Biography of Charles C. Cottrell
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Cottrell, Charles C., was born in Hoosick, July 5, 1827. He was a son of Nathaniel and Emma (Booth) Cottrell, he born in Rhode Island and she in Pittstown, N. Y. His grandfather was Samuel Cottrell, one of the pioneers of Hoosick, coming with an ox team from Rhode Island. He died in Hoosick January 7, 1813. His wife, Huldah (Southwick) was born in 1765 and died in Hoosick January 7, 1833. On the maternal side his grandfather was Samuel Booth, who for about thirty years was a schoolmaster in Pittstown and was known as Master Booth; his wife was Rebecca Gurney; he served in the Revolutionary war and for six months was a prisoner in the old Sugar House in New York, and so starved his parents did not recognize him. He died August 15, 1837, aged seventy six, and his wife in 1836, at the same age. The father of Mr. Cottrell was a farmer and carpenter. He was commissioner of highways of the town of Hoosick for many years, and was one of the builders of the old fashioned bridges; he removed to White Creek in 1835 and was assessor several terms; he died June 25, 1873, aged eighty years. His wife died April 25, 1845, aged forty five years. Charles C. Cottrell was reared on a farm and educated in Hoosick and White Creek and at Ball Seminary. He has always followed farming and lived in White Creek from the time he was eight years old until 1883, when he came to Pittstown and bought the farm known as the Francis Ingraham place. He is the man who preserved the Delaine Merino fattening breed of sheep, which was originated by G. C. and E. C. Olin of White Creek. He has been a breeder of sheep for forty eight years. Mr. Cottrell was for two years (1872, 1879) supervisor and one year town clerk of White Creek. October 13, 1852, he was married to Eunice F. Fisher, a native of White Creek and daughter of David and Juliet (Perry) Fisher, both of whom were born and died in White Creek. To Mr. and Mrs. Cottrell were born six children: H. Edgar, born August 23, 1853, died November 10, 1893; David F., born September 25, 1855, and died February 6, 1858; Agnes L., born August 27, 1858, died November 11, 1893; Evvie J., born September 19, 1862, and died September 17, 1866; Clarence, born December 17, 1864, died September 20, 1866; Nathaniel, born June 7, 1868. The latter was educated in the common schools and Troy Business College, and is a farmer and has charge of his father's farm. December 27, 1894, he was married to Ruth J. Eldred, born in Hoosick, daughter of Francis and Eunice (Buison) Eldred of Hoosick and Grafton. They have one son, Walter E., born November 7, 1895. Mr. Cottrell owns 175 acres in Pittstown; also two farms in White Creek, one of 200 and the other of 145 acres. These farms are stocked with over 200 head of Delaine Merino fattening sheep, each of which are owned by the occupants thereof, to wit: Son, Nathaniel Cottrell, 2nd, Post office, Johnsonville, N. Y.; daughter-in-law, Lucina E. Cottrell, Post office, Eagle Bridge, N. Y.; son-in-law, Henry R. Perry, Post office, Eagle Bridge, N. Y. There are other flocks in the vicinity of Eagle Bridge. They had a good California sale but adverse legislation has spoiled it. These sheep compete well with any brought to the fair.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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