William John Cotton

28 February 1904–9 November 1972 (Age 68)
Oneida, Idaho, United States

The Life of William John

When William John Cotton was born on 28 February 1904, in Oneida, Idaho, United States, his father, John Cotton, was 36 and his mother, Arizona Parenthia Abercrombie, was 23. He married Geneva Adelaide Hendrixson on 8 May 1925. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in La Verne, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1935 and Ontario Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1940. He died on 9 November 1972, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Dry Creek, Cassia, Idaho Territory, United States.

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William John Cotton
Geneva Adelaide Hendrixson
Marriage: 8 May 1925
Dorothy Louise Cotton

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8 May 1925
Los Angeles, California, United States


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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Licencing Butchers

Age 2

A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 19

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

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)

  • William Cotton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Willie Cotton in household of John Cotton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bill Cotton in household of John Cotton, "United States Census, 1930"

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