Ebenezer Cogswell

13 June 1720–17 November 1801 (Age 81)
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Ebenezer

When Ebenezer Cogswell was born on 13 June 1720, in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, William Cogswell Sr., was 25 and his mother, Mary Cogswell, was 21. He married Mary Burnham on 2 September 1749, in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 17 November 1801, in Paxton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 81.

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Ebenezer Cogswell
Mary Burnham
Marriage: 2 September 1749
Mary B. Cogswell
Lucy Cogswell
Ebenezer Cogswell
Hannah Cogswell
Catherine Cogswell
Stephen Cogswell
Rufus Cogswell
Katharine Cogswell
Lydia Cogswell
Sarah Cogswell
Aaron Cogswell

Spouse and Children


    Mary Burnham


2 September 1749
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (4)


Age 56

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 56

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 66

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from Great and Little Coxwell in Oxfordshire, named with an Old English personal name Cocc + Old English wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’. 2. variant of Coggeshall .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ebenezer Cogswell, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Ebenezer Cogswell, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Ebenezer in entry for Katharine Cogswell, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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