James Cotton

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

The Life Summary 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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  • Marriage
    11 October 1841Troy, 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

    English: habitational name from any of numerous places called from Old English (æt) 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). Particularly common in Staffordshire.French: from a pet form of the personal name Nicolas (see Nicholas ), derived via Nicot, or of the personal name Jacques , derived via Jacot.History: John Cotton (1584–1652) was a noted Puritan preacher, who landed at Boston, MA, from London in 1633 and became leader of the Congregationalists in America.

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

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    Sources (42)

    • James Cotton in household of Charles H Cotton, "United States Census, 1880"
    • James in entry for Francis A. Sawyer and Mary D. Cotton, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"
    • James Cotton in entry for Andrew R. Blethen, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"

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