Cogdell Cousins in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas
(Mrs Daniel Franklin Cogdell)
115 Crownover Road
Lexington, Tennessee 38351-8035
The Cogdells have at least one distinction; there are not many of them and all are related, being descendants of John Cogdell the immigrant who came to America from Switzerland in 1710.
Hawks in his History of North Carolina (Vol 2 p 67) stated that the Cogdells were Swiss. The names George Coxdell and Charles Coxdell taken from a list or jurymen in Carteret Co in 1723. Perhaps it is because this has been so generally believed that no investigation has been made. They may not have been Swiss as the majority of the countries in that part of the world were at war in the late 1600's and Switzerland became a "melting pot" as it was, and still is, a neutral country.
If the Cogdells were Swiss, that too sets them apart. Almost everyone knows someone of German, English, French, Italian, Scotch or Irish descent; but how many Swiss do you know.
Switzerland, land of Alpine mountains, snow and lakes. Swiss watches, yodelers, cheese, chalets, cuckoo clocks, music boxes and Heidi!
....but legend among some of the Cogdells is that they are Scotch.
There are conflicting opinions (and no proof) as to the early ancestor of the Henderson County, Tennessee Cogdells. Dr David Cogdell of Fayetteville, NC thinks they are descendants of David Cogdell who was the son of George who was the son of John the immigrant. Mrs Davidson of Bolivar, Tennessee thinks they are descended from David who was the son of Charles who was the son of John the immigrant.
I have elected to list the Henderson County Cogdells as descended from David, son of George, son of John the immigrant. All facts considered, it seems more logical to me.
John Cogdell, the immigrant, and his two sons, Charles and George, came to America in 1710 with Baron Christopher DeGraffenreid's party from Switzerland and settled in New Bern, NC.
The Palatines, driven from their native land on account of religion, sought refuge in England where they were warmly welcomed. They came in such numbers, however, that the English government began eagerly looking for opportunities to provide for some of them elsewhere. One such opportunity came in 1709 when DeGraffenreid was in London planning to take a Swiss Colony to Carolina. No other colony received as much advertising in Switgerland as Carolina. DeGraffenreid was excited and encouraged by the Duke of Albemarle's accounts of Carolina and was determined to seek a fortune there. The Lords Proprietors were very much in favor of this and sold him 17,500 acres on the Neuse river and granted him very favorable conditions and privileges. Queen Anne of England contributed 4,000 lbs to DeGraffenreid's enterprise in consideration of his settling 100 families of the Palatines in Carolina. The 650 Palatines sailed in January 1710 but DeGraffenreid waited in England for his colony from Bern, Switzerland. After a terrible voyage of 13 weeks, during which more than one-half of the Palatines died, they arrived in North Carolina and settled on the Neuse and Trent Rivers.
DeGraffenreid and the 1,500 Swiss followed in June 1710, arriving in Carolina in September 1710. The DeGraffenreid party settled New Bern, NC named for Bern, Switzerland, birthplace of DeGraffenreid. History says this was the first important introduction into eastern NC of a most excellent class of liberty loving people.
Jacob Zollicoffer, ancestor of Gen Felix Zollicoffer, was among the Swiss immigrants. These people, like the pilgrims who came earlier were honest, intelligent, often educated, unafraid and willing to suffer for their faith. DeGraffenreid chose his people carefully so that all needed skills would be represented; masons, carpenters, blacksmiths, shoemakers, etc. Unfortunately, there were no hunters or persons capable of teaching hunting.
The settlers of New Bern suffered many hardships soon after their arrival including almost complete destruction of property by the Tuscarora Indians in 1711. They never recovered from their losses and DeGraffenreid himself, broken in fortune, returned to Europe. His colony soon ceased to exist as a distinct settlement. The Swiss and Germans were ultimately absorbed into the English population.
New Bern is the second oldest city in NC and was Provincial Capital for several years.
The story has been handed down that Charles and George Cogdell were hid in caskets on ship which were being shipped to America. Another legend has it that they were of the royal family of Scotland. After the fall of the Stuarts, they were shipped and slipped on board ship in caskets that were being shipped to America and that Charles and George assumed the name Cogdell. A legend also says that our forefathers fought in the Battle of Scotland with the forces of Wallace, Wade and Bruce. Bruce lived 1274-1329; Wallace 1272-1305. This is purely legend.
John Cogdell died shortly after he got to America and in 1711 his sons, Charles and George were orphans.
