Louisa Eliza Shearer

Female7 May 1817–31 January 1896

Brief Life History of Louisa Eliza

When Louisa Eliza Shearer was born on 7 May 1817, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States, her father, John Shearer, was 24 and her mother, Mary Green, was 19. She married Thomas C. Cottrell on 20 November 1834, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Blue Ridge Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States in 1860 and North Carolina, United States in 1870. She died on 31 January 1896, in Watauga, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Watauga, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas C. Cottrell
Louisa Eliza Shearer
Marriage: 20 November 1834
Calvin James Cottrell
Caroline Cottrell
about 1857–
Myra E Cottrell
Susannah Cottrell
Hannah Louisa Cottrell
Julia Evelyn Cottrell
James Monroe Cottrell

Sources (14)

  • Eliza Cottrell in household of Thomas Cottrell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Eliza Cottrell in entry for Green Saml Hendrix and Hannah Louisa Cottrell, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Louisa Cottrell in household of Thomas Cottrell, "United States Census, 1870"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 November 1834Ashe, North Carolina, United States
  • Children (7)

    +2 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (12)

    +7 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 2

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1830 · Trail of Tears

    Age 13

    In the 1830's, President Jackson called for all the Native Americans to be forced off their own land. As the Cherokee were forced out of North Carolina many of them hid in the mountains of North Carolina.


    Age 29

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English: occupational name for a reaper of standing crops, a sheep shearer, or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap, from Middle English sherer(e) ‘shearer’, an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes. Compare Sherman .

    Americanized form of German or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Scherer or Scherrer , cognates of 1 above. Compare Sharrer .

    Americanized form of German Scheurer .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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