Born: January 17, 1814, Brookfield, New York.
Died: March 22, 1892, Mill Grove, New York.
Buried: West Ridgeway Cemetery, Medina, New York.
Cottrell was known as a writer, poet and minister. A member of the Seventh-day Adventists, he served for a time on the editorial committee of The Review and Herald in Battle Creek, Michigan. As of 1857, he was living in Mill Grove, New York.
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MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…