John Coggeshall, Jr. (c.1619 - 1708) MP

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Birthplace: Halstead, Essex County, England
Death: Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
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About John Coggeshall, Jr.

Immigrated in 1632 on the Lyon.

  1. Title: Major
  2. Note:
   From: <>
   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.


Mother: Mary UNKNOWN

Marriage 1 Elizabeth BAULSTONE


  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