Marriage: to Mary Surgis England
Birth of Son: 1623
Name: Joshua Coggeshall
Birth of Daughter:
Immigration: 16 SEP 1632
Details: He emigrated from England to the New World in the ship
"Lyon," arriving at the port of Boston, Mass., in 1632, with his wife Mary
Surgis, and three children, John, Joshua, and Anne, on September 16, 1632.
Religion: His name and that of his
wife are on the original records of the church of Roxbury, of which John Eliot was pastor.
Freeman: 06 NOV 1632 in Roxbury, Massachusetts
Moved to: 1634
Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Details: To become a merchant.
Note: John Coggeshall became one of
the leading citizens of Boston, and in the year of his arrival, there was elected a member
of the Board of Selectmen and a deacon of the church. His name also heads the list
of deputies to the General Court of Massachusetts from Boston, May 14, 1634, and he
served, with three interruptions, until November 1637.
Note: He was one of the
staunchest supporters and defenders of Anne Hutchinson, and upon her banishment was
e×pelled from the Court, and from the State of Massachusetts, in company with eighteen
other men, who were also identified with her. These eighteen men, and; a company including
William Coddington, John Clarke, the Hutchinson family, and others, settled on the island
of Aquidneck, by the advice of Roger Williams, who had already settled in Providence. The
land was purchased from the Narragansett sachems, and the form of government there
established was one of the first in New England which separated the civic from the
religious issues. The colony grew with great rapidity and to accommodate newcomers and the
over flow, the town of Newport, R. I., was established.
Note: SEP 1644
Details: On the return of Roger Williams from England with a charter; they
organized a government, in September, 1644.
Governor/President of Rhode Island: In
May, 1647, John Coggeshall was elected president of Rhode Island, with Roger Williams as
assistant for Providence, William Coddington for Newport, and Randall Holden for Warwick.
While in this office, he was the founder or was largely influential in founding two
cities, two states and two separate and independent governments.