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Hester Mahieu

Female 1592 - 1666  (74 years)


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  • Name Hester Mahieu 
    Born 1592  Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Jun 1666  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • !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. [2]
    Person ID I3621881  7_families
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2006 

    Father Jacques (Jan) Mahieu,   b. 1559, Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mrs. Jennie Mahieu,   b. Abt 1562, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 30 Jun 1603  Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1199118  Group Sheet

    Family Francis Cooke, (Mayflower),   b. Aug 1577, Blyth Parish, Austerfield, Nottingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1663, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1613  Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Cooke, (Mayflower),   b. Jan 1607, Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
    +2. Jane Cooke,   b. Bef 1613, Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1650, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     3. Jacob Cooke,   b. Abt 1618, Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1675  (Age ~ 57 years)
    +4. Hester Cooke,   b. Abt 1620, Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 21 May 1669, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    +5. Mary Cooke,   b. Abt 1626, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1696, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2006 
    Family ID F1198657  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jun 1613 - Leyden, Zuid, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jun 1666 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [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).

    2. [S307] Plymouth Families, William Thomas Davis, (Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1899).