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JOSIAH (JOSIAS) COOK (abt 1610 - 1673) of Plymouth and Eastham m. Elizabeth Unknown
JOSIAH (JOSIAS) COOK (abt 1610 - 1673) of Plymouth and Eastham
Parents: Unknown. He was not a son of Francis Cook. [Ref]
Josiah Cook, Sr. died on 17 Oct 1673 in Eastham. [Ref][Ref][Ref, 6;203, gives only the year] He married the widow Elizabeth Deane on 16 Sep 1635 in Plymouth. [Ref] Elizabeth was the widow of Stephen Deane and the daughter of the widow Mary Ring. [Ref]
Josiah was made a freeman in Plymouth on 14 Jan 1636/7. [Ref] He is in the Plymouth sections of the 7 Mar 1636/7 and 1639 lists of freemen, but in the 1639 list his name is crossed out and then included in the Nauset (Eastham) section. He is in the Eastham sections of the 1658 and 29 May 1670 lists of freemen. [Ref] He is in the Plymouth section of the 1643 list of men able to bear arms. [Ref]
Josiah was a tavern keeper; he was licensed to sell wine at Nauset on 7 Jun 1648. [Ref] He was an inhabitant of Eastham on 22 May 1655. [Ref]
Josiah was active in public affairs. He was a frequent juryman, serving on the grand jury on 5 Jun 1638 and 3 Jun 1656, the coroner's jury on 5 Jun 1638 and the petit jury 14 times between 7 Mar 1636/7 and 25 Oct 1668. [Ref] He was a highway surveyer in Plymouth on 30 Mar 1639/40 and 2 Jun 1640 and in Easthan on 7 Jun 1648; he was on the committee to divide land at Green's Harbour on 1 Jun 1640; he was on the committee to purchase land from the Indians on 5 Jun 1651. [Ref] He was the Plymouth constable on 2 Mar 1640/1 and 3 May 1641. [Ref] He was deputy to the General Court from Eastham 14 times between 1 Jun 1647 and 5 Jun 1671. [Ref] He was auditor of the treasurer's accounts six times between 10 Jun 1658 and 9 Jun 1665. [Ref] He was selectman in Eastham on 5 Jun 1666 and town clerk there on 7 Jun 1648. [Ref] He was authorised to make contracts of marriage and administer oaths in Eastham on 8 Jun 1664. [Ref]
Josiah was granted six acres to go with a home lot on 7 Nov 1636 in Plymouth. [Ref] He was given mowing ground on 20 Mar 1636/7; he was given 40 acres on 5 Mar 1637/8; he was given 25 acres for Stephen Deane's children in consideration of a lot that they had on the Duxbury side on 3 Sep 1638; he was given a small amount of meadow on 4 Mar 1638/9; he was given ten acres in the South Meadows on 2 Nov 1640. [Ref] His further land dealings can be found in his entry in the Great Migration project. [Ref]
On 24 Mar 1633/4 Josiah was fined for a fight with Edward Doty in which Doty drew blood from Josiah. [Ref] On 4 Feb 1638/8 Josiah sued John Combes, gentleman, for debt. [Ref]
Josiah's will is dated 22 Sep 1673 and it was proved on 29 Oct 1673. [Ref] In it, Josiah says that he is about 63 years old. He left land and his house to his wife Elizabeth during her life and to his son Josiah after her decease. He also left bequests to his daughter Bethiah Harding and her children. He left special bequests to his grandchildren Joseph, Josiah and Amaziah Harding, Anna Snow, Josiah and Richard Cook, as well as two of his wife's grandchildren. [Ref] Inventory on his estate, excluding real estate, amounted to £104 17s. 4d. [Ref]
Children of Josiah Cook and Elizabeth Unknown:
BETHIAH COOK (b. c. 1640)
Parents: Josiah Cook [Ref] and Elizabeth Unknown
Bethiah Cook was born about 1640 in Plymouth. [Ref] She married Joseph Harding on 4 Apr 1660 in Eastham. [Ref][Ref][Ref]
