Descendants of Walter Cook

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Heritage Books, 2002 - Reference - 180 pages
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Walter Cook was born 7 March 1615/6 in Bromyard, Hertfordshire, England. He married Experience and they had four children. He married Catherine Brenton (1628-1690/1) and they had eight children. He emigrated in 1653. He died 5 January 1695/6 in Mendon, Massachusetts. Descendants and relatives lived mainly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Although this small volume contains a myriad of names and vital statistics on the descendants of Walter Cook (should properly be spelled 'Cooke'), it is fraught with errors and lacks any references to support the information presented. It is simply 157 pages of data, some of which has not been substantiated in the historic record.
The first example of this is found on the back cover which states that Walter was born in Bromyard, Hertfordshire, England about 1615/16 - a fact for which no documentary evidence has been found but yet many genealogists subscribe to. Likewise, the author presents that Walter was married to two women - first a woman named Experience, then secondly to Catherine Brenton (sister of William Brenton of Providence, Rhode Island fame). Again, genealogists have failed to find any historic documents recording either of these marriages. The only evidence of the name of Walter's wife, Catherine, is found in his will and a colonial petition she presented before the court. The above are just two examples of many errors that I encountered in this book. It also cuts short many lines of descendants.
With that said, the book does provide a lot of correct information and can serve as a handy reference for anyone beginning their genealogy into the 'Cooke' family that originated with Walter. Those beginning genealogists should research thoroughly any information gleaned from the book before they consider it to be historically accurate.
It also contains a superb index and is presented in the NGHS style for ease of navigation - each given one star in this review.

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This book has no citations as to the source of the information and is completely erroneous in regard to the ancestry of Governor Nicholas Cooke. "Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island" Volume II, 929.2745 Page 889 and Page 890 and "The American Genealogist" Volume 52, Number 1, "John Cooke of Warwick, R.I., and Middleton, Conn." by Jane Fletcher Fiske Pages 1-10 clearly show that Governor Nicholas Cooke was descended form John Cooke and his wife Hannah Harris through their son Daniel. This author has attributed Daniel to Samuel Cooke son of Walter Cook, with no citations for the source of this information, while the two articles that I cite go into great detail, as to the provenance of his ancestry from John and Hannah Harris Cooke.I believe the author uses a lot of literary license in this book with nothing backing up the information 

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