The following 3 items are found in Bath County, Craven Precinct, NC County Court
Minutes of Pleas & Quarter Session, Book 1 (1712-1715). January 21, 1712 Capt Thomas Brown brought into court the will of Jon Cogdle but it was not allowed by the court to be good or authentic because John did not name an executor so was cut out. On the same day, the two sons of John Cogdle, Charles and George Cogdell chose George Bell to be their guardian and became his indentured servants, bound to George Bell until they were 21 years old. During the time of their indenture to Bell, he was supposed to teach them or cause them to be taught to read and write.
December 23, 1712 Thomas Brown went to court and petitioned for a month's diet for Charles and George Cogdle but the court was of the opinion that their labor was sufficient satisfactory for the debt. The court allowed Brown 3 pounds, 9 shillings and 6 pence to be paid out of John Cogdell's estate.
March 10, 1714 Charles ard George Coggdaile and George Bell were again in court. The complaint was made that Charles and George were not being taught to read and write. George Bell's answer to the court was that the time of their servitude had not half expired; that during the time they had been with him, they were well used and much time allowed them in their reading and writing and that he intended to instruct them in the building of ships and asked the court that Charles and George remain with him until the time in the indenture specified be expired. (Until they became 21 years of age) (North Carolina Colonial Records, Vol 2 pg 172)
George Cogdell, son of John Cogdell the immigrant, (born in Switzerland?) George lived in NC from 1710 until his death in 1761. He married Margaret Bell in Carteret Co ca 1722. Margaret Bell was the daughter of George Bell who had been Charles and George Cogdell's guardian and to whom they were bound servants.
In August 1714 the Bath Co, NC Orphans Court was held at the house of Capt Jacob Miller, Charles Cogdals and George, orphans bound to George Bell were again in court. Charles complained that his brother George who was bound with him was sick and was not taken care of and was slighted and neglected in his sickness and that George Bell had not clothed them sufficiently. Charles Cogdell asked the court to set them free and give them their liberty.
The court demanded that George Bell pay Charles and George Cogdell 2 cows and 2 calves when they became 21 years old. Daniel McFarland and Capt Wm Hancock Jr became security for the payment.
In August 1714 the court ordered that the orphans be freed to go for themselves. They had been with George Bell approximately 2-1/2 years. Their ages at the time is not known but apparently they were not yet 21.
February 3, 1722 George Cogdell sold 130 acres of land to Richard Johnson for 16 lbs. February 1, 1722 he sold for 100 lbs a tract of land or plantation containing 120 acres on the north side or Newport River to Robert Osbourn. Many other records of land transactions are on record.
George was Justice of the Peace for Currituck Co in 1733. He served in the militia during the Spanish Alarm in 1747. George was not nearly as active in civic matters and politics as his brother Charles.
George Cogdell died in 1761 in what is now Wayne Co, NC. His will written 12-15-1759 reads in part:
"In the name or God Amen, I George Cogdell, planter, calling unto mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament...First I recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my body to the ground to be buried in a decent frugal manner at the discretion of my executors and as to my estate with which it has pleased God to bless me, I dispose of it in the following manner".
I give to my well beloved wife Margaritt Cogdell during her natural life the land whereon I now live and all my negros, Peter, Cato, Sam, Chloe, Rose, Dinah, Jack and Doll and their increase and all my cattle, horses, sheep, hogs, household furniture, plantation tools and conveniences belonging to the plantation to enable her to maintain the small children".
"After the decease of my beloved wife, I give to my son Francis, my daughter Sarah and two sons Charles and David a Negro wench named Dinah and a boy named Jack and a girl named Doll, them and their increase to be equally divided when Sarah shall come to age 21".
"..to my son Richard my half of the lands in two patents lying in Black Walnut Neck in Onslow County which my brother Charles Cogdell and I bought of Robert Atkins".
"..wife Margaret Cogdell executrix, Richard Caswell and son Richard
Cogdell executors..dated 15 December 1759. Witness John Pipkin, Lewis Bryant and Luke Pipkin."
Margaret Cogdell's will written July 11, 1772 reads in part:
"In the name of God Amen, I, Margaret Cogdell...widow of George Cogdell deceased, calling to mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed for all to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament...first I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently interred at the discretion or my executors..and as to such worldly estate which by the permission of God, and my late husband George Cogdell bestowed or gave to me by his will I dispose of it in the following manner":
"..to my son Richard Cogdell the plantation whereon I now live. I think it is an act of justice as he advanced the money to buy the land and has never been reimbursed".
"..to my daughter Abigail Bridgers a negro boy named Abraham and as to my son Francis, my daughter Sarah and sons Charles and David, they have been provided for already by their father's will. My desire is that the negros Sam, Rose, Isaac and their increase, cattle, horses, household furniture and personal estate be sold at public vendue and the money from such sale be equally divided amongst my following children: Richard, Ann Farr, Margaret Williamson, Hannah Pipkin and Mary Herring, after paying my funeral charges and paying the Quitrents due his Majisty". (George III was King of England at that time)
July 1772 Agreement between Francis Cogdell, Sarah Crafford, Charles Cogdell and David Cogdell, children and legatees of George Cogdell deceased. Agreeable to the will of said George Cogdell which directs that when Sarah shall arrive at age 21, a division shall be made of the negros in the said will and their increase. The parties agree that the division be made in the following manner: Francis Cogdell to have Jack, Sarah Crawford to have Doll, now in her possession, Charles Cogdell to have June and Parthena children of Dina and David Cogdell to have Dina. 11 July 1772 Witness John Grantham & John Bridgers.
George and Margaret Bell Cogdell's children, all born in Beaufort, NC
David Cogdell b 6-18-1753; Dr David Cogdell of Fayetteville, NC thinks this David was Daniel Sr's father. Winebarger in KY thinks this is the David who was killed in the duel with Oates. A F Oates of Arizona says David Cogdell killed in the duel was the father of Susannah Cogdell Oates and Susannah and Daniel Sr who came to Tennessee were brother and sister as proven by deeds of slaves from their mother Anne Cogdell.
Francis Cogdell, son of George & Margaret Bell Cogdell, b 11-3-1744. On Wayne Co, NC tax list 1786 - 500 acres. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War because a daughter living in NC in 1854 applied for a pension based on his war service.
During the Revolutionary war, Mrs Mary Slocum of Pleasant Green, NC, having a presentiment that her husband was dead or wounded in battle, rose in the night, saddled her horse and rode to the scene of conflict. When day broke, she was some 30 miles from home. She came upon a group of women who thought Caswell had taken the right of the Wilmington Road and gone toward the northwest (Cape Fear). About 8 or 9 o'clock she heard cannons, spoke to her horse and dashed on in the direction of the firing of the muskets and rifles and the shouting. The path she had been following brought her into the Wilmington Road leading to Moore's Creek Bridge. A few yards from the road under a cluster of trees were 20 wounded men and Mrs Slocum was sure that the one wrapped in a bloody guard cloak was her husband's body. She uncovered his head and saw a face crusted with gore from a dreadful wound across the temple. She put her hand on the bloody face; it was warm, and an unknown voice begged for water. She poured some water in his mouth, washed his face, and behold; it was not her husband but Frank Cogdell. He soon revived and said it was not the wound of his face, but the hole in his leg that was killing him. A puddle of blood was standing on the ground about his feet. Mrs Slocum took a knife and cut away his trousers and stockings and found the blood came from a shot hole through his leg. She gathered a handful or heart-leaves and bound them tight to the hole and the bleeding stopped.
A little later Mrs Slocum's husband came up "bloody as a butcher and as muddy as a ditcher" and asked her what she was doing hugging Frank Cogdell the greatest reprobate in the army. She replied that Frank was a brave fellow, a good soldier and a true friend of Congress. Caswell said, "True, true! every word of it"! (from Pioneer Women of America by Fowler, pub 1896, pg 132)
Is the Frank Cogdell referred to in this episode the same as Francis Cogdell? I believe so.
The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge occurred February 27, 1776. James Moore was in charge of the Patriot forces and Richard Caswell, who was later chosen the first governor of the independent State of NC was one of Moore's ablest officers. This was the first battle of the Revolutionary War in NC (from North Carolina History-Geography- Government by Lefter, Rev 1966, pg 153)
One Richard Caswell was executor of Francis Cogdell's father's estate; maybe the same Richard Caswell who fought in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.
Hood Lineage, Holsted, England to America
John Hood was born in 1600 in Holsted, England, and came to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638. He had a son, Richard, who was born in 1625, and was brought to America as a child. He grew up in Massachusetts and married Mary Newhall. To Richard and Mary were born thirteen children.
Their fourth Child, a son, named Nathaniel Hood I, was born in 1675. Nathaniel married Joanna Devinell October 16, 1706, and to them were born seven children. Nathaniel Hood I died in 1748.
The second child of Nathaniel and Joanna was born about 1710. He was named for his father Nathaniel Hood II, and married Elisateen (surname unknown) in 1731. Their first son William was born in 1732 and married in 1754. Nathaniel Hood II lived in Topsfield, Massachusetts, and the old house is still standing, and still occupied by a Hood.
Nathaniel B Hood was born to Nathaniel and Elisateen in about 1740. He grew up in Massachusetts, and married Elizabeth Palmer. They had a son, William born in Massachusetts, then they moved to Vermont where two additional sons, Britton and Bold Robin were born.
Britton was born in 1760, and Bold Robin in 1767. These two came south and are taken to be the progenitors of the Hoods in Johnston County, North Carolina.
