of XAVIER COTTET,
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In Grandvillars, Belfort, France Xavier
Cottet was born in 1823. This area near the Swiss border in the
Jura Mountains since 1648 was under the control of French kings, but they
allowed cardinals of the Catholic Church to rule. About twelve miles away
lay Montbeliard controlled by Protestants to protect them from Catholic
Xavier was buried in a Catholic Cemetery
establishing that he was a Catholic. He came to America arriving
before 1848 when his oldest son Charles was born probably in Constantia,
Oswego Co., NY.
Xavier wed Catherine Piguet, daughter of
Francis and Mary (Tackley) Piguet, born French born. This family
arrived in Colosse, NY before 1827. Catherine was born ca. 1832 in
Onondaga County, NY believe some family members. The marriage took
place likely at West Monroe, Oswego Co., NY.
Xavier and Catherine were enumerated in the
1870 Constantia census. They were 46 and 39 respectively. Xavier’s
name was recorded as “Cuttet, Haver.” The spelling error made this
citation very hard to locate. The names of his children were given
as follows: Charles, age 21; Julius, age 20; Rosanna, age 18; Edward, age
17; Adaline, age 15; Louisa, age 13; Jesse, age 11; Victor, age 9; Sarah,
age 7; James, age 4; Hatie [sic], age 2; and Jacob, age 1 month.
In 1880 Xavier and Catherine lived in district
1, Hastings, NY. The older children had left the home, but six were
still there. Xavier continued as a farmer, age 56. His wife
was 48. Xavier was called “Coltet, Xavier”. The remaining children
were Jesse, age 21; Victor, age 19; James, age 14; Catherine, age 12; Jacob,
age 10; and Henry, age 8.
It was in Hastings that an area evolved called
Little France. Little France had a post office and a hotel and not
much else. According to Historian John C. Churchill Little France
got its name from a number of French Canadian settlers. A school
district was made for the area also called Little France. Actual
settlers from France arrived later in the 1880’s. Then a French Catholic
church was built. The only Oswego County area, in which French people,
not French Canadians, created, was in Mexico, NY at Colosse where both
the French Protestants and French Catholics direct from eastern France
built their own respective houses of worship in the 1840’s a few miles
apart on French Street. This section of Mexico was also called locally
Little France, but its post office was Colosse, NY.
Xavier died 19 December 1892. He was
buried in St. Francis Cemetery, Hastings. He used the name Jacob
often in America. Family researchers call him Jacob Xavier and/or
Xavier Jacob Cottet. Catherine died in 1913. She too was buried
at the St. Francis Cemetery without a stone.
Their oldest son Charles in 1920 lived at
Hastings working as a farmer. He had married Horine, age 65.
They had three children still at home: Clarissa, age 35; Mabel B., age
27; and Lila M., age 23. Charles died at age 79 in 1927 in Hastings.
His death was reported at the first Cottet family reunion held at Mallory
Julius Cottet had his own household by 1880
in Constantia. He was age 30, a laborer. He had married Harriet
Monroe, age 25. They were the parents of the following: Edward, age
7; Fredie [sic], age 4; Rosie, age 3; and Maggie M., age 8 months.
Rosanna Cottet had wed ______ Tapley by 1929.
They lived in Syracuse, NY. Siblings Edward, Adaline and Louisa had
all died before 1929. The baby Jacob may have also.
Jesse Cottet by 1930 lived at Throop, Cayuga
Co., NY. He had wed Delila, age 67. None of their children
remained in the household. In the 1880 census Jesse’s name was spelled
Jessie and he was called female, but all other references to him make his
status as a male clear.
Sarah Cottet had married ______ Button and
lived in Hastings in 1929. Nothing further was known of her. She
died after 1930.
James Cottet in 1920 resided in Frederick,
Brown Co., SD. Later by 1929 he moved to Ferdinand, ND. His
wife was Maude M., age 52, born in Illinois. Their daughter Maude
B., age 14, was born in New York State.
Victor Cottet married on 17 April 1884 Flora
Estabrook/ Easterbrook, born 27 April 1864. They had three children,
spending many years living in Diana, Lewis Co., NY. On 25 June 1889
at West Monroe, NY Goldie Carrie Cottet was born. She later married
Clark LeVern Benson of Parish, NY. This couple had eleven children
many of whom are still living. Goldie died in 1969 at Carthage, NY.
She was laid to rest at Harrisville, NY.
Victor and Flora had a son Roy C. Cottet,
born in February 1893. In the 1930 Diana census Roy C., age 36, worked
as a laborer in a paper mill. His wife was Blanche A., age 32, who
ran the farm they lived on. Their children were as follows:
Rosanna B., age 14; Jennie F., age 12; and Alberta L., age 6. Also
in the household was an uncle William Bonney, age 66. Roy C. died
Roy C. had a sister Lucy, born in 1900.
She married James Martin, a laborer. The couple in the 1920 Diana
census were living with her parents, Victor, 58, and Flora, 54. The
parents were operating the Diana Hotel with two servants and 18 guests.
On 5 September 1929 the Watertown Times carried
the obituary for Victor. The headline read, “VICTOR COTTET, LONG
ILL, DIES.” The obituary went on thusly: ”Harrisville, Sept.
5 – Victor Cottet, 68, died at his home in Harrisville this morning at
5:45 after an illness of nine years. Death was due to complications.
“Mr. Cottet was born in West Monroe, N.Y.
Feb. 23, 1861, son of Jacob and Catherine Cottet and spent his early life
in West Monroe and Hastings. He married Miss Flora Estabrook April
17, 1884 and lived for 23 years in that vicinity. They moved to Harrisville
22 years ago.
“He was employed for several years in the
woods by the late John Bassett and also set up the machinery in connection
of the Harrisville paper mill. He worked as heater engineer for several
years in this mill. Mr. Cottet operated the Diana Hotel, Harrisville,
for four years.
“He is survived by his widow, three children,
Mrs. Goldie Benson, Defariat; Mrs. Lucy Martin and Roy Cottet, Harrisville;
six brothers, Charles, Hastings; Henry, Mottville; James, Ferdinand, North
Dakota; Richard and Jesse, Auburn; and Julius, Ira Hill; three sisters,
Mrs. Sarah Button, Mrs. Katherine Spencer, Hastings; Mrs. Rosanna Tapley,
Syracuse; and 13 grandchildren.
“Funeral services will be conducted Saturday
afternoon at 1:30 at his home and at the Methodist Episcopal Church at
2, Rev. R. F. Brown officiating. Burial will be made in Harrisville.”
Note the Methodist burial service for the
son of Catholic parents. Methodism had swept through Oswego County
while he lived there. Many of this family seemed to have converted.
In the 1930 Diana census Flora, age 65,
still ran a boarding house with only five guests on Pearl St. The
Martins lived alone nearby in Diana. James worked as a carpenter.
Lucy still had no children.
A further observation from the obituary
quoted above. A brother called Richard was included. Did either
brother Edward or Jacob use the name Richard later in life or was Richard
the youngest child? Nothing further is known.
Xavier’s daughter Catherine wed David Rice
and had four children: Lydia F., born 1891; Clinton; Mary; and Jennie I.
After David’s death she remarried farmer Martin Spencer. The Spencer’s
resided at Hastings in 1920. In the household were Martin Spencer,
age 63, with his wife, Katie J., age 52, with stepson Clinton J., age 15.
Katie’s farm home sat next door to brother Charles and his family.
Xavier’s son Henry, age 58, in 1930 had established
his home at Skaneateles, NY with his wife Nina, age 48, and son James,
age 26, plus stepson Roy, age 19. The three men worked as laborers.
The young James, born 4 April 1903, died in January 1988 near Watertown,
Julius’ son Edward, born in 1873, by 1930
resided in Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY. He was 56 and wed to Mary, 59.
He worked as a blacksmith. Their daughter Florence, 18, was employed
as a clerk in a factory.
Julus’ youngest child Ivues was born on 4
September 1891. On 5 June 1917 Ivues registered for the draft in
Pulaski, NY. When asked to name his next of kin he wrote, “mother and father”.
By 1930 he was living at Ira, Cayuga Co., NY with his wife Mary, 28. Their
children were enumerated as Ruth, age 8; Raymond, age 5; Roberta, age 3;
and Royce, age 2. Living with this family was father Julius Cottet,
Mary, wife of Julius, born 5 March 1902,
died on 10 November 1988. Ivues died in August 1970. Their
daughter Ruth died in 1960. Raymond died on 9 October 2000 at Cleveland,
NY. Royce died 27 October 2002 in Parish, NY.
Other Cottets lived also in Constantia in
the area called Cleveland, NY. Their origin in France has not been
established. For example, there were many individuals in the family
of Franklin Cottet. He might have been the brother of Xavier, but
no proof exists at this time for such an assumption. The members
of Franklin’s household and his descendants can be located in various census
records from 1870 to date. For the 1870 census use the name
Special thanks are due family researcher
Dan at email@example.com who supplied the 1929 obituary quoted in this
Churchill, John C. Landmarks of Oswego
County, New York. Syracuse: Mason, 1895.
Cottet Family Genealogy Forum. Available
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Cottet First Family Reunion at Mallory.
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Obituary for Victor Cottet, Watertown Times,
5 September 1929.
Social Security Death Index. Available
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U.S. Census, Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY 1930.
U.S. Census, Ira, Cayuga Co., NY 1930.
U.S. Census, Throop, Cayuga Co., NY 1930.
U.S. Census, Diana, Lewis Co., NY 1920 &
U.S. Census, Skaneateles, Onondaga Co.,
U.S. Census, Constantia, Oswego Co., NY
1870, 1880, 1910 & 1920.
U.S. Census, Hastings, Oswego Co., NY 1880,
1920 & 1930.
U.S. Census, Frederick, Brown Co., SD 1920.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
Available [online] http://ancestry.com
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WorldConnect Project. Available [online]
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