John Jenkins of Sandwich, New Plymouth Colony (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) married, about 1647-1648, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Susannah Cook.
Susannah (or possibly Susanna) Cook (or Cooke) was likely born somewhere in the British Isles, probably England, in the 1620s.Before 1648 she had crossed the Atlantic and was living in Boston, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.Somehow she met and was courted by John Jenkins, of Sandwich, New Plymouth Colony (on Cape Cod, and now part of Massachusetts).
In a book entitled "The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the ...", by Charles Henry Pope, at page 119, under the listings for the surname Cook/Cooke is the following: "Susanna, Boston, now wife of one John Jenkins of Sandwich, dism. to that chh 26 (1) 1648."
This is apparently a record from First Church, Boston, Massachusetts, where the Reverend John Wilson was the pastor and the Reverend John Cotton was the "teacher".Thus, I infer that Susannah was a Puritan, like her neighbors and churchmates, and so might have been part of the Great Migration from 1630 to 1640.
I also infer that she was "dismissed" (anticipating a "transfer") to the Puritan congregation in Sandwich, Massachusetts.I also infer that the date of her marriage was not too much before the January 26, 1648 church record.As I understand the Puritan beliefs and practices, Susannah Cook and John Jenkins would have to have declared their intention to marry publicly in advance of the actual wedding (not very different from the publishing of banns in some churches).Despite their stern ways, the Puritans nevertheless celebrated marriages with a dinner or reception of some kind.Afterward, Susannah (Cook) Jenkins moved with her husband to Sandwich.
By 1659, John Jenkins had become sympathetic to and a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Sandwich.He and some of his fellow Quakers were fined for their beliefs.While some of the wives were also mentioned in those records, Susannah was not, so perhaps she did not join her husband in his Quaker faith.
Sandwich records show that Susannah and John had three children, Elizabeth (April 1649),Zachariah (September 1651) and Job Cook Jenkins (April 1655).
In the "Vital Records of Sandwich", by Caroline L. Kardell and Russell A. Lovell (NEHGS 1996) are included some QuakerMonthly Meeting records, and at p. 1243 is the list of the Jenkins children, including "Job coock jenkens was born to them, 2nd month1655."
Because Susannah gave her maiden name as the middle name of her second son, Job, some researchers have speculated that her father might have been a Job Cook (or Cooke).Some have mistakenly stated that Job Cook was a Quaker in Sandwich, but this is erroneous.
Susannah's son Zachariah eventually moved to Rhode Island (which was more tolerant of Quakers than Massachusetts was) and her son Job Cook Jenkins migrated to New Jersey (which developed a substantial Quaker population in time).
It is possible that Susannah Cook had migrated to North America without any relatives, or maybe she came with a mother and step-father (whose surname was not Cook).She might have come to Boston as the servant to some family settling there.Similarly, I do not know if John Jenkins migrated alone or whether he came with family members.
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