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Coan Genealogy 


Coan Genealogy 

1697- 1982 

Peter And George 

Of East Hampton, Long Island, 

And Guilford, Connecticut 


Their Descendants 

In the Coan Line As Well As Other Allied Lines 




"People will not look forward 
to posterity who never look 
backwards to their ancestors, "j 
Edmund Burke, Reflections! 
on the Revolution in France! 





G. S. 





Copyright 1983 by Ruth Coan Fulton 
Printed in the United States of America 

Copies may be ordered 
directly from the author: 

Ruth Coan Fulton 
11 Loraine Street 
Portland, Maine 04103 

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data 

Fulton, Ruth Coan, 1915- 

Coan genealogy, 1697-1982. 

Bibliography: p. 
Includes index. 
1. Coyne family. I. Title. 
CS71.C879 1983 929'.2'9073 83-17769 

Produced by Peter E. Randall, Publisher 

Box 4726, Portsmouth, NH 03801 



with love and appreciation 
my father and mother, 
1862 - 1941 1888 - 1977 








Jacob Coan and Descendants: Martha Coan 


John Coan and Descendants; Elisha Coan; 
Mary Coan 


Abraham Coan and Descendants 


Elisha Davis Coan and Descendants 


William Albert Coan; Abraham Simpson Coan; 

Alonzo Coan and Descendants 











Wouldn't Peter and George Coan be astounded if they 
could read this book! To have so many known descendants 
(many more who are unknown) --people from all walks of life, 
who have lived in most of these United States and in many 
foreign countries — would be to them, I'm sure, absolutely 

A few of us many descendants have found fame; but most 
of us have been just honest, decent, hard-working individ- 
uals — trying to make a good life for ourselves and our fami- 
lies, doing our jobs, serving our country, worshipping our 
God, helping our neighbors, and contributing to our communi- 
ties as best we could. It is in large part because of the 
interest and genealogical contributions of these fine 
descendants that I have been able to compile this Coan book. 
I wish I could name all of you who helped, but the list 
would be too lengthy. I must, however, mention those living 
descendants and non-descendants who have given this project 
an extraordinary amount of time and assistance. 

First and foremost in this list is Virginia Catherine 
(Coan) Wiles, who has so graciously shared her years of 
research; has contributed all the data and the many illus- 
trations in the Charles Wattles 5 Coan section of Chapter 2; 
and has in every way supported and encouraged me in this 
undertaking. Second, my thanks go to Theodore Hunter Smith 7 , 
who has spent many years researching the Coans, especially 
the Jacob Coan line, and who generously contributed his 
findings, as well as his careful editing and proofreading, 
to Chapter 2. Third, to Margaret Stallman Ruth, wife of 
Roger A. Ruth , I am deeply indebted for her assistance, 
suggestions, and carefully researched data on Sylvanus 3 Coan 
in Chapter 8. To her husband, Roger, I owe nearly all the 
photographs in that chapter. And finally, to my typist and 
good friend, Nancy A. Merrill, I will be forever grateful 
for her painstaking work, for the many hours she spent 
beyond what was expected, and for her patience with the num- 
erous additions and revisions she had to make right up to 
the final hour when the book went to the publisher. 

To the following I am also greatly indebted: 

Edward M. and Barbara Coan 

Darlene Hogue Coan, wife of Norman Allison Coan 

Frances S. Coan 

George M. Coan 

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Leonie M. Coan Dunlap 

Olivia Carpenter Coan, wife of the late Folwell Welles 7 


Peter Gaylord Coan 

Philip B. 7 and Nancy Coan 

Ralph William 7 Coan, Sr., and Darline Coan 

Virginia W. Cooper, 

Ellenore Doudiet, 

Wayne E. 

Yates-Lyndonville, New York, Histo- 

Director, Wilson Museum, Castine, 

E. Morrison, & Co., Publi- 

Richard J. Trolley Library, 



sher, Ovid, New York 

Mabel Murata, Librarian, 
Taylor, Michigan 

Librarians and Staff, past and present, Maine Histori- 
cal Society Library, Portland, Maine 

Edith B. Nettleton, Historical Room Librarian, Guilford 
Free Library, Guilford, Connecticut 

C. C. Potter 7 

Barbara E. Rawson, Town Clerk, Guilford, Connecticut 

Gillian Rose, Photographer, Guilford, Connecticut 

Roger M. Seger, Director, Clinton Public Library, Clin- 
ton, Iowa 

Hannah L. Bond Zimmerman 

My thanks go also to many city and town libraries, 
state libraries, historical association libraries, town 
offices — especially to those who work there — for their won- 
derful cooperation and the facts they discovered. I am also 
very grateful to a number of newspapers, as well as to the 
following universities, seminaries, colleges, and schools 
whose staffs have searched the archives, special collec- 
tions, and alumni files to send me Coan data that exists 
nowhere else: 

Amherst College 
Antioch College 
Bangor Theological 

Bates College 
Boston University 
Bowdoin College 
Case Western Reserve 

College of Wooster 
Columbia University 
Cornell University 
Emma Willard School 
Hartford Seminary 
Hebron Academy 
Kents Hill School 
Lake Forest Academy 
Louisiana State 

Middlebury College 
Mount Holyoke College 
New Mexico State 


Phillips Academy, Andover, 

Polytechnic Preparatory 

Country Day School 
Princeton Theological Seminary 
Princeton University 
Rice University 
Rutgers University 
Texas State University 
Union College, Schenectady 
Union Theological Seminary 
University of Colorado, 

University of Lowell 
University of New Mexico 
University of Southern Maine 
Washington and Lee University 
Wellesley College 
Wells College 

West Texas State University 
Willamette University 
Williams College 
Yale Forest School 
Yale University 

Finally, to my three children, Pam, David, and Bob— - 
thank you for your sympathetic support and continued encour- 
agement. To my husband Bob--to you I will be eternally 
grateful for driving me many, many miles on this Coan hunt; 
for helping me find and check innumerable graveyards; for 
traveling by plane and bus to distant places so I could do 
the necessary research; and for being ever patient and 
understanding during the hundreds of hours I've spent in the 
last four years reading, writing, and typing. 

I wish I felt that in this book all facts were accu- 
rate, all Coan lines complete; but I know better. Many 
errors, unfortunately, will be found. Some records were hand 
written and hard to read. Others were incorrect and dif- 
fered in names, spellings, places, and dates. Also, people 
who sent information did not always write clearly. There 
were many Coans I was unable to trace at all for lack of 
data. What I have managed to assemble is a good start--one 
upon which I hope others may someday build. 

When, however, you readers do find errors, omissions, 
and misinformation, I hope you will write me the correct 
facts. If I receive enough additional information, in a 
year or two I will issue a supplement with an errata section 
and any new data. 

To those of you non-descendants who read this book, I 
trust meeting the Coan family in print will be an interest- 
ing experience. To you who are descendants, I hope after 
reading the story of your family, you will feel as I do-- 
proud to be related to the Coans, proud to be a Coan! 







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According to tradition, who were Peter and George Coan, 
and where did they come from? Fred Welby 6 Coan and Jeffery 
Prescott Coan, both descendants of Peter through Shubael 
Coan of Maine, were told that the Coans came from Holland 
and were Dutch. The Genealogical and Family History of the 
State of Connecticut (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing 
Company, 1911), Vol. 1, p. 90, edited by William Richard 
Cutter and others, in the article on the Coan family stated: 

The Coan family is of German descent, and has long been 
established in New England. In 1715 three brothers 
came from Worms, Germany. Their parents, who accompa- 
nied them on the emigrant ship, died on the voyage, and 
the boys consequently landed in America in a destitute 
condition. The two older brothers were apprenticed to 
Deacon Mulford, of East Hampton, Long Island, where 
they remained until their marriage, after which they 
removed to Guilford, Connecticut, where they passed the 
remainder of their lives. The other brother, Abraham, 
left no record of his life or family. 

Alvan Talcott, writing of Peter in his four-volume compendia 
on Guilford, Connecticut, families, said more or less the 
same thing. 

The article on Ralph Alonzo Coan, descendant of Peter 
and grandson of Abraham 4 Coan of Maine, in the National Cy- 
clopaedia of American Biography (New York: James T. White & 
Company, 1955), Vol. XL, p. 149, explained that Peter came 
"from Hesse (later part of Germany) in 1715 and settled in 
Massachusetts." D. Hamilton Hurd in his History of Fair- 
field County, Connecticut (Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co., 
1881), between pp. 804 and 805, in a resume on Albert Stone 4 
Coan, a great grandson of George, wrote: 

It is related that a great many years ago a wealthy 
German by the name of Coan left Germany in company with 
two of his sons who were small boys. On their way to 
this country Mr. Coan was murdered, his body thrown 
overboard, and all his money stolen. One of the boys 
went South, and nothing has been heard of him or any of 
his descendants; the other boy lived with a man on Long 
Island by the name of Mulford. In due time he married 
and had a family of children, one of whom he named Mul- 
ford Coan, which has since continued to be a family 


(There was no mention at all of Peter, and so far as I know, 
besides George's son, there was only one other Mulford— Milo 
Mulford 4 , son of Sylvanus .) 

Howard Radcliffe Coan, discussing the origin of the 

Coans, wrote: 

When my brother Frank was general secretary of the Eng- 
lish-Speaking Union of the United States, he went to 
England and in Norfolk discovered quite a few Coan 
names there in church and cemetery. We know that the 
migrants went to Europe (Germany) to get passage to the 
United States and that the three brothers, having lost 
their father during the voyage, seem to have begun as 
Americans in Guilford, Connecticut, where I have seen 
some of their graves. 

Virginia Catherine 8 Coan Wiles, a descendant of Peter 
through his son Jacob, said in her manuscript, History of 
the Coan Family of America , that it was "our family legend 
that the Coans came from Isle of Man, but were Welsh in 
descent. " 5 

Finally, Wesley Burgess Coan in his Genealogical Notes 


The progenitors of those who bear this Coan name in the 
United States were a family consisting of a father, 
mother, and three sons, natives of Worms, Germany, who 
in 1715 left Germany in an emigrant ship bound for New 
York. The names of the parents have not been ascer- 
tained . 

In the light of all this somewhat conflicting tradition, 
what are the facts? What do the records say? 

What facts? What records? In trying to find documented 
proof of Peter's birth, his parents' names, Peter's and 
George's arrival in America, I first of all had to realize 
that the name of these people then might not have been 
spelled C-O-A-N . In the 1930s the Media Research Bureau in 
Washington, D.C., published a series of genealogical and 
historical sketches on family names; one of them was The 
Name and Family of Coan from which I quote: 

The names of Coan , Coen , and Cone are said by some au- 
thorities to have been Cohen or Coh (a )n in origin, 
while other authorities claim they were derived from 
the ancient Irish name of Caomhan, meaning "a noble 
person," which was also to be found at an early date in 
Scotland in the form of Coane . These names were to be 
found on the ancient British and early American records 
in all of the various forms above mentioned and were 
probably interchangeable in many cases, with the German 
names of Cohan , Cohen , Cohn, Kohn , Kohen , Kohan , Koen, 
Koens, Cohem, Coham, Coen, Coens, Koan, Koans, etc. 


My first thought was to check New York State records to 
see if I might find some facts on apprentices of 1715. In 
E. B. O'Callaghan' s Documentary History of the State of New 
York (Albany, N.Y.: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1850), Vol. Ill, 
p~. 566, there was a record of the names of Palatine children 
apprenticed by Governor Hunter 1710-1714. The date was one 
year too early, but I decided to look at it anyway; and 
there I found two boys who must be Peter and George. (See 
copy of this record which follows.) The two boys were 
listed thus: 

1710 Sept. 22 Hans Jerick Coons Age 6 Orphan Bound to 

Saml . Mulford of East Hampton 
1710 Sept. 22 Hans ffellacoons Age 15 Orphan Bound to 

Caleb Heathcote of Scarsdale 

There were quite a few discrepancies between this in- 
formation and tradition, but tradition was often not exact. 
The date was 1710, not the 1715 of tradition. The second 
boy's name was more likely Philip, not Peter. In 1710 Peter 
would have been 12 or 13 years old, not 15, if the 1697 
birth date was accurate. The second boy was bound to Heath- 
cote, not Mulford. And Samuel Mulford was not tradition's 
Deacon Mulford. Deacon Mulford was Captain Samuel's brother 

Another source that included information on New York 
apprentices of that period was Professor I. Daniel Rupp's 
book, A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of 
German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants From 1727 
To 1776 (Philadelphia: I. G. Kohler, 1880), with German 
Translation. In the appendix, page 445, there was a list of 
male children apprenticed by Governor Hunter 1710-1714 (See 
list that follows). Here George was 8 years old, not 6; and 
the 15-year-old boy was definitely Philip , not Peter . Their 
last name was Kuhns . 

Were these boys really Peter and George Coan? If so, 
how could the discrepancies be explained? Some couldn't. 
The date of their arrival was definitely 1710, not 1715. 
Tradition was wrong. How could Philip be Peter? Mr. C. 
Frederick Kaufholz in his lecture, "Keys to a Search for Your 
German Ancestors," delivered before members of the New Eng- 
land Historic Genealogical Society in Boston in October of 
1980 said that one difficulty genealogists encountered in 
researching German names was that one man might be called by 
two names. One name he would use formally and legally in 
records and documents; the other he would be known by. 
Thus, Peter could be Peter to family and friends, but le- 
gally be Philip. 

As to the Mulford who took George as an apprentice, 
tradition could be wrong; and it was Captain Mulford, not 
Deacon Mulford, who took George. Or tradition could still 
be right. Samuel Mulford was a sea captain, a whaler, and 
for many years a member of the Provincial Assembly of New 


York. He was away from home a great deal, so he could have 
turned his young apprentice over to his brother Deacon John 
and wife to care for. Caleb Heathcote, to whom Philip Peter 
was bound, was a very wealthy and important gentleman. He 
was a judge, a colonel in the militia, mayor of Westchester, 
and for many years Receiver General of Customs of North Am- 
erica. Since his apprentice and George were brothers, he 
might have made arrangements with Mulford to keep the boys 
together. Philip Peter might then have worked for the Dea- 
con. Or, Philip Peter could have served his apprenticeship 
to Heachcote and then gone to East Hampton to be near 
George. At any rate, we know he was there in the 1720s be- 
cause his marriage was recorded in 1726 in the East Hampton 
church records kept by the minister, Nathaniel Huntting. In 
these records, which also contained the baptisms of four of 
his supposed twelve children, his name was Peter Coen . In 
the same church records George's name was recorded as Coen 
for his marriage, and Coens for the baptism of his daughter 
Jane . 

It would have been helpful if I could have examined the 
original records of indentures of Palatine children, for 
these records probably would have contained more detailed 
information. But as Winifred Holman, an eminent genealogist 
employed in the 1950s by Mrs. Folwell W. Coan to trace the 
Coan ancestry, stated in her Coan Lineage , p. 4, these rec- 
ords were "lost in the Capitol fire in Albany, New York, in 
1911." From this same manuscript came the following bit of 
interesting data on Peter and the Coan name: 

It seems possible that the Peter Covan who was a wit- 
ness to the will of John Wheeler of East Hampton, 5 
Sept. 1726, proved 3 Aug. 1728, may have been our Peter 
Coan. The other witnesses were Theophilus Willman and 
John Davis. ( Unrecorded Wills before 1796 , N.Y. His- 
torical Society Collections, 11:83.) 

After noting all the various spellings of Peter and 
George's surname, one might wonder when the C-Q-A-N finally 
appeared. The first record of the C-Q-A-N spelling appeared 
in 1735 in a deed dated November 10 for property purchased 
in Guilford, Connecticut, Northern Parish, by George (see 
deed). December 4 of the same year he purchased a second 
piece of property in the same town; and this he sold to Pe- 
ter November 11, 1737 (see deed). From this time on the name 
was Coan . Was the register of deeds responsible for this 
spelling, or did George spell his name that way? No one 
will ever know. There have been many spellings of the name 
since that time, not by the owners of the surname, but by 
others. The one that was probably the most unfortunate be- 
cause of the importance of the document in which it occurred 
was the 1790 Federal Census of the State of Massachusetts, 
town of Truro, where the name was spelled K-Q-H-A-M . All 
Truro gravestones, however, spelled it C-Q-A-N. There were 

No. VI. 


9iomcn unt> 2Utcr t>er won 1710 bit 1714 »on ©puwneur 
£utwr fa tie &hre artfcanen ^noben. 

Johun Philip Lepper, 12, Hans Gerhart Loser,? 10 ? 

Georg Fiiederich Weiser, 13, John Peter Zenye.r^'6^ 

Daniel Artopee Weiser, 12, Thomas Reich, 12, 

Philip Daniel Weiser, 13, Jacob Berleinan, 10, 

Johau Paul Denbig, 7, Johann Paul Schmidt, 12, 

Haua Georg Kuhus, 8, Georg Schneider, 15, 

Hans Philip Kuhus, 15, Joh. Con. Mathcis Horner, 15, 

Adam Greiner, 13, Jacob Eysterberg, 3, 

Hans Georg Bar, Hans Henrich Schiltz. 8, 
Joh. Ludig Trorit (Traucrt), 9, W. Webber, 8, 

Henrich Porter (Bortner), 14, Jonah Schmidt, 10, 

Hans Bastian Galiau, 12, Johannes Schiltz, 10, 

Joh. Bernhart Ruropaw Christian Engel, 12, 

(Rorbach), 10, Arnold Sehweedt, 13, 

Johanu Cunrad Otteene,? 9, Jacobus Brauer, 14, 

Frederick Otteene,? 7, Peter Lohn,? 9, 

llano Georg Schweitzer, 12, Nicholas Dietrich, 14, 

Julian Conrad Petre, 12, Peter De Mott, 13, 

Peter Pl'eilier, 0, Johann Wilhelm Schmidt, 14, 

Georg Kaatner, 13, Jacob Berleinan, 11 

Gerhardt Lamberton, 12, Simon Helm, 12. 

The whole number apprenticed, males and females, was 75. 

Die flange Wnjatyl, .K'uabcu unt> SMabdjcn, betrug 75. 

Names and Ages of Male Children Apprenticed by Governor Hunter. 
Courtesy I. Daniel Rupp, A Collection of Thirty Thousand Names of 
German, Swiss, French, and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania 
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two Coans who did spell the name differently. Mabel , grand- 
daughter of Peter through his son John, spelled the name 
C-O-W-A-N , and her grandson had a middle name with that 
spelling — Lester Cowan Hall. Ezra T. , a descendant of 
George, spelled his name C-Q-A-N-N to secure a correct pro- 
nunciation. He had two children who carried on the same 
spelling . 

Another interesting sidelight on the Coan name came 
from Ambrose Cone who was born in East Haddam, Connecticut, 
April 6, 1781, the son of James Cone. 

Upon arriving at the age of 21 years, Ambrose conceived 
the idea that the name would "look better" if spelled 
"Coan." He therefore changed his name to Coan, and his 
descendants have followed this spelling. (William Whit- 
ney Cone, Some Account of the Cone Family in America 
[Topeka, Kans.: Crane & Company, 1903], p. 175). 

Ever since, thanks to Ambrose, there has been an occasional 
mix-up between the descendants of Daniel Cone from Scotland 
and the descendants of Peter and George Coan from Germany. 

Now that we have traced George and Peter, the Palatine 
orphans, to the point where they have begun their adult 
lives in Connecticut, let's turn our attention to their par- 
ents who died en route to America with the Palatines. But 
first, who were these Palatines? They were people living in 
the Palatinate, two regions of Germany; one, the Rhenish or 
Lower Palatinate, which extended on both sides of the Rhine 
River and west from the Rhine to France and the Saarland; 
the other, the Upper Palatinate, a province of Bavaria. It 
is the first in which we are interested since this is the 
region of Worms where Peter was born in 1697. 

The Reverend Sanford H. Cobb in his book, The Palatine 
(Wilkes Barre, Pa.: printed for Wyoming Historical and Ge- 
nealogical Society, 1897), p. 6, describes the Lower Palati- 
nate : 

as fair a land as all Europe can show. The burghers of 
its cities were wealthy merchants. Its fertile fields 
and vine-clad hills brought competence and comfort to 
its people, and sent abundance of corn and wine to 
other countries of Europe. Religion and knowledge were 
so well diffused that there was no other people of 
their day to whom in these respects the Palatines stood 

About 1618 the Thirty Years War began, and the people 
of the Lower Palatinate were victims of: 

unspeakable horrors from fire and sword, as well as 
from pillage and plunder. After only twenty years of 
peace, war broke out again in 1668 and the French, 


under Louis XIV, invaded the Palatinate seeking to ut- 
terly destroy the hated Protestants and to make their 
land a desert. (William Solyman Coons, Koon and Coons 
Families of Eastern New York [Rutland, Vt . : The Tuttle 
Publishing Company, Inc., 1937], p. xxi). 

Louis' army consisted of: 

50,000 men with orders to its commander to ravage the 
province with fire and sword.... The invasion took 
place in winter. The French went through the length 
and breadth of the country destroying cities, burning 
villages, stripping the people of their possessions, 
compelling them to pull down their walls, to stand by 
and see their wealth perish in the flames, killing such 
as endeavored to save anything from the ruins, and then 
driving them into the fields to there perish with hun- 
ger or cold. 

In the following Spring the peasants were forced 
to plow under their crops. The whole land was filled 
with mourning. Many thousands were killed. Many were 
starved or frozen to death. In one day the Elector, 
standing on the walls of Manhein, counted twenty-three 
villages in flames. The ferocity of the war and the 
sufferings of the people can not adequately be des- 
cribed. (Cobb, The Palatine , p. 7). 

In 1689, eight years before Peter's birth, the city of 
Worms was burned. In 1704 Joshua Kocherthal , a Lutheran 
minister, visited England in behalf of the Palatines to seek 
their removal to other countries. In 1705 England, Holland, 
Sweden, and Prussia intervened and demanded the French cease 
this terrible persecution. But the outbreak of the War of 
the Spanish Succession came at about this time, and in 1707 
Louis sent an army to the Palatinate to repeat as far as 
possible the carnage of twenty years before. The Palatines 
could bear no more, and thus began their exodus. In 1708 
Kocherthal took fifty-three of his followers to London, and 
Queen Anne gave permission for this small group to go to New 
York. They reached their destination in January, 1709, and 
settled near Newburg on the Hudson. 

The severe winter of 1708-09 in the Palatinate des- 
troyed the remaining orchards and vineyards; and the people 
poured into England by the thousands. 

The fact that most of them had come down the Rhine into 
Holland and sailed from Rotterdam to England caused the 
tradition among many of their descendants in America 
that their ancestors came from Holland and were Dutch 
(Coons, Koon and Coons Families , p. xxi). 

Thus, we see why Fred Welby 6 Coan and Jeffery Prescott 9 Coan 
believed their ancestors came from Holland. Some Coan an- 


cester heard it said that Peter and George sailed from Hol- 
land to England, and then to America. He assumed that Peter 
and George were, therefore, Dutch. Thus, the tradition that 
the Coans were Dutch began. 

It is claimed that about 30,000 of these unfortunate 
people went to England, and, though the English did the 
best they could for them, their sufferings in some of 
their camps were horrible, and thousands of them died 
there. Eventually most of them were sent to New York, 
Pennsylvania, Maryland, the Carolinas, or other Ameri- 
can Provinces, and to Ireland. (Coons, Koon and Coons 
Families , p. xxii). 

In 1709 Queen Anne arranged that about 3,000 of them 
should be sent to New York with Kocherthal , who had returned 
to take more of his people to the new world. Although names 
of the ships in which they sailed are not recorded, indica- 
tions are that "the Globe , Berkley , Castle , Bedford , Lyon 
and Herbert were among the number" ( The Palatines of New 
York State [The Palatine Society, Inc., 1953], p. 24). 

Kocherthal and his 3,000 Palatines left London in Janu- 
ary, 1710.... They encountered fierce storms which scat- 
tered their ships and they were tossed about on angry 
seas for five or six months. With a deadly disease 
raging among them, the horrors of the long voyage can 
scarcely be imagined. The only doctor on one vessel 
reported that he had to care for over 330 patients at 
one time. They finally reached New York, the ships ar- 
riving between June 12 and July 24, 1710. Four hundred 
and seventy of their number had died on this voyage and 
250 more died in quaranteen on Governor's Island. In 
September, 1710, about 357 being left in New York City 
and 55 orphans and other destitute children being bound 
out, the rest began a movement up the Hudson River to 
the five camps arranged by Governor Hunter. (Coons, 
Koon and Coons Families , p. xxii). 

That then was the story of Peter, George, and their 
parents. They were among the "D.P.s" of the 1700s. These 
"displaced people" soon prospered in America since they were 
a hard working and highly respectable group. Most of them 
had some education as well. Peter and George "made it," but 
their parents did not. The reason that nothing was ever 
known of their parents was probably that the boys, particu- 
larly Peter, like many of the Jews of World War II who lived 
through the concentration camps, didn't talk about their ex- 
periences—couldn't talk about them — because what happened 
was too painful to remember. George was young, maybe only 
six years old, so he would not have remembered too much. 
But Peter was older and would never forget the whole experi- 
ence; but apparently he never talked of it to his children. 


And so, even the names of his parents were never known. 

What about the legend in the family of Virginia Coan 
Wiles — that the Coans came from Wales? Mrs. Wiles said that 
it was her belief the Coans left Wales for England and then 
probably fled from England because of religious persecution 
and settled in Germany. To go along with Mrs. Wiles, Mrs. 
Norman Allison Coan of Vancouver, Washington, (1982) wrote: 
"Our branch of the family has always claimed Welsh ances- 
try." Her husband was a descendant of Jacob 2 through Jacob's 
son Augustus. Ralph Gorman 7 Coan, Sr., who lived in Lake 
Oswego, Oregon, (1982) and was a descendant of Abraham 2 , 

Dad told us he understood that when the English... 
finally conquered Ireland that our ancestor of that 
time had to flee the country and went to the low coun- 
tries finally serving the local princeling in the area 
of Frankfort and Worms in what is now Germany. His 
son, who was named Peter, became a sailor and was a 
privateer sailing out of Louisburg in French Canada 
when his ship was wrecked upon the Maine coast, near 
the present site of Rockland, in 1645. It took him 
about four years to get back into contact with white 
men again, but he continued his seafaring life. 

I always assumed that his recontact with civiliza- 
tion was in New England, but if there is any substance 
to the story, it could just as well have been back in 
French Canada; and he could have returned to Germany 
eventually to sire a grandson who was our Peter. 

Originally, if any part of these traditions was cor- 
rect, the Coans started in the British Isles. But of this 
beginning there has been no proof. The only documented evi- 
dence was that Peter and George arrived with the Palatine 
immigration of 1710. Where their forebears came from was 
anybody's guess. Were they English, German, Welsh, or 
Irish? Someday some Coan may find a documented answer. 

Walter Knittle in his Early Eighteenth Century Pala- 
tine Emigration (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 
1965), p. 251, listed the Palatines who sailed from Rotter- 
dam to England in the spring and summer of 1709. The family 
that impressed me as possibly being that of Peter and George 
was recorded on the "Second Sailing, May 23, 1709": 

"Koen Koenraet & vroux 

Hans Veldekoen, Hans Deterkoen, 

Hans Jurgekeon, & 1 ch." (Note two spellings of 
"koen." ) 

The problem with this family was that there was one boy 
too many— Hans Deterkoen (probably Dietrick). He, however, 


might have died between May, 1709, and January, 1710, when 
the family sailed for America. Hans Jurgekeon was George; 
the "1 ch." was Abraham and Hans Veldekoen would have been 
Peter. I was also impressed with the similarity between 
Hans Veldekoen and Hans ffellacoons of the New York State 
list of apprentices 1710-1714. Anyone recording Hans Velde- 
koen from sound might have written Hans ffellacoons . 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record ( New 
York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1909), 
Vol 40, p. 96, listed the Palatines arriving on the "Second 
Sailing" to England May 27, 1709. On this list was: 

"Kuehn, Conrad, age 40, wife, sons 14, 11, 8, 2, Ref., a 
'husbandman and vinedresser.'" 

The fourth boy was still mentioned. On this list the oldest 
son's age compared to the age of Philip given by Rupp on the 
male Palatine apprentice list in the appendix of his book, 
and George was the same age as George on Rupp ' s list. Ref . 
stood for Reformed Church. 

In the lists of Palatines in New York in 1710 (Knittle, 
p. 282-291) a Conrad Kuhn was found, but not the Conrad 
Kuehn or Koenraet Kuhn with three or four children. Maybe 
this Conrad Kuehn family never sailed, and so couldn't be 
that of Peter and George; but if they did sail, the reason 
for their not being on the New York list would be, of 
course, that neither parent ever arrived; they died en 
route. Usually names were repeated in families; and thus 
there should have been a Conrad or two among the early 
Coans. There weren't. There were no Philips either. Conrad 
could have been the father's legal name just as Philip evi- 
dentally was Peter's. 

William Solyman Coons in his book on the Koon and Coons 
families, page 29, from which I have already quoted several 
times, gave two possibilities for the father of Philip and 
George. The first was Johannes Coens or Cuntz , widower, who 
married Maria Catharina Vogelezang (Hupman) and had a son 
Ludwig by her. Coons wrote: 

Johannes was probably the same as Johannes Kuatz 
(or Kuntz?), a. 40 yrs. and without family whose name 
appeared on the list of Palatines remaining at N.Y. 
during the winter of 1710-11. Whether he was a bro. of 
Matthias Kuntz from Bischmisheim. . . and the father of 
the 2 boys, Hans Philip Coons, a. 15, and Hans Jerick 
Coons, a. 8, cannot be clearly determined, though such 
seems likely to have been the case. These boys were 
bound out Sept. 22, 1710, and if this John was their 
father and the widower who m. late in Jan., 1711, he 
would be alone early in the winter as reported in this 
list of Palatines at N.Y. 

At all events this John who was m. in Jan., 1711, 
was evidentally a German and a little later we find him 


living among German Palatines of 1710 at East or West 
Camp, where the birth of a son occurred. He d. at some 
time during 1713 to 1721 or 1722, and his widow and son 
located in the Mohawk Valley. 

Somehow I do not believe Johannes Coens was the father 
of Peter and George. His name would have been recorded as 
their father, and they would not have been listed as orphans 
on the lists of Palatine apprentices 1710-1714. The second 
suggestion Coons made on page 230 was that: 

John Cunitz, a. 33, who was listed among the Palatines 
at St. Catherine's, England, in May or June, 1709, with 
wife and 2 boys then a. 15 and 5, could have been the 
father of this H. Philip and H. Jerick. This John Cun- 
itz was a Roman Catholic and his older son appears to 
have been a yr. or 2 older than this H. Philip. Still 
he could have become a Protestant, as a few of the 
Catholic Palatines did, and could have died on the way, 
though we think this very doubtful. We do not know 
what became of this Hans Philip. 

Well, we know what became of Hans Philip, and I'm sure 
John Cunitz was not his father. The name Cunitz was not too 
much like Coen , Coons , Koen , Kuhns--a strong reason to ques- 
tion this theory. And, more important, Coons did not 
mention that besides two sons, Cunitz also had a year-old 
daughter. ("List of Germans From the Palatinate Who Came to 
England in 1709," New York Genealogical and Biographical 
Record [New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical 
Society, 1909], Vol. 40, p. 93). I feel Cunitz definitely 
was not the father of Peter and George. 

In an effort to find Peter's parents, I wrote Stadter- 
waltung, Worms, Postfach 440, 6520 Worms, West Germany. 
They checked for Coen , Cahn , Coons , Koen , Kuhns , etc. of the 
late 1600s in Catholic and Protestant church records with no 
luck. I also wrote Heimatstelle Pfalz, Benzinoring 6, 6750 
Kaiserlautern, West Germany, to search the emigrants of the 
early 1700s for Peter and his family and received no reply. 
No response may mean no information. The following records 
in the Genealogical Department Library, Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, were 
searched by Horst Scharffs, an accredited genealogist and 
specialist in German language records, whom I employed: 

Worms, St. Johannis Church: birth 1683-1709; marriages 

Worms, St. Lambert Church: birth 1685-1707; marriages 

1686-1689 (marriage register 1690-1701 missing) 
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He found no reference to Peter or George, nor to people who 
might have been their parents. Mr. Scharffs said that these 
were all Catholic records and written in Latin. The Mormon 
Library had no copies of records of the Evangelical (Luther- 
an) churches. Both Protestant and Catholic records were sup- 
posedly checked when I wrote Stadterwaltung in Worms. How- 
ever, if the library at Salt Lake City ever does have copies 
of the Lutheran records, it might be worthwhile to have them 

I quote again from Mrs. Norman Allison Coan: 

We even went to the Kul ture-institute in Worms, Ger- 
many, but no luck. The curator told us there were 27 
places around the area where a birth could be register- 
ed and called "born in Worms." 

Richard Hogue Coan, son of Mrs. Norman Allison Coan, 
in a letter to the compiler said: 

While in Germany, Marilyn and I visited Worms to 
do some searching. We visited the "Stadt Archive" and 
Jewish and Protestant (not Catholic) cemeteries. In 
the archives were records back to the 1400s which rec- 
orded visits by travelling merchants and others as they 
entered the gates of Worms. No Coan or anything simi- 
lar in the late 1 600-early-1700 time frame. The rec- 
ords at the Jewish cemetery were extensive also, going 
well beyond the time frame of interest. Again, no Coan 
or anything really close. 

We were told by the Archivist that, in the vicin- 
ity of Worms, there were several other similar reposi- 
tories of early records. I did not pursue the matter 
further — a fact I now regret deeply. 

It certainly would be a satisfying coup to unravel 
the mystery. I'd love to return to Germany one day and 
be able to spend a month or so doing nothing else but 

Many people have tried to find the names of Peter and 
George's parents without success. I am including all this 
information to help some future Coan solve the puzzle. 
Someday some Coan may do it. I hope so. In the meantime, I 
believe that Peter and George's father could have been Con- 
rad Kuehn, but I will continue to search for documented 
proof . 


PETER COAN was born in Worms, Germany, in 1697, according 
to tradition. He came to America in 1710 with his parents 
and two brothers, George and Abraham. The parents did not 


survive the trip; so when the boys arrived in New York as 
part of the Palatine emigration of 1710, they were alone and 
destitute. Under Governor Hunter's plan for taking care of 
the orphans and other destitute minors, Peter was bound out 
to Caleb Heathcote of Scarsdale, New York, a wealthy and im- 
portant gentleman of the state. George was bound to Samuel 
Mulford of East Hampton, Long Island. No one knew what hap- 
pened to Abraham. Peter moved to East Hampton probably af- 
ter his apprenticeship was completed, although tradition 
said that he and George were both cared for by Deacon Mul- 
ford, who was Samuel's brother. At any rate, in the 1720s 
Peter was in East Hampton where on December 8, 1726, he mar- 
ried Hannah Davis. Hannah was baptized in East Hampton Oc- 
tober 29, 1727; Peter, February 4, 1728. Their first four 
children were born in East Hampton. 

No records have been found that indicate who Hannah's 
parents were. Some suggest she was a descendant of Fulk 
(Faulk) Davis of Long Island. Those who think she might 
have been descended from Fulk possibly have in mind his 
great granddaughter, Hannah Davis. This Hannah was born 
probably in the early 1700s, as was Hannah Davis Coan. How- 
ever, she could not have been Jeter's wife Hannah, since in 
the Long Island will of David Davis (Benjamin , Joseph , 
Fulk 1 ) David instructed his son William to "maintain my fa- 
ther Benjamin and my sister Hannah." Hannah Davis Coan was 
living then (1760) with her husband Peter in North Guilford 
and would have had no need of being "maintained." David's 
sister Hannah was no doubt living on Long Island with their 
father Banjamin. But Fulk had four other sons besides Jos- 
eph — Samuel, Jonathan (who died before 1675), John, and Ben- 
jamin. I have been unable to find any records on them, so 
Hannah Davis Coan might have been a descendant of one of 
them. The best discussion of Fulk Davis I found in Ances- 
tors of James Wilson Yates and His Wife Nancy Davis Terry by 
Josephine C. Frost (New York: Frederick Hitchcock, 1926), 
p. 25 . 

Two other possibilities for Hannah's parents were John 
and Hannah (Latting) Davis, who were married before 1687; or 
John Davis, who married Mary Banbury, widow of Edward Ban- 
bury, at Oyster Bay, Long Island, September 28, 1687. Ac- 
cording to Hannah (Davis) Coan * s gravestone, she was born in 
1709 — twenty-two years after either of these Davis marri- 
ages. So one of the pairs could have been her parents; but 
so far, no records have been found to verify she was a 
daughter of either pair. 

I think that the John Davis whom Winifred Holman men- 
tioned as being a witness, along with Peter Covan, to the 
will of James Wheeler of East Hampton in 1726 might have 
been Hannah's grandfather. According to Edward Doubleday 
Harris' "Ancient Burial Grounds of Long Island" in the New 
England Historical and Genealogical Register , Vol. 54, p. 
429, there was a gravestone for a John Davis who died in 
East Hampton, aged 90, in 1766. Were he and the witness one 


and the same? Who these John Davises were I have been un- 
able to discover. No wife was buried near the man in the 
cemetery. She might have died before he came to East Hamp- 
ton; or, of course, he might never have been married. In 
that case, he couldn't have been Hannah's grandf ather--maybe 
an uncle or great uncle. But I feel that somehow he might 
have been connected to her and that he and John Davis, wit- 
ness, might have been one and the same. This is a clue that 
perhaps some later genealogist may be able to use in tracing 
Hannah . 

In 1737 Peter purchased from his brother George some 
property with a small dwelling in the North Parish of Guil- 
ford, Connecticut. George had been living in Guilford, 
North Parish, since 1735 when he bought a home there. Peter 
became a prosperous farmer and bought several more pieces of 
property as is indicated by deeds on file in Guilford. He 
and Hannah were communicants of the Congregational Church in 
North Guilford. The inventory of Peter's estate follows. 
It contains only his personal effects since Peter gave his 
son John the land and house in Guilford, North Parish, Octo- 
ber 7, 1771. 

Hannah died in North Guilford March 30, 1776, in her 
68th year; Peter died there October 31, 1779, aged 82. They 
were both buried in the cemetery in North Guilford. 

Children (2) COAN 

i. Jacob, b. Jan. 24, 1728 

ii. John, bpt . Jan. 4, 1730 

iii. Abraham, bpt. Aug. 6, 1732 

iv. Hannah, bpt. Apr. 20, 1735, East Hampton 

v. Martha, b. Nov. 28, 1737 

vi . Mabel 

vii. Elisha, b. Nov. 29, 1739 

viii. Lucretia 

ix. Rebecca 

x. Submit 

xi. William, b. Feb. 24, 1747; d. June, 18, 1748 

xii. Mary, b. July 13, 1750 

Note : It has been suggested that Mabel, Lucretia, Submit, 
and Rebecca were not Peter's children, but were confused 
with John's children. I emphatically endorse this theory. 
I have listed them as belonging to Peter since several repu- 
table sources assign them to him; but I feel he definitely 
did not have twelve, but rather eight children. There were 
no records of any kind on any of these girls, and I find it 
strange that Peter would carefully record his other children 
but not the four of them. 

Some authorities say Peter's children were recorded, 
all twelve of them, in Peter's Bible. He definitely had a 
Bible; it was listed in the inventory of his estate, but it 
no longer exists. Catharine Coan Smith (Mrs. Frank L. 


Smith) was thought at one time to possess both the Bible and 
Peter's will. Mrs. Smith died in 1982. Her daughter wrote 
the compiler that neither the Bible nor the will were in 
Mrs. Smith's possession; and, so far as she knew, never had 
been. Peter's will was never probated. The Office of Pro- 
bate in Guilford, Connecticut, had only the inventory of his 
estate. So unless the Bible and/or the will are found, they 
cannot be used as a record. 

There were two records which were thought might pertain 
to Peter's daughter Mabel. The first was from Hales Grave- 
stones , Guilford, Connecticut: Mabel Coan, b. ca . 1738; d. 
5/2/1787. That Mabel was Mabel Chittenden Coan, John Coan ' s 
wife, who was born November 5, 1737, and died May 2, 1787. 
The other Mabel--Mehitable Coan who married John Gilbert Ap- 
ril 26, 1768 (Frederick W. Bailey, Early Connecticut Marri- 
ages As Found in Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 [New 
Haven: Bureau of American Ancestry, 1896], Vol. 6, p. 122) 
was Mahitable Cone, daughter of George and Mahitable (Em- 
mons) Cone as found on page 15 of Some Account of the Cone 
Family in America , compiled by William Whitney Cone, source 
already mentioned in this chapter. So neither record per- 
tains to Peter's daughter Mabel. 

Therefore, I am convinced that these four girls — Mabel; 
Submit, Lucretia, and Rebecca--were not daughters of Peter 
and Hannah. 

Reference: (Other than those already mentioned in text of 
Chapter 1 ) 

"Records of Marriages, Baptisms, and Deaths in 
East Hampton, Long Island, from 1696-1746," New York 
Genealogical and Biographical Record (New York): New 
York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1893-1902), 
Vol. 24, p. 189; Vol. 25, p. 37; Vol. 29, pp. 166, 168, 

170; Vol. 30, p. 42; Vol. 33, p. 155 


In September, 1982, through an ad in the magazine, The 
Genealogical Helper , I got in touch with Henry Z. JonesT 
Jr., an authority on the Palatines of 1709-1710, especially 
those who settled in Ireland and New York. He was a 1963 
graduate of Stanford University and by profession an actor- 
singer who co-starred in many TV productions, as well as 
acted in many commercials. In his article, "Emigrants from 
Laubenheim, Germany, to New York in 1709/10," Genealogical 
Society Q uarterly , June 1982, Vol. 70, No. 2, p. 97 he 

For the past twenty-one years I have been gathering 
documented data from original sources only on those 


"Palatines" who left their homes in Germany in the 
great exodus of 1709. My first publication on the sub- 
ject ( The Palatine Families of Ireland , published 1965) 
concerned those emigrants who settled near Limerick, 
Ireland, in 1710. Since 1965 I have been collecting 
17th- and 18th-century materials on those 1709ers who 
settled in colonial New York, and posting this histori- 
cal and genealogical information on family group sheets 
(now approaching 17,000 sheets). I now am in the pro- 
cess of writing a multi-volume, fully documented study 
of all the 800+ Palatine families who arrived in New 
York in 1710. 

I asked Mr. Jones two questions: 

1 . Do you know the names of the parents of the two Coan 
(Kuhn) boys who were apprenticed in 1710? 

2. Have you ever found a listing of those Palatines who 
left England in January, 1710, for New York? 

In Mr. Jones' first letter, he answered my second ques- 


I have had a researcher in London and Rotterdam on 
retainer for years, going through the various archives 
page by page, year by year, looking for those missing 
passenger lists. We have found some (Unpublished) 
dated 1710, but these are those who went back to Ger- 
many from England. However, these lists you seek may 
never have existed as you hoped: the Palatines were 
rarely listed by name, but rather by "numbers", as they 
were thought of as "cargo." This dehumanizing trend is 
terrible by our 20th-century standards, but common for 
the 18th century! 

Regarding his knowledge of the parents of the two Coan 
boy immigrants, Mr. Jones wrote: 

I am at present typing my mss. from my 17,000 
sheets. If you wish the short article (one page or a 
bit less) on this family, giving the names of the fa- 
ther of the boys you mentioned, his appearance on Hol- 
land sailing lists, etc., from my mss. my fee for a 
xerox of same would be $12.50. 

I'd love to send this on gratis, but with my Ger- 
man expenses alone at $90,000 on this hobby, I need 
some support from fellow-descendants of the 1709ers. 
...Your family has not yet been documented in Germany. 

Needless to say, my check was in the next mail. I re- 
ceived promptly the following: 

CONRAD KUHN now his son VALENTIN (Hunter Lists #413) 
Koenraet Koen, his wife (sons) Hans Veldekoen, 


Hans Deterkoen, Hans Jurgekoen, and one (other) child 
were in Holland in the 2nd party of 1709 (Rotterdam 
Lists). Conrad Kuhn aged 40, his wife, sons aged 14, 
11, 8, and 2, Ref., husbandman and vinedresser, were in 
the 2nd arrivals in England in 1709 (London Lists). 

Conrad Kuhn made his first appearance on the Hun- 
ter Lists 4 Aug 1710 with 2 over 10 yrs. and 1 under 
10. Although the heading in the Ledger section notes 
his son Valentin, the Journal entries mention only Con- 
rad Kuhn: he had 2 over 10 on 25 March 1711, 1 over 10 
yrs. on 25 March 1712, and 2 over 10 on 24 June 1712. 
The ch. of Conrad Kuhn were: 

1) Johann Veltin (Rotterdam Lists & Hunter Ledger), 
the Hans Ffellacoons aged 15, orphan apprenticed 
to one Caleb Heathcote of Scarsdale on 22 Sept 
1710 (Apprenticeship Lists). 

2) Johann Peter 2 (HJ), probably the Hans Deterkoen at 
Rotterdam in 1709 ( H J ) . 

3) Johann Georg 2 (Rotterdam Lists). Hans Jerick Coons 
aged 6, an orphan was bound to Saml . Mulford at 
East Hampton also on 22 Sept 1710 (Apprenticeship 
Lists ) . 

An article "The Coon (Coan) Family of Guilford, 
Conn.", a letter from Virginia Coan Wiles, published in 
Connecticut Ancestry (The Stamford Genealogical Socie- 
ty), Vol. 17, No. 4, May 1975, notes that both Georg 
and Peter Coan md . well, and raised large families and 
d. in Connecticut: Peter md . Hannah Davis in East 
Hampton, and George md . Jane Leek of East Hampton, L.I. 

As you can see from my sketch of the family, the 
father of the Peter 2 and Georg 2 Coans was Conrad Kuhn, 
the emigrant 1709er. The Rotterdam Lists are emphatic 
on this point, as you can see, in that they list the 
names of three of his four children. You may have seen 
this in Knittle, but missed the entry, as the secretar- 
ies at Rotterdam were English and Dutch, and often 
wrote down a German name phonetically (i.e. Johann Val- 
entin Kuhn became "Hans Veldekoen" in Holland, and then 
"Hans Ffellacoons" on the Apprenticeship Lists in N.Y. 
("V" and "F" interchange in the German sounds of that 
time). Then your Peter Coan was enrolled as "Hans De- 
terkoen" in Rotterdam; in my experience, the German 
Christian names "Dieter ( ich ) " and "Peter" often inter- 
changed in the old records, due to their obvious sound- 
alike quality. 

I have studied all the arriving Kuhn-Cuntz fami- 
lies in great depth for the past 13 years, and have 
eliminated all other potential emigrants who might have 
been parents of your two orphans, Georg and Peter. The 
case is extremely strong that Conrad 1 Kuhn was indeed 
the father of the boys (note how his death is implied 
in the Hunter Lists, where the listing for the family 
is transferred to the eldest boy listed at Rotterdam) 


(and these Rotterdam Lists were in order of age), name- 
ly his son Johann Veltin . The only slight problem is 
that the age of Johann George on the apprenticeship 
lists does not agree with the age of a child at London 
(although Johann Veltin's does): very often, in my ex- 
perience, ages on Palatine mss . were "right on the mon- 
ey"; othertimes, off as much as 30 (!!!) years. It's 
so frustrating sometimes. 

I was delighted that Mr. Jones and I agreed on the fa- 
ther of Peter and George. However, I questioned the exist- 
ence of an older brother Valentin since I felt Veldekoen, 
Ff el lacoons was Philip Peter and that if there were an older 
brother, he would have been mentioned in our family tradi- 
tion. To me what appeared in the Hunter Lists (lists com- 
piled for Governor Hunter of New York on the Palatine group 
in his state) did not refer to our Coan family, but rather 
to another Conrad Kuhn and his son Valentin. William S. 
Coons in his Koon-Coons Families of Eastern New York , p. 
388, said that Valentin, son of Conrad Kuhns, married Anna 
Catharine Wies shortly before or after coming to America and 
had a daughter Johanna Elisabetha Margretta Kuhn, born No- 
vember 1, 1711. Coons also said (p. 289) he thought there 
were two Conrad Kuhns: one, the son of Samuel, Jr.; and the 
other, his brother who had a son Valentin. I think there 
were three Conrad Kuhns--those two and one more who was 
never listed in America because he and his wife died at sea, 
and this third Conrad was the father of Peter and George. 
All this data I wrote to Mr. Jones, not because I did not 
value his experienced opinion, but because I did have access 
to family tradition — Peter born in Worms, Germany in 1697; 
parents died en route to America; and three boys left: Pe- 
ter, George, and Abraham, the latter lost after arrival—in- 
formation which he probably did not have. I mentioned too 
that on Rupp ' s listing of apprentices as well as in Coons' 
references to the Coons boys in his book, the two were 
Philip and George. I also explained my theory that Philip 
was Philip Peter. Mr. Jones wrote an excellent reply to my 
suggestions and questions, but remained firm in his opinion. 
His letter in its entirety follows: 

11 October 1982 

Ruth Coan Fulton 

II Loraine Street 
Portland, Maine 04103 

Dear Mrs. Fulton: 

Thank you for your letter of 27 September. 

I really appreciate the material and thoughts ex- 
pressed in your letter. If only all descendants were 


as concerned as you are at getting at the truth in a 
muddled family structure! Your points are interesting, 
and I want to reply to them: 

1 ) I have never seen the German Christian name Jo- 
hann Valentin transposed to a variant of Johann 
Peter; I have only seen Johann Dieter(ich) 
transposed to a variant of Peter in my experi- 
ence with the 800 families. Thus, if this did 
happen in your family, it would certainly be a 

2 ) As to family traditions: I'm trying hard to 
think in all the 800 families of where a family 
tradition was 100% true — and I really can't. 
They usually have the germ of truth in them, 
but usually are so "fouled up" over the years 
that they invert generations, change names, 
transpose lines, etc., making them difficult to 
accept as Gospel. Therefore, I utilize them in 
my project as "guides" but not "absolute 
truths. " 

3) The Hunter Lists were full of errors when com- 
pared to actual baptisms, etc. they supposedly 
reflected in their numbers. Remember that the 
secretaries were paid out of the money doled 
out to the 1709ers, so they appear to have 
pocketed as much as they could before the Pala- 
tines ever saw the funds! In addition, in my 
experience in nearly every instance when a sur- 
name was represented by several Palatine fami- 
lies (i.e. the many Schmidt, Muller, Schneider, 
Kuhn-Cuntz families), the Hunter secretaries 
mixed up the families. This is easily seen by 
studying the originals in the Journal section, 
when members of Valentin Kuhns ' family, for ex- 
ample, are moved around in juxtaposition to 
names from the Samuel Kuhn family, the Philip 
Launhardt family (his wife was a Kuhn), etc.— 
all of which show the secretaries were confused 
with just whom they were recording. This hap- 
pens again and again on the Schmidt and Muller 
families! The "Ledger" section was taken from 
the "Journal", and — out of nowhere — with no 
basis in the writings in the Journal, the Led- 
ger adds that entry reading "Valentin Kuhn--the 
son of Conrad Kuhn" to a family which the jux- 
taposition of names (i.e. Bellinger, Bender, 
etc. --all of whom originated in the home of 
Samuel Kuhn at Langenselbold, Germany) show 
firmly that this particular Valentin Kuhn was a 
son of Samuel ! ! Remember that the Hunter sec- 
retaries did not know the 1709ers as a whole 
group, especially in 1710 when they first ar- 
rived, and the errors in the Hunter Lists re- 


fleet this. This is hard for someone (like you 
and I ) who are steeped in using documentation 
to accept, but it was true: that sometimes a 
source contemporary with the event was dead 
wrong. I think of Pastor Kocherthal's church- 
books themselves in this regard: in several 
instances, he gives a specific ancestral vil- 
lage or town for a certain emigrant, and in 
several cases, he was wrong as to locale and 
spelling of the town, even though he was writ- 
ing about the emigrant who probably was stand- 
ing right in front of him. This has been proved 
many times in my German searches. But Kocher- 
thal also didn't "know" his entire flock that 
well, and also had to deal with some pretty 
terrible German dialects when writing down en- 
tries in a churchbook. 

4) BEWARE OF RUPP ! ! He is a whiz at Pennsylvania 
which was his area of expertise, but was dead 
wrong quite a few times in his coverage of N.Y. 
data and families. For one thing, he attribut- 
ed N.Y. origin for certain Pa. families who 
never have been documented in N.Y., and also 
mis-copied N.Y. lists in the case of other fam- 
ilies besides your Kuhn group. I use him with 
respect but caution. 

5) The Hunter Lists sometimes do not reflect ap- 
prentices one way or another! Also sometimes, 
the head of a family on the Hunter Lists con- 
tinued to be named the head, even though he may 
have died shortly after his arrival. (This is 
true in quite a few cases). 

I do agree with you that no one should ever be 
"locked in" to one train of thought. And just because I 
eat, breathe, and dream Palatines doesn't mean that I 
am always right: God help me if I ever get in that po- 
sition in my own mind! So I am open to your suggestions 
and thoughts. I just wanted you to know how "the big 
picture", studying all the other 846 families for these 
13 years, and also being familiar with just how reli- 
able the various Palatine mss . are in their original 
states (they all seem to have quirks, really!!) have 
made me arrive at my conclusions on your Coan family. 

I am alerting my researcher Carla Mittelstaedt- 
Kubaseck overseas of the high priority of finding your 
Conrad Kuhn and his sons (hopefully in a village near 
Worms), and will advise you the moment something turns 
up. Let's hope the registers are still extant! 


/s/ Hank Jones 
P.S. William S. Coon's book unfortunately didn't have 
access to German material on Samuel 1 Kuhn. 


All data presently available has been presented. I be- 
lieve there might have been a fourth brother, Hans Valentin 
or Hans Philip. In favor of there being this fourth brother 
are two points: 

a. Hans Veldekoen was listed on the London lists in 
1709 as 14 years old, too old for our Peter who was 
born in 1697. If Peter were Hans Deterkoen, his 
age in 1709 could have been 11, just as was record- 
ed on the London lists. 

b. There was no mention of Hans Deterkoen on any ap- 
prentice list. Apparently, his name was omitted; 
so he could have been apprenticed not to Heathcote 
but to Mulford as our tradition said. 

One strong point against Mr. Jones' reasoning in my 
mind is that no fourth brother was mentioned in our family 
tradition. The youngest brother, Abraham, was mentioned 
even though no one knew what happened to him. If there was 
a fourth brother Valentin, he probably died during his ap- 
prenticeship since there was no further record of him. But 
if Abraham were mentioned, why wasn't Valentin? Finally, I 
question that the Conrad Kuhn of the Hunter Lists was the 
father of Peter and George. 

I am delighted that Mr. Jones is trying to find infor- 
mation on Conrad Kuhns in a village near Worms. I feel if 
the information is there to be found, his researcher will 
find it. In the meantime, however, it is important that we 
all keep on searching ! 

Note: Mr. Jones' address is: P. 0. Box 8341 

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School, kept by Amasa G!e/en— viz., from the 2.V 1 day of April to the 17". day ol 
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Caleb Hyde, Jun 75 

Azariah Egleston 1 96 

Ebenezer Bement ! 16S 

Abagail Willard ' 114 

Daniel Fellows m 

David Bosworth 127 

Nathan Rosseter 214 

Thomas Rockwell 74 

Enos Stone 1 ^4 

Elias Willard. JT 3? 

Rufus Parker 70 

Samuel Monson 14° 

Moses Way 137 

John Willard 65 

Simon Dow 43 

Jacob Rash 74 

Daniel Meeker 9 

Stephen Cruttenden 162 

Oliver Root 159 

Joseph Denham ?2 

Jon* Hinsdale 64 

John Stoughton 60 

Gustavus Stoughton 113 

Dayton Fuller 27 

Charles Mattoon 57 

Joseph Barker 46 

Eldad Lewis 22 

Jacob Coan 52 

Oliver Wheten 7 

Abner Bangs 26 

Caleb Hyde 35 

Gam 1 B. Whiting 7 

Seth Hibbard 1 

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n° of Days as set ag^ each person is the n° of Days they sent to s d . School 

Lenox July iS* 1792 Amasa Glezev 

(Endorsed on outside.) 
School bill for the School taught by Mr. 
Amasa Glezen from the 2 3 r } Day of April to 
the i7'. h Day of July 1792 both Days included 
S d . School having been a private one set up & 
supported by A. Egleston, Esq. 

This one of a number of such accounts. 

Jacob Coan listed among parents on Major Egleston's school bill, 1792. 
Courtesy New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 23. 



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Principal Sources used in this chapter: 

Winifred Lovering Holman, Coan Lineage and Coan Adden- 
da , typed, bound manuscripts in the New England Historic 
Genealogical Society Library, Boston, Massachusetts; the 
former was compiled for Mrs. Folwell Welles Coan in 1957- 
1960, the latter was compiled for Miss Martha Jeanne Coan 
and Mr. Theodore H. Smith in 1961. 

Virginia Catherine Coan Wiles, History of the Coan Fam- 
ily of America , 1963 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical 
Department Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day 
Saints, Microfilm No. 525,726); History of the Coan Family 
of America , Vol. II, 1979 (Collection of Roger A. and Marga- 
ret S. Ruth, 390 Rock Beach Road, Rochester, NY 14617). 
Also both volumes are in the D.A.R. Library, Washington, 
D.C., and the Western Reserve Historical Society Library, 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Theodore H. Smith, Winter Park Towers, 1111 South Lake- 
mont Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792 

Other References : Given in the text and after biographies 
where they have been used. 

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JACOB COAN (Peter ) was born January 24, 1728, in East 

Hampton, Long Island, New York, the son of Peter 1 and Hannah 
(Davis) Coan. He was baptized February 4, 1728, in the first 
church in East Hampton by the second minister of that 
church, Nathaniel Huntting. Peter was baptized the same day 
as his son. There is no official record of the date of Ja- 
cob's birth except for a copy of a page from Jacob's Bible 
where he recorded the births of his children, his wife's 
date of birth, and his own. This copy was found among some 
old papers by Claudius Collins Coan, Jacob's grandson. 
Claudius sent it to his daughter Phoebe who was interested 
in genealogy and wrote an account of the Coan family. On 
the copy was written: "I send you grandfather's family rec- 
ord as it was recorded in his own hand in the Holy Bible." 
About 1737 Peter Coan moved his family to North Guil- 
ford, Connecticut, where he purchased a farm. It was here 
that Jacob grew up. In August, 1757, he participated in the 

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expedition at Fort William Henry in the Old French War. He 
is listed on "a muster Role of Men Detacht out of ye 7th 
ridgment and put under ye Command of Nathil Johnson Capt of 
ye 2nd Company in the present Expedition at fort Wm Henry" 
(Bernard Christian Steiner, A History of the Plantation of 
Menunkatuck and of the Original Town of Guilford, Connecti- 
cut [Baltimore: by the author, 1897], p. 423). 

Jacob responded to the "Alarm for Relief of fort Willm 
Henery and Parts adjacent" and served 15 days. There were 
80 men in Captain Johnson's Company, 61 of whom "rode horses 
from Guilford." In all probability he was one of the 61. 
(Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Vol. IX, 
p. 212). 

On May 5, 1754, Jacob married Luranda Collins, born 
December 25, 1733, daughter of Oliver and Elizabeth (Hall) 
Collins. Luranda was a lineal descendant of Governor Wil- 
lian Leete of the Connecticut Colony; her great grandfather, 
John Leete, the son of Governor Leete, was the first free 
white child born in Guilford, Connecticut. Luranda, through 
Governor Leete, was a direct descendant of Charlemagne and 
King John of England. 

Jacob, like many people of that time, wanted to get 
away from the "crowded" coastal areas. He moved northwest 
to Massachusetts to the Lenox-Stockbridge area. He and Lur- 
anda were members of the Congregational Church in Lenox. 
His cattle brand was a swallow tail on left ear and half 
penny on both sides of right ear. Although Jacob enjoyed 
living in an undeveloped area, he was still concerned about 
the education of his family. In 1792 he enrolled one of his 
children, probably Augustus, in a private school in Lenox 
and was prompt in his payments, as indicated by an account 
sheet kept by the teacher (see copy of listing of parents 
with children in Azariah Egleston's school as found in Thom- 
as Egleston's article, "Major Azariah Egleston of the Revo- 
lutionary Army," New York Genealogical and Biographical 
Record [New York: published by the Society, July, 189 2] , 
Vol. 23, p. 120). Jacob's slow trek west continued into 
eastern New York. Here he died February 7, 1813, aged 85 
(86, according to his gravestone). Luranda died October 14, 
1814. They were both buried in Vail Mills Cemetery, near 
Mayfield, New York. This small cemetery was located in the 
center of Vail Mills. In 1982 when the graveyard was vis- 
ited by the compiler, it was back from the main street about 
125 feet, behind a mobile home. It was visible from the 
road, however; and Jacob's stone was at the southwest cor- 
ner. His stone was intact, but leaning backwards; and the 
inscription was still clear. Luranda ' s stone, next to Ja- 
cob's, was broken in half with the top half stuck into the 
ground. Her inscription was still quite legible; and her 
date of death was October 14, not 15, as given in some rec- 
ords. The year read 1811, but the spacing between the two 
1 's in 1811 indicated the final 1 was probably a A (see pic- 
ture of gravestones). 

Graves of Jacob and Luranda Coan, Vail Mills, New York. Courtesy 
Robert W. Fulton. 

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Children (3) COAN 

i. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 20, 1755 

ii. William, b. Oct. 14, 1757 

iii. Elisha, b. July 4, 1760 

iv. Luranda, b. Dec. 7, 1762 

v. Jacob, b. Apr. 24, 1765; d. Jan. 27, 1767 

vi . Jacob, b. Oct. 18, 1767; died young 

vii. Phoebe, b. Apr. 16, 1770 

viii. Roxana, b. Nov. 28, 1772 

ix. Augustus, b. Oct. 1, 1775 

x. Hannah (Fanny), b. Feb. 18, 1781; m. Jese Allen 

References: "Queries," Genealogical Department, Connecticut 
Quarterly , Vol. 2, 1895, p. 399. 

Alvan Talcott, Guilford, Connecticut Families 
(copy of original manuscript in Town Clerk's Office, 
Guilford, Connecticut). 

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ELIZABETH COAN (Jacob , Peter ) was born February 20, 1755, 

the first child of Jacob and Luranda (Collins) Coan. She 
married Nathan Hinckley. She married second Richard Ely, 
who was born in 1752, son of Richard and Mary (Pearson) Ely 
of Hector, New York, as his third wife. (Family tradition 
has her marrying Major Ezra Smith of Burlington, Vermont. 
[Wesley Burgess Coan's Genealogical Notes ]. The compiler 
has been unable to find any records to support this mar- 
riage.) Richard died in 1840; Elizabeth, in 1845. 

Children (4) HINCKLEY 

i. Ann, b. 1797 

Reference: Moses S. Beach and William Ely collectors; ed- 
ited by George B. Vanderpeel , The Ely Ancestry (New 
York: Cabinet Press, 1902), pp. 121, 228. 

ANN HINCKLEY , daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth (Coan) 

Hinckley, was born in 1797. In 1823 she married Hector Ely, 

who was born in 1796, the son of Richard and Eustatia Bush- 

nell (Lag) Ely. Hector died in 1865 and Ann in 1874. 

Children (5) ELY 

i. Franklin Pratt, b. 1823; m. Frances Louisa Ste- 
vens: one son, Myron, b. 1858, m. Ida May Rey- 
nolds; d. 1860 

noias; a. i»t>u 
ii. Andrew Jackson, b. 1825; d. 1829 


iii. Helen Ann, b. 1829; m. Nathaniel Madison Mat- 
thews: one daughter, Adelaide, b. 1865 

iv. Hector, b. 1834, m. Phebe Jane Clawson: child- 
ren — Willisford, b. 1861; Clarence, b. 1868; 
Anna Helen, b. 1875 

Reference: Beach and Ely, The Ely Ancestry , pp. 228, 356. 

WILLIAM 3 COAN (Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in North Guilford, 
Connecticut, October 14, 1757, son of Jacob and Luranda 
(Collins) Coan. William had a long service in the Continen- 
tal Army in the American Revolution. He enlisted from both 
Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts, and served continually 
1777-1783. He served in Captain Ezra Whittelsey's Company, 
Captain Stoddard's Company, and Captain Jeremiah Miller's 
Company — all in Colonel Vose's Regiment. He was based at a 
camp near Valley Forge, reported sick at Fishkill, then 
served at Providence and Cumberland. 

In 1780 he was a private in Captain Charles Dibble's 
Company, Rossiter's 3rd Berkshire County Regiment. In 1781 
he was with the same company and was described as "age, 23; 
stature, 5 ft. 10 in.; complexion, light; hair, light; occu- 
pation, laborer; residence, Lenox." Between 1781 and 1782 he 
served at West Point, Phillipsburg , Dobbs Ferry, Peekskill, 
and New Hutts; in August of 1781 he was promoted to corpo- 
ral. (For complete service record see Massachusetts Sol- 
diers in the War of the Revolution , [Boston: Wright and 
Potter Printing Co., 1897], Vol. 3, pp. 658, 659.) 

William married Roxana Chadwick, sister of Asa and Cor- 
nelius Chadwick, and in 1785 they lived in the village of 
Northampton, Montgomery County (now Fulton County), New York 
where their eldest son, Jacob, was born. By 1798 (and pro- 
bably by 1790), they lived in the town of Mayfield, which is 
immediately south of Northampton. On July 19, 1798, William 
and Roxana sold to John Anderson thirty acres of land in lot 
242 in the eastern division of Kingsborough, town of May- 
field; on February 4, 1805, they acknowledged the deed be- 
fore a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery 
County, and the deed was recorded on October 29, 1808. In 
the meantime, on February 28, 1798, William Coan (spelled 
"Coon" in the deed record book) and his brother-in-law, Asa 
Chadwick, both of Montgomery County, New York, had bought 
600 acres of land in the township of Locke, Onandaga County, 
New York (Cayuga County after 1799). On April 30, 1805, Asa 
Chadwick of Locke sold 106 acres of land to William Coan of 
Locke. Thus we see that William and Roxana had moved to 
Cayuga County by April, 1805. Their fifth son, Collins was 
born there in 1806. It is believed that Roxana died soon 
afterwards, perhaps in childbirth, but no proof has been 

William Coan does not appear in Locke in the census of 
1810, although his brother-in-law, Asa Chadwick, was there. 


It is believed that he had taken four of his sons, Jacob, 
William, Asa and Collins (Charles probably remained in 
Johnstown with his uncle and aunt, Caleb and Phebe 3 Coan 
Johnson when his parents moved to Cayuga County) to Upper 
Canada, where Jacob Coan ' s second child, Roxana, was born 
on August 29, 1810. They probably all moved back to the 
United States as the War of 1812 loomed up, because Jacob's 
third child, William P. Coan, was born in Cambria. Niagara 
County, New York, on November 24, 1812, and William enlist- 
ed for service in the New York State militia at Bloomfield, 
(near Victor, where his Uncle Elisha Coan and family liv- 
ed), Ontario County, New York, on September 15, 1813. Asa 4 
Coan's daughter, Sabra A. (Coan) Cox, in a Bounty Land War- 
rant claim, stated that her father had served in the same 
company with William . but his name was not found on a com- 
pany roll. William may have lived in Cambria with his son 
Jacob — it is only about fifteen miles from where he spent 
the last ten years of his life--but it was stated in Coan 
Record by George R. Coan of New Haven, Connecticut, that 
William went to Victor, New York; if that is so, this is the 
most likely time. 

By 1817 William had moved to Grand Island in the Niaga- 
ra River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In September, 
1821, he applied for a pension for his military service in 
the American Revolution, stating that he had "resided for 
the last four years on the unsold lands belonging to the 
State of New York lying on Grand Island in the town of Nia- 
gara and the County aforesaid." His family consisted of his 
wife, aged fifty-eight and his wife's granddaughter, aged 
eight years. He stated that he had property worth twenty- 
seven dollars but that he owed a debt of fifty dollars; that 
he was a farmer but was not able to perform much labor be- 
cause of an injury he had received the previous spring while 
logging. William gave a detailed list of his service, be- 
ginning January 1, 1776, at Lenox, Massachusetts, and ending 
in the autumn of 1783 at West Point, New York. He stated 
that he had taken part in the battles of Princeton, Saratoga 
and Monmouth. Although William stated that he was sixty- 
eight years of age, he was actually only sixty-four, since 
he was born in 1757. He was given credit for three years' 
service and received a pension of eight dollars per month. 

Grand Island was acquired by the State of New York in 
the peace settlement of the War of 1812. It belonged to the 
Seneca Indians and was purchased from them by New York in 
1815. In 1824 it was made a part of the town of Buffalo and 
was annexed to Erie County, which had been set off from Nia- 
gara County in 1822. In 1824 the state arranged to have it 
surveyed by S. D. Kellogg and James Tanner in the months of 
October and November. At that time there were many "squat- 
ters" on the island; the survey notes mention about twenty 
"improvements" which were inhabited, including one in Lots 
61 and 62 on the western shore which belonged to Mr. and 
Mrs. Coan. Lot 61 also had an improvement by W. Johnson, 
who may have been related to Mrs. Coan. 


On August 7, 1827, William made his will (a copy of 
which is included herewith.) He probably died soon after- 
wards and his will was probated in the town of Lewiston, 
Niagara County, New York, on November 28, 1827. Most of his 
property (which consisted principally of livestock, crops 
and household goods) was left to his wife Salome, and some 
to Susan Johnson (probably his wife's granddaughter) and to 
his sons Jacob and Collins Coan. Since all he left to his 
sons was livestock and crops, it would not have been practi- 
cal to have left such to Asa , who lived in Adams County, 
Ohio, or to William , who lived in Knox County, Indiana. 
His son Charles had died June 7, 1822, in Johnstown, New 
York. 3 

William Coan has never been found in a census under 
his correct name. He is thought to have been the William 
Coone listed in the 1790 census in the town of Caughnawago, 
Montgomery County, New York, with one male sixteen and up- 
ward, two males under sixteen, and three females. He cer- 
tainly had two sons under sixteen but he is not known to 
have had any daughters. Perhaps two of his sisters or two 
of Roxana's kin were living with him. The Montgomery County 
census of 1800 had many pages on which names are now miss- 
ing, and William's name may be one of them. He was not 
found in Cayuga County in 1800. He was not found in the New 
York census of 1810, and he is believed to have been in Can- 
ada at that time. He did not appear in the census of 1820 
because apparently Grand Island was not covered in it. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Jacob, b. July 15, 1785 

ii. Charles, b. 1789/1790 

iii. William, b. April 25, 1791 

iv. Asa, b. July 24, 1795 

v. Collins, b. 1806 

NOTE: As late as 1789 Montgomery County, New York, com- 
prised the western sixty percent of the state. In 
1790 it consisted of eleven "towns," of which four 
later became counties of the same names. The town of 
Caughnawaga included one third of the present Mont- 
gomery County and all of Fulton and Hamilton coun- 
ties; it included the present towns of Johnstown, 
Mayfield, Broadalbin, and Northampton, which are of 
interest to us. Thus in 1790, William may still have 
lived in Northampton or may already have moved to 
Mayfield. The deed showing his purchase of the land 
in Lot 242 is not on record, so it is no help. 

Reference: Theodore H. Smith wrote the entire arti- 
cle on William for this genealogy. 




In the name of God amen 

I William Coan of the undivided lands com- 
monly called Grand Island in the State of New York 
farmer, being verry sick and weak in body but 
of sound mind and memory and .understanding 
(blessed be God for the same) but considering the 
uncertainty of this transitory life - do make 
and publish this my last Will and Testament in 
manner and form following . to wit Principally and 
first of all I commend my immortal Soul into the 
hands of God who gave it and my body to the Earth 
to be buried in a decent and christian like man- 

-ner at the discretion of my Executors herein after 
named, and as to such Worldly Estate wherewith it 
hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give 
and dispose of the same in the following manner 
to wit First it is my will and I do order that 
all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly 
paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be 
after my decease 

Item I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Salome 
four cows of which she is to have her choice out of 
my flock. She is also to have one pair of working cattle 
to wit the old ones, together with my farming uten- 

-sils, namely, one plow, one harrow three sythes and 
their hingings. I also give unto my said wife the 
whole of my wheat and likewise my corn and po- 

-tatoes that are now in and upon the ground, and 
she is likewise to have one hog. Item I give and be- 

-queath unto my said wife the use and occupation 
of the farm of which I am now in possession untill 
the proprietors shall make arrangement in opposi- 
tion to that privilege. Item. I give and bequeath unto 
my said wife my beds and beding together with the 
whole of my household furnature and kitchen uten- 

-sils. I give and bequeath unto Susan Johnson one 
cow which she may choose next after my said wife 
has made her several choices. Item. I give and bequ- 

-eath unto my son Colins one cow and one pair of 
young oxen. Item I give and bequeath unto my son 
Jacob two calves. Item I devise that my fodder 
be so divided between my said wife and my son Colins 
that the stock that I have left my said wife may 
be decently wintered upon that part which is in the 
barn and Colins to have the remainder. It is also 
to be understood that in case of the death of my 
said son Colins in an unmarried state and without 
issue that I do order and direct that the legacy 
or share of my son colins is to be added to the leg- 

-acy of my son Jacob. And lastly I nominate 
constitute and appoint my said wife Anthony Ribald 


and Richard Elsworth all of Grand Issland to 
be the Executors of this my last will and testament 
here by revoking all other wills legacies and bequests 
by me heretofore made and declaring this and no 

other to be my last Will and testament — 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my 
hand and seal this seventh day of August in the 
year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and 
twenty seven. Signed sealed published pronou 
-need and declared by the said testator as his last 
Will and testament, in the presence of us who in 
his presence and at his request have subscribed as 

Wie William X Coan L.S. 
d mark 

R- Elsworth 
Nehemiah Mand 
Nathan Porter 

Niagara County Be it remembered. That 

on the twenty eighth day of November in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, personally ap- 
-peared before me Willard Smith Esquire Surrogate of the 
County of Niagara Nathan Porter who being duly sworn 
did depose and say. That he the deponent saw William 
Coan late of the county of Niagara, deceased Sign & Seal 
the written instrument, then shown unto him of which the 
foregoing is a true copy, purporting to be the last will 
and Testament of the said William Coan deceased, bearing 
date the seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and twenty seven — That at the time 
thereof the sid William Coan was of a sound disposing 
mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of 
him the deponent, and that he the deponent and Richard 
Elsworth and Nehemiah Mand subscribed their names 
as witnesses to the Said will in the presence of each other 
and in the presence of the Testator 

Willard Smith Surrogate 

JACOB COAN (William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born July 15, 
1785, at Northampton, Montgomery County (since 1838, Fulton 
County), New York, about fifteen miles from Vail Mills. He 
was the son of William and Roxana (Chadwick) Coan. On Au- 
gust 15, 1807, at Locke, Cayuga County, New York, he married 
Rhoda Wattles, who was born January 19, 1788, at Ballston, 
Saratoga County, New York, daughter of William, Jr., and Eu- 
nice (Parke) Wattles. Jacob drowned in Buffalo Creek, Buf- 



falo, New York, November 19, 1834, aged 49. Rhoda died Oc- 
tober 9, 1850, at Waukesha, Wisconsin. The many places Ja- 
cob and Rhoda lived can be noted from the places in which 
their twelve children were born. 

Children (5) 


l . 
ii . 

iii . 


vi . 

vii . 

xi . 

xii . 

Charles Wattles, b. Aug. 13, 1808 

Roxanna, b. Aug. 29, 1810; d. Mar. 3, 1879, Ris- 
William P., b. Nov. 24, 1812, Cambria, Niagara 

County, N.Y.; d. Jan. 19, 1813 
Wesley, b. May 22, 1812 [prob. 1814], Locke, 

N . Y . ; d . Apr . 21, 1815 
Cyrus, b. Sept. 4, 1816 
Fanny, b. Mar. 1819, Salina, Onondaga County, 

N.Y. ; d. Sept. 23, 1821 
James, b. Dec. 14, 1821, Salina, N.Y. ; d. Sept. 

13, 1822 
Jane, b. Aug. 12, 1823 

Caroline, b. June 26, 1821 [prob. 1825-27] 
Y.L.C., b. July 23, 1829, Syracuse, N.Y. 
Franklin, b. May 26, 1834 [prob. 1831], Buffalo, 

William I., b. July 9, 1833, Buffalo, N.Y.; d. 

Aug. 7, 1906, Buffalo, N.Y. 

Records From The Family Bible )of 
Jacob and Rhoda (Wattles) Coan 

Page 1 of 2 

Jacob Coan 

Rhoda Wattles 

Charles W. Coan 
Roxanna Coan 

William P. Coan 

Wesley Coan 
Cyrus Coan 

Born July 15, 
ery County. 

Died Nov. 19, 

Creek, body 
Born Jan. 19, 

Died Oct. 9, 1 
Married Aug. 

County, N.Y. 
Born Aug. 13, 
Born Aug. 29, 
Died March 3 , 
Born Nov. 24, 

Died Jan. 19, 
Born May 22, 1 
Died Apr. 21, 
Born Sept. 4, 
Died Dec. 18, 

Co. , Wise. 

1785, Northampton, Montgom- 

1834, Drowned in Buffalo 
found June 16, 1835. 

1788, Ballston, Saratoga 

850, at Waukesha, Wise. 

15, 1807, at Locks, Cayuga 

1808, at Locke. 

1810, at Upper Canada. 

1879, at Rising. 

1812, at Cambria, Niagara 


812 [prob. 1814] at Locke. 


1816, at Locke. 

1896, at Bristol, Kenosha 


Fanny Coan Born March, 1819, at Salina, Onondago Co. 

Died Sept. 23, 1821. 

James Coan Born Dec. 14, 1821, at Salina. 

Died Sept. 13, 1822. 

Jane Coan Born Aug. 12, 1823, at Salina. 

Caroline Coan Born June 26, 1821, [prob. 1825-27]. 

Y. L. C. Coan Born July 23, 1829 at Syracuse. 

Franklin Coan Born May 26, 1834 [prob. 1831] in Buf- 
falo, N.Y. 

William I. Coan Born July 9, 1833, in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Died [Aug. 7], 1906, in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Records From The Family Bible of 
Jacob and Rhoda (Wattles) Coan 

Page 2 of 2 


Roxanna Coan and 

Albert Orson Baker 

Jane Coan and 

married Sept. 18, 1831 

John Burhans 
Caroline Coan and 
J. R. Denio 
William I. Coan and 
Mary Webster 

married July 20, 1848 

married July 20, 18 [48] 


[Notes: Northampton is in what is now Fulton Co., N.Y.: in 
1788, Saratoga Co. was part of Albany Co., N.Y.; 
Charles (Wattles) Coan m. Cecelia Vaughn, March 9, 
1848; Mary Webster was b. 1829; d. 1905.] 

The above records were transcribed many years ago by 

Miss Ethel Mason Coan, granddaughter of William I. Coan, 

from the Family Bible of Jacob and Rhoda Coan, which has 

since been destroyed. Information in brackets added by 

T. H. Smith, 800 Edinburgh St., San Mateo, California. In 

1983 T. H. Smith's address was 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, 
Winter Park, FL 32792. 

Note: Mr. Smith believes Y.L.C. , son of Jacob 4 , was probab- 
ly misread. It should have been C.L.C. — Claudius 
Lysias Collins. He would have been named for Luranda 
Collins Coan's brother for whom Elisha , William , 


Charles Wattles Coan 

Cecelia Vaughn Coan 

Harriet Isobel Bullock, wife of 
Henry Vaughn Coan 

(left to right) Edward Milton Coan, Fanny Sweetser Coan, 
Marie Lovena Schwind Coan, William Ford Coan 

Edward and Marie Coan with Marjorie Isobel in the carriage 


4 4 

William , and Asa all named sons. No member of the Collins 

family had the initials Y. L. C. 


The following material on Charles Wattles 5 Coan and his 
descendants has been taken from the manuscript, History of 
the Coan Family of America by Virginia Catherine 8 Coan Wiles 
with her permission. It is the history of her line of de- 
scent. The information has been reorganized and rearranged 
by the compiler to correspond with the format of this book, 
but the facts were researched, recorded, and detailed by 
Mrs. Wiles. She also contributed all the illustrations for 
this section except for two whose donors have been noted. 

CHARLES WATTLES COAN (Jacob 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was 
born at Locke, Cayuga County, New York, August 13, 1808, the 
son of Jacob and Rhoda (Wattles) Coan. In his teens he went 
to sea on a whaler out of Nantucket. According to an Erie 
County, New York, deed, dated April 11, 1836, he married 
first Mary Ann . About 1846 he returned to the Buf- 
falo area of New York State, and March 9, 1848, he married 
second Cecelia Vaughn of Buffalo. (There was no record of 
what happened to Mary Ann.) Cecelia was born in Thompson- 
town, New York, August 27, 1815, the daughter of George and 
Betsey (McKee) Vaughn of Thompsontown and East Hartford, 
Connecticut. Charles was a saloon keeper in Buffalo. Cece- 
lia was very religious, and brought their children up 
strictly. The all-boy family was well educated for the times 
and had the social graces. By the 1860s Charles had moved 
his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he purchased another 
saloon. He died in Cleveland in 1887; Cecelia died there 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Charles S., b. Jan. 14, 1849 
ii. Henry Vaughn, b. April 20, 1851 
iii. Frederick, b. April 20, 1853 
iv. Albert Alexander, b. Jan. 31, 1855 
v. Amos, b. Oct. 28, 1856, Buffalo, N.Y.; d. Sept. 
25, 1858, Buffalo 

CHARLES S. 6 COAN (Charles W. 5 , Jacob 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , 
Peter 1 ) was born January 14, 1849, in Buffalo, New York, the 
son of Charles Wattles and Cecelia (Vaughn) Coan. He mar- 
ried and had two sons; worked as a printer and in a livery 
stable; died in Cleveland, Ohio. 


Children (7) COAN 

i . John 
ii. Frank 

HENRY VAUGHN 6 COAN (Charles W. , Jacob , William 3 , Jacob 2 , 
Peter 1 ) was born in Buffalo, New York, April 20, 1851, the 
son of Charles Wattles and Cecelia (Vaughn) Coan. Henry, 
along with his brother Albert, was an accomplished soft-shoe 
dancer. He also was very athletic and enjoyed baseball es- 
pecially. In 1875 in Cleveland, Ohio, he married Harriet 
Isobel Bullock. Her mother died when she was born in 1854, 
and a wealthy aunt brought her up. This aunt did not like 
Henry and would have nothing more to do with her niece when 
she married him. 

Henry operated a small bakery in Cleveland; and despite 
her wealthy upbringing, Hattie did her share in the bakery 
and was a good wife. She loved to entertain. When her 
Grandfather Gould died, she inherited some money; but nei- 
ther she nor Henry could hang on to money, and they went 
through it. 

Harriet was never well after her fourth son Frank was 
born. On September 19, 1905, in Cleveland she died of con- 
sumption and was buried in Lake View Cemetery. Frank was 
then twelve years old. 

After her death Henry took Frank and went to visit his 
son William who was married and living in New York City. 
Through William's wife Fanny, a pianist, Henry met Eudora 
Parkhurst, a violinist, who was playing a summer engagement 
in a New Jersey hotel with Fanny. Henry courted Eudora and 
persuaded her to go with him to Isle of Pines south of Cuba 
where he had invested in a citrus grove. They were married 
in Havana on their arrival July 7, 1909, and lived on Isle 
of Pines. Here they had three sons, the first two, twins. 
Henry took up Christian Science; and when Sydney, one of the 
twins, developed diphtheria, Henry would allow no medical 
aid. Sydney died. 

When World War I broke out, Henry took his family back 
to the States. They settled in Royal Oak, Michigan, where 
at age 67 Henry worked as a brick layer. He could outwork 
all the younger men on the crew. At age 70 he was doing 
handsprings on the shore of Lake Erie. He died at Royal Oak 
April 17, 1950, aged 99. Eudora died at Royal Oak May 26, 

Children (7) COAN 

Children by Harriet 

i. Harry, b. 1876, Cleveland, Ohio; d. 1878 

ii. William Ford, b. Nov. 25, 1872 

iii. Edward Milton, b. June 2, 1877 

iv. Frank Perry, b. Nov. 18, 1893 


Children by Eudora 

v. Sydney V., b. Apr. 25, 1910, twin, Isle of Pines, 

Cuba; d. Aug. 28, 1923, diphtheria 
vi. Wallace S., b. Apr. 25, 1910, twin, Isle of 

Pines, Cuba 
vii. Melvin G., b. Jan. 18, 1914, Isle of Pines, Cuba; 

d. July 20, 1931, Royal Oak, Michigan; broken 

neck from a diving accident 

WILLIAM FORD 7 COAN (Henry V. 6 , Charles W. 5 , Jacob 4 , Wil- 
liam , Jacob , Peter ) was born November 25, 1872, in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, the son of Henry Vaughn and Harriet (Bullock) 
Coan. He had a fine tenor voice; and with his brother Ed- 
ward, who was a bass, plus a friend, he made up a trio which 
sang at various functions. The trio won first prize in a 
Welsh singing contest, quite an honor since the Welsh were 
considered top singers in Cleveland. William and Edward 
sang in the Baptist choir and belonged to several singing 
societies . 

William went to New York to pursue his singing career. 
He married Fanny Sweetzer October 4, 1904, in Cobleskill, 
New York. She was a talented pianist and organist. 

After a long singing engagement in 1910, William came 
home ill. His little daughter Fanny kissed him. He had 
diphtheria which she contracted also. Both were in the hos- 
pital, and Fanny, his wife, couldn't see them since she was 
pregnant with her third child. Little Fanny died, and Wil- 
liam lost his voice. He turned to auditing and worked in 
New York Trust Company until he retired in 1941. He died 
in New York City March 16, 1949; his wife died in 1961. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Fanny Elizabeth, b. June 16, 1905, New York City; 

d. Apr. 11, 1910 
ii. Henry Everett, b. July 4, 1908 
iii. Robert Ford, b. June 5, 1910 

HENRY EVERETT 8 COAN (William F. 7 , Henry V. 6 , Charles W. 5 , 
Jacob 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born July 4, 1908, the 
son of William Ford and Fanny (Sweetzer) Coan. November 22, 
1936, he married Frances Chemworth who was born March 5, 
1910. In 1963 he was Assistant Manager of Dry Docks Savings 
Bank in Yonkers, New York, and his daughter Frances was 
studying at Potsdam School of Music. She inherited her 
grandfather William's singing voice. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Frances E., b. 1942 

ii. William E., b. Aug. 1945, Yonkers, N.Y. 


ROBERT FORD 8 COAN (William F^ 7 , Henry V. , Charles W. , Ja- 
cob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born June 4, 1910, the 
son of William Ford and Fanny (Sweetzer) Coan. He married 
Barbara Geisz October 26, 1936. In 1963 he was associated 
with Guarantee Insurance Company. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Linda Ann, b. Apr., 1942 

EDWARD MILTON COAN (Henry V. , Charles W. , Jacob , Wil- 
liam , Jacob , Peter ) was born June 2, 1877, in Cleveland, 
Ohio, the son of Henry Vaughn and Harriet (Bullock) Coan. 
Edward never finished high school. He had to leave at the 
end of his junior year to go to work in his father's bakery. 
He was very much disappointed to have no more education. He 
was a very talented pianist and accompanied the singing trio 
he and his brother William had with a friend. At the age of 
22 he was composing music. He also had real artistic abil- 
ity. He did water colors and was excellent in portraits. 
Along with William he sang in the Baptist church choir where 
he met his wife. 

April 21, 1904, he married Marie Lovena Schwind, who 
was born in Cleveland September 27, 1876, daughter of 
Charles Lincoln and Catherine ( Hopp ) von Schwind. (They'd 
dropped the von by this time.) They had a large social 
wedding in the Parmley Hotel ballroom in Painesville, Ohio. 
It took three dressmakers three weeks to make the wedding 
gown. It was later the bridal gown of Marie's second daugh- 
ter Virginia Catherine. Marie wore the hourglass gown to a 
ball shortly before the premature birth of their first child 
Marjorie Isobel December 22, 1904, in East Cleveland, Ohio. 
Edward was working then as an accountant at the New York 
Central Railroad office in Cleveland. 

August 11, 1906, before Marie had really recovered from 
the birth of the first baby, Virginia Catherine was born. 
Work was slow, and Edward's finances were at a low ebb, so 
they had to move to another apartment. It was very incon- 
venient—upstairs, no sink, no drain, and all water had to 
be carried up and down. Here they stayed three years. 

Henry, Edward's father, was doing so well at Isle of 
Pines that Edward, Marie, and Marie's parents purchased land 
there and had it planted with acres of pineapple, oranges, 
and grapefruit. In 1909 when work was slow in Cleveland, 
Edward and his family moved to Isle of Pines. 

The boat from Havana to Isle of Pines had only a rope 
rail, so the parents had to hold the two children. When 
they landed, they were taken by mule team to the hotel, a 
very poor accommodation. Ed's father met them and took them 
to his house at Neuva Gerona . It was a large house, but had 
flimsy construction. The groves were beautiful, but the 
feel of the jungle was all around. 

Virginia Catherine Coan and 
Marjorie Isobel Coan 

Edward Milton Coan and his son 
Edward Rollin Coan, 1928. 

Edward Milton Coan and Marie 
L.S. Coan, 1904 

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Sketches by Virginia Catherine Coan Wiles, (top) Wedding 
dress of Marie Von Schwind Coan in 1904 and her daughter 
Virginia Coan Wiles in 1935. (bottom) "Arden," summer 
home of Edward and Marie Coan in Mentor Headlands, 


At Henry's they slept under net canopies after the beds 
were searched for snakes. One morning Edward found a scor- 
pion in his shoe. Marie decided she'd never live here; she 
was homesick. However, after vowing to herself to return to 
the States, she set about having a good time while she was 
there. At a ball she and Edward attended they met Cleveland 
people who discouraged them. These people said that the Is- 
land schools were poor; that the land was not what it was 
reputed to be; and that Edward and Marie should just have a 
vacation and keep their things in storage in Mobile. 

After three weeks they returned to New Orleans and vis- 
ited an aunt of Marie's who urged them to stay. Marjorie 
and Virginia contracted the measles and were cared for by a 
colored nurse while Marie and Edward went sightseeing. Ed- 
ward found a job at the post office, but a month later he 
was offered his old job at the New York Central in Cleve- 
land; so the family returned to East Cleveland. Edward and 
Marie were soon in the social swing there. Marie joined the 
Sewing Club; and they both joined the Mozart Choir, the 
Fortnightly Music Club, and were charter members of the 
Twenty-Forty Club. Marie sang contralto, and Edward had a 
fine bass voice. 

To help financially because the trip south had wiped 
out their savings, Edward and Marie made chowchow (chili 
sauce and piccalilli). It was bottled, labeled, and sold at 
Chandler and Rudd Company. Also, Marie boarded teachers. 
Edward enrolled at International Correspondence Schools and 
studied every phase of auditing and related subjects. He 
became an authority and lectured at meetings and conven- 
tions . 

In 1912 Helen Marie was born, and the New York Central 
moved its offices to New York. Ed was asked to go, but he 
didn't. He obtained independent jobs, but had to travel a 
great deal . He and Marie decided to move to Mentor Head- 
lands, Ohio, near Marie's parents where she owned a three- 
acre lot. Here, overlooking the lake, Edward built an eight 
room house. Next, Edward became a traveling auditor for 
Cleveland Trust Company, and Marie began to take summer 
boarders. They lived three years at the Headlands. Then 
Edward was made assistant head of the auditing department of 
Cleveland Trust Company and all its branches. In 1918 the 
family returned to Cleveland, but still spent summers at 
Mentor Headlands. 

Edward died March 18, 1946, at Painesville, Ohio. 
Marie died there August 18, 1954. They were both buried in 
Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Ohio 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Marjorie Isobel , b. Dec. 22, 1904 

ii. Virginia Catherine, b. Aug. 11, 1906 

iii. Helen Marie, b. Apr. 13, 1912 

iv. Edward Rollin, b. May 7, 1921 


MARJORIE ISOBEL 8 COAN (Edward M. 7 , Henry V. 6 , Charles W. 5 , 
Jacob 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born December 22, 1904 
in East Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Edward Milton and 
Marie (Schwind) Coan. She inherited her father's musical 
ability and her mother's voice. While the family lived at 
Mentor Headlands, she and Virginia attended a one-room coun- 
try school with fifteen pupils. She went on to graduate in 
1925 from the College for Women (later called Flora Stone 
Mather College), Western Reserve University. She received 
her master's degree in psychiatric social work from the 
school of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve Univer- 
sity. Marjorie worked for the state welfare association in 
Florida, was associated with the Cleveland Child Guidance 
Clinic, and for a time was a social worker for Children's 
Services in Cleveland. 

November 28, 1934, she married her childhood sweetheart 
Arthur Wetzel, born November 30, 1906, at Bellevue, Ohio, 
the foster child of William and Eliza Wetzel of Mentor Head- 
lands, Ohio. Marjorie and Arthur were married in Morgantown, 
West Virginia, and settled in Vero Beach, Florida where they 
bought several orange groves. After a year they returned to 
Cleveland, and Arthur went to work for Lincoln Electric 
where he stayed until 1945 when he bought a bulldozer and 
went into business for himself. Although he never went be- 
yond the eighth grade, since his foster parents did not be- 
lieve in education, he educated himself and became a very 
well-informed and financially successful business man. 

After World War II Marjorie and Arthur bought the west 
section of the Schwind farm at Mentor Headlands and built a 
house there. When Arthur's foster mother died, they moved 
into the Wetzel house to care for an aged aunt. They were 
both very active in community affairs. Marjorie was for 
many years Sunday School superintendent for the North Mentor 
Church. They were sponsors and supervisors for the commun- 
ity building for teens; and Arthur offered his services and 
those of his machines to help build the church and community 
center. He died suddenly of a heart attack August 18, 1960. 

Marjorie operated nine rental cottages at Mentor Head- 
lands. On May 24, 1964, the Mentor Headlands Community Asso- 
ciation presented to her, and posthumously to Arthur, a pla- 
que dedicating the new addition—the children's recreational 
hall — to them for their work in organizing the center, for 
their continual efforts over the years to keep it running, 
and finally for their help with its building. She was gen- 
eral manager and head of the Building Fund Committee, a mem- 
ber of the Mentor School Board, the Mentor Marsh Committee, 
and the National Mental Health Association. She died June 
23, 1967, in Cleveland. 

Children (9) WETZEL 

i. Susan Jane, b. Feb. 10, 1939 
ii. William Arthur, b. June 2, 1941 

Marjorie Isobel Coan. Courtesy 
Case Western Reserve University. 

Virginia Catherine Coan. Courtesy 
Case Western Reserve University. 

Helen Marie Coan Mann 

Marie Schwind Coan and 
Edward Rollin Coan 

Marjorie Coan Wetzel and Arthur Wetzel 

Susan Wetzel Hay ward, Elaine Jost Wetzel, 
James Thomas Wetzel, Robert Edward Wetzel 


iii. James Thomas, a twin, b. June 2, 1944 
iv. Robert Edward, a twin, b. June 2, 1944 

SUSAN JANE WETZEL , the daughter of Arthur and Marjorie Iso- 
bel (Coan) Wetzel, was born February 10, 1939, in Cleveland, 
Ohio. Her aunt, Virginia (Coan) Wiles, said about her: "She 
was small, lithe, and dark--resembled her mother in both 
looks and character. She was very efficient, a good plan- 
ner, and had the same drive and charm." She was graduated 
from Ohio University and from Western Reserve University 
School of Applied Social Science. She did case work in a 
Cleveland children's agency. March 22, 1971, in Mentor, 
Ohio, she married Clayton Lee Hayward. 

Children (10) HAYWARD 

i. Angela, b. Dec. 15, 1976 

WILLIAM ARTHUR WETZEL , the son of Arthur and Marjorie Iso- 
bel (Coan) Wetzel, was born June 2, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, 
About him his aunt, Virginia (Coan) Wiles, said: 

He was well-built, of medium height with dark coloring, 
and had all the varied abilities of his father. He 
played the organ, was an individualist with a keen wit 
and alert mind... a wizard at machinery .. .and raced mot- 
orcycles as a hobby. At racing Bill was a veteran win- 
ner, having filled his room, the kitchen shelves, and 
the TV room with his racing trophies .... In 1964 he won 
the Jack Pine and Canadian National Motor Cycle troph- 
ies . 

He worked for a time at Morton Salt in charge of machinery 
repair; in 1966 he started his own cycle shop in Mentor, 
Ohio. March 9, 1968, he married Caroline Ashcraft in Paines- 
ville, Ohio. In 1979 he was owner of Suzuki Sales. 

JAMES THOMAS WETZEL , a twin son of Arthur and Marjorie Iso- 
bel (Coan) Wetzel, was born June 2, 1944, in Cleveland, 
Ohio. Of him his aunt, Virginia (Coan) Wiles, said: 

Jim was tall, blond, and well-built, a determined indi- 
vidual with a doggedness that kept him going through 
thick and thin. He, too, was a cycle race enthusiast 
and had his own collection of trophies .... In 1964 he 
won the Ohio State Motorcycle Racing Trophy and his 
name was placed in the Hall of Fame at Columbus. He re- 
ceived his education at Ohio University and became a 
teacher. September 3, 1966, he married Elaine Sandra 
Jost in Kirtland, Ohio. 


Children (10) WETZEL 

i. Eric Allyn, b. Mar. 5, 1977, Athens, Ohio 
ii. Jody, b. , 1979 


ROBERT EDWARD WETZEL , a twin son of Arthur and Marjone 
Isobel (Coan) Wetzel, was born June 2, 1944, in Cleveland, 
Ohio. His aunt, Virginia (Coan) Wiles said of him: 

Bob, the other twin, was smaller, lithe, and dark like 

his Coan ancestors. He was the thoughtful one, the 

socially conscious, the fastidious one.... He liked 

swimming, skiing, and bowling. 

He received his education at Mount Union College, in Alli- 
ance, Ohio. April 14, 1973, in Ashtabula, Ohio, he married 
Sara Jane Jepson, daughter of Warren E. Jepson. Robert was 
owner of Wetzel Carpet Sales in Ashtabula in 1982. 

Children (10) WETZEL 

i. Courtney Alison 

8 7 6 

VIRGINIA CATHERINE COAN (Edward M. , Henry V. , Charles 
W. 5 , Jacob 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter ) was born August 11, 
1906, in East Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Edward Milton 
and Marie (Schwind) Coan. She was a blue-eyed, blonde baby, 
sensitive and dreamy in direct contrast to her dark-haired, 
vivacious sister Marjorie. She inherited her father's ar- 
tistic talent; and in high school, before she had any ad- 
vanced training, at the Lake County Fair she won many prizes 
for her paintings. She was graduated from Western Reserve 
University; and one term while she was in college, she took 
courses at the Cleveland School of Art. Later, while she 
was teaching school, she studied at the same place under 
Carl Guertner, a modern water color artist. She had gone 
into teaching at her parents' insistence, but did not like 
her job; so she changed to social work. She was employed by 
a Cleveland family agency for awhile, and then went into 
children's work. 

On July 15, 1935, Virginia married Berlyn H. Wiles, who 
was born November 13, 1909, in Irondale, Ohio, the son of 
James R. and Nan (Stillwell) Wiles. They were married at 
the home of her parents at Mentor Headlands. Dr. Frank H. 
Ferris of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church, Shaker Heights, 
officiated. Virginia was married in her mother Marie's 
heirloom wedding gown of 1904. After their marriage she and 
Berlyn worked for six months as house parents at the model 
orphanage, Beechbrook. They worked with Bob and Mona Man- 
ners (Manners Drive-in Restaurants) and with Dr. and Mrs. 
Bliss Shaeffer of University Hospital. They then moved back 

Susan Jane Wetzel Hayward 

Clayton, Angela, and Ronnie 
Hayward, stepson of Susan Wetzel 

Angela Hayward 

William Arthur Wetzel and 
Caroline Ashcraft Wetzel 

James Thomas Wetzel 

Elaine Jost Wetzel 

Jody and Eric Allyn Wetzel 

Courtney Wetzel, daugh- 
ter of Robert Edward and 
Sara Jane Jepson Wetzel 


to Cleveland where Virginia was soon called to work again at 
the Family Service Association. She worked there until her 
son was born. Berlyn worked first as a drill press operator 
and then as an assembly man at the North American Manufac- 
turing Company. 

In 1943 Berlyn and Virginia moved to the small town of 
Minerva, Ohio, because of Berlyn' s health. They had lived 
there once before when they were first married; and they 
both preferred small town life. They were both active in 
the Methodist Church and served for many years on the offi- 
cial board. Virginia belonged to the Women's Society of the 
church, acted as secretary, and for three years as presi- 
dent. She also was a busy worker and officer in the Parent- 
Teacher Association. It was there in Minerva that she and 
Berlyn wrote the history of the Wiles family, Pennsylvania 
Dutch pioneers who settled in Jefferson County, Ohio. Then 
Virginia began the gigantic task of writing the Coan history 
and profusely illustrating it with her interesting drawings. 
She entitled her work The History of the Coan Family of Am- 
erica and completed the manuscript in 1963. She updated it 
later, so that it carried the facts of her immediate family 
until 1966. It was put on microfilm and made available under 
#525,726 at the Genealogical Department Library of the 
Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City. The Presby- 
terian Historical Society in Philadelphia controlled repro- 
duction rights of the microfilm. 

In 1979 Virginia completed Volume II of The History of 
the Coan Family of America , updating her first manuscript 
and adding new Coan data. She was a member of the Daughters 
of the American Revolution; she was D.A.R. genealogist for 
Carroll County, Ohio, from 1975 on and continued in that of- 
fice in 1982. 

Children (9) WILES 

i. David Berlyn, b. May 4, 1939 

DAVID BERLYN WILES , son of Berlyn H. and Virginia Catherine 

(Coan) Wiles, was born May 4, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio. 

When he was six years old he had rheumatic fever and spent a 

long time in bed. However, he finally recovered completely. 

After finishing high school in 1957, he joined the navy and 

was a junior officer at boot camp at Great Lakes. Later he 

was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps on the USS Forrest- 

al , then the largest aircraft carrier in the world. He 

cruised the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for three and a 

half years and was discharaged after four years of service 

September, 1961. 

After serving in the navy, he worked in a factory for 

awhile and then in construction. Deciding to continue his 

education, he enrolled at Ohio University in Feburary, 1963. 

After a year and a half in college, he could not decide on a 


major and went back into the navy for another two years. On 
June 26, 1965, he married Anne Louise Melenbacher in the 
Presbyterian Church in Rittman, Ohio. She was born in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, September 21, 1944, the daughter of 
Karl and Virginia (Wallace) Melenbacher. 

Children (10) WILES 

i. Matthew James, b. Jan. 14, 1973, Springfield, Ohio; 

d. Oct. 15, 1975, Springfield; buried Hammonds- 


ii. Daniel Elias, b. Mar. 29, 1975, Springfield, Ohio 

8 7 6 5 

HELEN MARIE COAN (Edward M. 1 Henry V. , Charles W. , Ja- 
cob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born April 13, 1912, at 
East Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Edward Milton and 
Marie (Schwind) Coan. She had a special talent in music- 
sang and played both the piano and organ. For two years she 
attended Baldwin-Wallace College and then finished her edu- 
cation at a business school. She, like her father, was very 
good at figures, and became a teller, later a cost account- 
ant at Cleveland Trust Company. In March, 1936, she married 
Russell B. Mann, born June 22, 1915, a near neighbor and son 
of the Cleveland lawyer, A. S. Mann. The wedding took place 
in Middlefield, Ohio; and the young couple settled there on 
the Mann farm which Russell had been given by his father. 
Besides living in Middlefield, they also lived in Cleve- 
land, New Orleans, and Painesville, Ohio. Helen and Russell 
were separated and finally divorced. She became accounts 
payable manager in a Painesville firm. 

Children (9) MANN 

i. James, b. Mar. 16, 1940 

ii. Betty Lou, b. Dec. 27, 1942 

iii. Dennis R., b. Oct. 19, 1944 

iv. Joseph B., b. July 16, 1946 

JAMES MANN 9 , the son of Russell B. and Helen Marie (Coan) 
Mann, was born March i in Cleveland, Ohio. In June, 
1963, he married Shirley Bowman of Painesville, Ohio. They 
were divorced in 1965. He married second Ruth . 

Children (10) MANN by Shirley 

i. Timothy James, b. July 8, 1964, Painesville, Ohio 

MANN by Ruth 

ii. Michelle 
iii . Samantha 

(top left) Virginia 
Catherine Coan Wiles, 
(top right) Berlyn Wiles, 
(center) David Berlyn 
Wiles and Anne Louise 
Melenbacher Wiles, 
(bottom left) Matthew 
James Wiles, (bottom 
right) Daniel Elias Wiles. 

Virginia Coan Wiles and her doll collection of her ancestors. Dolls: 
Katherine Hopp Schwind; Editha Matilda, wife of Henry I of En- 
gland; Katie Hopp, age 16; Marie Schwind Coan in wedding gown, 
1904; Marie Schwind, age 12; Luranda Collins Coan, wife of Jacob; 
King Henry Iof England; Anne Payne, wife of William Leete; Gover- 
nor William Leete of the Connecticut Colony, 1650. 

Virginia Coan Wiles, Marjorie Coan Wetzel, Helen Coan Mann 


iv. Jimmy 

v. Russell Berlyn, b. Apr. 14, 1970, Madison, Ohio 

vi . Dianne 

BETTY LOU MANN , the daughter of Russell B. and Helen Marie 

(Coan) Mann, was born December 27, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Of her, her aunt, Virginia Catherine (Coan) Wiles, said: 

Betty Lou was a blond, tall and thin, with fine fea- 
tures and a graceful carriage. She was chosen the 
Fairport Mardi Gras Queen during her last year at Har- 
vey High School in Painesville, Ohio.... She married 
February 12, 1963, William Joseph Zeleny at St. Mary's 
Catholic Church in Painesville. He was born April 17, 
1942. It was a lovely winter wedding, all in red and 
white. The bride wore a floor-length gown of white 
satin with a fingertip veil, and her attendants were 
dressed in red velvet. Her cousin, Susan Jane Wetzel, 
was the maid of honor. The couple settled at Madison... 

Children (10) ZELENY 

i. William Joseph, Jr., b. Oct. 5, 1964, Painesville, 

ii. Jeffrey Paul, b. Mar. 4, 1966, Painesville, Ohio 
iii. Jennifer Marie, b. June 29, 1968, Painesville, 

iv. Michael Phillip, b. Sept. 17, 1971 

DENNIS R. MANN , son of Russell B. and Helen Marie (Coan) 

Mann, was born October 19, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

July 21, 1962, in Perry, Ohio, he married Phyllis Brown, who 

was born August 7, 1944, in Haywood, West Virginia. She was 

the daughter of Mrs. Ruby Brown of Perry, Ohio, and Haywood, 

West Virginia. 

Children (10) MANN 

i. Donna Lynn, b. June 24, 1963 

ii. Dennis Rollin, b. May 4, 1965, Painesville, Ohio 

iii. Darla Ann, b. Dec. 12, 1967, Painesville, Ohio 


JOSEPH B. MANN , son of Russell B. and Helen Marie (Coan) 

Mann, was born July 16, 1946, in Painesville, Ohio. In 1965 

he enlisted in the navy and served aboard the USS Henrico ; 

first, out of San Diego; then in Vietnam during the Vietnam 

War. His ship landed troops and ran ammunition. In 1966 he 

signed for a second tour of duty in Vietnam. On May 26, 

1973, he married Mary Ann Brown, the daughter of William J. 

Brown of Covington, Louisiana. 


Children (10) MANN 

i. Mary Jo Ellen, b. Sept., 1973 
ii. Joey 
iii . Jason 

8 7 6 5 
EDWARD ROLLIN COAN (Edward M. , Henry V. , Charles W. , 
Jacob , William 3 , Jacob , Peter ) was born May 7, 1921, in 
Cleveland, Ohio. After attending Case Institute of Techno- 
logy for three and a half years, he was graduated as a die- 
sel engineer. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta frater- 
nity. In World War II he was a Lieutenant, J.G., in the 
U. S. Naval Reserve and served on a mine sweeper. Here he 
was known as "Dead-Eye Dick" for his prowess in shooting 
sharks while the men were swimming. 

On July 17, 1942, in the Fairmount Presbyterian Church 
in Shaker Heights, Cleveland, Ohio, he married Loretta Gray, 
born October 25, 1922, the daughter of Eugene Hollister and 
Thelma (Whittemore) Gray. After his discharge from the 
navy, he was a diesel engineer and he became the owner of 
Mid-Continent Construction Company of Cleveland and a com- 
mercial construction firm. He was always interested in the 
out-of-doors and bought an island in Georgian Bay, Canada, 
which he named Coan Island. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Barbara Jane, b. Oct. 22, 1945 
ii. Patricia Jean, b. Feb. 3, 1948 
iii. Marilyn, b. Aug. 23, 1952 

9 8 7 6 

BARBARA JANE COAN (Edward R. , Edward M. , Henry V. , 
Charles W. , Jacob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in 
Cleveland, Ohio, October 22, 1945, the daughter of Edward 
Rollin and Loretta (Gray) Coan. On August 17, 1968, in Pep- 
per Pike, Ohio, she married Thomas Frederic McDonald, who 
was born August 17, 1944. 

Children (10) McDONALD 

i. Gregory Edward, b. May 6, 1971, Manchester, Conn, 
ii. Catherine Megan, b. Jan. 14, 1974, Manchester, 

Conn . 
iii. Gregory Thomas, b. Jan. 16, 1982, Hudson, Ohio 

9 8 7 6 
PATRICIA JEAN COAN (Edward R. , Edward M. , Henry V. , 

5 4 ~\ ") 

Charles W. , Jacob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in 
Cleveland, Ohio, February 3, 1948, the daughter of Edward 
Rollin and Loretta (Gray) Coan. In 1973 in Chagrin Falls, 
Ohio, she married Larry Minihan, who was born March 18, 

(top left) James 
Mann, (top 
center) Ruth 
Mann, (top right) 
Michelle Mann, 
(center left) 
Mann, (center 
right) Jimmy 
Mann, (bottom 
left) Russell 
Mann, (bottom 
right) Dianne 

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Children (10) MINIHAN 

i. Kristin Marie, b. Mar. 7, 1974, Hudson, Ohio 
ii. Kelly Margaret, b. Jan. 24, 1977, Hudson, Ohio 
iii. Kathleen Melissa, b. Nov. 15, 1979, Mentor, Ohio 

FRANK PERRY COAN (Henry V. , Charles W. 5 , Jacob 4 , William 3 , 
Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born November 18, 1893, in Cleveland, 
Ohio, the son of Henry Vaughn and Harriet Isobel (Bullock) 
Coan. In World War I Frank enlisted but never left this 
country because of his skill in office work. He was very 
much disappointed since he wanted to fight. After the war 
he stayed in the army 20 years and then became an insurance 
salesman. He was married three times and divorced three 
times. He never had any children except by his third wife. 

His wives were (1) Maude ; (2) Patricia ; 

(3) Mary . 

Children (8) COAN all born in Georgia 

i. Frank Perry, Jr. 
ii. Daughter 
iii. Daughter 

7 6 5 4 3 

WALLACE S. COAN (Henry V. , Charles W. , Jacob , William , 

Jacob , Peter ) was born April 25, 1910, Isle of Pines, 

Cuba, the son of Henry Vaughn and Eudora (Parkhurst) Coan. 

September 23, 1933, in Pontiac, Michigan, he married Marie 


Children (8) COAN 

i. Myron Melvin, b. May 28, 1935 
ii. Connie Marie, b. Aug. 31, 1937 

MYRON MELVIN COAN (Wallace S. , Henry V. 6 , Charles W. 5 , Ja- 
cob , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born May 28, 1935, in 
Royal Oak, Michigan. October 23, 1955, in Royal Oak he mar- 
ried Joan Hawk who was born February 4, 1935, in Royal Oak. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Brenda Marie, b. Feb. 3, 1958, Detroit, Michigan 
ii. Terrence John, b. June 10, 1964, Detroit, Michigan 

Q -7 r: c 

CONNIE MARIE COAN (Wallace S. , Henry V. , Charles W. , Ja- 
cob , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Pontiac, Michi- 
gan, August 31, 1937, the daughter of Wallace S. and Marie 
(Hazelham) Coan. June 8, 1957, she married Donald R. Krause. 


They were divorced in 1964. She married second Steven Ber- 
nard Normand on May 27, 1966. 

Children (9) NORMAND 

i. Kristin Marie, a twin, b. May 26, 1967 
ii. Kimberly Ann, a twin, b. Mary 26, 1967 

FREDERICK COAN (Charles W. , Jacob , William , Jacob , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born April 20, 1853, in Buffalo, New York, the son 
of Charles Wattles and Cecelia (Vaughn) Coan. He was a 
cabinet maker and glazier, and was manager of the Old Opera 
House in Cleveland until his death. He married Anna Koerner 
of Cleveland, Ohio. September 5, 1931, he died in Cleveland; 
Anna died June 18, 1944. They were both buried in Lake View 
Cemetery in Cleveland. They had no children. 

6 5 4 3 

ALBERT ALEXANDER COAN (Charles W. , Jacob , William , Ja- 
cob , Peter ) was born January 31, 1855, in Buffalo, New 
York, the son of Charles Wattles and Cecelia (Vaughn) Coan. 
As a youth he was an accomplished soft-shoe dancer and was 
well-educated for the times. As a young man he was head 
usher at the Cleveland Opera House winters; summers he play- 
ed baseball for a Cleveland club. He did fine furniture 
finishing as a second job. 

While he was at the Opera House, he had a habit of col- 
lecting programs and autographs. His collection included 
all the greats of the day and was given to the Cleveland 
Public Library. 

In February, 1880, he married Mary Anne Howard in 
Cleveland. She was born February 10, 1858. Albert and Molly 
were a very likeable couple and owned a parrot which was a 
constant delight to the children in the family. 

Albert died in Cleveland April 7, 1940; Molly died 
there December 26, 1950. 


( 7 ) COAN 

i . 
ii . 


Luella Adelle, b. Nov. 1, 1882 

7 6 5 4 
DELBERT COAN (Albert A. , Charles W. , Jacob 
Jacob , Peter ) was the son of Albert Alexander 
Anne (Howard) Coan. He married Margaret 

William , 
and Mary 
They had 

two adopted children. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Jane (adopted) m. Burkheimer and died in 


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(top left) Donna Lynn Mann, 
daughter of Dennis R. and 
Phyllis Brown Mann, and 
Donna's daughter Yoga; (top 
right) Darla Mann, daughter 
of Dennis R. and Phyllis Brown 
Mann; (bottom left) Joseph B. 
Mann; (bottom right) Joey, 
Mary Jo Ellen, and Jason Mann. 




(top left) Edward Rollin Coan 
(Ted), (top right) Loretta Gray 
Coan and grandchildren 
Katie and Kelly Minihan, 
(center) Barbara Jane Coan 
McDonald and Thomas 
Frederick McDonald, (bot- 
tom left) Gregory Edward 
McDonald, (bottom right) 
Catherine Megan McDonald. 


ii. Robert (adopted) joined the Canadian Black Hussars 
and died in World War II 

7 6 5 4 

LUELLA ADELLE COAN (Albert A. , Charles W. , Jacob , Wil- 
liam , Jacob , Peter ) was born November 1, 1882, in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, the daughter of Albert Alexander and Mary Anne 
(Howard) Coan. She married William Huberty who was born Au- 
gust 26, 1874. William died December 26, 1950, in Cleveland, 
Ohio; and in 1951 Luella moved to Woodside, California 

Children (8) HUBERTY 

i. William, b. Aug. 1, 1907, Cleveland, Ohio; he was 

a deaf-mute; d. 1916 
ii. John Arthur, b. Aug. 14, 1918 

JOHN ARTHUR HUBERTY , the son of William and Luella Adelle 
(Coan) Huberty, was born August 14, 1918, in Cleveland, 
Ohio. He married Helen of Woodside, California. 

Children (9) HUBERTY 

i. John William, b. 1952, Woodside, California 
ii. Grant Kendall, b. 1953, Woodside, California 

_ ___. ___. __. --_ 

CYRUS COAN (Jacob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born Sep- 
tember 4, 1816, at Locke, Cayuga County, New York, the son 

of Jacob and Rhoda (Wattles) Coan. He married Mary , 

born in 1838 in New York State. He died Decmeber 18, 1896, 
at Bristol, Kenosha County, Wisconsin. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Mary J., b. 1858, Racine, Wisconsin 
ii. Hannah, b. 1860, Racine, Wisconsin 

5 4 3 2 1 

JANE COAN (Jacob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born at 
Salina, New York, August 12, 1823, the daughter of Jacob and 
Rhoda (Wattles) Coan. She married April 4, 1840, John Henry 
Burhans, who was born April 26, 1816, the son of Isaac and 
Helen (Van Aernam) Burhans. John died November 13, 1855. 

( 6 ) BURHANS 

Charles Henry, b. Feb. 19, 1841; d. Apr. 20, 1841 

Mary Jane, b. Jan. 13, 1844 

John Henry, b. Apr. 29, 1846; d. Nov. 13, 1852 

Caroline Rhoda, b. Dec. 20, 1849 

Cyrus Wattles, b. Dec. 3, 1854 



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Reference: Samuel J. Burhans, Jr., comp., Burhans Genealogy 
(New York: printed for private distribution, 1894) 
pp. 471, 496. 

MARY JANE BURHANS , the daughter of John Henry and Jane 
( Coan ) Burhans, was born January 13, 1844. On November 6, 
1866, she married Albert H. Tracy, who was born April 17, 
1839, the son of Kester and Hannah (Fanning) Tracy. They 
resided at Buffalo, New York. 

Children (7) TRACY 

i. Albert H., b. Sept. 2, 1867 

ii. M. Jennie, b. Jan. 31, 1869; d. Nov. 4, 1874 

iii. Nina F., b. Feb. 2, 1872 

iv. Carrie Edna, b. July 7, 1873 

v. Effie May, b. Nov. 18, 1877 

vi . Florence Ethel, b. Apr. 1, 1880 

Reference: Burhans, Jr., Burhans Genealogy , pp. 496, 551. 

CAROLINE RHODA BURHANS 6 , the daughter of John Henry and Jane 
(Coan) Burhans, was born December 20, 1849. On February 25, 
1869, she married John Bean, who was born March 3, 1837, the 
son of Luke and Susan Jane (Kemp) Bean. Caroline and John 
resided at Buffalo, New York. 

Children (7) BEAN 

i. Hattie L. , b. Jan. 27, 1870 

Reference: Burhans, Jr., Burhans Genealogy , pp. 496, 551. 

5 4 3 2 1 

CAROLINE COAN (Jacob , William , Jacob , Peter ), also 

known as Carrie, was born June 26, 1821, according to Ja- 
cob's Bible record (1827-28, according to 1850 Federal Cen- 
sus), the daughter of Jacob and Rhoda (Wattles) Coan. On 
July 20, 1848, in Buffalo, she married John R. Denio, who 
was born September 6, 1924, in New York State, the son of 
Heman and Mary A. (Roberts) Denio. He was employed at the 
United States Mint in San Francisco, California. He died 
January 13, 1871. In 1889 Caroline was living on Glenwood 
Avenue in Buffalo. They had no children. 

Reference: Francis Brigham Denio and Herbert Williams Denio, 
A Genealogy of Aaron Denio of Deerfield, Massachusetts 
1704-1925 (Montpelier, Vermont: Capital City Press, 
1926), p. 101. 

(top) Marilyn Coan, (center left) Kristin Marie 
Minihan, Patricia Jean Coan Minihan with 
Kelly Margaret Minihan, (center right) Larry 
Minihan, (bottom) grandchildren of Edward R. 
Coan, left to right, Greg McDonald, Kristin 
Minihan with Katie Minihan, Cathy McDonald, 
and Kelly Minihan. 

Albert Alexander Coan, aged 
80. Courtesy Cleveland Public 
Library, Cleveland, Ohio. 

s=5* k 

Frederick Coan. Courtesy Cleve- 
land Public Library, Cleveland, 

Luella Adelle Coan 



5 4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM I. COAN (Jacob , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born 

July 9, 1833, in Buffalo, New York, the son of Jacob and 

Rhoda (Wattles) Coan. He married Mary Webster in Buffalo, 

New York. Mary was born in 1829 and died in 1905. William 

died August 7, 1906. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Herbert G. , b. July 14, 1859 

HERBERT G. 6 COAN (William 5 , Jacob 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Pet- 
er 1 ) was born July 14, 1859, the son of William I. and Mary 
(Webster) Coan. He married Nellie Mason November 19, 1884, 
in Buffalo, New York. She was born June 28, 1858, and died 
in May, 1944. Herbert died October 24, 1924. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Ethel Mason, b. Mar. 16, 1887 
ii. Bessie Irene, b. Oct. 3, 1888 

iii. Ruth M. , b. Dec. 2, 1889, Buffalo, N.Y.; d. after 
Sept. 1962 

7 6 5 4 

ETHEL, MASON COAN (Herbert G. , William I. , Jacob , Wil- 
liam , Jacob , Peter 1 ) was born March 16, 1887, in Buffalo, 
New York, the daughter of Herbert G. and Nellie (Mason) 
Coan. She was interested in genealogy and copied the family 
record from the Bible of Jacob 4 and Rhoda (Wattles) Coan. 
She also compiled other Coan family facts. She died Febru- 
ary 14, 1968, in Erie County, New York. 

7 6 5 4 

BESSIE IRENE COAN (Herbert G. , William I. , Jacob , Wil- 
liam 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter ) was born October 3, 1888, in Buffalo, 
New York, the daughter of Herbert G. and Nellie (Mason) 
Coan. She married Dr. Byron D. Bowen and died in July, 

Children (8) BOWEN 

i. Elizabeth B.; m. James C. Hansen 
ii. Mason; m. Jean Gurney 

4 3 2 1 

CHARLES COAN (William , Jacob , Peter ) was born about 

1789/90 in Montgomery County, New York, the son of William 

and Roxana (Chadwick) Coan. He served in the War of 1812 

and his pension number was 1183. He was a silversmith. He 


was the Charles Coan mentioned as assisting Phebe ( Coan ) 
Johnson in administering the will of her husband Caleb in 
1818. Charles was Phebe ' s nephew; his father, William, was 
Phebe ' s brother. According to the records of the Episcopal 
Church in Johnstown, New York, Charles died June 7, 1822. 
The Freeman's Journal of Cooperstown, New York, June 10, 
1822, stated that he was aged 32 at the time of his death. 
His wife, Sally Coan, was appointed administratrix of his 
estate. Soon after Charles' death, his widow moved away 
from Johnstown. It is not known whether or not they had 
children. 3 

It is believed that when William and Roxana Coan moved 
from Mayfield, Montgomery County, New York, to Locke, Cayuga 
County, New York, between 1798 and 1805, they left Charles 
with his uncle and aunt, Caleb and Phebe (Coan) Johnson who 
lived in Johnstown, New York. Caleb was undoubtedly a sil- 
versmith and probably Charles learned the trade from him. 
Caleb and Phebe ' s son, George Johnson, was also a silver- 
smith. Caleb made the seal for the Village of Johnstown in 
March, 1809. When Caleb died February 4, 1818, in his 45th 
year, he left hardware, gold, silver, and military goods to 
the value of $1675, and tools belonging to the shop of a 
value of $235.66. Charles 4 Coan as one of Phebe Johnson's 
two next of kin (the other was her brother-in-law, Ashbell 
Cornwell of Vail Mills) helped her take the inventory. 

Caleb Johnson and Charles Coan were in the same mili- 
tia regiment (34th Regt., Montgomery County, Lt . Col. Abra- 
ham J. Vosburgh, commanding). Caleb was promoted to lieu- 
tenant in 1811 and Charles was promoted to lieutenant in 

By 1817 Charles Coan was in Cooperstown, New York, 
when he is said to have been a silversmith in partnership 
with John Frederick Ernst. He later moved back to Johnstown, 
perhaps by September, 1818, when he signed the inventory of 
Caleb Johnson's estate. 

4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM COAN (William , Jacob , Peter ) was born April 25, 

1791, the son of William and Roxana (Chadwick) Coan. He 
served in the War of 1812 under Captain Dunks and General 
McClure in the New York Militia. He enlisted as a private 
at Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York, September 15, 1813, 
for three months' service; and he was discharged December 
15, 1813, at Fort Niagara. About 1814 he married Mary Chad- 
wick, his first cousin, near Buffalo, New York. She was the 
daughter of Cornelius Chadwick, his mother's brother, and 
Mary (Sparks) Chadwick. 

On April 16, 1855, William, aged 64, applied for bounty 
land under the Act of 1855. His application was accepted. 
He died November 27, 1862, and was buried in Upper Indiana 
Cemetery, Knox County, Palmyra Township, three miles north 
of Vincennes, Indiana. Mary died in 1869 and was buried in 
the same cemetery. 


Children (5) COAN 

i. Eliza, b. Mar. 31, 1815, Erie Co., N.Y., or 

Green Twp. , Adams Co., Ohio 
ii. George, b. May 7, 1816, Adams Co., Ohio 
iii. Lurinda, b. Oct. 17, 1818, Adams Co., Ohio 
iv. William, b. Aug. 21, 1820, Adams Co., Ohio 
v. John, b. Apr. 7, 1822, Potosi, Washington Co., 

vi. Asa, b. Nov. 29, 1824, Potosi, Washington Co., 

vii. Lemon, b. Sept. 20, 1826, Potosi, Washington 

Co . , Mo . 
viii. Collins, b. Sept. 24, 1828, Knox Co., Ind. 
ix. Pleasant, b. Apr. 25, 1830, Knox Co., Ind. 
x. Charles, b. Jan. 30, 1832, Knox Co., Ind. 

5 4 3 2 1 

ELIZA COAN (William , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born 

March 31, 1815, the daughter of William and Mary (Chadwick) 

Coan. She married Benjamin J. Murphy and died in 1881 in 

Knox County, Indiana. 

Children (6) MURPHY 

i. Rachel 
ii. William 
iii. Henry 

RACHEL MURPHY , daughter of Benjamin J. and Eliza (Coan) 

Murphy, married William Hodge. 

Children (7) HODGE 

i . George 

ii. Charles; m. Minnie Frey 

iii. Edward 

iv. Jennie; m. C. L. Andrews 

v. Pearl; m. Davis 

WILLIAM MURPHY , son of Benjamin J. and Eliza (Coan) Murphy, 
married Eliza 6 Coan, daughter of Collins (William , Wil- 
liam 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) Coan. William and Eliza moved to 
California in 1870. Lovicy Smith moved with them. 

Children (7) MURPHY 

i. Winfield Scott; d. Feb. 2, 1920 
ii. Sybil; m. Oliver Bayne 


HENRY MURPHY 6 , son of Benjamin J. and Eliza (Coan) Murphy, 
married Olive Brooks. 

Children (7) MURPHY 

i. Ada, b. 1874; m. Ed Fleming 

ii. Glenn; died aged two 

iii. Alice; died aged three 

iv. Ray; m. Katherine Abel; children: Worthy 8 , 

Alice , Ernest 
v. Jessie; m. O'Neil 

LURINDA 5 COAN (William 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born 
October 17, 1818, the daughter of William and Mary (Chad- 
wick) Coan. She married William Henry Harrison Smith, son 
of Sebastian Smith, on April 10, 1835; and died April 1, 
1845, at Mineral Point, Wisconsin. 

Children (6) SMITH 

i. Mary Anne; m. George Foreman 
ii. Lovicy Orilla 
iii. William Bastian 

LOVICY ORILLA SMITH 6 , daughter of William Henry Harrison and 
Lurinda (Coan) Smith, lived with her grandmother, Mary 
(Chadwick) Coan after her mother's death. In the fall of 
1870 she moved to California with William and Eliza (Coan) 
Murphy. There she married Leonidas Hamlin Landis. 

Children (7) LANDIS 

i. Frances Ella, b. 1874; d. Orangevale, CA 1962 
ii. Samuel Harrison, b. 1875; d. 1951 
iii. Charles William, b. 1877 

CHARLES WILLIAM LANDIS ? , son of Leonidas Hamlin and Lovicy 
(Smith) Landis, born 1877, married Louise Coan, his second 
cousin . 

Children (8) LANDIS 

i. Mary Louise 

MARY LOUISE LANDIS 8 , daughter of Charles William and Louise 
Coan Landis, married first, Ed Warren; second Gordon Gadda. 

Children (9) GADDA 

i. David Gordon 
ii. Donald Lee 
iii. Deane Bruce 


WILLIAM BASTIAN SMITH 6 , son of William Henry Harrison and 
Lurinda (Coan) Smith, married Theresa Denson. 

Children (7) SMITH 

i. Benjamin 
ii. Elmer 

JOHN 5 COAN (William 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born 
April 7, 1822, in Potosi, Missouri, the son of William and 
Mary (Chadwick) Coan. In 1826 he came with his parents to 
Knox County, Indiana. There October 6, 1851, he married 
Margaret Badollet, who was born in Indiana. The 1860 Indi- 
ana Census showed that John had real estate valued at $3,000 
and personal property of $700; the 1870 Census showed his 
real estate to be worth $7,000 and his personal property, 
$1,750. He died October 28, 1903, in Knox County, Palmyra 
Township, and was buried in the Upper Indiana Cemetery, Pal- 
myra Township. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. James P., b. 1852 

ii. John, b. 1854 

iii. Mary, b. 1856 

iv. Malinda, b. 1859 

v. William J., b. Oct. 10, 1862 

vi . Almon, b. 1863 

vii. Caroline, b. 1864 

viii. Margaret, b. 1867 

ix. Eliza, b. 1869 

JAMES PAUL COAN (John , William , William , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in 1852 in Knox County, Palmyra Township, Indiana, 
son of John and Margaret (Badollet) Coan. He married Rose 
Alexander who was born September 4, 1855 and died April, 
1926. He died July 17, 1915, in Sacramento, California. 

Children (7) COAN (order not known) 

Lyle, b. Aug. 23, 1877 

Claude, d. 1890 


John Elmer, d. Aug. 29, 1954, Napa, Calif. 

Reference: All data on James Paul Coan and his descendants 
was written by T. H. Smith. 

LYLE .,COAN (James P. , John , William , William , Jacob , 
Peter ) was born August 23, 1877, probably in California, 

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the son of James Paul and Rose (Alexander) Coan. He married 
Lillie Dove Chamberlin and had one son. Lyle Coan was liv- 
ing in Orangevale, California in 1963. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. John Gass, b. June 13, 1908 

JOHN GASS COAN (Lyle , James P. , John , William , Wil- 
liam , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born June 13, 1908, the son of 
Lyle and Lillie Dove (Chamberlin) Coan. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Patricia, b. Oct. 26, 1935 

ii. Nancy, b. June 19, 1943 

iii. Robert John, b. Oct. 29, 1949 

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PATRICIA COAN (John G. , Lyle , James P. , John , William , 
William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born October 26, 1935. She 
married Eugene Ferguson on August 23, 1953. 

JOHN ELMER COAN (James P. , John 5 , William 4 , William 3 , Ja- 
cob , Peter 1 ) was born in California, son of James Paul and 
Rose (Alexander) Coan. He died August 29, 1954, at Napa, 
California. He married first Mae Clark; second, Constance 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Jeanette 
ii. Harvey 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

MARY COAN (John , William , William , Jacob , Peter ) was 

born August 8, 1856, in Palmyra Township, Knox County, Indi- 
ana, daughter of John and Margaret (Badollet) Coan. She 
married James M. Potter, who was born in 1854 and died in 

Children (7) POTTER 

i. Nellie, b. 1877; m. Frank Hogue 

ii. Mabel, b. Feb. 6, 1880 

iii. Henry B., b. 1882; d. 1882 

iv. Ralph, b. 1884; d. 1885 

v. Margaret, b. 1887 

vi. Alice, b. 1893; d. 1910 

vii. Helen, b. 1893 


Reference: All data on Mary 6 Coan and her descendants was 
written by T. H. Smith 

NELLIE POTTER , daughter of James M. and Mary (Coan) Potter, 
was born 1877. She married Frank Hogue . 

MABEL POTTER , daughter of James M. and Mary (Coan) Potter, 
was born February 6, 1880. On May 20, 1903, she married 
Hugo Reller, born 1877. 

Children (8) RELLER 

i. Dorothy Eloise, b. 1904 

ii. Robert Potter, b. 1906 

iii. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1908 

iv. Alice Jean, b. 1918 

MARGARET POTTER , daughter of James M. and Mary (Coan) Pot- 
ter, was born in 1887. In 1912 she married T. C. Parker. 

Children (8) PARKER 

i. Marion 

ii. Carl 

iii. James 

iv. Richard 

v. Rosemary 

HELEN POTTER , daughter of James M. and Mary (Coan) Potter, 
was born in 1893. In 1915 she married John Osborn. 


Iren (8) OSBORN 

i . 


ii . 

Mary Alice 

iii . 






vi . 


vii . 


viii , 




6 5 4 .3 ,2 1 . 

MALINDA COAN (John , William , William , Jacob , Peter ) 

was born in Knox County, Indiana, in 1858, the daughter of 

John and Margaret (Badollet) Coan. She married J. A. Clark. 


Children (7) CLARK 

i. Nina 
ii. Clair 

Reference: T. H. Smith 

WILLIAM J. 6 COAN (John 5 , William 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) 
was born October 10, 1862, in Knox County, Palmyra Township, 
three miles north of Vincennes, Indiana, the son of John and 
Margaret (Badollet) Coan. He married Clarinda Hollingsworth 
February 24, 1885. He died September 12, 1948, Knox County, 
Washington Township, two miles north of Bruceville, Indiana. 
He was buried in Price Cemetery, the family burial ground of 

Children (7) COAN 

I. John Raymond, b. Dec. 18, 1885 

JOHN RAYMOND 7 COAN (William J. 6 , John 5 , William 4 , William 3 , 
Jacob , Peter ) was born December 18, 1885, in Bruceville, 
Knox County, Indiana, the son of William J. and Clarinda 
(Hollingsworth) Coan. He married Martha A. Utt on December 
5, 1912. He died September 9, 1949, and was buried in the 
Bruceville Cemetery. Martha (Utt) Coan died July 22, 1974. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Martha Jeanne, b. Sept. 22, 1918 

MARTHA JEANNE COAN (John , William J. 6 , John 5 , William 4 , 
William , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born September 22, 1918, 
daughter of John Raymond and Martha (Utt) Coan, and lived in 
Bruceville, Knox County, Indiana. She was an avid worker on 
the ancestry of William 4 Coan (William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ). 

CAROLINE 6 COAN (John 5 , William 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) 
was born in Knox County, Indiana, in 1864, the daughter of 
John and Margaret (Badollet) Coan. She married Henry Badol- 

Children (7) BADOLLET 

i. Mary, m. Thomas Thorne; one son, Kenneth 

ii. Leroy, m. Held 

iii. Alfred, m. Ruth Gardner 

iv. Robert 

v. Margaret, d. 1910 


vi. Aline 
vii . Lenore 
viii . Meredith 

Reference: T. H. Smith 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

MARGARET COAN (John , William , William , Jacob , Peter ) 

was born in Knox County, Indiana, in 1866, the daughter of 
John and Margaret (Badollet) Coan. She married Marine Pur- 
cell . 

Children (7) PURCELL 

i . Lester 

Reference: T. H. Smith 


4 3 2 1 

ASA COAN (William , Jacob , Peter ) was born July 24, 1795, 

in Montgomery (now Fulton) County, New York. He was the son 

of William and Roxana (Chadwick) Coan. According to an 

application for bounty lands filed by his daughter Sabra 

February 22, 1875, Asa served in the New York Militia in the 

War of 1812 in the same company as his brother William. 

William's application in 1855 for bounty land was accepted, 

but Sabra ' s application twenty years later for what was due 

her dead father was rejected. On February 3, 1820, in Adams 

County, Ohio, Asa married Mary Alice Jones, born August 9, 

1800, in Gallatin County, Kentucky, daughter of John and 

Sabra Jones. Asa died May 18, 1858, in Adams County, Ohio. 

A copy of his will follows. The census of 1860 shows Mary 

Coan, aged 60, born in Kentucky, seamstress, as head of the 

household. Mary married second William Cox of Bath Township, 

Greene County, Ohio, on January 27, 1871. She was living 

there with her daughter and son-in-law, who was also her 

stepson, during the census of 1880. 

Children (5) COAN 

(All born in Rome, Greene Township, Adams County, Ohio) 

i. Noah, b. Feb. 15, 1821 

ii. Jane, b. Apr. 30, 1822; d. Sept. 27, 1823, bur- 
ied Point Cemetery, Green Township, Adams 
County, Ohio 

iii. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 5, 1824 

iv. John A., b. Apr. 23, 1826 

v. William, b. Jan. 30, 1828 

vi. Collins A., b. Mar. 25, 1830 


vii. Milton, b. Apr. 23, 1832; d. Aug. 4, 1833; bur- 
ied Point Cemetery 

viii. Asa W. , b. Nov. 15, 1833 

ix. Mary A., b. Sept. 2, 1835 

x. Sabra A., b. Feb. 25, 1838 

xi. Charles, b. May 30, 1840--one son, William 

xii. Nancy, b. Aug. 9, 1842; d. Jan. 22, 1843; bur- 
ied Point Cemetery 

Reference: Birthdates of all the children were taken from 

the bounty land deposition of their mother, Mary 

(Jones) Coan Cox dated April 19, 1875; death dates of 

Jane, Milton, and Nancy were from their gravestones. 

This will is that of Asa Coan, son of William 3 . 

Asa Coan's Will 

Be it remembered that at a Court of Probate, holden at 
the Court House within and for the County of Adams and 
State of Ohio, on the twenty ninth day of May, in the 
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty 
eight : 

In the matter of Asa Coan's Will: 

This day, a paper writing purporting to be the last 
will and testament of Asa Coan, dec'd late of Adams 
County, Ohio was presented in Court, by Asa W. Coan, 
the Executor therein named. And thereupon came Garlent 
Pulliam and Jacob S. Rose, the subscribing witnesses to 
the said last will and testament and testified to the 
execution of the same, And it appearing to the Court 
from the testimony of the said subscribing witnesses 
that the said last will and testament was duly executed 
by the said Asa Coan, and that at the time of the exe- 
cution thereof, the said testator was of full age and 
of sound mind and memory, and acted without restraint: 
It is ordered that the said last will and testament of 
the said Asa Coan, and the testimony of the subscribing 
witnesses thereto be entered of record. 

Will: Know all men, That I, Asa Coan, of the County of 
Adams and State of Ohio, being of sound and disposing 
mind and memory, do make this my last will and testa- 
ment : 

1 st I give to my wife, Mary Coan, all my personal 

2d I give to my sons each, to wit: Noah Coan, John 
Coan, William Coan, Collins Coan, Asa W. Coan, and 
Charles Coan, the sum of one dollar. 


3rd I give to my daughters, each, to wit: to Eliza- 
beth Wikoff, Mary Jarvis, and Sabia Coan, the sum of 
one dollar. 

4 th I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary Coan, the 
proceeds of the sales of my real estate situate in Ad- 
ams County and State of Ohio, and also in the County of 
Shelby in the State of Illinois, after deducting there- 
from my just debts and legacies. 

5 th I ordain and appoint my son, Asa W. Coan, as Exe- 
cutor of this my last will and testament, hereby au- 
thorizing him to grant, bargain, sell at private or 
public sale, all the lands I possess as aforesaid, and 
to have the power to make, execute and deliver good and 
sufficient deeds for the same, in as full and ample a 
manner as I might do if living. 

6 th I ordain and appoint my wife, Mary Coan, Guardian 
of my minor son, Charles Coan, hereby requiring her to 
support him, and send him to school a reasonable por- 
tion of time until he arrives to the age of twenty-one 
years . 

7 th If there shall be any money or property, real or 

personal out of the above bequest to my wife, Mary 

Coan, then at her death, it is my will that my daughter 
Sabia Coan shall have it. 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal, and publish and declare this to be my last will 
and testament in the presence of the witnesses named 
below, this fifteenth day of May, in the year eighteen 
hundred and fifty eight. 

Asa Coan Seal 

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Asa 
Coan as and for his last will and testament in presence 
of us who at his request, and in his presence and in 
the presence of each other have subscribed our names as 
witnesses hereunto. 

J. W. McNeil 
Garlent Pulliam 
Jacob S. Rose 

The State of Ohio, Adams County, SS: 

J. S. Rose and Garlent Pulliam, whose names appear as 
subscribing witnesses to a paper writing, purporting to 
be the last will and testament of Asa Coan, deed - late 


of Adams County - which said paper writing is now sub- 
mitted to their inspection being duly sworn, depose and 
say -- that the said paper writing was signed by the 
said Asa Coan, in their presence as and for his last 
will and testament -- that at the time of the said 
signing, the said Asa Coan was of full age, of sound 
mind and memory, and acted without restraint -- that 
the said deponents subscribed the same as attesting 
witnesses in the presence of the said Asa Coan, and at 
his request; and in the presence of each other -- and 

further say not, 

Jacob S. Rose 
Garlent Pulliam 

Sworn to and subscribed before me, May 29th, 1858 

John M. Smith 

Probate Judge, 

Adams Co., Ohio, Wills, 3:284 

5 4 3 2 1 

NOAH COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Ohio 
February 15, 1821, the son of Asa and Mary (Jones) Coan. He 
married Emily Tracy, born 1812 (1813) in New York. She was 
often called Mille or Meille and was the daughter of Noah 
Tracy of Adams County, Ohio. 

Children (6) COAN all born in Ohio 

i. Mary, b. ca . 1842 

ii. Ruth, b. ca. 1844 

iii. Henry C, b. ca . 1846 

iv. Sabra A., b. ca . 1848 

5 4 3 2 1 

ELIZABETH COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born 

November 5, 1824, in Ohio, the daughter of Asa and Mary 

(Jones) Coan. September 14, 1842, she married Meek Wikoff, 

son of John and Catherine (Blan) Wikoff, who was born March 

22, 1818, and died May 25, 1858. Elizabeth lived in Bath 

Township, Greene County, Ohio, next door to her mother Mary 

(Jones) Coan Cox and her sister, Sabra (Coan) Cox in 1880. 

Children (6) WIKOFF 

i . Hosea 

ii. Blan 

iii. Jennie 

iv. James 

v. Orson, b. ca . 1854 


5 4 3 2 1 

JOHN A. COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in 

Green Township, Adams County, Ohio, April 23, 1826. In 1880 
he lived near Vanceburg, Lewis County, Kentucky, but he is 
said to have lived in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1858. 
Henry S. Jarvis, son of Mary A. (Coan) Jarvis Smith Curtis 
is said to have lived with his family in Vanceburgh about 
1874, after having lived for a time with Mary (Jones) Coan 
Cox and her husband, William, in Bath Township, Greene Coun- 
ty, Ohio. In 1880 John had a wife, Rebecca, aged 40, and a 
son John A. Coan, Jr., aged 9, born in Kentucky. 


5 4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in 

Ohio January 30, 1828, the son of Asa and Mary (Jones) Coan. 
He married Abigail Hall, born in Ohio about 1834. William 
and Abigail lived in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1858. By 
1862 the family had moved to Vincennes, Indiana, where Wil- 
liam died July 29, 1862, of typhoid fever. William's broth- 
er Noah took the family back to Ohio to his home. The boys 
were too much for Abigail to manage, and one or two were put 
into homes. By 1865 Abigail and family had moved back to 
Illinois. About 1867 she married second James Shipley, bro- 
ther of Dave Shipley, who married Abigail's sister Jane 
Hall. They later moved to Creston, Iowa, and later to Kan- 
sas City, Missouri. 

( 6 ) COAN 

John, b. Mar. /Apr. 1850, Adams Co., Ohio 

Benjamin Walker, b. Feb. 21, 1852 

Emily Elizabeth, married Steffey; lived in Joli- 

et, 111.; no children 
Mary, died aged 12 
Asa, b. June 2, 1858 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

JOHN COAN (William , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was 

the son of William and Abigail (Hall) Coan. He was born 

March or April, 1850 in Adams County, Ohio. He married Jane 

Watson, who was born in England. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Leona (adopted) 

ii. William Roy, b. 1875; d. Nov. 19 70; No. Carolina; 
buried in Creston, Iowa, where he grew up; may 
have lived in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1965. 

iii. Mary Ella, b. 1878; m. J. F. Francis of Western 
Springs , 111 . 



i . 

ii . 




VI . 


iv. Ivy Pearl, b. 1882, Iowa; m. Franklin; 

lived in Red Oak, Iowa 

Reference: Theodore H. Smith 

6 5 4 3 2 

BENJAMIN WALKER COAN (William , Asa , William , Jacob , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born February 21, 1852, the son of William and 
Abigail (Hall) Coan. He married April 24, 1883, Mary Jane 
McNair, who was born February 8, 1863. Mary Jane died in 
Creston, Iowa, October 10, 1910, Benjamin died there Decem- 
ber 25, 1925. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Lethea, b. Oct. 13, 1885 

ii. Frank, b. June 1, 1888 

iii. Ruth M., b. Feb. 24, 1893 

iv. Goldie Irene, b. Feb. 9, 1895 

v. Ralph William, b. Dec. 20, 1903 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr., 3208 70th Street, 
Urbandale, IA 50322 

1 6 5 4 3 

LETHEA COAN (Benjamin W. , William , Asa , William , Ja- 
cob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born October 13, 1885, in Creston, Iowa, 
the daughter of Benjamin Walker and Mary Jane (McNair) Coan. 
She married March 6, 1906, Wilfred Kenyon who was born March 
15, 1880, in Lenox, Iowa. Lethea died December 18, 1918, in 
Orient, Iowa; Wilfred, November 23, 1964, in Greenfield, 
Iowa . 

Children (8) KENYON 

i. Mildred, b. Mar. 21, 1908, Orient, Iowa; d. Dec. 

27, 1918, Orient 
ii. Lyle, b. Nov. 14, 1912 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 


LYLE KENYON , the son of Wilfred and Lethea (Coan) Kenyon, 

was born November 14, 1912, in Orient, Iowa. He married in 

Greenfield, Iowa, March 3, 1940, Ruby Nash, who was born 

January 26, 1919, in Fairbury, Nebraska. 

Children (9) KENYON 

I. Gary, b. Feb. 4, 1944 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr 

Martha Jeanne Coan 

Frank and Ollie Patterson Coan 

■■■■HMMBBBft. a. .<? "wrv 
Wanda Louise Coan Long with son Hackney Eugene and daughter Wandalee 

(top left) Mary Louise 
Campbell Anderson 
and Richard Anderson, 
(top right j Matthew 
Richard Anderson, 
(center) Lori Denise 
Campbell Russell and 
Randy Russell, (bottom 
left) Susan Renee 
Campbell, (bottom 
right) John Scott 


GARY KENYON , son of Lyle and Ruby (Nash) Kenyon, was born 
in Creston, Iowa, February 4, 1944. He married April 6, 
1963, in Creston, Iowa, Donna Wakefield, who was born March 
4, 1945, in Dexter, Iowa. 

Children (10) KENYON 

i. Stephen Duane, b. Sept. 5, 1963 

Reference: Ralph W. Coan, Sr . 

7 6 5 4 3 2 

FRANK COAN (Benjamin W. , William , Asa , William , Jacob , 
Peter 1 ) was born June 1, 1888, at Creston, Iowa, the son of 
Benjamin Walker and Mary Jane (McNair) Coan. On June 8, 
1910, in Adair County, Iowa, he married Ollie D. Patterson, 
born January 29, 1884, the daughter of Charles and Ruth 
(Bradshaw) Patterson. Frank was a butcher and active in the 
First Christian Church of Amarillo, Texas, where he was 
elected Elder Emeritus. Ollie died July 14, 1946; Frank, 
March 23, 1963. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Wanda Louise, b. Sept. 9, 1911 

ii. Frank Eugene, b. Oct. 25, 1913 

iii. Dorothy, b. July 31, 1917 

iv. Ruth Lorraine, b. June 16, 1919 

Reference: Frank Eugene Coan, Box 3027, Amarillo, TX 79106 

8 7 6 5 4 

WANDA LOUISE COAN (Frank , Benjamin W. , William , Asa , 
William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Creston, Iowa, Septem- 
ber 9, 1911, the daughter of Frank and Ollie (Patterson) 
Coan. On September 16, 1932, in Amarillo, Texas, she mar- 
ried Hackney Lee Long, who was born June 29, 1910 in Claude, 
Texas, the son of B. J. and Cassandra (Burleson) Long. He 
was graduated valedictorian of his class in Claude High 
School and worked for Santa Fe Railway. He died December 1, 
1942, when his daughter was only seven years old and his son 
a year old. 

Wanda brought up her two children by herself, cared for 
her father for eighteen years, and helped her daughter raise 
her four children. She was active at the First Baptist 
Church in Amarillo, enjoyed ceramics as well as other 
crafts, and did a great deal of child care work. 

Children (9) LONG 

i. Wandalee, b. May 20, 1935 

ii. Hackney Eugene, b. May 7, 1941 


Reference: Mrs. Hackney L. Long, 2008 Jackson Street, Ama- 
rillo, TX 79109 

WANDALEE LONG , the daughter of Hackney Lee and Wanda Louise 

(Coan) Long, was born May 20, 1935, in Amarillo, Texas. She 

married Richard Murphy. Her second marriage was to John 

Campbell on February 28, 1958. He was born June 29, 1931, 

in New York City. John adopted Wandalee's two daughters by 

her first marriage. In 1982 she worked as coordinator of 

planned giving for Cal Farley's Boys' Ranch. She and John 

were divorced. 

Children (10) CAMPBELL 

Children of her first marriage: 

i. Mary Louise, b. Apr. 7, 1955; had a B.S. in nurs- 
ing; married Richard Anderson; one son, Matthew 
Richard, b. Jan. 13, 1981 

ii. Lori Denise, b. Aug. 28, 1956; married Randy Rus- 
sell June 2, 1979; had three years of advanced 
education at Amarillo Junior College and West 
Texas State University. She planned to finish 
her college program when her husband graduated. 

Children of her second marriage: 

iii. Susan Renee, b. June 29, 1960; second year at 
West Texas University in 1982; interpreted for 
deaf at church. 

iv. John Scott, b. Dec. 27, 1963; freshman at Texas 
Technical University in 1982. 

Reference: Mrs. Hackney L. Long 

HACKNEY EUGENE LONG , the son of Hackney Lee and Wanda Lou- 
ise (Coan) Long, was born April 7, 1941, in Amarillo, Texas. 
He attended Amarillo Junior College and Texas University for 
three years and in 1982 was employed as Senior Systems Ana- 
lyst at Rockwell International, Seal Beach, California. On 
January 31, 1964, in Downey, California, he married Shirley 
Swanson, who was born August 27, 1935, in Black Duck, Minne- 
sota. She worked in insurance. 

Children (stepchildren) SWANSON, all born in Black Duck, 

i. Kathy, b. Jan. 11, 1956 
ii. Jeanine, b. Oct. 14, 1958 
iii. Peggy, b. Oct. 4, 1959 

Hackney Eugene Long and Shirley Swanson Long 

Kathy Swanson Austin and Kevin 

Brian (rear), Jason, and Adam 





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^ //I 

1 8 

Jeanine Swanson 

Peggy, Lewis, and baby Jody Goodwin 


Reference: Mrs. Hackney L. Long 

FRANK EljGENE COAN (Frank , Benjamin W. , William 5 , Asa*, 
William , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born at Creston, Iowa, on Oc- 
tober 25, 1913, the son of Frank and Ollie D. (Patterson) 
Coan. He married on July 25, 1938, at Borger, Texas, Irene 
Russell, born September 14, 1913, at Hot Springs, Arkansas, 
the daughter of Harvey and Onnie Elizabeth Russell. Frank 
served in the United States Coast Guard 1942-1945. He then 
established his own business as accountant and auditor in 
Amarillo, Texas. Irene became his secretary. She was active 
in the church and community; was past-president of the 
Christian Women's Fellowship of the First Christian Church; 
past-president of the Heart Board; and past-president of the 
Pilot Club, a business women's organization. Frank and 
Irene had no children. 

Reference: Frank Eugene Coan 

DOROTHY COAN (Frank , Benjamin W. , William , Asa , Wil- 
liam 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Greenfield, Iowa, July 
31, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Ollie D. (Patterson) 
Coan. She was graduated from Amarillo High School in Ama- 
rillo, Texas. On July 8, 1945, in Amarillo she married Hor- 
ace Earl Watkins, Jr., the son of Horace Earl and Wanda 
(Jones) Watkins. After his graduation from high school, he 
took correspondence courses in accounting. During World War 
II he served five years with the United States Army in the 
36th Infantry Division. After the war he worked in account- 
ing and as a salesman. 

Dorothy worked ten years for Commercial Credit Corpora- 
tion and later owned a gift shop in Pampa, Texas. She 
played the violin in the symphony orchestra in Amarillo; and 
enjoyed dancing, crocheting, and hooking rugs. 

Horace died in 1973 after having heart surgery. 

Children (9) WATKINS 

i. Judy, b. Oct. 31, 1947 
ii. Sherry, b. June 20, 1951 

Reference: Mrs. Horace E. Watkins, Jr., 2338 Glenview, 
Tyler, TX 75701 


JUDY WATKINS , the daughter of Horace Earl, Jr., and Dorothy 
(Coan) Watkins, was born in Amarillo, Texas, October 31, 
1947. She married Fred Tinsley, Jr., an Episcopal priest. 
In 1982 they lived in Midland, Texas. 


Children (10) TINSLEY 

i . Stephanie 
ii. Amanda 

Reference: Mrs. Horace E. Watkins, Jr. 

SHERRY WATKINS , the daughter of Horace Earl, Jr., and Doro- 
thy (Coan) Watkins, was born in Amarillo, Texas, June 20, 
1951. She married Glenn Young. In 1982 they lived in Tyler, 
Texas, where they owned the Best Fence Company. 

Children (10) YOUNG 

i. Jennifer 
ii. Bonnie 

Reference: Mrs. Horace E. Watkins, Jr. 

RUTH LORRAINE COAN (Frank , Benjamin W. 6 , William 5 , Asa 4 , 

3 2 1 

William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Arispe, Iowa, June 16, 
1919, the daughter of Frank and Ollie D. (Patterson) Coan. 
In 1937 she was graduated from Amarillo High School and 
taught dancing with Dixie Dice until 1941. After World War 
II broke out, she worked at the Amarillo Air Force Base. It 
was here that she met Max E. Warren, and they were married 
May 9, 1943, in Portales, New Mexico. 

Max was the son of Earl and Grace Warren. He was gradu- 
ated from East High School, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1937 and 
then attended a commercial college for two years. He went 
to California in 1940 and worked at the Bank of America in 
Long Beach. When the war broke out, he enlisted in the Air 
Force and in 1942 was sent to Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 
payroll clerk in his squadron. When Amarillo Air Force Base 
opened in October, 1942, he was transferred there. In 1944 
he was sent to New Guinea and the Philippines. When the war 
ended in 1945, he returned to Amarillo and went to work for 
Southwestern Investment Company. He then worked for Nash 
Motors and in 1950 went into real estate for himself. 

Ruth and Max moved to California in 1962, and Max went 
into the building business with his brother and uncle. When 
interest rates went up, he left this business and went to 
work for the Veterans' Administration where he worked for 15 
years and in 1982 was still employed. Max was always inter- 
ested in sports and for 25 years coached boys' football, 
basketball, and baseball. He also refereed for high school 
teams in small towns surrounding Amarillo. While he was at 
Amarillo, he taught a Sunday School class of young boys at 
the Paramount Terrace Christian Church. 

After Ruth moved to California, she started doing vol- 
unteer work at Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. She became a 

Frank Eugene Coan and Irene Russell 

(left) Ruth Coan Warren, Dorothy Coan Watkins, Frank Eugene Coan, and 
Wanda Coan Long, (right) Ruth Lorraine Coan Warren. 

(top, left to right J Steph- 
anie Tinsley, Amanda 
Tins ley, Judy Watkins 
Tinsley, Frank Tinsley, 
Jr. (bottom left) Dorothy 
Coan Watkins and Horace 
Earl Watkins, Jr. (bottom 
right) Sherry Watkins 
Young with husband 
Glenn holding Bonnie 
and Jennifer. 


paid employee at this hospital and worked there for four 
years. In 1982 she was back volunteering again and finding 
great satisfaction in this work. She and Max were living 
then at Lakewood, California. 

Children (9) WARREN 

i. Max E., Jr., b. Mar. 2, 1944 
ii. Mark E., b. Sept. 15, 1947 

Reference: Mrs. Max Warren, Sr., 4408 Clubhouse Dr., Lake- 
wood, CA 90712 

MAX E. WARREN, JR. , was born in Amarillo, Texas, March 2, 

1944, the son of Max E. and Ruth Lorraine (Coan) Warren. In 
1962 he was graduated an honor student from Tascosa High 
School in Amarillo. That year his family moved to California 
where he received his advanced education and in 1966 a B.S. 
degree. In the fall of 1966 he entered a California medical 
college and was graduated with an M.D. degree in 1970. Au- 
gust 19, 1967, in Lakewood, he married Barbara A. McCarty, 
daughter of Dale and Delores McCarty. 

In 1971 when he was doing his internship, he joined the 
National Guard for six years. In 1972 he served two years 
of residency and two years of fellowship in cardiology. In 
1975 he and three other cardiologists opened an office, and 
he served as chief of staff at a local hospital. He held 
membership on many hospital committees and in a wine tasting 
group. He and Barbara belonged to the Christian Church. 

Barbara was graduated from Lakewood High School in 
Lakewood, California, and attended City College in Long 
Beach for two years where she majored in business. She 
worked in a department store and then in the admitting off- 
ice of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. 

In 1982 she belonged to a women's bowling league; and 
she and Max, Jr., lived with their family in California. 

Children (10) WARREN 

i. Jeffrey Allyn, b. Oct. 14, 1969 
ii. Kevin Ryan, b. Dec. 20, 1979 

Reference: Mrs. Max Warren, Sr. 


MARK E. WARREN was born in Amarillo, Texas, September 15, 
1947, the son of Max E. and Ruth Lorraine (Coan) Warren. 
When the family moved to Lakewood, California, in 1962, Mark 
entered high school where he played drums in the band, later 
became drum major, and was an honor student. He also be- 
longed to the Ambassador Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1965 he 
was graduated valedictorian of his class and went on to col- 


lege for three years of pre-medical study. July 26, 1969, 
in Long Beach, he married Hulda L. Dunbar, daughter of Cleo 
and Hulda Dunbar. After he received a D.D.S. degree in 1972 
he and Hulda toured Europe for three months. When they re- 
turned, Mark worked for a group of dentists until he opened 
his own office in 1974. Besides practicing dentistry, he 
also taught Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and was working on 
something fairly new in dentistry — lining up the jaw. He 
also worked in preventive dentistry. He enjoyed golf and 
had a horse which all the family rode. They attended a 
Lutheran church. 

Hulda was graduated in 1966 from Jordan High School in 
Long Beach. She attended California State University at 
Long Beach and received a B.S. degree in nursing in 1970. 
She worked at a medical center and as a county nurse. "Be- 
tween children" she went back to school and earned her mas- 
ter's degree. 

In 1982 Mark and Hulda lived in California. 

Children (10) WARREN 

i. Jon Eric, b. May 14, 1974 

ii. Erin Elizabeth, b. Aug. 14, 1977 

iii. Hulda Laxdal Lorraine, b. Feb. 27, 1981 

Reference: Mrs. Max Warren, Sr. 

7 6 5 4 3 

RUTH M. COAN (Benjamin W. , William , Asa , William , Ja- 
cob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Creston, Iowa, February 24, 1893, 
the daughter of Benjamin Walker and Mary Jane (McNair) Coan. 
On December 1, 1917, in Creston she married Roy F. Oehler, 
who was born March 9, 1892. Roy died April 8, 1921, in 
Creston. Ruth married second January 4, 1924, in Des Moines 
Charles T. Kaveney, born August 2, 1888. He died March 20, 
1952, in Des Moines; Ruth, March 10, 1981, in Marshall town. 

Children (8) OEHLER 

i. Joe Coan, b. Sept. 17, 1918, Creston, la.; d. Feb. 

9, 1919, Creston 
ii. Jay C, b. July 9, 1920 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

JAY C. OEHLER , the son of Roy F. and Ruth M. (Coan) Oehler, 

was born July 9, 1920, in Pacific Junction, Iowa. On August 

8, 1948, in Dysart, Iowa, he married Nadine L. , who 

was born in Dysart March 31, 1925. 


Children (9) OEHLER 

i. Jane, b. Oct. 1, 1951, Iowa City, la 

ii. Susan, b. Oct. 27, 1952, Iowa City 

iii. Christine, b. July 14, 1957, Iowa City 

iv. John Charles, b. Sept. 7, 1958, Iowa City 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

7 6 5 4 3 

GOLDIE IRENE 1 COAN (Benjamin W. , William , Asa , William , 
Jacob , Peter ) was born in Creston, Iowa, February 9, 1895, 
the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Jane (McNair) Coan. On 
August 30, 1913, in Creston she married Maurice Albaugh, who 
was born January 4, 1894. Maurice died March 31, 1945, in 
Creston. Goldie died there August 16, 1975. 

Children (8) ALBAUGH 

i. Maurine, b. Dec. 31, 1913 

ii. Lewis Eugene, b. Sept. 21, 1915 

iii. Margaret, b. Oct. 22, 1919 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

MAURINE ALBAUGH , the daughter of Maurice and Goldie Irene 
(Coan) Albaugh, was born in Afton, Iowa, December 31, 1913. 
In June, 1937, she married John Sloan, who was born in Chi- 
cago, Illinois, July 4, 1912. Maurine died in Creston in 
April, 1957. 

Children (9) SLOAN 

i. John, Jr., b. July 13, 1942, Chicago; m. Marilyn 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

LEWIS EUGENE ALBAUGH , the son of Maurice and Goldie Irene 
(Coan) Albaugh, was born in Creston, Iowa, September 21, 
1915. On October 17, 1937, he married Vivian Weeker, who 
was born in Stringtown, Iowa, February 21, 1916. 

Children (9) ALBAUGH 

i. Gary, b. Mar. 29, 1941, Creston, la.; m. Ames, 

Iowa, Feb. 5, 1965, Edith Ann , born 

Jan. 2, 1940 
ii. Michael, b. June 16, 1946, Red Oak, La.; m. Nov. 

12, 1965, Honolulu, Cherlyn Lynn , b. 

Apr. 11, 1947 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 


MARGARET ALBAUGH , the daughter of Maurice and Goldie Irene 

(Coan) Albaugh, was born October 22, 1919, in Creston, Iowa. 
In September, 1939, she married Floyd Leon McMath, who was 
born March 31, 1909, in Allerton, Iowa. Floyd died Decem- 
ber, 1980. 

Children (9) McMATH 

i. Richard, b. Apr. 28, 1940, Creston, la. 

ii. David, b. July 1, 1948; d. Aug. 12, 1967, Vietnam 

iii. Dee Ann, b. May 4, 1952, Creston, la. 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

7 6 5 4 3 

RALPH WILLIAM COAN (Benjamin W. , William , Asa , William , 

Jacob , Peter ) was born at Creston, Iowa, December 20, 
1903, the son of Benjamin Walker and Mary Jane (McNair) 
Coan. On June 20, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, he married 
Ruth Darline Johnson, who was born September 6, 1905, in 
Denver, Colorado. 

Ralph worked all his life in the grocery business- 
first in retailing; then for 39 years traveling for grocery 
brokerage companies in Iowa. He retired February 1, 1981; 
and in 1982 he and his wife lived in Urbandale, Iowa. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Clairice Louise (Pat), b. Apr. 9, 1927 

ii. Ralph William, Jr., b. Nov. 21, 1930 

iii. Robert Eugene, b. Apr. 25, 1932, Hereford, Tex.; 

d. May 31, 1933, Des Moines, la. 
iv. Richard Alan, b. Dec. 17, 1941 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

8 7 6 

CLARICE LOUISE (PAT) COAN (Ralph W. , Benjamin W. , Wil- 
liam 5 , Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Des 
Moines, Iowa, April 9, 1927, the daughter of Ralph William 
and Ruth Darline (Johnson) Coan. On January 15, 1946, in 
Boone, Iowa, she married Veryl V. Olofson, who was born in 
Stratford, Iowa, June 9, 1927. In Omaha, Nebraska, August 

21, 1969, she married second Lyle Clark, born February 17, 
1919, and died December 5, 1975. On December 15, 1979, at 
Des Moines she married third Bill Pirkle, who was born July 

22, 1932, at Grapevien, Texas. 

Clarice worked five and a half years for the Iowa 
Methodist Medical Center and two doctors. In 1982 she was 
rounding out her twelfth year of work for the city of Des 
Moines . 

(top) Ralph William Coan, 
Sr., and Darline Johnson 
Coan; (center left) Darline 
Johnson Coan, Ralph Wil- 
liam Coan, Sr., Ralph Wil- 
liam Coan, Jr., Barbara Jean 
Dale Coan, Diana Dee Odom 
Coan, Richard Alan Coan, 
Sr.; (center right) Clarice 
(Pat) Coan Pirkle and Bill 
Pirkle; (bottom left) Michael 
Duane Coan and Marjorie 
Diana Coan; (bottom right) 
The Richard Alan Coan, Sr., 
family Tammy Lee, Diana, 
Daniel Matthew, Richard, 
Richard Alan, Jr. 

Luella Bernice Coan Storey on her 83rd birthday. 
Courtesy Mrs. Berlyn H. Wiles. 




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Luolin Elizabeth 

William Lyndon 

Inez Belle 

Storey. Courtesy 

Storey. Courtesy 

Storey. Cour- 

The Campanile, 

The Campanile, 

tesy West Texas 

C/ass 0/ 7935, ifcce 

Class of 1935, Rice 

State Universi- 



ty, Canyon. 


Children (9) OLOFSON all born in Boone, Iowa 

i. Linda Louise, b. May 5, 1947 
ii. Larry Wayne, b. Mary 5, 1947 
iii. Patrick Lee, b. Dec. 12, 1950 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

LINDA LOUISE OLOFSON , the daughter of Veryl V. and Clarice 

Louise (Coan) Olofson, was born May 5, 1947, in Boone, Iowa. 

On August 20, 1966, at Boone she married Ronald Silver, who 

was born September 5, 1946. 

Children (10) SILVER 

i. Timothy Wayne, b. Jan. 19, 1970, Boone, la. 
ii. Lorraine, b. June 24, 1974, Bettendorf, la. 
iii. Steven, b. Apr. 3, 1978, Bettendorf, la. 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

LARRY WAYNE OLOFSON , the son of Veryl V. and Clarice Louise 
(Coan) Olofson, was born May 5, 1947, in Boone, Iowa. On 
June 19, 1972, in Madrid, Iowa, he married Cheryl Herrstrom, 
who was born in Luther, Iowa. 

Children (10) OLOFSON 

i. Erica Beth, b. Aug. 15, 1975, Cedar Rapids, la.; 

d. Sept. 12, 1975, Cedar Rapids 
ii. Kirsten, b. Oct. 26, 1977, Bowling Green, Ky . 
iii. Kara Ruth, b. Dec. 15, 1979, Bowling Green, Ky . 
iv. Mark William, b. Jan. 20, 1982, Sac City, la. 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

PATRICK LEE OLOFSON , the son of Veryle V. and Clarice Lou- 
ise (Coan) Olofson, was born December 12, 1950, in Boone, 
Iowa. On June 5, 1976, in Waterloo, Iowa, he married Samra 

Children (10) OLOFSON 

i. Thomas Patrick, b. Nov. 16, 1977, Boone, la. 

ii. Anne Marie, b. June 22, 1979, Ames, la. 

iii. Brenna, a twin, b. Feb. 25, 1981; d. Mar. 24 

iv. Britta, a twin, b. Feb. 25, 1981, Ames, la. 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 



8 7 6 5 

RALPH WILLIAM COAN, JR. (Ralph W. , Benjamin W. , William , 

Asa 4 , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Des Moines, 

Iowa, November 21, 1930, the son of Ralph William and Ruth 

Darline (Johnson) Coan. On March 7, 1943, in Lehigh, Iowa, 

he married Barbara Jean Dale, who was born August 28, 1934, 

in Lehigh. 

Ralph joined the National Guard January 6, 1948, and 
served until July, 1977. He then transferred to the Army 
Reserve and the 103rd COSCOM. He served as security, plans 
and operations, and then as chief of staff. February 28, 
1981 he was appointed Brigadier General in the Army Reserve. 

In 1982 he was facilities manager of George A. Rolfe 
Company in Boone, Iowa, where he had been employed since 
January, 1967. The company manufactured agricultural equip- 
ment. As facilities manager Ralph was responsible for all 
production of three manufacturing plants, as well as all 
purchasing and inventory control . 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Marjorie Diane, b. July 2, 1956, Boone, la. 
ii. Michael Duane, b. June 13, 1959, Boone, la. 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

8 7 6 5 4 

RICHARD ALAN COAN (Ralph W. , Benjamin W. , William , Asa , 

William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Boone, Iowa, December 
17, 1941, the son of Ralph William and Ruth Darline (John- 
son) Coan. On December 13, 1964, in Manhatten, Kansas, he 
married Diana Dee Odom, who was born December 20, 1942, in 
Amarillo, Texas. 

He was a member of the Iowa and Alaska National Guard 
for 22 years before retiring to the inactive Army Reserve in 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Richard Alan, Jr., b. July 16, 1965, Kansas City, 


ii. Tammy Lee, b. July 5, 1968, Des Moines, la. 

iii. Daniel Matthew, b. Dec. 5, 1973, Des Moines, la. 

Reference: Mrs. Ralph W. Coan, Sr. 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

ASA COAN (William , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was 

born June 2, 1858, in LaSalle County, Illinois, the son of 
William and Abigail (Hall) Coan. He married Silena Phillips 
September 15, 1881. She was born June 2, 1860, in LaSalle 
County, Illinois. Asa died March 28, 1940, in Colorado 
Springs, Colorado; Silena, April 20, 1936, in Fountain, Col- 


Children (7) COAN 

i. Luella Bernice, b. July 17, 1882 

ii. Elmer Clare, b. Aug. 25, 1884 

iii. Chester Asa, b. July 1, 1888 

iv. Mary Inez, b. May 7, 1890 

LUELLA BERNICE COAN (Asa 6 , William 5 , Asa 4 , William 3 , Ja- 
cob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born July 17, 1882, in Lostant, LaSalle 
County, Illinois, the daughter of Asa and Silena (Phillips) 
Coan. August 25, 1909, in Fountain, Colorado, she married 
01 in Kurgeon Storey who was born in Cotton Gin, Freestone 
County, Texas, January 25, 1883, and died in Vernon, Texas, 
October 7, 1966. Luella died January 1, 1977, in Vernon and 
was buried in East View Cemetery. 

Children (8) STOREY 

i. Luolin Elizabeth, b. Apr. 12, 1913 

ii. William Lyndon, b. Aug. 5, 1914 

iii. Inez Belle, b. Aug. 6, 1916 

iv. Vera Pearl, b. Feb. 1, 1918 

v. Sarah Silena, b. Mar. 7, 1925 

LUOLIN ELIZABETH STOREY 8 , daughter of Olin Kurgeon and Lu- 
ella Bernice (Coan) Storey, was born April 12, 1913, in Den- 
ver Colorado. She was graduated from high school in Vernon, 
Texas, valedictorian of her class. She attended Rice Insti- 
tute (now Rice University) in Houston, Texas, and received a 
B.A. degree with distinction in 1935. On January 12, 1936, 
in Richmond, Texas, she married Edgar Altenburg, who was 
born in New York City June 11, 1888. He had a Ph.D. degree 
from Columbia University, taught at Rice Institute, and was 
an eminent scientist. 

Luolin returned to Rice in 1945, at which time she 
began work on fruit fly genetics. In 1947 she was in- 
vited to be guest investigator at Indiana University in 
Dr. H. J. Muller's laboratory (he's a former Nobel 
Prize winnter in fruit fly genetics). In 1948 she got 
a three-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the Atomic 
Energy Commission, to work in one of four radio-biology 
laboratories set up in strategic areas in the nation 
for the study of peaceful uses of isotopes. 

She made medical history in New York City in 1950 
when she announced at the annual meeting of the Ameri- 
can Association for the Advancement of Science the de- 
velopment of a test to detect and possibly classify the 
viruses that cause such diseases as colds, smallpox, 
flu and polio. After getting her Ph.D. at Rice in 1951 
she did graduate work on viruses at the University of 
Oxford through a three-year fellowship. 


Back to Houston—and continued experiments. She 
left Rice and was sponsored by Baylor University Col- 
lege of Medicine until 1964, when she moved to St. Tho- 
mas (University of St. Thomas, Houston.) 

(Martin Dreyer, "Fruit Fly Lady," Texas Magazine , Sunday, 
January 9, 1966, pp. 18-29.) 

In 1959 Edgar and Luolin were divorced and that year 
she married second Henry Browning. They were divorced June 
1, 1961. 

To quote again from Martin Dreyer ' s article on Luolin-- 
in 1966: 

she and her long-time associate, Dr. Edgar Altenburg, 
will package 2000 adult fruit flies aboard a bio satel- 
lite. It will be one of 14 biological experiments to 
be flown on the satellite. Three of them will be gene- 
tics experiments, of which hers will be the principal 
one and the largest. 

The bio satellite--f irst of a series--is slated 
for a 3 1/2 day orbit. The flies — the kind you see 
gathered on rotten bananas--wil 1 be tested for the 
genetic effects of weightlessness. 

Said Dr. Browning: "We should be able to detect 
genetic hazards to man in space through studying the 
effects on fruit f 1 ies--because they're small and breed 
rapidly and more is known about their genetic make-up 
than any other organism." 

The slim, blondish scientist knows her fruit 
flies. She's been doing continuous experiments with 
them since 1945. That's 20 long years with the tiny, 
winged creature that's known in scientific circles as 
'drosophil ia . ' 

Luolin Browning conducts her research program in 
the spacious genetics lab at University of St. Thomas. 
The research is supported by funds from the General 
Medical Sciences of the U.S. Public Health Service and 
from NASA's bio satellite program. 

"NASA is also supporting our research on the gene- 
tic effects of ultraviolet light." she said. (Her asso- 
ciate and former husband, Dr. Altenburg, an interna- 
tionally known scientist, discovered in 1931 that ul- 
traviolet light produces mutations.) 

The lab, in a two-story building, truly hums with 
action. Lab assistants and technicians peer through 
microscopes, poke at the flies, make up individual mat- 
ings, record data, etc., etc. There are six full-time 
workers and eight part-timers — one from Rice and the 
rest from St. Thomas. 

The lab has a larger fruit fly population than 
Houston has people. At the latest count it was 2 mil- 
lion, give or take a few. They live in half-pint milk 
bottles, male and famale, and they lay eggs like mad. 


About 4000 of the bottles crowd the shelves, each hold- 
ing some 500 flies and tasty meals of cornmeal syrup, 
yeast and sugar. 

Also there are 15,000 vials of the flies in spe- 
cial breeding boxes. 

Dr. Browning moves around, touching a bottle here, 
fingering a vial there, and there's an af f ectionate--as 
well as scientif ic--gleam in her eye. This is her pro- 
ject. She has lived with it through the years, seen it 
grow, knows its importance to man. 

"Our object is to increase the knowledge of the 
basic genetic principles that would probably apply to 
all forms of life," she explained. 

"One of our objectives is to try to determine the 
nature of the gene and the mutation process. A result 
of this would be more knowledge of the cause of cancer. 

There is definitely a relationship between cancer 
and mutations. Whatever causes mutations in a wide 
variety of organisms also causes cancers, and vice ver- 
sa. If we find out what causes mutations, then others 
will use the information to find ways to avoid the mu- 
tations . " 

Dr. Browning said the experiments include the 
study of radiation hazards and hazards from noxious 
chemicals in the environment. 

Luolin Browning also teaches courses in genetics 
and evolution at University of St. Thomas, is associate 
professor of biology. (Martin Dreyer, "Fruit Fly 
Lady," Texas Magazine , Sunday, January 9, 1966, pp. 17- 

21. ) 

Children (9) ALTENBURG 

i. Robert Alexander, b. Jan. 22, 1941, Houston, Tex- 
as; educated at the University of Houston with a 
major in physics; married: daughter, Carla Pat- 
ricia, b. Jan. 31, 1971 

ii. Lewis Conrad, b. May 12, 1942, Houston, Texas; a 
graduate of Rice University; did graduate work 
in bio-chemistry at University of Oklahoma; mar- 
ried: daughter, Kristin Lee, b. Mar. 9, 1969 

Reference: Miriam Kass, "Space Flies," Houston Post , March 

22, 1964. 

Theodore H. Smith 

WILLIAM LYNDON STOREY , son of Olin Kurgeon and Luella Ber- 
nice (Coan) Storey, was born August 5, 1914, in Tulia, Tex- 
as. He was graduated from Rice Institute in 1935 and re- 
ceived his law degree in 1938 from Texas State University in 
Austin. In 1941 he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and went 


to Pearl Harbor in April, 1942. He served in communications 
and did Judge Advocate work. September 27, 1943, he married 
Evelyn H. Shraeder in Vernon, Texas. After the war, he con- 
tinued in the navy and taught law at the naval base in Dal- 
las. He became a captain. 


INEZ BELLE STOREY , daughter of Olin Kurgeon and Luella Ber- 
nice (Coan) Storey, was born August 6, 1916, at Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. She was graduated from West Texas Col- 
lege in Canyon in June, 1938, and worked for Standard Oil in 
Houston, New Orleans, and San Franciso. June 19, 1944, she 
married Wilburn Hale Seals, who was born July 22, 1916, in 
Archer City, Texas. He was graduated from the University of 
Texas. On his return from service in the Navy, he worked 
for Standard Oil in Venezuela for four years and returned to 
Dallas . 

Children (9) SEALS 

i. Alan Edward, b. June 11, 1947, Dallas. Tex. 
ii. Marilyn Inez, b. May 6, 1951, Fort Worth, Tex. 
iii. Beverly Lu , b. June 15, 1953; a lawyer 


VERA PEARL STOREY , the daughter of Olin Kurgeon and Luella 
Bernice (Coan) Storey, was born February 1, 1918. She was 
graduated from West Texas College, Canyon, Texas, in 1939. 
She married Charles E. Mandville, III on November 6, 1943. 

Children (9) MANDVILLE 

i. Charles E. IV, b. July 14, 1947; m. Judi Ann Rich- 
ardson Sept. 17, 1970; one son, Charles E. V., b. 
July 5, 1972 

ii. Jill S.; m. Peter Higgins 


SARAH SILENA STOREY , daughter of Olin Kurgeon and Luella 
Bernice (Coan) Storey, was born March 7, 1925, in Vernon, 
Texas. She went one year to Trinity University in Texas. 
April 28, 1945, she married in Vernon, Texas, Everett Allen 
Russell, who was born February 9, 1922, in Canton, Illinois. 
He was graduated from Brown Business College in Peoria, 
Illinois, and served in the Air Force in World War II from 
April, 1942, to December, 1945. He died June 29, 1970. The 
Russells lived for fifteen years in Indianapolis, Indiana, 
then moved to Richardson, Texas. 

Children (9) RUSSELL 

i. Gregory Allen, b. Oct. 2, 1950, Indianapolis, Ind 


ELMER CLARE COAN (Asa , William ^, Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , 
Peter 1 ) was born August 25, 1884, in probably LaSalle Coun- 
ty, Illinois, son of Asa and Silena (Phillips) Coan. He 
died April 22, 1938, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

CHESTER ASA COAN (Asa , William 5 , Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , 
Peter ) was born July 1, 1888, in Creston, Iowa, son of Asa 
and Silena (Phillips) Coan. He married June E. Parrott July 
28, 1928. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Frances Silena, b. Mar. 11, 1930 

8 , , 7 6 5 4 

FRANCES ^ILENA COAN (Chester A. , Asa , William , Asa , 

William , Jacob , Peter ) was born March 11, 1930, daughter 

of Chester Asa and June (Parrott) Coan. She married Carl 

Zehr December 20, 1957. 

Children (9) ZEHR 

i. Laura K., b. Feb. 3, 1960 
ii. Paul, b. May 11, 1964 

MARY INEZ 7 COAN (Asa 6 , William 5 , Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born May 7, 1890, in Creston, Iowa, daughter of 
Asa and Silena (Phillips) Coan. She married Charles W. Rid- 
doch December 28, 1911, in Fountain, Colorado. He was born 
June 22, 1884, in Clarinda, Iowa. 

Children (8) RIDDOCH 

i. Merrill Coan, b. Jan. 9, 1913; d. Dec. 3, 1913 
ii. Charles Keith, b. Dec. 1, 1914 
iii. Leland Asa, b. May 30, 1917 

CHARLES KEITH RIDDOCH 8 , son of Charles W. and Mary Inez 
(Coan) Riddoch, was born December 1, 1914, at Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. He married Elizabeth Ann Barrie in 1938. 

Children (9) RIDDOCH 

i. Barrie Lee, b. Mar. 19, 1946, Colorado Springs, 

Col . 
ii. Richard Keith, b. Dec. 14, 1947, Colorado Springs, 

Col . 
iii. Elizabeth Ann, b. Nov. 17, 1955, Colorado Springs, 


LELAND ASA RIDDOCH" , son of Charles W. and Mary Inez (Coan) 
Riddoch, was born May 30, 1917, in Colorado Springs, Colo- 
rado. He married Hilda Johnson in 1942 in Seattle, Washing- 
ton . 

Children (9) RIDDOCH both born in Seattle, Washington 

i. Ivy Lee, b. Feb. 23, 1945 

ii. Leland Mark, b. Oct. 28, 1947 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM COAN (William , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was 

the son of William and Abigail (Hall) Coan. Several years 

after his father died, he was sent to live with his uncle 

and aunt, Jim and Jane (Hall) Shipley, who were rather 

stern. He ran away from home when he was fifteen and the 

family lost track of him for thirty years. He settled in 

Joplin, Missouri, married, and had two children. 

5 4 3 2 1 

COLLINS A. COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born 

March 25, 1830, the son of Asa and Mary (Jones) Coan. He 

married Deborah Head, born in Pennsylvania, about 1834. He 

was foreman of a sawmill in Adams County, Ohio, in 1860, and 

lived in Lacon, Illinois, later. He was said to have been a 

bridge builder in later life. 

i. Edwin, b. ca. 1856 

ii. Charles, b. ca. 1858 

iii. Mary, b. ca. 1863; m. Dunham, lived in 

Wenona , 111. 
iv. Grace, b. ca . 1865; m. Potter, lived in 

South Bend, Ind. 
v. Myrtle, b. ca. 1871 
vi. Pearl, b. ca . 1873; m. Peeples, lived in 

South Bend, Ind. 

Reference: Theodore H. Smith 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

MYRTLE COAN (Collins A. , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) 

who was born about 1871, in Lacon, Illinois, was the daugh- 
ter of Collins A. and Deborah (Head) Coan. She married 

Downey. Myrtle died 1960-1962, aged 90. Mr. Downey died 
August 8, 1965, aged nearly 94. 

Children (7) DOWNEY 

i. Peggy, m. Gene Graven; lived in Merced, Cal . , in 

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ASA W. COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was the son of 

Asa and Mary (Jones) Coan. For his biography I will quote 

an article that appeared in the Herald of Gospel Liberty , 

Dayton, Ohio, in July, 1898. 

November 13, 1833, Asa W. Coan was born near the 
village of Rome, in Adams Co., 0. He was one of a fam- 
ily of twelve children, seven of whom were sons and 
five, daughters. His paternal grandfather, Colonel Wm. 
Coan, was of German descent. His maternal grandfather, 
Dr. John Jones, was of Welsh extraction. Both grand- 
fathers were soldiers of the Revolutionary War. Both 
his parents and grandparents were members of the Chris- 
tian Church. 

His educational advantages in boyhood were lim- 
ited, but in 1853 he entered Clermont Academy, Adams 
Co., of which Prof. James K. Parker was principal. 
He gave Prof. Parker great credit as an educator and 
felt his personal obligations to be peculiarly great to 
the man; that he had generously helped him to become 
what he was in life. 

In 1855 he divided the year between teaching and 
work in the Academy. In 1856 he opened a private 
school for advanced scholars, which he continued for 
two years, with a good degree of success. He continued 
in his profession as teacher until 1862, but meantime 
sharing his strength and time with a higher calling, 
one that he intended should be his life work. As a 
teacher he was making himself more fully ready for his 
greater work. 

Jan. 12, 1852, when in the nineteenth year of his 
age, he united with the Christian Church of Stout's Run 
in Adams Co. and at once began the work of the minis- 
try. He had remarkable success in evangelistic work, 
so much so, that his elders in the ministry discouraged 
his ambition for further scholastic advantages. But 
properly measuring the demands of the age on the minis- 
try, he entered school as student and teacher, for a 
fuller preparation for the work. Meantime, he regu- 
larly served the people of his choice by pulpit labors. 

In 1857 Bro. Coan married Miss Mary Morton. Three 
sons and one daughter were born to them. 

His intense oppostion to Slavery made him a marked 
man in the councils of the Republican party, and at the 
earnest solicitations of his political friends, he be- 
came a candidate for the legislature and was elected 
for the term of 1855-57 [actually, 1865-67]. He had 
qualified himself for this new sphere by a course of 
legal reading and study of parliamentary tactics. 

Retiring in 1857 [1867] from the political arena, 
he was chosen pastor of the Enon, 0. Christian Church. 
He continued in that relationship for two years, when a 
broader field opened to him in a call from the Provi- 


dence, R. I., Christian Church. There, for a time, in 
connection with his pastoral work he engaged in the 
publication of the Living Christian , a weekly religious 
newspaper of real merit. 

In 1873 Bro. Coan removed to Marion, Ind. taking 
pastoral charge of the church in that city, in which 
relationship he continued for two years. In 1875 he 
took pastoral charge of the Jamestown, 0., Christian 
Church, which he served for one year, when he removed 
to Yellow Springs and became pastor of that church, 
which he served for a period of five years. 

In 1881, being elected to the editorship of the 
Herald of Gospel Liberty , he removed to Dayton and en- 
tered upon the last vigorous work of his life. For 
nearly four years he gave himself with intense devotion 
to the editorship. In June, 1884, he received a slight 
paralytic stroke, but despite the warnings of wise and 
devoted friends, refused to lay down the heavy burdens 
of his position. On Friday, Feb. 6, 1885, a second 
stroke came while he was at work in his office; under 
that stroke he fell as one dead. For some time he was 
completely disabled and felt compelled to relinquish 
his editorial responsibilities. After a time he ral- 
lied from the shock and removed to Enon , 0., his old 
home, and resumed there the pastoral work, but on Sat- 
urday evening, June 26, [1886] at 9 o'clock, when the 
preparations for one more Sabbath's labor were all com- 
plete, a third stroke fell upon our brother. He lin- 
gered in a helpless and almost speechless state until 
the early morning of Wednesday, the 30th of June, when 
at 4:20 the spirit of Asa W. Coan departed from this 
earthly life. Only the week before he had taken part 
in the Commencement Exercises at Antioch College. In a 
brief speech on the occasion he had said, "This is the 
last Commencement I ever expect to attend.... I am only 
holding on by the willows." Alas! How feeble was the 
hold! How speedy was the going! 

Bro. Coan had been honored greatly by his people. 
His positions of trust and responsibility were many and 
honorable. He had for years been a trustee of the Pub- 
lishing House and of the Christian Biblical Institute. 
For many years he had been president of the Central 0. 
Conference; was a member of the Educational Board of 
Antioch College; and for one term was president of the 
Quadrennial Convention. He was a born leader of men. 
His counsel was with wisdom and his devotion to the 
work of his Church whole-hearted. His was a commanding 
presence. Few men looked the leader more completely 
than did he. Few men, perhaps, of nobler appearance 
ever graced our council chambers. He looked like one 
built for a hundred years of toil. He was a man of 
generous heart, magnificent physique, fine mental abil- 
ity, and large pulpit power! 


In 1881, Bro. Coan published a book of 434 pages, 
entitled Gospel Sermons by Christian Ministers . The 
volume contains twenty-six sermons, with portraits and 
biographical sketches of each contributor. No volume 
was ever issued from the press of the Christians, of 
greater, if of equal value. It is a rich monument to 
the name of Rev. A. W. Coan. 

The funeral services of Brother Coan were at Enon, 
his last home. Twenty-four ministers were present. Ad- 
dresses were made by Elders Long, Black, and Summerbell 
and Elders McWhinney, Weeks, Warbinton, and Coil con- 
ducted other portions of the service. While the clergy 
encircled the casket, a verse of Sweet Bye and Bye was 
sung, and each man felt that a noble brother had en- 
tered into rest; indeed, that a mighty prince had fal- 
len in Israel! The interment took place at Yellow 
Springs, 0. , where many of his best years had been giv- 
en to the Church. 

His memory will be cherished by a large circle of 
friends, as one of the heroes of truth! 

The following is from his obituary by 0. W. Powers in 
The Antiochian : 

Antioch College had no truer friend. He stood 
firmly by its interests, in good fortune or ill, and, 
with his associates in the Board, omitted no effort to 
carry out the designs and realize the hopes of the 
founders and friends of the college. And when, at the 
last Commencement, the Trustees announced the brighten- 
ing outlook, none were more hopefully glad than he. 
His words at the Commencement dinner will ever seem to 
those who heard them as at once a prophecy of the fu- 
ture prosperity of Antioch, and a sadder prophecy of 
his own approaching end. In one week from that day he 
was no more. 

From a beautiful memorial essay by Rev. G. D. 
Black, we take the following: 

"Asa W. Coan was an earnest and a thoroughly con- 
scientious man. What he believed he believed with his 
might and he was fearless in his advocacy of it. He 
was not a cringer. His mind dwelt constantly and loft- 
ily on the great themes respecting God, man, and duty; 
and they were to him stern, solemn realities 

Only today a man of distinction in politics, who 
sat next to Coan in the Ohio General Assembly in 1866- 
67, told me he never knew a man in his life more con- 
scientious and terribly in earnest than A. W. Coan. He 
said that his own party could not depend on his vote if 
the measure was one that he conceived to be question- 
able as to its character; that the moment he saw a dis- 
position in his party to play fast and loose with a 
principle of right or truth, he was sure to bolt. He 


also said that his ability to grasp questions, and his 
strength and courage in debate, easily made him a lead- 
er on his side of the House." 

Asa's wife, Mary Morton, was born July 13, 1838, in 
Ohio. She married Asa August 26, 1857, in Adams County, 
Ohio. She died January 27, 1924, in Massachusetts. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Asa Morton, b. Sept. 12, 1858; d. Jan. 27, 1909; 

architect and builder; died single 
ii. John Leet, b. Aug. 26, 1860 
iii. Ella M., b. May 14, 1863 
iv. Charles William, b. Oct. 23, 1874 

JOHN LEET 6 COAN (Asa W. 5 , Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) 
was born August 26, 1860, in Ohio, son of Asa W. and Mary 
(Morton) Coan. On May 2, 1887, he married Sarah Margery 
Hanger who, like John, was the child of a minister. They 
met while attending Antioch College. John was in the print- 
ing business in Dayton, Ohio, until his son went West to 
college. Then he moved his family to Seattle, Washington. 
He died May 1 , 1941 . 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Charles Florus, b. Apr. 30, 1886 
ii. Mildred Eleanor 

CHARLES FLORUS COAN (John L. , Asa W. , Asa , William 3 , Ja- 
cob , Peter 1 ) was born in Dayton, Ohio, April 30, 1886, the 
son of John Leet and Sarah Margery (Hanger) Coan. Charles 
attended high school in Dayton and worked after school in 
his father's printing office and in the Dayton Public Lib- 
rary. A cousin, probably William 6 , (Charles 5 , Asa* , Wil- 
liam , Jacob , Peter 1 ), who was a teacher at Whitman Col- 
lege in Walla Walla, Washington, persuaded him to go West to 
college. He was graduated from the University of Washington 
in 1908. He did graduate work there for a year, but was 
threatened with failing eyesight; so he decided to try home- 
steading. He settled on 160 acres of government land in 
southeastern Oregon in the Burns district, 150 miles from 
the nearest railroad. After an unsuccessful year, he re- 
turned to Seattle and was offered a teaching position in the 
Tung Wen Institute at Amoy, China. He got the job on Wednes- 
day and sailed on the following Saturday from Vancouver on 
the Empress of India . In 1912, after two years in China, 
he returned to Seattle. 

Next he taught in a grammar school in Port Townsend, 
Washington; in January, 1913, he became director of Collins 


Field House, a municipal social center in Seattle. At this 
point he decided to return to college and spent the next two 
years at the University of California doing graduate study 
in history. From 1915-1918 he taught history in Alameda 
High School in Alameda, California. 

At the beginning of the United States' participation in 
World War I, he enlisted for service in the Second Hospital 
Corps at the University of California, but was disqualified 
because of his eyesight. In the summer of 1918 he succeeded 
in enlisting in the National Guard in Seattle. When the war 
ended, he returned to the University of California where he 
received his Ph.D. in history in 1920. That fall he ac- 
cepted the position of associate professor of history at the 
University of New Mexico. He became a full professor in 

March 9, 1924, he married Mary Leonor Wright, the 
daughter of Clarence Wright of Springer, New Mexico. She 
attended the University of Missouri, the University of New 
Mexico; and was a teacher at Union High School in Grants, 
New Mexico, at the University of New Mexico, and at Stephens 
College . 

Charles was the author of A History of New Mexico . He 
died September 19, 1928. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. John Victor, b. Aug. 23, 1926 

JOHN VICTOR COAN (Charles F. , John L. , Asa W. , Asa , 
William , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Albuquerque, New Mexi- 
co, August 23, 1926, the son of Charles Florus and Mary 
(Wright) Coan . He received his early education in the pub- 
lic schools of Albuquerque. In 1951 he attended the Univer- 
sity of Kansas; in 1952 he was graduated from the University 
of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Laws degree. 

After being admitted to the bar, he practiced law in 
both Albuquerque and Grants. He served as judge of the 
small-claims court of Bernalillo County, as assistant city 
attorney at Grants, and as a member of the board of trustees 
of the town of Grants. While he was trustee, Grants received 
the Ail-American City Award, the only municipality of New 
Mexico and Arizona in the finals. 

John was a marine in World War II and was in action 
with the Leathernecks' Third Corps in the South Pacific. He 
was in the service from 1943 to 1946. 

At Trenton, Nebraska, on January 18, 1947, John married 
Arlene Pennell who was born in Trenton June 10, 1925, the 
daughter of Fred and Emma (Dayton) Pennell. Arlene was a 
beautician, a painter, and an avid bridge player. 

John was a member of Mesa Lodge No. 68 of the Masons at 
Albuquerque, served as Judge Advocate of the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars, and was chairman of the Boy Scout troop of the 


First Methodist Church. He was actively concerned with pub- 
lic affairs, a member of and worker in the Democratic party, 
and a life-long resident of New Mexico. 

Children (9) COAN all born at Albuquerque 

i. Barbara Leslie, b. May 18, 1951; teacher-princi- 
pal of grade school, Loveland, Col. 

ii. Marc Wayne, b. Jan. 4, 1954; teacher; owned and 
operated furniture-woodworking business in Al- 
buquerque, N.M. 

iii. Charles Frederick, b. Oct. 14, 1958; lieutenant, 
U. S. Army, 197th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benn- 
ing, Ga. 

7 6 5 4 3 

MILDRED ELEANOR COAN (John L. , Asa W. , Asa , William , 

Jacob , Peter ) daughter of John Leet and Sarah Margery 

(Hanger) Coan, married Ralph C. Wentworth July 23, 1913. 

Children (9) WENTWORTH 

i. Margery; m. Hemple; two adopted children: Kathryn 

J. and James Allen 
ii. Mildred Eleanor; m. Brewster; two sons: David and 


6 5 4 3 2 1 

ELLA M. COAN (Asa W. , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was 
born May 14, 1863, the daughter of Asa W. and Mary (Morton) 
Coan. She received an A.B. degree from Antioch College in 
1887. Her mother had attended Antioch during the adminis- 
tration of Horace Mann. From 1888 to 1891 she was a teacher 
of drawing and painting at the College. She then taught 
drawing in the public schools of Algona, Iowa, until 1893. 
In 1896 she was graduated from the normal arts course at 
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In 1900 she married 
Victor Shinn, an art instructor in Brooklyn where they were 
living in 1908; later they moved to Ashley Falls, Massachu- 
setts. She died in 1946. 

Reference: Antioch College Alumni Directory , 1921 

Antiochiana , Olive Kettering Library, Antioch 
College, Yellow Springs, Ohio 

6 5 4 3 2 
CHARLES WILLIAM COAN (Asa W. , Asa , William , Jacob , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born October 23, 1874, the son of Asa W. and Mary 
(Morton) Coan. He was educated at Antioch College and mar- 
ried Susan . They had no children. He was a teacher 

and in 1921 was living in Brooklyn, New York. August 2, 
1924, he died in Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, and was buried 
in Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

John Victor Coan and Arlene Pennell 

Barbara Leslie Coan, Charles Frederick Coan, Marc Wayne Coan 

Mary Alice Coan 

Isaac Tichenor Smith 

Arthur Morton Smith, about 10 
years old 


The following material on Mary Alice Coan and her many 
descendants was written for this genealogy by her grandson, 
Theodore Hunter Smith. He also contributed all the pictures 
for this section. 

MARY ALICE 5 COAN (Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born 
September 2, 1835, in Rome (now Stout), Green Township, 
Adams County, Ohio, the daughter of Asa and Mary Alice 
(Jones) Coan. She died July 3, 1918, in Marshal ltown, Iowa. 
Mary married: 

(1) John H. Jarvis, May 5, 1852, in Adams County, Ohio; 

(2) Isaac Tichenor Smith, June 2, 1864, in Marshall- 

town, Iowa; divorced in 1868; 

(3) Moses S. Curtis, September 20, 1868, in Marshall 

County, Iowa. 

(1) John H. Jarvis was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, Sep- 
tember 16, 1823. He went to California in the Gold 
Rush and was listed there in the census of 1850. Near 
him was a man named Henry Sturdevant, with whom he be- 
came a close friend. They agreed that each would name 
a son for the other. Although John is said to have met 
with success in his search for gold, he lost all in a 
hotel fire in San Francisco as he was ready to return 
home. He went back to the claim before he returned to 
Ohio, but he was not so successful as before. 

After he and Mary were married, they lived for a 
time in Buena Vista, Ohio (about seven miles east of 
Rome), then in Manchester, Ohio, about twelve miles 
west of Rome. About 1856 they moved to Jefferson Town- 
ship (later called Timber Creek Township), Marshall 
County, Iowa. On October 2, 1861, John enlisted in 
Company H, 13th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in which he be- 
came a corporal. After he entered the army, John rented 
the farm and moved his family into Marshalltown. He was 
missing in action, presumed killed, in the Battle of 
Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6, 1862. After John's death, 
Mary took up nursing to support her children. One of 
her patients was Isaac T. Smith. 

(2) Isaac Tichenor Smith, a widower from Wisconsin, was 
born May 17, 1817, in Ellery, Chautauqua County, New 
York, the son of Farrinton and Lucy (Smiley) McNitt 
Smith. Isaac, his father, three brothers, a half-bro- 
ther, and a half-sister and half a dozen first cousins 
settled in the Territory of Wisconsin between 1834 and 
1845. By his first wife, Nancy De Jean, who died in 
1859, Isaac had nine children, seven of which were liv- 
ing when he and Mary Jarvis were married. Isaac had 
sold his farm in Rock County, Wisconsin, in October 
1862, and the next summer moved with four of his child- 
ren to Marshalltown, Iowa. While he was living there, 


he took sick; and he was nursed by Mary Jarvis. They 
were married in Marsha 11 town June 2, 1864. 

Soon after their marriage they moved to Boonsbor- 
ough, Iowa, where Isaac went into the coal mining busi- 
ness, selling coal to nearby railroads. Isaac was not 
a good business man, and he did not have written con- 
tracts with the railroads, so when the latter secured 
their own coal mines, he lost his business. At that 
time four of Mary's Jarvis children (Emma had died) 
were living in Boonsborough with Isaac, Mary, and their 
son, Arthur Morton Smith. Mary took her five children 
to her farm outside of Marshalltown and Isaac went back 
to Janesville, Wisconsin, working as a carpenter. 

In 1868 Mary secured a divorce, and on September 
20, 1868, she married Moses S. Curtis. By June, 1870, 
Isaac was back in Iowa, living in Fort Dodge with three 
of his children by his first wife and with Arthur Mor- 
ton, his son by Mary. He was a dealer in agricultural 
machinery. In July, 1870, he had a fire in his store 
that completely wiped him out and left him deeply in 
debt. For a period he became interested in Iowa lead 
mines, but he decided that he would do better in the 
Far West. 

In May, 1873, he left Iowa with a group of covered 
wagons, taking with him his oldest daughter, Flora and 
his youngest son, Arthur. They crossed the Great 
Plains, following the line of the Union Pacific Rail- 
road through Nebraska and Northeast Colorado to Greeley 
where they left the wagon train and went to Fort Col- 
lins, Colorado. (Their adventures there will be des- 
cribed under Arthur M. Smith). In January, 1875, Isaac 
went to Saugauche and the Sangre de Cristo mountains 
and later to Hinsdale and Gunnison Counties, all in 
Colorado, prospecting for gold, silver, lead and iron. 
In 1888 Isaac returned to Iowa and lived for a time 
with his daughter, Ida S. Farrell, then moved back to 
Wisconsin. He spent his last years with his son Scott 
Smith and family in Rock County, where he died January 
12, 1898. 

(3) Moses S. Curtis, born in New York state about 1817, was 
a widower with at least four children when he and Mary 
were married. In 1870 they lived in Timber Creek Town- 
ship, Marshall County, Iowa; in 1875 they lived in New- 
ton, Jasper County, Iowa. Moses Curtis died August 10, 
1904, in Lemoore, California. By June, 1907, Mary was 
living in Marshalltown, Iowa, with her daughter, Emma 
Curtis . 

Children (6) 


Theodore Hunter Smith 

Nancy Jane Dempcy 


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Arthur Morton Smith, ca 1936 

William Coan. Courtesy The 
Calyx, 1937, Washington and Lee 

(center left) Theodore Hun- 
ter Smith; (center right/ 
Catherine Wilkins Haugh 
Smith; (bottom) Barbara J. 
Coan left, and Esther Grace 
Coan at grave of George 
Coan and his wife, Amelia 
Swanton Coan, cemetery, 
Vienna, Elgin County. 
Ontario. Bottom photo 
Courtesy Mrs. Berlxn H. 




1 . 

ii . 

iii . 

iv . 

v . 

Elizabeth, b. May 16, 1853, Buena Vista, 
Ohio; m. Apr. 14, 1872, Aaron Fetters, in 
Marshall County, Iowa; six children 

Emma, b. Apr. 25, 1855, Manchester, Ohio; 
d. before 1865 

Henry Sturdevant, b. Mar. 2, 1857 

Sabra Margaret, b. June 16, 1859, Marshall 
County, Iowa; d. before 1870 

John Charles, b. Nov. 16, 1861 

vi . Arthur Morton, b. Dec. 25, 1864 


vii. Emma, b. Jan. 28, 187 
viii. George, b. ca . 1875 

HENRY STURDEVANT JARVIS , son of Mary A. ( Coan ) and John H. 
Jarvis, was born March 2, 1857, in Jefferson Township, Mar- 
shall County, Iowa. After his mother married Isaac Smith, 
her four Jarvis children (Emma was dead) lived with Isaac 
and her, and two of Isaac's daughters for a time. After the 
divorce and Mary's marriage to Moses Curtis, the children 
lived with the Curtis family for a year and a half, but by 
June 1870, only the Curtis children (including Emma Curtis, 
b. Jan. 28, 1870) lived with Moses and Mary. Henry lived 
nearby with Benjamin and Mary Crabtree ; Lizzie lived with 
James and Amanda Crabtree. John Charles probably lived with 
one of his uncles, and Sabra was dead. Henry was always 
very fond of the Crabtree families and had no use for any of 
the Curtis family except his mother and his half-sister, 
Emma Curtis. Some time after his grandmother, Mary (Jones) 
Coan, widow of Asa 4 Coan, married William Cox, Henry went to 
live with them in Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio, where 
he went to high school. He also lived for a while with his 
uncle, John A. Coan, near Vanceburg, Kentucky. 

By July, 1880, Henry was back in Timber Creek Township, 
Marshall County, Iowa, running his mother's farm. On Novem- 
ber 2, 1882, he was married to Kattie Allgiers, daughter of 
John and Mary Allgiers of La Moille, Iowa. In 1884 Henry 
and his wife moved to Northern Nebraska and Henry took out a 
homestead claim near Brocksburg, Keya Paha County. He soon 
bought a store and post office in Brocksburg. Later he 
moved to Springview, where he was county clerk of Keya Paha 
County in 1888 and 1889. His marriage to Kattie Allgiers 
ended in divorce because she could not stand the loneliness 
and the primitive conditions of the life on the homestead 
and in Brocksburg. On July 2, 1891, Henry was married to 
Mary L. Wood, the daughter of Frank B. and Elizabeth S. 
(Allen) Wood. She was born November 21, 1867, in Hamburg, 



New York, and moved with her parents and three brothers to 
Nebraska in 1882, where the parents took a homestead and a 
timber claim, each good for one hundred sixty acres. On the 
homestead they built a very good sod house, which they lived 
in for many years. Mary was married in the "soddie." 

Henry and Mary moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1891, 
where Henry worked for a wholesale fruit company for three 
years; then they returned to Springview, Nebraska, where 
Henry ran a store. In 1902 they moved to Ainsworth, Brown 
County, Nebraska, where Henry again had a store, and was 
elected county clerk in 1905. In 1909 they moved to Herrick, 
South Dakota, where Henry again had a store, which he kept 
until 1923. In August of that year he, Mary, and their son 
King Coan Jarvis (the only child at home at that time) moved 
to Los Angeles where Henry bought a store, which he kept un- 
til 1926. In the meantime King, who was a veterinary doctor, 
had started to work for the California Department of Agri- 
culture. In 1927 Henry bought a store and post office in El 
Dorado, California, which he ran until October, 1929, when 
he sold it and moved back to the Los Angeles area. He died 
late in December, 1929. Mary lived in Eagle Rock, Los Ange- 
les, until she died in April, 1963. 

Children (7) JARVIS 

i. Echo Elizabeth, b. June 18, 1892 

ii. John Francis, b. July 23, 1894 

iii. King Coan, b. Dec. 8, 1898 

iv. Mary Constance, b. Oct. 23, 1900 

v. Dorothy, b. Aug. 17, 1903 

vi. Theodore, d. summer of 1906, aged about three 

ECHO ELIZABETH JARVIS , daughter of Henry S. and Mary (Wood) 
Jarvis, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 18, 1892; she 
died in Los Angeles, California, May 10, 1966. She married 
in 1915, Arthur J. Misner, who died in July, 1970. Echo 
taught school in Pasadena, California, for several years. 
Her husband taught in a Los Angeles high school and then in 
a community college. 

Children (8) MISNER 

i. Margaret, b. Nov. 29, 1919 
ii. Arthur Jack, b. July 14, 1922 

MARGARET MISNER , daughter of Arthur J. and Echo Elizabeth 
(Jarvis) Misner, was born November 29, 1919, in Los Angeles, 
California. She graduated from the University of California 
in Berkeley with a B.A. degree in 1941, and an M.A. degree 
in 1943. She was married to Walter M. Bangert in 1948. 


They both taught in the public high schools but were re- 
tired, lived (1982) in Del Mar, California, and Margaret 
sold real estate in La Jolla, California. 

Children (9) BANGERT 

i. Christine, b. Apr. 6, 1948 
ii. Peggy, b. Dec. 29, 1954 

CHRISTINE BANGERT , daughter of Walter and Margaret (Misner) 

Bangert, was born April 6, 1948. She married Donald Harris 

and had one son seven years old in 1982. 

ARTHUR JACK MISNER , son of Arthur J. and Echo E. (Jarvis) 

Misner, was born in Los Angeles, California, July 14, 1921. 
He received an A.B. degree in 1942, an M.A. degree in 1948, 
and a Ph.D. degree in 1954, all from the University of Cali- 
fornia at Berkeley. After receiving the last degree, he 
taught in the Political Science Department at California 
State University, Los Angeles. He married Fern Wilson in 
Berkeley, California, in 1951, and in 1982 they lived in Al- 
hambra, California. They had no children. 

JOHN FRANCIS JARVIS , son of Henry S. and Mary (Wood) Jar- 
vis), was born in Enterprise, Nebraska, on July 23, 1894. 
While attending high school, he lived with his grandmother 
and his Aunt Emma Curtis in Marshalltown, Iowa. Later he 
attended Iowa State University, at Ames, Iowa, where he re- 
ceived a B.S. degree and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 
1918. After one year in the army and several jobs, he went 
to Oregon State University where he received an M.S. degree 
in 1928. He spent twenty-eight years as Dairy Inspector for 
the California State Department of Agriculture, retiring in 
1956, and in 1982 lived in Laguna Hills, California. He 
married (1) in 1920 Cecil Brogden of Hillsboro, Oregon, (b. 
1888; d. 1945), daughter of William and Mettam Brogden; in 
September, 1947, he married (2) Barbara Hepperle (b. 1893, 
Odessa, Russia), divorced. 

Children (8) JARVIS 

i. Jack Brogden, b. Dec. 6, 1931 

JACK BROGDEN JARVIS , son of John Francis and Cecil (Brog- 
den) Jarvis, was born December 6, 1931, in Stockton, Cali- 
fornia. He married (1) in 1955, Miss Primrose; one daugh- 
ter, Kelly (adopted) b. 1959; (2) in 1964 Constance Can- 


KING COAN JARVIS 7 , son of Henry S. and Mary (Wood) Jarvis, 
was born December 8, 1898, in Springview, Nebraska. He was 
graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1922, 
with the degree of D.V.M. He lived for many years in Red 
Bluff, California, and he worked from 1924 until his retire- 
ment in 1962 for the California State Department of Agricul- 
ture. On June 2, 1928, he was married to Diana Belle Weib- 
ling, daughter of Charles J. and Margaret (Lamberson) Weib- 
ling, who was born November 11, 1901, at Robinson, Kansas. 
Diana was listed in Who's Who of American Women , Second 
Edition, 1961-1962; also in 1962, volume one, Dictionary of 
International Biography , London, England. 

Children (8) JARVIS 

i. Charles Henry, b. July 1, 1930 

CHARLES HENRY JARVIS 8 , son of King Coan and Diana Belle 
(Weibling) Jarvis, was born in Alturas, California, July 1, 
1930. He graduated from Stanford University in 1952, and 
received a law degree from the University of California at 
Berkeley in 1958. He served as midshipman in the U. S. Navy 
in the Korean war. Charles was married August 26, 1956, to 
Virginia Eleane Stewart, daughter of Harry Otto and Alyse 
(Dow) Stewart. He was (1982) a lawyer in Santa Barbara, 

Children (9) JARVIS 

i. Cynthia Coan, b. Nov. 7, 1957 

ii. Dow Stewart Weibling, b. July 27, 1959 

CYNTHIA COAN JARVIS 9 , daughter of Charles Henry and Virginia 
E. (Stewart) Jarvis, was born November 7, 1957, at Berkeley, 
California. She graduated from Stanford University in 1982, 
and in 1982 was in graduate school there. On March 21, 1981 
she married Gregory Clark Vitt, son of Dr. and Mrs. Vitt, of 
Santa Barbara, California 

DOW STEWART WEIBLING JARVIS , son of Charles Henry and Vir- 
ginia (Stewart) Jarvis, was born July 27, 1959. He attended 
Lewis and Clark University for one year and was in 1982 a 
senior at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. 

MARY CONSTANCE JARVIS 7 , daughter of Henry S. and Mary (Wood) 
Jarvis, was born in Springview, Nebraska, October 23, 1900, 
and died May 1940, in San Francisco, California. She was a 
teacher in the California public schools for many years, 
first in Brea, later in Eagle Rock. She received an M.A. 


degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She 
married Arthur Van Tuyle in 1928, after which they lived in 
Brea, California; no children. 

DOROTHY JARVIS , daughter of Henry S. and Mary (Wood) Jar- 
vis, was born August 17, 1903, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. 
Later she lived with her parents in Herrick, South Dakota. 
In 1922 she moved to Los Angeles, where she attended the 
University of California at Los Angeles, graduating with a 
B.A. degree in 1926. She taught in the southern California 
schools, then did teacher training work at the University of 
Southern California for many years, retiring in 1963. Her 
mother, Mary (Wood) Jarvis, lived with her in Eagle Rock, 
Los Angeles, California, for eighteen years, dying in April, 
1963, at the age of ninety-five. Dorothy married (1) George 
E. Melrose in June, 1934. Her husband served in the army 
during World War II. They grew apart and were divorced in 
1948. Dorothy married (2) on August 16, 1981, Benjamin F. 
Burr. She and Ben were sweethearts in high school in South 
Dakota, but did not get married then because she went West 
to college. By the time she graduated, Ben was married. 
His wife having died of cancer, Ben was a widower, and he 
and Dorothy decided to marry. They lived (1982) in a retire- 
ment community in Laguna Hills, California near her brother, 
John Francis Jarvis. 

JOHN CHARLES JARVIS , son of John H. and Mary Alice (Coan) 
Jarvis, was born November 15, 1861, in Marshall County, 
Iowa. About five months after he was born, his father was 
killed in the Battle of Shiloh; and his mother was left a 
widow with five children. They stayed with her during her 
short marriage to Isaac Smith; but soon after she married 
Moses Curtis, the Jarvis children were sent to stay with 
friends or relatives. John Charles (hereinafter called 
Charles or Charles J., because he called himself that in his 
adult life) was said to have gone to live with his uncle, 
Asa W. Coan, but he was not listed with that family in the 
1870 census, possibly because the census was taken before he 
had arrived. He was possibly the Charles listed (no surname 
given) as a nephew with the family of John and Sabra (Coan) 
Cox in Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio, in the 1880 cen- 
sus, although it stated that he, his father and his mother 
were all born in Ohio, whereas he was born in Iowa, and his 
father was born in Kentucky. At any rate, during his adult 
life he lived in Marshalltown, Iowa, where he had a grocery 
store. His mother and his Aunt Emma Curtis lived near him 
in their later years. He died in 1924. 

On October 8, 1884, Charles married Emma Margaret Lan- 
dahl, who died in 1932. 


Children (7) JARVIS 

i. Frank, b. Sept. 26, 1885; d. Nov. 13, 1892 

ii. Helen, b. Aug. 15, 1893 

iii. Charles Raymond, b. May 29, 1897, a twin 

iv. Florence R., b. May 29, 1897, a twin 

HELEN JARVIS , daughter of Charles J. and Emma ( Landahl ) 

Jarvis, was born in Marshall town, Iowa, August 15, 1893. She 
died in Des Moines, Iowa, where she had taught school for 
many years, on November 6, 1979. She was married to H. Nor- 
man Barnes and had two children, both of whom married and 
had children. 

Children (8) BARNES 

i. Marjorie 
ii. Carol 

CHARLES RAYMOND JARVIS , son of Charles J. and Emma (Lan- 
dahl Jarvis, was born May 29, 1897, in Marshall town, Iowa. 
He was a chiropractor and practiced for many years in Pasa- 
dena, California, where he died October 19, 1974. He was 
married to Helen Andrews, who in 1982 lived in a retirement 
home near Pasadena. They had no children. 

FLORENCE R. JARVIS , daughter of Charles J. and Emma (Lan- 
dahl) Jarvis, was born in Marshal 1 town , Iowa, on May 29, 
1897. After receiving an A.B. degree, she attended Columbia 
University, where she received a Ph.D. degree in education. 
In 1982 she lived in Des Moines, Iowa, where she had taught 
school for many years. 

ARTHUR MORTON SMITH , son of Isaac T. and Mary A. (Coan) 
Jarvis Smith, was born December 25, 1864, in Boonsborough, 
Iowa. After his parents separated, he lived with his mother 
and the Jarvis children in Timber Creek Township, Marshall 
County, Iowa, until after his mother married Moses Curtis. 
In the spring of 1870 he was taken to Fort Dodge, Iowa, to 
live with his father, two half-sisters, and a half-brother. 
In May of 1873, he left Fort Dodge with his father and his 
half-sister, Flora Smith, and joined a small caravan of wag- 
ons bound for Colorado Territory. They crossed the Missouri 
River by ferry at Council Bluffs, Iowa, then headed north 
and west to the Platte River, which they followed west to 
North Platte, Nebraska. They then followed the South Platte 
River southwest, then west, to the Cache la Poudre River. At 
Greeley, Colorado, they left the party and headed north to 
Fort Collins, Colorado. 


Near Kearney, Nebraska, where they had camped at noon 
because of the presence nearby of about one thousand Pawnee 
Indians who were off their reservation on a hunt, Arthur was 
resting in a tent when two Indian braves lifted up the side 
and back and entered, picking up things they fancied. Arthur 
sped out to the main camp and gave the alarm and the men of 
the party came over to the tent with their guns ready while 
one unarmed man went forward and took the stolen things away 
from the braves, who offered no resistance. 

Another interesting experience took place one evening 
while they were traveling along the South Platte River. They 
looked across the river and the hills had turned black and 
seemed to be moving! What they saw was a tremendous herd of 
buffalo moving on to new pastures. Arthur afterwards saw 
many herds of buffalo, but never again one of that size. 

Isaac worked for a time as a carpenter in Fort Collins, 
then went trapping along the Cache la Poudre River while Ar- 
thur stayed with Flora on a ranch along the Big Thompson 
River. In the winter Isaac took Arthur up the Cache la 
Poudre River and across the Medicine Bow Range and the Con- 
tinental Divide into North Park, a natural park in north 
central Colorado. Isaac hunted, trapped, and prospected. 
In the spring, Arthur went to live at another ranch along 
the Big Thompson River, and spent several weeks in a cabin 
up Red Stone Creek, near Horsetooth Mountain, helping with 
cutting poles and hauling them down the mountain with a yoke 
of oxen. Near the cabin was an abandoned lumber camp which 
was used by "road agents" (highway men) in between depreda- 
tions. The men did not bother their neighbors as long as 
nobody informed on them, but they were a source of worry. 

About a week before Christmas, 1874, Arthur was sent 
back to Wisconsin so he could go to school. He lived with 
his half-brother, Scott Smith, near Janesville, until the 
summer of 1878, when he ran away. He worked at various 
farms in the area until 1882, when he went to Fort Dodge, 
Iowa, to live with his half-sister, Ida (Smith) Farrell, and 
her family. There he graduated from high school in 1885. 
That summer Arthur went to Chicago, where he had several 
jobs. In 1887 he moved to Duluth, Minnesota, where he 
worked for the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad. He started as 
a stenographer, then was chief clerk, passenger train con- 
ductor, and assistant superintendent. He later worked for a 
number of other railroads, including the Pere Marquette, 
the Southern, and the Coal and Coke, ending his active ca- 
reer in 1934 as superintendent of the Hagerstown (Maryland) 
Division of the Western Maryland Railway. 

Arthur married (1) December 27, 1899, in Cleveland, 
Ohio, Nancy Jane Dempcy, daughter of Marshall L. and Sarah 
E. (Hunter) Dempcy, who was born September 1, 1867, in 
Cleveland, Ohio. Nancy died September 19, 1906, in Cleve- 
land. Arthur married (2) January 21, 1909, in Rock Hill, 
South Carolina, Emma Jane Roach, daughter of John J. and 
Margaret (Watson) Roach of Rock Hill. Emma was a wonderful 


i. Eleanor Dempcy, b. June 2, 1901 

ii. Arthur Morton, Jr., b. Dec. 30, 1902 

iii. Theodore Hunter, b. Sept. 5, 1904 

iv. Ralph Dempcy, b. Oct. 11, 1905 

ELEANOR DEMPCY SMITH 7 , daughter of Arthur M. and Nancy J. 
(Dempcy) Smith, was born June 2, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. 
She spent most of her childhood in Elkins, West Virginia, 
where she graduated from high school in 1918. She lived 
with her Grandmother Dempcy in Cleveland, Ohio, while at- 
tending Western Reserve University, where she received an 
A.B. degree in 1922. In 1923/24 she attended the University 
of Wisconsin in Madison, getting an M.A. degree in history. 
She taught history at Mississippi State College for Women in 
Columbus, and at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. 
She was later assistant editor of American Historical Re- 
view . On June 8, 1940, she was married to Thomas Walker 
Moore, in Hagerstown, Maryland. He was the son of Milton 0. 
and Lorena (Ellwood) Moore of Washington County, Pennsylva- 
nia. The Moores lived in Annapolis, Maryland, where Tom 
taught mathematics at the U. S. Naval Academy until his 
death December 17, 1959. Eleanor still (1982) lived in Anna- 

Children (8) MOORE 

i. Nancy Jane, b. Mar. 15, 1941 
ii. Roberta Agnes, b. Nov. 20, 1943 

NANCY JANE MOORE 8 , daughter of Thomas W. and Eleanor D. 
(Smith) Moore, was born March 15, 1941, in Baltimore, Mary- 
land. After graduating from high school in Annapolis, she 
attended Smith College, where she received her A.B. degree 
in 1963. She then went to Yale University, where she re- 
ceived the degree of Ph.D. in English Literature in 1966. 
On June 20, 1967, she married David Frederick Goslee, the 
son of Harvey and Cecilia Goslee. 

In 1982 both of the Goslees taught English at the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

Children (9) GOSLEE 

i. Susan Margaret, b. Aug. 7, 1971 



ROBERTA AGNES MOORE , daughter of Thomas W. and Eleanor D. 
(Smith) Moore, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, November 20, 
1943. After graduating from high school there, she attended 
Smith College, where she received her A.B. degree in 1965. 
She then went to Yale University, where she received her 
M.A. degree in 1967. On June 4, 1966, she married Jan An- 
drew MacGregor, who was born August 13, 1940, son of Admiral 
and Mrs. Edgar John MacGregor III (sic). Jan graduated from 
the U. S. Naval Academy in 1962, and has served in the U. S. 
Navy ever since. He recently served as commander of a nu- 
clear submarine and was in 1982 assigned to the Pentagon, 
with the rank of Commander. 

Children (9) MACGREGOR 

i. Hilary Elizabeth, b. Nov. 15, 1966 

ii. Ian Thomas, b. Dec. 31, 1968 

iii. Catherine Hunter, b. Mar. 28, 1974, Naples, Italy 

ARTHUR MORTON SMITH, JR. , the son of Arthur Morton and 
Nancy J. (Dempcy) Smith, was born December 30, 1902, in Chi- 
cago, Illinois. After growing up in Elkins, West Virginia, 
where he graduated from high school at the age of fifteen 
and a half, he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and for three years 
lived with his Grandmother Dempcy while attending Western 
Reserve University. (After three years he moved to his fra- 
ternity house and his brother, Theodore, took his place with 
his grandmother.) Arthur received his A.B. degree in 1922 
and his M.D. degree in 1926. He stayed in Cleveland as in- 
tern and resident in several hospitals, specializing in sur- 
gery, until 1932. He then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia 
where he practiced surgery until 1975. During World War II, 
Arthur went on active duty as a major in the U. S. Army 
Medical Corps. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on Feb- 
ruary 16, 1945, and was discharged September 24, 1946. He 
served in England from July 14, 1944 until July 19, 1945. 

On June 22, 1940, he was married to Elizabeth Wood 
Borst, the daughter of Victor and Hazel (Wood) Borst, who 
was born July 6, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated 
from Smith College in 1935 with an A.B. degree. In 1982 they 
lived in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Children (8) SMITH 

i. Elizabeth Wood, b. Mar. 3, 1945 
ii. Catherine Hunter, b. Dec. 4, 1949 

ELIZABETH WOOD SMITH , daughter of Arthur M. , Jr. and Eliza- 
beth (Borst) Smith, was born in New York City, March 3, 
1945. Her father was serving in the U. S. Army in England 
at the time. She attended Smith College, where she received 


an A.B. degree in 1967, and in 1969 she received a degree of 
M.A. in teaching from Harvard University. After graduation 
she taught school. On April 18, 1970, she married John Har- 
old Sinnegen; they both taught school for some years, then 
in 1981 Elizabeth enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania 
School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1982 they were separated. 
They had no children. 

CATHERINE HUNTER SMITH , daughter of Arthur M. , Jr., and 
Elizabeth (Borst) Smith, was born in Charlottesville, Vir- 
ginia, December 4, 1949. She attended Smith College, where 
she received an A.B. degree in 1971. She later earned an 
M.A. degree at the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. de- 
gree at the University of Texas. She was interested in dra- 
matics and in 1982 was a member of the Drama Department at 
Smith College. She was unmarried. 

THEODORE HUNTER SMITH 7 , son of Arthur Morton and Nancy J. 
(Dempcy) Smith, was born September 5, 1904, in Detroit, 
Michigan. From March, 1909, to July, 1919, he and his fam- 
ily lived in Elkins, West Virginia; they then moved to Hag- 
erstown, Maryland, where he graduated from high school in 
1921. He went to Cleveland, Ohio, and lived with his Grand- 
mother Dempcy from 1921 to 1927, attending Western Reserve 
University, where he received an A.B. degree and was elected 
to Phi Beta Kappa in 1925. He then attended Case Institute 
of Technology, where he was granted a B.S. in mechanical en- 
gineering and was elected to Sigma Xi in 1927. He then went 
to Yale University where he received an M.S. in mechanical 
engineering in 1928. From 1928 through 1950 he was an engi- 
neer with Consolidated Edison Company of New York (and pre- 
decessor companies) specializing in efficiency testing and 
design of steam power plants. In 1951 he moved to Califor- 
nia and went with Bechtel Corporation as a project engineer 
in their Power and Industrial Division in San Francisco. 
His work was supervising the design of power plants for pub- 
lic utilities and private companies. He also supervised the 
design of non-nuclear elements of three large nuclear power 
stations, one of which was in India. On June 23, 1933, he 
was married to Catherine Wilkins Haugh, the daughter of 
George and Jennie (McBee) Haugh. Catherine was born in At- 
lanta, Georgia; received an A.B. degree from Agnes Scott 
College in Decatur, Georgia, in 1922; an M.A. degree in his- 
tory from the University of Chicago in 1927; and studied for 
and passed her oral examinations for a Ph.D. degree at the 
University of Chicago, but never finished her dissertation. 
She taught history at Mississippi State College for Women at 
Columbus, and at Stephens College at Columbia, Missouri. 
Theodore was very much interested in genealogy, especially 
in that of the Coan family. He retired in September, 1970, 
and in October, 1973, he and Catherine moved to Winter Park, 
Florida, where they lived in 1982. They had no children. 


RALPH DEMPCY SMITH , son of Arthur M. and Nancy J. (Dempcy) 
Smith, was born October 11, 1905, in Princeton, Indiana. He 
grew up in Elkins, West Virginia, and Hagerstown, Maryland, 
where he graduated from high school in 1922. He attended 
the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and graduated in the 
class of 1926. After service in destroyers, battleships, 
and aircraft carriers he decided to go into naval aviation. 
He was with his group at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, practicing 
dive bombing, when his engine failed and he was fatally in- 
jured when his plane struck the water. He died May 21, 1941. 
On July 1, 1929, he was married to Marie Strudwick of Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Suzanne 
(Egge) Strudwick. Several years after Ralph's death Marie 
married Russell W. Lynch. She died August 1, 1981. 

Children (8) SMITH 

i. Ralph Dempcy, Jr., b. July 20, 19 32 
ii. Suzanne Eleanor, b. Nov. 16, 1934 

RALPH DEMPCY SMITH, JR. , son of Ralph D. and Marie (Strud- 
wick) Smith, was born in California July 20, 1932. He lived 
many places while he was a child but at the age of fourteen 
he lived in Encino, California. He attended the University 
of Arizona but did not graduate; he later graduated with a 
B.S. degree from California State University at Northridge. 
His adult life included insurance adjusting and in 1982 work 
with stained glass. On June 19, 1954, Ralph was married to 
Patricia Spencer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spencer. 
They were later divorced. 

Children (9) SMITH 

i. Douglas Dempcy, b. Nov. 7, 1954 

ii. Timothy Kirk, b. Aug. 16, 1956; d. Sept. 10, 1956 

iii. Kristin Marie, b. Aug. 11, 1957 

iv. Kathryn Lianne, b. Jan. 19, 1960 

v. Karla Elizabeth, b. Jan. 30, 1961 

SUZANNE ELEANOR SMITH 8 , daughter of Ralph D. and Marie 
(Strudwick) Smith, was born November 16, 19 34, in Annapolis, 
Maryland. She spent most of her childhood and all of her 
adult life in California. In 1982 she lived in Ventura, 
California, where she was very successful as a real estate 
agent and investor. Suzanne was married (1) on August 29, 
1953, to Frank Richard Wicall, divorced; (2) Roland Bartley, 
divorced; (3) Larry Eismin, divorced. 

Children (9) WICALL 

i. David Arthur, b. June 3, 1954 
ii. Janice Marie, b. July 6, 1956 


EMMA CURTIS , daughter of Moses S. and Mary A. (Coan) Jarvis 
Smith Curtis, was born in Timber Creek Township, Marshall 
County, Iowa, on January 28, 1870. Little is known of her 
early life, but she became a beloved school teacher in Mar- 
shalltown, Iowa, in her adulthood. She taught in, and for 
years was principal of, the Glick School in Marshal 1 town . 
Her mother lived with her until Emma died July 1, 1916, af- 
ter an operation. Emma never married. 


GEORGE CURTIS , son of Moses S. and Mary A. (Coan) Jarvis 

Smith Curtis, was born ca. 1875, in Marshall County, Iowa. 

He died ca . 1955 in Seneca Falls, New York, where he had 

lived for many years; he was a metal worker. He married 

Kate . 

Children (7) CURTIS 

i. Maurine 

ii. Molly, who was a registered nurse 

5 4 3 2 1 

SABRA A. COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in 

Ohio February 25, 1838, the daughter of Asa and Mary Alice 

(Jones) Coan. The date of her death is not known, but she 

was living in Dayton, Ohio, in June, 1908. She married John 

Cox of Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio, on December 23, 

1872. John was the son of William Cox of the same place and 

the stepson of her mother, Mary A. (Jones) Coan Cox. John 

and Sabra had no children of their own, but they had an 

adopted daughter. They also raised two nephews, the younger 

of which (and perhaps the elder, also) was a son of Charles 5 

Coan (Asa 4 , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ). William 6 Coan, born 

1871 (in Louisiana per 1880 census) is known to have been 

the son of Charles 5 ; Charles (no surname stated), born 1861 

in Ohio, could possibly have been his son, but it is more 

likely that he was John Charles Jarvis, son of J. H. Jarvis 

and Mary A. 5 (Coan) (Jarvis) (Smith) Curtis, who was born 

November 15, 1861, five months before his father was killed 

in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. 5 

It is interesting to note that in June, 1870, Asa W. 

Coan was the minister in the Knob Prairie Christian Church 

in Enon, Clark County, Ohio, and his mother Mary (Jones) 

Coan and sister Sabra Coan lived with his family. Enon was 

close to Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio, and William Cox 

and his son John worshiped at that church. William Cox died 

in 1876 and left a bequest of property in Enon to be used as 

a parsonage for the Knob Prairie Church. It was through 

living in Enon that the Coxes and Coans met, and the two 

marriages took place. 

Reference: Theodore H. Smith 


5 4.321 

CHARLES COAN (Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was born May 

30, 1840. He died October 23, 18 (year not known but it 

was before 1875.) His wife's name and date of marriage are 
not known; but he left a son, William Coan, and probably 
other children^ His grandniece, .Mildred Eleanor (Coan) Went- 
worth (John L. , Asa W. , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) 
wrote that Charles died young and "left more children than 
his wife could take care of, so Aunt Sabra took Willie." 
The Coxes lived in Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. William, b. Nov. 3, 1871 

ii. Possibly Charles, b. ca . 1861, in Ohio 

Reference: Theodore H. Smith 

6 5 4 3 2 1 
WILLIAM COAN (Charles , Asa , William , Jacob , Peter ) was 

born November 3, 1871, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was 
brought up by his aunt, Sabra A. (Coan) Cox, and her hus- 
band, John Cox, who was the son of William Cox and the step- 
son of Mary A. (Jones) Coan Cox, Sabra' s mother. The Coxes 
also had another nephew, Charles, living with them in 1880, 
who may have been William's brother. Charles was born ca . 

1861, in Ohio. It is possible that this was John Charles 
Jarvis, son of Mary A. 5 (Coan) Jarvis Smith Curtis. It is 
known that this brother, Henry S. Jarvis, lived with the Cox 
family in the 1870s and John Charles, born November 15, 

1862, may have lived with them also. 

William spent the greater part of his life in the Mid- 
dle West and the West. He was graduated from Palmer College, 
La Grand, Iowa, with an A.B. degree. Later he was granted 
an M.A. degree from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washing- 
ton. From Columbia University he received an M.A. degree in 
accounting. He taught for a time at Palmer College and at 
Whitman College. 

Laura Detamore of Ohio was his wife. He served as an 
instructor in Lincoln, Nebraska, High School and in Mont- 
clair, New Jersey, High School. In 1921 he went to Washing- 
ton and Lee University as an assistant professor in econo- 
mics and commerce and became a full professor in accounting 
and economics in 1925. In November of 1938 he met his last 
classes . 

William was a member of the American Economics Associa- 
tion, American Association of University Professors, Ameri- 
can Accounting and American Statistical Associations, Alpha 
Kappa Psi, and Beta Tau Zeta. 

On April 1, 1939, in Lexington, Virginia, William died. 
He was buried in Dayton, Ohio. He and Laura had no children. 

Reference: "Obituaries," Rockbridge , (Virginia) News , April 
6, 1939. 


Theodore H. Smith 

Special Collections, The University Library, 
Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450 


The following material on Collins Coan and his descendants 

was sent to Virginia Coan Wiles for inclusion in her Coan 

Family of America , Vol. II, by Barbara J. (Coan) Fischer, 

Detroit, Michigan. 

4 3 2 1 

COLLINS COAN (William , Jacob , Peter ) was born in 1806 
(according to his tombstone), probably in Locke, Cayuga 
County, New York, the son of William and Roxana (Chadwick) 

Coan. He married Sara , who was born about 1806. 

Sara died in 1866; Collins, in 1887. They were both buried 
in the cemetery in Vienna, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada. 

( 5 ) COAN 

William, b. ca . 1827 

Benjamin Johnson, b. Nov. 6, 1833 

Charles, b. ca . 1838; d. Nov. 22, 1899; m. Mary 
Weston in 1872 

George, b. Feb. 1, 1840 

Mary (also known as Margaret), b. ca . 1842 (ac- 
cording to 1851 Toronto, Canada, Census 


NOTE: In the Canadian Census of 1851, Collins Coan is 
listed as Collins C. Coan. In 1871 he was listed as 
as C. C. Cowan, but the other names make it certain 
that it should have been Coan. One of the names 
listed was his granddaughter Claudia, daughter of 
George. Since the man for whom the various Collins 
Coans were named was Claudius Lysias Collins, brother 
of Luranda (Collins) Coan, wife of Jacob 2 (Peter 1 ) 
Coan, it seems likely that William 3 named his son 
Claudius Collins, the same as William's brother, Eli- 
sha 3 Coan did. As noted elsewhere. it is possible 
that Collins 4 Coan's brother, Jacob Coan, named a 
son Claudius Lysias Collins Coan but the initials 
were incorrectly copies as Y. L. C. (Theodore H. 

5 4 3 2 1 

BENJAMIN JOHNSON COAN (Collins , William , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in Elgin County, Ontario, Canada, November 6, 1833, 
the son of Collins and Sara Coan. On September 23, 1856, he 
married Lavina Ann Longstaf f . Benjamin died in Canada Au- 
gust 18, 1917. 



i . 

i i . 





Children (6) COAN 

i. Mary M., b. Feb. 8, 1858; d. Feb. 23, 1873 

ii. Hannah Adelle, b. Jan. 28, 1861; m. Thomas Pierce 

May 9, 1884; d. Dec. 11, 1923 
iii. Joseph C, b. July 16, 1865 
iv. William Mosher, b. Apr. 28, 1870 
v. Olivet, b. Apr. 25, 1872; m. William E. Arnold, 

Jan. 15, 1898 

6 5 4 3 2 

JOSEPH C. COAN (Benjamin J. , Collins , William , Jacob , 
Peter ) was born July 16, 1865, the son of Benjamin Johnson 
and Lavina Ann (Longstaff) Coan. He settled in Kingston, 
Michigan. On May 7, 1887, he married Katherine Milligan. He 
died February 24, 1937. 

Children (7) COAN 

i . James 
ii. Jennie 
iii. Hazel 

7 6 5 4 3 

JAMES COAN (Joseph C. , Benjamin J. , Collins , William , 
Jacob , Peter 1 ) was born in Kingston, Michigan, the son of 
Joseph C. and Katherine (Milligan) Coan. He married Elva 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Bonnie 
ii. Lois 

6 5 4 3 

WILLIAM MOSHER COAN (Benjamin J. , Collins , William , Ja- 
cob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born April 28, 1870, the son of Benjamin 
Johnson and Lavina Ann (Longstaff) Coan. In September, 1905, 
he married Delia Middleton. William and Delia lived in 
Kingston and in Flint, Michigan. He died December 2, 1942. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Kenneth, b. Apr. 8, 1907 

KENNETH COAN (William M. , Benjamin J. 5 , Collins 4 , Wil- 
liam 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Kingston, Michigan, April 
8, 1907, the son of William Mosher and Delia (Middleton) 
Coan. He married Levine Gherke. 


Children (8) COAN 

i. Donald, b. 1929 

ii . Kenneth Lee 

iii. Joyce 

iv. Doris 

GEORGE COAN (Collins , William 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born 
February 1, 1840, the son of Collins and Sara Coan. He mar- 
ried Amelia Swanton, who was born May, 1844. Amelia died 
November 17, 1888; George died December 6, 1890. They were 
buried in the cemetery at Vienna, Elgin County, Ontario, 
Canada . 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Clara, b. Nov. 16, 1866; m. Clinton Marr, b. 1862; 

d. Sept. 8, 1943 
ii. Claudia, b. ca . 1868; m. (1) Frank Wagoner; (2) 

Edward Chapman 
iii. Edward Allen, b. Jan. 8, 1870 
iv. Anna; m. Frank Tibbetts; they lived in Bristol, 

Conn . 
v. Grace, b. ca. 1878; m. (1) George Shultz, lived in 

Rutland, Vt . ; (2) Joseph Russell 
vi. Ida, m. John Millard, lived in Aylmer, Ontario 

EDWARD ALLEN 6 COAN (George 5 , Collins*, William 3 , Jacob 2 , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born in Vienna, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada, 
January 8, 1870, the son of George and Amelia (Swanton) 
Coan. He was orphaned before the age of 20 and separated 
from his five sisters. In 1885 he moved to Edenville, Michi- 
gan, where his first job was working for a lumber company. 
Later he worked there as a clerk in a store. On August 15, 
1894, he married Deletha Grace Carpenter, who was born in 
Brown City, Michigan, November 16, 1879. They moved to Bea- 
verton, and Edward operated a general store. 

In 1896 at the age of 26 he borrowed $7000 and went 
into the lumbering business. In less than one year he had 
paid the bank the borrowed $7000. In 1906 he moved to Glad- 
win where he operated several businesses— a hardware store, 
a jewelry shop, and a grocery store. During World War I he 
was president of a bank and lost everything as he had taken 
over thirteen farms and considerable other real estate. He 
had a large family to raise and never got back on his feet 
financially. In 1920 he bought a 650-acre ranch, but was 
unable to get enough help to run it; so he moved back to 
Gladwin. In 1932 he was elected county treasurer and served 
for fourteen years. The last of his life he lived with his 
children. He loved his family and constantly worried for 
fear that they would become separated as he had been sepa- 
rated from his sisters. 



Edward was a small, wiry man with a springy gait that 
didn't slow down until he was past 80. He was seldom ill, 
and he loved a good cigar. His dry sense of humor made him 
popular as a toastmaster and after-dinner speaker. He was a 
life member of the Masonic lodge, the Odd Fellows, and the 
Methodist church. Deletha died September 18, 1944; Edward, 
May 11, 1958. They were both buried at Gladwin. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Bernice Ray, b. Oct. 1, 1896; 

Wager; d. Aug. 30, 1970 

ii. Edward Selwyn, b. 1900; d. 1900 

iii. Frances Edaline, b. 1903; d. 1911 

iv. Max Devere, b. 1907 

v. Barbara J., b. May 31, 1914 

vi . Robert, b. 1916 

vii. Esther Grace, b. Feb. 29, 1920 

viii. Ruth Caroline, b. 1923 


Harold W. 


(Edward A. , George , Collins , William , 

was born in 1907, the son of Edward Allen 

and Deletha Grace (Carpenter) Coan. He was married and had 

two children. He died 1964. 

2 1 

Jacob , Peter ) 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Edward Arthur, b. 
ii. James, b. 19 35; m 

1923; d. 1933 
and had two children 

7 6 5 4 . . 3 

BARBARA J. COAN (Edward A. , George , Collins , William , 
Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) born May 31, 1914, the daughter of Edward 
Allen and Deletha Grace (Carpenter) Coan. July 29, 1939, she 
married Willard Earl Fischer, who was born in Hancock, New 
York, January 19, 1910. He died in Detroit, Michigan, March 
6, 1946. 

Children (8) FISCHER (Adopted) 


b. Aug. 19, 1941; d. Dec. 23, 1954, Belding, 




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Peter 1 ) was born in 1916, the son of Edward Allen and 

He married and had three 

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William, b. 1939 
Michael, b. 1941 


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ELISHA COAN (Jacob , Peter ) was born July 4, 1760, the son 
of Jacob and Luranda (Collins ) Coan. During the Revolution 
he enlisted first August 16, 1777, and served in Captain 
Ezra Whittelsey's Company, Lieutenant Colonel David Rossi- 
ter's Detachment of Berkshire County Militia. He was dis- 
charged August 18, 1777, after three days at Bennington. At 
that time he lived in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His 
second military listing was dated Lenox, August 20, 1781, 
and he signed up from Windsor. He was in Captain Clark's 
Company, Colonel Simond's Regiment. He was 21 years old; 5 
feet 4 inches tall; had a red complexion and light hair; was 
a laborer and enlisted for 6 months. As was customary then, 
Elisha "hired out" to the town of Windsor, and thus was reg- 
istered as serving from there. 

In August, 1785, he was named deacon in the First Con- 
gregational Church of Lenox. He was 25 years old and not 
married . 

His final military service took place January 23 to 
March 1, 1787, when he signed up from Lenox and was a pri- 
vate in Captain William Walker's Company, Colonel John Ash- 
ley's Berkshire County Regiment of foot soldiers. This duty 
was "in defense of law and order and the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts" against Daniel Shay's rebellion (Massachu- 
setts Archives, 192: 169, 172), a war against taxes by the 
farmers of Massachusetts. 

Almost immediately after this final military service, 
in June or July of that same year, Elisha married a widow, 
Phebe (Woodruff) Hull, daughter of Jonathan and Margaret 
Woodruff, who was seven years older than he and the mother 
of four children—Belinda , Jeremiah, Seth, and Joseph Hull. 
Phebe and Elisha had three children--Harriot , Cillina and 
Claudius, all born in West Stockbridge. 

About 1798 Elisha had serious business problems and 
moved his family to Western New York to a tract of land 
about 14 miles from what is now the city of Rochester. It 
was located in what was then Bloomfield (later Victor), On- 
tario County, and was purchased by Phebe, probably with Hull 
money. Elisha went there first to get things ready. When 
Phebe arrived with the family, she was far from happy with 
what she found—among other things, a primitive log cabin to 
live in, wolves in the nearby woods, and Indians for neigh- 
bors . 

In an account of Victor, New York, published many years 
ago Elisha Coan was said to have purchased land in Victor. 
"Mr. Coan built a sawmill near where the railroad crosses 
the creek northwest of his home. Here he did a small busi- 
ness in lumber..." In 1804 Elisha was among the subscribers 
to build a church building known as Proprietor's Church, 
non-denominational. In 1813 at the North Congregational 
Church in Bloomfield, Elisha paid $2.64 towards building or 
buying pews (Church Records, p. 69). And Elisha was also 
listed as a pew holder (Church Records, p. 72, 73). Accord- 
ing to the ancient Victor account previously quoted, Elisha 


sold his property in Bloomfield to Samuel Talmadge and moved 
to Seneca County. If so, he probably went to live with his 
son Claudius. 

Elisha died sometime between 1834 and 1838. Phebe lived 
to be over 90, resided for awhile with Claudius, but spent 
her last years with her daughter Belinda (Hull) Allen at 
Mendon, New York, near where she and Elisha first settled. 
Phebe applied for a pension for her first husband's service 
in the Revolution. Her application for some reason was re- 
fused. Of course, Elisha too served in the Revolution, but 
neither he nor Phebe ever applied for a pension. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Harriot, b. Dec. 5, 1789 

ii. Cillina, b. Nov. 12, 1791; joined North Congrega- 
tional Church in Bloomfield, N. Y. in 1813 as 

iii. Claudius Collins, b. Mar. 1, 1794 

Reference: Vital Records of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 
to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic and 
Genealogical Society, 1907), pp. 17, 18. 

CLAUDIUS COLLINS 4 COAN (Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) son of 
Elisha and Phebe (Woodruff) Hull Coan, was born March 1, 
1794, in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was named for 
his maternal great-uncle Claudius Lysias Collins (1769- 
1852), a brother of his grandmother, Luranda (Collins) Coan. 
When Claudius was about four years old, the family moved to 
Western New York. He had a dim recollection of this move. 
He remembered going to say good-bye to his grandfather, Ja- 
cob Coan, and of the long journey to the West. Somewhere 
along the way he remembered his father coming to meet them, 
since he'd gone on ahead to prepare things for the family. 
When they arrived at the desolate log house which was to be 
their home, he remembered his mother's tears and that memory 
stayed with him for life. They had brought with them two 
cows and several sheep. The second night the sheep were 
killed by wolves. Not long afterwards the cows died. The 
journey had been too much for them. 

Claudius attended some sort of school and was upset be- 
cause he didn't have a Bible to read from the way some of 
the other children did. His half-brother Joseph Hull chopped 
wood in order to earn money to buy the Bible for Claudius. 

As a boy he was apprenticed in medicine to Dr. Samual 
Dungan of Canandaigua, New York, and received his schooling 
and board by working in the Doctor's apothecary shop. He 
went back home for awhile, and his brother Joseph who was 
fighting in the War of 1812 came home sick or wounded. At 
any rate, Joseph was unable to return to his Company, and 
Claudius took his place. He served for three months and was 


stationed at Niagara Falls. At this time he was probably not 
more than nineteen. 

He then returned to the Doctor's to continue his ap- 
prenticeship in medicine, attended Canandaigua Academy, and 
taught school in an effort to save money. He planned to at- 
tend lectures in Philadelphia on medicine. In 1815 he went 
to Philadelphia for the first time--walking most of the way. 
He walked this distance twice while he studied there. Here 
he was taught by Caspar Wistar, M.D. (1761-1818) at the Med- 
ical College, and he knew the great Dr. Rush. He was unable 
to take his final degree because he lacked the money to con- 

In 1816 at Lodi, New York, Claudius began the practice 
of medicine. On July 20, 1817, at Romulus, New York, he 
married Sara Maria Folwell, born February 1, 1798, Southamp- 
ton, Pennsylvania, daughter of William Watts and Jane ( Dun- 
gan) Folwell. She was four years younger than he, and had 
also attended Canandaigua Academy. She was a niece of 
Claudius's patron, Dr. Dungan; and he met her in the Doc- 
tor's home where she was a close friend of the Doctor's only 
child by his first wife--Patty. Sara was stated to have 
seen General Washington when her mother visited, with her as 
a baby, the Wistars in Philadelphia. 

Sara and Claudius's first home was a rented place in 
Townsendville, where the Doctor began his practice. Later 
he bought a farm where Jennie, Mattie, and Helen were born. 
This place with its log store, shoe store, and wagon shop 
took on the name of Coan Corners. The farm did not move, 
but the town lines did; so Mattie was born in Covert, and 
Jennie and Helen in Lodi. In 1835 the family moved to Ovid 
because Ovid Academy was there; and about 1849 they moved to 
the Hermitage, two miles south of Ovid. This crossroads also 
became known as Coan's Corners. 

Before their marriage Claudius and Sara were interested 
in amateur theatricals and performed in them. This interest 
occurred before Sara's conversion to a very strict religious 
sect. Although she was immersed in Seneca Lake and joined 
the Baptist Church, her husband and children then were at- 
tending the Presbyterian Church in Ovid where Dr. Lounsbury 
was minister. At the end of his life Claudius was very deaf. 
He still went to church regularly although he couldn't hear 
a word. Later Sara became a member of the Christian Church 
in Romulus and grew deeply religious. She was interested in 
history, world events, and was always very patriotic. 

Claudius had a good memory and a keen observation which 
was coupled with hard common sense. He was a Democrat and 
an admirer of General Jackson, the reason he called his 
house, The Hermitage. He also had great respect for Horatio 
Seymour, a leading Democrat elected Governor in 1852. The 
parrot one of his daughters sent him was trained to say: 
"Hurrah for Seymour, and hurrah for Dr. Coan!" Claudius was 
successful as a financier, influential as a citizen, and a 
pioneer in temperance work. 

Dr. Claudius Collins Coan, 
Courtesy Wayne E. Morrison, 
Sr., Town and Village of Ovid, 
Seneca County, N.Y. 

William Alfred Bolter, Courtesy 
Wayne E. Morrison, Sr, Town 
and Village of Ovid, Seneca 
County, N. Y. 

Willis Judson Beecher, husband 
of Sara Maria Bolter, Courtesy 
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Federal Census 1870 : "Claudius C. Coan, aged 76, physician 
and farmer, worth $62,000, born in Mass.; Sarah M., aged 
seventy-two, worth $1,000, born in Pa.; Mary, aged thirty, 
worth $100, born in N.Y.; and servants Mary Farrall, aged 
fourteen, born in Ireland; Mary A. David, aged nineteen, 
born in N.Y." (Vol. 94:142) 

Pension Application : When Claudius was 77 years old, he ap- 
plied for a pension for service in the War 1812-1814. He 
said he served "a full sixty days" in Captain Morehouses ' s 
Company, in Regiment commanded by Col. Peter Allen of New 
York State Militia; that he was a substitute for Joseph Hull 
and joined July 1, 1812; was honorably discharged about Sep- 
tember 20, 1812. 

He did not receive the pension. 

Claudius continued the uninterrupted practice of medi- 
cine for 65 years until his last illness. He and Sara died 
at the Hermitage just one day apart. He died February 28, 
1882, aged 88; she died March 1, 1882, aged 84. Claudius 
left a lengthy and detailed will and an estate valued at 
$125,000. Their joint funeral took place in the Presbyterian 
Church in Ovid, an Episcopal service being read over their 
common grace. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 26, 1818 

ii. William Folwell, b. Mar. 1, 1820 

iii. Martha Dungan, b. Mar. 12, 1824 

iv. Robert R., b. Jan. 18, 1827; d. Sept. 18, 1827, 

aged 8 months 

v. Phoebe Jane, known as Jennie, b. Sept. 8, 1829 

vi . Helen Sandford, b. Jan. 6, 1833 

vii. Sara Elvira, b. May 7, 1837 

viii. Mary Euphemia, b. Sept. 6, 1839 

Reference: Wayne E. Morrison, Sr., comp. , Town and Village 
of Ovid, Seneca County, New York (Ovid, N.Y.: W. E. 
Morrison & Co., 1980) pp. 280, 281. 

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ELIZABETH COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) was 
born in Covert, Seneca County, New York, April 26, 1818, the 
daughter of Claudius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) Coan. 
August 16, 1842, at Ovid, New York, she married Alfred Bol- 
ter, who was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, July 4, 
1811, the son of William and Nancy (Pomeroy) Bolter. He 
spent his early life in Northampton, and in 1826 moved to 
Utica, New York, where he was influenced by Dr. Finney, the 
evangelist, and joined the Presbyterian church. In 1830 he 
entered Ovid Academy in Ovid, and studied there about three 
years. He taught school several years, but was in poor 
health. He then began to study medicine under Elizabeth's 


father, Dr. Coan. In 1939 he obtained his medical degree 
from Geneva Medical College, and began practicing in Ovid 
Village where he lived the rest of his life. 

Alfred was an advocate of temperance reform and an op- 
ponent of slavery. He was an active member of the Free Soil 
Movement; he took part in political conventions and ad- 
dressed public meetings. In 1850 he served one term in the 
State Legislature and became an active member of the Repub- 
lican party. He was for many years a member of the Board of 
Ovid Academy, was president of the Board of Trustees of Ovid 
Village in 1875, and for more than 20 years was superinten- 
dent of the Sabbath School of the Ovid Presbyterian Church. 

In 1860 he was thrown from his carriage and broke his 
leg. He suffered greatly with this injury and was confined 
for over a year. His leg was shortened, and he was perma- 
nently lame. During the Civil War he served in the Transport 
Service on the James River in the employ of the Sanitary 
Commission and witnessed the engagement between the Merri- 
mack and the Monitor. He died July 12, 1880, at age 69 in 
Ovid. Elizabeth died April 27, 1894, in Auburn, New York. 
She and Alfred were buried in Ovid. 

Children (6) BOLTER 

i. Sara Maria, b. May 22, 1844 
ii. William Alfred, b. June 18, 1846 

iii. Martha Leach, b. Dec. 20, 1848; d. Dec. 19, 1852, 
aged 4; known as Mattie 

Reference: Wayne E. Morrison, Sr., Town and Village of Ovid, 
Seneca County, New York , p. 280. 

SARA MARIA BOLTER , daughter of Dr. Alfred and Elizabeth 
(Coan) Bolter, was born May 22, 1844. On June 14, 1865, in 
Ovid, New York, she married Willis Judson Beecher, who was 
born in Hampton, Ohio, April 29, 1838. He received his pre- 
paratory education at Augusta Academy and Vernon Academy, 
Oneida County, New York; and was graduated from Hamilton 
College valedictorian, with an A.B. degree, in 1858. He 
taught at Whitestown Seminary for a short time and then en- 
tered Auburn Theological Seminary where he was graduated in 
1864 and ordained to the Presbyterian ministry. In 1864-1865 
he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Ovid, New York. 
During 1865-1869 he was professor of moral science and 
belles lettres at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. From 
1869 until 1871 he was pastor of the First Church of Christ 
(Congregational) at Galesburg. In 1871 he was called to the 
chair of Hebrew language and literature in Auburn Theologi- 
cal Seminary and occupied that position for 37 years. He 
was a prolific writer, and his work was published in many 
newspapers, magazines, society journals, encyclopedias, and 
other books of reference. 


Willis was awarded the honorary degree of D.D. by Ham- 
ilton College in 1875 and by Princeton University in 1896. 
He was president of the Society of Biblical Literature and 
Exegesis in 1904; member of the American Oriental Society, 
American Institute of Sacred Literature, American Bible 
League, and of the general assembly's committee on the revi- 
sion of the Confession in 1890-1892. In the latter year he 
delivered the Stone lectures at Princeton University, and in 
1909 was moderator of the synod of New York. 

Sara died December 4, 1892, aged 48, at Auburn, New 
York. Willis died there May 10, 1912. 

Children (7) BEECHER 

i. Martha Leach, b. Apr. 29, 1866; d. Dec. 30, 1875 
ii. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 27, 1871 

Reference: National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New 
York: James T. White Company, 1937), Vol. XVI, pp. 305, 

ELIZABETH BEECHER , daughter of Sara Maria (Bolter) and Wil- 
lis Judson Beecher, was born March 27, 1871. She received a 
degree from Wellesley, Class of 1893. She died April 11, 

The following quotation is from "In Memoriam," The Wel- 
lesley Magazine , Vol. XIX, No. 5 (June 1935): 432-433: 
"Elizabeth never left her girlhood home to which she was 
greatly attached, she was always a great lover of the clas- 
sics, expressed in reading and in club work, and also had a 
keen interest in civic affairs, and in the out-of-doors, es- 
pecially her garden in summer and many plants within her 
home during the long winter months. Her letters always indi- 
cated a strong interest in the outer world, and in Wellesley 
past and present..." 

Winifred Holman in Coan Lineage stated Elizabeth mar- 
ried Armstrong. There is, however, in the Wellesley 

College files no record of such a marriage. 

WILLIAM ALFRED BOLTER , son of Dr. Alfred and Elizabeth 
(Coan) Bolter, was born June 18, 1846. He was married three 
times. Probably because of these three marriages he was 
named and specifically excluded from receiving any inheri- 
tance in his grandfather Claudius Coan's will. In 1898 he 
was residing in Holt, Michigan. 

Children (7) BOLTER 

i. Alfred H., b. July 24, 1881 
ii. Willis Ray, b. June 19, 1888 


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WILLIAM FOLWELL COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Pe- 
ter 1 ), son of Claudius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) 
Coan, was born in Lodi, Seneca County, New York, March 1, 
1820. He was educated at Ovid Academy and was married Au- 
gust 16, 1842, in Trumansburgh , New York, to Catharine Lou- 
isa Peck. The Reverend Dr. Hutchins Taylor performed the 
ceremony. Catharine was born in New Milford, Connecticut, 
December 17, 1822, the daughter of Bennett and Miranda 
(Stone) Peck. When she was nine years old, she made her 
home with her uncle Albert G. Stone in Trumansburgh, New 
York, where she attended a private school. When she entered 
Ithaca Academy, she lived the first year with the family of 
Judge Walbridge, and the second year with Fred Camp, her 
mother's cousin. Later she was a student at Pompey Hill 
Academy in Pompey, New York. 

She was married at her uncle's home in Trumansburgh on 
the same day that her bridegroom's sister Elizabeth Coan 
became the wife of Dr. Alfred Bolter at Ovid, New York. Af- 
ter William and Catharine were married, they, along with 
Martha Dungan Coan as bridesmaid and William B. Leonard as 
best man, drove fifteen miles to Ovid and attended Eliza- 
beth's wedding which was performed by the Reverend Dr. 
Lounsbury. Then the two bridal couples went to Niagara 
Falls together for their wedding trip. 

At the time of his marriage William was in business in 
Ovid; but as he was not well, they soon went to live on the 
old home farm near Townsendville, New York. Life was very 
difficult on the farm for Catharine, but here their three 
daughters and a son Claudius were born. The children were 
taught mainly by their mother and their maternal grand- 
mother, Mrs. Peck 

In June, 1852, William was seriously injured in a horse 
and buggy accident as he came home from church. His leg was 
shattered as he saved his two daughters from injury. In 
1856 he sold the farm and went out to Clinton, Iowa. While 
he was there, the family lived temporarily in Townsendville. 
He bought a house in Clinton and came back East for his fam- 
ily and Mrs. Peck. They all arrived in Clinton May 19, 1857 
via Fulton, Illinois, crossing the Mississippi in a ferry 
boat. In 1860 William Folwell, Jr., was born in Clinton. 

In 1858 William, Sr., became a private banker in Clin- 
ton; and when the National Bank (first bank in Clinton, op- 
ened in 1857) was for sale by its owners in 1863, William 
bought them out. He merged his bank with the Clinton Na- 
tional, and moved it to a new location at the corner of 
Fifth Avenue and First Street. It was reorganized in 1865 
with some of the strongest capitalists of the city as incor- 
porators, and he became its president. 

William and Catharine joined the Presbyterian Church in 
Clinton by letter soon after their arrival. He served as 
trustee until his death; he was superintendent of the Sunday 
School for many years. He did a great deal to promote the 
interests of Clinton and the community. He was instrumental 


in the building of the Midland, Burlington, and Cedar Rapids 
& Northern railroads. He also worked to establish the water 
works, the library, and the public school. 

In 1885 although William was in poor health, he and 
Catharine took a trip East. On their way back they called on 
their cousins, Dr. and Mrs. Bainbridge Folwell of Buffalo; 
and on William's sister Phoebe Jane now married to Dr. 
Schuyler and living in Marshall, Michigan. William died of 
apoplexy January 18, 1886, aged 65. The Reverend Joseph D. 
Burrill officiated at the funeral. According to his obituary 
in The Clinton Herald January 23, 1888, his funeral cortege 
consisted of fifteen carriages and forty-six sleighs. Cath- 
arine outlived her husband by over twenty years; she died in 
Clinton March 9, 1907, aged 84. They were both buried in 
Clinton in Springdale Cemetery where William was the first 
purchaser of a lot in the original plot of that cemetery. 
The following is from The Biographical Record of Clinton 
County, Iowa , p. 506: 

The most pleasant legacy to William's children was 
his honored name, and the love and esteem which all 
classes of society gave him, more especially the poor 
and less fortunate ones, who were sincere mourners at 
his death. He gave to them not only the best of advice 
in their difficulties, but assisted them financially, 
tiding them over hard places and starting them in their 
business careers; and many attribute their success to 
his timely assistance. 

( 6 ) COAN 

Frances Louisa, b. Nov. 19, 1843 
Stella Caroline, b. Sept. 23, 1847 
Helen Claudine, b. Dec. 4, 1851 
Claudius Collins, b. Sept. 8, 1855 
William Folwell, Jr., b. Apr. 4, 1860 

Reference: Facts from article in Ovid Bee submitted by Wayne 
E. Morrison, Sr., Ovid, N. Y. 14521 

History of Clinton County, Iowa (Chicago: West- 
ern Historical Company, 1879), pp. 372, 506, 508, 510, 
511, 528, 529, 530, 673, 676, 680. 

Iowa, Its History and Its Foremost Citizens (Chi- 
cago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1916), pp. 
1450, 1451. 

Ter-Centennial Celebration of Secondary Education 
in America (Clinton, Iowa, 1935). 

FRANCES LOUISA 6 COAN (William F. 5 , Claudius C. , Elisha , 
Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ), daughter of William Folwell and Catharine 
Louisa (Peck) Coan, was born November 19, 1843, in Townsend- 
ville, New York. She attended Lyons Female Seminary and was 



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a member of the Colonial Dames. In Clinton, Iowa, June 28, 
1865, she married Walter Ingalls Hayes. He was born in Mar- 
shall, Michigan, December 9, 1841, the son of Dr. Andrew L. 
and Clarissa Seldon (Hart) Hayes. 

Walter was educated in the Marshall public schools, and 
at nineteen years of age he entered the law office of Hughes 
and Woolley to commence reading the law. He was graduated 
from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1863 and 
admitted to the Michigan Bar that same year. The following 
year he became a member of the firm of his former teachers, 
Hughes, Woolley & Hayes. He was United States Commissioner 
for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1864-1866, and 
city attorney for Marshall in 1865. 

In 1866 he was offered a partnership with General N. B. 
Baker, Attorney General of Iowa, and moved to Clinton, Iowa, 
where he was with the firm, Baker & Hayes. This partnership 
continued until General Baker moved to Des Moines; Walter 
was without a partner until 1872 when the firm became Hayes 
& Young. In 1875 Hayes, although a Democrat, was appointed 
by Governor Carpenter to complete the unexpired term of Dis- 
trict Judge Brennan. In October of that year Hayes was 
elected to the same position without opposition. One of his 
most famous decisions was made in 1882 when he declared 
Iowa's prohibition amendment unconstitutional because the 
legislature had passed two slightly different forms. 

He was city attorney in Clinton in 1869; city solicitor 
in 1870, 1871, and 1875. He also was a stockholder and a 
director of the Clinton National Bank. He served in the 
50th, 51st, 52nd, and 53rd Congress; he was elected first in 
1886, and in 1888 and 1892 was the only Iowa Democrat in 
Congress . 

While attending the funeral of his uncle in Marshall, 
Michigan, Walter died unexpectedly March 14, 1901. He was 
buried in Clinton. 

Reference: Lucius P. Allen, The History of Clinton County, 
Iowa (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1879) p. 
501, 680. 

STELLA CAROLINE COAN (William F. , Claudius C. , Elisha , 
Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ), daughter of William Folwell and Catharine 
Louisa (Peck) Coan, was born September 23, 1847, in Lodi, 
near Townsendville, New York. She spent several years at 
Lyons Female Seminary studying music. She married Amos Greer 
Ewing December 21, 1871, in Clinton, Iowa. He was born Feb- 
ruary 11, 1838, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; attended school 
there; and was graduated from Jefferson College in Cannons- 
burg, Pennsylvania, in 1860. He came to Clinton in 1865 and 
engaged in the mercantile business with the firm Ewing and 
Young. He later was associated with the firm W. J. Young & 
Company as superintendent of their lumber yards. He was a 
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Children (7) EWING 

i. Catherine, b. Dec. 11, 1875 

ii. Sarah, b. Mar. 12, 1878 

iii. Claudius Coan, b. Jan. 27, 1880 

Reference: History of Clinton County, Iowa , p. 676. 

HELEN CLAUDINE 6 COAN (William F. 5 , Claudius C.\ Elisha 5 , 
Jacob , Peter 1 ), daughter of William Folwell and Catharine 
Louisa (Peck) Coan, was born December 5, 1851, in Lodi, near 
Townsendville, New York. She attended Lyons Female Saminary 
and Knox Seminary in Galesburg, Illinois. She married in 
Clinton October 15, 1879, Dr. A. Homer Smith. The Reverend 
J. G. Cowden performed the ceremony. Dr. Smith was born 
March 20, 1850, at Rockford, Illinois. He was educated at 
Wheaton College in Illinois and at Rush Medical College. He 
died January 9, 1890, at Clinton. 

CLAUDIUS COLLINS 6 COAN (William F. 5 , Claudius C. 4 , Elisha 3 , 
Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born at Lodi, Seneca County, New York, 
September 8, 1855, the son of William Folwell and Catharine 
Louise (Peck) Coan. He was educated in Lyons, Iowa, and at 
Cornell University where he was a member of Chi Phi frater- 
nity. October 12, 1887, in Rome, New York, he married Edith 
Ernestine Nock, who was born August 17, 1861, the daughter 
of Thomas Gill and Caroline (Prouty) Nock. The Reverend Dr. 
Taylor performed the wedding ceremony. Edith was educated in 
Albany, New York. 

Claudius, like his father, was civic minded. He was in- 
terested in developing a street railway system for Clinton. 
He was secretary of the early Electric Railway Park Company 
in 1894, and later treasurer of the Clinton Street Railway 
Company (CSRyCo), which absorbed some of the smaller lines. 
In 1914 CSRyCo expanded and purchased seven new and larger 
cars. These were "pay as you enter" type, the first of their 

With his brother William, Claudius promoted advances in 
education. It was their land, donated to the school board 
before World War I, upon which Clinton High School was 
built; and Coan Field, the athletic grounds, was part of the 
same gift. 

At the death of his father, Claudius became cashier of 
the Clinton National Bank. In 1895, several years later, he 
became the bank's president. He was also president of the 
Clinton Savings Bank, a member of the Wapaipinicon Club, 
Clinton Country Club, Chicago Athletic Association, and of 
Clinton Masonic bodies. He also was active for many years in 
the Cornell Alumni Association of Chicago. 

His wife Edith died in Clinton February 12, 1920. 
Claudius died suddenly February 3, 1923. 


The following is from an account of his funeral in The 
Clinton Herald of February 5, 1923: "In deference to the 
memory of the deceased and as a tribute, all traffic on the 
lines of the Clinton Street Railway Company ceased at 2 
o'clock, and street cars remained stationary for one min- 

Claudius and Edith were both buried in Springdale Ceme- 
tery in Clinton. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Thomas Gill, b. Nov. 28, 1889, Rome, N. Y . ; d. Nov. 
29, 1889; buried at Rome 

Reference: "Death Ends Suffering of C. C. Coan," The Clin- 
ton Herald , Clinton, Iowa, February 3, 1923, p. 6. 

Department of Manuscripts and University Ar- 
chives, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 

"Funerals," The Clinton Herald , February 5, 
1923, p. 8. 

History of Clinton County, Iowa , Clinton County 
American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Iowa Amer- 
can Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1976, p. 90. 

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WILLIAM FOLWELL COAN, JR. (William F. , Claudius C. , Eli- 

sha , Jacob , Peter ), son of William Folwell and Catharine 
Louisa (Peck) Coan, was born April 4, 1860, in Clinton, 
Iowa. He was educated in the public and private schools of 
Clinton and attended Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illi- 
nois, for two years. On December 11, 1882, in the Presbyte- 
rian Church in Clinton he married Mary Alice Welles. The 
Reverend Dr. Weller performed the ceremony. 

Mary Alice Welles was born May 27, 1860, in Fulton, Il- 
linois, daughter of Edwin Pillsbury and Isabelle (Griswold) 
Welles. She was a lineal descendant of Governor Thomas 
Welles of Connecticut. She received her education at Abbot 
Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. 

William was cashier of the Clinton National Bank and 
secretary and treasurer of the Clinton Savings Bank. He was 
very much involved with the affairs of the city and commun- 
ity. He was on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Com- 
merce, a trustee of Agatha Hospital, a trustee of the Pres- 
byterian Church, president of the Wapaipinicon Club. How- 
ever, he was best known and widely recognized for his ef- 
forts in highway development. He received a silver medal, 
one of only six awarded the first year, for service to the 
Lincoln Highway project. Carl Fisher, the man who perfected 
the means of compressing carbide gas in tanks ( Prest-O-Lite ) 
and suggested the Indianapolis Speedway, proposed a coast- 
to-coast rock highway. Consuls were selected for each state 
to take care of local rights and work out local problems. 
William was the first consul for Iowa. He was known all over 


the country for what he did to promote this highway. He 
also proposed the Mississippi Scenic Highway. A little west 
of Clinton at the Junction of U. S. 67, the Mississippi, and 
U. S. 30, the Lincoln, there is a stone marker honoring him 
for his exceptional contribution in making those two great 
roads possible. 

In History of Clinton County, Iowa by the Clinton His- 
torical Society in 1976 there is an article entitled "High 
Society" from which I quote: 

By 1880 elegance had become a reality for such af- 
fluent families as the Lambs, the Youngs, Eastmans, 
Curtises, Coans, and Joyces .... The Encyclopedia Britan- 
nica, speaking of this era, states that there were more 
millionaires in a certain city block in the city of 
Clinton, Iowa, than in any other place in the world. 

William died suddenly in Clinton February 13, 1918, 
aged 57; his wife died in Morrison, Illinois, December 5, 
1939, aged 79. They were both buried in Springdale Cemetery 
in Clinton. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Edwin Welles, b. May 25, 1885 

ii. Isabelle Welles, b. Nov. 7, 1888 

iii. Catharine Louise, b. Apr. 2, 1892 

iv. Folwell Welles, b. Nov. 13, 1894 

Reference: Allen, History of Clinton County, Iowa , pp. 144, 
172, 302. 

The Clinton Herald , Clinton, Iowa, February 13, 
1918, p. 1; February 14, 1918; February 15, 1918, p. 4; 
February 16, 1918, p. 6. 

7 6 5 

EDVpN WELLESj COAN (William F., Jr. , William F. , Claudius 

C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Clinton, Iowa, May 

25, 1885, the son of William Folwell, Jr., and Mary Alice 

(Welles) Coan . He was not interested in the professions, but 

in business. Encouraged by his grandfather, E. P. Welles, he 

started to learn lumbering from the ground up. The December 

before his twenty-first birthday in May he was stricken with 

tuberculosis. Hoping the climate would be beneficial, he and 

his mother had been in Colorado Springs, Colorado, about 

five weeks when a severe hemorrhage caused his death. His 

brother Folwell and his sisters, Isabelle and Catharine, had 

just arrived that day to spend the summer. He died in the 

evening of June 23, 1906. His funeral and burial were in 

Clinton, Iowa. 

Reference: "Close of a Young Life," Clinton Daily Herald , 
June 26, 1906. 


ISABELLE WELLES COAN (William P., Jr. 6 , William F. 5 , Claud- 
ius C. , Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Clinton, Iowa, 
November 7, 1888, daughter of William Folwell, Jr., and Mary 
Alice (Welles) Coan. She attended the Wells School and was 
graduated from Wells College in the Class of 1910. While at 
Wells she was Inter-Collegiate Conference Delegate, captain 
of the basketball team, and active in the glee club and in 
dramatics. In the senior play, Shakespeare's A Winter's 
Tale, she played the leading role of Queen Hermione. 

On June 21, 1916, in Clinton she married the Reverend 
Humphrey Jones Rendall, who was born in Oxford, Pennsyl- 
vania, August 31, 1882, the son of John and Harriet (Jones) 
Rendall. Dr. John Rendall was President of Lincoln Univer- 
sity in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Humphrey was educated at Ox- 
ford Academy, at Lincoln University, and entered Princeton 
University as a junior in 1901. He received his A.B. degree 
in 1903. He was an avid tennis player; was captain of the 
tennis team at Princeton and state champion of Pennsylvania, 
Delaware, and New Jersey. In 1905 he received his A.M. de- 
gree from Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1906 to 1911 
he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Broomall, Penn- 
sylvania; at Irwin, Pennsylvania, from 1911 to 1914; and at 
Clinton, Iowa, from 1914 to 1921. In 1918 during World War I 
he served as YMCA secretary at Camp Dodge. 

Isabelle and Humphrey moved to Morrison, Illinois, in 
1922 when he became associated with Illinois Refrigerator 
Company. He later became secretary and vice-president of 
this company. In Morrison he was connected with a variety of 
of civic activities. He directed the local chapter of the 
Red Cross for 40 years and was president of the Blackhawk 
Council of the Boy Scouts. For over fifty years he was a 
member of the Rotary Club, was district governor of the Ro- 
tary Club, and received one of their highest awards when he 
was named a Paul Harris Fellow as a result of a generous 
contribution by the Morrison club in his honor. He died in 
Morrison November 26, 1977. 

Isabelle was active in Girl Scouts, Parent-Teachers 
Association; was president of the League of Women Voters and 
the Morrison Women's Club. She died in Morrison January 15, 
1980. She and Humphrey were buried in Springdale Cemetery in 
Clinton, Iowa. 

Children (8) RENDALL 

i. Edwin Coan, b. Aug. 31, 1917 

ii. William Humphrey, b. Mar. 22, 1919 

iii. Harriet Elizabeth, b. Apr. 13, 1924 

iv. Mary Welles, b. Aug. 10, 1929 

Reference: Alumni Records, Princeton University, Princeton, 
NJ 08544. 

Decennial Record of the Class of 1903 , Princeton 
University, p. 244. 

(top) Humphrey Jones 

Rendall. Courtesy The 

Decennial Record of the 

Class of 1903, Princeton 

University; (center) Mary 

Welles Rendall; (bottom 

left) Isabelle Welles Coan. 

Courtesy 1910 Yearbook, 

Wells College; (bottom 

right) Edwin Coan Rendall. 


Folwell Welles Coan. Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society. 


1903: Fifty Years Later , Princeton University, 
p. 223 . 

1910 Yearbook , Wells College, p. 26. 

Twenty-year Record of the Class of 1903 , Prince- 
ton University, p. 270. 

Wells College Bulletin , Vol. 14, No. 2, Janu- 
ary, 1928, p. 82. 

EDWIN COAN RENDALL , son of Humphrey Jones and Isabel le 
Welles (Coan) Rendall, was born in Clinton, Iowa, August 31, 
1917. He was educated at Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, 
Illinois, and at Williams College, where he was a member of 
Chi Psi fraternity and the Class of 1939. During World War 
II he served in the United States Army. 

On October 1, 1949, in Wilmington, Delaware, he married 
Carrol Wolff. From 1946 until 1961 he served as a foreign 
service officer in the United States Department of State. 
His assignments to foreign posts included Hanoi, Johannes- 
burg, Marseilles, Bern, and London. From 1961 until 1980 he 
was an economist in the Office of International Affairs of 
the United States Treasury Department. In his treasury ca- 
reer he accompanied various Secretaries of The Treasury to 
meetings in Rio, Brazilia, Buenos Aires, Moscow, and Warsaw. 
In 1982 he lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a suburb of Wash- 
ington, D.C. 

Children (9) RENDALL 

i. Christopher Welles, b. Dec. 10, 1953 

ii. Margot Alexander, a twin, b. June 23, 1956 

iii. Anne Carrol, a twin, b. June 23, 1956 

Reference: Edwin C. Rendall, 5500 Friendship Blvd., #2212N, 
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 


CHRISTOPHER WELLES RENDALL , the son of Edwin Coan and Car- 
rol (Wolff) Rendall, was born in Washington, D.C, December 
10, 1953. In 1981 he sold copiers for 3M Company in the 
Washington, D.C, area. 

Reference: Edwin C Rendall 


MARGOT ALEXANDER RENDALL , the daughter of Edwin Coan and 
Carrol (Wolff) Rendall, was born a twin June 23, 1956, in 
Bern, Switzerland. She was graduated from Woodrow Wilson 
School, Princeton University, in 1979, and was a Fulbright 
Scholar, 1979-1980, in Dakar, Senegal. In March, 1981, she 
became affiliated with Kuhn Loeb Lehman Bros. International, 

Reference: Edwin C Rendall 


ANNE CARROL RENDALL , the daughter of Edwin Coan and Carrol 

(Wolff) Rendall, was born a twin June 23, 1956, in Bern, 

Switzerland. She received an A.B. degree from Vassar College 

in 1978. In 1982 she was an economist with the United States 

Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. 

Reference: Edwin C. Rendall 

WILLIAM HUMPHREY RENDALL , son of Humphrey Jones and Isa- 
belle (Coan) Rendall, was born March 22, 1919, at Clinton, 
Iowa. He attended Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illi- 
nois, and was graduated from the University of Washington 
with a major in geography. He married Doris Kinraid March 
17, 1945, in Morrison, Illinois. She also was graduated from 
the University of Washigton; her major was archeology. Wil- 
liam worked for the Right of Way Division of the Nevada 
Highway Department; Doris, for the Nevada State Museum. They 
enjoyed sailing, as well as skiing and camping in the nearby 
Sierras. He was gate observer and she a timekeeper for the 
skiing events of the 1964 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Val- 
ley, California. He died September 26, 1978, in Carson City, 
Nevada . 

Children (9) RENDALL 

i. Bonnie Alfred, a son, b. Mar. 8, 1948 

BONNIE ALFRED RENDALL , son of William Humphrey and Doris 
(Kinraid) Rendall, was born March 8, 1948, in Kirkland, 
Washington. He was graduated from the University of Nevada 
with a major in history. In 1969 he married Marian McKibben. 
She earned her master's degree at the University of Califor- 
nia in Berkeley. He died March 10, 1975, in Albany, Califor- 
nia. She was a teacher and coached basketball. Her address 
(1981) was Sagle, Idaho. 

Children (10) RENDALL 

i. Winston Snow, b. Sept. 1971 

HARRIET ELIZABETH RENDALL , daughter of Humphrey Jones and 

Isabelle (Coan) Rendall, was born April 13, 1924, at Clin- 
ton, Iowa. She was a graduate of Wells College and earned a 
master's in sociology from the University of Washington. She 
was a psychiatric social worker; her hobbies were water 
sports and skiing. She died in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 
3, 1964, aged 39. She was buried in the Coan lot in Spring- 
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MARY WELLES RENDALL , the daughter of Humphrey Jones and 
Isabelle (Coan) Rendall, was born August 10, 1929, in Clin- 
ton, Iowa. She was graduated from Wells College, Aurora, New 
York, and became a certified public accountant. She was con- 
troller of Shannon & Wilson, Inc., a large engineering firm 
in Seattle. She was president of the Seattle Chapter of the 
American Society of Women Accountants and enjoyed water 
sports and skiing. In 1981 she was living in Morrison, Illi- 
nois, where she was president of the United Way and active 
in civic affairs. 

Reference: Mary W. Rendall, 616 Lincolnway Ct., Morrison, 
IL 61270 

CATHARINE LOUISE COAN (William F., Jr. 6 , William F. 5 , 
Claudius C. 4 , Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Clinton, 
Iowa, April 2, 1892, the daughter of William Folwell, Jr., 
and Mary Alice (Welles) Coan. She was educated at the Emma 
Willard School in Troy, New York, and Wells College in Au- 
rora, New York. On October 20, 1917, in Clinton she married 
Frank Leander Smith, who was born in Morrison, Illinois, 
January 13, 1894, the son of Edward Allen and Ellen 
(Sprague) Smith. He attended North Western Military Academy 
and Union College. During World War I he served as an offi- 
cer in the United States Army. 

Catharine and Frank lived at "Four Winds," Morrison, 
Illinois, where Catharine was a member of the First Presby- 
terian Church, the D.A.R. of Morrison, Morrison Garden Club, 
and was active in the building of Morrison Community Hospi- 
tal. Frank died in Clinton, Iowa, April 7, 1934; Catharine, 
in Morrison, Illinois, May 7, 1981. Burial was in Grove Hill 
Cemetery, Morrison. 

Children (8) SMITH 

i. Marillyn Coan, b. Oct. 10, 1920 
ii. Frances Coan, b. Feb. 17, 1922 
iii. Priscilla Coan, b. July 1, 1925 

Reference: "Obituaries," Clinton, Iowa, Herald , May 18, 
1981, p. 13. 

MARILLYN COAN SMITH , daughter of Frank Leander and Catha- 
rine Louise (Coan) Smith, was born in Clinton, Iowa, October 
10, 1920. She was graduated from Emma Willard School and 
Wells College. On December 26, 1953, she married Redfield 
Wilmerton Allen, who was born in Washington, D.C., December 
29, 1921, the son of Lawrence Howe and Ethel (Mell) Allen. 
From 1943 to 1946 he served as a lieutenant in the United 
States Naval Reserve. He received an M.S. degree from the 
University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in 1959 from the Univer- 


sity of Minnesota. He became a member of the faculty at the 
University of Maryland. Marillyn and he resided at Silver 
Spring, Maryland (1981). 

Children (9) ALLEN 

i. Julia Coan, b. Nov. 19, 1955 

ii. Lawrence Redfield, b. Feb. 2, 1957 

Reference: Mrs. Redfield W. Allen, 13710 Grasmere Road, 
Silver Spring, MD 20904. 

JULIA COAN ALLEN , daughter of Redfield Wilmerton and Maril- 
lyn Coan (Smith) Allen, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
November 19, 1955. She received a B.A. degree from Hampshire 
College, Amherst, Massachusetts, and an M.A. degree from the 
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 
1979. She resided in Washington, D.C. (1981). 

Reference: Mrs. Redfield W. Allen 

LAWRENCE REDFIELD ALLEN , son of Redfield Wilmerton and Mar- 
illyn Coan (Smith) Allen, was born in Silver Spring, Mary- 
land, February 2, 1957. He married July 31, 1977, in Silver 
Spring, Gail Eileen Cohen, who was born May 19, 1957. They 
resided at Silver Spring (1981). 

Reference: Mrs. Redfield W. Allen 


FRANCES COAN SMITH , the daughter of Frank Leander and Cath- 
arine Louise (Coan) Smith, was born in Clinton, Iowa, Febru- 
ary 17, 1922. She was educated at San Luis Ranch School, 
Bradford Academy, Bradford, Massachusetts, and the Univer- 
sity of Colorado. She married October 24, 1951, in Washing- 
ton, D.C, Eugene Carpenter Coan, her cousin, the son of 
Folwell Welles and Olivia Lamb (Carpenter) Coan (see Eugene 
Carpenter Coan in this chapter). 

PRISCILLA COAN SMITH , daughter of Frank Leander and Catha- 
rine Louise (Coan) Smith was born July 1, 1925, in Clinton, 
Iowa. She was graduated from Emma Willard School and re- 
ceived her B.A. degree from Wells College. She earned her 
M.A. degree in religious education from Hartford Seminary. 
On January 15, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio, she married the Rev- 
erend Frederick Waldo Savage, who was born November 2, 1911, 
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles F. and Ethel 
Ella (Rich) Savage. He attended Wesleyan, Boston University, 
Andover-Newton Theological School, and Mansfield College, 
Oxford University. 


Waldo was chairman of the Board of Directors of the In- 
diana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ for 
six years, president of the Board of the Indianapolis Pas- 
toral Care and Counseling Center, chairman of the Ministers 
Advisory Board of Christian Theological Seminary, member of 
the Commission on Worship of the United Church of Christ, 
and president of the Indiana Council of Churches. 

Priscilla served on the National Board of the Y.W.C.A. 
from 1964 to 1968; was president of Hartford Seminary Foun- 
dation of Women 1950-1951; was extremely active in the Na- 
tional Society for Autistic Children, helping to develop 
much-needed channels of communication between parents and 
professionals. Her youngest child was autistic. They lived 
in Indianapolis (1981). 

Children (9) SAVAGE 

i. Bradley Smith, b. Mar. 29, 1957, Champaign, 111. 
ii. Cynthia Leigh, b. Aug. 25, 1958, Urbana, 111. 
iii. Priscilla Ingram, b. Aug. 8, 1968, Indianapolis, 

Reference: Mrs. F. Waldo Savage, 8484 No. Pennsylvania 
Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240. 

FOLWELL WELLES COAN (William F., Jr. , William F. , Claud- 
ius C. *, Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Clinton, Iowa, 
November 13, 1894, son of William Folwell, Jr., and Mary 
Alice (Welles) Coan. The following comprehensive summary of 
his life was taken from A Twenty-five Year Record , Yale 
University, Class of 1919, as quoted in Winifred L. Holman's 
Coan Lineage . 

FOLWELL WELLES COAN, November 13, 1894 - April 24, 

Benny was born in Clinton, Iowa, and lived there 
until he moved to Minneapolis to enter business at the 
end of the First World War. He was prepared for Yale at 
Hotchkiss. He was a member of Psi Upsilon. Benny left 
college in the spring of his sophomore year to enter 
the first Officers 1 Training Camp at Fort Snelling 
where he was assigned to the 337th Field Artillery on 
receiving his commission. He served with this outfit 
throughout World War I except for intervals of training 
at the Army School of Fire at Fort Sill and at Machine 
Gun School in France. He returned from France as a 1st 
Lieutenant and was discharged from the Army in January, 

At that time he went to work for Shevlin, Carpen- 
ter & Clarke Co. of Minneapolis, a lumber management 
concern. Benny became Executive Vice President of their 
sales division, or Shevlin Pine Sales Co., with parti- 


cular interest in the West Coast operations of the bus- 
iness. He was for many years Vice President of The Cen- 
tral Lumber Co. which operates retail lumber yards 
throughout the Middle West, and he was also a Director 
of the Monarch Lumber Co. and of the McCloud River 
Railroad Co. of California. 

In February, 1942, Benny returned to the Army, re- 
ceiving a commission as Captain in the Air Corps; he 
was soon promoted to Major, and assigned to carry out 
the Army Air Force Officer Procurement Program in the 
Seven West Coast States. This was completed in Septem- 
ber, 1942, and was followed by several interesting and 
varied missions. For a year and a half he was with the 
Fourth Air Force and commanded the Headquarters Statis- 
tical Control Unit. He carried out two assignments for 
the War Department, one of which took him to China for 
five months in 1944. On his return he was Army Air 
Forces Hospital Liaison Officer at Halloran General 
Hospital in New York from February to September of 
1945. He was separated from the army in September, 
1945, and was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon. He 
returned to take the presidency of the Central Lumber 
Co. and, at the time of his death, was locating lumber 
stocks for that Company on the West Coast. He died sud- 
denly of a heart attack at Medford, Oregon, on April 
24, 1946. 

In 1922 Benny married Olivia Lamb Carpenter of 
Minneapolis; they had three children: a son, Eugene C. 
Coan, and two daughters, Olivia and Patricia. Benny 
took an active part in civic affairs and was, at the 
time of his death, Director of the Minneapolis Insti- 
tute of Fine Arts, the Minneapolis Orchestral Associa- 
tion, and the Woodhill Country Club. He was a Past 
President of the Board of Trustees of the Northrup Col- 
legiate School. He was loved and respected wherever he 
went for his integrity and courage, his quiet good 
judgment, humor, courtesy, and friendliness. 

Mrs. Coan was the daughter of Eugene Joseph and Mer- 
rette (Lamb) Carpenter and was born in Minneapolis August 
21, 1897. She attended Westover in Middlebury, Connecticut, 
Class of 1915, and was a student of Smith, Ex-1919. She mar- 
ried Folwell May 20, 1922, in Minneapolis. She and her 
daughters were members of the National Society of Colonial 
Dames in the State of Minnesota, as was her mother. They 
all entered on a New York ancestor, Dr. Johannes de la Mon- 
tagne. It was she who in 1961 employed Winifred L. Holman to 
do research on the Coan family. This research resulted in 
the typescript, The Coan Lineage . Later Mrs. Holman wrote 
Coan Addenda for Martha Jeanne Coan and Theodore H. Smith, 
with considerable help from them. Both these manuscripts 
were in the library of the New England Historic Genealogical 
Society in Boston. 


Children (8) COAN 

i. Eugene Carpenter, b. Aug. 11, 1923 

ii. Olivia Lamb, b. May 28, 1925 

iii. Patricia Welles, b. Mar. 15, 1927 

EUGENE CARPENTER COAN (Folwell W. , William P., Jr. , Wil- 
liam F. 5 , Claudius C. 4 , Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter ) was born in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 11, 1923, the son of Folwell 
Welles and Olivia Lamb (Carpenter) Coan. He attended Oregon 
State University and was employed by the Great Northern 
Railway. He married October 24, 1951, in Washington, D.C., 
Frances Coan Smith, his cousin, who was born February 17, 
1922, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Frank Leander and 
Catharine Louise (Coan) Smith. Frances was educated at San 
Luis Ranch School, Bradford Academy, Bradford, Massachu- 
setts, and the University of Colorado. They lived in Oregon, 
Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and in 1982 
were living in Kirkland, Washington, where Gene was self-em- 
ployed . 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Lindsey Welles, b. Sept. 3, 1952 
ii. Katharine Folwell, b. May 11, 1955 
iii. Son, b. and d. June 4, 1958 

Reference: Mrs. Eugene C. Coan, 241 Lake Avenue West, Kirk- 
land, WA 98033. 

9 8 7 

LINDSEY WELLES COAN (Eugene C. , Folwell W. , William F., 
Jr. 6 , William F. , Claudius C. , Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ), 
daughter of Eugene Carpenter and Frances (Smith) Coan, was 
born September 3, 1952, in Corvallis, Oregon. She received 
a B.A. degree in literature/children's theater from Whit- 
worth College, Spokane, Washington, in 1975. In 1980 she 
received an M.S. degree in therapeutic recreation from the 
University of Oregon in Eugene. She worked with children and 
the handicapped. August 17, 1974, she married Douglas Roy 
Ford, who was born August 9, 1952, in Hayward, California, 
the son on Gerald Morehead Ford, a minister, and Grace Ethel 
(Riddell) Ford, a chemist and teacher, of Spokane, Washing- 

Douglas attended Fort Wright College in Spokane, and 
received a B.A. degree and teaching certificate in education 
in 1975. He was an elementary school teacher and fire 
fighter. Lindsey and Douglas lived in Lacey, Washington, in 

Children (10) FORD 

i. Benjamin Coan, b. Sept. 28, 1981 


Reference: Mrs. Douglas R. Ford, 6910 43rd Ave. S.E., Lacey, 
WA 9 8 5 3. 

9 8 7 

KATHARINE FOLWELL COAN (Eugene C. , Folwell W. , William 
F., Jr. , William F. 5 , Claudius C.*, Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Pe- 
ter 1 ), daughter of Eugene Carpenter and Frances (Smith) 
Coan, was born May 11, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She 
was educated at St. George's High School, Spokane, Washing- 
ton, and the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. 
On October 8, 1977, at St. Louise Parish, Bellevue, Washing- 
ton, she married Donald Anthony Hofmann. Her legal married 
name was Katharine Folwell Coan. 

Donald was born November 18, 1948, at Wallace, Idaho, 
the son of Frederick Nicholas and Melanie Otillia (Becker) 
Hofmann. He was educated at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy at 
Wallace, Indiana, Wallace High School, and Western Technical 
College, Englewood, California. They lived (1981) in Silver- 
ton, Idaho, where they owned and operated a sporting goods 

Reference: Katharine Folwell Coan, Silverton, ID 83868 

8 7 6 

OLIVIA LAMB COAN (Folwell W. , William F., Jr. , William 

F. , Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota, May 28, 1925, the daughter of Folwell 
Welles and Olivia Lamb (Carpenter) Coan. She was graduated 
from the University of Washington. In Minneapolis December 
24, 1948, she married David Griffith Jones, who was born 
July 2, 1918, the son of Herbert William and Margaret (Dan- 
iel) Jones. He was educated at Blake, Harvard, and Western 
Reserve University Medical School, and served in the United 
States Army Medical Corps. They were divorced in April, 

Olivia married second William Rice Dunaway October 4, 
1957, at Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the son of John Alder 
and Rosa ( Shayes ) Dunaway. He was born November 25, 1923, at 
Teheran, Persia, attended the University of Washington, and 
was a publisher. In September, 1967, Olivia and William were 
divorced. Her legal name became Olivia Jones. In 1982 she 
was living in Aspen and Denver, Colorado. 

Children (9) JONES 

i. David Griffith, Jr., b. Dec. 31, 1949 
ii. Hilary Evan, b. Feb. 27, 1952 

Reference: Olivia Jones, 1207 Elm Street, Denver, CO 80220 

DAVID GRIFFITH JONES, JR. , the son of David Griffith and 
Olivia Lamb (Coan) Jones, was born December 31, 1949, in 


Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was educated at Fountain Valley 
School and the University of Colorado. He was a pilot and 
resided in 1982 in Aspen, Colorado. 

Reference: Olivia Jones 


HILARY EVAN JONES , the daughter of David Griffith and Oli- 
via Lamb (Coan) Jones, was born February 27, 1952, in Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota. She was educated at Simon's Rock and 
Topeka , Kansas and was a licensed air-craft mechanic. In 
1982 she was engaged in Far Eastern Studies and had just re- 
turned from a six-week trip to Japan. She resided then in 
Boulder, Colorado. 

Reference: Olivia Jones 

8 7 6 

PATRICIA WELLES COAN (Folwell W. , William F., Jr. , Wil- 
liam F. 5 , Claudius C. 4 , Elisha 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ), daughter 
of Folwell Welles and Olivia Lamb (Carpenter) Coan, was born 
March 15, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended 
Westover Academy and was graduated from Mills College, Oak- 
land, California. On June 11, 1949, she married Fayette Pat- 
terson Spencer, who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Novem- 
ber 24, 1924, the son of DeForest and Cornelia (Patterson) 
Spencer. Fayette was educated at Blake (Minneapolis), Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology; and Harvard Business 
School, 1950. He served 1943-1946 in the United States Army 
and was later associated with Cargill, Inc. He died April 3, 

1964, in Minneapolis. 

Patricia married second in Minneapolis on December 3, 

1965, Edwin Fisher Ringer who was born March 19, 1916, in 
Minneapolis, the son of Walter Marden and Elinor (Fisher) 
Ringer. Edwin was educated at Blake (1934), Haravard Uni- 
versity (1938), and the University of Minnesota Law School 
(1941). He served in the United States Air Force from 1943 
to 1946. He had three children by his first wife Nancy 
(Darby) Ringer: Ruth Darby, Edwin Fisher, Jr., and Elinor 
Fisher. He was (1981) chairman of Goodall Manufacturing Cor- 
poration in Minneapolis and in 1982 was retired. 

Children (9) SPENCER 

i. Nan Carpenter, b. Apr. 12, 1951 
ii. Sarah Patterson, b. Apr. 6, 1953 

Reference: Mrs. Edwin F. Ringer, 900 Soo Line Building, 
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


NAN CARPENTER SPENCER , daughter of Fayette Patterson and 
Patricia Welles (Coan) Spencer, was born April 12, 1951, in 


Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended Northrop Collegiate 
(Minneapolis) and Topeka West High (Kansas). She was gradu- 
ated from Community College (Denver) where she earned an 
associate degree in accounting in 1979 and was graduated 
magna cum laude from Metropolitan State College (Denver) 
with a B.S. in accounting in 1982. She resided in Denver in 

Reference: Mrs. Edwin F. Ringer 


SARAH PATTERSON SPENCER , daughter of Fayette Patterson and 
Patricia Welles (Coan) Spencer, was born April 6, 1953, in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended Northrop Collegiate 
(Minneapolis), Wykeham Rise (Connecticut) and University of 
the Pacific (California). She earned a B.A. degree in French 
and art history at Northwestern University (Illinois) where 
she was graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1976. On February 2, 
1974, she married John Martini in Seattle, Washington. He 
was born July 21, 1952, in Washington, D.C., the son of Carl 
H. and Frances (Giske) Martini of Hornby Island, British Co- 
lumbia, Canada. John was graduated in 1974 from the Univer- 
sity of the Pacific (California) with a B.A. in economics. 
He earned an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 
1976. They lived in San Rafael, California. They were di- 
vorced in San Francisco, California, in 1981. Sarah lived 
in San Francisco in 1982. 

Reference: Mrs. Edwin F. Ringer 

5 4 3 2 1 

MARTHA DUNGAN COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in Covert, New York, March 12, 1824, the daughter 
of Claudius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) Coan. She was 
educated at Mount Holyoke Seminary, now Mount Holyoke Col- 
lege, 1840-1842. If she had returned for her third and final 
year, she would have received a diploma in the Class of 
1843, the sixth class to graduate from that institution. 

December 20, 1848, in Ovid, New York, she married Cle- 
ment Leach, Jr., who was born in Eaton, New York, April 30, 
1825, the son of Clement and Laura (Hatch) Leach. In 1845 
he was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, with a 
B.A. degree. He received an M.A. degree from Union also and 
was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Alpha fraternity. 
From 1845 to 1847 he was teacher-principal at Ovid Academy. 
In 1846 he read law with Judge John E. Seely at Ovid and en- 
tered Harvard Law School in 1847. He was forced to leave be- 
cause his eyes failed. 

Martha and Clement lived on the homestead farm of Mar- 
tha's grandfather, William Watts Folwell, in Romulus, New 
York, until November, 1855, when they moved to South Bend, 
Indiana. In March, 1858, they moved to Galesburg, Illinois, 
where they lived many years. Clement was a trustee of Knox 

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Historical Society, 
(top right) Benjamin 
Blydenburg Wisner, 
pastor of the Old 
South Church, Boston, 
1821-1834, and 
husband of Sarah 
Hall Johnson. 
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of the Old South 
Church, (bottom) 
Leonard Bacon, Yale 
professor and 
husband of Lucy 


College in Galesburg. They then moved to Davenport, Iowa, 
where Clement was a merchant. Finally they moved to Mar- 
shall, Michigan. 

On December 6, 1881, while on a visit to this father in 
Galesburg, Clement died and was buried there in Hope Ceme- 
tery. Martha died in Marshall, Michigan, December 21, 1889, 
aged 75. She was buried in Galesburg with Clement. 

Children (6) LEACH 

i. Child, b. and d. Oct. 19, 1859 

Reference: Special Collections. Schaffer Library, Union Col- 
lege, Schenectady, NY 12308 

5 4 3 2 1 

PHOEBE JANE COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in Lodi, New York, September 8, 1829, the daughter 
of Claudius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) Coan. She was 
known as Jennie, the compiler of the 1881-1882 Coan Manu- 
script . She was educated at Ovid Academy and at Canandaigua, 
New York, Female Seminary. On June 15, 1852, at the Hermit- 
age in Ovid she married Anthony Day Schuyler. Anthony was 
born May 8, 1831 (?). He attended Ovid Academy, West Point 
Private School, and studied medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He 
died in Marshall, Michigan, April 9, 1886. Jennie died after 

Children (6) SCHUYLER all born in Marshall, Michigan 

i. Helen Antoinette, b. May 20, 1853; d. June 14, 

ii. Sara Ridge, b. Sept. 8, 1856 
iii. Grace, b. Oct. 19, 1859 

5 4 3 2 1 

HELEN SANDFORD COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in Lodi, New York, January 6, 1833, daughter of 
Claudius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) Coan. She attended 
Ovid Academy where she met her future husband, John Livings- 
ton Nevius, born at Ovid, New York, March 4, 1829, son of 
Benjamin Hageman and Mary (Denton) Nevius. John was a sev- 
enth generation descendant of Johannes Nevius who became 
"schepen" of New Amsterdam in 1654. After receiving his de- 
gree from Union College in 1848, John taught school for a 
year in Georgia where he experienced his conversion. Return- 
ing north, he entered Princeton Theological Seminary; and by 
the time of his graduation in 1853 he had received appoint- 
ment from the Presbyterian Board as a missionary to China. 
He was ordained by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, New Jer- 
sey, on May 23; on June 15 in Ovid, New York, Helen and he 
were married. In September they sailed for China from Boston 
on the Bombay by way of the Cape of Good Hope. The Bombay 


was an East India trader of 800 tons capacity; and the six- 
month trip was filled with discomfort, storm, and danger. 
Helen and John's cabin was only 3 1/2 feet by 6 feet with 
one narrow berth. John slept on the floor on a mattress. 

They were assigned to Ningpo where the climate was no- 
toriously difficult. They stayed here about four years. 
Helen, besides her work among the women and girls, made two 
very valuable contributions to the missionary effort: first, 
the catechism she wrote which was used all over the Empire; 
and second, teaching the children to sing. She herself had 
a beautiful singing voice. Helen's health failed, and her 
lovely voice was reduced to a mere whisper. In 1857 she re- 
turned to the United States. 

Besides being pastor of a church in Ningpo, John 
started evangelistic work in San-Poh, an inland district to 
the north. By 1859 Helen was back in China, and she and John 
were pioneers in a mission station in Hang-chow. Because of 
political unrest they left and went to Japan for several 
months. Upon their return they went north and established a 
mission station in Shantung province. 

Here at Shantung John and Helen toiled for more than 
thirty years. John did a great deal of writing both in Eng- 
lish and Chinese. Of lasting benefit to China were John's 
experiments in raising Western fruits and vegetables in 
China. His evangelistic work was recognized in 1890 when he 
was appointed American Chairman of the Second Missionary 
Conference in Shanghai. In America the "Nevius method" be- 
came part of the training of missionary candidates. On Oc- 
tober 19, 1893, John's life ended peacefully at his desk in 
San-lou, the house which he himself had erected on a hill 
overlooking the Chinese city of Chefoo. 

Helen stayed on; and in 1895 her book, The Life of John 
Livingston Nevius , was published. She had been not only an 
aide to her husband in his missionary work, but she like him 
was a scholar too. She learned the Chinese language and in 
1856 published the book, A Catechism of Christian Doctrine , 
in Chinese. She also wrote Our Life in China in 1857. 

June 20, 1910, seventeen years after her husband's 
death, Helen died in Chefoo. Those seventeen years even 
though she was in poor health, she continued her missionary 
endeavors. Of her it can be truly said: "She spent her 
life for the Chinese." 

Reference: Dumas Malone, ed. Dictionary of American Biogra- 
phy (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934), Vol. 
XIII, p. 293. 

Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19142. 

SARA ELVIRA COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in Ovid, New York, May 7, 1837, daughter of Claud- 
ius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) Coan. She married 


Henry Tuthill October 20, 1860, at the Hermitage in Ovid. 
Sara died May 12, 1868, aged 31, at Watkins, New York. 
Henry died in Penn Yan, New York. 

Children (6) TUTHILL 

i. Clarence C, b. Watkins, N.Y. 

5 4 3 2 1 

MARY EUPHEMIA COAN (Claudius C. , Elisha , Jacob , Peter ) 

was born in Ovid, New York, September 6, 1839, daughter of 

Claudius Collins and Sara Maria (Folwell) Coan. She lived 

with her parents until their deaths and then made her home 

with her sister Elizabeth in Auburn, New York, finally going 

to live with her relatives, the Beechers. She died in 1914 

and was buried in her father's cemetery lot in Ovid. 

3 2 1 

PHEBE COAN (Jacob , Peter ) was born probably in North 
Guilford, Connecticut, April 16, 1770, and was baptized in 
the Second Congregational Church there April 29, 1770. She 
was the daughter of Jacob and Luranda (Collins) Coan. She 
moved with her parents in 1771 to the Stockbridge-Lenox, 
Massachusetts, area and shortly after April, 1794, to Mont- 
gomery County, New York. About 1795 she married Caleb John- 
son of Johnstown, New York, part then of Montgomery County, 
now Fulton County. Caleb was one of the original trustees 
when Johnstown Village was incorporated April 1, 1808. On 
March 21, 1809, he was authorized to make a seal for the 
village with the device JVCS. He was probably a silversmith, 
and no doubt taught his trade to his son George, who was a 
silversmith, and to Charles Coan, son of Phebe ' s brother 
William, who also was a silversmith. 

Caleb was appointed an ensign in Lieutenant Colonel Ri- 
chard Dodge's Regiment, Captain Bildad Mills's Company of 
Light Infantry in 1807. In 1811 he was appointed a lieuten- 
ant and in 1816 a captain in Lt. Colonel Abraham J. Vos- 
burgh's Regiment of Light Infantry. He probably served in 
the War of 1812, but he did not live long enough to apply 
for a pension, so his service is difficult to check. He died 
February 4, 1818, at the age of 44. Phebe was made adminis- 
tratrix of his estate. The inventory showed hardware, gold 
and silver work, and military goods valued at $1,675 and 
tools belonging to the shop valued at $235. The inventory 
of Caleb Johnson's estate was taken by "Phebe Johnson, ad- 
ministratrix with the assistance of Ashbel Cornwell and 
Charles Coan being the two next of kin." 

Phebe died November 28, 1849; and both she and Caleb 
were buried in Colonial Cemetery, Johnstown, New York. 

Children (4) JOHNSON 

i. Ebenezer, d. single 


ii. Sarah Hall, b. Aug. 14, 1798 

iii. Lucy, b. Mar. 2, 1800 

iv. George A., b. Sept. 2, 1803 

v. Lorain, b. Dec. 12, 1804 

vi. Phebe, b. July 1, 1807; d. Aug. 16, 1807; buried 

Colonial Cemetery, Johnstown, N.Y. 

vii. Phebe Elizabeth, b. Mar. 20, 1814 

Reference: Theodore H. Smith, Evidence That Asa Coan of Ad- 
ams County, Ohio Was the Son of William Coan, Revolu- 
tionary War Soldier, Who Died on Grand Island, Erie 
County, New York , a manuscript, February 1977, pp. 3, 
4, 9, 10, 11. 

SARAH HALL JOHNSON , daughter of Caleb and Phebe (Coan) 
Johnson, was born August 14, 1798, probably in Johnstown, 
New York. She married Benjamin Blydenburg Wisner October 26, 
1820. He was born in Goshen, Orange County, New York, Sep- 
tember 29, 1794, the son of Polydore Barnet and Mary (Bly- 
denburg) Wisner. In 1813 he was graduated from Union Col- 
lege; in 1820, from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1821 
he was ordained pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, 
Massachusetts. In 1828 he was elected a member of the pru- 
dential committee of the American Board of Commissioners for 
Foreign Missions; and in 1832 one of its three corresponding 
secretaries. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by 
Union College in 1828. His publications include History-of 
the Old South Church in 1830. He died February 9, 1835, at 
Boston and was buried at Andover, Massachusetts. Sarah was 
living with her sister Phebe Elizabeth Means in Groton, Mas- 
sachusetts, on August 6, 1850, when the Federal Census was 

Children (5) WISNER 

i. Caleb (adopted; son of Sarah's brother George A.), 
b. July 28, 1827; bpt . and adopted same day, Aug. 
9, 1830 

Reference: Hamilton Andrews Hill, History of the Old South 
Church (Third Church) Boston 1669-1884 , in two volumes 
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 
1890), Vol. II. 

National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New 
York: James T. White & Company, 1892), Vol. I, p. 179. 

G. Franklin Wisner, The Wisners In America and 
Their Kindred (Baltimore, 1918). 


LUCY JOHNSON , daughter of Caleb and Phebe (Coan) Johnson, 
was born probably in Johnstown, New York, March 2, 1800. On 
July 28, 1825, she married Leonard Bacon, who was born in 


Detroit, Michigan, February 19, 1802, the son of the Rever- 
end David and Alice (Parks) Bacon. Leonard was a graduate 
of Yale, Class of 1820, and of Andover Theological Seminary. 
He was ordained pastor of the First Church in New Haven, 
Connecticut, in 1825. In 1842 he received a D.D. degree 
from Hamilton College, and in 1870 an LL.D. degree from Har- 
vard. He was a member of the Prudential Committee, Corpora- 
tion of Yale 1839-1846; an editor of The Independent of New 
York 1848-1860; Professor of American Church History at Yale 
Theological Seminary; called the "Nestor of Congregationa- 
lism"; was editor of Hibbert Journal , Yale Review , American 
Cyclopedia of Christianity ; was the author of The Genesis of 
New England Churches . 

The second son of Leonard and Lucy was Leonard Woolsey 
(Yale 1850), the father of seven sons and seven daughters. 
One of his sons was the Reverend Benjamin Wisner Bacon (Yale 
1881; D.D. Western Reserve University 1892, University of 
Breslau 1911, Harvard 1914; Litt. D. Syracuse University 
1895, Oxford 1920; LL.D. Illinois College 1904; Professor of 
New Testament Criticism at Yale 1897-1928). 

Lucy died November 28, 1844; and Leonard married second 
June 16, 1847, Catherine Elizabeth Terry. He died December 
24, 1881. 

( 5 ) BACON 

Rebecca Taylor, b. Apr. 28, 1826 
Benjamin Wisner, b. Nov. 25, 1827 
Leonard Woolsey, b. Jan. 1, 1830 
Francis, b. Oct. 6, 1831 
Theodore, b. May 5, 1834 
George Blagden, b. May 22, 1836 
Lucy, b. 1841 ) 

per census age 
Edward W. , b. 1843 ) 

Reference: Barbour Collection, Vital Records: Bacon Con- 
necticut State Library; Hartford, Conn. 

Federal Census, 1880, New Haven, Conn. 

Clarence Winthrop Bowen, History of Woodstock 
Connecticut (Norwood, Mass.: The Plimpton Press, 1930), 
Vol. Two, pp. 303, 304. 

GEORGE A. JOHNSON , son of Caleb and Phebe (Coan) Johnson, 
was born probably in Johnstown, New York, September 2, 1803. 
He married Frances Brooks February 7, 1822. He died about 
August-September, 1833; Frances died August, 1885. 

Children (5) JOHNSON 

i. Caleb, b. July 28, 1827; bpt . Aug. 9, 1830, and 
adopted same day by Benjamin and Sarah Wisner. 



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Sarah was George's sister. Caleb married Wini- 
fred Zuigley Feb. 7, 1853; one son, Walter 
Johnson . 
ii. Adeline (or Alida) Georgiana, b. ca . 1832; bpt . 

June 1, 1834; m. David A. Wells, 1849/50 
iii. Anna (probably a twin), b. ca . 1832 
iv. Possibly at least one more daughter as deduced 
from will of Frances Johnson of Johnstown, N.Y. 
probated Aug. 19, 1885, Fulton County, N.Y. 

Reference: Smith, Asa Coan , p. 9. 

LORAIN JOHNSON , daughter of Caleb and Phebe (Coan) Johnson, 

was born in Johnstown, New York, December 12, 1804. She mar- 
ried George L. Spencer, and they lived in New Rochelle, 
Westchester County, New York, in the census of 1850. No 
children were listed. 

(Note: Her name was spelled Lorraine in the census.) 

PHEBE ELIZABETH JOHNSON , daughter of Caleb and Phebe (Coan) 
Johnson, was born March 20, 1814, in Johnstown, New York. 
She married James Means, who was a teacher, and in 1850 they 
lived in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Phebe ' s 
sister, Sarah Hall (Johnson) Wisner, lived with them at that 

Children (5) MEANS 

i. Catherine A., b. ca . 1842 ) 

ii. Elizabeth B., b. ca . 1845 ) 

iii. David, b. ca . 1847 ) 

iv. Emily A., b. Feb. 1850 ) 

from census ages 

Reference: Census of 1850, Groton, Middlesex County, Massa- 
chusetts . 

3 2 i 

ROXANA COAN (Jacob , Peter ) was born probably in Stock- 
bridge, Massachusetts, November 28, 1772, the daughter of 
Jacob and Luranda (Collins) Coan. She was baptized in the 
Congregational Church in Lenox March 26, 1773. In 1771 Jacob 
moved to the northeast part of Stockbridge, which was very 
close to the town of Lenox. Roxana moved west to Montgomery 
County, New York, with her parents shortly after April, 
1794. On November 18, 1799, in Johnstown, New York, then in 
Montgomery County; now in Fulton County, she married as his 
third wife, Ashbel Cornwell of Mayfield, also then in Mont- 



































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property. Scale: 2 inches to the mile. Courtesy Illustrated Historical Atlas of 
Wayne County, Michigan 1876. 


gomery County. Roxana died in the town of Broadalbin, Ful- 
ton County, New York, June 30, 1855 in her 83rd year; Ashbel 
died January 2, 1835 in his 81st year. They were both buried 
in the cemetery in Vail Mills at the edge of the town of 
Mayfield, next to Broadalbin. 

Ashbel Cornwell served as a drum major in the Connecti- 
cut forces in the American Revolution and as a captain of 
militia in the New York forces in the War of 1812. He was 
the son of Cornelius Cornwell. 

Ashbel had seven children by his first wife, but none 
by the others. 

Reference: National Archives , Pension Application W-27665 
and BLWt 15792. 

Edward Cornwall, M.D. William Cornwall and His 
Descendants (New Haven, Conn., 1901), pp. 62, 63. 

Smith, Asa Coan , pp. 3, 4 




Augustus Coan, who settled in Taylor, Michigan, in the 
1820s, has for many years been considered by the Michigan 
Coans and others to be the son of Jacob Coan, Peter's 
eldest son. I personally feel that he probably was Jacob 's 
son. However, I must present evidence to the contrary which 
I very recently found. 

In the 1880 Federal Census of Michigan, Wayne County, 
Taylor Township, Augustus's three sons — Peter D. , Elisha W. , 
and Marlin H. H. — were listed with their families. In answer 
to the census question, "Where was your mother born?", Peter 
D. said, "New York"; Elisha W. and Marlin H. H. both said, 
"Massachusetts." From these answers it would appear that 
Augustus was married twice. 

In answer to the question, "Where was your father 
born?", Peter D. said, "Germany"; Elisha W. said, "Swiholm," 
and Marlin H. H. said, "Swisholin." The writing in the cen- 
sus record was not too clear, but the two spellings were 
what the answers looked like to me. Where were Swiholm and 
Swisholin ? There were no such places in any of the many 
atlases I consulted, both old and new. Swiholm and Swis- 
holin, of course, must be one and the same area and could be 
a place in Germany. If Augustus of Taylor, Michigan, was 
born in Germany, he could not be the son of Jacob 2 . 

According to a record George M. ' Coan of Taylor found 
in the City Hall there, Augustus died in Taylor Township Oc- 
tober 2, 1849. This record agreed with the date on Augus- 
tus's tombstone, which Peter Gaylord 7 Coan of Grosse lie, 
Michigan, photographed in Golden Ridge Cemetery, Taylor, in 


November, 1982. (See photo in this chapter.) According to 
the gravestone, Augustus was 75 years old when he died. 

Augustus, Peter, Elisha, and Marlin all died in Taylor, 
so I tried to get their death certificates. The only one I 
was able to obtain was for Peter D. I quote the following 
from this certificate: 

Name of Father Augustus 

Residence of Father Germany 

Name of Mother Hilda 

Residence of Mother Germany 

The word Residence , I judge, must be interpreted Birth- 
place . His mother's birthplace obviously did not agree with 
his mother's birthplace in the census record. 

In the light of the evidence presented in these two re- 
cords, is it possible that Augustus of Taylor might still be 
Augustus , son of Jacob 2 ? Some whom I consulted said Peter's 
death certificate made Augustus of Taylor almost certainly 
from an entirely different line. I, however, am not con- 
vinced he was not Jacob 2 's son for the following reasons: 

1. Augustus of Taylor was probably born in 1774, ac- 
cording to his gravestone. In Jacob 2 's Bible re- 
cord, his son Augustus 3 was born October 1, 1775. 
Jacob could have been off a year as he apparently 
was in the birthdate of his youngest child Fanny 
(Hannah) who, he said, was born September 18, 1781. 
According to Theodore H. Smith 7 , the records of the 
Congregational Church of Lenox, Massachusetts, say 
that Fanny was baptized April 29, 1781. 

The tombstone "75 years" could have been off 
by a year also; but these dates were so close, they 
indicate to me that Augustus of Taylor and Augus- 
tus 3 , son of Jacob 2 , were one and the same. 

2. The name Coan , as has already been discussed, was 
not a German name. How come then that Augustus of 
Taylor arrived from Germany with the name Coan ? If 
he arrived with some similar name, why did he hap- 
pen to change that name to Coan ? 

3. Why would all three sons indicate a German birth- 
place for their father if he really was born in Am- 
erica? Possibly they did not know where he was 
born, but said they had heard that the family orig- 
inally came from Germany. The census taker then put 
down Germany or Swiholm , or Swisholin , names given 
him as point of origin for the Coan family by Pe- 
ter, Elisha, and Marlin. Whoever filled out Peter's 
death certificate, one of his children probably, 
recorded what he, or she, had heard, and got the 
place of birth of Hilda wrong even at that. 

4. Coan was not a common name; and Augustus Coan was 
far from common. It would have been a real coinci- 

"Augustus Coan died Oct. 2, 1849, 
aged 75 years" In Golden Ridge 
Cemetery, Taylor, Michigan, Cour- 
tesy Peter Gaylord Coan. 

Gravestone of Peter D. Coan — 
West Mound Cemetery, Thylor, 
Michigan. Courtesy Peter Gay- 
lord Coan. 

"Agnes A."— broken stone next to that of Augustus. Courtesy 
Peter Gaylord Coan. 

(top left) Inscription for Peter's 

wife: "Edith, wife of P.D. Coan 

born Oct. 1, 1808; died January 1, 

1892." (top right) "Elisha W. 

Coan born Sep. 13, 1816; died 

Jul. 19, 1886" — (bottom) "Marlin 

H. H. Coan died June I, 1887 

aged 63 yrs. 4 mos. & 2 dys." 

West Mound Cemetery, Taylor, 

Michigan, Photos courtesy Peter 

Gay lord Coan. 

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dence if two men of identical ages both had that 
uncommon name, came from completely different fami- 
lies, and one was born in Germany, the other in Am- 
erica . 

5. Augustus of Taylor named his sons Peter, Edmond , 
Elisha, and Marlin. Two of those names— Peter and 
Elisha — were used many times by Peter's descen- 
dants. Peter was Augustuses grandfather; Elisha 
was his brother. 

6. In P. William Filby's Passenger Immigration Lists 
Index (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981), a 
multi-volume encyclopedia of nearly 500,000 immi- 
grants to America, there was no mention of any Coan 
arriving in this country between 1774 and 1804, the 
period when Augustus of Taylor would have arrived. 
This index, of course, is not all inclusive — no 
such index ever is — but it is one more reason that 
Augustus 3 might be Augustus of Taylor. 

How then will we ever really know if Augustus of Taylor 
was Augustus 3 ? Unless further records are found on one or 
both men, assuming they were not one and the same, we never 
really will. However, I don't think that all the similari- 
ties are just — as Frank Speer Coan would say "Coan-cidence" ; 
and until more documentation is found, I will continue to 
believe that Augustus of Taylor probably was Augustus 3 , son 
of Jacob 2 , and am including his line as descended from Pe- 
ter. I feel that I would be remiss, though, if I did not 
report the conflicting evidence which I found. 

3 2 l 

AUGUSTUS COAN (Jacob , Peter ) was born in Lenox, Massachu- 
setts, October 1, 1775, the son of Jacob and Luranda (Col- 
lins) Coan. He was their youngest son. When he 'was about a 
year and a half old, his two brothers, Elisha and William, 
enlisted in the colonial forces in the Revolution. Augustus 
attended a private school in Lenox owned by Major Azariah 
Egleston, the man to whom in 1794 Jacob sold the property he 
purchased in Stockbridge in 1784, and in Lenox in 1788. It is 
believed that soon after Jacob sold this property, he moved 
his family (which then consisted of his wife Luranda, Augus- 
tus, and at least two daughters, Phebe and Roxana ) to Mont- 
gomery County, New York, to be near his son William who had 
been living there since at least 1785 (Smith, Asa Coan , p. 

According to his son Peter's death certificate, Augus- 
tus married Hilda . He probably had a second wife 

since in the 1880 census Augustus's sons, Marlin and Elisha, 
both said their mother was born in Massachusetts, whereas 
Peter, Augustus's oldest son, said his mother was born in 
New York. In Golden Ridge Cemetery in Taylor, Michigan, next 
to Augustus's gravestone there was a broken stone marked 
Agnes A . Could this Agnes A. have been Augustus's second 


wife? In order to try to identify this Agnes A. further, 
Peter Gaylord 7 Coan of Grosse lie, Michigan, went to the 
Golden Ridge Cemetery and dug down to the bottom of the bro- 
ken slab, cleaned it, and was able to decipher one more word 
-- Stewart or Steward . (See photo in this chapter.) This 
discovery would seem to negate the possibility that Agnes A. 
was the second wife of Augustus. She was probably a relative 
of Marlin Hiram Hazzard Coan ' s wife, Rachel Rebecca Steward. 
Sometime before 1810, Augustus began to move west. In 
the 1810 Federal Census for Pennsylvania, Erie County, no 
town or township given, an Augustus Coan was listed as head 
of the family with 3 males under 10, 1 male 26 and under 45, 
1 female under 10, 1 female 16 to 26, 1 female 26 to 45. By 
1816 Augustus was in Ohio, since his son Elisha was born in 
Ohio in 1816. Augustus moved again--maybe to Canada--and 
then to Taylor Township, Michigan, where his son Marlin Hi- 
ram Hazzard was born in 1824. According to "Church News," 
The Melius Newspaper , Taylor, Michigan, February 24, 1982, 
p. 5-C, Augustus "was the first settler in what is now the 
city of Taylor." However, the following was taken from a 
newspaper clipping (no source given) in the collection of 
Mrs. Norman A. Coan: 

The honor of being the first settler is given by 
N. B. Steward, in his history of Wayne County, to the 
brothers Peter and Edmund Coan. Peter bought 80 acres 
from the government in 1830, and built a house Febru- 
ry, 1832. Soon his father Augustus came here. A vet- 
eran of the War of 1812, his life would make an inter- 
esting chapter. 

The first account seems more likely since Augustus's son 
Marlin was born in Taylor Township in 1824; therefore, Au- 
gustus had settled in Taylor by then, and was indeed Tay- 
lor's first settler. In 1835 Augustus purchased 100 acres in 
Taylor Township; so although he may have lived there from 
1824 on, he did not actually own property until much later. 
Eventually his three sons owned 640 acres. 

Augustus's land was on Territorial Road, an important 
link between Flat Rock and Dearbornvil le , the site of the 
federal arsenal. In 1960 Mrs. Nellie (Coan) Cooper, a great 
granddaughter of Augustus was living on the original prop- 
erty owned by the Coans for nearly 125 years. The Michigan 
Historical Commission of the Detroit Edison Company with a 
large marker designated the tract a "centennial farm." Mrs. 
Cooper's address was 15250 Pardee Road. The original Coan 
homestead, a log cabin, was built on the site of Mrs. Coop- 
er's present home. It was later replaced by a farmhouse 
which was destroyed by fire in the early 1900s. The present 
house was built a short time later (Newspaper clipping [no 
source given] in collection of George M. Coan, Taylor, Mich- 
igan) . 

As for Augustus's being in the War of 1812, that bit of 


















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C k 

Susan Galloway Coan and George Peter Coan with their team of horses. 
Courtesy George M. Coan 

George Milton Coan and Edith 
Bosley Coan 

Wilson Elmer Coan 


factual data was probably not true. Theodore H. Smith had 
the National Archives search for War of 1812 service, pen- 
sion, and bounty land warrant for Augustus; and they found 

Augustus died October 2, 1849, in Taylor Township, 
Michigan, and was buried there in Golden Ridge Cemetery. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Peter D., b. Feb., 1804 

ii. Edmund 

iii. Elisha W. , b. Sept. 12, 1816 

iv. Marlin Hiram Hazzard, b. Jan., 1824 

4 3 2 1 

PETER D. COAN (Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born in New 
York state February, 1804, the son of Augustus Coan. Accord- 
ing to N. B. Steward in his history of Wayne County, Peter 
was the original settler of Telreka, a part of Taylor Town- 
ship. In this land of swamps and forests he bought 80 acres 
of land from the government in 1830, and with the help of 
his brother Edmund built a home in 1832. He married Edith 
, who was born October 1, 1808. Peter died Novem- 
ber 3, 1886, aged 82 years, 8 months, 29 days; Edith, Janu- 
ary 1, 1892. They were both buried in West Mound Cemetery in 
Taylor . 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Olive, b. ca. 1832 

ii. Rebekah, b. ca. 1835 

iii. Miranda, b. ca . 1842 

iv. George Peter, b. 1845 

v. Edith, b. ca. 1848 

Reference: Federal Census, 1850, Michigan, Wayne County, 

George M. Coan, 22048 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI 

Gravestone photographs by Peter Gaylord Coan 

5 h 3 2 1 , 

GEORGE PETER COAN (Peter D. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) 
was born in Taylor, Michigan, in 1845, the son of Peter D. 
and Edith Coan. He married Susan Galloway who was born in 
Scotland in 1846, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Gal- 
loway. Susan was the first member of the Taylor Methodist 
Church in 1876 when it met in the Grange hall. George was a 
trustee in 1882. He died in 1924 in Taylor in the same 
house, the same room in which he was born. Susan died in 
Taylor in 1927. They were buried in West Mound Cemetery 


Children (6) COAN 

i. Gertrude B., b. ca . 1870 
ii. Milton Howard, b. 1873 
iii. Son, died young 

Reference: George M. Coan 

6 5*^2 

GERTRUDE B. COAN (George P. , Peter D. , Augustus , Jacob , 
Peter ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, about 1870, the daugh- 
ter of George Peter and Susan (Galloway) Coan. She married 
Edward Townsend. 

Children (7) TOWNSEND 

i . George 

ii. Byron, 3 children: a son who died at an early 

age, Gertrude, Grace 
iii. Milton, lived in St. Louis, Michigan, summers and 

in Texas winters 

Reference: George M. Coan 

MILTON HOWARD 6 COAN (George P. 5 , Peter D.\ Augustus , Ja- 
cob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan in 1873, the son 
of George Peter and Susan (Galloway) Coan. He married first 

Eliza A. , who died August 19, 1895 (?), aged 20 

years, and was buried in the Peter D. Coan lot in West Mound 
Cemetery in Taylor. Milton married second Wilmina (Mina) 
Shetrum, who was born November 23, 1874. For many years she 
played the organ at her church. Milton picked up milk along 
Eureka Road from 1899 until 1919 taking it to Johnson's 
Creamery. He used a team of horses and wagon to make the 
trip to Wyandotte. Both Mina and Milton died in 1958 and 
were buried in West Mound Cemetery, Taylor. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. George Milton, b. July 24, 1911 
ii. Edith Elizabeth, b. July 9, 1914 
iii. Wilson Elmer, b. Aug. 29, 1916 

Reference: George M. Coan 

7 6 5 4 

GEORGE MILTON COAN (Milton H. , George P. , Peter D. , Au- 
gustus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, July 
24, 1911, the son of Milton Howard and Wilmina (Shetrum) 
Coan. November 7, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, he mar- 
ried Edith Bosley, who was born in Ohio November 22, 1914, 
the daughter of John and Alta Bosley. George worked for 


Pennwalt Chemical Company for many years; and after his re- 
tirement he worked part time as manager-treasurer of the 
Credit Union in Taylor. Both George and Edith were very ac- 
tive in the West Mound Methodist Church, the church of his 
parents and grandparents. 

In 1982 they were living on property that was part of 
the original acreage purchased by Peter D. Coan in 1830. The 
original home was destroyed about 1968, and a shopping cen- 
ter built on the property. In 1960 the Michigan Historical 
Commission of the Detroit Edison Company erected a marker 
designating this property a centennial farm owned by the 
same family for over 100 years. George also held a certifi- 
cate from the Michigan Genealogical Council awarded to him 
as a descendant of Peter D. Coan who settled in Michigan in 
1876 or before. 

Reference: George M. Coan 

7 6 5 4 

EDITH ELIZABETH COAN (Milton H. , George P. , Peter D. , 

Augustus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, 

July 9, 1914, the daughter of Milton Howard and Wilmina 

(Shetrum) Coan. She married in Taylor, Thomas Thomson. He 

worked for Ford Motor Company, and in 1982 they lived in 

Brooklyn, Michigan. 



i . 


ii . 


iii . 




Reference: George M. Coan 

WILSON ELMER COAN (Milton H. 6 , George P. 5 , Peter D. 4 , Au- 
gustus , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, Au- 
gust 29, 1916, the son of Milton Howard and Wilmina (Shet- 
rum) Coan. Wilson married Ann Foile. During World War II 
he served in the Air Force in North Africa. After the war he 
was a farmer on the original family place in Taylor. In 1982 
he was retired, and he and Ann lived in Illinois summers 
where he helped Ann's relatives on their farm. Winters they 
lived in Marathon Shore on the Florida keys. They had no 

Reference: George M. Coan 

4 3 2 1 

EDMUND COAN (Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was the son of Au- 
gustus Coan. He married Sybil Hayden and along with his bro- 
ther Peter was credited by N. R. Steward in his history of 


Wayne County as being the first settler of Telreka, a part 
of Taylor Township. He moved to Brownstone Township, which 
bordered Taylor on the south. He died a young man, and Sybil 
married second William Sanford. Their marriage was the first 
one to be performed in Telreka. They were married by Elias 
Patte, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Hayden, moved west 

Reference: Newspaper clipping (no source given) in collec- 
tion of Mrs. Norman A. Coan. 

4 3 2 1 

ELISHA W. COAN (Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born Septem- 
ber 12, 1816, the son of Augustus Coan. He married Sophronia 
Howe from Calhoun County, Michigan. She was born in 1818 and 
died in 1905. Elisha died July 19, 1886. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Anna, b. ca . 1840 

ii. Elma A., b. Sept. 3, 1842; d. June 9, 1843 

iii. Alice M. , b. ca . 1845 

iv. Attilla, (a son), b. ca. 1848 

v. Eva, b. Nov. 14, 1854 

vi . Amos Augustus, Mar. 3, 1859 

vii. Charles, b. ca. 1864 

viii. Lewis, b. ca . 1866 

Reference: Federal Censuses, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, Michi- 
gan, Wayne County, Taylor. 

Gravestone photograph by Peter Gaylord Coan. 
Mrs. Harry Lowe to Mrs. Glenn Long Coan, March 
6, 1967 

5 4 3 2 1 

EVA COAN (Elisha W. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born 

November 14, 1854, the daughter of Elisha W. and Sophronia 
(Howe) Coan. April 23, 1873, she married the Reverend Owen 

Jones Roberts who was born in New York City December, 1848, 

the son of Daniel H. and Jane Roberts; and died January 25 
(5), 1927, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Eva died March 3, 1942, 

aged 87, in Ypsilanti, also. 

Children (6) ROBERTS 

i. Ellis Everett, b. June (Feb.) 14, 1874 
ii. Clarence, m. Winifred French — 2 children: Douglas 
and Alice 

NOTE: Other records say Eva was born 1849-50 and died 1933- 
34, aged 83. 

(top left) Eva Coan 
Roberts, seated, with her 
two sons, Ellis Everett 
Roberts beside her and 
Clarence Owen Roberts, 
standing, with Gladys 
Roberts, left, and Ida 
Roberts, (top right) Four 
Generations. Mary Alice 
Roberts seated beside 
her great grandmother, 
Eva Coan Roberts, Mary 
Alice's father, Owen 
French Roberts standing 
at left beside her 
grandfather, Ellis 
Everett Roberts, (left) 
Amos Augustus Coan, 
his sister, Eva Coan 
Roberts and her 
husband, the Reverend 
Owen Jones Roberts. 
Eva was so tiny at birth 
she lived in a cotton 
lined cigar box. Courtesy 
of Mrs. Owen F Roberts. 



ELLIS EVERETT ROBERTS was born June (February) 14, 1874, 

the son of Owen Jones and Eva (Coan) Roberts 

He married 

Mira French December, 1899, in Flushing, Michigan. He died 
June 13, 1932. 

Children (7) ROBERTS 

i. Marjorie R., b. Sept. 5, 1900; 
ii. Owen F., b. Aug. 10, 1904 
iii. George E., b. Dec. 18, 1917 

m , 


OWEN F. ROBERTS was born August 10, 1904, the son of Ellis 
Everett and Mira (French) Roberts. He married Alma Seebohar, 
in Chicago. 

Children (8 


i. Mary Alice, b. Aug. 24, 192 
Sept. 15, 1951, Homewood 
Ann, b. June 30, 1952, I 
Allen, b. Jan. 31, 1957, 

ii. Owen Jones, b. July 22, 
111.; m. Margaret Akers 
Mar. 12, 1960; children 
1960; Joan Ellen, b. Oct. 

5 4 

COAN (Elisha W. , Aug 

h 3, 1859, the son of 
He married Mary M. Ket 
7, 1862. Amos was a s 

00 pounds. He lost hi 

ndian Gap, 


children: Lisa 
Pa . ; Thomas 

Birkenfeldt, Germany 
1930, Evergreen Park, 
, Huntington, W. Va . , 
Daniel Owen, b. Nov. 

was born Marc 
(Howe) Coan. 
Canada August 
weighed over 2 
accident when 
ing off Amos ' s 
a physician ar 
of his mangled 
9, 1933. 

ustus , 



the saw broke loose ki 
arm below the elbow, 
rived from Wyandotte to 
arm. Mary died in 19 

2 1 

Jacob , Peter ) 

and Sophronia 

who was born in 

trapping six-footer who 

s left arm in a sawmill 

lling one man and cutt- 

He waited in pain until 

cut off the remainder 

20; Amos died September 

Children (6) COAN 

i . 
ii . 

iii . 
vi . 
vii . 

Clifford Augustus, b. Apr. 22, 1879 
Ina Bernice, Dec. 11, 1880; d. Oct, 

aged 7 years, 9 mos . & 21 days 
Alice Ethel, b. Mar. 27, 1883 

1, 1888, 

Nellie May, 
Ida Mattie, 
Mary Altha, 
Beatrice, b, 
Amos Lloyd, 

b . May 
b. Dec 
b . May 
and d 
b. Feb 

1, 1886 
13, 1889 

8, 1898 
at birth 
16, 1902 

d. Jan. 7, 1919 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 

Newspaper clipping (no source given) George 
Coan Collection. 



6 5 a 3 

CLIFFORD AUGUSTUS COAN (Amos A. , Elisha W. , Augustus , 
Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, April 22, 1879 
the son of Amos Augustus and Mary (Ketchesan) Coan. He mar- 
ried Jessie Poet, who was born September 7, 1881, in Romu- 
lus, Michigan, and died in 1974. Clifford died December 25, 
1957, in Trenton, Michigan. They were buried in West Mound 
Cemetery, Taylor. They had no children. 

Reference: George M. Coan 

6 5 . , a 3,2 

ALICE ETHEL COAN (Amos A. , Elisha W. , Augustus , Jacob , 

Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan in 1883, the daughter 
of Amos Augustus and Mary (Ketchesan) Coan. She married John 
Baker, who was born October 24, 1887, and died in 1977. Al- 
ice died December 4, 1953. They were buried in West Mound 
Cemetery, Taylor. They had no children. 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 
George M. Coan 

NELLIE MAY COAN (Amos A. , Elisha W. , Augustus , Jacob , 
Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, March 27, 1886, the 
daughter of Amos Augustus and Mary (Ketchesan) Coan. She 
lived on the original property purchased by her great grand- 
father, Augustus. She married first Charles Chaney, who was 
born March 28, 1879, and died January 1, 1950. She married 
second Arthur R. Cooper, who died in 1954. Although she had 
no children of her own, she brought up her niece, Dolores, 
who later married Charles Yates. At the time of her death 
she was the oldest member of the West Mound Methodist 
Church. The last seven and a half years of her life she 
lived at Pine Knoll Convalescent Center in Taylor. She died 
February 18, 1982, aged 95. Her funeral services were con- 
ducted at her church. 

Reference: "Church News," Melius Newspapers , Taylor, Michi- 
gan, February 24, 1982, p. 5e. 

Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan. 

IDA MATTIE COAN (Amos A. , Elisha W. , Augustus , Jacob , 
Peter 1 ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, December 13, 1889, the 
daughter of Amos Augustus and Mary (Ketchesan) Coan. She 
married William Baxter, who was born in 1883 and died Decem- 
ber 18, 1949. Ida died in 1961. They were both buried in 
West Mound Cemetery, Taylor. They had no children. 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 
George M. Coan 




























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to o 

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• c, 

(top left) "Rachel R. Coan 1824- 

1906" wife of Martin H. H. Coan. 

(top right) Gravestone of Marlin 

A. and Ella E. Coan, West Mound 

Cemetery, (bottom) Gravestone of 

Marlin Hazzard Coan, Cemetery, 

Taylor, Michigan. Courtesy Peter 

Gaylord Coan. 


6 5 43? 

MARY ALTHA COAN (Amos A. , Elisha W. , Augustus , Jacob , 

Peter ) was born in Taylor, Michigan, May 8, 1898, the 

daughter of Amos Augustus and Mary (Ketchesan) Coan. She 

married Harry Lowe, who was born August 26, 1889, and died 

December 6, 1953. Mary lived in Taylor in 1982. 

Children (7) LOWE 

i. Altha Audrey, b. July 9, 1917 

ii. Barbara Mary, b. Mar. 14, 1922 

iii. Iris Ardella, b. July 8, 1928 

iv. William Amos, b. Jan. 13, 1933 

Reference: "Church News," Melius Newspapers , p. 5C 

Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan. 
George M. Coan 

ALTHA AUDREY LOWE , daughter of Harry and Mary Altha (Coan) 
Lowe, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, July 9, 1917. She 
married Ira Dittmar. They were divorced, and she married 
second Louis De Long, who was born March 3, 1911. 

Children (8) DITTMAR 

i. Ronald Lewis, b. Sept. 22, 1935, Wyandotte, 
Mich.; m. Frances Marie Smith, b. in Germany 
Sept. 20, 1937; one daughter, Reneta Lynn, b. 
Oct. 26, 1963 

ii. Dolores Elaine, b. Jan. 26, 1937, Wyandotte, 
Mich.; m. Charles Yates; two children: Charles 
Leroy, b. Feb. 12, 1957; Elaine Marie, b. Dec. 
11, 1959 

iii. Patricia Mary, b. Sept. 10, 1941, Wyandotte, 
Mich.; m. Edward Jennings, b. Apr. 7, 1935; one 
daughter, Kathleen Marie, b. Oct. 6, 1962 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 

BARBARA MARY LOWE , daughter of Harry and Mary Altha (Coan) 
Lowe, was born March 14, 1922, in Taylor, Michigan. She mar- 
ried Woodrow Strother, who was born December 13, 1914, in 
Missouri . 

Children (8) STROTHER 

i. James Lee, b. Nov. 20, 1948, Trenton, Mich, 
ii. Ray Lance, b. Apr. 12, 1953, Trenton, Mich, 
iii. Gary David, b. Dec. 11, 1959, Trenton, Mich. 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 


IRIS ARDELLA LOWE , daughter of Harry and Mary Altha (Coan) 
Lowe, was born July 8, 1928, in Taylor, Michigan. She mar- 
ried James Johnson, who was born January 16, 1927. 

Children (8) JOHNSON 

i. Clifford Hilton, b. June 10, 1949 
ii. Glenn Fredric, b. May 9, 1952 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 

u 3 2 1 

MARLIN HIRAM HAZZARD COAN (Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was 
born in January, 1824, in Taylor Township, Wayne County, 
Michigan, the son of Augustus Coan. He married Rachel Re- 
becca Steward who was born in 1824. In 1882 Marlin and Ra- 
chel gave land for the original Methodist church and the old 
part of the cemetery. Marlin died June 1, 1887, aged 63 
years, 4 months, 2 days, in 1906. They were both buried in 
West Mound Cemetery, Taylor. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Salina A., b. ca . 1844; a teacher 

ii. Rachel, b. ca. 1845 

iii. Marlin Augustus, b. June 8, 1848 

iv. Emily, b. ca . 1852 

v. Cecelia, b. ca . 1853 

vi. Lavina, b. ca. 1856 

vii. Mary, b. ca . 1858 

viii. Huldah L., b. ca . 1862 

Reference: Federal Censuses of 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, Mich- 
igan, Wayne County, Taylor 

Gravestone photos by Peter Gaylord Coan 
George M. Coan 

5 4 3 2 

MARLIN AUGUSTUS COAN (Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born June 8, 1848, in Taylor Township, Wayne 
County, Michigan, the son of Marlin Hiram Hazzard and Re- 
becca (Steward) Coan. He was a farmer and married Ella Ed- 
wina Long, daughter of Charles Everett Long. She was born 
November 18, 1852, in Wayne County, Michigan, and died Nov- 
ember 24, 1912, in Wyandotte, Michigan. Marlin died in Wyan- 
dotte November 18, 1921. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Marlin Hazzard, b. Sept. 25, 1873 

ii. Charles Augustus, b. 1876 

iii. Norman Everett, b. May 22, 1879 

iv. Glenn Long, b. Jan. 1, 1891 

Alexander MacLeod Coan 

Nellie May Coan Cooper 

Norman Everett Coan. 
Courtesy Mrs. Norman 
Allison Coan. 

Norman Allison Coan 

(top) Norman Everett Coan; 

Norman Allison Coan; William 

Davis, husband of Genevieve 

Rathbun Coan; Alexander 

MacLeod Coan. Courtesy of 

Mrs. Norman Allison Coan. 

(bottom) Darlene Hogue Coan 

and Norman Allison Coan. 


Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 

Gravestone photographs by Peter Gaylord Coan 

6 5 4 ^ 

MARL IN HAZZARD COAN (Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus , 

Jacob , Peter ) was born September 25, 1873, in Taylor Town- 
ship, Wayne County, Michigan, the son of Marlin Augustus and 
Ella (Long) Coan. He married first Eva Vogt, who was born in 
1872 and died in 1952. They were divorced. He married se- 
cond Maude Jennings. He was a physician and practiced in 
Brighton, Union City, and finally in Wyandotte, Michigan. He 
died March 11, 1929, in Wyandotte. 

Children (7) COAN by Eva 

i. Marlin 

ii. Marian; m. Purdy 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 
Gravestone photograph by Peter Gaylord Coan 

CHARLES AUGUSTUS COAN (Marlin A. 5 , Marlin H. H. 4 , Augus- 
tus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in 1876 in Taylor Township, 
Wayne County, Michigan, the son of Marlin Augustus and Ella 
(Long) Coan. He became a chemist and married Sybil Rose. He 
contracted tuberculosis from Sybil. They lived in Colorado, 
on a farm in Minnesota, and in Arizona. Charles was a member 
of the Masons. He died in 1944 in Tucson. They had no 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan. 

6 5 4 3 

NORMAN, EVERETT COAN (Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus , 
Jacob , Peter ) was born May 22, 1879, Taylor Township, 
Wayne County, Michigan, the son of Marlin Augustus and Ella 
(Long) Coan. He received a B.S. degree in accounting from 
Alma College, Alma, Michigan. In June, 1901, in Wyoming, 
Ohio, he married Mabel Allison MacLeod, who was born August 
2, 1874, in New York City. She received a degree in music 
from Alma College. 

Norman was chief accountant for Wyandotte Chemical Com- 
pany. Besides her duties as a housewife, Mabel found time 
to write. Norman's hobbies were bowling and fishing. He 
also was interested in the Coan family history and knew many 
stories about his ancestors. The sad part was they were 
never recorded. Norman died August 15, 1931, in Wyandotte, 
Michigan; Mabel died September 8, 1961, in Detroit. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Alexander MacLeod, b. Oct. 23 (22), 1903 


ii. Norman Allison, b. Mar. 13, 1905 

iii. Genevieve Rathbun, b. May 2, 1907 

iv. Olive Elizabeth, b. 1909; d. at 6 months 

Reference: Genealogical notes of Mrs. Glenn Long Coan 

Mrs. Norman A. Coan, 2310 SE 149th Avenue, Van- 
couver, WA 98664 

7 6 5 

ALEXANDER MacLEOD COAN (Norman E. , Marlin A. , Marlin 
H. H.\ Augustus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born October 23 
(22), 1903, the son of Norman Everett and Mabel (MacLeod) 
Coan. He married Dorothy Sellers of Mt . Morris, Michigan. 
She was born April 11, 1906. Alexander died in 1979 in Phoe- 
nix, Arizona. 

Childdren (8) COAN 

i. Roderick MacLeod, b. June 27, 1933 

8 7 6 

RODERICK MacLEOD COAN (Alexander M. , Norman E. , Marlin 

A. 3 , Marlin H. H. 4 , Augustus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born June 
27, 1933, in Buffalo, New York, the son of Alexander MacLeod 
and Dorothy (Sellers) Coan. He married A. Joan Lynch Janu- 
ary 17, 1957, in Ellicott City, Maryland. She was born July 
1, 1940. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Scott MacLeod, b. Mar. 25, 1960 
ii. Janice MacLeod, b. July 4, 1962 

7 6 5 4 

NORMAN ALLISON COAN (Norman E. , Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , 

■a 7 1 

Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, 
March 13, 1905, the son of Norman Everett and Mabel A. 
(MacLeod) Coan. He studied at Alma College in Michigan, An- 
tioch College in Ohio, and the University of Michigan. On 
March 26, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, he married Darlene Hogue, 
who was born in Boyne City, Charlevoix County, Michigan, 
September 22, 1904, the daughter of Emerson P. and Mary 
Ellen (MacDonald) Hogue. She received her advanced education 
at Teachers College, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind- 
iana . 

Norman was employed by American Can Company in cost ac- 
counting and forestry management. He belonged to the Masons, 
the Shriners, the Elks, and was a life-time member and a na- 
tional director of the National Association of Accountants 
which honored him with three Lybrand awards. Darlene was 
interested in genealogy and gave much information on her 
husband's branch of the family to the compiler of this book. 
She also enjoyed swimming, riding, painting, craftwork, 

(top left) Norman Kennedy 
Coan, (top right) Marlin 
MacDonald Coan, (bottom) 
Richard Hogue Coan. 

Jane Elizabeth Coan and 
Nancy Ann Coan 

Charles Emerson Coan and Martha 
Waller Coan 

Norman Kennedy Coan and William Norman Coan 


bridge, travel, and above all reading. In 1982 she was liv- 
ing with her son Marlin in Vancouver, Washington; and Norman 
was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and in a nursing 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Norman Kennedy, a twin, b. Nov. 3, 1927 
ii. Marlin MacDonald, a twin, b. Nov. 3, 1927 
iii. Richard Hogue, b. Mar. 17, 1933 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 

NORMAN KENNEDY COAN (Norman A. , Norman E. , Marlin A. , 
Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Wyan- 
dotte, Michigan, November 3, 1927, the son of Norman Allison 
and Darlene (Hogue) Coan. He was graduated from Michigan 
State University with a B.A. degree in business administra- 
tion in 1951. December 30, 1950, in Lansing, Michigan, he 
married Norma Jean Chisler, who was born in Lansing July 25, 
1930, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Hubbard) Chisler. 

Norman served with the Army of Occupation in Japan. 
From September, 1946, to March, 1978, he was employed by 
Kimberly-Clark Corporation; was president of Bakerite Baking 
Company, a wholesale bakery in Wisconsin; was president of 
Ward's Baking Company in Chicago; and in 1981 was vice pres- 
ident of Lenox Candles, Inc., in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1982 
he was employed by Bluegate Candle Company, Moss Beach, Cal- 
ifornia, as operations manager. 

In 1974 he was divorced, and in 1976 he married second 
Kathleen June Adams. His interests included sailing, hunting 
and fishing. In 1982 he and Kathleen lived at Half Moon Bay, 
California . 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Charles Emerson, b. Aug. 29, 1950 

ii. William Norman, b. Nov. 21, 1952 

iii. Carrie Jean, b. Mar. 5, 1954 

iv. Jane Elizabeth, a twin, b. Oct. 4, 1955 

v. Nancy Ann, a twin, b. Oct. 4, 1955 

Reference: Norman K. Coan, 760 Toulouse Court, Half Moon 
Bay, CA 94019 

CHARLES EMERSON COAN (Norman K. , Norman A. , Norman E. , 
Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was 
born in Lansing, Michigan, August 29, 1950, the son of Nor- 
man Kennedy and Norma Jean (Chisler) Coan. September 17, 
1969, in Neenah, Wisconsin, he married Martha Waller, who 
was born in Jackson, Michigan, February 23, 1951, the daugh- 



ter of Jesse L. and Martha L. (Lutes) Waller. In 1982 
Charles was a shift supervisor at Kimberly-Clark Corporation 
in Neenah, and Martha was the self-employed owner of Paper- 
back Book Exchange of Neenah and Oshkosh. 

Children (10) COAN 

i. Chelsea M. , b. Mar. 15, 1970, Neenah, Wisconsin 

Reference: Charles E. Coan, 110 W.Columbian Avenue, Neenah, 
WI 54956 

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Children (10) COAN 

i. Andrew Borden, b. July 14, 1977, Carthage, 111. 

ii. James Kennedy, b. July 4, 1980, Neenah, Wis. 

iii. Caroline Darrie, b. July 13, 1982, Neenah, Wis. 


William N. Coan, 606 Kessler Drive, Neenah, WI 

9 8 7 6 

CARRIE JEAN COAN (Norman K. , Norman A. , Norman E. , Mar- 
lin A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born 
in Niagara, Wisconsin, March 5, 1954. She married James 
Woolley in August, 1973. In 1982 they lived in Fort Lauder- 
dale, Florida. 

Children (10) WOOLLEY 

i. Ann Elizabeth, b. Nov. 11, 1975, Fort Lauderdale, 

ii. Melissa, b. Mar. 26, 1979, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
iii. Sarah Joyce, b. Dec. 30, 1982 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 

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(top left) Chelsea Coan, 

daughter of Charles Emerson 

Coan; (top right) James and 

Andrew Coan, sons of William 

Norman Coan; (center) 

Caroline Darrie Coan, in 1982 

the youngest descendant with 

surname Coan, daughter of 

William Norman Coan; 

(bottom left) Ann Elizabeth 

Woolley, daughter of Carrie 

Jean Coan Woolley; (bottom 

right) Melissa Woolley, 

daughter of Carrie Jean Coan 



Wyandotte, Michigan, November 3, 1927, the son of Norman Al- 
lison and Darlene (Hogue) Coan. He received his advanced 
education from the University of Wisconsin and Purdue and in 
1950 was graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a 
B.S. degree in industrial engineering. He was employed by 
Boise Cascade in Oregon, by Ford Motor Company in Michigan, 
and in 1982 was a sales representative in the West for Mosi- 
nee Paper Companpy. 

On November 5, 1948, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he married 
Ruth Ann Russell, who was born in Menasha, Winnebago County, 
Wisconsin, July 29, 1930, the daughter of Thomas and Emily 
(Ponkratz) Russell. Marlin served in the Merchant Marine 
from 1945 to 1947 and was an ardent sportsman. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Donald Russell, b. Apr. 16, 1949 

ii. Thomas William, b. July 10, 1953; lived in Salem, 

Oregon, in 1982 
iii. Catherine Ellen, b. May 21, 1956; m. Robert 

Denny; lived in Salem, Oregon, in 1982 
iv. Dianna May, b. May 20, 1957; m. Ray Boyd; lived 

in Salem, Oregon, in 1982 

Reference: Marlin M. Coan, 2310 S. E. 149th Avenue, Vancou- 
ver, WA 98 66 4 

9 8 7 6 

DONALD RUSSELL COAN (Marlin M. , Norman A. . Norman E. , 

Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was 

born in Neenah, Wisconsin, April 16, 1949, the son of Marlin 

MacDonald and Ruth Ann (Russell) Coan. He attended Steven's 

Point University, Steven's Point, Wisconsin, part of the 

University of Wisconsin system; Clark College, Vancouver, 

Washington; and Oregon State University at Corvallis, where 

he received a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1972. His 

whole life was devoted to chemistry from the time he was a 

small boy. 

He took post-graduate work at Oregon State University 

and worked at Richland, Washington, Laboratories, but had to 

resign because of ill health. He died in March, 1982, in 

Salem, Oregon. 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 

9 8 7 6 

THOMAS WILLIAM COAN (Marlin M. , Norman A. . Norman E. , 

Marlin A. 5 , Marlin H. H. 4 , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was 
born July 10, 1953, in Trenton, Michigan, son of Marlin Mac- 
Donald and Ruth Ann (Russell) Coan. He married Deborah Bech- 
told. They were divorced, and in 1982 Thomas lived in Salem, 
Oregon . 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 


9 8 7 6 

CATHERINE ELLEN COAN (Marlin M. , Norman A. ^ Norman E. , 
Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was 
born May 21, 1956, in Wausau, Wisconsin, daughter of Marlin 
MacDonald and Ruth Ann (Russell) Coan. In September, 1964, 
she married Robert Denny. In 1982 they lived in Salem, Ore- 
gon . 

Children (10) DENNY 

Shannon Lea, b. Nov. 8, 1975, Salem, 
John, b. Oct. 1978, Salem, Oreg. 
Kimberly, b. Nov. 1, 1980, Portland, 

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iii. Kimberly, b. Nov. 1, 1980, Portland, Oreg. 

1975, Salem, Oreg. 
m, Oreg. 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 

9 8 7 6 

DIANNA MAY COAN (Marlin M. ^ Norman A. , Norman E. , Marlin 
A. , Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born May 
20, 1957, in Wausau, Wisconsin, daughter of Marlin MacDonald 
and Ruth Ann (Russell) Coan. In September, 1976, she married 
Raymond Boyd. In 1982 they lived in Salem, Oregon. 

Children (10) BOYD 

i. Katharine Rae, b. Feb. 22, 1981, Portland, Oreg. 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 

8 7 6 5 

RICHARD HOGUE COAN (Norman A. , Norman E. , Marlin A. , 

Marlin H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Wyan- 
dotte, Michigan, March 17, 1933, the son of Norman Allison 
and Darlene (Hogue) Coan. In 1943 the family moved to Van 
Wert, Ohio, and then in 1945 to Oak Park, Illinois. In 1946 
they moved on to Menasha, Wisconsin, where Richard was grad- 
uated from high school in 1950. In 1955 he was graduated 
from Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, with a B.S. de- 
gree in geology. He entered the United States Air Force in 
1956 after working with the United States Army Corps of En- 
gineers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the Billy Mitchell Field 
Air Reserve Training Center project. After pilot training 
at Bartow Air Base, Florida (T-34 and T-28), and Vance Air 
Force Base, Oklahoma (B-25), he was awarded his wings in 
June, 1957. He then attended the United States Air Force 
Helicopter School at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Subse- 
quently, he served at Lake Charles Air Force Base, Louisi- 
ana; Good Air Base, Labrador; Charleston Air Force Base, 
South Carolina; University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming; 
Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Korat Rogal Thai Air Force 
Base, Thailand; Cam Ranh Bay Air Base and Tan Son Nhut Air 
Base in Viet Nam; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Hill Air 
Force Base, Utah; Rhein-Main Air Base, Federal Republic of 
Germany, and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. 

Donald Russell Coan 

Thomas William Coan 

Dianna May Coan and Catherine 
Ellen Coan 

Darlene Hogue Coan, Norman 
Allison Coan, Genevieve Coan 




He completed a B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering 
at the University of Wyoming in 1965 and an M.A. degree in 
public services administration in 1976 from Ball State Uni- 
versity through its Overseas Program in Europe. 

In 1962 he was selected to fly an H-43 helicopter in an 
attempt at a world record for helicopter distance around a 
closed course at Mono Lake, California. His record, 653 
miles, broke one previously established by the U.S.S.R. 

During his Air Force career he flew a variety of air- 
craft including both fixed wing and helicopters. In addi- 
tion to his permanent duty stations, he served short tours 
in Peru, Wake Island, and the Philippines. He served as res- 
cue helicopter pilot, operations officer, rescue detachment 
commander, aircraft maintenance control and quality control 
officer, and as squadron commander of two aircraft mainten- 
ance squadrons. He retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a 
lieutenant colonel. 

He has been active in the Boy Scout program, working 
with troops, packs and district training teams in this coun- 
try and in Germany. He was district chairman of the White 
Sands District in New Mexico. He was a member of Kiwanis. 
His hobbies included photography and stamp collecting. 

September 10, 1955, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, he married 
Marilyn Ruth Werschem, who was born October 3, 1933, in 
Appleton, Wisconsin, daughter of John E. and Viola (Mattler) 
Werschem. In 1982 Richard and Marilyn lived in Littleton, 
Colorado, where he was employed by Martin-Marietta Aerospace 
Corporation as a logistician. His duties included formulat- 
ing transportation plans in support of the M-X Missile sys- 
tem. He and Marilyn were members of Centennial Lutheran 
Church in Englewood, Colorado. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Jeffrey Scott, b. Aug. 20, 1961 

ii. Kevin Patrick (adopted), b. Jan. 21, 1968, Hono- 
lulu, Oahu, Hawaii 

iii. John Michael, b. Mar. 7, 1972, Hill Air Force 
Base, Ogden, Utah 

Reference: Richard H. Coan, 7710 West Caley Drive, Little- 
ton, CO 80123 

JEFFREY SCOTT COAN (Richard H. 8 , Norman A. 7 , Norman E. 6 , 
Marlin A. 5 , Marlin H. H. 4 , Augustus 3 , Jacob , Peter 1 ) was 
born in Summerville, South Carolina, August 20, 1961, the 
son of Richard Hogue and Marilyn (Werschem) Coan. September 
19, 1981, in Littleton, Colorado, he married Terri Lyn Dar- 
ling, who was born April 24, 1958, in Lakewood, Colorado, 
daughter of Maurice and Theda Darling. 

Jeffrey was very active in the Boy Scouts earning the 
rank of Eagle Scout and the Pro Deo et Patria religious 


award. He attended the Transatlantic Council's Bicentennial 
Jamboree in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1976. 

In 1982, Jeffrey and Terri were living in Englewood, 
Colorado, where he was employed in the M-X Logistics Engi- 
neering Section by Martin-Marietta Aerospace. 

Reference: Jeffrey S. Coan, 135 West Belleview Avenue, 
Apartment #102, Englewood, CO 80110 

7 6 5 

GENEVIEVE RATHBUN COAN (Norman E. , Marlin A. , Marlin 

H. H. , Augustus , Jacob , Peter ) was born May 2, 1907, the 
daughter of Norman Everett and Mabel A. (MacLeod) Coan. She 
was a teacher of physical education. In 1933 she married 
William Chapin Davis in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They were di- 
vorced, and she returned to teaching in the elementary 
schools of Detroit. She married second Ed Effinger. 

Children (8) DAVIS 

i. Philip 
ii. Glenn 

Reference: Mrs. Norman A. Coan 

Genealogical Notes of Mrs. Gleen Long Coan. 

GLENN LONG 6 COAN (Marlin A. 5 , Marlin H. H . 4 , Augustus 3 , Ja- 
cob 2 , Peter 1 ) was born January 1, 1891, in Wyandotte, Michi- 
gan, the son of Marlin Augustus and Ella (Long) Coan. He 
studied at Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery (now 
Wayne State University) and became a Doctor of Medicine in 
1915. January 15, 1920, in Detroit he married Elizabeth S. 
Schroeder, who was born June 9, 1896, in Toledo, Ohio, the 
daughter of Charles H. F. and Emma (Kinker) Schroeder. She 
was graduated from Wellesley College in 1919. 

Glenn served in the United States Army with the Six- 
teenth Engineers from 1914 until 1918 and was a major in the 
Medical Corps. He was a Fellow in the American College of 
Surgeons (admitted in 1933), a member of the Masons, a life 
member of Grosse lie Golf and Country Club, chairman of the 
Ethics Committee of Wayne County Medical Society, and for 40 
years plant doctor for Pennsalt Chemicals Corporation (now 
Pennwalt Corporation). About 1939 he wrote an article con- 
cerning tannic acid treatment for chemical burns. It ap- 
peared in the Journal of the American Medical Association . 
His hobbies included golf, reading, sports, and duplicate 
bridge . 

Glenn died December 24, 1963, on Grosse lie, Michigan. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Peter Gaylord, b. May 17, 1935 
ii. Charlotte Lucile, b. Jan. 6, 1937 

The Richard Hogue Coan family, 
left to right, John Michael, Kevin 
Patrick, Jeffrey Scott, Marilyn 
Wersham, and Richard. 

Kevin Patrick Coan 

John Michael Coan 

Three generations of Coans: 
Jeffrey Scott Coan, seated; 
Norman Allison Coan and 
Richard Hogue Coan, rear. 







Reference: Peter G. Coan, 21144 Thorofare, Gross lie, MI 

7 6 5 4 

PETER GAYLORD COAN (Glenn L. , Marlin A. , Marlin H. H. , 

Augustus 3 , Jacob 2 , Peter ) was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, 
May 17, 1935, the son of Glenn Long and Elizabeth S.(Schroe- 
der) Coan. In March, 1958, he was graduated from Michigan 
State University with a B.A. degree in social science (com- 
bined major including history, psychology, and philosophy). 
He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 
1958 until 1964 when he was honorably discharged as a corpo- 
ral (E-4). 

September 3, 1959, on Grosse lie he married Dorothy 
Schroeder (no relation), who was born in Detroit September 
24, 1938, the daughter of Carlisle F. and Isabella (Feather) 
Schroeder. Dorothy was graduated from Michigan State Univer- 
sity in March, 1960, with a B.A. degree in elementary educa- 
tion . 

Peter enjoyed boating, photography, reading, and 
sports. In 1982 he was an accountant for Ford Motor Company, 
Parts and Service Division, in Romulus, Michigan. Dorothy 
worked part time as an insurance billing clerk for Metropol- 
itan Detroit Urological Associates, Professional Corpora- 
tion. They lived on Grosse lie. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Peter Glenn, b. Oct. 25, 1962, Wyandotte, Mich, 
ii. Paul Schroeder, b. May 30, 1964, Trenton, Mich. 

Reference: Peter G. Coan 

7 6 5 

CHARLOTTE LUCILLE COAN (Glenn L. , Marlin A. , Marlin 

H. H. , Augustus 3 , Jacob , Peter ) was born in Detroit, 

Michigan, January 6, 1937, the daughter of Glenn Long and 

Elizabeth S. (Schroeder) Coan. In 1954-1955 she attended 

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia, and in 1959 was 

graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree 

in nursing. In 1961-1962 she attended New York University 

Graduate School. She was a registered nurse. 

April 12, 1964, in New York City she married Joseph Bi- 
ren, who was born in New York City March 25, 1931, the son 
of David and Anna (Levine) Biren. He was a graduate of Bronx 
High School of Science, Bronx, New York; attended Cooper 
Union College in New York City; and in 1959 was graduated 
from the University of Colorado with a B.S. degree in civil 
engineering . 

Charlotte and Joseph enjoyed traveling with their fam- 
ily in their camper van. Her hobbies included knitting, 
reading, swimming, and gourmet cooking. Besides being active 
with the Parent-Teachers Association, she was a leader in 


both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. In 1982 they were living 
in Westfield, New Jersey, where Joseph was self-employed as 
a consulting engineer. 

Children (8) BIREN 

i. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Nov. 7, 1967, New York, N.Y. 
ii. Glenn Jacob, b. Dec. 27, 1969, New York, N.Y. 

Reference: Mrs. Joseph Biren, 424 Tremont Avenue, Westfield, 
NJ 7090 

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MARTHA COAN (Peter ) was born in North Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, November 28, 1737, the daughter of Peter and Hannah 
(Davis) Coan. On January 18, 1759, she married George Dudley 
who was born in Guilford, Connecticut, September 15, 1721, 
the son of Joshua and Sarah (Perry) Dudley. They joined the 
early settlers who were moving away from the coast a little 
to the north and west; and they settled in Stockbridge, 
Massachusetts, where Martha's brother Jacob also moved. Mar- 
tha and George's children were all born in Stockbridge. 

Children (3) DUDLEY 

i. Lucy, b. Oct. 17, 1759; m. Capt. Moss; d. Glen 

Aubry, N.Y. 
ii. Wright, b. Sept. 20, 1761 
iii. Hooker, bpt . July 3, 1764; d. Stockbridge, Mass.; 

two sons: William and Charles 
iv. William; went to Ohio 
v. Jedidiah, b. Aug., 1774 

Reference: Dean Dudley, The History of the Dudley Family 
(Montrose, Massachusetts: published by the author, 
1894), Vol. II, p. 975. 

WRIGHT DUDLEY , son of George and Martha (Coan) Dudley, was 
born September 20, 1761, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He 
married Sibyl Stoddard, daughter of General Stoddard, Novem- 
ber 24, 1785. Wright died November 26, 1798, at Hooper, New 
York. Sibyl died August 4, 1849. 

