and to his son Moses his estate from his own father in Northampton. He died 1716, aged 76. He had eight children: viz., Sarah, married to Daniel Hovey; Joanna, to Samuel Porter; Aaron, at Hartford; Westwood, Samuel and Moses, all married at Hadley; Elizabeth, married to Ichabod Smith, and Bridget, married to John Bernard. These all had large families, and all survived my grandfather, except Joanna, who died in 1712, soon after the birth of her eighteenth living child. My grandmother Sarah Cooke died 1730, aged 87.1 My father Samuel Cooke, about the year 1698, married Anne Marsh, daughter of Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Dorcas Marsh, of Hadley. Besides three which died in infancy, seven of their children had families: viz., Anne, married to Aaron Cooke; Sarah, to Timothy (Emmons?); Hannah, to William Dickinson; Samuel; Mehitable, to Jonathan Smith; Miriam, to Josiah Pierce; and Jonathan. All survived our parents except Hannah. She buried six children in infancy, and her husband in 1741; she was left with two sons—six and two years old—and returned with her children to my father's house, where she died in 1745, aged 39. My father died September 16, 1746, aged 76. My mother died March, 1758, aged 77. My father by his will left his homestead at my mother's decease wholly to my brother Jonathan in lieu of my education. The rest of his estate was equally to be divided between my brother and me—we paying legacies to our sisters. I began to learn Latin in 1720, but being then the only son I was called off to the farm till a brother, born almost out of season, and growing, allowed me to resume my study in the year 1729. I entered Harvard College in 1731—had my first degree, 1735—kept school part of a year at Roxbury—one year and a part was in the College Buttery—Nov., 1737, went to Col. Royall's, Medford, for a year to instruct his son—and in 1738 returned to College. I then preached six months at Marlborough, and six at Roxbury and Menotomy. In May, 1739, I received a call to settle in the ministry in this place. In July, I gave my answer, and on September 12, 1739, I was ordained the first minister of this Second Precinct in Cambridge. The Church was gathered the preceding Sabbath by the Rev. John Hancock, of Lexington, and consisted of eighty-three members—eighty of which were from the Cambridge Church, and three had belonged
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1 ‘Mr. Westwood died in 1669, and his wife in 1676; the will of each is on record in Hadley, with the inventory of his estate; there is no allusion to any property in England, which must have been sold—and lost, perhaps—before his death. He had no estate in Northampton, and Aaron Cooke, of Hadley, had no estate in Northampton “from his own father.” His father gave him some estate at Windsor, where he married Sarah Westwood in 1661. Mr. Cooke has arranged the children of his grandfather according to their birth. Sarah married, have supposed, Thomas Hovey, not Daniel. Joanna, who married Samuel Porter, may have had eighteen children, but the Hadley record has noted only 14’.—Letter of Mr. Judd. The able and interesting History of Hadley makes frequent and honorable mention of Westwood and his son-in-law, Cooke, and presents a genealogy of their descendants.
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