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Josiah Cotton
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Birth: Jan. 7, 1679
Plymouth
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 1756
Plymouth
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

From James Thatcher's "History of the Town of Plymouth":

"The Hon. Josiah Cotton was son of John Cotton, some time minister of Plymouth, and grandson of John Cotton, minister in Boston. He was born in Plymouth, Jan. 8th, 1679, and graduated at Harvard College in 1C98, and became a teacher of a school in Marblehead, in October fol lowing, where he preached his first sermon, September, 1702. In 1704, he discontinued preaching and re turned to his native town, where he was a school in- structer for seven years. This respectable man held, at different times, several civil offices in the county, as clerk of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, Justice of the same court, Register of Probate, and Register of Deeds. He was also occasionally employed as a preacher to the Indians in Plymouth and the vicinity, having acquired a competent acquaintance with their language. He was the author of the Supplement to the New England Memorial. He left a Diary, which he began in his youth, soon after he left college, and continued nearly to the time of his decease. It is in the possession of his grandson, Rosseter Cotton, Esq. the present Register of Deeds for the county of Plymouth. It contains many historical facts, which it would be desirable to have extracted and presented to the Massachusetts Historical, or to the Pilgrim Society, for preservation. Mr. Cotton died in 1756, aged 76 years, leaving a numerous progeny. He possessed a strong and sound mind, and was fervently pious, and indefati gable in the discharge of all the duties of his various and honorable stations in life." Page 177

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"Epitaphs from Burial Hill" by Bradford Kingman

"Hon. Josiah Cotton, son of the above Rev. John, was born in Plymouth, Jan. 8, 1680, Studied theology, but was not ordained over any church; taught school in Plymouth seven years; acquired a knowledge of the Indian language, and preached to the Indians of Plymouth and vicinity for a long time. He was author of an Indian grammar; became Clerk of the Interior Court of Common Pleas, and afterward Judge of the same; was also Register of Deeds for the County of Plymouth. He died Aug. 19, 1756." (Page 7) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Cotton (1639 - 1699)
  Joanna Rossiter Cotton (1642 - 1702)
 
 Spouse:
  Hannah Sturtevant Cotton (1696 - 1756)*
 
 Children:
  Hannah Cotton Dyre (1709 - 1731)*
  Theophilus Cotton (1716 - 1782)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Cotton (1661 - 1706)*
  Elizabeth Cotton Cushing (1663 - 1743)*
  Rowland Cotton (1667 - 1722)*
  Josiah Cotton (1679 - 1756)
  Theophilus Cotton (1682 - 1726)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Here lyes the Body
of the Honble
Josiah Cotton Esq
who Died
Auguft 19th 1756
Aged 76 years
and 7 months
 
Burial:
Burial Hill
Plymouth
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Michael Kruse
Record added: Apr 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13902479
Josiah Cotton
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Josiah Cotton
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Josiah Cotton
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- May you be blessed with love & flowers-Phyllis
 Added: Apr. 9, 2006

- May you be blessed with love & flowers-Phyllis
 Added: Apr. 9, 2006
 
 
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