Franklin Cogswell Prindle.

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His widow, Mary — who was also called Polly — survived him for
fifty years, and died March 19, 1861, in her 95th year.

They now lie side by side in the old burying ground in West
Sandgate, with a plain marble head-stone to mark the place and
bearing the simple inscription :



AUG. 19, 1811,

in his 53rd year.

My flesh shall slumber in the ground.
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound;
Then burst the chain with sweet surprise
And in my Saviour's image rise.

248 Prindle Genealogy.

It is much to be hoped that his descendants will erect to his
memory a substantial monument of granite, upon which shall be
deejDly engraven these words :


of the


who faithfully served


more than six years

in the achievement of


Feb. 1777-June 1783.


Mary Williams, daughter of Abraham Williams and Mary See,
his wife, was born in the Manor of Phillipsburg, Westchester
County, N. Y., June 23, 1766. She was baptized in the First Re-
formed Dutch ("Sleepy Hollow") Church, Tarrytown, N. Y., as
Mareitie Sie, with David Stoerm and Liesbeth his wife, as wit-
ness or sponsors, October 28, 1766; and married at South Salem,
Westchester County, N. Y., May 13, 1784, Zalmon" Prindle, son
of JoeP and Sabra (Kimberly) Prindle, of Newtown, Conn., who
was a soldier of the American Revolution, 1777-1783.

They removed to Sandgate, Bennington County, Vt., in 1786,
the wife and mother carrying her infant son Zenas in her arms on
horseback, as was the manner of journeying in the more unsettled
parts of the country in those early days.

She died at Fort Edward, Washington County, N. Y., on March
19, 1861, at the advanced age of 95 years, and was buried by the
side of her husband — surviving him for nearly half a century — -
in the old burying ground in West Sandgate, having long been
known, loved, and revered as "Granny Prindle," at once a daughter
and a widow of patriotic soldiers of the Revolution, the one having
given his life, and the other more than six years of his, to the
service of his country in its struggle for the achievement of Ameri-
can Independence.

The history of Abraham Williams and family, though all too
brief so far as now known, is an interesting one.

He was born in Phillipsburg, of Dutch ancestry running back
on both sides for many generations. According to the "Sleepy
Hollow" Church records he was baptized July 5, 1746, though
probably born a few years earlier, as the son of Jan Williams and
Zara Stuyvers, his wife, with Abraham and Rachel Jurckse as

He married, October 31, 1761, Mary See, daughter of David
Zie and Raghel Gerdenier, his Avife, of Phillipsburg, where she was
born August 22, 174.2, and baptized June 23, 1743. The records
show that "Abraham Williams and Marytie Sie, his wife," were
received as Members of the "Sleepy Hollow" Church, September
3, 1765.

He served as a soldier in the Colonial service, as well as in the
Continental Army. But of the former service we have only the
brief record from the Report of the State Historian, 1897, where
it is stated. Vol. I., p. 942, on muster roll of men raised and passed
muster in Westchester County, N. Y., for Joshua Bloomer, April
30, 1759, for service in the French Avar, that

"Abraham Williams enlisted March 23; age 21 ; born in Phillips-
burg; volunteer; out of Capt. Buckhout's Co, of Militia; Capt.


250 Prindle Genealogy.

Bloomer enlisting officer; 5 ft. 7 in. high; light blue eyes and

The exact date of his entering the Revolutionary army has not
been ascertained, but it must have been as early as 1777, as would
appear from the official records on file in the Comptroller's Office at
Albany, N. Y., that

Abraham Williams, of Col. Hamman's Westchester County Regi-
ment, gave receipt to Captain Martling for pay for one year'iS

Also a receipt roll of Lieutenant Cornelius Van Tassel for
services under his command, in 1778, containing the receipt of
Mary Williams for amount due her husband, Abraham Williams,
dated at Phillipsburg, February 14>, 1785.

