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February 2013

April 2010 Harriet S. Cottrell3 was born around 1825 and married Orrin P. Andrews3 about 1850 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She died the following year giving birth to their only daughter, Candace Mandana Andrews4. Land records of Erie and Crawford counties show significant activity by the Eber Isaac Cottrell1 (1751-1833) family from Newport County, Rhode Island. Based on the concentration of this family in the area where Harriet married and died, this lineage assumes that Harriet was the daughter of one of Eber's five known sons.

The surname Cottrell reportedly is derived from the Old French coterel, a diminutive of cotier (cottages), which was used to denote someone under the feudal system who held his cottage by labour service rather than by paying rent. It came to England with William the Conqueror's Norman invasion of 1066.

Eber Isaac COTTRELL1 (1751-1833)

1. Eber Isaac Cottrell1 was born on April 13, 1751, Newport County, Rhode Island. He married Elizabeth Crandall and had at least five sons and two daughters:[Cens 1810]

11. Benjamin Cottrell (1786-1787) --  -- 
12. Eber Cottrell (Jr.) (1790) --  -- 
13. Nathaniel Cottrell (Sr.) (1793-1794) --  -- 
14. (Daughter)[Cen 1810] (1794-1800) --  -- 
15. John Cottrell (Sr.) 11 Oct 1800 27 Feb 1874 (73)
16. Peter Cottrell (1804-1805) 1900 (96)
17. (Daughter)[Cen 1810] (1800-1810) --  -- 
Harriet's Father
Because Harriet S. Cottrell3 lived and was married in Erie County in 1850, it is suspected that she may be the daughter of one of these sons. If she were born around 1825 then that would likely narrow down the possibilities to elder brothers, Benjamin and Nathaniel.

Judging from the birth places held by other researchers, the first five children were born in New York, perhaps in Argyle, Washington County, at the north end of the Hudson River Valley where they were enumerated in 1790.[Cen 1790]. After the turn of the century they moved southwest into Pennsylvania where they settled in Erie County by 1810.[Cen 1810]

Cottrell Lineage
Other researchers hold Eber's lineage as:
  • Nicholas Cottrell1 (~1622-~1680), presumably from Worcestor, England, and settler of Newport Colony and Westerly, Rhode Island
  • Nicholas Cottrell2 (~1650-1715) and Ann Peabody of Newport Colony and Westerly, Rhode Island
  • Nicholas Osburn Cottrell3 (~1685-1727) and Dorothy Pendleton of Stonington, New London County, Connecticutt
  • Nicholas Cottrell4 (~1717-1770) and Rebecca Randall of Stonington

Eber Isaac Cottrell died on July 31, 1833, in Union City, Erie County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 82. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Union City.

Elizabeth (Crandall) Cottrell died nine years later on October 11, 1842, in Erie County. She was also 82 years old and buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sources
  • Cen 1790: 1790 Census, Argyle, Washington County, New York
  • Cen 1810: 1810 Census, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1820: 1820 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania

Benjamin COTTRELL1 (~1787-1857)

11. Benjamin Cottrell was born around 1786 or 1787 in New York, perhaps in Washington County at the north end of the Hudson River Valley. As a teenager he and his family moved across New York to Erie County, Pennsylvania, by 1810. In 1812 he married Tamazine Bunting, a native of Bucks County, in eastern Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. They had as many as eight children, likely all born in Erie County, Pennsylvania:

111. Septama Sophronia Cottrell 25 Jul 1817 22 Apr 1895 (77)
112. Elizabeth Cottrell (1818-1819) (< 1870) (< 51)
113. Martha Marinda Cottrell (1821-1822) --  -- 
114. Sarah Cottrell (1825) --  -- 
115. Susan Jane Cottrell (1827-1831) 7 Feb 1890 (65)
116. David Hardy Cottrell 5 Aug 1832 7 Dec 1909 (77)
117. Timothy S. Cottrell 12 Jul 1833 14 Feb 1908 (74)
118. Stephen Cottrell Dec 1836 17 Jun 1906 (69)
Bunting Roots
Tamazine (or Tamazon) was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, about 1791 to Samuel & Septama (Cowgill) Bunting

The family is identified in Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, as early as 1830.[Cen 1830] Benjamin was granted a patent in lot "AA" of Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on August 15, 1832.[Deed 1839,1841] He sold a 70-acre portion of that land (perhaps the western six of the original lot) for $275 to James Blair (perhaps a relative of son-in-law Archibald Blair (Elizabeth's husband), who lived in an adjacent lot to the west) on July 22, 1839.[Deed 1839]

Lot "AA"
An 1876 map of Le Boeuf Township shows lot "aa" about 3 miles east of Mill Village straddling present-day Grand Army of the Republic Highway (Route 6). Based on the map, I've estimated the original lot to be about 412 acres.

Benjamin sold a second portion of lot "AA," 86.5 acres (perhaps another fifth of the original lot), to Seth Shepherdson for $600 on August 9, 1841, but the family remained in Le Boeuf Township through at least 1850.[Deed 1841,Cen 1850]

Benjamin Cottrell died in September 1857 in Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was about 71 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Deed 1839: 22 Jul 1839, Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, recorded 25 May 1842
  • Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Deed 1841: 9 Aug 1841, Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, recorded 1 Nov 1841
  • Cen 1850: 17 Sep 1850 Census, Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania

Nathaniel COTTRELL (Sr.) (~1794)

13. Nathaniel Cottrell (Sr.) was born in 1793 or 1794 in New York, perhaps in Washington County at the north end of the Hudson River Valley. As a boy he and his family moved across New York to Erie County, Pennsylvania, by 1810, where he married Elizabeth Coyle on April 12, 1817. They had as many as eight children:

131. Amy Desire Cottrell 1818 --  -- 
132. Rosetta A. Cottrell Feb (1827-1829) --  -- 
133. Sylvanus Cottrell (1830-1831) --  -- 
134. Benjamin W. Cottrell (1831-1832) --  -- 
135. M. Cottrell (1836-1837) --  -- 
136. Cynthia Cottrell (1838-1839) 20 Jul 1920 (82)
137. Nathaniel Ichabod Cottrell (Jr.) (1840-1841) --  -- 
138. Harvey Hampton Cottrell (1843-1844) --  -- 
Harriet's Father?
Of all the Cottrell men in Erie County, Nathaniel so far is the only one known to be connected to Amity Township where Harriet's Andrews in-laws lived in 1850; however, that connection doesn't come until 1860.

The family probably started in Waterford Township where Nathaniel's father and two younger brothers lived.[Cen 1830] Later they moved northwest toward Lake Erie and just west of the city of Erie by 1850.[Cen 1850], but in 1860 Nathaniel acquired land from Benjamin HINKSON in Amity Township, east near the New York state line, and moved there.[Deed Index,Cen 1860]

Nathaniel and Elizabeth later deeded property in Amity Township to their son Benjamin on April 11, 1862, and a second plot to Jacob Gilbert on March 19, 1867.[Deed Index]

In their later years, the Cottrells lived with their daughter Rosetta (Cottrell Burt) Wilson in Union Mills (Union City), Union Township, Erie County.[Cen 1870]

Sources
  • Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1850: 19 Nov 1850 Census, Fairview Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1860: 5 Jul 1860 Census, Wattsburg Post Office, Amity Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1870: 23 Jun 1870 Census, Union Mills Post Office, Union Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Deed Index: Grantor and Grantee Indexes, 1823-1919, Erie County, Pennsylvania

John COTTRELL (Sr.) (1800-1874)

15. John Cottrell (Sr.) was born on October 11, 1800, in New York. As a boy he and his family moved across New York to Pennsylvania and settled in Erie County by 1810. He is reported to have first married Mary Pratt and may have had a son and two daughters by 1830.[Cen 1830] He later remarried to Mary Ann Preston on October 17, 1832. They had as many as 12 more children:

15D. Juliet Cottrell (1832-1833) --  -- 
15E. Philip E. Cottrell (1833-1834) --  -- 
15F. John Esaw (W.) Cottrell (Jr.) (1836-1837) (1888-1889) (52)
15G. Eber Isaac Cottrell (1838-1839) 1924 (86)
15H. Esther Cottrell (1839-1840) --  -- 
15I. Malinda Cottrell (1841-1842) --  -- 
15J. Emeline Cottrell (1843-1844) --  -- 
15K. Franklin Cottrell Mar 1844 --  -- 
15L. Thomas Jefferson Cottrell 12 Jun 1848 28 Jan 1920 (71)
15M. Ellen Cottrell Jan 1850 --  -- 
15N. Lucinda Cottrell Jul 1853 --  -- 
15O. Horace Greeley Cottrell 12 Mar 1854 16 Jan 1934 (79)

The family appears to have started in Waterford Township as early as 1828 where John's father and two brothers settled by 1830.[Cen 1830] John and Mary (first wife) deeded land in Waterford Township to John Kendall on January 28, 1828.[Deed Index]

Waterford Township

A 1876 map of Erie County shows that "P.", "[E].I." and "H.G." Cottrell owned contiguous lots along Waterford Road, east of Waterford and west of French Creek, in the southeast corner of Waterford Township. An earlier 1855 map shows "J. Hare 2nd" and "J.C.W. Cottrell" in the same area. "J. Preston" and two "Middleton" lots are noted to the north.

These lots lie nearly 3 miles due north of the lot that brother Benjamin patented in Le Boeuf Township in 1832.

John acquired land in Waterford Township from his younger brother Peter Cottrell on May 6, 1853, as his brother apparently moved to Bloomfield Township in neighboring Crawford County.[Deed Index] John and his family remained in Waterford Township through at least 1870,[Cen 1860,1870] but sold at least three parcels over the years:[Deed Index]

Finally, as John entered his last days, he and Mary deeded property in Waterford Township to his son Eber on February 5, 1874.[Deed Index]

John Cottrell (Sr.) died on February 27, 1874, in Erie County, likely in Waterford Township, at the age of 73. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Union City, Erie County.

A month after John's death, Mary deeded Waterford Township property to Eli R. Ormsbe on March 26, 1874. She lived with her son Horace, his wife Carrie, and her son John in Waterford Township by 1880[Cen 1880] and the following year she deeded another Waterford Township parcel to Ormsbe on September 17, 1881.[Deed Index]

Mary Ann appears to have leased land from her son Horace in Concord Township, in the southeast corner of Erie County, on December 14, 1888.[Deed Index]

Mary Ann (Preston) Cottrell died 25 years after her husband in 1899, on either September 18 or November 7, in Erie County. She was about 88 years old. She is also buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sources
  • Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1850: 30 Jul 1850 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1860: 31 Jul 1850 Census, Waterford Post Office, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1870: 22 Aug 1870 Census, Waterford Post Office, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1880: 21-22 Jun 1880 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Deed Index: Grantor and Grantee Indexes, 1823-1919, Erie County, Pennsylvania

Peter COTTRELL (~1805-1900)

16. Peter Cottrell was born in 1804 or 1805 in Pennsylvania, likely in Erie County. He married Hannah and had at least five children:

161. Charles C. Cottrell Oct 1832 --  -- 
162. Elizabeth M. Cottrell (1833) --  -- 
163. Mary Z. Cottrell (1834-1835) --  -- 
164. Ellen Hulda Cottrell 25 Mar 1850 20 Mar 1908 (57)
165. Thankful Mendana "Minnie" Cottrell Oct 1856 9 Nov 1920 (64)
Waterford Township

A 1876 map of Erie County shows that "P.", "[E].I." and "H.G." Cottrell owned contiguous lots along Waterford Road, east of Waterford and west of French Creek, in the southeast corner of Waterford Township. An earlier 1855 map shows "J. Hare 2nd" and "J.C.W. Cottrell" in the same area. "J. Preston" and two "Middleton" lots are noted to the north.

These lots lie nearly 3 miles due north of the lot that brother Benjamin patented in Le Boeuf Township in 1832.

The family appears to have started in Waterford Township where Peter's father and two elder brothers settled by 1830.[Cen 1830] They stayed in Waterford Township into the 1850s[Cen 1840,1850] when Peter and Hannah sold of numerous parcels in Waterford Township between 1852 and 1854:[Deed Index]

They may have moved southeast to Bloomfield Township in neighboring Crawford County where Peter later deeded properity to Juliett Warner in 1858, and to his son Charles Cottrell in 1861.

A year later Hannah acquired property in Le Boeuf Township, Erie County, from Hiram Drake on February 2, 1862. Another year later, Peter and Hannah (specifically Hannah's "estate") deeded property in Le Boeuf Township to Henry Robbins on September 11, 1863.[Deed Index]

After Hannah's death, Peter lived with his youngest daughter "Minnie" (Thankful) and her family in Bloomfield Township.[Cen 1880]

Peter Cottrell died in 1900 at about the age of 96.

Sources
  • Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1850: 30 Jul 1850 Census, Waterford Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Cen 1880: 17 Jun 1880 Census, Bloomfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  • Deed Index: Grantor and Grantee Indexes, 1823-1919, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • Deed Index: Direct and Indirect Indexes, 1800-1925, Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Harriet S. COTTRELL3 (~1825-1850)

1xx. Harriet S. Cottrell3 was born around 1825. She married Orrin P. Andrews3 about 1850 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She died giving birth to their only daughter in November of 1850 or 1851. She was only in her mid-20s:

1xx1. Candace Mandana Andrews4 9 Nov (1850-1851) 1 Jun 1912 (61)

Orrin went on to remarry and baby Candace was raised by her Andrews grandparents.