Dorothy Russell (Cotton) (c.1603 - 1680) MP

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Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Dorothy Russell (Cotton)

After Henry's death, Dorothy married John Russell as his second wife. John was baptized at Cretingham, Suffolk, England, February 26, 1597/8 and died at Hadley, MA, May 8, 1680, aged 83. Dorothy removed to Hadley with her new husband and there made her will in 1682. It was proved on December 22, 1694. It disposes a decent estate to her son Samuel (executor), daughter Dorothy Hall, and daughter Mary Smith. The last was her son Samuel's wife, and she evidently made her home with Samuel after John Russell's death.


Dorothy -

  • b. England;
  • d. 1694, Hadley, MA; will dated Feb. 16, 1681/2.
  • Married second in 1649 John RUSSELL (b. Feb. 26, 1597, Suffolk, England; d. May 8, 1680, Hadley, MA), father of Rev. John RUSSELL, successor to Rev. SMITH at Wethersfield, CT, and first minister at Hadley, MA about 1659.

Dorothy's surname is sometimes given as COTTON, without substantive evidence (which would be welcome). It may be that the COTTON surname is based on a bequest in the 1652 will of Rev. John COTTON to "my cousin Henery Smith." However, Rev. Henry SMITH was deceased at the time of the will, and the bequest was for "diet, lodging and apparel so long as he serve my wife, and £20" - certainly not intended for Rev. Henry SMITH.


Obviously the Dorothy below is different from the Dorothy above. Both are kept for the moment until the John and Dorothy Russell of Dartmouth can be separated from the John and Dorothy Russell of Hadley. -Ben M. Angel

Dorothy Russell, "Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

  • Name: Dorothy Russell
  • Gender: Female
  • Death Date: 18 Dec 1687
  • Death Place: Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse's Name: John, Sr.
  • Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I03799-4
  • System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy
  • GS Film number: 775496

"Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Mar 2014), Dorothy Russell, 18 Dec 1687.

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Dorothy Russell's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Cretingham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 8
Cretingham, Suffolk, England
Age 8
Cretingham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 8
Cretingham, Suffolk, England
Age 8
Age 20
October 9, 1628
Age 25
Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
January 27, 1637
Age 34
Norwich, Norfolk, England
January 27, 1638
Age 35
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut