Biography of Joshua H. Cottingham
Miami County, Ohio Biographies

JOSHUA H. COTTINGHAM. farmer; P. O. Tippecanoe City; was born in this county Nov. 30, 1828; is a son of Joshua E. and Elizabeth (Harritt) Nottingham; he was born Oct. 23, 1792. in Maryland, and she Oct. 24, 1791, in Pennsylvania; the grandfather, William, was born Feb. 7. 1775, the ancestry being from England; the grandfather, Harriet, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The father, Joshua, came with his parents to Bourbon Co., Ky., when about 5 years of age; thence to Montgomery Co., Ohio, in the spring of 1807. On June 16, 181.4, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Harritt and located in Greene Co., where they resided till December, 1822, thence to Miami Co., and located on the farm upon which Joshua now lives; here he died Aug. 11, 1879, nearly 87 years of age; his wife, Elizabeth, is still living, in her 89th year. They were active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he for sixty two years, and she for seventy three years. They were the parents of eight children, viz., Mary Leah, William, Robert A., Abigail James, Joshua H., Elizabeth and Louisa. all living, the father's death being the first in the family. Mr. Cottingham the subject of our sketch, lived with hisfather till about 22 years of age. On Feb. 14, 1856, he was married to Elizabeth Bousman, who was born Aug. 28, 1832, and is a daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth (Jackson) Bousman; he being a native of Virginia and she of Pennsylvania. They were the parents of nine children, seven now living, viz., Mary, Catharine, Elizabeth, William, Eliza, Henry and Harriet. Mr. Cottingham and wife, by this union have two children, viz., Milton A., born Feb. 28, 1858 and Freeman O., born Oct. 25, 1860. Mr. Cottingham, after his marriage, lived on various rented farms for about seven years; then rented a farm near Tippecanoe, where they lived for sixteen years; finally removing to the old home farm, where he has 116 acres of good land. mostly in cultivation.

History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880

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