Other records place him at different times in Capt. Coomb's
and Capt. Orser's Companies of Militia, and his name appears sev-
eral times in local Revolutionary annals ; and from the records of
the War Department at Washington, we have the following:

"It is shown b}^ the records that one Abram Williams, whose
rank is not stated, served as a member of Captain Daniel Mart-
ling's Company, Colonel Hammond's Regiment, New York Militia,
Revolutionarj^ war. His name appears on a receipt roll dated
January 3, 1785, which shows him paid £31, l6s, 5d, for one
year's service. Neither the date of beginning nor the date of ter-
mination of his service has been found of record.

"The name Abrm W^illiams also appears on a receipt roll dated
at Phillipsburg, February 14, 1785, which shows that Mary W^il-
liams received for her husband, Abrm Williams, the sum of 'si 4,
d2 2/3' for service under the command of Lieutenant Cornelius
Van Tassel during the year 1778.

"The name Abraham Williams also appears on a muster roll
'of the men received from the county of Westchester, N. Y.,
by Capt. Richard Sackett.' This roll, which is not dated, shows
the following in the case of this soldier: Age 16; feet 5, inches 5;
hair light; eyes light; complexion light; where born. Cot Morer
(Cortland Manor); place of abode, Co* Morer; occupation farmer;
time of enlistment 1 May, 17 — .

"The name Abraham Williams also appears on the records as
that of a private of Captain Richard Sackett's Company, Colonel
Albert Pawling's Regiment, New York Militia, but the period of
his service is not recorded."

As our Abraham Williams died, a British prisoner of war, in
December, 1780, he should not be confounded with the younger
Abraham Williams mentioned in the first, third and fourth para-
graphs of this official record, who served in Captain Martling's and
Ca))tain Sackett's Companies, the record of the elder Abraham ap-
pearing only in the very brief second paragraph above.

Appendix. 251

The church records show that this younger Abraham was bap-
tized April 20, 1763, as the son of William Willemse and Hester
Waldron, his wife, with Abraham Williams and Marytie Cie, his
wife, as witnesses.

His name is also mentioned as being in the party of seven who
were engaged in the capture of Andre, having been one of the four
stationed near David's Hill, where they separated. Sergeant John
Dean, Isaac See, James Romer, and Abraham W^illiams remaining
on the Hill, while James Paulding, Isaac Van Wart, and David
Williams proceeded on the Tarrytown road about a mile and con-
cealed themselves in the bushes until the approach of Andre.

The family tradition is that our Abraham Williams, who married
Mary See, was a cousin of David Williams and Isaac Van Wart,
two of the captors of Major Andre. That there was a relation-
ship, and doubtless a close one, makes it of special interest to his

The Sleepy Hollow Church records show that Aert (Arthur)
Williams was the father of this David who married Femmetie
Waldron, and that William Willemse married her sister Hester
Waldron. Jan Williams, the father of Abraham, may have been
of an earlier generation but they were doubtless brothers or cousins
of a near or remote degree.

The Van Wart relationship was through the marriage of Rachel
Williams, sister of Aert Williams, and Martinus Van Wart, the
father of Isaac, who was thus an own cousin to David and probably
a cousin once removed to Abraham Williams.

Abraham and Mary had a son Abram, born February 13, 1775,
and this Abram had a son Abram, born October 12, 1802, one of
twelve children.

The active service of Abraham Williams the elder, in the Con-
tinental army, was brought suddenly to a close early in 1780, when,
as near as can be ascertained, he was captured at the time of the
attack on Young's Corners by the British and Tories, on the night
of February 3rd, of that year, when that place was successfully
assaulted and many prisoners taken. The Young's place was noted
in the Revolution as the headquarters of the American Army, until
after the buildings were destroyed and his house burned at this
time, and the American lines driven back to the Croton.

Lieut. Colonel Thompson was in command there then with a
force of 250 men of whom 13 were killed, 17 wounded — some mor-
tally — and about 100 prisoners taken. Among the latter, doubt-
less, was Abraham Williams, whose home was directly opposite,
being the present Campbell farm, and who was confined in a British
prison in New York, where he died about December 19, 1780.

