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Thomas COUSINS

Male Abt 1649 - 1690  (~ 41 years)


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  • Name Thomas COUSINS 
    Born Abt 1649  Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 May 1690  Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “Thomas Cousins was born circa 1649 at Rowley, Essex, MA, USA. He was the son of Isaac Cousins and Elizabeth (?). Thomas Cousins married Hannah Ward circa 1675 at Wells, York, ME, USA. Thomas Cousins died on 18 May 1690 at Wells, Wells, ME, USA. He died circa 1690 at Wells, York, ME, USA; Died in an Indian attack.
      Thomas Cousins was living in Wells as early as 1666. Saw action at Black Point in 1675. He 'The first of that name in Wells, Maine.' Witnessed a deed for Morgan Howell, 1666, doubtless lived in his boyhood with his sister Barrett (Elizabeth Couusins) a neighbor of the Bowles family, where Howell made his home. Served in Phillip's War and was accused (and acquitted) of perjury for his evidence at Scottow's trial for not sending aid from the Black Point garrison to hard pressed soldiers. Wells granted him 100 acres in 1684. Grand jury 1708. Presumably he and his wife, name unknown, were killed in the attack on Wells in 1690. (Noyes, et al., p. 165) Thomas Cousins [probable son of Isaac] was born about the year 1649. We find hhim as a young man of seventeen living in Wells, in the Province of Maine, with his Barrett kinsmen in 1666, when he witnessed a deed of land at Cape Porpoise purchased by Ensign [later Lieutenant]John Barrett from Morgan Howell. [York Deeds II: 81] He took the oath of fidelity on July 7, 1670. He saw service in the local actions during King Philip's War, and his deposition in regard to the fight which took place near Black Point in 1675 is preserved in the evidence in the case against Capt. Scottow: 'The deposition of Thomas Cousens aged about30 yeares makes oath that being with Capt Winckoll when he was ingaged with the Indians neere Blackepointe, and faire within sight of the garrison, Capt Winckol sent two men to Mr Scotttow for some releife, being then likely to have bene over throwne, by the enimy, but the said Scottow would not send any help to us, he had at that time upward of forty men in his garrison, but from Mr Foxwels garrison, which was as farr from um us as Mr. Scottows garrison was, we had five men which did us a great pleasure, and they left but two men in the garrison, which if we had releife from Mr. Scottows garrison, in an ordinary way with gods blessing, we might have given the enimye a great overthrow, and after the fight was over, this deponent went to Mr Scottows garrison, and heard Souldiers generally say, that they see Capt Winckoll ingaged with the enimy, and would have gone to have releived them, but Mr Scottow wouldldnot suffer them, but charged them to Keepe the garrison,and further this deponent saith that it was generally reported at Blackpoint, that in theire great distress they could have no help from Mr Scottows garrison,he being the comander thereof, and further saith not. Taken upon Oath the 16th January 1679 before me Samll. Wheelwright Comissr.' [York Deeds XI: 4] This testimony resulted in a summons before the County Court to answer a charge of 'suspicion of perjury,' brought at the instigation of Captain Scottow. He was acquitted of this charge, but convicted of 'presumtuous and reproachfull expressions' against the Captain, doubtless for the purpose of satisfying that important personage [Early Records of Maine,Maine Historical Society Copy, Vol. III, p.399; Vol. IV, p. 76. ] whose conduct during the critical days of 1675 and 1676 was subject to severe criticism. In 1684 Thomas Cousins had a grant of land from the town of Wells, comprising one hundred acres west oof the river which forms the present boundary between Wells and Kennebunk and southeast of the post-road. All of the settlers on this side of Wells were driven out by the Indians in 1690, the Storer Garrison, over three miles to the south, beinng the most northerly place that was held against them. It is entirely probable that Thomas Cousins and his wife, whose name is unknown, lost their lives during these troublous times. Their children were in possession of the farm in 1717. [Thomamas Cousins of Portsmouth,N.H., whose wife Elizabeth (Cranch) shared in the division of the estate of her great-grandfather, Robert Mussell, in 1718 (N. H.Probate I: 62), was of no known connection with the Cousins family of Wells.] (The Ancestry of Lydia Harmon, p. 50)
      Sources: 1.Abbrev: D. B. Robinson's Genealogy Page Title: D. B. Robinson's Genealogy Page RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project web sitehttp://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=harus pex&id=I19776 Author: D. B. (David) Robinson 2.Abbrev: Harmon, Lydia Ancestry Title: The Ancestry of Lydia Harmon 1755-1836 Author: Walter Goodwin Davis Text: Page: p. 50. He lived in 1666 at Wells, York, ME, USA. Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _MILT
      King Philip's War in 1675. “«s26» [1]
    Person ID I6424  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 11 May 2021 

    Father Isaac COUSINS,   b. Abt 1613, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1702, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth ?,   b. Abt 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1656, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Family ID F2411  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah WARD,   b. Abt 1650, Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1690, Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married Abt 1675  Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hannah Thomas COUSINS,   b. 1680,   d. 1717/1777  (Age 97 years)
     2. Elizabeth COUSINS,   b. Abt 1680, Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Jul 1747, Wells, York, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
    Last Modified 11 May 2021 
    Family ID F2409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1649 - Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1675 - Wells, York, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 May 1690 - Wells, York, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S26] Kates Family Genealogy.