About Joseph Cozzens
“Our two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, wher born Oct. ye 30th 1721”
In the case of Joseph, as for so many young boys born in Newport, the sea was what called. His older brother Robert, again only eight years separated them, was a mariner, and he followed another brother, Peter, also eventually attaining the title of Captain. When he was thirty in 1752, he wed Mary Casey, daughter of an illustrious Quaker family who were also related to the Coggeshalls, another highly respected family of Quakers. Mary was born February 1, 1720.
Joseph, the progenitor of this branch of the family died December 19, 1764, when the ship “Don Carlos “, of which he was Captain, sank off of Long Island, N. Y. during a fierce winter storm, and all aboard were lost, including Robert Cozzens, Joseph’s older brother, who was a member of the crew. It has been written that the ship’s ultimate destination was Charlestown, South Carolina. His Wife, Mary (Casey) Cozzens, died 19 February, 1765. The Cemetery registry notes both these death dates, but has no location of a burial site for Mary. The information was taken from the Quaker Death Records.
[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]
Joseph Cozzens's Timeline
October 30, 1721
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
August 20, 1754
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
December 19, 1764
Lost on Passage to, , New York, USA