Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Rev Cotton

Male Abt 1616 - 1640  (~ 24 years)


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  • Name William Rev Cotton 
    Born Abt 1616  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Dec 1640  Northampton County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I016345  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2020 

    Family Anne Graves,   b. 1620, Hungar's Parish, Northampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Nov 1684, Sittingborne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 64 years) 
    Married Bef 10 Jul 1637  Hungar's Parish, Northampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Virlinda Cotton,   b. 1638, Hungars Creek, Northampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1683, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F09797  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://members.aol.com/WDWylie/1600-1699.htm
      URL title: Tyranny in the New World (Mad Dogs and English Monkeys)1600 - 1699
      Note:
      1633 - For slandering the minister, Mr. Cotton, Henry Charlton of Hungar's Parish, Virginia was ordered "to make a pair of stocks and set in them several Sabbath days after divine service, and then ask Mr. Cotton's forgiveness for using offensive words concerning him." 245

      1634 - Thomas Hartley, of Hungars Parish, Virginia, sent a letter to Governor Endicott of Massachusetts. It gave a graphic description of a ducking-stool, and an account of a ducking in Virginia:

      "The day afore yesterday at two of ye clock in ye afternoon I saw this punishment given to one Betsey wife of John Tucker who by ye violence of her tongue has made his house and ye neighborhood uncomfortable. She was taken to ye pond near where I am sojourning by ye officer who was joined by ye Magistrate and ye Minister Mr. Cotton who had frequently admonished her and a large number of People. They had a machine for ye purpose yt belongs to ye Parish, and which I was so told had been so used three times this Summer. It is a platform with 4 small rollers or wheels and two upright posts between which works a Lever by a Rope fastened to its shorter or heavier end. At ye end of ye longer arm is fixed a stool upon which sd Betsey was fastened by cords, her gown tied fast around her feete. The Machine was then moved up to ye edge of ye pond, ye Rope was slackened by ye officer and ye woman was allowed to go down under ye water for ye space of half a minute. Betsey had a stout! stomach, and would not yield until she had allowed herself to be ducked 5 several times. At length she cried piteously, Let me go Let me go, by God's help I'll sin no more. Then they drew back ye Machine, untied ye Ropes and let her walk home in her wetted clothes a hopefully penitent woman." 245

      ===linda Reno
      William Cotton made his will 20 Aug 1640, "weake in body" and died shortly thereafter. He desires to be buried by his two little children; to his child yet unborn he gives his plantation at Bunbury and his negroes; in default of issue to his mother Joane Cotton and the other one-third to his wife Anne Cotton. Brother-in-law Capt. Wm. Stone and Capt. Wm. Roper to be overseers of his will. On January 13, 1659, "William Cotton, of Virginia, marriner," son and heir of William Cotton, for 25 of English money sold to William Kendall, of Accomac Co, Virginia one house with two tenements at Bedminster, near Bristol, formerly belonging to his father, Wm. Cotton, deceased. (William and Mary College Quarterly 5 (1) 123-4)
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      James Hughes 2006-06-22 20:49:48
      On June 13, 1659 "William Cotton of Virginia, Marriner" son and heir of Wm. Cotton for 25 pounds of English money sold to William Kendall of Accomac County, Virginia, one house with two tenements at Bedminister near Bristol formerly belonging to his father, William Cotton, deceased.

      Source:
      Walker, Anne Kendrick.
      The storied Kendalls : with historical and genealogical records of Scottish and allied families
      Richmond, Virginia.: Dietz Press, 1947, 209 pgs.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 1 Part I; Pg 59
      WILLIAM COTTON, Clerke, 350 acs. called the old mans neck, bet. two maine branches of Hungars Cr., Ely. into the woods, Wly. down sd. Cr. & N. upon land of Capt. William Stone, parted from same by one of the sd. branches. 100 acs. for his own & the per. adv. of his wife Ann Graves & 250 acs. for trans. of 5 pers: Elianor Hill, Richard Hill, Edward Esson & 2 Negroes: 10 July, 1637, p. 434.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 1 Part II; Pg 101
      WILLIAM COTTON, Clerke, 300 acs. Accomacke Co., 20 Feb. 1638, p. 615. W. upon the first devdt. of Mr. William Andrewes & Sly. upon the maine Cr. of Hungars. Due for his own per. adv. & trans. of 5 pers: Henry Pace, John Hayworth, Eliz. Harris, Domingo & Saconyo Negroes.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 1 Part II; Pg 114
      THOMAS SMITH, 300 acs., Accomack Co., Oct. 11, 1639, page 676. At Hungars Cr. upon land called the old mans neck, adj. William Cotton & Capt. William Stone. Due for trans. of himself, wife Sarah, daughter Ann, & 3 pers: John Farmer, Richard Ganey, Katherine Jones.

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