Cogswell Family Association
A non-profit corporation, organized in Mass., in 1989, dedicated to preserving the history of the Cogswell family
Prominent Cogswells in History
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For the past 375 years the Cogswell family has been contributing its sons and daughters to the cultural, religious, and political "experiments" in North America. For a time, the world wondered whether or not the displaced sons of England could survive and prosper in the new world, especially after the nurture and protection of the English Monarch was rejected by the disgruntled Americans. Now, from our modern perspective, we can only try and understand and appreciate the sacrifices made, the hardships endured, and the personal pride and satisfaction resulting from a job well-done by our Cogswell ancestors. Members of the Cogswell family have been especially well represented by honorable military service, and in the fields of medicine and teaching. But, these "highlights" are not meant to ignore the contributions of the Cogswell farmers, mechanics, teamsters, public servants, and craftsmen (and women) who built the edifice we inherited - North America. Periodically, this page will introduce you to one of those Cogswell sons or daughters who made a distinguished contribution to our lives in the U.S. and Canada.
The Association would very much appreciate receiving any additional information (preferably documented) concerning any Cogswell - anywhere. Now, may we introduce: (Update November 27, 2010)
Son of Nathaniel  COGSWELL & Judith BADGER. Born 16 Apr 1764 in Haverhill, Mass. Died 17 Mar 1851 in Tamworth, N.H. Joseph Cogswell, the youngest son of Nathaniel Cogswell, served, when a mere lad, in the army of the Revolution. He studied medicine with his brother Dr. William Cogswell, and was Assistant Surgeon at West Point. In 1787 he established his medical practice in Warner, N.H., in 1790 removed to Durham, N.H., and later removed to Tamworth, N.H., where he practiced medicine for fifty years. He died at the age of eighty-seven years, and in the sixty-second of his married life. He was the last survivor of his father's family.
He married Judith COLBY, daughter of Thomas Elliott COLBY & Judith SARGENT, 27 Dec 1788. Born 25 Sep 1771 in Amesbury, Mass. Died 5 Nov 1857 in Tamworth, N.H. They resided in Warner, New Durham, and Tamworth, N.H., and had the following children:
891 i. Judith
 COGSWELL b. 12 Oct 1789.
d., unmarried, 9 Sep 1836.
Son of William  COGSWELL & Mary  COGSWELL. Born 9 May 1725 in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass. Died 11 Feb 1812 in Ipswich, Mass. He married Mary  APPLETON, daughter of Benjamin APPLETON & Elizabeth  WADE, 16 Mar 1748 in Ipswich, Mass. Born 25 Mar 1729 in Ipswich, Mass.
Died 30 Jun 1813. They resided in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass., and had the following children:
703 i. Nehemiah
On a quarterly basis, this page will be updated with more information on other prominent Cogswells. Please visit our Web site often to find out more information about our family members.
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