Melissa A Norris

Brief Life History of Melissa A

When Melissa A Norris was born on 9 August 1846, in Meat Camp, Watauga, North Carolina, United States, her father, David Norris, was 22 and her mother, Matilda Proffitt, was 21. She married Calvin James Cottrell in November 1865. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Blue Ridge Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States for about 20 years and Boone, Watauga, North Carolina, United States for about 9 years. She died on 5 August 1919, in Boone Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Boone, Watauga, North Carolina, United States.

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Calvin James Cottrell
Melissa A Norris
Marriage: November 1865
Thomas Cottrell
David Jones Cottrell
James Hill Cottrell
Floy Calista Cottrell
Cloy Irene Cottrell
William V Cottrell

Sources (24)

  • Malissie Cattrell in household of Calvin J Cattrell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Malissa A. Cottrell, "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930"
  • Melissa A Norris Cottrell, "North Carolina, Historical Records Survey, Cemetery Inscription Card Index"

World Events (8)

1853 · First State Fair

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.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning


habitational name from Middle English norreis, noreis, norais ‘northerner’ (Anglo-Norman French noreis), used both of Norwegians and of inhabitants of northern England and Scotland.

from the Middle English personal name Norreis, derived from norreis ‘northerner’.

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

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