Children (4) DUDLEY 

i. Lucy, b. Jan. 7, 1788; m. E. B. Canfield; had 

seven children; d. May 6, 1835 
ii. Calvin, b. June 26, 1789; unm. ; d. Durham, N.Y. 
iii. Clarissa, b. June 3, 1791; m. Piatt Adams; had 

four children; d. 1857, Yonkers, N.Y. 
iv. Stephen, b. Aug. 28, 1793; unm.; d. 1822 
v. Eliza, b. Oct. 21, 1795; m. A. Donnelly Feb. 22, 

1821; had five children; d. Oct. 27, 1872 

Peter Glenn Coan 

Paul Schroeder Coan 

Peter Gaylord Coan and Dorothy Schroeder 

Joseph Biren 

Charlotte Lucille Coan Biren 

Glenn Jacob Biren and Sarah Elizabeth Biren 


Reference: Dudley, History of Dudley Family , Vol. II, p. 

JEDIDIAH DUDLEY , son of George and Martha (Coan) Dudley, 

was born in August, 1774. He married Lydia Barnes, who was 

born April 17, 1777. Jedidiah died November 24, 1812, at 

Union Centre, New York. Lydia died November 15, 1842. 

Children (4) DUDLEY 

i. Lydia Ann, b. Jan. 15, 1809; m. Capt. Ketcham; 

had two children; d. June 11, 1887 
ii. Martha, b. Aug. 1811; m. Col. Charles Monroe; had 

eight children; d. 1862 
iii. Jedidiah, b. Apr. 10, 1813 

Reference: Dudley, History of Dudley Family , Vol. II, pp. 
975, 976. 

JEDIDIAH DUDLEY , son of Jedidiah and Lydia (Barnes) Dudley, 

was born April 10, 1813. He married E. C. Marion on Christ- 
mas Eve, 1840. She was born May 15, 1821. 

Children (5) DUDLEY 

i. Dwight, b. Oct. 28, 1841 

ii. Samira, b. Sept. 12, 1842; unm. ; d. May 11, 1863 
iii. Martha, b. Feb. 25, 1857; m. Leroy Bostwock; had 
two children 

Reference: Dudley, History of Dudley Family , Vol. II, p. 

DWIGHT DUDLEY , son of Jedidiah and E. C. (Marion) Dudley, 
was born October 28, 1841. He married March 17, 1884, Alice 
Haskins, who was born December 16, 1861. 

Children (6) DUDLEY 

i. Myra E., b. Jan. 17, 1885 

ii. Jessie A., b. Nov. 5, 1887 

iii. Dwight Guilford, b. Oct. 1, 1890 

Reference: Dudley, History of Dudley Family , Vol. II, p. 


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Principal Sources used in this chapter: 

Wesley Burgess Coan, Genealogical Notes (Collection of 
Roger A. and Margaret S. Ruth, 390 Rock Beach Road, Roches- 
ter, NY 14617). 

Mabel Chittenden Potter, Scrapbook--Interesting Happen- 
ings 1894-1947 , newspaper clippings, chiefly of marriages 
and obituaries (Collection of C. C. Potter, 709 County Road, 
Guilford, CT 06437). 

Alvan Talcott, Guilford, Connecticut Families (copy of 
original manuscript, Town Clerk's Office, Guilford, Connect- 
icut ) . 

Alvan Talcott, compiler, Genealogy of Coan Family , 
1876, copied by Jerome Coan, 1878, and appended (Collection 
of C. C. Potter) . 

Other References given in text and after biographies where 
they have been used. 

2 1 

JOHN COAN (Peter ) was born December, 1729, and baptized 

January 4, 1730, in East Hampton, Long Island, the son of 
Peter and Hannah (Davis) Coan. When John was about seven 
years old, his father Peter bought a farm in North Guilford, 
Connecticut, and moved the family there. John lived in 
North Guilford all the rest of his life, and in 1771 was 
given the family homestead as part of his inheritance by his 
father who lived with John from then on. 

On November 8, 1754, John married Mabel Chittenden, the 
daughter of Simeon and Submit (Scranton) Chittenden of North 
Guilford. Mabel was born November 5, 1737, a great, great 
granddaughter of William and Joanna ( Sheaf fe) Chittenden who 
came to America in 1639. They were two of the original set- 
tlers (twenty-five men and families) of Guilford. Mabel 
died May 12, 1787. John married second the Widow Frances. 
He died October 18, 1795. Mabel and John were buried in the 
North Guilford cemetery. 



Children (3) COAN: 


Olive, bpt. 1755 

Mabel, bpt. 1756 
iii. Hannah, b. 1758 
iv. Josiah, b. Nov. 20, 1760 
v. John, b. Jan. 27, 1763 
vi. Rebecca, b. 1765 

Rebecca, b. 1765 
Simeon, bpt. Apr. 19, 1767 
Submit, b. Dec. 7, 1769 
Lucretia, bpt. July, 1772 
Abraham, b. Nov. 9, 1774 

vn . 


ix . 

x . 

xi. Davis, b. 1784 

Reference: Alvan Talcott, comp. Chittenden Family: William 
Chittenden of Guilford, Connecticut and His Descendants 
(New Haven, Conn.: Press of Tuttle, Morehouse, and 
Taylor, 1882), p. 40. 

3 2 1 

OLIVE COAN (John , Peter ), was baptized in Guilford, Con- 
necticut in 1755, daughter of John and Mabel (Chittenden) 
Coan. She married January 24, 1774, William Fowler, born 
December 10, 1748, the son of Ebenezer and Desire (Bristol) 
Fowler of Guilford, Connecticut. William died in North 
Guilford, aged 66, May 15, 1815; Olive died, aged 73, Febru- 
ary 12, 1829. 

Children (4) FOWLER: 

i. Huldah, b. Mar. 21, 1774 

ii. Isaac, b. June 7, 1776, of Benton, Ohio 

iii. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 26, 1778; m. Justus Graves of 

Madison; d. Oct. 17, 1822 
iv. Abel, b. May 13, 1781; lost at sea 
v. Phebe, b. Dec. 28, 1783; m. Bassett of 

vi. Frederic, b. Jan. 6, 1789, of Milan, Ohio 
vii. Mabel, b. May 9, 1791; m. George Weld; d. Dec. 

21, 1821 

HULDAH FOWLER , daughter of William and Olive (Coan) Fowler, 

was born March 21, 1774. On March 4, 1798, she married John 

Foote, born July 25, 1772, the son of John and Ruth (Culver) 

Foote. They resided in North Branford, Connecticut. 

Children (5) FOOTE: 

i. Uriah Collins, b. May 29, 1800; d. 1835 unmarried 
ii. Harriet, b. Sept. 14, 1805; m. Benjamin Todd; re- 
sided in Northford, Connecticut 

Reference: Abram W. Foote, Foote Family (Rutland, Vermont: 
Marble City Press, The Tuttle Company, 1907), Vol. I, 
p. 172. 


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MABEL COAN (John , Peter ), was baptized in North Guilford, 

Connecticut in 1756, daughter of John and Mabel (Chittenden) 

Coan. Mabel spelled her name Cowan. She married May 24, 

1786, Abraham Hall, son of Abraham and Jerusha (Bowen) Hall, 

who was born July 29, 1756. He died at Starksboro, Vermont, 

August, 1818. He married second Ruby Marshall. 

Children (4) HALL 

i. Friend Mabel, b. Jan. 16, 1787 

ii. Rebecca, b. May 20, 1788; m. Dodifer Bunker 

Reference: David B. Hall, Halls of New England, Genealogi- 
cal and Biographical (Albany, New York: Joel Munsell's 
Sons, 1883), p. 15. 

FRIEND MABEL HALL , son of Abraham and Mabel (Coan) Hall, 

was born in Guilford, Connecticut, January 16, 1787. He 
lived in Norfolk, Connecticut, until 1796 when his parents 
moved to Starksboro, Vermont. He worked on his father's 
farm there until he was twenty-one years of age, and then 
prepared for college with the Reverend Jedediah Bushnell of 
Cornwall. In 1809 he entered Middlebury College with ad- 
vanced standing, and was graduated with an A.B. degree in 
the Class of 1812. 

He studied medicine with Dr. Frederick Ford of Corn- 
wall, Dr. John Sargent of Dorset, and Dr. Noadiah Swift of 
Bennington. In 1816 he was licensed by the Addison County 
Medical Society. He married Electa Benton of Cornwall, Con- 
necticut, September 25, 1816. From 1816 to 1820 he was a 
physician in Starksboro and then moved to Berkshire where he 
practiced another twenty years. At that time he began to 
gradually withdraw from his large practice and devote him- 
self to his 500-acre farm. 

Electa died of cancer April 27, 1850. He married sec- 
ond Mary Luther of Saratoga, New York, who survived him 
about a year. Friend Mabel died in Berkshire, Vermont, July 
31, 1868. 

( 5 ) HALL 

Lester Cowan, b. June 21, 1817; d. Mar. 4, 1840 
Marshall Benton, b. Dec. 10, 1819 
Harvey Rice, b. July 21, 1821; m. June, 1848 
Nelson Davis, b. Apr. 3, 1822; d. Nov. 28, 1834 
Twins, a son and a daughter died in infancy 
Electa Eliza, b. July 20, 1827; d. Aug. 29, 1827 
Milo Deming, b. Jan. 27, 1829, unmarried 
Joseph Baily, b. Sept. 4, 1830; d. Apr. 8, 1837 
Mary Mabel, b. Sept. 14, 1832; d. June, 1837 



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Note Lester Cowan , the name of the first son. Friend 
Mabel's mother spelled her maiden name Cowan . She is the 
only Coan known to have used this spelling. 

Reference: Hall, Halls of New)England , p. 23. 

Duane L. Robinson, General Catalogue of Middle- 
bury College (Middlebury, Vermont: Publications Depart- 
ment of Middlebury College, 1950) p. 19. 

3 2 1 

HANNAH COAN (John , Peter ) was born in 1758 in North Guil- 
ford, Connecticut, the daughter of John and Mabel (Chitten- 
den) Coan. She married April 19, 1781, Robert Kimberly, born 
at Guilford, Connecticut, in 1752, the son of Abraham and 
Mary (Sherman) Kimberly. 

Robert served under Captain T. Cook at Saratoga in Sep- 
tember and October, 1777. In the latter action he was 
wounded in the breast. He and Hannah lived for the most 
part in Watertown and Woodbury, Connecticut. He died at 
Guilford April 17, 1803. Hannah's brother Simeon was ap- 
pointed guardian April 16, 1804, of Hannah's minor son, 
Abel. She married for the second time at Northford, Connec- 
ticut, May 20, 1817, Dr. Jared Foote. She was his fourth 
wife. They resided in North Branford. He died October 11, 
1820; Hannah died, aged 83, October 24, 1841. 

Children (4) KIMBERLY 

i. Parnel, b. Sept. 1, 1782; d. June 2, 1866; m. 

April 13, 1806, Jeremiah Hubbard, b. June 15, 

1780; d. Sept. 10, 1841, son of Abraham and 

Hannah (Hedges) Hubbard 
ii. Josiah, b. Oct., 1784 

iii. Abraham, b. Nov. 13, 1786; d. Apr. 3, 1871 
iv. Abel, b. Dec. 21, 1788 
v. Hannah E., b. July 6, 1792; d. June 26, 1858; m. 

July 5, 1810, Isaac Meigs, b. July 3, 1787, 

son of Nathan and Mabel (Parmelee) Meigs; d. 

Apr. 29, 1847 
vi . Erastus Coan, b. Sept. 10, 1794 
vii. David Robert, b. about 1797 
viii. Lucretia, b. about 1799; d. Jan. 29, 1879; m. 

Guilford, June 25, 1827, Marvin Henderson of 


Reference: Donald L. Jacobus, The Genealogy of the Kimberly 
Family (Menasha, Wisconsin: George Banta Publishing 
Company, 19 50), p. 53. 

Foote, Foote Family , Vol. I, p. 68. 

JOSIAH KIMBERLY , son of Robert and Hannah (Coan) Kimberly, 

was born at Guilford, Connecticut, October, 1784. He mar- 


ried first, at Plymouth, Connecticut, January 29, 1809, Bet- 
sey Elizabeth Stone, who was born about 1788 and died at 
Plymouth on October 31, 1822, aged 34. He married second, at 
Plymouth, on April 27, 1823, Orra Fenn, who was born about 
1792 and died at Plymouth on December 8, 1862, aged 70. Jo- 
siah died at Plymouth, Connecticut, April 2, 1863, aged 86. 

Children (5) KIMBERLY 

Children by first wife, born at Plymouth, Connecticut: 

i. Huldah Juliana, b. Mar. 25, 1810; m. Orrin Pres- 
ton, at Plymouth, Dec. 6, 1832 

ii. Eber Elias, b. Dec. 16, 1811; m. at Plymouth 
Oct. 20, 1836, Martha Naomi Driscoll of Goshen 
(b. about 1813, d. January 24, 1899, age 85) 
d. at Plymouth July 25, 1888, age 77 

1. Frederick R. , b. July 19, 1842. d. at 

Rockingham, Vt . , June 6, 1911, age 68 

2. Jane E., b. abt. 1849; m. Henry L. Hinman. 
iii. Temperance Eliza, b. Nov. 23, 1813; m. at Ply- 
mouth, Mar. 6, 1834, John Brainerd Parsons 

iv. Betsey Ann, m. at Plymouth, Nov. 6 or Dec. 1837, 

William B. Warner 
v. Hannah, b. about Aug. 1820, d. Oct. 15, 1822 
vi. Henry, b. about Apr. 1822; d. Oct. 7, 1822 

Children by second wife, born at Plymouth: 

vii. George G. , b. about 1826; m. at Harwinton, Con- 
necticut Nov. 20, 1850, Eliza M. Pardee, b. at 
Harwinton Nov. 23, 1822, daughter of Leavit 
and Eunice (Linsley) Pardee. 

viii. Sarah, b. about 1832 

Reference: Jacobus, Kimberly Family , pp. 92, 93, 94. 

ABRAHAM KIMBERLY , son of Robert and Hannah (Coan) Kimber- 
ly, was born at Guilford, Connecticut, November 13, 1786. He 
married July 31, 1810, Harriet Collins, born at Guilford, 
September 2, 1790, daughter of Friend and Phileny (Norton) 
Collins. She died there January 27, 1874. Abraham died at 
Guilford, April 3, 1871. 

Children (5) KIMBERLY 

i. Edward Augustus, b. May 18, 1811; m. Oct. 8, 
1840, Matilda Moore; children: Abraham, 
George, Mary, Harriet, Charles, and Jennie, b. 
in 1860 

ii. Harriet Elizabeth, b. July 24, 1813; m. at Guil- 
ford, Feb. 1, 1845, Edward Thomas of New Haven 

Vll . 







iii. Julia Ann, b. Nov. 3, 1815; m. Aug. 23, 1842, 

William Fitch of New Haven, d. May 23, 1855 
iv. Abraham, b. Feb. 18, 1818 
v. Mary Ann Chamberlain, b. July 31, 1820; d. Nov. 

16, 1823 
vi . Charles Robert, b. Mar. 5, 1823; d. at Hong 
Kong, China, Mar. 28, 1853 
William Henry, b. Jan. 1, 1825; d. May 5, 1825 
Mary Ann Chamberlain, b. May 27, 1827; m. at 
Guilford, Aug. 16, 1848, William Perry of New 
Frances Amelia, b. Sept. 25, 1830 
Henry, b. Oct. 20, 1834; d. Jan. 21, 1835 

Jacobus, Kimberly Family , p. 94. 

ABEL KIMBERLY , son of Robert and Hannah (Coan) Kimberly, 

was born at Guilford, Connecticut, December 21, 1788. He 
married first Polly Meigs, December 28, 1806. Polly was 
born in 1789, died August 31, 1828, aged 39, daughter of Na- 
than and Mabel (Parmelee) Meigs. Abel married second, at 
Guilford, March 26, 1829, Lucy Bishop, born at Guilford, 
March 9, 1784, daughter of Johnson and Lucy (Leete) Bishop. 
Abel died at Guilford June 8, 1855, aged 66; Lucy died April 
6, 1864. 

Children (5) KIMBERLY at Guilford: 

i. Lewis Robert, b. Apr. 14, 1807; d. June 17, 1846 

res. Plainville, Ohio; m. Asenath Brigden; 

children: Robert and Augustus 
ii. George Augustus, b. Mar. 20, 1810; m. Jan. 12, 

1834, Louisa Jones, b. Apr. 8, 1817, d. Mar. 

8, 1892, aged 75, daughter of Sylvester Jones; 

children : 

1. George Everett, b. at New Haven, Conn. 

Mar 12, 1835; d. at Guilford, Jan. 7, 
1905, aged 69; m. Mary A. Nettleton 

2. Edward Augustus, 

11, 1844 

3. Charles Henry, b. 

1839; m. Agnes 

4. Louisa Jones, b, 

17, 1844 

5. Anna Parkman, b. 

1844; m. Chaarles D. Hoyt 

6. Lewis Abel, b. at Guilford, Sept. 17, 

1847; m. Martha Webb Griswold, b. Apr. 
2, 1847, daughter of Amos and Julia Ann 
(Seward) Griswold. They had several 
children, among them Everett G. and Anna 
Bertha who died aged 22 and 21 respect- 

b. Feb. 3, 18 37; 

d . Apr . 

at Macon, Ga . , 

Feb. 15, 

L. Conway 

Sept. 11, 1841; 

d. Apr. 

at Guilford, 

Sept. 2, 


7. Edward Walter, b. Jan. 19, 1852; m. Minnie 
Campbel 1 . 
iii. Abel Denison, b. Oct. 15, 1812 
iv. Eliza Ann, b. Oct. 29, 1816; m. at Guilford, 

Oct. 3, 1838, Edmund Russell of Macon, Ga . 
v. Nelson, b. Jan. 11, 1819; d. Apr. 22, 1822 
vi. Nelson, b. Mar. 2, 1823; d. Oct. 24, 1826 
vii. Henry Edward, b. Oct. 13, 1827; d. at Guilford 
Apr. 18, 1900; m. Jan. 29, 1850, Roxanna A. 
Durgin, b. Nov. 24, 1829, daughter of William 
Durgin; m. (2) May 16, 1862, Harriet F. Pick- 
ett; m. (3) Jan. 17, 1873, Julia Bunnell, b. 
Mar. 3, 1836; d. Apr. 23, 1887. Child by 
first wife: 

1. Henry Russell, b. Feb. 19, 1854; m. Oct. 
18, 1877, Nettie J. Hanford 

Reference: Jacobus, Kimberly Family , pp. 94, 95, 96. 

ERASTUS COAN KIMBERLY , son of Robert and Hannah (Coan) 

Kimberly, was born at Watertown, Connecticut, September 10, 

1794. He married at Guilford July 3, 1826, Wealthy Ann 

Chapman, who was born December 17, 1801, daughter of Jede- 

diah and Anne (Chapman) Chapman of Saybrook, Connecticut. 

He was a warden of the First Church at Guilford. He 

died at Guilford, Connecticut, July 17, 1875, aged 81; Ann 

died January 18, 1890, aged 88. 

Children (5) KIMBERLY 

i. William H., b. Apr. 21, 1827; d. Nov. 3, 1828 
ii. William, b. Mar. 28, 1830; m. Agnes Mitchell 
iii. George Chapman, b. Jan. 1, 1832; d. Nov. 29, 1892 
age 60; m. Eliza Jane Spencer, b. about 1834, 
d. Nov. 19, 1916, age 82, daughter of Samuel C. 
and Jane (Loomis) Spencer 
iv. Wealthy Ann, b. Aug. 12, 1833; d. Aug. 13, 1833 
v. John, b. Apr. 3, 1839; d. Dec. 23, 1856 
vi. Erastus Elliot, b. Aug. 29, 1843; m. Aug. 19, 
1869, Eleanor K. Bucknell; children: Frederick 
Bucknell, Albert Elliot, and Mary Eleanor 

Reference: Jacobus, Kimberly Family , pp. 96, 97 

DAVID ROBERT KIMBERLY , son of Robert and Hannah (Coan) Kim- 
berly, was born about 1797. He married at Torrington, Con- 
necticut, October 7, 1824, Lydia Brooks. They lived in Wol- 
cottville, Connecticut. David died at Torrington, Connecti- 
cut, 1840; Lydia died in 1849. 


Children (5) KIMBERLY 

i. Henry R. 
ii. Mary 

iii. Elizabeth A., b. about 1834. Edmund Wooding was 
appointed her guardian, Sept. 22, 1849 

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JOSIAH COAN (John , Peter ), was born November 20, 1760, in 

North Guilford, Connecticut, the son of John and Mabel 

(Chittenden) Coan. He married May 17[18], 1786, Catherine, 

known as Carine, Graves who was born November 9, 1764, the 

daughter of Abraham and Catherine (Hall) Graves of Walling- 

ford, Connecticut. Josiah and Carine lived at North Madison. 

Steiner in his book, History of the Plantation of Menunga- 

tuck, p. 389, wrote concerning Josiah and the Methodist 

Church at Black Rock or Rockland: 

On April 17, 1806, the proprietors of the common 
and undivided lands granted a site for this church to 
Josiah Coan, William Hale, Jeremiah Stephens, John 
Francis, and others. The church was erected in 1816, 
but was not finished and dedicated until 1830. The con- 
gregation has always been small in numbers and not rich 
in this world's goods. 

Carine died August 29, 1827, aged 63; and Josiah died 
February 2, 1836, aged 76. They were both buried in Rockland 
Cemetery, Madison, Connecticut. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Josiah, b. Aug. 8, 1788 

ii. William, b. Dec. 21, 1790 

iii. Elisha, b. Aug. 19, 1794 

iv. Catherine, b. Nov. 26, 1796 

v. Peter, b. Sept. 11, 1799 

vi. Daniel, b. Nov. 2, 1801; d. July 3, 1802 

vii. Rachel, b. Sept. 27, 1805 

viii. Hannah, b. June 8, 1809 

Reference: Headstone Inscriptions, Madison, Connecticut 
(Charles R. Hale Collection, Connecticut State Library, 
Hartford, Connecticut, 1937). 

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JOSIAH COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born August 8, 

1788, the son of Josiah and Carine (Graves) Coan. He was 

famous for his "walk." He had always wanted to see Niagara 

Falls, so on Tuesday, August 20, 1822, when he was 34 years 

old, he started from Guilford, Connecticut, to walk to the 

Falls. His purpose was twofold: to see the Falls and to 


check land and water power facilities. On his way out he 
walked only part of the distance since he rode when he could 
on the Erie Canal. But coming home, he walked most of the 
way starting from the Ohio line, which was as far west as he 
went, to his starting point in Guilford--a total of 527 
miles, according to his diary. A copy of his diary follows. 
(C. C. Potter Collection, Guilford, Connecticut). He arrived 
at the Falls September 8 and was back in Guilford, September 

Josiah married first Susan Fowler, who was born in Oc- 
tober of 1792; she died March 19, 1852. He married second 
the widow Catherine Hull of Wallingford. He lived in North 
Madison and Wallingford and died on June 28, 1874. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Lodoiska, b. Feb. 6, 1814 
ii. Catherine, b. Sept. 6, 1819 

iii. Ellen Wesley, b. Oct. 6, 1824; d. May 14, 1882; 
m. Silas 

Reference: Death Certif icate--Josiah Coan, Madison, Connect- 

(Collection of C. C. Potter, Guilford, Connecticut) 

Guilford August 20 A.D. 1822 

Guilford County of New Haven 

State of Connecticut 

Tuesday 20th August 

Started from home proceeded through Durham Middletown & to 

Berlin 20 miles 
put up at Hearts Expenses sixteen cents 
Wednesday proceeded through Farmington Canton New Hartford 

Barkhamstead to Winchester 30 miles put up at Higbys 

Expenses thirty four cents 
Thursday 22nd to Norfolk to Canaan 

— Sheffield to Egremont — to Green River 

put up at Tanners. Expenses 14 cents 
Friday 2 3d to Austerlitz Chatam Schoduct & Albany 

34 miles put up at Toughskins 

Expenses 37 1/2 cents 12 1/2 for Lodg . 
Sat 24th from Albany to Schenectady & to Florida 

Southwest side of the Mohawk 30 miles 

Expenses 17 cents put up at Henry Hillmans cha = nt 
Sabbath 25th. Remained at the same place 
Monday 26th 
Tuesday 27th from Florida to Charleston to Canajaharry to 

Mindon 30 miles expenses 9 cents 


Wednes 28th from Mindon to D anu be 12 miles 

Expenses 29 cents went on board a 

at the east-end of canal Navigation 
Thursday 29th from littlefalls to German 

Flats to Frankford to Utica 23 miles in canal boat 
Capt. Morgan 
Friday 30th from Utica to Whites-Borough & 

to Rome 15 miles in the same boat expenses 35 cents 
Saturday 31st from Rome to Verona to Lenox to 

Sullivan 30 miles expenses 6 cents 

poor land as well 
Sabbath Sept. 1th 1822 

from Sullivan to Manlius to Salina to 

Syracuse to Gettysburg (Syracuse and 

Gettysburg are in the town of Salina 

expenses 8 cents perhaps 20 miles 
Monday 2nd from Salina to Onondago 

to Camillus to Bucksville - - - on the 

outlet of the Owasco Lake a very excellent 

Mill seat expenses 2 cents 
Tuesday 3d to Montisuma to Galen to Lyons 

20 miles This day landed at 

Montisuma from Capt. Thos . Morgans boat 

from Little Falls 118 miles passage 60 cents 

expenses this day amount to 71 cents 

From Lyons to Palmyra to Pittsford put at 

Ac -- 29 miles expenses 23 cents 

Whiteoak sandy land in Pittsford from 

Lyons to Palmyra excellent land 
Thursday 5th from Pittsford to Rochester 7 miles 

to Parna on the Ridge roa — Clarkson to Murray 

29 miles put up at Capt. Edward Perry's 

expenses 27 cts. 
Friday 6th assisted Mr. Perry got washing done 

expenses 18 3/4 cents 
Saturday 7th from Murray to Hartland 

to Riplys Tavern - 6 cents expenses 
Sabbath 8th to Royalton to Cambray to 

Lewiston 76 miles from Rochester to Lewiston 

Expenses this day including fifteen miles ride 31 1/2 

to within one mile of the Niagara Fal Is 
Monday 9th from Niagara to Buffaloe 24 miles 

parted with my good friends Goodrich 
Hall at Blackrock with whom I 

had been in company from Rome 

Went on board Capt. Martins Schooner bound 

for Erie passage 75 

Expenses this day 47 cents. A level clay and 

poor watered country from Niagara to Buffaloe. 
Tuesday 10 very sea sick beating up 

the lake - put in to Dunkirk harbor 

in Pomfret 45 miles from Buffaloe 
Wednesday 11th be calmed on the lake 


in company with Irishmen Roman Catholics 

expenses 6 cts . 
Thursday 12th landed a Erie 10 o'clock A.M. 

traveled through Millscreek (the inhabitants 

groaning with Fever & ague) through 

Fairview to Springfield 20 miles expenses 15 cts 
Friday 13th through Springfield the last-town 

on that road in Pennsylvania Salem 

Kingsville to Arestubula distance 

30 miles expenses 50 cents 
Saturday 14th through Salem in Ohio 

Springfield in Pennsylvania Fairview 

Mill Creek to Erie 30 miles distance expenses 6 cts. 
Sabbath 15th went on board Schooner Liberty 

capt. Skinner bound Black Rock passage 75 ct. 

expenses this day 6 cts. 
Monday 16th landed at Black Rock 12 o'clock 

walked through Amherst Williams Ville 

village to Clarence distance 17 miles 

expenses 22 cents 
Tuesday 17th through Clarence Pembroke Batavia 

Stafford Caledonia across Genosee River 

to 46 miles 10 miles rise put up at 

Garsons Expenses 33 cents 
Wednesday 18th through Avon Leima W & E 

Bloomfield Canandagua Hopewell Seneca to 

within 2 1/2 miles of Geneva distance 37 1/2 miles 

2 mile ride expenses 9 cents 
Thursday 19th through Geneva Fayette to Ovid 28 miles 

between the Lakes Seneca & Cayuga a most beautiful country 

but very drouthy expenses 25 cts. 
Friday 20th Ovid Ithica 25 miles 

put up at Augustus Fiets expenses 25 cts. 
Saturday 21st through Lansing Dryden to Virgil 

25 miles Onango river 
Sabbath 22nd through Virgil between 

Harrison & Freetown Qinow hilly through 

Scipio McDonough to Oxford 30 miles 

expenses 25 cents Ox is on the Chenango Creek 
Monday 23rd through Oxford Guilford Unadilla 

Sidney Franklin to 37 miles expenses 28 cts. 

Tuesday 24th through Meredith Cortright 

Stamford Blinkin Broom Schoharry 38 miles 

expenses 25 cents 
Wednesday 25 through Durham Cairo Katskill 

over Hudson River to L 36 miles expenses 34 cents 

Thursday 26 through Livingstone Taughconic An 

Northeast Salisbury to Canaan 35 miles expenses 45 cts. 

a fine Country 
Friday 27th through Canaan Cornwall Goshen 

Litchfield Watertown to Waterbury 30 miles expenses 34 cts 

A most beautiful country 
Saturday 28 through Chesire Wallingford 


Durham to Guilford in Connecticut 

30 miles expenses 37 cts. 

Land for sale in Livingston County Town of 

Mount Morris for $1.75 per acre 

Josiah Coan Guilford 

County of New Haven 

State of Connecticut 

Copied from his own record made 

in 1822 now property of Gertrude Davis Kenyon 

From Ohio State line to Erie 















































to Guilford 

Josiah Coan's 

LODOISKA COAN (Josiah , Josiah , John , Peter ) was born 
February 6, 1814, the daughter of Josiah and Susan (Fowler) 
Coan. She married January 24, 1843, John Bartlett of North 
Guilford, the son of Samuel and Cynthia (Benton) Bartlett. 
Lodoiska died October 6, 1851, aged 37. John died September 
12, 1854, aged 66. 



i . 

Samuel, b. Mar 


Josiah Walter, 

f ornia 

4, 1844, moved to Kansas 

b. Feb. 19, 1848, moved to Cali- 

iii. Catherine Lodoiska, b. Mar. 16, 1851 

CATHERINE LODOISKA BARTLETT 6 , daughter of John and Lodoiska 
(Coan) Bartlett, was born March 16, 1851. November 23, 1871, 
she married Ira L. Fenn Dudley, born September 4, 1849. 

Children (7) DUDLEY 

i. Alice, b. Dec. 17, 1872 

ii. Sophia, b. Nov. 8, 1875 

iii. John Bartlett, b. Nov. 4, 1879 

iv. Mary, b. Apr. 19, 1884 

v. Nancy, b. May 31, 1887; m. Chittenden 


5 4 3 2 1 

CATHERINE COAN (Josiah , Josiah , John , Peter ) daughter 

of Josiah and Susan (Fowler) Coan, was born at Madison, Con- 
necticut, September 6, 1819. She married at Madison, June 
28, 1841, Curtis Benton Bishop, son of Augustus and Mary 
(Walkley) Bishop. He was born at Madison March 18, 1818, and 
died in North Madison, June 19, 1875. She died at Guilford 
August 28, 1894. Augustus was a farmer and a Democrat. He 
served as colonel in the Connecticut Militia, but was not in 
the Civil War. 

Children (6) BISHOP 

i. William Curtis, b. April 6, 1842 

ii. Ella Catherine, b. Jan. 10, 1845 

iii. Leonard Randolph, b. Aug. 30, 1846 

iv. Charles Edward, b. Apr. 24, 1848 

v. Isabelle C, b. July 4, 1850; m. Frederick Davis 

June 17, 1869; no children 

vi. Clara Walkley, b. Dec. 23, 1852 

vii. Frank Benjamin, b. Nov. 28, 1854 

Reference: William Whitney Cone and George Allen Root, com- 
pilers, Record of the Descendants of John Bishop, one of the 
Founders of Guilford, Connecticut in 1639 (Nyack, New York: 
John Guy Bishop, 1951), p. 73 

WILLIAM CURTIS BISHOP 6 , son of Curtis Benton and Catherine 
(Coan) Bishop, was born in Madison, Connecticut April 6, 
1842. He married Abby L. Davis, daughter of Samuel and Har- 
riet (Benton) Davis at Guilford, January 15, 1868. She was 
born at Guilford, March 19, 1844. He was a farmer and a Pro- 
hibitionist. They resided at Guilford, Connecticut. 

Children (7) BISHOP 

i. Henry Whitfield, b. Mar. 12, 1869; d. May 12, 1870 

ii. Mary Elizabeth, b. Apr. 22, 1870 

iii. Harriet Benton, b. Apr. 25, 1873; unmarried 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 125 

MARY ELIZABETH BISHOP , daughter of William Curtis and Abby 
L. (Davis) Bishop, was born at Guilford April 22, 1870. She 
married George H. Parmelee, son of Horace D. and Clarissa 
Parmelee, April 21, 1891. He was born at Guilford, Septem- 
ber 26, 1868, and was a patent attorney. They resided at 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Children: (8) PARMELEE 

i. Harry Bishop, b. Jan. 23, 1892, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
ii. Earl Linsley, b. Jan. 18, 1895, Washington, D.C. 
iii. William Horace, b. Jan. 21, 1898, Pittsburgh, Pa. 


Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 176 

ELLA CATHERINE BISHOP , daughter of Curtis Benton and Cath- 
erine (Coan) Bishop, was born at North Madison, Connecticut, 
January 10, 1845. She married William Hubbard Davis, son of 
George B. and Harriet (Hubbard) Davis December 7, 1865. He 
was born at Guilford, December 1, 1838. They resided at New 
Haven, Connecticut. 

Children (7) DAVIS 

i. Clara Gertrude, b. Mar. 9, 1871 

ii. Ralph Augustus, b. Sept. 21, 1878; m. Rose Fair- 
child; res. New Haven 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 125 

CLARA GERTRUDE DAVIS , daughter of William H. and Ella Cath- 
erine (Bishop) Davis, was born at Guilford, March 9, 1871. 
She married Albert James Kenyon, son of George J. and Lu- 
cinda Kenyon, Fair Haven, Connecticut, October 8, 1902. He 
was born at Bloomfield, Connecticut, July 1, 1871. He was a 
Republican and an attorney at law. They resided at Yonkers, 
New York. 

Children (8) KENYON 

i. Esther Davis, b. Feb. 26, 1906 

ii. Elizabeth Wolcott, b. May 16, 1908 

iii. Roger Wolcott, b. Jan. 30, 1911 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 176 

LEONARD RANDOLPH BISHOP , son of Curtis Benton and Catherine 

(Coan) Bishop, was born at Madison, August 30, 1846. He mar- 
ried Rhoda Bailey, daughter of William and Lucy (Brooks) 
Bailey at Chester, Connecticut, November 1, 1877. She was 
born at Chester, July 25, 1855; died June 27, 1912. 

He was selectman of Chester for nine years; Masonic or- 
der for 40 years, farmer. He died at Chester, December 13, 

Children (7) BISHOP 

i. Frederick C, b. Mar. 29, 1879; m. Sadie Klein, 

Chester, Conn, 
ii. Nellie Lucy, b. July 26, 1880 
iii. Oliver Raymond, b. Feb. 25, 1883 
iv. Ada I., b. Sept. 1, 1884; m. Henry L. Leete; res. 

Chester, Conn. 


v. Catherine C. , b. Dec. 30, 1889; drowned Aug. 19, 

vi. Curtis B., b. Aug. 24, 1893; m. Susie Brown; 

res. Chester 
vii. Lina R., b. July 19, 1897; d. June 29, 1913 
viii. Randolph L., b. Aug. 18, 1900; unmarried; res. 


Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , pp. 
125, 126 

NELLIE LUCY BISHOP , daughter of Leonard Randolph and Rhoda 

(Bailey) Bishop, was born at Chester, Connecticut, July 26, 
1880. She married Robert Carter, son of Charles E. and Julia 
Jennie (Stannard) Carter, at Chester, September 28, 1904. He 
was born October 22, 1880, at Clinton, Connecticut. He was a 
piano maker and a Republican. They resided at Ivoryton, Con- 
necticut . 

Children (8) CARTER 

i. Charles Merritt, b. Dec. 30, 1906 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 176 

OLIVER RAYMOND BISHOP 7 , son of Leonard Randolph and Rhoda 
(Bailey) Bishop, was born at Clinton, Connecticut, February 
25, 1883. He married Emma Klein, daughter of Edward Klein, 
December 27, 1911. She was born at Brooklyn, New York, De- 
cember 29, 1882. They resided at Chester, Connecticut. 

Children (8) BISHOP 

i. Elizabeth Annette, b. Nov. 14, 1912 
ii. Marjorie Frances, b. June 27, 1914 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 176 

CHARLES EDWARD BISHOP , son of Curtis Benton Bishop and 
Catherine ( Coan ) Bishop, was born in Madison, Connecticut, 
April 24, 1848. He married Viola R. Briggs of New York Nov- 
ember 19, 1873. She was born July 21, 1850. They resided at 
Kingston, New York. He died January 3, 1895. They had no 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 126 

CLARA WALKLEY BISHOP , daughter of Curtis Benton Bishop and 
Catherine (Coan) Bishop, was born at North Madison, Connect- 
icut, December 23, 1852. She married Ralph L. Parker, Octo- 


ber 25, 1876. He was the son of Chatfield and Hannah (Lins- 
ley) Parker and was born at Guilford. He was a member of the 
Congregational Church and the New England Order of Protec- 
tion. They resided at Guilford where she died September 9, 

Children (7) PARKER 

i. Ruby Linsley, b. May 9, 1884; res. New Haven 
ii. John Curtis, b. Feb. 21, 1890; res. Guilford 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 126 

FRANK BENJAMIN BISHOP , son of Curtis Benton Bishop and 

Catherine (Coan) Bishop, was born at Madison, Connecticut, 

November 28, 1854. He married Lillian J. Norton, daughter of 

Newell and Josephine H. (Hill) Norton, June 26, 1875. She 

was born at Madison June 26, 1859. He was an assessor and a 

selectman of Madison from 1894 to 1899. He also represented 

Madison in the Connecticut Legislature. They resided at 


Children (7) BISHOP 

i. Robert Merton, b. Dec. 21, 1876; m. Emma B. Rog- 

erson; res. Guilford 
ii. Maud Josephine, b. Nov. 27, 1878; m. Frederick W. 

Hall; res. Guilford 
iii. Charles W. , b. July 27, 1885 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 126 

4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born December 21, 

1790, in North Madison, Connecticut, the son of Josiah and 
Carine (Graves) Coan. He married March 21, 1815, Alpha Is- 
bell, the widow of Elias Isbell. They had no children. Wil- 
liam died June 12, 1867; Alpha, November 18, 1875. They were 
both buried in Rockland Cemetery in Madison. 

Reference: Death Certificates: William and Alpha Coan, Mad- 
ison, Conn. 

4 3 2 1 

ELISHA COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born in North Mad- 
ison, Connecticut, August 19, 1794, the son of Josiah and 
Carine (Graves) Coan. He married Maria Davis, widow of Mar- 
vin Davis, and daughter of Jeremiah Davis of North Madison. 
They moved to Pennsylvania about 1848 and died leaving no 



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Partial list of 51 children in Fourth District, Guilford, Connecticut. 1826. 
Note Hannah Coan, daughter of Abraham 4 and Jerome Coan, son of John 4 . 
Courtesy C.C. Potter Collection. 


4 3 2 1 

CATHERINE COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born in North 

Madison, Connecticut, November 26, 1796, the daughter of Jo- 
siah and Carine (Graves) Coan. On December 20, 1815, she 
married Augustus Bartlett Dudley, who was born February 3, 
1792, the son of Jared and Anna (Bartlett) Dudley. Augustus 
and Catherine went to Ohio where she died February 11, 1817, 
aged 20. She supposedly left one son, but he must have died 
as an infant since no son by her is listed in the Dudley 
genealogy. Augustus married second Miriam Linsley of North 
Branford, Connecticut, the daughter of Dr. Reuben Linsley. 
They had three sons and a daughter. 

Reference: Dean Dudley, History of the Dudley Family , Num- 
ber 1 (Wakefield, Massachusetts: Dean Dudley, Publi- 
sher, 1886), p. 381. 

4 3 2 1 

PETER COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born in North Madi- 
son, Connecticut, September 11, 1799, the son of Josiah and 
Carine (Graves) Coan. On April 25, 1820, he married Abigail 
Camp of Middletown. The Reverend Thomas Branch performed the 
ceremony. Peter died December 8, 1836, aged 37. He was bur- 
ied in Rockland Cemetery, Madison. Abigail married second 
Joel Rix of Griswold April 10, 1839. The Reverend Horace 
Bartlett performed the ceremony. 

Children (5) COAN 

i . Jane 
ii. Emily 

Reference: Connecticut Vital Records, Middletown, 1651-1854 
(Barbour Collection, Connecticut State Library, 1924) 

pp. 85, 106. 

Headstone Inscriptions, Madison, Connecticut 
(Charles R. Hale Collection, Connecticut State Library, 
Hartford, Connecticut, 1937). 

4 3 2 1 

RACHEL COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born September 27, 

1805, in North Madison, Connecticut, the daughter of Josiah 

and Carine (Graves) Coan. She married Danforth Stevens. 

Children (5) STEVENS 

i. Hannah, m. Strong, Norwich 

ii. Catharine, m. William M. White, Fair Haven 

iii. Rachel, died in childhood 

iv. Anna, died in childhood 

v. Josiah, died in boyhood 

vi. William, died in Civil War, 14th Regiment, Conn. 


vii. Peter, died in boyhood 

viii. Elisha, died in boyhood 


4 3 2 1 

HANNAH COAN (Josiah , John , Peter ) was born June 8, 1809, 

in North Madison, Connecticut, daughter of Josiah and Carine 

(Graves) Coan. She married February 13, 1838, Samuel Butler 

Hill, born September 25, 1805, the son of Joseph and Hester 

(Butler) Hill of North Madison. 

Children (5) HILL 

i. Eugene Childs Hill, b. Mar. 14, 1845; m. Emma Glad- 
win; resided in Fair Haven; had one child 

3 2 1 

JOHN COAN (John , Peter ) was born in North Guilford, Con- 
necticut, January 27, 1763, the son of John and Mabel (Chit- 
tenden) Coan. He married Hannah Stevens, daughter of John 
and Desire (Fowler) Stevens. During the Revolutionary War he 
was a private in Captain Peter Vaill's Company of guards 
stationed at Guilford for defense of the seacoast. He en- 
listed November 14, 1781, and served one month. At age 77 in 
1840 he was named among the Revolutionary War Pensioners. He 
was blind the last years of his life and died November 16, 
1845, aged 82. He and Hannah were buried in the cemetery in 
North Guilford. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Hannah, b. 1787 

ii. John, b. Aug. 23, 1789 

iii. Henrietta, b. June, 1794; d. Sept. 24, 1795 

iv. Eilean, d. aged 3 months 

v. Abraham, b. Aug. 1797 

Reference: Gravestone, cemetery, North Guilford, Conn. 

4 3 2 1 

HANNAH COAN (John , John , Peter ) was born in 1787, the 

daughter of John and Hannah (Stevens) Coan. On January 1, 

1812, she married Joseph Fowler of Northford, Connecticut. 

He was born in 1785, the son of Josiah and Teraiah (Kirkham) 

Fowler. He died, aged 50, December 19, 1835. 

Children (5) FOWLER 

i . Henrietta Admonia 

4 3 2 1 

JOHN COAN (John , John , Peter ) was born August 23, 1789, 

the son of John and Hannah (Stevens) Coan. He married in 
1809 Phebe Ann Fowler, who was born February 22, 1791, the 
daughter of Bildad and Sarah (Bartlett) Fowler. She died, 
aged 30, September 19, 1821. September 22, 1829, John mar- 
ried second Betsy Hart of Wallingford, Connecticut, who was 
born August 4, 1803, the daughter of Amos Hart. She died, 
aged 69, March 15, 1873. John died, aged 81, July 26, 1871. 


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Children (5) COAN by Phebe 

i. Samuel, d. young 

ii. Enard, bpt. Apr. 25, 1813, Captain of a whale 

ship in 1870 
iii. Jerome, b. 1815; d. July 26, 1829 of lockjaw 
iv. Abraham, b. June 11, 1817; d. 1848 single in New 

v. Julia Ann Spencer, b. 1821 

by Betsy 

vi. Phebe E., b. June 16, 1830 

vii. Jerome, a twin, b, June 19, 1834 

viii. Joseph, a twin, b. June 19, 1834 

5 4 3 2 1 

JULIA ANN SPENCER COAN (John , John , John , Peter ) was 

born March 4, 1821, the daughter of John and Phebe Ann (Fow- 
ler) Coan. She married November 25, 1841, the Reverend Seth 
S. Chapin, who was born in Somers, Connecticut, October 10, 
1820, son of the Reverend Reuben and Lovisa (Russell) Chapin 
of Marshall, Michigan. January 21, 1876, Julia died at St. 
Johns, Michigan. Seth married second Mary Ann Stephenson and 
had several more children. He died at St. Johns June 30, 


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Edward Cornelius, b. July 3, 1844; m. May, 1874; 

d. Oct. 23, 1920 
Mary Louisa, b. July 8, 1846; m. Dec. 25, 1874; 

d. Feb. 23, 1876 
Charles Enard, b. Apr. 19, 1848; m. same time as 

Mary — Dec. 25, 1874; d. Jan. 25, 1922 
John Bromham, b. Oct. 21, 1851 

William Alonzo, b. Aug. 8, 1854; d. June 17, 1874 
Robert Alexander Hallam, b. Nov. 8, 1857; d. Apr. 

19, 1875 
Anna Rebecca, b. Aug. 1, 1863 

Reference: Gilbert Warren Chapin, The Chapin Book (Hartford, 
Conn.": Chapin Family Association, 1924), Vol. I, p. 864 

PHEBE E. COAN (John , John , 
North Guilford, Connecticut, 
John and Betsy (Hart) Coan. 
Orrin Potter, born in 1826, 
(Landcraft) Potter of Hamden, 
made their home in Fair Haven, 
for many years as a 
yards of that town. 

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John , Peter ) was born in 

June 6, 1830, the daughter of 

November 14, 1847, she married 

the son of Lyman and Mary M. 

Connecticut. Phebe and Orrin 

Connecticut, where he worked 

ship sawyer for Baldwin & Gesner in the 


At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted at East 
Haven, Connecticut, August 16, 1862, in Company E, Fifteenth 
Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers. He participated in the 
following battles: Fredericksburg, Virginia, Edenton Road, 
Virginia; Providence Church Road, Virginia; siege of Suf- 
folk, Virginia; and Kingston, North Carolina, where he was 
taken prisoner and confined in Libby Prison. He was paroled 
March 26, 1865, and his term of enlistment expired soon af- 
ter he received an honorable discharge from the army. 

Orrin was a watchman in the city market of Fair Haven 
for sixteen years. It was during his service there that the 
building was burned by a discharge of fireworks. Phebe and 
Orrin celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary November 
17, 1897. He was a member of Admiral Foote Post, No. 17, 
Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Second Congregational 
Church. He died in Fair Haven July 27, 1901, aged 75. Of 
his death Phebe wrote: "For about seven months he was obli- 
gated to set up in a chair with his feet in a tub to receive 
the water that oozed from his limbs. He could not breath ly- 
ing down. The disease was dropsy." 

Phebe was a member of Pilgrim Church. She died April 
12, 1907, aged 76, after being an invalid for two years. She 
and Orrin were both buried in the cemetery at East Haven, 

Children (6) POTTER 

i. Elbert B., b. March 1, 1849 

ii. Emily Elizabeth, b. May 27, 1851; m. John Hare 

of New Haven, Connecticut, June 16, 1872; d. 

Mar. 5, 1922, aged 70 
iii. Elizabeth Adella, b. May 20, 1852; d. Aug. 23, 

iv. Jerome Coan, b. Dec. 19, 1854; m. Emma Chivers 

of Georgia 
V. Orrin Eugene, b. Aug. 19, 1856 
vi. Joseph Walter, b. Mar. 15, 1860 
vii. Lottie Sherwood, b. Nov. 27, 1866; d. Feb. 12, 

viii. Myron Clifford, b. Dec. 21, 1868; d. Dec. 19, 

ix. Ernest Hemingway, b. Aug. 5, 1872 

ELBERT B. POTTER , son of Orrin and Phebe (Coan) Potter, was 
born March 1, 1849. He married first Sarah R. Hemingway of 
East Haven, Connecticut. She died on September 18, 1872. He 
married second Mary E. Field of North Guilford on April 18, 
1875. He married third Mary Brown. They lived in North 
Guilford and Guilford, Connecticut. Mary died January 10, 


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wedding anniversary, 1897. Courtesy C. C. 
Potter Collection 


Children (7) POTTER -- Children of Mary Field 

i. Elbert E. 

ii. Anna Elizabeth, m. Frank Snow of North Branford, 
Conn . 

Reference: C. C. Potter, 709 County Road, Guilford, CT 06437 

ORRIN EUGENE POTTER , son of Orrin and Phebe (Coan) Potter, 

was born in Fair Haven, Connecticut, August 19, 1856. On 
May 7, 1878, he married Kittie May Johnson of New Haven. He 
was an engineer at National Wire Corporation until the com- 
pany closed, and then was employed by Lancraft Brothers. His 
memberships included Quinnipiac Lodge, I.O.O.F., and Royal 
Areanum. Orrin died November 30, 1909, aged 53. 

JOSEPH WALTER POTTER , son of Orrin and Phebe (Coan) Potter, 

was born in Fair Haven, Connecticut, March 15, 1860. He mar- 
ried first May Cheever of New Haven; second, lone Chivers. 
For twenty-five years he was night watchman of Guilford. He 
served the borough as bailiff and was tax collector and con- 
stable of Guilford. In 1905 he was doorkeeper of the House 
of Representatives in Hartford. His affiliations included 
Menuncatuck Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 
Maida Rebekah Lodge, Loyal Union, Hollis Encampment. He died 
February 14, 1934, and was buried in Aldebrook Cemetery, 
Guilford, Connecticut. 

Children (7) POTTER 

i. Pearl 
ii. Herbert 

ERNEST HEMINGWAY POTTER , son of Orrin and Phebe (Coan) Pot- 
ter, was born August 5, 1872, in Fair Haven, Connecticut. He 
married December 24, 1901, Mabel E. Chittenden, daughter of 
Dwight and Luella Amelia (Rossiter) Chittenden of North 
Guilford, Connecticut. They resided in New Haven where Er- 
nest was employed by Winchester Arms Company. He was active 
in the Masons and the Odd Fellows. On June 16, 1922, he died 
of pulmonary embolism. Mabel died March 24, 1951, of heart 

Children (7) POTTER 

i. Dwight Edgar, b. Apr. 22, 1903 

ii. Clarence Chittenden, b. Nov. 3, 1905 

iii. Robert, b. July 18, 1907; an invalid; d. May 30, 

1951, Southbury, Conn, 
iv. Marion Luella, b. Mar. 4, 1910 

Reference: C. C. Potter 


DWIGHT EDGAR POTTER , son of Ernest Hemingway and Mabel 

(Chittenden) Potter, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ap- 
ril 22, 1903. He married Almira E. Kautz of Hamden September 
8, 1928. They resided in Hamden. He was active in the Boy 
Scouts and received the Silver Beaver award in 1951. He 
worked forty-four years, until his retirement, for the 
Southern New England Telephone Company. On March 13, 1973, 
he died of injuries received in an auto collision in Flor- 
ida. Almira died of cancer October 18, 1981. 

Children (8) POTTER 

i. Carol Elizabeth, b. July 26, 1932 
ii. David Dwight, a twin, b. July 6, 1935 
iii. Donald Wilmer, a twin, b. July 6, 1935 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

CAROL ELIZABETH POTTER , daughter of Dwight Edgar and Almira 

E. (Kautz) Potter, was born July 26, 1932. She married June 

19, 1954, Robert S. Shaw of Atlanta, Georgia. They resided 

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Children (9) SHAW 

i. David R., b. Oct. 19, 1955 

ii. Victoria E., b. Jan. 5, 1959; m. Eugene Homer 

James July 12, 1980 
iii. Patricia E., b. July 18, 1961 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

DAVID R. Shaw , son of Robert S. and Carol Elizabeth (Pot- 
ter) Shaw, was born October 19, 1955. He married August 29, 
1976, Carol Ann Jentzer. They lived in Philadelphia, Penn- 

Children (10) SHAW 

i. Rebekah Ann, b. Sept. 21, 1977 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

DAVID DWIGHT POTTER , twin brother of Donald Wilmer Potter 

and son of Dwight Edgar and Almira E. (Kautz), was born July 

6, 1935. He married on November 26, 1960, Kathryn Post of 

New Haven, Connecticut. They lived in Guilford, Connecticut. 

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Children (9) POTTER 

i. Debora Ann, b. Mar. 30, 1962 
ii. Tracy Kathryn, b. Dec. 23, 1963 
iii. Steven Dwight, b. Mar. 8, 1967 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

DONALD WILMER POTTER , twin brother of David Dwight Potter 

and son of Dwight Edgar and Almira E. (Kautz), was born July 

6, 1935. He married on October 24, 1959, Sheila J. Hishon 

of Rowayton, Connecticut. They lived in Branford. 

Children (9) POTTER 

i. Robin Elizabeth, b. Nov. 8, 1962 
ii. Carolyn Jean, b. Sept. 6, 1970 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

CLARENCE CHITTENDEN POTTER , son of Ernest Hemingway and Ma- 
bel (Chittenden) Potter, was born November 3, 1905, in New 
Haven, Connecticut. He married Signe E. Smith of Branford, 
Connecticut, September 10, 1938. He worked forty-five years 
for the Southern New England Telephone Company and was a 
plant staff supervisor in New Haven when he retired. He en- 
joyed farming and raised Hereford cattle. Too young for 
World War I and too old for World War II, he was a member of 
Company A, 102nd Regiment, Connecticut National Guard. 

He was a charter member of the North Guilford Volunteer 
Fire Company, member of the Board of Finance of the North 
Guilford Congregational Church, committee man and leader in 
the Boy Scouts, member of the Guilford Board of Education, 
and of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Interested in Guilford 
history, some of his collection of early documents, records, 
and photographs were used as illustrations in this book. In 
1982 he and Signe resided in North Guilford across the road 
from the house which he built at the time of their marriage. 

Children (8) POTTER 

i. Susan Elizabeth, b. Apr. 24, 1942; resided in Bran- 
ford, Conn.; employed by Southern New England 
Telephone Company, New Haven, in engineering 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

MARION LUELLA POTTER , daughter of Ernest Hemingway and Ma- 
bel (Chittenden) Potter, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, 


March 4, 1910. On February 3, 1948, she married Frank M. 
Sheehan of West Haven. She was assistant librarian for the 
city of New Haven and for many years librarian for the 
Southern New England Telephone Company. She died of cancer 
April 30, 1948. 

Reference: C. C. Potter 

5 4 3 2 1 

JOSEPH COAN (John , John , John , Peter ) was born in North 

Guilford, Connecticut, June 19, 1834, a twin son of John and 
Phebe Ann (Fowler) Coan. On May 7, 1856, he married Lydia 
Elizabeth Hall, who was born January 29, 1836, in Guilford, 
Connecticut. She was the daughter of George Hall. August 9, 
1862, Joseph enlisted in the army. On August 25, 1862, he 
was mustered into the Fifteenth Regiment, Company E. About 
one month later, on September 17, he wrote his sister Phebe 
that he was at Camp Chase where he held "the honorable situ- 
ation as cook... for ninety-six men." In the same letter he 
wrote: "We have heard of the deaths of the Guilford Boys 
that went in the 14th. Poor fellows they little thought when 
they left home that they should be called to die so soon on 
the Battle Field." In less than two months he himself died 
of typhoid fever, one of 249,458 in the Union army who died 
of disease and accident in the Civil War, over twice as many 
as were killed or died of wounds. 

His wife Lydia never remarried and lived the rest of 
her life in Guilford where she was very active in community 
affairs. She was a member of the Third Church where she was 
leader of the Junior Endeavor Society, active in the Sunday 
School, and a dedicated worker in the Ladies' Missionary and 
Benevolent Societies. She was a member of the Relief Corps 
of Parmelee Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the 
United Workers for Public Improvement. In both these organ- 
izations she was made an honored member. 

Joseph died November 7, 1862, at Fairfax Seminary, Vir- 
ginia; Lydia, July 4, 1900, in Guilford. Her obituary 
states: "Her life was a continued round of good deeds, and 
her cheery voice and helpful hands brought gladness to many 
a weary soul." In Henry Pynchon Robinson's book, Guil ford 
Portraits , (New Haven, CT : Pease-Lewis Co., 1907) p. 59, 
the following tribute to Lydia appears: 


January 29, 1836 — July 4, 1900 

Here gently rests, in peace and full regret, 
One whose place voiceless, remains vacant yet, 
Whose large affections altruistic shone, 
Who sought the good of others as her own, 
Kind, cheering words arise again to me, 
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Coan to his sister Phebe September 17, 1862. Note 
how he mentions deaths of "Guilford Boys that. . . 
little thought when they left home that they should 
die so soon." He died himself November 7, 1862. 
Courtesy C C Potter Collection 


Sincere, spontaneous as the wafted air, 

With joyous smile and glad eye, beaming fair. 

Yet more with works than words she filled these ways, 

While fast the sands of life ran out her days; 

Who, to the public weal, her service lent, 

A publicist indeed with best intent, 

With clear intelligence to understand 

The full nobility of Christ's command. 

So lavish of her talents, time and health, 

She was long potent in our village wealth. 

Her name gave warrant to an enterprise, 

Of social purpose here and otherwise 

Indexed her value in our common care, 

Of which, alas! death makes us so aware. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Maria Elizabeth, b. Feb. 23, 1857 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

MARIA ELIZABETH COAN (Joseph , John , John , John , Peter ) 

was born in Guilford, Connecticut, February 23, 1857, the 
daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Hall) Coan. On November 12, 
1879, she married Clifford Forest Bishop, born in Guilford 
September 17, 1856, the son of Edward Richard and Elizabeth 
F. (Stannard) Bishop. They were members of the Congrega- 
tional Church where he was superintendent of the Sunday 
School for seventeen years. He was a Republican and was pro- 
secuting officer of Guilford for fifteen years. His occupa- 
tion was that of plumber and metal worker. He died April 
11, 1909. They had no children. 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 150 

5 4 3 2 1 

JEROME COAN (John , John , John , Peter ) was born in North 
Guilford, Connecticut, June 19, 1834, a twin son of John and 
Phebe Ann (Fowler) Coan. March 23, 1856, he married Frances 
D. Griswold, who was born September 9, 1838, daughter of 
Russell M. and Polly F. (Hill) Griswold; and died February 
1, 1857. He and his twin brother Joseph enlisted at the same 
time, August 9, 1862, to fight in the Civil War. They were 
both mustered into Company E of the 15th Regiment of Con- 
necticut Volunteers on August 25, 1862. He was soon promoted 
to corporal. September 14, 1864, because of illness he was 
transferred to the 41st Company, 2nd Battalion, of the Vet- 
eran Reserve Corps. He was discharged from the service Au- 
gust 8, 1865. 

After the war he returned to North Guilford and opened 
a general store which he operated for the rest of his life. 
His supply wagon was a familiar sight in the outlying dis- 
tricts. September 14, 1869, he married for the second time. 
His bride was Mary F. Judd, born August 18, 1846, the daugh- 
ter of Henry G. and Sarah (Raymond) Judd of North Guilford. 


He was an active worker for the interests of the community 
and concerned about the welfare of the whole town. He was 
one of the best known men in North Guilford where he settled 
many estates and was thoroughly conversant with town af- 
fairs. He was a member of North Guilford Congregational 
Church; of Parmelee Post, Grand Army of the Republic; of St. 
Albans Lodge, F. & A. M. of Guilford; and of the Guilford 
Agricultural Society, of which he was at one time a vice 
president. At the 250th anniversary of the founding of Guil- 
ford in 1889 he served on the hospitality committee and con- 
tributed to the collections and displays of antique items. 

Jerome died of Bright 's disease at North Guilford Nov- 
ember 4, 1899, aged 65. His twin brother Joseph died in the 
Civil War just thirty-seven years before the day on which 
Jerome was buried. Mary died March 28, 1908. They were both 
buried in the cemetery in North Guilford. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Joseph Franklin, b. Aug. 19, 1870 
ii. Fannie Louise, b. Nov. 16, 1873 

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JOSEPH FRANKLIN COAN (Jerome , John , John , John , Peter ) 

was born in North Guilford, Connecticut, August 19, 1870, 
the son of Jerome and Mary F. ( Judd ) Coan. He was named for 
his father's twin brother Joseph, who was killed in the 
Civil War. While his father lived, he assisted him in con- 
ducting a well-known grocery business in North Guilford. Af- 
ter his father's death he sold the business and became an 
electrician. He was employed in Waterbury, Connecticut, by 
the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company until 
he purchased a wire business in the same city. He had marked 
musical ability and played both piano and violin. While in 
North Guilford, he organized and led an orchestra which was 
much in demand in that vicinity. He was also a composer. 
Best known of his compositions are "American Beauty Waltz" 
and "Golden Eagle March and Two-Step." Shortly before he 
died, the march was broadcast by the United States Army Band 
in Washington, D.C. 

He never married and died in New Haven, Connecticut, 
November 30, 1933, in Dr. Evans's private hospital. He was 
buried in North Guilford Cemetery. 

6 5 4 3 2 1 

FANNIE LOUISE COAN (Jerome , John , John , John , Peter ) 

was born in North Guilford, Connecticut, November 16, 1873, 
the daughter of Jerome and Mary F. (Judd) Coan. She married 
January 1, 1901, at her home in North Guilford, Charles 01- 
cott Bartlett, who was born January 22, 1877, in North Guil- 
ford, the son of Cyrus D. Bartlett. 

Music was a very important part of Fannie' s life. She 
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was 14 years old. Her brother Joseph played the violin, and 
she played the piano in an orchestra for dancing. When her 
children were young, she was church organist for the North 
Guilford Congregational Church. Later she was a choir member 
at North Haven Congregational Church and pianist for the 
North Haven Grange. 

Charles was a farmer and until 1928 operated C. 0. 
Bartlett & Sons Dairy in North Guilford. According to C. C. 
Potter of Guilford, Charles's haytruck was the first North 
Guilford school bus. After he left the dairy business, he 
was co-owner of Bartlett Hair Spring Wire Company in North 
Haven. Charles was a member of North Haven Congregational 
Church and sang in the choir. He served as treasurer of the 
North Haven Grange and the New Haven County Pomona Grange. 
He was a Mason in the Corinthian Lodge and one of the found- 
ing members of the North Haven Fair Association. 

Fannie died in September, 1954; and Charles died Janu- 
ary 8, 1956. 

Children (7) BARTLETT 

i. Joseph Coan, b. March 7, 1908 
ii. Robert Jerome, b. May 26, 1914 

Reference: Robert J. Bartlett, 88 Kings Highway, North Ha- 
ven, CT 06473 

JOSEPH COAN BARTLETT , the son of Charles Olcott and Fannie 
(Coan) Bartlett, was born March 7, 1908, in North Guilford, 
Connecticut. He was educated in the Guilford public schools 
and at New York Electrical School. October 18, 1947, he mar- 
ried Laura Waldon, the daughter of Benjamin Waldon. He was 
self-employed, a co-owner of Bartlett Hair Spring Wire Com- 
pany in North Haven. His hobbies were photography, travel, 
and country fairs. The North Haven Fair Association listed 
him as one of its founders. Other affiliations included the 
North Haven Methodist Church, North Haven Grange, and the 
Rotary Club. Joseph died January 24, 1965. He and Laura had 
no children. 

Reference: Robert J. Bartlett 

ROBERT JEROME BARTLETT , the son of Charles Olcott and Fan- 
nie (Coan) Bartlett, was born May 26, 1914, in North Guil- 
ford, Connecticut. He received his early education in Guil- 
ford and was graduated from Boardman Trade School in New Ha- 
ven. April 24, 1937, in North Haven Congregational Church, 
he married Harriet Field, the daughter of Edmund M. and May 
(Benton) Field. He was a self-employed electrician at Bart- 
lett Hair Spring Wire Company, North Haven, of which he was 
a co-owner. His hobbies included travel and woodworking. He 


was a member of North Haven Congregational Church, North Ha- 
ven Grange, North Haven Auxiliary Police, and North Haven 
Fair Association. 

Children (8) BARTLETT 

i. Roberta Joan, b. Mar. 12, 1943 
ii. Joyce May, b. Oct. 26, 1948 

ROBERTA JOAN BARTLETT , the daughter of Robert Jerome and 

Harriet (Field) Bartlett, was born March 12, 1943. October 

7, 1964, she married David M. O'Connell in Washington, D.C. 

In 1982 they resided in Madison, Connecticut. 

Children (9) O'CONNELL 

i. Michael David, b. Apr. 6, 1965 
ii. Kathleen Ann, b. Oct. 29, 1966 

Reference: Robert J. Bartlett 

JOYCE MAY BARTLETT , daughter of Robert Jerome and Harriet 

(Field) Bartlett, was born October 26, 1948. April 18, 

1973, in June Lake, California, she married James P. Curran. 

In 1982 they resided in Guilford, Connecticut. 

Children (9) CURRAN 

i. Jacob Robert Bartlett, b. June 17, 1977 
ii. Molly Rachel Bartlett, b. Mar. 28, 1981 

Reference: Robert J. Bartlett 

4 3 2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (John , John , Peter ) was born in Guilford, 

Connecticut, August, 1797, the son of John and Hannah (Ste- 
vens) Coan. On November 25, 1818, he married Eunice Cook, 
who was born September 29, 1796, the daughter of Kilbourne 
Cook. They lived in New Haven. Eunice died May 29, 1859; 
Abraham, January 4, 1875, aged 77. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. George W. , b. Nov., 1819; d. July 4, 1821 

ii. *Hannah Elizabeth, b. Nov. 28, 1820 

iii. *Emma Almira, d. June 10, 1835 

iv. George Porter, b. Dec. 25, 1822; d. young 

v. *Douglass William, b. July, 1825 

vi . *Abraham Sherwood, b. May 15, 1829 

Coan Store in North Guilford, Connecticut. Man in the picture was a 
Coan, probably Jerome. Courtesy Martin Wright. 

Jerome Coan and his grocery supply wagon. Courtesy Robert Jerome 

Joseph 6 Coan on the right playing cards with Ruth Chittenden across 
from him, her sister Mabel Chittenden Potter, and Ernest Hemingway 
Potter. Courtesy C. C. Potter Collection 

Wedding picture of Fannie 
Louise Coan and Charles Olcott 
Bartlett, 1901. Courtesy C C 
Potter Collection. 

Joseph Coan Bartlett, Fannie 
Louise Coan Bartlett, Charles 
Olcott Bartlett holding Robert 
Jerome Bartlett. Courtesy C. C. 
Potter Collection. 


5 4 3 2 1 

HANNAH ELIZABETH COAN (Abraham , John , John , Peter ) was 

born November 28, 1820, the daughter of Abraham and Eunice 

(Cook) Coan. She married the Reverend Horace Addison Taylor 

of Clarindon, Ohio, January 13, 1841. H. G. Ludlow, pastor 

of Church Street Church, New Haven, Connecticut, performed 

the ceremony. Hannah died in Berlin, Prussia, December 1, 

1879, in the family of her son-in-law, Professor Henry Eddy 

of Cincinnati. 

Children (6) TAYLOR 

i. Addison C, d. Mar. 14, 1863, from wounds re- 
ceived at Battle of Fredericksburg. He was 
about 22 years old. 

ii. Sebella Elizabeth, b. Oct. 13, 1844 

iii. Douglass, m. in Chicago 

Reference: Ruth Story Devereux Eddy, comp. , The Eddy Family 
in America (Boston, Mass.: n.p., 1930), pp. 322, 511. 

Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 (Hartford: 
The Connecticut Society of the Founders and Patriots of 
America, 1917), Part II, p. 915. 

SEBELLA ELIZABETH TAYLOR , the daughter of Horace Addison 

and Hannah Elizabeth (Coan) Taylor, was born in Morgan, Ash- 
tabula County, Ohio, October 13, 1844. On January 4, 1870, 
at New Haven, Connecticut, she married Henry Turner Eddy who 
was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts, June 9, 1844, the son 
of Henry and Cordelia (Wood) Eddy. 

Henry was graduated from Yale in 1867 and showed a spe- 
cial aptitude in mathematics by taking first prize in every 
competition. He entered the engineering course at Sheffield 
Scientific School at New Haven and received the degree of 
Ph.B. in 1868. He was instructor in mathematics and Latin 
at the University of Tennessee and from 1869 to 1873 was 
assistant professor in mathematics and civil engineering at 
Cornell. While there, he received the degree of Ph.D., the 
first ever conferred by that University. He was at Princeton 
in 1873 and the following year was elected to fill the chair 
of mathematics, astronomy, and civil engineering at the new 
University of Cincinnati. While connected with this univer- 
sity, he studied abroad at the University of Berlin, the 
Sorbonne, and the College de France, at Paris. In 1890 he 
declined the presidency of the Cincinnati University and ac- 
cepted that of Rose Polytechnic Institute at Terre Haute, 
Indiana. In 1894, he became professor of engineering and 
mechanics at the University of Minnesota and in 1906 was 
made dean of the graduate school of that institution. In 
1912 he retired with the title of professor and dean emeri- 
tus and devoted himself to the publication of his research 
work. He was a member of the honorary societies of Phi Beta 
Kappa and Sigma Xi and he belonged to many of the scientific 


and engineering societies in many of which he held office. 
He is the author of many works in mathematics and science. 

Sebella died September 3, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minne- 
sota. Henry died December 11, 1921. 

Children (7) EDDY 

i. Ruth Elizabeth, b. Sept. 20, 1871, at Ithaca, 

ii. Horace Taylor, b. May 25, 1874, at Princeton, 

iii. Esther Mabel, b. July 20, 1876, at Cincinnati, 

iv. Beatrice Emogene, b. Dec. 10, 1886, at Cincinnati 
v. Helen Frances, b. July 23, 1888, at Guilford, 


Reference: Eddy, The Eddy Family , pp. 322, 511, 512. 

5 4 3 2 1 

DOUGLASS WILLIAM COAN (Abraham , John , John , Peter ) was 
born July, 1825, the son of Abraham and Eunice (Cook) Coan. 
He married in Port Chester, New York, Sarah Jane Babcock, 
who was born at Oak Park, Illinois, May 18, 1824, the daugh- 
ter of John and Sally (Chamberlain) Babcock. Douglass and 
Sarah lived in Oak Park when Douglass died in 1902. 

5 4 

John , John , Peter ) was born in North Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, May 15, 1829, the son of Abraham and Eunice (Cook) 
Coan. When he was a youth, his family moved to New Haven, 
and there he learned the trade of carriage trimming from 
Stephen Gilbert. He was a member of the National Blues, and 
his baritone voice made him a valued singer in several glee 
clubs and serenade associations. 

It was not long before he attracted the attention of 
the manager of the Campbell Minstrels, and he joined that 
company. At this time he changed his name to S . C. Campbell. 
In 1854 he was engaged with Christy's Minstrels, and later 
he went to Australia with the Backus troupe. He returned to 
California and in 1859 went to New York City with Christy's 
Minstrels again. While there, he sang for a time with the 
choir of Grace Church in that city; and it was said that the 
fame of this church for its music was due in no small part 
to him. 

I. F. Harrison, manager of the Gottschalk concerts in 
New York, persuaded him to join this program; and he gave up 
his minstrel work. He then appeared with Campbell and Cas- 
tle English Opera Company; and sang for several years with 
Riching's English Opera Company and with Parepa-Rosa Com- 
pany. In his opera singing he was associated with Fanny 
Stockton, Rosa Cook, Clara Louise Kellogg, Zelda Harrison, 
Parepa-Rosa, and his inseparable friend, William Castle. 

Fiftieth wedding anniversary of Fannie Louise Coan Bartlett and Charles 
Olcott Bartlett. (left to right) Roberta Joan Bartlett, Fannie, Charles, Joyce 
May Bartlett; (back left to right) Harriet Field Bartlett, Robert Jerome Bartlett, 
Joseph Coan Bartlett, Laura Waldon Bartlett. Courtesy of Robert Jerome 

(left) Gravestone inscrip- 
tion of Abraham 4 Coan. 
Note abbreviation to 
Abram. Photo by Gillian 
Rose, (right) Abraham 
Sherwood Coan, alias 
S.C Campbell. Courtesy 
George C Odell, Annals 
of the New York Stage, 
Vol. 16. 

Home of Samuel F. and Rebecca Coan Loper. Courtesy C. C. Potter 

Loper Mill operated by Rebecca Coan Loper's son Edward, who was 
blind and called the "Blind Miller." Courtesy C. C. Potter Collection. 


In the summer of 1874 he went to Chicago to fill an en- 
gagement with the Kellogg English Opera Company, but because 
of illness he was never able to appear with them. He died 
of heart disease at the home of his brother Douglass in Chi- 
cago November 25, 1874, at the age of forty-five. His early 
playmate, Dr. Ellsworth Eliot of New York City, wrote of 
him: "His baritone voice — sweet, mellow, sympathetic, firm, 
and powerf ul--made him a great favorite. He had no rival 
and left no successor." 

The New Haven Register in his obituary stated: "To the 
many who have heard him it is unnecessary to say that he was 
a singer of rare excellence. His repertoire included over 
thirty operas. He was a true gentleman and a conscientious 
artist. " 

Reference: "Obituary - Sherwood C. Campbell, Lyric Artist," 
New York Times , November 28, 1874, Col. 6, p. 4. 

Bernard Christian Steiner, A History of the 
Plantation of Menunkatuck and of the Original Town of 
Guilford, Connecticut (Baltimore, by the author, 1897), 
p. 505. 

James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, editors, 
Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New York: 
D. Appleton and Companpy, 1894), Vol. 1, p. 665. 

3 2 1 

REBECCA COAN (John , Peter ) was born in 1765, daughter of 

John and Mabel (Chittenden) Coan. March 12, 1788, she mar- 
ried Samuel F. Loper born March 17, 1766, the son of Samuel 
and Abigail (Chittenden) Loper of Guilford. Samuel, aged 73, 
died in North Guilford May 9, 1839; Rebecca died, aged 83, 
August 3, 1848. 

Sept. 5, 1788; m. George Weld [Wild] 
Jan. 2.4 , 1791; m. Anna Fowler 

July 31, 1793; m. Laura Rose 
Oct. 24, 1795 

Mar. 10, 1798; blind; known as "blind 

d. Feb. 9, 1875 

b. June 20, 1801; m. Abraham Hubbard 
. July 10, 1803 

Oct. 5, 1806 

PATTY LOPER , daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Coan) Loper, 

was born October 24, 1795. She married November 8, 1820, 

Augustus Bishop, son of Ezra and Rachel (Chittenden) Bishop. 

He was born October 7, 1793, at Guilford, Connecticut, and 

was a shoe maker. He died there February 1, 1858. She died 

October 9, 1872. 


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Children (5) BISHOP 

i. Martin Chittenden, b. May 5, 1823 

ii. Edward A., b. May 10, 1825; d. Sept. 18, 1838 

iii. Egbert Eugene, b. May 6, 1827 

iv. Elvira Clarissa, b. July 14, 1829 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 77. 

MARTIN CHITTENDEN BISHOP , son of Augustus and Patty ( Loper ) 
Bishop, was born in Guilford, Connecticut, May 5, 1823. He 
married Angeline A. Chittenden May 7, 1848. She died Octo- 
ber 21, 1850. He married second Janette A. Griswold, daugh- 
ter of Jacob and Obedience (Potter) Griswold, May 23, 1856. 
She was born April 20, 1822. They lived in North Branford, 
Connecticut . 

Children (6) BISHOP 

i. Ellen Augusta, b. Mar. 27, 1858; m. Frank Foote 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 131 

EGBERT EUGENE BISHOP , son of Augustus and Patty (Loper) 

Bishop, was born May 6, 1827. He married Grace Bunnell, 

daughter of Hezekiah and Abigail (Harrison) Bunnell, of 

North Branford, Connecticut. She was born April 19, 1832. 

They resided in Branford where he was a merchant. He died 

January 14, 1898. 

Children (6) BISHOP 

i. Hetty Eugenia, b. Nov. 28, 1853; m. Lewis Beard- 

sley; d. July 26, 1879 
ii. Charles A., b. Apr. 17, 1855; unmarried; d. Jan. 

28, 1885 
iii. Rebecca L., b. Mar. 1, 1857; d. July 9, 1858 
iv. Mary Louisa, b. Mar. 30, 1860 
v. Homer Coan, b. Nov. 29, 1862; unmarried; d. Aug. 

30, 1888 
vi . Anna Nichols, b. July 28, 1871; m. F. H. Palmer; 

res. West Haven, Conn. 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 131 

MARY LOUISA BISHOP , daughter of Egbert Eugene and Grace 

(Bunnell) Bishop, was born in Branford, Connecticut, March 

30, 1860. She married November 8, 1882, John Lane Plant, 

who was born in Branford, July 26, 1858, son of George W. 

and Eliza (Evarts) Plant. He was a Republican and a fruit 

grower. They resided in Branford, Connecticut. 

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Children (7) PLANT 

i. Ethel, b. Jan. 14, 1886; m. Rodolph F. Bailey; lived 
in New London, Connecticut 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 181 

ELVIRA CLARISSA BISHOP , daughter of Augustus and Patty (Lo- 

per) Bishop was born in North Branford, Connecticut, July 
14, 1829. She married Christopher C. Rossiter in North Guil- 
ford May 23, 1849. He was born May 12, 1818 and died in 
North Guilford June 16, 1855. She married second Edward 
Pierson Rossiter December 24, 1856, who died in North Guil- 
ford, March 21, 1905. She died there on November 25, 1895. 

Children (6) ROSSITER 

i. Luella Amelia, b. Mar. 10, 1850 

ii. Sarah, b. June 26 1854, d. Dec. 18, 1854 

iii. Grace Elvira, b. Oct. 25, 1857; unmarried, d. 

Nov. 5, 187 6 
iv. Edgar Eugene, b. Oct. 26, 1860; d. Mar. 13, 1862 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 131 

LUELLA AMELIA ROSSITER , daughter of Christopher C. and El- 
vira Clarissa (Bishop) Rossiter, was born in North Guilford, 
Connecticut, March 10, 1850. She married Dwight C. Chitten- 
den June 9, 1870. She died November 28, 1897. 

Children (7) CHITTENDEN 

i. Ruth Dudley, b. Sept. 7, 1871 

ii. Mabel Elvira, b. Oct. 5, 1873; m. Ernest Potter 

(See Ernest Potter, son of Orrin and Phebe 

(Coan) Potter) . 

Reference: Cone and Root, Descendants of John Bishop , p. 77. 

3 2 1 

SIMEON COAN (John , Peter ) was baptized in North Guilford, 
Connecticut, April 19, 1767, the son of John and Mabel 
(Chittenden) Coan. February 4, 1794, he married Parnel Fow- 
ler, who was born August 23, 1773, the daughter of Stephen 
and Temperance (Stevens) Fowler. In 1804 he joined the Epis- 
copal Society of Christ Church in Guilford. That same year 
he was chosen chorister and served in that capacity the rest 
of his life. May 29, 1806, the church voted payment of Sim- 
eon's "expenses to go to Lebanon for the purpose of examin- 
ing an organ for this church." He served as organist from 
1807 until 1811. 


On April 16, 1804, Simeon, upon the death of his sister 
Hannah's husband, Robert Kimberly, was appointed guardian of 
their minor son Abel. Parnel died March 20, 1813, giving 
birth to twins. Simeon died November 5, 1815, from injuries 
received in the drawing of a building. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Amanda Fitzetta, b. 1795; m. Dinsmore 

of Texas 
ii. Laura D. , b. 1797 

iii. George Washington, b. 1799; d. in New Orleans 
iv. Thomas Jefferson, b. 1801 
v. Mary Eliza (known as Polly), b. Aug. 15, 1804; 

m. Daniel Fowler of Mobile 

vi . Juliet , m. Duncan of Texas 

vii. Parnel, a twin, b. Mar. 20, 1813 

viii. Fowler, a twin, b. Mar. 20, 1813; d. Apr. 9, 


Reference: Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, 
Conn. Vol. 1, p. 7d; Vol. 2, pp. 10-31. 

LAURA D. 4 COAN (Simeon , John , Peter ) was born in 1797, 
the daughter of Simeon and Parnel (Fowler) Coan. She married 
Samuel Johnson Hitchcock May 18, 1818. He was born February 
4, 1786, at Bethlehem, Connecticut, the eldest of twelve 
children of Benjamin and Mary (Johnson, Hitchcock. It was 
impossible for his father to give Samuel any educational ad- 
vantages, so he first worked as a mechanic. His love of 
reading and desire for knowledge attracted the attention of 
his pastor, the Reverend Azel Backus (Yale 1787), who fitted 
him to teach school and prepared him without charge to enter 
the sophomore class at Yale. He was graduated at the head 
of his class in 1809 and delivered the valedictory oration 
on the "Wisdom of Aiming at High Attainments." 

For two years after his graduation he taught in 
Fairfield Academy and then became a tutor at Yale. He 
received his M.A. degree in 1812. While a tutor, he had 
had read law in the office of Seth P. Staples; and June 
4, 1814, at a session of the New Haven County Court he 
was admitted to the bar. In 1815 he began to practice 

The lady of his choice, Laura, the orphaned daugh- 
ter of Simeon and Parnel Coan of Guilford, returned his 
affection, but hesitated to name the day because, being 
unable to purchase her "furniture", she feared that she 
might be a burden to him. To overcome this obstacle, 
Hitchcock proposed to her uncle in a letter dated Janu- 
ary 5, 1818, that they conspire together to practice a 
pious fraud upon her. The plan was that the uncle, 

(top) Samuel Johnson Hitchcock, 
husband of Laura D. Coan. 
Portrait by Jared B. Flagg, Yale 
Law School: The Founders and 
the Founders Collection, (bot- 
tom) "The Poppy Field," a 51 'A* 
65 inch oil painting on canvas 
by George Hitchcock, grandson 
of Laura Coan Hitchcock. Cour- 
tesy Antiques, December, 1980, 
Ira Spanierman, Inc., New York 


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(left) Zion Episcopal Church, North Branford, Connecticut. Drawing 
by Jane D. Hooker from her book, The Story of A Country Parish, 1978; 
used with permission, (right) Congregational Church, North Guilford, 
Connecticut. Picture taken in 1900. Courtesy C C Potter Collection. 

(center) 29 Broad Street, 
Guilford, Connecticut. 
House built probably in 
1808 by Abraham Coan for 
himself; as he built it except 
for door moved from front to 
side. Abraham knew the 
"new architecture of New 
Haven" with its blind 
arcades and flushboarding, 
and may have been inspired 
by the house English archi- 
tect Peter Banner designed 
for the president of Yale, 
(bottom) The Samuel Eliot 
House, 1 State Street, Guil- 
ford, Connecticut. Built by 
Abraham Coan in 1803. 
Courtesy The Guilford 
Preservation Alliance, The 
Connecticut Historical 
Commission, and Elizabeth 
Mills Brown. 


Eliakim Fowler, should make a gift of $300 to Laura, 
telling her that he knew she needed the money for the 
purpose above mentioned, and that he had always in- 
tended to assist her on the approach of that crises 
which he had heard was coming upon her. Hitchcock 
engaged on his part to repay Fowler with interest at 
any time and in any way that the donor might point out. 
"If you do this," wrote Hitchcock, "I am well convinced 
you will add exceedingly to her comfort and do much, 
more perhaps than you are aware of, toward making her a 
happy bride.... You will see, dear Sir, that if you can 
conveniently and consistently comply with the above re- 
quest, it must never be known to your niece that I made 
it, — or at least that the secret must not be divulged 
until some future period." The letter closed with a 
request for a reply within ninety days. The answer must 
have been favorable, for the marriage took place on May 
18, 1818. ( Yale Law School: The Founders and the 
Founders ' Col lection , [published for the Tercentenary 
Commission by the Yale University Press, 1935], pp. 16, 

Besides his work as a lawyer he was instructor in a 
private law school and built a large law library for this 
school. His success as a teacher is indicated by the follow- 
ing verse, written by a student in one of the law school 
books : 

Oh Thou who hears' st the students' prayer 
How dark with all its witch talk 
Would seem the Law, if puzzled here, 
We could not fly to Hitchcock. 

In 1821 Samuel was admitted to practice before the 
United States Circuit Court; from 1838 to 1842 he was a 
judge of the New Haven County Court; from 1842 to 1844 he 
was chief judge of the City Court; from 1839 to 1841 he was 
mayor of New Haven. His private law school eventually be- 
came Yale School of Law. In 1842 the Yale degree of Doctor 
of Laws was conferred upon him. In 1843, largely through his 
efforts, the degree of Bachelor of Laws was first conferred 
by Yale College. 

According to Professor Woolsey, Samuel was "one of the 
most decidedly religious men to be found in any department 
of life." For more than a decade (1833-1845) he was a dea- 
con of Center Church where he conducted a Bible class for 
young men. 

Laura had two sons and three daughters. She died in 
1832. In 1834 Samuel married second Narcissa Perry, widow 
of Joseph Whittemore of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Samuel 
died August 31, 1845, in his sixtieth year and was buried in 
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven. 

Upon his death it was felt the Yale Law School could 


not exist unless it acquired his library. Negotiations were 
made; Hitchcock's library ws sold to Yale for $4,188.65. It 
was the beginning of the Yale Law School library. 

Children (5) HITCHCOCK 

i. George, b. June 1, 1819, New Haven, Conn.; d. 
July 30, 1850, New York 

ii. Laura, b. June 2, 1821, New Haven, Conn.; d. Mar. 
31, 1851, Mobile, Ala. 

iii. Charles, b. 1823 

iv. Susan, b. 1826, New Haven, Conn.; d. Nov. 16, 

v. Mary, b. 1828; m. 1849, New York City, Thomas D. 
Sherwood; d. New York City, Oct. 14, 1852; Tho- 
mas d. 1878 

Reference: Mrs. Edward Hitchcock, Sr., comp., Genealogy of 
the Hitchcock Family (Amherst, Mass.: Press of Carpen- 
ter & Morehouse, 1894), pp. 81, 82. 

Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connect- 
icut Committee on Historical Publications, Yale Law 
School: The Founders and the Founders Collection . 

Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 (Hartford: 
The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders 
and the Patriots of America, 1917), Part I, p. 459. 

CHARLES HITCHCOCK , son of Judge Samuel Johnson and Laura 

(Coan) Hitchcock, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 

1823. He married in 1847 Olivia G. Cowell in Providence, 

Rhode Island. She was born there in 1829. Charles died in 

Providence December 10, 1858; Olivia, February 18, 1865. 

Children (6) HITCHCOCK 

i. Charles, b. May 12, 1848, Providence, R.I. 
ii. George H., b. Sept. 29, 1850 

iii. Amelia Swift, b. Aug. 7, 1852; m. Herbert Maynard 
June 1874, Narragansett Pier, R.I. 

Reference: Hitchcock, Hitchcock Family , pp. 99, 100. 

CHARLES HITCHCOCK , son of Charles and Olivia G. (Cowell) 

Hitchcock, was born May 12, 1848, in Providence, Rhode Is- 
land. In 1872 in Philadelphia he married Frances Lapsley, 
who was born there in 1844. They lived in New York City. 

Children (7) HITCHCOCK 

i. Ethel, b. June 26, 1877, Narragansett Pier, R.I. 
ii. Marguerite, b. Apr. 13, 1879, New York City; d. 
1879, New York City 


iii. Charles, b. Aug. 25, 1881, Narragansett Pier, R.I. 
iv. Horace Lapsley, b. Sept. 3, 1883, Narragansett 
Pier, R.I. 

Reference: Hitchcock, Hitchcock Family , p. 114. 

GEORGE H. HITCHCOCK , son of Charles and Olivia G. (Cowell) 
Hitchcock, was born September 29, 1850, in Providence, Rhode 
Island. He was graduated from Brown University in 1872 and 
from Harvard Law School in 1864. He was admitted to the bar 
both in Providence and New York and practiced law for five 
years. About this time he visited an exhibition of water 
colors which inspired him with the desire to paint. He gave 
up law and began to produce pictures. Although so amateurish 
that in later years he tried to buy them all back, they sold 
readily. The more he painted, the less he found he knew; so 
in 1879 he went to England. Not finding an art school there 
which suited him, he went to Paris and became a pupil at Ju- 
lien's Academy where he studied with Boulanger and Lefebre. 
He next studied at Dusseldorf, still not finding exactly 
what he sought. Finally he went to The Hague and studied un- 
der Mesdag. He then decided to develop his own style and 
settled at Egmond , a little village in northern Holland on 
the North Sea. In England in 1882 he married Henrietta Rich- 

One day while he was out painting in Holland, the Em- 
press of Austria stopped at the village inn and saw some of 
his paintings. One of the Dutch coast she especially liked; 
but as the artist could not be found, she continued her 
journey. She couldn't forget the painting, and the next day 
she sent her equerry back to buy it. This was the beginning 
of George's international success. He became a regular ex- 
hibitor at the Royal Academy in London, at the Paris Salon, 
and at other Continental shows. 

George loved Holland's tulip fields and was the first 
to put on canvas the great fields of flowers. He was a por- 
trait painter as well as a landscape artist and combined 
both talents in his work. The Egmond School is the result 
of his paintings. While he was at Egmond, seventeen studios 
sprang up and three hundred pupils came to him. Berlin, 
Dresden, and Munich bestowed their medals on him; and Vi- 
enna, besides presenting him with a medal, gave him the of- 
ficer's cross of the Franz Josef order and elected him a 
corresponding member of its Academy. He was the only Ameri- 
can to have received the last two distinctions. France made 
him a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. 

His paintings hung in the Imperial Collection of Vi- 
enna, The Dresden Gallery, the Luxembourg, and in municipal 
galleries at Alkmaar and Egmond, Holland. In England his 
works were in many private galleries including Bleinheim, 
the seat of the Duke of Marlborough; and the McCulloch Gal- 
lery. He and Whistler were the only Americans represented at 


the latter. In the United States his paintings hung at the 
Metropolitan Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Indi- 
anapolis Art Institute, and in the public galleries of Prov- 
idence, Buffalo, St. Louis, Savannah, and Minneapolis. 

His paintings were not limited to Dutch subjects. He 
was equally famous for "Flight into Egypt", "Hagar and Ish- 
mael", "Proserpina", "Calypso", "Saint Genevieve, patron 
saint of Paris", and "Saint George". His work failed to 
classify in any one school. He painted Holland as he, an 
American, saw it. Outstanding characteristics of his art 
were sincerity, refinement, quiet color, and a remarkable 
achievement of atmosphere. 

George died August 2, 1913, on the Island of Marken, 
Netherlands . 

Reference: Biographical Sketches of American Artists (Lan- 
sing, Mich.: Michigan State Library, 1924), pp. 150- 

Peyton Boswell, "The George Hitchcock Memorial 
Exhibition," Arts and Decoration , February, 1921, Vol. 
14, p. 297. 

Hitchcock, Hitchcock Family , p. 99. 

4 3 2 1 

THOMAS JEFFERSON COAN (Simeon , John , Peter ) was born in 

1801, the son of Simeon and Parnel (Fowler) Coan. He married 
January 15, 1823, Betsy Dibble Trowbridge, daughter of Elia- 
kim D. and Amelia (Taylor) Trowbridge. Betsy was born Decem- 
ber 27, 1801. Thomas died June 21, 1824. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Mary Eliza, b. Aug. 16, 1824 

Reference: F. W. Chapman, The Trowbridge Family or Descend- 
ants of Thomas Trowbridge (New Haven: Punderson, Cris- 
and & Co., 1872), p. 187. 

MARY ELIZA COAN (Thomas J. , Simeon , John , Peter ) was 
born August 16, 1824, the daughter of Thomas J. and Betsy D. 
(Trowbridge) Coan. She married April 11, 1842, Henry Durant. 

Children (6) DURANT 

i. Arthur, b. Feb. 28, 1846 

ii. Sabriette, b. Feb. 24, 1850 

iii. Henry Willard, b. June 30, 1855; d. Jan. 26, 1856 

3 2 1 

SUBMIT COAN (John , Peter ) was born December 7, 1769, the 

daughter of John and Mabel (Chittenden) Coan. She married 

January 28, 1790, Anson Chittenden, born March 4, 1789, son 


of Jared and Deborah (Stone) Chittenden. Anson was chosen 
Deacon of the First Church in 1809. He and his family went 
to Mount Pleasant, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, in 1813. An- 
son died there, aged 80, January 21, 1849; Submit died July 
24, 1849, aged 79. 

Children (4) CHITTENDEN 

i. Chauncey, b. June 4, 1791; d. Sept. 13, 1794 

ii. Deborah, b. Dec. 4, 1792; d. Mar. 20, 1793 

iii. Josiah C, b. May 21, 1794 

iv. William Harvey, b. Nov. 4, 1796 

v. Abel, b. Aug. 28, 1798 

vi. Zenas, b. Sept. 4, 1800 

vii. Mariette, b. Oct. 4, 1802 

viii. Rachel, b. July 3, 1805 

ix. Miranda, b. Mar. 23, 1807; d. Jan. 29, 1827 

x. Anson, b. Mar. 13, 1809 

xi . Anna Goodale, b. Apr. 23, 1811 

xii. Aaron Dutton, b. Feb. 17, 1815 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 67 

JOSIAH CHITTENDEN , son of Anson and Submit (Coan) Chitten- 
den, was born May 21, 1794. He married October 11, 1816, 
Siba Hand, daughter of Daniel and Artemisia (Meigs) Hand of 
Madison, Connecticut. Josiah was a hotel keeper in Clinton, 
Connecticut, when he died September 14, 1865. Siba died, 
aged 80, August 29, 1876. 


Artemisia, b. Jan. 24, 1818; m. John R. Farnham 
Daniel Anson, b. Apr. 10, 1820; m. Maria Buell 
William Augustus, b. July 22, 1826; m. Harriet 

Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 117. 

WILLIAM HARVEY CHITTENDEN , son of Anson and Submit (Coan) 

Chittenden, was born November 4, 1796. He married October 

30, 1817, Belinda Wheeler, daughter of Benjamin Wheeler of 

Mt . Pleasant, Pennsylvania, born January, 1797. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Zaida, b. Aug. 6, 1818; m. Calvin D. Cobb 
ii . Jeannette, b. Apr. 12, 1822; m. James Pratt 
iii. Salome, b. Mar. 8, 1824; m. J. B. Muzzy 
iv. William Wallace, b. Mar. 30, 1826; m. Huldah 



i . 


in . 




v. Emeline, b. Sept. 6, 1828; m. George H. King 

vi. Jane, b. Dec. 9, 1830; m. Dr. Frederic Tracy 

vii. Almira, b. May 2, 1833; m. R. E. Prouty 

viii. Artemisia, b. Oct. 25, 1835 

ix. Abel L., b. Mar. 18, 1838; m . E. L. Hall 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 118. 

ABEL CHITTENDEN , son of Anson and Submit (Coan) Chittenden, 

was born August 28, 1798. He married May 17, 1820, Eliza 
Hiscock of Mount Pleasant, born March 24, 1803. She died, 
aged 46, June 29, 1879. He resided in Mt . Pleasant and Clin- 
ton, Pennsylvania. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Eliza Maria, b. Apr. 22, 1821; m. Henry Spencer 
ii. Noah Anson, b. Jan. 14, 1829; m. Sophia Abbott 
iii. Laura C, b. Oct. 22, 1830; m. George L. Bush 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 118. 

ZENAS CHITTENDEN , son of Anson and Submit (Coan) Chitten- 
den, was born September 4, 1800. He married Almira Roberts, 
daughter of Daniel of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, where 
they resided. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Jared M. , b. July 25, 1823; m. Mary Wells 
ii. Samuel N., b. July 7, 1826; m. Martha Slocum 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 119. 

MARIETTA CHITTENDEN , daughter of Anson and Submit (Coan) 

Chittenden, was born October 4, 1802. She married Heman Am- 
brose Wheeler at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, September 18, 
1816. He was the son of Benjamin and Lowly Wheeler; was born 
November 12, 1793, at Winchester, Connecticut; died March 8, 
1869. Marietta died February 25, 1875. 

Children (5) WHEELER born at Mount Pleasant 

i. Lucius C, b. May 29, 1820; d. Nov. 1, 1869 

ii. Chauncey Chittenden, b. June 8, 1823 

iii. Josiah C, b. Mar. 30, 1825; d. June 20, 1830 

iv. Harriet Ann, b. Sept. 13, 1827 

v. Richmond Worthington, m. Clara Hubbell 

vi . Josiah Dennis, b. Dec. 23, 1832 

vii. Ellen Amanda, b. Dec. 21, 1834; d. Oct. 23, 1853 


Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 119. 

RACHEL CHITTENDEN 4 , daughter of Anson and Submit (Coan) 
Chittenden, was born July 3, 1805. She married Joseph Peck. 

Children (5) PECK 

i. Elizabeth 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 120. 

ANSON CHITTENDEN , son of Anson and Submit (Coan) Chittenden 

was born March 13, 1809. He married March 7, 1831, Laura C. 
Chittenden, daughter of Amos and Jerusha (Graves) Chitten- 
den. She was born July 4, 1811. They resided in Mount Plea- 
sant, Pennsylvania. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Richard A., b. Sept. 1, 1832; m. Rhoda Alexander 
ii. Elizabeth, b. May 21, 1840; m. Nelson E. Kennedy 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 120. 

ANNA GOODALE CHITTENDEN , daughter of Anson and Submit 

(Coan) Chittenden, was born April 23, 1811. She married 

Henry Bass. 

Children (5) BASS 

1 . 


11 . 


Ill . 




Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 120 

AARON DUTTON CHITTENDEN , son of Anson and Submit (Coan) 

Chittenden, was born February 17, 1815. He married April 30, 
1846, Eliza Abbott, daughter of Samuel Abbott of Mount Plea- 
sant, Pennsylvania. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Eliza Ann, b. Feb. 22, 1850 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 121. 


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LUCRETIA COAN (John , Peter ) was baptized July 1772, the 
daughter of John and Mabel (Chittenden) Coan. She married 
January 11, 1795, Abel Chittenden, son of Jared and Deborah 
(Stone) Chittenden. He lived in North Guilford and died, 
aged 27, August 27, 1798. 

Children (4) CHITTENDEN 

i. Martin C, b. June 11, 1797; m. Abigail 

ii. Emeline, b. July 8, 1798; m. Horace Rossiter 

Lucretia married second Jared Jessup, March 14, 1802. 
He was probably the son of Nathan and Hannah (Tarbell) Jes- 
sup of Richmond, Massachusetts. 

Children (4) JESSUP 

i. Hannah 

Reference: Henry Griswald Jessup, Edward Jessup of West 
Farms, Westchester Co., New York and His Descendants 
(Cambridge, Mass.: John Wilson and Son, 1887), p. 355. 
Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 67. 

MARTIN C. CHITTENDEN , son of Abel and Lucretia (Coan) Chit- 
tenden, was born June 11, 1797. He married Abigail . 

He went to Pana, Illinois. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Edward F. 

ii. Mary E., b. July 25, 1835 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 121. 

EMELINE CHITTENDEN , daughter of Abel and Lucretia (Coan) 
Chittenden, was born July 8, 1798. She married October 10, 
1826, Horace Rossiter, son of Noah and Polly (Dudley) Rossi- 
ter. Emeline and Horace lived in Richmond, Massachusetts. 

Children (5) ROSSITER 

i. Emeline Lucretia 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 126. 

3 2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (John , Peter ) was born November 9, 1774, in 

North Guilford, Connecticut, the son of John and Mabel 
(Chittenden) Coan. He married Martha (Patty) Linsley Janu- 
ary 17, 1799. The Reverend Lynde Huntington of Branford per- 
formed the ceremony. Abraham was a carpenter and in 1813, as 

fig Pf^^ff^M 


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■ .■ 

From a record book of David Chittenden (1777-1861). Part of the record of the 
costs of building the meeting house in North Guilford. Note that Abraham 
Coan, a captain of the builders (architect and builder), was often paid in food 
and hard cider. He received 750 to 830 a day for his work. Courtesy C C Potter 

1 I 

(left) Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, Connecticut. Courtesy Sedge Le 
Blang. (right) Stained glass window given by Grace Elliott Coan in memory of 
her parents, Abraham L. Coan and Grace Fairchild Elliott Coan, in Christ 
Episcopal Church, Guilford, Connecticut. Courtesy the Reverend Bradford B. 

Coin silver spoons made by Abraham L. Coan (1809- 1834), silversmith. 
Mobile, Alabama. Note his mark. Courtesy Anglo-American Art Museum. 
Louisiana State University. 


captain of the builders designed and built the Congrega- 
tional Church in North Guilford. Its unusual features were 
the belfry in the tower and the domed, open cupola above it. 
Abraham designed several other churches in Connecticut, 
among them the North Branford Zion Episcopal Church which he 
built in 1819. It had an octagonal belfry, a dome, and 
gothic windows. 

In 1803 Abraham was listed as a member and communicant 
of the Christ Episcopal Church in Guilford. He was a chor- 
ister in 1807 and 1808; a vestryman from 1812 until 1820 
when he became Senior Warden. He served in that capacity, as 
well as usually being moderator of church meetings, for over 
20 years. In 1815 the church people voted that he should 
repair the church walls. On June 21, 1836, his name was 
among the names on a scroll deposited in a lead box at the 
laying of the cornerstone of the new Christ Church. Novem- 
ber 12, 1838, Abraham was appointed the church warden who 
was to sign and present the deed of dedication of the new 
church on December 12. 

As well as being active in the church, he was active in 
town affairs. He was justice of the peace in 1818 and in 
1820 was elected warden in Guilford, a position he held un- 
til 1840. Martha died January 19, 1829. October 2, 1832, 
Abraham married second Sarah (Linsley) Russell, Martha's 
sister. Abraham died in Guilford February 14, 1863, aged 88. 
The Reverend Lorenzo T. Bennett officiated at his burial 
service . 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Henrietta, b. Oct. 20, 1800 

ii. Clarissa, b. Feb. 7, 1802 

iii. Lucretia, b. June 4, 1805 

iv. Abraham L., b. Mar. 31, 1809 

v. Sarah, b. May 1, 1815 

Reference: Frederick W. Bailey, ed., Early Connecticut Mar- 
riages As Found in Ancient Church Records Prior to 
1800 (New Haven: Bureau of American Ancestry, 1896), 
Book 2 , p. 113. 

Records of Christ Church, Guilford, Conn., Vol. 
2, pp. 7-58. 

Ralph D. Smith, The History of Guilford, Con- 
necticut From Its First Settlement in 1639 (Al- 
bany, New York: J. Munsell, Printer, 1877), pp. 110, 

HENRIETTA 4 COAN (Abraham 3 , John 2 , Peter 1 ) was born Octo- 
ber 20, 1800, the daughter of Abraham and Martha (Linsley) 
Coan . July 10, 1822, she married William Tyler, born in New 
Milford, Connecticut, November 10, 1791, the son of Luther 
and Jemima (Parrish) Tyler of Branford, Connecticut. He was 


a sea captain and resided in Guilford the last twenty years 
of his life. He served as Justice in 1858. Henrietta died, 
aged 75, October 14, 1875. They had no children. 

Reference: Smith, History of Guilford , p. 147. 

4 3 2 1 

CLARISSA COAN (Abraham , John , Peter ) was born Febru- 
ary 7, 1802, the daughter of Abraham and Martha (Linsley) 
Coan. She married on August 10, 1823, John Bartlett, born 
October 13, 1785, the son of John and Deborah (Hubbard) 
Bartlett of Guilford, Connecticut. Clarissa died, aged 40, 
October 9, 1842. John died in Guilford, aged 76, May 4, 

Children (5) BARTLETT 

i. Lucretia Coan, b. May 5, 1824; m. John B. Kirby, 
New Haven 

ii. William Tyler, b. Aug. 22, 1827; m. Caroline Ty- 
ler, New Haven 

iii. Sophia Martha, b. Mar. 19, 1833 

4 3 2 1 

LUCRETIA COAN (Abraham , John , Peter ) was born June 4, 
1805, the daughter of Abraham and Martha (Linsley) Coan. She 
married Richard W. Julian [Julien] of Bainbridge, New York, 
January 28, 1823. They had two children, a son and a daugh- 

4 3 2 1 

ABRAHAM L. COAN (Abraham , John , Peter ) was born March 
31, 1809, the son of Abraham and Martha (Linsley) Coan. Oc- 
tober 16, 1834, he married Grace Fairchild Elliott, born 
March 19, 1810, the daughter of Reuben and Grace (Fairchild) 
Elliott. He was a distinguished silversmith in Mobile, Ala- 
bama. "A. L. Coan and Alanzon Knapp became active in the 
mid-30s but their output seems to have been largely flat 
silver, such as tablespoons, mustard and salt spoons in fid- 
dleback design. They also carried on a watch-making busi- 
ness" (Sidney Adair Smith, Mobile Silversmiths and Jewe- 
lers 1820-1867 ) . The Anglo-American Art Museum at Louis- 
iana State University had in its permanent collection (1982) 
two of Abraham's coin silver teaspoons. Abraham died August 
18, 1841, in Mobile, Alabama; Grace died in Guilford, Con- 
necticut, August 21, 1858. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Grace Elliott, b. Mar. 4, 1841; d. Mar. 17, 1889 

5 4 3 2 1 

GRACE ELLIOTT COAN (Abraham L. , Abraham , John , Peter ) 
was born March 4, 1841, daughter of Abraham L. and Grace 


Fairchild (Elliott) Coan. She taught school in New Jersey, 
but spent some time in Guilford, Connecticut, with her aunt, 
Miss Cornelia Elliott. August 28, 1882, she was admitted as 
a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, by cer- 
tificate from St. Peter's Church, Bainbridge, New York. She 
gave the Coan window to Christ Episcopal Church. It was in 
memory of her parents, Abraham L. Coan and Grace F. Elliott. 
The window was broken by the hurricane of September 21, 1938 
but carefully repaired. Grace died in Orange, New Jersey, 
March 20, 1889. 

Reference: Newspaper article published at the time of the 
100th anniversary of the consecration of the building 
of the "new" Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, Conn., 
December 12, 19 38. 

Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, 
Conn., Vol. 3, pp. 278, 448. 

4 3 2 1 

SARAH COAN (Abraham , John , Peter ) was born May 1, 1815, 
the daughter of Abraham and Martha (Linsley) Coan. She mar- 
ried November 12, 1837, Roger Griswold, son of George and 
Nancy (Landon) Griswold of Guilford, Connecticut. Sarah died 
in Bainbridge, New York, June 30, 1879. 

Children (5) GRISWOLD 

i. Edward Fitz, b. Nov. 8, 1838 

3 2 i 

DAVIS COAN (John , Peter ) was born in Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, in 1785, the son of John and Mabel (Chittenden) Coan. 
January 4, 1804, he joined the Episcopal Society of Christ 
Church and was active there all his life. He was chosen 
chorister for several years and in 1809 was chosen organist. 
He married April 29, 1807, in Guilford, Catharine Fowler, 
who was born in Guilford February 5, 1787, the daughter of 
Noah and Lucy (Bartlett) Fowler. Davis died, aged 38, in 
Guilford July 27, 1822. Catharine married second March 23, 
1823, William Pendleton. Catharine died January 29, 1855. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Jane, b. 1808; d. Jan. 8, 1810 

ii. Jane, b. Jan. 1810; m. Chauncey Munson of North- 
ford; d. Sept. 11, 1870 

iii. Annette Amelia, a twin, ) born in 
b. Dec. 25, 1811 ) great 

iv. Jennette Adelia, a twin, ) Christmas 
b. Dec. 25, 1811 ) snowstorm 

v. Catharine Fowler, b. July 25, 1814 (July 19, 1813) 

vi. Richard Davis, b. May 5, 1816 

vii. William Lorenzo, b. Dec. 20, 1821 


Reference: Everett Hall Pendleton, comp. , Brian Pendleton 
and His Descendants, 1599-1910 (Privately printed, 
1910) , p. 181. 

Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, 
Conn., Vol. 1, p. 7d; Vol. 2, pp. 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 

ANNETTE AMELIA 4 COAN (Davis 3 , John 2 , Peter 1 ) was born a twin 
December 25, 1811, during the great Christmas snowstorm, in 
Guilford, Connecticut, daughter of Davis and Catharine (Fow- 
ler) Coan. She married September 29, 1831, Denison Chitten- 
den, a Guilford farmer, who was born September 6, 1810, the 
son of Justus Johnson and Lucretia (Cruttenden) Chittenden. 

Children (5) CHITTENDEN 

i. Catharine Fowler, b. Dec. 2, 1833; d. Aug. 10, 

ii. Henry Denison, b. Dec. 22, 1835 
iii. Sarah Lucretia, b. July 13, 1839; d. July 18, 


Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 217. 

HENRY DENISON CHITTENDEN , son of Denison and Annette Amelia 
(Coan) Chittenden, was born in Guilford, Connecticut, Decem- 
ber 22, 1835. He married July 1, 1857, Mary Jane Dowd, who 
was born October 22, 1838, the daughter of Alfred G. and 
Harriet (Scranton) Dowd of Fair Haven. Henry and Mary re- 
sided in Guilford. 

Children (6) CHITTENDEN 

i. Edward Johnson, b. Jan. 5, 1858 

ii. John Scranton, b. July 15, 1860; d. Mar. 30, 1862 

Reference: Talcott, Chittenden Family , p. 226. 

4 3 2 1 

JENNETTE ADELIA COAN (Davis , John , Peter ) was born a 

twin in Guilford, Connecticut, December 25, 1811, during the 
great Christmas snowstorm. She was the daughter of Davis and 
Catharine (Fowler) Coan. On September 1, 1833, she married 
the Reverend Erastus Albert Strong, who was born at Chester- 
field, New York, August 19, 1809, the son of Erastus and 
Abigail W. (Harrison) Strong of North Branford. Jennette 
died October 17, 1840. He married second Elizabeth B. Still- 
man of Wethersfield on August 31, 1844. During the Civil War 
he was a chaplain in the army, was taken prisoner, and was 
confined in Libby Prison. His health was broken down, and 
he died in Gambier, Ohio, in 1866. 


Children (5) STRONG 

i. Walter, b. June 28, 1837; d. Oct. 16, 1837 

ii. Catherine Annette, b. Sept. 17, 1838; d. July 28, 

iii. Asahel Minor, b. Dec. 7, 1839; d. Dec. 1839 

Erastus had eight children by his second marriage. 

Reference: Benjamin W. Dwight, History of the Descendants 
of Elder John Strong of Northampton, Mass . (Albany, 
N.Y.: Joel Munsell, 1871), Vol. I, p. 128. 

CATHERINE FOWLER COAN (Davis 3 , John 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in 
Guilford, Connecticut, July 25, 1814, or July 19, 1813, the 
daughter of Davis and Catherine (Fowler) Coan. On September 
11, 1831, she married Merritt Pendleton, who was born at 
Cornwall, Connecticut, September 1, 1803, the son of William 
and Lucretia (Welton) Pendleton. Merritt died September 25, 
1866, at Waterville, Connecticut; Catherine, January 27, 
1890, at Lansingburg, Michigan. 

Children (5) PENDLETON all born in Cornwall, Connecticut 

i. Louis, b. Nov. 7, 1832; d. Mar. 11, 1836 

ii. Louisa, L., b. Jan. 8, 1834; d. Mar. 10, 1836 

iii. Mary, b. Jan. 20, 1836; d. Jan. 21, 1836 

iv. Henry Lewis, b. Feb. 1, 1837 

v. Theodore Augustus, b. Apr. 21, 1839 

vi. William Lorenzo, b. Dec. 8, 1841 

vii. Josephine, b. Apr. 9, 1843; d. Sept. 1, 1849 

viii. Jonathan B., b. Nov. 22, 1846; d. Sept. 8, 1849 

ix. Jeannette Maria, b. Oct. 21, 1851 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 332. 

HENRY LEWIS PENDLETON , the son of Merritt and Catherine 
Fowler (Coan) Pendleton, was born in Cornwall, Connecticut, 
February 1, 1837. He was a wagon maker. May 25, 1858, he 
married Mary Elmira Landon, who was born in Litchfield, Con- 
necticut, January 29, 1838, daughter of Abner and Minerva 
(Stone) Landon. Henry died at Middlefield, Connecticut, Feb- 
ruary 25, 1896. 

Children (6) PENDLETON 

i. Mary Amelia, b. Sept. 22, 1859 

ii. Anna Lucretia, b. Mar. 10, 1861, Canaan, Conn.; 

d. aged 6 months 
iii. Edith Minerva, b. Mar. 21, 1862, Canaan, Conn.; 

m. Luther W. Fowler 


iv. Frederick Landon, b. Oct. 12, 1863, Goshen, 

Conn.; m. Mary C. Gleich 
v. Flora Louise, b. May 1, 1866 
vi . Henry Merritt, b. May 26, 1872, Goshen, Conn.; 

m. Sarah M. Fowler 
vii. Charlotte Imogene, b. Aug. 27, 1874 
viii. Emily Alice, b. Sept. 23, 1876 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 332. 

MARY AMELIA PENDLETON , the daughter of Henry Lewis and Mary 
Elmira (Landon) Pendleton, was born September 22, 1859, in 
Litchfield, Connecticut. She married at Middlefield May 29, 
1878, Gordon S. Goodrich, who was born in Portland, Connect- 
icut, July 23, 1854, the son of Joseph and Fannie A. (Buck) 
Goodrich. Mary died February 11, 1897, in Middlefield. Gor- 
don married second Clara Smith. 

Children (7) GOODRICH 

i. Joseph H., b. Oct. 9, 1881; m. Mary Camt ; resided 

in Hartford, Conn, 
ii. Ernest S., b. Apr. 4, 1885; resided in Hartford; 

m. July 31, 1909, Hazel M. Moffett 
iii. Elsie, b. Oct. 13, 1890; d. aged 1 year 
iv. Howard, b. Apr. 20, 1895 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 332. 

FLORA LOUISE PENDLETON , the daughter of Henry Lewis and 

Mary Elmira (Landon) Pendleton, was born May 1, 1866, in 
Goshen, Connecticut. At Berlin, Connecticut, on February 14, 
1883, she married Charles W. Williams, who was born in Ken- 
sington, Connecticut, January 22, 1861, the son of Charles 
W. and Harriet E. (Bailey) Williams. They resided at Ken- 

Children (7) WILLIAMS 

i. Hattie E., b. Aug. 26, 1885; resided at Pitts- 
field, Mass. 
ii. Clarence L., b. Oct. 3, 1889; d. Apr. 18, 1891 
iii. Willis H., b. Sept. 20, 1890; d. Jan. 5, 1891 
iv. Harold, b. Nov. 16, 1901; d. Nov. 17, 1901 

(Had four more boys and one girl who died at 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 514. 

CHARLOTTE IMOGENE PENDLETON , the daughter of Henry Lewis 
and Mary Elmira (Landon) Pendleton, was born August 27, 1874 


at Portland, Connecticut. On April 13, 1895, at Holyoke, 
Massachusetts, she married Albert H. Abbe, who was born in 
Windsorville, Connecticut, September 21, 1873, the son of 
Rufus H. and Louisa (Shears) Abbe. Albert died July 24, 
1896. Charlotte resided at Wallingford, Connecticut. 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 514. 

EMILY ALICE PENDLETON , the daughter of Henry Lewis and Mary 

Elmira (Landon) Pendleton, was born in Middlefield, Connect- 
icut, September 23, 1876. At Kensington, Connecticut, Janu- 
ary 1, 1895, she married Irving S. Kent, the son of Oliver 
and Jennie (Strong) Kent. Irving was a contractor and 
builder in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Children (7) KENT 

i. Lillian, b. Nov. 17, 1896, Hartford, Conn. 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 514. 

THEODORE AUGUSTUS PENDLETON , the son of Merritt and Cather- 
ine Fowler (Coan) Pendleton, was born April 21, 1839, at 
Cornwall, Connecticut. He enlisted August 4, 1862, in Com- 
pany C, 2nd Regiment, Connecticut Heavy Artillery; was pro- 
moted to Quartermaster Sergeant March 13, 1864; and was hon- 
orably discharged July 7, 1865. The History of Goshen, 
Connecticut says of him: 

He was one of the smallest men in the regiment, 
wearing number 4 boots. A skillful mechanic, his mus- 
ket was the pride of the "Defences of Washington." A 
great many people came to see it, among them many regu- 
lar army officers. He was offered $100 and another mus- 
ket for his weapon. 

After the war Theodore opened a hotel in Seymour, Connecti- 
cut. At New Haven, Connecticut, July 11, 1866, he married 
Jane M. Abbott, who was born in Goshen, Connecticut, August 
9, 1849, the daughter of Newton and Eliza (Wright) Abbott. 
Theodore died at Seymore, Connecticut, October 30, 1870. 
Jane died in Branford January 11, 1888. 

Children (6) PENDLETON 

i. Leonore May, b. Nov. 26, 1867 

ii. William E., b. June 15, 1869, Seymore, Conn.; re- 
sided at New Haven 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton, p. 514 


LEONORE MAY PENDLETON 6 , the daughter of Theodore Augustus 
and Jane M. (Abbott) Pendleton, was born November 26, 1867, 
in Goshen, Connecticut. On November 3, 1885, in South Dover, 
New York, she married James Orson Ford, who was born July 7, 
1863, in Cornwall, Connecticut, the son of James Oliver and 
Emily (Morse) Ford. They resided at Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

Children (7) FORD 

i. Theodore Belvin, b. Aug. 27, 1886 at New Milford, 
Conn . 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 515. 

WILLIAM LORENZO PENDLETON 4 , the son of Merritt and Catharine 
(Coan) Pendleton, was born in Cornwall, Connecticut, Decem- 
ber 8, 1841. He enlisted in the Civil War September 6, 1861, 
in Company E, 8th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; 
and was discharged on account of disability May 31, 1862. He 
re-enlisted August 11, 1863, in Company C, 14th Regiment, 
Connecticut Volunteers; was captured at Rapidan River, Vir- 
ginia, February 6, 1864; and died of starvation at Anderson- 
ville, Georgia, July 6, 1864. (Records Conn. Adj. Gen.) 
His grave there is No. 2960. He was unmarried. 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 333. 

JEANNETTE MARIE PENDLETON , the daughter of Merritt and 

Catharine (Coan) Pendleton, was born in Cornwall, Connecti- 
cut, October 21, 1851. She married at New Haven on May 7, 
1872, Watson L. Seward. They resided in Charlotte, Michigan. 

Children (5) SEWARD 

i. Harry Jason, b. Jan. 31, 1873, New Haven; d. May 

22, 1875, Guilford 
ii. Frank Watson, b. Apr. 11, 1877 

Reference: Pendleton, Brian Pendleton , p. 333. 

4 3 2 1 

RICHARD DAVIS COAN (Davis , John , Peter ) was born in 

Guilford, Connecticut, May 5, 1816, the son of Davis and 

Catharine (Fowler) Coan. He moved to New Haven in 1832 and 

was employed at Brown's joiner shop. October 18, 1837, he 

married Flora Hitchcock Grannis, who was born May 29, 1813, 

the daughter of John Grannis of Cheshire, Connecticut. He 

rose to the rank of major in the old Connecticut militia and 

served as major under General Rose of North Branford. In 

1840 in company with Martin Evarts and John Mallory he went 

to Guilford to repair and rebuild old Christ Episcopal 


Church. February 17, 1840, the church voted that Richard D. 
Coan "should erect a fence around the church except the 
front by April 1st next." April 12, 1841, Richard D. Coan 
by vote of the church was to "place a new pinacle upon the 
tower provided a subscription can be raised." April 16, 
1844, the church voted that Richard D. Coan should repair 
the tower. 

From 1841-1845 Richard was church clerk. He also served 
as chorister in 1838 and 1839 when he was only 18 years old, 
and again in 1848; and as vestryman in 1848. One of his sons 
was named Bennett; another, William Lorenzo, probably in 
honor of the rector of the church at that time, the Reverend 
Lorenzo T. Bennett. 

Later he took charge of the choir of St. Paul's Church 
in New Haven. He was also connected with the choir of the 
Church of the Ascension on Davenport Avenue; and was very 
active in the choirs of both churches. In 1851 he was ap- 
pointed superintendent of the Hotchkiss & Lewis factory, 
later Lewis & Beecher's, and later George and Thomas Ailing 
Company. He died in 1898. Flora died in August, 1891. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Charles Richard, b. Aug. 5, 1838 

ii. William Arthur, b. Nov. 3, 1839; d. Apr. 29, 1844 

iii. Bennett Fowler, b. July 19, 1841 

iv. Frances Annette, b. May 2, 1843 

v. Jane Augusta, b. July 7, 1844 

vi. William Arthur , b. July 26, 1847 

vii. Ella Jennette, b. Mar. 11, 1849 

Reference: William Richard Cutler and Others, ed. , Genea- 
logical and Family History of the State of Connecticut 
(New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911), 
Vol. 1, p. 91. 

Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford, 
Conn., Vol. 2, pp. 78-88. 

5 4 3 2 1 

CHARLES RICHARD COAN (Richard , Davis , John , Peter ) was 

born in Guilford, Connecticut, August 5, 1838, the son of 
Richard Davis and Flora Hitchcock (Grannis) Coan. During his 
boyhood the family moved to New Haven. There he became a 
teller at the New Haven County Bank; then he became affili- 
ated with Security Insurance Compapnpy. While in their em- 
ploy in 1861, he enlisted in the army for service in the 
Civil War. He recruited a company, nearly all of whom were 
from his old home in Guilford. He was made First Lieutenant 
and served under Captain White, Company E, 15th Regiment, 
Connecticut Volunteers; he was later taken sick and honor- 
ably discharged from the service. 


