Malissa A. Norris

about 1845–5 August 1919 (Age 74)
Blue Ridge Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Malissa A.

When Malissa A. Norris was born about 1845, in Blue Ridge Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States, her father, David Norris, was 22 and her mother, Matilda Proffit, was 20. She married Calvin James Cottrell about 1864, in North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Watauga Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States in 1850 and Watauga, North Carolina, United States in 1860. She died on 5 August 1919, in Boone Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Calvin James Cottrell
Malissa A. Norris
Marriage: about 1864
Thomas Cottrell
David Jones Cottrell
James Hill Cottrell
Floy Calista Cottrell
Cloy Irene Cottrell
William V Cottrell

Spouse and Children

about 1864
North Carolina, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings


    Matilda Proffit






    John Harvey Norris


    Mary Norris


    Augustus Carson Norris


+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 8

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

Age 20

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish:1. regional name for someone who had migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis ‘northerner’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’. 3. occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice, norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Milissa Noris in household of David Noris, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Malissa Norris in household of David Norris, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Melissa Cottrell in household of Calvin Cottrell, "United States Census, 1880"

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