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From various sources (1998/99)
JOSIAH COTTON (c.1830) farm labourer, later miller (or miller's carter), married SARAH ANN PLAYDON in 18??. Son, GEORGE b. March 9, 1873 at Kemerton, Glos (birth registered April 15, 1873), married RHODA JANE WALLACE of Kenton, Devon, February 2, 1903. George was a fruiterer's salesman. They had five children:
GLADYS MINNIE ('Min' b.1903) - married WALTER JAMES BIGGS of Sevenhampton at ???.
ELLEN MAUD (b.July 20, 1904 - d.September 8, 1905)
FREDERICK GEORGE ('George' b.1906/7) - married ALICE ???? - one daughter RHODA JOYCE ('Joyce' b.19??), married CHRISTOPHER JOHN MINCHEN, December 16th, 1961, one son SHERMAN (b.19??, married SANDRA).
LESLIE JOHN ('Jack' b..1911) - married BEATRICE BOWD ('Beat'), June 1st, 1936 at St. Paul's, Cheltenham - son MICHAEL JOHN (married SUSAN HALL November 19th, 1960, St. Peter's, Wolvercote, Oxford) - three children, PETER, ???, SARAH, and a second daughter who died..?)
EDWARD RONALD ('Ted' b.September 12, 1924) - confirmed at Emmanuel church by Bishop of Gloucester, December 11, 1949 - click HERE to read more about Ted.
The family had moved to 105 Naunton Crescent, Cheltenham by January 31, 1925. George died in the garden of the family home on April 8, 1948, aged 75. Rhoda died in Delancey Hospital on August 14, 1958, aged 77, after breaking her hip (pelvis?) in a fall at home.
RIGHT: Min and Walt Biggs enjoying a break on a visit to Coventry. E R Cotton
BELOW: Jack, Peggy, George, Walt, Beat, and Min at Chris and Joyce Minchen's
wedding reception, Cadena Cafe, December 16th, 1961. E R Cotton
BELOW: In the 1950s George and Alice lived at 2 Park Hill, Teignmouth, before moving to Cheltenham. E R Cotton
Great grandmother looks on as Joyce plays with Gyp in the garden of 105 Naunton Crescent in the 1950s. E R Cotton
Christmas at Uncle Jack's in the 1950s. A game of 'Tippit' would be part of the celebrations later - an old Welsh pub game played with a coin and apparently popular in Iraq ! Michael Cotton
In the days before selfies - Ted Cotton in the garden of what is thought to be George Cotton's house in Park Hill, Teignmouth, early 1950s. Unknown photographer
A CLIFFORD COTTON (Gloucestershire Regiment) is mentioned on the 1914-1916 Roll of Honour in St Nicholas Church, Kemerton, Glos. (Also ALFRED WALLACE - Royal Marines Light Infantry).
A MARY COTTON died on October 16, 1931, aged 61 and is interred at Kemerton . . ?
Who was Winnifred Molly ('Winnie') Mailes . . ? Died April 8, 1916 age six years and five months, and buried in Hereford cemetary.
Who is Uncle Charles . . ? Uncle Charley - deep sea diver in the Navy - Hungerford Street..? Same person..?
Note of 'copy of birth certificate 16/1/25' - Sarah Ann Cotton (Playdon) . . ??
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Cottons in Cheltenham, 1961
Leslie J. 27 Hatherley Street
Miss 31 Hatherley Street
Mrs 18 Cambray Court, Cambray Place
Mrs. Rhoda 105 Naunton Crescent
R. D. 8 Croft Park, Charlton Kings
W. M. 239 Gloucester Road