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Rev. William COTTON

Male 1600 - 1640  (40 years)

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  • Name William COTTON 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 1600  Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 1KN3-7KD 
    Died 1640  Accawmack [now Northampton] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) See the notes regarding William COTTON's wife, Ann GRAVES.

      (2) Virginia Genealogies and Biographies, 1500s-1900s [database online],, Maryland and Virginia Colonials, Vol. I, Graves, p. 328:


      In the Name of God Amen I William Cotton of Acckomacke Now beinge in pfect sense & memory but weake in body doe this pr sent xxth of August 1640 make this my Last Will & Testament--wherein I bequeath my Soule to God beseeching him in & through ye merrits of his wellbeloved sonne out Lord & Savior Jesus Christ to bee mercifull unto mee, my bodey to ye ground to be buried by my towe little children And my goods as followeth First I desyre my debts to bee truly & honestly paid & satisfyed and All wch I have copied under my owne hand in a booke--And if any other can bee in ly proved to bee in ye like kind satisfyed Secondly I give & bequeath unto my (nowe unborne) Sonne or Daughter my plantation of Bunbury, my Negro Domingo & one younge heyffer being ___ Flower de Luce on ye right eare only, ___ however these ___ if my child shall dye in his Infancy then I give & bequeath ye one halfe of those goods to my Mother Joane Cotton in Bunbery in Cheshire the other to my wellbeloved wife Ann Cotton, They beinge represented by four honest men upon oath Ane my wife to have ye refusall ffor ye rest of my goods Chattels & Estate moveable & immovable. I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Anne Cotton makeing her to be Executrix And desyre my beloved ffriends & Brothern-in-Laws Capt. William Stone & Capt. Wiliam Rop[er] to bee overseers hereunto Witness my hand this prsent xxth daye of August 1640.

      /s/ W. Cotton

      Proved 1646 (?)

      NOTE: He was married to Ann Graves by July 10, 1637 [Nugent, op. cit., p. 59]; and dead bef. Oct. 7, 1642, when his widow was m. to Nathaniel Eaton, Clerk. [Ibid., pp. 101, 135.]
    Person ID I9094  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2016 

    Father Andrew COTTON 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Joane (COTTON) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F4387  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann GRAVES,   b. 1620, Ireland[?] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Jul 1683, Charles County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 63 years) 
    Married Bef 10 Jul 1637  Accawmack [now Northampton] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Colonial Virginia Source Records, 1600s-1700s [database online],, Marriages of Virginia Residents Vol. I, Part II, Surnames C-D, p. 160:

      COTTON . . .

      William, minister, m. ca July 1637, Ann Graves, b. 1620; d. 1683, Charles Co., Md., dau. of Capt. Thomas (to Va., 1608) and Katherine (___). She [Ann] m. (2) Rev. Nathaniel Eaton; m. (3) Rev. Francis Doughty. Cowherd, p. 322; Gazette 6240(A)5 Jan., 1962. Mrs. P.C. Lockett, 4624 Southern, Dallas 9, Texas.
     1. Verlinda COTTON  [Natural]
     2. --- COTTON,   d. Bef 1640  [Natural]
     3. --- COTTON,   d. Bef 1640  [Natural]
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2016 21:27:59 
    Family ID F4385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart