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Maj. John Coggeshall

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, England, (presently United Kingdom)
Death: October 1, 1708 (85-93)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Coggeshall, Sr. and Mary Hodge Coggeshall
Husband of Elizabeth Gould; Patience Coggeshall and Mary Sturgis / Coggeshall
Father of John Coggeshall, III; Joshua Coggeshall; Elizabeth Peck; William Coggeshall; Ann Coggeshall and 10 others
Brother of Hananiel Coggeshall; Joshua Coggeshall, Sr.; Anne Easton; Mary Martin; James Coggeshall and 3 others
Half brother of Anne Puckett and Mary Ann Bailey

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About Maj. John Coggeshall, Colonial Dep. Gov. of Rhode Island,_Jr. John Coggeshall, Jr. (c. 1624 - 1 October 1708)[1][2] was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The son of Rhode Island President John Coggeshall, he was raised in the village of Castle Hedingham in northeastern Essex where his father was a merchant.[3] Aged about eight, he sailed from England with his parents and surviving siblings, arriving in New England in 1632. He was first active in civil affairs in 1653 when he became treasurer of the island towns of Portsmouth and Newport. The following year brought the re-unification of the colony, with the island towns rejoining the government with Providence and Warwick, and he served as treasurer of the four towns for a year.[2] His name appears on a list of Newport freemen in 1655, and for the following 35 years he served almost continuously in one or multiple roles including Assistant, General Treasurer, Deputy, General Recorder, and Major for the Island.[2] He was one of ten Assistants named in the Royal Charter of 1663, which would become the basis for Rhode Island's government for nearly two centuries. In 1686 he became the Deputy Governor under Governor Walter Clarke, but his term lasted only a month when the English crown assigned Edmund Andros to be Governor of all the New England colonies under the Dominion of New England. Following the demise of this dominion and the arrest of Andros in 1689, Coggeshall was once again selected as Deputy Governor for the year ending in May 1690, serving under Governor Henry Bull.[2] In April 1676, during King Philip's War, he was on a committee to procure boats for the colony's defense.[2] Later that year, in August, he was a member of a court martial for the trial of several Indians.[2]

Coggeshall had 16 children with three different wives. IN 1647 he married his first wife, Elizabeth Baulston, the daughter of magistrate William Baulston, and this marriage ended in a divorce which was granted by the Assembly in 1655. Elizabeth then married Thomas Gould, and Coggeshall was married later that year to Patience Throckmorton. This marriage produced nine children and lasted until her death in 1676, after which he married a wife named Mary (Hedge) Sturgis, with whom he had four more children.[1][2] Coggeshall wrote a will in June 1708, and died on 1 October of that year.[2] _________________________________

Immigrated in 1632 on the Lyon.

  1. Title: Major
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Subject: [BlackSheep-L] John Coggeshall

Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 07:48:18 EDT


I am writing this for the person who sent me an e mail saying that they were also descended from John Coggeshall and requesting my line of descent. I got disconnected from the internet unexpectedly as I was reading your message and it was deleted so I don't have your address to reply privately. My descent is as follows:

John and Elizabeth (Baulstone)

William and Rachel (______)

John and Rachel (Coggeshall) Olney

Jeremiah and Susannah (Brown) Olney

Hezekiah and Martha (Hawkins) Olney

Joseph and Esther (Dixon) Olney

John Dixon and Roxanna (Poole) Olney

Darwin and Almira (Yeomans) Olney

Darwin Byron and Eva Flora (Guillaume) Olney

Alfred and Isabelle (Olney) Fox (my parents)

Have you read :"Betty Baulston and John Coggeshall: An Early RI Divorce" by Robert Charles Anderson and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol CXLIX October 1995? It gives an excellent account of the events leading to the divorce. It appears from this article that John was the good guy, protecting Elizabeth's reputation, which appears to be in need of protection. If you or any one else is interested in reading this account, I have the Register and would be glad to copy for those that wish.



Father: John COGGESHALL Mother: Mary UNKNOWN Marriage 1 Elizabeth BAULSTONE Children

1. Has Children William COGGESHALL b: ABT 1654 in Newport, Rhode Island

1653 and 1654: General Treasurer for Newport and Portsmouth, RI.

1654, September 16- He petitioned to divorce his first wife, Elizabeth Baulstone.

1655, May 25- The petion was granted.

1662-72: General Treasurer for the Colony.

1665-83 and 1701: Deputy to the General Assembly nine times.

