Biographical Sketch of F. E. Cottingham
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F. E. Cottingham, farmer; P. O. Hutton; was born in this township March 17, 1849; his father, John J., was born in Kentucky Nov. 23, 1816, and his mother, Sarah J., in Harrison Co., Ind., in 1821; his father first went to New Albany, Ind., and Louisville, Ky., working at brickmaking and as a brickmason, and, in the year 1836, came to this county and first settled near Westfield, Clark Co., and from there to this township; in the year 1859, he moved to Charleston,Coles Co., and died on Oct. 9, 1863; his mother is still living, and is at the present time married to John Moore; the subject of this sketch lived with his parents, and at present resides upon the homestead. He married Miss Enna H. Cox (daughter of Wm. R. Cox, of Hutton Tp.) March 27, 1873; they have three children – Emma E., born June 2, 1874; Hannah O., Sept. 24, 1875, and Elzada, born Dec. 17, 1877. Mr. Cottingham learned the trade of a brick-mason with his father, and works at that trade in connection with his farming; he has held the office of Town Clerk for four consecutive years, and is such at the present time; he also taught school for five terms, three in Hutton Tp., and two in Union Tp., Cumberland Co., Ill. His paternal grandparents lived with his parents until their death, his grandfather dying August, 1859, and his grandmother May 16, 1867, and his grandfather on his mother’s side died Nov. 9, 1863; a crippled uncle, Anthony, lived also with the parents of Mr. Cottingham, and still resides with their sons.