Cogswell Family Association
A non-profit corporation, organized in Mass., in 1989,
dedicated to preserving the history of the Cogswell family.
For 124 years following publication of the book "Cogswells in
America" by Ephraim Orcutt Jameson, the identity of which Cogswell
daughter did not remove to the colonies in New England with her family has
remained a mystery. Many popular and wide-spread myths, such as
"she was the eldest daughter", "she lived in London",
"her name was Elizabeth", and "there were two Cogswell
daughters named Elizabeth", evolved. However, the lead article in
the January 2008 edition of "The New England Historical and Genealogical
Register" (volume 162) has brought closure to this issue. A
detailed review of that article can be found in the April 2008 edition of the
The Cogswell daughter that remained in England in 1635, and is often
referred to as the "unnamed daughter", has been discovered to be
John and Elizabeth Cogswell’s 6th child, Phyllis. She married John
Broadhurst at Chirton, Whitshire, on 23 Jan 1644/5 and the couple had seven
children between 1646 and 1664. The Broadhurst-Cogswell marriage, and the
baptism of all of their children, were performed by Vicar John White.
He was Phyllis’ great uncle and brother (or perhaps half-brother) of Vicar
William Thomson’s wife, Phyllis.
When William Cogswell arrived in America in 1635 aboard the Angel
Gabriel, he was accompanied not only by his family, but also a young
apprentice named Samuel Haines. When researching my family, I was
startled to discover that William Cogswell is one of my 9th great
grandfathers on my father's side of the family, and Samuel Haines is one of
my 9th grandfathers on my mother's side of the family, What is the
probability of having two 9th great grandfathers from different sides of the
family on the same boat in 1635--and one of them apprenticed to the other?
As far as I can tell, the Haines and Cogswell families did not
intermarry during the early years in Maine (perhaps there was a class
division between master and apprentice families.) In fact, I am unable
to find any connections between descendents of the families until my mother
and father married.
It is well know that a bad storm blew the Angel Gabriel into the
rocks upon its arrival at the harbor of Pemaquid, Maine. Samuel Haines
had brought with him a Bible which he had sewn into a pillow. While
nearly all of their belongings were lost in the wreck, the pillow and Bible
managed to be rescued. I am told that his Bible is still in existence
and is on display in a church somewhere in Maine. Apparently Samuel
Haines was a man of faith, because he was instrumental in starting one or
more early churches in the areas and received the nickname of
"Deacon" Samuel Haines by which he is know to this day.
If anyone has an interest in the descendents of "Deacon"
Samuel Haines, please let me know. I have an extensive database with
entries for several thousand Haines descendents. I also have
considerable information about the descendents of Gideon Morgan and Patience
Cogswell which is my ancestral line.
Phillip Haines Sherrod (phil.sherrod[at]sandh.com)
(Updated June 8, 2010)
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