WILLIAM COTTRELL, one of the early settlers of this county, was born in Greene County, Ohio, on the 11th of November, 1808. His father was a native of Virginia and his mother of Pennsylvania. In 1818 they went to Indiana, where the subject of our sketch received his education, and where he was married, in Madison County, to Miss Ann Parsells, a native of Pennsylvania. They became the parents of nine children, of whom three are living- John, Sarah J. and Lucinda. In 1882 he had the misfortune to lose his wife and three sons by fever. He had three sons in the late war- Abraham, Isaac and William H. The two former died while in the service. In 1853 Mr. Cottrell removed with his family to Jasper County, Ill., and two years later came to this county and engaged in agriculture, which he continued for a number of years, but is now living in the city of Vinton. He is a staunch Republican in politics.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 323.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on June 16th, 2007. Copyright © 2007 The IAGenWeb Project.