Although this book is not meant to be a genealogical reference the events, dates, names, and locations are accurate and based on accepted proof standards unless they include descriptors such as likely, probable, or possible. This allowed the author to include additional information he believes to be true but lacks proof. Primary surnames include Cottrell, Brashear, Lashbrook, Taylor, and Cosby.
Extensive sourcing is not included. However, a list of general references used by the author in his research of his Cottrell lineage is included. There is also an index of names to aid in locating specific people.