Leonard Cozzens (1690 - 1769)

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Birthplace: All Cannons, (Devizes)Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Newport, Rhode Island, USA
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About Leonard Cozzens

'“I [ Leonard Cozzens ] was born in ye year of our Lord 1690, in ye parish of All Cannon, in Wiltshire, near the Division of Nearest Market Town. I came to Newport in ye year 1711 and was married in ye year 1712, in July. [to Margaret Taylor ]”'

Thus did Leonard Cozzens leave for posterity the basic facts of his history in America. This was written at some time in the 1700’s on a paper pasted on the last page of an old bible which had been printed A. D. 1715, found in the possession of Mr. Benjamin Weaver of Newport, Rhode Island. He also lists the 13 children he and Margaret had, with the name of Andrew, born in 1731 being the last. All other entries, and there are more, are made in another hand, as are the two in parenthesis above. This would indicate that Leonard wrote this some time after 1731 and before his demise in 1769.

The name Cozzens with various spellings, occurs in New England before the arrival of Leonard in Newport. The earliest seems to be that of a George Cozzens who arrived in Boston in 1635 on the ship James. Other records indicate an Isaac born in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1647 followed by Elizabeth in 1650. An Abraham married in 1684 in Sherborne, Mass., and another Isaac was born in 1688 and died in 1740 in Barnstable. Richard Cozzens of Saybrook, Connecticut married Mary, daughter of Alexander Chalker in 1678 and their children were Hannah, 1679; Sarah, 1683, on Block Island; and Bertha, 1685. There is a record of the birth of John Cozzens, in 1683, son of Richard Cozzens of New Shoreham (Block Island) . But there is only one Cozzens family reported in Newport at the same relative time, and I have found no relationship, or indeed any connection with these other families or locations.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

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Leonard Cozzens's Timeline

1690
1690
All Cannons, (Devizes)Wiltshire, England
1712
July, 1712
Age 22
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1713
April 17, 1713
Age 23
Rhode Island, USA
1715
1715
Age 25
Rhode Island, USA
1716
1716
Age 26
RI, USA
1718
August 15, 1718
Age 28
Newport, Herkimer, New York, USA
1720
March 5, 1720
Age 30
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1721
October 30, 1721
Age 31
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
October 30, 1721
Age 31
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1724
March 17, 1724
Age 34
Rhode Island, USA