In this book I trace my Cottrell heritage from the early 1700s to the present with historical events woven into the lives of my Cottrell ancestors as they arrived in Virginia from England and eventually moved Westward into Kentucky, Missouri, and California. I included historical events and descriptions of the hardships they likely endured to make their story more captivating.
Although this book is not meant to be a genealogical reference the events, dates, names, and locations are accurate and based on accepted proof standards unless they include descriptors such as likely, probable, or possible. This allowed me to include additional information I believe to be true but which lacks proof.
Primary surnames include Cottrell, Brashear, Lashbrook, Taylor, and Cosby. Extensive sourcing is not included. However, a list of general references used and an index of names are included.
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