Portrait of Leonidas Sr. and Emeline (Cotter) Coates about 1902 in Hillview, Illinois
Polley Cotter was born in this Spt 16 18___
William Cotter was born in this Oct 12 18___
Cathrin Cotter was born in this  ___ 7 181___
Nancy Cotter was born in this Oct 24 181___
Johanner Cotter was born ___ Jan 24 182___
Rebeckey Cotter was born born ___Jun 8 182___
Beedle Cotter was born ___ Jun 8 182___
Emeline Cotter born Apr ___ 1836 near Whitehall
John Cotter was born the third day of September 1930
William Cotter Sinor Departed this Life December the 8 Day 1827
Cathrine Cotter his wife Departed this Life October the 26 day 1830
Catharine Cotter Daughter of William Cotter and Ana his wife departed this life the 14th day of July Anno domini 1838
Johanner B. Shaw Died June 2d 1892
Emeline Cotter born April 5th 1836 on Greene Co Ills
Wm Cotter Sr was drowned in the Cumberland River 8th day of December 1827 and lay in the water until the 18th of Dec was found and brought home on Dec 20th 1827
Morning, March 26, 1929
Start on Hunt for Gold in California Eighty Years Ago
Four Covered Wagons Leave from Patterson on Metal Quest
White Hall, March 25 - Seventy-nine years ago Sunday, March 24, 1850, a party of four left Patterson in covered wagons for the gold fields of California. Their going was a year followign the break for California in 1849. The company consisted fo Lee Coates, C. C. Eaton, Alfred Pruitt and Lee Lakin. Their departure was at the noon hour, amid the well-wishes of the assembled residents of the community. They landed at Placirville, Calif., on Aug. 31, five months and one week after starting, following the Oregon trail via Pike's Peak. From the west bank of the Mississippi to the destination Coates walked the entire distance, carrying a single-shot pistol and a single-shot rifle. Pruitt drove the ox team, the oxen being named Buck and Bride. The party had several skirmishes with Indians, bear and buffalo, but landed safely. Coates was the first to return, he remaining two years, and came back on water the entire distance, except the 28 miles across the Isthmus of Panama. All returned safely and remained at Patterson to the end of their lives.
Twenty-five years later, March 24, 1865, a Patterson party left for Idaho in a train of covered wagons and pioneered that state. The party was headed by W. C. Linder, C. C. Eaton and W. D. Coates, the latter remaining four years and brought back a quantity of gold, the others having returned earlier. Coates engaged in the mercantile business at Patterson on a credit basis and succeeded in losing his wealth in that manner. A diary of this expedition is in possession of Coates' daughter, Mrs. Lora Fry, at Patterson.
These facts were brought out as anniversary stuff, the former by Lee Coates of Hillview, son of the Lee COates of the California expedition, and the latter by Mrs. Peoria Nell of White Hall, daughter of W. D. Coates. Lee Coates Jr. is reputed to possess a marvelous collection [of records] and relics of early [times] in this vicinity, he having a grand father, William Cotter, of the Revolutionary War.

William Cotter Descendants Chart 7-page pdf

Many try to connect the Greene County Cotters with that of Catherine Vance and a William Cotter from Virginia. I fretted and puzzled trying to figure out the connection between our Emeline Cotter and Catherine Vance. It would have been lovely to have all that genealogical work done for me back to medieval Europe, but I just couldn’t make it fit! But then, surprise of all surprises, my husband’s cousin presented me with the Cotter family Bible passed down through Emeline! Census records show that our William Cotter was indeed from VA, so perhaps they were related to the Vance/Cotters, but I never got past Tennessee!. Remember that these are notes I made for our family, so my musings and notes are mixed in amongst the names and dates. Since there were conflicting dates (aren’t there always?) I included all my sources as well. I hope you can follow the thoughts! My color-coding: Yellow highlighted names are our family ancestors. Blue text means I have a picture or document on the CD I made for the family. Pink shows a family line that is related but not in our line of descent.

Submitted 25 Jan 2013 by Virginia Dyson

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