Cotuit Families

Adams Almy Ames Baker Bearse
Behlman Boult Boyd Burlingame Butler
Cammett Cash Chase Chatfield Childs
Coleman Coolidge Crawford Crocker Crosby
Dottridge Ellis Fish/Fisher Fuller Gifford
Goodspeed Gould Hallett Hamblin Handy
Harlow Hayden Hooper Jackson Jones
Kelley/Kelly Landers Linnell Lloyd Lovell
Lowell Lumbert Marston Morse Nickerson
Parker Perkins Phillips Phinney Robbins
Robinson Rogers Ryder Sampson Samson
Savery Small Sturges Taussig Walcott
Webb Wesson West    
ADAMS   Four separate families:

1. Alpheus Adams (1774-1869) and wife Abigail Wing, 
children:  Martha (Fisher) b. 1802, Mercy (Gardner) 1804-72, Zenas (1809-82), Freeman (1811- 76), Alpheus Jr. (b. 1813), Alexander M. (b. 1817), James (b. 1822), Lewis (b. 1824).

2. Urial Adams (1803-93) wife Annie Dottridge
children:  Ansel (1842-62), Alexander C. (1847-1910) , Abby Jenkins, Charles O. (b. 1834).

3.  John F. & Lucy Adams
children: Thomas (1842-58), John, and Lucy.

4. Joseph C. (b. 1810) and Abigail Nickerson
children:  Joseph C., Adelia, Elizabeth and,  Abigail.

ALMY: Middlesex County Judge Charles Almy (1851-1934) and his wife Helen Cabot Jackson, a relative of the Lowells, built in 1906 the first summer home on the Narrows, to which he gave its name.
Their children: were active in founding of Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club: Anna (1886-1981) married Percy Bidwell (1888-1970), director of the Council on Foreign Relations and pioneer in international education; Mary (1883-1953),  the pioneer woman architect who designed several of the Almy houses; Samuel (1895-1959), and Helen Almy.

AMES: Isaac (1784-1864) & Bulah 
children:  Eliza, Cephas, Deborah, Mary, Seth, Hezekiah, Cyrena, Simeon, Cloie, Sarah.  Simeon was owner of the Santuit general store, and owner of extensive lands, including cranberry bogs in Mashpee.

BAKER: Abijah (1795-1879) & Dinah Cahoon arrived 1834 from Harwich via Sandwich.  Descendants still live in the village.
children:  Abijah Jr., Mercy Lovell, Mary Landers, Cynthia Folger, Kenelm, Melancy Robinson, Adeline Nickerson Dane.

BEARSE: Four separate families:

1.  Isaac (d. 1855) & Mercy Bearse:
10 children:  Abigail, Isaac Jr., Sturges, Arthur, James, Julia, Lemuel, George W., Nathan, Martha.

2. Solomon (1779-1855) & Hannah Bearse
8 children:  Martha Coleman, Mercy Coleman, Jacob, Tryphosa Hodges, Jerome, Thirza Gibbs, Hannah, Henry.

3. Moses H. (1780-1843) & Rebecca Bearse
7 children: Alfred, Prudence Small, Crocker, Charles C (architect, sheriff, moderator), Sarah Smith, George, Artemus.

4. Osborne Warren Bearse (1849-1922) & Belinda Gifford
7 children: Warren, Marietta, Marion Perry, Josephine Swift, Edward T., Agnes Richards, Ruth Leland.

BEHLMAN: Arthur (1886-1973) one of first managers of Cotuit baseball team & two wives, Annie Sturges,
children: Sturgis, Arthur, Myron & Velma Courtines;
second wife Sarah had Carlton.

BOULT: Charles, born Amsterdam 1783, came to Cape 1791, married Rebecca Lovell of Osterville 1809.
7 children: Only triplets born on Cape: Mercy, Mary & Martha; Eliza, Henrietta Coffin, Simeon, Charles.

BOYD: Thomas K. born England 1885, came to Oyster Harbors c. 1930, married Elizabeth Broughton Allbright of old New England family, descended from Mavericks, Devereux, Dennis, Glover, Bacon, Spencer, etc.

BURLINGAME: Pardon A. (1792-1854) & Polly
 4 children: Betsey Small, Alvin C., Mary Falkner, Pardon Jr..  Descendants still live in village.

BUTLER: Patrick married 1732 Mehitable Smith; the first Patrick walked from Harwich to Boston to secure papers incorporating Harwich as a town; Cotuit descendant Stanley Butler (Zidon, Zidon Patrick, Patrick, James, Patrick) was
well-known designer of Cotuit skiffs.

CAMMETT: Peter & Thankful Bodfish 
 4 children Peter, Joseph, John, and Robert.  John who lived in Little River 1775 and Joseph served here in War of
1812 guarding the coastline; descendants have preserved his musket.

CASH:  Two separate families: 

1. Horace Cash (1809-78) & Polly Phillips came from
Harwich about 1810.  
7 children: Lydia Sturges, Horace, Mary Hendren,
Gustavus, Adelaide Nickerson, Amelia Howes, Hepsy Nickerson, Edrick.

2. Capt. William Cash, son of Alexander & Hannah Higgins, came from Nantucket in 1839 to marry Azubah Handy: Alexander George, William Murray.
CHASE: Freeman of Harwich and Abigail Kilby 
two sons who came with their mother to Cotuit from Harwich 1805: 

1.  Leonard Chase, (1801-72) and Susan Nickerson;
9 children: Leonard Jr., Eliza Rogers, Susan Sturges, Mary Ann Hutchins, John, Rosalinda Adams, Priscilla, Rose Abbie and Orren; 

2. Freeman Chase, (1805-62) married Eliza
dau.  Abigail Linnell
m. second Abby (Carlow) Jenkins
dau. Lizzie Backus.

CHATFIELD, Thomas (1831-1922) born England; memoirs including Civil War service available; 
six children: Susan Hodges, Daisy Fisher, Maud Knight,
Anne Lloyd, Belle, Florentine Churbuck; no sons.  Many descendants in the village.

CHILDS: 3 separate families
                 One of oldest families in Cotuit.

1. James Childs b. 1767; m. Thyrza Crocker of Santuit 
five children: Daniel, James, Alexander, George and Dorcas Coleman.

2. Thomas Childs, son of Joseph5  m. 1818 Susannah Cammett of Little River,
2 sons: William (1819-90), founder of Cotuit Oyster Co. and Thomas b. 1821.

3. Howard Childs, (1882-1961) of Newtown, son of Braddock of Hyannisport, m. Mary Ann Stewart
4 sons: Ernest, Stewart, Campbell & Braddock.

COLEMAN: James4 (b. 1735) and Ann Lumbert of Mashpee  two sons who came to Cotuit in 1790s: John5 (b. 1768) and Hezekiah (1772-1861), whose children established first resort hotel on Cape Cod, built ships and the oldest houses
in Cotuitport.

COOLIDGE: Dr. Algernon S. Coolidge of Boston was prominent summer resident after 1870 associated with the Lowell family through his wife Mary Lowell (1833-1914).  His relative John Templeman Coolidge summered nearby.

CRAWFORDFive unrelated families:

1.  Calvin D. Crawford, (1899-1964) was first to come c. 1913, married owner of Pines Hotel and became head of chamber of commerce; brother Fred founder of TRW.

2. Allen Crawford, (1908-70) came in 1930s to 944 Main St.

3. Etta Crawford, principal of Cotuit School.

4. George H. Crawford, res. 80 Main St.; established Historical Society gift shop.

5. William J. Crawford, 20 Leeward Way.

CROCKER: Oldest family in Cotuit: 
Josiah Crocker 1647-98, son of Deacon William1, had land in Cotuit, married dau, of Gov. Thomas Hinckley;
children  Capt. Josiah3 (1684-1721), Ebenezer (1687-1722), Seth (1689-1719) and Benjamin (1692-1766), grad. Harvard 1713, all inherited land here.  

Their first cousin Capt. Joseph Crocker (1667-) who married Ann Howland, daughter of Mayflower passengers, built first house whose location is known.  

Another cousin John's son Ebenezer (1713-45) moved a house from West Barnstable; it is the oldest house in Cotuit.  

From these three lines are descended the Crockers of Cotuit, including State Representative Ebenezer Jr. (1751-1817) who built the oldest house in Cotuitport, still standing.  

His son Braddock Crockers,(1783-1841) built the first store and dock.  The family once owned most of Cotuit, with exception of a few lots owned by the Fullers and Lovells, and acted as overseers of their neighbors, the Indians in Mashpee.

CROSBY: Two sons of Jesse Crosby & Ruth Goodspeed of Osterville.
1.  Samuel (1775-1859) 

2. Daniel, Osterville shipwright, had descendants in Cotuit. Daniel's son William (1791-1848) married Rolinza Hinckley 
8 children, Abner, Dorcas Childs, Ruth Nickerson, Lucinda Nickerson, Rolinza Chase, two Williams and Eliza Handy.  Abner Crosby's son Benjamin was sea captain who married daughter of Dr. McCollum of Marstons Mills and died in a tragic fire aboard his ship in Baltimore harbor in 1900,

DOTTRIDGE: Samuel Dottridge came to Cotuit in 1808 from London, having married into an old Cape Cod family in Brewster.  All descendants with full biographies are published in "Dottridge Family of Cape Cod", available for $15, including postage.

ELLIS: William Ellis of Plymouth and his sisters Betsey and Ruth all married into the Rogers family of Cotuit 1836-49 and had descendants here.

FISH/FISHER: There have been at least 9 different Fish families in Cotuit, perhaps all descended from the 1637 immigrant to Forestdale, Nathan Fish; several have changed the spelling to Fisher. 

1. David Fish of Little River 1790-1830.

2. John Milton Fish (1864-1953), son of James (1773- 1826).

3. James A. Fish (1785-1858) with many descendants here.

4. John who married 1852 Lavarah Handy.

5. John A. Fish son of Eleazer of Falmouth. 

6. Hervey Leston Fish(er) son of Theodore, married Emmeline Fish dau. James Jr. of Forestdale.

7. Isaiah (1781-1837) of Forestdale.

8. Jarvis R. Fish(er) m. Clara.

9. Clarence A. (d. 1965) son of Albert Thomas of West Barnstable.

               One of oldest families in Cotuit (Santuit)
, for whom Fuller's Marsh is named.

 Barnabas's son Ebenezer (1764-1858) had 10 children here, and son Daniel had 8 children.  Cousins Albert Fuller and his wife in Marstons Mills were last members of Santuit Grange.

GIFFORD: Most famous member from Cotuit was author of 20th Amendment to the Constitution which changed date of president's inauguration, 
U.S. Rep. Charles Gifford (1871-1947).  Cotuit family descends from Edward Gifford (1810-1900) & Marion Jones.  9 children: William C. (1843-1928), father of the Congressman, Horace (1844-65), Mary Jane (1846-65), Herbert (1850-8), Belinda (1852-1923), Ruth (1853-65), Ezra (1896-1940), Herbert (1858-1921), and Harry (1860-1919).

GOODSPEED One of oldest families in Cotuit, at Little River since 1700s.  Most are descended from Philemon (1812-70) and Luther (m. 1820 Betsey Jones).  Best known was Charles E., of Boston's famous Goodspeed Bookshop.

GOULD: James W. Gould (b. 1924), descendant of Thomas Gould who came to Boston about 1685 and from several Cape Cod families (Bursley, Dimmock, Gorham, Hull, Rev. Smith) is Historian of Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit, former Chair of Barnstable Historical Commission, Fellow of Pilgrim
Society and author of Studies of the First Settlers Homes on Cape Cod.

HALLETT: Capt. Joseph S. Hallett (1827-1904) in Cotuit 1850ff. married Frances F. Handy.

HAMBLIN: One of the oldest families of Newtown, all descended from Luther (1810-88) and Caroline Crocker, whose son Stephen (1851-81) built the best bogs in Cotuit for the Cranberry King A. D. Makepeace.  Another son farmer Ezekiel (1854-1937) was father of Harvard Prof. Of Horticulture Stephen F. (1884-1965), the wildflower expert, Nellie Gibby (1886-1925), builder Charles L. (1889-1974) Socialist founder of nudist colony, school teacher Marion "Caroline "Carrie" Wilkinson, and Seth E. (1898-1960).

HANDY: Handy's Point is named for family of five brothers who came from Rochester in 1800 to establish a thriving shipbuilding yard.  Those with descendants here are Bethuel (1779-1856), whose wife Azubah Bearse was first person buried in Mosswood Cemetery 1818, Cotuit's oldest and only burial
ground.  His brother Job (1784-1851) and Edmund (1786-1827) also had descendants in Cotuit.  We are eager to find descendants who may have letters or records of the shipyard, which operated until 1850.  If you have information, please click here.

HARLOW: Prominent family all descended from Oliver8 (1800-77) of Hallowell ME and Wakeby and Lydia Jones, with nine children: Thomas (b. 1826), Elijah (1828-48), Andrew (b. 1831). John (1833-1922), Lucretia Jones (b. 1838), Roland T. (1840-1909), Temperance Burrows (1844-80), Reuben (1848-1916), Charles O. (1846-63).

HAYDEN: Nova Scotia born dentist Robert Ferguson Hayden Jr. and his wife Gertrude Poor Cole (1877-1967) bought a summer home in Cotuit Highground in 1914, and raised 
three children: Cape Cod's leading house mover Robert F. Hayden III (b. 1910), Catherine Miller (b. 1913), and James J. (b. 1917).  The younger Hayden's storage area, called "Treasure Highland" became the Cotuit Landing shopping center.

HOOPER: Samuel (1808-74), U.S. Representative, friend of Lincoln, who entertained many national politicians here, was the first summer resident of Cotuit, partner of William Sturgis in the China trade, uncle of Marian "Clover" Hooper who married author Henry Adams in his house in Cotuit.  Descendants living in Cotuit.

JACKSON: The liberal journalist Gardner "Pat" Jackson (1896-1965), nephew of "America's greatest woman poet" and Indian rights crusader Helen Hunt Jackson, bought a summer home in Cotuit in 1927, and raised four children who became
leading sailors and commodores of the Mosquito Yacht Club.

JONES:   Several unrelated families in Cotuit: 

The oldest, descended from the Quaker pioneer of Sandwich, Ralph Jones, lived in Newtown, and intermarried with most of the families of Cotuit, including Baxter, Childs, Crocker, Fish, Fuller, Gifford, Harlow families.   The Cotuit ball field is named for Elizabeth Gilbert (Jones) Lowell (d. 1904), daughter of the founder of the New York Times, George G. Jones of New York.  She lived across Lowell Av., and also gave her name to the Cotuit High School once located in the ballpark parking lot.

KELLEY/KELLY: Capt. Randall Kelley (1803-67), son of Levi retired from whaling to become postmaster here. 

LANDERS:          Two distantly related families, both in Little River: 

1. The first was Capt. Thomas C. Landers, master of the Charles W. Morgan, now at Mystic Seaport, who took Little River born wife Lydia Ann Goodspeed (dau. of Philemon) on the seventh voyage, on which their son Arthur was born at sea. 

2. A descendant raised turkeys which supplied the Hyannisport table of the Kennedy family on Thanksgivings.  A neighbor to the north, Samuel Landers, was probably a distant cousin descended from the pioneer Quaker family of North Falmouth.

LINNELL: Abner Linnell, Jr. (1822-96), son of Abner of Centerville married Caroline Handy of Little River.
four children: Caroline Nickerson, Eunice Scudder, Rodney and Julius A.

LLOYD: Horatio Gates Lloyd, Philadelphia investment banker, descendant of a companion of William Penn and Revolutionary War general, bought 100 acres at the southern tip of Cotuit in 1928 and built a grand mansion in 1930.  His son H. Gates
Jr. (1903-93), was deputy director of CIA married to accomplished artist and art collector Eleanor Biddle.

LOVELL: One of first families to receive land in Cotuit, in seventeenth century.  Cotuit branch is descended from Andrew Lovell.  Most prominent were Andrew Jr. (1813-1900), state representative, town selectman and postmaster, his daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" was postmistress 1890-1915.  

Michael Lovell (1797-1882) came from a separate family from Rockingham VT at the end of the nineteenth century.

