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John Cook

Male 1630 - 1691  (61 years)


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  • Name John Cook 
    Born 13 January 1630  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 30 March 1630  St Mary, Netherbury, Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will John Cooke's will dated 15 May 1691, proved 25 May 1691 (Portsmouth TC 2:266).
    Although of sound memory and understanding, yet being aged and calling to mind the brevity and uncertainty of this life not knowing how soon the Lord may call me from hence especially considering the sore visitation of the smallpox wherewith many are now visited and many have been taken away.
    To my son John Cook I leave the land at Puncatest Neck, it being about 150 acres, together with the housing thereon, 4 acres of saltmarsh meadow at Sapowet in Little Compton, together with one-half of the upland, 8 head of neat cattle, the feather bed and bedding in the house John, Jr. now lives in at Puncatest, and 20 sheep. From this bequest 15 head of cattle at Puncatest reserved for Joseph Cook during his lifetime to keep and to harvest hay there for the wintering of those cattle.
    To my son Joseph Cook the housing where John now lives in Portsmouth, together with all the land and outbuildings, 4 acres of saltmarsh meadow at Sapowet and one-half of the upland there. If Joseph should die without male heirs this property then goes to son Thomas and his male heirs. Within a half year of my decease, Joseph is to pay his sister Mary, wife of William Manchester, £10 and to deliver to her 10 sheep. To his sisters, Elizabeth, wife of William Briggs, Sarah, wife of Thomas Wait, Hannah, wife of Daniel Wilcox, and Martha, wife of William Cory, Joseph is to pay £10 apiece. Sister Deborah, wife of William Almy, is to have only one shilling. Sister Amy, wife of David Clayton, is to be paid £10 in money, and to each of his other sisters being six of them he shall deliver to each of them a cow. Elizabeth Briggs also to receive a feather bed, bedding and furniture. To Joseph I leave my Negro man called Jack who is of service for time of his Life and my Indian woman Maria to be his servant for ten years and then to be freed, and my Indian boy Goan Francisco to serve with him until he be twenty-four years old, at which time Joseph is to put him in good apparel and give him corn and a horse. Joseph also to receive feather bed and bedding.
    To son Thomas Cook I leave the 16th lot in Pocasset Purchase, divided or undivided, and 4 acres of salt marsh.
    To son Samuel Cook I leave the 19th lot in Pocasset Purchase, but Samuel is to have the disposal of this without the advice and consent of the executor and overseers of the will.
    To son John Cook I bequeath my Negro woman Betty and to son Thomas 20 sheep, 3 cows and a mare.
    Joseph Cook was named whole and sole executor of the will and Request and Intreat my Loving friends and neighbours George Sisson and Isaac Lawton to be my overseers to do their utmost that all Things may be managed aright according as I do hereby dispose. Moreover I will and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sarah Manchester a cow to be delivered her at the day of her marriage.... 
    Died 16 May 1691  Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Will of John Cook of Portsmouth, aged, dated 15 May 1691, proved 25 May 1691, mentions sons John Cook, Joseph Cook, Thomas Cook, and Samuel Cook; daughters mary Manchester wife of William Manchester, Elizabeth wife of William Briggs, Sarah wife of Thomas Wait, Hannah wife of Daniel Wilcox, Martha wife of William Cory, Deborah wife of William Almy, Amy wife of David Clayton, and six other unnamed daughters; granddaughter Sarah Manchester. Overseers George Sisson and Issac Lawton.


      John and Mary are buried in the John Cook Jr. Lot, Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Portsmouth #44, on Glen Road, Portsmouth. Also buried there are their grandson Joseph Cook (b. 1695, d. 1726, son of Joseph and Susanna (Briggs) Cook), and his son Paul Cook (b. & d. 1726). [1]
    Person ID I7817  Schirado
    Last Modified 23 May 2012 

    Father Thomas Cook,   b. 13 April 1600,   d. 6 February 1677, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Mary 
    Family ID F1730  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary Borden,   b. about 1633, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 December 1690, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married about 1652 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Cook,   b. 1653, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. August 1716, Little Compton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +2. Mary Cook,   b. about 1654, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1716  (Age ~ 63 years)
    +3. John Cook,   b. 1656, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 August 1737, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +4. Sarah Cook,   b. about 1658, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 28 March 1735  (Age ~ 77 years)
    +5. Hannah Cook,   b. about 1660, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 October 1736, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    +6. Joseph Cook,   b. about 1662, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 March 1746, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
    +7. Thomas Cook,   b. about 1664, Portsmouth, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1726, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
    +8. Deborah Cook,   b. about 1666, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Martha Cook,   b. about 1668, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1704, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
    +10. Amey Cook,   b. about 1671, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1730  (Age ~ 60 years)
     11. Samuel Cook,   b. about 1674, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F5586  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S86] Abstracts of various RI towns, Nellie M. C. Beaman.


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