THE VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT

JOHN A.COTTLE
Crossing the Plains in 1849

BIO- History of Santa Clara- Alley-Bowen

Born in Windsor county, Vermont, May 9, 1812.  When six years of age he was taken to Lincoln county, Missouri.  He was educated in st. Louis, St. Charles, and Tryo.  Save two years during which he was engaged as a clerk in Galena, Illinois, and in the lead mines of Wisconsin, just across the line. Mr Cottle resided in Lincoln county until he came of age.  At that epoch in his life he proceeded to Quincy, Illinois, and there dwelt for five yeras, after which he located in Winconsin.  In 1850 recrossed the plains to California, and soon after engaged in the stock business in Peach Tree valley.  In the Fall of 1854 Mr. Cottle returned to the East but recrossed the plains in tje Spring of the following years with a  band of stock which he drove into Santa Clara county, arriving at San Jose September 20, 1855.  These he moved into Gilroy township and after keeping them there for two years transferred them to Peach Tree valley.  Five years thereafter he sold his stock and commenced agriculture, but at the end of six years more he disconinued this occupation and purchased an interst in the Gilroy Hot Springs. 

Married, firstly, September, 1837, Julia K. Stone, a native of Troy, Lincoln county, Missouri, who died in the Winter of 1850; and secondly, Priscilla Cottle in 1852, who died in 1862.  He married his present wife Cordelia Cottle, a native of St. Charles county, Missouri ni 1864, his only surving child being a son by his first wife, named Henry Edword, born in Septbember, 1839.

History of Santa Clara County, California
San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co., 1881, 878 pgs. page 600
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