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Jacob (Cossart, Cosart) Cozad (son of Anthony Cossart and Elizabeth Tymerson Valentine) was born 16 Oct 1701 in Brooklyn, New York, and died 19 Apr 1772 in Near Bernardstown, NJ. He married Annah Cox on 19 Apr 1723, daughter of Phillip Cox and Hannah Trembley.

 Includes NotesNotes for Jacob (Cossart, Cosart) Cozad:
Jacob and Hannah lived near Bernardstown, NJ in Somerset County. Jacob' will was dated Feb. 4, 1772 and probated May 2, 1772. It is on file in Trenton, NJ. Box # 562751-1342. The will mentions his wife Hannah (Annah), sons Jacob Jr., Samuel, Job, and Anthony. At the time of his death, his wife's name was Hannah. He lived near Bernardstown, NJ in Somerset Co., and was buried in the old cemetery at Bound Brook adjacent to the place where the original church burned. His headstone lies broken on the grave.* It was a fine red sandstone evidently imported from England, and by placing it together, the inscription may still be read. It appears that at about the time of the death of the three eldest sons (Jacob, Samuel, and Job) their descendants all adopted COZAD as the spelling of the name. All the members of the three branches of the family now use the spelling..From the foregoing account of the early family it will be seen that the family is of somewhat mixed nationalities. First French, then Dutch or Hollander, then English, then American with a mixture of Scotch through marriage, as many Scotch settled on the banks of the Raritan in Somerset Co., NJ.
*Note: a visit to the cemetery in 1998 did not find remains of the tombstone. According to Sherry Minn source:
"His headstone was broken in three places and was used in the foundation of the new church that was built close by."
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Jacob and Annah lived in Somerset County, NJ which was the scene of a great deal of fighting during the War of Independence. Most of the early records went up in flames with the courthouse. When he died, Jacob's heirs were left an estate valued at 282 pounds, 12 shillings, 1 pence. That was a fairly large amount in those days. Apparently the Cossarts had drifted away from the Dutch Reformed Church because Jacob was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Bound Brook, Somerset County. Of course, that may have been Annah's church. Her father was Philip Cox, her mother Hannah Trembley, apparently of French descent, but her affiliation is unknown. In any case Jacob and Annah produced a son who became a Baptist preacher.
**Source: WFT3896, V. 12
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Information also found on this lineage in "Early Germans of New Jersey", pp. 308-309 and "First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway-Woodbridge Olde E. New Jersey 1664-1714", p. 1174.
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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Jacob Cossart of the Township of Bridgewater, in the County of Somerset and Province of East New Jersey, being in a weak state of health, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks to God therefore, and calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that is is appoint for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, revoking all former will made by me, or caused to be made, and I desire this to be received by all as such.
First: I command my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to the dust from whence it came, to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my friends and executors, not doubting but that I shall have soul and body united again at the general resurrection at the last day and hope through the mediation and intercession of the blessed Redeemer to be presented faultless before God, and as touching my worldly estate where with God has been pleased to bless and entrust me with this life. I will and positively order that all my just debts and funeral charges and the cost of a decent headstone by paid.
Item: I give unto my beloved wife Anna one bed, her choice of all its furnishing One cupboard, one chest and other household good sufficient for her to keep house, withal together, with liberty of living in the east room my house in which we now live, as also one cow, her choice, with liberty to pasture her on this place, as also the interest on all money my land will bring. All of which I bequeath to her during her natural life.
Item: It is my will and I do so order that soon after my decease my executors make sale of the remainder of my movable estate and in six weeks to make sale of my lands at public venue reserving the liberties to my wife aforesaid.
Item: I give to my son Jacob 5 shillings sterling in the first place for his birthright and then an equal dividend or share with my other sons, Viz: Samuel, Job and Anthony, so that after my Legatees hereafter named have what I order for them, then my sons be made equal as aftersaid.
Item: I order and will that after my wife's decease, my sons or their lawful heirs shall be made equal in what she leaves excepting her lawful wearing apparel.
Item: I give to my daughter Anna at present the wife of Onisimus alias Simeon Bell twenty pounds, like money to be paid one year after my decease.
Item: I give to my daughter Mary Sutton, at present a widow, twenty pounds like money to be paid at the same time.
Item: I give to my daughter Leah at present the wife of Joseph Riggs, twenty pounds, like money, to be paid at the same time, one year after my decease.
Item: I give to my grandson, Abraham Lewis, ten pounds, like money, to be paid with my daughters legacies.
Item: I do order any my will is that in case my son Anthony should buy my lands, then and in that case only he shall have fifteen pounds light money as a gift from the dividend be made among my sons and this to be taken out of the price of the lands and thereafter that he come in for an equal share with his brethren. Furthermore, I do constitute and appoint my sons Samuel Cosart and Anthony Cosart together with my trusty friend Thomas Terril Esq. executors of this my last will and testament. Whom I empower, authorize and charge with the sale of my estate and etc., and as trustee of my ....(not readable)
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
his Jacob Cosart (Seal) mark
Signed, sealed, pronounced, published and declared by the said Jacob Cosart to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned witnesses.
Thomas Coon, Senr., Philip Wineans, Senr., Edward Terrel
**Source: "Cossart - A Tabulated Genealogy of the Family of Jacques Cossart Jr & Lea Villeman." by Dee Ann (Shipp) Buck, 1991, Virginia; self-published in a spiral binding; pages 143-144.
**Source: NJ State Archives, Somerset County, 00439. Inventory, probated 1775; Will probated 1772. Box #562751-1342. *Condition too poor to film. Original will in Somerset Co. Will Box 1770-1773, Liber K, Folio 723 or 423.
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Jacob Cossart was the last of this line to use the name Cossart. His sons were responsible for the name as we have it today.
**Source: WFT, V.8, 3401
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Here lies the body of Jacob Cosart Decea'sd
April ye 1st AD 1772 in the 71st Year of his Age.
Few and evel here on the stage hath been __days of my pilgramage. Life is_____. (Balance worn off)
**Source:Old Presbyterian Grave Yard Inscriptions, Vol. 1

More About Jacob (Cossart, Cosart) Cozad:
Baptism: 16 Nov 1701, Brooklyn, New York.
Burial: 02 May 1772, in the old cemetery at Bound Brook, near corner of East Main and East St. in the Presbyterian church yard...
Namesake: Grandfather Jacques Cossart.
Residence: Bernardstown, Somerset county, NJ.
Will: 04 Feb 1772, (Bridgewater, Somerset Co., NJ) Probated May 2, 1772. Box # 562751-1342.

More About Jacob (Cossart, Cosart) Cozad and Annah Cox:
Marriage: 19 Apr 1723

Children of Jacob (Cossart, Cosart) Cozad and Annah Cox are:
  1. +Job Cozad, b. 1728, Branchville, Somerset Co., NJ, d. 09 Mar 1815, Frankford, Sussex Co., NJ.
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