1592 - 1666
||Hester Mahieu |
||Canterbury, Kent, England
||18 Jun 1666
||Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
- !Plymouth Families #974.482/P3 D23d
From an Internet Posting:
"Mahieu" is a French surname, =not= a variant of an English surname such a "Mayhew." [On the other hand, it's possible that "Mayhew" might have been a variant of "Mahieu" at some earlier time- but I know of no evidence to support such a conclusion. Due to the Norman Conquest (1066) there are many "English" surnames having French origins.]
Hester Mahieu was a Huguenot (French Protestant) and a member of the Walloon Church in Leiden; she is supposed to have been born at Canterbury, England, however. If I recall correctly, her family was from an area near Lill (and near the present French / Belgian border). Her English birth is not as anomalous as it might seem - many Huguenots fled to England in the 1500's in the wake of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and a large colony of Huguenots developed at Canterbury during the reign of Elizabeth I (late 1500s), in particular.
Hester's mother is known (Jeanne / Jennie), as well as several of her sisters. Without checking my files, however, I don't recall how solid the identification of Hester's father is [he is believed to have been a Jacques Mahieu].
Hester's sister, Marie, married Phillippe de Lannoy [this surname evolved to Delano] and Francis Cooke was a sponsor (godparent) to one of the de Lannoy / Delano children. [BTW, this Delano line is the source of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's middle name; his mother was Sarah Delano.]
BTW, at least three American presidents were descendants of [Jacques?] and Jeanne Mahieu: Ulyssess Simpson Grant, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Herbert Walker Bush. [Grant was a Delano - Mahieu descendant and Bush is a Cooke - Mahieu descendant. FDR has two lines from the Mahieu family, one through Hester, and one through her sister, Marie.]
I have photocopies of most (if not all) of the =known= Mahieu info in my files. For a long time, I also wondered about the possibility of a Mahieu / Mayhew connection as the two surnames are nearly identical phonetically. While it is certainly possible that the English Mayhew families that came to New England later were derived from =some= French "Mahieu" family in an earlier generation, I know of =no= connection with the family of Hester having been proved (or even speculated). In short, there is no known evidence to even hint at such a connection. Furthermore, the origins of these English Mayhew families were not at or near Canterbury. 
||31 Aug 2006 |
||Jacques (Jan) Mahieu, b. 1559, Leyden, Zuid, Holland , d. Yes, date unknown |
||Mrs. Jennie Mahieu, b. Abt 1562, Canterbury, Kent, England , d. Yes, date unknown |
||30 Jun 1603
||Leyden, Zuid, Holland
||Francis Cooke, (Mayflower), b. Aug 1577, Blyth Parish, Austerfield, Nottingham, England , d. 7 Apr 1663, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
||30 Jun 1613
||Leyden, Zuid, Holland 
| ||1. John Cooke, (Mayflower), b. Jan 1607, Leyden, Zuid, Holland , d. 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts |
|>||2. Jane Cooke, b. Bef 1613, Leyden, Zuid, Holland , d. Abt 1650, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
| ||3. Jacob Cooke, b. Abt 1618, Leyden, Zuid, Holland , d. 18 Dec 1675|
|>||4. Hester Cooke, b. Abt 1620, Leyden, Zuid, Holland , d. Aft 21 May 1669, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
|>||5. Mary Cooke, b. Abt 1626, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts , d. 21 Mar 1696, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts |
||31 Aug 2006 |
- [S7689] Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and his descendants for four generations, Robert S. Wakefield, (Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, c1987), 1 (Reliability: 3).
- [S307] Plymouth Families, William Thomas Davis, (Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1899).