Today's weather vane was photographed in Massachusetts!
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|Cogswell's Grant, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Cogwell's Grant, seen from the Essex River|
Today's weather vane was photographed above the barn at the Cogswell's Grant in Essex, Massachusetts. This grant of 300 acres of land was given to my 9th great grandfather, John Cogswell (1592 - 1669), on the Essex river in 1636. His original dwelling house is no longer standing, and the current farmhouse was build about 1728. The land was divided among the sons and grandsons, and the current property is only 165 acres. The descendants all lived nearby along Spring Street, and you can find many Cogswells in the Spring Street cemetery, just down the road, where many of my ancestors are also buried (including my ALLEN, BURNHAM, MEARS, POLAND and ANDREWS ancestors - right down to my ALLEN grandparents).
The weathervane on the barn is a typical running horse, one of the most common weather vanes seen in New England on farms. The last owners of the property were Bertram and Nina Little, who bought the farm in 1937. They were famous folk art and folk furniture collectors. The house has a fantastic collection of their furniture, decorative arts, books, paintings, and other artifacts, and is open to the public through the organization "Historic New England".
There is a sketch of John Cogswell and his children at the Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C- F, pages 137 – 140.
Visit Cogswell's Grant, part of the properties run by Historic New England:
The Cogswell Family Association webpage:
The Cogswell Family Association Facebook page:
My "Surname Saturday" blog post on my two COGSWELL lineages:
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Ancestral Homestead", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 16, 2015 ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/12/weathervane-wednesday-ancestral.html : accessed [access date]).