Rev. John Cotton1

M, b. 4 December 1585, d. 23 December 1652
     Rev. John Cotton was born on 4 December 1585 in Derby, England.2 He was the son of Roland Cotton and Mary Hulbert.2 He studied at Trinity College and obtained a fellowship at Emmanuel, where he became head lecturer, dean, and catechist, and while there was urged to join the Puritans. He was a minister of the Established church at Boston, Lincolnshire, 1612, where he was suspended by the bishop for refusing to conform to some of the ceremonies of the church, but as the majority of his people sustained him he was restored.
For twenty years he educated young men for the ministry and carried on numerous reforms. Upon the accession of Bishop Laud dissensions again arose and he fled to London, not wishing to appear before the court, and finally embarked for America, arriving in Boston, Mass., in 1633. He was almost immediately chosen teacher in the first church in Boston under John Wilson, pastor, and he retained connection with that church until his death. He at first encouraged Anne Hutchinson in her Antinomian doctrines but afterward opposed her. In 1642, with Hooker and Davenport, he was invited to assist the assembly of divines at Westminster in organizing a church government for New England, but was dissuaded from going by Hooker, who sought to frame a system himself. He maintained the right of civil authority over religious matters and was the clerical head of the Puritan commonwealth with the Bible as its basis and the meeting-house as its court room. He had a famous controversy with Roger Williams on the rights of the civil authorities. He introduced in New England the custom of making the Sabbath observances extend from evening to evening, and was largely instrumental in securing Boston Common to posterity.
His descendants in Boston caused to be erected in St. Botolph's church, Boston, England, in 1857 a tablet to his memory, with a Latin inscription written by Edward Everett. He published: Set Forms of Prayer (1642); The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Power Thereof (1644); The Bloody Tenent Washed and Made White in the Blood of the Lamb (1647); and Milk for Babes Drawn out of the Breasts of both Testaments chiefly for the Spiritual Nourishment of Boston Babes in Either England, but may be of use for any Children (1646). See Mather's Magnalia and Norton's Life and Death of Mr. John Cotton (London, 1648, Boston, 1834.)2 Rev. John Cotton married first Elizabeth Horrocks say 1610 there were no children of this marriage. Rev. John Cotton married secondly Sarah Hankredge on 25 April 1632 at Boston, Lincolnshire.3 Rev. John Cotton died on 23 December 1652 in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 67 he was buried in the King's Chapel Burying-ground.2,4

Children of Rev. John Cotton and Sarah Hankredge

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 403.
  2. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 402.
  3. [S182] Elizabeth Cabot & James Jackson Putnam Putnam, Jackson ancestors and descendants, p. 12.
  4. [S182] Elizabeth Cabot & James Jackson Putnam Putnam, Jackson ancestors and descendants, p. 13.
  5. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
  6. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 16931.
  7. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 27191.
  8. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 7 p. 294.

Rev. John Cotton1

M, b. 8 May 1658, d. 27 March 1710
     Rev. John Cotton was born on 8 May 1658 in Hampton, New Hampshire.2 He was the son of Rev. Seaborn Cotton and Dorothy Bradstreet.1 Rev. John Cotton graduated in 1678 from Harvard.2 On Aug. 31, 1679, with his classmate and cousin, Cotton Mather, was admitted to the first church in Boston, then under the care of Increase Mather. He was chosen fellow of Harvard college, Aug. 9, 1681, and was made librarian of the college Nov. 7, 1681, probably continuing in the office till 1690, at which time his office as fellow expired. His father died April 19, 1686, and on Nov. 28, 1687, a committee of Hampton was chosen to treat with him in reference to settlement. After declining several invitations to be settled over the church, he finally accepted and was ordained Nov. 19, 1696, the church at that time consisting of ten male and fifteen female members. He was one of the four settled ministers in New Hampshire at the beginning of the eighteenth century. During his ministry two hundred and twenty persons were admitted to full communion and four hundred and seventy-eight were baptized.3 He married Anne Lake, daughter of Capt. Thomas Lake and Mary Goodyear, on 17 August 1686 in Salisbury.3,4,5 Rev. John Cotton died on 27 March 1710 in Hampton, New Hampshire, at the age of 51 suddenly of apoplexy.3

Children of Rev. John Cotton and Anne Lake

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
  2. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 62.
  3. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 403.
  4. [S123] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
  5. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 327.

