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My Cotton ancestors

The following Cotton ancestry is summarized from the books "Abell Family in America" and "Kin of Mellcine Thurman Smith".

01. Sir Hugh de Coton was Born in the early 1200's.  He married Elizabeth de Tittenlegh, daughter of Hamon.  

02. Alan De Coton, son of Hugh was born in the mid 1200's.  He married Margaret De Acton.

03. Hugh De Coton, son of Alan was born in the late 1200's.  He married Isabel De Heyton.

04. Hugh De Coton, son of Hugh was born abt 1310. 

05. Richard De Coton, son of Hugh was born abt 1336 in Coton, Shropshire, England.  

06. Roger De Coton, son of Richard was born abt 1360 in Coton, Shropshire, England.  He married Ellen Grymelond.

07. William De Coton, son of Roger and Ellen was born abt 1400 in Coton, Shropshire, England.  He married unk. Hulse.

08. William De Coton, son of William was born abt 1432 in Coton, Shropshire, England.  He married Agnes Yonge, daughter of Philip abt 1460.

09. John Cotton, son of William and Agnes was born abt 1465 in Cotton, Salop, England.  He married Cicely Mainwaring, daughter of Thomas Mainwaring and Jane Sutton.

10. Sir George Cotton, son of John and Cicely was born abt 1505 in Combermere, Cheshire, England.  He was granted Combermere by King Henry VIII. He married before 11 Nov. 1537, Mary Onley, daughter of John Onley.   The Cottons of Combermere rose to great heights in the reign of Henry VIII, and this was due in a measure to the alliances with these other families by marriage. George Cotton was knighted by Henry VIII and was the grantee of Combermere.  Sir George Cotton, Knight, and Esquire of the Body to Henry VIII, and knighted by him, grantee of Combermere in 32 year of Henry VIII, including the monastery, with its church, bell tower, Lake of Combermere and the cemetery, all by the King's letters patent. In this grant were lands called Dodcote in County Salop, Cliffe and Hales in Drayton, Erdlet Grange in Staffordshire, Wincell Grange in County Cheshire and Cotes Grange in Derbyshire.

11. Richard
Cotton, son of George Cotton and Mary was born abt 1539 in Stoke, Warwick, England.  He first married Jane Seyliard which is often mistaken as the mother of Frances Cotton.  He married second Mary Mainwaring, daughter of Sir Arthur Mainwaring and Margaret on January 6, 1559 in Combermere.  Richard died on June 14, 1602 in Stoke, Warwick, England.

12. Frances Cotton, daughter of Richard Cotton and Mary was born abt. 1573.  She married George Abell on May 01, 1599 in Wrenbury, Cheshire, England.  George is the son of Robert Abell.  Frances is mentioned in the will of George Abell as daughter of Richard Cotton (See Boston Transcript, Dec. 11 1936 signed H.A.A.R)  Frances was living in 1630 and probably died before April 13, 1646.  I descend from Frances and George's son Robert Abell.


Surnames that married into my Cotton family


Cotton Royalty

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Frances Cotton (1573-1646) can be traced back to Edward I.  This line is documented in my royalty section.




"The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants", by Gary Boyd Roberts, NEHGS,1993, pp 226 shows the ancestry of Frances Cotton to King Edward I "Longshanks".


"Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" by Carl Boyer, 3rd (2001) 344p - Covers Frances Cotton's ancestors in great detail.


"The Abell Family in America" documents Frances Cotton's ancestry to King Edward I.


My Descent From The Cotton Line

Generation Father Mother
19 Roger De Coton (c1368-) Ellen Grymelond (c1373-)
18 William De Coton (c1400-) Unknown Hulse (c1405-)
17 William De Coton (c1432-)  Agnes Yonge (c1437-)
16 John Cotton (c1465-)  Cicely Mainwaring (c1470-)
15 Sir George Cotton (c1505-1545)  Mary Onley (1517-1560)
14 Richard Cotton (c1539-1602) Mary Mainwaring (1541-)
13 George Abell (1561-1631) Frances Cotton (1565-1630)
12 Robert Abell (1589) Joanna (1610-1671)
11 Caleb Abell (1646-1731) Margaret Post (1653-1700)
10 Zachariah Loomis (1681-1751) Joanna Abell (1682-1759)
9 Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800) Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

This page was last updated on  06/29/17

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