Cook Family in America, Generation 2 - Samuel Cook - 1641

Samuel Cook, second son of Henry Cook, was born in 1641. He moved from Salem two years after his father’s death. New land was opening near the mouth of the Connecticut River, and he moved to New Haven as a young man of 22, opening a tannery there.

In 1870 he married Hope Parker, whose parents had also come to New Haven to establish a home. She was born at New Haven in 1650.

Samuel and Hope took the opportunity to settle new land a few miles from New Haven at a place they called Wallingford. Their house was built near the corner of Long High Way (Main) and Cross Highway, the only roads in town in the beginning, and near Old Colony Road running from Hartford to New Haven.

Their last 8 of 10 children were born in Wallingford before Hope died about 1790. Samuel remarried twice and died there in 1703. All their children remained in Wallingford except Joseph.