Given as William H. Cooke in the slave compensation records for the award for Chester Castle estate in Hanover. Identified as William Hilton Cooke in the Jamaica Almanac 1840.
Son of William (Hilton) Cooke (1787-1829, the builder of Rookery Hall), and Eliza Edleston. Chester Castle reportedly passed from John Hilton to his brother William Hilton under John's will of 21/11/1808. William Hilton Cooke (1814-1879) reportedly moved to Jamaica c. 1836, married Mary Elizabeth Harvey in 1844 and was Custos of Hanover 1871-78.
Will of John Hilton of Hanover, Cornwall proved 22/01/1811.
The association of William Hilton Cooke (1787-1829) with both the Rookery and with Chester Castle in Jamaica is firmly embedded in histories of Rookery Hall but the precise linkages are not yet established.
T71/915 p. 38 Hanover claim no. 15; Chester Castle given as William Cooke in the Jamaica Almanac between 1811-1838.
Family History of the McNeil's of Jamaica http://www.genealogy.com/users/c/o/o/Ian-M-Cooke/FILE/0001page.html, unsourced [accessed 02/06/2011].
See for example http://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/rookery-hall/History/ [accessed 02/06/2011].
Name in compensation records
William H. Cooke
(1) ? (2) Mary Elizabeth Harvey
William Hylton, Edleston Harvey, Charles Henry, Arthur Edward, Frederick John, Minna
£4,389 10S 1D
Rookery Hall [Built]
Built 1816 for William (Hilton) Cooke (1787-1829), the father of William Hilton Cooke...
The Rookery, Worleston, Cheshire, North-west England, England