William Wallace Cottrell

Brief Life History 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 Lenoir, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States in 1860 and 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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William Wallace Cottrell
Susannah Shearer
Marriage: 6 March 1835
Lucy Inna Cottrell
Sarah Jane Cottrell
Mary Cottrell
Eliza Cottrell
John Cottrell
Hannah Caroline Cottrell
James Madison Cottrell
William Rufus Cottrell
Myra Cottrell
Julia Etta Cottrell
Martha Elizabeth "Effie" Cottrell
Theresa Alice Cottrell

Sources (40)

  • William Cottrell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Wallace Cottrell, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Wm Cottrell in entry for John L Kerby and Hannah C Or Hanah C Cottrell, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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

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

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

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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