Sunday, August 04, 2013

Samuel Cookson & Mary Church (a few years ago my family search said Jane Price) (6G Grandparents)

Mary Church (F) b. 18 June 1743 Mary Church was born on 18 June 1743 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Benjamin Church and Hannah Dyer. Mary Church married Samuel Waldo Cookson, son of Obadiah Cookson and Faith Waldo, on 25 December 1769 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; married by Rev. Mather Byles, D.D. Children of Mary Church and Samuel Waldo Cookson Thomas Waldo Cookson b. 15 Jun 1771 Samuel Cookson b. 10 Jan 1773 John Waldo Cookson b. 17 Dec 1780 --- Samuel Birth Abt 1732 Of Warrington, York, PA Burial West Nottingham, Cecil, Maryland Mary Birth 18 Jun 1743 Boston, Suffolk, Mass. Death Bef 16 Mar 1794 Might have been married 12/25/1769. or Mary & Samuel Cookson, Dec. 22, 176[9] by Rev. Mather Byles ---- Samuel Cookson In 1806, the sixth and final tankard was bequeathed by Samuel Cookson, “as a token of my regard” for the church. The tankard is domestic silver, having been in private hands for more than 50 years. Four years earlier (1802), he had given the church a clock. We still use the clock; it’s on the rear wall of the sanctuary. Cookson became a member of the Second Church in Roxbury in 1795, when he was 51, moving here from Boston. He was a shop keeper of some means, with his store at the corner of Walter and South Streets, where the parsonage had once stood and where another market stands now. During its day, though, it was known as “Cookson’s Corner.” While an upstanding citizen and successful businessman, Samuel Cookson had a difficult childhood in Boston. His father, Obediah Cookson, was a wholesale and retail grocer at his shop, Cross Pistols (his father John was a gunsmith) on Fish Street in the North End. He was “a Person thought to be of unsound mind.” Obediah tried to sell a house on Long Wharf that he did not own. On another occasion, Boston fire wardens had to come to his shop to remove six barrels of gunpowder he had decided to store there. His wife, Faith Waldo, left him in 1748, taking her two small children (Samuel was 4) with her. Obadiah then wrote a scathing denunciation of her in a newspaper advertisement. The newspaper later retracted the advertisement when it found the allegations were false. Samuel was later raised by his mother and maternal uncle, Thomas Waldo. My sense is that Samuel had very warm feelings toward his two maternal uncles as he named his sons after them. Cookson did not fare particularly well with his first father-in-law either. In 1769, when Samuel was 25, he married Mary Church at the Hollis Street Church in Boston. She was the daughter of the talented physician and skillful surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Church. Dr. Church was also active in Boston’s Sons of Liberty movement. Unfortunately in July 1775 (during the Siege of Boston), Dr. Church sent secret information to the British commander, General Thomas Gage, and pledged his loyalty to the Crown. He was convicted of “communicating with the enemy” and imprisoned as a spy. He was released in 1778, and left Boston on a schooner to the Caribbean that never arrived. Cookson stayed in Boston. He and Mary had three sons. In 1793, sometime after his first wife died, he married the widow Susannah Osborne of Roxbury, and moved here two years later (1795). His ten years as a shopkeeper in Roxbury, until his death in 1806, must have seemed calm by comparison to his earlier life. Tankard Samuel Cookson Samuel Burt (1724-1754) c1750/1806 Samuel Cookson Information on Samuel Cookson’s life is found in Genealogy of the Waldo Family: Descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Massachusetts, as cited on Multiple sources provide information on Obadiah Cookson, Samuel Cookson’s father. An advertisement in the Boston Gazette (June 2, 1737) accused Obadiah of offering to sell a property he did not own. Boston City Document No. 87, March 1740, page 230, describes the removal of the gun powder. In his own advertisement in the Boston Gazette (June 28, 1748) Obadiah accuses his wife who had left him with theft and damages. The Boston Gazette later retracted the advertisement . Citations are found on Lastly, in Genealogy of the Waldo Family on, a mortgage dated September 1, 1756, cited Obadiah “as thought to be of unsound mind.” The marriage of Samuel Cookson and Mary Church is recorded in Boston, Massachusetts, Marriages 1700-1809. Cookson’s admission to the Roxbury church is noted in Charles M. Seaver. A Short History of Our Church, First Parish, West Roxbury, Formerly Second Church of Christ Roxbury. Text from files at West Roxbury Historical Society, “Church: First Parish 1632-1966, File 1 of 2. Page 3 of typed version. No date. ---- ---


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