtleff did at ye Same time Set to their Hands as witnesses and that also according to ye best of their observation he then was of a Sound & disposing mind & memory:
    Before mee Isaac Winslow Judge of Probate
     
    The Moveable Estate of Mr. Caleb Cooke late of Plymouth, dec’d, dated 6 Apr. 1722, together with a piece of Salt marsh & Sedge ground lying in Plymouth on Jones River between the Salt Marsh & Sedge ground of John Cooke and the meadow of Charls Little…totaled £193.7.6, appraised by Jacob Mitchell, Robert Cushman & Joseph Mitchell. Debts due from the estate totaled £61.7.6, and debts due to the estate from James Cooke & William Payne of Boston totaled £2.15.0. 
    Died 13 February 1721/2  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Died of smallpox
    Person ID I10653  Schirado
    Last Modified 14 July 2013 

    Father Jacob Cooke,   b. about 1618, Leiden, South Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1675, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Mother Damaris Hopkins,   b. about 1628, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. between October 1666 and November 1668, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married shortly after 10 June 1646  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F5455  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Jane,   d. April 1736, Kingston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married about 1682  [2
    Children 
    +1. John Cooke,   b. 5 February 1682/3, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1741, Kingston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. Marcy Cooke,   b. 21 February 1683/4, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 February 1713/4, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    +3. Ann Cooke,   b. 21 August 1686, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 28 April 1752  (Age > 66 years)
    +4. Jane Cooke,   b. 16 March 1688/9, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 February 1716/7, Bridgewater, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    +5. Elizabeth Cooke,   b. 30 November 1691, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 January 1754, Yarmouth, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +6. Mary Cooke,   b. 20 August 1694, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 19 April 1743  (Age > 49 years)
     7. Caleb Cooke,   b. 17 April 1697, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 March 1723/4, Kingston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +8. James Cooke,   b. 19 August 1700, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 4 October 1757, Meduncook, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 57 years)
     9. Joseph Cooke,   b. 28 November 1703, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 25 January 1768  (Age > 65 years)
    Family ID F7595  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Plymouth Colony vital records, Transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.

    2. [S70] Susan E. Roser, (Genealogical Publ, Baltimore, 2nd ed. 1995).

    3. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).


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