Tom McCabes Genealogy 2022

Walter COTTON1713

Given names
Note: Taken from Sallye's Family Place:
Southwark Parish, Surry,VA
October 20, 1688
Note: From the notes of Hikaru Kitabayashi, noted genealogist:
Birth of a son
Death 1713

Taken from Sallye's Family Place:

William Cotton of Staffordshire, England

Although unproved that John, Walter, and Thomas Cotton of the records of Staffordshire, England are the same as the ones in colonial Virginia they do fit the profile. Dr. Neil Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah, who made this report for Hikaru said "the published version [of the registers] has been verified with the originals." He notes also "that none of the Cotton children were married at Wolverhampton and an examination of original registers to 1700 have not uncovered any burials for William Cotton, his unnamed wife, or any of his children, which strengthens the hypothesis that we may be dealing with the immigrants to Virginia in Walter and Thomas Cotton." used here with permission of Hikaru.

Children of William Cotton of Staffordshire: 1. [William Cotton ca 1634-] 2. [Richard Cotton ca 1636] - 22 Mar 1638/9 buried 3. John Cotton bapt 1 May 1638 - 15 Mar 1640/1 buried 4. John Cotton bapt 15 June 1641 - 5. Walter Cotton bapt 1 May 1643 - [ married Elizabeth ?] 6. Ann Cotton bapt 24 June 1645 - 7. Thomas Cotton bapt 18 Apr 1647 - 1718 Surry Co, VA blacksmith married 1st Susannah married 2nd Mary ? ca 1658 +/- 7yr - 1729 widow of Richard Hyde died bef 25 Feb 1710/11] 8. Elizabeth Cotton bapt 17 Oct 1651 - 9. Katherine Cotton bapt 31 July 1655 -

1638 to 1655 records of the family of William Cotton appear in the Registers of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England.


From the notes of Hikaru Kitabayashi, noted genealogist:

On 19 October 1687 Walter and Thomas Cotten appear on a list of Surry County men qualified to serve as foot soldiers in the militia [Wm. & Mary Quarterly 11:84, S5 (1902)], and on 20 October 1688 Mr. Walter Cotton and Thomas Cotton were granted a patent for 314 acres in the upper parish of Surry County for the transportation of seven persons [Va. Patents 7:670, copy enclosed]. While no record seems to have been made of it, we know that this land was at some point, on 16 July1696, divided into two equal parts. On 3 November 1702 Walter Cotton of Southwark Parish sold his 157 acres for 1000 lbs. tobacco and 100 lbs. pork to one John Johnson of the same parish; he signed by mark, his wife Elizabeth signed her name [Surry Co. Wills & Deeds 5: 271, acknowledged and recorded same day]. On 17 September 1712 Thomas Cotten of Southwark Parish, blacksmith and his wife Mary, the latter signing by mark, sold their 157 acres to John Smith of Prince George Co. for 2000 lbs. tobacco [id. 6:116, ackn. and recorded same day].

Shared note

Will of Walter's brother - names Walter's wife Elizabeth and son Thomas, from the Surry Co Va records:

February the 26th 1718 In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Cotten being in perfect since and memory bequeath my Soul to God that gave it me and body to the Earth to be decently buried. my Estate as followeth when all my debts are paid I give unto my loving wife Mary Cotten my plantation and Land belonging to it during her naturall life & after her decease to my Cousin Thomas Cotten son of Walter Cotten and Elizabeth his wife to the said Tomas Cotton & his heirs Lawfully begotten of his body for ever never to be (...) nor morgaged (.....) the first heir shall pretend to either of these the next shall (.... ...) upon the said land and (.... ....) of I give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary Cotten the two feather beds bolster pillows blanketts Sheets & two rugs two pair of Curtaines Valan(.)s bedsteads Cords and whatelse belongs to them in that (...) room this I give to her and her disposing. I give and bequeath to mary Smith daughter of John Smith & Elizabeth his wife one feather bed bolster blankets & rug a pair of Sheets more. I give to the said Mary (.......) pewter dishes & two pewter plates. I give to my Cousin Thomas Cotten a feather bed bolster one blanket (... .. ... ) & the bedstead bilong I give unto Richard Hide my best belt I give and bequeath to my Loving wife Mary Cotten all the rest of my Estate my Cattell hogs sheep horses all the (.... .... ..) pewter b(.......) & all (.... ...... .......) in the (.....) I give unto my Cousin Thomas Cotton all my remaining Estate I give unto my Cousin William Cotton one Shilling I give unto my kinswoman Anne Mylone one Shilling I make and impower my Loving wife Mary Cottin my Executrix of this my last will and testament whereunto I have put my hand and Seal Thomas [TC] Cott(..) his mark and seal In the Presence of us Jethro Baxter Senior, John Johnson, Grace Baxter

At a Court held at Southwark for the County of Surry March the 18th 1718: The (......) mentioned Will of Thomas Cotten Deceased was presented in Court by Mary Cotten Executrix thereof who made oath thereto and being proved by the oaths of Jethro Baxter & Higb Higbsib (........) thereto the same is ordered to be recorded