Joshua Clinton Bottom

17 August 1827–25 January 1916 (Age 88)
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Joshua Clinton

When Joshua Clinton Bottom was born on 17 August 1827, in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Merry Sanders Bottom, was 36 and his mother, Polly Ann Dye, was 36. He married Sarah Ann Thornton on 11 March 1849, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Elk Township, Nuckolls, Nebraska, United States for about 5 years and Logan Township, Clay, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 25 January 1916, in Willow Springs, Howell, Missouri, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Nuckolls, Nebraska, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joshua Clinton Bottom
Sarah Ann Thornton
Marriage: 11 March 1849
Henry Sanders Bottom
Robert Clinton Bottom
Emily Ann Bottom
Albert Bottom
Edward Sidney Bottom
Franklin Herrick Bottom
Sarah Olive Bottom
John Oscar Bottom

Spouse and Children

11 March 1849
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States


    Henry Sanders Bottom



    Emily Ann Bottom


    Albert Bottom



+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Lucinda Amanda Saunders Bottom


    Lucetta Mayfield Bottom


    Rev. Jesse Hinson Bottom



    Margaret Ann Bottom


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 5

The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the "British Band", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 29

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived in a broad valley, from Old English botm ‘valley bottom’.2 In some cases, a mistranslation of French Lafond, in which Old French la fond ‘fountain’ is confused with modern French le fond ‘the bottom’.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Josuah C Bottom, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Isaac C Bottom, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joshua Bottom, "Nebraska, State Census, 1885"

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