Thursday, February 3, 2011

John Cogan "Father of Boston Merchants"

My first ancestor In the New World of Irish heritage, John Cogan, arrived in the New World in 1633 aboard the "Winthrop Fleet". He first setteled in Dorchester Massachusetts, with his three children who came with him to the New World. Appointed by Govoner Winthrop to survey the land and look for favorable places to settle, he helped lay out what was to become Boston.
By March 4 1634, John had purchased land and opened the first store in Boston. The land and store were located at what is present day NE corner of State and Washington streets.
John died on April 27 1658 in Boston, and is buried at Kings Chapel

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