The Cotter Family
I really love it when people post their family info here. I got this info from Dennis Cotter of West Bloomfield Michigan … if anybody has any info about the Cotters, the Hogans, Murphys or Donovans, please reply with a comment.
Here’s what Dennis sent me:
Hello: Somewhere I read that you have data of Madeline’s that indicates where in Ireland many of the early Irish settlers came from. My 2nd great grandfather was Michael Cotter of Rochester Township listed in many reports as one of the early settlers in the Belle River area , I think Concession 1, Lot 4. I know he was from Cork but it would help if I could zero in geographically. I will be taking my first trip to Ireland this August.
According to the Essex County 1851 census, Michael was listed as being born circa 1795 and according to notes in the 1984 150th annivesary book of St. Simon, St. Jude Church in Belle River, Michael settled before the early 1830s if I read the text correctly.
Michael had a brother William (b: circa 1797) and a brother John (b:circa 1800) both show in the 1851 census. I did correspond with Madeline many years ago and she she passed on many copies of local info
which I still retain. If anything I have would be helpful to you I’d be happy to share it.