John Cotton was born on the island of Prince Edwards, Dec. 14, 1822; his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Cotton,
were natives of Cornwall, England. They emigrated to America in 1822 and located in Upper Canada. Our subject lived
in his native place till 1839, when he went to Trumbull county, Ohio; there he worked at the wagon and carriage
making trade for some years, then went to Akron; worked there at the same trade for two years; he then went to
Ravenna and worked one year. In July, 1843, he came to Elkhart, and in 1849 went to South Bend. While at that place
he worked at his trade, or till 1863, when he commenced working in a sash and blind factory. He followed that for
about 12 years. In 1868 he moved out into this tp., where he still resides, engaged in farming. He was married
in 1845 to Miss Rebecca Dever, by whom he had 6 children; of these, one is living: J. Willis. Mrs. C. died Sept.
30, 1876, and Mr. C. was again married Dec. 20, 1877, to Sarah A. Quigley, nee Lambert, daughter of John A. and
Mary Lambert, who were natives of Virginia. Mrs. C. was the wife of John B. Quigley, who was an exhorter in the
M. E. Church. Mr. Q. was a soldier in the late war, and while he was out he took sick and soon after died, at Harrodsburg,
Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Quigley had three children, 2 of whom are living: Margaret M. and John J. H.
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
St. Joseph County
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