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Thomas Cook

Male 1714 - 1800  (86 years)


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  • Name Thomas Cook 
    Born 5 December 1714  Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 December 1800  Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • At the time of Thomas’ birth, Tiverton was part of Massachusetts.

      Thomas first married Freelove Pearce. That marriage ended in divorce. He second married Sarah Butts.

      From Jane Fletcher Fiske’s Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island:
      Thomas and Freelove, who were double first cousins, separated; in her petition for a divorce in 1762 Freelove stated that Thomas had refused to cohabit with her for upwards of 15 years and had refused to support her for said term. Newport Court files show that witnesses summoned to give evidence in September 1672 included Job Butts and Bathsheba his wife, Amy, wife of Job Cooke, and Abigail Howland, widow, all of Portsmouth, and William Read and Martha Almy, widow of Newport. ... Thomas refused to make a personal appearance in court, and in September 1762 the marriage was dissolved.
      Thomas Cook ‘now residing in Portsmouth’ was one of several men called to give evidence in November 1747 when John Butts was accused of allowing card playing in his tavern there. On 10 October 1748 Thomas Cook and his sister, Elizabeth Potter, widow, of Tiverton, were warned out of Portsmouth, and on 10 April 1749 the council issued a warrant to remove Thomas Cook to Tiverton, the place of his birth.
      On 20 May 1759 Thomas’ first child by Sarah Butts [namely, Thomas] was born, out of wedlock, and the following year, 1760, he was admitted a freeman of Portsmouth. On 6 December 1762, information having come to the town council of Tiverton that George Cook had deceased in the West Indies, intestate, it was voted to give Thomas Cook of Portsmouth administration of the estate of his late son.
      Thomas Cook and Sarah Butts were married in Protsmouth 18 December 1763. Thomas kept a publick house in Portsmouth, probably the same kept earlier by Sarah’s fatther, John Butts. In his will dated 28 February 1767 and proved 11 April 1768, John Butts of Portsmouth left to his daughter Sarah Cook ‘my dwelling house and land, bounded southerly on land from by father-in-law Enoch Briggs, next to David Lake,’ and named Thomas and Sarah Cook executors.

      1790 Federal Census. Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island
      Roll M637_10, page 241.
      Thomas Cooke
      The family included
      3 males 16 and over
      2 females

      1800 Federal Census. Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island
      Roll 46.
      Thomas Cook
      The family included
      1 male 45 and over [3]
    Person ID I2372  Schirado
    Last Modified 16 August 2012 

    Father Thomas Cook,   b. about 1680, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. February 1760, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Pearce,   b. about 1682, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1760  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married about 1704  [3
    Family ID F1697  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Freelove Pearce 
    Married about 1739  [3
    Divorced 1762 
    Children 
     1. George Cook,   b. about 1740,   d. 1762, West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)
    Family ID F1714  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Sarah Butts,   b. 19 September 1730, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 April 1792  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 18 December 1763  Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • They were married by John Almy, Asst
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Cook,   b. 20 May 1759, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1828, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +2. George Cook,   b. 30 January 1765, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, prob. at sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    +3. John Butts Cook,   b. 3 November 1771, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. October 1819, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Family ID F1694  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S125] James N. Arnold, (Narragansett Historical Publ. Co., Providence, 1893).

    2. [S116] James N. Arnold, (Narragansett Historical Publ. Co., Providence, 1893, volume 4).

    3. [S21] Jane Fletcher Fiske, (Boxford, Mass., 1987).


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