The information I have begins my Cottrill family with Elijah Cottrill who was born about 1793 and whose mother was white and father was Indian. His grandson attested to this fact in 1959 when he wrote that his grandfather was also known as Black Hawk. We do not have information other than the oral history of the beginning of this family. It is said that he married Mary "Polly" McCumber and this marriage would have taken place before 1833. Census records show Elijah and Mary Cottrill living in Jackson County, Virginia in 1850. The children living with them at that time were: Elizabeth 17, Melissa 14, Augustine A 12, Elijah W 9, Julia 6 and Harriet 4. Elijah's age is given as 57 and Mary's age as 54. His occupation is listed as farmer.
Elijah and Mary show on Jackson County, VA/WV censuses until 1870 when they had apparently moved to Mason County, WV. The Cottrill home place which was located at Flatrock, WV close to the Jackson/Mason county line.
Thus begins my Cottrill family and the descendants of Elijah Cottrill. I have only had contact with the descendants from their son Elijah W Cottrill, so the information on the other children is sketchy as best.
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