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Jacob Cooke

Jacob Cooke was the son of Hester Mayhew and Francis Cook, an Englishman who moved to Leiden.  The couple married in Leiden in 1603.  They were members of the Leiden Walloon Church, a congregation of French-speaking Belgian people whose beliefs were very similar to those of the English Separatists.  Jacob was born in Holland about 1618.
Francis arrived in Plymouth in 1620 on the Mayflower with his teenage son John. Hester Mayhieu Cooke and the couple's three other children (Jane, Jacob and young Hester) arrived in Plymouth on the Anne in 1623.    At the time, Jacob was about five years old.

In 1646, when he was 28 years old, Jacob married Damaris Hopkins, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins of the Mayflower.  Damaris was born in Plymouth sometime after 1627 (she was named for an older sister, the "Mayflower Damaris" who, it is believed, died before she was born). Jacob and Damaris had seven children: Elizabeth, Caleb, Jacob, Mary, Martha, Francis and Ruth.   Damaris died sometime between 1666 and 1669.  Jacob married again, in 1669, to Elizabeth Lettice Shurtleff.  They had two daughters: Sarah and Rebecca. 
Jacob Cooke died in December of 1675.

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