John COGSWELL, 3rd

(1650-1724) - Ipswich, Essex co., MA

(Fifth Generation - Cogswell Family)


HISTORICAL TIDBIT He and his son john Cogswell, 4th, bravely signed a petition for John & Elizabeth [Bassett] Proctor during the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692.
BIRTH John 3rd was born in 1650 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA[96].
DEATH John died in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA in 1724; he was 74[96].
FAMILY LORE According to Jameson, John was captured by "a hostile band of Indians" he was pursuing[97].


In 1675, he brought suit against his uncle William Cogswell. John sued for an account of the probated estate of his father. William, having been discharged by the court in 1664, did not propose to give an account. The clerk of the court reported that the original account could not be found. The court would not give WIlliam any more time and decided in John's favor for 54 18s. 0d., plus court costs. William appealed, but the higher court upheld the judgment and bound William to the sum of 300 to give a just and full account. William delivered an account to John, who claimed that it was false. Thus, the court rejected the account and the suit against William was entered at Salem in January of 1676. The court brought judgment against William to the sum of 300. William appealed to the court in Boston. This court finally reversed the judgment in September of 1676 and ruled that John owed court costs of 13 4s. John refused to pay these charges; instead delivering himself to the marshal in October of 1676. During that same month, John petitioned the General Court -- pleading sad condition and inability -- and asked for another hearing. The court freed him and granted his request for a hearing. William answered the summons and the whole case was heard again on 29 May 1677. The court ruled in William's favor and ordered John to pay the judgment of 13 4s[98].

"William Cogswell and his father, John Cogswell, were 'Executors of Estate of John Cogswell, deceased. Inventory 341 10s. 0d, with the desperate debts as a lease of 1000 years being part. Gave 200 bonds. In 1664 they brought in account to the court in Ipswich to the full of the estate and were discharged by the court.'..."[99]

"In the year 1675 William Cogswell was sued by John Cogswell, his nephew, son and heir of John Cogswell, deceased, for an account of the estate of his late father probated. His uncle, William Cogswell, had been discharged by the court in 1664, and did not propose to give an account. On reference to the clerk of the court the original account could not be found, so that said William Cogswell was in a strait. The court would not give further time, and passed judgement of 54 18s. 0d. to the plaintiff, i.e. John3 Cogswell, with costs. William Cogswell appealed to the next court, which confirmed the sentence, and bound the defendant to the sum of 300 to give a just and full account. The account was delivered to John, who claimed that it was false. It was therefore rjected, and suit against William was entered at Salem, Jan., 1676, which brought in judgement of 300 against the defendant; from which, appeal was made to the court in Boston. This court reveresed the judgment, Sept., 1676, and brought costs of court, 13 4s. against John Cogswell. John did not pay these charges, but in Oct. 1676, delevered his person to the marshal; and in the same October petitioned the General Court, pleasing his sad condition and inability, and asked another hearing. The curt ordered him to liberty, and granted him a hearing, to which William was summoned. The whole case was heard over again, May 29, 1677. The conclusion was that the plaintiff had to pay the judgement rendered 13 4s..."[100]

DEPOSITION OF WILLIAM TARBOX, SEN., aged sixty-two years or thereabouts. This deponent testifieth and saith: "That in the year of our Lord 1635, I, the said deponent, did come in the ship called the Angel Gabriel, along with Mr. John Cogswell, Senior, from Old England, and we were cast ashore at Pemaquid; and I do remember that there were saved casks, both of dry goods & provisions, which were marked with Mr. Cogswell, Senior's mark; and that there was saved a tent of Mr. Cogswell's, which he had set up at Pemaquid, and lived in it with the goods that he saved from the wreck, and afterwards Mr. Cogswell removed to Ipswich; and in November, after the ship was cast away, I, the said deponent, came to Ipswich, and found Mr. Cogswell, Senior, living there, and hired myself with him for one year. I, the said deponent, do well remember that there were several feather beds, and I together with Deacon Haines, a servants, lay together on one of them; and there were several dozen of pewter platters, and that there were several brass pans, besides other pieces of pewter and other household goods, as iron work and other necessaries for house keeping, then in the house there; and I, the said deponent, do further testify that there were two mares and two cows brought over in another ship, which were landed safe ashore, and were kept at Misticke till Mr. Cogswell had them. I do further testify that my master, John Cogswell, Sen., had three sons which came over along with us in the ship callled the Angel Gabriel. The eldest son's name was William, and he was about 14 years; and the second son was called John, and he was about 12 years of age then; and the 3d son's name was Edward, who was about 6 years of age at that time; and further said not."

