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Jacob Cotner

Jacob Cotner

Male Abt 1824 - 1887  (63 years)

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  • Name Jacob Cotner 
    Born Abt 1824  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1887 
    Person ID I14180  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2021 

    Father Frederick Cotner,   b. 1792,   d. 1865  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Romain,   b. 1800 
    Family ID F2297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarilda Ann Duley,   b. 19 Apr 1827, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1855, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1849  Harrison, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 18 May 2022 
    Family ID F13617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Jane Howe,   b. 1828, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1903, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 24 Sep 1855  Harrison, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Henry Harrison Cotner,   b. 2 May 1858,   d. 4 May 1931  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 18 May 2022 
    Family ID F150  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Date: June 1, 1862
      Author: John Yates
      Addressee: Elizabeth Roberson Yates
      Location: Columbia, TN
      Description/Summary:

      John is writing this letter while at Columbia, Maury Co., TN which is about 30 miles south of Nashville. He says he is well and hardy except that as explained in his previous letter [not in our inventory] he has injured his knee and had to be hospitalized for care. It is healing up but he can't walk on it; Johns is expressing his fear that it is stiff and it may be a permanent injury. As a result he has not been able to do his regular duty for almost a month. His regiment has gone on another scout into Alabama and should return in 10-12 days. About 160 men were left encamped in Columbia but he is unsure if any are his boys. He says he has a pretty good place to stay; he has a room with a straw bed to sleep on and plenty to eat; 4 men are sharing this one room: F.S. Mauck, H. Roby and G. Cotner all of Harrison Co., IN. Mauck waits on John because of his knee. Mauck is the cousin to Betsy Peterson and was in the hospital with the measles the same time John was there and has not gotten over the effects of them yet.

      John says he had a dream last night and he can't forget how he felt in the dream. In his dream he has returned home during the night and went to the bed where twins Jony and Emmie were asleep; they awoke and both fetched me around the neck and I heard their sweet little voices saying "My Pap!" "My Pap!". When I awoke with my arms hugged up as if I had their sweet little bodies I then cried and went back to sleep again. John says he is sending a song to have some fun with. He also explains that someone named Harris of TN who he got to know turned out to be a traitor and deserted to the CSA when General Buell's CSA forces came into the area. [It is believed that the men mentioned are as follows: Farleigh S. Mauck, Harrison W. Roby and either John or Jacob Cotner (both served in the 38th Regiment).]