November 17, 1859, Charles married Anna Read Baldwin, 
who was born January 15, 1839, daughter of George Baldwin. 
For many years then he was in the book and stationery busi- 
ness. Eventually he sold this business in New Haven, and 
became manager of the New Haven department of the Security 
Insurance Company with which he was associated early in 
life. He retired in 1905. Anna died March 12, 1911, in New 
Haven; Charles August 15, 1922. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Hattie Perkins, b. Mar. 1, 1864 
ii. George Richard, b. Dec. 21, 1865 


6 5 4 3 

HATTJE PERKINS COAN (Charles R. , Richard D. , Davis , 

John , Peter ) was born March 1, 1864, the daughter of 

Charles Richard and Anna R. (Baldwin) Coan. She married 
Clifford H. Booth May 17, 1884, in New Haven, Connecticut, 

son of Benjamin and Caroline (Andrew) Booth of New Haven and 
Nangatuck respectively. 

Children (7) BOOTH 

i. Elenore Baldwin, b. Feb. 16, 1885 
ii. Marian, b. May 7, 1893 

GEORGE RICHARD COAN (Charles R. , Richard D. , Davis , 
John , Peter ) was born in New Haven, Connecticut, December 
21, 1865, the son of Charles Richard and Anna Read (Baldwin) 
Coan. He attended both public and private schools in New 
Haven. When he had completed his education, he joined his 
father in a book business. Later he was with Bradley & Lee 
in the cigar and tobacco trade, and then with Stoddard, Gil- 
bert & Company. 

On December 21, 1887, he married Lucy Mansfield Bulke- 
ley, who was born March 19, 1870. The only child of this 
marriage died in infancy; Lucy died July 16, 1888. George 
married second Mary Lenora Bunnell May 21, 1891, in Water- 
bury. She was the daughter of John B. and Helen A. Bunnell. 

About 1890 George went into the insurance business with 
his father who was local manager of the Security Insurance 
Company of New Haven. In 1907 his father retired and George 
joined in a partnership relation with Henry B. Bunnell. 
George gave up the position of local manager for Security 
Insurance Company, and he and his partner opened up an of- 
fice at 17 Center Street, New Haven, representing Security 
Insurance Company and also acting as local agents for other 
insurance corporations. In 1913 they moved to 25-27 Center 
Street and on June 1, 1917, incorporated their business un- 
der the name of Coan & Bunnell, Inc., with a capital of 


sixty thousand dollars, all paid up by the officers of the 
company, who were George R. Coan, president; Mrs. Mary L. 
Coan, secretary; Henry B. Bunnell, treasurer. 

George and Mary were members of St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church. Mary belonged to Mary Clapp Worcester Chapter of the 
Daughters of the American Revolution; to the Universal Sun- 
shine Society, at one time treasurer of the Elm City Branch; 
and to the Woodbridge Auxiliary of the American Red Cross of 
which she was president. George held membership in the Wood- 
men of the World, the New Haven Colony Historical Society, 
the Young Men's Institute, the Chamber of Commerce, the 
Union League Club, and the Automobile Club of New Haven. He 
also belonged to the Young Republican Club, and was always a 
supporter of the Republican party. 

In 19>15 he built a home in Woodbridge and called this 
small, but highly productive farm Seven Acres. In 1917 he 
was elected to the Woodbridge branch of the State Council of 
Defense. He and Mary had no children. 

Reference: Everett G. Hill, Modern History of New Haven and 
Eastern New Haven County (New York and Chicago: S. J. 
Clarke Publishing Company, 1918), Vol. 2, pp. 470, 471. 
Mary Hewitt Mitchell, History of New Haven 
County, Connecticut (Chicago and Boston: Pioneer His- 
torical Publishing Co., 1930), Vol. Ill, pp. 330, 331. 

5 4 3 2 1 

BENNETT FOWLER COAN (Richard D. , Davis , John , Peter ) 

was born July 19, 1841, the son of Richard Davis and Flora 

Hitchcock (Grannis) Coan. On November 10, 1863, he married 

Hattie M. Carpenter in Athens, Ohio. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Flora Durand, b. Mar. 13, 1870; m. Harrison D. 

Emerson June 9, 1900 

ii. Anna Hawks, b. Oct. 27, 1873 

iii. Barbara Marie, b. Mar. 16, 1877 

BARBARA MARIE 6 COAN (Bennett F. , Richard D. , Davis , 
John 2 , Peter 1 ) was born March 16, 1877, the daughter of Ben- 
nett Fowler and Hattie M. (Carpenter) Coan. On June 8, 1901, 
she married Lome K. Emerson of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Children (7) EMERSON 

i. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 17, 1902 

ii. Harriet Barbara, b. Sept. 11, 1904 

iii. Laura, b. Aug. 20, 1906 

5 4 3 2 1 

FRANCES ANNETTE COAN (Richard D. , Davis , John , Peter ) 

was born May 2, 1843, the daughter of Richard Davis and 


Flora Hitchcock (Grannis) Coan. On October 17, 1866, she 
married Henry Percy, the son of Truman Percy of Watertown, 
Connecticut . 

Children (6) PERCY 

i. Richard Truman, b. May 19, 1869; m. Josephine Jenn- 
ings May 25, 1896, in Minneapolis, Minn. 

5 4 3 2 1 

JANE AUGUSTA COAN (Richard D. , Davis , John , Peter ) was 

born July 7, 1844, the daughter of Richard Davis and Flora 

Hitchcock (Grannis) Coan. In December of 1970 she married 

William H. Cornwall [Cornwell] of New Haven, Connecticut. 

Jane died in New Haven September 26, 1885. 


i. Flora May, b. Sept. 9, 1871 

FLORA MAY CORNWALL [CORNWELL] , the daughter of William H. 

and Jane Augusta (Coan) Cornwall [Cornwell], was born Sep- 
tember 9, 1871. On August 12, 1891, she married Harry Dwight 
Kelsey of New Haven, Connecticut. 

Children (7) KELSEY 

i. Harold 

ii. Marguerite 

iii. Beatrice 

iv. Lawrence 

WILLIAM ARTHUR COAN (Richard D. 4 , Davis 3 , John 2 , Peter 1 ) 
was born July 26, 1847, the son of Richard Davis and Flora 
Hitchcock (Grannis) Coan. On February 4, 1869, in Cincin- 
nati, Ohio, he married Jennie S. Lee. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Hamlet Lee, b. Dec. 9, 1869 
ii. Grace, b. June 26, 1877 

iii. Richard Davis, b. Sept. 21, 1883; m. Edna Peaslee 
June 22, 1907 

6 5 4 3 2 

GRACE COAN (William A. , Richard D. , Davis , John , Pe- 
ter ) was born June 26, 1877, daughter of William Arthur and 
Jennie S. (Lee) Coan. She married June 14, 1905, Edward W. 
Rainhard of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Children (7) RAINHARD 

i. Jeannie Lee, b. June 18, 1908 


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ELLA JEANNETTE COAN (Richard D. , Davis , John , Peter ) 

was born March 11, 1849, the daughter of Richard Davis and 
Flora Hitchcock (Grannis) Coan. In December, 1870, in Brook- 
lyn, New York, she married Charles M. Evarts. 

Children (6) EVARTS 

i. Percy W. , b. Oct. 22, 1871; m. Ella Dowd Sept. 6, 


ii. Louis B., b. Feb. 17, 1874 

iii. Roy, b. Feb. 17, 1886 

4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM LORENZO COAN (Davis , John , Peter ) was born in 

Meriden, Connecticut, December 20, 1821, the son of Davis 
and Catharine (Fowler) Coan. He married November 8, 1841, 
Jane Nancy Upson, who was born February 9, 1821, the daugh- 
ter of Sheldon and Nancy (Hart) Upson. Jane died May 30, 

Children (5) COAN all born in Meriden, Connecticut 

i. Jeannette, b. 1844; d. 1848 

ii. Jeannette Augusta, b. Sept. 16, 1849 

iii. William Noyes, b. Oct. 1855; d. Feb. 

iv. Ernest Lorenzo, b. Oct. 1857; d. Oct, 

21, 1857 

Reference: Upson Family Association of America, The Upson 
Family in America (New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse 
& Taylor Company, 1940), p. 228. 


• 3 , 2 
Davis , John , 

Peter ') was born in Meriden, Connecticut, September 6, 1849, 

the daughter of William Lorenzo and Jane Nancy (Upson) Coan. 

In 1868 she married Frank E. Little of Meriden. 

Children (6) LITTLE 

6, 1870 
9, 1876 

Aug. 1, 1878, in Washington, 

i. Myra, b. Mar. 1869, in Jacksonville, Florida; d. 

Aug. 18 69 
ii. Mabel Jane, b. Oct, 
iii. Lena Coan, b. Oct. 
iv. Charles Eugene, b. 


ELISHA COAN (Peter 1 ) was born November 29, 1739, in North 
Guilford, Connecticut, the son of Peter and Hannah (Davis) 
Coan. He served in the French and Indian War in the First 
Regiment under Ma jor-General Phineas Lyman, Fifth Company, 
commanded by Captain Andrew Ward, Jr., of Guilford, Connect- 
icut, with Samuel Bartlett of Guilford as second lieutenant. 


He was listed on a pay roll of Captain Ward's company in 
1758. He enlisted April 19, 1758 and was discharged Decem- 
ber 13. At this time the home government in England was re- 
imbursing the colony for campaign expenses. England paid 
these expenses from 1755 to 1762. ( Collections of the Con- 
necticut Historical Society , Vol. X, p. ix) 

His later service was in the campaign of 1759. He died 
of smallpox November 12, 1759, aged 19; and chances are he 
died in the service. He was buried in the old Coan private 
yard on the homestead, but the stone was removed about 1844 
by Theophilus Rossiter and placed in the cemetery in North 
Guilford by Jerome and John Coan. 

2 i 

MARY COAN (Peter ) was born at North Guilford, Connecticut, 

July 13, 1750, the daughter of Peter and Hannah (Davis) 
Coan. She married Jacob Kimberly born at Guilford, Connect- 
icut, by 1748, the son of Abraham and Mary (Sherman) Kim- 
berly. Jacob served in the French War in 1761 and 1762. 
They were living in Goshen, Connecticut, in 1788; in Win- 
chester, Connecticut, in 1790; in Goshen in 1794; in Win- 
chester in 1801; in Torrington, Connecticut, in 1802; and in 
Otis, Massachusetts, in 1815. "He was a convivial man, of 
great humor ... known for witty sayings." ( Genealogy of the 
Kimberly Family , p. 51) Jacob died at Sandisfield, Massa- 
chusetts, March 4, 1820. 

Children (3) KIMBERLY 

i. Jacob, b. abt. 1769 

ii. Hubbard, b. abt. 1772 

iii. Polly, b. abt. 1774; m. at Torrington, Conn., 
May 31, 1795, Bates of Torrington 

iv. Joel 

v. Wealthy 

vi. Elisha, b. abt. 1783 

vii. William 

viii. Rebecca, m. (intention Otis, Mass., Mar. 13, 
1808) Chester Baird, b. Nov. 23, 1783, Becket, 
Mass., son of Asa and Abigail Baird 

ix. Hannah 

x. Betsy 

Reference: Jacobus, The Kimberly Family , p. 51. 

JACOB KIMBERLY , the son of Jacob and Mary (Coan) Kimberly, 
was born about 1769. He married June 11, 1797, Nancy Pond, 
of Torrington. In 1800 he became the owner of the old Caleb 
Beach place, in Hall Meadow, Winchester, Connecticut, and 
lived there until his death. He died at Winchester, Decem- 
ber 24, 1813, aged 44. 


The Widow Nancy Kimberly was recommended from the Win- 
chester Church October 4, 1816, to Torrington, and dismissed 
from there in 1831. 

Children (4) KIMBERLY recorded at Winchester: 

i. Laura, b. Apr. 16, 1798 

ii. Freelove, b. Nov. 2, 1799; d. Sept. 17, 1801 

iii. Olive, b. Apr. 14, 1801; d. Nov. 3, 1808 

iv. Freelove, b. Jan. 21, 1804; m. at Goshen, Conn., 

Dec. 24, 1821, Addison Sweet 
v. Horace Sidney, b. July 26, 1805; d. at Goshen, 

June 10, 1822, aged 17 
vi. Esther Emily, b. June 22, 1807 
vii. Mary Mehitable, b. Mar. 17, 1810 

viii. Silas, b. Apr. 29, 1812; d, Dec. 6, 1812, 7 mos. 
ix. Jacob Harvey, b. Nov. 8, 1813 

Reference: Jacobus, The Kimberly Family , p. 88 

HUBBARD KIMBERLY , the son of Jacob and Mary (Coan) Kimberly 
was born about 1772. He married at New Haven, Connecticut, 
in Trinity Episcopal Church, January 9, 1796, Mary Thomas, 
baptized at Trinity Church, New Haven, August 31, 1777, 
daughter of Benajah and Mehitable (Piatt) Thomas. She died 
at Goshen, March 9, 1949, aged 72. Hubbard and Mary were ad- 
mitted to the First Church in Goshen, November 3, 1799. He 
died there April 18, 1849, aged 77. 

Children (4) KIMBERLY born probably at Goshen: 

i. Wealthy Maria, b. about 1797; d. at Goshen, July 
25, 1870, aged 73, unmarried 

ii. Mehetable, b. about 1799, d. at Goshen, March 15, 
1880, aged 81, unmarried 

iii. Henry, b. about 1801 

iv. William, m. Emily , who married second 

Hotchkiss. Children untraced, except: 

1. Mary T., b. about 1833; d. at Goshen, Ap- 
ril 20, 1834, aged 1 

v. Riley, b. about 1807; d. at Goshen, Jan. 17, 1832 
aged 24 

vi . Roswell, b. about 1810; admitted a member of the 
First Church, Goshen, January 6, 1824, and la- 
ter dismissed to Binghamton, N.Y.; listed with 
his wife and three children at Derby, Conn., in 
the 1850 Census; m. (1) Olive Cady; m. (2) at 
Harwinton, Conn., Aug. 30, 1840, Delia Morse, 
b. about 1818. Children by first wife (based) 
on Census record and wills of his sisters): 


1. Dothia E., b. in Conn., Apr. 23, 1834; d. 
Sept. 20, 1912; m. May 18, 1856, Frederick 
Holbrook, b. at Seymour, Conn., Aug. 14, 
1833, d. at West Ansonia, Conn., Jan. 22, 
1890, son of Phil and Emily (Tomlinson) 

2. Auren T., b. in New York, about 1837; m. 
Teresa ; no children 

Child by second wife: 

3. Esther, b. in Connecticut, about 1844 

Reference: Jacobus, The Kimberly Family , pp. 88, 89, 90. 

ELISHA KIMBERLY , son of Jacob and Mary ( Coan ) Kimberly, was 

born about 1783. He married Anna . 

Elisha bought land in Otis, Massachusetts, in 1814 from 
Moses Richards, also from Charles Webster, and sold with 
Moses Richards the same year. On June 27, 1833, Elisha sold 
the land "which I purchased of my father Jacob Kimberly Nov- 
ember 14, 1810," his wife Anna signing with him, to Lorenzo 
Webb. (Berkshire County Deeds, 50:588, 54:120; 55:61; 
90:491. ) 

The probate shows that Elisha Kimberly died July 2, 
1833, at Otis, Massachusetts, aged 50. 

After 1833 Anna moved to Stockbridge, New York. 

Children (4) KIMBERLY 

i. Sherman 

ii. Eli, b. May 11, 1807 

iii. Emaline, b. Aug. 19, 1809; m. (intention, Otis, 

Sept. 18, 1827), Loomis Webb 
iv. Ann Eliza, b. Aug. 23, 1812; m. as "Eliza Ann," 

(intention, Otis, Aug. 5, 1830), Lorenzo Webb 
v. Lovisa, b. July 20, 1817 

Reference: Jacobus, The Kimberly Family , pp. 90, 91. 

WILLIAM KIMBERLY was the son of Jacob and Mary (Coan) Kim- 
berly. He married Matilda and died at Otis, Massa- 
chusetts, September 13, 1841. 

Children (5) KIMBERLY born at Otis, Mass 

i . 


iii. Mary, b. Feb. 10, 1826; m. at Otis, Nov. 27, 

1846, William P. Turner, of Great Barrington, 

Ma s s . 

Mass . 



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vi . 
vii . 






















in, b. Apr. 
n. 14, 1903; m. 
Ida, b. May 14, 
abeth, b. June 
ah, b. Mar. 4 , 
erson, b. June 
ss . , Nov. 25 , 1 
s children were 
Bills of Tyri 
sided in 1893 a 
sided in 1893 a 
ice M. 
ss . , 

b. May 3 
Apr. 19, 
ughter of Myron 
ved in 1872 in 
thur, who res 
ss. ; Marion I . , 
eld, Mass . ; and 
rgh of Philmont 

16, 1828; d. at Otis, Mass., 

Charlotte M. 

1830; d. Nov. 15, 1830 

18, 1832 

5, 1836; d. at Sandisfield, 

89 3; m. Aura A. . 

Adaline L. who married Elmer 

ngham, Mass.; Frederick W. , 

t Barkhamsted, Conn.; John B. 

t Sandisfield; Flora E. and 

1, 1841; d. at Tyringham, 
1916; m. Ellen S. Johnson, 

H. Johnson of Tyringham. He 
Lee, Mass. His children were: 
ided in 1916 in Pittsfield, 

m. Briggs of West- 


Leila L. , 



Reference: Jacobus, The Kimberly Family , pp. 91, 92 

Gravestones of Abraham 2 Coan (left) and John Sel- 
lew 5 Coan, North Truro, Massachusetts. Photographs 
by Mrs. Willard H. Griffin. 


"Erected by the request of the Grand Children 

In the memory of 

Samuel Coan 

who died Dec. 15, 1808 

in his 43 d year 

Betsy Coan 

widow of Samuel Coan 

died Oct. 1, 1854, in her 83 d year 

Also their two sons 

Abraham Coan 

was killed in an encounter with 

the natives of the Feejee Islands 

in the year 1812, aged 21 years 

Benjamin Coan 

was drowned at sea Dec. 3, 1815 

in his 22 d year" 

Courtesy life, July 15, 1940. 

Union Church, North Truro, where the Rev- 
erend Osborn Myrick was pastor 1842-1845. 
Courtesy Shebnah Rich, TVuro — Cape Cod. 

^V-\' "■ 2 

*■ - -,- 

The Reverend Osborn Myrick 
husband of Joanna Coan Mills. 
Courtesy Shebnah Rich, TVuro — 
Cape Cod. 




Principal Source used in this chapter: 

George Ernest Bowman, transcriber, Vital Records of the 
Town of Truro, Massachusetts, to the Year 1849 (Boston: Mas- 
sachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1933) 

Other References given in text and after biographies where 
they have been used. 

2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (Peter ) was born in East Hampton, Long Is- 
land, New York, and baptized there August 6, 1732, the son 
of Peter and Hannah (Davis) Coan. About 1737 Abraham moved 
with the family to North Guilford, Connecticut. When he was 
a young man, he went back to East Hampton where he married 

Joanna . Family records say he separated from his wife 

and went alone to Truro, Massachusetts, after his son Abra- 
ham was born. According to Edward Doubleday Harris's "An- 
cient Burial Grounds of Long Island," New England Histori- 
cal and Genealogical Register , October, 1900, Vol. 54, p. 
428, in a listing of cemetery inscriptions in East Hampton 
there is the following marking on an old stone: 

In Memory 
Mrs. Joanna 

Wife of 

Abram Coan 

who died 

Oct. 29, 1757 

in her 



The stone is among Dayton and Osborn gravestones, so Joanna 
might have been a Dayton or an Osborn. However, in the birth 
records for the years 1732, 1733, and 1734 kept by Nathaniel 
Huntting, minister of the East Hampton church, no Joanna 
Dayton or Joanna Osborn was listed. There was a Joanna Hud- 
son, born November 4, 17 33, daughter of Sam Hudson; and a 
Joanna Hedges, born May 26, 1734, daughter of Isaac Hedges. 
One of these might have been Abraham's wife. 



There was no further family record of Abraham and Jo- 
anna's son Abraham. He apparently never went to Truro with 
his father. Maybe he died. But in Frederic Gregory Mather's 
The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut (Albany , 
N.Y. : J. B. Lyon Company, Printers, 1913), p. 995, there 
was a list of the First Regiment of Minute Men from Suffolk 
County, New York (of which East Hampton is a part), and an 
Abraham Coan was among the enlisted men. This Abraham could 
very well have been Joanna's son. In the Federal Census of 
1790 for the State of New York, Dutchess County, in the town 
of Washington, there was an Abraham Coan whose household in- 
cluded one male 16 years and up, one male under 16 years, 
and four females including children and heads of family. 
That was the last known record which might have referred to 
Abraham and Joanna's son. 

At Truro Abraham, like most of the other residents, 
"followed the sea for a livelihood and seemed to be fairly 
well-to-do for his times"; so says the family record of Myr- 
tie Fisher Seaverns . He married second at Truro on October 
11, 1759, Christian Hinckley, who was born in Truro November 
10, 1739, and baptized there November 11, 1739, the daughter 
of Shubael and Mary (Snow) Hinckley. Christian was a descen- 
dant of Samuel Hinckley who came to this country from Eng- 
land on the Hercules in 1635 and settled in Barnstable, Cape 
Cod, with his wife Sarah and four children. She also was a 
descendant of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower. 

Abraham died at Truro June 9, 1794; and his wife Chris- 
tian, May 11, 1816. 

Children (3) COAN 

Children by Joanna 

i. Abraham, bpt . Jan. 23, 1757 

Children by Christian 

ii. Joanna, b. Nov. 8, 1760 

iii. Peter, b. Oct. 1, 1762; bpt. Nov. 21, 1762; d. 

Mar. 7, 1784 at sea 

iv. Shubael, b. Oct. 3, 1764 

v. Samuel, bpt. Nov. 2, 1766 

vi. Christian, b. Feb. 9, 1769 

vii. Elisha Davis, b. Apr. 18, 1771 

viii. John, bpt. Apr. 11, 1773 

ix. Benjamin, b. May 7, 1775 

x. Abraham Dyer, b. June 19, 1776; d. Aug. 7, 1784 

xi. Hannah, b. Apr. 26, 1782 

Reference: Alonzo Coan, The Coan Family , a manuscript, 1910, 
p. 2, owned by compiler; also included in Myrtie Fisher Sea- 
verns ' s manuscript, Descendants of Captain Elisha Coan and 
His Wife, Mary Atkins Coan , 1932, at the New England His- 


toric Genealogical Society Library, Boston, Mass. 

"Records of Marriages, Baptisms, and Deaths in 
East Hampton, Long Island, from 1696 to 1746," New York 
Genealogical and Biographical Record (New York: New 
York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1898), Vol. 
30, p. 41. 

John Harvey Treat, Truro Baptisms (Lawrence, 
Mass.: James Ward, Jr., 1886) pp. 32, 36, 43. 

3 2 1 

JOANNA COAN (Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Abraham and 

Christian (Hinckley) Coan, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, 
November 8, 1760, and baptized there April 5, 1761. She mar- 
ried Francis Small, who was born in Truro March 18, 1757, 
the son of Francis and Elizabeth (Smith) Small. 

Children (4) SMALL 

i. Francis, Jr., b. Nov. 23, 1784 

ii. Samuel, b. Jan. 3, 1789 

iii. John, b. July 25, 1791 

iv. Joanna, b. June 11, 1794; married Joseph Mayo, 

Provincetown, Nov. 13, 1817 
v. Hannah, b. June 25, 1797 
vi. Christian, b. Mar. 19, 1799; d. 1831 
vii. Elizabeth, b. May 17, 1803; married Lot Harding 

Oct. 30, 1824 

Reference: Treat, Truro Baptisms , p. 30. 

FRANCIS SMALL, JR. , son of Francis and Joanna (Coan) Small, 

was born in Truro, Massachusetts, November 21, 1784. He mar- 
ried Anna Stevens, 2nd, December 13, 1807. He died, aged 65, 
January 30, 1849. 

Children (5) SMALL 

i. Anna, b. Dec. 8, 1808 

ii. Francis, Jr., b. July 15, 1812; married Betsy M. 
Stevens, daughter of John and Mary Stevens Sep- 
tember 19, 1839 

iii. John Stevens, b. Apr. 9, 1815 

iv. Sally Kemp, b. July 20, 1823 

v. Abraham Coan, Aug. 1, 1820 

vi. Levi Stevens, b. Dec. 8, 1830 

SAMUEL SMALL , son of Francis and Joanna (Coan) Small, was 

born in Truro, Massachusetts, January 3, 1789. He married 

Hannah S. Smith January 9, 1817. 



( 5 ) SMALL 

i . 

Samuel , b. Sept . 



Hannah, b. May, 


iii . 

Joshua Paine, b. 



John, b. Sept. 


d. aged 16 months, Jan. 27, 

27, 1823 
1826; lost at sea, aged 19, 

3 2 1 

SHUBAEL COAN (Abraham , Peter ), son of Abraham and Chris- 
tian (Hinckley) Coan, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, Oc- 
tober 3, 1764. He married in Truro December 11, 1788, Deliv- 
erance Atkins who was born there July 19, 1767, daughter of 
Joshua Atkins, Jr., and Abigail. Shubael , like his father 
Abraham, spent his life as a seaman. He was a captain, when 
at the age of 34 on May 2, 1799, along with Captain John 
Hughes, (age 48), Paul Dyer (age 29) and Hutta Dyer (age 17) 
he was drowned at Pond Landing from a whale boat returning 
from their vessel . 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Joanna, b. Oct. 23, 1789 

ii. Peter, b. Sept. 3, 1791; d. June 8, 1799 

iii. Rebekah, b. Sept. 8, 1793 

iv. Mary (known also as Polly), b. Jan. 10, 1796 

v. Nabby, b. Feb. 10, 1798 

Reference: Shebnah Rich, Truro--Cape Cod or Land Marks and 
Sea Marks (Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, 1884), p. 

4 3 2 1 

JOANNA COAN (Shubael , Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Shu- 
bael and Deliverance (Atkins) Coan, was born in Truro, Mas- 
sachusetts, October 23, 1789. She married in Truro January 
21, 1810, James Lombard Atkins, who was born in Truro August 
7, 1787, the son of Samuel and Ruth Atkins. He died Novem- 
ber, 1821, in Boston. 

She married second (marriage intentions in Truro Decem- 
ber 11, 1824) Chauncy Marcy, who was born March 2, 1800, the 
son of Benjamin and Hannah (Starks) Marcy of Springfield, 
Massachusetts. Chauncy died at Truro November 8, 1827. Jo- 
anna died April 22, 1875, aged 85. 

4 3 2 1 

REBEKAH COAN (Shubael , Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Shu- 
bael and Deliverance (Atkins) Coan, was born in Truro, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 8, 1793. She married Stephen Mills at 
Truro October 1, 1811. They were married by the Reverend 
Jude Damon, pastor of the Congregational Church. Mr. Damon 
kept a record of the marriages he performed during his years 


as minister. He also recorded the fees he was paid. Six 
shillings was the fee required by law. Often he was given 
more than the required amount— one crown, a crown and pista- 
reen, four crowns, nine shillings three and one half pence, 
a half guinea, a guinea. The largest fee he ever received 
for his 438 recorded marriages was given him by Stephen when 
Mr. Damon married him and Rebekah--two guineas! 

During the War of 1812 Stephen was a member of the com- 
mittee of safety. After Stephen's death Rebekah married se- 
cond David Brown August 12, 1845. He was the son of David 
and Eunice Brown of Provincetown, Massachusetts. 

Children (5) MILLS 

i. Elizabeth Fernald, b. Mar. 25, 1813 

ii. Rebekah, b. Jan. 14, 1815 

iii. Joanna, b. Apr. 7, 1819 

iv. Delia A., b. Mar. 27, 1821 

Reference: Rich, Truro--Cape Cod , pp. 300, 355. 

REBEKAH MILLS 5 , daughter of Stephen and Rebekah (Coan) 
Mills, was born in Truro, January 14, 1815. On December 12, 
1833, at Truro she married Thomas S. Hopkins, who was born 
January 9, 1809, son of Lemuel and Hannah Hopkins of Truro. 

Children (6) HOPKINS 

i. Ellen Sophia, b. Sept. 24, 1834, Truro 

ii. Angeline Susan Atkins, b. June 14, 1838, Truro 

JOANNA COAN MILLS , daughter of Stephen and Rebekah (Coan) 
Mills was born April 7, 1819, at Truro. On January 13, 1845, 
she married Osborn Myrick of Provincetown, son of William 
and Lydia Myrick. He was born in Orleans, Massachusetts, Au- 
gust 27, 1816. He was graduated from Middlebury College and 
received his first license to preach from the Brewster Asso- 
ciation. In October, 1842, he was called to the Union Church 
at North Truro, just completed in 1840. He was the first 
Congregational minister there and served until March, 1845, 
when he was called to the pastorate of the Congregational 
Church in Provincetown. He was ordained in February, 1846. 
This church for many years had been without a regular minis- 
ter and was under the Home Missionary Society. Under Mr. My- 
rick 's capable leadership the church became active and had a 
full congregation. He served this church until 1866 when he 
was called to the pastorate of the Congregational Church at 
Middleton Springs, Vermont. 


Children (6) MYRICK 

i. Jane Josephine, b. Nov. 5, 1846; d. Sept. 20, 1849 
ii. Joseph, b. July 22, 1851; d. July 19, 1864 
iii. Osborn, Jr., b. Aug. 9, 1853 

Reference: Rich, Truro--Cape Cod , p. 379. 

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MARY COAN (known also as POLLY COAN) (Shubael , Abraham , 

Peter ), daughter of Shubael and Deliverance (Atkins) Coan, 
was born in Truro, Massachusetts, January 10, 1796. She mar- 
ried John Stevens, 2nd, January 23, 1817, in Truro. 

Children (5) STEVENS 

i. Betsy Mills, b. Aug. 19, 1818 
ii. John Richard, b. Jan. 29, 1821 
iii. Mary Ann, b. Apr. 9, 1831 

BETSY MILLS STEVENS , daughter of John and Polly (Coan) Ste- 
vens, was born August 19, 1818, at Truro. She married Sep- 
tember 19, 1839, Francis Small, Jr., son of Francis and Anna 
Small, all of Truro. They were married by the Reverend Wil- 
liam Barstow of the Methodist Church. 

4 3 2 1 

NABBY COAN (Shubael , Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Shu- 
bael and Deliverance (Atkins) Coan, was born in Truro, Mas- 
sachusetts, February 10, 1798. On October 21, 1817, she mar- 
ried Thomas Smith, who was born in Truro January 6, 1792, 
the son of Barzilla and Mary Smith. 

Children (5) SMITH 

i. Shubael Coan, b. July 24, 1818 
ii. Lombard Atkins, b. July 15, 1821 

3 2 1 

SAMUEL COAN (Abraham , Peter ), son of Abraham and Chris- 
tian (Hinckley) Coan, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, and 
baptized November 2, 1766. He married November 30, 1788, at 
Truro Elizabeth Dyer, baptized October 25, 1772, daughter of 
Fulke and Elizabeth (Atkins) Dyer of Truro. Samuel died De- 
cember 15, 1808; Elizabeth died October 1, 1854. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Abraham, b. Feb. 13, 1789 
ii. Samuel, Jr., b. Sept. 20, 1792 

iii. Benjamin, b. Aug. 25, 1794; d. Dec. 3, 1815; 
drowned at sea 

Truro, January 25, 1826, at a quarterly meeting of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in the town of Truro, voted to build a meeting-house. Made choice of 
the following members as trustees for the said house : 

John Smith. President. Michael Com ins. Secretary. 

Samuel Coan, Samuel Small, 

Zoheth Smith, Ebenezer L. Davis, 

John Rich, Joel Atwood, 

Cornelius Hamblin of Wellkleet. » 

Voted, that Captain Michael Collins and Ebenezer L. Davis be a building 

(top) 1826-Meetinghouse of the 
M.E. Church, Truro- 1882. 
Courtesy Shebnah Rich, Truro 
—Cape Cod. (bottom) Hannah 
Avery Coan, wife of Captain 
Samuel Coan, Jr. Courtesy 
Jane G. Carter and Susie P. 
Holmes, Genealogical Record 
of the Dedham Branch of the 
Avery Family in America. 

tj££|E|;g£ !£>£. y> "> 

Mackerel fleet getting under way — Provincetown Harbor. 
Courtesy Shebnah Rich, TVuro— Cape Cod. 

North Truro Cemetery gravestone- of Captain Samuel 
Coan, Jr., aged 54 years, who was drowned by the 
upsetting of a boat near Pond Landing in 1847. Courtesy 
Robert W. Fulton. 


iv. Betsey, b. Apr. 14, 1797 

v. Emma, b. Sept. 22, 1799 

vi. Hannah, b. Sept. 14, 1801 

vii. Paul Dyer, b. Oct. 28, 1802 

viii. Christian, b. 1806; d. Aug. 13, 1880, Truro 

ix. John, b. July 3, 1808 

Reference: Rich, Truro— Cape Cod , p. 496. 

4 3 2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), son of Samuel and 
Elizabeth (Dyer) Coan, was born in Truro February 13, 1789. 
He was killed at Queen Charlotte's Island, Nootka Sound, 
when the natives of the Feejee [Fiji] Islands attacked the 
ship. He died 1812. [1811.] 

Reference: Rich, Truro — Cape Cod , p. 495. 

4 3 2 1 

SAMUEL COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), son of Samuel and 
Elizabeth (Dyer) Coan, was born in Truro September 20, 1792. 
He married Betsy Dyer September 18, 1817. She was born Octo- 
ber 6, 1794 and died December 12, 1821. On December 24, 
1822, he married Hannah Avery, who was born November 20, 
1803, the daughter of Captain John and Rebecca (Knowles) Av- 

Capt. Samuel Coan was drowned by the upsetting of 
a boat at the Pond landing, April 26th, 1847, at the 
age of 54 years. He is said to have been an old and 
successful skipper, a highly respected citizen. His 
vessel, the Brenda, was all fitted for a trip mackerel- 
ing, at Provincetown, and he with his crew, all of whom 
were young — between the ages of thirteen and, perhaps, 
twenty-three — were going home to spend a day or two be- 
fore sailing, when they sailed to "that unexplored 
shore." His two sons, Benjamin and Samuel, and two oth- 
ers, succeeded in clinging to the overturned boat, in 
spite of the rough sea, until taken off by friends who 
saw their perilous condition from the shore. These were 
the only survivors. This sad event cast a gloom over 
the whole community. (Jane G. [Avery] Carter and Susie 
P. Holmes, comp. , Genealogical Record of the Dedham 
Branch of the Avery Family in America [Plymouth, Mass.: 
Winslow W. Avery, 1893], p. 232). 

Three others who drowned with Captain Coan were Andrew 
Cassidy, aged 16; Nathaniel Paine, aged 14; and John Ridley, 
aged 13. Their destination in a few days was to have been 
the Grand Banks. Although Truro, where they were headed 
then, was only eight to ten miles by sea from Provincetown, 
those few miles were very treacherous. A clay vein, which 
slants across the ocean floor, crops out at Truro 100-150 


feet high, crowned by Highland Light, one of the most power- 
ful on the Atlantic Coast. Sand was sometimes 300 feet deep; 
and when a storm blew across the narrow three-to-four mile 
strip of land at Truro, the wind whirled the flinty sand so 
hard the cottages had ground glass window panes. The shifty 
sandbars had caught, twisted, and broken the hulls of innum- 
erable boats. One gale of wind actually wrecked 18 vessels 
between the end of the Cape and the clay cliffs at Truro. It 
was in these dangerous waters that Captain Coan and the 
three boys drowned that April night. This is the same place 
that Captain Samuel's uncle, Captain Shubael Coan, lost his 
life, along with three others, May 2, 1799. Pond Landing was 
an ill-fated spot for two Coan captains. 

Mrs. Hannah (Avery) Coan was a worthy member of 
the M. E. Church for many years, and although confined 
to the house by age and infirmities, retained an inter- 
est in the prosperity of Zion. Her life was an unevent- 
ful one, having passed it almost wholly in North Truro, 
where she was highly esteemed for her many kind deeds. 
...She was the last survivor of the Avery family in 
Truro. She died January 9, 1892, aged 88 years. A lo- 
cal paper speaks of her as follows: 

"She with her husband, Samuel Coan, were among the 
members of the Methodist class organized in 1820, Rev. 
Frederick Upham being their pastor. Mrs. Coan was a 
widow 45 years. Her husband was drowned with five of 
his crew, on his way from Provincetown, not many miles 
from home. She mourned for him, not as one without 
hope, for her trust was in God, whom they both loved 
and served. Mrs. Coan loved the church of her choice, 
and held sacred to its doctrines, although, as the in- 
firmities of years increased, she was compelled to stay 
away from the public means of grace. Her faith was 
strong in her Savior. As long as she could reply, when 
asked if it was light as she neared the valley, replied 
with earnestness, 'Light? it's all light. My lamp is 
trimmed and burning.'" (Carter and Holmes, Avery Gene- 
alogy , p. 233 ) 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Benjamin, b. Mar. 15, 1824 

ii. Betsey Dyer, b. June 26, 1825 

iii. Rebecca A., b. July 6, 1827 

iv. Samuel, b. Nov. 16, 1829 

v. Emily, b. and d. in infancy 

vi. Mary A., b. Nov. 5, 1834; d. Feb. 3, 1853, aged 
18 years 

vii. Sally Smith, b. Apr. 2, 1837; d. Jan. 9, 1841 

viii. Ezra Finney, b. Oct. 28, 1841; went to Califor- 

ix. Laura Ann, b. Dec. 2, 1844 


Reference: Lyman P. Powell, ed., Historic Towns of New Eng- 
land (New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, The 
Knickerbocker Press, 1901), pp. 370-372. 

5 4 3 2 1 

BENJAMIN COAN (Samuel , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), son of 

Captain Samuel and Hannah (Avery) Coan, Jr., was born in 
Truro, Massachusetts, March 15, 1824. In January 21, 1851, 
he married Sally Kemp Small, born June 20, 1823, daughter of 
Francis and Annie (Stevens) Small of Truro. Captain Benja- 
min followed the sea for forty-one years (1833-1874), twenty 
years of that time as master. He was listed in "Ship Regis- 
ters of Gloucester, 1789-1875," The Essex Institute His- 
torical Collections (Salem, Mass.: Newcomb & Sons Co., 
Printers, 1941), Vol. 77, p. 372, as being co-owner of the 
schooner Ann Maria along with John G. Small, Levi G. Small, 
Richard S. Small, Richard Atwood, and James Stevens, all of 
Truro. The Ann Maria was described as 68 7/95 tons; built in 
Essex in 1850; length, 62 feet; breadth, 18 feet 4 inches; 
depth, 6 feet 11 inches; one deck, two masts, square stern, 
billet head. She was registered March 17, 1853; Previous 
Enrollment No. 34, March 11, 1852. 

Benjamin was clerk and treasurer of Christian Union 
Church for several years. He was also a member of the Board 
of Selectmen. He died October 17, 1901, in Truro. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Alma, b. 1852 

ii. Benjamin Willis, b. 1855; died in infancy 
iii. Sarah Anna, b. Dec. 12, 1858; died at the age of 
six years 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 233. 

5 4 3 2 1 

BETSEY DYER COAN (Samuel , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), 
daughter of Captain Samuel and Hannah (Avery) Coan, Jr., was 
born in Truro, Massachusetts, June 26, 1825. She married Ap- 
ril 15, 1847, David Dyer Smith, son of Isaac and Sally 
(Dyer) Smith of North Truro. David and Betsey moved from 
North Truro to Provincetown in April, 1864. He engaged in 
the dry goods business there. 

Children (6) SMITH 

i. Emily Franklin, b. Jan. 19, 1848 
ii. David Austin 
iii. Isaac Finney 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 


EMILY FRANKLIN SMITH , daughter of David Dyer and Betsey 

Dyer (Coan) Smith, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, January 

19, 1848, and was educated in the public schools of North 

Truro and Provincetown . She was graduated from Boston School 

of Oratory and taught elocution at Wesleyan Female College, 

Macon, Georgia. 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 

DAVID AUSTIN SMITH , son of David Dyer and Betsey Dyer 

(Coan) Smith, married Mary Dalton, daughter of Charles E. 

and Maria Dalton of Bloomington, Illinois. 

Children (7) SMITH 

i. Helen Brownell, b. 1885 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 

ISAAC FINNEY SMITH , was born in Truro, Massachusetts, July 

6, 1860, son of David Dyer and Betsey Dyer (Coan) Smith. He 
was a graduate of Provincetown High School and Amherst Col- 
lege, Class of 1883. He was a teacher in Poughkeepsie, New 
York, 1883-85; and taught at Fort Bowie, Arizona, 1885-86. 
In 1886 he was a private tutor in New York City and received 
an M.A. degree from Amherst. He then taught at the Browning 
School in New York City. Also he was a lecturer for the New 
York City Board of Education. 

Reference: Robert S. Fletcher and Malcolm 0. Young, eds. 

Amherst College Biographical Record of Graduates and 

Non-Graduates (Amherst, Mass.: Published by the Col- 
lege, 1927), p. 445. 

5 4 3 2 1 

REBECCA A. COAN (Samuel , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), 

daughter of Captain Samuel and Hannah (Avery) Coan, Jr., was 
born in Truro, Massachusetts, July 6, 1827. She married Jer- 
emiah Hopkins of North Truro December 2, 1847. 

Children (6) HOPKINS 

i. Samuel Coan, b. Aug. 5, 1849 

ii. Mary Coan, b. Oct. 28, 1850 

iii. Jeremiah Franklin, b. July 24, 1854 

iv. Betsey Smith, b. Dec. 4, 1855 

v. Albion Leslie, b. Apr. 6, 1862 

vi . Edith Laura, b. Dec. 5, 1864 

vii. Fred Johnson, b. Jan. 1, 1866 

viii. Ezra Finney Coan, b. Dec. 30, 1866 


Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 

SAMUEL COAN HOPKINS , son of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Coan) 

Hopkins, was born in North Truro, Massachusetts, August 5, 

1849. He married Anna Rich of Truro. After her death, he 
married Julia Goslene of Boston. 

Children (7) HOPKINS by Anna Rich 

i. Mary Bell 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 

MARY COAN HOPKINS , daughter of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Coan) 
Hopkins, was born in North Truro, Massachusetts, October 28, 

1850. She married John F. Havender of Provincetown. 

Children (7) HAVENDER 

i. Ada Bell 
Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 

JEREMIAH FRANKLIN HOPKINS , son of Jeremiah and Rebecca 
(Coan) Hopkins, was born in North Truro, Massachusetts, July 
24, 1854. He married Annie Battle of Boston. 

Children (7) HOPKINS 

i. James Franklin 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 234. 

EDITH LAURA HOPKINS , daughter of Jeremiah and Rebecca 
(Coan) Hopkins, was born in North Truro, December 5, 1864. 
She married January 1, 1888, William P. Paine. 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 235. 

FRED JOHNSON HOPKINS , son of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Coan) 
Hopkins, was born in North Truro, Massachusetts, January 1, 
1866. He married October 25, 1891, Ethel M. Boucher. 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 235. 

EZRA FINNEY COAN HOPKINS , son of Jeremiah and Rebecca 
(Coan) Hopkins, was born in North Truro, Massachusetts, 


December 30, 1866. He married November 2, 1891, Sadie A. 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 235. 

SAMUEL COAN (Samuel , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), son of 
Captain Samuel and Hannah (Avery) Coan, Jr., was born in 
Truro, Massachusetts, November 16, 1829. He was a teacher 
and resided with his mother. His death certificate said he 
was formerly a seaman. On May 23, 1914, aged 84, he died in 
Truro and was buried in Old North Cemetery there. 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 231. 

Deaths 1914 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 99, p. 234. 

LAURA A. COAN (Samuel , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), young- 
est child of Captain Samuel and Hannah (Avery) Coan, was 
born in Truro, Massachusetts, December 2, 1844. She was ed- 
ucated in the public schools of North Truro. At the age of 
seventeen she began teaching in Royalston, Massachusetts, 
and for the next seven years taught in the public schools of 
this state. In 1869 she accepted a position as teacher in 
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and taught there for the next three 
years. August 26, 1872, she married John E. Sofield of Perth 

Children (6) SOFIELD 

i. Emily Austin 

ii. Agnes Blanch 

iii. Edith Laura 

iv. Henrietta Maud 

v. Bessie Coan 

vi. Beccie Avery, d. Sept. 24, 1887 

Reference: Carter and Holmes, Avery Genealogy , p. 231. 

4 3 2 1 

BETSEY COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Truro, 

Massachusetts, April 14, 1797, the daughter of Samuel and 

Elizabeth (Dyer) Coan. She married James Morton, Jr., of 

Plymouth March 31, 1816, at Truro. 

4 3 2 1 

EMMA COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Samuel 

and Elizabeth (Dyer) Coan, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, 

and baptized September 22, 1799. On October 22, 1818, she 

married Jonathan Collins, 2nd, who was born September 14, 

1793, the son of John and Hannah Collins. 


Children (5) COLLINS 

i. Sarah H., b. Dec. 2, 1818 

ii. Betsy, b. Oct. 13, 1820 

iii. Mary Coan, b. Oct. 11, 1823 

iv. Dorcas Lombard, b. Sept. 5, 1827 

v. Jonathan, Jr., Mar. 11, 1830 

vi . Emma Coan, b. Sept. 28, 1831 

vii . Sylvanus, b. Oct. 6, 1835 

viii. John, 2nd, b. June 22, 1837 

SARAH H. COLLINS , daughter of Jonathan, 2nd, and Emma 
(Coan) Collins, was born December 2, 1818, in Truro. She 
married Sylvester Sleeper of Charleston September 26, 1839. 
The Reverend Charles Boyter performed the ceremony. 

BETSY COLLINS , daughter of Jonathan, 2nd, and Emma (Coan) 
Collins, was born October 13, 1820, in Truro. She married 
Lawrence A. Smith, a mariner, son of Samuel H. and Anna 
Smith, January 23, 1845. The ceremony was performed by the 
Reverend C. A. Carter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

MARY C. COLLINS , daughter of Jonathan, 2nd, and Emma (Coan) 
Collins, was born in Truro October 11, 1823. She married Pe- 
ter L. Atwood of Well fleet December 29, 1840. The Reverend 
Charles Boyter, performed the ceremony. 

Children (6) ATWOOD 

i. Sylvester P. , b. 1847 

SYLVESTER P. ATWOOD , son of Peter L. and Mary Coan (Col- 
lins) Atwood, was born in Wellfleet in 1847. He followed 
the sea from 1859 until 1885 when he took charge of weir 
fishing. He was for eight years master of coasting and fish- 
ing vessels. He married Sarah Paine, daughter of Samuel and 
Mercy D. (Snow) Paine. 

Children (7) ATWOOD 

i. Frederick A. 
ii. George F. 

Reference: Simeon L. Deyo, History of Barnstable County, 
Massachusetts , (New York: H. W. Blake & Co., 1890), p. 

4 3 2 1 

HANNAH COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Truro, 

Massachusetts, September 14, 1801, the daughter of Samuel 


and Elizabeth (Dyer) Coan. At Truro December 10, 1822, she 
married Barnabas Paine, who was born August 2, 1793, in 
Truro, son of Barnabas and Martha Paine. Barnabas was Truro 
town clerk for many years as were his father and grandfather 
before him. Samuel, Barnabas 's son, held the position after 
his father died in 1850. 

Children (5) PAINE 

i. Samuel Coan, b. Aug. 26, 1824 

ii. Hannah C, b. Apr. 30, 1826 

iii. Barnabas, Jr., b. Aug. 18, 1833 

iv. Paul Dyer Coan, b. Nov. 29, 1836 

SAMUEL COAN PAINE , the son of Barnabas and Hannah (Coan) 
Paine, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, August 26, 1824. He 
was town clerk, nine years a member of the school board, and 
one year school superintendent. He married Henrietta Paine, 
daughter of Daniel Paine. 

Reference: Deyo, History of Barnstable County , p. 949. 

4 3 2 1 

PAUL DYER COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born in 
Truro, Massachusetts, October 28, 1802, the son of Samuel 
and Elizabeth (Dyer) Coan. He married at Truro December 24, 
1825, Nabby Knowles, who was born in Truro March 22, 1807, 
the daughter of Zaccheus and Sally Knowles. He was a farmer 
and died in Truro, August 11, 1876. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Abraham, b. Aug. 7, 1826 

ii. Stephen Mills, b. Aug. 1, 1828 

iii. John, b. Mar. 5, 1831; d. Sept. 1832 

iv. John, 2nd, b. Feb. 1, 1836; lost at sea on the 

Banks 1858 
v. Melvina Frances, b. Aug. 31, 1839; d. Aug. 31, 

vi. George M. , b. 1843 

vii. Francis (also Frank) Elliot, b. Sept. 7, 1845 
viii. Henry Paine, b. Nov. 22, 1847 

Reference: Rich, Truro--Cape Cod , p. 515 

5 4 3 2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (Paul , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born in 
Truro, Massachusetts, August 7, 1826, the son of Paul and 
Nabby (Knowles) Coan. He married Betsy R. Paine in Truro, 
January 17, 1850. 


Children (6) COAN 

i. Sarah H., b. Sept. 21, 1852 

5 4 3 2 1 

GEORGE M. COAN (Paul , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born 

in Truro, Massachusetts, in 1843, the son of Paul and Nabby 
(Knowles) Coan. November 18, 1866, in Truro he married Mary 
E. Amber, who was born about 1859 in Kittery, Maine, the 
daughter of John H. and Emily E. Amber. George was a mari- 

Reference: Marriages, 1866 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 189, p. 23. 

5 4 3 2 

FRANCIS (FRANK) ELLIOT COAN (Paul , Samuel , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ) was born in Truro, Massachusetts, September 7, 1845, 
the son of Paul and Nabby (Knowles) Coan. April 12, 1868, he 
married Margaret E. Ryder, who was born in Truro about 1846, 
the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Ryder. At the time of his 
marriage, Frank listed himself as a stair builder. 

Reference: Marriages, 1868 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 208, p. 24. 

4 3 2 1 

JOHN COAN (Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Truro, 
Massachusetts, July 3, 1808, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth 
(Dyer) Coan. He married Hannah Sellew at Truro November 24, 
1832. Her parents were Asa and Hannah (Lombard) Sellew. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Flora Augusta, b. Sept. 8, 1835 

ii. John Sellew, b. May 4, 1838; d. Dec. 18, 1848 

iii. Amos Sellew, b. Sept. 21, 1844 

iv. Harriet A., b. Aug. 5, 1850 

5 4 3 2 1 v 

FLORA AUGUSTA COAN (John , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was 

born in Truro, Massachusetts, September 8, 1835, daughter of 
John and Hannah (Sellew) Coan. November 27, 1855, she mar- 
ried Thomas Lewis, born in Truro in 1834, son of Nathaniel 
and Azubah (Snow) Lewis. He began going to sea when he was 
ten years old in 1844. He continued coasting and fishing 
until 1888. 

Children (5) LEWIS 

i. John A. 
ii. Thomas J. 
iii. Sadie C. 


Reference: Marriages, 1885 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 87, p. 14. 

Deyo, History of Barnstable , p. 1003 

5 4 3 2 1 

AMOS SELLEW COAN (John , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was 

born in South Truro, Massachusetts, September 21, 1844, the 
son of John and Hannah (Sellew) Coan . May 13, 1869, in Mai- 
den he married Helen M. Duff, who was born in Boston, the 
daughter of William and Hannah C. Duff. At the time of his 
marriage Amos listed his occupation as that of merchant. 

Reference: Marriages, 1869 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 218, p. 223. 

5 4 3 2 1 

HARRIET A. COAN (John , Samuel , Abraham , Peter ) was born 
in Truro, Massachusetts, August 5, 1850, the daughter of 
John and Hannah (Sellew) Coan. December 7, 1869, in Truro 
she married Leonard S. Hamson [Hanson] who was born in Truro 
in 1846 the son of William and Nancy Hamson. At the time of 
his marriage Leonard was a clerk. 

Reference: Marriages, 1869 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 217, p. 21. 

3 2 1 

CHRISTIAN COAN (Abraham , Peter ) was born in Truro, Massa- 
chusetts, and baptized February 9, 1769, the daughter of Ab- 
raham and Christian (Hinckley) Coan. Her marriage to Isaiah 
Snow was published in Truro July 19, 1788. He was born Nov- 
ember 13, 1767, the son of Jonathan and Deliverance Snow. 

Children (4) SNOW 

i. Ruth, b. Feb. 18, 1789 

ii. Elizabeth Gross, bpt. July 17, 1791 

iii. Isaiah, bpt. Dec. 22, 1793 

iv. Sophia, b. Jan. 15, 1797 

v. Shubael, a twin, bpt. May 19, 1799 

vi . Daniel, a twin, bpt. May 19, 1799 

Reference: John Harvey Treat, Truro Baptisms 1711-1800 (Law- 
rence, Mass.: James Ward, Jr., 1886), pp. 59, 61, 65. 


3 2 1. 

BENJAMIN COAN (Abraham , Peter ) was born in Truro, Massa- 
chusetts, May 7, 1775, the son of Abraham and Christian 
(Hinckley) Coan. He married Lucy Newcomb September 22, 
1796, in Truro. Lucy was born in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 


August 29, 1776, the daughter of James and Tabitha (Nicker- 
son) Newcomb. They resided in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Ben- 
jamin died October 7, 1849, and was buried in Shepardville 
Cemetery in Wrentham. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Sally, b. May 20, 1797, Truro, Mass. 

ii. James, bpt. Mar. 17, 1799, Truro; d. June 13, 

1799, aged 5 months, 
iii. Peter 
iv. Shubael, b. 1802; d. Mar. 13, 1829; buried in 

Shepardville Cemetery, Wrentham 
v. Benjamin, b. 1803; drowned Nov. 27, 1814; buried 

in Shepardville Cemetery 
vi . Abraham 
vii. Lucy M. , b. 1807 
viii. Thomas N., b. 1808; d. Feb. 20, 1816, aged 7 

years, 10 months, 20 days 
ix. Harvey 
x. Caroline 
xi . Julia 

Reference: Thomas Baldwin, Vital Records of Wrentham, Mas- 
sachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: Stanhope Press, 
1901), Vol. II, pp. 423, 424. 

Bethuel Merritt Newcomb, Andrew Newcomb 1618- 
1686 and His Descendants (New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, 
Morehouse, Taylor Co., 1923), p. 103. 

John Harvey Treat, Deaths in Truro, Cape Cod 
1786-1826 , taken from diary of Rev. Jude Damon (Salem 
Press Publishing and Printing Co., 1891), p. 4. 

Treat, Truro Baptisms , p. 65. 

4 3 2 1 

PETER COAN (Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was the son of 

Benjamin and Lucy (Newcomb) Coan. He married Ruth (Galleu- 

cia) Gardner, widow of John Gardner, May 20, 1827, in Lynn, 

Massachusetts. Ruth died in Lynn August 28, 1845, aged 41 

years. Peter married second Betsy Merrill of Charlestown, 

March 15, 1846. 

Children (5) COAN all born in Lynn, Massachusetts 

i. John Gardner, b. Aug. 31, 1827 

ii. Lucy Maria, b. Aug. 20, 1829; m. Charles B. Shat- 

tuck Apr. 22, 1846; he was the son of Junia and 

Mary (Getchel) Shattuck; he died Oct. 12, 1846 
iii. Benjamin Franklin, b. Jan. 16, 1831; m. Charlotte 

F. Daggett, aged 17, daughter of Jeremiah and 

Susan F. Daggett, Oct. 14, 1849 
iv. Thomas, b. Dec. 16, 1832; d. Oct. 2, 1833 in Lynn 


Reference: Vital Records of Wrentham , Vol. I, p. 109; Vol. 
II, p. 269. 

Frank A. Gardner, "Thomas Gardner Planter and 
Some of His Descendants," Essex Institute Historical 
Collections , 1903, Vol. 39, p. 174. 

Lemuel Shattuck, Memorials of the Descendants of 
William Shattuck (Boston, Mass.: Dutton and Wentworth, 
1855), p. 209. 

Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the End 
of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1906), 
Vol. I, p. 109; Vol. II, pp. 98, 341, 458. 

5 4 3 2 1 

JOHN GARDNER COAN (Peter , Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was 

born in Lynn, Massachusetts, August 31, 1827, the son of Pe- 
ter and Ruth (Gardner) Coan. He was a fisherman and April 1, 
1849, in Lynn he married Harriett Granger, aged 15, who was 
born in Peabody, the daughter of George and Mary (Shaw) 
Granger. Harriet, a widow, died January 23, 1900, in Swamp- 
scott and was buried there. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Mary A., b. July 24, 1849 in Lynn, Mass. 

Reference: Deaths 1900 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 504, p. 719. 

Vital Records of Lynn , Vol. I, p. 109; Vol. II, 
p. 98. 

4 3 2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was born in 

Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in 1810, the son of Benjamin and 
Lucy ( Newcomb ) Coan. He married Marie C. Richards of Attle- 
boro, Massachusetts, October 9, 1837. They lived in Wren- 
tham and North Attleboro where Abraham died October 14, 
1899. His death certificate listed him as a basket maker. 

Children (5) COAN all born in Wrentham, Mass. 

i. Sara Marie, b. Jan. 20, 1838 
ii. Ann Samantha, b. Sept. 14, 1841 
iii. Ellen Elecia, b. Nov. 13, 1843 

Reference: Deaths 1900 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 492, p. 355. 

Vital Records of Attleboro, Massachusetts to the 
End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 
1834), p. 375. 

Vital Records of Wrentham , Vol. I, p. 46. 

4 3 2 1 

LUCY MARIA COAN (Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was the 
daughter of Benjamin and Lucy (Newcomb) Coan. January 12, 


1840, in Wrentham, Massachusetts, she married Stephen Bon- 
ney. At age 28 she married second Michael D. Barron, wid- 
ower, aged 39, the son of William and Sarah Barron, December 
21, 1845. 

Children (5) BONNEY 

i. Julia Coan, b. Nov. 3, 1841 

Reference: Vital Records of Wrentham , Vol. I, p. 33; Vol. 
II, p. 269. 

4 3 2 1 

HARVEY COAN (Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was the son of 
Benjamin and Lucy (Newcomb) Coan. He married Adeline Blais- 
dell in Framingham, Massachusetts, September 29, 1839. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Harriet Emily, d. Apr. 10, 1840 

ii. George, b. Oct. 2, 1841; d. Oct. 16, 1841 

Reference: Thomas Baldwin, Vital Records of Framingham, Mas- 
sachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston: Wright and Pottes 
Printing Company, 1911), p. 259. 

Vital Records of Wrentham , Vol. I, p. 46; Vol. 
II, p. 423. 

4 3 2 1 

CAROLINE COAN (Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was the daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Lucy (Newcomb) Coan. She married Jason 
Sampson Thompson, a weaver, February 23, 1840. 

Children (5) THOMPSON 

i. Hannah Maria, b. June 4, 1840 

ii. Julia Malvina, b. May 10, 1841 

iii. Susan Frances, b. July 2, 1842 

iv. Francis Edmund, b. Sept. 21, 1844 

v. John Cleveland, b. Mar. 14, 1846 

Reference: Vital Records of Wrentham , Vol. I, p. 195; Vol. 
II, p. 269. 

4 3 2 1 

JULIA COAN (Benjamin , Abraham , Peter ) was the daughter 

of Benjamin and Lucy (Newcomb) Coan. She married William E. 

Barron May 25, 1843. 

Children (5) BARRON 

I. Julia Ruth, b. Nov. 1, 1843 


Reference: Vital Records of Wrentham , Vol. I, p. 17; Vol. 
II, p. 269. 

3 2 1 

HANNAH COAN (Abraham , Peter ) was born April 26, 1782, in 

Truro, Massachusetts, the daughter of Abraham and Christian 

(Hinckley) Coan. On March 25, 1800, in Truro she married 

Israel Lombard, Jr., who was born in Truro, March 14, 1776, 

the son of Israel and Jemima (Atkins) Lombard. Hannah died 

December 30, 1806, and Israel married second Elizabeth 

Knowles May 17, 1808. 

Children (4) LOMBARD 

i. Binney, b. Feb. 28, 1802 
ii. Israel III, b. June 6, 1804 
iii. Infant, d. Dec. 27, 1806 

BINNEY LOMBARD , the son of Israel, Jr., and Hannah (Coan) 

Lombard, was born February 28, 1802. He married Dorcas 
Hinckley, daughter of Benjamin Hinckley. Their marriage in- 
tentions were published March 11, 1824. Dorcas was admitted 
to the church at Truro at age 19, one of the youngest per- 
sons ever to be admitted. She died October 1, 1825, aged 19. 
Binney died in early manhood. 

Children (5) LOMBARD 

i. Israel, b. Sept. 8, 1825, Truro, Mass.: lived in 

Reference: Rich, Truro--Cape Cod , pp. 303, 398. 

ISRAEL LOMBARD III , the son of Isaac, Jr., and Hannah 

(Coan) Lombard, was born June 6, 1804, in Truro, Massachu- 
setts. He married Susan Stickney March 19, 1834. She was 
born May 16, 1815, the daughter of Josiah and Susan (Lee) 
Stickney. He with Mr. Charles 0. Whitmore established the 
house of Lombard & Whitmore in Boston. In connection with 
their early business they carried on a branch of fishing and 
outfitting at Commercial Point, Truro, Massachusetts, and 
built a number of first-class fishing vessels--among them, 
the Dorchester , Neponset , and Squantum . Some of the best 
fishermen in Truro were in their employ. 

Later he was a member of the firm Lombard, Whitney & 
Company. He served as director of the Massachusetts Bank, 
Boston Insurance Company, and Boston and Worcester Railroad. 
May 6, 1862, he died in Newton, Massachusetts, and was bur- 
ied in Mt . Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. 


Children (5) LOMBARD 

i. Dwight Boyden, b. Apr. 2, 1835, Boston, Mass.; d. 
Foo Chow, China, May 8, 1863; buried in Mt . Au- 
burn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass. 
ii. Binney, b. Mar. 28, 1837, Boston; d. May 13, 1840 
iii. Susan Stickney, b. Mar. 30, 1840, Boston 
iv. Josiah Stickney, b. Mar. 24, 1842, Boston 

Reference: Rich, Truro — Cape Cod , p. 398. 

Matthew Adams Stickney, Stickney Family (Salem, 
Mass.; Essex Institute Press, 1869), p. 476. 



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Froni 1 pa^e o/" Castine Journal, Castine, Maine, February 4, 1800, listing 
Captain Elisha Coan 's Brig Jacob. Courtesy Maine Historical Society Library, 



Principal Sources used in this chapter: 

Alonzo Coan, The Coan Family , a manuscript owned by the 

Family Records of Fred Welby and Pearl Ianna (Knowles) 
Coan, owned by the compiler. 

Myrtie Fisher Seavers, Descendants of Captain Elisha 
Coan and His Wife Mary Atkins Coan of Truro, Massachusetts; 
Castine, Maine; and Exeter, Maine plus notes on Abbott, Hop- 
kins, Hinckley, a bound manuscript in the New England His- 
toric Genealogical Society Library, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Other References given in text and after biographies where 
they have been used. 

3 2 1. 

ELISHA DAVIS COAN (Abraham , Peter ) was born in Truro, 
Massachusetts, April 18, 1771, the son of Abraham and Chris- 
tian (Hinckley) Coan. On July 8, 1794, in Truro he married 
Mary Atkins, who was born in Truro June 30, 1776, the daugh- 
ter of Nathaniel Atkins and his wife Mary (Vickers ?) At- 
kins. Elisha and Mary moved from Massachusetts to Maine and 
on June 28, 1797, bought twenty acres of land in Penobscot, 
Hancock County, from Pelatiah Freeman for $310. The follow- 
ing is from The Coan Family by Alonzo Coan, pp. 1, 2: 

Elisha owned a farm at the head of Castine Bay, 
but for the greater part of the time for many years 
followed the profession of seaman, and commanded sev- 
eral ships in coast and foreign trade. During the Napo- 
leonic Wars, while transporting supplies from the West 
Indies to Great Britain, his vessel, the Phoebe , was 
captured by the French for alleged violation of the Em- 
bargo Proclamation of Napoleon I and taken to Havre, 
France, where ship and cargo were confiscated and the 
Captain and crew imprisoned for many months. For this 
and other outrages to our commerce, France later paid 
to the U. S. a large indemnity, which was intended to 
reimburse those who suffered from these acts; but for 
some reason Captain Coan was never reimbursed. 



To validate the foregoing facts about Captain Elisha, 
the compiler of this book wrote to the National Archives in 
Washington, D. C.; the French National Archives; the Ar- 
chives de la Premiere Region Maritime; the Archives de la 
Seine-Maritime; the Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine; the Maine 
Maritime Museum, Bath; the Penobscot Marine Museum, Sears- 
port; and checked all available copies of the Castine Jour- 
nal and the Castine Eagle , newspapers of the early 1800s, at 
the Maine Historical Society Library--no mention of the 
Phoebe nor of Elisha's being imprisoned in France. However, 
this compiler believes this incident did take place, since 
in four lines of descent from Elisha the story was well- 

Alonzo, author of The Coan Family , was Elisha's grand- 
son through Elisha's son Abraham. Alonzo probably heard the 
story from Elisha himself since Alonzo grew up in Exeter, 
Maine, where Captain Elisha was living at that time and was 
almost nine years old when his grandfather died. 

Marion Coan, Elisha's great granddaughter through his 
son Samuel, wrote the following to the compiler in June, 

I find that I must have been mistaken about Capt. 
Elisha's being in France when Charlotte Corday was exe- 
cuted—that was in 1793--so it must have been someone 
else. But the story must have been fact with some al- 
lowance for inaccuracy in handing it down. Father re- 
menmbered that his grandfather was in prison when some 
political prisoner was beheaded and thought it was 
Charlotte Corday. 

Marion's father was Dr. Elisha Skinner Coan, who lived 
in Exeter during his boyhood and was eight years old when 
Elisha died. He, too, knew his grandfather personally. 

The following is a statement made by Myrtie Fisher Sea- 
verns, a great granddaughter of Elisha's through his daugh- 
ter Hannah: 

When I was a small child, I remember hearing my 
mother speak of the "French Spoliation Claim," and at 
the time my uncle, Charles Hooper of Castine, Maine, 
was trying to set the machinery in motion to realize on 
the claim; but nothing ever came of it. 

And finally Grace (Hall) Shepherd, wife of Owen Shep- 
herd, great, great grandson of Elisha through his daughter 
Hannah, wrote of Elisha: 

Being brought up in a town where almost the entire 
population depended upon the sea for their existence, 
Elisha naturally took to a seaman's life and at a very 
young age he became master and owner of his own ship... 
During the year 1793 his vessel, the Phoebe , was cap- 



Briganiine CONCLUSION 

Nathan Lipfert, I3QZ 

Schooner NANCY 

PORT OF CASTINE, 1738-1802 

Gravestone of Captain Elisha Coan, Townhouse Cemetery, Exeter, Maine. 
Courtesy Robert W. Fulton. 

Gravestone of John Coan, 
son of Elisha, cemetery, 
Dexter, Maine. Courtesy 
Robert W. Fulton. 

Gravestone of William H. Coan. 
son of John, Wolf Neck Cemetery, 
Freeport, Maine. Courtesy Robert 
W Fulton. 


tured by the French and he was taken to Le Havre and to 
Paris. While there, he saw Charlotte Corday guillo- 
tined. His claim which he filed at Washington was pro- 
bably never settled. (Collection of Mrs. E. C. Zimmer- 
man, Cooinbil Farm, Via Yass, Postcode N.S.W. 2582, 
Australia ) . 

The compiler wrote the National Archives to see if a 
claim was ever filed by Elisha or by his grandson Charles. 
There was no record of such a claim. However, it seems posi- 
tive that Elisha was on an American vessel that was seized 
by the French, and he was imprisoned in France, probably in 
Le Havre and in Paris and probably in 1793. Although docu- 
mented proof has still to be found, the incident most cer- 
tainly did occur. 

The following list of vessels of which Captain Elisha 
Coan was master 1795-1803 came from the National Archives. 
It was taken from the Customs record for the port of Penob- 
scot (later Castine), Maine. 

Sloop Friendship 

Built - 1784, North Yarmouth, 83 tons 

Master - Elisha Coan 

Owners - Daniel Johnston and David Howe, Castine 

Certificate No. 40, 30 October 1798 

Brig Jacob 

Built - 1799, Duxbury, 166 tons 

Master - Elisha Coan 

Owner - Daniel Johnston, Castine 

Certificate No. 61, 24 January 1800 

Brigantine Conclusion 

Built - 1798, Marshfield, 149 tons 

Master - Elisha Coan 

Owner - Daniel Johnston, Castine 

Certificate No. 86, 10 July 1801 

Schooner Nancy 

Built - 1801, Camden, 90 tons 

Master - Elisha Coan 

Owner - Peletiah Leach, Penobscot 

Certificate No. 133, 29 August 1802 

The Castine Journal of Wednesday, March 13, 1799, under 
the heading, "Castine," carried the following notice: 

On Wednesday laft arrived at this port the fch. 
Friendship, Capt. Coan, in 36 days from Antiqua. Spoke 
no vef f els . " 

The Castine Journal of Friday, June 6, 1800 stated: 


Brig. Jacob, Capt. Coan of this port has fafely 
arrived at Liverpool after a paffage of about 50 days. 

The following is from Alonzo Coan ' s genealogy: 

Elisha was Unitarian in belief and was an atten- 
dant and supporter of one of the oldest societies of 
this denomination in New England. The building in which 
he worshipped in Castine is still standing and is still 
in use by Unitarians as a place of meeting. He was a 
member of the Masonic fraternity, having been made a 
Mason in London, England. In later life he left the sea 
and settled on a farm in the township of Exeter, Maine. 
...He was brave and honest, a genial soul, loved by all 
who knew him. 

In 1818 Elisha sold the Penobscot property to his 
neighbor, Thatcher Avery, and moved to Exeter, Maine, where 
he lived for the rest of his life. Alonzo wrote that the 
farm Elisha purchased there was within sight of the burial 
ground where he was finally laid to rest. His wife Mary died 
October 18, 1836, aged 60. Elisha died March 4, 1851, aged 
80. They were buried in the Townhouse Cemetery in the cen- 
ter of Exeter. It was known to Alonzo as the "Center" bury- 
ing ground. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. Elisha, b. Mar. 31, 1795, Truro, Mass. 

ii. John, b. Aug. 6, 1797 

iii. Mary, b. Aug. 15, 1799 

iv. Shubael, b. Mar. 2, 1802 

v. Abraham, b. May 11, 1805 

vi. Nathaniel, b. 1806 

vii. Hannah, b. Feb. 19, 1810 

viii. Emerline, b. 1812 

ix. Samuel, b. Dec. 7, 1813 

4 3 2 1 

JOHN COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), son of Elisha Da- 
vis and Mary (Atkins) Coan, was born in Penobscot, Maine, 
August 6, 1797. He married Sophia Haines of Dexter, Maine, 
who was born March 18, 1806, daughter of Walter and Betsey 
Haines. Their marriage intentions were published July 28, 
1828, in Exeter, Maine. They lived most of their married 
life in Dexter. In 1848 Sophia was teaching school in Dex- 
ter. John died August 20, 1856, aged 59; Sophia, April 20, 
1877, aged 71. They were both buried in Dexter. In 1981 
their gravestone was broken and lying on the ground inscrip- 
tion side up. It was still entirely legible. 


Children (5) COAN 

i. Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 29, 1829 
ii. William H. , b. 1838 

e 1801- 

1976) p, 

5 4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM H. COAN (John , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), son 

of John and Sophia (Haines) Coan, was born in 1838. He be- 
longed to the Dexter, Maine, "Cosey Club" which was organ- 
ized in 1854 for mental improvement, especially in elocution 
and debate. The club continued to hold meetings in the "Pin 
Hole" over what was in 1976 the shop of J. F. Kirby. The so- 
ciety dissolved in 1859, when it sold its property at auc- 
tion and divided its library among members. The library was 
of considerable size; it was made up of an old circulating 
library turned over to the club by citizens who owned it, 
and additions from time to time by purchase. 

In 1861 William enlisted in the 6th Infantry of Maine 
in the Civil War and was promoted to first sergeant, second 
lieutenant, and adjutant. He re-enlisted in the 6th Infan- 
try between October 17, 1863, and June, 1864. In 1864 he was 
transferred to the 1st Regiment of Veteran Volunteers of 
which he was adjutant. He was mustered out October 29, 1864, 
and re-enlisted. During the War he served in the army of the 
Potomac for three years and participated in all of its prin- 
cipal battles. 

After the War he located in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He 

married Ellen A. , but had no children. He died 1893; 

Ellen died in 1921. Both were buried in Wolf Neck Cemetery, 
Freeport, Maine. 

Reference: Gravestones, Wolf Neck Cemetery, Freeport, Maine 
Plummer, History of Dexter, Maine , pp. 43, 51, 

4 3 2 1 

MARY COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Eli- 
sha Davis and Mary (Atkins) Coan, was born in Penobscot, 
Maine, August 15, 1799. In Exeter, Maine, on April 13, 1826, 
she married John Wells Prescott, who was born December 9, 
1799, the son of Nathan and Anna (Wells) Prescott. Isaac Ja- 
cobs, Justice of the Peace, performed the ceremony. They 
lived on a farm in Exeter where he died October 5, 1856, in 
his 57th year. Mary died September 23, 1882, aged 83. They 
were buried in the Townhouse Cemetery (Center Burial Ground) 
in Exeter. 


Children (5) PRESCOTT 

i. Emeline Coan, b. Jan. 4, 1827 

ii. Shubael Coan, b. Oct. 19, 1829 

iii. Adeliza Hill, b. Jan. 1, 1831 

iv. Hannah Ann, b. July 18, 1833 

v. James Newell, b. Mar. 1, 18 35; d. May 10, 1911 

vi . Christiana, b. Sept. 27, 1837 

vii. Mary Sophia, b. July 28, 1839 

Reference: William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial (Boston: 
Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), pp. 341, 469, 470. 

EMELINE COAN PRESCOTT , daughter of John Wells and Mary 
(Coan) Prescott, was born in Exeter, Maine, January 4, 1827. 
She married Royal Caverly, a farmer in Exeter in 1852. They 
resided there, and had no children. 

Reference: Prescott, The Prescott Memorial , p. 469. 

SHUBAEL COAN PRESCOTT , son of John Wells and Mary (Coan) 
Prescott, was born in Exeter, Maine, October 19, 1829. He 
married Joanna Henningham in 1850. They lived in Brooklyn, 
New York, and had four children. He was a mechanic. 

Reference: Prescott, The Prescott Memorial , p. 469. 

ADELIZA HILL PRESCOTT , daughter of John Wells and Mary 

(Coan) Prescott, was born January 1, 1831, in Exeter, Maine. 
She married October 5, 1863, Byley Lyford, who was born in 
1843. On August 15, 1862, he enlisted for three years in Co. 
K, William S. King, Captain, 35th Regiment, Massachusetts 
Volunteers, Edward A. Wild, Colonel. He was engaged in the 
battles of South Mountain September 14, and Antietam Septem- 
ber 17, 1862. Having received two wounds in his left arm 
during the latter battle, he was, by reason of disability, 
discharged from the service December 5, 1862. He and Adeliza 
lived at Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Adeliza died December 23, 
1875, and was buried in the lot of her father, John W. Pres- 
cott, Townhouse Cemetery, Exeter, Maine. 

Reference: Prescott, The Prescott Memorial , p. 469. 

HANNAH ANN PRESCOTT , daughter of John Wells and Mary (Coan) 

Prescott, was born in Exeter, Maine, July 18, 1833. She mar- 
ried in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Charles H. Tuesley, who was 
born in 1843. On April 15, 1863, he enlisted as a musician 
in Co. D, Captain Crossman, 1st Regiment Maine Heavy Artil- 
lery, under Colonel Chaplin. He participated in the follow- 
ing battles: Spottsylvania May 12-21, 1864; North Anna May 

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22-26; Tolopobune; Cold Harbor June 1 and June 12; Jerusalem 
Plank Road June 26; Petersburg June 16, 18, 22; Deep Bottom 
August 16; Poplar Spring Church September 30; Hatcher's Farm 
October 7; Hatcher's Creek October 27; in 1865 Aurelia 
Springs April 6; and the capture of Petersburg and Richmond 
that same month. He was mustered out of service and honor- 
ably discharged September 11, 1865. Hannah and he moved to 
Pine Bend, Minnesota, where he was a merchant. 

Reference: Prescott, The Prescott Memorial , p. 469. 

CHRISTIANA PRESCOTT , daughter of John Wells and Mary ( Coan ) 

Prescott, was born September 27, 1837, in Exeter, Maine. She 
married September 29, 1859, Albert Grinnell of Exeter, who 
was born January 7, 1817. They lived in Garland, Maine, 
where he was a merchant. They had three children, one son 
and two daughters. 

Reference: Prescott, The Prescott Memorial , p. 469. 

MARY SOPHIA PRESCOTT , daughter of John Wells and Mary 

(Coan) Prescott, was born July 28, 1839, in Exeter, Maine. 
She married Sidney W. Fletcher of Biddeford, Maine, who was 
born in 1840. During the Civil War he enlisted for three 
years October 4, 1861, in Co. A, John Quincy Adams, Captain, 
10th Reg. Maine Volunteers, under Colonel George L. Beal. By 
the first of December the Regiment was placed in the Railway 
Brigade, commanded by Colonel Dixon S. Miles. They were to 
guard various stations and positions of the Baltimore and 
Ohio Railroad. Part of the time they acted as provost guard 
arresting disloyal citizens, furloughed soldiers of the en- 
emy, and deserters from the Union Army. In May, 1862, they 
were moved to Winchester, Virginia, where General Banks had 
been defeated, and were assigned rear guard duty on the re- 
treat to Williamsport, Maryland, 35 miles. On May 31 the 
Regiment started the long march through Virginia to Front 
Royal, arriving on June 11. Here they were engaged in out- 
post and reconnaissance duty; made marches and counter 
marches until August when the Regiment participated in the 
battle of Slaughter Mountain. In this battle two officers 
and nineteen soldiers were killed; one officer and eight 
soldiers were mortally wounded; and four officers, among 
them Captain J. Q. Adams, and 136 soldiers were wounded. Out 
of 460 men who went into battle there were 170 casualties. 
On August 17 the Regiment took part in the battle of Antie- 

Reference: Prescott, The Prescott Memorial, pp. 469, 470 


4 3 2 1 

SHUBAEL COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in 

Penobscot (Castine), Maine, March 2, 1802, the son of Elisha 
Davis and Mary (Atkins) Coan. By 1820 Shubael had probably 
left the Castine area with his father, who had given up life 
on the sea and had moved to Exeter where he was working to 
build a house for his family. On September 15, 1823, Shu- 
bael married Susan Abbott, daughter of Robert and Sally 
(Gilman) Abbott, new settlers in Exeter. The ceremony was 
performed by Winthrop Chapman, Justice of the Peace. 

In 1822 Robert Abbott sold his farm in Mount Vernon, 
Maine, where he had lived since he and Sally were married in 
Hallowell January 26, 1795. Mount Vernon's proprietary lots 
were fast disappearing, and the "town had no more land to be 
taken up. Newcomers must either inherit or buy improved land 
from those who moved on. Farmers were dividing their farms 
among their children" (William R. Wright, A Sociological and 
Economic History of Mount Vernon, Maine . It no doubt seemed 
feasible to Abbott, who had a large family to move where 
there was greater opportunity. Exeter seemed one very logi- 
cal place to find unlimited opportunity since the first set- 
tler, Lemuel Tozier, hadn't arrived until 1801; and Exeter 
was not incorporated as the 180th town in Maine until March 
16, 1811. Land was plentiful there. 

Abbott came from Mount Vernon to Exeter on horseback 
"there being no roads fit for vehicles" (Alonzo Coan, The 
Coan Family , p. 5). He was born in Berwick, Maine, and for 
a time worked in ship building in the Portsmouth, New Hamp- 
shire, area. 

Susan (Abbott) Coan died in Exeter November 1876; Shu- 
bael, January 11, 1887. They were buried there in the ceme- 
tery on Cider Hill Road. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Elisha, b. Jan. 18, 1824; d. Aug. 2, 1826, Exe- 

ii. Abraham, b. June 11, 1826 

iii. Robert Abbott, b. Apr. 27, 1827 

iv. Asa Cortland, b. Nov. 9, 1828; d. Oct. 15, 1856, 

v. Eleanor Susan, b. Feb. 24, 1831 

vi. Shubael Sanford, b. May 28, 1832; d. Oct. 5, 
1834, Exeter 

vii. Abbott, b. Mar. 29, 1834 

viii. Shubael Sanford, b. Nov. 18, 1836 

ix. Sarah Sophia, b. Dec. 28, 1841 

x. Joseph, d. Nov. 18, 1843 

5 4 3 2 1 
ABRAHAM COAN (Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was 

born in Exeter, Maine, June 11, 1826, the son of Shubael and 

Sally (Gilman) Coan. When he was in his early twenties, he 

went to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he worked as a team- 

Robert Coan's farm, Exeter, Maine. Photo taken with farm 
in disrepair about 1928, 25 years after it left Coan ownership. 

Robert Abbott Coan, son of 
Shubael. A daguerreotype 
photo by Kim D. Knight. 

Mary Elizabeth Bartlett Coan, 
age 86. 

Frank Asa Coan 

Eliza Kennelly Coan 

Mabel Elizabeth Coan 

Robert Abbott Coan 


ster. In Lowell, Massachusetts, September 25, 1849, he mar- 
ried Sarah Abbott, his cousin, the daughter of Joseph (Jos- 
iah) Abbott, his mother's brother. Abraham and Sarah went to 
Pennsylvania, where, according to the Federal Census of 
Pennsylvania, 1870, Sarah and her son Edward were living in 
Coolbaugh Township. Abraham was not listed. According to 
Federal Census of Pennsylvania, 1880, Abraham and Sarah were 
living in Tobyhanna Township and Abraham was a "foreman of 
lumberwood." A grandson, E. Archford Coan, aged 4, lived 
with them. Abraham died in Scranton in May, 1907. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Edward, b. ca . 1850; m. , one son, E. Arch- 
ford, b. ca. 1876 

Reference: Federal Census, 1870, Pennsylvania, Monroe Coun- 
ty, Coolbaugh Township. 

Monroe Democrat ( Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania ), .May 
2, 1907. 

Vital Records of Lowell, Massachusetts to the 
End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Insti- 
tute, 1930), Vol. 2, p. 104. 

5 4 3 2 

ROBERT ABBOTT COAN ( Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ), son of Shubael and Susan (Abbott) Coan, was born in 
Exeter, Maine, April 22, 1827. On January 12, 1852, he mar- 
ried Mary Elizabeth Bartlett, who was born July 6, 1827, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Kenniston) Bartlett of Kit- 
tery, Maine. 

Robert and Mary met at a mill in Lawrence, Massachu- 
setts, where they both worked. They lived for awhile near 
Robert's brother Abraham in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, where 
their son Frank was born. Shortly thereafter, they returned 
to Maine and bought a farm in Exeter, Robert's home town. 

In order to supplement his income as a farmer, winters 
Robert went into the Maine woods to cut lumber. In the 
spring he rode the river on the logs on the drive to Bangor. 
When he arrived home, according to his son Fred, "he had 
quite a roll of money." Besides farming in the other seasons 
of the year, he joined his neighbors who took teams up north 
and hauled logs. His wife Mary was the mid-wife of the area 
and assisted at the birth of most of the children. 

Mary's grandfather, Hugh Kenniston (Keniston, Kennison) 
and her great grandfather, Nathaniel Staples, fought in the 
American Revolution. She was a direct-line descendant of 
Adam Barttelot, who went to England from Normandy with Wil- 
liam the Conqueror and fought in the Battle of Hastings. He 
was granted land at Sopham, Sussex. She was also an eighth 
generation descendant of Joseph Bolles through whom she 
could trace her lineage to a number of English kings, among 


them — William the Conqueror, 1066-1087; Athelered II, 979- 
1016; and Alfred the Great, 871-901. 

Robert died April 1, 1893, in Exeter and was buried in 
the cemetery on Cider Hill Road. Mary outlived her husband 
by more than 20 years and was buried there also. She died at 
the home of her son Fred in Manchester, New Hampshire, July 
2, 1914, aged 87 years. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Lillian, b. Apr. 30, 1853; d. May 12, 1853, aged 

1 3 days 
ii. Frank Asa, b. Mar. 16, 1857 
iii. Shubael Prescott, b. Mar. 24, 1860 
iv. Fi 
v. Anna 

^rank Asa, b. Mar. 16, 1857 
Shubael Prescott, b. Mar. 24, 
^red Welby, b. May 4, 1862 
inna Belle, b. Feb. 27, 1865 

Reference: Everett S. Stackpole, Old Kittery and Her Fami- 
lies (Lewiston, Maine: Press of Lewiston Journal Com- 
pany, 1903), p. 289. 

6 5 4 3 2 

FRANK ASA COAN (Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , 
Peter 1 ) was born in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1857, 
the son of Robert Abbott and Mary Elizabeth (Bartlett) Coan. 
His parents moved back to Exeter, Maine, when he was a small 
child; and he lived there until he was a young man. He then 
moved to North Andover, Massachusetts, and to Everett where 
he lived for the rest of his life. On October 10, 1879, he 
married Eliza Kennelly, who was born in North Andover, July 
20, 1857, the daughter of William and Hannah (MacDonald) 
Kennelly, both born in Ireland. 

He was for 16 years in military service and was Captain 
of Company L, 8th Regiment of Lawrence. For 35 years he was 
connected with the United States Customs Service. He was a 
member of the Cochickwick Lodge of Masons and the Wauwinet 
Lodge of Odd Fellows of Lawrence, also of the Men's Class of 
the First Congregational Church of Everett. He received a 
veteran's jewel marking 50 years of membership in his Odd 
Fellows Lodge. His obituary in a local paper stated: 

Mr. Coan was a splendid type of citizen. He had 
all the sterling characteristics of his ancestors, his 
people having fought in the Revolutionary and Colonial 
Wars, and was held in the highest regard by those whose 
privilege it was to know him. 

Eliza died in Everett May 2, 1931, aged 73 years, 9 
months, 12 days. Frank died in Gloucester June 25, 1931. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Mabel Elizabeth, b. 1880 or 1881 


Mabel Elizabeth Coan Atwood 

Alton Barrows Atwood 

Charles Nelson Atwood 

Home of Alton and Mabel Coan Atwood, 86 Harvard Street, Chelsea, 

A four-generation picture taken in the home of Fred Welby Coan, Manches- 
ter, New Hampshire, ca. 1913. (back) Frank Asa Coan and his daughter 
Mabel Coan Atwood. (front) Charles Nelson Atwood, Mabel's son, and Mary 
Elizabeth Bartlett Coan, Frank's mother. 



ii. Emma Arvilla, b. 1882; d. Dec. 9, 1886 
iii. Robert Abbott, b. Sept. 8, 1890 

Reference: Deaths, 1931 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 35, p. 243; Vol. 41, p. 26. 

7 6 5 4 

MABEL ELIZABETH COAN Frank A. , Robert A. , Shubael , Eli- 

sha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in North Andover, Massa- 
chusetts, the daughter of Frank Asa and Eliza (Kennelly) 
Coan. On April 17, 1907, she married Alton Barrows Atwood, 
son of Charles N. and Amanda (Barrows) Atwood. He was the 
owner of the Atwood & McManus Box Company of Chelsea, Massa- 
chusetts . 

During World War I Mabel was especially active in rais- 
ing money for liberty loans. She had to her credit the rais- 
ing of three quarters of a million dollars, and her great 
efforts were recognized by the government which gave her as 
a momento a German helmet. She was also very much inter- 
ested in woman suffrage. At the time women were accorded the 
privilege of voting, she was instrumental in interesting all 
with whom she came in contact in exercising their rights at 
the ballot box and in taking a greater interest in the af- 
fairs of government, national and local. 

She had made frequent trips with her husband to all 
parts of the world having visited Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, 
Iceland, Europe, the Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, and all other 
parts of the United States. She was a member of the Owls, a 
social and sewing club of long standing, embracing Chelsea 
and Everett membership; Old South Chapter of the Daughters 
of the American Revolution; the Chelsea Woman's Club in 
which she served on numerous committees; the Friday Club of 
Everett; the Old Ladies' Home Corporation; and the Winnisim- 
met Union of the First Congregational Church. 

Mabel died of cancer in Chelsea March 7, 1942. Alton 
died just 27 years later to the day of Mabel's death, March 
7, 1969. He was 100 years old. They were buried in Woodlawn 
Cemetery, Everett. 

Children (8) ATWOOD 

i. Charles Nelson, b. May 1, 1915 

Reference: Deaths, 1969 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 42, p. 446. 

CHARLES NELSON ATWOOD , son of Alton Barrows and Mabel Eliz- 
abeth (Coan) Atwood, was born May 1, 1915. He owned the At- 
wood & McManus Box Company which had belonged to his father. 
On June 9, 1932, he married Helen K. Carney. They had no 
children. Charles died February 1, 1981, in Brighton, Massa- 
chusetts . 


7 6 5 4 

ROBERT ABBOTT COAN (Frank A. , Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha 
"3 2 1 

D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in North Andover, Massachu- 
setts, on September 8, 1890, the son of Frank Asa and Eliza 
(Kennelly) Coan, and was known as Bert. He was educated in 
the Everett, Massachusetts, public schools. During World War 
I he served in the United States Navy. April 17, 1918, he 
married Mary Elizabeth Swan who died in 1919. Bert married 
second Carrie L. Keefe July 15, 1922, in Forest Hills, Mas- 
sachusetts. She was born December 31, 1886, the daughter of 
John and Nina Keefe. Carrie was a bookkeeper for her fath- 
er's firm, the New England Tire Company in Boston. 

Bert worked for awhile in a bank and then joined the 
firm of the Atwood & McManus Box Company in Chelsea where he 
worked until he retired. He had a very fine singing voice 
and was active in musical circles in the area. He sang in 
the choir of the Melrose Congregational Church where he and 
Carrie were members. He was a chanter in Aleppo Temple of 
Boston of the Shriners and was also a Jester in the Shrine. 
Besides his Masonic activities, he gave himself unstintingly 
to community affairs, among them the Lions Club and the Mel- 
rose YMCA. 

Carrie was an avid bridge player, a member of the Mel- 
rose Garden Club, and the Friday Club in Everett. She was a 
faithful church worker and a member of the Circle of her 
church. She and Bert resided in Melrose and had a summer 
home at Thurston's Point in Gloucester. Carrie died October 
15, 1976, in Melrose; Bert, April 8, 1977, in Wheaton, Illi- 
nois. They were both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

Children (8) COAN 

by Mary 

i. Male, stillborn, Dec. 4, 1918, Everett, Mass.; bur- 
ied Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett 

by Carrie 

ii. Priscilla Bartlett, b. June 29, 1923 

Reference: Mrs. James H. Barnes, Jr., 73 Sun Island Drive, 
South Admiral 1203, South Pasadena, FL 33707 

Deaths, 1918 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 27, p. 427. 

8 7 6 5 

PRISCILLA BARTLETT COAN (Robert A. , Frank A. , Robert A. , 

Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Everett, 
Massachusetts, June 29, 1923, the daughter of Robert Abbott 
and Carrie (Keefe) Coan. She was educated in the public 
schools of Everett and Melrose and received an associate 
degree in art in 1943 from Colby Junior College, now Colby- 
Sawyer, in New London, New Hampshire. November 28, 1942, in 

Robert Abbott Coan and Carrie Keefe Coan on their golden wedding anni- 
versary July 15, 1972. 

Priscilla Bartlett Coan 

James Hume Barnes, Jr., 
and Priscilla Bartlett Coan 

Family of Priscilla Bartlett Coan Barnes; Priscilla, James Hume Barnes. Jr., 
James Hume Barnes III; in front beside the dog, Peter Bartlett Barnes. Paul 
Abbott Barnes, Priscilla Bartlett (Candy) Barnes. 


Greenville, New Hampshire, she married James Hume Barnes, 
Jr. He was born April 28, 1922, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 
the son of James Hume and Anna (Evans) Barnes. In 1944 he 
was graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. After his grad- 
uation he worked for the Manhattan Project on the A Bomb, 
and they lived in Flushing, New York, and in Oak Ridge, Ten- 
nessee . 

After World War II Jim went to work for Ford Motor Com- 
pany in the field of purchasing. He was employed by this 
company for seventeen years in various positions; and they 
lived in Grosse Pointe, Michigan; Detroit, Seattle; and 
Wheaton, Illinois. He left Ford Motor Company, and they 
moved to Eastman, Georgia, where he bought a Chrysler, 
Dodge, Plymouth, as well as Ford Tractor, dealership. It 
was called Jimmy Barnes Motor Company. Two years later he 
sold it and went into a small business partnership in Chi- 
cago. This partnership was made up of K-Line Corporation, 
Pines International Chemical Company, and Killian Associa- 
tion, among others. After several years he sold these com- 
panies and went to work for Harsco Company in Marion, Ohio, 
where they resided for three years. He later became self- 
employed in Chicago as a consultant. At this time they made 
their home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1977 they moved to 
Treasure Island, Florida, when Jim became president of CRS 
Industires in Tampa. They lived (1982) in South Pasadena, 

Wherever they lived, they were always very active in 
the church. For many years they were advisors to young 
people's groups in the churches they served. In Florida they 
belonged to the Northside Baptist Church in St. Petersburg 
where Jim was a deacon and Priscilla taught a women's Bible 
Class called the Friendship Bible Coffee. She also was area 
representative of the Christian Women's Club and Christian 
Business and Professional Women. Before moving to Florida, 
she worked for four years for Lord and Taylor Company in Oak 
Brook, Illinois. She was a member of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution. Jim was a member of the Board of Trus- 
tees of Taylor University. He enjoyed golf and tennis. Jim 
and Priscilla traveled throughout the United States, Canada, 
Caribbean Islands, Europe (three times), and the Orient (Ja- 
pan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines). Keeping in 
close contact with their children and grandchildren rounded 
out their very full lives. 

Children (9) BARNES 

i. James Hume III, b. Feb. 11, 1947 

ii. Paul Abbott, b. Apr. 6, 1949 

iii. Peter Bartlett, b. Oct. 2, 1951 

iv. Priscilla Bartlett, b. May 4, 1953 

Reference: Mrs. James Hume Barnes, Jr. 


JAMES HUME BARNES III , (Jay), the son of James Hume, Jr., 

and Priscilla Bartlett (Coan) Barnes, was born in New York 
City on February 11, 1947. He was graduated from Wheaton 
College in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1969 with a B.S. degree in 
mathematics. He received an M.A. degree in guidance and 
counseling from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He 
was working for his Ed.D. degree in college student person- 
nel work at Loyola University in Chicago in 1982. 

On June 26, 1971, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in 
Woodstock, Connecticut, he married Barbara Anne Johnson, the 
daughter of Axel T. and Olga Johnson. Barbara was born in 
Woodstock on September 19, 1948. She was graduated from 
Wheaton College in 1970 and was a registered nurse. 

Jay was a 2nd lieutenant in the army stationed in 
Brooklyn, New York, from 1970 to 1972. Barbara worked as a 
nurse in a hospital on Staten Island. For the next four 
years they resided in Germany where Jay was principal of a 
high school for children of missionaries serving in Europe. 
Barbara acted as school librarian and nurse. In 1982 Jay was 
dean of student development at Messiah College in Grantham, 
Pennsylvania. They were both active in the work of the Sun- 
day School at the Church of the Brethren in Christ of which 
they were members. They resided in Mechanicsburg (1982). 

Children (10) BARNES 

i. Rebecca Joy, b. Apr. 25, 1975 
ii. James Hume IV, b. Oct. 21, 1976 
iii. Mark Joshua, b. Apr. 4, 1978 

Reference: Mrs. James Hume Barnes, Jr. 

PAUL ABBOTT BARNES , the son of James Hume, Jr., and Pris- 
cilla Bartlett (Coan) Barnes, was born in Detroit, Michigan, 
on April 6, 1949. He married on May 30, 1969, at the Chris- 
tian Reformed Church in Wheaton, Illinois, Natalie Ann Hoe- 
kenga, the daughter of Nathaniel R. and Dorothy Hoekenga. 
He was graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, 
in 1971 with a B.A. degree in English literature. In 1972 
he received an M.A. degree from Ball State University. Nat- 
alie attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 
was graduated from the College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, Illi- 
nois. She was a registered nurse. In 1976 Paul and Natalie 
were divorced. 

Paul taught for four years in the high school of Au- 
rora, Illinois. On May 10, 1978, at Ann Arbor, Michigan, he 
married second Christine Shaw, who was born December 5, 1950 
in Lansing, Michigan. In 1982 they lived in Hampton, New 
Jersey; and Paul was employed by the Ethicon Division of 
Johnson and Johnson in Somerville, New Jersey, as product 

The Barnes family at the wedding of Priscilla Bartlett (Candy) Barnes and 
Philip John Alfano, Jr. (back) James Hume Barnes III, Barbara Anne John- 
son Barnes, James Hume Barnes, Jr., Priscilla Bartlett Coan Barnes, Candy, 
Philip, Natalie Ann Hoekenga Barnes, Paul Abbott Barnes, Francine Cocal- 
las Barnes, and Peter Bartlett Barnes, (center) Robert James Barnes; (front) 
Mark Joshua Barnes, Ginger Lynn Barnes, Rebecca Joy Barnes, James 
Hume Barnes IV. 

Grandchildren of Priscilla Bartlett Coan Barnes: Ginger, 
Rebecca, James, Mark, and Robert Barnes. 

Shubael Prescott Coan (Bill) 

Charles Bis bee Coan 

Prescott Coan 

Ruth Frances McTernan 


Children (10) BARNES by Natalie 

i. Ginger Lynn, b. Sept. 18, 1973 
Reference: Mrs. James Hume Barnes, Jr. 

PETER BARTLETT BARNES , the son of James Hume, Jr., and 

Priscilla Bartlett (Coan) Barnes, was born in Detroit, Mich- 
igan, October 2, 1951. He attended Taylor University in Up- 
land, Indiana, for three years. On January 19, 1975, in Fort 
Collins, Colorado, he married Francine Cocallas, daughter of 
James and Doris Cocallas. She was born May 2, 1952, in Chi- 
cago and was a graduate of Taylor University. She assisted 
her father at Carriage Hill Kennels which he owned and oper- 
ated. In 1982 Peter worked for Metal Impact Company in Rose- 
mont, Illinois, as chief design and operating engineer. 

Children (10) BARNES 

i. Robert James, b. Jan. 11, 1979 

Reference: Mrs. James Hume Barnes, Jr. 

PRISCILLA BARTLETT BARNES 9 , (Candy), the daughter of James 
Hume, Jr., and Priscilla Bartlett (Coan) Barnes, was born in 
Eastman, Georgia, May 4, 1953. She attended Taylor Univer- 
sity for one year; became a registered nurse at Indiana Uni- 
versity, Kokomo campus; received a B.A. degree in psychology 
from The King's College, Briarcliff Manor, New York; and was 
granted a B.S. degree in nursing at Marion College, Indiana- 
polis, Indiana. 

Candy worked at Memorial Hospital, Kokomo, Indiana; and 
at four hospitals in Indianapolis: University, Wishert, 
Methodist, and Riley Children's. On August 29, 1981, she 
married Philip John Alfano, Jr., who was born in Syracuse, 
New York, October 25, 1955, the son of Philip John and 
Louise Alfano. He attended The King's College and Oral Rob- 
erts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he received a B.S. 
degree in business. He was employed at the accounting office 
of Walt Disney, Orlando, Florida. He then worked in the Hos- 
pital Division of Service Master and was assistant manager 
of housekeeping at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Geor- 
gia. Candy worked at Emory University Hospital and at Egel- 
ston Children's Hospital. In 1982 they resided at Stone 
Mountain, Georgia. 

Reference: Mrs. James Hume Barnes, Jr. 

6 5 4 3 

SHUBAEL PRESCOTT COAN (Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha D. , 

Abraham , Peter 1 ) was born in Exeter, Maine, March 24, 1860, 


the son of Robert Abbott and Mary Elizabeth (Bartlett) Coan. 
The Federal Census for the State of Maine in 1880 lists him 
as 20 years old and working for his uncle in his carriage 
and repair shop. The uncle was probably John C. Hersey, hus- 
band of his father's sister Sarah. Hersey was a farmer who 
also operated a carriage and repair shop in South Exeter. 
Shubael married Sarah C. (Chris) Lewis and from 1897 until 
he died lived in Ward Hill, Massachusetts, on a farm he pur- 
chased at 1300 Boston Road. 

The Haverhill City Directories list him as (1897) wool- 
sorter; (1902) farmer; (1906) shoe maker; and (1920) wool- 
sorter. His descendants say that at the end of his life he 
was a department superintendent at the Wood Mill, a textile 
manufacturer, in Lawrence. All Haverhill directories listed 
him as Wil liam ; sometimes as William S. P. Coan , and in his 
last years as William P. Coan . All family records, Federal 
Census records, and Exeter, Maine, town records list him as 
Shubael . Once he was listed in the census records as 
Charles Shubael , but never as Wil liam . In Everett S. Stack- 
pole's Old Kittery and Her Families (Lewiston, Maine: Press 
of Lewiston Journal Company, 1903), p. 489, he was also 
listed as Charles S. His brother Fred called him Bil 1 , a 
nickname for Shubael . Possibly others called him Bill too, 
so to go along with the nickname, he must have taken the 
name Wil liam . He died of cancer August 17, 1925, and was 
buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Charles Bisbee, b. Feb. 13, 1891 
ii. Florence 

Reference: Deaths, 1925 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 31, p. 236. 

7 6 5 4 

CHARLES BISBEE COAN (Shubael P. , Robert A. , Shubael , 

3 2 1 

Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Exeter, Maine, 
February 13, 1891, the son of Shubael Prescott and Sarah C. 
(Lewis) Coan. He was graduated from Lowell Technical Insti- 
tute (now University of Lowell) in 1912. While at Lowell 
Tech, he was a member and vice president of the Alembic 
Society. He was very tall and well-built, so his classmates 
tried to persuade him to go out for football, but he never 
did. He lived at home and said he had to help his father on 
the farm. After graduation he went to work for Renfrew Man- 
ufacturing Company of Adams, Massachusetts. During his life- 
time he worked for various concerns as a chemist. 

On February 12, 1916, in Bennington, Vermont, he mar- 
ried Grace Lillian Hill, the daughter of John Henry and Min- 
nie Henrietta (Lyon) Hill. Grace was born in Chicago, Au- 
gust 27, 1890. They were divorced about 1924. Grace worked 
for the Boston and Albany Railroad for 25 years and was re- 
tired with recognition. She married second Henry C. Weeks. 


Charles belonged to the Congregational church, the Ma- 
sons, Shriners, and Knight Templars. About 1927 he married 
second Carrie Giles. He died February 26, 1970, in Shef- 
field, Massachusetts, and was buried in Exeter, Maine, in 
the cemetery on Cider Hill Road. In 1981 Grace was still 
1 iving . 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Shubael Prescott, b. July 10, 1917 

Reference: Alumni Office, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA 

Mrs. Prescott Coan, RFD, Boardman Street, Shef- 
field, MA 01257 

Yearbook, Class of 1912, Lowell Technical Insti- 
tute, Lowell, Mass. 

8 7 6 

SHUBAEL PRESCOTT COAN (Charles B. . Shubael P. , Robert 

A. 5 , Shubael 4 , Elisha D. 3 , Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born July 
10, 1917, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of Charles 
Bisbee and Grace Lillian (Hill) Coan. He was always called 
Prescott, so dropped the name Shubael. In 1936 he was grad- 
uated from Hebron Academy, Hebron, Maine, and in 1940 re- 
ceived a B.A. degree from Amherst College where he was a 
member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He taught at Phillips 
Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, the year 1941-1942. From 
1942 until 1946 in World War II he served in the United 
States Naval Reserve as a first lieutenant, chief engineer- 
ing officer, on the USS Hilary P. Jones in the North Atlan- 
tic, Mediterranean, and Pacific. 

January 9, 1943, in Andover, Massachusetts, he married 
Ruth Frances McTernen, born February 26, 1916, in Andover, 
Massachusetts, daughter of Dr. Malcolm Bodwell and Helen May 
(Cates) McTernen. Prescott worked for Monsanto Chemical Com- 
pany, Plastics Division, as a Research Chemist in Sales, 
Technical Service, and Market Development; for Keller Pro- 
ducts, Manchester, New Hampshire, as Distributor Sales Mana- 
ger; and for Scott Graphics as Custom Product Sales Manager. 
He was a member of the Congregational Church, the Society of 
Plastics Industry and the Society of Plastics Engineers. In 
1961 he received an M.B.A. degree from American Interna- 
tional College, Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Frances was graduated from Abbot Academy, Andover, Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1935. She was active in the Hospital Auxili- 
ary, Scouting, Garden Club, Abbot Alumni Association, the 
Hospice Movement, and the Congregational Church. In the 
church she held many offices, among them, those of church 
treasurer and church clerk. 


Children (9) COAN 

i. Jeffery Prescott, b. Jan. 26, 1947 
ii. Hillary Frances, b. Oct. 21, 1949 

Reference: Amherst College Biographical Record 1951 (Am- 
herst, Mass.: published by Trustees of Amherst Col- 
lege, 1951) p. 468. 

Mrs. Prescott Coan 

JEFFERY PRESCOTT COAN (Prescott 8 , Charles B. 7 , Shubael P. 6 , 
Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born 
January 26, 1947, in Springfield, Massachusetts, son of Shu- 
bael Prescott and Ruth Frances (McTernen) Coan. He received 
his education at Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, New Hamp- 
shire; Kents Hill School, Kents Hill, Maine; and Franklin 
Pierce College, Rindge, New Hampshire. He was always active 
in sports, especially soccer, hockey, baseball and lacrosse. 
At Peterborough, New Hampshire, May 17, 1971, he mar- 
ried Delores Frances Brandt who was born in Canaan, Connect- 
icut, January 30, 1946, daughter of Helmar and Natalie (Col- 
lari) Brandt. Delores was a potter, educated at the Inter- 
ior Design School in New York City and Junior College in 
Palm Beach, Florida. Jeffery was a craftsman; he and Delores 
operated Tinker Farms Pottery, a pottery-woodworking busi- 
ness in Canaan. They belonged to the Connecticut Guild of 
Craftsmen and American Crafts Association. Jeffery coached 
the Canaan Youth Basketball Team (Pee Wee and Squirts), Sou- 
thern Berkshire Youth Hockey, and Little League Baseball. 

Children (10) COAN 

i. Jason Jung, b. Nov. 18, 1971, Pittsfield, Mass. 
ii. Colin Jeffery, b. May 4, 1973, Sharon, Conn, 
iii. Hillary Lyn, b. Sept. 12, 1975, Winsted, Conn. 

Reference: Mrs. Prescott Coan 

Kent's Hill School, Kent's Hill, ME 04349 

HILLARY FRANCES COAN (Prescott , Charles B. , Shubael P. 6 , 
Robert A. 5 , Shubael 4 , Elisha D. 3 , Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born 
in Springfield, Massachusetts, October 31, 1949, daughter of 
Prescott and Ruth Frances (McTernen) Coan. In 1971 she was 
graduated with a B.A. degree from Wells College, Aurora, New 
York. On August 28, 1971, in Sheffield, Massachusetts, she 
married David Farr Hoppock, who was born December 19, 1945, 
in Orange, New Jersey, son of David W. and Cora (Farr) Hop- 
pock. He received a B.S. degree and an M.B.A. degree from 
Cornell University. From 1970-1973 David served with the 
United States Air Force in communications at Richards-Gebaur 
Air Force Base, Kansas City, Missouri. During that period 

Delores Frances Brandt Coan, Jeffery Prescott Coan, Hillary 
Frances Coan Hoppock 

Hillary Lyn Coan, Jason Jung 
Coan, Colin Jeffery Coan 

Delores and Jeffery Coan with their Tinker Farms Pottery kiln. 

Tinker Farms Pottery: (left) Wine 
decanter and goblet— lathe-turned 
black walnut top and lathe-turned 
stem; mortise and tenon joined, 
(right) Stoneware teapot — black 
walnut steam-bent handle, lathe- 
turned zebrawood pegs. 


Hillary attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City 
and received her teaching certificate there in 1972. 

From 1973 until 1977 David worked for Proctor and Gam- 
ble on Staten Island; from 1977-1979, for Arthur Anderson in 
New York City. In 1979 he went to work for Wells Fargo Bank 
in their international division. During this period they 
lived in Westfield, New Jersey. In March, 1981, David was 
transferred by Wells Fargo to San Francisco. From 1973 until 
1976 Hillary worked for General Corporation as editor of 
their employee newspaper. She also attended Rutgers Univer- 
sity in their M.B.A. program and had completed half the de- 
gree when they moved to California. In Westfield they were 
active in the First Congregational Church where David was 
church treasurer and Hillary served as chairman of the An- 
tiques Show and of a "Mother's Morning Out" program. 

David enjoyed playing squash, tennis, and golf. Hil- 
lary's sports were swimming, tennis, and racquetball. In 
1982 they lived in Orinda, California, where they were mem- 
bers of the Orinda Community Church (Congregational), and 
Hillary was active in the League of Women Voters. 

Children (10) HOPPOCK 

i. David Coan, b. Nov. 17, 1976, Summit, N.J. 
ii. Helen Ruth, b. July 13, 1979, Summit, N.J. 

Reference: Mrs. David F. Hoppock, 3 Corte Del Rey, Orinda, 
CA 94563 

7 654 

FLORENCE COAN (Shubael P. , Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha 
D. , Abraham , Peter 1 ) was the daughter of Shubael Prescott 
and Sarah C. (Lewis) Coan. She was a bookkeeper for Knipe 
Brothers in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1919. October 11, 
1922, in Haverhill she married Guy L. Bacon, son of Albert 
L. and Estella (Fisher) Bacon. He was an insurance agent. 

Children (8) BACON 

i. Helen, b. Nov. 1923 

ii. Guy L., Jr., b. Sept. 29, 1925 

Reference: Births, 1925 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 50, p. 293. 

Haverhill and Groveland Directory (Boston: W. A. 
Greenaugh & Co., 1919), p. 260. 

Marriages, 1922 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 23, p. 87. 

6 5 4 3 

FRED WELBY COAN (Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham , Peter 1 ) was born in Exeter, Maine, May 4, 1862, son of 
Robert Abbott and Mary Elizabeth (Bartlett) Coan. He 


received his early education from the district school which 
he attended every winter until he was nearly 18 years old. 
He was an attractive little boy; and when he was small, the 
teacher used to hold him on her lap and play with his black 
curly hair. 

When he was in his teens, he contracted scarlet fever. 
While he had to stay in bed recuperating, to help pass the 
time, his mother taught him how to knit. His daughter Ruth 
(1982) had the blue stockings he made for himself then. 

When he was 16, he drove a milk team to the creamery. 
At that time in the spring and fall he went to high school. 
Winters he was back at the district school. In high school 
he had a school master and studied arithmetic, grammar, geo- 
graphy, and algebra. "Nobody ever graduated," he said; "ev- 
erybody would just go and quit." 

When he was 18 years old, his mother gave him an ame- 
thyst ring, possibly as a going-away present because it was 
then he left his home in Exeter for good. (The ring is still 
in the f amily--1982 ) . He took the boat from Bangor to Boston 
and went to live in North Andover, Massachusetts, because 
his brother Frank was there. He became an apprentice for 
Davis and Ferber in Lawrence, a company that made all kinds 
of machinery for woolen mills. The first year he made $0.90 
a day; the second, $1.00; the third, $1.10; he worked six 
days a week. Just before his three years were up, he went to 
work for McKay's Machine Shop where he was a machinist mak- 
ing shoe machinery. Here he made $2.50 a day. 

After two years he moved to Ware, Massachusetts, "to 
fix sewing machines" for the Otis Company. He was paid $3.00 
a day. Here he met Minnie Draper Herrick who ran a sewing 
machine. They were married at her home in West Randolph, 
Vermont, in the fall of 1888 and returned to Ware to live. 
Minnie came from a large family. Her father was Lorenzo Dow 
Herrick who had nine children by his first wife and six by 
his second, Betsey Almina Booth, Minnie's mother. Minnie, 
who was born August 22, 1861, in West Randolph, Vermont, was 
next to the youngest and only 13 years old when her father 
died. He was a prominent Vermont farmer who held many town 
offices, was a Justice of the Peace, and influenced the 
founding of West Randolph Academy where he was a life-time 
member of the Board of Trustees. 

November 18, 1889, Fred and Minnie had a daughter, 
Grace Herrick Coan, born in Ware. In 1891 Fred said he 
"wanted to get out and move around." Through an "insurance 
drummer" he heard of a job as a machinist in Lebanon, New 
Hampshire. He got the job and moved his family to Lebanon. 
Besides being a machinist, he was in charge of the stitching 
room and made $3.50 a day. Three years later Superintendent 
Dorsey of the Lebanon mill left to be superintendent of the 
Eliott Manufacturing Company in Manchester and convinced 
Fred to go with him. At the Eliott, Fred was foreman of the 
stitching room and made $4.00 a day to start. Over the years 
his pay was increased until during World War I it was raised 

David Farr Hoppock and Hillary 
Frances Coan Hoppock 

David Coan Hoppock 

Helen Ruth Coan 

The Prescott Coan 
family: (back) David 
Farr Hoppock, Prescott, 
Jeffery Prescott Coan. 
(center) Hillary Fran- 
ces Coan Hoppock, 
Ruth Frances McTer- 
nan Coan, Delores 
Frances Brandt Coan. 
(front) Jason Jung 
Coan, Colin Jeffery 

Fred Welby Coan 

Minnie Draper Herrick Coan 

Grace Herrick Coan 


to $52.00 a week which he was making when he retired after 
forty years at the Eliott. 

When Fred, Minnie, and Grace moved to Manchester, they 
lived in "a flat on Spruce Street" about a half mile from 
the mill. He became active in the Odd Fellows. He and Min- 
nie were Charter Members of Acorn Rebekah Lodge in East Man- 
chester. He was a member of Oak Hill Lodge and went through 
the chairs there, becoming Past Noble Grand of the Lodge and 
Deputy Chief Patriarch of Live Oak Encampment. He was also 
a member of the Masons. 

September 9, 1906, Minnie died of cancer. Grace was 
then 16 years old. As her only parent, Fred took his respon- 
sibilities very seriously and was a very strict father. When 
Vaughn Griffin, whom Grace later married, wanted to take her 
canoeing on the Merrimack River ( the thing to do in those 
days), he had to take Fred first to prove Vaughn knew how to 
handle a canoe. At Grace's urging, Fred bought a house at 
318 Laurel Street in a nice residential section. He lived 
here the rest of his life, and made a home for his aged mo- 
ther until she died in 1914, four days before her 87th 

August 26, 1911, Fred married second Pearl Ianna 
Knowles, born in Stark, New Hampshire, November 4, 1888, 
daughter of the Reverend James B. and Annie Jane (Baker) 
Rinehart Knowles. She worked for him at the Eliott. Pearl 
was an accomplished needle worker and seamstress. For years 
she made all her own clothes — dresses, underwear, coats--and 
after Ruth was born made all her things too. Pearl had con- 
siderable dramatic and musical ability. When she was in the 
eighth grade at the Hallsville School, she was selected to 
be the school's representative in the Annual City of Man- 
chester Elocutionary Contest for Clarke Prizes, and won 
first prize. As a young woman, she was often soprano soloist 
for her church, the Tabernacle. Her hair was her "crowning 
glory." In the early years of her marriage it hung down to 
her knees; and she wore it in thick, shining braids around 
her head. 

February 28, 1914, Fred and Pearl had a daughter, Ger- 
trude Baker Coan, who lived only until September 4. On June 
19, 1915, a second daughter, Ruth Alberta Coan, was born. 
About this time Fred purchased the two-tenement house next 
door on Laurel Street. It had a large barn in which he could 
keep his horse Sadie and his wagons. Fred owned several 
acres of land on the outskirts of East Manchester and here 
had an apple orchard and large garden. He was happiest when 
he was working in his garden. Spring, summer, and fall he 
drove Sadie out there nearly every night after supper and 
worked until dark. He always said he'd have been a farmer 
only there wasn't any money in it. Summers he kept his fam- 
ily and neighbors well supplied with fresh vegetables. Pearl 
worked hard canning these, and in the fall she and Fred 
packed the cold room in the cellar with beets, turnip, pump- 
kin, squash, carrots, potatoes, and apples for the winter 
months ahead. 


Fred was a kind, even-tempered, soft-spoken, hard work- 
ing, highly respected man. He was absolutely honest and 
didn't like to owe anyone anything. Once when his friend, 
Mr. Sargent the plumber, had done some work for him, the day 
the work was finished Fred was at the plumber's office to 
pay the bill. Mr. Sargent, disgusted at such promptness, 
said, "My bookkeeper isn't here; we don't even have your 
bill figured out. You'll get it in the mail when we do. Go 
home, Fred. I don't want your money." 

Although Fred was old enough to be his wife Pearl's fa- 
ther, he was as modern and young in his thinking as she was. 
He owned the second car in the neighborhood, an Essex, on 
which he took driving lessons when he was in his sixties. He 
saw to it that Pearl had driving lessons, so she could oper- 
ate the Essex too. He liked nice things and bought Pearl 
some lovely pieces of jewelry. He had one of the first elec- 
tric refrigerators on his street; the latest automatic Edi- 
son console phonograph; and one Christmas he gave both Pearl 
and Ruth mahogany Governor Winthrop desks. He enjoyed the 
theater; when the Park Players were in Manchester during the 
winter seasons, he and Pearl always had tickets. He was very 
faithful to his lodge; every Monday and Wednesday evenings 
found him at Dearborn Hall for meetings. He was an excel- 
lent card player and taught both his daughters to play auc- 
tion bridge. Grace later became a tournament contract 
bridge player. He gave unstintingly to his family and was 
willing to make any sacrifice, as was Pearl, to see that 
Ruth got the college education she wanted. 

Fred was old enough to be Ruth's grandfather, but he 
understood her as well as her much younger mother, sometimes 
better. Ruth heard her mother once complaining to Fred 
because Ruth was so inept in the kitchen. Her father in his 
usual slow, succinct way answered, "The thing she's really 
good at is books; let her alone; let her read 'em." 

In her junior year in high school Ruth was scheduled 
for second semester mathematics, which she did not want to 
take. When she complained, the principal listened to her 
explanation as to why she didn't need it, smiled, and said 
he thought taking it was a good idea. 

Furious, Ruth appealed to her father. "Dad, I want you 
to leave the mill for an hour tomorrow, and go to see Mr. 
Morrison. I hate math, and he's making me take another term 
of it. When I complained, all he said was that he thought 
taking it was 'a good idea.' You tell him I don't need it 
for college and that you prefer I take something else." 

Fred thought a moment and replied, "Ruth, I've lived in 
this city for a good many years. In all the time I've lived 
here no one has ever asked me to be principal of Manchester 
High School. Until they do, I think we'd better let Mr. Mor- 
rison do his job." Ruth took the math. 

Another time when Ruth was expecting a young lady tea- 
cher friend for the weekend, Ruth asked her mother for some 
ash trays for this friend's use. Pearl, shocked that her 

Fred Welby Coan (1911) 

Pearl Ianna Knowles 

Gertrude Baker Coan 

Ruth Alberta Coan and Pearl 

(left) Fred Coan with Pearl and 
Ruth at Hampton Beach, New 
Hampshire, 1918. (right/ Ruth and 
Fred, 1919. 

Fred Coan's home on Laurel Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, 


daughter would "have a smoker for a friend," refused the re- 
quest. Fred overheard the conversation. Very shortly he 
climbed the stairs to Ruth's room where she was angrily pre- 
paring to leave and said, "No need for you to pack your 
suitcase. There will be plenty of ashtrays around for your 
friend when she gets here." And there were. 

Fred was always cordial to all Ruth's friends, both 
male and female. When Ruth asked him how he liked one of her 
boyfriends, his standard comment was, "Oh, he's all right." 

At one time she was thinking seriously of one particu- 
lar boy; and when her father gave his standard reply to her 
questioning, she said, "But, Dad, I might marry him. What 
do you really think of him?" 

Fred paused for a second and then replied, "I think he 
would make a damn good horse jockey." To him a horse jockey 
in those days was physically, mentally, and morally infer- 
ior. That was all he ever said. He continued to be cordial 
to the boy, but that remark somehow ended any serious feel- 
ings Ruth might have had. 

When she finally asked him about the boy she eventually 
married, his comment was, "He'll never set the world on 
fire, but he's a good boy." Fame and fortune she'd never 
have, just an average, happy life. And he was right! 

Fred lived a remarkably healthy life. Until his short, 
final illness, his family never saw him sick in bed even for 
a day; and not once in his entire lifetime was he a patient 
in a hospital. He died at his Laurel Street home February 1, 
1941, aged 78, and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Man- 
chester . 

Pearl outlived her husband for over thirty years. She 
sold the Laurel Street property and the garden acreage to 
build at 240 Ash Street a little house of which she'd always 
dreamed and which she designed herself. She worked for many 
years as a sales clerk for the Leavitt Company, the largest 
department store in Manchester. Pearl was an attractive, re- 
fined lady who always was well-groomed and stylishly 
dressed. She was a loving, self-sacrificing mother and an 
industrious, affectionate, supportive wife. In her old age 
she was honored as a fifty-year member of the First Baptist 
Church where she taught the Boethian Class, sang in the 
choir, and was very active in the Delta Alpha group. Her 
church meant a great deal to her; she gave to it generously, 
often beyond her means. She had a strong, meaningful Chris- 
tian faith. At age 89 on November 13, 1977, she died at a 
Falmouth, Maine, nursing home near her daughter Ruth; and 
was buried along with Fred, Minnie, and Gertrude in Pine 
Grove Cemetery in Manchester. 

