Walter Cook settled at Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass in 1643; removed to Mendon 1664 (was freeman of Weymouth 1653, was one of incorporators of town of "Meridon" 1659; the family were Quakers originally.
He Name Spelled Cook/Cooke. "Walter Cook, the immigrant, one of the brothers referred to above, settled in the colony of Massachusetts Bay and was at Weymouth as early as 1643, freeman there 1653, and 1663-4 removed with his sons and two daughters to Mendon, Massachusetts. With him also were Gregory and Stephan Cook, his brothers perhaps, but certainly relatives, and who afterward removed to Milford, Massachusetts. The Cook homestead in Mendon was built near the site of the house recently owned by Aaron C.Cook. Walter Cook had a forty acre lot, and besides that he subsequently acquired other lands in Milford, Bellingham, Wrentham and on the Rhode Island line. His first wife was Experience and she may have been the daughter of Thomas Holbrook. His second wife was Catherine, and she may have been the widow of George Aldrich. Walter's name appeared among the original proprietors of Quinshipaug Plantation. He was very active in church and state affairs .
"Following from History of Weymouth, Mass. Vol. 3, Genealogy of Weymouth Families by George Walter Chamberlain, 1923.Page 174: "Walter Cooke received our acres `in the Westerneck' which had first been granted to Thomas `Baylie'; also an acre` Upon Round Ilians', first granted to Thomas Holbrook. (WeymouthLand Grants, 268). He received five acres in the First Division and fifteen acresin the Second Division, 11. Dec. 1663. (Ibid. 282, 233).
WalterCooke of Weymouth was admitted a freeman of the MassachusettsBay Colony, 18 May, 1653. (Register, 3:192) How much earlier he came to New England is a matter of conjecture. He was one of 23 men from Braintree and from Weymouth who accepted of allotments in Mendon in 1662 and agreed to settlethere on before 30 Sept. 1663. (Register 9:51) He was a member of a committee to build the minister's house at Mendon, 2 Feb. 1669.(Ibid, 29: 182)
"Walter Cooke of Mendon, being weak of body, made his will 18 Jan. 1694-95; probed 5 Jan. 1697-98. To his wife Catherine theuse of his estate. John, `being the eldest son', to have the great Bible and ten acres; son Nicholas to have ten acres. Unto his children, Hannah, Samuel, Nicholas and Experience, besides what he formerly gave them, the reversion of his movable after his wife's decease. Son John Cook, sole executor, to whom administration was granted, 6 Jan. 1697-98. (Suffolk ProbateRecords 8:83)
He was married to Catherine BRENTON about 1647/48 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, MA.
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