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  • ID: I11385
  • Name: John COGSWELL
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1592 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
  • Death: 29 NOV 1669 in Ipswich, Essex, MA
  • Event: Bullet 1635 IMMIGRANT on the "Angel Gabriel"
  • Note:
    John Cogswell immigrated to the Massachusetts Colony on the ship "Angel Gabriel" from Bristol, England 23 May 1635. He brought his wife and 8 children with him, leaving one daughter in England. His father was a wool manufacturer and John was a fuller or clothmaker. He brought his apprentice of 9 years, Samuel Haines, with him on the voyage which lasted 10 weeks. (See below)

    John Cogswell was the third original settler of Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts and made made Freeman there 3 March 1636. On 26 March 1641 John Cogswell of Ipswich mortgaged to Mr. William Hubbard his farm of about 300 acres at Chebacco River, with the houses; acknowledged 5 April 1641 before Richard Saltonstall (from "Ipswich Court Records & Files," in the "Essex Antiquarian," Vol 8, 1904, p. 3.). He is buried at the Phipps Street Burying Ground in Ipswich.

    The "Haines Family," by W.L. Holman, 1962 tells the story of Samuel Haines, John Cogswell's apprentice who came with John and his family when they immigrated: "At the age of 15, Samuel was apprenticed to John Cogswell, in Westbury, Co., Wilts, a fuller or clothmaker, for 10 years. In 1635, Cogswell came to New England on the "Angel Gabriel," from Kings Road, Bristol, 4 June, and from Milford Haven, 22 June, and with him came his apprentice . After a voyage of 10 weeks, the ship foundered off the coast of Maine in a bad storm, but most passengers managed to get ashore, and were brought up to Boston, MA, in Goodman Gallup's Bark. From Boston, Gallup sailed Cogswell and his party to Ipswich, MA, and here in Ipswich, Haines lived for a year and then went up to Northam (later Dover, NH)."

    In 1676, age about 65, Samuel Haines testified in litigation between the Cogswells about property brought over on the ill-fated ship..."The desposition of Samuell Haines Sen aged 65 years or thereabouts. This deponent testifyeth and saith, that I lived with Mr John Cogswell, Sen.: in old England about nine years a servant with him, and came over along with him to news England in the ship (called the Angell Gabriell) and were present with him when my master Cogswell suffered shipwrecke at Pemmyquid, which was about fourty one yeares agoe the last August when the ship were cast away. I the said Haines doe Remember that there were saved then out of my maisters good a Good Quantity of Good Household goods both feather beds and Bedding and also a good quantity of brass and Pewter and also severall Brass pans. Furthermore I Doe Remember that my maister had a turkey worked Carpett in old England which he commonly used to lay upon his parlour table, and this Carpet was put aboard amongst my maisters goods and Came safe ashore to the Best of my Remembrance. All which goods together with some provisions wich were saved when Goodman Galhup of Boston brought to Ipswitch in his barke for my master (Except some of them wch the vessel Could not hold) and I the said Deponent came along with him in the vessel from Pemmyquid, and lived with my maister Cogswell in Ipswitch the same yeare following. And also I Remember that my maister had two maires and two Cowes who were shipt aboarde a ship at South Hampton In old England and came safe ashore to new England that same summer as we came here, and were delivered to my maister; I Doe further testifye that about 4 yearts after I lived with my maister in Ipswitch, that I went to old England and when I Returned again (which were about a yeare and a half after) I brought over for the use of my maister Cogswell between fourscore and an hundredth pounds worth of goods, in severall particulars which were delivered to him. And Furthermore I doe very well remember that my marster Cogswell had three sonses name were William wch were about 14 years of age then, and the second sonne were called John which were about twelve years of age then, and the third sonnes name was Edward wch were about six years of age at that time and further saith not. Samuel Haines, Senr came and made oath to all ye above written the first of December 1676. Before me Richard Martyn Commissr"

    Another deposition in the suit is printed in the NEHGS "Register," Vol 23, pg. 154, reproduced from Paper No. 554, vol. 39, "Massachusetts Judicial Records," Cogswell vs. Cogswell: "Deposition of William Thompson aged about 28 years testifieth that I lived with my uncle and aunt Mr. John Cogswell, Senior of Ipswich, and Mrs. Cogswell about 16 years, and I did frequently see a turkie work carpet which they had, and I have heard them say that it was theirs in Old England and used to lie upon their parlour table there, and that they brought it with them into this country when they came, and being this last winter in Old England I heard my father Doctor Samuel Thompson say that he did well remember that my uncle and aunt had a turkie work carpett weh used to lye upon their parlour table in Old England , and took it away with them. 26 May 1677."

    The deposition of another apprentice of John Cogswell, William Furber, Sr., age about 62, collaborated Haines' testimony and other depositions were presented. The case is called William Cogswell vs. John Cogswell of Ipswich, 22 Mar. 1677, Massachusetts Archives, 39:534-535. The Winthrop Papers and Mather's Journal contains details regarding the shipwreck of the "Angel Gabriel."

