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A non-profit corporation, organized in Mass., in 1989, dedicated to preserving the history of the Cogswell family



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Prominent Cogswells in History

    For the past 388 years the Cogswell family has been contributing its sons and daughters to the cultural, religious, and political "experiments" in North America.  For a time, the world wondered whether or not the displaced sons of England could survive and prosper in the new world, especially after the nurture and protection of the English Monarch was rejected by the disgruntled Americans.  Now, from our modern perspective, we can only try and understand and appreciate the sacrifices made, the hardships endured, and the personal pride and satisfaction resulting from a job well-done by our Cogswell ancestors.  Members of the Cogswell family have been especially well represented by honorable military service, and in the fields of medicine and teaching.  But, these "highlights" are not meant to ignore the contributions of the Cogswell farmers, mechanics, teamsters, public servants, and craftsmen (and women) who built the edifice we inherited - North America.   Periodically, this page will introduce you to one of those Cogswell sons or daughters who made a distinguished contribution to our lives in the U.S. and Canada.

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Edward [81] COGSWELL

 Son of William [19] COGSWELL & Martha EMERSON. Born 13 Aug 1686 in Gloucester, Mass. Died 17 Apr 1773 in New Milford, Conn. Buried in New Preston Parish, Washington, Conn.  Edward Cogswell is mentioned as a member of the "New London Society United for Trade and Commerce," in 1732.  This probably was Edward of Ipswich, Mass., for we find him soon after, 1735, in Preston, Conn., where he remained some ten years; he then made a purchase of wild land in the northern part of New Milford.  On September 10, 1745, he purchased from John Baker and Caleb Mallory the 33rd lot of the south tier of lots in the "North Purchase," and became, in 1747, the first settler in that region.  Subsequently, he bought other lands in the vicinity, established iron works, the first manufacturing interest in New Milford, and did much to develop the resources of that new country.

It is said that Edward Cogswell made a "Family Record of the Cogswells," and that there exists [1884] a copy of it in Cazenovia, Madison County, N.Y.  This has not been found, but his grandson, John, left a record, in possession of M.W. Cogswell, Esq., Elyria, Ohio, which has been of great service.  John Cogswell [613] says that his Uncle John and Aunts Lucy and Martha, children of Edward Cogswell, removed to some place in Vermont, near a lake.

Edward's grave is near that of his youngest son, Major William [222] Cogswell, in the cemetery of New Preston Parish, Washington, Conn.

Edward married Hannah BROWNE, daughter of Nathaniel BROWNE & Judith PERKINS, 21 Aug 1708 in Ipswich, Mass.  It also is said that they were married in New Milford, Conn.  Born circa 1691 in New Milford, Conn. Died 6 Jun 1771 in Ipswich, Mass.  They had the following children:

         210                i.              Samuel [210] COGSWELL
211               ii.              Edward [211] COGSWELL  b. circa 1712. d. circa 1712.
212              iii.              Nathaniel [212] COGSWELL, Capt.
213              iv.              Judith [213] COGSWELL
214               v.              Hannah [214] COGSWELL
215              vi.              John [215] COGSWELL
216             vii.              Martha [216] COGSWELL  b. circa 1723. d. circa 1723.
217            viii.              Lucy [217] COGSWELL
218              ix.              Martha [218] COGSWELL  b. circa 1727. d. circa 1727.
219               x.              Martha [219] COGSWELL
220              xi.              Elizabeth [220] COGSWELL  b. circa 1730. d. circa 1730.
221             xii.              Emerson [221] COGSWELL
222            xiii.              William [222] COGSWELL, Maj.

Nathaniel [212] COGSWELL, Capt.


Son of Edward [81] COGSWELL & Hannah BROWNE. Born 13 Feb 1714 in Ipswich, Mass. Died 4 Nov 1810 in Griswold, Conn.  "The Genealogy of Henry & Ann Kinne, Pioneers of Salem, Mass." 

A stone marks the grave of Lieut. Nathaniel Cogswell in the Griswold Cemetery.  DAR Patriot Index, p. 142:  Cogswell, Nathaniel  b. 2-13-1716  d. 11-4-1810, CT.  The Assembly of Connecticut, May 1763: "This Assembly do establish Mr. Nathaniel Cogswell to be Lieutenant of the 2nd Co. or trainband in the town of Preston."

He first married Huldah KINNEY, daughter of Thomas KINNEY, Dea. & Martha COX, 8 Dec 1737 in Griswold, Conn. Born 1 Feb 1719 in Griswold, Conn. Died 30 Oct 1754 in Griswold, Conn.  They had the following children:

         552                i.              Eunice [552] COGSWELL
553               ii.              Huldah [553] COGSWELL
554              iii.              Nathaniel [554] COGSWELL
555              iv.              Lois [555] COGSWELL
556              v.              Judith [556] COGSWELL
557             vi.              John [557] COGSWELL
558            vii.              Martha [558] COGSWELL  b. 9 Feb 1749 in Preston, Conn.
559           viii.              Zeruiah [559] COGSWELL  b. 14 Jul 1752.  She married Gideon AVERELL, 21 Dec 1774.
560            ix.              Nathan [560] COGSWELL (Twin)
561             x.              Elizabeth [561] COGSWELL (Twin)















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