"William Tarbox then came and made oath to all the above written, the first day of Xber, 1676.
Before me,
Richard Martyn, Comm."[101]

THE DEPOSITION OF SAMUEL HAINES, now aged sixty-five years or thereabouts. This deponent testifieth and saith: "The I lived with Mr. John Cogswell, Sen., in Old England about three years, a servant with him, and came over along with him to New England in the ship called the Angel Gabriel, and was present with him when my Master Cogswell suffered shipwreck at Pemaqued, which was about forty years age the last August when the ship was cast away. I, the said Haines, do remember that there were saved of my master's goods a good quantity of good houehold goods, both feather beds & bedding, and also a good quantity of brass and pewter, and also several pieces of plate; and to the best of my remembrance of this brass, there were several brass pans. Furthermore, I do remember that my master had a Turkey worked carpet in Old England, which he commonly used to lay upon his parlour table, and this carpet was put abard among my master's goods, and came safe ashore, to the best of my remembrance: all which goods, together with some provisions which were saved then, good-man Gallup brought to Ipswich in his bark for my master, except some of them which the vessel could not hold; and I, the said deponent, came along with him in the vessel from Pemaquek, and lived with my Master Cogswell at Ipswich the same year following; and, also, I do remember that my master had two mares and two cows, which were shipped aboard a ship at South Hampton in Old England, and came safe ashore to New England that same summer as we came here, and were delivered to my master. I do further testify that about four years after that I lived with my master in Ipswich; that I went to Old England, and when I returned again, which was about a year and a half after, I brought over for the use of my Master Cogswell between four score and one hundred pounds' worth of goods in several particulars, which were delivered to him; and, furthermore, I do very well remember that my Master Cogsell had 3 sons which came over along with us in the aforesaid ship. The eldest son's name was William, who was about fourteen years of age then; and the 2nd son was called John, who was about twelve years of age then; and the third son's name was Edward, who was about six years of age at that time; and further saith not."

"Samuel Haines, Sen., came and made oath to all the above written, the first day of December, 1676.
Before me,
Richard Martyn, Comm."[32]

THE DEPOSITION OF MARY ARMITAGE, daughter of John Cogswell, Sen., deceased, aged about fifty-eight years, saith: "I, coming from Auld England with my father in the ship called the Angel Gabriel. My father put a good estate into that ship, which by God's providence was cast away at Pemequid in this country, and there lost a considerable part of his estate; yet it pleased God that some part of his estate was preserved ath the time of the shiprack. There were saved several beds and beding, tow suts of curtains & vallise, one sute green & the other sute green & red. There was saved table lining, both draper and damask, and also a Turkey work carpit, which was my father's carpit of hhis father's parler table in Auld England, & this carpit was in my father Cogswell's possession unto his dying day, & I heard it was prised in my father's inventory. There was also saved several pieces of plate and several dozens of pewter platters, & also several brass pans & som iron vessels, & also several sorts of provisions. These things I doe perfectly remember was saved, & my father went to Boston from Pemequid & hired auld goodman Gallup with his bark, & he came to Pemequid and brought my father's family & goods & provisions & tent to Ipswich, only some of my father's goods the bark could not bring, which goods was brought in another vessel; & also, I testify that my brother, John Cogswell, deceased, had but one fether-bed, as ever I heard of; & i never heard of but five pewter platteres & two brass kettles; & I never knew that my brother, Jno. CCogswell, had any brass pans; & I never heard that my brother John had ever any Turkey made carpit; & I doe believe that he never had such a carpit."

"Taken upon oath, April 5, 1677.
Before me,
Edward Tyng, Assistant."[66]

THE DEPOSITION OF WILLIAM THOMPSON, aged about twenty-eight years, testifieth: "The I lived with my Uncle & Aunt, Mr. John Cogswell, Sen., of Ipswich, and Mrs. Cogswell, about 16 years, & I did frequently see a Turkie-work carpet which they had, and I have heard them say that it was theirs in Old England, and used to lie upon their parlor table there, and that they brought it with them into this country when they came; and being this last winter in Old England, I heaerd my father, Doctor Samuel Thompson, say that he did well remember that my Uncle & Aunt had a Turkie-work carpet, which used to lye upon their parlour table in Old England, and took it away with them."
"May 26, 1677."[66]

ESTATE John's will was dated 16 September 1713 and proved 31 August 1728. He does mention his wife, Margaret, three sons and six daughters in this will[97].
MARRIAGE On 22 July 1674 when John was 24, he married Margaret GIFFORD, daughter of Doctor John GIFFORD & Margaret TEMPLE, in Ipswich, Essex co., MA[11,102,63,103,104,105].

CHILDREN 34. i. Margaret COGSWELL Please see her own page.
35. ii. Elizabeth COGSWELL Elizabeth was born on 1 August 1677 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA[97] and died on 16 June 1718; she was 40[97]. On 16 June 1701 when Elizabeth was 23, she married Ebeneezer HAWKES[97].
36. iii. Gifford COGSWELL Gifford was born on 4 August 1679 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA[97]. Gifford died in March 1752; he was 72[97]. On 27 December 1722 when Gifford was 43, he married Sarah PARSONS[97].
37. iv. Sarah COGSWELL Sarah was born on 16 September 1681[97].
38. v. John COGSWELL, 4th John was born on 6 September 1683 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA and died in 1719; he was 35[97]. In 1708 when John was 24, he married Sarah BROWN[97].
39. vi. Mary COGSWELL Mary was born in December 1685 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA[97]. Before 8 September 1716 when Mary was 30, she married Jacob PARSONS[97].
40. vii. Bethany COGSWELL Bethany was born in 1687 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA and died on 23 Apr 1755; she was 68[97]. On 22 July 1723 when Bethany was 36, she married Samuel GOTT[97].
41. viii. Susanna COGSWELL Susanna was born on 5 May 1691 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA[97]. On 14 December 1721 when Susanna was 30, she married Jeremiah PARSONS[97].
42. ix. Samuel COGSWELL Samuel was born on 23 February 1693 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex co., MA[97]. In 1723 when Samuel was 29, he married Mary LUFKIN[97].

GENERATION Great-great-great-great-great-great-great (G7) Grandfather
SOURCES 1. Jameson, Ephriam Orcutt, The Cogswells in America: 1635-1884, ([Boston: A. Mudge & Son], 1884), [Cogswell], xii.

2. Ibid. viii.

3. Ibid. vii.

4. Ibid. ix.

5. Ibid. xiii.

6. Ibid. xiv.

7. Ibid. xiii-xiv.

8. Ibid. xiv-xv.

9. Ibid. viii, xiii, xv.

10. Anderson, Robert Charles, George F. Sanborn, Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635., (New England Historic Genealogical Society), [GreatMig1634-1635], II:137.

11. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society). [Torrey].

12. [GreatMig1634-1635], II:138.

13. Ipswich, Essex co., MA Vital Records. [IVR], 2:528 (CT. R.).

14. [Cogswell], 6.

15. Ibid. 2.

16. Ibid. xv.

17. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686, 9 volumes, (Salem 1911-1975), [EQC], 1:79.

18. Ibid. 1:87.

19. Ibid. 1:109.

20. Ibid. 1:127.

21. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686; 5 volumes in 6, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed. (Boston: 1853-1854), [MCBR], 1:371.

22. Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, [IQCR], 5:108.

23. The Probate Records of Essex County, [Essex Prob], 2:180.

24. [Cogswell], 7.

25. [Essex Prob], 2:180.

26. Ibid. Docket 5, 830.

27. [IQCR], 5:116.

28. [GreatMig1634-1635], II:137-138.

29. [IQCR], 5:109.

30. [Cogswell], xvi-xxi.

31. Chronicles of the First Planters of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, Alexander Young, (Boston&358; 1844; rpt. Baltimore 1974), [YoungsFirstPlanters], 478.

32. [Cogswell], 11-12.

33. Great Migration Newsletter, vol 1+, [GMN], 7:17-18, 24.

34. [Cogswell], xvi.

35. Ibid. 3.

36. Ipswich, Essex co., MA Town Records, [ITR].

37. [Cogswell], 3-4.

38. Ibid. 4.

39. Ipswich Land Records, manuscript, Essex County Courthouse, Salem, MA, [ILR], 1:93.

40. Ibid. 1:116.

41. Ibid. 2:237.

42. [EQC], 1:175.

43. [Cogswell], 4-5.

44. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR or Reg.], 37:117; 40:65; 52:213.

45. [Cogswell], xiii,xv,1.

46. Hill, Wilham G., Family Record of Deacon James W. Converse and Elisha S. Converse, ([Boston: A. Mudge & Son], 1887), [Converse (1887)], 53.

47. Fuess, Elizabeth Goodhue, Cushing and Allied Families, (Andover, Mass., 1931), typescript, [Cushing (Ms)], 119, 428.

48. Ferris, Mary Walton, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, a Memorial Volume, 2 vols., (Milwaukee: privately printed, 1931-43), [Dawes-Gates], 1:187+.

49. Stearns, Ezra S., Early Generations of the Founders of Old Dunstable: Thirty Families, (Boston: George E. Littlefield, 1911), [Dunstable Fam.], 90.

50. Sumner, Edith Bartlett, Descendants of Thomas Farr of Harpswell, Maine and Ninety Allied Families, (Los Angeles: American Offset Printers, 1959), [Farr Anc.], 69.

51.Davis, Fellowes Genealogical Statistics and Notes, (n.p., 1915), [Fellowes-Davis Anc.], 89.

52. Leonard, Clarence Ettienne, The Fulton-Hayden-Warner Ancestry in America, (New York: T. A. Wright, 1923), [Fulton Anc.], 188.

53. Jacobus, Donald Lines, The Granberry Family and Allied Families, (Hartford, Conn.: E. F. Waterman, 1945), [Granberry], 199.

54. Lord, A. Roberts, Holbrook and Allied Families, (New York: Thesis Publ. Co., 1942), [Holbrook Anc. (1942)], 41.

55. Ipswich Antiquarian papers, v. 1-4, (Ipswich, Mass.: 1879-85), [Ipswich Ant. Papers], 192.

56. Savage, James A., A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 1860-1862., (Boston 1860-1862; rpt Baltimore 1955), [Savage], 1:422

57. Underhill, Lora Altine, Descendants of Edward Small of New England, and the Allied Families, (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1910), [Small], 2:558.

58. The American Genealogist, [TAG], 21:168.

59. Tracy, Sherman Weld, The Tracy Genealogy; Being Some of the Descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth Colony, 1623; Also, Ancestral Sketches and Chart, (Rutland, Vt.: The Tuttle Publishing Co., 1936), [Tracy (1936)], 167.

60. Tuttle, George Frederick, The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, Who Came from Old to New England in 1635, and Settled in New Haven in 1639. Also, Some Account of the Descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass., (Rutland, Vt.: Tuttle & Company, 1883), [Tuttle], xxvii.

61. Wellman, Joshua Wyman, et. al., Descendants of Thomas Wellman of Lynn, Mass., (Boston: Arthur Holbrook Wellman, 1918), [Wellman], 79.

62. Whittelsey, Charles Barney, Genealogy of the Whittelsey-Whittlesey Family, (Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1898), [Whittlesey], 75.

63. Wentworth, John, The Wentworth Genealogy: England and America, 3 vols., (Boston&358; Little, Brown & Co., 1878), [Wentworth], 2:92.

64. [IVR], 2:105.

65. Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633., (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), [GreatMig.], II:1236-1238.

66. [Cogswell], 12.

67. Ibid. 8.

68. Ibid. 9.

69. [IVR], 2:530 (P. R. ).

70. [EQC], 6:277.

71. [Cogswell], 13.

72. [GreatMig1634-1635], II:139.

73. [Cogswell], 14-15.

74. [EQC], 1:307-308.

75. [NEHGR], 37:117; 15:177.

76. [EQC], 6:153.

77. [Dawes-Gates], 1:189.

78. [GreatMig1634-1635], II:139-140.

79. [Essex Prob], 1:156-158.

80. [Cogswell], 13-14.

81. [IQCR], 1:42.

82. [Essex Prob], 1:156-158.

83. [IQCR], 1:137.

84. [Farr Anc.], 71.

85. [NEHGR], 37:117; 15:177; 23:154; 25:188.

86. Chute, William Edward, A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America, (Salem, Mass., 1894), [Chute], xxxvii.

87. [Tuttle], xxxvii.

88. The Essex Antiquarian, (13 vols.)(n.p., 1897-1909), [EssexAnt], 5:44.

89. The Genealogical Magazine, v.1+, (Salem Mass.&358; Salem Press, 1890+), [Putnam's Mag.], 2:170.

90. [EQC], 6:154.

91. [Cogswell], 15.

92. Boston, Suffolk co., MA Vital Records. [BostonVR], 51.

93. [EQC], 3:141.

94. Ibid. 6:154-155.

95. [TAG], 54:174; 59:213.

96. [Cogswell], 13,30.

97. Ibid. 30.

98. Ibid. 10-11,30

99. Ibid. 10.

100. Ibid. 10-11.

101. Ibid. 11.

102. Ibid. 13,30.

103. Essex Institute Historical Collections, vol. 1+, (Salem, Mass., 1859+), [EIHC], 41:182.

104. Gifford, Harry E., Gifford Genealogy 1626-1896, ([Williston, Mass.: Pinkham Press, 1896]), [Gifford], 86.

105. Tingley, Raymon Meyers, Some Ancestral Lines; Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford: Solon Tingley and His Wife, Martha Pamelia Meyers, Collected by Their Son, Raymon Meyers Tingley, (Rutland, Vt.: The Tuttle Publishing Co., 1935), [Tingley-Meyers], 235.

106. [Cogswell], 30,49.

107. Ibid. 30,49,50.

108. Ibid. 49.

109. Ibid. 50.

110. Perley, Sidney, Historic Storms of New England: Its Gales, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Showers with Thunder and Lightning, Great Snow Storms, Rains, Freshets, Floods, Droughts, Cold Winters, Hot Summers, Avalanches,[etc.]..with Incidents and Anecdotes, Amusing and Pathetic., (Salem, Mass.: The Salem Press Publishing and Printing Company; rpt. 2001 Beverley, MA: Commonwealth Editions, Memoirs Unlimited, Inc.), [Perley].

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