Bethiah, her brother Josiah and their half-sister Miriam Deane fought over the estate of Bethia's and Josiah's father Josiah Cook and his wife Elizabeth. The matter was sesttled by a prerogtive court at Barnstable on 31 May 1687. [Ref]
JOSIAH COOK (c. 1645 - 1732) of Eastham
Parents: Josiah Cook and Elizabeth Unknown
Josiah Cook was born about 1645 at Eastham or Plymouth. [Ref] He died on 31 Jan 1731/2 [Ref] in Eastham. [Ref] He married Deborah Hopkins on 27 Jul 1668 in Eastham. [Ref]
Josiah and his sisters Bethia Cook and Miriam Deane fought over the estate of Josiah's and Bethia's father Josiah Cook and his wife Elizabeth. The matter was sesttled by a prerogtive court at Barnstable on 31 May 1687. [Ref]
Josian signed his will on 7 Dec 1727; it was proved on 30 Aug 1732. [Ref]
Children of Josiah Cook and Deborah Hopkins. All births are in Eastham and are given in [Ref].
JOSHUA COOK (1682 - 1737/46) of Eastham
Parents: Josiah Cook and Deborah Hopkins
Joshua Cook was born on 4 Feb 1682 in Eastham. [Ref] He died between 31 Jul 1737 (when his son Joshua was refered to as "junior") and 28 Sep 1746 (when his wife was referred to as a widow. [Ref] He married Patience Doane on 7 Feb 1705/6 in Eastham. [Ref, 6;15][Ref]
Children of Joshua Cook and Patience Doane:
JOSIAH COOK (1707-1775) of Eastham and Middle Haddam
Parents: Joshua Cook and Patience Doane [Ref, 6;15]
Josiah Cook was born on 30 Aug 1707 in Eastham. [Ref, 6;15][Ref] He died in 1775 in Chatham. [Ref] He married Hannah Sparrow on 11 Feb 1730 in Eastham. [Ref][Ref]
Josian and Hannah joined the church at Middle Haddam on 4 Oct 1741. [Ref]
Children of Josiah Cook and Hannah Sparrow. Clarenbach and Ford [Ref] provide the births and the baptisms, all at the Haddam Neck Church. Cooke [Ref] lists the same children.
ELIZABETH COOK (1734 - 1797)
Parents: Josiah Cook and Hannah Sparrow
Elizabeth Cooke [Ref] was born on 24 Feb 1733/4. [Ref] She died on 4 Jul 1797 in Middletown (Chatham). [Ref][Ref] She married Ebenezer Sears on 25 Jan 1753. [Ref]
Adams, Arthur, "William Wood Newcomb," Memoirs Section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 113, 1959, p. 153.
Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Vol. 1-3. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995, entries for Josiah Cooke and Martha Harding.
Anonymous, "The Deane Family," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3, 1849, p. 378
Clarenbach, Laura McGaffey and Ford, Loretta Broadwell (1972), "Joshua3 Cook (Josiah2, Josiah1) of Eastham, Mass." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 126, 81.
Cooke, F. J., "Cook," Notes and Queries Section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 60, 1906, p. 96.
Coddington, John Insley, "The Widow Mary Ring of Plymouth, Mass., and her Children," The American Genealogist 42, 1966, 193-205.
Hamlin, David, "First Settlers of Eastham, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 6, 1852, p. 41- 46, p. 167-170, p. 234-
Hayward, Elijah, "Plymouth Colony Records," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 9, 1855, 313-318.
Plymouth Colony Archive Project, http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/users/deetz, Court Records Laws and 17th Century Texts.
Smith, Leonard H. and Norma H. Smith, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1993.
White, Elizabeth Pearson, "The Godfreys of Chatham, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 126, 1972, 235-6.