New Stories

BIOGRAPHY: Walter Harrision Cottingham (1869-1942) Bibb County, Alabama

Is this your ancestor? If you are an Alabama Pioneers Patron, you can Update and/or correct info in the Comments.

JOIN US

Become an Alabama Pioneers Patron – share, connect with cousins, correct and and preserve your ancestry through the comments!

WALTER HARRISON COTTINGHAM

BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY

September 7, 1869 – October 17, 1942

Bibb County, Alabama

Walter Harrison Cottingham was born September 7, 1869 in Bibb County, Alabama. His father, Oliver Jackson Cottingham, was 21 and his mother, Louisa Georgia “Lou” Langston, was 19. Walter’s father died when he was 16. Since he was the oldest of nine children, Walter quit school and found employment to help raise his siblings.

Walter Harrison & Kate Earl (Snead) Cottingham wedding day

He married Catherine Earl “Kate” Snead on 22 February 1893, in Bibb, Alabama. Walter built a two story brick building across the street from the Bibb County Courthouse in Centreville which is still in use. The young family lived on the top floor while he conducted several businesses on the bottom half, but due to his generous and trusting nature, each business failed. Finally, he became a Miller with a bakery in the bottom half.

Bake shop Walter Harrison Cottingham built and lived.

Walter Harrison and Kate with grandchild, W. O. Cottingham ,son of Walter Watson and Ellarea Cottingham. W. O. Cottingham became a Baptist minister.

The family was living in Election Precinct 6 Six Mile,

Bibb, Alabama, United States in 1930 and Election Precinct 5 Centreville, Bibb, Alabama, United States in 1940.

SUPPORT ALABAMA PIONEERS

BECOME AN ALABAMA PIONEERS PATRON

Tap to see how to Become a Patron!

Walter and Kate Earl “Kate” Snead had 8 children, one adopted.

  1. Henley Elisha Cottingham, 1894-1960
  2. Walter Watson Cottingham, 1896-1943
  3. Daniel Bernard Snead Cottingham 1898-1977
  4. Loral Jackson Cottingham 1900-1956
  5. Nellie Mae Cottingham 1902 – 1988
  6. John Russell Cottingham 1906-1990
  7. Leonard Eugene Cottingham 1912-1946
  8. Carolyn Estelle Cottingham 1921-1998 (adopted – her original family was financially unable to provide for her)
Starting on the far right going back: John Cottingham, In back: Daniel Snead Cottingham Front left side: Leonard Cottingham, Henley Cottingham, Walter Watson, Nell Cottingham

Walter Harrison died on 17 October 1942, in Bibb, Alabama, United States, at the age of 72, and is buried in Centreville, Bibb, Alabama.

News clipping reveals death dates of Walter & Kate Cottingham — also includes names of

Walter Harrison died on 17 October 1942, in Bibb, Alabama, United States, at the age of 72, and is buried in Centreville, Bibb, Alabama. He died only days after his wife, Kate Earl. They are my mother’s grandparents. News clipping reveals death dates of Walter & Kate Cottingham — also includes name of my grandmother, Ellarea Bryan is 2nd clipping.

SOURCES

  1. https://ancestors.familysearch.org/9ZCL-T5P/walter-harrison-cottingham-1869-1941
  2. Granddaughter = Ellorine Cottingham Morgan (painting and notes)
  3. Grandson – -Rev. W. O. Cottingham
  4. Photographs – Ellarea Pratt Cottingham Bryan ( daughter-in-law)

SEE ALL BOOKS BY DONNA R CAUSEY (gr granddaughter) AT https://www.amazon.com/author/donnarcausey