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Josias Cook

Male about 1610 - 1673  (~ 63 years)

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  • Name Josias Cook 
    Born about 1610  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 October 1673  Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • “Josiah Cooke ws born in England in or about the year 1610, and it appears was a servant to some one of the early planters of Plymouth during his minority. The first notice of him that appears upon the records is under the date of Jan. 2, 1633-4, when he and Edward Dowty were before the court at Plymouth to answer for a breach of the peace in having a fracas, i which Mr. Cooke ws roughly handled. They were both amerced in the sum of six shillings, although ‘Dowty drew blood from sd Josias.’ Dowty had been the servant of Mr. Stephen Hopkins, and was one of those who came over in the Mayflower. He seems to have been a very passionate man, and fond of settling difficulties without due recourse to law. Between Dowty and Lester, the first duel in New England was fought. Lester was also a servant of Mr. Hopins. They fought with sword and dagger, and both were wounded. This occurred June 15, 1622. They were both punished for the offence, but not so severely as was intended, on account of their master’s humble plea in their behalf, and they promised to reform, after being tied head and foot an hour.ˆ
      “In 1638, Mr. Cooke was living in Plymouth, and had forty acres of land granted him on the north side of Fresh lake and also made a purchase of land of Mr. Stephen Hopkins. He was this year one of the grand jurors, and one of those appointed to examine into the cause of the death of John England. In 1640, he was surveyor for Plymouth, and in 1641 and 1642, constable. In 1645 he went to Nausett, and in 1647 was a deputy to the Colony court from that place. He was a deputy or representative in 1651, 1652, 1658, 1659, 1661, 1662, 1663, 1664, 1666 and 1671. In 1648, he was surveyor at Nausett, and that year appointed to sell wine, and to be a ‘Register Keeper.’ Mr. Cooke was a grand juror for Eastham in 1656, and a selectman in 1666 and 1671. In 1664 he was appointed to solemnize marriages in Eastham, succeedding Mr. John Doane. He was one of teh Colonial auditors in 1659 and 1661. He was one of the five chosen by the town of Eastham ‘to survey all the lands granted or laid out to the several inhabitants of the township’ in 1659. As Mr. Cooke was not one of those called Purchasers or Old Comers, he was often favored by special grants from the court, of land in various parts of the Colony, upon his application. IN 1658, with Mr. John Doan, Richard Higgins, Richard Sparrow and John Smalley, he had land granted between Bridgewater and Weymouth. In 1662, as one of the old servants, he ahd land allowed him. In 1665, he had a large tract granted him at Eastham, in that part now South Orleans but then known at Pottonumequot, which he purchased of the Indians the same year, and in 1669 exchanged it for land in another part of the town, with Major John Freeman. It was upon this tract the first settlement in this part of Eastham was attempted.
      “His will was exhibited at Plymouth court for probate, Oct. 29th, and letters testamentary were issued to Wed. Elizabeth.
      “Mr. Cooke was a very energetic man, and appears to have given much more attention to material things than his compeers in teh early settlement of the place. He was an impulsive man, and often in imbroglios with some of this worldly neighbors of impetuous tempermanets. Some notice of his cases of litigation are upon record. They are principally of a defamatory character, and sho unmistakably that Mr. Cooke had some very implacable neighbors, who delighted in giving him trouble, not caring whether their slanderous charges could be sustained or not. The many public positions he held in town from the settlement in 1645 to his death in 1673, show that he was a man that the majority of his townsmen had confidencee in and respected. Of the religious life of Mr. Cooke we have nothing positive. It is inferred he was a member of the church.” [3]
    Person ID I10742  Schirado
    Last Modified 26 November 2003 

    Family/Spouse Elizabeth Ring,   b. about 1609,   d. about 1687, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 16 September 1635  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    +1. Anna Cook,   b. about 1636, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 July 1656, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years)
    +2. Bethia Cook
    +3. Josiah Cook,   b. about 1645, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 January 1731/2, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
    Family ID F7650  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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

    2. [S57] Eastham Mass., Vital Records, transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.

    3. [S94] Early Settlers of Eastham, Josiah Paine.

    4. [S14] Plymouth Colony vital records, Transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.

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