William Hilton Cooke junior

No Dates

Claimant or beneficiary


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.

  1. Son of William (Hilton) Cooke (q.v., 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.

  2. Will of John Hilton of Hanover, Cornwall proved 22/01/1811. Contrary to the above, the will shows John Hilton leaving his estate to his nephew William Cook [sic] of Westmoreland.

  3. 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. The will of William Cooke of Worleston Rookery, Nantwich proved in July 1830 in the Chester court had not yet been examined but is almost certainly the same man.


T71/915 p. 38 Hanover claim no. 15; Chester Castle given as William Cooke in the Jamaica Almanac between 1811-1838.

  1. 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].

  2. PROB 11/1518/325.

  3. See for example http://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/rookery-hall/History/ [accessed 02/06/2011]; Ancestry.com, UK, Extracted Probate Records, 1269-1975 [database on-line].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William H. Cooke
(1) ? (2) Mary Elizabeth Harvey
William Hylton, Edleston Harvey, Charles Henry, Arthur Edward, Frederick John, Minna

Associated Claims (1)

£4,389 10s 1d

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1829 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Rookery Hall [Built] 
notes →
Built 1816 for William (Hilton) Cooke (1787-1829), the father of William Hilton Cooke...

Relationships (1)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Worleston Rookery, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, North-west England, England