Bold Robin Hood, born December 5, 1767 married Mary Cogdell in 1800. Mary was born in 1769, the grand-daughter of George Cogdell, born in Switzerland who married Margaret Bell, born in Carteret County, NC. George died in Dobbs County in 1761. Margaret also died in Dobbs County.
George Cogdell's son Francis (Frank) Cogdell, born November 3, 1744 was the father of Mary Cogdell. Francis married Cecelia Boone, born about 1746. They were married in 1780, and Francis died in 1834. He is the same Frank Cogdell who was wounded in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, which is reported in Wheeler's History of North Carolina, and quoted in the History of the Upper Cape Fear, by Mr John A Oates.
To Bold Robin and Mary Hood were born four sons. The second son was named John Cogdell Hood. He was born July 10, 1805 and married Nancy Peacock who was born in Wayne County in 1813 and died in Johnston County in 1850.
Richard Cogdell, son of George and Margaret Bell Cogdell, born 7-8-1724 in Beaufort, NC their oldest child, d 5-10-1787. On 7-8-1752 m Lydia Duncan b 3-27-1730 in Mass. Lydia d 4-2-1806.
Richard Cogdell served as ensign when the Spaniards invaded Beaufort during King George's War in 1747 (NCCR V22 p263) He was Aide de Camp to Gov Wm Tryon, British Colonial Governor of NC 1765-1771, was justice of the court at different times. He was sheriff of Craven Co in 1762, representative from Carteret Co in the legislature of 1766, inspector for the town of New Bern, NC. He was a Lt Col in Gov Tryon's army during the war of the Regulators and fought in the Battle of Alamance in 1771. The Regulators were people on the western frontier of NC who objected to the unscrupulous manner in which their taxes were collected from them by Gov Tryon's officials. History says Tryon himself was leader of this hierarchy of public thieves, Tryon was vain and his ambition was to amass a private fortune. He taxed the people 20,000 lbs to build himself a magnificient palace at New Bern. It was said to be the finest in all the colonies when it was completed.
In the 1960's Tryon's Palace was rebuilt to exact specifications of the original from prints found in the State Archives in Raleigh, NC. It was built in the same location as the original and in some instances, on the old foundation.
Richard Cogdell was a member or the Provincial Congress of 1774 and 1775 and Chairman of the Committee of Safety. Committee of Safety was the name given to the executive bodies established by Colonial towns to direct the struggle against British rule. They corresponded on a local scale with the Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin was active in the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety.
Richard was perhaps the leading Whig of his community during the period just prior to the Revolutionary War. During the course or the war, he was Judge of the Admiralty Court for Port Beaufort in 1776. He was a member of the legislature from Craven Co in 1778-79 and postmaster at New Bern.
He was a Colonel in the Revolutionary Army and led the troops which drove the last British Governor out of New Bern. It is said that he entertained George Washington when he visited New Bern.
In August 1774 the governor issued a proclamation complaining that the meetings of the people were held without legal authority, that plans had been made against the authority of the King (George III) and parliment which tended to discontent the people and required that the people forbear attending any such meetings. But the people continued to meet. The first meeting independent of Royal authority in NC occurred in New Bern on 8-25-1774. It was called the Assembly of Congress. It was the first act that led to that great drama; the American Revolution. Richard Cogdell was a delegate along with 3 other men from Craven Co. On being appointed one of the treasurers of the state, Richard resigned as delegate. The First Continental Congress did not meet until 9-5-1774 in Philadelphia, about 10 days after the meeting in New Bern.
George III of the Hanover dynasty was King of England during the Revolutionary War. In 1809 he became blind and in 1811 hopelessly insane.
....and so it appears that Richard Cogdell was quite a VIP in his day.
His will reads in part:
"..I Richard Cogdell of the town or New Bern.. this 24th day of June 1785 make and publish this my last will..my personal estate to be for the use of my wife Lydia during her natural life and after her decease I give same to my daughter Lydia, the rest of my children being already provided for and she being the youngest. My desire is that the lot whereon I now live together with the house..shall be for the use of my wife during her natural life and after her decease I give..it to my daughter Lydia..she being my youngest child and not yet settled in the world. It is my desire that my son Richard shall have a mourning ring, also my daughter Margaret and daughter Susannah to have a mourning ring..
