Matthew Cozzens (1726 - 1780)

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Birthplace: Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death: Died in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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About Matthew Cozzens

“Our son Matthew was born April ye 4th , 1726”

A second son to be named Matthew was born to Leonard and Margaret. He was to become a mariner, perhaps the most notorious of all the seamen in the family. I’m sure he was well schooled by his older brothers who had become sailors, but Newport was essentially a maritime town, and the dreams of going to sea were, I am sure, foremost in the minds of most of the young men who were born there. Matthew was adept, and learned his trade rapidly. By his late twenties, he had already attained his Captaincy and was listed as Master of several ships in Aaron Lopez’ ledgers. He was one of the leading merchants of Newport, and had earned enough capital to become a co-owner of ships with other Newport merchants.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

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Matthew Cozzens's Timeline

April 4, 1726
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
October 17, 1754
Age 28
Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
October 17, 1754
Age 28
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 33
Age 44
Rhode Island, USA
Age 48
December 6, 1780
Age 54
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA