Sons of John & Josiah Cotton


Memorial erected by Josiah Cotton commemorates two of his father’s sons and seven of his own.  Listed first are two of Josiah’s brothers that died before he was born. Samuel died age six in 1683 and Josiah died at five months in 1676. The memorial then commemorates seven of Josiah Cotton’s sons who died between 1719 and 1734. In total Josiah and his wife had fourteen children: three daughters and eleven sons. The first of his sons to die was Josiah at an age of seven months in 1719. The second showing “anonymous” was a male that only lived twenty-five days in 1721. The first Edward was stillborn in 1722. The second Josiah died at the age of three months in 1723. The second Edward died at three months in 1726. The first Roland died at age one month in 1727 and the second Roland died at age one and a half in 1734.