Richard and Lydia Duncan Cogdell's children were:
Children of Lydia Cogdell & Thomas Badger:
Children of George E Badger & Rebecca:
Children of Elizabeth A Badger & Ichabod Wetmore:
Margaret Cogdell, daughter of Richard & Lydia Duncan Cogdell b 2-24-1755 d 8-17-1812 m 10-21-1777 James Green b 1727 d 3-17-1784
Margaret Cogdell Green m (2) 4-1-1793 Thomas Turner b 1748 d 1807
Ann Cogdell, daughter of Richard & Lydia Duncan Cogdell b 9-7-1753 d 7- 2-1789 m 6-24-1773 John Wright Stanley b 12-18-1742 in Charles City Co, Va, son of Dancy and Elizabeth Stanley. John Wright Stanley d 6-1-1789.
John Wright and Ann Cogdell Stanley's home in New Bern, NC was completed during the 1780's. It stood at Middle and New Sts. At John's death, he bequeathed the house to his wife Ann Cogdell Stanley for life, then to their children. When the real estate was divided in 1798, the home went to their oldest son John who lived there many years with his wife Elizabeth Franck Stanley and their children.
After 1834 the house passed through varied ownerships. During the Civil War it was headquarters of Gen Ambrose E Burnside who captured New Bern March 14, 1862 with Union forces, then it became a "Convent of Mercy". In 1932 the US Government bought the lot on which the Stanley home stood for a Federal Building and Post Office. The house was moved to an adjoining lot on New Street and was purchased in 1935 by the New Bern Library. The house was renovated and used for 30 years as a library with rental apartments. On November 4, 1965 the Tryon Palace Complex accepted the house and moved it to its present location on George Street near Tryon Palace.
Ann Cogdell Stanley's children were:
Dr Thomas Stanley Beckwith b 5-16-1813 d 11-16-1865 m 6-6-1838
Agnes Ruffin b 10-3-1816, son Charles:
Susannah Cogdell, daughter of Richard & Lydia Duncan Cogdell b 3-27-1761
m 9-21-1779 (1) Wright Stanley b 9-7-1751 son of Dancy & Elizabeth
Stanley. Wright Stanley d 1-24-1792 and Susannah married (2)Bela Badger
Charles Cogdell, son of John Cogdell the immigrant, was born about 1690/95 (in Switzerland?) Charles died after 1761. He married Mary ___.
After their rounds in the Orphans Court with George Bell, nothing more has been found in the records regarding the Cogdells until October 22, 1722 when Charles Cogdell had come of age and had a land grant for 130 acres in Core Sound on North River in NC.
Charles Cogdell served as Justice of the Court in 1727 and frequently after that time. He was a Capt. of Militia during the Spanish Alarm or 1747, a vestryman or St John's Parish and represented the county in the legislature in 1733. He was appointed Justice for Carteret on April 3, 1733. He was appointed Justice of Peace for Carteret at the Council of New Bern 12-4-1744.
He was a member of the assembly where in April 1761 he was charged with contempt for throwing a cat upon Mr Charles Hobinson, one of the members of the House while in the Council Chambers. Mr Cogdell confessed a cat leaped on his shoulders from a staircase and he on a surprise threw it from him, which might have fallen on Mr Robinson but with no design or contempt to any member of the House. Charles was reprimanded by Mr Speaker and ordered discharged, paying the fees.
Charles was much more active than his brother George in civic and political matters.
In 1759 Charles Cogdell was reimbursed 9 lbs, 17 shillings, 2 pence for expenses incurred in connection with the Cherokee Indian Nation. He was well versed on expeditions into Cherokee indian territory and history speaks or the surprising ease with which people traveled great distances into a region so recently wrested from the indians, especially the freedom of movement experienced by such persons as Charles Cogdell and others. (This may have been Charles Cogdell, Sr)
The first record of Charles buying land was 5-26-1726 when he bought 373 acres in the Precinct of Carteret from Josiah Doty of Plymouth in the Colony of New England for 40 lbs. In 1727 Josiah Doty was master of a whaling ship operating at Cape Lookout on the Outer Banks of NC. They caught a great number of whales from which Doty realized 300 barrels of oil.
Other land purchases by Charles:
12-4-1728 from Andrew Fraisher, 15 acres commonly known as Town Poyint 6-19-1730 from Robert Atkins, 400 acres for 300 lbs. Charles and his brother George bought this together.
11-1-1731 from Elias Kingston, 36 acres called Endyan Town for 40 barrels of turpentine and 30 lbs in bills 6-2-1740 from Ephn Chadwich, 640 acres in Newport River, 278 lbs, and numerous other records of land purchased by Charles Cogdell
Records reflect he sold the following land:
5-29-1741 to Phillip Pollard, plantation containing 640 acres for 600 lbs current money 6-5-1739 to Benjamin Small, 122 acres on Harlow Creed, 300 lbs 5-22-1741 to Stephen Ford, 373 acres in Carteret
8-30-1742 to John uickinson for 1,775 lbs all that plantation on which said Charles Cogdell doth now live on the south side of the mouth or Newport River in Carteret County containing 150 acres. Also a tract or land in Carteret County containing 437 acres on south side of Newport River. In this sale of land, Mary Cogdell, wire or Charles, released her dower to the land.
After selling their home place in 1742, Charles and Mary Cogdell moved to Craven County, NC.
No will or other record verifying Charles' children's names has been found. However, history records that Charles Cogdell Jr of Carteret County purchased lots during the establishment of Salisbury (in Rowan Co, NC) in 1753 and mentions that he was the son of Charles Cogdell, a member of the Assembly, who was charged with contempt for throwing a cat upon Mr Robinson in April 1761.
Dr David Cogdell says Charles' descendants settled in South Carolina and it is apparent from records that some of them did.
The following were probably his children:
Mary Cogdell married Atherton, lived in South Carolina. She is identified as a sister in Charles Cogdell Jr's will.
Martha Cogdell married Burnet, lived in North Carolina. She is identified as a sister in Charles Cogdell Jr's will.
Charles Cogdell Jr, son of Charles and Mary Cogdell d ca 1776 in SC. He moved from NC to SC sometime between 1753 and 1767.
Charles Jr of Carteret County NC purchased lots during the establishment of Salisbury (Rowan Co, NC) in 1753. His associate in this venture was John Frohock and they were referred to as "two prominent residents of North Carolina's east coast". John Frohock was probably the NC frontier's most prosperous citizen. History says he was paid for 10 Indian scalps taken during the French & Indian War.
By 1767 Charles Cogdell Jr was living in SC and he and his brother John were administrators of the estate of John Keen Jr.
On 11-4-1774 in SC he married Mrs Jane Weaver Wilkie, widow of John Wilkie and daughter of Thomas Weaver, John Cogdell, surety. Jane died ca 1790, Charles was probably married previously.
At the time Charles Jr made his will in April 1776, he apparently had no surviving children. The Mansfields mentioned in the will may have been grandchildren. His will reads in part:
"In the Name of God Amen, I, Charles Cogdell of Winyaw, being weak in body but of perfect memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament...My soul I commit into the Hands of Almighty God the Author and giver or Life and my body to the earth.. I give unto Cato Mansfield the son of Mary Mansfield, twelve negroes, Peter, Bell, Roxanna, Emanuel, Lilly, Tryow, Jerry, June, Pollydove, Amelia, Tom & Jenny, also one featherbed, two pillows and a bolster. If said Cato Mansfield should die before he arrives to the age of 21 years, then I desire that the said 12 negroes be equally divided between my sister Mary Atherton's two youngest sons of South Carolina".
"I give to Richard Mansfield four negroes, Bob, Jack, Subina and Sattyra. If said Richard Mansfield should die before he arrives to the age of 21 years then the 4 negroes shall become the property of my sister Martha Burnet's eldest child of North Carolina".
"I give and bequeath unto Jane Cogdell the wife of the said Charles Cogdell the sum of ten pounds current money of SC".
"John Cogdell, George Cogdell and Samuel Clegg, Esq. to be executors or this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this 2 April 1776.
"Codicil: Do here order and desire that the 2 negroes named Sue and Lenon with my stick of black cattles, horses, sheep and hogs with everything belonging to me not mentioned in my last will to be sold at public vendue to have sufficient titles made by my executors to my brother John Cogdell for lands I sold him for which he is to allow 3,000 lbs, the monies arising from above sales to be applied just debts, etc. Negroes mentioned given Cato and Richard Mansfield to be hired out for clothing and schoolingand maintaining the said Cato & Richard Mansfield".
Charles Cogdell Jr only left his wife Jane 10 lbs but she must have had property of her own because her will written in November 1790 lists real estate and personal property including her wearing apparel and silverplate which she bequeathed to what seems to be nieces and nephews. She also willed her pew in the south gallery of St Phillip's church.
Charles Jr may have had a daughter by a previous marriage.
John Cogdell, evidently the son or Charles & Mary Cogdell, was born in NC 9-19-1729 and died, according to his tombstone, of the influenza at his plantation near Georgetown in South Carolina on 11-16-1807, age 78. He is buried in the churchyard of Prince George Winyah, Georgetown, SC.
He married Esther born 1-11-1746 died 1-4-1840. She too is buried at Prince George Winyah churchyard.
In 1761 John Cogdell was master of Wm Shakelford's schooner "Good Intent". In 1765 he acquired an island in Winyah Bay. In 1771 he was given ferry rights from his plantation on Waccamaw Neck to Georgetown and Sampit.
After the Revolutionary War, Georgetown SC still possessed a "merchant- class" which included John Cogdell. He ran a store for Smiths, DeSaussure & Darnell or Charleston who in turn were backed by the Anglo- American firm in London of Bird, Savage & Bird.
