COOKE (R1b-U106/S21 Z344+ Z6- Z343-)
Searching the Cook(e) Family of Cumberland County, Virginia, before John Cooke(died 1775) and after, through his children: Stephen; John, jr; James; Sarah; Mary; Anne; Elizabeth; Frances; Agatha "Agathy"; Agnes "Aggy".
John's parents were likely Abraham Cooke & Martha Clayton of Old Rappahannock/New Kent/Hanover. Believed siblings: Frances (debated), William, Benjamin, Abe, jr., Hannah, & Matthew. John patented land in present-day Cumberland County, VA in 1740, and had located there by 1747.
Other Lines: Richardson, Edwards, Coleman, Hooper, Branch, Clayton, Baldwin, Ford, Chiles, Smith, Henderson, Crutchfield, Meredith, Burch, Booker, Butler, Chambers, Bostick, McAllister, Sandefur, and many others, in Gloucester, New Kent, Hanover, Louisa, Buckingham, Amelia, Orange, Spotsylvania, Mecklenburg et als Counties in Virginia, Surry & Stokes, North Carolina, & Rutherford, TN. among others.
Additional interests: FamilyTreeDNA website. Cook/Cooke/Koch project; see "John Cooke Cumberland(1740's)", Kit #7221 under results, for possible matches. Descendant of Clayton Cook(e) proved related to this line, as well as a Terry, a Williams, and a Boatright.
NOTE: New evidence indicates that Stephen Cooke of Buckingham(d1810) married Mary Sandefur, dau of Abraham & Joanna [Branch] Sandefur, not Mary Branch, as earlier believed.
MORE NEW: also related via DNA tests: Rupert Cooke line of Texas; Beauchamp/Beacham of UK & Maryland; Offley of Cannock, Staffordshire, UK.
ALSO, we found a marriage record and birth record in Barbados in 1654 & 1661, respectively, which may prove to be Abraham's parents: John Cooke to Mary HILL, 1654; Abraham Cooke, son of John, born 1661.
FURTHER: evidence appears to indicate a connection to the Cookes of West Sussex, UK: "Rustington", "West Grinstead", "Broadwater" (Cookes of the 3 Crescents).
Line of Robert SMITH (ca1725-1776: will written 1771, probated after his death on 25 NOV 1776) who married twice? (Mary? then Elizabeth) and had the following issue: ROBERT, jr; GEORGE; MARY; LARKIN; BYRD; ELIZABETH.
There were a number of ROBERT Smiths in Cumberland prior to 1777 (formation date of Powhatan). OUR Robert Smith was NOT the Robert Smith (son of William Smith of "Montrose", Powhatan) who married in 1763 Elizabeth James: The Montrose Bible and Chancery Records prove that; nor was OUR Robert the "Robert Smith" that married Ann Burton. See More Below.
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- Clayton Cooke line of Cmbrland, Buck'm, & Point SW (24 KB)
This line begins with Clayton's grandfather, Abraham. His father was William Cooke (proved by accounts from the store of Thomas Partridge, 1730's)
- Cooke-Smith Master Tree (1836 KB)
Cooke, Smith, & Related lines of Cumberland County, VA
- Cook(e)s of Pr. Edward, VA & On (52 KB)
Begins with John Cooke "jr" of Prince Edward County, VA & his wife Mary Baldwin
- Nearby Cookes: Cookes of Nottoway CO., VA (14 KB)
The family of James Cooke lived in Nottoway, not far from Cumberland & Prince Edward Counties. It is not yet known if they were related. [Ancestry before James Cooke is NOT proven].
- SMITH of "Montrose", Powhatan, VA (11 KB)
This tree is based on the Montrose Bible (house at the VA State Library; chancery records, orders, deeds, wills, marriage bonds
- SMITH of Buckingham, VA (12 KB)
Based on Bible records & correspondence
- SMITH (ours) of Cumberland Co, VA (48 KB)
This tree is JUST this Smith line. This line is also available in the "Cooke, Smith..." tree on this site.
- SMITH et als, TarWallet Neighborhood pt1 (225 KB)
This is one of two close-ups showing property north (Tar Wallet Creek) and south (Great Guinea Creek) of Davenport Road in Central Cumberland County, VA. The road runs basically east-west along the northern line of the blue "Robert Smith Est 1880's" tract. Tar Wallet Creek forms the NE boundary of the red-outlined tract A mill pond was located at the SE corner of Booker's (blue-outlined).
- James Harris Cooke & Family, Ca 1920 (5517 KB)
James Harris Cooke at his home near Cartersville VA, with his family at a reunion, circa 1920.
- SMITH et als, TarWallet Neighborhood pt2 (223 KB)
This is part 2 of 2 of the close-ups in the Tar Wallet Neighborhood. John Smith "of King & Queen" purchased the southern-most green tract from Anderson in 1755. The green tract to the NE was patented by Riddle in 1749, but the actual purchase date by Smith is currently not found. He owned it by 1769, when he mortgaged it. It may be the 400 acres on b/s Turkey Cock of Lil Guinea sold him in 1767 by Wm Davenport. He was deceased by 1780.
