Andrew Cozzens (1731 - 1766)

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Birthplace: Rhode Island, USA
Death: Died in Rhode Island, USA
Managed by: Jason Wills
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About Andrew Cozzens

“Our son Andrew was born Oct. 16, 1731”

Although I have nothing to confirm this, I assume that Andrew became a sailor as well. He married in 1759 at the age of 28, which leads me to believe that he was away at sea for many of his young years, and not ready for a bride, and a household. His wife was Mary Carpenter, daughter of Jabez and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Carpenter. who had been born 23 November, 1731. It is at this point that the story begins to become cloudy, as records show that Andrew had a second marriage, to Mary Townsend, daughter of Christopher and Patience Townsend, in September of 1764. I have found nothing that tells me that his first wife had died, nor do I find any grave site entered for her in any of the cemeteries in either Newport or Providence. The clouds become more dense, as it is recorded that Mary (Townsend) Cozzens,”widow of Andrew” marries Gideon Wanton of Newport in October of 1766, and Andrew Cozzens is shown to have been “lost at sea” presumably sometime in 1764-5. The marriages of Andrew to Mary Townsend and her marriage to Wanton, are both from the Newport Friends records.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

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Andrew Cozzens's Timeline

October 16, 1731
Rhode Island, USA
November 23, 1750
Age 19
Newport, Newport Co, Rhode Island, USA
Age 23
Rhode Island, USA
September 1, 1759
Age 27
January 16, 1761
Age 29
September 6, 1764
Age 32
Rhode Island, USA
October 2, 1766
Age 34
Rhode Island, USA
Age 34