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Edward Cogswell (Coggswell)

Also Known As: "Edward /Coggswell/", "Edward /Cogswell/"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Death: January 12, 1616 (52-53)
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Cogswell, l and Alicia Cogswell (Adlam)
Husband of Alice Cogswell
Father of Margaret Merchante; Elizabeth Cogswell; Andrew Cogswell; Robert Cogswell, d. infancy?; John Cogswell and 6 others
Brother of Robert Cogswell, ll; Richard Cogswell; Stephen Cogswell; Margery Whately; Edith Cogswell and 7 others

Occupation: clothier, Woolen Manufacturer, Clother, textiles
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About Edward Cogswell

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RESIDENCE

Edward lived his entire life in his family's ancestral town of of Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. His estates were designated Ludborne, Horningsham and Ripond Mills. Ripnd Mills (or Mylls) was in Frome Selwood, near the Selwood Forest, a few miles from Westbury Leigh.

EDWARD'S ESTATE

His will reads as follows:

"In the name of God, Amen. The 23d of June, 1615, I Edward Cogswell, clothier of Westburie Leighe in the countie of Wilts...do bequeath, My soul to God and my bodie to be buried in the Church or Churchyard of Westburie. To Margaret Marchante, the wife of Thomas Marchante £20. To Elizabeth Ernly, the wife of Richard Ernle, £30. To Margery Wilkins, the wife of John Wilkins, £10. To Elizabeth Marchante, the dau. of Thomas Marchante 20 marks at her marriage. To the other children of my three who shall be born and living at the time of my decease, £4 each. To Elinor Smythe, the wife of Stephen Smythe, 40 shillings. To Joane Freestone, widow, to Margaret Francklene, widow, to Margery Whatley, the wife of John Whatley, to Edith Stevens, the wife of Thomas Stevens, to every of these four my sisters, £2. To Henry Freestone, 10 shillings. To Edward Franklene, 10 shillings. To Robert Cogswell the son of Stephen Cogswell, ten shillings. To Margery Stevens, the dau. of Thomas Stevens, ten shillings. To Edward Cogswell, the son of Robert Cogswell, deceased, ten shillings. To George Cogswell, his brother, twenty shillings. To every of my godchildren besides these aforesaid, 12 pence. To John Cogswell, my son, £240, bed, bedding, and other household stuff &c. To my son Anthony, the whole estate, right and interest and term of years which I have in and to Ludborne, with the appurtenances, together with the Lease of the same for the term of his life to be delivered to him at the age of 23. After his death my son John Cogswell to have and enjoy the said Ludborne, &c., for his life only" remainder to Jeffrey, my son. To Anthony, the sum of £80, and four of my best kyne at 23. To my son Jeffrey Cogswell, all my estate, right and term of years which I have in little Horningsham, &c., with the Lease of the same for his life only. After his deahth the said little Horningsham to the party next mentioned in the said Lease to him and his assigns. To my son Jeffrey, £80 and four oxen, now in the hands of Robert Northen of little Horningsham, all to be delivered to him at the age of 23. To my son, John Cogswell, all the right and term of years which I have to the Mylls called Ripond, place situate within the parish of Froome, Selwood for his life. After his death, to the party next mentioned in the Lease thereof to enjoy the remainder of the term. I owe John Boutcher, my sercant, £60 10s. to be paid at any time on his demamd. To Alice, my wife, my dwellling house, &c., so long as she keepeth herself widow and in my name. After her death, to my son John, and his heirs forever. To Alice my wife, yearly out of Ludborne, £8, after the delivering up of the same; and from Horningsham £12 yearly, after the delivery of the Lease thereof to Jeffrey; so long as she keepeth herself widow and no longer. The residue of goods and chattels unbequeathed, to Alice my wife, my sole executrix.

My well beloved Jeffrey Whitaker and Anthonye Selfe, overseers"

Signed: Edward Cogswell

Witnessed: Robert Foster, Clerk & Richard Painter.

Proved 12 January 1615/1616


GENEALOGY: Cogswell

Edward(2) COGSWELL was born circa 1554 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. He was buried on January 12, 1616 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. His occupation was Clothier.

In 1591 he built the ancient home at what is now known as 145 Westbury Leigh. Restoration work uncovered three irregular lumps above the hearth, and further inspection revealed three shields carved in relief. One in inscribed "ECA (Edward Cogswell and Alicia), another reads "1591" and the third bears the Cogswell cloth logo, the use of which became compulsory for clothiers. The house was privately restored during the 1980s by Peter and Mary Jones. "His estates were designated Ludboune, Horningsham, and Ripond Mylls... were located in Frome Selwood, a few miles from Westbury." "He appears to have been one of the most successful and prosperous clothiers of the region."