On April 18, 1767 he and his brother Charles Cogdell Jr of Prince George Parish, Winyaw were appointed administrators of the estate of John Keen, Jr by the court of Ordinary.
In March 1774 he bought a fire screen lined with silk for l0 lbs from Thomas Elfe.
Cogdells were listed among the first settlers of Prince George Parish in SC. One historian classified names of the early settlers as French or English. He lists the Cogdells as English.
A list of Charleston, SC merchants in Negro Slave Trade during the years 1735-1775 includes Cogdell & Fordyce. They were in the slave trade business one year, 1769, during which time they imported 1 cargo of slaves and paid 150 lbs current money duty on the cargo. Just which Cogdell this was is not known, possibly John or his brothers Charles Jr or George.
John Cogdell was a tobacco inspector after such was established in the 1780s.
John Cogdell may have had sons:
Capt. George Cogdell, probably the son of Charles and Mary Cogdell, born 1736 died 3-15-1792 at Georgetown, SC. He is buried in the churchyard of Prince George Winyah, Georgetown, SC.
His first wire was Hannah White Screven whom he married in 1764. They
had at least two daughters:
The Poll List for Charleston in 1787 included George Cogdell, #1 St Michael's Alley. He was a captain in the 5th Regiment during the Revolution. He resigned his commission in 1778.
Mary Stevens Cogdell left a will written in 1815 which reads in part:
"I Mary Ann Elizabeth Cogdell of the City of Charleston..being about to leave Carolina for the Island of Jamacia..make this my last will and testament.."
"To my son Richard Walpole Cogdell my gold watch..to my son Clement Stevens Cogdell my negro man named Dumpies..my niece Mary Kennedy my diamond ear rings..my friend Mrs Mary B Haurs all my wearing apparel..to my eldest son John Stephano Cogdell my diamond ring in the shape of a heart but tis my request that as it was my fathers that at his death he let it still continue in my family. I direct my executors to provide for my faithful constant Venus a comfortable support..emancipate liberate and set free my servant man Jack that he may not serve any person as a slave after my death. John S Cogdell & Richard W Cogdell executors".
"To my son Clement Stevens Cogdell the house and lot at present occupied by him at Society Hill, also 75 acres of land at Society Hill, my book case and double chest of drawers, also my easy chair. It is my will...that my negro man Sam together with my carriage and horses be sold and money divided between my grandsons James Gordon, Richard Clement, George Burgess and John Walpole, the children or my son Richard Walpole Cogdell."
Capt George and Mary Ann Cogdell's children were:
John Stephano Cogdell, son of Capt George and Mary Ann Stevens Cogdell, was born in 1778 in Georgetown or Charleston, SC and died 2-25-1847 at Charleston, SC. He married 11-10-1806 Marie Gilchrist at the Independent Congregational (Circular) Church in Charleston, SC, Rev Dr Hollinshead officiating. The fee was $40.00 which must have been voluntary on the part of John Stephano as most of the fees were considerably less.
John Stephano Cogdell was a graduate of the College of Charleston. He served in the SC House of Representatives intermittently between 1810 and 1818, as Naval Officer of the Custom House from 1821 to 1832 and President of the Bank of South Carolina from 1832 until his death in 1847.
He was a lawyer, public official, sculptor and painter. He was admitted to the bar in 1799 but while on an eight month voyage to the Mediterranean his imagination was fired by art work he saw in Italy and after returning to Charleston, he began to do portraits of his friends. He did a bust of Gen Moultrie, a cast of which was placed in the Congressional Library.
John Stephano Cogdell, Samuel F B Morse and others helped organize the South Carolina Academy or Fine Arts in l82l. There was not much interest in it and Cogdell, himself a devoted patron of the Arts, could not win the state as a patron of the Academy. It closed in 1830.
The first brick court house in Newberry Co, SC was torn down in 1850. A bronze tablet was found in the corner stone with the inscription "John S Cogdell, most Worshipful Grand Master of the Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina".
John Stephano Cogdell's will written 3-17-1846 reads in part:
Mary Gilchrist Cogdell's will dated 5-8-1856 reads in part:
Apparently John Stephano Cogdell had no children.
Clement Stevens Cogdell, son of Capt George and Mary Stevens Cogdell born bet 1779 & 1790 m Priscilla S Hepburn March 27, 1819 at Society Hill, SC.
He was named in his mother's will recorded in 1827 but was not named in his brother John Stephano Cogdell's will recorded in 1846 and may have died before 1846. Clement Stevens Cogdell probably had no children.
