Josiah Cowles House

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Capt. Josiah Cowles House
Capt. Josiah Cowles House.JPG
Josiah Cowles House is located in Connecticut
Josiah Cowles House
Location 184 Marion Ave., Southington, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°35′5″N 72°54′12″W / 41.58472°N 72.90333°W / 41.58472; -72.90333Coordinates: 41°35′5″N 72°54′12″W / 41.58472°N 72.90333°W / 41.58472; -72.90333
Area 1.1 acres (0.45 ha)
Built 1728
Architectural style Colonial, New England Colonial
Governing body Private
MPS Colonial Houses of Southington TR
NRHP Reference # 88003102[1]
Added to NRHP January 19, 1989

The Josiah Cowles House is a historic house at 184 Marion Avenue, in the Plantsville section of Southington, Connecticut. It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a central chimney and a wide double central door. Although traditionally ascribed a construction date of 1728, the architecture suggests it was built closer to 1750.[2]

The house was the residence of Captain Josiah Cowles, one of the early settlers of Southington. Cowles was born in Farmington, Connecticut on November 20, 1713.[3] He was a justice of the peace and a captain in the local militia. He held a number of town offices, and was viewed as a leading man in town.[3] At the very first town meeting after the incorporation of Southington, held November 11, 1779, the residents appointed Cowles, along with Jonathan Root to a committee to "provide for the families of officers and soldiers in the field."[4]:378 In 1774, Cowles was appointed to a committee to deliver provisions to Boston, in response to the British blockade of Boston harbor.[4]:180

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ David Ransom (October 1988). "Connecticut Historic Resources Inventory: Capt. Josiah Cowles House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 10 October 2010.  and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1985
  3. ^ a b William Richard Cutter; William Frederick Adams (1910). Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the state of Massachusetts. Lewis historical publishing company. pp. 792–. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b J. Hammond Trumbull (2009). The Memorial History of Hartford County Connecticut 1633-1884. BiblioBazaar, LLC. ISBN 978-1-115-33123-4. Retrieved 1 October 2010.