The family tradition that he was brutally treated and "starved
to death by the British in prison in Morrisania," is handed down

252 Prixdle Genealogy.

by those now living who had it long afterward from the lips of his
daughter, Mary (Williams) Prindle. His prison life and death
there is attested bv the following:

Petition of Mary Williams^ widow of Abraham.
To the Honorable Legislature:

Gentlemen: — I beg leave to inform your Honors that I am the
widow of Abraham Williams, who died in Prison at Xew York,
in December last, (1780) after ten months' imprisonment, leaving
me with six children without any means of subsistence; and, being
driven from my place of residence near the White Plains, to Court-
landt Manor, and being destitute of the common necessaries of life,
therefore beg the Honorable Legislature to take my circumstances
under consideration and afford me such relief as they in their great
goodness may think meet, Avhich will be gratefully acknowledged by
your Honors' most obedient and humble servant,

June 8, 178L Mary Williams.

In Assembly June 18, 1781.

Petition of Mary Williams assigning the death of her husband
while imprisoned by the enemy and poverty as her reason for pray-
ing for charity.

Read and referred to Mr. Schoonmaker, Mr. Lawrence and
Mr. Cantine.

In a manuscript book of records at Albany, "Prisoners and Pen-
sion Rolls," it is stated that the account of Abraham Williams was
audited, Nov. 13, 1784, for services (presumably while in prison),
from Feb. 19, 1780, to Dec. 19, 1780, which strongly indicates that
he died on the latter date, and accords with the above statement
of his widow in her petition to the Legislature for relief as having
occurred the previous December, "after ten months' imprisonment,"
which would carry the date of his capture back to the assault at
Young-s Corners in Februarv of that vear.

It is also recorded that on June 8, 1786, she was awarded, as the
widow of Abraham Williams, 19 pounds and four shillings on a
claim for damage for fences, etc., destroyed during the war.

After the disastrous results following the assault at Youngs.
Corners, Mary Williams with her helpless flock of six children —
the youngest, Abram, but three years old, and our Mary a girl of
fourteen — was compelled to seek safety in flight with others, to
South Salem, then a part of Courtlandt Manor, where David Wil-
liams, his father Arthur, who died there October 18, 1792, and
others had preceeded her.

It is probable that she remained here until after the marriage of
her daughter Mary to Zalmon Prindle, May 13, 1784, for in the
following year she took title to the old farm at the Cross Roads

Appendix. 253

from the Commissioners of Forfeiture, as would appear from the
following, copied from the Land Records:

"Dec. 6, 178-5. Sold to Mary Williams of the County of West-
chester, widow, for £319 12s., All that certain farm of land
situate, lying and being in the Manor of Phillipsburg and County
of Westchester, bounded northerly and easterly by the highway,
southerly by land now or late in the possession of Moses Miller,
westerly by lands now in the possession of David See, Sarah Buck-
hout, the widow Van Wart, and Nicholas Storms, containing 142
acres more or less, as the same is now f)ossessed by the said Mary
Williams, forfeited to the people of the said State by the attainder
of Frederick Philipse of the said County Esquire."

And it is very probable that about this time the family returned
to the old home, for a son, Zenas, was born to Zalmon and Mary "at
Tarrytown" Aj^ril 17, 1786.

It also appears that ]\Iary Williams, widow, gave a mortgage on
her homestead to James Dunlap, Sept. li, 1786, for 67 pounds;
and also about the same time gave another mortgage on a j^art of
her farm to Daniel McFarland, of Greenburgh, who was by mar-
riage related to the Williams family. It was probably through
these mortgages that the title to the old farm passed from her.
The David See whose farm is mentioned in the boundaries of the
Williams propertj?^, was the father of Mary W'illiams, widow. He
was the son of "Jacobus Sie and Catliarina his wife" who was re-
ceived as INIember of the Sleepy Hollow Church, Aug. 15, 1732,
and one of its Deacons, 1760-64.

