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Rev. John Cotton

Male 1640 - 1699  (59 years)


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  • Name Rev. John Cotton  [1
    Born 15 Mar 1640  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 22 Mar 1640  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 18 Sep 1699  Charleston, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I13908  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2018 

    Father Rev. John Cotton,   b. 4 Dec 1585, Derby, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1652, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Sarah,   d. 27 May 1676 
    Married Bef 3 Oct 1632  [3
    Family ID F8859  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joanna Rossiter,   b. Jul 1642,   d. 12 Oct 1702, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1660  of Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Rev. Rowland Cotton,   b. 27 Dec 1667,   d. 22 Mar 1722  (Age 54 years)
    +2. Josiah Cotton,   b. 8 Jan 1679, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1756, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F8784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "John Cotton Jr. (1639–1699) was the second son of one of the most famous clergymen of New England's founding generation. At the age of twenty-two, already the pastor of the church in Wethersfield, Connecticut, he lost his ministry as a result of a sexual scandal. Disgraced and jobless, Cotton moved his family to distant Martha's Vineyard to start anew as a missionary to the Indians. Within a few years, Cotton had managed to rehabilitate his reputation, and he accepted a call to the church in Plymouth. He kept the Plymouth pulpit for nearly thirty years before losing it, once again to scandal and factional church politics. Cotton retired to Cape Cod for a short time before accepting one final call, this time to Charleston, South Carolina, where he died in less than a year of yellow fever." [Descriptive copy for The Correspondence of John Cotton Jr., ed. Sheila McIntyre and Len Travers, 2009.]

      Here's a very interesting interview, about the life and letters of John Cotton, with the two editors in the citation above.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1585] Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, by Leverett Saltonstall. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1897.

    2. [S1582] John Wingate Thornton, "The Cotton Family." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1:164, April 1847.

    3. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.