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John Cozzens
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Birth: May 17, 1833, Wales
Death: Oct. 13, 1905
Big Horn County
Wyoming, USA

son of Diana Thomas & James Cozzens, married Martha Cozzens, and Emily Almira Merrill, and Sarah Jane Perkins

John Cozzens

John Cozzens was born 17 May 1833 in High Cross, Freystrop, Pembroke, Wales to James Cozzens & Diana Thomas. John was the oldest child in a family of 7 children. At an early age John went to work in the coal mines to help support his family. When John was 12 years old his father and brother were killed in a mining accident. John joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just before his 23 birthday in Feb 1856. He came to America with his cousin Martha who had also joined the church. They crossed the plains in a handcart company made up of mostly Welsh speaking people. John married his cousin Martha Cozzens on 5 July 1856 on the journey across the plains. As they crossed the plains food ran short and was rationed Martha became ill and was unable to walk, John pulled her many weary miles across the plains. Upon reaching the Salt Lake Valley, John and Martha first settled in Davis Coutny, Utah, next Hyrum, Cache Valley, Utah where they lived untill 1863. They were called by Brigham Young to help colonize the Bear Lake Valley, John was instrumental in the development of Montpelier, Idaho. After 14 years of marriage John and Martha had been blessed with no children. They divorced in 1870. John entered into the practice of plural marriage and married Emily Almira Merrill and Sarah Jane Perkins. Both reared large families,and both lived to be seventy years of age.
When John was 67 years old he was asked to go help settle the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming. In 1900 the family of Sarah Jane and John came to Byron in 3 stages. Emily and her family stayed in Montpelier, thinking they would come later. During the 5 years which John spent in Byron before his death, John helped build up the town of Byron and he worked on other projects of development in the Big Horn Basin area such as helping to build the Northfork and Yellowstone Park roads and helping build the railroads in the area. The Saints drank the Shoshone River water and some died of typhoid fever as a result. John Cozzens died of typhoid fever on the 13th of October 1905. at the age of 72 years. He died at his home in Byron, Wyoming. His son Luke who was 21 died of typhoid three days later. Two years later his youngest son, Golden, who was ten years old, died of diphtheria.

In speaking of their father, his children remember certain outstanding characteristics about him. He was a very strong man physically. He was a man who never judged others. He was quiet about his religion, but very sincere. He never shouted nor made a fuss or preached on what others should do when he didn't do those things himself. He was trustworthy and very honest. He was always on hand to help others when he thought the need was sincere. He followed his inclinations regardless of what others might say.
Family links: 
  Emily Almira Merrill Cozzens (1853 - 1923)
  Sarah Jane Perkins Cozzens (1854 - 1925)
  Emily Almira Cozzens Rich (1871 - 1954)*
  John W Cozzens (1873 - 1916)*
  James Dudley Cozzens (1874 - 1901)*
  Dianna Burrington (1876 - 1949)*
  Matthew Cozzens (1878 - 1969)*
  Lucy Cozzens (1878 - 1879)*
  Mark Cozzens (1883 - 1949)*
  Luke Cozzens (1884 - 1905)*
  Joseph Francis Cozzens (1886 - 1964)*
  Paul Cozzens (1888 - 1960)*
  Mary Lucile Cozzens Hancock (1891 - 1976)*
  Milton Jesse Cozzens (1891 - 1923)*
  Martha Lapries Cozzens Palmer (1894 - 1955)*
  Golden Cozzens (1897 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Byron Cemetery
Big Horn County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: Block C Lot 8 Grave 15
Maintained by: Carol Cozz/Tberry
Originally Created by: Cindy C.
Record added: Nov 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31715761
John Cozzens
Added by: Carol Cozz/Tberry
John Cozzens
Added by: Cindy C.
John Cozzens
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