Name: Edward COGSWELL
Birth: ABT 1562 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Death: BEF 12 JAN 1615/16 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Edward Cogswell lived in Leigh, in the parish of Westbury, Wiltshire Co., England where he was a clothier. His will was dated 23 June 1615, proved 12 Jan 1616 and is abstracted in the NEHGS "Register," April, 1871, pg 185. He requested burial in the churchyard of Westbury and it is presumed that that's where he was buried. The Cogswell's had resided in Westbury and vicinity for at least 60 years before Edward's son John came to New England in 1634 and were cloth manufacturers. Edward owned mills at Frome in Somerset, a few miles from Westbury, which he bequeathed to his son John in his will, but it is not believed that either ever lived at Frome.
EDWARD COGSWELL, son of Robert and Alice Cogswell, was a clothier, pursuing the business of his father and ancestors for generations. His estates were designated Ludborne, Horningsham, and Ripond Mylls. Ripond Mylls were located in Frome Selwood, a few miles from Westbury. Frome Sclwood
was so named because near the famous SELWOOD FOREST. Mr. Cogswell died early in 1616, and was buried in the churchyard of Westbury. Mrs. Cogswell survived him but a few weeks.
THE WILL OF EDWARD COGSWELL, CLOTHIER.
DATED, JUNE 23, 1615.
PROVED, JAN. 12, 1615/6.
"In the name of God, Amen. The 23d of June, 1615, I, EDWARD COGSWELL, clothier, of Westburie Leighe in the countie of Wilts ... do bequeath, My soul to God and my bodie to be buried in the Church or Churchyard of Wesburie. To Margaret Marchante, the wife of Thomas Marchante, œ20. To Elizabeth Ernly, the wife of Richard Ernle, œ30. To Margery Wilkins, the wife of John Wilkins, œ10. To Elizabeth Marchante, the dau. of Thomas Marchante 20 marks at her marriage. To the other children of my three who shall be born and living at the time of my decease, œ4 each. To Elinor Smythe, the wife of Stephen Smythe, 40 shillings. To Joane Freestone, widow, to Margaret Francklene, widow, to Margery Whatley, the wife of John Whatley, to Edith Stevens, the wife of Thomas Stevens, to every of these four my sisters, œ2. To Henry Freestone, 10 shillings. To Edward Franklene, 10 shillings. To Robert Cogswell, the son of Stephen Cogswell, ten shillings. To Margery Stevens, the dau. of Thomas Stevens, ten shillings. To Edward Cogswell, the son of Robert Cogswell, deceased, ten shillings. To George Cogswell, his brother, twenty shillings. To every of my godchildren besides these aforesaid, 12 pence. To John Cogswell, my son, œ240, bed, bedding, and other household stuff, &c. To my son Anthony, the whole estate, right and interest and term of years which I have in and to Ludborne, with the appurtenances, together with the Lease of the same for the term of his life to be delivered to him at the age of 23. After his death my son John Cogswell to have and enjoy the said Ludborne, &c., for his life only: remainder to Jeffrey, my son. To Anthony, the sum of œ80, and four of my best kyne at 23. To my son Jeffrey Cogswell, all my estate, right and term of years wch I have in little Horningsham, &c., with the Lease of the same for his life only. After his death the said little Horningsham to the party next mentioned in the said Lease to him and his assigns. To my son Jeffrey, œ80 and four oxen, now in the hands of Robert Northen of little Horningsham, all to be delivered to him at the age of 23. To my son, John Cogswell, all the right and term of years which I have to the Mylls called Ripond, place situate within the parish of Froome, Selwood for his life. After his death, to the party next mentioned in the Lease thereof to enjoy the remainder of the term. I owe John Boutcher, my servant, œ60 10s. to be paid at any time on his demand. To Alice, my wife, my dwelling house, &c., so long as she keepeth herself widow and in my name. After her death, to my son John and his heirs forever. To Alice my wife, yearly out of Ludborne, œ8, after the delivering up of the same; and from Horningsham œ12 yearly, after the delivery of the Lease thereof to Jeffrey; so long as she keepeth herself widow and no longer. The residue of goods and chattels unbequeathed, to Alice my wife, my sole Executrix.
My well beloved Jeffrey Whitaker and Anthonye Selfe, overseers."
(Signed) EDWARD COGSWELL.
Robert Foster, Clerk,|WITNESSES.
Richard Painter, |
Father: Robert COGSWELL b: 30 NOV 1510 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Mother: Alice ADLAM b: 1518 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Alice b: ABT 1567 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
- John COGSWELL b: ABT 1592 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England