    JOHN2 COGSWELL, (John1), son of John1 [1] and Elizabeth (Thompson) Cogswell, was born 1622, in Westbury Leigh, County of Wilts, England. Mr. and Mrs. Cogswell resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass. Mrs. Cogswell died in 1652. Mr. Cogswell died Sept. 27, 1653.
    ELIZABETH, [20] b. 1648; m. Abraham Wellman; d. May 10, 1736.
    JOHN, [21] b. 1650; m. July 22, 1674, Margaret Gifford; d. 1724.
    SAMUEL, [22] b. 1651; m. Oct. 27, 1668, Susanna Haven.

    JOHN2 COGSWELL is found on record in the Westbury register: "1622, Johannes Coggswell, filius Johannes Coggswell, baptizatus fuit 25 July." Subsequent to his marriage, Mr. Cogswell devoted himself to farming. In 1651 he leased of the feoffees of the Ipswich Grammar School certain lands called "The Neck," now known as "Jefferies Neck," for nine hundred and ninety-nine years, in consideration of an annuity of 14; i. e., "4 in Butter and cheese, 5 in pork and Beef, and 5 in Corn, at the current prices."

    Shortly his wife died, leaving three children, the youngest a year old. Mr. Cogswell was much broken by the affliction, and his health being poor, he arranged with his sister, Mrs. Waldo, to care for his little ones, constituted his father and older brother, William, their legal guardians, made his will, and sailed for England in the fall of 1652. He arrived in London, visited his sister and other friends, attended to matters of business, and when about to embark for home he wrote a touching and affectionate letter to his parents, which was dated London, March 30, 1653. A copy of this letter and also a copy of his will are found on a following page.

    Early in the autumn of 1653 Mr. Cogswell started on his return to America, but died on the passage, Sept. 27, 1653, at the age of thirty years. His orphaned children were brought up among his friends, their uncle William acting as their guardian. The amount of property left by their father, as by schedule of inventory, was 341 10s. This was expended in the care and education of the three children.

    DATED DEC. 13, 1652.
    "I, John Cogswell, of Ipswich, being bound for England, upon due consideration moving me to it, have made my father and my brother, William Cogswell, and my Brother Armitage, Executors in trust, and Mr. Nathaniel Rogers, Overseers, to order and dispose of my children
    and Estate as far as they shall see fit to be for my good; to pay my debts, and to buy and sell with my Estate for my use; and if it should please God so to order it by his Providence that I come no more there, to take the care of my children and breed them up in the fear of God and to learning; and if any one of them be capable of being good Scholar, then I would have him brought up to it, and the other to be bound Prentice at ten years old to a Godly, honest man, where he may be well brought up and know how to husbandry affairs & yt money that should have been laid out on him to be put to increase against he is 21 years old.

    "And my daughter Elizabeth I desire that she may be bred at school untill she is fourteen years old, and then to goe to service and earne her living, and not allowes anything toward their maintenance after they are at service; and if I should (not) come again, I would entrete you to make the most of all my goods, to sell it and buy young cattle with it, and to sett out my farme in parcells or what way you shall see best to make the most of it untill my sons be twenty-one years old; and then my farmes and goods yt is then left to be equally divided between my three children, the land to my two sons, two parts to John and one part to Samuel, and to my daughter Elizabeth a portion of money, according to proportion, viz., one part in four less than my soune Samuel; provided, if my daughter should be married before (21) years old, that she should have her portion, as neer as it can be cast up, to be paid to her at her marriage day; and also my sonns to have their portions delivered to them at twenty-one years old. Whereto I sit my hand this 13th of December, 1652.


    "This I testify, that before me John Cogswell, Junior, his departing into England, tould me he had or would make his will, and had made his father, his brother Wm., and his brother Armitage his Executors; and, further, I doe believe it to be his own hand writing.

    "I, Cornelius Waldo, testify the same."

    "And it was accepted and allowed in Court, held at Ipswich, to be the will of John Cogswell, the 30 Sept., 1653.

    ROBERT LORD, Clerk."
    "Vera copia out of the original on file. Attest: ROBERT LORD, Clerk."

