Submitted by Vicki Burress Roach

James Henry Cotton was born December 8, 1850 in AL, died December 20, 1928 in

Chewalla, McNairy Co., TN. We don’t know the names of his parents, although his

funeral record list his mother as a Miss Leflore from AL. James was a farmer. He

married to Nancy Whitman who was born September 30, 1847 in AL. Both are buried

in Indian Creek Cemetery in Chewalla, McNairy Co., TN. We don’t know the names of

Nancy’s parents.

They had at least two children; Mary "Mamie" born August 5, 1871 in Lawrence Co.,

AL, died August 10, 1939 in Chewalla TN, married Thomas T. Smith and buried in

Indian Creek Cemetery; Martha L. "Mattie" born in 1873, died in 1943 in Chewalla, TN

and married Zachary Pryor Davis and buried in Indian Creek Cemetery.

Thomas T. Smith was the son of George Washington Smith and Flora Patterson

Davis Smith. Thomas and Mamie had the following children; James Bryan, Lyman,

Pearl, Prentiss Rad, Ollie and Jewell. James Bryan married Mabel Smith. Lyman

married Ruby King. Pearl married Clovis Mills. Prentiss Rad married Vercie Hurley

who resided in Corinth until her death. Ollie married Clarence Carter. Jewell never


Zachary Davis was the son of Prior P. Davis and Flora Patterson Davis. Thomas and

Zachary had the same mother and married Cotton sisters. Zach and Martha had the

following children; Henry, Minnie, Maude, May, Velma, Bruce, Helen and Gladys.

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