Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Cooke

Male Bef 1704 - 1733  (> 29 years)


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  • Name John Cooke 
    Born Bef 1704  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Apr 1733  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I041071  Tree1
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2021 

    Family Elizabeth Travers,   b. Abt 1708, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1733, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married Abt 1724  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Cooke,   b. Abt 1728, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Hannah Travers,   b. Abt 1730, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Million Cooke,   b. Abt 1732, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Travers Cooke,   b. Abt 1734, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1759, Stafford County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F17986  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      VIRGINIA GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND; The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, pp 356; JOHN COOK of the parish of Over Wharton and County of Stafford in the Colony of Virginia gent. Will 26 December 1732; proved 11 April 1733.
      To be buried as his executrix thinks fit.
      To wife Elizabeth Cooke for life a plantation on Potomack river side of 462 acres and 40 acres adjoining and negroes Corkpegg and Charlott, at her decease to my son Traverse Cooke, in default of issue to my 3 daughters Ann, Hannah and Million Land on Cedar River 400 acres to son Traverse.
      1664 acres to 3 daughters Ann, Hannah and Willian. Negro Slave Dublin to son Traverse. Slave Sarah to daughter Ann, slave will to daughter Hannah, Slave Tomboy to daughter Millian. Money in Ireland to wife and children. Land : 1500 acres on north side of the Bever dams to Samuel Timmons of Stafford County on payment of 1261 lbs of tobacco due to my estate.
      Executrix : Wife Elizabeth.
      Overseers : Rev. Alexander Scott, Mr. Rawleigh Traverse.
      Witnesses : Wm. Allison, Rawleigh Travers, Nath. Smith, Robt Smith, Mary Row.
      Codicil 27 December 1732. Negro Slave Ann Versper to wife.
      Witnesses : Simon Pearson, Wm Brent, Benj Brent, Rawleigh Travers.
      Proved at Stafford County Thomas Claiborne, C. Cur. William Henry Terrett, clerk of Thomas Claiborne certifies copy.
      Witnesses : Henry Washington, Chandler Fowke, as justices according. witnesses : James Nichollson Jo. Gill junr, Robt. Jackson.

      Prerogative Court of Ireland
      Will Book 1735, filed will.
      [Though neither the will of John Cooke, of Youghall, nor that of his son Thomas Cooke, of the same place, names the Virginia Cookes of Stafford County, it is evident that they belonged to the same family. John Cooke, a native of Ireland, settled in Stafford County, Va., early in the Eighteenth Century, and married Elizabeth, daughter of Raleigh Travers of Stafford County, and his wife Hannah, daughter of Joseph Ball. She was half sister of Mary Ball, mother of George Washington. Mrs. Travers married secondly Simon Pearson, and in her will, proved December 13, 1748, names her daughter Elizabeth Cooke, and her grandchildren, Travers and Hannah Cooke. John Cooke, of Stafford, died in 1732 and his will was among the portions of the Stafford records destroyed by Federal Soldiers during the Civil War; but a copy of his will was proved in Dublin, from which the abstract given here was made. In this will he refers to his money in Ireland. Besides several daughters, one bearing the peculiar name, Million, which was derived from the Travers family, he had one son, Travers Cooke of Stafford County. The will of the latter, dated December 1759, and proved June 13, 1759, is of record in Stafford. His legatees were his wife Mary, and his sons John and Mott. He states there is "A large balance due me by my uncle Thomas Cooke, of Youghall in the Kingdom of Ireland for the rents and profits of my estate there." He directs that his sons should have as good an education as his estate would afford. The inventory of his personal property amounts to £947.14.4, and includes a set of Spectators at £1.8, Tattlers at 14 shillings, two Guardians at 5 shillings, 4 prayer books at £1.5, and a parcel of "old books" at 7 shillings 6 pence. Evidently the appraisers were fond of the essayists. As Thomas Cooke of Youghall died in 1750, without issue, it is probable that Travers Cooke's uncle Thomas, was the "Cousin Thomas Cooke" who was the residuary legatee of Thomas of Youghall. A proper examination of wills and other records in Ireland would doubtless furnish a satiffactory pedigree. There is a notice of the Cookes of Stafford in Hayden's Virginia Genealogies, p. 300.
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      Stafford Co VA Will Book M: 1729-1748; Pg 24
      pp. 81-83 In Name of God Amen I JOHN COOKE of Parish of Overwharton, County of Stafford in Colony of Virginia, Cent. being sick but of sound memory do make this my last Will and Testament. Imprimis I give my immortal Soul
      to Almighty God .. my body 1 commit to the earth ,. Estate after my Just Debts and funeral charges my will is (Vitt.)
      Item I give to my Dear and Loving Wife ELIZABETH COOKE during her natural Life all that plantation whereon I now Dwell on potomack river side being about 462 acres and an half & the other parcel of land adjoining thereto being about 40 acres more or less together with the use, Labour and Ocupation of the following Negroes Vizt: Cock, peg and Chariot & her increase to my wife during her natural life & immediately after her decease my Land aforsd I bequeath to my Dear and Loving Son TRAVERSE COOKE & heirs & for default of such heirs then to my three Daughters ANN, HANNAH & MILLIAN in Copartnership & co heirs of their bodies & for Default of such heirs of one or either of them then to the Survivour or Survivours heirs & for Default of all such heirs then to my Right heir at Law and as to the aforsd negros I Immediately give Chariot & her increase after my Wife's Decease to my Son Traverse Cook and his heirs & Cock I give to my three Daughters or survivors either to be sold or otherwise disposed of for their benefit and co have the value Equally divided betwixt them.
      Item I give the Lease of Land on Cedar run where my quarter now is being 400 acres and all my interest in said land and lease to my Son Traverse Cook & heirs.
      Item I give all that tract of Land on the Bever dam containing 1664 acres to my three Dear and Loving Daughters Ann, Hannah and Million to be equally divided between them and their heirs & for Default of such heirs of either or all of them that part of said Land I give to my Son Traverse Cook and heirs .. & for Default of such heirs then to the Surviving Daughter or Daughters and heirs & Default of such heirs to my right heir at Law.
      Item I give one Negro Slave named Dublin to my Son Traverse Cook and heirs.
      Item I give one negro woman Slave named Sarah to my dear and Loving Daughter Ann Cooke & heirs.
      Item I give one negro woman Slave named Will to my Dear and Loving Daughter Hannah Cooke and heirs.
      Item I give one Negro man Slave named Tomboy to my dear and Loving Daughter Million Ex heirs.
      Item I give all the money due to me in the kingdom of Ireland for the use of my dear Wife and children and to be disposed of in manner following that is to say that it be laid out for Negroes by my ExeEx hereinafter named and then to be Equally divided betwixt my Wife and children Vizt; Traverse Ann Hannah and Millian or Survivour.
      Item I give that parcel of Land lying on the North side of the Bever dam containing 1500 and odd acres of Land to SAMUEL TIMMONS of Stafford County and his heirs he paying 261 pounds of Tobacco due to my ExEx & no otherwise to have the said Land the said Tobacco being Due for Composition and other fees for Lands taken up and which account have Divised to him Tract.
      Item I give all the rest of my per sonal Estate in this County or else where to my Dear and Loving Wife ELIZABETH and my four children to be equally divided betwixt them, My will is that my wife have the yearly profits of their Estates for my childrens Education she Bestowing such and so good education on them as their Estate will bear & she possibly can afford.
      Finally I hereby constitute and appoint my Dear and Loving Wife my Sole and Whole Exex to this my Last Will and Testament and reques• my good friends the Revd. ALEXANDER SCOTT and Mr: RAWLEIGH TRAVERSE to advise and assist her in the performance of her said office. In Witness -- 26th day of December 1732.
      John Cooke
      Presence Wm. Allison, Rawleigh Travers, Nathaniel Smith, Robt: his mark Smith, Mary Row
      A codicil I the within mentioned John Cooke do give to my Dear and Loving Wife a Servant made named ANN VERSPER over and above all the other things Lands and Estate given to her in the manner within Expressed in the within will. In Testimony .. this 27th day December 1732.
      Presence Simon Pearson, Wm. Brent, John Cooke, Rawleigh Travers, Benja. Brent
      At Court held for Stafford County 11th April 1733 The within Last Will & Testament of John Cooke Deced was presented by Elisabeth Cooke .. who made oath .. further proved .. admitted to record & on Motion of ExEx Certificate granted her for obtaining Probate ..
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      STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED BOOK J; 1722-1728; THE ANTIENT PRESS pp. 189
      Know all men .. I MATHEW BEANE of Westmoreland County do hereby ordain my good and trusty ffriend Mr. JOHN COOKE of Stafford County my true and lawfull Attorney to demand all Debts, Tobaccos due to me by Bond Bills or Accounts by any person .. county of Stafford and on Receipt to grant discharges and under him to appoint one or more Attorneys .. again at pleasure to revoke. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal .. 7th August 1725,
      Presence Moses Linton, Matthew Beane
      Thomas Barnes, James Spore
      At Court held for Stafford County 11th August 1725 This Power of Attorney was proved by oaths of the witnesses admitted to record.

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