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John Cogswell
Birth: Apr. 2, 1592
Westbury Leigh
Wiltshire, England
Death: Nov. 29, 1669
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

"John was born in 1592 to Edward and Alice Cogswell, and baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on April 2, 1592.

On September 10, 1615 when John was 23, he married Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of The Reverend William and Phillis Thompson, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire.
His occupation in England was noted in some records as a "clothier" and a London merchant. As recorded "...At the age of twenty-three years he married the daughter of the parish vicar, succeeded to his father's business, and settled down in the old homestead. His parents died soon after his marriage, and he received by inheritance 'The Mylls called Ripond, situate within the Parish of Frome Selwood,' together with the home place and certain personal property. Like his father, he was a manufacturer of woollen fabrics, largely broadcloths and kerseymeres." John Cogswell left a very comfortable existence in England to come to America.

On May 23, 1635, John and his family sailed from Bristol on the Angel Gabriel. This is the famous ship that was caught in the monster hurricane and was shipwrecked off the coast of Pemaquid, Maine on August 15, 1635.
On this trip, John took all he owned: "...several farm and household servants, an amount of valuable furniture, farming implements, housekeeping utensils, and a considerable sum of money..." After the wreck, he and his family took to Ipswich whatever they could salvage from the water. John lost the equivalent of 5000 sterling; yet some say he salvaged nearly that much from the shipwreck. Some accounts have John and his son, John, Jr. walking from Pemaquid, Maine to Boston to summon help after the hurricane. Other accounts imply that Captain Gallup"s ship was already at Pemaquid and the Cogswells hired him to take them and their belongings to Ipswich, Massachusetts. Once the tragedy of the Angel Gabriel was behind them, Captain Gallup brought them to Chebacco (now Ipswich), in Essex County, Massachusetts. Once there, the settlement gladly accepted the family and the ability of John Cogswell to contribute to the growth of the town, as seen by the tremendous grants of land to him. The Cogswells prospered. In 1635 or 1636, "...Granted to Mr. John Coggswell Three hundred acres of land at the further Cebokoe, having the River on the South east, the land of William White on the North west and a Creeke romminge out of the River towards William White's farme on the North east. Bounded also on the West with a Creeke and a little (creeke)...Also there was granted to him a parsell of ground containing eight acres, upon part whereof ye sd John Coggswell hath built an house, it being the corner lot in Bridge street and hath Goodman Bradstreet's house-Lott on the South East."

Late in 1636, John and his family moved to the Chebacco site, which remained in the family until at least the late 1800s -- living in a homestead built by William Cogswell in 1732. This made John the third settler in what is now Essex, Massachusetts.

John and Elizabeth's children of record are:

1. Elizabeth, baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on Sep 15, 1616. On Jul 31, 1657 when Elizabeth was 41, she married Nathaniel Masterson, son of Richard Masterson, in Ipswich.
2. Mary, baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on Jul 24, 1618. In 1649 when Mary was 31, she married Godfrey Armitage, in Boston. They had one child, Samuel, who was born in April of 1655.
3. William, was baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire in Mar 1619. William lived in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex County. He and his son Jonathan bravely signed a petition for John and Elizabeth (Bassett) Proctor during the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692. In 1649 when William was 30, he married Susanna Hawkes, daughter of Adam Hawkes and Ann Brown, in Ipswich.
4. John, baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire; died in at sea on Sep 27, 1653; he was 31 and is buried in Old North Graveyard, First Church, Ipswich. John was..unlucky at best. His wife died when his children were still infants and toddlers. He left them in the care of friends and family and went to London to try and extract himself from much debt. His mission failed and he died on the return voyage. Nonetheless, the crew brought his body back to land and he was interred in Ipswich.
5. Phyllis, baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on July 2, 1624.
6. Hannah, baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on April 6, 1626; when Hannah was 25, she married Deacon Cornelius Waldo.
7. Esther, was baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on May 2, 1628 and died in Boston on June 7, 1655; she was 27.
8. Edward, Edward was born in 1629. At the age of 1, Edward was baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on 16 April 1630. Edward did migrate with his family to New England, but then disappears from all records and was not named in his father's will.
9. Alice, was baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on September 24, 1631.
10. Ruth, baptized in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England on November 28, 1633.
11. Abigail, was born about 1641 and died in 1728; she was 87. Before 1664 when Abigail was 23, she married Thomas Clark, son of Thomas Clark, in Boston. Thomas was a tailor who was born in 1638 and died in 1682; he was 44.
12. Sarah, was born about 1645 and died in 1732; she was 87. Before 1664 when Sarah was 19, she married Simon Tuttle, son of John Tuttle, in Ipswich. He was born in 1631 and died in 1692; he was 61.

John Cogswell died in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex County on Nov. 29 1669; he was 77 and is buried in The Old North Graveyard of the First Church." 
Family links: 
  Edward Cogswell (1554 - 1615)
  Alice Cogswell (1570 - 1616)
  Elizabeth Thompson Cogswell (1594 - 1676)*
  Willimus Cogswell (1619 - 1700)*
  John Cogswell (1622 - 1653)*
  John Cogswell (1622 - 1653)*
  Hannah Cogswell Waldo (1626 - 1704)*
  Sarah Cogswell Tuttle (1646 - 1732)*
  Margaret Coggswell (1580 - 1616)*
  Elizabeth Coggswell (1581 - 1581)*
  John Cogswell (1585 - 1592)*
  Andrew Cogswell (1590 - 1591)*
  John Cogswell (1592 - 1669)
  Anthon Cogswell (1595 - 1597)*
  Margery Coggswell (1595 - 1615)*
  Elizabeth Coggswell (1615 - 1661)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Burying Ground
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
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