    "LONDON, THIS 30TH OF MARCH, 1653.
    "Most loving father and mother, I having an opportunity to send to New England could not but write to you, to certify to you that I am thro' God's goodness to safe arrived in England, & have had my health well, & my friends are in general well. My sister hath 2 children. I am as yet unmarried, & little hopes I have to marry here; but I intend to make haste over to New England, with some servants, as fast as I can. My condition at present is very low, & I am in great straits. The Lord in mercy help me. Mr. Deane hath dealt kindly with me, hath taken bond of me to receive for 84 here, 100 in Boston. I pray, father, will you be assistant to my brother William, & both to my brother Armitage, in the payment of this 100; for I have written to my brother Armitage to pay it for me, because he lives in Boston. I have not as yet agreed with my cousin Stevens nor Mr. Goade. I owe them 53, besides interest. I pray, father & mother & brother William, be careful of the little corne, cattle, goods, & my house & land, that it be not forfeited; for I am in a very low & sad condition here, & have nothing to pay my debts withall, nor to maintain my poore, motherless children withall, but what is in your hands. I pray you will have a fatherly & motherly care of my dear, motherless babes, & at present fatherless. I have been with my brother Waldo's friends; his mother lives in Berwick; his Uncle John is dead; his brother Thomas is in Ireland, & his Uncle Barrow is dead; the rest are in health. I pray be earnest with my sister Waldo to be loving & tender to my three babes, for she knows not how soon hers may be left to the wide world. I would have Jno. & Elizabeth goe to school this summer. Thus on my knees, craving your prayers to God for me in my undertaking, that I may be brought safe to you again, remembering my duty to you both; my love to my 3 children, & to my brothers & sisters & cousins, with my service to Mr. Rogers & Mr. Morton; my love to goodmen Lords; my respects to all my friends. Humbly craving all your prayers, I commit you all to God. I rest your obedient son, very loving father & brother & friend & servant,

    "This letter I wrote in great haste."

    Addressed: "To My very loving Father, Mr. John Cogswell. At his house in Ipswich. These be in Essex."

    "This is a true copy of a letter that my brother, John Cogswell, sent to my father from London, the 30th March, 1653."

    728. JOHN1 COGSWELL, who was born (???), 1592, at Westbury, Leigh, England, and died November 29, 1669, at Ipswich, Mass.

    On (???), at (???), England, he married
    729-Elizabeth2 Thompson, (William1), daughter of 1458-William1
    Thompson and 1459-Phillis (???), who was born (???),
    at (???), England, and died June 2, 1676, at Ipswich, Mass.
    He came to America in 1635 from England and landed at Pemaquid, Maine, being shipwrecked. He settled in Ipswich, Mass., where he was the third original settler in Essex.

    REFERENCES:--Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts, p. 108. Savage's Geneal. Dict., Vol. 1, p. 422. Cogswell Genealogy, pp. 1-7, 9, 24, 25.

    John Cogswell and wife Elizebeth came to Ipswich 1635. He d.
    Nov 29 1669 a. 58, she d. June 2 1676. Children :
    Hannah m. C. Waldo.
    Abigail m. T. Clark.
    Sarah m. Simon Tuttle.

    Jeremiah Cogswell m. 1771 Sarah, dau. Capt. Sam1 Fletcher.


    When John Cogswell was Twenty-three years old, he married the daughter of the parish vicar; succeded to his father's business, and settled in the homestead for his parents died shortly after his marriage. He inherited "the Mylls called Ripond, situate within the parish of Frome Selwood," together with the home place and certain personal property. He continued as a manufacturer of woolen fabrics, largely broadcloths and kerseymeres, and as they became celebrated because of their superior make he acquired and enviable reputation, in fact, mills occupying the same site and operated by people of the name have continued to take expositional awards to this day. He was for a time a London merchant, probably because he there found a mart for his goods by which the better to reach the world at large.

    Some twenty years after his marriage, John set out with his family, his wife and eight children, for America. He had sold his mills early in 1635, as well as his real estate. They embarked at Bristol, England, on May 23,1635, abroad the ship "Anel Gabriel, " a vessel built by Sir Charles Snell for Sir Walter Raleigh and it is believed that the latter made his voyage in 1618 to Guiana, South America, in it.

    Mr. cogswell took with him several farm and household servants, some furniture , farm implements, utensils and considerable money. Due to lack of wind, the vessel could not sail until June 4, Captain Adrews commanding. Another ship, the "James," accompanied, with anumber of persons who were the progenitors of important families in America, such as Rev. Richard Mather. Both ships touched at Milford Haven, in County Pembroke, South Wales, and June 22, put out to sea. The "Angel Gabriel" cast anchor off Pemaquid, Maine, and suffered terribly by reason of a storm on August 15. It became a total loss, and the passengers were cast ashore by angry waves, during which catastrophe several perished. Mr. Cogswell left at once for Boston, and contracted with Captain Gallup to transport his family to Ipswich, Massachusetts, then called Aggawan by the Indians. The settlers there made him liberal grants of land, such as one in 1636, "Granted to Mr. John Cogswell Three Hundred acres of land at the further Chebokoe, having the River on the Southeast, the land of William White on the Northeast and A Creeke romminge out of the River towards William White's farme on the Northeast. Bouded also on the West with a Creek and a little [creele]." Soon after his arrival at Ipswich, March 3, 1636, he was admitted a freeman. He and his family lived in a loghouse with a thatched roof until able to erect a frame dwelling.

    Father: Edward COGSWELL b: ABT 1562 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
    Mother: Alice b: ABT 1567 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth THOMPSON b: ABT 1594 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
    • Married: 10 SEP 1615 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
    1. Has Children Sarah COGSWELL b: ABT 1645 in Ipswich, Essex, MA
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