William Wallace Cottrell

29 November 1813–2 March 1885 (Age 71)
Buffalo Cove, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Wallace

When William Wallace Cottrell was born on 29 November 1813, in Buffalo Cove, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States, his father, William Wallace Cottrell, was 34 and his mother, Lucy M Day, was 33. He married Susannah Shearer on 6 March 1835, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 9 daughters. He lived in Lower Creek Township, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died on 2 March 1885, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Lenoir, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Wallace Cottrell
1813–1885
Susannah Shearer
1818–1896
Marriage: 6 March 1835
Lucy Inna Cottrell
1835–1912
Sarah Jane Cottrell
1839–1890
Mary Cottrell
1841–1851
Eliza Cottrell
1843–1860
John Cottrell
1846–1860
Hannah Caroline Cottrell
1849–1916
James Madison Cottrell
1851–1931
William Rufus Cottrell
1853–1932
Myra Cottrell
1855–1921
Julia Etta Cottrell
1859–1940
Martha Elizabeth "Effie" Cottrell
1861–1919
Theresa Alice Cottrell
1866–1929

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
6 March 1835
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States
children

(12)

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Parents and Siblings

siblings

(7)

    Thomas C. Cottrell

    Male1806–Male

    Jane Cotrell

    Female1809–1885Female

    Sarah "Sally" Cottrell

    Female1812–1898Female

    Male1813–1885Male

    Elizabeth Almira Cottrell

    Female1814–1880Female

+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 6

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 17

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.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 19

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

French and English: status name for a cottager, from Old French coterel, a diminutive of cotier ‘cottager’ ( see Cotter 2).

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William Cottrell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Cotterall, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Cotrell, "United States Census, 1850"

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