Benjamin Cozzens (1721 - 1802)

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Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death: Died in Providence, Providence, RI, USA
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“Our two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, wher born Oct. ye 30th 1721”

I have been unable to learn what Benjamin Cozzens did for a living. I believe it would be correct to assume that he was not a mariner. It is known that his father in law, George Brown, was a prominent lawyer who practiced in Providence and Pawtucket. On Anne’s tombstone is carved, “Mrs Anne Cozzens wife of Mr Benjamin Cozzens and daughter of George Brown Esq “. The term esquire being used for those permitted to plead cases before a justice. and to differentiate between accredited lawyers and those who merely carried out other legal tasks such as estates, wills, land or property purchases, etc. The fact that both Benjamin and Anne, and their infant children’s graves are all in Providence’s Old North Cemetery, would indicate that the family resided in Providence, not Newport, and perhaps Benjamin was employed by Anne’s father in some manner. It must be left to speculation.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

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Benjamin Cozzens's Timeline

October 30, 1721
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
January 4, 1746
Age 24
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
September 28, 1747
Age 25
October 25, 1748
Age 26
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
October 12, 1749
Age 27
August 16, 1752
Age 30
Providence, Providence , Rhode Island, USA
October 4, 1752
Age 30
Providence, Providence , Rhode Island, USA
September 17, 1753
Age 31
Rhode Island, USA
August 21, 1754
Age 32
November 28, 1755
Age 34
Providence, Rhode Island, USA