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Edward Cottle

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Landford, Wiltshire. England
Death: Died in Chelmark, Dukes, MA
Place of Burial: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Cottle and Christian Cottle
Husband of Dorothy Cottle/ Cottel and Judith Cottle
Father of Edward Cottle; William COTTLE; Benjamin Cottle; Sarah Cottle; Judith Cottle and 11 others

Occupation: Whaling
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About Edward Cottle

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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

-------------------- Edward appears in both my mother and father's line so is repeated here

Recorded as written:

Edward, a Puritan, was born in the first quarter of the 17th century in Landford, Wiltshire, England. He probably married Judith (perhaps her maiden name was Osgood) in England. Edward Cottle came to America in about 1650 and settled in Salisbury, Massachusetts near William Cottle. William Cottle came to America in 1638 and is the second recorded Cottle in America (Mark Cottell arrived in Virginia in 1607). Edward is most likely related to William perhaps he is a brother or cousin.

After farming for four years at Salisbury which is on the northern coast of modern Massachusetts, he helped found a new settlement ten miles inland on the west side of the Powwow River called Salisbury New Towne. It later became known as Amesbury. About 1667 Edward's house accidently burned down. He morgaged some of his land and rebuilt the house only to have it burnt down again, this time by Indians. Soon after Edward moved to Nantucket Island way to the south below Cape Cod. Nantucket was partialy owned Thomas Macy (ancestor of the founder of the Macy's Stores) who had left Amesbury to avoid persecution from the Puritan authorities for his giving shelter to Quakers. Nantucket Island was under the authority of New York at this time.

Edward recalled those days years later stating, "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 burned 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 parish was necessitated to try what success I moght have by removing southwadly part of New England, hopeing hte Eastern parts might in time obtain a settled peace that I might then Return, to my inheritance again..."

It is possible that Judith died after the move to Nantucket, perhaps in childbirth with James. Some records mention Dorothy as Edward's second wife and a Dorothy Cottle died in 1681on Nantucket Island. Another possiblity is that Dorathy Cottle was Edward's daughter. After ten years on Nantucket, Edward moved to Monomy Island just south of Chatham which is on the southeast corner of Cape Cod. He is known to be known to be living there 1677 and early 1678. Edward moved on to Marthas Vineyard, an island ten miles to the west of Nantucket, in the early 1680s. He held the posts of fence viewer, constable, and surveyor of the highways in the town of Tisbury. In 1688 Edward purchased 24 acres from Thomas Mayhew. This land part of the Josiah Standish's original homelot and contained a mill. Edward sold this land to his son John in 1700. Edward became one of the founders of Chilmark on Marthas Vineyard in 1695 where he died about 15 years later.

From: "The Cottle Genealogy" by Velma Musick "Silvanus & Abigail Cottle" by James Schwabe. "History of Matha's Vineyard" by Charles Edward Banks 1911 Vol II Pgs 42-44

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Edward Cottle's Timeline

1628
1628
Landford, Wiltshire. England
1650
1650
Age 22
Of Tisbury, Dukes, MA
1651
January 17, 1651
Age 23
Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
1651
Age 23
Newbury, , Mass.
1655
March 2, 1655
Age 27
Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
1657
March 1657
Age 29
Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
1659
March 5, 1659
Age 31
1661
March 5, 1661
Age 33
Amesbury, Essex, Mass
1663
April 19, 1663
Age 35
Nantucket, Dukes, Mass.
1666
September 28, 1666
Age 38
Nantucket, Dukes, Mass.