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This Alabama ancestral line is mentioned in a best-selling novel and inspired historical fiction series

Alabama Descendants of ELISHA COTTINGHAM (ca. 1755-ca. 1820) is the Cottingham family mentioned in the best-selling novel, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

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The family ancestral line inspired two historical fiction series – Tapestry of Love and The Cottinghams.

Cottingham, john built 1707 died 1723 (2)

John Cottingham home in Snowhill, Maryland built 1707

Note from Author, Donna R. Causey

 This is my personal ancestral line and it is mentioned in Douglas Blackmon’s best-selling novel Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.


Extensively researched

The Cottingham family has been extensively researched by many of my ancestors over a long period of time (See Cottingham genealogy), and one of my cousins, Hal Cottingham (now deceased) was even mentioned as a source in Douglas Blackmon’s novel. 

I knew they never became as wealthy in Alabama as depicted in Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II so I was inspired  to tell the more complete story of the Cottinghams with my historical fiction series, Tapestry of Love. I included an appendix with sources of historical and ancestral information in each novel as I followed their journey. Though the novels are fictional, real names and historical events that took place in each locality were used to tell the Cottingham’s story. The first novel, Ribbon of Love begins with my Quaker ancestors, the Dixons and Willsons, who settled on the Eastern Shore of colonial Virginia.

The specific Cottingham family line continues in my next series, The Cottinghams with my first novel, Discordance. I plan to follow them with future novels as they made their way to Alabama and eventually settled in Bibb County, Alabama before statehood. The Cottinghams were typical of many families who migrated to Alabama at an early day.

COTTINGHAM CEMETERY ESTABLISHED 1870
Cottingham Cemetery in Bibb County, Alabama (personal collection of Donna R. Causey)

Alabama Descendants of ELISHA COTTINGHAM (ca. 1755-ca. 1820)   is a 478 page book which includes the genealogy reports, notes and sources of Elisha Cottingham (b. 1755) and his sons who first settled in Alabama.

Elisha Cottingham tombstone

Elisha Cottingham tombstone at Cottingham cemetery in Alabama (personal collection of Donna R Causey)

 

Browse the FREE SAMPLE pages of Alabama Descendants of ELISHA COTTINGHAM (ca. 1755-ca. 1820) (which includes a brief descendant outline in the first pages) on Amazon to see if this is your family line.

Some surnames include: ABEL, ALEXANDER, AMERIUS, ARCHER, ARNOLD, ATCHISON, BABB, BAIN, BAREFOOT, BARNES, BARRY, BATTLE, BEAVERS, BEECH, BELL, BERRIS, BISSET, BLACKWOOD, BLAYLACK, BLEGAN, BOONE, BOWEN, BOOZER, BOZEMAN, BRACKNER, BRAND, BRANTLEY, BRIDGES, BRIDWELL, BROCK, BROOKS, BROWN, BRUNER, BUGLER, BUNTIN, BUSBY, BUTLER, BYERS, CALDWELL, CALHOUN, CAMMEL, CAMPBELL, CARROLL, CASH, CATES, CHANCELLOR, CHANDLER, CHAPMAN, CHISM, CHOATE, CLARK, CLEMMER, COCHRAN, COLE, COLEMAN, COLLINS, COOPER, COURTNEY, CRAWFORD, CREWS, CRIDER, CRONIER, CROSBY, CROTWELL, CRUISE, DAILEY, DALE, DAVIS, DIAL, DILLARD, DILTS, DOUGHIE, DUKE, DUNCAN, DUNNAVANT, DURKEE, EADY, EDWARDS, ELDER, ENGLAND, EVANS, FAIR, FARLEY, FARRINGTON, FERGUSON, FIELDS, FIKE, FIKES, FITTS, GAMEL, GARTHMAN, GIFOVERT, GIPSON, GIST, GLADNEY, GORMAN, GREER, HAND, HALLMARK, HARGRAVES, HARRISON, HAWKINS, HAYES, HENDERSON, HERENDEEN, HERLOND, HERLONG, HIGGINBOTHAM, HILTON, HITCHCOCK, HOLLAND, HOLLIFIELD, HORT, HOWELL, HUBBARD, HUDSON, HUTCHINSON, JAMES, JERNIGAN, JOHNSON, JOHNSTON, JONES, JORNIGAN, KELLEY, KEY, KILLINGSWORTH, KINNIE, LANGSTON, LAWLISS, LEACH, LEE, LINDSAY, LINDSEY, LOGAN, LOVE, LOVELADY, LOWE, LOWERY, MAHN, MALONE, MCALRAY, MCCAY, MCCARY, MCCRARY, MCCOMBS, MCCOOL, MCCUMBER, MCDOWELL, MCELROY, MCGHEE, MCGOWEN, MCGUIRE, MCHUGH, MCKINNEY, MCMURTIE, MEADOWS, MEDARIS, MEDDERS, MERCHANT, MEREDITH, MILAM, MILES, MITCHELL, MOFFATT, MOORE, MORGAN, MORTON, MOSELEY, MOSS, MUIR, NARRAMORE, NORTH, NUTT, OTT, PACK, PARDON, PARKER, PARKS, PARNELL, PATTERSON, PATTON, PECK, PEEK, PHILPOT, PICKETT, PIERSON, PITTS, POSEY, POW, POWELL, POWERS, PRATT, PRICE, PRIM, PURDEU, PURTLE, RAKES, RALEY, RAMEY, RAY, REDMAYNE, REGAN, REIS, RHYNE, RISINGER, ROBISON, ROULAINE, RUSSEL, SACCARO, SAUNDERS, SAYERS, SCHOFIELD, SEARLES, SELF, SHAW, SHEPPARD, SHIPLEY, SIDERATOS, SINCLAIR, SMEDLY, SMITH, SMITHERMAN, SNEAD, SPLAWN, SPURGEON, STALLINGS, STEADMAN, STEELE, STEWART, STILL, STOKES, STRAHAN, STUART, STUDDARD, TATUM, TAYLOR, TEPPER, THOMAS, THOMPSON, THORNTON, TINKLE, TOLSON, TRAMMEL, TROTT, TRUCKS, TUBBS, VAUGHN, WALDROP, WALKER, WALLACE, WALLS, WATTS, WEAVER, WELLS, WHEAT, WHITE, WHITSON, WIGGINS, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WILLSON, WOOD, WOODLIFF, WOODSON, WOOLEY, WORSHAM, WRIGHT, YARBROUGH, YEAGER, YOUNGBLOOD

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Alabama Descendants of ELISHA COTTINGHAM (ca. 1755-ca. 1820)


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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me
All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .
For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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11 comments

  1. Codie A. Wilhite

    Jeremy Cottingham maybe some relation between yall?

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      If you connect to the Cottinghams in Bibb County then we’re probably related.

  2. Pamela Free

    TerryandSusan Tate Elisha Cottingham is your 5x Great Grand-father.

    1. Pamela Free

      Elisha Cottingham is your ancestor. Without him we would not be here Hun. Lol. Sent you details in text.

    2. TerryandSusan Tate

      I don’t know this person. Am I suppose to?

    3. TerryandSusan Tate

      Oh… I’m behind!! You are way ahead of me on the family tree!! I’ll get on it and catch up!

  3. Good to see the acknowledgement of Doug Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Slavery By Another Name”, published in 2008. Like one of my own ancestors who migrated into early Alabama and settled in Macon County, the Cottingham ancestor owned slaves. It is an integral part of our collective state and personal histories, as documented in your follow-up books. Thanks again!

  4. Tom Hagood

    Except that, slavery by another name was not a novel; it was nonfiction!

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