Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and love that this blog helps with that. I consider much of my research as a work in progress, so please let me know if you have conflicting information. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My male Mayflower ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, and John Howland.
Female Mayflower ancestors: Mary Norris Allerton, Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Mrs. James Chilton, Sarah Eaton, and Joan Hurst Tilley.
Child Mayflower ancestors: Giles Hopkins, (possibly) Constance Hopkins, Mary Allerton, Francis Billington, Love Brewster, Mary Chilton, Samuel Eaton, and Elizabeth Tilley.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

1st post! Francis Cooke of the Mayflower

So, here I am entering the world of blogging!

One of my favorite, and unexpected, parts of researching my ancestry has been all of the cousins and other family members I have met in the process. It's remarkable how many kind, generous and interesting people I have met over the years. I often wish my Grandmother, Milly (Mildred (Booth) Rollins), was alive so I could tell her all these amazing finds! She's the reason I got started in genealogical research in the first place and loved hearing about the good stuff as well as about the skeletons I was pulling out of closets. I hope to fill this blog with stories and new discoveries I wish I could tell her about, but perhaps she knows about them now.
Mildred Louise (Booth) Davis Rollins
b. 1917, W. Dennis, MA; d. 1999, Onset, MA

I recently had a line to Francis Cooke approved by the Mayflower Society. How Milly would have loved hearing about that. I've already had a line to William Brewster approved on her side of the family, but this one was through my Grandfather (also a Brewster descendant--little did both of them know that they were distant cousins!).

Arthur Washburn Davis b. Plymouth, MA 1913 d. Wareham, MA 1976

The line was difficult to prove because of  one generation, my Grandfather Arthur (Art), who used three surnames in his life--Washburn, Ellis and Davis. Even though I was a founding member of the Francis Cooke Society (www.franciscookesociety.org), I kept dragging my feet on submitting my application because of my Grandfather's confusing paper trail.

I never knew my Grandfather, although he died living in the same town I spent many summers at since my Grandmother lived there with her second husband, Alfred Rollins, whom I considered my "real" grandfather. Everything I heard about Art made him out to be a scoundrel, but I would've liked to have learned that for myself. In researching his life, I realized he had a lot to overcome, and I became a bit sympathetic to the man who walked away from his young family, hardly ever seeing his son who was eventually adopted by another man. I'll tell Art's story another time! Here is my line from Francis Cooke.

  1      Francis Cooke    1582 - 1663
+Hester Mahieu    1582 - 1666
2      Hester Cooke    1621 - 1669
 +Richard Wright    1608 - 1691
 3      Adam Wright    1644 - 1724
  +Sarah Soule    1660 - 1691
 4      Isaac Wright    1685/86 - 1766
 +Mary Cole    1697 - 1759
  5      Joseph Wright    1721 - 1804
   +Sarah Brewster    1726/27 - 1812
6      Deborah Wright    1749 - 1812
       +Seth Washburn    1738 - 1826
  7      Ephraim Washburn    1794 - 1870
  +Mary Lucas    1792 - 1860
 8      Seth Washburn    1828 - 1921
       +Mary Briggs Bumpus    1840 - 1916
    9      Charles Francis Washburn    1857 - 1941
      +Hattie Maria Benson    1861 - 1914
 10      Carrie Clyfton Washburn    1896 - 1974
     +George Brewster Smith    1895 - 1913
 11      Arthur Elmer Washburn Davis    1913 - 1976
    +Mildred Louise Booth    1917 - 1999
  12      my parents
  13     me

There are a lot of interesting people in this line and I'll spend some time talking about them in subsequent posts.


  1. Great Idea Chris! A very worthy endeavor... I've always appreciated the work you have put in to researching our ancestors and I will enjoy seeing your contributions in this new forum.

  2. Thanks, James. I'll remember you as the first person to visit, but hopefully you won't be the last!

  3. I believe we are related through the Cooke line and the Brewster line.

  4. I'm looking forward to posts on the Massachusetts Snows. Only in the last few weeks did I discover a Snow ancestor in NY, but born in Massachusetts, so I know nothing yet.

  5. Hi Melanie: Let me know if you have any holes in your information and I'll check to see what I have. Chris

  6. Hi Frances: If you find your Snows were born on the Cape, let me know and I'll look through my resources for you. Chris

  7. Just happened across this blog.
    Enjoyed the reading.
    I'm a descendant of Francis & Hester Cooke through the Cook's who migrated up to Nova Scotia.
    My line can be found at http://wmanser.com

  8. Thanks for your comment, Wayne. I will check out your Cooke line as well.

  9. Hi Chris,
    I believe we are cousins through Isaac Allerton, Stephen Hopkins, & Richard Warren. I look forward to reading more from you, and welcome to the geneablogging world@

  10. Thanks for the welcome, Bill. I will be reading your blogs later today. Chris


    1. Hi Brian, Congrats on your discovery. Hope you enjoy your research, Chris


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