Two little known Cogswell Children

    What happened to Elizabeth Cogswell, oldest daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thomson) Cogswell?  She was baptized September 15th, 1616, in Westbury, Wiltshire, England, and came with her parents to America in 1635.  According to Descendants of John Cogswell, on July 31st, 1657 she married Nathaniel Masterson at about age 41.  In Cogswell records, her story ends there.  According to History of York Maine, Vol. I. by Charles Edward Banks (Regional Publishing Company: Baltimore, MD. 1931) they moved to York, and had three daughters: Sarah, Abiel and Elizabeth fairly soon after the marriage.  On January 24th, 1692, a morning attack by the Abenaki Indians resulted in the death of forty or more colonists and the capture of eighty, who were herded to Canada, many dying en route.  This became known as the York Candlemas Massacre.  Nathaniel and Elizabeth were probably among those killed.  
    Edward Cogswell was the third son of John and Elizabeth (Thomson) Cogswell.  He was baptized April 16th, 1630 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.  At the age of five or six he accompanied his parents on the Angel Gabriel to the new world.  He is not mentioned in his father’s will, (1669) and that leads some to believe he died early in life – at least before his father in 1669.  However, there do exist three items which suggest he was still living when his father died.  In Ipswich Records – Hammatt Papers, II, 59, we find "1670, March 29, Thomas Bragg and Edward Cogswell, for fighting in the meeting-house on the Lord’s day, in the time of exercise, fined 10s (shillings) a piece and costs and fees."  In Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts Volume VI, we find that On Dec. 20th, 1671, Edward Cogswell was witness to a bond given by “Samuel Cogswell of Ipswich to his uncle William Cogswell of Ipswich, for enough white oak timber to make 10,000 barrel staves and heading, said timber growing on the pasture land on the southeast side of Jebaco (Chebacco) River.”  Finally, in the Records of the proprietors of Narraganset Township, No. 1, now the Town of Buxton, York County, Maine, we learn that In 1735, Emerson Cogswell claimed land in the Narraganset tract in the right of Edward Cogswell, who apparently fought in 1675-76 in King Philip’s War.  Emerson Cogswell on the right of Edward Cogswell was granted lot number 28 on a raing of lots known by the letter D and/or number 1 on a raing of lots known by the letter E.  The next Edward Cogswell of whom we know was not born until 1686.  So it seems likely that Edward Cogswell lived until at least 1675.

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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