Name: Robert COGSWELL
Birth: 30 NOV 1510 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Death: 13 DEC 1581 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Death: BEF 7 JAN 1580/81
Occupation: Manufactured Wool Cloth
Robert Cogswell was a manufacturere of Wollen cloth. His will is dated 1 June 1581 and was proved 14 July 1581. Wife Alice was named sole executrix; he gave son Edward "my best weather sheepe."
ROBERT and ALICIA COGSWELL were the grandparents of JOHN COGSWELL, immigrant to America in 1635. They lived in Westbury Leigh, County of Wilts, England.
Robert Cogswell, as appears from his will, was a manufacturer of woollen cloths. Little is known of him. The Register of the Parish gives the date of his burial June 7, 1581. Mrs. Alicia Cogswell survived her husband. The date of her burial is given Aug. 1, 1603. Their children were: ROBERT; RICHARD; STEPHEN; JOANE, m. (???) Freestone; MARGARET, m. (???) Franklene; MARGERY, m. John Whatley; EDITH, m. Thomas Stevens; EDWARD, m. Alice (???). Vid. Registers of St. Mary's Chapel, Parish of All Saints and Westbury, Wilts County, England.
THE WILL OF ROBERT COGSWELL.
Probate Court, London.
DATED, JUNE 1, 1581.
PROVED, JULY 14, 1581.
"In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Cogswell bequeath my soul to God & my bodye to be buried in the Churche or in the Churchyarde of Westburye. To St. Mary's Church, Saram, sixpence. To Westbury Church, twelvepence. To the Church in Dilton, twelvepence. Item: I give to the poore people of Leigh & Dilton a sack of wheate to be broken and given unto them. Unto my sonne Robarte Cogswell, the house of Hancock, &c. To Rychard Cogswell, my sonne, 3œ 6s. 8d. To Stephen Cogswell, my sonne, 6œ. Item. I give unto Rychard & Stephen, my sonnes, all my sheares with the rest of my workinge tooles, that pertayneth to my occupation, after their mother doe give up the use of them, Stephen to have his portion at the age of 24. To Margaret Cogswell, my daughter, 6œ 13s. 4d. To Margery, my daughter, and to Edith, my daughter, 6œ 13s. 4d. each. To Roger & George Cogswell, the sonnes of Robert Cogswell, one ewe each. To Margaret Cogswell, the daughter of Edward Cogswell, one ewe." Several gifts of live stock to persons by the name of Smith & Freestone. "To my son EDWARD COGESWELL, my best weather sheepe. To Roger, son of Robert Cogswell, certain vessels of brass after the death of Alice my wife."
He appoints his wife Alice sole Executrix.
(Signed) ROBERT COGSWELL.
Geo. Oldlambe, |WITNESSES.
Father: Robert COGSWELL b: ABT 1484 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
Alice ADLAM b: 1518 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England
- Edward COGSWELL b: ABT 1562 in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England