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William Cotton (1776 - 1839)

William Cotton
Born in Virginiamap
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Husband of — married 7 Jun 1796 in Nelson County, Kentucky, USAmap
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Died in Mount Sterling, Switzerland, Indiana, USAmap
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William was born in 1776. He passed away in 1839. [1]

William Cotton was an early pioneer in Indiana.

William was born in 1776. He passed away in 1839.

William Cotton was the son of Ralph Cotton and Elizabeth Kitchen. He married Christena McGee Froman on June 7, 1794 in Ghent, Carroll County, KY.

William Cotton crossed the river from Kentucky in 1798 and while erecting his cabin, he took up his abode in a large sycamore tree on Indian Creek, on a farm later owned by Mrs. McMackin. IN 1805 he moved farther up the stream to the farm which has since bore his name and her he resided until his death in 1839.

He took an active part in the politics of Indiana and was the first justice of the peace for the County, receiving his appointment from General Harrison, then Governor of the Territory. He was appointed associate judge in 1814. At an election held in May 1816 he was chosen a delegate to the constitutional convention that framed the first constitution of Indiana. He was twice appointed by President Monroe to value the improvements of the Indians at the Indian villages in the northern part of the Territory of Indiana and Ohio. He was elected a member of the first Senate that convened after the State was admitted into the Union, and held the position a number of years and was afterward elected to the House of Representatives.


Cotton, William (1776-1839) — of Indiana. Born in Loudoun County, Va., March 13, 1776. Brother of Ralph Cotton. Delegate to Indiana state constitutional convention, 1816; member of Indiana state senate, 1819-22, 1825-28; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1831-32. Died in Mt. Sterling, Switzerland County, Ind., July 2, 1839. Interment at Cotton Family Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Switzerland County, Ind.

Children of William Cotton and Christina McGee Froman:

•1. Mary Cotton born November 22, 1796 in Kentucky.

•2. Harvey Cotton born April 26, 1798 in Kentucky. He married Jemima Cotton (daughter of Henry Cotton).

•3. Betsy or Becky Cotton born January 8, 1800 in Kentucky; she married Jacob B. Miller.

•4. John Froman Cotton born October 29, 1803 (he was the first white child born in Switerland County, IN); and died March 7, 1892.

•5. William K. Cotton born August 8, 1805 in Switzerland County, IN and died October 8, 1873. He married Classina _____________.

•6. James Madison Cotton born June 24, 1807 in Switzerland County, IN; and died March 12, 1874. He married Isabelle _________.

•7. Robert S. Cotton born February 27, 1810 in Switzerland County, IN and died June 13, 1851. He married Lovinia Gilliland.

•8. Sarah Cotton born January 22, 1812 in Switzerland County, IN.

•9. Perry K. Cotton born November 20, 1813 in Switzerland County, IN and died September 14, 1827.

•10. Christina Cotton born April 13, 1816 in Switzerland County, IN and died in 1888. She married Sewall Raymond Eaton on October 16, 1833.

Information taken from different histories on file at the Switzerland County Historical Society in 1989


  1. Personal recollection of events witnessed by Christopher Coleman as remembered 19 May 2018.

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