Frances Cogan

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Frances Cogan, daughter of Henry Cogan and Joane Boridge, was born probably shortly before her baptism at St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton, Somerset, England, 24 February 1605/6.1 She died at Lancaster, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 17 May 1671.2,1,3

Frances married John Whitcomb, son of Thomas Whetcombe and Johanna Pope, at Taunton 26 November 1623.1,2,4

Frances left a will dated 12 May 1671, and proved 23 March 1671/2:
"Francis Whetcomb of Lancaster" left to " my eldest daughter Katherin and my five sons every one of the one shilling, if it be demanded, and my daughter Abigall my greatest brass pot, and the rest of my estate to be my youngest daughter Mary and do hereby appoint her my sole executrix." Rev Joseph Rowlandson and "my beloved friend and neighbor Roger Sumner" to be overseers and have care for "my daughter Mary in reference to her dispose in marriage."5


John Whitcomb b. abt. 1588, d. 24 Sep 1662
  • Katharine Whitcomb2,1 b. 1624, d. 26 May 1668
  • John Whitcomb2,1 b. 6 Aug 1626, d. 6 Apr 1683
  • Jonathan Whitcomb2,1 b. 14 Sep 1628, d. Oct 1628
  • Robert Whitcomb2,1 b. 20 Dec 1629, d. 1671
  • Elizabeth Whitcomb6 b. say 1632, d. bef. 10 Jan 1634/35
  • Joane Whitcomb2,1 b. 18 May 1634
  • Jonathan Whitcomb7 b. say 1636, d. Feb 1690
  • Job Whitcomb2,1 b. abt. 1636, d. 8 Nov 1683
  • Josiah Whitcomb+2,1 b. abt. 1638, d. 21 Mar 1718
  • Abigail Whitcomb2,1 b. abt. 1642
  • Mary Whitcomb2,1 b. abt. 1647
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  1. [S778] George E. McCracken, "Early Cogans English and American; Part D. The Cogan Family of Taunton and Wellington, co. Somerset," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 111 (Jul 1957): 168-187, further cited as McCracken, "Cogan Family of Taunton and Wellington."
  2. [S16] Mary L. Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and His Wife Francis Helen Miller(Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1948), 86-93, further cited as Holman, Stevens-Miller Genealogy.
  3. [S907] Henry Stedman Nourse, The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850, two vols. (Clinton, Massachusetts: W. J. Cooper, Printer, 1890), 1:14, further cited as Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1646, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635, 7 volumes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 7:329, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  6. [S776] Burton W. Spear, "John Whitcomb," Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, 26 (1997):70, further cited as Spear, Mary & John.
  7. [S2053] Anderson, et al., The Great Migration, 7:330.