Josiah Cotton Esq.
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Josiah Cotton Esq. (1679 - 1756)

Josiah Cotton Esq.
Born in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 8 Jan 1708 in Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 77 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
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The following information, including the portrait and a detailed biography, is well-sourced on[1]

"Josiah Cotton, schoolmaster, Indian missionary, and public servant, was born January 8, 1679/80, a son of the Reverend John Cotton (A.B. 1657), and a nephew of Cotton Mather. His mother's maiden name was Jane Rossiter. When Josiah was nine a lady of the congregation found him in one of her trees, yanked him out "with her hand, and then threw him over the fence . . . the child fell flat upon the ground by her pulling him by the leg. . . ."1 In spite of a youth occupied by narrow escapes from drowning in a tub, in a well, and in the ocean, in addition to being run over by a cart and falling out of trees, he found time to learn to read without going to school..."

Birth: 8 Jan 1679 at Plymouth Township, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts

Death: 19 Aug 1756 at Plymouth Township, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts

Burial: Aug 1756 at Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Education: Graduated from Harvard College 16983

Father: Rev. John Cotton Jr. (1639-1699)

Mother: Joanna Rossiter (1642-1702)

Josiah died in 1756 and was buried at Burial Hill, Plymouth. His memorial has links to those of his children.[2]


  1. Cotton Descendants - Josiah Cotton : accessed 11 Feb 2018.
  2. Josiah Cotton memorial at Find A Grave.


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  • WikiTree profile Cotton-307 created through the import of Lent_Vise_2011-05-11aa.ged on May 26, 2011 by Bryan Sypniewski.
  • WikiTree profile Cotton-581 created through the import of carey haskell tree edited for wiki tree.ged on Jan 24, 2012 by Carey Haskell.
  • WikiTree profile Cotton-485 created through the import of mike_walton_2011.ged on Aug 20, 2011 by Mike Walton.

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Barnes-17675 and Cotton-2 do not represent the same person because: Barnes-17675 and Cotton-2 are completely two different people with birth dates centuries apart
posted by Kathy (Brown) Lamm

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