Saturday, March 17, 2007

Irving W. Coats - 1880, New York

Irving W. Coats age 44
Irene M. Coats age 33, wife (second wife: Mrs. Irene M. Hoes, a worthy lady, daughter of Harvey King)
Heman A. Coats age 9 son (by his first wife: Miss Josephine R. Short)
also living with them:
Richard Wheatty
Mary Blanch
Next door is:
Jefferson J. Coats age 76 (Captain James T. J. Coates in the bio below)
Manerva Coats age 74, wife
also living with them:
Ellen Blanch age 24
Jefferson was born in NY but his father was born in Connecticut
This is Ontario County New York, city of Hopewell
Irving has one brother living in Cass County MI named James F. Coates and one sister Mrs. Mary A. Parsons


Contemporary Cherokee Baskets said...

Jefferson would have been born about 1804

Contemporary Cherokee Baskets said...

Irving would have been born about 1836 in New York

Contemporary Cherokee Baskets said...

From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

Irving W. Coates, Hopewell, the subject of this sketch, was born in the town of Manchester, Ontario county, November 14, 1836. He is the second son of Captain James T. J. Coates, late of the town of Hopewell, in the same county. His grandfather, James Coates, was a native of New London, Conn. When quite a young man he came to Stephentown, Rensselaer county, and married Miss Penelope Northrup, the daughter of the Rev. Gideon Northrup, an eloquent divine, who at that time resided in the eastern portion of the State. James Coates was one of the pioneers of settlement at what is now known as Varysburg, Wyoming county. He, in common with many others, carved out homes in the dense wilderness and endured all the hardships and dangers incident to such a life. In the war of 1812, which so soon followed the white settlement of Western New York, he was employed as a teamster to transport arms, ammunition and supplies for the use of the army of General Stephen Van Rensselaer, then gathering at Lewiston on the Niagara for a descent upon Canada. He would never accept any pay for his services, declaring that it was the duty of every good citizen to uphold the honor of his country in the hour of its need and danger. He had much intercourse with the Indians during the early days of settlement, and knew personally Red Jacket Farmer's Brother, Young King, Seneca White, and other noted chiefs of the Six Nations, who were frequent guests at his house. In 1817 he exchanged his property at Varysburg for a fine farm near Clifton Springs in the town of Manchester, where he died at the advanced age of eighty-six years, honored and respected. Capt. James T. J. Coates, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born at Stephenstown, Rensselaer county, in 1804, and removed at a tender age with his father's family to their new home amid the hemlock forests of the Holland Purchase. On arriving at man's estate he was for many years a successful farmer of the town of Manchester, and in 1850 removed to the adjoining town of Hopewell, in the same county, purchasing the fine homestead farm now owned and occupied by his son, Irving W., where he resided until his death, July 22, 1889, aged eighty-six years. His estimable wife, whose maiden name was Minerva Whitney, daughter of Jonas Whitney, a worthy pioneer of the town of Hopewell, survived him but about a year, her death occurring October 31, 1890. Captain Coates was a most worthy citizen, an upright, honorable man in all his dealings and was quite successful in business. He held several offices of trust given him unsolicited by his fellow citizens, and discharged the duties of them always to his credit. He was an active officer in the early militia organizations of Ontario county, and received the commissions of first lieutenant and captain from Gov. De Witt Clinton. For a brief period we believe he was on the staff of Col. Lester Phelps of Canandaigua, who commanded the old One Hundred and Eleventh Regiment N. Y. S. Militia, and who was a warm personal friend of his. Irving W. Coates, in common with most farmers sons, received his first rudiments of education at the district school, supplemented by a course at the old Chemung Classical School at Palmyra, Wayne county, where he graduated, we believe, in 1855 with honor, having been selected to deliver the valedictory address at the close of the term. He afterwards took a special course in historical and scientific studies under private tutors. He has been a frequent contributor to many prominent papers, and enjoys the reputation of being a ready, graphic writer, and a close student of men and events. He has been for several years an earnest student of our early Indian history, and his recent contribution to the columns of the Ontario County Times on the "Castle of Onagbee" and "In the Footprints of Denonville," stamps him as an accomplished Indianologist, and a writer whose graceful pen is able to lend great interest and charm to the subjects of which he treats. Mr. Coates has been twice married, his first wife, a most estimable lady, was Miss Josephine R. Short of Manchester, by whom he had left two children: Nelson, since deceased, and Heman J., who lives at the old homestead. His second wife was Mrs. Irene M. Hoes, a worthy lady, daughter of Harvey King, an old and honored resident of Manchester, and a member of one of the pioneer families of that town. Mrs. King died March 5, 1873. Mr. Coates has one brother, James F. Coates, an esteemed citizen of Cassopolis, Cass county, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. Mary A. Parsons of Clifton Springs.

Contemporary Cherokee Baskets said...

From Ontario County Journal 26 July 1889

T. Jefferson Coates, of Hopewell, died on Monday evening in the eighty-sixth year of his age. Mr. Coates has been a great sufferer for 12 years. He was born in Rensselaer county, on April 1, 1814, and was one of the pioneers of Genesee county. In 1817 he moved to the town of Manchester, where he resided until 1850, when he moved to the home where he died. He has held several civil and military positions, and by his honorable career as a business man and his upright life has won the esteem of all who knew him. His wife, 84 years of age, two sons and one daughter survive him.