An American Family History

Sarah Fiske Cook

Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts was settled in 1636. The first settlers called it Enon or Salem Village. It was officially set off from the Town of Salem on May 10, 1643.

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.

Sarah Fiske Cook was born on February 5, 1664 in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were William Fiske and Sarah Kilham.

She married John Cook (or Cooke) on September 14, 1688 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. John Cook was born on August 3, 1662 in Windsor (now Hartford), Connecticut. He was the son of Nathaniel Cook and Lydia Vore.

Sarah and John's children included:
Sarah Cook Grant (1690, married Josiah Grant),
John Cook (1692, married Hannah Drake and Hannah Loomis)
and Theophilus Cook (1698).

John died on February 27, 1711/12 in Windsor, Connecticut.
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Children of
Deacon William Fiske
and Sarah Kilham
  • William Fiske
  • Sarah Fiske Cook
  • Ruth Fiske
  • Samuel Fiske
  • Martha Fiske
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Samuel Fiske
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Benjamin Fiske
  • Theophilus Fiske
  • Ebenezer Fiske
  • Deacon Ebenezer Fiske
  • Jonathan Fiske
  • Elizabeth Fiske Foster
  • Shays's Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices.

    Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck
    from Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack

    The New Haven Colony was an English colony in what is now the state of Connecticut. The colony was from 1637 to 1664.

    Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."


    Wenham was first settled by English Puritans. The church was formed in 1644 with John Fiske as pastor.

    A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan settlers of the Colony of Connecticut by Royal Ralph Hinman published by Case, Tiffany, 1852

    Nathaniel Cooke, was also at Windsor, one of the first settlers, and appears to have been there at an early period. He m. Lydia, Vore, or Vose, (dau'r of Richard,) June 29, 1649. He was in full communion in the church there, June 22, 1662, and his wife in 1658, when he joined also.

    Cornelius Gillett sen'r, and his wife Priscilla, testified in court that Lydia, wife of Nathaniel Cook, late of Windsor, deceased, who was dau'r of Richard Vore, that said Richard Vore, desired them to witness, that the piece of land said Richard gave Lydia, on Vore's point, should go to her son Josias, of Windsor. John Cook, Nathaniel Cook, sons of Lydia, also Samuel Baker, for Sarah his wife, Joseph Baker, of Windsor, David Hoyt, of Deerfield and wife, also Abigail, children of said Nathaniel, all approved of their mother Lydia's will, Jan. 14, 1700.

    Nathaniel, the father d. May 19, 1683. He was made a freeman, May 16, 1650. 40 acres of land in Suffield, was allotted to Nathaniel Cook, March 19,1672-3, (perhaps Nathaniel, Jr.)

    Nathaniel sen'r and Lydia his wife, had children, viz:
    Sarah, b. June 28, 1650;
    Lydia, b. Jan. 9, 1652;
    Hanna, b. Sept. 21, 1655;
    Nathaniel, Jr., b. May 13, 1658;
    Abigail, b. March 1, 1659-60;
    John, b. April, or Aug. 3, 1662;
    Josia, b. Dec. 22, 1664;

    Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

    Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

    A tythingman was responsible for the moral behavior of a group of neighbors. He had the authority to bring problems to the court.

    from Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine Volume 1 by Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs

    Josiah [Grant], son of John Grant, was born at Windsor, January 28, 1682, died at Litchfield, February 26, 1762. He removed in 1726 to Litchfield. He served as haywarden, grand juror, fence viewer and tythingman. In Litchfield as tythingman, assessor, sergeant of militia, surveyor, grand juror and selectman. He married (first) March 30, 1709-10, Sarah, died July 30, 1713, daughter of John and Sarah (Fiske) Cooke.

    He married (second) August 4, 1714, Sarah, born February 10, 1690, died February 28, 1777, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia Cook.

    Children of first wife:
    1. Josiah, born January 22, 1710-11, died November 15, 1789; married, December II. 1735, Sarah Baker.
    2. Sarah, March 11, 1711-12, married (first) January, 1730-31, Elisha Peck: (second) November 15, 1739, Lieutenant Joshua Smith.
    3. Mary, July 20, 1713, married (first) April 28. 1737, Daniel Allen

    Children of second wife:
    4. John, May 17, 1715, died September 16, 1753.
    5. Increase, February 13, 1716-17, died 1793; married (first) February 19, 1745-46, Ann Hosford; (second) 1786, Mindwell (Lyman) Strong, widow.
    6. Elijah, June 22, 1719, died August 13, 1724.
    7. Huldah, May 25, 1721, married John Crane.
    8. Ebenezer, March 2, 1723-24, died 1765; married (first) November 18, 1747, Martha Hill; (second) Mindwell Hosford, widow.
    9. Jerusha, January 1, 1725-26, died November 21, 1736.
    10. Elijah, April 28, 1728, mentioned below.
    11. Anna, May 30, 1730.

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