In 1636 the following entry appears in the Grants Book of the Town of Ipswich: “Granted to Mr. John Cogswell 300 acres of land at the further Chebokoe…”
John Cogswell (1592-1669) was born in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England, and embarked for New England in 1635 with his wife and eight children. Their ship, the Angel Gabriel was wrecked at Pemaquid Point, Maine, and though the family survived, they lost more than £5000 worth of property, including cattle, furniture, and money. After travelling south, Cogswell established a farm on the land granted to him in the part of Ipswich bounded by the Chebacco (or Chebokoe) River, which is now the town of Essex.
Cogswell referred to this property in documents as “Westberry Lee,” naming it after his birthplace in England, and a mortgage record for 1641 indicates a house and other buildings on the property. The seventeenth-century buildings do not survive, but archaeological evidence has revealed that a structure from that period had lain perpendicular to the existing 1728 house. In 1651, John Cogswell began to divide his property among his sons, deeding sixty acres each to William and John Jr. John Jr. immediately sold his acreage to William, and by 1657, John Sr. had sold the remaining 180 acres to William as well.
Dedicated by Cogswell Family Association at the sight of the shipwreck of the passengers aboard the "Angel Gabriel".
John Cogswell, the immigrant ancestor, was born in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England, in 1592, the son of Edward and Alice Cogswell, of an ancient and honourable English lineage. He married, in England, September 10, 1615, Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of Rev. William and Phillis Thompson. Her father was vicar of the parish. They resided at Westbury till 1635, when they settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. They came on the ill-fated ship “Angel Gabriel,” which was wrecked off the Maine coast August 15, 1635, the passengers of which were washed ashore at Pemaquid, Maine. Mr. Cogswell was the third settler in that part of Ipswich now the town of Essex. He was admitted a freeman March 3, 1636. He was a farmer in America, but a woollen manufacturer in the old country, and the English Cogswells at Westbury still own and operate woollen mills there, or did so until recently. His descendants have been very prominent in Massachusetts in every generation...his daughter Hannah married, 1652, Deacon Cornelius Waldo.
Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: with a history of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 2 (Google eBook), by Ellery Bricknell Crane, Lewis Pub., 1907.
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The Cogswells on the Ocean
THE COGSWELLS ON THE OCEAN
May 23 to August 15, 1635
The Angel Gabriel was the ship on board which John Cogswell and Family crossed the Atlantic. This vessel, it appears from the Letters of John Aubrey, the celebrated antiquary of Wiltshire, was built by Sir Charles Snell for Sir Walter Raleigh, “for the designe for Guiana, which cost him the manor of Yatton Regnell, the farm of Eastern Piers, Thornhill, and the Church-lease of Bp. Cannings, which ship upon Sir Walter Raleigh's attainder was forfeited” Vid. Aubrey's Letters, Vol. 2 p. 514, Mss. Bodleian Library, Oxford, England.
Sir Walter Raleigh, who was executed October 29, 1618, doubtless made his second and last voyage, A.D. 1617-18 to Guiana, S.A., in the same ship in which the Cogswells came to America in 1635, and which became a wreck off Pemaquid, as Mather says: “was burst in pieces and cast away.”
“ Under this stone lies Richard Mather,
Who had a son greater than the father,
And eke a grandson greater than either.”
The Angel Gabriel was commanded by Capt. Andrews, who had on board with him two nephews, John and Thomas Burnham, sons of Robert and Mary (Andrews) Burnaham, and ancestors of the Burnhams in America. There were an board slao Samuel Haines, Ancestor of Hon. Andrew Mack Haines, of Galena, Ill., William Furber, and others seeking homes in New England. Both ships touched at Milford Haven Pembroke County, South Wales, amd June 22, they put to sea again and proceeded on their way, and many on board saw the English coast fade from view, never to be seen by them again with mortal eyes. The vessels kept company for about two weeks, when they became separated, but arrived about the same time on the coast of New England. The James lay at anchor off the Isles of Shoals, and the Angel Gabriel off Pemaquid, Maine, where the great storm and gale of August 15 of that year struck them. The James was torn from her anchors, and obliged to put to sea, but after two days of terrible battling with storm and wave, she reached Boston Harbor with “her sails rent in sunder, and split in pieces, as if they had been rotten ragges.” The passengers on the James landed in Boston, August 17, having been twelve weeks and two days on the passage. The Angel Gabriel fared still worse. “The storm was frightful at Pemaquid, the wind blowing from the northeast, the tide rising to a very unusual height, in some places more than twenty feet right up and down; this was succeeded by another and unaccountable tidal wave still higher.” The Angel Gabriel became a total wreck, passengers, cattle, and goods were all cast upon the angry waves. Among those who reached the shore with their lives were Mr. Cogswell and his family. Three or four passengers and one seaman perished, and there was the loss of cattle and much property. Thus ended the passage of The Cogswells on the Ocean, and thus became a fact: The Cogswells in America.
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Witch Trials 1692, Salem, Massachusetts
The Cogswells were involved in an attempt to prevent the execution of Goodwife Proctor in the Salem witch trials. According to Ipswich In The Massachusetts Bay Colony, 290-291, by Thomas Franklin Waters, The Ipswich Historical Society, 1905: "Five members of the Cogswell family were among the twenty prominent people who signed the petition drawn up by the Rev. John Wise on behalf of Goodwife Proctor, who stood accused of witchcraft. Mary Warren alleged that she had been threatened and abused by Goodwife Proctor, and that she had seen apparitions of people who had long since been murdered by the wife of John Proctor. This evidence prevailed and the good woman was sentenced to death.
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