This is not exactly true. His immigrant ancestor came to the Massachusetts area from England some time between 1690 and 1705, when he married Hester Neal in Springfield, Hampton Massachusetts. The Families Coats/Coates/Cotes have been a fixture in America since shortly after the landing of the Mayflower.
The story I have heard is that all of the Coates in America came from three very prolific brothers who immigrated here from England . My husbands family started with Charles Coats, born to William and Mary Coats in England in or around the year 1675.
A full generation Prior to Charles journey across the ocean there were Coats already established in the colonies. Robert Coats was born in England about 1627. He married Jane Sumner in Lynn Mass. in 1657.
Also living in Lynn Essex, Mass. ,Thomas Coats, born in England about 1625 Thomas married a Quaker wife, Elizabeth Flood/Floyd in 1646 at Lynn Ma. It is very likely, as the two men were living in the same location that they were brothers.
Join me as I take a historic journey to the land of the Pilgrims and attempt to unravel the coats family lineage. It will be interesting to see how these families cross generations, grow and spread through out America. If you are a member of any one of these families I would love to hear from you and, if you have any family photos you would like to share feel free to scan and send.
Until next time, may your families be healthy, your homes warm and your friends plentiful .