Richard Walpole Cogdell, son of Capt George and Mary Stevens Cogdell born bet 1780 & 1790 died ca 1867. In May 1806 he married Cecile Langlois of Charleston, SC. He probably later married a Mrs Sanders.
From information available on Richard Walpole Cogdell, it would seem that if he were living today he would have a Lifetime Membership and a Golden Key to the Play Boy Club. In Charleston, SC in the early 1800's he and his companions were known as "The lads of the village" and Richard Cogdell himself was known to the whole town as the Gentleman Duck. They were great patrons of the theaters and the Charleston Stage. Several references are made to Richard's friendship or acquaintance with persons who seem to have been rather prominent in those fields; actors, musicians, etc.
It is said that Richard Cogdell looked for elegance where others sought only utility, that he was a very strict observer of proprieties, even to the absurd extreme. As an example, one day the mayor of Charleston, T L Hutchinson, dined with Richard and admired a certain wine which was served at dinner. The next day, the mayor wrote Richard Cogdell a note asking where he could obtain some of the same wine. Richard was not sure the note was from the mayor so he took it to the mayor's office and asked if it was indeed from him. The mayor replied that it was. Richard thanked the mayor for the information and left the office without another word. Later in the day, he sent a note to the mayor advising him where the wine could be purchased. All of this instead of answering the mayor's question while he was in his office.
It was customary in Richard Walpole Cogdell's time among the upper classes to spend a good deal or time during the summer months at resorts in order to avoid the oppressive heat and humidity of the South Carolina coast. One such resort was Warm Springs on the French Broad River.
Two of the leading men of Warm Springs were Edward Carew and Richard Cogdell. Carew had a carriage and horses which gave him a sort of distinction and a claim to consideration as he was instrumental in forming parties requiring transportation. Richard Cogdell with his elegant manners was supreme director of the interior. He governed the ball room. Activities at Warm Springs seem to have been completely under the jurisdiction of Cogdell and Carew until one day a certain John Wilkes appeared on the scene.
Wilkes enjoyed the best in social position and his manners were always gentleman like. He was very tall with a herculean frame and a very handsome face. He was jovial, very convivial and when he appeared in any company, he easily made himself its leader. When he arrived at Warm Springs, he had at his disposal 3 carriages and 9 horses and with this immense force he completely took the wind out of Mr Carew's sails as Carew was no longer the sole provider of transportation about the Springs.
But it was not enough for Wilkes to rule outside. He entered the interior and without hesitating or even really intending to do it, he usurped Richard Cogdell's place. There was about Wilkes such a hearty enjoyment of everything and he entered so completely into the sports of the young people, that they at once hailed him as their king and before he had been at the Springs 24 hours, he was undisputed king of the Springs and Master of Ceremonies.
Needless to say, Cogdell and Carew were anything but pleased with this sudden turn or events!
In 1820 Richard W Cogdell lived at St James - Goose Creek, SC.
For all his popularity, it is said that Richard Cogdell was not much liked or respected in Charleston and he finally abandoned his family and went to live in Pennsylvania.
Richard's will written in Philadelphia, PA 6-11-1863 reads in part:
The will was recorded in 1867 in Charleston SC. He named as his "children" persons by the surname of Sanders (these must have been step- children) but mentioned no Cogdell children. Perhaps this was because he abandoned the Cogdell children. However, in her will his mother named Richard Walpole Cogdell's children as did their uncle John Stephano Cogdell in his will.
Richard Walpole Cogdell's children were:
David Cogdell, probably son or Charles & Mary Cogdell, was born about 1722 (birthdate from paper for membership in Colonial Dames) Legend says he married Anne McKinne.
Faye Davidson thinks this David was the father of Daniel Sr who came to Tennessee, Susannah Cogdell who m John Gates, her ancestress Anna Cogdell who married Robert Crawford and others. In a manuscript written by a Mr Howell in 1907 he states David Cogdell married Anna McKinne, that they had a daughter Anna who married Robert Crawford and a son Daniel. However after long and careful consideration of all the evidence, I am listing Daniel Cogdell Sr who came to Tennessee as a son of David, who was the son of George.
Anna Cogdell born 1748 (according to paper for membership in Colonial
Dames) married Robert Crawford born in Albemarle Co, VA died in NC in 1824.
Daniel Cogdell - It is the opinion of some that this Daniel (if he existed) was the one who came to Henderson Co, TN about 1825. However, it seems from deed of slaves from their mother that Daniel who came to TN was a brother to Susannah Cogdell Gates and Susannah's father David Cogdell was killed in a duel about 1803.
It is assumed that David Cogdell, the subject or this section, was born ca 1722, making him about 81 years old when the duel was fought in 1803. I doubt very much if an 81 year old man would fight a duel; even a Cogdell.