At all events the farm soon appeared to be in the possession of
others, a part of it — the site of Widow Flanagan's celebrated
hostelry on the corner — as early as 1795, and the remainder, prob-
ablv at an earlier date, was in possession of Isaac Van Wart, who
sold part of it to Stephen Campbell in 1801 ; but her deeds of sale
not being recorded there is no data to fix the time of the sale other
than the date of removal to Sandgate, Vt.

Perhaps the widow and her family were quite willing to leave
the scenes which had been to them so full of tragedy and suffering
durinff the dark davs of Revolution, as besides the loss of husband
and father the land had literally been stained with blood, while
partisan warfare raged around them on every side, for those Cross
Roads were the scene of many a conflict and left them bitter

Many interesting incidents of those stirring times have been
handed down as coming from her own lips. During the absence
of her husband Abraham while serving in the Continental army,
she was left with the maintenance and care of herself and family
of six children, the youngest being the only son, born in 1775, and
the oldest daughter being but l^Vo years older.

254 Prindle Genealogy.

She relates that upon one occasion a marauding party came and
drove away her horses and cattle, leaving but one horse and one
cow, and these she was obliged to yoke together as a team with
which to do the plowing and other farm work. This horse had a
peculiar trait of turning tail-to on being approached, and with
ears laid back would assume a threatening attitude as if intending
to forcibly resist capture. But to one approaching boldly and
patting the rump without showing fear, it would readily submit to
being haltered. This feature being unknown to the thieves saved
this animal to the family, as he was left unmolested.

On another occasion, after she and her girls had finished harvest-
ing, they stacked the grain in the field for fear that if stored in
the barn the enemy might burn both grain and barn together. But
it availed them nothing as the enemy soon came and applied the
torch to each stack as it stood in the field.

On the occasion of still another visit from the "Cowboys," as
they were driving away her stock, she stood in the open door-way
of her humble and defenceless home, pleading with them to leave
her one cow for herself and little ones, until one of the brutes
raised his musket to take aim at her when her daughter seized her
by the skirts and quickly drew her inside and shut the door.

Notwithstanding these many trials and hardships of those
troublous times, the husband and father would come home occasion-
ally on furlough, in rags and tatters, only to be reclothed from
head to foot and then return again to his post of duty and service,
as a patriot soldier, until his capture by the British and death in a
loathsome prison — a willing sacrifice in the cause of American liberty
— which left them homeless, herself a widow, and her children

The sturdy patriotism and sterling integrity of those Dutch
people are fittingly referred to in "Tarrytown," by M. D. Raymond,
where he says :

"Then came the shock and upheaval of the Revolution. And to
their everlasting honor be it recorded that, notwithstanding the
fact that the lord of the Manor was in accord witli the King, there
were but few tories in this vicinage.

The tenantry from the were in full sympathy with the
cause of the colonies; and although sore trials were in store for
them, their fields devastated, their property wasted, and the tragedy
of war was enacted at their doors, its rude alarms and terrible
realism did not seem to repress their patriotism or awe them into

The British General Howe could not well have paid them a
higher compliment than when he said, after his fruitless movement
in this direction in 1777 — 'I can do nothing with this Dutch popula-
tion; I can neither buy them with money, nor conquer them by
force.' "

Appendix. 255

The daughter. Mary, with lier husband, Zalmon Prindle. removed
to Sandgate, \'t., in ITSO". he having followed his fatlior Joel and
other kindred from Newtown. Conn., there, all seeking new homes
in that sparsely settled region: and as the widow Mary afterward
made her home with them she subsequently removed there also,
where she died in April. 18;U. in her p'2nd year, having survived
her husband for more than .'K? years. At the time ot^ her death
"Grniuiy W illiams" was living with her daughter Mary. — "Granny
Prindle.'"- — also a widow, on the old "Horton place" in West Sand-
gate, that being known as the part of the town lying west from
"The Xoteh," — a natural depression or n.irrow and eireuitous eut
through the summit of the mountain ridge, and the dividing line
between "Old Sandgate" and the "West side." through which the
main road passes. The old house, which is still standing, is lo-
cated on the east side of the Rupert road which branches off from
the main road just west from the "Xoteh." and is the first house
on the east side, north and about a mile distant from the "Xoteli."

The first house on the west side of the Rupert road aiul a little
nearer the "Xoteh,"' which is also still standing, is on the old "Phil-
lips place."' where the compiler was born seven years after the death
of "Granny Williams."'

The following list ot' her children has been handed down, in
which she says :

"The ages of my children are as follows:

Rachel Williams, born Aug. '27. 1~o-2.

CathariTU^ Williams, born July '24. 176-i.

Mary A\'illiams. born June ~S. l~66.

Lear Williams, born July ^20. 176S.

Elizabeth Williams, born Aug. Ip. 1771.

Abram Williams, born Feb. IS. 1775.

Lear Williams, died X'ovcmber. 1795."

It will be seen that all of these children were born before the
Revolution in which their father was to take an active part and to
give up his life — a veteran soldier of two wars, a Patriot indeed,
■whose name and memory deserve to be held in perpetual reverence
and honor by his descendants, and all lovers of Freedom, for which
cause he gave his life.


Cogswell Ancestry of the Descendants of Zenas and
Hannah (Cogswell) Prindle, and of Joel and Phoebe (Cogs-
well) Prindle.


John Cogswell, son of Edward and Alice Cogswell, was born in
Westbury Leigh, County of Wilts, England, abt. ISp^; married
Sept. 10, I6l5, Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of the j^arish vicar.
Rev. William and Phillis Thompson; resided in Westbury until 1635
when he, with his wife and eight children, embarked at Bristol on
the "Angel Gabriel" for America. The ship went to pieces in a
frightful storm of August 15, 1635, off Pemaquid, on the coast of

They Avere safely landed there, having barely escaped with
their lives, and soon after went to Ipswich, Mass., a new town not
far from Boston, formerly called "Aggawam" by the Indians, where
he settled and died Nov. 29, 1669- She died June 2, 1676.
Children :
i. A daughter, who m. and remained in London,
ii. Mary, m. 1649, Godfrey Armitage.
2. iii. William, bapt. March, l6l9; m. Susannah Hawkes; d. Dec.
15, 1700.

iv. John, bapt. July 25, l622; m. — ; d. Sept. 27, 1653.

V. Hannah, m. 1652, Dea. Cornelius Waldo,
vi. Abigail, m. Thomas Clark,
vii. Edward, b. 1629, of whom little is known,
viii. Sarah, m. 1663, Simon Tuttle; d. 1792.
ix. Elizabeth, m. July 31, 1657, Nathaniel Masterson.


William Cogswell, son of John and Elizabeth (Thompson)
Cogswell, was born, l6l9, in Westbury Leigh, County of Wilts,
England; married abt. 1649, Susanna Hawkes, dau. of Adam and
Mrs. Anne (Hutchinson) Hawkes, who was born in Charlestown,
Mass., and died bef. 1696.

They res. in Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass., where he died Dec. 15,
1700. He was a man of Christian character and one of the most
influential citizens in that part of Ipswich; the leading man in
establishing the parish and the church, and in building the meeting-
house, etc.

i. Elizabeth, b. 1650; m. Feb. 22, l670. Col. Thomas Wade;
d. Dec. 28, 1726.


Appendix. 257

ii. Hester, m. (1) Aug. 24, 1675, Samuel Bishop; (2) Dec.

l6, 1689, Lieut. Thomas Burnham.
iii. Susanna (twin), b. Jan. 5, l657; m. Benjamin White,
iv. Ann (twin), b. Jan. 5, l657; d. bef. 1696.

