On this day, November 8

Today is the birthday of Ebenezer Cogswell, born this day in 1791 in Rutland. Ebenezer’s parents were Stephen and Mary (or Polly) Cogswell. His brother, also named Stephen, went on to marry Lucy Seaver, my third great grandmother. Ebenezer was named after his grandfather, who had been a sea captain in Ipswich, and who moved his family to Paxton some time in the late 1700’s.

Ebenezer married Rhoda Draper, who was originally from Spencer. The couple lived in Leicester, where they raised five children.