Mary Lodema Cotton

19 September 1830–21 January 1912 (Age 81)
McMinnville, Warren, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Lodema

When Mary Lodema Cotton was born on 19 September 1830, in McMinnville, Warren, Tennessee, United States, her father, John Cotton, was 57 and her mother, Mary Martha Roberts, was 39. She married William M Chisam on 11 April 1852, in White, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Civil District 4, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States in 1880 and Civil District 4, White, Tennessee, United States for about 10 years. She died on 21 January 1912, in White, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in William Chisam Cemetery, Walling, White, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

William M Chisam
Mary Lodema Cotton
Marriage: 11 April 1852
Thomas A Chisum
Galewood W. Chisum
Mary Artie Chisam
Samantha Elvira Chisom
Louisa L. Chisum

Spouse and Children

    William M Chisam



11 April 1852
White, Tennessee, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Matthew R Cotton


    Sharilda Cotton


    William Felson Cotten


    John McKelvey Cotton


    Rueben Cervel Cotten


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 5

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1862 · Battle of Shiloh

Age 32

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

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)

  • Mary L Chissom in household of William Chissom, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lodema Cotton in household of Thomas Cotton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary L Chisam in household of William Chisam, "United States Census, 1900"

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