In earlier messages, an attempt has been made to clarify the fact that the John Cotton, Samuel Cotton, Samuel Cotton Jr. line is not connected to the Rev. John Cotton of Boston Line from the time on Rev. John Cotton through his descendants. This is not to say that there may not be a connection from England.
I was contacted by a someone seeking help with the Samuel Cotton/s and their spouses Lydia Bates and Mary Cornwell. What follows is the results of my brief (2 hrs.) research that is being passed on in hopes that it might shed some light on your work.
The John Cotton, Samuel Cotton, Samuel Cotton line does not seem to be related to Rev. John Cotton of Boston or his children Seaborn Cotton, Rev. John Cotton Jr. of Plymouth or Maria (Cotton) Mather wife of Increase Mather, mother of Cotton Mather. Two Samuel Cottons were born in this line but never lived to adulthood.
After several hours of research, I can offer the following bits of information:
The Cotton Line in question is from Connecticut. I do not have Connecticut Vital Statistics as my line is all from Boston and Plymouth. However, I have found the spouses of Samuel Cotton listed in Gene Pool Data kept in LDS records in Salt Lake City as follows:
Lydia Bates was born 25 Feb 1673 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts to John Bates and Mary Farewell. Lydia died in 1716.
Mary Cornwell was born 25 January in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut to William Cornwell and Martha Mary Thompson.
Both were spouses of Samuel Cotton (father and son) but no Gene Pool Records are listed under Â“CottonÂ” for either Samuel.
Early Probate Records of Connecticut show a Â“StowÂ” record in which a Samuel Cotton son of Mary Spalding (alias Cotton) appears. If it is proven that the Samuel Cotton listed is the son of John Cotton and Mary Stow, then this record could be of some help to you. However, Samuel Cotton is shown as the son of Mary Spalding (alias Cotton). As a result, it seems that Mary (Stow) Cotton must have remarried to a Â“SpaldingÂ”. This inference is reasonable given the fact that Mary is shown as the mother of Samuel Cotton and that you have some indication that the parents of Samuel Cotton were John Cotton and Mary Stow. The record follows:
A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.
1700 to 1710.
Page 116 Name: Sergt. Nathaniel Stow Location: Middletown
Died February 1704-5. Invt. Âœ368-09-09. Taken 20 February 1704-5, by John Hall, Seth Warner and Alexander Rollo.
Court Record, Page 63--6 March 1704-5: Adms. To Thomas Stow, Sen., a brother of the deceased. Rec., Âœ200.
Page 82--4 April 1706: Thomas Stow of Middletown, Adms. on the estate of Nathaniel Stow, presented an account of his Adms.:
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Has paid in debts and charges, 92-14-05
The real part, 231-00-00
Personal part, 153-03-03
Deducting 1-2 real part given Samuel Stow by deed, 115-10-00
There remains of the real estate, 115-10-00
And of personal estate there remains, 92-14-05
There remains to be distributed in equal parts, 57-08-10
To Thomas Stow, to Samuel Stow, to heirs of John Stow, to Mary Spalding, to Thankful Hill, and to heirs of Elizabeth Bidwell, decd.
This Court orders a distribution of the estate, and appoint Lt. Thomas Ward, Alexander Rollo and Deacon Joseph Rockwell distributors.
To John Stow, to Thankful Hill, to Samuel Cotton (son of Mary Spalden alias Cotton), to Samuel Bidwell (husband of Elizabeth Bidwell, decd.), and to Thomas Stow (brother of Sergt. Nathaniel Stow). By Thomas Ward, Alexander Rollo and Joseph Rockwell.
Court Record, Page 95--7 July 1707: Report of the dist. on file.
Cotton son of Mary Spalding (alias Cotton) appears.
Another record that could be of help is the LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of a Samuel Cotton dated 16 November 1737 in which Samuel Cotton mentions his mother, Mary Cotton, deceased; mentions Â“my father, John CottonÂ”; and, mentions his son, Samuel. However, Samuel Cotton gives his wife as, Experience, in the WILL. This makes sense given the Gene Pool record for Lydia Bates shows her death in 1716. Without Vitals for Samuel Cotton, it could be assumed that he was born within 5 years of Lydia (1673) and this would make Samuel between 65 and 70 years old at the time of his will and means that he would have remarried between 1717 to 1720 at age 44 to 47. The WILL concludes with the naming of his wife, Experience, and his brother-in-law, Samuel Hall, as executors of the will. As a result, it is safe to assume that Experience CottonÂ’s maiden name was Elizabeth Hall.
Perhaps you know all of this, I have no way of knowing, but I would highly recommend that you and your fellow Â“ResearchersÂ” contact the Connecticut Historical Society. I have recently joined the Society and have found them to be both very helpful and very professional. The Cottons you seek are from Connecticut and I am just becoming familiar with Connecticut Records because my ancestors lived for generations in Plymouth, Massachusetts and helped keep the Plymouth Town Records (Josiah Cotton and his son, John and my 8th grandfather, Nathaniel Morton, who authored the New-England Memorial.
A hotlink follows for the Connecticut Historical Society: http://www.chs.org/
Samuel CottonÂ’s LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT follows:
A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.
1737 to 1742.
Page 77 Name: Samuel Cotton, Sen. Location: Middletown
Invt. Âœ620-11-05. Taken 28 April, 1738, by Benjamin Adkins, Jonathan Allyn and William Rockwell. Will dated 16 November, 1737.
I, Samuel Cotton, Sen., of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: I give unto Experience, my wife, all my household goods of what name soever which she brought with her when we were married, and 1 cow, 1 heifer and my iron kettle, to be at her own dispose. I give to my son Samuel 1 equal third part of my right in the piece of land that is laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary Cotton deceased, and 4 acres of land called the Indian Point, which 4 acres shall lye next to the Boggy Meadow; and a large sermon book which was my father John Cotton's, entitled "Gospel Conversation." I give to my son Ebenezer 1-3 part of my right in the piece of land that is laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary Cotton deceased, and 3 acres more of land called Indian Point, to lye next to Samuel's 4 acres, and the equal half of all my carpenters' and joyners' tools after John hath taken the tools I have particularly mentioned hereafter, only I give to Ebenezer my 2-inch augur. I give to my son John my broad axe, vears, adice, inch and a half augur and inch augur, and 2 or 3 old narrow chisells, and a piece of a square, and the equal half of all the remainder of all my carpenter and joyner tools except my 2-inch augur. I give to my sons John and William my dwelling house and homelott and all the remainder of my land at Indian Point, and the other third part of my right in a piece of land that was laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary Cotton deceased, and all my stock and husbandry tools and utensils except the cow and heifer I have given to my wife. And my will is that my two sons John and William shall pay all my just debts and funeral charges. And further, I give to my two sons John and William all my boggy meadow, they paying to my two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, to each Âœ6-10 money, and to the two children of my daughter Prudence, to each of them 20 shillings. I further give to my daughter Mary my cubboard, and to my daughter Elizabeth my chest. And my will is that my sons John and William shall pay to my daughter Lydia 20 shillings money. I make my wife Experience and my brother-in-law Samuel Hall executors.
Witness: John Elton, John Chivers (Cheever?), William Rockwell.
Samuel Cotton, ls.
Court Record, Page 28--2 May, 1738: Will proven.
Hope this is of some help to yaÂ’ll.
Barry A. Cotton