|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1849|
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1933|
James was married to Cora Maude Lane. Their children were:
Mont Atha, Naomi Vene, Milton Sikas, Geneva Lenore, Elizabeth Maud, & Frankie Bertha.
James's obituaries provide a birds-eye view into his life & accomplishments.
"PIONEER OF INDIAN TERRITORY DIES
JAMES COTTER SERVED AS A MARSHAL
Wyandotte, Okla., Dec. 2. - James N. Cotter, 84-year-old Wyandotte Indian, will enter the 'Happy Hunting Grounds' through a white man's burial service, after devoting much of his life to the development of the Indian Territory.
Mr. Cotter took an active part in the early history of the Indian Territory and served on the United States Indian Police force for eighteen years under the Wyandotte Indian agency. He also served as deputy United States marshal under J.J. McAllister when the criminals were taken to the Court in Vinita, Okla., prior to the founding of Miami.
He also assisted in building of the Frisco railroad through the Indian Territory when the post office here was known as the Grand River Switch.
He joined the Masonic lodge when the members of the order met at Ogeecha, prior to the founding of Fairland, Okla.
Mr. Cotter died last night at his home northwest of Wyandotte at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 6 days. He was born in Quadadro, April 25, 1849, and came to this vicinity in November, 1867.
He was married to Deardiama Wallace, who died in 1886. Two years later he was married to Miss Cora Lane, a white woman, who survives him. His widow and three children, Milton Cotter, Mon Cotter and Mrs. Frankie Peacock, were at his bedside when he died.
James Cotter's father, Frank Cotter, was the first person buried in the Wyandotte cemetery, and his brother, Amos cotter, was buried there twelve days later.
Surviving besides his widow are Milton S. Cotter of Afton, Okla., and Mont Cotter of Wyandotte; four daughters, Mrs. Henry McCullens of Chelsea, Okla., Mrs. Oscar Cotton of Okmulgee, Okla., Mrs. Arl Wollzarber of Grave Water, Tex., and Mrs. Phillip Peacock of Miami.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Friends Church in Wyandotte. Burial will be in the Wyandotte cemetery."
Sunday, December 3, 1933
"Wyandotte Pioneer Dies
Funeral services for James Newgent Cotter, 84 years old, one eighth Wyandotte Indian, were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Friends church with Lawrence Auld officiating. J.N Kagey of the Seneca Indian school sang a solo. The mixed chorus of the Indian school sang several songs with Mrs. Kagey at the piano. There were many beautiful floral offerings.
Pallbearers were Elmer Thompson, John Devore, W. Elder, W. A. Simpson, Will Grow and Paul Holmes.
Mr. Cotter was born in Quindaro, Kas., April 20,1849. He came to Indian Territory and settled in 1867. He was married to Georgianna Wallace, who died in 1886. He was married to Cora Lane in 1888, who survives him.
Surviving are six children, 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Three of the children, Milton and Mont Cotter and Mrs. Phillip Peacock were at his bedside when he died.
For 18 years Mr. Cotter served on the United States Indian Police force and served as deputy United States marshal under J.J. McAlester.
Frank Cotter, Mr. Cotter's father, was the first person buried in the Wyandotte cemetery and 12 days later his brother, Amos Cotter, was buried there.
When the Frisco railroad was built through here Mr. Cotter assisted with the building. The post office at that time was called the Grand River Switch. He joined the Masonic lodge when a young man.
He lived 41 years of his life on his allotment, three-fourths mile northwest of Wyandotte. The other years he lived on the place adjoining this.
Surviving are: Mrs. Cotter, four daughters, Mrs. Phillip Peacock of Miami, Mrs. Henry McMullen of Chelsea, Mrs. Oscar Cotton of Okmulgee, Mrs. Arl Woolover of Gladewater, Tex., two sons, Mont Cotter of Wyandotte and Milton Cotter of Afton and a host of friends.
Burial was in the Wyandotte cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Undertakers of Seneca."
Miami Daily News Record
Friday, December 8, 1933
Researched & compiled by Virginia Brown
Cora Mae Lane Cotter (1866 - 1947)*
Milton Silas Cotter (1890 - 1966)*
Geneva Lenore Cotter Otton (1892 - 1964)*
Elizabeth Maud Cotter Wooliver (1894 - 1981)*
Frankie B Peacock (1900 - 1989)*
Mont Cotter (1905 - 1986)*
Wyandotte Indian Cemetery
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Kim Slayton (inactive)
Record added: Oct 22, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12136149