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Joshua Coggeshall, Sr.

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Halstead, Essex, England
Death: May 1, 1688 (61-69)
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Place of Burial: Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Coggeshall, Sr. and Mary Hodge Coggeshall
Husband of Joan Coggeshall and Rebecca Harford
Father of Mary Coggeshall; Joshua Coggeshall, II; John Coggeshall; Josiah Coggeshall; Daniel Coggeshall and 7 others
Brother of Hananiel Coggeshall; Maj. John Coggeshall, Colonial Dep. Gov. of Rhode Island; Anne Easton; Mary Martin; James Coggeshall and 3 others
Half brother of Anne Puckett and Mary Ann Bailey

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About Joshua Coggeshall, Sr.

This info. is found on various websites and I believe it came from the book "The Coggeshalls in America"

Joshua Coggeshall came to this country with his father (John Coggeshall) in the ship Lyon on Sept. 16, 1632, died Portsmouth RI of Measels on May 1st 1688, and was buried on his own grounds at Portsmouth, RI; married (1) at the house of his brother-in-law, Peter Easton, in Newport, RI; on Dec. 22, 1652, Joan West, daughter of Matthew West, of Newport, RI. She died Portsmouth, RI, April 24, 1676 at age 45 years. He married (2) in his own house in Portsmouth, RI, June 21, 1776, Rebecca Russell, a Quakeress from Hawkshead, Lancashire, England. She, after Joshua's death, moved to Lewes Del., with two children, and married Thomas Harford, of Lewes, Del.

Joshua, held several minor offices, but devoted most of his time to farming. After his father's death, Joshua had increased the farm to about three hundred sixty acres. He made his home but a few rods from the shore not far from the Corness farm at the north. The cellar and well of the house can still be seen. He left the farm to three of his sons in equal share. Daniel was given the homestead portion, and later on built a house near the road. This house is still standing. The farm is known as the Redwood Farm, deriving the name from Abraham Redwood, who purchased it of the Coggeshall hiers. He was the founder of the Redwood Library of Newport. A lane leads from the road, and at the south of it, not far from the old house, was the family cemetery where it is supposed Joshua and his family were buried. The next farm south was given to his son John, whose house was built near the road. This house is also standing and these two farms of Daniel and John are now owned by Mr. Bradford Norman. The headstones of the graves of John and his wife Mary are still standing only a short distance west of the house.

Joshua's farm was at the south. His house was only a short distance from John's, a brook dividing them. It was the custom in those days to locate the home near a spring or brook. This farm is still in the family of William Coggeshall, having passed from generation to generation by will or deed. The old farm house was standing until, within a few years, it was destroyed by fire. A copy of the will of Joshua, son of President John will be found in the Appendix of the book "The Coggeshalls in America".

1632, 16 September- Emigrated to U.S. with his father and Roger Williams on board the ship "Lyon".

He was raised in Newport, RI and settled in Portsmouth, RI as an adult.

1651, March 5- Settled in Portsmouth, RI by this date as evidenced by a land deed in which he is described as Joshua Coggeshall of Portsmouth, RI.

1654, October 23- He bought a house with 100 acres in Portsmouth, RI and settled there permanently.

1660, February- He was seized as a Quaker, cast into jail, and his horse confiscated and sold for 12 pounds while visiting Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

1664-1672- Elected Deputy to the General Assembly eight times.

1669-77, 1680-83: Overseer of the Poor.

1670-77: Member of the Town Council.

1672-76: Moderator of the Town Meeting.

1669-70, 1672-76: Elected Assistant to the Governor.

1673, May- Served on a commitee to treat with the Indian Sachems "and with them seriously to consult and agree of some way to prevent the extreme excess of the Indian's drunkenness."

1688, May 1- Died of measles at age 57.

Siblings: John, Jr. born circa 1624, Ann bapt. 7 May 1626, Mary bapt. 22 June 1628, James bapt. 16 March 1630, Hananiel bapt. 11 September 1635-probably died young, Wayte bapt. 11 September 1636, and Bediah bapt. 30 July 1637-probably died young.

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Joshua Coggeshall, Sr.'s Timeline

Halstead, Essex, England
Age 9
Age 9
February 1655
Age 32
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
May 1, 1656
Age 33
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
December 1659
Age 36
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
November 1662
Age 39
Portsmouth, Aquidneck County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
April 1665
Age 42
Portsmouth, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
January 1, 1670
Age 47
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States