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"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)
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