James was a farmer who also did some road cutting work for the local council around Lancefield. In 1873 he was struck down by a boulder and soil from a cutting and suffered internal injuries, broken legs and paralysis. He was rushed to hopital in Melbourne where he died a week later. He had just turned 44 years old. His wife Eliza was pregnant and had her last baby (girl) a month later.
My heart goes out to these two brothers who suffered horrific deaths. James never made it back to England.
I would love for the two men to come together and share their stories, not just with me but with each other.
James birth - Ancestry.com. 1829, Lancashire England Church of England Births & Baptisms, 1820 - 1829, Drl/2/541, Bishops Transcripts. No 952, Page 123.
John birth - Ancestry.com. 1831, Lancashire England Church of England Births & Baptisms, 1813 - 1911, Drl/2/541,Bishops Transcripts. No 1126, Page 141.
Joseph & Elizabeth Johnson Marr. - Ancestry.com. 1831, Lancashire England Church of England Marr. & Banns, 1754 - 1936, No 1274, Page 426.
Elizabeth (Johnson) death - Burial Record, Church of St Oswald , Parish of Winwick, England, Register1831-1833, Page 392, Entry 3128. Source: LDS Film 1885711.
Elizabeth (Smith) marriage - Lancashire Online Parish Clerks: Register of Marriages 1833-1837, Page 116, Entry 347. Source: LDS Film 1562962.
Mary Ann birth - Ancestry.com. Free BMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915. 1909, Q1 - L.
James emigration - Date unknown, estimated from correspondence letters.
James marriage - Victoria, Australia, Certificate of Marriage.
Grandfather Joseph birth - Australian BDM Register, No 15588, Copy of Entry.
Two Letters: John to brother James Cottam - Copies in my personal possession.
John marriage - Family Search.org.England and Wales marriage Reg. Index, 1837-2005. Q1 - 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; Vol9C, Page 338, Line 33.
John death - British Library Newspapers; Article: Nottinghamshire Guardian on line, Fatal accident on Midland Railway. 11 Oct. 1860.
James death - Digger Pioneer Index, Victoria, 1836 - 1888. Death Entry No: 4795, Rec. 17.
James - newspaper reports - "Lancefield Examiner" May 01 and May 08, 1873, Victoria, Australia.
Agnes birth - Ancestry.com. Australian Birth Index 1788-1922. 1873 Darraweit Guim, Victoria, No: 8759.