Susannah Cogswell

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
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Susannah Cogswell, daughter of Emerson Cogswell and Mary Pecker, was born probably shortly before her baptism at Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 17 March 1745.1 She died at Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 18 December 1836.2

Susannah married Jeremiah Robinson, son of Dr. Jeremiah Robinson and Lydia Norris, 13 October 1767.2

While her husband was at the bridge, Susannah was home cooking food for the soldiers return. She saw the British regulars coming down over the "burying hill" towards her house. The gun was behind her door, as was usual in that time, and she made ready to defend the homestead. All they wanted however, was food, which she gave them through her window as they waited outside, she meanwhile standing ready inside to defend herself in case they attacked her. Later when she heard the regulars were coming back, she went to the meeting house, took the communion plate, brought it home and hid it in her soft-soap barrel in the arch under the great chimney where it was hidden until the "red coats" left Concord.3


Jeremiah Robinson b. 4 Apr 1742, d. 16 Jul 1815
  • Susannah Robinson2 b. say 1768
  • James Robinson2 b. say 1769
  • Mary Robinson2 b. say 1771
  • (…) Robinson2 b. say 1773, d. Apr 1773
  • Eunice Cogswell Robinson2 b. abt. 1775, d. 20 Feb 1844
  • William Robinson+2 b. 21 Apr 1776, d. 12 Dec 1837
  • John Robinson2 b. abt. 1779, d. 20 Jul 1795
  • James Robinson2 b. say 1780
  • Jeremiah Robinson2 b. 1782, d. 21 Sep 1797
  • Lydia Robinson2 b. say 1783
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  1. [S664] , Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849: Volume I - Births (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute, 1910), 95-99, further cited as Vital Records of Ipswich - Vol I.
  2. [S76] Harriet H. Robinson, "John Robinson of Exeter, and Some of His Descendants," The Robinsons and Their Kin Folk Third Series (July 1906): 99-123, at 116-118, further cited as Robinson, "John Robinson of Exeter."
  3. [S76] Robinson, "John Robinson of Exeter," 118.