1676-77 and 1691-92: General Recorder for the Colony.

1663-86: Named as one of the Assistants in the new charter granted to Rhode Island by King Charles II in 1663 and served in that position ten times.

1683: Named as Major of the Militia for the Island.

1686, May- 1690, May: Deputy Governor of Rhode Island.

1688-1690, May: Acting Governor.

1690, May: Elected Governor of Rhode Island, but refused to serve.

1701, May- Deputy from Newport, RI. This was his last public position.

Siblings: Ann bapt. 7 May 1626, Mary bapt. 22 June 1628, James bapt. 16 March 1630, Joshua born circa 1631, Hananiel bapt. 11 September 1635-probably died young, Wayte bapt. 11 September 1636, and Bediah bapt. 30 July 1637-probably died young.

Maj. John COGGESHALL (168) was born about 1618 in England. He died on 1 Oct 1708 in Newport,Newport,RI. Per C.P. Coggeshall:

John Coggeshall was born in England and came to this country with his parents in 1632. He resided in Newport; his farm, left to him by his father, was situated at the southerly part of Newport. In May 1684 he was appointed Major of the militia, and by which title he was ever afterwards known. He was buried in the family cemetery on his land. The inscription on his gravestone is as follows: "Here lieth the body of John Coggeshall, Major; he died Oct. 1, 1708, in the 90th year of his age." He was three times married, first to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of William Baulston, of Portsmouth, RI, June 17, 1647. William Baulston was one of the original settlers of Portsmouth, he being one of the signers of the compact, Jan. 7, 1638. He was in Boston as early as 1630. On the records of the First Church of Boston is to be found the date of birth of a daughter of Wm. Baulston, 8th mo., 1630.. The married life of John Coggeshall with Elizabeth Baulston seems to be an unhappy one. After having three children born to them, he petitioned to the General Assembly for a divorce [fn 1], which was granted May 25, 1654. In 1655 he was given liberty to contract a new marriage, and the same privilege was granted to her, she marrying Thomas Gould of South Kingstown. The second wife of John Coggeshall was Patience, daughter of John Throckmorton [fn 2] of Providence, R.I., whom he married December, 1655. She died Newport, R.I., Sept. 7, 1676, aged 36 years. Of his third wife, Mary, nothing is known, except the fact that she is so mentioned in his will. [fn 3].

Colonial Duty Governor of Rhode Island.

"The governorship of Sir Edmund Andros was overthrown on April 18, 1689. On May 1, 1689, the Rhode Island Assembly met in Newport and ordered that the persons elected in May of 1686 should resume their offices. John Coggeshall resumed the office of Deputy Governor, but Walter Clarke did not resume the office of Governor that he had been elected to in 1686." He held many offices in the colony and was deputy governor, 1686 and 1689-90. He was several times treasurer and general assistant, and one of the petitioners to the new charter granted by Charles II in 1663. In May, 1684, two majors of militia were appointed, John Greene for the mainland and John Coggeshall for the island, hence his title. He was one of the five Rhode Island delegates to the first council held by Governor Andros. At the time of his death, his holdings had increased to five hundred ten acres. See riinfo/governors#thirteentop References: Great Migration,p. 406 & 133-136. Vital Rec. of RI, Vol. 4, p. 14. NEHR, Oct. 95, pp. 361-373. Gen. of RI Families, Vol. I, pp. 219-225. Coggeshalls in America, p. 13. Ancestral Lines, pp. 64-65.

The Marriages of Major John Coggeshall (1619 - 1708)

The following is "US, New England Marriages Prior to 1700", pg. 181:

[Major] COGGESHALL, John married 1st Elizabeth BAULSTONE (she married 2nd Thomas GOULD) 17, June 1647. They [John & Elizabeth] divorced 25 May 1655. Portsmouth, RI.

COGGESHALL, John married 2nd Patience THROCKMORTON (1640 - 1676); Dec. 1655 in Newport, RI.

COGGESHALL, John married 3rd Mary (HEDGE) STURGES (widow of Samuel STURGES), 1 Oct. 1679, in Yarmouth [RI ? ]

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Maj. John Coggeshall, Colonial Dep. Gov. of Rhode Island's Timeline

Halstead, Essex, England, (presently United Kingdom)
Age 13
Age 13
February 12, 1649
Age 30
Essex, England
February 12, 1650
Age 31
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
February 12, 1650
Age 31
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
Age 35
Newport,Newport,Rhode Island,USA
Age 36
Newport, Newport, RI