Children (7) COAN by first wife Minnie 

i. Grace Herrick, b. Nov. 18, 1889 

Children (7) COAN by second wife Pearl 


i. Gertrude Baker, b. Feb. 28, 1914; d. Sept. 4, 1914 
ii. Ruth Alberta, b. June 19, 1915 

Reference: Mrs. Robert W. Fulton, 11 Loraine Street, Port- 
land, ME 04103 

General Jedediah Herrick and Lucius C. Herrick, 
Herrick Genealogy (Columbus, Ohio: Privately Printed, 
1885), pp. 126, 127. 

7 6 5 4 

GRACE HERRICK COAN j Fred W. , Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha 
D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born November 18, 1889, in Ware, 
Massachusetts, the daughter of Fred Welby and Minnie Draper 
(Herrick) Coan. She lived most of her life in Manchester, 
New Hampshire, and was educated in the public schools there. 
She was graduated from Manchester Central High School in the 
class of 1908. She was an accomplished piano player and, 
after graduating from high school, gave music lessons. On 
September 22, 1913, in Manchester she married Vaughn David 
Griffin, who was born in Henniker, New Hampshire, August 28, 
1889, the son of Willard Henry and Jennie (Greenwood) Grif- 
fin. , 

Grace and Vaughn were members of the First Congrega- 
tional Church. After Vaughn's graduation from Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. degree in mechanical engi- 
neering in 1912, he worked at Griffin and Cogswell, a shoe 
factory founded by his father in East Manchester. He later 
became interested in insurance and from 1929 to 1959 was 
general agent of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany for New Hampshire and Vermont. 

Both Grace and Vaughn enjoyed playing golf and were 
contract bridge enthusiasts. Grace was an excellent player 
and participated in many bridge tournaments. She was for 
many years a member of the Interrogation Club and did con- 
siderable civic volunteer work. Her daughter, Jane, speak- 
ing of her, once said: "She did not have any leadership 
roles; she left this to Dad. I think she underestimated her 
abilities, probably because of her limited education. She 
was a brilliant woman!" Before the Great Depression Grace 
and Vaughn often took the same amount of money and invested 
it to see who could make more. Grace consistently won. 

In 1923, Vaughn served as worshipful master of Washing- 
ton Lodge of the Masons. He was president of the Manchester 
Council of Social Agencies in 1938 and was the first cam- 
paign chairman of the Manchester Community Chest. He was a 
charter member of the Manchester Kiwanis Club and served as 
its president in 1924. He was a past-president of the New 
Hampshire Tuberculosis Association from 1930 to 1957. He 
was a trustee of the Elliot Hospital and president of the 
Manchester Country Club from 1945 to 1947. 

Grace and Vaughn owned a summer home at Lake Winnipe- 
saukee. After Vaughn's retirement they moved to Ormand 
Beach, Florida, where they lived the rest of their lives. 

Ruth and Fred with Sadie hitched to the surrey for a Sunday afternoon drive, 

Ruth Coan, Grace Coan Griffin, Pearl and Fred Coan at 
Grace's summer cottage, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hamp- 
shire, 1925. 

Grace Herrick Coan 

Vaughn David Griffin 

(i : 


1 * { 1? ^ 



Jane Griffin 

Willard Henry Griffin and 
Frederick Welby Griffin 


Grace died January 12, 1967. Vaughn married second Beatrice 
de Meister on December 17, 1967. He died in Ormond Beach 
January 27, 1970. Both he and Grace were buried in Pine 
Grove Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Children (8) GRIFFIN 

i. Willard Henry, b. Nov. 1, 1914 
ii. Frederick Welby, b. May 28, 1917 
iii. Jane, b. Sept. 28, 1927 

Reference: Mrs. Robert W. Fulton 

Ezra S. Stearns, Genealogical and Family History 
of the State of New Hampshire (New York and Chicago: 
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1908), Vol. Ill, p. 1410 

WILLARD HENRY GRIFFIN , the son of Vaughn David and Grace 

Herrick (Coan) Griffin, was born in Manchester, New Hamp- 
shire, November 1, 1914. He was graduated from Saint Paul's 
School in Concord in 1933; and received an A.B. degree from 
Harvard University in 1937. From 1937 to 1941 he worked as 
special agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany. December 28, 1942, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, he mar- 
ried Marjorie Alice Carmichael , who was born in Winchester, 
Massachusetts, January 20, 1921, the daughter of Chester H. 
and Florence (Winter) Carmichael of Medfield. 

From 1942 to 1945 Willard served in the United States 
Naval Reserve in World War II, and was discharged as lieu- 
tenant. He returned to the employ of Northwestern after the 
war and from 1948 to 1958 served as superintendent of agen- 
cies; from 1958 to 1971 he was general agent for the State 
of Connecticut. Before he contracted polio in the 1950s, he 
enjoyed sports, especially skiing and sailing. He was an el- 
der in the Presbyterian Church and served several terms as 
trustee. He was always active in volunteer work. 

Marjorie was graduated from Kendall Hall in Peterbor- 
ough, New Hampshire, and attended Mount Ida and Harcum Jun- 
ior colleges. She was very active in the Girl Scouts; she 
served as leader, leader trainer, and service chairman for 
many years. She was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church and 
always active in volunteer work in the community. 

Willard and Marjorie made their home (1982) on Cape Cod 
in West Chatham, Massachusetts. There they were members of 
the First Congregational Church; and Willard was president 
of the Port Fortune Housing Council, a group that planned to 
build about fifty rental units for low- and moderate-income 
families . 

Children (9) GRIFFIN 

i. Ann Carmichael, b. Feb. 27, 1950 
ii. Richard Carmichael, b. Aug. 16, 1951 
iii. Willard Henry, Jr., b. Jan. 7, 1955 



Reference: Willard H. Griffin, 
West Chatham, MA 02669 

Box 105, 50 Indian Trail, 

ANN CARMICHAEL GRIFFIN , daughter of Willard Henry and Mar- 
jorie Alice ( Carmichael ) Griffin, was born February 27, 
1950, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was graduated from Drew 
University in Madison, New Jersey, with a B.A. degree in 
French literature in 1972. She was awarded a master's degree 
in French literature from New York University in Paris, 
France, in 1974. 

On May 12, 1979, in Chatham, Massachusetts, she married 
Jeffrey Scott Wilson, who was born at Rochester, Minnesota, 
on December 27, 1952, the son of Dr. Leo H. and Colleen Wil- 
son. In 1982 Ann and Jeffrey resided in Framingham, Massa- 
chusetts. Ann worked at the Veterans' Hospital in West Rox- 
bury, and Jeffrey was employed by Apollo Computer Company in 
Bil lerica . 

Reference: Willard H. Griffin 

RICHARD CARMICHAEL GRIFFIN , the son of Willard Henry and 
Marjorie Alice (Carmichael) Griffin, was born August 16, 
1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was graduated from Proctor 
Academy, Andover, New Hampshire, in 1970. His first love 
was the sea; and he spent his time working on boats and 
sailing them, both for pleasure and profit. 

Reference: Willard H. Griffin 

WILLARD HENRY GRIFFIN, JR. , the son of Willard Henry and 
Marjorie Alice (Carmichael) Griffin, was born in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin, January 7, 1955. On June 25, 1977, at Chatham, 
Massachusetts, he married Nina P. Gagaron. They were di- 
vorced. He attended Cape Cod Community College and in 1982 
was a junior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel 

Reference: Willard H. Griffin 

FREDERICK WELBY GRIFFIN , the son of Vaughn David and Grace 

Herrick (Coan) Griffin, was named for his Grandfather Coan. 

He wrote the following autobiographical sketch for this 


1917, May 
Hampshire, at a 
ler who provided 

1920 — The 

28 -- I was born in 
house owned, I think, 
a lying-in service, 
family moved from Linden 

Manchester, New 
by a Mrs. Chand- 

1038 Union Street and then to 84 Bay Street 

Street to 
about 1923. 

84 Bay Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, home of Vaughn and Grace 
Coan Griffin. 

(back) Ruth Alberta Coan, Willard Henry Griffin, Grace Herrick Coan Griffin, 
Alton Barrows Atwood. (front) Fred Welby Coan with his granddaughter 
Jane Griffin, Mabel Elizabeth Coan Atwood, Pearl Ianna Knowles Coan, 
Carrie Keefe Coan, Priscilla Bartlett Coan with her father Robert Abbott 
Coan (1931). Photo by Vaughn David Griffin. 

Willard Henry Griffin 

Marjorie Alice Carmichael 

Ann Carmichael Griffin, Richard Carmichael Griffin, Willard 
Henry Griffin, Jr. 


1923 -- I attended Webster Grammar School on the 
southeast corner of Webster and Chestnut streets. The 
family built a summer cottage in Gilford on Varney 
Point on Lake Winnipesaukee , and summers were spent 
there until I started working as a counsellor at Camp 
DeWitt in 1934. 

Father, Vaughn sold about 1922 the family shoe 
business which he ran with his brother, Wayne. He went 
into the life insurance business and became General 
Agent of Northwestern Mutual about 1926. During those 
years, and actually most of his life, father never 
worked any harder than he had to, to live the kind of 
life he wanted for himself and the family. In the sum- 
mer he would often stay at Winnipesaukee for two or 
three weeks at a time until Mother would say the bank 
account was low. He would then work for two or three 
weeks, but soon be back at the lake for another holiday 
with the family. 

1929 -- Most of the family assets were invested in 
the stock market, and Dad was buying Chrysler stock 
short. I gathered everything but the two houses was 
gone by 19 30, and those were heavily mortgaged. Dad 
somehow was able to keep brother Bill at Saint Paul's 
and send me to Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachu- 
setts, in 1931. I had attended Manchester Central High 
School in 1930. By 1932 the pinch was tighter, and Dad 
told me that he could pay about $700 toward the cost of 
Andover and that I would have to work for the rest. I 
contacted two women in the town who would take in a 
student's laundry and got a commission on each student 
I could sell. I also waited on tables and managed to 
make up the difference. By 1935 things were improving 
and the strain easing. 

1935-1936 -- I spent the year as an exchange stu- 
dent at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire, 
England. There had been a Wellington boy at Andover in 
1934-35, but no Andover boy at Wellington. I approached 
Headmaster Fuess in December, 1934, about sending me 
the following year, and I finally persuaded him about 
March. This exchange program continued for many years. 

1936-1940 -- I went to Harvard University and was 
graduated with an A.B. degree in European history. I 
spent three summers at Camp DeWitt and one with a 
friend, Jim Curwen (We were on the swimming team 
together) in Canton, Ohio, where we worked for Timkin 
Roller Bearing in their steel mill. 

1940 -- I started as a life insurance agent with 
Dad for Northwestern. In December I met Ruth Brownlie 
Dickson at a country club dance. She was Harold McAl- 
lister's date and a junior at the University of New 
Hampshire . 

1941 -- In March I decided life insurance was not 
for me and went with New Hampshire Insurance Company as 


as their first college graduate trainee at $75.00 a 
month . 

Memorial Day I proposed to Ruth at Pemaquid, 

September 20, Ruth and I were married at the Dick- 
son home in Bath, Maine. Her parents were David Carlyle 
and Ruth (Brownlie) Dickson. Ruth was born November 15, 
1920, at Berwick, Pennsylvania. 

Mother and Dad Griffin had built a house at 532 
Ray Street about 1937. They built the cape at 530 Ray 
Street for Ruth and me, and we moved in after the 
honeymoon. I went to work at New Hampshire Insurance on 
a bicycle, or by bus in the winter. In October I got a 
raise — 33%!--to $100.00 a month. 

1942 -- In May I was commissioned an Ensign in the 
United States Naval Reserve at $250.00 a month. From 
July to September I attended Student Officer School at 
Tower Hall, Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. 

1942, September-1944 , August -- I was an instruc- 
tor in Ordinance at Midshipmen's School in Chicago. 

1944, August -- After trying for about one year to 
get sea duty, I finally got orders to the Geo. Clymer , 
a 15,000 ton freight and passenger ship converted to an 
attack transport APA 27. I picked up the ship in New 
Guinea and was back in San Francisco for a yard over- 
haul by December. Having been trained as a gunnery of- 
ficer, I was made acting 1st lieutenant during the yard 
overhaul because all the lieutenants, senior grade, had 
leave coming. For reasons I never knew, I was made per- 
manent 1st lieutenant over four other officers senior 
to me when we sailed for the Philippines in January. I 
continued as 1st lieutenant until I was discharged on 
points in December, 1945. The only action I saw was in 
the invasion of Okinawa in April, 1945. The rest of the 
time was spent transporting troops here and there in 
the South Pacific and training for invasions. 

1946, January -- I went back to New Hampshire In- 
surance Company as Special Agent for Eastern Massachu- 
setts with the office in Boston. Ruth nearly died of 
spinal meningitis, and we never moved into the house we 
had purchased in Hingham before I accepted a job with 
Jack Nelson with the Berry Insurance Agency at 819 Elm 
Street in Manchester. I had concluded that working for 
a large company was not for me. 

1950 — I became a partner. 

1956 -- We merged with Edgerly Agency (Howard Bur- 
pee and F. Edgerly, his uncle). 

1968 -- We merged with Robert S. Perkins to form 
Burpee, Griffin, and Perkins. 

1973-74 -- We made an unsuccessful merger with 
Bill Stone; this merger was dissolved after one year. 

1980 -- Howard Burpee retired and moved to Old Or- 
chard Beach, Maine. 

Frederick Welby Griffin 

Ruth Brownlie Dickson 

Barbara Dickson Griffin, Frederick Welby Griffin, Jr., 
Robin Ann Griffin, and Bonnie Jane Griffin seated. 

Jane Griffin 

Robert Luther Greene 

Phyllis Carol Greene, Vaughn Digby Greene, Robert Luther Greene, 
Cynthia Jane Greene, Jane Griffin Greene, Randall Luther Greene. 


1982 -- Burpee, Griffin and Perkins, Inc., merged 
with Kendall Insurance, Inc., of Rochester, New Hamp- 
shire . 

Other Activities 

1950 -- Chairman of the Red Cross drive. 

1952 -- Trustee of the Manchester Savings Bank. 

1956 -- President of the Manchester Exchange Club. 

1962-1970 — Trustee of the Elliot Hospital. 

1967-1970 -- Regional Alumni Director of Maine, New 
Hampshire, and Vermont for Harvard College. 

1976 -- Director of the Manchester Bank and the holding 
company--the First Financial Group--and vice-chairman 
of the board of directors of both. (In 1981 names of 
bank and holding company changed to Bank East and 
Bank East Corporation respectively.) 

Director of the Controlled Environmental Cooperation, a 
four-season, 3,500-acre development owned by the Man- 
chester Bank, United Life and Accident, Dartmouth 
College, and the Society for the Preservation of New 
Hampshire Forests; 

Director and 1st president of the Mid-Merrimack Health 
Planning Council; 

Trustee of the Norwin and Elizabeth Bean Charitable 
Foundation; chairman, 1979-1982; 

1980 -- Director of the New England Ski Museum, Fran- 
conia, New Hampshire. 

1981 -- Citizen of the Year Award from Manchester Cham- 
ber of Commerce. 

Ruth had finished only her junior year at the Uni- 
versity of New Hampshire when we were married in 1941. 
About 1960 she started taking courses at the Univer- 
sity, St. Anselm's, and Notre Dame. She received her 
A.B. degree in education from the University of New 
Hampshire in 1963. That year she started teaching in 
Manchester. In 1982 she was still teaching the first 
grade at Parker Varney School in West Manchester. For 
some years then she had been saying she would retire -- 
"next year, maybe." She was still playing tennis, 
starting golf, skiing downhill and cross country. On 
vacations she did much reading and painting, mostly wa- 
tercolor, in the past few years. 

Ruth and I resided in Bedford, New Hampshire 
(1982). I played tennis in the summer two or three 
times a week, swam at the YMCA about three times a 
week, and in the winter did downhill and cross-country 
skiing from our house in Franconia, which was built in 
1972. We owned a similar house in Woodstock, but it was 
taken over by the State for the construction of the 
1-93 interchange in 1970. I occasionally went bass 
fishing and developed an interest in bird watching. In 


1982 I was planning to retire in 1984, and in addition 
to the above activities I hoped to study geology and 

Children (9) GRIFFIN 

i. Barbara Dickson, b. Sept. 20, 1943 

ii. Frederick Welby, Jr., b. Aug. 24, 1947 

iii. Robin Ann, b. Mar. 11, 1950 

iv. Bonnie Jane, b. Nov. 20, 1952 

Reference: Frederick W. Griffin, 10 Orchard Hill Circle, 
Bedford, NH 03102 

BARBARA DICKSON GRIFFIN , the daughter of Frederick Welby 

and Ruth Brownlie (Dickson) Griffin, was born in Chicago, 
Illinois, on September 20, 1943. She was graduated from 
Smith College with a B.A. degree in 1965. In 1967 she re- 
ceived an M.A.T. degree from the University of Pittsburg. 
She taught in a private secondary school in Valencia, Vene- 
zuela, in 1966. She taught English in Lexington, Massachu- 
setts, High School 1967-1971. 

On July 10, 1971, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, she mar- 
ried Robert Jay Ludwig, who was born July 16, 1943, in Pal- 
myra, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Laura (Bennetch) 
Ludwig. Robert was graduated from Lebanon Valley College, 
Anville, Pennsylvania, with an A.B. degree in mathematics. 
In 1967 he received an M.S. degree in mathematics from the 
University of New Hampshire. 

Robert worked for the Presbyterian Church in Inman 
Square, Cambridge; Arthur D. Little, Inc., in the agri-busi- 
ness division for about six years; and in 1980 became busi- 
ness manager and administrator of Grace Chapel in Lexington. 

Children (10) LUDWIG 

i. Heidi Griffin, b. Jan. 4, 1974 
ii. Kathryn Louise, b. Aug. 7, 1976 

Reference: Frederick W. Griffin 

FREDERICK WELBY GRIFFIN, JR. , the son of Frederick Welby 

and Ruth Brownlie (Dickson) Griffin, was born in Manchester, 
New Hampshire, on August 24, 1947. He was graduated from the 
University of New Hampshire with a B.S. degree in business 
in 1972. On June 10, 1972, at Ogunquit, Maine, he married 
Martha Myrand, who was born March 11, 1949, at Lewiston, 
Maine, the daughter of John and Constance (Leblanc) Myrand. 
Martha was graduated from the University of New Hampshire 
with a B.S. degree in business in 1973. They owned and op- 
erated the Kennebunk Inn at Kennebunkport , Maine, (1982). 

The Williard Henry Griffin, Sr., family: Richard, Marjorie, Jeffrey Scott 
Wilson, Ann Griffin Wilson, Willard, Jr., and Willard, Sr., seated. 

The Frederick Welby Griffin, Sr., family: (front) Barbara Griffin Ludwig 
with Heather Griffin Foster, Martha Myrand Griffin, Ruth, Bonnie, 
Robin Griffin Foster, (back) Frederick, Sr., and Frederick, Jr. 

The Jane Griffin Greene family: Vaughn Digby, Phyllis Carol, Randolph 
Luther, Cynthia Jane. 

Fred Griffin Gets Citizen of the Year Award: Ruth, Fred's wife: Fred: 
Barbara Ludwig, Fred's daughter; Fred's daughter-in-law and son, 
Martha and Rick Griffin. Courtesy Denis Paiste, The Union Leader. 
Manchester, New Hampshire, October 21, 1981. 


Children (10) GRIFFIN 

i. Lydia Brownlie, b. Mar. 9, 1978 
ii. Alexis Campagna, b. June 28, 1980 

Reference: Frederick W. Griffin 

ROBIN ANN GRIFFIN , the daughter of Frederick Welby and Ruth 

Brownlie (Dickson) Griffin, was born in Manchester, New 

Hampshire, on March 11, 1950. She was graduated from the 

University of New Hampshire with a B.S. degree in social 

services . 

She was a photographer and owned and operated the Photo 

Studio and Antique Shop in Waitsfield, Vermont. On November 

3, 1979, at Lake Placid, New York, she married Robert Peck 

Foster, who was born April 10, 1943, at Schenectady, New 

York, the son of Henry Joslyn and Virginia (Peck) Foster. 

Robert was graduated from the State University College at 

Oswego, New York, with a B.A. degree in economics. He was a 

masonry contractor April to December and an assistant in the 

medical section of Sugarbush ski area the rest of the year. 

They resided (1982) at Waitsfield, Vermont. 

Children (10) FOSTER 

i. Heather Griffin, b. July 12, 1981, Randolph, Ver- 

Reference: Frederick W. Griffin 

BONNIE JANE GRIFFIN , the daughter of Frederick Welby and 

Ruth Brownlie (Dickson) Griffin, was born in Manchester, New 

Hampshire, November 20, 1952. She was graduated from Colby 

Junior College, now Colby-Sawyer, New London, New Hampshire, 

in 1972. Bonnie moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1973 and as 

of 1982 was still there working as a waitress in the Pioneer 


Reference: Frederick W. Griffin 

JANE GRIFFIN , the daughter of Vaughn David and Grace Her- 

rick (Coan) Griffin, was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, 
September 28, 1927. She was graduated from Bradford Junior 
College in 1946. On July 6, 1947, Jane married Robert Luther 
Greene, who was born in Cloverdale, Botetourt County, Vir- 
ginia, March 23, 1923, the son of Digby Norcott and Hattie 
Lennis (Shipp) Greene. He was a 1940 graduate of the College 
of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. After college 
he enlisted in the United States Air Force in World War II. 
He was a 1st lieutenant and taught communications and radar. 



In 1947 he received a master's degree in chemical engineer- 
ing from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

For most of their married life Jane and Robert lived in 
Dallas, Texas, where Robert worked as a consultant for Pur- 
vin & Gertz, Inc. He later became president and owner of 
Greene & Associates, Inc. Besides their home in Dallas they 
owned a house on Lake Tawakoni in Texas and one on the ocean 
at Cape Neddick, Maine. They both enjoyed tennis, opera, and 
travel. Their excellent art collection of original oils and 
water colors was another of their hobbies. 

Jane was office manager for Greater Dallas Housing Op- 
portunity Center, and beginning in 1977 was president of J. 
G. & Associates, Inc., Fair Housing Consultants. Her volun- 
teer activities were extensive: American Diabetes Associa- 
tion, North Central Texas: board of directors; The Amigos: a 
program of dynamics in race and intergroup relations, co- 
founder and coordinator, board of directors; Dallas Alli- 
ance: Neighborhood Regeneration and Maintenance Task Force; 
Dallas Housing Forum: member; vice-chairwoman and program 
chairwoman 1976-1977; Family Guidance Center: board of dir- 
ectors; Goals for Dallas: member and discussion leader; 
Greater Dallas Housing Opportunity Center: board of direc- 
tors, president, 1975; primary researcher, investigator, and 
author of Study of Discrimination and Steering Practice by 
Real Estate Agents in Dallas , 1974; League of Women Voters: 
member; Manpower Advisory Council - City of Dallas: member, 
vice-chairwoman, 1977; National Neighbors: board of direc- 
tors and executive committee; annual conference chairwoman, 
1976; State Bar of Texas: member, planning committee for a 
more effective state bar; U. S. Department of Housing and 
Urban Development: member, Fair Housing Committee, 1974- 
1975; planned Fair Housing Conference, Washington, D.C., 
1975; Volunteer Center: board of directors; Women's Council 
of Dallas County: member. 

Children (9) GREENE 

i. Phyllis Carol, b. Sept. 13, 1948 

ii. Randall Luther, b. Oct. 6, 1951 

iii. Vaughn Digby, b. Feb. 1, 1956 

iv. Cynthia Jane, b. May 22, 1957 

Reference: Mrs 
TX 75240 

Robert L. Greene, 7447 Stonecrest, Dallas, 

PHYLLIS CAROL GREENE , the daughter of Robert Luther and 
Jane (Griffin) Greene, was born September 13, 1948, in Eliz- 
abeth, New Jersey. She was graduated from Cornell Univer- 
sity in Ithaca, New York, with a B.A. degree in 1970. She 
received an M.Ed. degree from Monmouth College, Monmouth, 
Oregon, in 1972. In 1982 she lived in Louisville, Colorado. 
Not far from her home in Louisville she owned a mountain 

Ruth Alberta Coan 

Robert William Fulton 

Robert MacGregor Fulton, David Kenniston Fulton, Pamela Louise Fulton 

The Ruth Coan Fulton family in 1965: (back) David, Pamela, Robert M. (front) 
Robert W, Ruth. 

The Fultons skiing at Sunday 
River, Maine, 1958. David, Robert, 
Pamela, Ruth, and Bobby. 

1 ** 




The summit of Mount 
Chocorua, New Hamp- 
shire, 1963: The Fultons— 
David. Bob, Pamela. 
Ruth, and Robert. 


cabin which overlooked the Continental Divide. She owned and 
operated The Boulder Buyer, a real estate firm in Louis- 
ville. She was a member of the board of directors of a 
health clinic and the Women's Center. 

Reference: Mrs. Robert L. Greene 

RANDALL LUTHER GREENE , the son of Robert Luther and Jane 

(Griffin) Greene, was born October 6, 1951, in Summit, New 

Jersey. He was graduated from the University of Texas in 

Austin with a B.B.A. degree with an accounting major. In 

1982 he had passed half his C.P.A. exams and was working as 

internal auditor for Pizza Inn. His hobbies were fishing 

and deep sea diving. 

Reference: Mrs. Robert L. Greene 

VAUGHN DIGBY GREENE , the son of Robert Luther and Jane 

(Griffin) Greene, was born February 1, 1956, in Dallas, 
Texas. After graduating from St. Mark's School of Texas, he 
spent a year studying in Evian, France. His junior year at 
Tufts University he was enrolled at the University of Tubin- 
gen, Tubingen, Germany. He received a B.A. degree cum laude 
from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1978. 
His hobbies included skiing and scuba diving. 

Reference: Mrs. Robert L. Greene 

CYNTHIA JANE GREENE , the daughter of Robert Luther and Jane 

(Griffin) Greene, was born May 22, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. 

She was graduated from the Thompson School at the University 

of New Hampshire in 1981 with a B.S. degree in business ad- 
ministration . 

Reference: Mrs. Robert L. Greene 

7 6 5 4 

RUTH ALBERTA COAN (Fred W. , Robert A. , Shubael , Elisha 

D. , Abraham , Peter ), daughter of Fred Welby and Pearl 
Ianna (Knowles) Coan, was born June 19, 1915, in Manchester, 
New Hampshire. When she was graduated from Wilson Grammar 
School, she was awarded the Sons of the American Revolution 
Good Citizenship Medal. In 1932 she was valedictorian of her 
class at Manchester Central High School. In 1936 she re- 
ceived an A.B. degree from Bates College where she was a 
four-year member of the Chapel Choir and the Glee Club, 
treasurer of the Women's Student Government, a member of Phi 
Beta Kappa, and active in the 4-A Players. She played Lady 
Macbeth in Macbeth and the leading role of Hecuba in the 
Commencement Play, The Trojan Women . In 1936-1937 at Pern- 


broke Academy, Pembroke, New Hampshire, she taught English, 
Latin, and French, as well as directed the glee club and the 
annual operetta, Victor Herbert's Sweethearts . The next 
three years she taught English and coached dramatics at 
Edward Little High School, Auburn, Maine. The summer of 
1937 she attended Columbia University. From 1938-1940 she 
was social director at Bates College Summer School. 

In Manchester, New Hampshire, September 28, 1940, Ruth 
married Robert William Fulton, born September 10, 1910, son 
of William Lyman and Bessie Louise (Marston) Fulton. After 
living in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, in 1945 the young 
couple moved to Portland, Maine, where they still resided in 
1982. Robert received a B.S. degree in electrical engineer- 
ing from Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he was a mem- 
ber of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He worked forty-one 
years in fire protection engineering for the Factory Insur- 
ance Association of Hartford, Connecticut, now Industrial 
Risk Insurers, and retired in 1975. 

In 1967-68 Ruth was a substitute teacher at the Boys' 
Training Center, South Portland. She joined the faculty of 
Andover College in Portland as English Instructor in 1968. 
In 1975 she received a M.S.Ed, degree from the University of 
Maine, Portland-Gorham, now the University of Southern 
Maine. In 1976 along with teaching one class, she became 
Academic Dean at Andover College, a position she held until 
she retired in 1979. She wrote articles on education for 
numerous magazines. The following manuals which she wrote 
for use at Andover College she published and marketed: Busi- 
ness Student's Easy Guide to Report Writing , Business Stu- 
dent's Easy Guide to the Metric System , and Business Stu- 
dent's Easy Guide to Library Reference Materials . 

The church played an important part in the lives of 
Ruth and Robert. They met at the First Baptist Church in 
Manchester where they were members and active in youth work, 
especially in Christian Endeavor. The minister at that time 
was Dr. Charles P. MacGregor who baptized and married them 
and for whom they gave their son Robert the middle name of 
MacGregor. They later joined Immanuel Baptist Church in 
Portland where Robert was president of the Men's Club, dea- 
con, and trustee; and Ruth was teacher in the high school 
department of the church school. She held a similar position 
for many years when they joined Woodfords Congregational 
Church of the United Church of Christ; and Robert was super- 
intendent of the church school, deacon, and trustee at Wood- 
fords . 

Robert was a professional engineer in the states of 
Massachusetts and Maine and a member of the Woodfords Club 
in Portland where he was active on the billiards teams. He 
was an avid skier, skater, and fisherman. Ruth held member- 
ship in many educational organizations, some of which were 
Modern Language Association, International Reading Associa- 
tion, New England Reading Association, National Business 
Teachers' Association, American Business Communication Asso- 

Pamela Louise Fulton 

Brent Wilson McLaughlin 

Patrick Coan McLaughlin and Benjamin Robert 

Sharon Lee Julien 

David Kenniston Fulton 

David Kenniston Fulton, Jr., (Kenny), and Darci Kay Fulton 


ciation, New England Business Educators Association. She 
also was a member of the Portland College Club, the Camp 
Fire Girls as a sponsor and member of the board of direc- 
tors. After she retired and began working on her family 
genealogy, she joined the Maine Historical Society, the 
Maine Old Cemetery Association, the New England Historic 
Genealogical Society, and the Daughters of the American 
Revolution. She and Robert were both members of the Society 
of Mayflower Descendants; she through Stephen Hopkins, and 
he through Isaac Alberton, Francis Eaton, Degory Priest, and 
John Howland. 

Besides their home at 11 Loraine Street, Portland, Ruth 
and Robert owned a cottage at Great Pond, Belgrade Lakes, 
where they spent their summers. 

Children (8) FULTON 

i. Pamela Louise, b. Jan. 16, 1947 
ii. David Kenniston, b. Oct. 25, 1949 
iii. Robert MacGregor, b. June 10, 1952 

PAMELA LOUISE FULTON , the daughter of Robert William and 
Ruth Alberta (Coan) Fulton, was born in Portland, Maine, 
January 16, 1947. She was graduated from Deering High 
School, Portland, in 1965 where she was a member of the Na- 
tional Honor Society; in 1969 she received a B.A. degree 
from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she was a mem- 
ber of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority and Tri Beta, a national 
honorary biological society. The summer of 1968 she was one 
of twenty chosen from the Great Lakes colleges to partici- 
pate in a six-week National Science Foundation program in 
marine biology at the University of California, Santa Bar- 
bara. In 1974 she received an M.S.Ed, degree from the Uni- 
versity of Maine, Portland-Gorham, now the University of 
Southern Maine. 

From 1969 to 1979 she taught 7th Grade Science at Ma- 
honey Junior High School in South Portland. There she organ- 
ized and led the Nature Club to give students firsthand ex- 
perience with the great outdoors. She was a member of the 
Josselyn Botanical Society and the Appalachian Mountain 
Club. She climbed, as well as led trips up, the highest 
peaks in New Hampshire and Maine. She canoed the Allagash, 
the St. John River, the Aroostook River in Maine; and the 
boundary waters of Minnesota. As an avid bicyclist, besides 
many shorter trips, she rode 200 miles around the west shore 
of Nova Scotia; the same distance around the Door Peninsula 
in Wisconsin; and completed the 500-mile Bike Centennial 
Trail through Illinois and Kentucky. She always was inter- 
ested in the Camp Fire Girls, joined the Blue Birds, and 
continued Camp Fire membership through high school where she 
was one of the first to earn the Wohelo Medalion in the 
State of Maine. For five summers she was a counselor at Camp 


Ketcha, the Camp Fire day camp. She enjoyed skiing and fish- 

September 2, 1979, on House Island in Casco Bay, she 
married Brent Wilson McLaughlin, who was born February 14, 
1946, in Dover-Foxcrof t , Maine, the son of Lonzo G. and Myra 
(Draper) McLaughlin. He received a B.S. degree in engineer- 
ing physics from the University of Maine in Orono in 1969. 
In October, 1969, he enlised in the United States Army and 
served in Germany until May, 1972. He was employed by Oxford 
Paper Company, St. Regis Paper Company, and Boise Cascade in 
Rumford, Maine. In 1982 he became an engineering specialist 
for Arkwright-Boston Insurance, Waltham, Massachusetts. 
Brent shared all of Pam's outdoor interests, and they both 
were members of the First Church (United Church of Christ) 
in Nashua, New Hampshire. In 1982 they lived in Hudson, New 

Children (9) MCLAUGHLIN 

i. Benjamin Robert, b. Sept. 4, 1980, Lewiston, Maine 
ii. Patrick Coan, b. Sept. 2, 1981, Lewiston, Maine 

Reference: Mrs. Brent W. McLaughlin, 8 Bruce Street, Hudson, 
NH 03051 

DAVID KENNISTON FULTON , son of Robert William and Ruth 
Alberta (Coan) Fulton, was born in Portland, Maine, October 
25, 1949. At age 9 he took over a 60-customer morning paper 
route, which he carried for 8 years until he went to col- 
lege. He was a member of Woodfords Congregational Church, 
and president of his Senior High Fellowship. In 1967 he was 
graduated from Deering High School where he lettered on the 
cross-country team and served as president of the Key Club. 
He played Babe Ruth baseball, and his team made the state 
championship finals. In 1971 he received a B.A. degree in 
psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a mem- 
ber of Student Government, Delta Tau Delta, Omicron Delta 
Kappa National Leadership Society, and was Corps Commander 
of ROTC, receiving Distinguished Graduate status at commis- 
sioning. During the summers while he was in college, he was 
a recreation director for the City of Portland. 

March 19, 1972, in Darien, Connecticut, he married Sha- 
ron Lee Julien, who was born March 21, 1950, in Weslaco, 
Texas, the daughter of Charles Donald and Margery (Tanner) 
Julien. They met at Ohio Wesleyan where she was a member of 
Pi Beta Phi and received a B.A. degree in home economics ed- 
ucation in 1972. She taught home economics 1972-1974 at Rex 
Lake Academy and North High School, Akron, Ohio. David was 
awarded a J.D. degree in 1974 from the University of Akron 
School of Law where he was secretary both of the Student 
Council and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and in the Na- 
tional Order of Barristers (for outstanding contribution to 

Robert MacGregor Fulton. 

Family of Ruth Coan Fulton, 1981: (back) Robert M., David K. 
holding his son David, Jr. (Kenny), Robert W., Brent Wilson 
McLaughlin, (front) Darci Kay Fulton, Pamela Fulton Mc- 
Laughlin holding her son Benjamin Robert, Ruth holding her 
grandson Patrick Coan McLaughlin, and Sharon Julien 
Fulton. Photo by Brent W. McLaughlin. 

Anna Belle Coan 

Alphonso W. Badger 

Alphonso W. Badger, Jr. and his 
half-sister Gertrude Badger 


Moot Court). That same year he went on active duty with the 
United States Air Force as a captain to fulfill his ROTC 
commitment. He served four years and eleven months; one and 
a half years at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, New Hamp- 
shire, and the rest of the time at Royal Air Force, Alcon- 
bury, England. He received an Honorable Discharge December 
3, 1979, his decorations including the meritorous service 
medal . 

While he was in the Air Force, he went to Air Univer- 
sity, Montgomery, Alabama, twice; attending Judge Advocate 
General School; and Squadron Officer School (one of six law- 
yers throughout the Air Force selected to attend this 637- 
man class). He and Sherry travelled to Spain, Germany, 
France, Austria, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, and 
Wales during his tour in England. 

March 1, 1980, he became associated with the Boynton, 
Waldron law firm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In June of 
1980 he and Sherry bought a home in Eliot, Maine. His affil- 
iations included Ohio State Bar Association, New Hampshire 
State Bar Association, Maine State Bar Association, and the 
American Bar Association. He was admitted to practice before 
the Supreme Court of Ohio, 1974; the United States Court of 
Military Appeals, 1975; the Federal and Supreme Court for 
New Hampshire, May, 1980; and the Federal and Supreme Court 
for Maine, October, 1980. He was a member of the Planning 
Board in Eliot, Maine, where he and Sherry were living with 
their two children in 1982. 

Children (9) FULTON 

i. Darci Kay, b. Apr. 6, 1975, Portsmouth, New Hamp- 

ii. David Kenniston, Jr., b. Feb. 2, 1978, Cambridge, 

Reference: David K. Fulton, 38 Rollingwood, Eliot, ME 03903 

ROBERT MacGREGOR FULTON , son of Robert William and Ruth 
Alberta (Coan) Fulton, was born June 10, 1952, in Portland, 
Maine. At the age of 10 he suffered a broken elbow in a 
bicycling accident and afterwards was never able to com- 
pletely straighten his left arm. 

He attended the public schools of Portland and was 
graduated in 1970 from Deering High School where he was 
elected to the National Honor Society, served as president 
of that school's chapter of the Hi-Y, was editor of the Hi-Y 
Student Directory , and took part in the Thanksgiving play. 

During the spring of his junior year at Wittenberg Uni- 
versity in Springfield, Ohio, he was one of five chosen to 
represent the University in a college cooperative program at 
Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Caro- 
lina. After receiving his B.A. degree from Wittenberg in 


1974, he took health science courses at the University of 
Southern Maine and Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. In 
February, 1976, he passed the American Society of Clinical 
Pathologists Histology Board of Registry (HT008190). He pur- 
sued further education in the field of management at the 
University of Southern Maine and the New School for Social 
Research in New York City. 

His work experience began 1967-1970 as a morning paper 
boy for the Guy Gannett Publishing Company. During the sum- 
mers of 1970 through 1974 he worked as a warehouseman and 
fork lift operator for Northeast Cold Storage Corporation in 
Portland. During the school year 1973-1974 he worked as 
librarian in the science branch of the Thomas Library at 
Wittenberg. In October, 1974, he went to work for Maine Med- 
ical Center in Portland as a histology technician. Early in 
1977 he became supervisor of the Histology Laboratory at 
that Center. In January, 1980, he accepted the supervisory 
position of the Surgical Pathology Laboratories at Mount 
Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and in 1982 he re- 
sided in Manhattan. His professional memberships and respon- 
sibilities included: 

American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1976- 
National Society for Histotechnology , Inc., 1975- 
Maine Society for Histotechnology, 1975-1979 

Editor of Newsletter, 1978-1979 

Vice president, 1977-1979 

Regional representative, 1977-1979 
New York State Histotechnological Society, Inc., 1979- 
New Jersey Society of Histotechnology, 1982- 

Reference: Robert M. Fulton, 344 East 87th Street, Apt. 4B, 
New York, NY 10028 

ANNA BELLE ^OAN (Robert A. 5 , Shubael 4 , Elisha D. 3 , Abra- 
ham , Peter ) was born in Exeter, Maine, February 27, 1867, 
daughter of Robert Abbott and Mary Elizabeth (Bartlett) 
Coan. She married Alphonso W. Badger and died as a result of 
childbirth at age 21, May 23, 1886, in Exeter, Maine. Anna 
Belle was buried in Exeter in the cemetery on Cider Hill 

Children (7) BADGER 

i. Alphonso W. Badger, Jr., who married Ivy A. Kew Oc- 
tober 22, 1912. 

ELEANOR SUSAN COAN (Shubael 4 , Elisha D. 3 , Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) 
daughter of Shubael and Susan (Abbott) Coan, was born in 
Exeter, Maine, February 24, 1831. She married Benjamin Weeks 
who ran a livery stable in Orono. Eleanor died May 3, 1853, 

(top left) Abbott Sanford Coan. (bottom left) Graves of Abbott 
and Arianna Dickey Coan, cemetery, Cider Hill Road, Exeter, 
Maine. Flag indicated service in Civil War. Courtesy Robert W. 
Fulton, (right) Nellie Estelle Weeks Spencer and Llewellyn T. 

Campus of the University of Maine, Orono, when Nellie Weeks, daughter of 

f%!£?F w f^S ™ Weeks ' atten ded. Photo taken in 1871. Courtesy 
Merritt Caldwell Fernald, History of the Maine State College and the Univer- 
sity oi Maine. 







aged 22 years. She was buried in the Townhouse Cemetery in 
Exeter. On her tombstone is the following: 

Thy peaceful step can know no dreaming 
Thy soul's original wings are now at rest; 
Though burning tears are freely streaming, 
Thy spirit warbles with the best. 

Children (6) WEEKS 

i. Nellie Estelle 

Reference: Directory Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Orono (Ban- 
gor: Cannon & Co., 1903), p. 545. 

Gravestone, Townhouse Cemetery, Exeter, Maine 

NELLIE ESTELLE WEEKS , daughter of Benjamin and Eleanor 
( Coan ) Weeks, was the fourth woman to be graduated from the 
University of Maine in Orono. The first was Louise H. Rams- 
dell, Class of 1874; the second, Florence H. Cowan, Class of 
1876; the third and fourth, Alicia T. Emery and Nellie E. 
Weeks, Class of 1877. The last two received the degree of 
B.S. in Science and Literature. The Class of '77 had seven- 
teen members. At that time the population of the entire uni- 
versity was about one hundred. Between 1872 (when the first 
class of six was graduated) and 1900 there were thirty women 
in attendance. 

Nellie became a teacher in Orono. She married Llewellyn 
T. Spencer, a wood, coal, and ice dealer in Orono. He was a 
selectman, assessor, and oversear of the poor; as well as a 
weigher of hay and coal for the town. 

Children (7) SPENCER 

i. Hadley L. 
ii. Frank W. 

Reference: Dr. Ava H. Chadbourne, "Pioneering Co-Eds, " 

Portland (Maine) Sunday Telegram , April 8, 1956, p. 2D. 

Mitchell and Remick, comp. , The Orono Register 

1904 (Brunswick, Maine: H. E. Mitchell Pub. Co., 1904), 

p. 85. 

5 4 3 2 1 

ABBOTT COAN (Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), the 

son of Shubael and Susan (Abbott) Coan, was born in Exeter, 

Maine, March 29, 1834. He married Arianna Horton Dickey, 

daughter of Samuel and Margaret Curtis Dickey of Monroe. His 

tombstone in the cemetery on Cider Hill Road in Exeter reads 

as follows: 



Abbott Coan 
Capt. Co. A 12th 
Reg. Me. Vols, 
died in the service 
of his country 
May 17, A.D. 1863 
AE 29 yrs. 1 mo. 
"Dulce et decorum 
est pro patria more." 

For facts on Abbott Coan's Civil War record, consult Albert 
Coan, son of Abraham and Mary (Abbott) Coan, in this chap- 
ter. Arianna died June 7, 1898, aged 55 years. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Percy, b. 1862; d. July 5, 1870 

Reference: Gravestones, Cemetery, Cider Hill Road, Exeter, 

1894, aged 
Cider Hill 

3 2 

Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 

( Abbott) Coan, was born in 

He lived all his life on 

married Martha M. Hill, who 

May 24, 1838, daughter of David F. Hill of Exeter. 

January 24, 1913, aged 76; Martha died March 5, 

ter 1 ) , son of Shubael and Susan 
Exeter, Maine, November 18, 1836 
the farm where he was born, 
was born 
He died 

55. They were buried in Exeter in the cemetery on 
Road . 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Elizabeth E. Coan, 
ii. Abbott Sanford, b. 

b. Oct. 2, 1859 
Oct. 30, 1869 

6 5 4 

ELIZABETH E. COAN (Sanford , Shubael , Elisha D. 
ham , Peter 1 ), daughter of S. Sanford and Maria M. 
Coan, was born in Exeter, Maine, October 2, 1859. 
Federal Census of the State of Maine listed her as 

maker. She married Clarence 
January 13, 1882. 

Children (7) PRESCOTT 

, Abra- 

The 1980 
a dress- 
Prescott and died at age 22 

Clarence Abbott 

CLARENCE ABBOTT PRESCOTT , son of Charles E. and Elizabeth 
E. (Coan) Prescott, married Alice Cunningham. He lived in 
Orono, Maine. 


Children (8) PRESCOTT 

i . Audrey 
ii. Mae 

6 5 4 3 

ABBOTT SANFORD COAN (S. Sanford , Shubael , Elisha D. , Ab- 
raham , Peter ), son of S. Sanford and Maria M. (Hill) Coan, 
was born October 30, 1869, in Exeter, Maine. He attended 
business college in Portland, Maine, and for several years 
was connected with the American Express Company in Bangor. 
In 1895 he went to Boston to work for the Boston Elevated 
Company and stayed with that company for 20 years. For the 
last 27 years of his life he was employed by the American 
Mutual Liability Insurance Company and its associate com- 
pany, American Policyholders' Insurance. 

He married Sarah Elizabeth Powers, daughter of Winslow 
Hill Powers of Stetson, Maine. They resided in Melrose, Mas- 
sachusetts. He was a member of the Melrose Highlands Congre- 
gational Church, Mt . Hermon Lodge, A.F. & A.M., and the 
Mystic Royal Arch Chapter of Medford. He died in Melrose 
November 13, 1942. His funeral services were held at the 
church, and he was buried in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Donald Winslow, b. Aug. 7, 1897 

7 6 5 4 

DONALD WINSLOW COAN (Abbotts. , S. Sanford , Shubael , 
Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), son of Abbott Sanford and 
Sarah E. (Powers) Coan, was born August 7, 1897. He married 
Edna Crosscup of Maiden, Massachusetts, September 3, 1921. 
She was the daughter of Joshua C. and Dora (Hulsman) Cross- 
cup. They lived in Reading. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Elizabeth Jane, b. ca. 1922 
ii. Barbara Dawn, b. ca . 1926 

Reference: Marriages, 1921 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 34, p. 244. 

8 7 6 5 

ELIZABETH JANE COAN (Donald W. , Abbott S. , S. Sanford , 
Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Winches- 
ter, Massachusetts, about 1922, daughter of Donald Winslow 
and Edna (Crosscup) Coan. She was a secretary. On December 
12, 1941, in the Unitarian Church in Reading she married 
Frederick Cleverley Morgan who was born about 1920 in Somer- 
ville, son of Frederick H. and Elizabeth (Kemegey) Morgan. 
He was an optician. 


Reference: Marriages, 1941 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 104, p. 540. 

8 7 6 5 

BARBARA DAWN COAN (Donald W. , Abbott S. , S. Sanford , 

Shubael 4 , Elisha D. 3 , Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Maiden, 

Massachusetts, about 1926, the daughter of Donald Winslow 

and Edna (Crosscup) Coan. She was a clerk. On April 25, 

1946, in the Unitarian Church in Reading she married Charles 

Andrew Moores, Jr., who was born in Maiden about 1925, the 

son of Charles Andrew and Olive Mae (Gilson) Moores. He was 

in the insurance business. 

Reference: Marriages, 1946 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 116, p. 242. 

5 4 3 2 1 

SARAH SOPHIA COAN (Shubael , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), 

daughter of Shubael and Susan (Abbott) Coan, was born in 
Exeter, Maine, December 28, 1841. She married John C. Her- 
sey, who was a farmer and operated a carriage-making and re- 
pair shop in South Exeter. 

Children (6) HERSEY 

i. Wilbur S. 

ii. Harvey L. 

iii. Lewis C. 

iv. Maude S. 

v. John 

vi. Leroy 

Reference: Federal Censuses, 1880, 1890, Maine, Penobscot 
County, Exeter. 

MAUDE S. HERSEY , daughter of John C. and Sarah (Coan) Her- 

sey, was born in South Exeter, Maine. She married Percy A. 

Smith, a lawyer. They lived in Fairfield, Maine. 

Children (7) SMITH 

i. Marjorie E. 

Reference: Mitchell and Davis, comp. , The Fairfield Regis- 
ter 1904 (Kents Hill, Maine: H. E. Mitchell Publishing 
Company, 1904), p. 88. 

4 3 2 1 

ABRAHAM COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born at 

Penobscot (Castine), Maine, May 11, 1805, son of Elisha and 

Mary (Atkins) Coan. He and his brothers worked the family 

farm while their father, Captain Elisha, was away at sea. 

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48th, N.Y.S. Vols. Courtesy A.J. Palmer, 
Forty-Eighth Regiment, New York State 
Volunteers, (center right) James Rae Simp- 
son, husband of Julia Harriet Coan. Cour- 
tesy Horace A. Wadsworth, comp., History 
of Lawrence, Massachusetts, (bottom right) 
The Constitution, "Old Ironsides," trans- 
ported Captain Abbott Coan and Sergeant 
Albert Coan with the 12th Regiment, Maine 
Volunteers, during the Civil War. 


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Part of the year when farm work permitted, he attended a 
public school until he was seventeen years old. During the 
War of 1812 the British occupied old Fort George, rebuilt 
and strengthened it. Abraham, who was then seven years old, 
took a great interest in the soldiers and became a fast 
friend of the chief musician who taught him to play the 

About 1820 the family moved to Exeter, Maine, and here 
Abraham met Mary Abbott, daughter of Robert and Sally (Gil- 
man) Abbott recently come to Exeter from Mount Vernon, 
Maine. Mary was the sister of Susan Abbott who had married 
Abraham's brother Shubael. She was born in Rome, Maine, 
September 27, 1807. Marriage intentions of Abraham and Mary 
were published September 15, 1827. They were married in Exe- 
ter October 18, 1827. 

On April 3, 1834, Abraham purchased from "the Trustees 
of the ministerial and School funds in the town of Exeter" 
the East half of Lot No. 11 in the 10th Range, bounded on 
the West by Ezekiel Leighton's land. For this land he paid 
$233. Here he built a home for his family. Three of his 
sons, William, Albert, and Alonzo fought in the Civil War. 
Abraham died August 14, 1849, aged 44; Mary, his wife, died 
May 11, 1871, aged 63. They were buried in Exeter, in the 
cemetery on Cider Hill Road. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Elisha, b. Feb. 22, 1828 

ii. William Bloomfield, b. Oct. 30, 1830 

iii. Julia Harriet, b. Jan. 15, 1833 

iv. Samuel Atkins, b. June 19, 1834 

v. Gilman Robert, b. Feb. 13, 1835 

vi. Albert, b. Oct. 2, 1840 

vii. Alonzo, b. June 6, 1842 

Reference: "Exeter to Coan" Deeds (Office of Register of 
Deeds, Penobscot County, Maine), Vol. 74, p. 62. 

5 4 3 2 1 

ELISHA COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), son 

of Abraham and Mary (Abbott) Coan, was born in Exeter, 

Maine, February 22, 1828. He was 21 years old when his 

father died, the oldest of seven children. The youngest, 

Alonzo, just seven at that time, in later years wrote this 

about his brother Elisha: "He cared for his mother and acted 

as a father to the younger members of the family who never 

forgot his kindness and loving care." Elisha was married to 

Lucy A. but had no children. He died July 9, 1881, 

in Exeter and was buried in the family lot in the cemetery 

on Cider Hill Road. 

Reference: Federal Census of 1880, Maine, Penobscot County, 


5 4 3 2 

WILLIAM BLOOMFIELD COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , 

Peter ), son of Abraham and Mary (Abbott) Coan, was born in 
Exeter, Maine, October 30, 1830. He went from Maine to Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts, when he was a young man and was employed 
as a clerk in the mercantile business. Here in 1854 he mar- 
ried Ada Lenora Hoyt, but several years later divorced her 
and never remarried. 

At the outbreak of the Civil War he was in New York 
City, a partner in a restaurant on Chambers Street. 

At the call of President Lincoln for volunteers to 
guard the capital, he joined the famous 7th New York 
Infantry, which was one of the first volunteer organi- 
zations to reach Washington, where they were quartered 
in the Capitol Building and did duty for three months 
in and about the city. In this organization he served 
as a non-commissioned officer. 

At the expiration of three months his regiment was 
sent home to New York City where he recruited a company 
of volunteers for three years' service and was commis- 
sioned by the governor a Captain, and assigned to Com- 
pany E, 48th New York Infantry, August 8, 1861. He 
served continuously throughout the War and was mustered 
out September 1, 1865, having attained the rank of 
Colonel through all the grades from a Captain, at times 
commanding a Brigade, also a Division. He participated 
in many of the battles of the War, notably the assault 
on Fort Wagner, Charlestown, South Carolina; and the 
assault and capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, North 
Carolina. (Alonzo Coan, The Coan Family ) 

He was wounded three times--once in the leg, once in 
the ear, and once in the scalp, the most serious. 

Colonel Coan was brave in battle, honest in his 
dealings, liberal-hearted, unassuming, and quick in his 
sensibilities. He willfully wronged no man. His sense 
of honor was keen, and what he believed to be right, 
that he did. ( 48th Regiment, New York State Volunteers , 
A. J. Palmer) 

After the war, William settled in Lawrence, Massachu- 
setts, and went into the grocery business with his brother 
Albert. He was a member of Post 39, Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic of Massachusetts. He died January 28, 1877. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. William Albert, b. May 27, 1855 

WILLIAM ALBERT 6 COAN - See Chapter 6 


5 4 3 2 

JUL^A HARRIET COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ), daughter of Abraham and Mary (Abbott) Coan, was born 
in Exeter, Maine, January 15, 1833. In 1860 she married 
James Rae Simpson, who was born January 14, 1832, in Stan- 
stead, Quebec, Canada. There he worked on a farm, attended 
common school and Wesleyan Academy. When he was 15, he was 
employed as a teacher. He went to Massachusetts in 1849 and 
eventually settled in Lawrence. He was a Mason, and he and 
Julia attended the Unitarian Church. He owned the mercantile 
firm of James R. Simpson & Co. In 1863 he was a member of 
the Common Council, and in 1878 was elected Mayor of the 
City of Lawrence. In this capacity he served three consecu- 
tive terms. He also was president of one of the leading 
banks . 

Alonzo, Julia's youngest brother, wrote of his sister: 

Julia was widely known for her goodness and char- 
ity and had a wide circle of acquaintances and friends 
in her home city and other communities. One of her 
well-known charities was the Lawrence Free Hospital for 
mill operatives which was founded through her efforts 
and always had her liberal support. She died May 6, 

Children (6) SIMPSON 

i . Nellie M. 
ii. James E. 

Reference: Horace A. Wadsworth, comp. , History of Lawrence, 
Massachusetts (Lawrence, Mass.: Hammon Reed, 1880), 
opposite p. 64. 

5 4 3 2 1 

SAMUEL ATKINS COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) 

was born in Exeter, Maine, June 19, 1834, son of Abraham and 

Mary (Abbott) Coan. 

He made his home largely on the farm where he was 
born. He was a student of literature, a man of wide in- 
formation, but an invalid for many years. He never mar- 
ried and died April 10, 1870, aged 35 years. (Alonzo 
Coan, The Coan Family ) 

He was buried in the family plot in the cemetery on Cider 
Hill Road, Exeter. 

GILMAN ROBERT COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) 
was born in Exeter, Maine, February 13, 1836, son of Abraham 
and Mary (Abbott) Coan. He left Exeter for Lawrence, Massa- 
chusetts, where he went into the grocery business. On Octo- 
ber 21, 1860, in Lawrence he married Elizabeth A. Emery who 
was born in North Berwick, Maine, about 1834, the daughter 


of William and Elizabeth Emery. The marriage was performed 
by the Reverend William L. Jenkins, a Unitarian minister. 
Gilman died in Lawrence of brain fever April 21, 1869, aged 
33 years, 2 months, 7 days. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Flora, died as a young woman unmarried 

Reference: Marriages 1856-1860 (Vital Records, McCormack 
Building, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 135, p. 188. 
Deaths 1866-1870 , Vol. 220, p. 197. 

ALBERT COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was 
born in Exeter, Maine, October 2, 1840, son of Abraham and 
Mary (Abbott) Coan. He resided on the home farm until 1861 
when he married Martha Burgess of Corinna, Maine. She was 
born July 8, 1842, the daughter of Crowell and Sarah Bur- 
gess . 

On the breaking out of the war of the rebellion, 
he enlisted in Captain Abbott Coan's Company E, 12th 
Regiment, Maine Volunteers, which regiment was assigned 
to the New England Brigade, commanded by General 
(Judge) Shepley of Portland, Maine. The regiment sailed 
from Boston, Massachusetts, for Ship Island in the fa- 
mous ship Constitution in January, 1862. Ship Island, 
in the Gulf of Mexico, was the rendevous of an expedi- 
tion to capture New Orleans. Encountering a storm off 
Cape Hatteras and the ship proving unseaworthy, they, 
after a serious experience, reached Fortress Monroe, 
Virginia, where on the beach without food or shelter 
they remained several days until other transports were 
sent to their relief and proceeded thence to Ship Is- 

When Admiral Farragut's fleet sailed into the Mis- 
sissippi to bombard Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the 
12th Maine accompanied it on transports and during the 
bombardment were landed and sent through the swamps to 
the rear of St. Philip, Captain Abbott Coan's Company 
wading to their armpits in mud and water, pushing boats 
loaded with their arms and rations, and, when the Forts 
surrendered, it did good service in picking up prison- 
ers who sought to escape by leaving the Forts after 
their capture by the navy. 

The 12th Maine entered New Orleans with the vic- 
torious army on the 24th day of April, and took up 
their quarters in the U. S. Mint, but their rest was of 
short duration and Captain Coan's Company was at once 
dispatched to Lakeport, on Lake Foutchartrain, and 
there surprised a steamer just arrived from Mobile, 
capturing the vessel and entire crew. A short time 


after, in a raid up the Jackson railroad, Captain 
Coan ' s Company, in early morning, surprised the camp of 
General Jeff Thompson, "the swamp fox of Louisiana," 
dispersed his command, killing several and taking 
others as prisoners. Captain Coan captured the sword 
and spurs of General Thompson which he had not time to 
put on when the attack was made. 

The 12th Maine participated in General Wetezel's 
Campaign in the summer of 1862 and operated on the 
lower Mississippi during the following winter. Albert 
Coan served continuously with his command and was made 
a Sergeant in his Company for faithful and honorable 
service. During the winter of 1862-63, Captain Abbott 
Coan contracted fever, brought on by arduous service 
and died in a hospital at New Orleans. 

Early in the following year, the 12th Maine with 
other troops proceeded to the rear of Port Hudson and 
took part in that memorable siege, resulting in its 
surrender on July 5, 1863, which, with the fall of 
Vicksburg the previous day, freed the Mississippi from 
rebel control. During the siege of Port Hudson, Ser- 
geant Albert Coan was sent to look after a convalescent 
camp at Thibodeauxvil le, on the Bayou Lafouche. Here, 
early one morning, the camp was surprised by a cavalry 
force of General Kirby Smith's army that had entered 
Western Louisiana in an attempt to raise the siege of 
Port Hudson. Sergeant Coan rallied his command and made 
a stout resistance, but being greatly outnumbered was 
obliged to surrender as a prisoner of war. The Confed- 
erate command then moved with their prisoners to the 
junction of Bayou Lafouche and the Mississippi River 
where, during an assault upon the fort there situated, 
Sergeant Coan made his escape, and crossing the Missis- 
sippi in a "dugout" rejoined his command. In the sum- 
mer of 1864, the 12th Maine were sent north and parti- 
cipated for a time in the operations of General Grant 
before Petersburg, Virginia, but were later sent to op- 
pose General Early's Advance on Washington and under 
General Sheridan participated in the battles of Ope- 
quan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek. He 
served a full three years' term and at the end of that 
time received an honorable discharge. (Alonzo Coan, The 
Coan Family , pp. 7-9. 

After the war Albert located in Lawrence, Massachu- 
setts. His wife Martha had died during his first year with 
the army. Albert's brother William had located in Lawrence 
also so he and William went into business together. On De- 
cember 15, 1866, in Middleton, Albert married second Clara 
A. Johnson who was born about 1846 in Andover, daughter of 
Gardner Johnson. They lived in Lawrence until Albert died on 
May 16, 1884. 


Children (6) COAN by Martha 

i . Abraham Simpson 

by Clara 

ii. Julia 

iii. Samuel Gilman, died before reaching manhood 

Reference: Marriages, 1866-1870 (Vital Records, McCormack 
Building, Boston, Mass.). 


6 5 4 3 2 

JULIA M. COAN (Albert , Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ) was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, daughter of Al- 
bert and Clara (Johnson) Coan . On January 1, 1890, in Law- 
rence, she married Alvah Locke, son of Samuel and Mary M. 
Locke. At the time of their marriage he was an electrician. 
He later became assistant paymaster of a manufacturing 
establishment in Lawrence. 

Reference: Marriages 1890 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 406, p. 285. 

ALONZO COAN - See Chapter 6 

4 3 2 1 

NATHANIEL COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), son of Eli- 
sha and Mary (Atkins) Coan, was born in Penobscot, Maine, in 
1806. He and Mary P. Chapman were married in Exeter Febru- 
ary 12, 1832, by Benjamin Evans, Justice of the Peace. Mary 
died October 6, 1833, aged 20. On May 2, 1836, the Reverend 
John A. Vinton married Nathaniel and Emily Haskell, who was 
born July 4, 1809, daughter of Thomas Leavitt and Orinda 
(Carpenter) Haskell of Hanover, New Hampshire. The marriage 
took place in Exeter, Maine. Emily died September 5, 1841, 
aged 30. May 21, 1842, Nathaniel married third Mary Ann 
Hooper of Castine. 

In 1832 he purchased from his brother-in-law, James 
Hooper, Nathaniel's father's farm, which Elisha had sold the 
year before to James, husband of his daughter Hannah. 
Nathaniel was to assume the debt Elisha owed on the farm to 
Benjamin Joy. In this deed Nathaniel is listed as a house- 
joiner. Elisha lived the rest of his life with his son 
Nathaniel . 

Mary Ann (Hooper) Coan died December 26, 1876, aged 66. 
Nathaniel died March 7, 1877, aged 71. He and his three 
wives were buried in Captain Elisha Coan's lot in the Town- 
house Cemetery (Center Burial Ground) in Exeter. 


Children (5) COAN 

i. Abigail C. , b. 1833 ) Mary P.'s 

ii. Mary Orinda, b. Mar. 14, 1837 ) 

) Emily's 
iii. Emily Elizabeth, b. June 8, 1839 ) children 

iv. Joshua Elbridge, b. May, 1845 ) 

v. Charles Francis, b. Dec. 29, 1846) Mary Ann's 

vi . Eugene N., b. ca. 1849 ) children 

Reference: Federal Census 1850, Maine, Penobscot County, 

Gravestones, Captain Elisha Coan lot, Townhouse 
Cemetery, Exeter, Maine. 

Ulysses G. Haskell, "A Short Account of the Des- 
cendants of William Haskell of Gloucester, Mass.", Es- 
sex Institute Historical Collections , July-December, 
1896, Vol. XXXII, p. 179. 

"Hooper to Coan," Deeds (Office of Register of 
Deeds, Penobscot County, Bangor, Maine), Vol. 47, p. 

5 4 3 2 1 

ABIGAIL C. COAN (Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) 

was born in 1833. November 29, 1855, the marriage inten- 
tions of Abbey and James Oliver were published. 

5 4 3 2 1 

MARY ORINDA COAN (Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) 

was born March 14, 1837, the daughter of Nathaniel and Emily 
(Haskell) Coan. On July 4, 1863 , in Exeter, Maine, she mar- 
ried the Reverend Samuel B. Andrews, who was born in Abbot, 
Maine, March 6, 1837, son of Samuel and Lucy (Cobb) Andrews. 
He was graduated from Bates College in 1862 and from Bangor 
Theological Seminary in 1868. June 20, 1868, he was ordained 
at Middlebury, New York, where he served as pastor until 
1871. He was pastor in Attica, New York, 1871-1872; in 
Braintree, Massachusetts, Congregational Church from 1872- 

Mary Orinda died and he married second Elmira H. Emery, 
daughter of John and Mary (Atwood) Emery, December 25, 1875. 
Other churches of which he was pastor were Lanesville 
Church, Gloucester, Massachusetts; North End Mission Church, 
Boston; Phillipston, Lakeville, North Rochester, Chatham, 
West Granville, and Tolland, Massachusetts; Salem, Connecti- 
cut; and West Barnstable, Massachusetts, from 1907 until he 
died October 27, 1910. 

Children (6) ANDREWS 

i. Infant son, d. Aug. 9, 1864, age 5 weeks, 3 days 


Reference: The Congregational Year-Book, 1911 (Boston: The 
Fort Hill Press, 1911), pp. 9, 10. 

Gravestone, Townhouse Cemetery, Exeter, Maine; 
Samuel Andrews lot 

Haskell, "Descendants of William Haskell," Essex 
Institute Historical Collections , July-December, 1896, 
Vol. XXXII, p. 179. 

5 4 3 2 

EMILY ELIZABETH COAN (Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ) was born June 8, 1839, daughter of Nathaniel and Emily 

(Haskell) Coan. She married Blake, a fruit dealer 

of Boston, Massachusetts. 

5 4 3 2 

JOSHUA ELBRIDGE COAN (Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ) , was born in May, 1845, son of Nathaniel and Mary Ann 

(Hooper) Coan. He married Emma . They lived on a 

farm in Exeter, Maine. She died February 17, 1876, aged 33 
and was buried in the Townhouse Cemetery (Center Burial 
Ground) in Exeter in Captain Elisha Coan ' s lot. 

Joshua married second September 23, 1880, in Hyde Park, 
Massachusetts, Addie Ayer who was born in Robbinston, Maine, 
about 1852, the daughter of Merriner and Mary J. Ayer. At 
the time of his second marriage, Joshua was a fruit dealer 
and living in Hyde Park. His brother-in-law the Reverend 
S. B. Andrews performed the wedding ceremony. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Frank, b. 1869 

Reference: Marriages, 1880 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 317, p. 265. 

5 4 3 2 

CHARLES FRANCIS COAN (Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born in Exeter, Maine, December 29, 1846, the son 
of Nathaniel and Mary Ann (Hooper) Coan. He was married 
three times. The names of his first two wives were not 
known. On December 25, 1874, in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, he 
married his third wife, Alberta Caroline Rackliffe, who was 
born in Lincolnvil le, Maine, the daughter of Samuel and 
Julia Rackliffe. Charles at that time was a salesman. 

He died in Taunton, Massachusetts, July 9, 1912. On his 
death certificate he was listed as a carpenter. Alberta died 
July 28, 1928, in Boston. They were buried in Fairview Cem- 
etery, Hyde Park. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Nettie Frances, b. ca. 1876, Hyde Park, Mass. 
ii. Raymond Blake, b. ca. 1880, Hyde Park, Mass. 


iii. Aldana Edna, b. ca . 1883, Hyde Park, Mass. 
iv. Clarence, b. Jan. 7, 1887, Hyde Park, Mass. 
v. George F., b. Jan. 31, 1910, d. Feb. 19, 1910, 
aged 20 days, Hyde Park, Mass. 

Reference: Federal Census 1850, Maine, Penobscot County, 

Births 1886-1890 (Vital Records, McCormack 
Building, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 377, p. 346. 

Marriages 1874 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 263, p. 230. 

Marriages 1902 , Marriages 1904 (Vital Records, 
McCormack Building, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 526, p. 52; 
Vol. 548, p. 57. 

Deaths 1910 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 53, p. 48. 

6 5 4 3 

NETTIE FRANCES COAN (Charles F. , Nathaniel , Elisha D. , 

Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, 
about 1876, the daughter of Charles Francis and Alberta Car- 
oline (Rackliffe) Coan. On June 23, 1902, she married Wil- 
liam Henry Monarch, who was born in Salem about 1880, the 
son of Benjamin and Bessie (Anderson) Monarch. She was a 
stenographer, and he was a machinist. 

Reference: Marriages 1902 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 526, p. 52. 

6 5 4 3 

RAYMOND BLAKE COAN (Charles F. , Nathaniel , Elisha D. , 

Abraham , Peter ) was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, 
about 1880, the son of Charles Francis and Alberta Caroline 
(Rackliffe) Coan. On September 15, 1904, in Hyde Park he 
married Eldora Lombard, who was born in Sabattus, Maine. Ap- 
ril 10, 1883, the daughter of Edmund and Matilda A. (Van 
Apps ) Lombard. At the time of his marriage, Raymond's occu- 
pation was listed as foreman. Eldora died May 3, 1920. Ray- 
mond married second Margaret Wade. He died March 25, 1943. 
At the time of his death he resided in Stoughton, Massachu- 
setts, and was foreman in a machine shop. He was buried in 
Dry Pond Cemetery, Stoughton. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Raymond Blake, Jr., b. Aug. 30, 1907 

Reference: Deaths 1920 , Deaths 1943 , (Vital Records, McCor- 
mack Building, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 15, p. 96; Vol. 90, 
p. 418. 

Donald L. Jacobus and William H. Wood, The His- 
tory of Woodstock, Connecticut (Worcester, Mass.: Amer- 
ican Antiquarian Society, 1943), Vol. 5, p. 523. 


Marriages, 1904 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 548, p. 57. 

7 6 5 

RAYMOND BLAKE COAN, JR. (Raymond B. , Charles F. , Nathan- 
iel 4 , Elisha D. 3 , Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Hyde Park, 
Massachusetts, August 30, 1907, the son of Raymond Blake and 
Eldora (Lombard) Coan. On February 20, 1929, in Stoughton, 
he married Alice Evelyn Gay, who was born in Stoughton July 
19, 1910, the daughter of George Frank and Mary K. (Donahue) 

Reference: Jacobus, History of Woodstock , Vol. 5, p. 523. 

6 5 4 3 

ALDANA EDNA COAN (Charles F. , Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Ab- 
raham , Peter 1 ) was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, about 
1883, daughter of Charles Francis and Alberta Caroline 
(Rackliffe) Coan. On April 27, 1910, in Hyde Park she mar- 
ried Henry W. Pratt of Sebec, Maine, who was born about 
1869, son of Warren and Harriet (Doore) Pratt. He was a 
machinist . 

Reference: Marriages 1906-1910 (Vital Records, McCormack 
Building, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 546, p. 60. 

5 4 3 2 1 

EUGENE N. COAN (Nathaniel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) 

was born in Exeter, Maine, about 1849, the son of Nathaniel 
and Mary Ann (Hooper) Coan. On September 20, 1873, he mar- 
ried Nellie M. French of Exeter, the daughter of Eben and 
Hannah French. Eugene's brother-in-law, the Reverend S. B. 
Andrews, performed the ceremony in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. 
At that time Eugene was a salesman living in Hyde Park. Eu- 
gene married second Mary E. . 

Children (6) COAN by Mary E. 

i. Alice May, b. Jan. 16, 1878; d. Aug. 19, 1878, Hyde 
Park, Mass., buried in Captain Elisha Coan's lot, 
Townhouse Cemetery, Exeter, Maine. Death date on 
stone is September instead of August as appears 
on death certificate. 

Reference: Deaths 1878 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 302, p. 228. 

Marriages 1873 (Vital Records, McCormack Build- 
ing, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 263, p. 230. 

4 3 2 1 

HANNAH COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born at Pen- 
obscot, Maine, February 9, 1810, the daughter of Elisha 
Davis and Mary (Atkins) Coan. She married June 16, 1828, 

Hannah Coan Hooper. Courtesy 
Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman. 

James Hooper. Courtesy Mrs. E. C. 

Daughters of Hannah Coan Hooper: (left) Nettie Hooper and (right) Hannah 
Frances Hooper, courtesy Kim D. Knight from a daguerreotype belonging to 
Mrs. E. C Zimmerman. 

Hannah Frances Hooper 
Shepherd. Courtesy Mrs. E. C. 

Isaiah Lord Shepherd. Courtesy 
Mrs. E. C Zimmerman. 

i^ mm. 

1 ■ i 

Children of Hannah Hooper Shep- 
herd; grandchildren of Hannah 
Coan Hooper: (back) John Park- 
hurst Shepherd. Mary Shepherd, 
(front) Hannah Frances Shep- 
herd, Owen Denis Shepherd, 
Charles Shepherd. Courtesy Mrs. 
E. C. Zimmerman. 


James Hooper, born 1806, the son of Joshua and Sally (Tarle- 
ton ) Hooper. In 1831 Hannah's father Elisha sold to her hus- 
band "James Hooper of Frankfort in the County of Waldo 
cabinet maker" (Deed of sale) the family home in Exeter 
which Elisha had bought in 1822. The following year, 1832, 
James sold the property to Nathaniel, Elisha' s son. Hannah 
and James moved to Castine where they remained for awhile, 
then to East Corinth, then back to Castine. He managed a 
tavern in Castine for many years; it was on the spot where 
the Acadian Hotel later stood. 

James died in Castine July 9, 1858; Hannah died there 
July 20, 1872. They were both buried in the cemetery in Cas- 
tine in a lot with their son Charles. 

Children (5) HOOPER 

i. James Coan, b. Apr. 24, 1829 

ii. Elias Tarleton 

iii. Mary Ann, b. May 6, 1833 

iv. Frederic, b. Apr. 28, 1835; died in Civil War or 

from wounds received there 

v. Hannah Frances, b. Mar. 22, 1837 

vi. Henrietta 

vii. Charles Horace, b. Oct. 5, 1840 

viii. John, died in Civil War 

ix. Emma Augusta, b. Oct. 21, 1847 

x. Roland B. 

Reference: "Coan to Hooper," Deeds (Office of Register of 
Deeds, Penobscot County, Bangor, Maine), Vol. 26, p. 


"Hooper to Coan," Deeds , Vol. 47, p. 200. 

JAMES COAN HOOPER , son of James and Hannah (Coan) Hooper, 
was born April 24, 1829. He married and resided at Brook- 
lyn, New York, where he died. 

Children (6) HOOPER 

i. Francis 

ELIAS TARLETON HOOPER , son of James and Hannah (Coan) 

Hooper, married Martha Ayers, daughter of Stacy and Hulda 

(Gardner) Ayers of Charlotte, Maine. They settled in Cedar 

Rapids, Iowa, in the days when Iowa was almost on the fron- 

Children (6) HOOPER 

i. Walter, lived in Cedar Rapids; one daughter, 


ii. Minnie, m. Eugene Billings 
iii. Charles, married; two children 

MARY ANN HOOPER , daughter of James and Hannah (Coan) Hooper 
was born May 6, 1833. She married Denis and re- 
sided in San Francisco, California. 

Children (6) DENIS 

i. Frances, m. Arthur Lockwood; no children 

HANNAH FRANCES HOOPER , daughter of James and Hannah (Coan) 
Hooper, was born March 22, 1837, in Corinth, Maine. She was 
always known as "Frank." She married November 6, 1860, 
Isaiah Lord Shepherd who was born in Castine December 19, 
1832, the son of John and Louise Lord (Stover) Shepherd. He 
was a successful business man, of high standing in the com- 
munity. Isaiah worked first as a clerk for William H. With- 
erbee and later as a member of the firm of Hooper and Shep- 
herd, grocers. He died December 8, 1891; Hannah died June 
17, 1919, in Castine. 

Children (6) SHEPHERD all born in Castine 

i. Edward I., a druggist in Butte, Montana; d. May, 

1889; unmarried 

ii. John Parkhurst 

iii. Charles, b. 1870 

iv. Mary, b. 1868 

v. Hannah Frances, b. July 9, 1872 

vi. Owen Denis, b. July 20, 1874 

Reference: Obituary clipping of Isaiah S.hepherd from The 
New England Grocer , December, 1891 (Collection of Mrs. 
E. E. Zimmerman). 

JOHN PARKHURST SHEPHERD , son of Isaiah Lord and Hannah 

Frances (Hooper) Shepherd, married Myra Deasey of Prospect 

Harbor, Maine. He was connected with International Paper 

Company in Rumford Falls, Maine. 

Children (7) SHEPHERD 

i. Dorothy, b. Sept. 14, 1896; m. William Sparrow; 

lived Washington, D.C. 
ii. Esther, b. Apr. 3, 1899; m. Frank Forbes Leith; 

lived Alpine, N.J. 
iii. Edward, b. Sept. 30, 1902; m. Minnie Mehlin 

Edward I. Shepherd. Courtesy 
Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman. 

Mary A. Shepherd. Courtesy Mrs. 
E. C. Zimmerman. 

Hannah Frances Shepherd 
about 1874. Courtesy Mrs. E. C. 


CHARLES SHEPHERD , the son of Isaiah Lord and Hannah Frances 

(Hooper) Shepherd, was born in Castine, Maine, in 1870. On 

September 1, 1887, he and two of his friends, Frank Goodenow 

and Charles Anderson, were sailing the Goodenow yacht, 

Marie , out of Castine harbor. At that time the steamer City 

of Richmond was entering the harbor, and the boys sailed too 

close to the steamer so that when they tacked, the wind left 

their sails. In spite of the Richmond ' s changing course, 

she struck the yacht and sank her instantly. The boys 

jumped overboard. Charles Shepherd was the best swimmer of 

the three and was seen swimming on his back by passengers on 

the steamer. He suddenly disappeared. The other two boys 

were picked up by boats lowered by the Richmond , but there 

was no trace of Charles. No one knows what happened, but it 

is believed he must have been struck by the paddles of the 

steamer or by some part of the yacht as it went down. 

Charles's mother was standing at the window of their home 

and saw the whole accident. The entire town was affected by 

the tragedy, and Mr. Locke, minister of the church Charles 

and his family attended, devoted his sermon the next Sunday 

to the accident. Charles was a member of his Sunday School 

class . 

Reference: Newspaper clipping from collection of Mrs. E. C. 

HANNAH FRANCES SHEPHERD , the daughter of Isaiah Lord and 

Hannah Frances (Hooper) Shepherd, was born July 9, 1872, in 
Castine, Maine. She was graduated from Castine High School 
in 1890 and from Castine Normal School in 1894. From 1894 
until 1897 she was assistant to the principal of Castine 
High School; 1897-1899 she was principal. From September, 
1899, until March, 1906, she taught the fifth grade at Mason 
Grammar School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She then re- 
turned to Castine to teach in Castine Grammar School . 

June 26, 1907, in Castine, she married Fred Darwin Bond 
of Newton Centre. He was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, 
May 21, 1870, the son of Daniel Darwin and Ellen Louisa 
(Stone) Bond. He was graduated from Newton High School in 
1889 and worked as a salesman for Farley-Harvey Drygoods 
Company in Boston. In 1914 he started his own business, 
Bond's Convenience Shop, in Newton Centre; but he continued 
with Farley-Harvey until 1924 when the Newton Centre store 
demanded his full attention. In 1950 he sold this business. 

Hannah was a member of the Newton Centre Unitarian 
Church where she taught Sunday School and was treasurer of 
the Alliance for over 25 years. She also belonged to the 
Newton Centre Women's Club, the Newton Centre Garden Club, 
and the Newton Republican Club. Fred was a member of the 
Unitarian Church, the Newton Constabulary from 1917 until 
1918, the Rotary Club, and the Newton Centre Chamber of Com- 
merce which he served as president from 1937 until 1941. 

Fred died November 23, 1957; Hannah, October 22, 1967. 


Children (7) BOND 

i. Mary Shepherd, b. July 11, 1908 
ii. Hannah Louise, b. July 22, 1910 

Reference: Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman, Cooinbil Farm, Via Yass 
N.S.W. 2582, Australia 

MARY SHEPHERD BOND , the daughter of Fred Darwin and Hannah 
Frances (Shepherd) Bond, was born in Newton Centre, Massa- 
chusetts, July 11, 1908. In 1929 she received a B.S. degree 
in physical education from Connecticut College for Women. 
She was a physical education teacher at Miss Sayward's 
School for Girls, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hanoum Camp, 
Thetford, Vermont; and Weeks Junior High School, Newton 
Centre. She was a member of the Newton Centre Unitarian 

May 20, 1939, in Newton Centre she married Rodney Nor- 
ton Blake, who was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, February 
10, 1907, the son of Dr. Harrison Gray and Lizzie Batchelder 
(Dodge) Blake. Rodney was graduated from Thetford Academy, 
Thetford, Vermont, and 1926-1927 attended Northeastern Uni- 
versity where he studied mechanical engineering. He was a 
tool and die maker and production coordinator for Massachu- 
setts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology Lincoln Laboratory. 

In 1962 Mary was found to have multiple sclerosis. In 
1968 she went into a nursing home. In 1977 she and Rodney 
were divorced. In 1982 she lived in West Stewartstown, New 
Hampshire . 

Children (8) BLAKE 

i. Barbara, b. July 5, 1940 

ii. Patricia, b. Dec. 18, 1942 

iii. Rodney Norton, Jr., b. Feb. 8, 1945 

Reference: Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman. 

BARBARA BLAKE , the daughter of Rodney Norton and Mary Shep- 
herd (Bond) Blake, was born in Newton Lower Falls, Massachu- 
setts, July 3, 1940. She worked as a billing clerk for North 
Suffolk Mental Health Association, Freedom Trail Clinic, 
Erich Lindeman Health Center, Government Center, Boston. 
September 15, 1962, in Newton Centre she married Joseph G. 
Cancellieri, who was born in Boston June 15, 1938, the son 
of Joseph G. and Blanche F. (Hitrusko) Cancellieri. 

Barbara's hobbies were birding, volley ball, and gar- 
dening. Joseph served in the United States Marine Corps 
1956-1958. He was office engineer for the city of Newton. 

Hannah Frances Shepherd Bond. 
Courtesy Mrs. E.C. Zimmerman. 

Hannah Louise Bond and Mary 
Shepherd Bond. Courtesy Mrs. E. 
C. Zimmerman. 

Castine Pageant, 1920— Fred Darwin Bond, officer. Courtesy Mrs. E. 
C. Zimmerman. 

Mary Shepherd Bond 

Hannah Louise Bond 

Hannah Louise Bond Zimmerman and Elwood Curtin 


Children (9) CANCELLIERI 

i. Andrew Bond, b. Mar. 15, 1964, Boston, Mass. 

ii. Christopher John, b. Aug. 19, 1965, Boston, Mass 

Reference: Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman. 

PATRICIA BLAKE , the daughter of Rodney Norton and Mary 
Shepherd (Bond) Blake, was born in Newton Lower Falls, Mas- 
sachusetts, December 18, 1942. She attended Pierce Secretar- 
ial School for one year and then was employed as a secretary 
by South Middlesex Regional Vocational School, Framingham. 
April 29, 1961, in Natick, Massachusetts, she married 
Christy P. Adams, who was born in Framingham September 17, 
1941, the son of Harry James and Christine (Tassey) Adams. 
He was business manager for the Ashland Public Schools, Ash- 
land, Massachusetts. 

Children (9) ADAMS 

i. Christopher James, b. Oct. 13, 1961, Natick, Mass.; 
he was educated at Boston University and Framing- 
ham State College 

ii. Sandra Lyn, b. Oct. 6, 1964, Natick, Mass. 

Reference: Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman 

RODNEY NORTON BLAKE, JR. , the son of Rodney Norton and Mary 

Shepherd (Bond) Blake, was born in Newton Lower Falls, Mas- 
sachusetts, February 8, 1945. March 14, 1970, in Billerica 
he married Catherine Alice Livingston, who was born in Low- 
ell October 12, 1947, the daughter of George Francis and 
Catherine Alice (McGovern) Livingston. She was graduated 
from Lowell State College with a B.S. degree in elementary 
education. In 1982 she worked for Raytheon Corporation. 
Rodney served briefly in the United States Navy and was em- 
ployed as a raw stock attendant by Raytheon in Bedford. His 
hobbies were birding and record collecting. 

Children (9) BLAKE 

i. George Livingston, b. Aug. 30, 1972, Lowell, Mass. 
ii. Rodney Norton III, b. Sept. 24, 1975, Woburn, 

Mass . 
iii. Catherine Alice, b. Aug. 18, 1978, Woburn, Mass. 
(First son stillborn June, 1971) 

Reference: Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman 

HANNAH LOUISE BOND , the daughter of Fred Darwin and Hannah 

Frances (Shepherd) Bond, was born in Newton Centre, Massa- 
chusetts, July 22, 1910. In 1932 she was graduated from 


Bradford Junior College (now Bradford College), Bradford, 
Massachusetts, and then went to Exeter Art School. She was 
employed by F. D. Bond & Company, Newton Centre, as a sales- 
girl and billing clerk. After her marriage, she was employed 
by Babyland in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a salesgirl; by Gross- 
man-Moody, Ltd., Honolulu, as a salesgirl and stock clerk; 
and by Honolulu Book Shops, Honolulu, as a salesgirl and 
stock clerk. 

October 11, 1941, in Newton Centre she married Elwood 
Curtin Zimmerman, who was born December 8, 1912, in Spokane, 
Washington, the son of Ernest Walter and Ethel Beatrice 
(Lingle) Zimmerman. Elwood was graduated from the University 
of California, Berkeley, with a B.S. degree in 1936; Imper- 
ial College, University of London where he received Ph.D., 
D.I.C., and D.Sc. degrees. He was employed as an entomolo- 
gist by the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; the University 
of Hawaii, Hawaii Sugar Planters' Association Experiment 
Station; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organiza- 
tion, Canberra, Australia. During World War II he was exempt 
from military service because of his knowledge of and exper- 
ience in the South Pacific entomology, which was of value to 
the military. 

Hannah was a member of the Unitarian Church, Newton 
Centre; the Bradford College Alumni Association; Castine 
Scientific Society, Castine, Maine; Embroiderer's Guild of 
the Australian Capital Territory; and the YWCA, Canberra. 
Elwood belonged to the Linnean Society; Royal Entomological 
Society; Ray Society; Zoological Society, London; Hawaiian 
Entomological Society; Hawaiian Botanical Society, Honolulu; 
and the Australian Entomological Society. Both he and Hannah 
were members of the Friends of the California Academy of 
Sciences. Elwood was a deputy in the Murrumbateman Bush Fire 
Brigade. His publications included Insects of Hawaii , I-IX 
and numerous papers. Before finishing his University educa- 
tion, he had the unique opportunity to join the Bishop's 
Museum's Mangarevan Expedition in 1934. He later arranged 
for a classmate to take over his job at the museum so he 
could finish his course at the University. He went on exped- 
itions to Samoa and to Fiji. 

In 1949 Elwood received the Friends of the Library 
(Honolulu) Literary Award for Volumes I-V of Insects of 
Hawaii . Also in 1949 he received a Fulbright Scholarship 
and grants from the National Science Foundation for research 
at the British Museum (Natural History) London, where, dur- 
ing 1949-1973, a total of almost nine years was spent in re- 
search . 

In 1982 Hannah and Elwood lived at Cooinbill Farm, 
Yass, Australia. 

Reference: Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman 

OWEN DENIS SHEPHERD , son of Isaiah L. and Hannah Frances 
(Hooper) Shepherd, was born July 20, 1874, in Castine, 


Maine. In October, 1899, he married Grace Hall, daughter of 
Arthur Tappan and Annie (Bowers) Hall of Portland, Maine. He 
was treasurer of International Paper Company of New York and 
lived in Connecticut. 

Children (7) SHEPHERD 

i. Hall, b. July 7, 1900 

ii. Hannah Coan, b. Sept. 2, 1902; ; m. 1st Evans 
Norcross, Aug. 22, 1922; children: Evans, Jr.; 
Susan; m. 2nd Hamilton Slaight 

iii. Owen, b. Sept. 4, 1904; m. Doris Bean, Sept. 24, 

iv. Calvin Neally, b. Oct. 1, 1906; m. Dorothea Suth- 
erland, May 19, 1928; one child, Patricia 

HENRIETTA HOOPER , daughter of James and Hannah (Coan) 
Hooper, married Augustus Westcott of Castine, Maine, and 
settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Children (6) WESCOTT 

i. Gertrude, teacher in the high school in Cedar 

ii. Nellie, m. John U. Plank, a jeweler for many 
years in Iowa City, Iowa; moved to Salem, Ore- 
gon; one son, Herbert 

iii. Harry, married with five children; moved back to 
Castine, Maine 

CHARLES HORACE HOOPER , son of James and Hannah (Coan) 

Hooper, was born October 5, 1840. He was a soldier in the 
Civil War, and upon his return to Castine he went into busi- 
ness. He married Abigail F. Shepherd, half sister to Isaiah 
Shepherd who married Hannah Frances Hooper, Charles's sis- 
ter. He resided practically all of his life in Castine where 
he was a very prominent citizen. At one time he was asso- 
ciated with his brother-in-law in the grocery firm of Hooper 
and Shepherd. Later he went into the real estate and insur- 
ance business and was appointed postmaster. He was a man of 
sound judgment and a great worker for the Unitarian Church 
as well as for the many societies of which he was a member. 
He was prominent in politics, a strong Republican, and 
served several terms in the Maine State Legislature. Charles 
died September 6, 1912; Abbie died in 1919. They were buried 
in Castine. 

Children (6) HOOPER 

i. Agnes Tarleton, d. unmarried Aug., 1913 
ii. Martha Nelson, b. 1871 


iii. Fred W. , m . Lurline Wheelock; lived at Milbury, 
Mass.; one son, Frederic, who lived in Pacific 
Palisades, California 

iv. James Freeman, m. Ella Small; lived in Providence, 
R . I . ; no children 

Reference: George Augustus Wheeler, History of Castine, 
Maine (Bangor: Burr & Robinson, 1875), p. 418. 
Mrs. E. C. Zimmerman 

MARTHA NELSON HOOPER , daughter of Charles Horace and Abi- 
gail (Shepherd) Hooper, was born in Castine in 1871. She 
married Samuel Whitney and lived in Portland. 

Children (7) WHITNEY 

i. Charles Ammi , m. Dorothy Scholes Foss; lived in 
Portland; had two daughters: Alice, m. Leo Car- 
ter; one daughter, Susan Kate and one son, Whit- 
ney Alan; Nancy, m. Robert Boyer: one daughter, 
Karen Whitney and one son, Douglas Robert 

ii. Emily Frances, m. Reverend Jack Edward Elliot; had 
three children: Martha, Gordon, Samuel who mar- 
ried Sara Jane McDonald, daughter of Daniel C. 
and Mary Louise (Walker) McDonald; four child- 
ren: Emily Louise, Karin Vaud, Liesl , Bruce Ed- 
ward . 

Reference: Mrs. Charles A. Whitney, 25 Martin Road, Port- 
land, ME 04103. 

EMMA AUGUSTA HOOPER , daughter of James and Hannah (Coan) 
Hooper, was born at East Corinth, Maine, October 21, 1847. 
She attended Eastern State Normal School in Castine and 
taught in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Charlotte, Maine. She mar- 
ried May 27, 1871, Edwin E. Fisher of Charlotte, the son of 
Enoch and Mary (Woodworth) Fisher. He was a member of one 
of the pioneer families who carved their homes out of the 
wilderness that had been known as Plantation #3. In the 
early 1800s this region was infested with bears and wolves 
which the settlers had to fight as they tried to make a liv- 
ing from the soil . 

Edwin was a farmer, trader, and the postmaster from 
1886 until 1900. He held many town offices during his life- 
time. At his death August 28, 1923, he had held the office 
of town clerk for almost 25 years. Emma met him when she 
went to the town of Charlotte in 1870 as a teacher in one of 
the district schools. She became one of the best loved women 
in the community. To all the younger people she was "Auntie" 
or "Auntie Hooper." She died at the early age of 55 on 
March 18, 1903. 


Children (6) FISHER 

i. Myrtie Emma, b. Aug. 27, 1872 

ii. Minnie May, b. Jan. 6, 1874; d. Sept., 1896, un- 

iii. Mabel Roxanna, b. Oct. 2, 1883; m. July 1, 1911, 
Robert Duncan Malcolm of Cambridge, Mass. They 
lived in Bradford, Mass. No children. 

MYRTIE EMMA FISHER , daughter of Edwin E. and Emma Augusta 

(Hooper) Fisher, was born August 27, 1872. She was graduated 
from Castine Normal School, Castine, Maine, in 1891. She 
went to Haverhill, Massachusetts, and married November 27, 
1900, Sydney Horace Batchelder, the son of Horace Jackson 
and Helen Adeline (Merrill) Batchelder of Amesbury. He died 
May 13, 1902. Myrtie married second Charles Edward Seaverns 
on October 14, 1908. He was the son of Edward and Mary Isa- 
bel (Eames) Seaverns of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. 

Myrtie was very active in community affairs. Her inter- 
est in politics led her to be a member of the Republican 
City Committee in Melrose. However, her greatest interest 
was in genealogy, and her research on the Coans was exten- 
sive so that Frederick Adams Virkus in his Handbook of Amer- 
ican Genealogy (Institute of American Genealogy, 1932), Vol. 
1, p. 246, listed her as an authority on Coan as well as on 
eight other family names. She was a member of the Daughters 
of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American 
Colonists, and a life member of the Society of Mayflower 
Descendants, Number 1842; General Number 5485. She died in 

Children (7) BATCHELDER 

i. Sydney Horace Batchelder, Jr., b. Jan. 15, 1902 


ii. Helen Fisher, b. Sept. 21, 1913 

SYDNEY HORACE BATCHELDER, JR. , the son of Sydney Horace and 
Myrtie Emma (Fisher) Batchelder, was born January 15, 1902, 
in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was graduated from Dart- 
mouth College, Class of 1925. On July 31, 1926, he married 
Miriam Simpson, daughter of Herbert and Charlotte (Lufkin) 
Simpson, (his first wife), of Melrose, Massachusetts. They 
lived at Langdon, New Hampshire. 

Children (8) BATCHELDER 

i. Helen Lorraine, b. Apr. 28, 1927 
ii. Sydney Horace III, b. Mar. 4, 1930 


HELEN FISHER SEAVERNS , daughter of Charles Edward and Myr- 
tie Emma (Fisher) Batchelder Seaverns, was born September 
21, 1913, in Melrose, Massachusetts. In 1933 she was gradu- 
ated from the two-year program at Gorham Normal School (Uni- 
versity of Southern Maine). May 22, 1937, in Melrose, Mas- 
sachusetts, she married Robert William Melvin, who was born 
in Georgetown, Massachusetts, November 1, 1911, the son of 
Robert Levi and Mabel (Eisnor) Melvin. He was educated at 
the University of Tennessee and was a tree surgeon and land- 
scape expert. In World War II he served from 1942 to 1945 
in the United States Army Air Force. Helen taught school for 
17 years in Hanover, Massachusetts. She was a member of the 
First Baptist Church, the Retired Teachers' Association, and 
the Eastern Star. In 1982 they lived in Marshfield, Massa- 
chusetts . 

Children (8) MELVIN 

i. Robert Charles, b. May 10, 1939, Weymouth, Mass.; 
married with three children; oil burner techni- 
cian, Marshfield 

Reference: Mrs. Robert L. Melvin, Box 1127, 12 Brewster 
Road, Marshfield, Massachusetts 02050 

ROLAND HOOPER , youngest child of James and Hannah (Coan) 
Hooper, married Jennie Lidston. They lived for many years in 
Deering Centre, a suburb of Portland, Maine. 

Children (6) HOOPER 

i. Arthur 

ii. Grace 

iii. Clarence, died in boyhood 

4 3 2 1 

EMELINE COAN (Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in 

Penobscot (later Castine), Maine, in 1812, the daughter of 
Elisha Davis and Mary (Atkins) Coan. She married Ira Jacobs 
of Springfield, Massachusetts, July 26, 1828, in Exeter, 
Maine. He was a merchant and one time postmaster of Spring- 
field. Emeline died September 12, 1841, aged 29, and was 
buried in the Center Burial Ground in Exeter. Beside her is 
her daughter Mary, aged 13, who died ust 18 days after her 

Children (5) JACOBS 

i. Mary C, d. Sept. 30, 1841 
ii. Alonzo S. 

Referen e: Gravestone, Townhouse Cemetery, Exeter, Maine. 


Home of Charles Horace Hooper, son of Hannah Coan Hooper. Courtesy 
George Augustus Wheeler, Castine Past and Present. 

Myrtie Fisher Batchelder Seaverns, 
a Coan genealogist, granddaugh- 
ter of Hannah Coan Hooper. 

Gravestone of Samuel Coan, 
youngest child of Captain Elisha 
Coan, Townhouse Cemetery, Exe- 
ter, Maine. Courtesy Robert W. 

The Reverend Leander Samuel 

Elisha Skinner Coan in Civil War. Cour- 
tesy Bowdoin College. 


SAMUEL COAN (Elisha D. 3 , Abraham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Cas- 
tine, Maine, December 7, 1813, the son of Captain Elisha 
Davis and Mary (Atkins) Coan. When Samuel was about six 
years old, he moved with the family to Exeter. December 1, 
1833, in Exeter he married Hannah Morse Skinner, daughter of 
Alfred Skinner. They lived in Exeter until about 1853 when 
they moved to Garland where he was a farmer and a deacon of 
the church. Hannah's ancestors traced their lineage to the 
Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. She died in Garland 
March 25, 1857, aged 41 years, 6 months, 13 days. 

Samuel married second Hannah's sister, Ann Sophia Skin- 
ner, on March 20, 1858. According to the Federal Census 
1860, Maine, Penobscot County, Garland, Samuel's real estate 
was worth $700; his personal property was valued at $180. 
Ann died July 17, 1884, aged 71 years, 2 months, 14 days. 
Samuel died March 26, 1887, aged 73 years, 3 months, 19 
days. Samuel, Hannah, and Ann were buried in the Townhouse 
Cemetery in Exeter along with Samuel's children Clara S. and 
Hannah A. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Leander Samuel, b. Nov. 17, 1837 

ii. Hannah A., d. Oct. 1, 1841, aged 9 months 

iii. Elisha Skinner, b. Jan. 24, 1843 

iv. Adelaide 

v. Frederick Charles, b. Jan. 31, 1846 

vi. Clara S., d. May 20, 1865, aged 17 years, 1 
month, 8 days 

vii. Alfred S., clerk in Bangor ( Bangor City Direc- 
tory 1869-1870 ) 

viii. Mary A., teacher (Federal Census 1870, Maine, 
Penobscot County, Garland) 

Reference: History of Penobscot County, Maine (Cleveland : 
Williams, Chase & Co., 1882), p. 355. 

5 4 3 2 

LEANDER SAMUEL COAN (Samuel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ), son of Samuel and Hannah (Skinner) Coan, was born in 
Exeter, Maine, November 17, 1837. He married July 3, 1860, 
Faustina M. Knowlton, daughter of Abraham and Beatrice 
(Whiting) Knowlton. About this time--1859 and 1860--he was 
pastor of Methodist churches in Northport and Pittston. 
Faustina died December 30, 1866. He married second July 26, 
1867, Martha J. Wilkins, who was born in Albion, Maine, in 
1838, daughter of Dr. Isaac C. and Mary Jane (Brown) Wilkins 
of Brownville. Martha was educated in the Brownville public 
schools. She was a teacher of physical culture in the 
schools of Houlton, Eastport, Machias, and Calais, Maine, as 
well as St. Stephens, New Brunswick. She was a member of the 
Congregational Church in Alton, New Hampshire, where she 
taught Sunday School. She also belonged to the Woman's Re- 
lief Corps of Dover, New Hampshire. 


For a complete account of Leander's life there follows 
his biography written by his brother, Dr. Elisha Coan, for 
Better In The Mornin' , Leander's book of Old Corporal poems: 

His parents, belonging to the humbler walks of 
life, were by no means lacking in intelligence, and 
they sought to give their children that which would 
stand them in hand better than the wealth which they 
could not bestow, --an education and an honest name. His 
early life was spent in the common and high schools of 
the towns of Exeter and Garland. 

At a very early age he showed a strong inclination 
to become a preacher, and while yet very young would 
return from church and preach the sermon he had heard 
over again to his parents and relatives; going through 
the whole sermon with great solemnity, using his own 
words, however, but words very apt and accurate to the 
subject . 

Later on in life he fell in with associates who 
were believers in liberal doctrines, and for a time he 
was afloat upon the sea of scepticism and doubt. At the 
age of twenty, while engaged in teaching at Brewer Vil- 
lage, Maine, he experienced a sudden radical change in 
his views upon religion, and became a working, sterling 
Christian. A few months previous to this change he had 
settled upon the law as his profession, and went to 
Bangor to study with Ex-Governor Kent; but, finding 
himself deficient in some of the languages, decided to 
take private instructions in them and teach school for 
a while. His conversion, like Paul's, made a complete 
revolution in his life, and he soon determined to 
preach the "Gospel of the Blessed Master." 

Finishing his theological studies, he was gradu- 
ated from the Theological Seminary at Bangor, Maine, in 
the summer of 1862. Supplying the Congregational Church 
at Amherst, Maine, until the summer of 1863, he was or- 
dained over that church and remained until the spring 
of 1864, when he spent his vacation in Cohasset, Mass. 
In August, 1864, his long pent-up patriotism burst the 
bounds that had confined him, and he enlisted as a pri- 
vate in the Sixty-first Massachusetts Volunteers, with 
the promise that, when the battalion of six companies 
was increased to a full regiment, entitling them to a 
chaplain, he should have that position. Meantime he 
acted as chaplain for his battalion, and as the war 
drew near its close, and no more men were required, his 
regiment was never filled, and consequently he was not 
commissioned chaplain. After the war he preached at 
Boothbay, Me., three years, Brownville, Me., three 
years, Bradford, Me., six months, Somerset and Fall 
River, Mass., about three years, and Alton, N.H., about 
five years. He began to write verses not far from 1860, 
and about the first piece was entitled "Change the Fig- 


ures." "The Reply of Night" and "Morning in Spring- 
time" were written not far from this time. 

The last piece of the "Old Corporal Series" was 
written a few days before the State election in Maine, 
which took place September 8, 1879. The piece entitled 
"Fall In." I think, if he had been spared until the 
present writing, January 15, 1880, that the Old Cor- 
poral's wooden leg would have come down with more "vi- 
cious vim" than when he heard of Hill's speech in Con- 
gress . 

I can do no better than to quote the first part of 
an obituary in the editorial columns of the "Indepen- 
dent Statesman," published at Concord, N.H., a short 
time after his death. The lyric referred to was the 
"Soldier's Farewell," and was his last effort. 


"By a postal card, thoughtfully forwarded by Com- 
mander C. J. Richards, Past Commander, Department of 
New Hampshire Grand Army of the Republic, we have re- 
ceived the sorrowful intelligence of the death, on Wed- 
nesday morning, at his residence in Alton, of Rev. 
Leander S. Coan, better known to our readers as the 
author of the Old Corporal Ballads, most of which were 
first given to the public in these columns. Although he 
was known to have been for some time in poor health, 
and latterly quite ill, his friends at a distance were 
totally unprepared to hear of his demise. In the prime 
of life, and apparently of a rugged constitution, being 
compactly built, with broad shoulders, large, well- 
poised head and a ruddy countenance, beaming always 
with good nature, he seemed destined to a long life. 

Only a few days since--September 16 — we received a 
note from him, enclosing the poem which we published 
last week, entitled 'The Soldier's Farewell,' which is 
so characteristic of the man and the true soldier of 
the Union and of the Cross, that we give it here ver- 
batim: -- 

"'Friend Stevens: Please find a little lyric en- 
closed. I would rather have my name at the foot of the 
piece than over it, so have erased it there. 

Was sick in bed and couldn't get to Manchester. 
Guess I will die, but will die game. Yours, PARSON.'" 

He had been out of health for nearly a year, but 
his physicians had not thought his case a critical one; 
consequently his death came with a terrible suddenness 
to his friends and relatives. His funeral occurred Sep- 
tember 27th, in the church he had labored in for five 
years, conducted by the Masons, of which order he was 
an enthusiastic member. The ceremony was very impres- 
sive, especially that at the grave, when the whispering 


pines in the background and the mellow autumn sunlight 
softened the senses and hallowed the spot forever to 
some of us. I wish to add my tribute to his memory here 
on these pages. I must confess that I was never so en- 
thusiastic in regard to his writings as he wished me to 
be, and I will only say in excuse that I never saw his 
sweetest songs until after he had been transferred to 
the Grand Army beyond the River. As I was perusing some 
of the gems contained in this volume, I chanced to take 
up the Gospel Hymns No. 2, and read these lines, -- 

' Strange we never prize the music 
Till the sweet-voiced bird is flown.' 

I would have given worlds if I had had then at my 
command at that moment to have had him back with us 
just for one hour. 

E. S. COAN, M.D. 

Garland, January 15, 1880 

The poem that follows is from Leander's book of bal- 
lads, Better In The Mornin '. It is about the Civil War Old 
Corporal and seems fitting for this genealogy. 


There's a dollar, parson, 

An' I want to have it go 
For the forefather's monument, 

Which seems to be risin' slow. 
The year that I enlisted 

I tried to get down to the place, 
To see where they landed and wintered, 

For I belong to their race. 

But I couldn't get a furlough 

To run down, not for a day' 
An' somehow it slipped my memory 

After I marched away. 
An' so many things have happened, 

The losin' uv my leg, 
An' stumpin' around these many years 

On this ere wooden peg,-- 

I somehow forgot they were buildin' 

A monument down there, 
So I never yet have given 

What I may call my share. 
We can't afford to forget them! 

It will pay us well to build 


In memory uv the fathers who 

Gave us the soil we've tilled. 

An' they gave us a slight more, parson, 

Ef our eyes were open to see! 
They died a-foundin' a nation, 

Ez we fought to keep it free. 
When I think uv their freezin' in winter, 

An' starvin' when crops were poor, 
An' fightin' the savage Indians, 

An' the fate that seemed so sure. 

Standin' there, bold an' unflinchin', 

Ez firm ez their Plymouth Rock, 
Pestilence thinnin' the number 

Uv the little undaunted flock; 
Or think uv their places of worship, 

Uv the hardships they underwent, 
I think we have good reason 

To thank them, an' be content. 

An' I just feel ashamed to murmur, 

Ez I'm sometimes tempted to do, 
When I think uv what they suffered, 

An' what they all went through. 
Where would be Yale or Harvard, 

An' the shaft at Bunker Hill, 
Ef they had been lacking in conscience, 

Or muscle, or pluck, or will? 

Ef they'd lacked religi'n an' learnin', 

I've been askin myself uv late, 
Could they have planned a Nation, 

Or planted the seed uv a State? 
Where would be Boston 'n Chicago, 

Ef they had failed to stand? 
An' where the flag that's floatin' 

In peace over all the land? 

Each year we give for monuments, 

For far less deserving men; 
Fly buntin' an' burn powder 

On Fourth of July, an' then 
Complete, but only on paper, 

A monumental plan, 
For the man who died a foundin' 

A Race, on the Rights uv Man. 

An' I won't neglect it longer, 

So here's the dollar for me; 

I'll stump round 'n' earn another, 
For those who kept it free! 

I can save for such noble offerings, 



Ef I do wear a wooden leg; 
Ef all felt this ez they ought to 

The cause wouldn't have to beg. 

So accept the old corporal's offering, 

For the monument on the shore, 
Where now as when they landed 

Atlantic surges roar. 
And while the sun shines or storm-clouds 

Shall darken our changing skies, 
May it stand complete and sacred 

In other Pilgrim eyes. 

And loyal to conscience and duty, 

May they tread the hallowed sod, 
Where rests the dust of heroes, 

Freemen and men of God. 
May we keep alive the lessons 

Their lives and valor teach, 
So long as our race has being, 

And freedom of thought and speech. 

Leander died in Alton, New Hampshire, September 24, 
1879. His wife Martha died in 1925. They were both buried 
in Alton. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Clara M. , b. 1861 

ii. Leander K., b. 1863 

iii. Fred Leon, b. Nov. 8, 1870 Brownville, Me.; d. 

Nov. 8, 1873, Fall River, Mass. 
iv. Alice, b. Sept. 28, 1875 
v. Jessie Blanche, b. June 8, 1877, Alton, N.H.; d. 

June 7, 1885, Farmington, N.H. 

Reference: Archives, Library, Bangor Theological Seminary, 
Bangor, Maine. 

Leander S. Coan, Better In The Mornin' (Great 
Falls, N.Y.: Edward G. Lord and Company, 1880), p. 27. 

Congregational Year-Book, 1880 (Boston: Congre- 
gational Publishing Society, 1880), p. 16. 

William Richard Cutter, New England Families , 
Third Series (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing 
Company, 1915), Vol. I, p. 194. 

Federal Census 1870, Maine, Piscataquis County, 

Gravestones, Cemetery, Alton, N.H. 

ALICE COAN (Leander S. 
ter 1 ) was born in Alton, 

Samuel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
New Hampshire, September 28, 1875, 
the daughter of Leander Samuel and Martha J. (Wilkins) Coan. 

(top left) Dr. Elisha Skinner Coan. (top 
right) Marion Sadie Coan. Courtesy 
The Bates College Alumnus, Vol. 3, No. 
3, March, 1923. (center left) Richard 
Newton Coan. Courtesy The Scarlet 
Letter, Class of 1932, Rutgers Univer- 
sity, (center right) William Freethy 
Coan. Courtesy Nassau Herald, Class 
of 1929, Princeton University, (bottom 
left) William Frederick Coan. Courtesy 
Bowdoin College. 


She married Fred K. Wentworth of Somersworth , New Hampshire, 
treasurer of the Somersworth Savings Bank. Alice died at 
Somersworth June 11, 1904. 

Children (7) WENTWORTH 

i. Gordon Coan, b. June 4, 1904, Somersworth, N.H. 

Reference: Cutter, New England Families , p. 194. 

5 4 3 2 

ELISHA SKINNER COAN (Samuel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter ), son of Samuel and Hannah Morse (Skinner) Coan, was 
born in Exeter, Maine, January 26, 1843. He received his 
early education in the public schools of his native town, in 
Garland High School, and in East Corinth Academy. When he 
was 10 years old, his family moved to Garland. On July 22, 
1862, he enlisted in the service of the United States in the 
20th Maine Regiment of Volunteers, Company D. He served in 
that regiment fifteen months, during which time they marched 
over a thousand miles and took part in five battles and 
skirmishes. The battles included Fredericksburg and Gettys- 
burg. He was Corporal of the Color Guard at Gettysburg and 
was one of the survivors of that guard of the 20th Maine who 
stood by the colors there. He was with the regiment on every 
march and in every, battle during the fifteen months men- 
tioned . 

On October 26, 1863, he was transferred to the United 
States Signal Corps and was assigned duty on the Signal Sta- 
tion at General Mead's Headquarters. He remained there un- 
til January, 1865, when he was assigned to duty on the Sig- 
nal Station in front of Petersburg. He was on the skirmish 
line in front of Mead's army when Lee surrendered. 

After the war he taught school and studied medicine in 
the office of Dr. David Evans (Bowdoin, M.D., 1850) in Gar- 
land. He studied at the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin 
and received his degree in 1870. He practiced his profession 
at Bradford until 1875 and then at Garland. While he lived 
in Garland, he was Supervisor of Schools in Bradford and 
Garland and served on the school committee for six years. In 
1885-1886 he represented the town in the legislature. 

In 1887 he moved his practice to Auburn where he lived 
at the corner of High and Drummond streets. He transferred 
his membership from the Congregational Church in Garland to 
the High Street Congregational Church in Auburn. He was 
President of the YMCA and surgeon of the Burnside Post, 
Grand Army of the Republic. His other memberships included 
the Maine Medical Association and the Androscoggin County 
Medical Association of which he was once president. 

February 16, 1871, he married Mary Abbie Swett, who was 
born May 31, 1845, daughter of Noah and Nancy Rice (Wheeler) 
Swett of Garland. After a long illness, he died May 30, 
1896, with a disease of the lungs. His wife died April 10, 
1938; they both were buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Auburn. 


Children (6) COAN 

i. Newton Swett , b. Aug. 29, 1872 

ii. Marion Sadie, b. May 17, 1875 

iii. Anna Estelle, bpt . Nov. 27, 1879 

iv. William Frederick, b. May, 1881 

Reference: James White Bixby, "In Memoriam," The Maine Bu- 
gle , January, 1897, Campaign 4, p. 91. 

History of Penobscot County, Maine (Cleveland: 
William, Chase & Co., 1882), p. 355. 

Obituary Record of the Graduates of Bowdoin Col- 
lege and the Medical School of Maine (no. p., June 1, 
1896), No. 7, Second Series, p. 336. 

Edward Owen, comp. , Biographical Sketches of the 
Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of 
Maine for 1885 (Augusta, Maine: no p., 1885), p. 8. 

6 5 4 3 

NEWTON SWETT COAN (Elisha S. , Samuel , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham , Peter 1 ), son of Elisha Skinner and Mary Abbie (Swett) 
Coan, was born August 29, 1872, at Garland, Maine. His fam- 
ily moved to Auburn when he was fifteen. He married Grace 
Marion Grierson of that city. For many years he was office 
manager of the Lewiston and Auburn Electric Light Company, 
predecessor of the Central Maine Power Company in the local 
field. He moved to Newton, Massachusetts, to accept a posi- 
tion with the Machine Composition Corporation of Boston. He 
was a member of the Congregational Church, the New Towne 
Club, Norumbega Lodge, F. and A.M., and the Royal Arch Chap- 
ter at Newtonville. After a long illness he died February 
11, 1942, at his home, 4 Arlington Street, Newton. His fun- 
eral was held in the Eliot Congregational Church in Newton. 
Burial was at Auburn in Oak Hill cemetery in the lot with 
his parents and Swett grandparents. 

Reference: Obituary, Lewiston Sun-Journal , Lewiston, Maine, 
February 14, 1942. 

6 5 4 3 

MARION SADIE COAN (Elisha S. , Samuel , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham , Peter 1 ) was born in Garland, Maine, May 17, 1875, the 
daughter of Dr. Elisha Skinner and Mary Abbie (Swett) Coan. 
She was graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, 
Maine, and from Bates College, where she was a member of Phi 
Beta Kappa, in the Class of 1899. From 1899 until 1901 she 
was an instructor at Bar Harbor, Maine. She received her 
M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1902. From 1902 to 
1904 she taught at the normal school in Brockport, New York; 
1904-1908, at Hunter College High School. In 1908 she became 
Head of the Annex at Hunter College and held that position 
until 1922 when she became librarian at Hunter. 


Marion was frequently a representative of Bates College 
at various academic functions. One of these was the North 
Atlantic section of the American Association of University 
Women which she attended in Philadelphia February, 1923. She 
was always interested in history and hoped someday to do re- 
search on Captain Elisha Davis Coan of Castine, her great 
grandfather. She wrote "A Revolutionary Prison Diary" on the 
journal of Dr. Jonathan Haskins, another great grandfather, 
from Old Mill Prison May, 1777 to May, 1779, in Plymouth, 
England. This article appeared in New England Quarterly , 
Vol. XVII, No. 2, June, 1944. She also wrote "Historical 
English Grammar," which appeared in Teachers' College Re- 
cord . She was a member of the Bates Key; Council of Phi Beta 
Kappa Alumnae, New York; and the Women's University Club, 
New York. 

Marion retired to Winterport, Maine. Her interest in 
history was apparent when she purchased one of the oldest 
houses in town. It was the homestead of Benjamin Thompson, 
who was clerk at Winterport in the fateful year of 1812; and 
because he refused to deliver town documents to the enemy, 
he was made a prisoner and incarcerated in the dungeon at 
Fort George at Castine. His home had a large bake oven where 
George Little, a relative of Benjamin, was concealed after 
being seriously wounded by a saber in an engagement with the 
British. Also there was a space above the false ceiling in 
the living room where the Thompsons hid their silver and 
other valuables when an English looting party raided the 
town . 

Marion died in this old house April 11, 1958. She was 
buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Auburn, Maine, in the lot of 
her father, Dr. Elisha Skinner Coan. 

Reference: Alumni Files, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240. 

6 5 4 3 

ANNA ESTELLE COAN (Elisha S. , Samuel , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham 2 , Peter 1 )/ daughter of Elisha Skinner and Mary Abbie 
( Swett ) Coan, was born in Garland, Maine, and baptized in 
the Congregational Church there November 27, 1879. She mar- 
ried George H. Ingraham. In 1942 they lived in Manchester, 
New Hampshire, and in 1943 moved to Winterport, Maine. Anna 
died in 1954 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Auburn, 
Maine, in the lot of her father, Dr. Elisha Skinner Coan. 

6 5 4 3 

WILLIAM FREDERICK COAN (Elisha S. , Samuel , Elisha D. , 
Abraham 2 , Peter ) was born in Garland, Maine, in May, 1881, 
the son of Elisha Skinner and Mary Abbie (Swett) Coan. He 
was graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, 
Maine, in 1900. In 1904 he received an A.B. degree cum laude 
from Bowdoin College where he was a member of Alpha Delta 
Phi fraternity. He was a teacher in Houlton, Maine, 1905- 
1906 and principal of the high school 1906-1909. June 20, 


1908, in Salem, Massachusetts, he married Mary Chisholm Mac- 
intosh. He was superintendent of schools in Houl ton-Little- 
ton, Maine, 1909-1913, and in 1909 he began a two-year term 
as president of the Maine Teachers' Association. In 1914 he 
became associated with Educational Research in Newton High- 
lands, Massachusetts. From 1917 to 1928 he was a purchasing 
agent for Cloth Company, Boston; and then he became editor 
of the Latin Department for a Boston publishing company. He 
lived in Newton, Massachusetts. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. (daughter) married Charles D. Miller 

Reference: General Catalogue of Bowdoin College and the Med- 
ical School of Maine 1794-1950 (Portland, Maine: Antho- 
ensen Press, 1950), p. 203. 

5 4 3 2 

FREDERICK CHARLES COAN (Samuel , Elisha D. , Abraham , Pe- 
ter 1 ) was born January 24, 1846, in Exeter, Maine, the son 
of Samuel and Hannah (Skinner) Coan. He married Clara Mor- 
rill Perham, who was born in 1853 in Brownville, Maine, 
daughter of Peter and Hannah (Wilkins) Perham. They moved to 
Worcester, Massachusetts, where he worked as a carpenter. He 
died in Jersey City, New Jersey, in October, 1900. In 1912 
Clara moved to Houlton, Maine. She died in Newton, Massachu- 
setts, December 19, 1943, and was buried in Hope Cemetery, 
Worcester . 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Robert A., b. Jan. 17, 1877 

ii. Rachel E., moved to India in 1911; m. Felt 

iii. Emily B. 

iv. Ruby Louise, a twin, b. Apr. 15, 1888, Worcester, 
Mass . 

v. Ruth Clara, a twin, b. Apr. 15, 1888, Worcester, 
Mass . 

vi. Helen B., was a bookkeeper; moved to Houlton, 
Maine, where she was auditor of Houlton Music 
Club in 1912. August 25, 1917, Helen, at age 
26, married John A. Tenny, Jr., aged 23, in 
Boston. They both lived then in Worcester. He 
was a cabinet maker. She was a stenographer. 

Reference: Deaths 1943 (Vital Records, McCormack Building, 
Boston, Mass.), Vol. 73, p. 60. 

George Thurston Edwards, Music and Musicians of 
Maine (Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1928), p. 

Worcester Collection, Worcester Public Library, 
Worcester, MA 01608. 


6 5 4 3 

ROBERT A. COAN (Frederick C. , Samuel , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Garland, Maine, January 17, 1877, 
the son of Frederick Charles and Clara Morrill (Perham) 
Coan. He was graduated from Worcester Classical High School 
and attended Amherst College one term. He then went to Bos- 
ton University and received his A.B. degree there in 1903. 
He was a member of Delta Upsilon, Theta Delta Chi; and Phi 
Beta Kappa. During the school year 1903-1904 he taught at 
Colby Academy, New London, New Hampshire. June 23, 1904 he 
married Constance Edith Dorothy Freethy, daughter of William 
R. Freethy of Winchester, Massachusetts. 

He was principal of Pepperell High School, Pepperell, 
Massachusetts, 1904-1906; with Ginn and Company, 1906-1920; 
principal of Farmington, New Hampshire High School, 1921- 
1922. In 1922 he became a teacher in Rahway, New Jersey High 
School. He was a Rotarian, a Mason, editor of Theta Delta 
Chi Song Book , and assistant editor of Foresman Books of 
Songs . April 11, 1945, he died in Rahway, New Jersey. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Robert A. 

ii. William Freethy, b. Jan. 8, 1907 

iii. Richard Newton, b. Oct. 24, 1908; B.S. degree in 

education from Rutgers University in 1932 
iv. Virginia H. 

Reference: Amherst College Biographical Record 1951 (Am- 
herst, Mass.: Published by Trustees of Amherst College, 
1951), p. 126. 

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary List , Class of 1903, 
Boston University College of Liberal Arts, June, 1928. 

University Archives and Alumni Office, Rutgers 
University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. 

7 6 5 4 

WILLIAM FREETHY COAN (Robert A. , Frederick C. , Samuel , 
Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in New York City Jan- 
uary 8, 1907, son of Robert A. and Constance Edith Dorothy 
(Freethy) Coan. While he was growing up, he lived in Brook- 
lyn, New York; Farmington, New Hampshire; and Rahway, New 
Jersey. He prepared for college at Farmington High School 
and Phillips Exeter Academy where he was active in basket- 
ball and debating. He entered Princeton University and won 
the Freshman Hall Debate. His sophomore year he was a member 
of the varsity swimming team. He was graduated from Prince- 
ton in the Class of 1929. After graduation he joined the New 
Jersey Bell Telephone Company and progressed steadily with 
that organization. He became directory staff supervisor and 
was responsible for the manufacture and delivery of tele- 
phone directories in all of Northern New Jersey. 

