Seth Cotten

Seth Cotten

Male 1750 - 1815  (64 years)

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  • Name Seth Cotten 
    Born 1 Nov 1750  Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died by 13 Jan 1815  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0081  avefamily
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2012 

    Father Richard Cotten,   b. 1730 
    Mother Elizabeth Weaver,   b. ABT. 1731 
    Married UNKNOWN  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebekah Avent,   b. ABT. 1753, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1814, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married ca. 1769  Northampton Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Cotten,   b. 6 Nov 1769
     2. John Cotten,   b. 22 Oct 1772
    +3. Gabriel Cotten,   b. BET. 1771 - 1775,   d. Abt 1828, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     4. Richard Cotten,   b. BET. 1772 - 1787
     5. Elizabeth Cotten,   b. BET. 1773 - 1788
     6. Sally Cotten,   b. BET. 1774 - 1789
     7. Mary Polly Cotten,   b. BET. 1775 - 1790
    +8. Avent Cotten,   b. 1793,   d. 1866, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     9. Rebekah Cotten,   b. 1796
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2006 
    Family ID F027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Nov 1750 - Sussex Co., VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - ca. 1769 - Northampton Co., VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - by 13 Jan 1815 - Chatham Co., NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Likely a revolutionary war soldier. The webmaster recently ran across a Rev War pension app from a William Yarborough, of Chatham Co., NC. In it, he describes enlisting in Dec. of 1780, and actually joining up with the army just after the battle of the Cowpens. He then describes taking part in the fighting at Cowan's Ford, NC, and being separated from his unit. He says that the only soldier from his regiment he saw after the fighting was Seth Cotten, and he and Cotten went back to Chatham Co. to await further orders. He also says that Seth's son, Avent Cotten, could corroborate his (Yarborough's) service. I can't find Seth Cotten's name in any official records to substantiate this, though.

      Yarborough served in Capt. Etheldred Jones' Regiment from Wake Co., NC:

      Orange County 1st Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Thomas Farmer and Maj. William Mattal, with seven (7) known companies, led by:
      - Capt. John Cummings
      - Capt. Gresham Davis
      - Capt. James Haven
      - Capt. Samuel Johnston
      - Capt. Etheldred Jones (Wake County)
      - Capt. Francis Jones (Wake County)
      - Capt. William Ray
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      birthdate from Albemarle Parish Register, Sussex Co., VA.

      from Garland Avent in Avant SCF:

      Seth Cotten, witness to Edgecombe Co., NC, deed dated 5 Sept 1777, married Rebecca Avent, daughter of William Avent. Seth Cotten later moved to Chatham Co., NC, and settled on land adjoining Rebecca's sister Sarah Avent Ragland, wife of William Ragland...

      Seth Cotton was still in Northampton Co. as of 15 August 1775 when he, with William Avent, witnessed a deed from Thomas Avent of Edgecombe Co. to Henry Mason of Northampton Co. of 200 acres which had fallen to him under the will of William Avent, his father [also father of Rebecca [Avent]Cotten].

      Moved to Chatham Co., NC by 6 Feb. 1778 when Seth Cotten bought for 100 lbs, 20 acres on the south side of Cape Fear River from Richard Worthen [Chatham Co., Deeds B: 118, recorded Feb. 1778] and they remained there until their deaths. On 4 January 1812, Seth Cotten gave to his son, William Cotten 50 acres on the west side of Buckhorn Creek [Chatham Co., Deeds S:185, ackn. and rec. Feb 1812]; he made similar gifts to his sons, Gabriel and Avent Cotten before he died. William Cotten had already bought 60 acres on Buckhorn Creek on 24 January 1805 from Adam Flick for $75. ackn by Gabriel Cotten as a witness and recorded Feb. 1821. It is possible that only the first two children of Seth Cotton were baptized at Albemarle Parish because he had become a Methodist; a history of the county says that the Buckhorn church was built on his land [Wade H. Hadley et al, Chatham County 1771-1971 (2nd edition, Charlotte, NC, 1976,) p. 245].

      His will named as executors Parish Cross, and his son, William Cotten; after the death of his wife Rebekah the property was to be divided among his eight children, including his son, William.


      Seth Cotton born 1 November 1750, son of Richard and Betty Cotton , and baptized 20 January 1750/1, Albemarle Parish register [p. 119]. Nathaniel Cotton [his paternal uncle] and Mary Weaver were among the godparents. Moved to Chatham Co., NC by 6 Feb. 1778 when Seth Cotten bought for 100 lbs, 20 acres on the south side of Cape Fear River from Richard Worthen [Chatham Co., Deeds B: 118, recorded Feb. 1778] and they remained t here until their deaths.

      On 4 January 1812, Seth Cotten gave to his son, William Cotten 50 acres on the west side of Buckhorn Creek [Chatham Co., Deeds S:185, ackn. and rec. Feb 1812]; he made similar gifts to his sons , Gabriel and Avent Cotten before he died. William Cotten had already bought 60 acres on Buckhorn Creek on 24 January 1805 from Adam Flick for $75. ackn by Gabriel Cotten as a witness and recorded Feb. 1821.

      It is possible that only the first two children of Seth Cotton were baptized at Albemarle Parish because he had become a Methodist; a history of the county says that the Buckhorn church was built on his land [Wade H. Hadley et al, Chatham County 1771-1971 (2nd edition, Charlotte, NC, 1976,) p. 245] . His will named as executors Parish Cross, and his son, William Cotten; after the death of his wife Rebekah the property was to be divided among his eight children, including his son, William.

      EVENT: Estate Settlement: 2 Jun 1815, At the estate sale of Seth Cotten William Cotten bought two Negroes , Creacy (female) and Edmond, from his father's estate, Estate was distributed and closed April 10, 1819 [FHL #1728874, from NC Dept
      CHRISTENING: 20 Jan 1750
      EVENT: God Parents: 20 Jan 1750, Jas. Tomlinson, Nat'l. Cotton, Mary Weaver

      from the web: GPS: James Tomlinson, Nathaniel Cotten, Mary Weaver 1778 bought land on the South side of Cape Fear River near Fall
      Creek. 1792-sale from Seth to John Rollings--Chatham Co. 1815 on the NC Tax List-1 male 16-50.

      his will: 1-13-1815 CHATHAM COUNT Y, NORTH CAROLI NA, RECORD OF WILLS Cotton, Seth- pg. (266, 267)
      In the name of God amen. I Seth Cotton, of Chatham County and State of North Carolina being in a very low state of health but of perfect mind and memory, blessed be God do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows, (to wit)
      First, I lend unto my loving wife Rebekah her life nine negroes by the names of Siler, Juda, Jenny, Cresy, Orange, Edward, Dilsy, Silffe and Lucy, they and their increase, also I lend unto my wife all the household and kitchen furniture except one bed and furniture which I do give and bequeathe unto my son Avent Cotton. I lend unto my wife her life and all my stock of every kind and all the plantation tools of every kind.
      Item: I give unto my four daughters, Betsy, Sally, Rebekah and Polly after the death of my wife twenty five dollars to each of them, to be raised out of my estate and after the death of my wife.
      I do give and bequeath unto my children namely William, Gabriel, Richard, Avent, Betsey, Sally, Rebekah and Polly, nine negroes that is to say, Ceales, Judas , Jenny, Crisey, Orange, Dilsey, Edmond, Silffe and Lucy, they and their increase to be equally divided, also all my estate that shall remain after the legacies given.
      This I do make my last will and testement making all other wills of no effect and do by these presents make void all former wills. Given under my hand and seal the 13th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. I do make and ordain Parish Cross and William Co tton my executors to this my last will and testament. Signed sealed and a cknowledge in the presences of us Parish Cross her Rhonda x Hicks Seth Cotton Seal mark proved May ---- -- 1815 by Rhonda Hicks

      Richard Cotton of Sussex County, Va. bought for 58 105 acres in Northampton Co., N.C. abutting the land of Thomas Avent and others on 4 January 1768 [Northampton Co. Deeds 4.107, ackn. and rec. March 1768]. On 11 February 1771 Richard Cotton and wife Betty (X) of Sussex County sold this land for 60 lbs. to Samuel Lockhart of Northampton County, Seth Cotton being a witness [id. 5.105, ackn. and rec. September 1771]. This is of interest because it places the family of Richard Cotton as near neighbors of the Avent family in Northampton County just over the line from Sussex County, Virginia.

      While marriage bonds are lacking for Northampton County prior to 1811, this propinquity and that fact that Seth Cotton named a son Avent are sufficient evidence that the marriage of Seth Cotton to Rebecca Avent took place, probably early in 1769.

      Seth Cotton was still in Northampton County as of 15 August 1775 when he, with William Avent, witnessed a deed from Thomas Avent of Edgecombe County to Henry Mason of Northampton County of 200 acres which had fallen to him under the will of William Avent his father [also father of Rebecca (Avent) Cotton - id. 6:255, ackn. and rec. December 1778].

      That Seth Cotton had been born 1 November 1750, son of Richard and Betty Cotton, and baptized 20 January 1750/1, is shown by the Albemarle Parish register [p. 119]; Nathaniel Cotton [his paternal uncle] and Mary Weaver were among the godparents.We do not have a record of the death of Elizabeth (Weaver?) Cotton; she is not named in her husband's will and thus will have predeceased him. She must at least have been alive in February 1771; again, that a son of Richard and Elizabeth was named Weaver is evidence that this was her surname.

      The will of Richard Cotton of Sussex County and Albemarle Parish, dated 24 May 1786 and proved 7 January 1790 [Sussex Co. Wills E:1], left to his son Seth Cotton a Negro woman named Tab, 530 and a feather bed and blanket; we shall see that by this time Seth had removed to Chatham County, North Carolina."
      ref.: Notes from Dr. Thompson, for Hikaru Kitabayashi descendant of Walter Cotton