- Arthur John, s/o John Milton Smith & Lucy J. Gills (185 KB)
Arthur John attended Randolph Macon in Ashland, VA, presumably to become preacher. He returned home, on his father's death(?), and became a mail carrier for the County. He married twice: (i)Nina Baughan; (ii) Maude Cawthorne
- SMITH- Larkin Smith property (137 KB)
Larkin purchased 202 acres from Joseph Chaffin, adj Phillips, Gaines, Womack, Coleman, and Skipwith's Rd, in 1785. This was the southern 1/2 of Peak's 1736 patent. (Metes and bounds not given, so estimated for image).
Larkin then purchased 95 1/2 acres (shown as 109 acs) from William Womack.
Robert Smith, jr (Larkin's brother) owned property to the east.
- COOKE- Abraham Cooke patents: Hanover, 1718-1722 (220 KB)
The patents of Abraham Cooke were located at Verdon, Hanover County, VA, at the present-day location of the North Anna Battlefield Park on the west bank of the Pamunkey River. Green plots are Cooke; Purple are Terry family patents in Hanover and Caroline Counties, VA. Note the grant of Abe Jr, 1722, NW of his father. The western portion of the southern-most tract of Abraham Cooke Sr was, in 1731, listed as "Robert Harris".
- SMITH in Central CUMBERLAND, VA (218 KB)
This updated view shows the 1763 location of Robert Smith,Sr(RED), who died in 1776, and his descendants;
BLUE-OUTLINED=Larkin Smith's properties were N/Davenport Rd (RT 631)[Rd is southern line of 1789 parcel].
Dr Mark Andrews owned 400 acres that stretched from Robert Smith (red) to England/Arnold/Pigg (includes part of Cooke's).
DARK GRAY=1880 Estate of Robert Smith (s/o Byrd Smith). RT 631 runs East-West along northern line of this tract.
Byrd Smith is buried in cemetery located on the LIGHT BLUE "Cooke" parcel. It was formerly William Smith's.
DK BLUE sold to Cooke in 1810 by Robt Smith.
- COOKE Patents in Cumberland, VA (240 KB)
John Cooke (Green Creek) and William Cooke (Great Guinea Creek) patented 400 and 430 acres, respectively, in present-day Cumberland on 24 Mar 1740. William was the father of Clayton Cooke, and died about 1752 in St Martin's Parish, Hanover. Clayton went on to marry Henrietta, widow of Richard Henderson. Edmund Butler married Frances, believed-to-be sister of John & William Cooke. Josiah Chambers, shown south of Cooke (Near Farmville), was a grandson of Cooke via daughter Agnes "Aggy" Cooke Chambers. Wood's patent of 1741 was a re-patent. In 1748, it was known as "Abraham Cook's".
- COOKE Patents: Cumberland and Buckingham (266 KB)
Green filled are John Cooke patents, 1740-1771. Green-outlined is William Cooke, father of Clayton, 430 acres, 1740.
- COOKE in Pr Edward County, VA (264 KB)
Bright green (west) are parcels purchased by John Cooke, Jr. Bright green (central) is parcel purchased by his brother, James Cooke. Dark Green pcl, near John, Jr, is 1760 patent of George Cook (relationship unknown). Yellow parcels are Chiles patents. Green on Appomattox River (near Chiles) is parcel John Cooke Sr of Cumberland purchased but later sold. Blue pcl is approx location of Farmville. Orange parcels to the East are Shem Cooke parcels
- SMITH-Overview of Deeds, Grants (202 KB)
BROWN="John Smith of Westmoreland", lease from Dumas, 1750; part then leased to Robert Smith, 1757; GREEN= "John Smith of K&Q" deeds, later sold by son Robert & his wife Ann; BLUE=locations for Robert Smith's (d1776) family; YELLOW="Lawrence Smith" of Guy Smith line; ORANGE="John Smith, son-in-law" of John Chaffin. PINK= 200 acres purchased by Robt Smith of Richd Lee in 1777. It was sold by "Robt & Hannah" Smith in 1778 to Jos Lee.
RED OUTLINED parcel = "Moses Arnold's". PINK OUTLINED=Stephen Cooke's, later Moses Arnold Smith's. Byrd Smith buried in cemetery at that site.
- SMITH- ROBERT and HANNAH 1777-1778 (155 KB)
Bought as 200 acres from Richard Lee in 1777.
This is a close-up view of the property. When sold in 1778, the deed remarks "whereon Smith now lives". Names shown are patent holders and by 1778 names have changed. IE William Cooke's was sold to John Brown & Nathan Henderson. Richard Henderson's was sold to the Lee family after his death in 1745.
- SMITH-John Smith, Son-In-Law of John Chaffin (203 KB)
Smith married Rachel, d/o John Chaffin. He was deceased by 1773. He had two sons: David & Obediah. This was a portion of John Chaffin's 1743 land grant.