Susannah Shearer

10 December 1818–27 June 1896 (Age 77)
Ashe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Susannah

When Susannah Shearer was born on 10 December 1818, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States, her father, John Shearer, was 26 and her mother, Mary Ann Green, was 21. She married William Wallace Cottrell on 6 March 1835, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 9 daughters. She lived in Lower Creek Township, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States for about 30 years. She died on 27 June 1896, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 77, 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

Spouse and Children

6 March 1835
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

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 12

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.

Age 28

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: from an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’; an occupational name for a sheep shearer or someone who used scissors to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Susan Cottrell in household of William Cottrell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Susan Cotterall in household of William Cotterall, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Sally ?Offey in household of I Avary ?Offey, "United States Census, 1900"

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