Name: Katherine Cotton
Reference Number: 919
Death: ABT 1840 in Fulton Co., Illinois
Mary Helen Haines notes:
The following quotes are from Abner Hill's "Obituary"
"She was a zealous, fasting, shouting, jerking Methodist."
"My second dear wife, Kathy (Katy Cotton), resolving to renounce the name of Methodist, and from henceforth to take the name of Christian, and instead of being governed by the Methodist Discipline, to be governed by the plain word of the Inspiration and believing that the gospel taught immersion, was immersed. When she was going to be baptized she had the phthisoc, her mother being fearful that it would essentially injure her, but she was baptized and no visible injury resulted. I have often observed that where a sickly person was baptized that they did not realize any harm.
I settled and improved a small domicile and followed preaching. It was not since the earthquakes had shaken the earth and alarmed the people. Preaching and exhortation had a powerful effect. I had night meetings somewhere every night in the week. One evening the cows failed to come up to be changed before we went to meeting. Late in the night we came home and were going to drive up the cows by moonlight. I saw something like a chunky person with a white sheet around it. I thought it must be a spirit. With much alarm I went slowly 60 yards toward the object, when lo and behold it was a white steer with its hind parts toward me. Had I not gone toward it, I would surely have reported that I had seen a spirit.
I was young and did not understand language and scripture but had a strong voice and great zeal, still I made a poor out at preaching. My wife said that she was ashamed of me and if I did not quit trying to preach she was going to quit going to the meetings. This much discomforted me, but as I thought I was divinely called of God to preach, I prayed and looked to God and seemed to get the victory.
I concluded to ride the circuit. I fixed for my wife to stay with her sister Sally, the wife of my brother, Wm. Hill, and I started on a circuit with Elihu Randolph, who was then a single man."
(Abner went to Texas in 1835 to find new land to settle on, then..... )
"I went home to Tennessee, found my wife and daughter Sarah (born about 1830) well set about fixing to remove. I got ready and started in November and got out to Texas in February, 1836. There was quite a number of the Christian brethren moved to Texas and settled not very far apart. We got together and formed church. There was old Brother Joseph Matthews, one of the most honest and pious men I ever knew. His son, M. W. Matthews, who has been one of my most untiring friends, Major James Box and his friendly wife, Betsey Matthews, used to be one of the most liberal friendly women that I ever knew, Amos C. C. Bailey and his wife, Nancy Matthews, before marriage one of my old warm friends. "
"I came to Texas and attended to my land business and in the spring of 1840 went back to Illinois. I found my wife, whom I had left with her sister, Sally Hill, my brother William Hill's wife. I found my dear Katherine very sick; she seemed to get better and go well enough to go about. But she began to have the dropsy of the flesh. I tried common remedies. It did no good. I tried the steam treatment without any apparent benefit. I sent to a urine doctor; she used his medicine. The swelling increased. I then went to an old regular doctor and brought him to her; she still go worse. When the time came for her to die she was fully sensible of it. It did not seem to have any effect on her only to brighten her happy prospects in the spirit world. Her intellect seemed to improve. Her mind was brighter and stronger than I had ever witnessed it. She called up her little daughter Sarah to her bedside and said to her, I have often told you that I must die and leave you before long, and now the time has come; I am not dying. You will not have any mother to watch over you and give you good advice. I want you never to forget my love and kindness to you, my little daughter, and sa you will not have any mother to advise you I want you always to take the advice of old women, they will always advise you for your good. Then she said to her sister, Here Sally, I give Sarah to you. Our little daughter Sarah was about four years old. Her dying mother seemed calm and self-possessed, entirely free from motherly sympathy. She seemed at times delighted with songs of celestial spirits. She seemed at times to be enabled to look across the space that separated her from the glories of paradise. I had long believed the Gospel and had confidently believed its promises to the Christian. But this had the effect to strengthen my confidence in the blessings of our Heavenly Father to his faithful children in the hour of death. My wife truly seemed to fall asleep in Jesus. Oh, how comfortable is the promise of God. Revelation 14-13: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me: Right blessed are the dead which die in the Lords from henceforth, yea, saith the spirit. That they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them. I was now about 52 years old. I continued to ride around and preach in the country. We formed a Christian Church at Brother Wm. Hill's in Fulton County, where my wife died. "
On the 1812 tax list for White County Tennessee, a John Cotton with 100 acres is living in the same district as the Hills. This could possibly be the father.
There were Cottons back in Guilford Co. ( Rockingham Co. NC today), members of the same Matrimony Baptist church that the Hills were in.
Father: John Cotton
Abner Hill b: 20 AUG 1788 in Rockingham Co., NC
10 SEP 1809
in Tennessee 1
- Sarah Cotton Hill b: 1830 in Tennessee
- Author: Abner Hill
Title: "Obituary" by Abner Hill
Name: Dallas Public Library
Source Medium: Book
An autobiography written in 1871 at the age of 73. Contained within A Family History of the Hill-Meredith-Lowery families.
Text: "I remained single until September 10, 1809, when I was married to Katherine Cotton." p. 14 of the transcribed Obituary as it appears in Joe Hill's A Family History.