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John Cotton Jr (abt. 1639 - 1699)

Rev. John Cotton Jr
Born about in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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Husband of — married 7 Nov 1660 (to 18 Sep 1699) in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Colonymap
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Died at about age 60 in Charleston, South Carolinamap
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John Cotton, Jr. was the son of the famous John Cotton of the first church of Christ in Boston. "He graduated at Harvard College in 1657;" (Americana) and was ordained at Plymouth, Massachusetts, June 30, 1669.[1]and became pastor of the First Church in Plymouth.[1]One of his first "special works" was to go through the whole town, from house to house, to inquire into the state of their souls.[1]The church began monthly meetings for religious conference and much good resulted, the church grew in numbers as more people were admitted to full communion.[1]

Following controversy over hiring Mr. Cushman as religious teacher, Rev. Cotton resigned his position as pastor and was dismissed on October 5, 1697.[1]He preached in Wethersfield, Haddam, Killingworth, Connecticut, and Egartown, Massachusetts (Americana) and went to Charleston, South Carolina, in November of 1698 where he served a church and was successful in his labors.[1]

Mr. Cotton died at Charleston on September 18, 1699, aged about 66 years and at his death he received the highest honor and respect. In the short span of his ministry in Charlestown, there were about 25 members added to the church and many were baptized.[1]


His will is dated 26 October 1698 and proved on 18 September 1700 in Plymouth. He mentions his wife Joanna, his daughters, Sarah Bradbury, Maria Bradbury, and Elizabeth Allin, his sons, John, Rowland, Josiah, and Theophilus, his wife's grandfather, Edward Rossiter, and his wife's aunt Joan Hart. His inventory was taken on 30 July 1700 and recorded at Plymouth. [2]


John Cotton


15 Mar 1639/1640 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts[3]


22 Mar 1640 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts[3]


7 Nov 1660[3]
Husband: John Cotton
Wife: Joanna Rossiter
Child: John Cotton
Child: Elizabeth Cotton
Child: Sarah Cotton
Child: Roland Cotton
Child: Sarah Cotton
Child: Mariah Cotton
Child: Son Cotton
Child: Josiah Cotton
Child: Samuel Cotton
Child: Josiah Cotton
Child: Theophilus Cotton


18 Sep 1699 Charleston, Charlestown, South Carolina[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Thacher, James. "History of the Town of Plymouth..." Boston. Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1835. p. 273, 274
  2. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 March 2023), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 173-174 of 490; State Archives, Boston.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Americana Illustrated: p.443
  • Page xiv: He was minister of Martha's Vineyard from 1664 to 1667; of Plymouth, Mass., from 1669 to 1697, and of Charleston, SC in 1698-9. He was eminent for his knowledge of the Indian language, and revised and corrected the second edition of Eliot's Indian Bible.

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Cotton-1029 and Cotton-3 do not represent the same person because: Rejected after common father removed
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
Cotton-1235 and Cotton-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same father
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
Cotton-2168 and Cotton-3 appear to represent the same person because: Dup son of Rev. John Cotton
posted by Kirk Hess

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