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Matthew Cozzens

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death: December 6, 1780 (54)
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Leonard Cozzens and Margaret Cozzens
Husband of Sarah Cozzens and Elizabeth Cozzens
Father of Matthew Cozzens, Jr.; Henry P Cozzens and Mary Cozzens
Brother of Robert Cozzens; Eleanor Feke; Peter Cozzens; Joseph Cozzens; Benjamin Cozzens and 5 others

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About Matthew Cozzens

“Our son Matthew was born April ye 4th , 1726”

A second son to be named Matthew was born to Leonard and Margaret. He was to become a mariner, perhaps the most notorious of all the seamen in the family. I’m sure he was well schooled by his older brothers who had become sailors, but Newport was essentially a maritime town, and the dreams of going to sea were, I am sure, foremost in the minds of most of the young men who were born there. Matthew was adept, and learned his trade rapidly. By his late twenties, he had already attained his Captaincy and was listed as Master of several ships in Aaron Lopez’ ledgers. He was one of the leading merchants of Newport, and had earned enough capital to become a co-owner of ships with other Newport merchants.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

“ Matthew Cozzens was born in ye year 1715, November ye 12th ”

Matthew Cozzens, born 1715, and Deborah Cozzens, born 1716, were unfortunate victims of the era. Born at home, as was the custom, with probably only a local woman with some birthing experience in attendance, with the unsanitary conditions that were common, and epidemics of disease that may have been in the area, they both were unable to manage to survive. Statistics show that about half the children born at this time never reached the age of two. It is somewhat remarkable to note that these were the only infant deaths recorded, of the thirteen children born by Margaret Cozzens. It is also remarkable to note that the average life span of the remaining eleven children of this generation is just over 60 years, and this figure was reduced by two who died at sea at youthful ages.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

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Matthew Cozzens's Timeline

April 4, 1726
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 33
Age 44
Rhode Island, USA
Age 48
December 6, 1780
Age 54
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA