Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Will of Rev. Cornelius Cozine (1718-1786)

Images of Rev. Cornelius Cozine's will are now at a new location. Rev. Cornelius Cozine was born at Bushwick, Long Island, the son of Jacobus Cosynse Cozine and his wife Aeltje. He lived in Kings County until 1754 when he sold his property and moved to Somerset County, New Jersey. He is mentioned as "of Somerset County" in 1768 when he was one of the appraisers for the inventory of the estate of Pieter Van Nest of Somerset County. Soon afterwards, Rev. Cornelius Cozine became the minister to the congregation at the Conewago Colony, then in York County (now Adams Co.), Pennsylvania. His first wife was Antie Staats, daughter of Pieter Staats, and his second wife has been identified as Maria Koning, widow of Stephen Van Orden, who married as her third husband, David Demarest. (See Barbara Terhune, on Dutch Colonies List Serve at Rootsweb, January 5, 2011, for the identification of Maria/Mary Koning).
The images of the will were provided by Barbara Hilyerd. Her transcription can be found in the footnotes for Rev. Cornelius Cozine's profile on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website.

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