Hugh Cotton was the son of William B Cotton and Mary Scott Cotton. He was born and died in Lawrence County, PA. He was one of 13 children. Hugh married twice, first to Diademia Drake and then Hannah Dick. He had 5 children (Matilda, William, Abram Munson, Gemella Jane, and Leander Foster) with Diademia and 2 children (Mary Diadema and Sarah Hannah) with Hannah.
According to the book, "Hugh Scott, an immigrant of 1670, and his descendents" by John Scott (1895), Hugh inherited a portion of the old homestead, including the family home. He was five feet eight inches in height, sandy hair, brown eyes, nervous in manner and speech, and very positive in his convictions.