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.