LOWELL: Prominent family descended from Francis Cabot Lowell II (1803-74), whose three children established summer homes here.   George Gardiner (1830-85) who first came in 1856, and whose daughter Anna married Harvard President 
A. Lawrence Lowell who established Summer Harvard in Cotuit; Mary (1835-1914) who married Dr. Algernon Coolidge; Edward Jackson Lowell (1845-94), historian and father of famous architect Guy Lowell, artist Frederick Lowell and Alice, wife of James H. Ropes, Harvard Divinity professor.

LUMBERT: Descended from Josiah Lumbert Jr. (1807-98) who married to Betsy (Eliza) Rogers of Cotuit, and had eight children, with descendants here today.

MARSTON: Prime family of Marstons Mills which owned land in Cotuit, and one resident, Capt. Zebdial Marston (1804-81), who lived in Little River.

MATTISON: Joseph Mattison (1884-1963) of New York City married Mary Weston Woodman (1887-1919), whose father Dr. Walter Woodman (1852-1928) was a graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1883, and began coming to Cotuit in summers in the late nineteenth century.  At Dr. Woodman's pier at Loop the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club was founded in 1906, his Mattison grandchildren among the founding officers.  Joseph Mattison's 
five  children who grew to adulthood Anna Murray (1911-96),  Joseph Jr. (1920-97), were skiff sailors like the next generation of Eblings,. Hendersons and Murrays.

MORSE: James Herbert Morse  (1843-1923), New York private school headmaster, and his artist wife Lucy Gibbons (1839-1936)  bought a summer home at the Loop in Cotuit in 1879, where they raised 
three childrenRose Dunning (1871-1943), wife of Dr. William B. Dunning, co- founder of Columbia Dental School, headmaster James (1875-1943), and William (1877-1969), first purchasing agent of Harvard University.  The eldest James's diary of 43 years is the most extensive account of Cotuit life.  His wife Lucy's cutouts of fairies and elves are charming; she was founder of the Cotuit Library.

NICKERSON: By the late nineteenth century the most numerous name in Cotuit, all descended from two brothers Samuel and Seth Nickerson, whose sons Samuel (1780-1850), Joseph (1789- 1866), Seth (1780-1860), Daniel (1784-1861),
Ensign (1789-1848), Shubael (b. 1789), Aaron (1792-1866) and Leonard (1794-1854) all came from Harwich to Cotuit about 1810.  Many descendants were captains of coasting schooners and whaling ships.

PARKERTwo unrelated families 

1. . Zeno S. Parker (1853-1928)

2.  Charles Parker of Little River (c. 1900), who married Winnifred Perkins, daughter of A. T. Perkins.

PERKINS: Col. Augustus T. Perkins, grandson of Boston's merchant prince of the China trade, Thomas H. Perkins, built the first summer home on Cotuit waterfront in 1863, calling it "Sandanwood".  He became local leader of the minority Democratic Party, receiving patronage of President Cleveland of the office of postmistress, which he gave to his governess, precipitating Cotuit's biggest political battle.

PHILLIPS: Harwich family closely related by marriage to the first generation of Nickersons, principally children of Joseph Phillips (b. 1756).

PHINNEY: Levi Phinney (1769-1884) and Naomi Lewis were parents of 
nine children in Cotuit: Anna Burlingame (1794-1885), Isaac (1794-1863), Elijah (b. 1799), Abigail Nickerson (1801-76), Lewis (b. 1803),  Grafton (1805-62),  Levi (b. 1807), Lot (1812-81) and Warren (b. 1815).  Many descendants in

ROBBINSTwo distantly related families.  

1. The first, in Little River was Joseph (1807-88), son of James & Hannah Nickerson, daughter of Seth of Cotuit; they moved to Osterville about 1848.  

2. The second was Capt. George Washington Robbins (1852-1906), son of Elisha and Desire of Harwich.

ROBINSON: Descendants of Eliot Harlow Robinson (1884-1942), lawyer and secretary to Congressman Gifford; his second wife Helen Bradlee was one of the first women graduates of law school and leading realtor in town.  Their
grandson Mark is a leading environmentalist on the Cape.

