Biography of Hamilton Cotton
Madison County, NY Biographies





Cotton, Hamilton, p. o. Canastota, representing one of the pioneer local families, was born at Oak Hill. Lenox. Madison county, August 2, 1821. His father and grandfather bore the same name, Willard Cotton. The grandfather was a native of Vermont, who in his early travels westward settled for a time in Chenango county, then came to New Boston and Oak Hill. He was a zealous churchman of the Universalist faith, and built a chapel for the promulgation of that doctrine near New Boston. Hamilton Cotton's boyhood was spent in the vicinity of Oak Hill, now called "Cottons" in honor of his father, who was the first postmaster there. The family were originally from England and some of his parental ancestors who settled in Boston, Mass., soon after Mayflower times, now he buried in the historic churchyard in the heart of that city. In 1846 Mr. Cotton married Mary Adams of Canastota, who died in 1884, leaving two children: Charles H. Cotton, a merchant in Syracuse, and Mary E., wife of Adolph Schansenbach. a wholesale grocer in Ogden City, Utah. Hamilton Cotton's present wife was Sarah E. Simonds, of Herkimer county.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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