James Cotton

24 January 1816–29 January 1904 (Age 88)
Troy, Waldo, Maine, United States

The Life of James

When James Cotton was born on 24 January 1816, in Troy, Waldo, Maine, United States, his father, Samuel L. Cotton, was 31 and his mother, Phoebe Blethen, was 27. He married Eliza Stevens on 11 October 1841, in Troy, Waldo, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Maine, United States in 1870 and Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. He died on 29 January 1904, in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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James Cotton
Eliza Stevens
Marriage: 11 October 1841
William Artemus Cotton
Sarah Philena Cotton
Charles G. Cotton
Martha Elizabeth Cotton
Jane Eveline Cotton
Mary D Cotton
Frank A. Cotton
Fred E. Cotton
George True Cotton

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11 October 1841
Troy, Waldo, Maine, United States


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

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. 

Age 11

Historical Boundaries: 1827: Waldo, Maine, United States
1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

Age 26

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).

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)

  • James Cotton in household of Charles H Cotton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James Cotton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Cotton, "United States Census, 1860"

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