About the year 1578, he married Alice who was born circa 1559 in Westbury Leigh, England. She was buried on May 11, 1616 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. They had the following Children:-

Margaret(3); b. circa 1580 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; m. Nov. 1599, Thomas MERCHANTE; child:

Elizabeth MERCHANTE

Elizabeth(3); b. circa 1582 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. buried Jan. 20, 1582 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.

Elizabeth(3); b. circa 1584 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; m. ERNELEY; buried April 1, 1661.

John(3); b. circa 1586 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; buried April 11, 1592 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.

Robert(3); baptized May 28, 1588 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; probably died in infancy.

Andrew(3); (twin); baptized Nov. 20, 1590 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.died in infancy.

Robert(3); (twin); baptized Nov. 20, 1590 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.died in infancy.

John(3); in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.

Margery(3); b. circa 1593 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; buried 1626; m. John Wilkins on Sept. 3, 1610.

Anthonius(3); baptized Aug. 30, 1595 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; buried June 28, 1597 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.

Anthoney\\\\Arthur(3); baptized January 19, 1596/97 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. d. before 1651. m. Margery PHIPPS circa 1617. She died a widow in 1651 at Ludbourne.

Geoffrey(3); baptized Dec. 10, 1598 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; m. Mary YONGE in 1617;

Elenor(3); b. circa 1600 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; m. Stephen SMYTHE circa 1620 in Westbury.

Walter(3); b. circa 1602 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.

Margerie(3); buried June 4, 1597

John(3) Cogswell was the immigrant ancestor in this Cogswell line. He was born in 1592 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. He was baptized on April 7, 1592. He died on Nov. 29, 1669 at Ipswich, Mass. He is buried in Old North Graveyard, Ipswich, Mass. On Sept. 10, 1615 in Westbury Leigh, Wilts, John married Elizabeth THOMPSON. She was born circa 1594 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. She died on June 2, 1676 at Ipswich, Mass. She is also buried in Old North Graveyard, Ipswich, Mass.

At age 23, he succeeded to his fathers' business and settled down in the old homestead. His parents died soon after his marriage, and he received his inheritance, "The Mylls called Ripond, situate within the Parish of Frome Selwood," together with the home place and certain personal property. Like his father, he was a manufacturer of wollen fabrics, largely broadcloths and kerseymeres. The superior quality of these manufacturers gave his "mylls" a favorable reputation, which appears to have been retained to the present day. There are factories occupying much the same locations and still owned by the Cogswells, which continue to put on the market wollen cloths that in Vienna and elsewhere have commanded the first premium in the world exhibitions of our times (1880s?).

John Cogswell doubtless found, in London, a market for his manufactures. He may have had a commission house in that city, which would account for his being called, as he sometimes has been, a London merchant.

Mrs. Cogswells' mother was Phillis--- and her father was the Rev. William Thompson, vicar of Westbury from 1603 to his death in 1623. About twenty years after their marriage, with a family of nine children about them, and having the accumulations of a prosperous business, Mr. and Mrs. Cogswell determined to emigrate to America. The particular reasons which led them to leave England may have been much the same that influenced others in their times. It appears that early in 1635, Mr. Cogswell made sale of his "mylls" and other real estate, and soon after, with his wife, eight children, and all their personal effects, embarked at Bristol, May 23, 1635, for New England. Their passage was long and disastrous. Their arrival in America was after a most unexpected fashion. Having reached the shores of New England, they were landed unceremoniously at a place called Pemaquid, in Maine, being washed ashore from the broken decks of their ship "Angel Gabriel " which went to pieces in the frightful gale of August 15, 1635, when such a "sudden dismal storm of wind and rain came as had never been known before by white man or Indian." Traces of this storm remained for years.

John Cogswell and his wife Elizabeth settled at Ipswich, and had lands granted him there as appears from the records; under the date of 1635, is this entry:

"Granted to Mr. John Cogswell three hundred acres of land at the further Chebacco, Having the river on the southeast, the land of Will White on ye Northwest & a Creek Coming out of the river towards Will Whites farme on the Northeast. Bounded also on the west with a creek & a little brooke. Also there was granted to him a percell of ground containing eight acres, upon part whereof the said John Coggswell hath Built an house, it being in ye corner lott in Bridge Streete and has goodman Bradstreet houselott on ye s.e. The was also granted to him six acres of Ground late mr. John Spencers. Butting upon the river on the southeast having a lott of Edmund Gardners' on the Northeast & a lott of Edmund Saywords on the Southwest wch six acres of ground teh sd John Coggswell hath sold to John Perkins teh younger his heirs and assigns."

