Nathan Smith Cottrell

1833–9 May 1864 (Age 31)
Kanawha, Virginia, United States

The Life of Nathan Smith

When Nathan Smith Cottrell was born in 1833, in Kanawha, Virginia, United States, his father, Silas Asyles Cottrell, was 26 and his mother, Sabra Hanna Cox, was 17. He married Melissa J Cottrell on 22 March 1855, in Jackson, Virginia, United States. He lived in Gilmer, Gilmer, Virginia, United States in 1850. He died on 9 May 1864, in Dublin, Pulaski, Virginia, United States, at the age of 31.

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Nathan Smith Cottrell
Melissa J Cottrell
Marriage: 22 March 1855

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22 March 1855
Jackson, Virginia, United States

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World Events (5)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 11

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 13

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

French and English: status name for a cottager, from Old French coterel, a diminutive of cotier ‘cottager’ ( see Cotter 2).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Smith Cottrail in household of Silas Cottrail, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Nathan S Cotteril, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Smith Cottrell in entry for Wm H Jarvis and Mahala ..., "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

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