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William Cogswell

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: West Grinton, Yorkshire, England
Death: December 15, 1700 (81)
Ipswich, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Cogswell; John Cogswell; Elizabeth Cogswell and Elizabeth Cogswell
Husband of Susanna Cogswell
Father of Elizabeth Wade; Hester Bishop; Anna Cogswell; Susannah White; Mary Burnham and 7 others
Brother of Mary Cogswell; Daughter Coggswell; John Cogswell, Jr.; Hannah Waldo; Phyllis Cogswell and 11 others

Occupation: of Ipswich/ of Tythingman, Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
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About William Cogswell

Migrated with his parents, along with Adam Hawks & Ann (Brown/Hutchinson), & siblings to ME. aboard the wrecked ship 'Angel Gabriel' in Aug. 1635. Christian character & influential citizen of Ipswich. Gave land on which to erect a meeting house known as 'Meeting-house Hill'. He entertained at his house the Ecclesiastical Council that met Aug. 12, 1683, to organize the church & obtain a pastor. William was the defendant in the 'historic' suit ~ Cogswell vs Cogswell brought by his nephew John Cogswell, son of John, who had appointed William guardian of his children & who died at sea. After two years of trials/appeals William was found innocent & John was ordered to pay the courts costs.

The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)


  • A fellow passendger in the "Angel Gabriel" with John Tuttle of Dover was John Cogswell "of Chebasco." He had been a merchant in London. He lost considerable property in the wreck. After living ashore some time in a tent he embarked, a passenger, in a vessel commanded by Capt. Galleys, and took up his abode in Ipswich. He had an unusually large grant of land, 300 acres at Chebasco the next Oct., when there were only two families residing in that parish. He was a wealthy and prominent inhabitant of Ipswich. He d. Nov. 29, 1669, a. about 58. His wife, Elizabeth, d. June 2, 1676; chil.

I. William, b. 1621; dea. at Ipswich, and d. thr. Dec. 15, 1700, a. 81; m. Susanna __. As an evidence of his standing, the historian of Ipswich says that after his d. his wid. sat in the meeting with the minister's wife. His s. John was f. of Nathaniel, f. of Col. Amos, f. of Francis, who d. 1881, in his 91st year. A sis. of Francis, was mo. of Hon. John Wentworth of Chicago, Author of the Wentworth Genealogy.

II. John, b. 1623; d. 1653, leaving 3 chil.

III. Edward.

IV. Mary, "perhaps," says Savage, "that maid servant of Gov. Bellingham that joined the Boston chh., Aug. 29, 1677;" m. Godrey Armitage of Boston.

V. Hannah, m. Cornelius Waldo, who moved to Chelmsford, Mass. 1657, and was deacon there. All lived at Ipswich.

VI. Abigail, m. Thomas Clark.

VII. Sarah, m. Simon Tuttle.

VIII. Elizabeth, m. 1657, John Paine.

Besides the above chil. of John Cogswell, the Rev. E. O. Jamieson, genealogist of the Cogswell family, says there was an elder dau. who m. and lived in London.

According to Savage, Vol 1, page 422, William Cogswell was in Ipswich in 1646.

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William Cogswell's Timeline

March 6, 1619
West Grinton, Yorkshire, England
March 6, 1619
March 6, 1619
Westbury Leigh,Wiltshire,England
March 1619
Age 29
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
August 24, 1655
Age 36
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 5, 1657
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
January 5, 1657
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts