Updating the Cogswells

The Thanksgiving Day item about Ebenezer Cogswell caught the attention of the Cogswell Family Association. I was actually able to provide them with some information that wasn’t in their database, involving Lydia and Rufus Cogswell. They’d been aware of Rufus’s death in the Civil War, but hadn’t known about his wife and son, or where he was buried. And they had no information on Lydia beyond her marriage to Leonard Smith.

But I still haven’t figured out the big mystery about the Smiths and Cogswells- why did they all move to the Monadnock region at a time when most people were leaving the area for greener pastures elsewhere?