Cook Family in America, Generation 3 - Joseph Cook - 1683

The third generation in the Cook family followed the pattern of the first two by moving away from the family home. Joseph Cook was born in 1683 at Wallingford, married Eleanor Johnson there in 1714, and after their eight children were born they moved away to new land being opened in the northwest county in Connecticut. In 1738 he purchased land at Goshen, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and became one of the early settlers of the town. Joseph and Eleanor never left Goshen. Joseph died there in 1764 and Eleanor died in 1767.

Since they died before the Revolutionary War, their children had few options for new land. The oldest son stayed in Wallingford. Five of their children stayed in Goshen, but Walter moved a few miles north to Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Lambert moved to Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York.