Rev. John Cotton1

M, b. 15 March 1639/40, d. 18 September 1699
     Rev. John Cotton was born on 15 March 1639/40 in Boston.1,2 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Sarah Hankredge.1 He graduated from Harvard in 1657, studied theology with the Rev. Samuel Stone of Hartford, Conn., and from 1659 to 1663 preached at Wethersfield, Conn. In 1664 he learned the Indian tongue, and preached to the Indians at Martha's Vineyard for two years. In September, 1666, he was invited to become pastor of the church at Plymouth, Mass., and the following year removed thither, being ordained June 30, 1669. He preached at Plymouth until 1697, when a dissension arose between him and his congregation, and on Sept. 30, 1697, after unsuccessful efforts to effect a reconciliation the council "advised the pastor to ask a dismission and the church to grant it." He was dismissed Oct. 5, 1697, and after remaining about a year at Plymouth, accepted in November, 1698, a call to Charleston, S.C., where he preached with great success until he died.1 Rev. John Cotton married Joanna Rossiter, daughter of Dr. Bray Rossiter and Elizabeth Alsop, on 7 November 1660 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, they had eleven children.1 Rev. John Cotton died on 18 September 1699 in Charleston, South Carolina, at the age of 59 of yellow fever.1 He was buried in Plymouth, Massachusetts.2

Children of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 402.
  2. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 62.
  3. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.
  4. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 125.
  5. [S62] William Richard Cutter, New England Families, p. 856.

Rev. John Cotton1

M, b. 3 August 1661, d. 21 February 1705/6
     Rev. John Cotton was born on 3 August 1661 in Guilford, Connecticut.1 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.2 Rev. John Cotton graduated in 1681 from Harvard.1 He died on 21 February 1705/6 in Yarmouth at the age of 44.1

Citations

  1. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 62.
  2. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 402.

Josiah Cotton1

M, b. 8 January 1679/80, d. 16 August 1756
     Josiah Cotton was born on 8 January 1679/80 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.2,1 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.3 He graduated from Harvard in 1698, studied theology, taught at Plymouth and Marblehead, and occasionally preached, although he was never ordained. He conducted a productive farm at Plymouth, acquired a good knowledge of the Indian language and visited the tribes as a missionary for forty years, receiving for his services a salary of £20 from the Venerable Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was clerk of the County Court Registrar of Probate. He published an Indian dictionary. He compiled the manuscript history of the Cotton family.3 Josiah Cotton died on 16 August 1756 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at the age of 76 (or 19th or 27th according to differing sources.)1

Citations

  1. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 63.
  2. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 403.
  3. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 402.

Josiah Cotton1

M, b. 5 June 1703, d. 27 May 1780
     Josiah Cotton was born on 5 June 1703 in Sandwich.2 He was the son of Rev. Roland Cotton and Elizabeth Saltonstall.1 Josiah Cotton graduated in 1722 from Harvard.1 He was ordained on 23 October 1728 at Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived until he was installed at Woburn 15 July 1747. He lived there until 1756. Finally installed at Sandown New Hampshire, 27 November 1759.1,2 He married Susanna Salter in 1734.3 Josiah Cotton died on 27 May 1780 in Sandown, New Hampshire, at the age of 76.1,2

Child of Josiah Cotton and Susanna Salter

Citations

  1. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 127.
  2. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 62.
  3. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 16940.

Josiah Cotton1

M
     Josiah Cotton was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.1 Josiah Cotton died died young.1

Citations

  1. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.

