Cotton, John was born on December 4, 1584 in Derby, England. Son of Roland Cotton.
Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College, Cambridge (England) University, 1603, A.M., 1606, Bachelor of Divinity, Emanuel College, 1613.
Rectr., dean Emanuel College, 1606-1612. Ordained deacon, priest Church of England, 1610. Vicar St. Botolph’s Church, Lincolnshire, England, 1612-1633.
Summoned to appear before High Court of Comm., 1632, fled to Boston, 1633. Became leader of Congregationalism in American. Teacher Puritan Church of Boston.
Complied Moses, His Judicials (an abstract of laws of Moses). Participated in banishment of Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams, 1636, Author: The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, 1644. Spiritual Milk for Babies (a standard New England catechism), 1645.
The Way of the Churches of Christ in New England, 1645. The Way of the Congregational Churches Cleared, 1648.
Married Elizabeth Harrocks, July 3, 1613. Married second, Sarah (Hawkridge) Story, April.