Personal Mention: (Received from a member of the family in Wisconsin:)
"John Cottrell, who was born in 1774. was a Seventh-Day Baptist preacher. He took the Bible rather than the traditions of the churches for a guide. He owned and worked a small farm and also a woodware shop, From these he derived his living; his teaching was free."
In 1854. one year before his death, he became a Seventh-day .Adventist and wrote one short article for the "Review and Herald". According to the records, this John Cottrell of the sixth generation was born in Westerly, R.I., lived for many years in Brookfield, N, Y., and in 1833 removed again to Mill Grove, some twenty miles east of Buffalo where he spent the remainder of his life.
In the possession of Roy F. Cottrell, the compiler of this sketch, is the personal account book of John Cottrell, giving the record of his dealings from 1809 to 1831. Among hundreds of other items we find he made chairs for fifty cents, and "one little coffin is listed at seventy-five cents. He evidently possessed a keen sense of humor, for under the date of March 15, 1837, is the entry; "Mrs. Poley Cotterell baked one Indian shortcake and did not burn it."
John Harvey Cottrell of the seventh generation spent most of his life in western New York, later moving to Texas. He had a son, Henry, and and a daughter, Mary. She married the blind preacher, John Bahler, and was a gifted correspondent for the "Youth Instructor' and the "Review & Herald." She had one son (deceased), and a daughter, Gace Wilcox, who resides in Texas.