The fact that he was designated "Mr." at that date, and the considerable amount of land granted him indicate that he was a man of good social standing in society. The records of about that date further show that Cornelius Waldo was Mr. Coggswell's farmer.

The Cogswells were also involved in an attempt to prevent the execution of Goodwife Proctor in the Salem witch trials. According to Ipswich In The Massachusetts Bay Colony, 290-291, by Thomas Franklin Waters, The Ipswich Historical Society, 1905: "Five members of the Cogswell family were among the twenty prominent people who signed the petition drawn up by the Rev. John Wise on behalf of Goodwife Proctor, who stood accused of witchcraft. Mary Warren alleged that she had been threatened and abused by Goodwife proctor, and that she had seen apparitions of people who had long since been murdered by the wife of John Proctor. This evidence prevailed and the good woman was sentenced to death."

Mrs. Cogswell survived her husband but a few years. She was a woman of sterling qualities and dearly loved by all who knew her. Side by side in the old churchyard in Ipswich have slept for more than three hundred years, the mortal remains of this godly pair, whose childhood was passed near the banks of the river Avon; who leaving behind the tender associations of the Old World, came with their children to aid in rearing on these shores a pure Christian state. They did greater work than they knew, died in the faith of the Gospel, and while their graves are unmarked by monument of stone, their souls are safe in heaven, their memory blessed, and their names honored by a posterity in numbers second only to that of Abraham.

John and Elizabeth Cogswell had the following children:-

daughter(4); she married, lived in London, and was the only child of John Cogswell who did not come to America

Mary(4); b. circa 1617 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England; d. in Boston Mass.

William(4); b. 1619

John(4); b. 1622

Phyllis(4); Baptized July 1624; probably died young.

Hannah(4); b. circa 1624

Abigail(4); b. circa 1626

Edward(4); b. 1629, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.

Alice(4); baptized 1632; she probably died young

Ruth(4); baptized 1633; she probably died young

Sarah Cogswell(4)b. circa 1632.

Elizabeth(4); b. 1635

3.William(4); b. 1619, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. Baptized, 1619 in Westbury Parish Church. died Dec. 15, 1700

4. John(4); b. 1622, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. Baptized, July 25, 1622 in Westbury Parish Church.

6. Hannah(4) b. circa 1624, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. Baptized, April 26, 1626 in Westbury Parish Church. died Dec. 25, 1704 in Charleston, Mass. Buried in Phipps Street burying ground, Charlestown, Mass.

7. Abigail(4) b. circa 1626, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. Baptized, 1627. Died in Ipswich, Mass. m. Thomas CLARKE circa 1646. Child:-

11. Sarah Cogswell(4)b. circa 1632; married Simon Tuttle in 1663.

12. Elizabeth(4); b. 1635, in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England.


Clothier, largely broadcloths & kerseymeres. Coggswell's still own factories almost in the same location (the reputation that Edward started remained for over 300 years). In 1591 he built the ancient home at what is now known as 145 Westbury Leigh. Restoration work uncovered 3 irregular lumps above the hearth, & further inspection revealed 3 shelds carved in relief. One is inscribed 'ECA' (Edward Cogswell & Alicia), another reads '1591' & the third bears the Coggswell cloth logo, the use of which became compulsory for clothiers. The house was privately restored during the 1980's by Peter & Mary Jones. 'His estates were designated Ludboune, Horningsham & Ripond Mylls...were located in Frome Selwood, a few miles from Westbury.' He appears to have been one of the most successful & prosperous clothiers of the region.


From The Cogswell Family in America, pp xiii-xiv:

"Edward Cogswell, son of Robert and Alice Cogswell, was a clothier, pursuing the business of his father and ancestors for generations. His estates were designated Ludborne, Horningsham, and Ripond Mylls. Ripond Mylls were located in Frome Selwood, a few miles from Westbury. Frome Selwood was so named because near the famous Selwood Forest. Mr. Cogswell died early in 1616, and was buried in the churchyard of Westbury. Mrs. Cogswell survived him but a few weeks."

His will was dated 23 June 1615 and was proved 12 Jan 1616. The will of Alice Cogswell was dated 25 June 1615 and was proved May 11, 1616

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Edward Cogswell's Timeline

1562
1562
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
1583
1583
Age 21
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
1586
1586
Age 24
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
1590
November 20, 1590
Age 28
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
November 20, 1590
Age 28
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
1591
1591
Age 29
145 Westbury Leigh
1592
April 11, 1592
Age 30
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
1596
1596
Age 34
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
1597
January 19, 1597
Age 35
Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England