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1724 Caleb Cook – King Philip's War Fascinating Manuscript!

Manuscript Document Signed, "Robert Cook", "Jacob Tomson", 1 p., 7.5" x 9". Toning, folds, bottom right corner of document torn and missing.  Appears to be a fair copy of a court document, in official "court hand" style of script

"Know all men by these presents that Caleb Cook of the town of Plimpton in the county of Plimouth in New England...am firmly hand bound unto my father Francis Cook of Plimpton aforesaid in the sum of one hundred and sixty pounds...Sealed with my Seal Dated June the one thousand seven hundred twenty and four".

"Francis Cook stands bound unto his daughter in law Ruth Cook, weddow of Francis Cook"

Francis Cook, the ancestor of the Cook Family in this vicinity, should have been mentioned as among the earlier settlers at Rocky Nook, as he was one of the Mayflower Pilgrims. He was one of the first "layers out of Land" in 1627. Gov Bradford speaks of him in 1650 as still living, a very old man, yet he lived until 1663. His son John, who also came in the Mayflower, lived at Rocky Nook, but afterward removed to Dartmouth or Rehoboth. Another son Jacob, who arrived at the colony soon after the father, had lands near Smelt Brook. He was one of a number of soldiers who were "willing to go unto service against the Pequots".

Caleb Cook, grandson of Francis, has a place in history in connection with the death of King Philip. He was a soldier who was placed with a friendly Indian by Col. Church to watch and if possible kill Philip. When the chance came, Cook snapped his gun, but it missed fire. He then bade the Indian fire, and the mighty Chieftain was instantly killed. The Indian gave up the gun to Cook and it was kept in the family for several generations. Part of it is now in Pilgrim Hall as a relic.

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