ROGERS:     Two unrelated families

1. The oldest are descendants of David Rogers (1783-1845) and Martha Patty who came from Harwich with the Nickersons about 1810.  Three of their nine children had descendants here: David Jr. (1812-97), Frederick (1819-80) and Sylvester (b. 1821). 

2. About 1910 the family of Emil Roque/Roderique from Sao Roque in St. Michael's in the Azores assumed the name Rogers.  See Portuguese families for details.

RYDER: Descended from Joshua Ryder (1823-79, son of Barnabas) and Emily Easterbrooks, who came to Cotuit in 1850, and had 5 children: Emily Turner Bent, Florence Nickerson, Helen Nickerson (1853-1930), and Albert E. (1859-1936), and Wallace (1862-1954).  The family was active in cranberry growing.

SAMPSON: Cornelius Sampson of Rochester married 1747 Desire Crocker (Benjamin4, Joseph3, John2, William1) of Santuit, the first of many marriages which tied this family to the Crocker settlers, and made them heirs to the lands.  Squire Josiah Sampson (1754- 1829) built the grandest mansion of
Cotuit, "Sampson's Folly" with ballroom and first bathtub.
Enoch Sampson (1826-61) was the first Cape Codder killed in the Civil War, at the first battle of Bull Run.

SAMSON: Completely unrelated to the Sampson family was that of Edwin P. Samson (no P) (1866-1940), descended from Abraham Samson who came to Plymouth in 1830.

SAVERY: George Savery (1798-1889), son of Thomas B. Savery and Desire Sturges of Little River was the founder of the family in Cotuit.  His son Samadrus (1830-88) married a two cousins Mary and Lydia Sturges of Little River, and had 13 children, including Alice, the wife of Barnstable Selectman for 25
years, Chester Crocker. 

SMALL: Capt. Benjamin Small (1789-1876) of Little River had six children, only two of whom lived to maturity: Abner (1813-95) and Malvina Marston (1814-75).

STURGES: The spelling with an "E" distinguishes this Little River family from cousins on the North side of town.  They are descended from Daniel Sturges (1799-1867) who married Betsy Crocker and had 10 children: Sophronia (b. 1823), Capt. Retire C. (1825-99), Laban T. (1826- 1905), William H. (1829-1928), whaler John R. (1831-1916),  Daniel Jr. (1832-1914),  Elizabeth (1833-49), Mary B. Savery (1835-53), Isaac C. (1838-90), and Lydia Savery (1839-90).

TAUSSIG: Prof. Frank Taussig (1859-1940), distinguished Harvard expert on international trade was a member of the Harvard summer colony, at house of his mother-in-law Mary Thomas Gorham By his first wife Edith Guild he had
William Guild Taussig (b. 1889), Mary Henderson (1892-1982), Catherine "Cass" Opie (1896-1980), headmistress of the Thomas School, and Dr. Helen Taussig (1898-1980), famous Johns Hopkins doctor who discovered cure for "blue babies".  Descendants have been active in Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club.

WALCOTT: George Walcott married Lilla Nickerson (1869-1964), daughter of Andrew C. Nickerson, and had Henry R. Walcott (1876-1954), father of Henry Jr., one of founders of Mary Barton Trust, and its long-time treasurer.

WESSON: Frank L. Wesson (d.1887), son of founder of the Smith & Wesson arms manufacturing company built a summer home "Welovit" in the southern part of Cotuit in 1885.  
His four children grew up here: Mabel (b. c. 1887) who married the Canadian John T. Murray, Harold (1880-1946) who became president of the company, Frank Herbert (1881-1962), and Cynthia, a noted gardener.

WEBB: William Webb, an immigrant from Ireland, was hired by gentleman farmer Samuel Hooper to run his farm, and for whom he built the little farmhouse on the Emmons property today.  William married Cotuit woman Sarah Nickersan and had James W. Webb (1834-1918) , who was the last owner/manager of the Santuit Inn.

WEST:      Two unrelated families

1. The first was that of Richard West who had a farm in Little River in the late eighteenth century, and a related Abner and Mehitable West who married in 1775 Little River siblings Sarah and John Cammett, children of Peter Cammett.  

2. A later arrival was Harold J. West (1916-2000), whose father built a house on School St.  Harold built the first house on Old Oyster Rd. in 1939.


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