On April 10, 1935, he married Elizabeth M. Woodruff. 
He was a vestryman and treasurer of St. Paul's Episcopal 


Church, Rahway, New Jersey; a member of the Board of Educa- 
tion in Rahway; a member, trustee, and president of Ilderan 
Outing Club; and a member and governor of the Whist Club of 
the Oranges, South Orange, New Jersey. His hobby was tourn- 
ament bridge, and he was life master of the American Con- 
tract Bridge League. He retired from the Telphone Company in 
the spring of 1969. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Constance E., b. 1938 
ii. Alice M. , b. 1940 
iii. Margaret A., b. 1941 

Reference: University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript 
Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 

Abraham Simpson Coan 

Nellie Coan 

Captain Alonzo 
Coan. Courtesy 
Henry A. Shorey, 
The Story of the 
Maine Fifteenth. 

Captain Alonzo Coan 
in Colorado ca. 1900. 

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15th Regiment of Maine Volunteers. Courtesy Maine Historical Society 



6 6 



Principal Source used in this chapter: 

Alonzo Coan, The Coan Family , a manuscript, owned by 
the compiler. 

Other References given in text and after biographies where 
they have been used. 

6 5 4 3 

WILLIAM ALBERT COAN (William B. , Abraham , Elisha D. , Ab- 
raham , Peter ), son of William Bloomfield and Ada Lenora 
(Hoyt) Coan, was born May 27, 1855. 

He served as a member of the Signal Corps of the 
U. S. regular army from 1876 to 1890. He assisted in 
the building of what is now the Northern Pacific Tele- 
graph Line to the Pacific. He served in the Sioux In- 
dian Country and among other hostile tribes for many 
years. He died at Sacramento, California, June 9, 1911, 
and was buried in Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, 

Alonzo Coan, William's uncle, was one of the original incor- 
porators of Green Mountain Cemetery and arranged for Wil- 
liam's body to be shipped to Boulder for burial since Wil- 
liam had no family. (Alonzo Coan, The Coan Family , p. 6). 

6 5 4 3 

ABRAHAM SIMPSON COAN (Albert , Abraham , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham , Peter ), was born in Maine, son of Albert and Martha 
(Burgess) Coan. While his father was fighting in the Civil 
War, his mother died. Abraham was cared for by relatives in 
Exeter, Maine, until after the war when his father returned, 
settled in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and married again. Ab- 
raham went to Lawrence and attended a public school there. 
Later he worked as a clerk in a store in that city. "In 1883 
he went to Silver City, New Mexico, where he engaged in min- 
ing. In 1885 he located in Boulder County, Colorado, where 



he had charge of large mining interests. He lived in Boul- 
der the rest of his life." (Alonzo Coan, The Coan Family , 
p. 9) 

Abraham married Nellie . She was born in 1860. 

Abraham was active in the Republican Party and a truant of- 
ficer for the Boulder School District until his death. He 
died in 1940; Nellie, in 1942. They were both buried in 
Green Mountain Cemetery in the Coan lot. 

Reference: Manfred C. McClure, 2815 17th Street, Boulder, 
CO 80302. 

5 4 3 2 1 

ALONZO COAN (Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ), son 
of Abraham and Mary (Abbott) Coan, was born in Exeter, 
Maine, June 6, 1842. He 

resided on the farm where he was born, in winter at- 
tending the district and high schools of his native 
town until he was sixteen years of age when he entered 
the employ of I. W. Truell & Co., dry goods merchants 
of Lawrence, Massachusetts. There he remained until the 
beginning of the war of the rebellion in 1861 when he 
returned to Maine and in August enlisted as a private 
in a company being organized by Dr. John B. Wilson, of 
Exeter, which, owing to some uncertainty as to whether 
their services would be required by the general govern- 
ment, was not mustered into the service of the United 
States until December 21st of that year. Dr. Wilson was 
commissioned Captain of the Company which was assigned 
to the 15th Regiment of Maine Volunteers, Infantry, re- 
ceiving in that organization the designation of "H" 
Company. Alonzo Coan served continuously with this re- 
giment throughout the war and was mustered out July 6, 
1866, having attained the rank of a Captain. 

The following record of his service was taken from 
the files of the War Department, Washington, D. C, by 
a committee of the Colorado Commandery of the Military 
Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States of which 
he was a member. 


Born at Exeter, Maine, June 6th, 1842. 

Entered military service of the United States as a 
private Company "H", 15th Maine Volunteer Infantry, De- 
cember 21st, 1861. Promoted to Corporal Sergeant, and 
First Sergeant of the Company, and Quartermaster Ser- 
geant of the Regiment. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant De- 
cember 1st, 1863, 1st Lieutenant February 1st, 1865, 
and Captain May 4, 1865. 


Regiment organized at Augusta, Maine, and mustered 
in January 23, 1862. Moved to Portland February 25, 
thence embarked for Ship Island, Miss., March 6. At- 
tached to Butler's New Orleans expedition January to 
March, 1862; 3rd Brigade, Department of the Gulf, to 
September, 1862; District of West Florida Department of 
the Gulf to June, 1863; 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 19th 
Army Corps, Department of the Gulf, to December, 1863; 
3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 13th Army Corps, Department 
of the Gulf, to January, 1863; 2nd Brigade, 4th Divi- 
sion, 13th Army Corps, to February, 1864; 2nd Brigade, 
1st Division, 19th Army Corps, to July, 1864; 2nd Bri- 
gade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Shen- 
andoah, Middle Military Division, to April, 1865; 1st 
Brigade, 1st Division, Department of Washington, D. C, 
to June, 1865; 3rd Separate Brigade, District of East- 
ern South Carolina, Department of South Carolina, De- 
partment of South Carolina to July, 1866. 

SERVICE: Duty at Ship Island, Miss., March to 
May, 1862, and at Camp Parapet and Carrolton, La., May 
19 to September 8. Moved to Pensacola, Florida, Septem- 
ber 8, and was on duty there 'til June, 1863. Action at 
Fifteen-mile House, Fla., February 25, 1863, and at Ar- 
cadia March 6. Ordered to New Orleans, La., June 21, 
thence to LaFourche Landing. Expedition to Thibodeau 
June 23-25. At Camp Parapet 'til August, and on Provost 
duty at New Orleans until October. Expedition to the 
Rio Grande, Texas, October 27 - December 2. Advance on 
Brownsville, Texas, November 3-6. Occupation of Browns- 
ville, November 6. Expedition to Arkansas, November 14- 
21. Arkansas Pass, November 17. Capture of Mustang 
Island, November 17. Fort Esperanza, November 25-27. 
Duty at Pass Cavallo, Matagorda Island, 'til February 
28, 1864. Moved to Franklin, La., March 1-5. Red River 
campaign, March 10 - May 22. Marched from Franklin to 
Alexandria, La., March 14-26; thence to Nachitoches, 
March 26 - April 2. Battle of Sabine Cross-roads, Ap- 
ril 8. Pleasant Hill, April 9. Monett ' s Bluff, Cane 
River crossing, April 23. Construction of dam at Alex- 
andria, April 30 - May 10. Retreat to Morganza, May 13- 
20. Mansura, May 16. Duty at Morganza 'til July. Moved 
to Fortress Monroe, Va . ; thence to Washington, D. C. , 
July 1-13. Expedition to Snicker's Gap, Va . , via Ball 
Bluff and Leesburg, in pursuit of Early's army, July 
14-23. Moved to Harper's Ferry via Monocacy and Fred- 
erick City in pursuit of Early, July 28 - August 2. On 
veteran furlogh, August 5 to October 1. Rejoined at 
Harper's Ferry, Va . Moved to Martinsburg, W. Va . , Octo- 
ber 6, and on duty there 'til January 8, 1865. Moved 
to Stephenson's Depot January 7. Operations in the 
Shenandoah Valley 'til April. Moved to Washington, 
D.C., April 19-23, and on duty there 'til May 31. Grand 
Review May 23-24. Moved to Savannah, Ga . , May 31 - 


June 4; thence to Georgetown, S. C., June 13-14. Pro- 
vost Marshal of the District of Georgetown, S. C., June 
18 to August 28, 1865. Judge of Superior Provost Court 
for the Military District of Eastern S. C., August 28 
to December 28, 1865. Acting Aid-de-camp on the Staff 
of Brevet Major General Adelbert Ames, commanding the 
Military District of Eastern S. C., December 28, 1865, 
to April 26, 1866, and Commander of Post of Abbeville, 
S. C. f April 24 to June 20, 1866. Mustered out with 
Regiment July 5, 1866, and honorably discharged from 
service . 

Further information of Captain Alonzo Coan's ser- 
vice in the Civil War may be obtained from "The Story 
of the Fifteenth Maine" published by Major Henry A. 
Shorey . 

On leaving the army, Captain Coan, after residing 
at Bangor, Maine, until the spring of 1868, located in 
DeKalb County, Missouri. Here he bought timber and 
farming lands and engaged in the lumber business. On 
July 12, 1875, at Maysville, Missouri, he married Mari- 
etta Jane Lancaster, born at Maysville, February 25, 
1852, daughter of Manford and Sarah Ann (Roberts) Lan- 
caster, and the following year removed to Boulder 
County, Colorado, where he engaged in mining. He made 
his home at Boulder, but his mining operations were 
conducted in several counties of the State of Colorado 
and also in Arizona, New Mexico, and California. 

Captain Coan was a member of Columbia Lodge, No. 
14, A. F. and A. M. of Boulder, Colorado; of Nathaniel 
Lyon Post, No. 5, Department of Colorado and Wyoming, 
Grand Army of the Republic; of the Colorado Commandery 
of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United 
States; and of the Society of Mayflower descendants in 
direct line from Stephen Hopkins (Alonzo Coan, The Coan 
Family , pp. 10-18). 

Marietta Jane, Alonzo's wife, died January 10, 1900; he 
died May 19, 1921, in Boulder. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Edith Lancaster, b. Nov. 27, 1876 
ii. Ralph Alonzo, b. May 22, 1881 

6 5 4 3 

EDITH LANCASTER COAN (Alonzo , Abraham , Elisha D. , Abra- 
ham 2 , Peter 1 ) was born in Magnolia, Colorado, November 27, 
1876, the daughter of Alonzo and Marietta Jane (Lancaster) 
Coan. She was graduated from the University of Colorado at 


Boulder in 1897 with a Ph.B. degree. On October 2, 1897, at 
Boulder she married George Albert McClure, who was born in 
Middleton Springs, Vermont, November 16, 1874, the son of 
George Mallory and Edilda (Burnham) McClure. He attended the 
University of Colorado at Boulder where he played football 
and baseball and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. 
He owned and operated a grocery store in Boulder prior to 
his 24 years of employment by the Public Service Company of 

Edith was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution, and the Fort Knight Club. 
George was a Mason and belonged to Columbia Blue Lodge #14, 
A. F. and A. M. He also was a member of the Elks, B.P.O.E. 
#566 in Boulder. His hobbies were sports, fishing, and gar- 
dening . 

George died in Boulder April 27, 1954. Edith died 
there September 16, 1972, at the age of 95. Both she and 
George were buried in Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder. 

Children (7) McCLURE 

i. Manfred Coan, b. May 26, 1912 
ii. Edith Elizabeth, b. June 5, 1907 

Reference: Archives of the University of Colorado at Boul- 

Manfred C. McClure 

MANFRED COAN McCLURE , the son of George Albert and Edith 

Lancaster (Coan) McClure, was born in Portland, Oregon, May 
26, 1912. His name was supposed to have been Manford, but 
he was registered incorrectly by the doctor as Manfred ; so 
he has always been Manfred . He attended the University of 
Colorado in Boulder for three years and was a member of Phi 
Delta Theta fraternity. From December 8, 1941, until Sep- 
tember 2, 1945, he was on active duty with the United States 
Navy during World War II; and was on Wake Island when it was 
bombed four days after Pearl Harbor. In recalling the at- 
tack, he said: "We didn't have much armament. We had two 
5-inch batteries, six 3-inch batteries, and aircraft guns. 
They bombed and straffed us practically every day." 

Less than two weeks later on December 24, 1941, he was 
captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war. De- 
tails of his internment still remain vivid: 

12 days of freezing temperatures in the straw- 
lined hold of the Japanese freighter Nitta Maru, frost- 
bitten fingers and toes, destination Shanghai, China 
Area 9 POW war camps; then moving by train across 
Japan, glimpsing evidence of United States bombings, 
the Tokyo train terminal flattened. The final stop was 
a camp in the mountains outside of Aomori, 10 miles 



west of the east c 
an open-pit iron or 

When a Japanes 
prisoners of war th 
and said there woul 
and the United Sta 
said. But when a U 
the prison camp and 
flapped its wings 
hands . " 

Manfred was tr 
men to the Japanese 
for the first time 
ican flag flying, 
visibly moved reca 
moments, he appea 
Finally all he s 
throat. " 

oast of Japan, and grueling labor in 
e mine. 

e lieutenant appeared before the 200 
ere one morning in September, 1945, 
d soon be an armistice between Japan 
tes, "no one believed him," Manfred 
nited States fighter plane flew over 
dropped C rations and clothing "and 
at us, we knew we were in good 

ansported along with the other freed 
port of Sendai; and that is where 

in almost five years he saw an Amer- 
As he told the story, Manfred was 

lling the sight. Silent for a few 

red unable to find the right words. 

aid was, "It really gets you in the 

Manfred was awarded three medals: a World War II Victory 
Medal, an American Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific 
Campaign Medal. (Prisoner of War account taken from an arti- 
cle by Jan McCoy, Boulder Daily Camera , Boulder, Colorado, 
July 9, 1982.) October 11, 1945, he received an honorable 
discharge at San Francisco, California. 

On August 2, 1927, at Boulder, Colorado, he married 
Ruth E. Henson, who was born in Louisville, Kentucky, June 
5, 1918, the daughter of Elisha K. and Lulu (Klett) Henson. 
Ruth attended North Colorado College and was graduated from 
Burr Business College. She was employed as a legal secre- 
tary, and was a member of Sacred Heart Church. 

Manfred was a surveyor from 1934 until 1941 with the 
United States Bureau of Public Roads and an insurance 
adjuster with the General Adjustment Bureau from 1949 until 
1975 when he retired. He was a member of American X-Prison- 

P.O.E. #566 in Boulder; the Mason, 
F. and A. M. ; Boulder #7 R.A.M.; 
Knights Templar. His interests in- 
fishing, and local history. 

ers of War; the Elks, B, 
Columbia Lodge #14, A. 
Mount Sinai Commandery #7 
eluded sports, gardening, 

Children (8) McCLURE 

i. George Manfred, b. Dec. 4, 1948 
ii. Robert John, b. Dec. 31, 1951 


Manfred C. McClure 

GEORGE MANFRED McCLURE , the son of Manfred Coan and Ruth 
(Henson) McClure, was born in Boulder, Colorado, December 4, 
1948. He was graduated from the University of Colorado, 
Boulder, with a B.S. degree in business administration. He 
enjoyed music, sports, and skiing. In 1982 he lived in San 
Antonia, Texas, where he managed two McDonald franchises. 

(left to right) George Manfred McClure, Ruth Henson McClure, Edith Eliza- 
beth (Libby) McClure Bush, Edith Lancaster Coan McClure, and Robert 
John McClure with dog Jimmy. 

Manfred Coan McClure, one of 269 Colorado former prisoners of war who 
received this special license plate. Courtesy Jerry Cleveland of the Boulder 
Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado, July 9, 1982. 

Ralph A. Coan. Courtesy the 
National Cyclopaedia of Amer- 
ican Biography. 

PARKER, ARCHITECT: This 12-room house, frame with 
stucco exterior and stone base, is being erected upon the 
north shore of Oswego Lake by Charles W. Ertz company, 
builders, for Portland attorney. It will be L-shaped, with 
double garage in the wing. Three bathrooms, concealed 
radiation and a stone-walled recreation room are features. 
The perspective shows the view from the lake side. 


Reference: Manfred C. McClure 

ROBERT JOHN McCLURE , the son of Manfred Coan and Ruth (Hen- 
son) McClure, was born in Boulder, Colorado, December 31, 
1951. He attended Denver Community College in Denver. His 
hobbies were skiing, hiking, and landscape photography. In 
1982 he lived in Breckenridge where he managed a meat mar- 

Reference: Manfred C. McClure 

EDITH ELIZABETH McCLURE , (Libby) the daughter of George Al- 
bert and Edith Lancaster (Coan) McClure, was born in Boul- 
der, Colorado, June 5, 1907. She attended the University of 
Colorado in Boulder, and married David M. Bush, who died in 
January, 1982. Edith was employed as secretary to A.K.S. 
Dachsund Breeder, Fremont, California. In 1982 she was liv- 
ing in Sarasota, Florida. 

Reference: Manfred C. McClure 

6 5 4 3 2 

RALPH ALONZO COAN (Alonzo , Abraham , Elisha D. , Abraham , 

Peter ), son of Alonzo and Marietta Jane (Lancaster) Coan, 
was born in Boulder, Colorado, May 22, 1881. He received his 
early education in the public schools of Boulder. In 1904 
he was graduated from the University of Colorado with an 
A.B. degree and in 1906 from Columbia University with an 
L.L.B. degree. In 1908 he moved to Portland, Oregon and es- 
tablished a law practice with the firm Evans & Coan. That 
same year on October 27 he married in Nevada, Missouri, Pan- 
sey Burton, daughter of Charles Germman Burton. 

From 1911-1914 he was a partner in Whitfield & Coan and 
then practiced alone until 1926 when he became senior member 
of Coan & Rosenberg, the firm in which he continued until 
the close of his life. His work consisted of general, cor- 
poration, and probate law, and he had a large receivership 
practice. The firm was counsel for the Oregon Automobile 
Credit Corporation, Mercantile Acceptance Corporation, 
United States Tire and Rubber Companpy, American Credit In- 
demnity Company, Credit Insurance Adjustment Company, Asso- 
ciated Cloak and Suit Manufacturers of Portland, and the 
Colorado Life Company, as well as other insurance and manu- 
facturing organizations. In 1911 Ralph organized the Law- 
yers Title and Trust Company of Portland of which he was 
director and secretary until 1926 when it was merged with 
the Oregon Title Insurance Company (later Commonwealth 
Life). From 1908-1910 he served as referee of bankruptcy in 

He was a member of the Oregon Public Employee Retire- 
ment System Board, a director of the American Automobile 
Association and president of the Oregon State Motor Associa- 
tion. He was a member of the American, Oregon State, and 
Multnomah County Bar Associations, the Masonic order (33rd 


degree, Shriner, Knight Templar), Military Order of the 
Loyal Legion, Portland Chamber of Commerce, Phi Beta Kappa, 
Delta Tau Delta, Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descen- 
dants, the Portland Golf and University Clubs, and the Wana 
Lake Club of Skamania County, Washington. Politically he was 
a Republican. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and 
reading. He died in Portland November 15, 1950. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Burton Lancaster, b. Sept. 3, 1910, Portland, Ore- 
ii. Ralph Gorman, b. May 30, 1913, Portland, Oregon 

Reference: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 
(New York: James T. White & Company, 1955), Vol. XL, 
p. 149. 

7 6 5 4 

BURTON LANCASTER COAN (Ralph A. , Alonzo , Abraham , Elisha 
D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Portland, Oregon, Septem- 
ber 3, 1910, son of Ralph Alonzo and Pansey (Burton) Coan. 
He was graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. 
degree in 1936. That summer he, with his brother Ralph as 
one of the navigators, and seven other young men sailed the 
76-foot brigantine Gloria in the Santa Monica-Honolulu race 
after which they cruised the South Seas with no particular 
destination. They left Seattle for Santa Monica June 20 and 
returned about October 1 . 

In 1938 Burt received an LL.D. degree from the Univer- 
sity of Oregon. In that same year on June 4 in Portland, 
Oregon, he married Elizabeth Goodman, who was born January 
27, 1913. She was graduated from the University of Oregon 
with a B.A. degree in psychology. 

Burt was active in the Masons and was master of his 
lodge. In 1958 he suffered a stroke from which he never 
fully recovered. Betty then returned to the business world 
as a social worker. She died January 6, 1976. In 1982 Burt 
was almost completely bedridden and living in Hillsboro, 
Oregon . 

Children (adopted) (8) COAN 

i. Katie, b. Jan. 6, 1941; d. Apr. 19, 1982, Port- 
land, Ore. 

ii. Stephen, b. May 24, 1944; served in the United 
States Navy 1968-1974 

Reference: Ralph G. Coan, 16697 S.W. Maple Circle, Lake Os- 
wego, OR 97034 

7 6 5 4 

RALPH GORMAN COAN (Ralph A. , Alonzo , Abraham , Elisha 
D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Portland, Oregon, May 30, 

Ralph Gorman Coan 

Shirley Fulton 

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Fireplace in home of 
Ralph and Shirley 
Coan: Top Civil War 
sword inscribed: 
"Presented to Capt. 
Wm. B. Coan, CO.E. 
48th N.Y.V., by the 
Members of his 
Company as a Testi- 
monial of their respect 
and esteem." Bottom 
Civil War sword 
belonged to Captain 
Alonzo Coan. The gun 
is one of two brought 
home by Alonzo as 
Confederate souvenirs. 
It was purchased 
from the English 
government by the 
Confederacy as 
shown by a proof 
mark on the lock plate 
-"Tower— 1862." 

U.S.S. Whitman DE 24 of which Ralph Gorman Coan was executive officer 
in World War II. 

(bottom left) Shirley Fulton 
Coan in her studio, the 
Crow's Nest, Lake Oswego, 
Oregon, and one of her 
paintings, (bottom right) 
Ralph and Shirley Coan 
sailing in San Juan Islands, 
August, 1979. 


1913, son of Ralph Alonzo and Pansey (Burton) Coan. The fol- 
lowing was taken from an account of his life which he wrote 
for this genealogy. 

I graduated from a private military high school, 
San Diego Army and Navy Academy, in 1931 and went to 
Menlo Junior College, Menlo Park, California, on a 
football scholarship that fall. At that time Menlo was 
an unpublicized adjunct of Stanford University, which 
used its athletic teams to give one additional year of 
training to its prospective players without sacrificing 
any eligibility. I dropped out at the end of the term 
in December, 1931, and went to sea in the merchant mar- 
ine where I had been spending my summers for several 
years . 

In the fall of 1932 I went to Stanford and was a 
member of the freshman football squad. However, I was 
badly injured in a game in late November and was ad- 
vised by the doctors not to play football anymore. This 
injury ended my scholarship; and by this time the Great 
Depression was well started, and Dad couldn't afford to 
keep both Burton and me in college. I went to sea as a 
steady occupation serving in the "black gangs" of many 
different ships, belonging to several different steam- 
ship lines, until April, 1934, when there was a strike 
which effectively stopped all United States shipping 
for over a full year. 

The depression made it extremely difficult to get 
any other kind of job, so I decided to go back to col- 
lege and become a lawyer like my father. I had saved up 
quite a lot of money in the meantime, so I could pay my 
own way. I went to the University of Oregon for a 
couple of quarters, but the restrictions of a rela- 
tively small school in a small city seemed too great 
after my previous freedom in the merchant marine and at 
Stanford, which is close to San Francisco. In January, 
1935, I changed to the University of Washington in 
Seattle, which was a much larger school in a big sea- 
port city where I felt much more at ease. Besides, they 
had a Naval R.O.T.C. which took me on with open arms 
because of my seagoing experience, even though I was 
well into my sophomore year. The fact that I intended 
to go on to law school would make it possible to com- 
plete the required four years of R.O.T.C. although I 
would be graduating in 1937, just two and a half years 
away . 

At that time a student could start law school at 
the beginning of the senior year and graduate with a 
B.A. degree at the end of the first year of the three- 
year law course. This was the way I intended to go. 
Here I joined Chi Psi fraternity. I was commissioned in 
the Naval Reserve; and because I was getting rather 
short of money, I decided to take advantage of what was 


known as the "Thompson Act", a provision just recently 
passed by Congress that allowed newly commissioned re- 
serve officers to apply for a year's active duty for 
training. I was ordered to the USS Astoria , a light 
cruiser, in which I served for about eight months and 
was than transferred to the USS Oklahoma , a battleship 
of World War I vintage. In both of these ships as a 
"fresh caught" ensign I was very insignificant and re- 
latively low in the esteem of even the enlisted crew- 
men. However, I gained a lot of knowledge about how to 
get along in the navy and became qualified to be the 
ODD (Officer of the Deck) underway. 

The year of active duty was stretched out quite a 
bit, but I was finally released to inactive duty in 
September, 1940, too late to go back to law school for 
the fall term. I got a job managing two theaters in 
Saint Helens, Oregon, a small lumber-mil 1 -and-county- 
seat town about 35 miles down the Columbia River from 
Portland. I fully intended to go back to school the 
next spring; however, I never made it. 

February 15, 1941, in Portland, Oregon, I married 
Shirley Fulton, who was born July 6, 1913, in Victoria, 
British Colulmbia, Canada, daughter of David Chrichton 
and Veda (Sully) Fulton. She was graduated in 1937 from 
Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon, with a B.A. de- 
gree and a B.S. degree in library science. She was an 
art teacher and librarian at West Linn, Oregon, High 
School. While we were on our honeymoon, I received or- 
ders to report for active duty as assistant engineering 
officer of the USS Fox DD 234, a World War I four-stack 
type destroyer, which was based in Seattle having just 
been recommissioned . I was in the Fox when World War 
II began; and we spent the first year of the war in 
Alaskan waters, a really miserable experience. I was 
then a lieutenant, j.g., and in June, 1942, while still 
on the Fox I made full lieutenant. I was transferred 
next to the USS Kendrick DD 613 operating in the Carib- 
bean Sea and soon taking part in the Casablanca Inva- 
sion of North Africa. 

I left the Kendrick for a short course at a school 
for prospective executive and commanding officers of 
destroyers and destroyer escorts at Miami, Florida. 
From there I went to Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, 
California, as the prospective executive officer of the 
USS Whitman DE 24. The Whitman was commissioned July 
3, 1943; and after about six weeks of "shakedown", we 
joined the Pacific Fleet and took part in the Gilbert 
Island (Tarawa and Makin) Campaign. Next the invasion 
of the Marshall Islands started with the taking of Kwa- 
jalein Island. After Kwajalein was taken, we had to go 
back to Pearl Harbor for some repair work in the dry- 
dock. The commanding officer, Carl Bull, was relieved, 
and I had my first command--quite a thrill! Carl went 


back to the mainland to take command of another about- 
to-be-commissioned ship, the USS Gilligan . Both com- 
mander and ship I would meet in the future. 

After the repair work we went back to the Marshall 
Islands and were in on the Eniwetok landing. About 
this time I was promoted to lieutanant commander. 
Things then quited down for a spell, and we went back 
to Pearl Harbor again where we spent about two months 
working with the submarines as final training for them 
before they left on a war patrol. We would play hide- 
and-seek-type games every day and sometimes over night. 
If I do say so, we got to be pretty good at it, which 
came in handy later on. 

Next came the Mariana Islands Campaign starting 
with Saipan. This whole campaign was based out of Eni- 
wetok, and we acted as screening patrols for the fuel 
and ammunition groups, shuttling them back and forth to 
resupply the main body and the landing forces. On the 
third trip out we intercepted a Japanese sub just as it 
fired a torpedo at one of the larger ships in the con- 
voy. We managed to get in the way enough to have it hit 
the good old Whitman way up forward (about 25 feet from 
the bow) . Thank God it was that far up, as we initi- 
ally lost all power from the shock of the explosion 
(The Whitman was a diesel-electric-powered ship, just 
like a submarine) and had a huge fuel oil fire that lit 
up the whole area for at least three or four miles. It 
was just after 2 a.m. We were able to get things run- 
ning again in a few minutes and put out the fire about 
10 a.m. 

The entire convoy had scattered, then regathered, 
and went on without us, which was what they should do. 
At any rate, after we got the fire out, the ship was so 
badly out of trim that the bow was actually under water 
and the screws were nearly out of the water. What a 
sitting duck! I'll never understand why that Jap didn't 
hit us again. He could have put us under with one round 
from his deck gun! 

Anyway, we pumped out some of the flooded forward 
compartments and flooded a few after spaces so that we 
could get the propellers nearly all the way back in the 
water again and what was left of the bow mostly above 
water. Then using the pull of the separate screws to 
steer, we began backing toward Eniwetok which was about 
250 miles away. We made it almost to the entrance of 
the lagoon before the tug came out for us. 

After they got us patched up somewhat so we could 
make it on our own, we were sent back to Mare Island 
for a complete overhaul and refitting which kept us in 
the yard for 18 weeks — a really great interlude. We 
lost seven men, and I got a decoration, as did several 

It was then the summer of 1944, and we went back 


to Eniwetok in time for the last of the Palau Island 
Campaign; then on to the Philippines. Sometime in late 
1944 I was relieved by a new CO and was just riding 
along on the flagship waiting for transportation back 
to Pearl Harbor for reassignment when the Captain of 
the USS Walke DD 723 was killed by a Japanese air-craft 
strafing during the landing at Lingayen. His executive 
officer was new to the ship. He had been on board less 
than two weeks and didn't feel capable of taking over, 
so I got the job. I was given a "spot" temporary pro- 
motion to full commander, the appropriate rank for the 
commanding officer of a fleet destroyer. When I de- 
tached from that ship, I reverted to lieutenant comman- 
der; but when I reached the point in time to be consid- 
ered for selection for commander, that promotion was 
almost automatic, and I became a full commander July 1, 

The Walke , although still able to operate had been 
damaged and so was sent back to Pearl Harbor and then 
to San Francisco for repairs. When we got to San Fran- 
cisco, I was relieved and sent to the University of 
Southern California to be the instructor in seamanship 
at the N.R.O.T.C. unit. I reported there on March 1, 

1945, and soon found I was not cut out to be a teacher- 
too impatient, and I needed more activity and excite- 
ment. I put in a request for sea duty again and got or- 
ders just as the war was ending to go to the USS Semi- 
nole AKA 108 as executive officer. I tried to catch up 
with her and was flown to Pearl Harbor, then on to 
Yokosuka, Japan, only to find that she had left to go 
back to the East Coast of the United States via the 
Panama Canal. The only effect of this was to keep me in 
Japan long enough to qualify for the campaign medal. 
Isn't that a laugh? 

By this time I decided to ask to be a civilian 
again since I had twice as many points as I needed to 
get out. October 30, 1945, in Los Angeles I became a 
reserve officer on inactive duty as of February 13, 

1946. I returned to Portland, Oregon, just in time for 
Christmas 1945. I realized if I went back to finish law 
school, I would have to start all over if I ever 
expected to pass the bar. As I had a wife and two small 
children to support, I had to go to work. I became a 
real estate salesman for The Simms Company, a commer- 
cial and industrial real estate brokerage and property 
management firm in Portland. Much to everyone's sur- 
prise, including my own, I had a knack for the job. 

In the fall of 1946 the Navy set about the task of 
reestablishing its reserve components, and as a result 
I became the first commanding officer of surface divi- 
sion 13-4 in Portland. They had a reserve battalion 
made up of three surface divisions and one submarine 
division. The organization was a little slow in getting 


ironed out, and it wasn't until about the end of 1948 
before we had training vessels permanently assigned. 
Guess what! The training vessel assigned was none other 
than the USS Gilligan DE 508; and her first commanding 
officer, Carl Bull, by then a captain and commanding 
officer at the Great Lakes Training Center, showed up 
for the ceremony. What a coincidence! 

While I was in the reserve, I had to take two 
weeks active duty which was usually on a ship operating 
out of San Diego or San Pedro, or sometimes at a naval 
station on shore. When the Korean Police Action broke 
out, I was on one of those tours at the Bremerton Navy 
Yard; and I can still remember thinking, "Oh, boy! Here 
we go again. I'll not get out 'til it's over." Well, 
sure enough, they kept me on for nearly six weeks, but 
I had too much rank. What they needed was lieutenants, 
not commanders. So I was told to go home. However, I 
was on duty long enough to get the Korean Campaign 
Medal although I never left Bremerton. 

In 1960 I was up for promotion to captain; but be- 
cause of asthma and a cataract on one eye, I couldn't 
pass the physical. I was retired as a full commander 
July 1 , 1961. 

I stayed with The Simms Company until 1952 when 
another salesman and I decided to form our own firm, 
the Industrial Realty Corporation. We were very suc- 
cessful, and it wasn't long before Mr. Simms asked me 
to return. We eventually merged the two companies. 
There have been many changes over the years as to stock 
ownership, management, company policy, etc. The company 
is now (1982) Simms Ferris, Inc., and I have been asked 
to help out the new owner. I will do what I can, but at 
my age and with my health not too good, I'm not sure 
how much help I can be. 

Ralph's interests included boating, water skiing, and 
civic affairs. He was city councilman in Lake Oswego, Ore- 
gon, 1961-1967, and president of the council the last two 
years. He was on the Planning Commission 1968-1978, chairman 

He was a member of the Zoning Appeals Board of Port- 
land, Oregon, 1965-1980. He was a member of the Portland 
Board of Realtors and served in every office including pres- 
ident in 1967. He also served in almost every office of the 
Oregon Association of Realtors with which in 1982 he was 
still affiliataed. He was a director and regional vice pres- 
ident of the Society of Industrial Realtors, president of 
the Portland chapter three times, and still an active member 
in 1982. For three years, 1971, 1972, 1973, he was a na- 
tional director of the National Association of Realtors, 
with which he was still affiliated in 1982, and served as a 
member of their Washington Legislative Committee 1970-1973. 
He was a member of Oregon Association's Legislative Commit- 
tee for about ten years and chairman at least three times. 


He belonged to the Columbia River Yacht Club, the Uni- 
versity Club of Portland, the Retired Officers Association, 
the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, and the 
Elks Lodge in Oswego. He and Shirley jointly were member of 
the Portland Art Association, the Oregon Symphony Society, 
and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. In 1968 Ralph 
was Realtor of the Year for the Portland Board of Realtors, 
and a member of Omega Tau Rho of the National Association of 
Realtors. Omega Tau Rho is a honorary group composed of past 
officers, directors, etc. He was a former member of Portland 
Chamber of Commerce and served on many of its committees, 
chairing several. He also was a member of a number of spe- 
cial committees for city and state. 

Ralph's military awards included the Silver Star; Com- 
mendation Medal; Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters; 
Naval Reserve Medal; American Defense Medal (Fleet Clasp); 
American, European, and Pacific-Asiatic Campaign Medals 
(Twelve Battle Stars); World War II Victory Medal; Occupa- 
tion Forces Medal; and Korean Campaign Medal. 

Shirley was a watercolor artist. She studied under 
Charles Mulvey, Phil Tyler, George Hamilton, Bong Wai Chen, 
and Rex Brandt, all well-known watercolor artists. Her mem- 
berships included Salem Art Association, Watercolor Society 
of Oregon, Lake Oswego Arts and Crafts League, Lake Area Ar- 
tists, Sam Jackson Crafty Arts and Buffalo Grass Society, 
Portland Art Museum, Contemporary Arts and Crafts, Mendocino 
Art Center (California), Portland Junior League, and the 
Rivers Edge Athletic Club. She won awards in one-woman and 
group shows throughout the Northwest, including Sweepstakes 
and Purchase Award for the Watercolor Society of Oregon, 
Coos Bay Museum & Portland Fine Arts Guild. Her paintings 
may be seen in galleries and shows in the Northwest, both 
public and private, including Bush Barn in Salem, Portland 
Art Museum, and the Crow's Nest, Lake Oswego. Permanent col- 
lections may be seen at Georgia Pacific Building, Bank of 
California, First National Bank and United States Bank of 
Oregon, and Oregon Bank in Portland. 

Besides being art teacher and librarian at West Linn 
High School, Oregon, she was librarian at Oregon City High 
School, art teacher and librarian at Lake Oswego Junior High 
School, and art supervisor for the West Linn School Dis- 
trict. Her other interests included water skiing, golf, 
church guild, and other volunteer work. 

In 1982 Ralph and Shirley lived on the shore of Lake 
Oswego, Oregon, where Shirley had her studio. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Ralph Gorman, Jr., b. Mar. 17, 1942 
ii. Christopher Fulton, b. Jan. 26, 1946 
iii. Kathleen Sully, b. Jan. 6, 1947 

Reference: Ralph G. Coan 

Commander Ralph Gorman Coan 

Ralph Gorman (Pat) Coan, Jr., 
and Susan LeCocq Coan 

Scott LeCocq Coan and 
Shannon Sully Coan 




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Ralph A. , Alonzo , Ab- 

raham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Seattle, 
Washington, March 17, 1942, the son of Ralph Gorman and 
Shirley (Fulton) Coan. Because of Ralph's St. Patrick's Day 
birthday, he was nicknamed Pat. He was graduated from Lake 
Oswego High School in Oregon in 1961; from the University of 
Oregon, Eugene, with a B.S. degree in economics in 1965; and 
from the Graduate School of Business at the University of 
Oregon with an M.B.A. degree in 1968. He was a member of 
Sigma Chi fraternity. 

On July 11, 1970, at Yakima, Washington, he married 
Susan Le Cocq, who was born in Tallahassee, Florida, March 
2, 1943, the daughter of Frank and Janet R. Le Cocq. Susan 
was graduated from Yakima High School in 1961; from the Uni- 
versity of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. degree in 
French in 1965; and from Stanford University with an M.A. 
degree in the teaching of French in 1968. She was a member 
of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She taught French and English 
at the junior high school in Los Altos, California. They re- 
sided at Atherton (1982) where Susan was active in the Jun- 
ior League. Ralph was employed as manufacturing comptroller 
by Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park. The Coan family were 
avid snow skiers and skied at Squaw Valley, California, and 
at Lake Tahoe during the winters. 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Shannon Sully, b. 

ii. Scott Le Cocq, b. 


Jan. 21, 1975, Redwood City, 
Sept. 1, 1977, Redwood City, 

Reference: Ralph Gorman Coan, Jr, 

8 7 6 5 

CHRISTOPHER FULTON 3 COAN (Ra^ph G. ^Ralph A. , Alonzo , Ab- 
raham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Portland, 
Oregon, January 26, 1946, the son of Ralph Gorman and Shir- 
ley (Fulton) Coan. He received a B.S. degree in business 
administration from the University of Oregon in 1968. In 
November of that year he was commissioned a captain in the 
United States Air Force in the Viet Nam War. He served for 
six years. 

November 21, 1979, in Vancouver, Washington, he married 
Martha Minor de Weese, who was born in Portland, Oregon, 
June 10, 1950, the daughter of Lawrence Everett and Emily 
(Nichols) de Weese. She received a B.A. degree in French and 
Spanish civilization from Mills College in 1972 and an MAT 
degree in French and Spanish from Reed College in 1976. She 
was a French and Spanish teacher at the high school level. 

Christopher and Martha enjoyed their home, family, and 
many friends as well as going to the beach and to Mt. Hood. 
In 1982 they lived in Portland, Oregon. 


Children (9) COAN 

i. Kristin Emily de Weese, b. Feb. 24, 1981, Forest 
Grove, Oregon 

Reference: Christopher F. Coan, 9821 S.W. Taylor Street, 
Portland, OR 97225 

8 7 6 5 

KATHLEEN SULLY COAN (Ralpl^G. , Rajph A. , Alonzo , Abra- 
ham , Elisha D. , Abraham , Peter ) was born in Portland, 
Oregon, January 6, 1947, the daughter of Ralph Gorman and 
Shirley (Fulton) Coan. She attended the University of Oregon 
1965-1968. On October 19, 1968, at Lake Oswego she married 
Gale Long who was born in Pendleton, October 11, 1946, the 
son of Garland and Vivian (Waters) Long. He was graduated 
from the University of Oregon and was employed in business 
administration by Reynolds Metal Company in Longview, Wash- 
ington, (1982). 

From 1975 to 1977 Kathy attended Lower Columbia College 
and became a registered nurse. She worked at Monticello Med- 
ical Center at Longview. In 1979 she and Gale were divorced. 
Kathy was interested in all types of arts and crafts, snow 
and water skiing, kite flying, jigsaw puzzles, roller skat- 
ing, astronomy, and travel within this country. In 1982 her 
two young sons were taking computer programming classes. 
She lived then at Longview. 

Children (9) LONG 

i. Cameron Christopher, b. May 10, 1969, Salem, Ore- 
ii. Aaron Gale, b. Sept. 10, 1970, Salem, Oregon 

Reference: Mrs. Kathleen Long, 2703 Garfield, Longview, WA 


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Principal Sources used in this chapter: 

Edward M. and Barbara Coan, P. 0. Box 81, Stonington, 

ME 04681 or Stanhope Mill Road, Lincoln, ME 04457. (Use of 

Edward's extensive Coan Collection as well as personal 

assistance of both Edward and Barbara.) 

Alvan Talcott, Guilford, Connecticut Families (copy of 
original manuscript in Town Clerk's Office, Guilford, Con- 
necticut ) . 

Alvan Talcott, compiler, Genealogy of the Coan Family , 
1876, copied by Jerome Coan, 1878, and appended (Collection 
of C. C. Potter, 709 County Road, Guilford, CT 06437). 

Other References given in text and after biographies where 
they have been used. 


GEORGE COAN was born about 1704 probably in Worms, Germany. 

He came to America as part of the Palatine immigration of 
1710. His mother and father died on the voyage; and he was 
left with his older brother, Peter, about 13 years old, and 
younger brother Abraham. There were no records of what hap- 
pened to Abraham, but Peter and George were both bound out 
under Governor Hunter's program to take care of the orphans 
and destitute among the New York Palatines. As has already 
been discussed in Chapter 1 , George was apprenticed to Sam- 
uel Mulford of East Hampton, Long Island. However, family 
tradition says it was Deacon Mulford, the brother of Captain 
Samuel Mulford, to whom George was bound. At any rate, he 
was cared for by the Mulford family and expressed his grati- 
tude to these people by naming his first son Mulford. 

On December 30, 1730, George married Jane Leek, who was 
baptized in East Hampton, Long Island, November 19, 1704, 
the daughter of Philip Jr., and Deborah (Conklin) Leek and 
granddaughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Day) Leek of Connect- 
icut. The Reverend Nathaniel Huntting performed the cere- 
mony. In 1735 George purchased land and a small dwelling in 
the North Parish of Guilford, Connecticut, and moved his 
family there. He also purchased the same for his brother Pe- 
ter. (See deeds in Chapter 1.) He became a prosperous 



farmer and lived there the rest of his life. About 1754 a 
church was erected in North Guilford. The following is 
quoted from a vote "at a meeting of the proprietors of the 
Common and undivided land" in September, 1 753 :... "Voted , 
That the said Petitioners have liberty to build a Church on 
the East side of Major Thompson's land, at the parting of 
the paths, near the South west corner of George Coan's home 
lot, so as not to incommode the highway." (Bernard Christian 
Steiner, A History of the Plantation of Menunkatuck and of 
the Original Town of Guilford, Connecticut [Baltimore: pub- 
lished by the author, 1897], p. 382). He and Jane were mem- 
bers of North Guilford Congregational Church. 

George died in North Guilford June 28, 1782; Jane, Nov- 
ember 27, 1786, aged 82. 

Children (2) COAN 

i. Jane, bpt . May 14, 1732, East Hampton, Long Is- 
land; d. July 20, 1775, Guilford, Conn, 
ii. Ruth, b. Oct. 21, 1736 
iii. Mulford, b. Sept. 26, 1739 

Reference: "Records of Marriages, Baptisms, and Deaths in 
East Hampton, Long Island, from 1696-1746," New York 
Genealogical and Biographical Record (New York; New 
York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1893-1902), 
Vol. 24, p. 190; Vol. 25, p. 140; Vol. 29, p. 170; Vol. 
33, p. 155. 

Records of Congregational Church, North Guil- 
ford, CT 

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RUTH COAN (George ) was born in North Guilford, Connecticut 

October 21, 1736, the daughter of George and Jane (Leek) 

Coan. On January 28, 1778, she became the second wife of 

Selah Dudley, who was born in April, 1713, the son of Miles 

and Rachel (Strong) Dudley. He was a farmer and a deacon of 

the church at North Guilford. Ruth died July 5, 1787; Selah, 

October 14, 1797. 

Reference: Dean Dudley, The History of the Dudley Family 
(Montrose, Massachusetts: published by author, 1894), 
Vol. I, p. 3 60. 

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MULFORD COAN (George ) was born in North Guilford, Connect- 
icut, September 26, 1739, the son of George and Jane (Leek) 
Coan. September 20, 1764, in Branford he married Elizabeth 
Howd, daughter of Verick Howd . The marriage was performed by 
the Reverend Philemon Robbins. Elizabeth died November 27, 
1776. Mulford married second Mary Stone, born July 11, 1743, 
daughter of Benjamin and Deborah Stone. He served in the Am- 
erican Revolution as a private in Captain Hand's Company, 

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Killingworth, Connecticut, 
record of births of Gaylord 
Coan's children. 

Killingworth Congregational 
Church which Gaylord Coan 
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College of Wooster. 


Colonel Talcott's Regiment, from March 22 to May 18, 1776. 
(Steiner, p. 448) According to the Federal Census of 1790 
for the state of Connecticut, Mulford was living then in 
Kil 1 ingworth . By 1794 he was living in Woodbury. He and 
Mary joined the First Congregational Church there. Mary died 
in Woodbury October 18, 1816, aged 73; Mulford, April 28, 
1821, aged 81 . 

Children (3) COAN 

By first wife, Elizabeth 

i. Elizabeth Howd, b. Nov. 27, 1766 

By second wife, Mary 

ii. Lucy, b. 1765 or 1766 
iii. Gaylord, b. Aug. 4, 1768 
iv. Sylvanus, b. Oct. 28, 1778 

Reference: Frederick W. Bailey, Early Connecticut Marriages 
As Found in Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 ( New 
Haven, Connecticut: Bureau of American Ancestry, 1896), 
Book 2, p. 106. 

Gravestones, Sandgate, Vermont 

Kill ingworth, Connecticut, Town Records Vol. 2, 
p. 154. 

William Cothren, History of Ancient Woodbury, 
Connecticut (Woodbury: William Cothren, 1879), Vol. 
Ill, pp. 256, 258. 

3 2 1 

ELIZABETH HOWD COAN (Mulford , George ) was born in Guil- 
ford, Connecticut, November 27, 1766, the daughter of Mul- 
ford and Elizabeth (Howd) Coan. October 22, 1786, in Kill- 
ingworth she married Joel Wilcox. 

Reference: Bailey, Early Connecticut Marriages , Book 3, p. 

3 2 1 

GAYLORD COAN (Mulford , George ) was born in Guilford, Con- 
necticut, August 4, 1768, the son of Mulford and Mary 
(Stone) Coan. He married Tamze Nettleton, who was born July 
11, 1759, the daughter of Samuel and Dinah Nettleton. Gay- 
lord was a farmer and lived in Kil lingworth. According to 
his son Titus he was "temperate, thoughtful, industrious, 
quiet, modest, peaceful, righteous, honest, and economical. 
He held somewhat aloof from social affairs, refused pre- 
ferred offices, but observed the Sabbath, attended church 
regularly, read the Bible frequently, and held morning and 
evening prayers at home." He helped to build the First 
Congregational Church in Killingworth. 


Tamze was one of the Killingworth Nettletons who pro- 
duced artists and journalists. Titus described her as "lab- 
orious, faithful, tender." Her nephew was Asahel Nettleton, 
a distinguished evangelical preacher. She died January 14, 

Gaylord married second Lucretia Platts, who was born 
July 16, 1749, and died in Killingworth September 2, 1856. 
Gaylord died there September 24, 1857, in his 90th year. 

Children (4) COAN 

i. George, b. Dec. 31, 1790 

ii. Ezra, b. June 17, 1792 

iii. Elizur, a twin, b. July 7, 1794 

iv. Sally, a twin, b. July 7, 1794; m. Daniel Ar- 
nold; d. Nov. 18, 1866 

v. Silvanus, b. May 10, 1797 (spelled Silvanus on 
birth record, but Sylvanus on his wife's 
gravestone ) 

vi. Heman, b. Apr. 10, 1799 

vii. Titus, b. Feb. 12, 1801 

By second wife, Lucretia 

viii. Mary Jemima, b. Aug. 12, 1819; d. Feb. 21, 1843, 

Reference: Titus Coan , manuscript, Jan. 16, 1934, New York 

City Public Library. 

Titus Munson 5 Coan's Genealogical Notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap, 200 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 
07605) . 

Town Records of Killingworth, Connecticut, Vol. 
2, p. 154. 

4 3 2 1 

GEORGE COAN (Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Kill- 
ingworth, Connecticut, December 31, 1790, the son of Gaylord 
and Tamze (Nettleton) Coan. On August 16, 1821, he married 
Mabel Munger, born September 21, 1802, daughter of Josiah 
and Hannah ( Coe ) Munger of East Guilford. George was a min- 
ister and they lived in Madison for awhile. In 1828 he was 
serving the Presbyterian Church in Riga, New York. He later 
left New York State and moved to Niles, Michigan. He died 
March 18, 1848. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. George Munger, b. Apr. 13, 1823 
ii. Caroline Antoinette, b. Nov. 9, 1824 
iii. Harriet Fidelia, b. "1837; d. 1840 
iv. Emily Loisa, b. Apr. 1840 

v. Harriet Angelica, b. Dec. 1843; m. Alexander C. 


Reference: Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, Dictionary of 
American Biography (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 
1930), Vol. IV, p. 236. 

Town Records of Madison, Connecticut, Book I, p. 

5 4 3 2 1 

GEORGE MUNGER COAN (George , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) 
was born in Madison, Connecticut, April 13, 1823, the son of 
the Reverend George and Mabel (Munger) Coan. He joined the 
church at age 14 and decided that he would become a mission- 
ary. From that time on, he served his God faithfully, not 
only with his physical and mental ability, but with his 
money as well. His benevolent giving was a marvel in the 
community where he lived, and he often denied himself so 
that he might give to others. In his house there was always 
a box labeled "The Lord's purse." His health was never good, 
so he had to give up his dream of being a missionary. He was 
graduated from Williams College in the Class of 1849. 

A year or so after he finished at Williams, he moved to 
Niles, Michigan, where he became a teacher of music, an or- 
ganist, and a choir leader. He had rare musical ability 
which he consecrated to the service of religion. He was 
quiet and humble, but became an outstanding figure in relig- 
ious circles in Southwest Michigan. He was an elder in the 
church and superintendent of the Sunday School . 

In January, 1866, he married Carrie M. Rollo. He died 
at Niles November 23, 1881, aged 58. 

Reference: Calvin Durfee, William Biographical Annals (Bos- 
ton: Lee and Shepherd, Publishers, 1871), pp. 266, 267. 

5 4 3 2 

CAROLINE ANTOINETTE COAN (George , Gaylord , Mulford , 
George ) was born November 9, 1824, daughter of George and 
Mabel (Munger) Coan. She married William B. Ferson of Niles, 

Children (6) FERSON 

i . Emma 

ii. Nettie, b. 1857 

Reference: Genealogical data (Collection of Leonie M. 

4 3 2 1 

EZRA COAN (Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Kill- 

ingworth, Connecticut, June 17, 1792, the son of Gaylord and 

Tamze (Nettleton) Coan. He married Fanny Marie Hull who was 

born in Killingworth, January 7, 1797, daughter of Josiah 

and Fanny Hull. They moved to Byron, New York. Ezra died in 

Albion October 3, 1861. Fanny died May 20, 1882. They were 

both buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, New York. 


Children (5) COAN 

i. George Whitefield, b. Dec. 30, 1817 

ii. Charlotte Martha, b. Dec. 30, 1819, Byron, N.Y.; 

d. July 23, 1821, Byron, N.Y. 
iii. Charlotte Fidelia, b. Apr. 8, 1822 
iv. Henry Martain [Martyn], b. June 14, 1824 
v. Fanny Maria, b. July 29, 1826; d. Jan. 16, 1841 
vi. Ezra Titus, b. Mar. 25, 1829 
vii . Edward Payson, b. July 12, 1831; d. June 27, 

viii. Sarah Amelia, b. Mar. 14, 1834 
ix. Fidelia, b. June 23, 1836, Byron, N.Y.; d. Mar. 

21, 1837 
x. William Harrison, b. June 1, 1841 

Reference: Titus Munson Coan's genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap) . 

Gravestone, Lots #164, 165, Mountain Avenue, 
Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N.Y. 

5 4 3 2 1 

GEORGE WHITEFIELD COAN (Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) 

was born in Bergen [Byron], New York, December 30, 1817, the 
son of Ezra and Fanny Maria (Hull) Coan. The following ac- 
count of George's life was written for this genealogy by 
Philip Burr 7 Coan of San Diego, California. It was based on 
his personal copy of Frederick G. Coan's Yesterdays in Per- 
sia and Kurdistan (Claremont, Cal.: Saunders Studio Press, 
1939) . 

George helped work the farm, plowed when grown enough, 
and attended the Byron village school. To prepare for 
college, the only child of the family to do so, he 
studied advanced books suggested by teachers, clergy, 
and other college graduates. He learned well so that in 
1843, at age twenty-five, he enrolled in the sophomore 
class at Williams College and was graduated in 1846. 
Good in mathematics, he also was interested in astron- 
omy. To help pay his living costs, he tutored others 
and had a paying job with the college observatory. 

In the fall of 1846, he entered Union Theological Sem- 
inary in New York City, again earning his way by tutor- 
ing in a wealthy family and teaching singing. He was 
graduated from Union in 1849 and ordained June 6 by the 
Presbytery of Genesee. 

George and his uncle, Titus Coan, missionary to Hawaii, 
had known and liked each other since about 1826. Titus 
had requested George as a missionary to Hawaii, and 
George was gladly ready to go there when he finished 
study at Union Seminary, but the mission board had 


urgent need of him in Persia, where one of its mission- 
aries had recently died. George gave up his preference 
in favor of duty and the needs of the mission to Per- 
sia. At this time he married Sarah (Power) Kip [Kipp], 
who was born in Hudson, New York, April 17, 1821. 

On June 18, 1849, George and Sarah sailed from Boston 
via the Mediterranean and Black Seas to Trebizonde, 
Turkey. A further six-week caravan trip (with camels) 
took them to the city of Urumia, Persia, on October 13, 
1849. All Persia then was feudally ruled. Farmers paid 
for use of the land with heavy tithes in produce to 
provincial governors appointed by the Shah. 

The Coans based their family life and religious work 
with Moslems and Nestorian Christians in a walled mis- 
sion compound of six to ten mission families two miles 
outside of the city. A brook for gardening and non-pot- 
able water supply ran through the compound, which con- 
tained schools, servants' homes and stables for horses 
and cows. Mission families grew their own vegetables 
and animal fodder. Dangerous groups of rebellious Kurd 
tribesmen lived lost in the mountains and often in sin- 
gle-night attacks raided small towns and colonies for 
loot of all kinds. 

The Coans, while learning Syriac and Persian customs, 
spent eleven months in the nearby hills at safe vil- 
lages. The second winter they lived in a twenty-house 
Nestorian village called Memikan at a 7,000 foot alti- 
tude in the Gawar plain 45 miles due west of Urumia. 
George aided Dr. Rhea in visiting nearby villages to 
preach and encourage. They lived in Memikan in a 20' x 
16' room with one door and a glass window they brought 
with them and set in a sunny wall. There were so many 
fleas in the room that the couple, before going to bed, 
stood in a wide bowl of water and scraped the fleas 
from their skin into the water to drown, hopefully. 
Their room had one wall and a front-door alley common 
to a small cattle stable. Daytimes, Sarah taught pray- 
ers, the Bible, sewing crafts, and useful household 
habits to girls and women of and near Memikan. Her only 
schoolroom was her 20' x 16' one-room house. 

On severest winter days, Memikan had snow drifts up to 
18 feet depth and temperatures of 20° to 30°F. below 
zero. The single-wall window was blocked. Deep snow 
forced the natives to dig tunnels to a nearby spring so 
that the cattle could drink. It followed that bad sani- 
tation was endemic in the area and only the hardy na- 
tives and missionaries survived. 

Returning in 1852 to safer, cleaner and organized 


mission life at the compound outside Urumia, George and 
Sarah began their permanent routine. This was winning 
converts, servicing converted and native Christians, 
instructing in the Bible and academic subjects, and 
teaching homemaking classes. George made frequent 
horseback or carriage field trips, lasting a few days 
to six months. 

Life for their children in the mission compound was ac- 
tive and enjoyable, although the mission seldom had 
other children of the ages of the young Coans. Each 
child had chores and was paid for the work with the 
money being sent to America for investment toward the 
children's futures. The chores also were exemplary to 
the native Persians both in and outside the compound 
who thought no child of a "sahib" should do manual 
work. After prayers each morning, Sarah taught her own 
and other mission children Latin, mathematics, English 
literature and grammar, and all secondary school sub- 
jects needed to enter an American college. 

Recreation included riding, driving the three or four 
saddle and carriage horses, and exploring outside the 
compound. The boys also liked to watch mission indus- 
try, such as the printing house, where native Chris- 
tians cast Syriac type; printed tracts, hymns and 
books; then handstitched and bound the volumes. Both 
young Fred and his father George were very musical, the 
father having "perfect pitch" hearing. In 1872, two 
young missionary couples arrived, the Rev. and Mrs. J. 
M. Oldfather and the Rev. and Mrs. W. L. Whipple. They 
brought an eight-stop organ with newly developed tone 
combinations, which Mrs. Whipple played with skill. Her 
music enthralled the young teen-age Fred. Also, the 
children enjoyed accompanying their parents on carriage 
and riding trips, even sleigh trips in winter, to visit 
the city, friends across the valley, parishioners' 
farms; or on longer journeys to meet incoming personnel 
or to show love for departing missionaries. Most trips 
required horse-mounted guards against Kurdish bandits; 
the longer and larger the trip, the more guards. 

In 1864 George and his family took their first furlough 
year returning to the United States. Their route back- 
traced their 1849 incoming route to Trebizonde and by 
sea to home. They resided for the year in Hudson, N.Y., 
Sarah's birthplace. 

Eight years later in 1872, Edward Coan, now in his late 
teens, again made the "homebound" trip without family 
members but in company with Dr. John H. Shedd, Mrs. 
Joseph P. Cochran, and her son Joseph, a close friend 
of Edward. Edward parted from these familiar friends 


when they reached the United States and went to Homer, 
Michigan, then the home of his grandmother, uncle and 
aunt. Months after Edward's departure, his father in 
Persia had a sensing, while asleep, that Edward had 
died. His wife Sarah and their sons did not believe it. 
In another two months, mail from America confirmed Ed- 
ward's death, even to date and time. 

After a severe Persian drought in 1872-73, George was 
in ill health following a nearly fatal fall; and, as 
his sons Frank and Fred were at school age, he decided 
to take a tenth-year furlough in 1874. He planned to go 
via Lake Van on the way to Trebizonde to see a new Am- 
erican Board station at Van. Sarah was too weak to ride 
a horse, so she was carried slung beside a horse in one 
of two balanced kavajars, (heavy wooden seats tied on 
both sides of a horse). The Coan party and retainers 
joined a 1,000-horse caravan northward bound. 

On the sixth day from Urumia, the Coans reached Van. 
They stayed ten days as guests of Dr. and Mrs. George 
C. Raynolds. Here the Coans bought two Angora cats for 
an English merchant in Constantinople, as requested by 
William R. Stockton when he visited Urumia earlier in 

Going on to Erzerum in eastern Turkey, nearly two weeks 
on the trail, they did the final three-day climb and 
descent of the rocky mountain ridge Polon Tukon . The 
small Coan caravan stayed a few days at the summer camp 
of the American Board's Erzerum station. A new macadem 
road of 170 miles from Erzerum to Trebizonde prompted 
Dr. Coan to replace his horseback transport with two 
large "Phorgoon" Russian-design wagons, like prairie 
schooners, each pulled by four horses. It was a novel 
and comfortable ride for the Coans reclining or sitting 
on pillows and blankets spread on top of the wagon bed 
loads. The boys, raised in Urumia ' s aridity, were awed 
by the dense forests of northeastern Turkey. On slow 
upgrades of the road the two brothers frequently walked 
in the dark woods beside the wagons, or hiked across 
ridges and sharp curves to rejoin or wait for their 
family convoy a few miles farther along the road. Ar- 
riving at Trebizonde on the Black Sea, the Coans got a 
ship to Constantinople, delivered the Angora cats, and 
for ten weeks visited Dr. Riggs, a missionary since the 

Continuing the "Grand Tour" to broaden Fred's and 
Frank's pre-college education, George and Sarah sailed 
to Naples. The family visited Rome, Florence, Milan, 
Lake Como, Paris, and spent six weeks in London. They 
sailed to the U.S. on The England , a new steam-and-sail 
passenger vessel . 


Back in America (probably in the spring of 1875), the 
missionary Coan family visited relatives in Hudson and 
Albion, N. Y., then in Homer, Michigan, where George's 
mother and sister and the latter 's husband lived on a 
farm. For the rest of his life George was active in the 
cause for missions, constantly making stirring appeals 
for their support. 

To enroll their sons in a fine high school in Niles, 
Michigan, the Coans moved there in the fall of 1875(7). 
Fred completed a four-year course in three years. 
George had an uncle and sister living in Niles, and his 
cousin, George Munger Coan, was organist at Niles Pres- 
byterian Church, of which Dr. Eddy was the gifted pas- 
tor . 

In 1878, George moved his family to Wooster, Ohio, so 
that his son Fred could begin immediately his college 
education at the new, small Wooster College which had 
an unusually strong faculty. Recognizing George's abil- 
ity and faithful service, the College of Wooster in 
1878 awarded him a D.D. degree. He died in Wooster De- 
cember 21, 1879. Sarah died October 18, 1887. They were 
both buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, New York. 

Children (6) COAN all born in Persia 

i. Edward Payson, b. Aug. 17, 1854; d. Feb. 1, 1871, 
Homer, Mich.; buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, 
Albion, N. Y. 

ii. Elizabeth Bergen, b. Jan. 12 or 15, 1855; d. 1864 

iii. Stoddard 

iv. Frederick Gaylord, b. May 23, 1859 

v. Henry Ezra Franklin, b. Jan. 15, 1861 

vi . George, b. 1868 

Reference: Alumni Catalogue of the Union Theological Semin- 
ary in the City of New York , 1836-1926 (Published in 
New York in 1926), p. 53. 

Titus Munson Coan ' s genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap). 

Calvin Durfee, Williams Biographical Annals 
(Boston: Lee and Shepherd, Publishers, 1871). 

Gravestone, Lots #164, #165, Mountain Avenue, 
Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

6 5 4 3 

FREDERICK GAYLORD COAN (George W. , Ezra , Gaylord , Mul- 

ford 2 , George 1 ) was born in Urumia, Persia, May 23, 1859, 

the son of missionaries, George Whitefield and Sarah (Power) 

Kip Coan. He grew up in Persia and came to the United States 

for his advanced education at Wooster University (College of 

Wooster) in Wooster, Ohio. Here he studied music. During his 



































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Elizabeth Coan Richards 

Katharine Coan Carleton 

Frank Speer Coan and Howard Radcliffe Coan 


freshman year he met Ida Jane Speer, whom he later married. 
A classmate who roomed at the Speer ' s invited Frederick to 
study Greek with him there. While they were studying, some- 
one was playing Beethoven; and Frederick remarked that who- 
ever was playing was a fine musician. Mrs. Speer invited 
Frederick to stay for supper, and he met the musician, Ida 
Jane Speer. They soon arranged to meet one evening a week 
from seven until nine "to improve their reading." 

In his sophomore year, Frederick organized a male quar- 
tet which sang in the Lutheran Church where he was organist. 
He later added four ladies, one of them Ida, making it an 
octet. During his junior year they became engaged. He was 
graduated from Wooster in the Class of 1882. 

Frederick had planned to make music his profession, but 
his mother wanted him to go to Persia as a missionary. With 
a heavy heart he entered Western Theological Seminary in the 
fall of 1882. Here he met Samuel H. Kellogg, D.D., LL.D, a 
returned missionary from India. When Dr. Kellogg learned of 
Frederick's feelings, he came to his room and talked to him, 
arousing his enthusiasm for his new profession. The next 
year Frederick went to Princeton for the last two years of 
his course so he could be near his brother Frank, who was an 
undergraduate there. He was ordained July 16, 1885, and on 
July 1 of that year he married Ida. 

Ida was born in West Salem, Ohio, January 26, 1861, the 
daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Thomas P. Speer, and 
his wife, Elizabeth (Stoneroad) Speer. The family moved to 
Wooster when Ida's two older brothers were ready for col- 
lege. Here she had the privilege of studying under the great 
musician Karl Merz and became the first graduate of the mus- 
ical department which he organized at Wooster. She was in 
the Class of 1884. 

A few weeks after they were married, on July 25, 1885, 
they sailed from New York on the ship Furnessia of Anchor 
Line for Persia where for 43 years they were missionaries. 
Ida was an excellent homemaker and mother, often carrying on 
for weeks alone while Frederick visited the churches of 
which he was in charge as general evangelist in the Urumia 
Plain and Kurdestan. He often traveled on horseback and his 
tours in the wild and inaccessible mountains took him as far 
as the plains of Mesopotamia, Mesul , and Baghdad. Ida knew 
these tours were dangerous, but she was always brave and 
cheerful. One tour lasted seven months, and during that time 
she heard her husband had died of sunstroke in Mesopotamia; 
that he had been drowned crossing a very swift river on a 
flimsy raft; and that he had been killed in an encounter 
with Kurds. Through all of this period she remained calm and 
believed Frederick was safe. When he finally arrived home, 
he admitted all of the reports had foundation, but God had 
taken good care of him. 

Ida and Frederick were both fine musicians and often 
gave concerts at the mission station. A wedding gift ordered 
built by Ida's parents before their marriage was among boxes 


of housewares shipped in advance of the wedding. The gift 
was a Decker Brothers upright piano sealed in a zinc-lined 
crate weighing 1,500 pounds. The piano transported on its 
own cart pulled by two buffalo and two oxen for 700 miles 
from Trebizonde to Ula, made the journey with only one wire 
out of. tune, though the ox cart had tipped over twice during 
ninety days on the trail. 

Ida loved flowers, and wherever she lived, she always 
had beautiful gardens. Once, returning from a furlough, she 
picked up some new plants in Russia and brought them all the 
way to Persia in her lap. She also introduced new varieties 
of roses. At Claremont, California, at the time of her fun- 
eral most of the flowers on the casket came from her own 
beds . 

Missionary children sometimes had special teachers from 
the states, but often were taught by the missionaries them- 
selves and their wives. Ida taught German in which she had 
majored in college and was very fluent. She also could talk, 
read and write in Syriac and Turkish and knew a good deal of 
French. At one time her son Howard attended the American 
School for Moslems and other races. He soon won the affec- 
tion and respect of the boys by teaching them American 
games. One day he met with an accident, and his classmates 
sent fruit and flowers; and finally, when he was better, his 
friends arranged with Frederick to visit Howard. At that 
time it was against all Mohammedan etiquette for men to see 
the faces of any women except those of their own household. 
Ida wanted to meet the boys, so Frederick agreed that she 
would answer the door; and he wouldn't appear until later. 
As the boys ascended the steps and rang the bell, to their 
astonishment and consternation, they were met by the lady of 
the house. Feeling it must be a mistake, they turned their 
heads; some covered their faces, begged pardon, and asked if 
they had come to the wrong door. They were assured there was 
no mistake, given a cordial welcome, and led into the parlor 
where Ida soon had them feeling at home. Frederick eventu- 
ally appeared; refreshments were served; and then they were 
led into the bedroom to see Howard. 

It was the first time they had ever seen a room used 
just for sleeping, and a bed made up with clean white 
sheets. They were told how much cleaner and more sanitary it 
was to have them. Their own bedding consisted of quilts, 
often very expensive, but seldom washed. When they left, 
they thanked Frederick for the great honor paid them. On ar- 
riving at his home, one of the visiting boys told his father 
they had spent several hours in the Seventh Paradise, and 
recounted what they had seen and learned. With tears in his 
eyes he asked, "Father, will we ever have anything like 
that?" His father answered, "Not while we are Mohammedans." 

In World War I during an invasion of the Turks and 
Kurds 30,000 refugees sought safety and escaped massacre by 
going to the Urumia mission station where "Old Glory" was 
flying. Eighteen missionaries found themselves with 30,000 


unbidden guests for five months. Every bit of available 
space was used--college and hospital rooms; barns, cellars, 
stables, even closets. Frederick put up a tent that housed 
1,000 and took 29 into his own home. An epidemic of typhoid 
broke out; over 4,000 died, among them five missionaries. 
Frederick caught typhoid and was dangerously ill for over 
forty days. Ida nursed him and many others. There was not 
even one trained nurse except for an Assyrian woman who had 
taken a course in America. Ida had over 100 successive days 
and nights of nursing alone except for the help of some 
Assyrian teachers who took her place at times and called her 
when she was needed. The American flag flew constantly over 
the station giving protection to the refugees. President 
Wilson called this incident the most thrilling story of the 
American flag. 

From 1904-1912 Frederick was in charge of Urumia Col- 
lege and superintendent of the village schools. In 1917 and 
1918 he lectured on the Chatauqua Eastern Circuit in behalf 
of Armenian and Syrian relief. November 17, 1924, Frederick 
and Ida we're honorably retired and came back to the United 
States. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 
1935. For a number of years they resided in Minneapolis, 
then in Princeton, New Jersey, and finally in Claremont, 
California. In 1939 Frederick's book, Yesterdays in Persia 
and Kurdistan , was published. It was an account of his more 
than 40 years in the missionary field. 

Ida died in Claremont, California, June 24, 1939; Fred- 
erick, in Shreve, Ohio, March 23, 1943. A memorial service 
for Frederick was held in the College of Wooster chapel on 
March 27. They were both buried in Wooster Cemetery. 

Children (7) COAN all born in Persia 

i. Elizabeth Veech, b. Dec. 14, 1886 

ii. Frank Speer, b. Mar. 26, 1889 

iii. Frederick, b. 1893; d. 1894, Van, Turkey 

iv. Katharine Cochran, b. Nov. 23, 1895 

v. Howard Radcliffe, b. May 13, 1898 

Reference: Archives, College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. 

Frederick G. Coan, Memorial to Your Mother and 
Grandmother , manuscript, pp. 1-7, 15. 

Frederick G. Coan, Yesterdays in Persia and Kur- 
distan , (Claremont, Cal.: Saunders Studio Press, 1939). 

"Memorial for Dr. F. G. Coan," Daily Record , 
Wooster, Ohio, March 25, 1943. 

Edward Howell Roberts, Biographical Catalogue of 
the Princeton Theological Seminary 1815-1932 (Prince- 
ton, N. J.: Published by the Trustees of the Theologi- 
cal Seminary of the Presbyterian Church, 1933), p. 359. 


7 6 5 4 

ELIZABETH VEECH CQAN (Frederick G. , George W. , Ezra , 

Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Urumia, Persia, 
December 14, 1886, the daughter of Frederick Gaylord and Ida 
Jane (Speer) Coan. She grew up in Urumia, the capital of the 
district, with a population of 150,000 including surrounding 
villages. Her parents were Presbyterian missionaries, so the 
family lived in the missionary compound a few miles outside 
the city. Elizabeth returned to the United States for her 
advanced education and was graduated from Wellesley College, 
Class of 1911. She then took a teacher's degree at Winona 
State College in Minnesota. In 1914 she went back to the 
mission field in Persia and spent five years of war there in 
Urumia and Tabriz. She taught at the Girls' School in Uru- 
mia . 

April 11, 1918, in Urumia she married Edward Carrington 
Mayo Richards, who was born in New York City September 23, 
1886, the son of Howard and Harriet (Mayo) Richards. Edward 
was graduated from Yale University with a B.S. degree in 
forestry, and from Sheffield School with an M.F. degree. He 
engaged in private and public practice in forestry. 

In 1919 Elizabeth and Edward returned to the United 
States and lived in New York and New Jersey where their four 
children were born. In 1930-31 they spent fifteen months in 
Europe where their children got a good start in speaking 
German. Upon their return they settled on a farm near West 
Chester, Pennsylvania. The children all went to Westtown 
Friends School. From 1932 to 1934 they were with the Tennes- 
see Valley Authority where Edward was chief forester. The 
family took five summer camping trips to the West, South- 
west, and Mexico. 

In 1953 Elizabeth and Edward moved to Tucson, Arizona. 
In 1955-56 they toured Europe and the Middle East; they 
visited 21 countries. In 1961 they completed a round-the- 
world trip. All the family were united in their opposition 
to war and to military conscription. Sons Frederick H. Rich- 
ards and Willliam L. Richards went to prison as conscien- 
tious objectors to World War II. 

Elizabeth enjoyed plants, flowers, languages, the 
Bible, literature, and the piano. Her main interest, how- 
ever, was in her family. She was active in the Women's In- 
ternational League for Peace and Freedom, was a member of 
the Fellowship of Reconciliation and of the Religious So- 
ciety of Friends (Quakers). In 1982 she was nearly 96 years 
old, probably the oldest living Coan. She resided in a nurs- 
ing home in Tucson, Arizona, near her daughter Elizabeth. 

Children (8) RICHARDS 

i. Frederick Howard, b. Nov. 16, 1919 
ii. William Lippincott, b. Jan. 26, 1921 
iii. Elizabeth Rebekah Speer, b. May 22, 1922 
iv. Annette Hope, b. May 5, 1924 

Edward Carrington Mayo Richards and Elizabeth 
Veech Coan Richards 

Sculptures by Elizabeth Richards: Kathy and Female Nude 

Elizabeth Rebekah Speer Richards 

The Dr. Frederick Howard Richards family: (back) Rafael Mayo Richards, 
Frederick, Grace Collins Richards, Benjamin Wood Richards III. (front) 
Aurelia Mayo Richards, Stacy Budd Collins Richards, Amanda Richards. 

Malika Richards, daughter 
of Dr. Frederick Richards. 


Reference: Katharine Coan Carleton, Memoirs of My Childhood 
in Persia 1895-1910 , (no. p., July, 1979), pp. 4, 5. 

The Fiftieth Reunion Record of 1911 , Class of 
1911, Wellesley College Archives, Margaret Clapp Lib- 
rary, Wellesley, MA 02181 

Elizabeth R. S. Richards, Box 5261, Tucson, AZ 

FREDERICK HOWARD RICHARDS , son of Edward Carrington Mayo 
and Elizabeth Veech (Coan) Richards, was born November 16, 
1919, in New York City, New York. He was graduated from Nor- 
ris High School, Norris, Tennessee; received his pre-medical 
education at Swarthmore College where he was graduated in 
1945 with a B.A. degree; was awarded an M.D. in 1948 by Tem- 
ple University School of Medicine; and completed his educa- 
tion with surgical studies at London and Edinburgh, F.R.C.S. 
(primary only) in 1954. 

Frederick's father, mother, sisters, and brother were 
strongly opposed to war, and he shared their deep-seated 
convictions. During World War II he served a year in Danbury 
Prison (1941-1942) for draft evasion. 

He married first Jennifer Osgood, the mother of his 
first four children. He married second Grace Collins on Nov- 
ember 22, 1969, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Grace was 
born July 3, 1934, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, the daughter 
of Alfred Collins. Before her marriage to Frederick, she was 
a senior secretary to a Philadelphia high court judge. 

In 1982 Frederick was a physician with a family prac- 
tice which included obstetrics and surgery. He enjoyed work- 
ing and managing the family forest of 1200 acres, as well as 
shooting and hunting. His other interests included horses, 
music, and antique cars. He was a member of Amnesty Interna- 
tional, Society of Friends (Quakers), and American Civil 
Liberties Union. One of the high points in his life was his 
year as surgeon at the American Mission, Muscat, Oman. He 
and Grace resided in Troy, Pennsylvania. 

Children (9) RICHARDS 

by Jennifer 

i. Malika, b. Apr. 25, 1959 

ii. Aurelia Mayo, b. Jan. 16, 1961 

iii. Amanda. b. June 11, 1962, Edinburgh, Scotland; 
held three school records in track (running and 
jumping), as well as varsity letters in three 
major sports at Westtown School 

iv. Rafael Mayo, b. Nov. 5, 1963, Edinburgh, Scotland 
by Grace 

v. Stacy Budd Collins, adopted by Frederick; b. May 
1, 1961, Abington, Pa. 

vi . Benjamin Wood III, b. Aug. 22, 1970, Philadel- 
phia, Pa. 


Reference: Dr. Frederick H. Richards, 176 Canton Street, 
Troy, PA 16947 

MALIKA RICHARDS , daughter of Frederick Howard and Jennifer 

(Osgood) Richards was born April 25, 1959, in Kuwait, Per- 
sian Gulf. She was graduated from Troy High School, Troy, 
Pennsylvania, in 1977, valedictorian of her class. In 1982 
she was graduated with honors from Earlham College, Rich- 
mond, Indiana. She spent her junior year of college in 
Japan, where she taught for a year in a provincial high 
school. She learned to read and write, as well as speak 
Japanese; to perform the classical "Tea Ceremony"; and to 
feel at home in their way of life. 

In the fall of 1982 she was on a two-year Peace Corps 
assignment as an English teacher at Sawee Wattaya School, 
Amphur, Sawee, Chumporn, Siam on the "pirate coast." Malika 
liked to travel and in November of 1982 had just completed a 
three-week visit to China, via Hong Kong and Canton. She was 
a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and a strong 
supporter of Women's Liberation. In 1984 when she completed 
her Peace Corps assignment, she planned to do postgraduate 

Reference: Dr. Frederick H. Richards 

AURELIA MAYO RICHARDS , daughter of Frederick Howard and 
Jennifer (Osgood) Richards, was born June 16, 1961, in Edin- 
burgh, Scotland. She was graduated from Troy High School, 
Troy, Pennsylvania, and completed her pre-medical studies in 
Edinburgh. In 1982 she was at the University of Aberdeen 
Medical School in Scotland, where she will be graduated with 
an M.B.B.S. degree in 1985. She enjoyed sports, especially 
tennis, sailing, and swimming. 

Reference: Dr. Frederick H. Richards 

STACY BUDD COLLINS RICHARDS , daughter of Grace Collins 
Richards and adopted daughter of Dr. Frederick H. Richards, 
was born May 1, 1961, in Abington, Pennsylvania. She was 
graduated from Westtown School, Westtown, Pennsylvania, in 
1978, and in 1982 was a junior at Earlham College, Richmond, 
Indiana. She was a member of the Society of Friends (Quak- 
ers), and her hobbies included horses and music. 

Reference: Dr. Frederick H. Richards 

WILLIAM LIPPINCOTT RICHARDS , son of Edward Camngton Mayo 

Richards and Elizabeth Veech (Coan) Richards, was born in 

Elizabeth, New Jersey, January 26, 1921. He received his 

Dr. William Lippincott Richards and his sons, John Gordon Lippin- 
cott Richards and Andrew William Richards. 

(front) Ellen Jean Gillanders Richards, Kathleen Elizabeth 
Richards, Dr. William Lippincott Richards, (back) Andrew William 
Richards with Angus their "golden puppy." 

The Annette Richards Parent family: Lawrence Edward Parent, Hiram Lin- 
coln Parent, Anne Mayo Parent, Annette. 

Painting (original in watercolor) — Pinos Altos Church — by 
Annette Hope Richards Parent. 


advanced education at Antioch College (3 years), Swarthmore 
College (one year), and Temple University School of Medi- 
cine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was granted an 
M.D. degree in 1951. He did his interning and received post- 
graduate training in internal medicine in Toronto, Ontario, 
Canada. He received his FRCP(c) degree in 1957. 

William was a Quaker and a conscientious objector. Dur- 
ing World War II he served 46 months in a federal penitenti- 
ary for his pacifistic beliefs. 

On June 23, 1956, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he mar- 
ried Ellen Jean Gillanders, who was born in London, Ontario, 
Canada, daughter of John Gordon and Kathleen Maud (White) 
Gillanders. She was a graduate of Wellesley Nursing School, 
Toronto, Ontario. 

William enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, reading, 
and working at his summer cottage on a six-acre island. In 
1982 he was a practicing physician specializing in internal 
medicine with a staff appointment at Mississauga Hospital, 
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. 

Children (9) RICHARDS 

i. Kathleen Elizabeth, b. Apr. 16, 1958 
ii. John Gordon Lippincott, b. Feb. 3, 1960, Toronto, 
Ontario, Canada; in 1982 he was an engineering 
student at the University of Waterloo, Kitch- 
ener, Ontario, Canada 
iii. Andrew William, b. Nov. 15, 1964, Toronto, On- 
tario, Canada; in 1982 he was in Grade XIII at 
Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada 

Reference: Dr. William L. Richards, 1581 Birchwood Drive, 
Mississauga, Ontario L5J 1T5, Canada 

KATHLEEN ELIZABETH RICHARDS , daughter of William Lippincott 

and Ellen Jean (Gillanders) Richards, was born in Toronto, 
Ontario, Canada, April 16, 1958. She was educated, Grades 9 
through 13, in general arts and science at Branksone Hall 
School, Toronto; and at Erindale College, University of Tor- 
onto, where she received Honours (4 year) and a B.A. degree 
in English cum laude . 

Her hobbies included reading, swimming, traveling, min- 
iature-making, cooking, and walking. She received the Red 
Cross Leader's Award in swimming and St. John's Ambulance 
First Aid. Kathleen was a member of the Presbyterian Church. 
She enjoyed piano, classical music, embroidery and canvas- 
work. Her interests included Canadian literature and his- 
tory, Scottish and English history, and family genealogy 
(American and Canadian). 

In 1982 she was an editorial assistant at Macmillan of 
Canada, Toronto, Ontario (a division of Gage Publishing Lim- 
ited), and hoped eventually to become an editor at Macmil- 



Reference: Kathleen E 
sissauga, Ontario 

Richards, 1581 Birchwood Drive, 
L5J 1T5, Canada 


rington Mayo and Elizabeth Veech (Coan) Richards, was born 
in Elizabeth, New Jersey, May 22, 1922. In 1946 she was 
graduated from Antioch College with a B.A. degree in art. 
From 1946 until 1949 she attended the Pennsylvania Academy 
of Fine Arts. She studied at the Barnes Foundation, Merion, 
Pennsylvania, from 1947 until 1949. In 1962 she received the 
degree of M.Ed. in art education from Pennsylvania State 
University. She also studied sculpture at the University of 
Arizona and art at Pima Community College, both in Tucson, 
Arizona . 

Elizabeth's main interest was in sculpture, but she 
also enjoyed ceramics, drawing, and print-making. The Ches- 
ter County Art Association, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 
awarded her two first prizes, as well as an honorable men- 
tion, in sculpture. Her sculpture and art work were shown at 
the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania, and at the Rosequist Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, 
and were in private collections in the United States and 
Canada. She also won first prize at the Pima Community Col- 
lege juried art show in 1980. Her other interests and hob- 
bies included hiking, swimming, wildlife, nature; peace-mak- 
ing and environmental concerns, the latter two of great 
importance to her. 

Elizabeth was a Quaker and taught a religious education 
class at Pima Friends Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. During her 
career as an art instructor she taught at Haverford Friends 
School, Upland Country Day School, Germantown Friends 
School, and the Junior High School in Lewistown, Pennsyl- 
vania. In 1982 she lived in Tucson. 


AZ 85703 

S. Richards, P. 0. Box 5261, Tuc- 

ANNETTE HOPE RICHARDS , daughter of Edward Carrington Mayo 
and Elizabeth Veech (Coan) Richards, was born in Elizabeth, 
New Jersey, May 5, 1924. She was graduated from Swarthmore 
College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with a B.A. degree in 
English in 1946. March 23, 1957, in Tucson, Arizona, she 
married Hiram Lincoln Parent, who was born August 25, 1913, 
on the Isle of Pines, son of Leslie Wallace and Ella Lucinda 
(Coolidge) Parent. He was graduated from New York Ranger 
School . 

Annette was a free-lance writer of non-fiction and an 
artist. Her articles were published in dozens of periodi- 
cals. She coined the word litterbug which first appeared in 
Natural History Magazine of May, 1952, and in Reader 's Di- 
gest of August, 1952. She was a member of the National 

Janet Stone Coan and Frank Speer Coan 

Children of Frank and Janet Coan: (left to right) June Coan Dunbar, Nancie 
Somerville Coan, Stuart Frederick Gaylord Coan, Ellen Stone Coan Jawdat, 
Mary Frances Coan Nemtin. 




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League of American Pen Women and won awards in its local and 
national contests. Her paintings also won awards and were in 
private collections all over the world. In June, 1982, in 
the Silver City Public Library the whole family had an ex- 
hibit of photographs and paintings. Annette was a Quaker and 
an attending Presbyterian in 1982. She enjoyed tennis, 
piano, swimming, and hiking. 

Hiram worked for the National Park Service as a super- 
visory technician. He also was a free-lance wildlife photo- 
grapher. In 1982 he was retired, and they lived in Silver 
City, New Mexico. 

Children (9) PARENT 

i. Lawrence Edward, b. Apr. 26, 1959 

ii. Anne Mayo, b. Jan. 15, 1962, Tucson, Arizona; in 

1982 a junior in environmental engineering at 

Swarthmore College. 

Reference: Mrs. Hiram L. Parent, P. 0. Box 1319, Silver 
City, NM 88062 

LAWRENCE EDWARD PARENT , son of Hiram Lincoln and Annette 

(Richards) Parent, was born in Espanola, New Mexico, April 
26, 1959. He was graduated from Wasatch Academy, Mt . Plea- 
sant, Utah, summa cum laude in 1977. In 1981 he received a 
bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering with highest 
distinction from the University of Texas in Austin. His hob- 
bies included photography, marathons, biking, mountain 
climbing, spelunking, and backpacking. In 1982 he lived in 
Amarillo, Texas, where he was employed as a petroleum engi- 
neer by Mesa Petroleum Company. 

Reference: Mrs. Hiram L. Parent 

7 6 5 4 

FRANK SPEER COAN (Frederick G. , George W. , Ezra , Gay- 
lord , Mulford , George ) was born in Urumia, Persia, March 
26, 1889, the son of Frederick Gaylord and Ida Jane ( Speer ) 
Coan. He studied at Mercersburg Academy in 1907 and received 
an A.B. degree from Williams College in 1911. From 1911 
until 1913 he was employed by E. S. Woodworth & Company, 
grain merchants in Minneapolis. In 1913-14 he attended Hart- 
ford Seminary and was a licensed Presbyterian minister in 
Hartford in 1914. In 1914-15 he was a student at New Col- 
lege, Edinburgh, and Mansfield College, Oxford. He was 
Y.M.C.A. secretary with the British Expeditionary Forces in 
Mesopotamia and India 1915-16. He then finished his course 
at Hartford Seminary and received his B.D. degree in 1917. 
In 1917-18 he was Y.M.C.A. secretary with the American Ex- 
peditionary Forces in France. September 21, 1918, in Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, he married Janet Tryon Stone, who was 


born February 11, 1889, in Hartford, the daughter of George 
F. Stone. 

From 1919 until 1931 he was Y.M.C.A. secretary in La- 
hore and Hyderahad (Decean), India. He returned to the 
United States in 1931 and was a free lance lecturer on in- 
ternational affairs until 1934. From 1935 until 1942 he was 
general secretary of the English-Speaking Union of the 
United States. In 1942 he was employed by the Office of War 
Information as a Near and Middle East Expert. 

He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and in 
1918 was awarded the British General Service Medal. Janet 
had many friends, people of all ages and backgrounds, and 
carried on an extensive very personal correspondence. She 
loved books and all the arts: dance, theater, music, crafts, 
architecture, paintings, etc. Frank and Janet spent their 
summers at their home on Luce Hill in Stowe, Vermont. Frank 
died in 1975. Janet died in Washington, D. C., January 29, 
1982, at the age of almost 93. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Mary Frances, b. Sept. 28, 1919 

ii. Ellen Stone, b. Aug. 25, 1921 

iii. Stuart Frederick Gaylord, b. Aug. 1, 1923 

iv. Nancie Somerville, b. Oct. 24, 1924 

v. Janet Speer, b. Aug. 2, 1927 

Reference: Archives, Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street, 
Hartford, CT 06105 

Who's Who in America 1946-47 (Chicago: A. N. 
Marquis Company, 1946), Vol. 24, p. 448. 

Leonie M. Coan Dunlap 

8 7 6 5 

MARY FRANCES COAN (Frank S. , Frederick G. , George W. , 

Ezra 4 , Gaylord 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born in Lahore, Pun- 
jab, India, September 28, 1919, the daughter of Frank Speer 
and Janet Tryon (Stone) Coan. She received a B.A. degree in 
history of art from Bryn Mawr College in 1941. She married 
first Ken Lockhart. She married second December 23, 1959, in 
Nazales, Mexico, Stephen Maurice Nemtin, son of Max and Tina 
Nemtin. He was graduated from McGill University and was an 
architect with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 

Mary was a landscape designer in the architectural firm 
of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and a staff member in the 
School of Architecture. She cared for all the extensive gar- 
dens at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Taliesin, 
Spring Green, Wisconsin, unique architectural communities 
founded by Frank Lloyd Wright. These were her home as well 
as place of work. Her interests included gardening, pottery, 
chamber music, and singing. She said she "played a poor but 
enthusiastic viola" in Taliesin' s chamber ensemble and sang 
in Taliesin's chorus. From 1973 until 1977 she and Stephen 

Mary Frances Coan Nemtin 

Brian Lockhart 


Stephen Maurice Nemtin 

Leslie Lockhart Bisharat 

Ellen Coan Jawdat 

Nizar Ali Jawdat 

Kumait Jawdat 


were in Iran supervising Taliesin-commissioned buildings in 
Tehran and Chalus on the Caspian. She wrote the compiler: 
"It was a great thrill to see Iran's fine old architecture 
and to visit my father's childhood home in Rezaiyeh; also to 
renew my ties with the Middle East." 

Children (9) LOCKHART 

i. Brian, b. Dec. 26, 1946, Lakeland, Fla.; m. Lari- 
son Graham; two daughters: Nijone, b. Sept. 11, 
1976, and Skye, b. Dec. 14, 1980 

ii. Leslie, b. Nov. 4, 1948, Lakeland, Fla.; m. Wil- 
liam Bisharat; two sons: Haitham, b. Aug. 7, 
1978, and Raja, b. Sept. 12, 1980 

Reference: Mrs. Stephen M. Nemtin, Taliesin West, Scotts- 
dale, AZ 85261; Teliesin, Spring Green, WI 53588 

8 7 6 5 

ELLEN STONE COAN (Frank S. , Frederick G. , George W. , 

Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Srinagar, 
Kashhir, India, August 25, 1921, the daughter of Frank Speer 
and Janet Tryon (Stone) Coan. She was graduated from Vassar 
College with a B.A. degree in art history in 1942; from Har- 
vard Graduate School of Design with a B. Arch. degree in 
1946 and a M. Arch, in 1976. 

August 18, 1946, in Arlington, Virginia, she married 
Nizar Ali Jawdat, who was born in Damascus, Syria, October 
3, 1920, the son of Ali Jawdat Al Ayoubi , born in Mosul, 
Iraq, and Nazik Jawdat (nee Tahseen), born in Aleppo, Syria. 
He was educated at Westminster School, London, England; Cam- 
bridge University; American University of Beirut, Lebanon; 
and Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received the 
degrees of B. Arch, and M. Arch. Nazik was a business man 
and Ellen, a self-employed artist. 

Ellen described her life and interests to the compiler 
as follows: 


I have been practicing architecture off and on 
since 1947--with a full practice mostly in public 
buildings in Bagdad (my husband's home) until the 
revolution of 1958, and between 1964 and 1968 when we 
were again living in Iraq. In Rome, Italy, where we 
were from 1959 until 1963 (between revolutions), and in 
Orte where we eventually acquired in 1969 a splendid 
large tract of farm and woodland overlooking the Tiber, 
my work was largely in converting old farmhouses and 
building new country houses. In 1975 my husband's work 
took us to London, where we live in a converted Victor- 
ian tea warehouse on the Thames near the Tower of Lon- 
don. I have done several other renovations of both 


houses and offices in London. The sixteenth century 
farm in Italy, though, is where we feel most at home; 
and we spend as much time as possible there. In collab- 
oration with the Architects Collaborative I have de- 
signed an office building in Abu Dhabi. 


London has provided ample opportunity for me to 
indulge my interest in paintings, and I have gradually 
built up a sizeable collection of oils, etchings, and 
water colors in a wide range of styles (mostly European 
XVIII and XIX century), some of which I have been able 
to clean and restore myself, and which I hope will one 
day form the basis of a gallery in the U.S.A. 


An article on Alexander Calder, published in the 
Vassar Review , 1942 

Several articles on Modern Architecture in the 
Middle East for the Architectural Review , London, c. 

I am now working on editing a vast collection of 
letters from five generations of my mother's New Eng- 
land ancestors, beginning in 1797. 

A walker's guide to Istanbul is also in the works. 

Languages and Travel 

By living for long periods in many countries 
(India, America, Iraq, Lebanon, Italy, England), I have 
acquired an insatiable love of hearing, and if possible 
using, a variety of languages and of travel. We all 
speak English, Arabic, Italian, and French, and my hus- 
band's family have Turkish as well. Though our life has 
been a series of upheavals, revolutions, uprootings, 
and starting again, we have, I think, acquired a cer- 
tain flexibility of cultural outlook and an apprecia- 
tion of the various societies we have been a part of. 

Children (9) JAWDAT four sons 

i. Kumait Nizar Ali, b. Sept. 29, 1947, Baghdad, 

ii. Zaidun, b. Apr. 12, 1949, Baghdad, Iraq 
iii. Rakan, b. Sept. 18, 1951, Baghdad, Iraq 
iv. Hammad, b. Nov. 1, 1955, Baghdad, Iraq 

Reference: Mrs. Nizar A. Jawdat, 4C Oliver's Wharf, 64 Wap- 
ping High Street, London, E19PL, England; 1 Barca di S. 
Francesco, Orte Scalo, Provincia di Viterbo, 01029 

Zaidun Jawdat 

Hammad Jawdat 

Rakan Jawdat 

The Stuart Frederick Gaylord Coan family: (left to right) Christian 
Speer Coan, Lucy Willette Coan, Peter Frederick Gaylord Coan, 
Rachel Bishop Coan Zeche, Stephen Zeche, Mary Willette Bishop 
Coan, Stuart. 

Nancie Someruille Coan 


KUMAIT NIZAR ALI JAWDAT , son of Nizar Ali and Ellen Stone 

(Coan) Jawdat, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, September 29, 
1947. He received his primary education at Ta'sisiyya 
School, Baghdad; his secondary education at Parioli Interna- 
tional Day School in Rome (2 years), Western Junior High 
School, in Bethesda, Maryland (1 year), and at Aiglon Col- 
lege, in Chesieres-sur-Vil lars , Switzerland (5 years). In 

1970 he was graduated from the American University of Bei- 
rut, Lebanon, with a B.A. degree in economics. In 1971 he 
was graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illi- 
nois, with an M.A. degree in anthropoligy . Kumait was ac- 
cepted by New York University, New York City, in their doc- 
toral program, but remained just one term (1972). He then 
did post-graduate work at the New School for Social Re- 
search, New York City, and at Georgetown University, Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

He was a member of the Middle East Institute in Wash- 
ington, D. C, and the Association of Arab-American Univer- 
sity Graduates in Belmont, Massachusetts. His hobbies in- 
cluded motorcycles, carpentry and house remodeling, and all 
forms of flight. He was also interested in Islamic and Arab 
history, English literature, Arabic literature, writing in 
all its forms, psychopathology , films and the theater. 

From 1971 until 1980 he was with Time-Life Books in New 
York City and Alexandria, Virgina. In 1982 he was an inde- 
pendent writer and working on his own book. 

Reference: Kumait N. Jawdat, 800 Parkway Terrace, Alexan- 
dria, VA 22302 

ZAIDUN JAWDAT , son of Nizar Ali and Ellen Stone (Coan) Jaw- 
dat, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, April 12, 1949. He was grad- 
uated from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 

1971 with a B.A. degree in sociology and from the University 
of California, Davis, with a J.D. degree in 1975. July 3, 
1978, in California he married Karin Hern, who was born in 
California June 27, 1950, daughter of Paul and Alma (Ber- 
toli) Hern. Karin was graduated from the University of Cali- 
fornia, Berkeley, with a B.A. degree in criminology in 1972 
and from the University of California, Davis, with a J.D. 
degree in 1976. 

In 1982 Zaidun was a lawyer with the firm of Bechtel 
Civil & Minerals, Inc., in San Francisco; and Karin was a 
lawyer at Herrick Hospital in Berkeley. 

Reference: Zaidun Jawdat, 8162 Terrace Drive, El Cerrito, 
CA 94530 

RAKAN JAWDAT , son of Nizar Ali and Ellen Stone (Coan) Jaw- 
dat, was born' in Baghdad, Iraq, September 18, 1951. In 1974 
he was graduated from the American University of Beirut, 


Lebanon, with a B.A. degree in fine arts. On March 18, 1978, 
in Fairfax, Virginia, he married Fadia Haddad, who was born 
in Beirut, Lebanon, November 23, 1952, daughter of Basim 
Adib and Samia (Malak) Haddad. Fadia was graduated from the 
American University at Beirut with a B.A. degree in fine 
arts in 1974. She also was awarded an M.S. degree in commun- 
ications design by Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. 

In 1982 Rakan and Fadia owned and operated their own 
graphic design firm, Novus Visual Communications, Inc., at 
18 West 27th Street, New York City. Rakan had many hobbies 
and interests, among them art, films, sports, politics, pho- 
tography, electronic and mechanical gadgets, people, food 
and wine, and travel. 

Reference: Rakan Jawdat, 201 West 70th Street, Apt. 10 L, 
New York, NY 10023. 

HAMMAD JAWDAT , son of Nizar Ali and Ellen Stone (Coan) Jaw- 
dat, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, November 1, 1955. He was 
graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a 
B.S. degree in biology in 1979. His hobbies and interests 
included photography and jazz guitar. In 1982 he was a jour- 
nalist-managing editor of the Daily American in Rome, Italy. 

Reference: Hammad Jawdat, 3 Via Barberini, Rome, Italy 

8 7 . , „ 6 


George W. 5 , Ezra 4 , Gaylord, Mulford 2 , George ) was born in 
Srinagar, Kasamir, India, August 1, 1923, son of Frank Speer 
and Janet Tryon (Stone) Coan. In 1947 he was graduated cum 
laude from Williams College with a B.A. degree in political 
science. In 1948 he received an M.A. degree with distinction 
from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns 
Hopkins University. From 1951 until 1954 he was a candidate 
for a Ph.D. degree at Columbia University. He was awarded a 
graduate fellowship for a year's study in France, 1952-1953. 
Stuart worked for the State Department, Washington, 
D. C. 1948-1951; he was an instructor in political science 
at Queens College, New York City, 1954-1956; he was employed 
in industry in New York City as foreign economist, market 
research director, and consultant with Texaco, Mobil, Bur- 
lington Industries, Indian Head, and Cresap, McCormick and 
Page, 1956-1975. From 1975 until 1981 he was director of de- 
velopment for the National Association for the Advancement 
of Colored People in New York City. Of this position he 

One of my more unusual jobs was with the NAACP na- 
tional office in New York where I was the first full- 
time fund raiser that organization had ever had. Of 
course, I was one of the few white people there, but 


color mattered very little with people who were dedi- 
cated to their work. I came to respect and know a num- 
ber of outstanding people (notably Roy Wilkins) and am 
proud of the help I was able to give in greatly in- 
creasing corporate support for the organization. I am 
sure that the old missionary traditions of the family 
played a big part in my attitude. 

In 1982 Stuart was director of corporate relations (fund 
raiser) for Save the Children, Westport, Connecticut. 

On June 26, 1954, in New York City Stuart married Mary 
Willette Bishop, who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan- 
uary 12, 1928, daughter of Richard E. and Ruth Amelia (True- 
blood) Bishop. Mary was graduated in 1950 from Smith College 
with a B.A. degree in French; and from New York University 
in 1981 with an M.A. degree in French language and civiliza- 
tion. She taught French. 

From 1943 until 1946 Stuart was with the United States 
Air Force and the United States Army in the Ardennes, West 
Europe, and Germany campaigns where he was a private first 
class with the 8th Armored Division. 

His hobbies included tennis, bridge, and hiking. He was 
a member of the Democratic party and from 1976 until 1979 
was a director of junior sailing at Old Greenwich Yacht 

Children (9) COAN 

i. Rachel Bishop, b. Feb. 9, 1955 

ii. Christian Speer, b. June 26, 1957, New York City; 

B.A., 1982, Columbia University 
iii. Peter Frederick Gaylord, b. June 2, 1961, New 

York City; junior at Middlebury College, 1982 
iv. Lucy Willette, b. Mar. 15, 1963, New York City; 

sophomore, Brown University, 1982 

Reference: Stuart F. G. Coan, 83 Indian Field Road, 
Greenwich, CT 06830 

9 8 7 

RACHEL BISHOP COAN (Stuart F. G. , Frank S. , Freder- 
ick G. , George W. , Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 
born in New York, New York, February 9, 1955, daughter of 
Stuart Frederick Gaylord and Mary Willette (Bishop) Coan. In 
1977 she was graduated from Smith College with a B.A. degree 
in history. From 1977 until 1981 she worked as a litigation 
paralegel at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. In 1982 
she was studying at Rutgers University School of Law in 
Newark, New Jersey, and had an anticipated graduation date 
of June, 1984. Upon graduating from Rutgers, she planned to 
practice law in New York City and to use her maiden name 


On August 22, 1982, in Greenwich, Connecticut, she mar- 
ried Stephen Zeche, who was born in New York, New York, May 
17, 1942, son of Benjamin and Elsie ( Of f enburger ) Zeche. In 
1963 Stephen was graduated from New York University with a 
B.A. degree in history and economics, and in 1966 received 
an LL.B degree from Yale University School of Law. He served 
in the United States Coast Guard Reserves 1966-1971. In 1982 
he was an attorney specializing in trusts and estates. 

Rachel enjoyed choral singing. She sang in the Smith 
College Glee Club and toured Europe with the Smith College 
Chamber Singers. She also sang intermittently in New York. 
For twelve years she studied the flute and then taught the 
flute privately. Her other interests included bicycling and 
power volleyball; she played on the Smith College team. Ra- 
chel was a member of Rutgers Law Review. 

Children (10) ZECHE 

By Stephen's first marriage 

i. Elisabeth, b. Jan. 4, 1976, Norwalk, Conn. 

Reference: Mrs. Stephen Zeche, 240 East 35th Street, New 
York, NY 10016 

8 7 6 

NANCIE SOMERVILLE COAN (Frank S. , Frederick G. , George 
W. 5 , Ezra 4 , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, October 24, 1924, the daughter of Frank 
Speer and Janet Tryon (Stone) Coan. She received her early 
education in schools in Hartford and in Princeton, New Jer- 
sey. In 1945 she was graduated from Vassar College with a 
B.A. degree in dramatic production. After college she acted 
and worked backstage in little theater groups. From 1952 un- 
til 1958 she was employed in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1982 she was 
director of Bethel, Maine, Summer Programs and promotion ed- 
itor for the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science in 
Arlington, Virginia. 

Nancie enjoyed hiking and covered a great deal of the 
Appalachian Trail in New England and Virginia. She also en- 
joyed music and in 1982 was a member of two small amateur 
choral groups. She lived then in Washington, D.C. 

Reference: Nancie S. Coan, 1837 Summit Place, NW , Washing- 
ton, D. C. 20009 

8 7 6 5 

JANET SPEER COAN ( Frank S. , Frederick G. , George W. , 
Ezra 4 , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born August 2, 1927, 
in Kashmir, India, the daughter of Frank Speer and Janet 
Tryon (Stone) Coan. She was graduated from Vassar with an 
A.B. degree in 1948. March 12, 1949, in Princeton, New Jer- 
sey, she married Jack Dunbar, who was born August 4, 1924, 


in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William and Alice (Gsell) 
Dunbar. He was graduated from Rhodes High School in Cleve- 
land and attended the Institute of Design in Chicago. 

Janet legally changed her name from Janet Speer (Coan) 
Dunbar to June Dunbar. In 1982 she was associate director, 
Lincoln Center Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing 
Arts, 140 W. 65th Street, New York City. Jack was a designer 
and partner of the interior design firm of DePolo/Dunbar , 
Inc., 330 W. 42nd Street, New York City. 

June's interests included the arts, education, cooking, 
gardening, travel, as well as friends--old and young. She 
always was an active Vassar alumna and served as 25th Reun- 
ion Fund chairman. She also was president of her class for 
eight years. She acted as informal advisor to a number of 
boards of small dance companies and was on the dance panel 
of the New York State Council on the Arts for three years. 

Reference: Mrs. Jack Dunbar, 128 W. 88 Street, New York, NY 

7 6 5 4 

KATHARINE COCHRAN COAN (Frederick G. , George W. , Ezra , 

Gaylord , Mulford , George 1 ) was born in Urumia, Persia, 
November 22, [23], 1895, the daughter of Frederick Gaylord 
and Ida Jane (Speer) Coan, missionaries. Katharine lived in 
Persia until 1910 except for a year's furlough back to the 
United States in 1903 and a short time spent in London 1907 
so her mother could undergo surgery. She lived with her fam- 
ily and other missionary families in Urumia in a compound 
called the "Kullah," meaning fortress because of its thick, 
high walls and two heavy gates, which were guarded night and 
day as protection against bands of predatory tribes called 
Kurds. The Kurds would swoop down on the villages stealing 
anything they could get their hands on, usually sheep and 
cattle. The compound had a hospital, a boys' boarding 
school, and a number of stables since horses were the means 
of transportation. The missionaries kept chickens and a few 
cows, their only source of milk and butter. The supply of 
the latter two was irregular; and when none was produced, 
families went without since there was none for sale any- 
where. The river that flowed past the compound was used for 
irrigation for gardens and orchards. There was no running 
water, electricity, or gas; candles and kerosene lamps were 
their lights. 

Saturday night was bath night. Katharine's family used 
a big rubber tub about four feet in diameter, and water was 
warmed by the kitchen stove. Their house had a flat roof 
where they slept in summer. There was no need for a covering 
since it never rained. In the basement under the house, 
wood, which was their sole source of energy, was stored. 
Since they had no refrigeration, perishable food was stored 
there too. Milk was poured into pans and put on screened 
shelves. Bunches of grapes were hung from nails in the 


rafters. Nuts, melons, potatoes, quinces, and celery were 
stored here, as well as flour and "ghee" (clarified butter 
used as shortening) which were in very large jars kept along 
the wall. All the vegetables they ate were grown in their 
own gardens. There were wonderful local fruits, such as ap- 
ricots, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, and melons. 
Persia is noted for its fruit. Any meat they had, a servant 
had to go to the city on horseback to buy, and it was usu- 
ally lamb. They had no fish, unless someone caught a few 
trout in the mountains; and they ate chicken often. 

For bread they raised hops for yeast; Katharine's fa- 
ther bought wheat by the donkey load; servants washed it in 
the stream, spread it on carpets to dry, sifted through it 
for impurities, and then took it to the miller's to be 
ground into flour. A servant stayed at the mill when the 
wheat was being ground to see that the miller did not cheat 
them. From this wheat they made all their own bread. 

Each house had a laundry, a small building built over 
part of a stream deep enough to dip out water with a pail. 
In these bathhouses or "hummum" were fireplaces where a 
caldron of water could be heated. Native washerwomen, using 
a washboard, would scrub the clothes, rinse them in the 
stream, and hang them up to dry. 

Katharine looked forward to the arrival of "boxes," 
goods shipped by friends and relatives from the States. Her 
family also ordered from a Montgomery Ward catalog. Her 
mother made all their clothes, even her father's suits. 
Shoes were a problem; for although Katharine's mother sent 
tracings of their feet to a cousin in New York City, the 
method was inexact; and the shoes were usually too tight. It 
took six months for packages to arrive, so often their feet 
had grown a little by then. Breaking in shoes was a process 
all the children dreaded. 

School was carried on at Katharine's home with the mis- 
sionaries as teachers. All the children learned to speak the 
local dialect, Syriac, with fluency. There were about 300 
people in the compound, 50 Americans and 12 missionary 
children, so Katharine had plenty of playmates. Often, how- 
ever, families were sent home. Parting with such close 
friends was not easy. Letters from abroad were of great im- 
portance, and the arrival of mail was a big occasion. 

Holidays were always festive. Thanksgiving was cele- 
brated much as it was in the States. At Christmas, since 
there were no evergreen trees, Katharine's parents hid the 
Christmas gifts in the parlor, and the children were let 
loose after breakfast to find them. In Persia, Easter was 
more important than Christmas, and presents were exchanged 
at that time too. Fourth of July was a big holiday cele- 
brated in Katharine's father's garden. A rug was spread over 
the grape arbor with a tablecloth on it; and while they ate 
fried chicken, they sang patriotic songs. The children had 
all kinds of pets, but Katharine's favorite was her horse, 


In 1903 Katharine's father took his tenth-year furlough 
and returned to the United States with his family. They set 
out with a caravan of horses, a camel, and sometimes a don- 
key. It took five days to reach the Aras River between 
Transcaucasia and Persia. For a fee strong men carried them 
and their belongings across the river. Once on the other 
side, they transferred to two large covered wagons called 
"phaetons," drawn by four horses abreast. The horses had to 
be changed at post houses every two or three hours. The 
scenery along the way was breath-taking as their journey 
went through the Caucasus with Mt . Ararat in constant view. 

At Tiflis they took a train for the ten-day trip to 
Moscow. It was the first train ride for the children. From 
Moscow they proceeded to St. Petersburg, and then on to Riga 
on the Baltic Sea. A steamer took them across to Sweden. It 
was a rough trip and Katharine was seasick. After crossing 
the Baltic, they went up the Gotha Canal, with all its 107 
locks, almost to Stockholm. After visits to Stockholm and 
Oslo, Norway, they went on to Berlin. Her father took the 
three older children up the Rhine while she and her brother 
Howard stayed in Berlin with their mother. They went to the 
park and zoological gardens every day. Katharine got a real 
thrill seeing the Kaiser's magnificent horses exercised 
there every afternoon. From Berlin they went to London, and 
then boarded a steamer from Southhampton to the United 
States. They spent the year in Wooster, Ohio, with their 
grandmother. Their father was off on speaking tours to tell 
people about his work in Persia and to raise funds for its 

In 1907 Katharine spent time in London and went to 
school there while her mother was ill. When her mother was 
well enough to leave the hospital, they spent a month at 
Margate on the North Sea. Their return trip to Persia was 
via Paris, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Smyrna, Constantino- 
ple, and Bartum. Then they crossed the Aras River into 
Persia . 

In 1910 Katharine left Urumia for the last time. She 
traveled to the States with Dr. Shedd and his family. He was 
ill with tuberculosis, and doctors advised him to winter in 
Switzerland. Katharine and the Shedd girls went to a French- 
speaking school for seven months, a great opportunity for 
her to learn French. When she arrived in the United States, 
she visited her sister, a month before Elizabeth's gradua- 
tion from Wellesley. She then went to Williams College to 
see her brother Frank graduate. 

Katharine made her home with friends in Minneapolis and 
went to high school there. She was graduated from Wellesley 
in 1918. June 16, 1923, she married Fred Pillsbury Carleton, 
who was born in Minneapolis August 19, 1898. They lived in 
the Minneaspolis area and at their farm in the Kinnickinnic 
Valley near River Falls, Wisconsin. Although Katharine re- 
turned to Persia twice on tours, it was never possible to 
revisit her old home in Urumia. Fred died in Denver, Colo- 
rado, October 15, 1952. 


Children (8) CARLETON 

i. Frank Henry, b. June 2, 1924 

ii. John Little, b. Jan. 3, 1937 

iii. Anne Whittier, b. July 7, 1929 

iv. Fred Pillsbury, Jr., b. Nov. 9, 1930 

v. Joseph, b. Mar. 19, 1933; m. Ruth Grimley 

Reference: Katharine Coan Carleton, Memoirs of My Childhood 
in Persia 1895-1910 (n.p., 1979). 

Genealogical data (Collection of Leonie M. Dun- 

Virginia Coan Wiles, The Coan Family of America , 
Vol. II, p. 9. 

FRANK HENRY CARLETON , the son of Fred Pillsbury and Katha- 
rine Cochran (Coan) Carleton, was born June 2, 1924. He mar- 
ried Barbara Collins June 17, 1948. 

Children (9) CARLETON 

i. Frank H., b. Nov. 23, 1952 
ii. Julia, b. Mar. 10, 1954 
iii. Barry N., b. Nov. 10, 1956 

Reference: Genealogical data (Collection of Leonie M. Dun- 
lap) . 


ANNE WHITTIER CARLETON , the daughter of Fred Pillsbury and 
Katharine Cochran (Coan) Carleton, was born July 7, 1929. 
She married Arthur W. Proctor, Jr., July 11, 1964. 

Children (9) PROCTOR 

i. Ellen 

ii. Margaret, b. May 18, 1967 

Reference: Wiles, Coan Family , p. 9. 

FRED PILLSBURY CARLETON, JR. 8 , the son of Fred Pillsbury and 
Katharine Cochran (Coan) Carleton, was born November 9, 
1930. September 12, 1964, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he 
married Mary Ann Settle. 

Children (9) CARLETON 

i. Margaret Settle 

Reference: Wiles, Coan Family , p. 9 

Howard Radcliffe Coan 

Elizabeth Speer Coan 

Frederick Gaylord Coan III 

Tower, Mount Albion Cemetery, 
Albion, New York, built in mem- 
ory of men in Orleans County 
who died in defense of the Union. 
William Harrison Coan is listed 
on a marble tablet within the 

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Mrs. Sylvanus Coan's 
stone was one of a group 
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a cemetery in center of 
Medina, New York, to 
Boxwood Cemetery on 
the outskirts. Courtesy 
Robert W. Fulton. 


7 6 5 4 

HOWARD RADCLIFFE COAN (Frederick G. , George W. , Ezra , 

Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Urumia, Persia, May 

13, 1898, son of Frederick Gaylord and Ida Jane (Speer) 

Coan, missionaries. For details on his early life, see 

write-up on his sister, Katharine Cochran Coan. 

In 1921 he was graduated from Williams College Phi Beta 
Kappa and summa cum laude , as well as being very active in 
all student affairs. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fra- 
ternity, the Varsity Track Team, the Varsity Cross Country 
Team, the Varsity Debating Team and Delta Sigma Rho; editor- 
in-chief of the Handbook , vice-president of Adelphic Union, 
president of Cercle Francais, Class Day Orator to the Lower 
Classes, and on the staffs of the Record and the class book. 
His second year at Williams he was awarded Sophomore Honors, 
the Second Benedict Prize in French, and Honorable Mention 
for the Benedict Prize in Mathematics. These were just a few 
of his many activities and honors. 

In 1932 he received an M.A. degree in French from Co- 
lumbia University, New York City. For nearly fifty years 
(interrupted by service in both World Wars), he was an edu- 
cator, teaching French by preference, but also English, 
Spanish, Latin and mathematics, as well as coaching tennis. 
He taught at Forman Christian College, Lahore University, 
Lahore, India; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hamp- 
shire; Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, Brooklyn, 
New York, with a year on exchange at Shrewsbury School, 
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; Lawrenceville School, Law- 
renceville, New Jersey; Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, 
Michigan; with a final five years at Suffield Academy, Suf- 
field, Connecticut. 

During World War I he served in France as a volunteer 
in the American Ambulance Field Service, the French Foyer du 
Soldat, and at Officers Training School in Georgia. In World 
War II he was trained in OSS near Washington and, landing in 
England on D Day, served in London with the assimilated rank 
of major, through V E Day. He then joined UNRRA and served 
as director of personnel in Haaren, Holland, and Brussels, 
Belgium, until August, 1946. 

On December 20, 1947, in Washington, D. C, he married 
Nancie Knight, who was born in England March 28, 1917, 
daughter of Ernest and Edith Knight. She received her educa- 
tion in England and during World War II served as an air 
raid warden there. She was a violinist and enjoyed music, as 
well as gardening, sewing, gourmet cooking, and tennis. 

Howard's interests included tennis, photography, gar- 
dening, and history — especially of World War I and World War 
II. He traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, 
Mexico, and Europe; as well as making four trips between 
Persia and America, and a round trip to India, traveling 
there and in Kashmir. He was a mountain climber and con- 
quered Mont Blanc, 15,771 feet, the Alps; Popocatepetl, 
17,887 feet and Citlaltepetl (Orizaba), 18,700 feet, Mexico; 
and Long's Peak in Colorado. During the summers of 1936, 


1937, and 1939 he was leader in France of groups in the Ex- 
periment in International Living. He was a member of the Am- 
erican Association of Teachers of French and a deacon in the 
Westminster Presbyterian Church of West Hartford, Connecti- 
cut . 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Elizabeth Speer, b. Oct. 8, 1950 

ii. Frederick Gaylord, III, b. May 24, 1953 

Reference: Howard R. Coan, 88 Ridgewood Road, West Hart- 
ford, CT 06107 

Classbook , 1921, and yearbook, Gul ielmensian , 
published by the Class of 1922, Williams College, Wil- 
liamstown, Mass. 

8 7 6 

ELIZABETH SPEER COAN (Howard R- , Frederick G. , George 
W. , Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Pon- 
tiac, Michigan, October 3, 1950, daughter of Howard Rad- 
cliffe and Nancie (Knight) Coan. She was educated at Kings- 
wood School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; McDuffie School, 
Springfield, Massachusetts; and was graduated magna cum 
laude from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. She was a 
teacher of art, TASIS, England, an American school near Lon- 
don, where she coached tennis and field hockey. She was a 
member of Connecticut Women Artists. Her interests and hob- 
bies included art (several media), tennis, field hockey, 
skiing, and travel. 

Reference: Howard R. Coan 

8 7 6 

FREDERICK GAYLORD COAN, III (Howard R. , Frederick G. , 
George W. , Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in 
Pontiac, Michigan, May 24, 1953, son of Howard Radcliffe and 
Nancie (Knight) Coan. He received his education at Renbrook 
School, West Hartford, Connecticut; Lawrencevil le School, 
Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and Middlebury College, Middle- 
bury, Vermont, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fra- 
ernity. In 1982 he was employed in landscaping and tree 
work. He enjoyed all sports, especially skiing, tennis, and 
hockey. At Middlebury he won the M award in hockey. 

Reference: Howard R. Coan 

6 5 4 

HENRY EZRA FRANKLIN COAN f Frank (George W. , Ezra , Gay- 
lord , Mulford , George ) was born in Persia January 15, 
1860, the son of George Whitefield and Sarah (Power) Kip 
Coan, missionaries. He grew up in the missionary compound 
outside Urumia and received his early education from his 


mother, who taught her own and other missionary children. In 
1864 when his father had a year's furlough, Frank returned 
to the United States with his mother and brothers. They 
spent that year in Hudson, New York, their mother's birth- 
place. In 1874 the family returned permanently to the United 
States and by the fall of 1875 had settled in Niles, Michi- 
gan, where Frank and his brother Frederick went to high 
school. Frank was graduated from Williams College with an 
A.B. degree in 1884. He then enrolled at Princeton to study 
medicine . 

July 1, 1885, Frank attended his brother Frederick's 
wedding in Wooster, Ohio. After the wedding on his way East 
he went to Wheeling, West Virginia, to visit his fiancee. 
While in Wheeling, he became ill and died there July 15, 
1885. He was buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, New 
York, along with his father and older brother Edward. 

The following is taken from 50 Year Record , Class of 
1884, Princeton University, 1934: 

Coan joined our class in Junior year. 

Well born, well nurtured, well developed, well 
directed, on the way to fame and fortune, with the good 
will of everybody and the heart-felt affection of all 
who knew him, our Coan died. He lived only two years 
after graduation [really only one year]. He was the 
first of our graduates to die. He took up the study of 
medicine but died before completing his course. 

Reference: Frederick G. Coan, Yesterdays in Persia and Kur- 
distan (Claremont, Cal.: Saunders Studio Press, 1939), 
p. 40. 

Titus Munson Coan's genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap) . 

Gravestone, Lots #164, #165, Mountain Avenue, 
Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

5 4 3 2 1 

CHARLOTTE FIDELIA COAN (Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) 

was born in Byron, New York, April 8, 1822, the daughter of 

Ezra and Fanny Maria (Hull) Coan. She married the Reverend 

William B. Fancher of Homer, Michigan. 

Children (6) FANCHER 

i. Isaac David, b. Sept. 10, 1841, Byron, N. Y. : d. 

Sept. 13, 1841 
ii. Harriet Maria, b. Aug. 28, 1849, Byron, N. Y. 
iii. Sarah Louisa, b. Aug. 11, 1852 

Reference: Titus Munson Coan's genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap). 


5 4 3 2 1 

HENRY MARTAIN COAN (Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Byron, New York, June 15, 1824, the son of Ezra and 
Fannie Maria (Hull) Coan. He married Mary Huntington Meach- 
ing. He died October 11, 1876, and was buried in Mount Al- 
bion Cemetery, Albion, New York. Mary was also buried there. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Edward, b. Dec. 2, 1853, Byron, N. Y.; d. Dec. 2, 

ii. Henry Huntington, b. Oct. 12, 1855, Byron, N. Y.; 

d. Apr. 8, 1860 
iii. Helen Eliza, b. Dec. 20, 1859, Byron, N. Y. 
iv. William Bigelow, b. Oct. 12, 1862, Byron, N. Y.; 

d. Nov. 17, 1863 
v. Herbert Hull, b. May 15, 1868, Niles, Mich.; 

lived in Los Angeles, California, in 1938 

Reference: Titus Munson Coan's genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap) 

Gravestone, Lots #164, #165, Mountain Ave., 
Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

Death Certificate of Helen E. Coan 

6 5 4 3 2 

HELEN ELIZA COAN (Henry M. , Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , 
George 1 ) was born in Byron, New York, December 20, 1859, the 
daughter of Henry Martain and Mary Huntington (Meaching) 
Coan. Helen was an artist--a painter in oil, watercolor, and 
the "new technique" of watercolor-crayon . She was a pupil of 
the Art Students League of New York, of Frederick Freer, of 
William M. Case and of Dow. Her work, "Pomegranites , " was 
exhibited at the World's Fair in 1893. At the Alaska-Yukon- 
Pacific Exposition held in Seattle in 1909 she won medals 
for oil and watercolor. At the San Diego Exposition in 1915 
she won a medal and a diploma. Her work, "Capistrano Mis- 
sion," was owned by the Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion, California Chapter, and presented by them to their 
headquaarters in Washington, D. C. 

