Rev. John COTTON

Rev. John COTTON

Male 1585 - 1652  (67 years)

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  • Name Rev. John COTTON 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 4 Dec 1585  Derby, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1652  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Death record says "Mr John Cotton Teacher of the Church of Boston died 15th -- 10th month."
    Person ID I27968  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2011 

    Family 1 Elizabeth HORROCKS,   d. Aft 2 Oct 1630 
    Married Abt 1612 
    Notes 
    • From The Great Migration Begins, pg. 486, John Cotton and Elizabeth Horrocks were married 18 years and had no children.
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9241  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah 
    Married Bef 3 Oct 1632  [2
    Children 
    +1. Seaborn COTTON, Rev.,   b. 12 Aug 1633, at sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1686, Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Sarahjah/Sariah COTTON,   b. 12 Sept 1635, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1649/50, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     3. Elizabeth COTTON,   b. 9 Dec 1637, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. John COTTON,   b. 15 Mar 1639/40, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Maria COTTON,   b. 16 Feb 1641/2, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Rowland COTTON,   b. 18 Dec 1643, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1649/50, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9242  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Dec 1585 - Derby, Derbyshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Dec 1652 - Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'The Puritan' 1899 Augustus Saint-Gaudens
    "The Puritan" 1899 Augustus Saint-Gaudens

  • Notes 
    • Rev. John Cotton (December 29, 1585 ? December 23, 1652) was an English clergyman and colonist. He was a principal figure among the New England Puritan ministers, who also included Rev. Thomas Hooker, Rev. Increase Mather (who became his son-in-law), John Davenport, and Thomas Shepard and John Norton, who wrote his first biography. Rev. Cotton's daughter married Rev. Increase Mather, the parents of Rev. Cotton Mather who, with his father, were prominent in the Salem witch trials.

      The Great Migration Begins, pg. 487: "John Cotton's reputation and influence were unequaled among New England ministers, with the possible exception of Thomas Hooker. At the outbreak of the Antinomian crisis he seemed to side with Hutchinson and Wheelwright, thus giving that side some hope of victory, but when he was brought around, however unwillingly, to the "orthodox" position, the triumph of Winthrop and his party was assured.

      "The list of Cotton's accomplishments is extensive, and should be sought out in the biographical literature. A few examples of his activities will give some of the flavor of his career. In a letter of 3 December 1634, Rev. Cotton gave his theological reasons for removing to New England [Young's First Planters 438-44]. The learned comments of Cotton on the preamble to the Mass. Bay laws are contained in a letter written to John Winthrop in 1648 [WP 5:192-94]."

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] NEHGS, website: www.americanancestors.org.
      Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths, 1630-1699

    2. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 486.