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John Coggeshall, Jr.

Birthplace: Halstead, Essex County, England
Death: Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Place of Burial: Coggeshall Cemetery, NEWPORT, Newport Co., RI, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Coggeshall, Sr. and Mary Hodge Coggeshall
Husband of Mary Sturgis; Elizabeth Coggeshall; Patience Coggeshall and Mary Coggeshell
Father of Mary Martin; John or Joshua Coggeshall, III; Elizabeth Coggeshall; William Coggeshall; Ann Coggeshall and 10 others
Brother of Hananiel COGGESHALL; Joshua Coggeshall, Sr.; Anne Easton; Mary Coggeshall; James Coggeshall and 3 others
Half brother of Anne Puckett and Mary Ann Bailey

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About Major John Coggeshall, Governor

Immigrated in 1632 on the Lyon.

  1. Title: Major
  2. Note:

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Subject: [BlackSheep-L] John Coggeshall

Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 07:48:18 EDT


I am writing this for the person who sent me an e mail saying that they were also descended from John Coggeshall and requesting my line of descent. I got disconnected from the internet unexpectedly as I was reading your message and it was deleted so I don't have your address to reply privately. My descent is as follows:

John and Elizabeth (Baulstone)

William and Rachel (______)

John and Rachel (Coggeshall) Olney

Jeremiah and Susannah (Brown) Olney

Hezekiah and Martha (Hawkins) Olney

Joseph and Esther (Dixon) Olney

John Dixon and Roxanna (Poole) Olney

Darwin and Almira (Yeomans) Olney

Darwin Byron and Eva Flora (Guillaume) Olney

Alfred and Isabelle (Olney) Fox (my parents)

Have you read :"Betty Baulston and John Coggeshall: An Early RI Divorce" by Robert Charles Anderson and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol CXLIX October 1995? It gives an excellent account of the events leading to the divorce. It appears from this article that John was the good guy, protecting Elizabeth's reputation, which appears to be in need of protection. If you or any one else is interested in reading this account, I have the Register and would be glad to copy for those that wish.



Father: John COGGESHALL Mother: Mary UNKNOWN Marriage 1 Elizabeth BAULSTONE Children

1. Has Children William COGGESHALL b: ABT 1654 in Newport, Rhode Island

1653 and 1654: General Treasurer for Newport and Portsmouth, RI.

1654, September 16- He petitioned to divorce his first wife, Elizabeth Baulstone.

1655, May 25- The petion was granted.

1662-72: General Treasurer for the Colony.

1665-83 and 1701: Deputy to the General Assembly nine times.

1676-77 and 1691-92: General Recorder for the Colony.

1663-86: Named as one of the Assistants in the new charter granted to Rhode Island by King Charles II in 1663 and served in that position ten times.

1683: Named as Major of the Militia for the Island.

1686, May- 1690, May: Deputy Governor of Rhode Island.

1688-1690, May: Acting Governor.

1690, May: Elected Governor of Rhode Island, but refused to serve.

1701, May- Deputy from Newport, RI. This was his last public position.

Siblings: Ann bapt. 7 May 1626, Mary bapt. 22 June 1628, James bapt. 16 March 1630, Joshua born circa 1631, Hananiel bapt. 11 September 1635-probably died young, Wayte bapt. 11 September 1636, and Bediah bapt. 30 July 1637-probably died young.

Maj. John COGGESHALL (168) was born about 1618 in England. He died on 1 Oct 1708 in Newport,Newport,RI. Per C.P. Coggeshall:

John Coggeshall was born in England and came to this country with his parents in 1632. He resided in Newport; his farm, left to him by his father, was situated at the southerly part of Newport. In May 1684 he was appointed Major of the militia, and by which title he was ever afterwards known. He was buried in the family cemetery on his land. The inscription on his gravestone is as follows: "Here lieth the body of John Coggeshall, Major; he died Oct. 1, 1708, in the 90th year of his age." He was three times married, first to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of William Baulston, of Portsmouth, RI, June 17, 1647. William Baulston was one of the original settlers of Portsmouth, he being one of the signers of the compact, Jan. 7, 1638. He was in Boston as early as 1630. On the records of the First Church of Boston is to be found the date of birth of a daughter of Wm. Baulston, 8th mo., 1630.. The married life of John Coggeshall with Elizabeth Baulston seems to be an unhappy one. After having three children born to them, he petitioned to the General Assembly for a divorce [fn 1], which was granted May 25, 1654. In 1655 he was given liberty to contract a new marriage, and the same privilege was granted to her, she marrying Thomas Gould of South Kingstown. The second wife of John Coggeshall was Patience, daughter of John Throckmorton [fn 2] of Providence, R.I., whom he married December, 1655. She died Newport, R.I., Sept. 7, 1676, aged 36 years. Of his third wife, Mary, nothing is known, except the fact that she is so mentioned in his will. [fn 3].

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Major John Coggeshall, Governor's Timeline

Halstead, Essex County, England
Age 9
Age 13
Age 13
June 17, 1647
Age 28
Newport, RI
February 12, 1649
Age 30
Essex, England
February 12, 1650
Age 31
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Age 35
Newport,Newport,Rhode Island,USA
December 1655
Age 36
Rhode Island, USA
Age 36
Newport, Newport, RI