Graphic magazines of February 3, 1906; April 20, 1907; 
October 17, 1908; and September 24, 1910, carried articles 
about Helen. I quote from the 1906 article, an interview the 
author, Catherine Robertson Hamlin, had with Helen: 

A new style of painting known to the initiated as 
"water color crayon," is attracting the attention of 
artists, who find in the bold crayon strokes, with soft 
underlying tints of water colors, something they have 
sought, and which is capable of untold variation, and 
may be used for many purposes. Miss Helen E. Coan, who 
is the only artist in Los Angeles who is using the new 
medium, told me something of the process a few days 
ago, as I sat with her in the "attic studio" in the 


Cumnock School in South Figueroa Street. The studio 
takes in the whole top floor of the building, and re- 
sembles more the attic of a modern novel than the work- 
shops of those who wield brush and pencil. Miss Coan is 
a dainty, little woman, and is filled with love of her 
vocation . . . 

"Tell me something of the new system, please, Miss 
Coan," I urged, returning to the water color crayon. 

"It is excellent for book illustrating," Miss Coan 
informed me. "It gives the necessary color, with the 
firm, broad lines that are needed to throw out the main 
figures. It is quite a recent process; combining the 
quality of charcoal with color gives a complex result 
we do not get separately. Jessie Wilcox Smith uses this 
medium in her charming pictures of children, and Jules 
Guerin is another artist who is fond of the novelty." 

"Then it is confined to illustrating of various 

"No, it is used for all purposes where color or 
charcoal may be used. I may say that the pictures are 
selling so well that I have hardly any to show a vis- 
itor. After the work is done it is necessary to have 
the pictures put through a press, and in that way it is 
something like an etching,"... 

In 1907 Helen opened her new studio at 204 N. Burling- 
ton Avenue in Los Angeles. In 1910 she opened an art school 
at the local YWCA. She had many exhibits of her work. 

Her memberships included the California Art Club, the 
Newspaper Artist Association of New York, and the Press Club 
of Southern California. She died in Los Angeles October 14, 

Reference: J. L. Collins, Women Artists in America (no 
pub., 1973), no paging. 

Death Certificate, Vital Records, Room 10, Hall 
of Records, 227 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 

Mantle Fielding, Dictionary of American Paint- 
ers, Sculptors, and Engravers (Greens Farm, Conn.: Mod- 
ern Books and Crafts, Inc., 1926), p. 70. 

Catherine Robertson Hamlin, "Los Angeles Women 
at Home, XII: Miss Helen E. Coan," Graphpic , February 
3, 1906, pp. 4, 5. 

Nancy Dustin Wall Mours, Dictionary of Art and 
Artists in Southern California (Los Angeles: Dustin 
Publishers, 1975), pp. 47, 48. 

5 4 3 2 1 

EZRA TITUS COAN (Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Byron, New York, March 25, 1829, the son of Ezra and 
Fanny Maria (Hull) Coan. He was brought up on his father's 
farm until at age 14 he went to Albion where his older bro- 
ther George was teaching school. He attended the academy. 


He worked in a store until he was 21; and then he succeeded 
his employer, Thomas Fanning, in business. At about this 
time he changed the spelling of his last name by adding an- 
other n in an effort to secure correct pronunciation. His 
two children kept that spelling, but no one else among the 
Coans ever adopted it. 

From 1850 to 1868 he continued in the mercantile busi- 
ness and then sold out. During the Civil War he was elected 
to the office of county treasurer and to Governor Morgan's 
Military Committee for the purpose of raising and organizing 
troops for the service. Ezra was secretary of the committee, 
and it was part of his responsibility to raise funds for the 
payment of bounties, for which county bonds were issued. 

In 1869 he closed out his business, and with his family 
toured Europe for a year and a half. When he returned to Al- 
bion, he established a banking house, known as Coann ' s Bank ; 
one of the stable financial institutions of the country. 
Ezra was a very successful business man. He was a staunch 
Republican, but he never sought public office. 

February 10, 1852, he married Marcia H. Clement of Gen- 
esee, who was born in 1826 and died in March, 1899. Ezra 
died in 1900. Both Ezra and Marcia were buried in Mount Al- 
bion Cemetery, Albion, New York. 

Children (6) COANN 

i. Fannie Clement, b. June 2, 1853 

ii. Pearl Clement (a son), b. July 31, 1855 

Reference: Gravestone, Lots #164, #165, Mountain Avenue, 
Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

Isaac S. Signor, ed., Landmarks of Orleans Coun- 
ty, New York , 2 vols. (Syracuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & 
Company, 1894), p. 26. 

6 5 4 3 2 

PEARL CLEMENT COANN (Ezra T. , Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , 
George ) was born in Albion, New York, July 31, 1855, the 
son of Ezra T. and Marcia H. (Clement) Coann. In 1890 he 
bought the Weekly News , a very successful Albion publica- 
tion, although only two years old. When Pearl bought it, it 
had reached the eight-column quarto size. He operated it for 
awhile and then sold it to publish and edit the Albion Free 
Lance , a weekly publication. 

He married Ethel James, who was born in 1877 and died 
in 1917. Pearl died in 1910. They were both buried in Mount 
Albion Cemetery, Albion, New York. On the top of Pearl's 
stone was engraved the word Dick . On the top of Ethel's 
stone was Mrs. Dick . 

Reference: Gravestone, Lot #309, Yew Walk, Mount Albion 
Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

Signor, Landmarks of Orleans County , p. 149. 


5 4 3 2 1 

SARAH AMELIA COAN (Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 
born in Byron, New York, March 14, 1834, the daughter of 
Ezra and Fannie Maria (Hull) Coan. She married Henry Martin 
Dean. They lived in Niles, Michigan 

Children (6) DEAN 

i. Frederic Coan, b. Mar. 14, 1863, Niles, Mich, 
ii. Edward Coan, b. Nov. 12, 1866, Niles, Mich, 
iii. Willilam Monroe, b. Mar. 13, 1868, Niles, Mich. 

Reference: Titus Munson Coan's genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap). 

5 4 3 2 1 

WILLIAM HARRISON COAN (Ezra , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) 

was born in Byron, New York, June 1, 1841, the son of Ezra 
and Fanny Maria (Hull) Coan. During the Civil War he en- 
listed with the New York Volunteers in the 27th Regiment, 
which was organized May 21, 1861, in Elmira. He was a first 
lieutenant and was believed to have fought in one of the 
Battles of Bull Run. He died of disease in Washington, D.C., 
September 12, 1862. He was buried in Mount Albion Cemetery, 
Albion, New York, where his name was recorded on a marble 
tablet inside the tower erected in 1880 in memory of The Or- 
leans County men "who fell in defense of the Union." His 
name was spelled incorrectly, Coann . 

Reference: Gravestone, Lots #164, #165, and Tower, Mountain 
Avenue, Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

Secretary of War, Official Army Register of the 
Volunteer Forces of the United States Army 1861-1865 , 
Joint Resolution of Senate and House of Representatives 
May 21, 1865, Vol. II (New York and New Jersey), p. 

Titus Munson Coan's genealogical notes (Collec- 
tion of Leonie M. Dunlap) . 

4 3 2 1 

ELIZUR COAN (Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Kil- 

lingworth, Connecticut, July 7, 1794, the son of Gaylord and 
Tamze (Nettleton) Coan. He had a twin sister Sally. On De- 
cember 25, 1821, in Millville, New York, he married a twin, 
Jane Burns, who was born in Bedford, New Hampshire, June 3, 
1791, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Moore Burns. They 
lived for awhile in Shelby, New York, and then moved to 
Yates. Elizur died in Yates September 2, 1850; Jane died 
March 12, 1878. They were buried in Lynhaven Cemetery in 
Lyndonville, New York. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Gaylord Burns, b. Oct. 15, 1822; d. Dec. 24, 1851 
ii. Lucy Jane, b. Aug. 3, 1827 [1824] 
iii. Heman Nettleton, b. Nov. 14, 1831 


Reference: History of Bedford, New Hampshire from 1737 
(Concord, N. H.: The Rumford Printing Companpy, 1903), 
pp. 87 5, 876. 

Lynhaven Cemetery Records from Mrs. Benjamin W. 
Cooper, Yates-Lyndonville Historian, 76 West Avenue, 
Lyndonville, NY 14095 

5 4 3 2 1 

HEMAN NETTLETON COAN (Elizur , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) 

was born November 14, 1831, the son of Elizur and Jane 

(Burns) Coan. He and his sister Lucy were listed among the 

students at Yates Academy in 1846. On September 13, 1854, 

he married Sarah Maria Munger, who was born March 10, 1831, 

the daughter of Josiah and Maria (Fowler) Munger. Heman and 

Sarah lived in Millville, Orange County, New York. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Charles Gaylord, b. Jan. 17, 1858; d. Feb. 6, 

ii. Henry Elizur, b. May 31, 1861 
iii. Lucy Munger, b. Sept. 24, 1868 

Reference: Titus Munson Coan genealogical notes (Collection 
of Leonie M. Dunlap). 

Mrs. Benjamin W. Cooper, Yates-Lyndonville His- 
torian, 76 West Avenue, Lyndonville, NY 14095 

4 3 2 1 

SYLVANUS (SILVANUS) COAN (Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 
born in Kil lingworth, Connecticut, May 10, 1797, the son of 
Gaylord and Tamze (Nettleton) Coan. He along with three of 
his brothers--George, Ezra, and Elizur--moved to New York 
State. In 1824, before the Erie Canal was finished, he op- 
ened the first store in Medina. It was on the docks in the 
area around the basin where the packet boats came in, prob- 
ably in the bend facing the canal . Sylvanus was a charter 
member of the Orleans County Pioneer Association. He married 
Hulda Maria Morse who died June 3, 1871, aged 72 years, 2 
months. When he died at age 64 on February 20, 1862, he was 
the oldest resident of Medina. Originally Sylvanus and Hulda 
were buried in the cemetery in the center of Medina. People 
buried there were eventually moved as a group to a part of 
Boxwood Cemetery in Medina. There was no stone at Boxwood 
for Sylvanus, but there was one for H. Maria and Edward. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Julia M. , b. Jan. 22, 1832 [1831]; m. Dr. John M. 

Plummer, South Bend, Mich, 
ii. Edward, b. Oct. 6, 1832; d. Sept. 22, 1833 
iii. Edwin, b. Mar. 10, 1834 


Reference: Titus Munson Coan genealogical notes (Collection 
of Leonia M. Dunlap). 

Gravestones, Boxwood Cemetery, Medina, N. Y. 

Mrs. Cecilia A. White, Village Historian, 573 
East Avenue, Medina, NY 14103. 

Thomas Arad, Pioneer History of Orleans County, 
New York (Albion, N. Y.: H. A. Bruner, Orleans Ameri- 
can Steam Press Print, 1971), p. 368. 

4 3 2 1 

HEMAN COAN (Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Kil- 

lingworth, Connecticut, April 10, 1799, the son of Gaylord 

and Tamze (Nettleton) Coan. He moved to Yates, New York. He 

married first Lucy B. Frost, who was born in 1815 and died 

August 2, 1846. Second, he married Mary Ann Calvert, who was 

born February 22, 1817. Heman was a shoemaker and an elder 

in the first Presbyterian church in Yates. He died December 

1, 1880; Mary, March 3, 1887. They were both buried in Lyn- 

haven Cemetery, Lyndonville, New York. 

Children (5) COAN 

By first wife, Lucy 

i. Amelia Maria, b. Sept. 6, 1840, Yates, N. Y.; d. 
June 18, 1842, Ogden 

By second wife, Mary 

ii. Robert Titus, b. Feb. 13, 1849 

Reference: Mrs. Benjamin W. Cooper, Yates-Lyndonvil le His- 
torian, 76 West Avenue, Lyndonville, NY 14098 

Carol D. Gardepe and Janice D. Regester, History 
of the Town of Yates, Orleans County, New York (Ann Ar- 
bor, Mich.: Edwards Bros.), p. 136. 

5 4 3 2 1 

ROBERT TITUS COAN (Heman , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Lyndonville, New York, February 13, 1849, the son of 
Heman and Mary (Calvert) Coan. He was a banker at the Citi- 
zen's National Bank in Albion. He married Rhoda Maria Moore 
(known as Maria), who was born in Dorset, Vermont, October 
24, 1854, the daughter of John and Mary (Sheldon) Moore. She 
died in Albion December 21, 1928; Robert, July 21, 1931. 
They were both buried in Mount Albion Cemetery. 

Children (6) COAN 

Robert Titus, Jr., b. July 25, 1893 

Reference: Certificate of Birth, Robert Titus, Jr., Albion, 
New York 


Medical Certificates of Death--Robert Titus and 

L. J. Ogden, chief engineer, New Century Atlas 
of Orleans County, New York (Philadelphia: Century Map 
Co., 1913). 

6 543 

ROBERT TITUS COAN, JR. (Robert T. , Heman , Gaylord , Mul- 

f ord 2 , George 1 ) was born in Albion, New York, July 25, 1893, 
the son of Robert Titus and Maria (Moore) Coan. He married 
Marjora Cole, who was born in 1895. His occupation was 
listed in 1921 as that of clerk. Robert died in 1934 and 
Marjora in 1944. They were both buried in Mount Albion Ceme- 
tery, Albion, New York. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Alice Cole, b. Oct. 21, 1921 
ii. Robert Titus, b. 1923; d. 1929 

Reference: Certificate of Birth--Alice Cole Coan, Albion, 
New York 

Gravestones, Lot #197, Mountain Avenue, Mount 
Albion Cemetery, Albion, N. Y. 

7 6 5 4 

ALICE COLE COAN (Robert T., Jr. , Robert T. , Heman , Gay- 
lord , Mulford , George ) was born in Albion, New York, Oc- 
tober 21, 1921, the daughter of Robert Titus, Jr., and Mar- 
jora (Cole) Coan. On April 8, 1944, in the First Congrega- 
tional Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she married Hiro- 
shi Daifuku of Hawaii. He was born in Honolulu about 1920, 
the son of George H. and Tomu (Nagatavi) Daifuku. At the 
time of their marriage they were both students. 

Reference: "Marriages 1944" (Vital Records, McCormack 
Building, Boston, Mass.), Vol. 27, p. 57. 

4 3 2 1 

TITUS COAN (Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Kil- 

lingworth, Connecticut, February 1, 1801, the youngest child 
of Gaylord and Tamze (Nettleton) Coan. Of all the hundreds 
of descendants of the immigrant boys, Peter and George, who 
came to America in 1710, Titus is without question the most 
famous. From the age of four until twelve he attended the 
district school. He was then privately tutored, one of his 
teachers being the local pastor, the Reverend Asa King. In 
time he went to the academy in East Guilford, now Madison, 
Connecticut. From 1819 until 1826 he taught school in Say- 
brook, Killingworth, and Guilford. He joined the Militia and 
went from sergeant to second lieutenant to first lieutenant 
in three years. In 1826 he went to western New York where 
four of his brothers were established, and he taught school 

Now a museum in Hilo, Hawaii, 
this was the Reverend David 
Lyman residence where Titus and 
Fidelia Coan lived upon their 
arrival in Hilo. Courtesy New 
Haven Register. 

Titus Coan. Courtesy collection of 
Roger A. Ruth. 



Church in Hilo built by Titus Coan. He 
preached here for nearly a half a century 
with his associate, the Reverend David 
Lyman, a native of Connecticut. Courtesy 
New Haven Register. 


Grave of Titus 
Coan, Homeland 
Cemetery, Hilo, 
Hawaii. Courtesy 
New Haven 

Fidelia Church Coan and Titus Coan. Copy 
of a print made from an 1840- 1860 daguerreo- 
type and sent by Philip Burr Coan to the 
Hawaiian Children's Society, Honolulu, 
Hawaii in 1969. Courtesy collection of 
Edward M. Coan. 

Lydia Bingham, 
second wife of Titus 
Coan. Courtesy New 
Haven Register. 


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Plaque placed in the Killing- 
worth church in 1912 in 
memory of Titus Coan notes 
that in Hawaii he "baptized 
in the name of Christ more 
than fourteen thousand 
souls." Courtesy New 
Haven Register. 

Titus Coan Road in Killingworth is 
only two blocks long, but one of the 
most picturesque thoroughfares in 
the town. Courtesy New Haven 


at Riga. On March 2, 1828, he joined the Presbyterian church 
where his oldest brother, George, was minister. Influenced 
by the revivals that followed the preaching of Charles G. 
Finney and Titus's counsin, Asahel Nettleton, the evangel- 
ist, Titus decided to study theology and on June 1, 1831, he 
entered the middle class at Auburn Theological Seminary. He 
was graduated there in 1833. On April 17, 1833, he was li- 
censed by Cayuga County Presbytery as a minister of the gos- 
pel . 

Even before his graduation and licensing he was invited 
by the Boston Board of Missions to go to Patagonia to see 
about establishing a mission there. He sailed from New York 
for the Strait of Magellan August 10, 1833, with one compan- 
ion, Reverend Arms, on the schooner Mary Jane under Captain 
Clift. They landed in Patagonia November 15, 1833. After 
five months there among the natives where their lives were 
constantly in danger, they had been able to convey little or 
nothing of Christian teachings to the people; so they de- 
cided to return to the United States. The savages, however, 
had other ideas and meant to keep them. Through "gifts" of 
saddles, bridles, axes, tools, clothes which the two mis- 
sionaries had, and through the help of an Indian leader who 
had come in contact with the outside world and had many 
times sailed out to meet whaling ships to trade with cap- 
tains and crews, on March 9, 1834, the men got aboard the 
whaleship Talma , under the command of Captain Pendleton, en 
route to America. They arrived at New London, Connecticut, 
May 7, 1834, and Titus reported to Boston that conditions 
were unfavorable for establishing a mission in Patagonia at 
that time. 

Apparently while they were looking for a ship to take 
them home, according to Titus's journal, on January 26, 
1834, as they were passing out of the Strait of Magellan 
into the Atlantic, they sighted a large barque, but were un- 
able to "speak her." Years later, on August 28, 1876, Titus 
added a note to this entry saying the the "barque" had been 
the "Exploring Ship Beagle." Charles Darwin was the official 
naturalist aboard the Beagle . 

On November 3, 1834, Titus married Fidelia Church, whom 
he had met in New York State during his seminary days. She 
was born February 19, 1810, at Riga, New York, the daughter 
of Samuel and Abigail (Munson) Church. Samuel founded and 
named Churchville, New York. Fidelia was their youngest 
daughter and was thought to be the most beautiful. She early 
developed a taste for learning and was a student in the 
schools of Rochester, Palmyra, and Canandaigua. In 1833 she 
taught and studied in Rochester. She and Titus had been en- 
gaged for six years and were about to be married when he was 
sent to Patagonia. Many thought he would never return, and 
Fidelia had other suitors. When he did arrive home, he found 
her teaching in Mrs. Cooke's Female Seminary at Middlebury, 
Vermont, and taking lessons in Greek from Professor Kitchel . 
Shortly after they were married, the American Board 


suggested that they go to the mission field on the Hawaiian 
Islands; and on December 5, 1834, they sailed from Boston on 
the ship Hellespont . They arrived in Honolulu, via Cape 
Horn, on June 6. It always irked Titus that it took Fidelia 
and him 183 days to get from Boston to Honolulu, and he en- 
visioned that someday the trip would be made much faster. In 
a letter to Captain S. F. DuPont of the United States Navy, 
dated June 7, 1850, he wrote: 

Probably the time will come when our material cor- 
poreities may pass from these islands to New York in 
the matter of days, and our winged spirits in shorter 
time. How long will it be ere a train of fiery chariots 
will be seen crossing your western mountains and a line 
of smoky leviathans be described lashing our deep wa- 
ters and tracing a rapid wake from the shores of west- 
ern America to these sea-girt isles? How long will it 
be ere aerial horsemen, outstripping lightning, will 
announce upon the shores of the Pacific the thoughts, 
emotions, the rush, the wonders of the Orient shores? 

Titus was not only a deeply religious man, but one who un- 
derstood science as well. 

In Honolulu Titus and his bride spent about a month at 
the home of the Reverend Hiram Bingham; and then they were 
assigned to Hilo, on the east coast of the island Hawaii. 
Here they were to make their home for the rest of their 
lives . 

In his interesting account of a visit to the Sandwich 
Island in 1873, Charles Nordhoff gives the following sketch 
of Titus's life and work: 

And in Hilo, when you go to visit the volcano, you 
will find Dr. Coan, one of the brightest and loveliest 
spirits of them all, the story of whose life in the Um- 
ato island, whose apostle he was, is as wonderful and 
as touching as that of any of the earlier apostles, and 
shows what great works unyielding faith and love can do 
in redeeming a savage people. When Dr. and Mrs. Coan 
came to the island of Hawaii its shores and woods were 
populous, and through their labors thousands of men and 
women were instructed in the truths of Christianity, 
inducted into civilized habits of life, and finally 
brought into the church. As you sail along the green 
coast of Hawaii from its northern point to Hilo, you 
will be surprised at the number of quaint little white 
churches which mark the distances almost with the regu- 
larity of milestones; if later you ride through this 
district or the one south of Hilo, you will see that 
for every church there is also a school house; you will 
see native children reading and writing as well as our 
own at home; you may hear them singing tunes familiar 
to our own Sunday schools; you will see the native man 

A photograph taken in 1900 of the remains of the chimney, all that 
was left of the birthplace of Titus Coan. Courtesy Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, Free Library. 

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Near the ruins of the birth- 
place of Titus Coan on a 
flat rock is this inscription: 
"Titus Coan, 1801-1882 — 
Missionary to Hawaii — 
Explorer and Scientist — 
Patagonia 1833, Hilo 1834- 
1882 — This rock marks his 

On December 1, 1982, the 
Reverend William Gaydos 
and a few parishioners of 
the Killingworth church 
held a service here in 
memory of the 100th anni- 
versary of Titus's death. 
C C. Potter of Guilford, a 
Coan descendant, saw in 
the newspaper this picture 
of Mr. Gaydos and David 
Tuckerman, a good friend 
of Mr. Potter's. He imme- 
diately called David on the 
phone and said: "Remove 
your hat; take your hands 
out of your pockets; and 
stand at attention when 
you are on hallowed 

A joke ? Yes. But under- 
neath the humor lay the 
respect Coans and des- 
cendants all felt for the 
great missionary, Titus 
Coan. Courtesy Paula M. 
Frattini, New Haven 

Titus Munson Coan, 1859, from 
photo album of Humphrey S. 
Anderson, Class of 1859. Courtesy 
Williamsiana Collection, Williams 

Sarah Eliza Coan Waters. 
Courtesy Etta H. Emens, 
Descendants of Captain 
Samuel Church of Church ville. 

Dr. Titus Munson Coan and his sons, Hamil- 
ton Morel Coan and Philip Munson Coan. 
Courtesy Etta H. Emens, Descendents of 
Captain Samuel Church of Churchville. 


and woman sitting down to read their newspaper at the 
close of the day; and if you could talk with them, you 
would find they knew almost as much about our late war 
as you do, for they took an intense interest in the war 
of the rebellion. And you must remember that when, less 
than forty years ago, Dr. and Mrs. Coan came to Hilo, 
the people were naked savages with no church and but 
one school house in the district; without printed books 
or knowledge of reading. They flocked to hear the Gos- 
pel. Thousands removed from a distance to Hilo, where, 
in their rapid way, they built up a large town, and 
kept up surely the strangest protracted meeting ever 
held; and going back to their homes after many months 
they took with them knowledge and zest to build up 
Christian churches and schools of their own. Over these 
Dr. Coan has presided these many years, not only 
preaching regularly on Sundays and during the week at 
the large native church at Hilo, and in two or three 
neighboring churches, but visiting the more distant 
churches at intervals to examine and instruct the mem- 
bers and keep them all on the right track. He has seen 
a great population turned from darkness to light, a 
great part of it following his own blameless and loving 
life as an example, and very many living to old age 
steadfast and zealous Christians. 

Titus learned the Hawaiian language in a matter of 
months; he preached in and translated the Bible into the 
language of the natives. He was preacher, pastor, magis- 
trate, doctor, teacher, guide, and friend to the whole popu- 
lation. He traveled throughout the islands and encountered 
every kind of hardship. When he could not go to the people, 
they came to him. Until 1849 when the mission board sent a 
physician, Titus was the only doctor. Describing his early 
days in Hawaii, he wrote in his book, Life in Hawaii : 

In preaching the gospel to these poor people, I 
climb mountains and precipices, cross deep and danger- 
ous ravines, ford or swim rapid rivers, travel from 
morning to night in drenching rain, endure the melting 
power of the tropical sun, endure weariness and pain- 
fulness. Thus I often travel from week to week preach- 
ing four and five and even eight times a day, and at 
night I lie down to sleep on the ground more weary than 
the mower and the reaper returned at night from the 
sultry harvest field. But my sleep is sweet, my heart 
is peaceful and my meditations are joyous. 

The number of conversions from 1838 until 1840 was 
7,000; while he received in all, up to the year 1882, 13,000 
persons into the Hilo and Puna churches. Titus baptized 
people en masse. He was said to have seized a brush, similar 
to one used in plastering walls, and with this brush 


sprinkled them by the score, pronouncing over them the name 
of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The church at Hilo grew 
until it numbered thousands and was the largest Protestant 
church in the world. 

Fidelia founded and conducted a seminary for young Ha- 
waiian girls. She had a literary gift and translated many of 
the best English hymns into the Hawaiian language. The poet 
Longfellow asked for a copy of her translations, and wrote 
to her daughter a letter of thanks and high praise. She was 
said to be "a woman of fine mind and great charm of charac- 
ter; to her wise aid and counsel much of Dr. Coan's success 
was due." 

Titus made a tremendous contribution to geology. Every 
opportunity he had, he visited and studied the great volca- 
noes of Hawaii, sometimes putting himself in real danger. No 
history of volcanoes was every written but depended in large 
part on the data given in his published descriptions. Titus 
was particularly interested in Mauna Loa and its crater Kil- 
auea, one of the largest active craters in the world. Kil- 
auea had within its eight-mile circumference the fiery pit 
Halemaumau. July 2-5, 1850, Titus made sixteen trips to the 
crater and wrote an account of twenty-eight pages on what he 
saw. This excerpt is taken from that account: 

We looked below us, upon the S. E. of the ridge. 
Within a stone's throw of us (we proved it by trial) a 
lake of liquid fire was tossing and splashing. The 
whole surface was not at once in action; a crust of 
hardened lava covered the fiery glow beneath, except at 
the ends of the lake, and a few places at the sides. 
There the molten rock was in a state of violent ebulli- 
tion; rushing backward & forward, splashing against the 
confining walls of the lake and throwing its fiery 
spray into the air. 

In 1870 Fidelia was not well, so they returned to the 
States for an eleven-month visit after an absence of thirty- 
six years. They consulted eminent physicians, but none of 
them could help her. The Congregational church in Killing- 
worth gave them a gala welcome when Titus preached from the 
pulpit in this church of his youth. He also spent a week in 
New Haven and preached in the Center Church. During his 
visit he made 239 addresses in 20 different states. Wherever 
he went, he found that his fame as a missionary was well 
known; and every church was overflowing with people eager to 
hear him. In Washington, D. C, President Ulysses S. Grant 
invited him to the White House on two occasions for discus- 
sions . 

Shortly after their return to Hawaii on September 29, 
1872, at Hilo, Fidelia died. She was greatly loved. Years 
after her death a traveler who had known her at Hilo-- 
Charles Warren Stoddard of the "South Sea Idylls" — met one 
of her children. "Are you a son of Fidelia Coan?" he said. 


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"She was a saint," said Mr. Stoddard. 

In October, 1873, Titus married second Lydia Bingham, 
who was born in Honolulu, the daughter of Elder Bingham and 
granddaughter of Hiram Bingham, one of the earliest mission- 
aries to the islands. Bingham was commissioned in Goshen, 
Connecticut, in 1819 to go to the islands. 

Growing old did not bother Titus. He seemed to work 
harder and longer. He died December 1, 1882, at Hilo. The 
news spread like wildfire that the "St. Peter of Hawaii" had 
gone to his reward. Entire families of natives came from far 
and wide. Over 20,000 attended his funeral. He was buried in 
Homeland Cemetery in Hilo. His gravestone was very simple. 
As he wished, the word Aloha was inscribed on the base. The 
inscription on one side of the stone was in the Hawaiian 
language; on the other side, in English. He was buried on 
the highest point of this lovely burial ground in a large 
circle of graves reserved for early missionaries and their 
wives . 

Collections of Titus's books, papers, letters, docu- 
ments, etc., have been placed by his great grandchildren in 
the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. ; in the Lyman 
Museum, Hilo, Hawaii; in the Killingworth Historical Soci- 
ety, Killingworth, Connecticut; and in Killingworth Congre- 
gational Church. 

On December 1, 1982, on the 100th anniversary of 
Titus's death, the Reverend William Gaydos and eight members 
of the Killingworth Congregational Church, where Titus was 
once a member, hiked a mile deep into the woods to the spot 
where Titus was born to conduct a memorial service. Titus's 
birthplace, overlooking a rolling hillside, was off Route 80 
and marked by a large stone partly covered with moss and in- 
scribed with his name and accomplishments. A cellar hole was 
all that was left of the homestead. Several crumbling stone 
walls still divided his father's farmland. At the service 
Mr. Gaydos discussed Titus's life and read from Titus's au- 
tobiography, Life In Hawaii—Mission Life and Labors . Mr. 
Gaydos said of the site: "To me it is one of the most spe- 
cial places in town." (Paula Frattini, "Church Renders Hom- 
age to Missionary's Memory," New Haven Register , December 2, 
1982, p. 50. ) 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Titus Munson, b. Sept. 27, 1836 

ii. Harriet Fidelia, b. Aug. 18, 1839 

iii. Sarah Eliza, b. Jan. 26, 1843 

iv. Samuel Latimer, b. Jan. 23, 1846 

Reference: Dictionary of American Biography (New York: 
Charles Scribners' Sons, 1930), Vol. IV, pp. 236, 237. 


Etta A. Emeus, comp. , Descendants of Captain 
Samuel Church of Churchville (Rochester, N. Y.: no pub- 
lisher, 1920), pp. 39-42. 

National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 
(Clifton, N. J.: James T. White Co., 1892), Vol. 2, p. 

William J. Prendergast, "Titus Coan," New Haven 
Register , June 5, 1966, pp. 1, 2. 

"Recent Acquisitions of the Manuscript Divi- 
sion," Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress , 
October, 1970, pp. 332-337. 

"Reverend Titus M. Coan, D.D.," Harper's New 
Weekly Magazine , January 6, 1883, pp. 27-29. 

James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, eds., Apple- 
ton ' s Cyclopaedia of American Biography , Vol. I (New 
York: D. Appleton and Company, 1894), pp. 665, 666. 

5 4 3 2 1 

TITUS MUNSON COAN (Titus , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, September 27, 1836, the son 
of the Reverend Titus and Fidelia (Church) Coan. He was de- 
scended on his mother's side from Thomas Munson, one of the 
founders and "governors" of New Haven, Connecticut. His par- 
ents were missionaries to the Hawaiian natives, and Titus 
received his early education on the islands at the Punahou 
School, the Royal School, and Oahu College in Honolulu. In 
1856 he came to the United States on a New Bedford whaler 
which sailed around Cape Horn. He attended Yale College for 
a year and then went to Williams College in Wil 1 iamstown, 
Massachusetts, where he was graduated in the Class of 1859. 
He was an excellent student and was elected to Phi Beta 
Kappa. He next took the course of medical study offered by 
the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, now the 
Medical School of Columbia University. After graduating in 
1861, he served two years as intern in the Randall's Island, 
Bellevue, and Blackwell's Island civil hospitals, and in the 
Central Park and David's Island military hospitals. In 1863 
he offered his services to the Government and entered the 
army as Acting Assistant Surgeon in the Civil War. He was 
soon transferred to the navy with the same rank. 

For over two years he saw active service with Admiral 
Farragut in the West Gulf Squadron and participated in the 
battles of Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound. In 1865 he was 
attached to the flagship Brooklyn . He stayed in the naval 
service until the end of the war and then entered private 
practice in New York City. 

On June 21, 1877, Titus married Leonie Pauline Morel, 
who was born in Besancon, Doubs , France, June 21, 1846. She 
worked in England as a governess and came to the United 
States seeking a brother she never found. She taught French 
in New York City. Titus and Leonie lived on East 21st Street 
near Gramercy Park. During his medical career he wrote many 
articles on medical and literary subjects. He was unusually 

Sarah Bryan Burr Coan with her son 
Edward Morel Coan 

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Leonie, Sarah, Philip M. and his wife Sarah. 



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gifted as an author, and his interests continued to grow in 
that direction. About 1880 he gave up the greater part of 
his medical practice and founded the New York Bureau of Re- 
vision of which he was managing director. The purpose of 
the bureau was to help authors in perfecting and publishing 
their work. In 1884 Williams College awarded him the degree 
of Master of Arts. Besides many essays and poems contributed 
to numerous magazines, Titus was the author of Ounces of 
Prevention , a book of essays on hygiene; "A Geographical 
Dictionary," part of Webster's International Dictionary 
(1892); "A Dictionary of Proper Names," in the Standard 
Dictionary (1895); The Climate of Hawaii (1901); editor, To- 
pics of the Time , 6 volumes, (1883); and editor of Personal 
Recollections of the War of the Rebellion (1891). 

Titus was a member of the Century Club, Authors' Club, 
German Liederkranz Club, the Loyal Legion, and the Copyright 
League. He died in New York City May 8, 1921. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Philip Munson, b. May 14, 1879 
ii. Hamilton Morel, b. June 17, 1886 

Reference: Joshua L. Chamberlain, ed., Universities and 
Their Sons , (Boston: R. Herndon Company, 1900 ) , Vol . 
5, pp. 3 60, 361. 

Leonie M. Dunlap, 206 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 

"Coan, Titus Munson," National Cyclopaedia of 
American Biography (New York: James T. White & Company, 
1901), Vol. 11, p. 273. 

"Coan, Titus Munson," Encyclopedia Americana , 
1949 ed. 

6 5 4 3 2 

PHILIP MUNSON COAN (Titus M. , Titus , Gaylord , Mulford , 

George 1 ) was born in New York City May 14, 1879, the son of 
Titus Munson and Leonie Pauline Dorothie (Morel) Coan. At 
age five he traveled with his parents to France. He went to 
France a second time with his parents and brother Hamilton. 
While he was there, he attended the funeral of Victor Hugo. 
At this time the Coan parents had Philip's portrait painted; 
and during his sittings he met Oscar Wilde. To prepare for 
college he studied at Culver School for Boys in New York 
City, and was graduated from Columbia with a B.A. degree in 
1900. He went to work on Wall Street for a brokerage house 
selling bonds. For his career after Wall Street, here is 
part of a letter he wrote his Yale friend, Professor Moore, 
who had told him of an opening teaching journalism at Yale. 
In this letter he wrote an excellent summary of his profes- 
sional life from 1906 until July 30, 1913, the date of the 
letter. Although he never took the teaching position, he 
certainly was exceptionally well qualified for it. 


...Newspaper work began with me in 1906, almost 
six years after graduation at Colulmbia College. I 
joined the staff of the Sun in April of the year of the 
San Francisco earthquake, after having persecuted the 
managing editor with applications for some months. Dur- 
ing nine months with the paper, I did all the routine 
work of the beginner including playing substitute on 
the various news tricks--police stations and headquar- 
ters, courts (police and general sessions), ship news 
and other details. It came to my lot to write a moder- 
ate number of the humorous and picturesque news stories 
of which the newspaper was at that time making a great 
specialty . 

In January 1907 I left the Sun because I was 
coaxed away by an offer of editorial work under Frank 
A. Munsey on his "Scrap Book," then a new monthly pub- 
lication. There I stayed for some four months, and 
learned enough of magazine makeup, manuscript reading 
and editing and magazine habits in general to orient me 
fairly well in that line. On leaving the magazine, how- 
ever, I came back to the Sun organization, this time to 
join the Evening Sun with whom I have continued since 
May 1907. 

In 1907 I wrote for the newspaper daily humorous 
or picturesque news stories, extending over the latter 
part of the year and running into 1908. I was out re- 
porting many of the big events, such as the runs on the 
banks in the 1907 panic. In 1908 I covered Taft for a 
fortnight on his New Haven trip, in the course of his 
nomination boom. A few weeks later I was dispatched to 
Oyster Bay, then the summer capital, and covered the 
President during a great part of his stay there. It was 
during 1908, I think that I had the good fortune to 
find the Boas girl, a runaway whose disappearance 
caused her relatives to offer a reward of several thou- 
sand dollars, for which I was technically in line, 
though not in fairness entitled to it. The incident 
meant an important beat to our paper in a sensational 
case that is locally well remembered. 

In 1908, I covered the chief non-political stories 
of the year, in particular, the return of Peary from 
the Pole, which took me north as far as Labrador on one 
of the longest chases undertaken by newsgetters of the 
everyday brand in many years. On that occasion I sent 
by telegraph from Sydney, N. S. some 27,000 words, my 
longest single dispatch thus far. 

While I have never covered a political convention, 
I have met a great many of the chief political figures 
of the east, and interviewed them. Col. Roosevelt knew 
me well enough to confide an important statement to me 
for presentation to other press representatives, on the 
occasion of his appearance as a witness before the Con- 
gressional Steel investigation. President Wilson I met 

Nancy Lees Coan and Philip Burr Coan 

Nancy Burr Coan Kaclik 

James Ward Coan with his father 
Philip Coan 

Leonie Matilda Coan Dunlap 

Bryan Robert Dunlap and Arthur 
Morel Dunlap 


first during his presidency at Princeton, where I in- 
terviewed him upon the conflict with his trustee oppon- 
ents over the graduate school; later I met him again, 
in 1911, during the autumn preceding his nomination, 
while I was covering the Governors' Conference at 
Spring Lake, N. J. 

While it is not easy to recall to mind all the men 
I have interviewed I might set down among the others 
the Mexican Ambassador de la Bana, later president of 
Mexico; Thomas A. Edison, Richard Cooker, Mayor Gaynor, 
Jacob H. Schiff, the late Wm. A. Harriman, the Russian 
statesman, Milyukoff, Pierre Loti, Anna H. Shaw, Gover- 
nors McGovern of Wisconsin, Hannon of Ohio, Mann of 
Virginia, O'Neal of Alabama; Menotti Garibaldi, William 
Watson, William Butler Yates, etc. 

Since 1910 when I first took up editorial work, my 
labors have been chiefly indoor and departmental. Be- 
ginning with that year, I did occasional editorial 
writing, interspersed with the preparation of a series 
of science notes, the origination and conducting of a 
column of "Replies to Readers" built on the entertain- 
ment basis, and highly successful; the making of spe- 
cial articles on important topics; the editing (in 
1910) of the Saturday back page, in its day the most 
popular page of the Evening Sun; later the building up 
of a daily magazine page, with the problems of handling 
writers, composition, type, and makeup which this in- 
volved. Twice, and during a total of over two months in 
the past eight, I have acted as chief editorial writer, 
in full charge of the editorial force of six men. 
(Letter from Edward M. Coan Collection, Stonington, 
Maine) . 

Shortly after this letter was written Philip became 
chief editorial writer and served in that capacity until 
1925 when he became an editorial writer on The Brooklyn 
Eagle . He edited several editions of Collier's Encyclopedia , 
coordinated a Federal historical and economic analysis of 
New Jersey, and headed the United States division of Funk & 
Wagnall's International Year Book . He spoke French fluently 
with an impeccable accent. His daughter-in-law, Barbara, 
said of him: "He was a wonderful , scholarly man with a mar- 
velous sense of humor and much love for us all." He retired 
during World War II. "His hobbies included math, Greek, 
history, bird watching, camping, and trout fishing." (Philip 
B. Coan) 

On June 15, 1910, Philip married Sarah Bryan Burr, who 
was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, June 24, 1883, the 
daughter of James Edward and Matilda Parsons (Bryan) Burr. 
Among Sarah's ancestors were the pre-revolutionary families 
of Burr, Steinman, and Conger. She was a graduate of Rye 
Seminary, Rye, New York. Philip and Sarah made their home in 
Montclair, New Jersey, where they were members of the 


Central Presbyterian Church. There Sarah was active in the 
Women's Guild, the Sunday School, and the Italian Mission. 
She was also a Grey Lady of the American Red Cross. 

Sarah died at the age of 82 April 29, 1966, in Mont- 
clair where she had lived for 53 years. Philip died at the 
age of 88 April 22, 1968, in Montclair. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Philip Burr, b. Apr. 14, 1911 

ii. Leonie Matilda, b. June 23, 1912 

iii. Sarah Burr, b. July 21, 1921 

iv. Edward Morel, b. Jan. 25, 1923 

Reference: Birth Certif icate--Phil ip M. Coan. 

Columbiana Collection, Low Memorial Library, Co- 
lumbia University in the City of New York. 

7 6 5 4 3 

PHILIP |URR COAN (Philip M. , Titus M. , Titus , Gaylord , 
Mulford , George ) was born in New York, New York, April 14, 
1911, the son of Titus Munson and Sarah Bryan (Burr) Coan. 
In 1933 he was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania 
with a B.A. degree in sociology, and minors in psychology, 
and anthropology. On June 22, 1940, at the Brick Presbyter- 
ian Church in East Orange, New Jersey, he married Nancy J. 
Lees, who was born in Newark, New Jersey, April 11, 1916, 
the daughter of Allen Travis and Ruth (Muchmore) Lees. Nancy 
attended Wellesley College for a year and the New Jersey In- 
stitute of Technology for two years. 

For 44 years, 1934-1938, Philip was employed in newspa- 
per reporting, the World War II Army, and textiles. From 
1934 until 1936 he worked in a Wall Street bank. From 1937 
until 1947 he did newspaper work, mostly reporting for the 
New York Times (1938-1942 plus 1946). From September, 1942, 
until June, 1946, he was in Army service as volunteer 
trainee, then second and first lieutenant of Infantry, Air 
Force, and Military Intelligence. For the next 31 years he 
was employed in textile sales in New York City and the State 
of New York except for 16 months from January, 1951, until 
April, 1952, when he served in the Army Reserve recall. From 
1947 until 1952 he worked for Ardress Worsted Company; from 
1952 until 1961, for Eastman Chemical Products, synthetic 
fibers and yarns; from 1962 until 1968, for Beaunit Corpora- 
tion, synthetic fibers, and several fabric converters; and 
from 1962 until 1978, for Textured Fibers, Inc., renamed 
Texfi, Inc., on men's wear fabrics, both warp and circular 
knit, and textured woven. 

From 1947 until 1963 Philip and Nancy lived in Fair Ha- 
ven, New Jersey, where their children grew up. Philip served 
two elected terms on the local Board of Education and one 
elected term on the Republican County (Monmouth) Committee. 
Nancy worked 16 years as a Red Cross volunteer nurse's aide 



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(front) Niall Patrick Stephens, Jennie Catherine Stephens, Sarah Coan Ach- 
eson, Ernest F. Acheson. (back) Sarah Acheson Stephens holding Nora 
Sarah Stephens with Kate Elizabeth Stephens in the chair. 

Katherine Burr Acheson 


( 8 ) COAN 

i . 

Nancy Burr, b. 

ii . 

James Ward, b. 

iii . 

Deborah Lees, 

lived only 9 


and in 1979 retired after 11 years as a medical secretary to 
doctors in West Orange and South Orange, New Jersey. In 1982 
Philip and Nancy lived in San Diego, California. 

Mar. 31, 1944 

Apr. 19, 194 7 

b. Aug. 9, 1955, was premature and 


Reference: Philip B. Coan, 17746 Plaza Acosta, San Diego, 
CA 92128 

8 7 6 5 4 

NANCY BURR COAN (Philip B, , Philip M. , Titus M. , Titus , 
Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Orange, New Jersey, 
March 31, 1944, the daughter of Philip Burr and Nancy J. 
(Lees) Coan. She was graduated from Centenary College in 
1964. September, 1969, she married John Kaclik in San Fran- 
cisco. They were divorced in 1972. Nancy died of cancer Au- 
gust 19, 1978, after a rapid career as executive secretary 
to a New York architectural firm, to Paramount Pictures' 
financial officer, and to its president. She achieved her 
strongly desired entry into movie production in 1976 and 
worked as a production aide for two films: one on location 
in Canada; the other in Mexico. Before and during her ill- 
ness she helped plan a third film, since shot in France and 
Algeria. She belonged to Screen Actors Guild. 

Reference: Philip B. Coan 

8 7 6 5 4 

JAMES WARD COAN (Philip B. , Philip M. , Titus M. , Titus , 

Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Orange, New Jersey, 

April 19, 1947, the son of Philip Burr and Nancy J. (Lees) 

Coan. In 1979 he received an associate in arts degree and in 

1980 a bachelor of arts degree in political science from St. 

Leo College, McDill Branch, St. Leo, Florida. His hobbies 

were ceramics and photography. June 1, 1966, he joined the 

United States Air Force and in 1982 was at Luke Air Force 

Base, Arizona. 

Reference: Philip B. Coan 

' 7 ..6.5.4 

LEONIE MATILDA COAN (Philip M. , Titus M. , Titus , Gay- 
lord , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born June 23, 1912, in New 
York, New York, the daughter of Philip Munson and Sarah 
Bryan (Burr) Coan. She received an A.B. degree from Ran- 
dolph-Macon Woman's College; and an A.M. degree from Teach- 
ers College, Columbia University; and a Diplome from the 
Sorbonne, Paris, France. She was a reading specialist, a 
teacher in Tenafly and Ridgefield, New Jersey, public 
schools . 


August 9, 1940, in Montclair, New Jersey, she married 
Joseph Riggs Dunlap. Leonie's interests included travel, mu- 
sic, art, drama, aerobic dance, and swimming. The Dunlap 
family spent summers at Footes Bay, Lake Joseph, Ontario, 
and a half-year sabbatical (1956-1957) in England. Leonie 
and Joseph were divorced July 1, 1970. 

International reading conferences in Buenos Aires, 
Singapore, and Vienna provided Leonie with opportunities for 
extensive travel throughout Europe, U.S.S.R., South America, 
and the Pacific, supplemented by study trips through Africa, 
Alaska, "Lower 48" States, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Med- 
iterranean countries. In 1982 Leonie lived in Leonia, New 
Jersey, where she was active in the Presbyterian Church. 

Children (8) DUNLAP 

i. Bryan Robert, b. Sept. 4, 1942 
ii. Arthur Morel, b. Dec. 26, 1947 

Reference: Leonie M. Dunlap, 206 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 

BRYAN ROBERT DUNLAP , the son of Joseph Riggs and Leonie Ma- 
tilda (Coan) Dunlap, was born in New York, New York, Septem- 
ber 4, 1942. In 1966 he was graduated from the College of 
Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, with an A.B. degree and in 1967 from 
the University of Chicago with an A.M. degree in English. He 
taught English literature and writing at Chicago City Col- 
lege (1967-69) and Queens College, New York (1971-76). Later 
he was an Associate Editor at Scholastic Magazines, New York 
(1976-79). In 1982 he was graduated from New York University 
Law School with a J.D. degree. He married first Beverly 
Moon. He married second Diana Marina Carulli, on May 30, 
1981, in New York City. She was born December 16, 1946, in 
New York, New York, the daughter of Joseph Stella and Mar- 
garet (Lane) Carulli. In 1969 Diana received an A.B. degree 
in visual arts from San Francisco State College. In 1982 
Bryan and Diana lived in New York City, where Bryan was a 
lawyer with the firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Diana was 
a self-employed artist and decorator. Their shared interests 
included kayaking, swimming, and the performing arts. 

Children (9) DUNLAP by first wife 

i. Joseph Matthew, b. Aug. 31, 1968, Chicago, 111. 

Reference: Bryan R. Dunlap, #2B, 158 East Seventh Street, 
New York, NY 10009 

ARTHUR MOREL DUNLAP , the son of Joseph Riggs and Leonie Ma- 
tilda (Coan) Dunlap, was born in New York, New York, Decem- 
ber 26, 1947. In 1971 he received a B.A. degree in economics 

Painting (original in watercolor) 
by Barbara Frances Smith Coan 

(top left) Barbara Frances Smith, (top right) Edward M. Coan family, 
1962-63: Susan Elizabeth seated in front of Annette Burr, Edward, Edward 
James with Dixie, Alison Marie standing, Barbara, and Michael Jay. 
(bottom left) Edward Morel Coan. 

(top left) Family of Alison Marie Coan 
Dibble: Claire Anne Dibble, Norman 
Charles Keith Dibble HI, Norman Edward 
Dibble, and Alison in rear, (top right) 
Annette Burr Coan. (bottom left) Edward 
James Coan and Kiyoko Suzuki Coan. 

Michael Jay Coan 


from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. Following 
graduation, he traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Austra- 
lia, and New Zealand. In 1977 he was awarded the degree of 
Master of Urban Affairs at Boston University. From August, 
1977, until February, 1979, he was employed as assistant 
planner with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental 
Management. In 1981 he was graduated from New England School 
of Law in Boston with a J.D. degree. He was employed by the 
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy as an energy ana- 
lyst until June, 1982, when he became an educational repre- 
sentative for Westlaw Division, West Publishing Company in 
Boston . 

Arthur was a member of the American Bar Association, 
the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Associa- 
tion, and the American Planning Association. He was admitted 
to the Massachusetts Bar, and to the Bars of the United 
States first Circuit Court and the United States Court of 
Massachusetts . 

Reference: Arthur M. Dunlap, 69 Quint Avenue, Boston, MA 

7 6 5 4 3 

SARAH BURR COAN (Philip M. , Titus M. , Titus , Gaylord , 

Mulford , George ) was born in New York, New York, July 21, 
1920, the daughter of Philip Munson and Sarah Bryan (Burr) 
Coan. In 1942 she was graduated from Goucher College, Tow- 
son, Maryland, with an A.B. degree. On April 11, 1942, in 
Montclair, New Jersey, she married Ernest F. Acheson, who 
was born June 4, 1912, in Washington, Pennsylvania, the son 
of Alexander Wilson and Jennie Chase (Belmore) Acheson. He 
was graduated from Washington Jefferson College with A.B. 
and M.A. degrees and over the years was employed as a plan- 
ner by various New Jersey and Pennsylvania cities and towns. 

Sarah was interested in medical subjects, conservation, 
and genealogy. She, along with her brothers and sister, 
was responsible for collecting and preserving photographs, 
books, letters, and other documents belonging to her famous 
missionary great grandfather, Titus Coan. Many of these were 
given to various museums and historical societies. In 1970 
Sarah presented to the Manuscript Division of the Library of 
Congress, Washington, D. C, an extensive collection of cor- 
respondence, journals, and papers belonging to Titus. In 
1979 she donated to the Naval Historical Center, Washington 
Navy Yard, Washington, D. C, a navy medical officer's frock 
coat worn by her grandfather, Titus Munson Coan, during the 
Civil War. 

Her hobbies were reading, weaving, gardening, and bird 
watching. She was active in volunteer activities, and was a 
member of Goucher Alumnae and National Hospice Organization. 
In 1982 Sarah and Ernest lived in Avella, Pennsylvania. 



Children (8) ACHESON 

i. Sarah Jennie, b. Sept. 18, 1944 
ii. Katherine Burr, b. Jan. 23, 1948 

Reference: Mrs. Ernest F. Acheson, R.D. #1, Avella, PA 

September 18, 1944, the daughter of Ern 
(Coan) Acheson. She completed her nursi 
Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, 
registered nurse. In 1970 she was grad 
toria College, McGill University, Montr 
gree. March 26, 1973, in Dublin, Irelan 
Stephens, who was born October 20,. 1948 
of L. F. and Ita Joyce Stephens. Catha 
University College in Dublin with a Bac 
degree . 

Sarah enjoyed history, photograph 
ing. In 1982 Cathal was an architect 
lived with their four children. 

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Children (9) STEPHENS all born in Dublin, Ireland 

i. Niall Patrick, b. Oct. 29, 1973 

ii. Jennie Catherine, b. Mar. 8, 1975 

iii. Nora Sarah, b. June 15, 1978 

iv. Kate Elizabeth, b. Oct. 8, 1979 

Reference: Mrs. Ernest F. Acheson 

KATHERINE BURR ACHESON was born in Montclair, New Jersey, 

January 23, 1948, the daughter of Ernest F. and Sarah Burr 
(Coan) Acheson. In 1970 she was graduated from Hartwick Col- 
lege, Oneonta, New York, with an A.B. degree; in 1973, from 
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with an M.A. de- 
gree; in 1974, from the Institute for Social Studies, The 
Hague, Holland. In 1982 she lived in Somerville, Massachu- 
setts . 


Mrs. Ernest F. Acheson 

7 6 5 4 3 

EDWARD MOREL COAN (Philip M. , Titus M. , Titus , Gaylord , 
Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born in New York, New York, January 
1, 1923, the son of Philip Munson and Sarah Bryan (Burr) 
Coan. He was graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology in 1947 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, 
and he saw service in World War II. He worked on space pro- 
grams and foreign technology in engineering management. In 


Last minute instructions in the wedding palace. 

(left) Last clothing change to 
Western dress, (right) Kiyoko in 
second kimono cutting the cake. 



Edward and Barbara Coan during the service. 


(left) With Mr. Kannenatsa. the 
matchmaker, a professor at Tokyo 
University, (right) In the garden 
after the service. 


1971 he became self-employed in Lincoln, Maine, where he was 
president of ITP Corporation, a firm offering tax and finan- 
cial advice. He also owned and operated a summer campground 
business. In 1981 he became manager of a branch of Village 
Electronics in Stonington, Maine. 

September 4, 1948, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Nor- 
walk, Connecticut, he married Barbara Frances Smith, who was 
born in Hackensack, New Jersey, September 8, 1923, the 
daughter of Frank J. and Marie C. (Arnold) Smith. She was an 
artist, represented by Landmark Galleries in Fredericton, 
New Brunswick, Canada; Consalvo Gallery, Ltd., in Boston; 
and Bird's Nest Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine. Her works have 
been shown and collected worldwide. In 1980 she was engaged 
in watercolors, and had six one-person shows during the 
year. She was educated at Boston University, Art Students 
League, Art Career School and by private study. She taught 
art privately and in the public schools of Lincoln, Maine. 
Barbara was an Episcopal churchwoman, very active in dioce- 
san and local church affairs. In 1981 she wrote a contract 
for and received a $10,000 grant for "Penobscot Meet the 
Arts," a program of cultural enrichment for rural Maine 
(Penobscot County). 

Since their marriage Barbara and Ed have lived in 
Moorestown and Riverton, New Jersey; Cocoa Beach, Florida; 
Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Toowoomba, Australia; Lincoln and 
Stonington (1982) Maine. Ed was always active in community 
affairs; president of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Com- 
merce. He operated radio station AFIY and was a worker for 
the Republican party. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Alison Marie, b. July 1, 1949 

ii. Edward James, b. Dec. 1, 1950 

iii. Annette Burr, b. Sept. 22, 1953 

iv. Michael Jay, b. July 24, 1955 

v. Susan Elizabeth, b. Jan. 21, 1959 

Reference: Edward M. and Barbara S. Coan, P. 0. Box 81, 
Stonington, ME 04681 

8 7 6 5 

ALISON MARIE ^OAN (Edward M. , Philip M. , Titus M. , Ti- 
tus , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Glen Ridge, 
New Jersey, July 1, 1949, the daughter of Edward Morel and 
Barbara Frances (Smith) Coan. She was graduated in 1967 from 
Fairholme Presbyterian Girls' College in Toowoomba, Austra- 
lia; and in 1971 from Hartwick College in Oneonta , New York, 
with a B.A. degree in English. She was a singer-song writer, 
employed by various hostelries, such as Camden Harbor Inn, 
Holiday Inn, Oyster House, etc. as a singer. 

September 28, 1974, in Lincoln, Maine, she married Nor- 
man Charles Keith Dibble III, a native of Tempe, Arizona. 


He was born July 17, 1950, the son of Norman Charles Keith 
Dibble II of Salisbury, England, and June Dibble of New York 
State. They met on board a sailing yacht in the Virgin Is- 
lands. Keith was a graduate of Arizona State University with 
a major in fine arts. He was a boat builder and operated 
Dibble & Thomas Boat Builders in East Blue Hill, Maine. They 
resided in Blue Hill in 1982. 

Children (9) DIBBLE 

i. Norman Edward, b. Dec. 10, 1975 
ii. Claire Anne, b. Feb. 13, 1979 

Reference: Edward M. and Barbara S. Coan 

8 7 6.5. 

EDWARD JAMES COAN (Edward M. , Philip M. , Titus M. , Ti- 
tus 4 , Gaylord 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born December 1, 
1950, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the son of Edward Morel and 
Barbara Frances (Smith) Coan. He was a member of the Holy 
Order of Mans and studied at their seminary. He attended 
Texas Technological University and studied electrical engi- 
neering. Edward was a member of the National Board of Youth 
Hostels and set up and operated Denver United Youth Hostel 
in Denver, Colorado. He also operated an amateur radio sta- 
tion, AID, and communicated with his father via radio sev- 
eral times a week. 

September 21, 1981, at a civil ceremony at the American 
Embassy in Tokyo Edward married Kiyoko Suzuki. The religious 
ceremony was performed in Tokyo May 10, 1982. Kiyoko was a 
nurse at the University Dental Hospital in Tokyo. Edward was 
a public relations manager of Yaesu Corporation. In 1982 
they lived in Tokyo. 

Reference: Edward M. and Barbara S. Coan 

ANNETTE BURR COAN (Edward M.', Philip M. , Titus M. , Ti- 
tus , Gaylord 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born in Glen Ridge, 
New Jersey, September 22, 1953, the daughter of Edward Morel 
and Barbara Frances (Smith) Coan. She was an "Old Girl" at 
Fairholme Presbyterian Girls' College, Toowoomba , Australia. 
She attended Vassar College and was graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Maine in Orono with highest distinction. Annette 
was an art teacher in the public schools of Old Town. She 
also taught dance in the Bangor and Old Town Y programs. She 
was a choir singer, a violin enthusiast, and did free-lance 
painting and portraits on commission. 

Reference: Edward M. and Barbara S. Coan 

8 7 6 5 

MICHAEL JAY COAN (Edward M. , Philip M. , Titus M. , Ti- 
tus 4 , Gaylord 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born in Glen Ridge, 

At Susan Elizabeth Coan's wedding: (front) Alison Coan Dibble 
holding Norman Edward Dibble, Annette Burr Coan, Susan, (back) 
Michael Jay Coan, Norman Charles Keith Dibble III, Barbara Smith 
Coan, Edward James Coan, Ronald Wayne Eddy, Edward Morel 

Ronald Wayne Eddy and Susan 
Elizabeth Coan Eddy 

Edward and Barbara Coan in 

Standing: Philip Burr Coan, Leonie Coan Dun- 
lap, Edward Morel Coan; seated, Sarah Coan 
Acheson — 1975. 

Hamilton M. Coan. Courtesy 
Princeton University. 


New Jersey, July 24, 1955, the son of Edward Morel and Bar- 
'bara Frances (Smith) Coan. In 1975 he was graduated from the 
University of Maine in Orono where he received a degree in 
forestry with highest distinction. He worked with Maine In- 
dians, on the Continental Divide, in Colorado, and in Alaska 
on the North Slope. He resided in Anchorage. In 1982 he was 
on a sabattical traveling in Japan, Fiji, Australia, and New 
Zealand. He planned to return to Alaska to homestead. 

Reference: Edward M. and Barbara S. Coan 

8 7 6 5 

SUSAN ELIZABETH COAN (Edward M. , Philip M. , Titus M. , 

Titus , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was born in Glen Ridge, 
New Jersey, January 21, 1959, the daughter of Edward Morel 
and Barbara Frances (Smith) Coan. May 28, 1978, at Lincoln, 
Maine, she married Ronald Wayne Eddy, who was born Septem- 
ber 3, 1954, at Lincoln, the son of William and Ruby Eddy of 
Newfoundland. He was a graduate of the University of Maine 
in Orono and served with the United States Navy in dental 
hygiene. He worked at the Chester, Maine, dental clinic in a 
rural pediatric dentistry program. He was also first select- 
man of the town of Burlington. In 1982 he was a partner of 
Dr. David Talley, Old Town. Besides being active in church 
affairs, Susan attended the University of Maine in Orono and 
planned to do graduate study in either social work or occu- 
pational therapy. 

Reference: Edward M. and Barbara S. Coan 

HAMILTON MOREL COAN (Titus M. , Titus , Gaylord , Mulford , 
George 1 ) was born in New York City June 17, 1886, the son of 
Titus Munson and Leonie Pauline (Morel) Coan. He was gradu- 
ated from Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey; and 
in 1907 received an A.B. degree from Princeton University. 
He then went to work as a bank messenger at Liberty National 
Bank. The summer of 1909 he was a field assistant with the 
United States Forest Service in Montana. This summer experi- 
ence made him decide to enter Yale Forest School from which 
he was graduated with an M.F. degree in 1910. From 1910 un- 
til 1914 he worked as forest assistant in the United States 
Forest Service. The first two years he worked in the Chelan 
National Forest which adjoins the main range of the Cascade 
Mountains in the State of Washington. He then was located at 
Whitman National Forest in Oregon. He next worked as fores- 
ter and tree surgeon with Davey Tree Surgery Company, New 

July 23, 1917, in World War I Hamilton enlisted as a 
private in Battery A, 1st Battalion Trench Artillery, 9th 
Regiment, New York. He was sent to Fort Hancock, New Jersey, 
where he volunteered for overseas duty. On January 4, 1918, 
he sailed on the America and arrived in Brest January 23. 


He served at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, and Argonne . 
From March 1, 1919, until June 30, 1919, he was a student at 
the University of Rennes, Brittany. He left Brest July 5, 
1919, and arrived in New York City July 14. He was dis- 
charged from the service July 18. 

After his discharge he returned to forestry work. Even- 
tually he moved back to New York City. In 1970 he was living 
in Brooklyn and spending the summer at Montauk. He never 
married . 

Reference: Alumni Office and University Archives, Princeton 
University, Princeton, New Jersey. 

Graduates and Former Students of the Yale Fores- 
try School (New Haven, 1913), pp. 243, 244. 

5 4 3 2 1 

HARRIET FIDELIA COAN (Titus , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) 

was born in Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, August 18, 1839, the 

daughter of Titus and Fidelia (Church) Coan. As a young girl 

she went back to the States to complete her education. She 

returned to the islands to enter upon what she believed to 

be her life's work--teaching there. She spent her life in 

this career; and as her obituary states, "as an educator she 

was always sought." 

In 1905 she was operated on for cancer, and she never 
quite rallied from the effects of this operation. Neverthe- 
less, she taught at the Union School until the close of the 
term in 1906. When she went into the hospital a week before 
she died, she calmly announced to her friends that she did 
not expect to see them again. She died July 23, 1906. 

Her estate was valued at more than $10,000. Most of 
this she left to her sister Sarah. She also remembered her 
brother Titus, her nephew Raymond Coan, the Foreign Church, 
and the cemetery for maintenance of the Coan lot. In her 
will following the disposition of her property, she gave 
minute details as to how she wished her funeral conducted, 
even to the number of hacks to be engaged. The situation of 
her grave was carefully specified, and her executor was di- 
rected to purchase an inexpensive gravestone which was to be 
marked: "Harriet F. Coan, 1839-1906, Gone Home." 

Reference: Hawaiian Herald (Hilo), July 26, 1906. (Collec- 
tion of Edward M. Coan). 

5 4 3 2 1 

SARAH ELIZA COAN (Titus , Gaylord , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, January 26, 1843, the daugh- 
ter of Titus and Fidelia (Church) Coan. October 5, 1880, she 
married Edward Emerson Waters, and they lived in Kingston, 
New York. Edward died June 14, 1908; Sarah, March 29, 1916, 
in New York City. They left no children. 

Reference: Emens, Descendants of Captain Samuel Church , 
p. 42 


SAMUEL LATIMER COAN (Titus 4 , Gaylord 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) 
was born in Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, January 23, 1846, the 
son of Titus and Fidelia (Church) Coan. He married Jerusha 
Biggs Spear June 8, 1877. Samuel died January 18, 1887, at 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Harold Latimer, b. Feb. 24, 1878; d. Aug. 17, 1878. 
ii. Raymond Church, b. Sept. 9, 1884 

6 5 4 3 

RAYMOND CHURCH 1 COAN (Samuel L. , Titus , Gaylord , Mul- 
ford , George ) was born in Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, Septem- 
ber 9, 1884, the son of Samuel Latimer and Jerusha Biggs 
(Speer) Coan. He went to the States to Pratt Institute, 
Brooklyn, New York, and to Cornell University, Ithaca, for 
his advanced education. At Cornell he was a member of Delta 
Kappa Epsilon fraternity and later was a non-resident member 
of the Cornell Club of New York City. In 1917 during World 
War I he went to France and was a first lieutenant, United 
States Army Ambulance Service with the French Army. On Nov- 
ember 11, 1918, he was serving in the Sanitary Service Unit 
584, American Expeditionary Forces. He was awarded the 
French Croix de Guerre and honorably discharged May 5, 1919. 
After the Armistice he took a course at Sainte Nazaire. When 
he returned to this country, he lived in Avon Springs and 
Tampa, Florida. He died single December 10, 1951. 

Reference: Sarah Burr Coan's notes (Edward M. Coan Collec- 
tion ) 

Department of Manuscripts and University Ar- 
chives, Cornell University, 101 Olin Library, Ithaca, 
NY 14853 

Cemetery in Sandgate, Vermont. Stone in front marks the grave of 
Lucy Coan Warner; stone to the right is that of her husband, Wil- 
liam Warner. Courtesy Robert W. Fulton. 

Gravestones of Sylvanus' Coan and his granddaughter Ann, daughter of his 
son, Sylvanus Hugh, Bidwell Cemetery, Parish, New York. 


3 2 


Principal Sources used in this chapter: 

Lucien C. Warner and Mrs. Josephine Genung Nichols, 
comp. , The Descendants of Andrew Warner (New Haven, Conn.: 
The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1919), pp. 254, 255, 
379, 380, 381. 8 

Margaret S. and Roger A. Ruth , 390 Rock Beach Road, 
Rochester, NY 14617. (From their own research, family rec- 
ords, and personal genealogical collection, Margaret and Ro- 
ger have contributed most of the data and the illustrations 
for Sylvanus Coan and his descendants.) 

Other References given in text and after biographies where 
they have been used. 

3 2 1 

LUCY COAN (Mulford , George ) was born in Guilford, Connec- 
ticut, in 1765 or 1766, the daughter of Mulford and Mary 
(Stone) Coan. On March 20, 1780, she married in Woodbury, 
William Warner, who was born in Judea , Connecticut, Novem- 
ber 12, 1770, the son of Eliphaz and Mercy (Drinkwater) War- 
ner. Eliphaz and Mercy came from Middletown, Connecticut, to 
Sandgate, Vermont, in 1776. He served as a soldier in the 
various alarms during the American Revolution. He was on the 
Proprietors Committee and laid out most of the first land 
surveys for Sandgate. 

William was a farmer in Sandgate, and the Federal Cen- 
sus for Vermont, 1850, recorded him there with property val- 
ued at $1,000. That same census listed the William Warner & 
Co., a lumbering business, which no doubt belonged to him. 
It turned logs into boards by the use of water power, em- 
ployed three hired hands, and paid a male laborer an average 
of $50 a month. The company produced 70,000 feet of boards 
and 30,000 feet of clapboards annually. 

Lucy died in Sandgate October 2, 1815, in her 41st 
year. William married second Abigail Root, who died June 13, 
1818, in her 34th year. He married third Prudence Nickerson 
by whom he had four children: James, Lucy Mercy, Ira N. , 
and Ann. He died May 24, 1856, in Sandgate and was buried 
with his first two wives in the cemetery there. 



Children (4) WARNER 

i. Mary, b. Jan. 8, 1799 

ii. William, b. Nov. 6, 1801 

iii. Joseph, b. Oct. 7, 1803 

iv. Lucina, b. Dec. 6, 1805, in Sandgate; m. Clark 

Reed and lived in Jasper, Ohio 

v. Gaylord Coan, b. Apr. 1, 1808 

vi . Benjamin Stone, b. June 15, 1810 

vii. John, b. June 2, 1812 

Reference: Gravestones: cemetery in Sandgate, Vt. 

Irma E. Renner, The Story of Sandgate, Vermont 
1761-1961 (Shaftsbury, Vt . : Farnham & Farnham, 1961), 
p. 19. 

MARY WARNER , the daughter of William and Lucy (Coan) 

Warner, was born in Sandgate, Vermont, January 8, 1799. She 
married Samuel Meeker. The Federal Census of 1850 of Ver- 
mont, town of Sandgate, recorded Ira Warner, aged 20, and 
Ann Warner, aged 17, children of Mary's father's third wife, 
as living with Mary and Samuel. 

WILLIAM WARNER, JR. , the son of William and Lucy (Coan) 

Warner, was born in Sandgate, Vermont, November 6, 1801. In 

1825 he married Sally Safford. He was a farmer and moved 

from Vermont to Ohio by carriage in 1831. In Ohio he settled 

in Munson, Geauga County. Sally died in 1864; William in 



( 5 ) WARNER 

i . 

DeWitt Clinton 

ii . 


iii . 





El izabeth 

vi . 


vii . 


DEWITT CLINTON WARNER , the son of William, Jr., and Sally 
(Safford) Warner, married Ann Pugsley. 

Children (6) WARNER 

i. Eugene Leslie, b. Oct. 31, 1863 

ii. Cyrus C, d. in Cleveland, Ohio, Feb., 1913; mar- 
ried and had a son Nelson, as well as one other 


EUGENE LESLIE WARNER , the son of DeWitt Clinton and Ann 

(Pugsley) Warner, was born October 31, 1863, in Munson, 

Ohio. On December 11, 1889, in Chardon he married Edna 

Hazen, who was born in Munson May 11, 1864, the daughter of 

Livingston and Harriet (Downing) Hazen. In 1916 Eugene lived 

in Mantua, Ohio. 

Children (7) WARNER 

i. Ethel Mae, b. Apr. 21, 1892, in Munson, Ohio; m. 
Jan. 19, 1910, in Ravenna James Ishee; they re- 
sided in Huntsburg; one son, Vaughn, born in 
Huntsburg Oct. 12, 1910 

JOSEPH WARNER , the son of William and Lucy (Coan) Warner, 

was born in Sandgate, Vermont, October 7, 1803. He married 

Mary Coville and was a farmer in Chesterland, Ohio. Mary 

died there January 28, 1890; Joseph, February 4, 1890. 

Children (5) WARNER 

i. Adelbert, married and had three sons: Elmer; 

Wilbur, m. and had two daughters; and Harold 
ii. Sarah L. , b. Apr. 30, 1830 
iii. Jane Ann, b. Nov. 5, 1832 
iv. Benjamin Silas, b. Dec. 24, 1834 
v. Andrew James, b. Jan. 13, 18 37; m. Cynthia Rod- 

gers Bartlett 
vi. Edwin Eugene, b. Sept. 14, 1843, in Chester, 

Ohio; was a teacher; d. Jan. 19, 1863 

SARAH L. WARNER , the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Coville) 
Warner, was born April 30, 1830. She resided in Fullertown, 
Ohio, and married Granville Nichols. 

Children (6) NICHOLS 

i. Victor, resided in Fullertown; m. and had two 
daughters, Hazel and Vera 

ii. Nellie, resided in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; m. 

Robinson and had a daughter Florence, m. Clyde 
Hoopes and had a daughter Lucile 

iii. Florence, resided in Geneva, Ohio; m. Pel- 
ton; had children, Forest and Gladys 

iv. Ernest, resided in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; m. and 
daughter Muriel and a son 

the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Coville) 
November 5, 1832, in Chester, Ohio. On 
married Daniel Nutt, a farmer. They re- 
Ohio, where she died July 2, 1900. 

had a 

June 20, 
sided in 


was born 

1851, she 

Russell , 


Children (6) NUTT 

i. Daniel, resided in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; had three 
children: Raymond, d. leaving a son Raymond, 
Jr.; Blanche, m. Herbert Winchell and had a son 
Lawrence; Ethel 

ii. Edna, m. and d. leaving no children 

iii. Nellie, had one son 

BENJAMIN SILAS WARNER , the son of Joseph and Mary (Coville) 
Warner, was born December 24, 1834, in Chester, Ohio. He was 
a farmer and in October, 1866, married Angeline Hawkins. 

Children (6) WARNER 

i. Olga, had two children: Ellen and John 

ii. Gabbard 

iii. Florida 

iv. Delray 

GAYLORD COAN WARNER , the son of William, Jr., and Lucy 

(Coan) Warner, was born April 1, 1808, in Sandgate, Vermont. 

He was a farmer residing in Chardon, Ohio. On December 5, 

1833, he was present at the first town meeting held at the 

organization of the town of Chatham, Ohio, and was one of 

eleven voters. February 4, 1833, he married Martha Packard. 

He married second Mary Adams. 


( 5 ) WARNER 

i . 

Darius John, 

beth Hazen 

ii . 


iii . 






June 30, 1834; m. Annette Eliza- 

the son of William, Jr., and Lucy 
(Coan) Warner, was born June 15, 1810, in Sandgate, Vermont. 
He moved to Ohio in 1831, was a farmer in Munson, and jus- 
tice of the peace from 1869 to 1875. On January 8, 1839, he 
married Hannah Malona Gleason. 

Children (5) WARNER all born in Munson, Ohio 

i. Davis William, m. Martha Gilbert 

ii. Jane Viola, b. Dec. 3, 1842; m. David Rodgers 

iii. John Barton, b. May 26, 1846; m. Almeda Jerusha 

iv. Clarence Fremont, b. Aug. 7, 1855; m. Lavina 

Jane Hodges 


JOHN WARNER , the son of William, Jr., and Lucy (Coan) War- 
ner, was born in Sandgate, Vermont, June 2, 1812. He resided 
in Sandgate as late as 1850, as he was recorded in the Fed- 
eral Census of Vermont for that year as having farm property 
worth $1,000. On November 1, 1838, he married Lydia Warren, 
who was born about 1815. All their children were born in 
Sandgate; but some time after 1850 he moved to Munson, Ohio 
and was an innkeeper there. He died in Munson February 19, 

Children (5) WARNER 

i. John Henry, b. Sept. 8, 1839 

ii. Eliza Ann, b. Mar. 30, 1841 

iii. Daniel D., b. June 30, 1843 

iv. Joel B. , b. July 10, 1844 

v. Mary L., b. Oct. 22, 1848 

vi. Sarah 

JOHN HENRY WARNER , the son of John and Lydia (Warren) War- 
ner, was born in Sandgate, Vermont, September 8, 1839. He 
married Amelia Pratt and was justice of the peace in Munson, 
Ohio, from 1900 until 1910. 

Children (6) WARNER 

i. Harriet Lucy, b. June 23, 1867 

ii. Emma, m. Babcock, son of Levi Babcock; 

children: Glenn, Milton, Rosetta 

HARRIET LUCY WARNER , the daughter of John Henry and Amelia 

(Pratt) Warner, was born in Munson, Ohio, June 23, 1867. She 
married there on September 23, 1887, Benjamin Franklin Ha- 
zen, who was born in Munson February 18, 1861, the son of 
Winchester and Amanda (Perry) Hazen. They lived in Munson. 
Harriet died in Munson in 1907. Benjamin married second Jan- 
uary 1, 1909, Mrs. Ethia Taylor. 

Children (7) HAZEN 

i. Charles Clarence, b. June 21, 1893, Munson, Ohio 

ELIZA ANN WARNER , the daughter of John and Lydia (Warren) 

Warner, was born March 30, 1841. She married first 

La Dow; second, Hodges. 

Children (7) LA DOW 

i. Cora, m. George Hodges; had children, Mona and 

George Henry 
ii. Earl, m. and had children, Claude and Maria 
iii. Amy, m. James Zethmayr and had children, Gordon 

and Willard 


MARY L. WARNER 6 , the daughter of John and Lydia (Warren) 
Warner, was born October 22, 1848. She married Perry Parker. 

Children (7) PARKER 

Eva, m. Hendricks and had children, Glad- 
den, Arleigh, and Perry 

den, Arleigh, and Perry 
ii. Willis, d. leaving no family 

3 2 1 

SYLVANUS COAN (Mulford , George ) was born October 28, 

1778, and baptized December 6, 1778, in Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, Congregational Church. He was the son of Mulford and 
Mary (Stone) Coan. When Sylvanus was in his teens in 1794, 
the family moved to Woodbury. On November 8, 1798, in Rox- 
bury, he married Ruanna Tuttle, who was born in Roxbury July 
28, 1781. She died February 15, 1801, at Woodbury. 

Sylvanus was a cooper and a farmer. He married second 
Lucy Ann Munger November 1, 1801. She was born in Woodbury, 
November 3, 1783, the daughter of John and Ann (Hough) Mun- 
ger. According to Barbour Records, Lucy Ann Munger had a son 
John Reynolds, born January 28, 1801. In the biography of 
Albert Stone Coan, in D. Hamilton Hurd's History of Fair- 
field County, Connecticut (Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co., 
1881), op. p. 64, Sylvanus and Lucy were said to have had 
four children. Records show only three. Could John Reynolds 
have been the fourth? Lucy divorced Sylvanus; and he went 
West, taking his younger son Milo with him. The older boy, 
Albert, remained with his mother. On October 22, 1810, maybe 
in Western Canada (now the province of Ontario) he married 
third Polly Hough, who was born May 27, 1784. About 1815 
Sylvanus went to New York State. Polly died July 21, 1819, 
aged 35. 

On September 9, 1820, probably at Parish, New York, 
Sylvanus married fourth Frances (Fanny) Williams, who was 
born June 27, 1802. Sylvanus lived for the rest of his life 
at Parish where he was magistrate of the town for many years 
and a prominent member of the Baptist Church. Sylvanus died, 
aged 81, May 24, 1859, at Parish and was buried there in 
Bidwell Cemetery. Fanny died March 31, 1888. 

Children (4) COAN 

by Ruanna 

i. Nelson T. Coan, b. Aug. 11, 1799 

by Lucy Ann 

ii. Albert Stone, b. Aug. 11, 1803 

iii. Milo Mulford, b. Mar. 12, 1805 

iv. Emeline, b. ca. 1807; d. Jan. 24, 1810 at Rox- 


by Polly 

v. Marcia, b. June 27, 1811 

vi . Asahel, b. Apr. 13, 1813 

vii. Royal Ralph, b. Feb. 10, 1817 

viii. Sylvanus Hugh, b. July 2, 1819 

by Fanny 

ix. Lorenzo D., b. Aug. 3, 1821 

x. William, b. Dec. 7, 1825 

xi. Helen, a twin, b. Sept. 28, 1828; m. Samuel C. 
Porter; d. June 8, 1849; buried Bidwell Ceme- 
tery, Parish, N. Y. 

xii. Harriet, a twin, b. Sept. 28, 1828; m. 

Kemble; in 1892 living in Ilion, N. Y.; had 
one son 

xiii. Mary Jane (Polly); b. Aug. 5, 1832; m. Oris 
Slack; d. Dec. 9, 1873 

xiv. Ira Smith, b. Aug. 28, 1836 

Reference: Mrs. Roger A. Ruth, copier of "Coan Family Bible 
Record," D.A.R. of New York State Unpublished Bible Re- 
cords , Vol. 119, pp. 126-130 (Albany, New York State 
Library ) . 

Vital Records, Roxbury, Conn., Vol. A, p. 343. 

Vital Records, Woodbury, Conn., Vol. 1, p. 92. 

4 3 2 1 

NELSON T. COAN (Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was born in 

Connecticut August 11, 1799, the son of Sylvanus and Ruanna 

(Tuttle) Coan. His mother died when he was about a year and 

a half old. The next record we have of him was found in 

Sandgate, Vermont, where his Aunt Lucy (Coan) Warner lived; 

so in all probability she brought him up. On November 7, 

1830, Nelson married Nancy Remington in Sandgate, Vermont. 

She was born in Vermont about 1797. They lived in Sandgate 

where, according to the Federal Census for Vermont in 1850, 

Nelson was a mechanic; the Census in 1860, a miller. From 

September 16, 1853, until April 18, 1861, he was postmaster 

of Sandgate. According to a card file in Vital Records, 

Montpelier, Vermont, Nelson died in Sandgate March 20, 1864, 

aged 69. Either the date or the age is wrong. Either he died 

in 1864, aged 64; or he died in 1869, aged 69. These records 

have been copied, and maybe recopied, from the original; so 

errors do occur. Although two cemeteries were searched in 

Sandgate, his gravestone was not found. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Nelson 

ii. William Hayhurst, b. April 2, 1835 


Reference: Ira E. Renner, The Story of Sandgate, Vermont 
1761-1961 (Shaftsbury, Vt . : Farnham & Farnham, 1961), 
p. 53. 

5 4 3 2 1 

NELSON COAN (Nelson T. , Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Sandgate, Vermont, the son of Nelson T. and Nancy 
(Remington) Coan. December 6, 1855, at Richford he married 
Olive Gross. Nelson was a farmer, and they resided in Rich- 
ford and Enosburg. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Infant, d. July 25, 1858, Enosburg 
ii. 0. D., b. Nov. 5, 1869, Richford, Vt . 

Reference: Card file, Vital Records, Montpelier, Vt . 

5 4 3 , „ ,2 

WILLIAM HAYHURST COAN (Nelson T. , Sylvanus , Mulford , 

George 1 ) was born in Sandgate, Vermont, April 2, 1835, the 
son of Nelson T. and Nancy (Remington) Coan. He married Am- 
elia , who was born in Saratoga Springs, May 24, 

1832. They lived in Sandgate until sometime between 1859 and 
1862 when they moved to Missouri. Amelia died November 1, 
1871, and William married second Alice C. Van Wagnen, who 
was born July 24, 1849. Alice died October 4, 1883. William 
died in Texas November 15, 1913. 

Children (6) COAN 

by Amelia 

i. Henrietta, b. Nov. 30, 1855, Sandgate, Vt . 

ii. Mary B., b. Apr. 14, 1857, Sandgate, Vt . 

iii. George, b. 1862, Miller County, Mo. 

iv. Julia B., b. 1866, Buchanon County, Mo. 

by Alice 

v. Ernest Ellwood, b. 1870; son of Alice adopted by 

Wil 1 iam 
vi. Will A., b. July 20, 1873 
vii. Elroy Burdette, b. Feb. 12, 1876 
viii. Cora Maude, b. 1880 

Reference: From "Family History" by Grady B. Coan, Aztec, 
N. M., as it appeared in Virginia Catherine Coan Wiles, 
The Coan Family of America , 1963, Vol. I (Salt Lake 
City, Utah: Genealogical Department Library, Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Microfilm No. 
525,726) . 


GEORGE COAN (William H. , Nelson T. 4 , Sylvanus 3 , Mulford 2 , 
George ) was born in 1862 in Miller County, Missouri, the 
son of William Hayhurst and Amelia Coan. He married Luna 
Adele Van Wagnen, who was born August 29, 1857. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Walter, b. 1889; d. 1890 

ii. Rachel, b. 1891; m. Jewell Phillips; d. 1915 

iii. Floyd, b. 1894 

iv. Vesta, b. 1895 

v. Irving, b. Sept. 11, 1897; m. Jean ; was a 


vi. Jesse Iona, b. Sept. 1, 1900; m. Hendricks 

vii. Amelia, b. 1905 

Reference: Grady Coan, Wiles, Coan Family of America , Vol. 

6 5 4 3 

ERNEST ELLWOOD COAN (William H. , Nelson T. , Sylvanus , 

Mulford , George 1 ) was born in 1870, the son of Alice Van 
Wagnen and an adopted son of William Hayhurst Coan. He mar- 
ried Sue Ellen Schubert, who was born about 1874 in Tuscum- 
bia, Missouri. Ernest died young leaving Ellen with two 
small children. She pioneered an Oklahoma claim and later 
did nursing in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Arizona be- 
fore moving to National City, California, in 1925. She was a 
member of Southwest Chapter 345, Order of Eastern Star, and 
of the First Methodist church, both in National City. She 
died July 1, 1947, in National City and was buried in Glen 
Abbey Memorial Park. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Mabel, b. in Missouri; teacher in elementary 
school; lived in National City, California, in 

ii. Otis Welton, b. Apr. 21, 1895 

Reference: Richard W. Coan to John V. Coan, September 29, 

"Mrs. Ellen S. Coan, Mother of Two Teachers 

Succumbs," San Diego Union , July 2, 1947, p. 8, Col. 1. 

7 6 5 4 

OTIS WELTON COAN (Ernest E. , William H. , Nelson T. , Syl- 
vanus 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born in Iberia, Missouri, Ap- 
ril 21, 1895, son of Ernest and Sue Ellen (Schubert) Coan. 
He was graduated from Hastings college with an A.B. degree 
in 1922 and did graduate study at the University of Kansas 
and the University of Arizona. In 1928 he received an M.A. 
degree from the University of California in Berkley. 


In June, 1925, he married Dorothy Wilson. In 1924-1925 
he was instructor in English at the University of Tennessee 
in Knoxville; 1925-1926 at Central Junior College, El 
Centro, California; and in 1929 at Los Angeles City College, 
Los Angeles, where in 1978 he was professor emeritus. 

During World War I in 1918-1919 he served with the 
United States Army. He was a member of American Civil Liber- 
ties Union, American Friends Service Committee, Fellowship 
of Reconciliation, and Friends Committee on Legislation. 
Otis and Dorothy were divorced; and September 3, 1940, he 
married second Berenice Ellman. 

Otis's writings included Rocktown, Arkansas , a novel; 
America in Fiction: An Annotated List of Novels That Inter- 
pret Aspects of Life in the United States , which he edited 
with Richard G. Lillard; and Travel ing , a book of poems. 
Also, he was a contributor to education, civil rights, and 
consumer publications. In 1973 he lived in Palo Alto, Cali- 
fornia . 

Children (8) COAN 

by Dorothy 

i. Donald Wilson 

ii. Richard Welton, b. Jan. 24, 1928 

by Berenice 

iii. Eugene Victor, b. Mar. 26, 1943; a marine biolo- 
gist, worked in 1973 for the Sierra Club; with 
James Graham Cooper wrote Pioneer Western Nat- 
ural ist published in 1982. 

Reference: Richard W. Coan to John V. Coan, September 29, 

Christine Nasso, ed., Contemporary Authors , Per- 
manent Series (Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Company, 
1978), Vol. 2, p. 122. 

8 7 6 5 

DONALD WILSON COAN (Otis W. , Ernest E. , William H. , Nel- 
son T. 4 , Sylvanus 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was the son of Otis 
Welton and Dorothy (Wilson) Coan. He married Grace Ite. In 
1973 he was a social worker, and they lived in Sacramento, 
California . 


( 9 ) COAN 

i . 

Avis, b. 1951 

ii . 

Norman, b. 1953 

iii . 

Carol, b. 1955 


Iris, b. 1959 




Reference : 

Richard W. Coan to John V. Coan, September 29, 

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in 1950 from the University of California, Berkley; a 
in 1955 from the University of Southern California. 

He was a research associate in psychology at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois, Urbana, 1955-1957; assistant professor, 
1957-1960, associate professor 1960-1964, professor of psy- 
chology, 1964--at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He was 
a member of American Psychological Association, Association 
for Humanistic Psychology, and the Society for Multivariate 
Experimental Psychology. 

His writings included The Optimal Personality: An Em- 
pirical and Theoretical Analysis ; Hero, Artist, Sage, or 
Saint?: A Survey of Views on What Is Variously Called Men- 
tal Health, Normality, Maturity, Self -Actual ization , and Hu- 

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i . Lisa , b. 1951 ; m. 
ii. Cynthia, b. 1960 


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WILL A. COAN (William 

George 1 ) was born July 

and Alice (Van Wagnen) 

died October 30, 1936. 

Bowden, ed. , 
Gale Research 

Contemporary Authors ( De- 
Company, 1978), Vol. 69- 

5 4 3 2 

H. , Nelson T. , Sylvanus , Mulford , 

20, 1873, the son of William Hayhurst 

Coan. He married Neal Weeks. Will 


( 7 ) COAN 

i . 


b. 1903 

ii . 

Minor, b. 


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Carry, b. 





Reference: Grady Coan, Wiles, Coan Family of America , Vol. 

6 5 4 3 

ELROY BURDETTE COAN (William H. , Nelson T. , Sylvanus , 

Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born February 12, 1876, the son of 

William Hayhurst and Alice (Van Wagnen ) Coan. He married 

Martha Weeks, who was born January 19, 1878. Elroy died in 

1943; Martha, in 1959. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Joy Gertrude, b. Feb., 1898; m. J. M. Winters; 

had several children 
ii. Alice, b. 1899 
iii. Grady B., b. July 24, 1900 
iv. Robert Mansfield, b. June 25, 1903; m. Frances 

Givens; two children: Doris, Jes 
v. John Clifton, b. Mar. 10, 1905; m. Vera Crump; 
two children: Kenneth, Joan 
Christian, b. 1907; m. Lloyd Jones 
Elroy Burdette II, b. 1909; m. Vela Sue Neal ; 

two children: Stanley, E. B. 
Ethel June; m. Archie Tuttle 

William Thomas; m. Alice ; children: De- 
lilah, Mary Ann, Thomas 

Grady Coan, Wiles, Coan Family of America , Vol. 

7 6 5 4 

GRADY B. COAN (Elroy B. , William H. , Nelson T. , Sylva- 
nus 3 , Mulford 2 , George 1 ) was born July 24, 1900, the son of 
Elroy Burdette and Martha (Weeks) Coan. He married Nora 
Pugh, who was born March 31, 1909. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. James M. , b. July 16, 1931; m. Beverly Spineli 
ii. Caroline E., m. J. C. Casey; two children: Joni, 
b. 1957; John Coan, b. 1959 

Reference: Grady Coan, Wiles, Coan Family of America , Vol. 

4 3 2 1 

ALBERT STONE COAN (Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was born 

in Bridgewater, Litchfield County, Connecticut, August 11, 

1803, the son of Sylvanus and Lucy Ann (Munger) Coan. When 

he was eight or nine years old, his father and mother were 

divorced; and his father went West. At the age of ten Albert 

was put out to work for Matthew Logan. He worked on the farm 

of Logan until he was eighteen or twenty years old when he 

VI . 

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commenced to learn the boot and shoe trade. He had little 
formal education, but worked at his trade winters and on the 
farm summers for the next twelve years. He then worked a 
farm on shares for six years when he purchased his own farm 
in Woodbury. In 1845 he purchased a farm in Trumbull. 

On December 6, 1824, he married Sarah Ann Thomas, who 
was born March 19, 1803, and died May 29, 1839, aged 36. On 
January 1, 1840, he married second Abby B. Burgess, who was 
born in Morris, Litchfield County, Connecticut, May 10, 
1809. According to the Barbour Collection, Church Records of 
Trumbull Congregational Church , Vol. 3, pp. 78 and 146, when 
Albert and his daughter Sarah Abigail were baptized May 13, 
1849, and when Albert was admitted to the church, his name 
was Albert Sylvanus , not Albert Stone . He apparently changed 
the Sylvanus to Stone , since all other records list him as 
Albert Stone . 

Albert was a life-long Democrat of the Jeffersonian 
school. He served as town assessor, a delegate to town and 
county conventions, and was a member of the State Legisla- 
ture in 1868. He and Abby belonged to the Congregational 
Church of Trumbull Centre. Abby died June 23, 1886. Albert 
died in Shelton January 25, 1898, aged 95. 

Children (5) COAN 

by Sarah 

i. William Wallace, b. Mar. 1, 1826 

ii. Sarah Abigail, b. June 2, 1831 

iii. Albert Martin, b. Feb. 17, 1835 

iv. Henry Fowler, b. Oct. 6, 1837 

by Abby 

v. Wesley Burgess, b. Mar. 21, 1842 

Reference: D. Hamilton Hurd, History of Fairfield, Connect- 
icut (Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co., 1881), between 
pp. 804 and 805. 

5 4 3 2 

WILLIAM WALLACE COAN (Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mulford , 

George 1 ) was born March 1, 1826, son of Albert Stone and 

Sarah Ann (Thomas) Coan. He married Mary E. Andrews. William 

died May 1, 1855; Mary, September 4, 1863. They had no 


5 4 3 2 

SARAH ABIGAIL COAN (Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mulford , 

George 1 ) was born June 2, 1831, daughter of Albert Stone and 
Sarah Ann (Thomas) Coan. On April 29, 1850, she married Sam- 
uel Booth. She married second Eli C. Hawley, who was born 
November 28, 1818. Sarah died December 22, 1888; Eli died 
April 20, 1899. 


Children (6) BOOTH 

i. Eugene, b. Aug. 16, 1850; missionary to Japan 


ii. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 14, 1855; d. Jan. 15, 1893 

iii. Seymour P., b. Sept. 19, 1856; d. Sept. 3, 1859 

iv. Edgar Homer, b. Oct. 10, 1858 

v. Arthur Nelson, b. Aug. 4, 1860 

vi. Wallace Burr, b. July 17, 1862; d. April 12, 

vii. Susan Mary, b. May 12, 1864 
viii. Sarah Louise, b. Nov. 20, 1865 
ix. Wallace Grant, b. Nov. 17, 1867 
x. Grace Medora, b. Jan. 11, 1871 
xi. Frank Burr, b. June 9, 1872; d. Jan. 1, 1892, 

aged 19 

5 4 3 2 

ALBERT MARTIN COAN (Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mulford 

George 1 ) was born February 17, 1835, son of Albert Stone and 
Sarah Ann (Thomas) Coan. He married Annie S. Sizer of Hol- 
land Patent, New York. Albert enlisted to serve in the Civil 
War August 31, 1862. On November 14, 1862, he was mustered 
into the infantry, Company D, 23rd Regiment of Connecticut 
Volunteers. He was a private and was mustered out August 31, 
1863. After Albert's death his widow lived in Brockport, 
New York. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. Mary Frances, m. Gilbert Hamlin of Clarkson, N. Y. 
Feb. 3, 1888 

5 4 3 2 

HENRY FOWLER COAN (Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mulford 
George 1 ) was born October 6, 1837, the son of Albert Stone 
and Sarah Ann (Thomas) Coan. He married Mary A. Dewhurst. 
He was a corporal in the Civil War and enlisted August 18, 
1862. He was mustered into the infantry, Company D, 23rd 
Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers, November 14, 1862. Henry 
died October 17, 1904; Mary, April 2, 1907. They had no 
children . 

5 4 3 2 

WESLEY BURGESS COAN (Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mulford 
George 1 ) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, March 21, 
1842, son of Albert Stone and Abby B. (Burgess) Coan. On 
August 25, 1862, he married Elizabeth Mary Shelton, who was 
born August 16, 1845, daughter of Sylvanus and Mariette 
(Hawley) Shelton. He was interested in Coan family history 
and was the author of the first genealogical manuscript on 
the Coans. Elizabeth died in September, 1925; Wesley, July 
10, 1928. 


Children (6) COAN 

i. Albert Wesley, b. Sept. 23, 1864 
ii. Irwin Shelton, b. Feb. 26, 1867 
iii. Minnie Abby, b. May 27, 1870 

6 5 4 3 

ALBERT WESLEY COAN (Wesley B. , Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mul- 

ford , George ) was born September 23, 1864, son of Wesley 

Burgess and Elizabeth Mary (Shelton) Coan. On June 18, 1887, 

he married Alice Jeanette Curtis, who was born July 5, 1865. 

Alice died July 9, 1918; Albert, May 28, 1946. 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Wesley Booth, b. June 8, 1891 

7 6 5 4 

WESLEY BOOTH COAN (Albert W. , Wesley B. , Albert S. , Syl- 
vanus , Mulford , George ) was born June 8, 1891, son of Al- 
bert Wesley and Alice Jeanette (Curtis) Coan. On July 31, 
1915, he married Florence Turkington, who was born Decem- 
ber 30, 1888, daughter of Arthur and Laura Nancy (Dayton) 
Turkington of Morris, Connecticut. They lived in Derby, Con- 
necticut. Wesley died in February, 1967. 

Children (8) COAN 

i. Virginia Turkington, b. Jan. 13, 1917 

8 7 6 

VIRGINIA TURKINGTON COAN (Wesley B. , Albert W. , Wesley 
5 4 3 ? 

B. , Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was born Jan- 
uary 13, 1917. On September 18, 1944, she married Joseph 
Franklin O'Brien, who was born June 30, 1914. 

Children (9) O'BRIEN 

i. Joseph Franklin O'Brien, Jr., b. May 2, 1949 
ii. Robert David, b. Aug. 18, 1955 

6 5 4 3 

IRWIN SHELTON 1 COAN (Wesley B. , Albert S. , Sylvanus , Mul- 
ford , George ) was born in Trumbull, Connecticut, February 
26, 1867, son of Wesley Burgess and Elizabeth Mary (Shelton) 
Coan. On January 12, 1888, he married Nelie Blakeman, who 
was born December 14, 1867. They lived in Derby. 

Irwin served as deputy sheriff of New Haven for several 
years. He was city sheriff in Derby for four years, and a 
Derby alderman from 1929 until 1934. He was a member of the 
Derby Lodge of Elks and the First Congregational Church in 
Derby. For 12 years before he retired at age 84 he was a 
guard at Ansonia Water Company. Irwin was the oldest living 


ex-fire chief in Connecticut and the oldest living member of 
Echo Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company in Shelton. He joined 
Echo Hose in 1896 and later served as chief and foreman 
( captain ) . 

Nelie died May 26, 1952. Irwin died January 2, 1968, at 
the age of 100, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Shel- 

Children (7) COAN 

i. Bessie Chatfield, b. Oct. 2, 1889 

Reference: Newspaper Clipping of Jan. 2, 1968, paper un- 
known (Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Ruth). 

BESSIE CHATFIELD COAN (Irwin S. , Wesley B. 5 , Albert S. 4 , 
Sylvanus , Mulford , George 1 ) was born October 2, 1889, 
daughter of Irwin Shelton and Nelie (Blakeman) Coan. She 
married William H. Cloughessy January 12, 1909. He was born 
February 25, 1885, and died May 23, 1962. Bessie died March 
21, 1957. 

Children (8) CLOUGHESSY 

i. Irwin Wesley, b. Aug. 17, 1914; d. Nov. 9, 1915 
ii. Elizabeth Nelie, b. Nov. 13, 1917; m. John S. 

Wheeler, June 29, 1940; he was born Nov. 21, 

1913; no children 
iii. Helen Jean, b. Jan. 26, 1921; m. Joseph Jenks 

Sept. 26, 1953; he was born Aug. 20, 1923; no 


MINNIE ABBY COAN (Wesley B. , Albert S. 4 , Sylvanus 3 , Mul- 
ford 2 , George 1 ) was born at Trumbull, Connecticut, May 27, 
1870, daughter of Wesley Burgess and Elizabeth Mary (Shel- 
ton) Coan. On October 20, 1887, at Trumbull Minnie married 
Frank Lester Wheeler, who was born at Easton, February 20, 
1863, son of Henry and Sarah Ann (Banks) Wheeler. Frank was 
a farmer at Derby, Connecticut. He died in March, 1944; Min- 
nie died June 25, 1955. They had no children. 

Reference: History of the Wheeler Family in America (Bos- 
ton: American College of Genealogy, 1914), p. 884. 

4 3 2 1 

MILO MULFORD COAN (Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was born 

in Woodbury, Connecticut, March 12, 1805, son of Sylvanus 

and Lucy Ann (Munger) Coan. When his father and mother were 

divorced, he went West with his father sometime about 1812. 

They were living in West Canada, now Ontario, in 1813. In 

the 1820s Sylvanus moved to Parish, Oswego County, New York; 

Milo Mulford Coan 

Grave of Albert H. Coan, son of 
Milo, Bidwell Cemetery, Parish, 
New York. 

Albert Stone Coan 

Wesley Burgess Coan 

Irwin Shelton Coan 

Asahel Coan 

Franjeskia Coan Keeler 

Newton O. Coan and his wife 

Mareia Coan, daughter of 
Newton O. Coan. 

Rosanna MeLymond Coan 


and Milo moved with the family. He cleared land there for a 
farm and February 26, 1829, married Elizabeth Maybee, who 
was born July 28, 1807. Elizabeth died in Parish May 28, 
1863; Milo died there October 19, 1891. They were both bur- 
ied in Bidwell Cemetery in Parish. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Joseph, b. 1830 

ii. Ann Eliza, b. June 14, 1832; m. 1) Kern; 

m. 2) Davy; d. July 22, 1897 

iii. Albert H., b. Feb. 21, 1834 

iv. David, b. Apr. 12, 1835; d. July 21, 1838 

v. Warner Joseph, b. Aug. 17, 1836; d. July 13, 

vi . Henry William, b. June 23, 1840; d. Nov. 15, 

vii. Marcia, b. July 13, 1843; d. June 3, 1844 
viii. George T., b. Mar. 1, 1846 
ix. Milo, b. 1855 

5 4 3 2 1 

ALBERT H. COAN (Milo M. , Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was 

born in Parish, New York, February 21, 1834, son of Milo 

Mulford and Elizabeth (Maybee) Coan. On April 15, 1874, he 

married Mary R. Wing, who was born June 3, 1837. Mary died 

November 25, 1896; Albert, March 2, 1914, aged 80. 

Children (6) COAN 

i. William F., adopted 

4 3 2 1 

MARCIA COAN (Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was born June 

27, 1811, daughter of Sylvanus and Polly (Hough) Coan. On 

June 28, 1832, she married Orson Smith of Manlius, New York. 

Orson died December 5, 1886; Marcia died February 19, 1892. 

Children (5) SMITH 

i. Daughter, m. Chittenden 
ii. Daughter; m. Harter 
iii. 0. Duane 

The following biography of Asahel Coan was written by Mar- 
garet S. Ruth: 

4 3 2 1 

ASAHEL COAN (Sylvanus , Mulford , George ) was born April 

13, 1813, in West Canada, son of Sylvanus and Polly (Hough) 

Coan. He moved with his family to Parish, Oswego County, New 

York, in the mid-1820s. As he grew up, he helped his father 

Sylvanus Coan and his elder half-brother Milo clear the land 


for their farms, located a bit north of the village. Milo's 
home was near his, and great friends as they were all their 
lives, they now sleep peacefully near each other, surrounded 
by their families, in Bidwell Cemetery, about three miles 
northeast of the town. Despite his stern appearance in his 
portrait, Asahel was a gentle, kindly man with many friends 
in the town and county. For years he contributed articles to 
local newspapers in Parish, Mexico, and the county seat of 
Oswego. Many clippings, which were preserved by his grand- 
daughter Nellie Keeler, revealed his sentimental nature, his 
lively inquiring mind, and his deep appreciation of history 
and man's relation to past, present and future. He may not 
have had a great deal of formal education, but he obviously 
read widely to be able to express so many thoughts so 
clearly, in an extensive vocabulary. Now and again his ideas 
varied somewhat from "small-town" tradition. 

In 1875 he helped found The Old Settlers Association of 
Oswego County, which held annual gatherings (old fashioned 
picnics!) attended by as many as 500 persons at times. He 
submitted detailed reports of these meetings to the newspa- 
pers, several of which have been saved. 

Longevity fascinated him. He wrote one article after 
another, reporting on the great age attained by individuals 
whom he knew in Oswego County. Discounting his flowery lan- 
guage (characteristic of his period) we easily discern his 
genuine concern for the tender loving care which very eld- 
erly persons ought to receive from family and friends. 

He himself nearly reached the age of 82. He would have 
been pleased to read the statement in "Landmarks of Oswego 
County" (page 663) that when he died January 1, 1895, "he 
was the oldest correspondent of the 'Parish Mirror,' and one 
of the oldest citizens of the town." 

On September 14, 1840, Asahel married Rosanna McLymond, 
who was born in 1818, daughter of Bruce McLymond from Scot- 
land and his wife Anna. Rosanna died in Parish, New York, 
June 3, 1894. Asahel died there January 1, 1895. They were 
both buried in Bidwell Cemetery in Parish. 

Children (5) COAN 

i. Franjeskia, b. Aug. 21, 1842 

ii. Byron T. , b. Jan. 12, 1844; d. Apr. 5, 1844, Par- 
ish, N. Y. 

iii. Myron F., b. Apr. 23, 1845 

iv. Newton O. , b. Dec. 27, 1846 

v. Corrie Albertine, b. Oct. 5, 1854; d. Mar. 29, 
1875 unmarried; buried Bidwell Cemetery, Par- 
ish, N. Y. 

The following story, written by Asahel Coan, appeared 
in one of the local newspapers to which he contributed many 
articles. It was taken from a clipping saved by a Parish re- 
sident—no newspaper name, no date. Mrs. Ruth suggested 1884 
as a possible date. 



"Hello, old settler, give us another wolf story", was the 
salutation we received the other day while passing the house 
of an old friend, an early settler of three score years. But 
not feeling exactly in a wolf story mood, we promised to 
tell a fish story. We are well aware of a disposition among 
the people to discount fish stories rather largely; whether 
this idea originated on account of the "great fish" men- 
tioned by an ancient writer we can only conjecture. However, 
as we are the only survivor of our fishing party it will be 
difficult for outsiders to prove that our fish story needs 
much discount. 

Early in the summer of 1824, with my father (Sylvanus 
Coan) and Judge Henry Williams we two boys wended our way 
from Stone hill through the woods by a line of marked trees 
about three miles to a pond near West Amboy, since known as 
"Coan Pond". At that time the primitive forest covered the 
larger part of Oswego County, the wild beast made its lair 
beneath its shade undisturbed by man; while the finny tribe 
in almost countless numbers sported beneath the waters. The 
croak of the bullfrog, the hoot of the owl, the long doleful 
howl of the wolf and occasionally the shrill shriek of the 
panther often made night fearful to the timid. But our fish 
story: We reached our point of destination about noon, near 
the shore among some lofty pines beside a sparkling spring. 
We found a fisherman's shanty, we gathered some hemlock 
brush for a bed, and had a very comfortable place to lodge 
for the night. And of course the next business in order was 

The only boat was a log canoe with a carrying capacity 
of four or five men, but the old men not thinking it safe 
for all of us to embark on board at the same time concluded 
to leave us two boys on shore while they went on the pond. 
To this we demurred; we thought all the fun was on the pond. 
However, when the old men were off half a mile we rigged our 
fish tackle, perched ourselves on the trunk of a huge pine 
that had fallen half its length into the water. We didn't 
wait long in suspense; we soon "got a bite" and soon the 
scaley beauties began to accumulate along the shore on dry 
land, and in about three or four hours we caught 184 rock 
bass that weighed about a pound and a half each. But the 
secret of our success was we had struck a spawning bed where 
hundreds of fish might have been seen from any stand point 
along the shore for more than forty rods. 

Towards evening the old men came up chuckling over 

their "big catch" of ten or fifteen pounds of small fish and 

one black bass that weighed about three pounds. But when 

they saw "our pile" more than four men could carry, they 

"caved in", and you can bet there was two big boys 'round 





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It wa 

stories aft 

time--none of your small fry fishermen though 

us had yet reached our teens. We built a camp 

ted some fish and what with provisions we had 

th us we had a splendid supper. how we enjoyed 

ose days. During the night our quiet repose was 

by a bear who put in a claim to a part of our 

the old judge soon decided the case: he drew a 

the smouldering camp fire, and the way the fire 

them trees was a new idea to bears, and Bruin 

uble quick. And this was our first lesson in camp 

s no use for them big boys to tell their big fish 

er that, we could beat them out of sight. 

A. Coan 

FRANJESKIA COAN (Asahel , Sylvanus , Mulford , George 
born in Parish, New York, August 21, 1842, daughter of 
hel and Rosanna (McLymond) Coan. On December 31, 1860 
married William Marvin Keeler, who was born March 6, 
son of Nathan Olmstead Keeler and his third wife Eliz 
(Henderson) Keeler. Franjeskia and William lived in a 
house in Parish. During the school year to eke out the 
ily income, they took in boarders--young people from o 
ing areas who wanted to attend the high school in Pa 
She gained quite a reputation for her motherly care of 
youngsters. After Franjeskia's death, William lived 
their daughter Nellie, Mrs. Jacob Schumacher, in Paris 
til his tragic death. He was run over by the evening 
at the town station. He was stone deaf 
train approaching. 

Franjeskia died November 7, 1889; 
1903. They were both buried in Bidwell 

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Children (6) KEELER 

i. Jasper, d. young 

ii. Nathan Avery, b. Aug. 12, 1862 

iii. Nellie May, b. Aug. 25, 1863 

NATHAN AVERY KEELER , son of William Marvin and Franjeskia 
(Coan) Keeler, was born August 12, 1862, in Parish, New 
York. He married Rosina Katherine Holzer, who was born June 
4, 1869. They had ten children. Nathan died December 22, 
1939; Rosina, August 10, 1953. 

Children (7) KEELER 

i. Harley W. , b. Jan. 17, 1888; d. Feb. 5, 1905 

ii. Frank Frederick, b. Feb. 28, 1890; d. Jan. 1, 

iii. Margaret Nellie, b. Mar. 11, 1892 

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(top left) Franjeskia Coan 
Keeler and William 
Marvin Keeler. (top right) 
Franjeskia 's children, 
Nellie May and Nathan 
Avery Keeler. (center) 
Home of Franjeskia 
Coan Keeler. (bottom 
right) Gravestone of 
William Keeler in 
Bidwell Cemetery, 
Parish, New York. 

Family of Nathan Avery Keeler, 1916: (back, left to right) Delvin; Carl Baker, 
husband of Margaret Nellie; Paul; Floyd; Frank (front, left to right) Margaret 
Nellie Baker; Gerald; Rosina Katherine Holzer Keeler, mother; Jessie. 

Nellie May Keeler Schumacher 

Nora May Schumacher, age 6. 


iv. Florence, b. Jan. 13, 1894; d. Mar. 14, 1897 
v. Delvin (Dell), b. Apr. 17, 1897 
vi. Paul Avery, b. July 19, 1899; d. Oct. 6, 1936 
vii. Floyd Chester, b. Apr. 27, 1902; m. Marie Lle- 
wellyn Dec. 20, 1930; one daughter Joan who 
married and had two children; d. Sept. 2, 1961 
viii. Jessie Venette, b. Apr. 21, 1904 
ix. Virgil, b. Feb. 25, 1906; d. same day 
x. Gerald Gracely, b. Mar. 2, 1909; m. Mrs. Mary 
Kleinheinz Rutherford, Apr. 26, 1940; no 

MARGARET NELLIE KEELER , daughter of Nathan Avery and Rosina 

Katherine (Holzer) Keeler, was born March 11, 1892. She mar- 
ried Carl E. Baker July 8, 1914. He died in 1925. On Decem- 
ber 25, 1927, she married second Grover Gene Pollan. Mar- 
garet died August 28, 1942. 

Children (8) BAKER 

i. Lorenzo K., b. Dec. 12, 1916; m. Margaret Leona 
King; one daughter, Cinda, b. Feb., 1945; Cinda 
m. 1965; Lorenzo died in air crash Jan. 26, 

ii. Norman Carlyle, b. Sept. 17, 1918; m. Alice Bu- 

iii. Evadne Margaret, b. June 23, 1921; m. Roland A. 
Maurer; one son, Dennis, b. Mar. 1, 1943 

( 8 ) POLLAN 

iv. Grover Gene, Jr., m. Margaret Warner; children: 
Rickey, Jeanne, Theresa 

DELVIN (DELL) KEELER , son of Nathan Avery and Rosina Kath- 
erine (Holzer) Keeler, was born April 17, 1897. He married 
Sadie Schmedeka April 4, 1926. They lived in Grangeville, 

Children (8) KEELER 

i. Lavern, m. Edith 

ii. Betty Lou, m. Roy Castle; one daughter Linda 

JESSIE VENETTE KEELER , daughter of Nathan Avery and Rosina 

Katherine (Holzer) Keeler, was born April 21, 1904. On De- 
cember 22, 1937, she married Walter J. Becker, who was born 
January 6, 1907, and died March 16, 1970. They lived in 
Greenacres, Washington. 


Children (8) BECKER 

i. Richard Walter, b. Aug. 4, 1940; m. Geraldine 
Bunge; children: Mark Joseph, b. Nov. 12, 1962; 
Christine Louise, b. Feb. 25, 1964; Julie Ann, b. 
Mar. 24, 1967; lived in Bellevue, Washington 

NELLIE MAY KEELER 6 , daughter of William Marvin and Franjes- 
kia (Coan) Keeler, was born in Amboy, New York, August 25, 
1863. On May 27, 1880, she married Jacob William Schumacher, 
who was born in Albany, New York, September 15, 1855, son of 
Andrew and Christina (Keck) Schumacher. Andrew and Christina 
were both born in Germany and came to the United States from 
the Black Forest in the early 1850s. Nellie and Jacob spent 
most of their married life in Parish where he had his own 
small factory for manufacturing cigars from domestic to- 
bacco. He was an avid gardener and a devoted bee keeper. He 
loved fishing, especially in nearby Oneida Lake. When he re- 
tired from the cigar manufacturing business, Nellie and he 
lived with several of their daughters in Rochester and on 
Long Island. 

Luckily for this genealogy, Nellie believed in never 
throwing anything away; and many of the pictures in this 
chapter have survived until the present because of her care. 
Jacob died October 30, 1925, on Long Island. Nellie died in 
Garden City, New York, April 4, 1941. 

Children (7) SCHUMACHER 

i. Nora May, b. May 2, 1883 

ii. Cassie Belle, b. Aug. 6, 1888 

iii. Olive Grace, b. Mar. 20, 1895 

iv. Verna Inez, b. Apr. 22, 1901 

v. Jay Augustus, b. Sept. 6, 1902 

NORA MAY SCHUMACHER 7 , daughter of Jacob William and Nellie 
May (Keeler) Schumacher, was born in Parish, New York, May 

2, 1883. She was an attractive, dainty, blonde. On October 

3, 1905, she married Robert Harley Ruth, who was born June 
17, 1880, in Houlton, Maine. His father and grandfather had 
large lumbering operations in the virgin forests of Northern 
Maine. Robert attended Ricker Academy in Houlton, Maine, and 
Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York, where he 
met Nora. He became a salesman for electrical manufacturers 
and in 1919 set up his own electrical contracting business 
in Rochester, New York. 

Robert was descended from Scotch and Scotch-Irish immi- 
grants. One of them was John Stewart (1738-1805) who fought 
with the "Black Watch," the 42nd Regiment of Highlanders, at 
the Battle of Montreal, 1760. He later settled on the Mira- 
michi River in New Brunswick. (Robert Ruth's family is the 










Homer Wright Bolender, Jr., and 
his daughter Patricia Ann. 

Avery Howard Coan and his wife 
Mary Trudell Coan with their 
granddaughters Kelly Maree Coan 
and Jocelyn Rae Coan. 

Family of John Alfred Ewald, Jr.: 
Katherine Cassandra Ewald; Jane 
Caroline Roseberry Ewald, mother; 
John Hiram Ewald; John Alfred 
Ewald, Jr.; Charles Hildreth Ewald. 

Richard Howard Coan and his 
wife Patricia Ellen Ducharme 
Coan and daughter Jocelyn Rae. 


subject of a book published in 1981 by Roger and Margaret 
Ruth. ) 

Nora joined the Daughters of the American Revolution 
on the service of Isaiah Keeler, Jr., (1761-1852). Robert 
died July 11, 1962, Rochester, New York. Nora died there 
March 13, 1964. 

Children (8) RUTH 

i. James Robert, b. May 12, 1911; d. July 25, 1912, 

New York City 
ii. Roger Allan, b. Apr. 29, 1913 

ROGER ALLAN RUTH , son of Robert Harley and Nora May (Schu- 
macher) Ruth, was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, April 29, 
1913. From the time he was a young boy, he was always inter- 
ested in mechanics and electricity. He worked for Eastman 
Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, as electrical engineer 
for 36 years and retired in 1971. He served in increasingly 
responsible capacities at Eastman. He assisted with the de- 
velopment of the first sound movie projector, and during 
World War II he helped produce the V. T. Fuse, one of the 
most crucial and decisive weapons the United States Army and 
Navy used to win the war in Europe and in the Pacific thea- 

At Eastman Kodak Roger met Margaret Sayre Stallman, 
whom he married October 7, 1950. She was born May 17, 1911, 
at Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of Dr. George Philip and 
Myra Willson (Rafter) Stallman. Dr. Stallman was an Army 
doctor, and during her childhood Margaret lived on various 
Army posts from the Philippine Islands to the East Coast of 
the United States. In 1932 she was graduated from Mount 
Holyoke College. She then did secretarial work; first, for a 
Rochester, New York, physician; and then for Eastman Kodak 
until her marriage in 1950. 

On the service of her ancestor James Willson, Margaret 
joined the Daughters of the American Revolution. On his mo- 
ther's line Roger was a life member of the Sons of the Amer- 
ican Revolution, and served as president of the Rochester 
Chapter for three years. Both Margaret and Roger were in- 
terested in genealogy and traveled to many ancestral sites 
here and abroad. In addition, they both enjoyed stamp col- 
lecting and photography. 

In 1882 they lived in Rochester on the shore of Lake 
Ontario near the mouth of the Genesee River. They often told 
their friends that their front yard stretched 55 miles, all 
the way to Canada. However, due to the earth's curvature, 
even on a clear day one could not see that far. 

Children (9) RUTH 

i. Charles, b. and d. Aug. 17, 1952 


CASSIE BELLE SCHUMACHER , daughter of Jacob William and Nel- 
lie May (Keeler) Schumacher, was born in Parish, New York, 
August 6, 1888. After graduating from the normal school in 
Oneonta, New York, she taught school for a number of years 
at Hollis, Long Island. On July 23, 1922, she married Homer 
Wright Bolender, who was born June 11, 1897, at Dayton, 
Ohio. They lived at Hempstead, Long Island. Homer was an 
extremely successful salesman for the National Cash Register 
Company. Cassie died at West Palm Beach, Florida, November 
23, 1967. Homer died there September 13, 1969. 

Children (8) BOLENDER 

i. Homer Wright, Jr., b. July 25, 1929 

HOMER WRIGHT BOLENDER, JR. , son of Homer Wright and Cassie 

Belle (Schumacher) Bolender, was born July 25, 1929, at 

Hempstead, Long Island, New York. He was graduated from 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. On June 25, 1950, at Fram- 

ingham, Massachusetts, he married Nancy Ann Barker, who was 

born May 16, 1930. During the 1950s he served in the armed 

forces and then worked as an engineer for a Binghamton, New 

York, firm until his untimely death at Chenango Bridge, New 

York, April 25, 1975, when he was only 45 years old. 

Children (9) BOLENDER 

i. Peter Wright, b. Aug. 19, 1951; m. June 28, 1975, 
Julie Conrad of Chenango Bridge, N.Y.; one son: 
Gregory James, b. Nov. 4, 1980; m. second Mari- 
lina Taccioco 

ii. Patricia Ann, b. Apr. 24, 1953; m. June 26, 1971, 
Ronald Joseph Utter of Greene, N.Y., where they 
resided in 1981; children: Nicole Rebecca, b. 
Jan. 22, 1974; Ronald Joseph, Jr., b. May 6, 
1976; Brian James, b. July 11, 1978 

iii. John Daniel, b. Oct. 28, 1955; m. Dec. 31, 1980, 
Julie M. Fairchild 

OLIVE GRACE SCHUMACHER , daughter of Jacob William and Nel- 
lie May (Keeler) Schumacher, was born in Parish, New York, 
March 20, 1895. She was a secretary in downtown New York 
City and used to tell about the horrifying sway developed in 
the Woolworth Building in a high wind at the level of her 
office. Being the tallest building in the world at that time 
(except the Eiffel Tower in Paris), it was erected to with- 
stand storms; so despite her fears she was perfectly safe. 
On December 31, 1924, she married John Alfred Ewald, 
who was born December 22, 1901. They lived in Hempstead and 
Garden City, Long Island. John was just starting at the bot- 
tom of his lifetime career in the California Perfume 


Company, later known as Avon Products. He became firm presi- 
dent and chairman of the board. 

Olive died January 26, 1950. John married second Emma 

in Garden City and in 1982 lived in Santa Barbara, 

California . 

Children (8) EWALD 

i. John Alfred, Jr., b. Mar. 13, 1928 

JOHN ALFRED EWALD, JR. , son of John Alfred and Olive Grace 

(Schumacher) Ewald, was born March 13, 1928. He was gradu- 
ated from Yale University and the University of Virginia Law 
School and then opened a law office in Garden City, Long Is- 
land, New York. On November 13, 1954, he married Jane Caro- 
lyn Roseberry of Paris, Kentucky. She was born March 23, 
1930. They had three children. Later they purchased a farm 
near Charlottesville, Virginia, where they raised thorough- 
bred horses that raced at Saratoga and other tracks. John 
died December 7, 1979; Jane continued to live on the Vir- 
ginia farm. On December 26, 1982, she married second Roy 
Tolleson of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. 

Children (9) EWALD 

i. John Hiram, b. June 9, 1956 

ii. Katherine Cassandra, b. June 3, 1957 

iii. Charles Hildreth, b. Dec. 12, 1959 

VERNA INEZ SCHUMACHER , daughter of Jaco