Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Ancestor Story: Jacques Cossart, II
The Cossart family are descendants of the Huguenot refugee Jacques Cossart, I (b.ca. 1595) and his wife Rachel Gelton, thru their son Jacques Cossart (1639-1685). They descend from a very old and distinguished family of Norman-French Protestant Huguenots whose original homes were in Normandy and Picardy in northern France.
After the massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Day in France of French Protestants, Jacques and Rachel Cossart sought refuge among the hospitable Dutch. Their son, Jacques Cossart, II was baptized at Leyden, Holland on May 29, 1639 and died at Bushwick (Brooklyn, Long Island, NY) in 1685. He was the first immigrant bearing the name Cossart to come to the American Colonies. (See “Baird’s Huguenot Emigration to America”, Vol.1 pages 182-3).
He married Lydia Willems (sometimes Lea Vilman) in Leydon, Holland. They left there in 1657 and returned to Leyden, Holland in December 1659 from Germany. They were received into the Church of Leydon. After taking their letter from the Huguenot Church at Leydon, in October 12, 1662, Jacques Cossart (Cossairs), wife and two children, aged 5 and one l ½ years, arrived at New Amsterdam on the ship “DePumerlander Kerch”, with Captain Benjamin Berentz, and other passengers from Leydon, Holland. (Year Book of the Holland Society, 1902, page 22).
Jacques and Lydia had 6 children:
1. Child - 5 in 1662
2. Child – 1 ½ in 1662
3. Jannette – bap. 1665 m Jacobus Goelet
4. Jacques(Jacob) – bap. 1668
5. David – b 1671 – m Styntje Joris
6. Anthony – bap. 1673 m Elizabeth Valentine
The Latinization of the name Cossart, by the additions of the letters “is” or “us” is not uncommon. The name has many variations: Cozad, Cosart, Cozart, Cossairs plus several more.
They joined the Dutch Church at New Amsterdam on April 1, 1663. He took the oath of allegiance to England in 1664. Jacques Cossart II held the office of collector of monies, under the British administration, promised by the inhabitants for support of the clergy. The court allowed him 4% of what he collected. (Court Minutes of New Amsterdam, Vol.VI, pp.40, 44and 79).
He had arrived just 36 years after Manhattan Island was purchased from the Indians. He purchased a house and a lot in New York City which is now at the corner of Whitehall and Marketfield Street. His youngest son, Anthony, removed to Morris County, New Jersey. My line continues as Cozad. The grandson of Anthony, Samuel Cozad, of New Jersey, was a Captain in the American Revolution.
This 419 year line is verified by The Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames and NSDAR. Contributed by Ann Skidmore.