3. V. William, Jr., b. Dec. 4, 1659; m. Oct. 9, 1685, Martha

Emerson; d. April 14, 1708.
vi. Jonathan, b. April 26, l66l; m. May 24, 1686, Elizabeth

Wainright; d. July 14, 1717.
vii. Edmund, d. young. May 15, 1680.
viii. John, b. May 12, 1665; m. Hannah Goodhue; d. 1710.

ix. Adam, b. Jan. 12, 1667; m. Abigail ; d. Feb. 8, 1749-

X. Sarah, b. Feb. 3, 1668; m. Nov. 6, 1685, William Noyes.

W^illiam Cogswell, son of William and Susanna (Hawkes)
Cogswell, was born Dec. 4, 1679, in .Chebacco, Ipswich, Mass.;
married Oct. 5, 1685, Martha Emerson, dau. of Rev. John and Ruth
(Symonds) Emersotj, who was born in Gloucester, Mass., Nov. 28,
1662. They lived in Chebacco, where he died April 14, 1708.

4. i. Edward, b. Aug. 13, I686; m. 1708, Hannah Brown; d.

April 17, 1773.
ii. INIartha, m. Oct. 9, 1710, Matthew Whipple,
iii. William, b. I688; killed by the Indians in battle in 1710.

iv. Dorothy Emerson, b. Aug. 31, 1692; m. Moulton.

V. Lucy, b. 1699; m. Moulton.

vi. Emerson, b. 1700; m. Dec. 30, 1736, Mary Pecker; d. March

29, 1788.
vii. Eunice, b. 1704.

Edward Cogswell, son of William and Martha (Emerson)
Cogswell, was born in Gloucester, Mass., Aug. 13, I686; married
17O8, Hannah Brown, who was born in I691, and died June 6,
1771. They res. in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass.; rem. 1735
to Preston, Conn., and in 1747 settled in New Milford, Conn. He
died April 17, 1773.

5. i. Samuel, b. March 1, 1710; m. Lydia Starkweather,
ii. Edward, d. in infancy.

iii. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 13", 1714; m. (1) Dec. 8, 1737, Huldah
Kinney; (2) May 25, 1757, Mrs. Bridget Wedge; (3)
May 30, 1782, Mrs. Eunice Williams; d. Nov. 4, 1810.

iv. Judith, b. Jan. 25, 1717; m. Jacob Kinney.
V. Hannah, b. April 13, 1719; m. Matthew Beal.

vi. John, b. April 5, 1721 ; ra. Sarah Freeman.

vii. Martha, d. in infancy.

258 Prindle Genealogy.

viii. Lucy, b. April 14, 1726; m. Moses Averill; d. July 30,
ix. Elizabeth, d. in infancy.

X. Emerson, b. July 19, 1*732; m. Aug. 29, 1750, Mary Miles,
xi. William, b. Dec. 22, 1734; m. Nov. 4, 1762, Anna
Whittlesey; d. Feb. 19, 1786.


Samuel Cogswell, son of Edward and Hannah (Brown) Cogs-
well, was born March 1, 1710, in Ipswich, Mass.; married Lydia
Starkweather. They lived in Preston and New Milford, Conn.
Children :
i. Lydia, b. May 19, 1730.
ii. Mary, b. May 31, 1733.
iii. Edward, b. March 5, 1735; m. April 17, 1758, Jane Owen;

d. 1808.
iv. Anna, b. May 21, 1736.

6. V. John, b. June 17, 1738; m. ; d. 1832.

vi. Asa, b. March 30, 1740; m. Charity ; d. 1838.

vii. Hannah, b. Jan. 26, 1742; m. .

viii. Samuel, b. June 23, 1743.

ix. Joel, b. Aug. 19, 1747.

X. Submit, bapt. July 26, 1752. He was known as " Capt.


John Cogswell, son of Samuel and Lydia (Starkweather) Cogs-
well, was born in Preston, Conn., July 17, 1738; maried and re-
moved to Sandgate, Vt., where he died in 1832, at the age of 94


7. i. Ferris, b. May 3, 1767; m. March 6, 1786, Mrs. Phebe

(Hawley) Bristol; d. 1836.

ii. Joseph, b. .

iii. Daniel, b. .

iv. Asa, b. .

V. Dana, b. .

vi. George, b. . He lived near Albany, N. Y.


Ferris Cogswell, son of John and Cogswell, was born

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