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James COTTEN
Ann Elizabeth AVENT
Arabella E. ROLLINS
Husband:  James COTTEN
Birth:  ca. 1829, Chatham Co., NC
Death:  ca. 1869, Chatham Co., NC
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Avent COTTEN
Mother:  Winifred GOODWIN
Marriage-1:  ca. 1848
Wife-1:  Ann Elizabeth AVENT
Birth:  4 Apr 1832, Chatham Co., NC
Death:  1855, Chatham Co., NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  William AVENT
Mother:  Esther Watts CLEGG
Marriage-2:  bef. 1860
Wife-2:  Arabella / Arrabella E. ROLLINS
Birth:  1834/5, Chatham Co., NC
Death:  31 Oct 1872, Chatham Co., NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Brother:  Robert Curtis ROLLINS (c1825-1900)
Father:  Frederick ROLLINS / RAWLINGS (1790s-1843)
Mother:  Rebecca GOODWIN (1804/5-1870)
Children with Ann AVENT born in Chatham Co., NC:
1.  Bennett Dixon COTTEN, b. 20 Oct 1849; d. 2 Oct 1913; bur. Wake Co., NC
2.  Salina "Sina" B. COTTEN, b. 1850
Children with Arabella ROLLINS born in Chatham Co., NC:
3.  Martha Jane COTTEN, b. 1855/6
4.  Sarona COTTEN, b. 1857/8; d. bef. 1870
5.  Caroline James COTTEN, b. 1864/5
6.  Carson Taylor COTTEN, b. 1866/7
7.  Valena Catherine "Lena" COTTEN, b. 1869
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, North Carolina

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2a.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 124):  Lower Regiment, Chatham Co., NC, Roll M432_624, p. 444B, 3/3, enumerated 6 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
James Cotton 22 M   Farmer   NC
Ann E Cotton 17 F       "
Bennet D Cotton 7/12 M       "
Listed next to James's parents, Avent & Wineyford COTTON.

2b.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Arabella ROLLINS (æ 19, b. NC) is living in Lower Regiment, Chatham Co., NC (p. 443B), with her widowed mother, Rebecca ROLLINS (æ 45, b. NC), plus siblings, but no Robert.

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #61 of 149):  Eastern Dist., Chatham Co., NC, Roll M653_892, p. 31A/61, PN 54, 1/9, enumerated 27 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Jas Cotten 34 M   Farmer 300 300  
Arrabella " 25 F   Dom      
Bennett   " 12 M          
Sina      " 10 F          
Martha    "  4 F          
Sarona    "  2 F          
Robert Carpenter 25 M   Labrer      
Robert CARPENTER's mother is Mary (COTTEN) CARPENTER, who is James's first cousin.  Listed two households from James's parents, Aven & Winaford COTTEN.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 58 indexed "Cattin"):  Grove P.O., Cape Fear Twp, Chatham Co., NC, Roll M593_1129, p. 23A, 71/71, enumerated 1 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Catten Bannet 23 M W Farmer 1000 600 North Carolina
   "   Arabella 35 F W Keeping house     North Carolina
   "   Sina 17 F W at home     North Carolina
   "   Jane 15 F W "     North Carolina
   "   Caraline  5 F W "     North Carolina
   "   Taylar  3 M W "     North Carolina
   "   Catharine  1 F W "     North Carolina
Marks Murphy 21 M W Farmhand     North Carolina

5.  North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979: Probate (1872).  Chatham Co., NC (online at FamilySearch.org):
Est. of
Arabella Cotten
application
for letters
of
Admn.
Est of Arabella Cotten Decd

To the Judge of Probate

This is to show that Arabella
Cotten died on the 31st day
of October 1872, leaving no
Will.  We next of kin do
hereby request that John A
Wornack Pub Admr be granted
letters of Administration on the
Estate of Said Arabella Cotten
Decd.  We relinquish our right
to adminster Novr 11th 1872.

Murphy Markes
B.D. Cotten
Robert Rollins
Murphy MARKS is Arabella's son-in-law, B.D. COTTEN is her son, and Robert ROLLINS is her brother.

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