Leonard Hoar Cotton1

M, b. 1690
     Leonard Hoar Cotton was born in 1690 in Massachusetts but later moved to Virginia.1 He was the son of Rev. Thomas Cotton and Bridget Hoar.1 Leonard Hoar Cotton married Hannah (Unknown).1

Child of Leonard Hoar Cotton and Hannah (Unknown)

Citations

  1. [S189] Frederick A. Virkus, Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 5 p. 267.
  2. [S189] Frederick A. Virkus, Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 4 p. 193.

Lucy Cotton1

F
     Lucy Cotton married Charles Jackson.1

Child of Lucy Cotton and Charles Jackson

Citations

  1. [S130] Massachusetts Vital Records, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841 - 1910. Vol: 428 ; Page: 176.

Lydia Cotton1

F, b. 14 January 1705
     Lydia Cotton was born on 14 January 1705 in Hampton ?, New Hampshire.1 She was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Anne Lake.1 Lydia Cotton died in Hampton ?, New Hampshire, in infancy.1

Citations

  1. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 327.

Maria Cotton1

F, b. 1641/42, d. 4 April 1714
     Maria Cotton was born in 1641/42.2 She was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Sarah Hankredge.3,4 Maria Cotton married Rev. Increase Mather, son of Rev. Richard Mather and Katharine Holt, on 16 March 1661/62 in Dorchester ?5 Maria Cotton died on 4 April 1714.5

Children of Maria Cotton and Rev. Increase Mather

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
  2. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 27193.
  3. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 7 p. 294.
  4. [S20] Various editors, Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  5. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 6, p. 20.
  6. [S25] Samuel Sewall, Diary of Samuel Sewall (1973 ed.), p. 164n.

Maria Cotton1

F, b. 14 January 1672, d. 30 January 1736
     Maria Cotton was born on 14 January 1672.1 She was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.1 Maria Cotton married Wymond Bradbury Jr., son of Wymond Bradbury and Sarah Pike.1 Maria Cotton died on 30 January 1736 at the age of 64.1

Citations

  1. [S62] William Richard Cutter, New England Families, p. 856.

Mariah Cotton1

F, b. 22 April 1670
     Mariah Cotton was born on 22 April 1670 in Hampton, New Hampshire.1 She was the daughter of Rev. Seaborn Cotton and Dorothy Bradstreet.1

Citations

  1. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 326.

Mary Cotton1

F, b. 5 November 1689
     Mary Cotton was born on 5 November 1689 in Boston.2,3 She was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Anne Lake.1 Mary Cotton married Rev. John Whiting in 1712.1,2

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans.
  2. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 16932.
  3. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 327.

Mercy Cotton1

F, b. 3 November 1666, d. 1715
     Mercy Cotton was born on 3 November 1666.1 She was the daughter of Rev. Seaborn Cotton and Dorothy Bradstreet.1 Mercy Cotton married Capt. Peter Tufts.1 Mercy Cotton died in 1715.2

Child of Mercy Cotton and Capt. Peter Tufts

Citations

  1. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.
  2. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 169, p.9.

Meriell Cotton1

F, b. circa 1699
     Meriell Cotton was born circa 1699. She was the daughter of Rev. Roland Cotton and Elizabeth Saltonstall.1

Citations

  1. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 127.

Nathaniel Cotton1

M, b. 17 June 1698, d. 3 July 1729
     Nathaniel Cotton was born on 17 June 1698 (1694 according to Saltonstall p. 127.)1 He was the son of Rev. Roland Cotton and Elizabeth Saltonstall.1 Nathaniel Cotton graduated in 1717 from Harvard.1 He was ordained on 20 August 1721 at Bristol, Rhode Island.2 He died on 3 July 1729 in Bristol, Rhode Island, at the age of 31.1,2

Citations

  1. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 127.
  2. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 63.

Roland Cotton1

M
     Roland Cotton married Mary Hulbert.

