This is the information I have on John Cosart:
Descendants of John N Cosart
Generation No. 1
1.JOHN N1 COSART was born 1795 in New York, and died 1872 in Vernon, Shiawassee, MI.He married (1) LOUISA STOWELL 1831 in Lebanon, NY.She was born October 08, 1810 in Lebanon, NY, and died September 13, 1839 in Lake Erie, NY.He married (2) CATHERINE BIRD February 23, 1840, daughter of EDWARD BIRD and ELIZABETH NEWMAN.She was born 1815 in New Jersey, and died April 15, 1898.
Notes for JOHN N COSART:First landowner of Section 23 and 26, Handy Twp., Livingston Co., MI, July 14, 1836
First minister of the M. E. Church of Howell
Riley's History of the Township and Village of Howell: p. 22.John Cosart performed the first official marriage ceremony.
Author: Ellis, Franklin, 1828-1885.Title: History of Livingston County, Michigan. With illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers.
Publication date: 1880.PP. 24-5
Of the few early preachers here named, there was probably none more widely known through the county than the Rev. John Cosart, who was set apart for the office of elder in the Methodist Church by Bishop Enoch George, at Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, June 17, I827. In Livingston County at that day-as elsewhere among new settlements-the opportunity of religious worship was always gladly embraced, regardlessof denominational differences; and whether a preacher was of the Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, or other Christian form of belief, his services were always welcomed by the pioneers, who fully appreciated the value of the church privileges they had left behind when they emigrated from their old homes in the East. In the above brief mention it is not intended to do more than to give the names of a few out of the many early preachers of the county, and to glance at the first rude but earnest attempts of the settlers at religious and educational advancement. These subjects will be resumed, and a full account of churches and schools will be given in the separate histories of the several townships of the county.
1850 Census, Hartland:
Cozart, John, 55
Portrait and biographical album of Oakland county, Michigan, p. 338:The Rev. John Cosart was born in New York, and brought his family to this State in October, 1835. He settled in Hartland Township, Livington County, on a two hundred-acre farm which he entered from the Government. The only roads were Indian trails and the red men were numerous and wild animals abounded. The tract was in its primitive condition and it required hard work to prepare it for cultivation. Mr. Cosart traveled on a circuit for over twenty years, here and in the State of New York, and the district was so large and the roads so poor, that it took him four weeks to go through. Some years before he died he removed to the village of Milford and thence to Shiawassee County, where he breathed his last in 1872. His first wife was Louisa Stowell, a native of New York, who died in 1839, leaving four children, two of whom now survive. By a second marriage the Rev. Mr. Cosart had eight children. His widow is living in the village of Milford and is seventy-six years old. The work of love in which Mr. Cosart was engaged brought him in contact with many phases of character and life, and entailed upon him as arduous toil as one can well imagine. He shrunk from no difficulty or duty, but, having put his hand to the plow, kept his eye on the goal and pressed steadily forward.
More About JOHN N COSART:Census: Bet. 1850 - 1860, Hartland, Livingston, MI
Occupation: M.-E. Clergyman
Notes for LOUISA STOWELL:Louisa drowned in Lake Erie.
Notes for CATHERINE BIRD:According to Catherine's obituary she had the following daughters:Mrs. S. (Addie) Allen, resided Saginaw, Mrs. Russell Chase, resided Oregon, Mrs. Reuben Johnson, resided Idaho
Census: 1880, Vernon, Shiawassee, MI
Children of JOHN COSART and LOUISA STOWELL are:
i. NANCY2 COSART, b. Abt. 1832; m. JOHN E WELCH; b. March 14, 1834, Yorkshire, England.
Notes for JOHN E WELCH:
JOHN E. WELCH, a prominent and prosperous farmer of Fenton Township, Genesee County, is a native of Yorkshire, England, and was born March 14, 1834. He is a son of Edmond and Ellen (Johnson) Welch, both natives of England, where the father was a farmer in his early life, but was occupied for many years as a tax collector for a prominent London land company, owning large estates in England, Scotland and Ireland. Our subject was brought up on a farm, and received but limited school advantages, and in 1854, at the age of nineteen ie decided to come to America.
The ocean voyage occupied twenty-six days and after landing in Quebec, the young man came to Niagara, and crossing over to Youngstown, N. Y., spent two years in attending school while he worked for his board. He afterward spent one term at Wilson Academy, working for wages during the summers. In the fall of 1856 he came Michigan and undertook work on a sawmill at Pine Run in the Northern part of Genesee County, and during this time entering forty acres of Government land, and pre-empted forty acres. His intention was to improve his land, but as he was without necessary means he went to Kalamazoo, and attended college for awhile, doing chores for one of the professors for his board and tuition.
He then began work on a farm in Hartland Township, Livingston County for the Rev. John Cosart, for whom he had previously worked. This connection with the Rev. Mr. Cosart, proved mutually satisfactory, and the young man became quite one of the family, and three years later was united in marriage with Miss Nancy Cosart, a daughter of the minister, and he at once prepared to locate on his land near Pine Run. After two years of hard work, clearing and inproving the land, he exchanged it for a farm near Milford, where he lived for about two years, and then sold that property and purchased land in Gaines Township, Genesee County, upon which he lived for ten years, and then purchased his present farm, to which he has added much in the way of general improvement, and now has as fine a farm as can be found in the township.
The Rev. John Cosart, the father of Mrs. Welch, was a native of New York, and became a pioneer Methodist preacher in Michigan, to which he came in the old Territorial days. He traveled over a great portion of the State on horseback, preaching and ministering to the pioneers in many localities, and when he died, in 1878, he owned a farm in Shiawasssee County. His daughter, who is now Mrs. Welch, began teaching at the age of fourteen, and taught for several terms. She is a lady of unusual culture and refinement.
Lawrence Welch, the oldest son of our subject, it married, and is now engaged in a flourishing tumber business near the Straits of Mackinaw. Edmund and Ellen are deceased; and Emmla, who is still at home, is highly appreciated for her work as a teacher, which career she began at the age of seventeen, and in which she has had genuine success.
Mr. Welch is a stanch Republican in his political views, and has been a Mason for thirty years. He has a pleasant home, and his farm of one hundred acres is situated on section 18. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was a Trustee and prominently useful. He visited his native land, England, in 1883, and this trip was a source of great pleasure to him, as he thus renewed old associations.
2. ii. LOUISA COSART, b. April 30, 1833, Castile, New York; d. 1910.
iii. CECELIA COSART, b. Abt. 1836.
Notes for CECELIA COSART:According to biography of Isaac Crawford, Cecelia died before publication of the Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland Co.
Children of JOHN COSART and CATHERINE BIRD are:
iv. FLORENCE ADDIE2 COSART, b. February 18, 1841, Hartland, Livingston, MI; d. January 23, 1940, Riverside, CA; m. STOCKTON ALLEN, December 14, 1882, Grand Blanc, Genesee, MI.
Notes for FLORENCE ADDIE COSART:Florence married S. Allen.I haven't found any more information on her husband.
v. CATHERINE COSART, b. Abt. 1843.
vi. WILBUR J COSART, b. March 1843; d. January 26, 1854.
More About WILBUR J COSART:Burial: W Highland Cem., Highland, Oakland, MI
vii. MARIETTA COSART, b. April 13, 1849; d. December 18, 1932; m. WILLIAM G LAMPHIER; b. November 04, 1843; d. August 17, 1913.
More About WILLIAM G LAMPHIER:Burial: Oak Grove, Milford, Oakland, MI
viii. FRANK COSART, b. January 19, 1852, Hartland, Livingston, MI; d. April 24, 1921, Bonner Co., ID; m. ABBIE ANDREWS, February 23, 1875, Tuscola Co., MI; b. December 17, 1855, Michigan; d. April 21, 1935, Spokane, WA.
More About FRANK COSART:Census: 1900, Hope, Clarks Fork, Kootenai, ID
Notes for ABBIE ANDREWS:In 1930 Abbie is living with daughter, Etta and husband, George Hornbach, a barber.Etta is a beauty operator.
More About ABBIE ANDREWS:Census: 1930, Spokane, WA
ix. EMILY/EMMA COSART, b. October 1854, Hartland, Livingston, MI; d. 1932; m. REUBEN JOHNSON, April 21, 1880, Milford, Oakland Co., MI; b. September 1843, Michigan; d. 1922.
Notes for REUBEN JOHNSON:Reuben's grave marker records his birth year as 1847.
More About REUBEN JOHNSON:Burial: Greenwood Cem., Clarks Fork, ID
Census: Bet. 1900 - 1920, Clark Fork, Bonner, ID
x. ROBERT N COSART, b. Abt. 1855, Hartland, Livingston, MI.
