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[7] the military force—forty men—comprising the guard to attend them, who were sent on an expedition to Rhode Island with authority and order to apprehend Samuel Gorton and his company, and to bring them (to Boston) if they do not give them satisfaction. In the House of Deputies he served on many of its important committees. In 1645 he was elected one of the Reserve Commissioners of the United Colonies. And shortly after his arrival in this country, he built the mill in Menotomy, which we have already mentioned, whose ancient dam still remains in the mill-pond of Samuel A. Fowle, and was used till the present century. He returned to England near the end of 1645, was a colonel in Cromwell's army, and sacrificed his life in the service of the Commonwealth—‘being reported to be slain in the wars in Ireland in the year 1652.’ Samuel Shepard, chosen ensign in 1637, when Cooke was chosen captain, returned to England with him, both being excused by the General Court in October, 1645, from further attendance as members, ‘being to go for England.’ Shepard was a major in Cromwell's army, very probably in Colonel Cooke's regiment, and was represented in Mitchell's Church Record, 1658, as then living in Ireland, where he probably died about 1673. In 1652 the inventory of the estate of Colonel George Cooke was accepted, and Mr. Henry Dunster and Mr. Joseph Cooke were empowered as administrators to improve the estate for the good and education of his daughter Mary Cooke.—County Court Records. The supposition is that she was placed in the custody of John Fownell, of Charlestown, millwright, as guardian or agent, who, in 1655, sold thirteen acres of land, which he recovered by law from the estate of George Cooke, colonel, for the education of his daughter.

Colonel Cooke's inventory, dated 8 mo. 4 da. 1652—of all the estate found in New England, of Colonel George Cooke, late in Ireland, deceased—names the dwelling-house at the mill, with all barns, outhouses, gardens, orchards and twenty acres of land thereunto adjoining and belonging. And also the mill-house, mill, and all things belonging unto it. Item, a farm in Cambridge, lying by the way to Concord, containing 500 acres. Item, nine acres of broken uplands in Charlestown fields; and the lot of meadow and pasture by Mystic Pond, containing by estimation about ten acres. Among other items is that of ‘one Iron crank for the Sawmill’; and ‘one pair of Rigging and hooks.’ An item specifying his indebtedness unto John Fownell, of Cambridge, is mentioned. Appraisers: Henry Dunster, Thomas Danforth, Edward Goffe.

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