About Robert Cozzens
“ Robert Cozzens was born in ye year 1713 April 17 “
Robert, the first child and the first son was born in Newport, surely at home as was the custom. There is little that has been written or recorded, about him. In 1735, at the age of 22, he married Elizabeth Lynde (sometimes spelled Lynd) who was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island, June 2, 1715. They were married on the 22nd of May in 1735 by the Rev. Richard Billings, who was the first pastor of the Congregational Church of Little Compton which had been organized in 1704.
Robert Cozzens and his wife Elizabeth had one son, Robert, born in Little Compton, March 12, 1736. It appears from what little has been recorded, that he was a seagoing man. In 1761, on April 4, Robert Jr. was married in Newport to Jane Caswell, by the Rev. Gardner Thurston, minister of the First Baptist Church. There were no children of this marriage. Robert Sr., perished on December 19th, 1764, when the “Don Carlos” sank while on a voyage to Charleston, South Carolina. He was a member of the crew under the command of his brother, Capt. Joseph Cozzens. All aboard were lost when the ship was driven ashore near Southold, Long Island in a violent snow storm.
[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]