John Miller Cotton

28 February 1858–2 April 1940 (Age 82)
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches, Texas, United States

The Life of John Miller

When John Miller Cotton was born on 28 February 1858, in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches, Texas, United States, his father, James L. Cotton, was 33 and his mother, Ada Hadie Low, was 23. He married Francis Quarles on 3 November 1876, in Red River, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Texas, United States in 1870 and Ward One, Red River, Louisiana, United States in 1900. He died on 2 April 1940, in Coushatta, Red River, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Red River, Louisiana, United States.

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John Miller Cotton
Nancy Jane Thomas
Marriage: 12 July 1884
Mack Henderson Cotton
Henderson Cortez " Bud" Cotton
Ada Leona Cotton
Bernard Cotton
Dorathy " Dora" Delilah Cotton
Zera Cotton
Marshall Washington Cotton
Gordon Cotton

Spouse and Children


    Nancy Jane Thomas


12 July 1884
Coushatta, Red River, Louisiana, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James L. Cotton


    Ada Hadie Low





    Elizabeth Cotton


    Abner Lawrence Cotton



    Mary Jane Belle Cotton


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1861 · Texas Secedes from the United States

Age 3

On February 1, 1861, Texas seceded from the United States. On March 2, 1861, they had joined with the Confederate States of America.

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · Construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway

Age 23

Grenville M. Dodge oversaw the construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway. Work began at Hodge Junction, and eventually extended to the New Mexico border by 1888. Service began on April 1, 1888, with trains travelling between Fort Worth and Denver.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten). Examples include Coton (Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire), Cottam (East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire), and Cotham (Nottinghamshire).2 French: from a diminutive of Old French cot(t)e ‘coat (of mail)’ ( see Cott ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Cotton, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John M Cotton in household of James L Cotton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John M Cotton in household of James L Cotton, "United States Census, 1870"

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