Hi Jeanne, Just saw your message which you posted yesterday. It's a bit of a long shot but I have been searching for the parents of a Matthew Parkinson Cooke who was born in 1807 in Jamaica, but spent the majority of his life in England, marrying in 1830 in North Yorkshire and having a large family. He was a schoolmaster but also referred to as a Gentleman.
I have recently joined the jamaicanfamilysearch.com website and after looking at all the Cookes decided to look at the Parkinsons for any leads, and came across the will of Ralph Parkinson who appears to have died about 1806, who mentions his brother Leonard.This is obviously your family.Ralph mentions a nephew Matthew Parkinson and I wondered if there was any connection here with the Matthew Parkinson Cooke I'm researching.A William Cooke was also a plantation owner in the same period in Hanover.I'm sure they are all connected somehow.
Have you see the will of Ralph Parkinson as it is very interesting and detailed. He was obviously very wealthy.He mentions Leonard's children Leonard, Richard and Mary.
Although I've been a family historian for nearly 20 years this is the first time I've had to do any in Jamaica and I am finding it quite challenging!I am doing this present research for my son-in-law.
Sue Tall (from a snowbound Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK)