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Capt. Joseph Cotton
Male 1746 - 1825


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  • Prefix  Capt. 
    Birth  7 Mar 1746  St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and place from Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
    Christened  29 Mar 1746  St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Christened at Saint Peter, Saint Albans. Date and place from LDS IGI Individual Record for Joseph Cotton, son of Nat. Cotton.
    Gender  Male 
    Military Service  1760  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Royal Navy (passed examination for lieutenant) 
    • From Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
    Occupation  Abt 1760-1769 
    Marine Service, East India Company (first appointed as fourth mate, later captain) 
    • Made two voyages in command of the East Indiaman "Queen Charlotte", acquired a fortune, and retired to Essex. From Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
    Inherited  20 Aug 1788 
    20 pounds, from the will of father Nathaniel Cotton dated 5 Dec 1778 
    • The will indicated the 20 pounds was only a mark of love, Joseph Cotton having already received his "fortune" from his father, at his request. Named with his brother Nathaniel and half-brother John as a co-executor of his father's will.
    Appointed  1788-1808  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elder Brother in Trinity House, company responsible for navigation of River Thames 
    • From Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 1, p. 284 (ancestry.com).
    Honors  1814  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Introduction of rhea, or China grass, fibre to England with silver medal from Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufactures 
    • From Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
    Organizations  Fellow of the Royal Society 
    Occupation  1795-1823  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Director, East India Company 
    • Also served as a Director of the East India Docks Company, and was chairman in 1803. From Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
    Will  3 Apr 1823 
    PRO Cat. Ref. PROB 11/1695 
    Will  28 May 1823 
    Codicil: PRO Cat. Ref. PROB 11/1695 
    Will  19 Jun 1823 
    Codicil: PRO Cat. Ref. PROB 11/1695 
    Died  26 Jan 1825  Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and place from Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
      Death notice in The Times, Friday, 28 January 1825, p. 4, reads: On Wednesday, the 26th instant, at Leyton, in Essex, Joseph Cotton, Esq., Deputy Master of the Trinity House, in his 79th year.
      Death notice in The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany, [no date], reads: 26. At Leyton, in Essex, Joseph Cotton, Esq., deputy master of the Trinity House.
      Death notice in The Gentleman's Magazine, February 1825, p. 189, reads: ESSEX.---Jan. 26. At Leyton, aged 78, Joseph Cotton, esq. Deputy Master of the Trinity House.
    Will proved  18 Feb 1825 
    PRO Cat. Ref. PROB 11/1695 
    • Will of Joseph Cotton of Low Leyton, Essex.
    _UID  1AFF32A1F9CE4D1EB256605CCDC0224DDE0B 
    Buried  Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried in a vault in the churchyard of the parish church at Leyton. Place from Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1232 (ancestry.com).
    Notes 
    • Second surviving son of Dr. Nathaniel Cotton. From Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
      Fourth surviving son of Dr. Nathaniel Cotton. From Indian & Home Memories, by Henry Cotton, publ. 1811 (T.F. Unwin), p. 14.
      Portraits of him and his wife were painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence and engraved in mezzotint by C. Turner. Also, a marble bust of him by Chantrey was preserved at the Trinity House. From Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 4, p. 1231 (ancestry.com).
      Named as co-executor of the will of his brother Rev. Nathanel Cotton, from will dated 21 Jul 1813.
    Person ID  I8070  Halhed Genealogy
    Last Modified  29 Dec 2010 

    Father  Dr. Nathaniel Cotton,   b. 1705, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1788, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anne Pembroke,   bur. 14 Apr 1749, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1738 
    Family ID  F3084  Group Sheet

    Family  Sarah Harrison,   b. 15 Aug 1751, Upminster, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1818, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Jan 1779  London (Holborn), Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Year 1779 from "Penelope Cotton (Lyne) 1834-1900 and Family" at http://www.justd.com/lyne/.
      Married at St. Sepulchre, London. Date and place from LDS IGI Individual Record for Sarah Harrison, marriage to Joseph Cotton.
      Sarah Harrison was the daughter of Joseph Cotton's neighbour and friend, by his wife Charlotte Branfill. From William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer, by William Edward Oswell and David Livingstone, publ. 1900 (Doubleday), p. 2.
      Marriage record at London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 (ancestry.com) for St. Sepulchre Holborn gives: Page 116 (The Year 1779) / No. 362 Joseph Cotton of the Parish of St Martin Ironmonger Lane London Batchelor and Sarah Harrison of this Parish Spinster were Married in this Church by Licence this twenty eighth Day of January in the Year One Thousand seven Hundred and seventy nine By me Nathl Cotton, Rector of Thornby. / This Marriage was solemnized between us Joseph Cotton, Sarah Harrison In the Presence of John Harrison, Charlotte Harrison, Phebe Cotton.
    Children 
     1. Joseph Cotton,   b. 1 Nov 1780, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1828
     2. John Cotton,   b. 11 Oct 1783, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1860, London (Hyde Park), Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah Cotton,   b. 29 Dec 1784,   d. 1 Dec 1816, London (Whitechapel), Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William Cotton, Q.C., J.P., D.L.,   b. 12 Sep 1786, London (London), Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1866, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Phoebe Cotton,   b. 22 Oct 1787, Woodford, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1854, Brompton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Amelia Cotton,   b. 15 Jan 1789,   d. 7 Jan 1848, Torquay, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Charlotte Cotton,   b. 1 Jul 1790, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1840, Thornby, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary Cotton,   c. 6 Mar 1792, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Jun 1854, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Benjamin Cotton,   b. Abt 1794, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1874, Chigwell, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Louisa Decima Cotton,   c. 3 Oct 1795, Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1847, London (St. Pancras), Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Dec 2010 
    Family ID  F2966  Group Sheet