Francis Cooke traveled on the Mayflower with his thirteen-year-old son, John, leaving behind his wife, Hester Mahieu Cooke, and younger children. When the land was divided among the settlers, Cooke received two acres of land, one for him and one for his son. He was given four more acres for his wife and children, who would arrive in 1623. He served as a surveyor, mapping highways, plots of land, and served as a juror on petty and grand juries. Shortly after his death, his estate inventory included sixteen sheep, five lambs, a “woolen wheele & scales,” three pairs of sheep shears, and twenty pounds of wool.
The Mayflower left England in September 1620 with 102 men, women and children bound for Virginia. After 65 days they arrived far north of their preferred destination. They created a government on arrival forming the Mayflower Compact, which stated the colonists would create “laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices…,” follow their Christian faith, work together for the common good, and be loyal subjects to King James.
This Francis Cooke history mug is part of our Mayflower history series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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