Thomas P. Cottam



(church leader, civic leader, master plasterer, farmer/rancher)


Thomas Punter Cottam was born in Salt Lake City on September 28, 1857.

The Cottam family moved to St. George in 1862.

As a young man, Cottam was President of his Deacon's Quorum and later a Counselor in his Elders' quorum.

On April 24, 1887, Thomas Cottam was set apart as Bishop of the St. George 4th Ward. When the wards were consolidated, he was made a Counselor to Bishop James Andrus.

In 1901, he was chosen as first counselor to President Edward H. Snow of the St. George Stake, which position he held for many years.

He also served as an assistant to President David H. Cannon of the St. George Temple. When Pres. Cannon died in December of 1924, Thomas Cottam succeeded him as Temple President.

Cottam served as a member of the St. George City Council for eleven years and as Mayor of St. George from January 6, 1900 to January 1904. He also served as Assessor and Collector for Washington County for a number of years.

Cottam was a member of the Utah Legislature from 1905 to 1908.

Pres. Cottam was ordained a Patriarch in 1917 by Apostle James E. Talmage.

Thomas P. Cottam passed away on March 16, 1926. His funeral was held in the St. George Tabernacle on March 18 and he was buried in Plot A_G_147_2_WH of the St. George City Cemetery.


Parents and Siblings:
    Thomas Cottam
    Caroline Smith Cottam
        Mary Ann Cottam
        Emma Cottam
        George Thomas Cottam
        Catherine Jane Cottam
        Thomas Punter Cottam
        Charles Smith Cottam
        Sarah Ellen Cottam

(10/20/1820-11/10/1896)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(6/27/1850-4/23/1901)   (married William Henry Thompson)
(10/29/1852-12/14/1934)   (married Rachel Holt)
(1/7/1855-1/6/1918)   (married Miles Park Romney)
(9/26/1857-3/16/1926)   (married Emmaline Jarvis)
(9/16/1861-2/11/1950)   (married Beatta Eliza Johnson and Mary Gertrude Judd Cottam)

Wife and Children:
    Emmaline Jarvis Cottam
        Emmaline "Emma" Jarvis Cottam  
        Thomas Cottam
        Heber Walter Cottam
        Arthur Cottam
        Annie Cottam
        Moroni Jarvis Cottam
        Walter Pace Cottam
        Eva Cottam
        Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx
        Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx

(3/21/1863/1863-9/21/1944)   (married 1/26/1882)
(12/27/1882-10/15/1976)   (married Moroni McArthur)
(6/5/1884-7/29/1970)   (married Matie Dotson and Anna Larsen)
(5/26/1886-6/27/1932)   (married Edith Brooks)
(8/5/1888-8/20/1981)   (married Mary Mae Pritchard)
(7/10/1890-4/21/1976)   (married Mark Bleak and William Frank Wilson)
(1/3/1892-7/8/1966)   (married Ramona Farrer)
(3/4/1894-12/22/1988)   (married Effie Frei)
(8/9/1902-11/2/1955)   (married Ellis Wilson Jones)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)


Thomas P. Cottam
Thomas P. Cottam
        Thomas P. Cottam
        Thomas P. Cottam
        Thomas P. Cottam
        Thomas P. Cottam

Emmaline Jarvis Cottam
Emmaline Jarvis Cottam
        Emmaline Jarvis Cottam
        Emmaline Jarvis Cottam
        Emmaline Jarvis Cottam
        Emmaline Jarvis Cottam

WCHS photos:
WCHS-02612   Photo of Thomas Cottam on a horse drawn hearse in the St. George City Cemetery


Sketch of the life of Thomas P. Cottam

Life story of Emmaline Jarvis [Cottam]
by Emma C. McArthur

Find-A-Grave entry for Thomas P. Cottam

Find-A-Grave entry for Emmaline Jarvis Cottam