Calvin James Cottrell

Brief Life History of Calvin James

When Calvin James Cottrell was born on 13 May 1843, in Watauga, North Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas C. Cottrell, was 36 and his mother, Louisa Eliza Shearer, was 26. He married Melissa A Norris in November 1865. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Blue Ridge Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States for about 40 years and Boone, Watauga, North Carolina, United States for about 13 years. He registered for military service in 1862. He died on 8 July 1923, in Watauga, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 80, 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 (26)

  • Calvin J Cattrell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Calvin Jones Cothill, "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930"
  • C J Cottrell in entry for Melissa A Norris Cottrell, "North Carolina, Historical Records Survey, Cemetery Inscription Card Index"

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Name Meaning

English (southern and western England): status name for a cottager, from Old French coterel, a diminutive of cotier ‘cottager’ (see Cotter ). In southwestern England, there may have been some confusion with Cottle , the place Frampton Cotterell, earlier recorded as Franton' Ade Cotelli, having been named after the Cotel family, who held the manor from the 12th century.

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

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