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Capt John Coggswell
Birth: Sep. 1, 1759
Tolland County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1837
Washington County
New York, USA

John first saw Revolutionary War Military service when Captain William Willson's (Coventry) Miltia Company to which he was attached as a Private was in July 1776 ordered out into the service of the United States along with the 5th Connecticut Militia Regiment under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Experience Storrs. This call out was in response to General George Washington's request for 14 Connecticut Militia Regiments lying west of the Connecticut River to serve from August until "the exigency should be over" (Washington then needed a large force to meet the enemy's threatened attack upon New York). John marched with his Company from Coventry to Stanford, Connecticut where lay large stores of salt. After guarding those stores for about 6 weeks, he was marched to the Saw Pitts at Horse Neck where he was stationed guarding military stores until about the middle of November 1776 when his Company was discharged.

Three or four days after he was discharged in November 1776, John enlisted as a Private in Captain Barrows Company, Colonel John Chester's 6th Battalion, Brigadier General James Wadsworth's State Brigade. Colonel Chester's Battalion was one of 7 Battalions ordered enlisted by the Connecticut General Assembly in the summer of 1776 to reinforce General Washington's Army that summer. John enlisted at North Castle, Westchester County, New York and then marched to Peekskill on the Hudson River opposite King's Ferry. Here he crossed the river and on the next day commenced building a Fort at a little distance south of that ferry. The next day, Colonel Chester's Regiment marched to Ring Wood, New Jersey where they drew provisions and then marched on to Morristown. On the way to Morristown, John volunteered with a party of 200 men to go down at night upon the enemy's line to plunder. They took 30 horses or more with various other articles belonging to the enemy. After that expedition, they joined the Army at Morristown where they stayed about 2 days and then marched to "Baskin Ridge" at or near the place the British had previous captured General Lee. Colonel Chester's Regiment then crossed the Delaware River into Pennsylvania and marched about 12 miles west into the country where they crossed the Lehigh and then marched down to a place near where General Washington's Army lay about 40 miles from Philidelphia. Here John remained a few days until the 1st part of January 1777 when their time was out and the Regiment was discharged. John then returned with his Company to Coventry where they arrived about the middle of January.

In the later part of July 1778, John volunteered and served as a Private from August 2nd until September 12th in Captain Jonathan Rudd's (Windham County) Company, Colonel Samuel Chapman's Regiment, Brigadier General John Tyler's Brigade of Connecticut Militia engaged under the command of Major General Sullivan in the attempt to dislodge the British at Newport, Rhode Island. They marched to Providence, Rhode Island and thence to the island of Newport, arriving there in the evening of a great storm. Here, John served in a Picket Guard that was engaged by the enemy. The Guard's commander, Lieutenant Colonel William S. Livingston, being wounded, the guard retreated "in good order" to the main Army on the island. While retreating, the man on John's right was killed by a shot through the chest and the man on John's left was wounded. Back with the main Army, John served as one of Major General Nathaniel Green's Life Guards for about 10 days. After being on the island about 28 days, General Sullivan's forces "made a safe retreat from the Island" and marched back to Providence. Here, John remained for about 10 or 12 days until discharged.

In the later part of July 1779, John again volunteered and served as a Private in Captain William Willson's (Coventry) Militia Company. They marched to New London and then crossed the river to Groton to Fort Griswold. He served at that place one month and 20 days until being discharged in the fore part of September. John performed this last period of service in the place of, as a substitute for, his father who was then "an old man and had served in the Old French War."

After the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), John moved from Coventry, Windham County, Connecticut (Note: Tolland County, Connecticut was erected from Windham County in 1785) to Ira, Rutland County, Vermont; thence to Castleton, Vermont in the same county; and thence to Whitehall, Washington County, New York where he resided until his death there in 1837. John was enumerated in the 1790 US Census residing in Whitehall with 1 male of 16 years of age, 1 male under 16 years, and 4 females in his household.

John and his wife Hannah (1759-1841) had 7 children (2 sons and 5 daughters): Laura (1780-1873), James (1781-1873), Polly, Clarissa (1789-1864), Harry (b. 1793), Hannah (1798-1895), and Happylona (1800-1846).


(1) US Federal Military Pension File No. S.12613

(2) "The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution 1775-1783." by Henry P. Johnston, 1889, pages 392, 411-413, 432-433, and 530
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  Hannah Roys Coggswell (1759 - 1841)
  Laura Coggswell Gilbert (1781 - 1873)*
  James Cogswell (1781 - 1873)*
  Polly Coggswell Wait (1784 - 1824)*
  Clarissa Coggswell Bartholomew (1789 - 1864)*
  Harry Cogswell (1793 - 1859)*
  Hannah Coggswell Hollister (1798 - 1895)*
  Happylona Coggswell Hollister (1800 - 1846)*
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Capt. John Coggswell
died June 18, 1837
aged 78 years.
William Miller Cemetery
Low Hampton
Washington County
New York, USA
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