Child of Roland Cotton and Mary Hulbert

Citations

  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 2 p. 402.

Roland Cotton1

M, b. circa 1700
     Roland Cotton was born circa 1700. He was the son of Rev. Roland Cotton and Elizabeth Saltonstall.1 Roland Cotton graduated in 1719 from Harvard.1 He married Deborah Mason on 3 October 1760.1

Citations

  1. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 127.

Rev. Roland Cotton1

M, b. 27 December 1667, d. 22 March 1721/22
     Rev. Roland Cotton was born on 27 December 1667.2 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.2 Rev. Roland Cotton graduated in 1685 from Harvard.2 He married Elizabeth Saltonstall, daughter of Colonel Nathaniel Saltonstall and Elizabeth Ward, in 1690.2 Rev. Roland Cotton was ordained on 24 November 1694 at Sandwich.3 He died on 22 March 1721/22 in Sandwich at the age of 54 recorded by Sewell in his Diary as the 18th. (p. 993 n. 8.)2,3

Children of Rev. Roland Cotton and Elizabeth Saltonstall

Citations

  1. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 126.
  2. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 125.
  3. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 63.
  4. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 127.

Rowland Cotton1

M, b. 1643
     Rowland Cotton was born in 1643.1 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Sarah Hankredge.1

Citations

  1. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 16931.

Dr. Rowland Cotton1

M, b. 29 August 1674
     Dr. Rowland Cotton was born on 29 August 1674.1 He was the son of Rev. Seaborn Cotton and Prudence Wade.1 Dr. Rowland Cotton graduated in 1696 from Harvard.1

Citations

  1. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 326.

Samuel Cotton1

M, b. 24 January 1737/38, d. 25 November 1819
     Samuel Cotton was born on 24 January 1737/38 in Newton.1 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Mary Gibbs.1 Samuel Cotton graduated in 1759 from Harvard.1 On 2 January 1765 he was a where he lived; he also preached at Francestown, 1773-1781 at Litchfield, New Hampshire.1 He died on 25 November 1819 in Claremont, New Hampshire, at the age of 81.1

Citations

  1. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 63.

Samuel Cotton1

M
     Samuel Cotton was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.1

Citations

  1. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.

Samuel Cotton1

M, b. 12 October 1703
     Samuel Cotton was born on 12 October 1703.1 He was the son of Rev. John Cotton and Anne Lake.1 Samuel Cotton died in infancy.1

Citations

  1. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 327.

Sarah Cotton1

F, b. circa 1694
     Sarah Cotton was born circa 1694.2 She was the daughter of Rev. Roland Cotton and Elizabeth Saltonstall.1

Citations

  1. [S41] Leverett Saltonstall, Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall., p. 127.
  2. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 165.

Sarah Cotton1

F
     Sarah Cotton was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.1 Sarah Cotton died died young.1

Citations

  1. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.

Sarah Cotton1

F, b. 17 June 1665, d. 8 September 1669
     Sarah Cotton was born on 17 June 1665.2 She was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter.1 Sarah Cotton died on 8 September 1669 at the age of 4.2

Citations

  1. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.
  2. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 165.

Sarah Cotton1

F, b. 2 July 1663, d. 4 August 1690
     Sarah Cotton was born on 2 July 1663 in Hampton, New Hampshire.1,2 She was the daughter of Rev. Seaborn Cotton and Dorothy Bradstreet.1 Sarah Cotton married Richard Peirce on 27 August 1680 in Hampton, New Hampshire.3,2 Sarah Cotton died on 4 August 1690 at the age of 27.2

Citations

  1. [S63] John Farmer, Genealogical register, p. 70.
  2. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 169, p.9.
  3. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 1 p. 326.

Sarah Cotton1

F, b. 1635
     Sarah Cotton was born in 1635.1 She was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton and Sarah Hankredge.1

Citations

  1. [S102] Annie Haven Thwing, Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, 16931.