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Issachar Pollock Cozzens, Sr.

Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Issachar Pollock and Deborah Cozzens
Husband of Mary Daniels and Susanna Green
Father of Deborah Cozzens; Issachar Cozzens Jr.; Peter Daniel Cozzens; Mary Brant; Frederick Smith Cozzens and 8 others

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About Issachar Pollock Cozzens, Sr.

Issachar Cozzens was born on August 24, 1754 at Providence, RI. He was originally a farmer and a grocer. He began military service in the Revolutionary War in 1775 at Rhode Island, where he fought in the nine-month's campaign ending with the Battle of Bunker Hill in Captain Tew's Company, Colonel Spencer's Regiment. He was a Sergeant in the expedition against Newport with Captain Abimelack Rigg's Company, Colonel John Mathewson's Regiment of RI, ending his service in 1778. He married Mary Daniels, daughter of Peter Daniels and Tabatha Hayward, in November, 1778. He married Susanna Green in 1799. He died on January 18, 1840 at New York City, NY, at age 85. He was buried at Moravian Burial Ground, Orchard Street, New York, NY.

The people collected around the granary in great numbers, and seeing a large number of drays collected to carry it to Doane's store, which was on the Point; it was found impossible, however, to carry it, as the excited populace knocked it off as fast as they could load it, staving in the heads of the barrels. Finally, they succeeded in stopping it. Three companies had just been raised in Newport to send to Roxbury, viz. Captains Topham's, Tew's, and Flagg's. Two of these had marched on, but Capt. Tew's had not yet gone and they turned out to aid the people, and proceeded to the Point, to the residence of George Doane. One Jabez Champlin was the High Sheriff of the county of Newport, and he very prudently begged the military to keep back in the lanes running east and west, unless they should be called for, so that the marines, who were already landed to carry off the flour, might not see them, and blood be shed; and if they appeared in front, they would immediately be shot. The marines were stationed on the wharf and in the yard of Doane's house, and the high sheriff rode up to Doane's steps and commenced a parley with him, and after some earnest and passionate conversation, Doane told him he was willing to deliver up the flour into the hands of any suitable gentleman in town. Upon this, out steps Wallace on the steps with his sword drawn, and flourishing it round several times over the sheriff's head, and then pointing it up in the air, exclaimed, "I defy the town." Among others who were very wroth on the occasion, was one Capt. John Grimes, the same who afterwards commanded a galley out of Newport, and subsequently, one of 26 guns, out of Boston, called the Minerva. His house was close by, and he ran home in great haste, and brought out his gun, and powder horn, and bullets, to shoot Wallace; but the people near him prevented, and carried the day without a resort to arms; the British gave up the point, and the flour was all carried into the granary and replaced, and a military guard set over it, until such times as they could get it off. It was then carried to Roxbury to our army, under a strong military guard. The man who commanded that guard is now living, Issachar Cozzens, by name; recently he was living with his son at West Point. The flour was in reality the property of Doane, he having purchased it previously, on purpose to send to Halifax. He was a violent tory, and went off; his property was afterwards confiscated.

--From: Williams, Catherine, Biography of Revolutionary Heroes: Containing the Life of Brigadier Gen. William Barton and also of Captain Stephen Olney. Providence, Published by the author, 1839

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Issachar Pollock Cozzens, Sr.'s Timeline

August 21, 1754
August 15, 1779
Age 24
August 21, 1780
Age 26
Providence, RI, USA
August 5, 1782
Age 27
March 3, 1784
Age 29
March 20, 1786
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
September 24, 1787
Age 33
Rhode Island, USA
October 6, 1790
Age 36
September 23, 1795
Age 41