Edward Cottle (c.1628 - 1710) MP

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Birthplace: Landford, Wiltshire. England
Death: Died in Chelmark, Dukes, MA
Occupation: Whaling
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Quoted from: http://history.vineyard.net/b2wtres.htm#Cottle

EDWARD COTTLE. This early settler of Tisbury was born about 1628, and although a discrepancy exists in the records as to this point, [*Essex County Court Rec., XII, 368; XIII, 72.] it is considered more probable that this represents the date of his birth, rather than ten years earlier. He first settled in that part of Salisbury now known as Amesbury, Massachusetts. There is extant a statement made by him of his experiences there which is printed here as the best account of the reasons which caused him to move from that place:

  • * * "I the sd Edward Cottle obtained among other lands a tract called the Lion's mouth being a neck of land * * * & built a sufficient house sd lands possessed many years, which house being providentially burnt together with my goods, I then built a small house att a place called Jamaica, w'thin same township, w'ch being burnt by the Indians (1668) & not being so able in estate as some other of my associates in said parts was necessitated to try what success I might have by removing to the southwardly part of New England, hopeing the Eastern parts might in time obtain a settled peace that I might then Return, to my inheritance again: but matters occuring Contrary, I purchased a small settlement at ye town of Tisbury in Dukes County afores'd, & being now grown aged & out of hopes of Ever returning" etc., etc. [*Essex County Deeds, XXII, 201.]

This interesting and valuable statement does not disclose his intermediate place of residence, before coming to Tisbury, but we learn that he removed from Amesbury with his wife Judith and a family of six or seven children and migrated to Nantucket about 1668-9, where he resided about seven or eight years. [*Nantucket Records.] At least four children of record were added to his family there, and then he probably returned to the mainland, taking up a residence at a place called "Mannamoiett." This is probably identical with Monomoy on the southeastern part of Cape Cod. He is mentioned as of that place in 1677, and on March 5, 1677-8, "Edward Cottle & his wife of Mannamoiett, for prophaning the Sabath by quarrelling [were] fined 40s" with the alternative "to be whipt." [*PIymouth Colony Rec., V, 254; VII, 207; VIII, 148.] His stay there was brief, not exceeding three years.

He came to Tisbury about 1680 and is called a "freeholder" in the records as early as 1683. He was chosen one of a committee to procure a new town charter in 1687; to divide proprietors' lands in 1688; a fence viewer in 1688; a constable in 1689, and surveyor of highways in 1699. It is not known where he lived before 1688, but in that year he bought of Thomas Mayhew the eastern half of the home lot of Josiah Standish, consisting of twenty-four acres, now owned by the heirs of the late Henry L. Whiting. It is probable that this had been the site of his residence for some years prior to that date. This he sold to his son John in 1700, and his declining years were probably spent in Chilmark, perhaps with his son James, as in 1710 he calls himself a resident of that town and is so designated by others. [*Essex Co. Deeds, XXI, 231. It is quite probable that he lived in Chickemmoo then a part of Chilmark, rather than in the present town limits of Chilmark. His son James owned land in Chickemmoo.] There is no record of his death either in the town or probate records. He had disposed of all his property to his son and nothing remained to be divided and made a matter of record. As he was at least 82 years old in 1710 and "grown aged" it is probable he died not long after. By his wife Judith, of whom nothing further is known, he had fourteen children, three of whom are not of record in towns where he lived.

Edward Cottle was probably from Wiltshire. In the church at Bradford-upon-Avon in that county there is a mural coat of arms of this family, and the name is frequently found in the records there. The earliest form of the name (1250) is Cotele or Cothele, and the family was early seated at Atworth, Wilts, now called Cottles, near Melksham. [*History of the Cotel or Cottle Family by W. H. Cottell. Pamphlet, 23 pp., 1871.]

[For information about his descendants, see The Cottle Family of Martha's Vineyard.]

Birth: 1628 Landford Wiltshire, England Death: 1710 Tisbury Dukes County Massachusetts, USA

Son of Edward Married Judith Osgood.

Thank you, S. Barnard, for providing this information about Edward.

Burial: Golgotha Burial Ground Amesbury Essex County Massachusetts, USA

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Landford, Wiltshire. England
Age 22
Of Tisbury, Dukes, MA
January 17, 1651
Age 23
Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
Age 23
Newbury, , Mass.
March 2, 1655
Age 27
Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
March, 1657
Age 29
Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
March 5, 1659
Age 31
March 5, 1661
Age 33
Amesbury, Essex, Mass
April 19, 1663
Age 35
Nantucket, Dukes, Mass.
September 28, 1666
Age 38
Nantucket, Dukes, Mass.