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Benjamin Franklin Cottingham
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Birth: Jun. 9, 1851
Jennings County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1940
Morrison County
Minnesota, USA

The Staples World, July 18, 1940
Ben Cottingham Dies Wednesday
Was One of Three Pioneer Brothers for Whom New Park Was Named

Ben Cottingham, pioneer of Bullard township and resident of Motley, and one of the brothers for whom the park on the Crow Wing river 12 miles north of here was named last fall, died Wednesday morning at 4:00 o'clock. He had been ill for two weeks. June 9 he observed his 89th birthday and June 14 he and Mrs. Cottingham observed their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Funeral services are to be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Motley Methodist church with the Rev. Charles Blake of Wing officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery at Motley.
Ben Cottingham was born in Dearborn county, Indiana, June 9, 1851, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Blythe Cottingham. When he was but a boy of nine his parents moved to Iowa for a year, but in August of 1861 they moved to LeSueur county, Minnesota. He grew up there and June 20, 1877 married Josephine Onn. They lived in the northern part of the state until 1883, coming that fall to this section of Minnesota.
They moved first to Verndale where Ben and a younger brother, Daniel, worked in a wood camp just two miles just two miles east, operated by R.E. Dennett. In the spring ben San took up homesteads in Section 24 on the east side of the river in Bullard township, and the following spring, Niles, another brother, took up a homestead on Section 14, a portion of which is now the new park.
Though much of the territory in which they settled had been cut over, it was still very raw. For weeks at a time the family did not see any of the other few settlers. Verndale and Motley were the trading posts.
In 1889 Cottinghams moved to the state of Washington for a year, then moved back here and farmed at Philbrook until 1909. At that time they moved to Motley where Mr. Cottingham became pumper for the Northern Pacific. He retired in 1924.
Surviving besides his wife are their seven children: Mrs. May Fisk, Sheridan, Ore.; Frank, Parkdale, Ore.; Earl, Crosby; Mark, Pequot; Ira of Motley; Jay, Sidney, Iowa; Ray, North Platte, Neb. Daniel Cottingham, one of the brothers, died in Montana 1938. Niles died in 1914.
Family links: 
  Blythe Cottingham (1809 - 1880)
  Theresia Amanda Sheldon Cottingham (1817 - 1888)
  Edith Josephine Onn Cottingham (1859 - 1942)
  Clara Mae Cottingham Fisk (1878 - 1968)*
  Frank Lee Cottingham (1880 - 1954)*
  Earl Roscoe Cottingham (1884 - 1973)*
  Mark Cottingham (1887 - 1977)*
  Ira Cottingham (1889 - 1973)*
  Robert Jay Cottingham (1891 - 1977)*
  Ray Cottingham (1896 - 1988)*
  Ichabod Niles Cottingham (1842 - 1916)*
  Frances Ora Cottingham Smith (1844 - 1889)*
  Benjamin Franklin Cottingham (1851 - 1940)
  Belle Ann Cottingham Cassady (1854 - 1926)*
  Daniel Omar Cottingham (1858 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Motley Public Cemetery
Todd County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Jim Childers
Record added: Aug 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74629436
Benjamin Franklin Cottingham
Added by: Jim Childers
Benjamin Franklin Cottingham
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 Added: Sep. 9, 2014
Rest in Peace.
 Added: Sep. 10, 2011

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