Theodore Rose Cogswell Identified

              Karen Struve of Spokane identified the Science Fiction writer featured in the last Courier.  She found a June 8th, 1938 New Carlisle, Pa., newspaper article:

            E. E. Rose, former New Castle man… was visiting a number of his relatives… As a young man of 18 Mr. Rose left New Castle 54 years ago. For many years he has been a resident of Cleveland, Ohio. His ancestors were Revolutionary soldiers and his grandson Theodore Rose Cogswell of Cleveland is at present driving an ambulance for the Loyalist forces in Spain.”

            In the 1910 census, Elmer Rose and his wife Gila have four children, the oldest of them being Margaret, age 19.  One of the other children has Espy as a middle name, and there is an adult, Charles Espy, in the household.

In the 1920 census, Margaret R. is married to Dewitt R Cogswell (DJC 4549).  They have one son, Espy R. Cogswell, aged one year, nine months. 

Descendants of John Cogswell lists Espy Rose Cogswell (DJC 6377) as son of Dewitt Russell and Marguerite Espy (Rose) Cogswell, her parents being Elmer Ellsworth and Guila (Espy) Rose.  Why Espy changed his name to Theodore, we do not know.  Karen guesses that "Theodore" took this name rather than his birth name of Espy for publishing purposes.  Apparently the change was before he was age twenty, when he was driving for Spanish loyalist forces. 

About mcogswell2

I am a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. I am currently Editor of the Cogswell Courier, the newsletter of the Cogswell Family Association.
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