This is not an answer to your question, but I couldn't help writing to ask if you are descended from the
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Asa Bettis Cotten who
...purchased land in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana ...70 acres & 48 acres
... from the U. S. Land Office in Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-dish) Parish (i.e. County), Louisiana
...on 1 SEPT 1849?
He may be the same as Asa B Cotten, son of Thomas, born 1778 in Edgefield, SC.
Trying to make the connections.