Person:Hester Mahieu (1)

Hester Mahieu
d.Bet 8 Jun 1666 and 18 Dec 1675 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
m. Bef 1596
  1. Jenne Mahieu
  2. Francoise Mahieu
  3. Anthonette Mahieu
  4. Marie le Mahieu1580 -
  5. Antoine Le MahieuAbt 1581 -
  6. Hester MahieuAbt 1584 - Bet 1666 & 1675
  7. Jennie MahieuAbt 1586/87 -
  8. Anthony MahieuAbt 1593/94 -
  • HFrancis CookeAbt 1583 - 1663
  • WHester MahieuAbt 1584 - Bet 1666 & 1675
m. 5 Jul 1603
  1. Jane CookeAbt 1604 - Bef 1640
  2. John Cooke1607 - 1695
  3. Child CookBef 1608 - 1608
  4. Elizabeth Cooke1611 - Bet 1623 & 1637
  5. Jacob CookeAbt 1618 - Bef 1675
  6. Hester CookeBef 1621 - 1669
  7. Mary CookeAbt 1627 - 1714/15
Facts and Events
Name Hester Mahieu
Gender Female
Birth[6] Abt 1584 Canterbury, Kent, England
Marriage Banns 4 Jul 1603 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsto Francis Cooke
Marriage 5 Jul 1603 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsto Francis Cooke
Immigration[3][6][7] 10 Jul 1623 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesaboard the Anne
Death[1][6][10] Bet 8 Jun 1666 and 18 Dec 1675 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
The Anne and The Little James (1623)
The Anne and the Little James left England together, and arrived a week or so apart in Plymouth. Most of the passengers were probably on the Anne, as the Little James was smaller and carried mostly cargo.
Sailed: May(?) 1623 from an unspecified port in England under William Peirce (Master Anne), Emanuel Althan (Captain Little James), and John Bridges (Master Little James).
Arrived: 10 July 1623 (the Anne) and about 10 days later (the Little James) at Plymouth, Massachusetts
Previous Vessel: Weston's ships (Swan, Charity, Sparrow) (1622)
Next Vessel: Jonathan (1623)

~60 (Full List)
Families of earlier immigrants: Patience and Fear Brewster - Elizabeth (Walker) Warren and daughters - Hester (Mathieu) Cooke and her children - Bridget (Lee) Fuller - Margaret Hicks and her children - Wife and daughter of William Hilton - Frances Palmer - Joshua Pratt - Barbara Standish
Other Passengers: Anthony Annable (and family) - Edward Bangs - Robert Bartlett - Mary Bucket - William Bridges - Thomas Clark - Christopher Conant - Anthony Dix - John Faunce - George Morton (and family) - Godbert Godbertson (and family) - Timothy Hatherly - Edward Holman - John Jenney (and family) - Manasseh Kempton - Experience Mitchell - George Morton (and family) - Ellen Newton - Oldham, John, his wife and sister - Christian Penn - Abraham Pierce - Nicholas Snow - Alice (Carpenter) Southworth - Francis Sprague - Stephen Tracy, wife, and daughter - Ralph Wallen

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation - Pilgrim Hall (wills and other contemporary documents)


  1. Francis Cooke, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    citing Plymouth Colony Deeds 3:73

  2.   Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Increasings for Three Generations. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1989).
  3. Underhill, Lora Altine Woodbury. Descendants of Edward Small of New England: and the Allied Families with Tracings of English (Revised Edition). (Cambridge, Mass.: The Riverside Press, 1934)
  4.   Harrison, Walter James, "New Light on Francis Cooke,et al ", in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography
    27:145, Oct 1925.
  5.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Francis Cooke, in General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. (New England - United States: General Society of Mayflower Descendants., Various)
    12:1-28, 1996.

    Francis [Cooke] married (intention in Leyden, Holland 30 June 1603) to Hester Mahieu. Hester was born, probably in Canterbury, England, between 1582 [assuming her last child was born about 1626 and that she was then no older than 44], and 1588 [assuming she was at least 15 year of age at marriage], died in Plymouth after 8 June 1666, but before 18 December 1675; probably the daughter of Jacques and Jenne/Jeanne(--) Mahieu, Walloon refugees from the area around Lille [now in France]. If 19 at marriage and 42 at the birth of her last known child about late 1626, then Hester was born about 1584 and thus was about two years younger than her husband. As Hester was about 82 in 1666, it seems likely she died closer to 1666 than to 1675.

    Further excerpts:
    Probably the daughter of Jacques and Jenne Mahieu. She was admintted to the Walloon church in Leydon June 1, 1603. At her betrothal, she is described as an unmarried young woman from Canterbury. She was accompanied by her mother and sister, both named Jenne.

  7. Griffin, Paula Porter, and Thomas Stephen Neel. The Ancestors of Daniel White, 1777-1836, and his wife, Sarah Ford, 1778-1847, and Their Descendants. (Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, 1979)
    130, 131.

    Hester Mahieu - Her Descendants are entitled through her to membership in the Huguenot Society. Came to America in July 1623 on the "Anne." Hester was known as "Hester the Walloon." Francis Cookes' wife Hester Mahieu was the daughter of Jaques and Jenne Mahieu, French Walloon refuges that had fled to Canterbury, England where Hester was born about 1584. When in Leyden, Holland, from 1603 until the arrival of the Pilgrims, Francis and Hester were members of the French Walloon church. However, in 1606 Francis and his wife left for a trip to Norwich, and they returned in 1607 to have their son baptized in the Church, and in 1608 they rejoined communion with the Walloon Church in Leyden. Sometime between 1611 and 1618, the Cookes switched and began communion with the Pilgrims' Separatist church in Leyden.

  8.   The Pilgrims and other English documents in Leiden records: Some new Pilgrim documents, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)
    143:195-199, 1989.

    The records of her sisters’ betrothals indicate the family was from Lille.

  9.   Shaw, Hubert Kinney, and Massachusetts) Society of Mayflower Descendants (Boston. Families of the Pilgrims. (Boston, Massachusetts: The Society, 1956, c1956)

    Hester is referred to as Walloon in Plymouth papers. Her family likely fled Belgium after the massacres in 1574 and ended up in Canterbury as part of the Walloon population there. They were part of the Walloon congregation in Leiden as well.

  10. Massachusetts. Secretary of State. Plymouth Colony records, deeds, 1620-1699. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968)
    Deeds, vols. 2-4, 1651-1681 @ Vol 3 page 72.

    Vol 3 Page 72 Hester Cooke signs a deed with her children 8 Jun 1666. On 8 June 1666 John Cooke, Jacob Cooke, Hester Wright the wife of Richard Wright and Mary Tompson the wife of John Tompson, in order to prevent dispute over the intent of their father Francis Cooke in his will with regard to the land at Rocky Nook, agreed to divide it into five shares, with John Cooke as the eldest son getting two shares.

  11.   Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)
    Vol 4 page 54 and Vol 5 page 44.

    On 1 March 1663/4, the court "taking notice of such evidence as hath been produced for the clearing of a controversy between John Tompson, plaintiff, and Richard Wright, in reference to a parcel of land at Namas sakett, do allow an agreement between the said parties, which was or dered here to be entered, as followeth, viz: that the said parties shall have equal share of the land allotted to Francis Cooke at Namaskett aforesaid, provided that they be equal i bearing the charge about the said land" [Plymouth Colony Records Vol 4 page 54]

    On 5 July 1670 "Whereas it is evident to the Court, that a certain tract or parcel of land, called Old Cooke's Holes, lying at Jonses River meadow, was formerly granted unto Francis Cooke, of Plymouth, deceased, in the lieu of some land which is supposed would have fallen within his line at the Smelt Brooke, but is not fully settled on the said Cooke and his heirs and assigns, this Court doth by these presents fully and absolutely settle, ratify, assure and confirm the said grant of land or tract of land, being threescore acres unto the said Francis Cooke, his heirs and assigns forever, which said land was given by the said Francis Cooke unto Richard Wright and Thomas Michell, commonly called Old Cooke's Holes, and since his decease ratified and confirmed unto the said Richard Wright and Thomas Michell by John Cooke, the heir unto the said Francis Cooke" [Plymouth Colony Records Vol 5 page 44].