91st PA--Charles T Cotton

91st PA--Charles T Cotton


Charles T Cotton was the "examining clerk" for early pension applications from dependents of men who served in the 91st.

He was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. He was born in 1825/26, probably to Samuel Cotton.

In 1850, he was living in Natchez, and was a teacher.

He left Natchez in 1851, travelling through New Orleans and Havana to New York City, and then to relatives in New Hampshire.

He reached St Paul, Minnesota Territory, by the summer of 1855. In 1860, he was living in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. He was a lawyer, and owned $3,000 in real estate and $1,000 in personal property.

He moved to Washington DC, and was a clerk in the Pension Bureau starting in 1863.

On 20 February 1866, he married Ella R Stewart, in Washington DC.

In 1870, he was living in ward 7, District of Columbia. He was a clerk in the Pension Office, and owned $400 in personal property. He was living with his wife Ella R and children Estelle and Samuel.

In 1871, he was living at 452 M Street SW, Washington DC.

On 15 March 1877, Charles T Cotton died in Washington DC. On 17 March 1877, he was buried, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington DC.

In 1880, his widow, E R Cotton, was living at 461 Missouri Avenue, DC. She was living with MR and Ada G Stewart (perhaps her father and sister?), and with her children Stella, Samuel, and Lottie.

untranscribed sources

abstract of District of Columbia marriages 1811-1950, Charles T Cotton
Charles T Cotton married Ella R Stewart on 20 February 1866, in District of Columbia
Columbia archives (accessed 26 October 2013)
Cotton was born in Natchez Mississippi
left Natchez in 1851, travelling through New Orleans and Havana to New York City, and then to New Hampshire
he was a law clerk in St Paul, Minnesota Territory, by the summer of 1855
he visited Natchez, and Memphis, Tennessee in 1859
he moved to Washington DC and was a clerk in the Pension Bureau starting in 1863
Columbia University has 15 pocket diaries covering 1850 to 1877
Find a grave, memorial 56971531, created by SLGMSD, added 12 August 2010, accessed 26 October 2013
Charles T Cotton, born 1825, died Mar 1877, buried 17 March 1877, in Oak Hill Cemetery, DC
[no other Cotton's are in Find a grave as buried in that cemetery (accessed 26 October 2013)]
abstract of death record, available on FamilySearch
Charles Cotton, died 15 March 1877 DC, age 52

freedman's bank records

[US Freedman's Bank records, 1865-1874]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, image 672 of 841, 26 October 2013]

No. 8014 RECORD for Chas T. Cotton
Date, Aug 1. 1871
Where born, Natchez, Miss.
Where brought up, " "
Residence, 452. M. St S.W. Washington D.C.
Age, - Complexion, -
OCcupation, Pension Office.
Works for [blank]
Wife Ella R.
Children, -
Father, [blank]
Mother, [blank]
Brothers and Sisters, [blank]
REMARKS: [blank]
Signature, Chas. T Cotton

1850 census

[1850 US census, Mississippi, Adams County, City of Natchez (North), microfilm series M432, film 368, pages 25 verso = 50 [?] handwritten to 26 recto = 51 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
Dwellings visited131     131  
Families visited128     128  
NameSaml CottonChas "Jas B "Dolly P "N. H. MerrillC. "Chas W MerrillS. C Margaret Thornton
Occupation of males over 15 yearsMerchantTeacherGold Digger     Teacher
Real estate owned         
Married within year         
Attended school within year      11 
Over 20 & can't read/write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1860 census

[1860 US census, Minnesota, Ramsey, St Paul, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 573, page 95 handwritten = 41 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not transcribe the other people at this boarding house, headed by Amanda Babcock]
Dwelling number[365]
Family number[321 ]
NameChas T Cotton
Value of real estate owned3000
Value of personal estate1000
Place of birthMississippi
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Cannot read & write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1870 census

[1870 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, ward 7, microfilm series M593, film 126, pages 491 recto = 427 handwritten to 491 verso = 428 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
Dwelling-house number3236   
Family number3439   
NameCotton Chas T- Ella RCotton Estelle- Saml
OccupationClk Pen OfKeeping H  
Real estate value    
Personal estate value400   
Father foreign born    
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year    
Can't read    
Can't write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Washington District of Columbia, microfilm series T9, film 123, page 366 = 24 D handwritten (FamilySearch)]
street nameMissouri Ave
house number461     
dwelling visit #144     
family visit #269     
nameStewart M. R.- Ada G.Cotton E. R.- Stella- Samuel- Lottie A.
month born if born in year      
relationship daughterBoarder [sic]BoarderBoarderBoarder
single 1 111
widowed/divorced1 1   
married during year      
occupationKeeps houseAt home Attends schoolAttends schoolAttends school
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
school this year   111
can't read      
can't write    1 
father's birthplaceMd.Md.Md.Md.Md.Md.
mother's birthplaceMd.Md.Md.Md.Md.Md.

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