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COTTON Thomas (T.C.)

Male 1692 - 1779  (87 years)


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  • Name COTTON Thomas (T.C.)  [1
    Born 1692  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 26 Jun 1777  Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • On 26 June 1777, Thomas Cotton made his last will and testament. His wife Betty (only shows up here) had apparently died earlier, and he named his sons Thomas and Nathaniel executors. His bequests were as follows:
      John - one shilling current money.
      Thomas - the cottage land.......whereon I now live, also one feather bed and furniture. Also
      a negro girl named Amay -with her increase, one negro boy named Burrel, one negro boy named Tommy, and a large chest, one large iron pot & hooks, one small iron pot & hooks, one iron pot rack, one plow horse, one........, two iron wedges.
      Nathaniel - one negro boy named Bob, one negro girl named Jane, one feather bed and furniture, one plow horse, one ironpotrack, one small chest, one small iron pot..
      William - the use and labour of my negro man named Absalom during the normal life of the said William and after the decease of the said William the said negro man Absalom I give unto Wells Cotton (son of said William) to him and his heirs.
      Richard - one negro boy named Gabriel to him and his heirs,
      David - one feather bed, also the use and labour of my negro boy named Stephen during the natural life of the said David and after the decease of the said David the said negro boy named Stephen I give unto my son Thomas Cotton to him and his heirs.
      Isham - one feather bed.
      Drury -five shillings current money.
      Henry - one negro boy named Nathan, one feather bed during the natural life of the said Henry and after the decease of the said Henry the said negro boy Nathan and bed I give unto Thomas Cotton (son of said Henry) to him and his heirs.
      Thomas and Nathaniel - my negro woman Hannah with her future increase, also the rest of my estate to be equally divided between them.
      The will was proved on the 18th day of February 1779.
    Died 16 Feb 1779  Sussex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • About 1712 Thomas married Mary Hyde, widow of Richard Hyde n, who had died in 1710/11. She may have been a Rogers. Mary already had three children by her first husband: Richard Hyde II (ca. 1682), Elizabeth (ca. 1680) and Jean (ca. 1698 -1700). Jean would have been about 12 years old when her mother married Thomas Cotton and came to live on the Cotton plantation. Thomas had no children, but his brother Walter Cotton and wife Elizabeth had at least one son, whom they named Thomas Cotton after his uncle (?). Proximity brought romance, and Thomas married Jean Hyde as soon as their parents permitted it. She gave birth to eleven living children between 1717 and 1739. An interesting sidelight is that Jean's older brother Richard Hide III was for a time one of Blackboard's band of pirates, but gave it up when Edward Teach (Blackbeard) was killed in1718

      We know little about the life of Thomas and Jean (Hide) Cotton. At some time they moved from the old plantation on the north side of the Otterdam Swamp to a farm/plantation in newly formed Sussex County, not far away. We know this because the last three of their children had their births registered in Albemarle Parish, beginning the year after it was formed. In 1749 they sold 100 acres on the north side of Otterdam swamp, probably the last of their original plantation there (Surry County Deed Book recorded 11/21/1752). For the next 100 years we find the successive generations of the Cotton family all registered in Albemarle Parish in Sussex County.
      The children of Thomas and Jean (Hide) Cotton were as follows:
      i. John Cotton. Born ca 1717 Surry County, VA Married Lucy..........ca. 1738.
      ii. Thomas Cotton. Bora ca. 1719 Surry County, VA. Died Sussex Co., VA
      iii. Nathaniel Cotton. Born ca 1722 Surry County, VA. Died Sussex Co., VA
      iv. Gary Cotton. Bom ca. 1724 Surry County, VA.
      v. David Cotton. Born ca. 1726 Surry County, VA.
      vi. Littleberry Cotton. Born ca.l 728 Surry County, VA.
      vii, Richard Cotton. Born ca. 1729 Surry County, VA Died 1807 Sussex County, VA.
      Married Betty Weaver, born ca. 1740 Sussex County, VA. viii. William Cotton. Born ca 1733 Surry County, VA. ix. Henry Cotton. Bora ca. 1737 Surry County, VA.
      Married Sarah..........ca. 1760 Albemarle, VA
      x. Isham Cotton. Bom 13 May 1739 Albemarle Parish, VA. Chr. 9/16/1739. xi. Drury Cotton. Born 10 August 1741 Albemarle Parish, VA. Chr. 9/30/1741.
      Married Phoebe.........ca. 1756 Albemarle, VA
      xii. Mary Cotton. Born 23 Sept. 1743 Albemarle Parish, VA. Chr. 12/15/1743.
      On 26 June 1777, Thomas Cotton made his last will and testament. His wife Betty had apparently died earlier, and he named his sons Thomas and Nathaniel executors. His bequests were as follows:
      John - one shilling current money.
      Thomas - the cottage land.......whereon I now live, also one feather bed and furniture. Also
      a negro girl named Amay -with her increase, one negro boy named Burrel, one negro boy named Tommy, and a large chest, one large iron pot & hooks, one small iron pot & hooks, one iron pot rack, one plow horse, one........, two iron wedges.
      Nathaniel - one negro boy named Bob, one negro girl named Jane, one feather bed and furniture, one plow horse, one ironpotrack, one small chest, one small iron pot..
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    Person ID I3416  Booth Family
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2014 

    Father COTTON Walter,   b. 1666-1667, Queens Creek, York County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Prince George County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother COTTON Elizabeth --LNU--,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F1101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HYDE Jane Jean,   b. Abt 1700, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1768, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 1716  Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. COTTON John,   b. 1717, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. COTTON Thomas,   b. 1719, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1792, Sussex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. COTTON Nathanael,   b. Abt 1722, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Sussex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     4. COTTON Cary,   b. 1724, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. COTTON David,   b. 1726, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. COTTON Littleberry,   b. 1728, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. COTTON Richard,   b. Abt 1729, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1790, Sussex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     8. COTTON William,   b. 1733, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1794, Edgecombe County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     9. COTTON Joshua,   b. 1734, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1772, Sussex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     10. COTTON Drury,   b. 1735, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. COTTON Henry,   b. Abt 1737, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. COTTON Isham,   b. 13 May 1739, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. COTTON Mary,   b. 23 Sep 1743, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F1100  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1716 - Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 26 Jun 1777 - Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Feb 1779 - Sussex County, VA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1212] Cotton family tree, Owner: Pat Reynolds, (Compiled and Supplied by Robert L. Bartlett of Juno Beach, FL to Pat Johnson Reynolds) (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S1212] Cotton family tree, Owner: Pat Reynolds, (Compiled and Supplied by Robert L. Bartlett of Juno Beach, FL to Pat Johnson Reynolds) (Reliability: 3).