Notes for ROBERT N COSART:There is no marker for Robert in the cemetery.
Burial: W. Highland Cem., Highland, Oakland, MI
xi. CLARA BELLE COSART, b. November 1858, Hartland, Livingston, MI; m. RUSSELL GEORGE CASE; b. March 25, 1860, Michigan; d. April 02, 1940, Los Angeles, CA.
More About CLARA BELLE COSART:Census: 1880, Vernon, Shiawassee, MI
Notes for RUSSELL GEORGE CASE:Russell was the son of George and Betsey Case who appear in the 1870 census for Venice, Shiawassee, MI.
More About RUSSELL GEORGE CASE:Census: 1920, El Centro, Imperial, CA
Generation No. 2
2.LOUISA2 COSART (JOHN N1) was born April 30, 1833 in Castile, New York, and died 1910.She married ISAAC CRAWFORD April 1861, son of ISAAC CRAWFORD and MARY BLANCHARD.He was born October 23, 1825 in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, England, and died December 04, 1905 in Byron, MI.
Notes for LOUISA COSART:According to the listing of Oak Grove online, her marker gives Louisa as the d/o Isaac and Isabelle.
More About LOUISA COSART:Burial: Oak Grove Cem., Milford, MI
Notes for ISAAC CRAWFORD:Oakland County Biographical Album, 1903, pp. 399-400:
ISAAC CRAWFORD, one of the old residents of Milford township, Oakland County, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits on his farm, which is comprised by a tract of 80 acres in section 17, where he lives, and a tract of 60 acres in section I8, was born in the parish of Coningsby, Lincolnshire, England, October 23, 1825. He is a son of Isaac and Mary (Blanchard) Crawford, and a grandson of Robert Crawford.
In 1849 our subject's parents came to America and in the following year settled in Michigan. They purchased 50 acres in Milford township, the same on which our subject's residence now stands. The land was originally purchased from the government by Norman Gladding, was sold to Edgar Smith, and later passed into the possession of Mr. Crawford and his son, our subject. But 50 acres of the tract had been roughly cleared and a small house stood on the property and is still in use as a tool house. It was once of considerable importance, being the first frame house in the neighborhood. There the elder Isaac Crawford lived and there he died in I891, in his 94th year. In the old country the family had lived for generations on the same land and our subject entertains a pride in his present farm and would require a great inducement to cause him to part with any of it. A great affection existed between Mr. Crawford and his father, being men of similar tastes and character. They labored amicably together until the death of the father broke the connection. The mother passed away at Buffalo, in I850, aged 52 years, having been the mother of seven children, the three growing to maturity being Robert, Joseph and Isaac. Both parents belonged to the Methodist Church.
Our subject was given instruction in private schools in his native country and worked on the farm that had been operated by his father and grandfather for many years. He has devoted his whole life to agricultural pursuits and is considered one of the progressive farmers ofOakland County, his practical methods having been productive of excellent results. In I86I Mr. Crawford was married to Louisa Cosart, who was born in Castile, New York, and is a daughter of Rev. John and Louisa (Stowell) Cosart. Their children are: Isaac H., who was married to Emma J. Crawford; Arthur J., who was married to Emma Farnsworth; Harry B.; and Mary L., who married Elmer 0. Potter. Politically Mr. Crawford is identified with the Republican party and he has served in local offices and was for a considerable period the moderator
on the township school board. In religious belief and practice, the family are Methodists. He enjoys an enviable reputation as a man of integrity and reliability.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, 1891, pp. 337-8
ISAAC CRAWFORD, JR., and his father are old settlers of Milford Township, and have spent forty-one years together on a farm on
section 17. There is another peculiar fact connected with their lives, which is that they were born upon the same tract of land in old England as the elder Isaac in 1798, and the younger, October 23, 1825. The father was first married to Marv Blanchard, who was also a native of Lincolnshire and born in 1798. She died in 1850, while they were on their way from England to this State. She had borne seven children, three of whom grew to maturity and two still alive, Robert and Isaac. Robert is a commission merchant in Detroit.After the decease of their mother the father made two other matrimonial alliances, but had no other children. He is now ninety-three years old, in good physical health and retaining his mental strength in a remarkable degree. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which his first wife was identified.
The subject of this notice grew to manhood in Lincolnshire and from his boyhood engaged in farming with his father. In 1849, when he was twenty-four years old, he started for America in company with his parents. They landed in New York and went on to Buffalo where the wife and mother died. Father and son remained there ten weeks, until lake navigation began, then came on to Detroit by boat and to Pontiac by rail. They settled upon an eighty-acre tract, fifty of which were roughly improved, and here they have remained. Mr. Crawford now has one hundred and forty acres, all but twenty of which is cultivated land. He has always been a hard worker, but at the same time makes life as comfortable as he can by the way in which he looks upon it and the jovial nature which makes sunshine around him.He has put up barns and other out buildings, and in 1868 built his present residence, which cost $1,500. He still has active charge of the farm and takes part in Christian and civil work in this vicinity.
In April, 1861, Mr. Crawford was married to Miss Louisa Cosart, daughter of the pioneer Methodist preacher of this locality. The Rev. John
Cosart was born in New York, and brought his family to this State in October, 1835. He settled in Hartland Township, Livingston County, on a two hundred-acre farm which he entered from the Government. The only roads were Indian trails and the red men were numerous and wild animals abounded. The tract was in its primitive condition and it required hard work to prepare it for cultivation. Mr. Cosart traveled on a circuit for over twenty years, here and in the State of New York, and the district was so large and the roads so poor, that it took him four weeks to go through. Some years before he died he removed to the village of Milford and thence to Shiawassee County, where he breathed his last in 1872. His first wife was Louisa Stowell, a native of New York, who died in 1839, leaving four children, two of whom now survive.
By a second marriage the Rev. Mr. Cosart had eight children. His widow is living in the village of Milford and is seventy-six years old. The work of love in which Mr. Cosart was engaged brought him in contact with many phases of character and life, and entailed upon him as arduous toil as one can well imagine. He shrunk from no difficulty or duty, but, having put his hand to the plow, kept his eye on the goal and pressed steadily forward. Mrs. Crawford was born in Castile, N. Y., April 30, 1833, her father being at that time an active member of the New York Conference. She was but an infant when she began her residence in this State and she was educated at Milford. She turned her
attention to teaching, and for ten years labored successfully in that profession. She retains her interest in educational work, mental and moral, and has sympathized with the work done by her children, each of whom received as good privileges as the public schools afford. She is the mother of five children, four of whom are now living. These are Isaac Herbert, born November 10, 1862; Arthur John, June 18, 1864; Harry Blanchard, December 3, 1868, and Mary Louisa, December 7, 1870. Isaac lives in Saginaw County, and is happily married to Emma J. Crawford. Arthur married Emma Farnsworth, and lives in the same county as his older brother. All of the children belong to the Methodist Church, while the parents are identified with the Wesleyan Methodists. Mrs. Crawford has been a member since her childhood and she and her husband take an active interest in Sunday school work. She has been Superintendent of the local Sunday school for many years. She has musical talent and plays upon the organ, and three of her family do the same.
Mr. Crawford has taken an interest in educational matters in his neighborhood has been School Director many years, and is now Moderator of the Board. He votes with the Republican party and keeps well informed regarding political issues, in which he believes it the duty of every citizen to be posted and ready to cast an intelligent vote. The home of the Crawfords is a substantial brick house, the appearance of which is typical of the sterling lives of its occupants. The father of our subject died April 25, 1891.
Oak Grove cemetery stone marks 1908 as Isaac's death date.
More About ISAAC CRAWFORD:Occupation: Itinerant preacher/farmer
Residence: 1880, Milford, Oakland, MI
Children of LOUISA COSART and ISAAC CRAWFORD are:
i. ISAAC HERBERT3 CRAWFORD, b. November 10, 1862; d. 1907; m. EMMA J CRAWFORD; b. 1858, Michigan; d. August 1904, Harper Hospital, Detroit, Wayne, MI.
More About ISAAC HERBERT CRAWFORD:Burial: Oak Grove Cem., Milford, MI
Residence: 1891, Saginaw Co., MI
Notes for EMMA J CRAWFORD:See obituary in The Milford Times, September 3, 1904.
In the 1880 and 1900 census, Emma is living at home with her mother.In the 1900 census, she is a widow.
ii. ARTHUR JOHN CRAWFORD, b. June 18, 1864; m. EMMA FARNSWORTH.
More About ARTHUR JOHN CRAWFORD:Residence: 1891, Saginaw Co., MI
iii. HARRY BLANCHARD CRAWFORD, b. December 03, 1868.
iv. MARY LOUISA CRAWFORD, b. December 07, 1870; m. ELMER O POTTER.
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