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  • Robert Cozzens (1713 - 1764)
    “ 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...
  • William C. Cozzens, Governor (1811 - 1876)
    [From Historical Ncyclopedia of Illinois By Newton Bateman, Paul Selby]: William Cole Cozzens (August 26, 1811 – December 17, 1876) was an American politician and the 28th Governor of Rhode Isl...
  • Brown C. Cozzens (1794 - 1875)
    In Mississippi, Brown Cozzens apparently was the owner of a large sawmill complex in Natchez. There are records of insurance policies he held on the lives of six slaves who were employed at the mill, a...
  • Charlotte Whitaker (c.1789 - 1829)
  • Eliza Hatton Martin (1809 - 1853)


The Cozzens family history.


This section lists contains the Cozzens family in America beginning with Leonard Cozzens who emigrated to Newport from England into the colony known as Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in the year 1711.

The name Cozzens with various spellings, occurs in New England before the arrival of Leonard in Newport. The earliest seems to be that of a George Cozzens who arrived in Boston in 1635 on the ship James. Other records indicate an Isaac born in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1647 followed by Elizabeth in 1650. An Abraham married in 1684 in Sherborne, Mass., and another Isaac was born in 1688 and died in 1740 in Barnstable. Richard Cozzens of Saybrook, Connecticut married Mary, daughter of Alexander Chalker in 1678 and their children were Hannah, 1679; Sarah, 1683, on Block Island; and Bertha, 1685. There is a record of the birth of John Cozzens, in 1683, son of Richard Cozzens of New Shoreham (Block Island) .

But there is only one Cozzens family reported in Newport at the same relative time, and no relationship, or indeed any connection with these other families or locations has been found.

Please see more in David Livingston's Colonial Cozzens part 1 and part 2.

(4-5 generations listed)

+ Mary S. Dexter (1803-1866)

+ Eliza H. Martin (1809-1853)

  • (4) John Cozzens (1788-1860) + Nancy Margret Chaffee (1786-1840)

+ Betsey J. Cooke (1787-1863)

+ Margaret Bretton (1787-1863)

+ Sarah Pierce ()

  • (4) George Brown Cozzens (1818-1822)
  • (4) Charles Cozzens (1823-1842)

+ Susanna Green (-)

+ Mary Townsend (1735-1783)