Cooke, Samuel (2), Dd
Cooke, Samuel (2), D.D.
a missionary of the Church of England, was educated at the University of Cambridge, and, having been admitted to holy orders, was sent to America, probably as early as 1749, under the auspices of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, his destination being Monmouth County, N.J. In 1765 he ministered to three churches, located at Shrewsbury, Freehold, and Middletown, but subsequently abandoned Freehold. In 1774 he went to England, but it does not appear that he returned after this to the United States, although he was still in the employ of the missionary society. In 1785 he was at Frederickton, N.B., where he remained until the close of his life. In 1790 he was commissary to the bishop of Nova Scotia. After a period of vacation, on account of ill-health, he resumed his ministerial duties in June 1791. While crossing the St. John's river, on his return home with his son, the canoe was upset and both were drowned, May 23, 1795. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 5:224.