Charles Coates Family: We are tracking tow name bearing heirs in this family; Stephen Coats born 11/25/1713 in Hadley Mass. and Martha Kellogg, family settled in Westfield Mass. son Charles-
Charles Coats born 1742- served in the revolutionary war. Following the war he moved to Guilford Windham Vermont. In 1790 he had a wife, three sons under 16 and 5 daughters all living in Windham Vermont names as yet unknown.
John Coats born 1756- died 1823. John served as a minute man in the revolution. Married Abigail Goodrich in Webster Mass. John moved his family to Windham Vermont around 1800 and later into Quebec Canada
Heir producing children of John and Abigail:
Goodrich Coates born 1777
Reuben Coates born 1779 died 1849 married Mehitable Hodgeman. Their children were born in Quebec; Olive 1808, David, 1806, Benjamin 1809-1860, Abigail 1811-1879, John 1811-1885, Reuben 1817,
John Jr. 1782-1838
Thomas Coates Family: Thomas had two name bearing heirs following the revolution;
John Coates family remained in essex Mass
James Coates family moved the New London Conn.
Robert Coates Family: Going into the post revolutionary war era Robert had two name bearing heirs surviving the post revolutionary period;
Robert Jr. moved his family to Stonington Conn. His sons William and Joseph carried on the family name. William in Connecticut, Joseph returning to Essex mass.
John Coates married Alse ( Alice) and remained in Essex Mass. They moved to Marblehead, Essex Mass.
This should make tracking a little easier. A more comprehensive genealogy which includes all of the females would take much too long to compile for our purposes, but can be done with a little time and patience. We will continue to track the families of the men above. We see that we have representatives of both Robert and Thomas families living in Mass. and Connecticut, while charles group has moved north.
I am tracking these families primarily using early records. In 1790 the first US Federal census was held. From that time until 1850 the only name recorded was the head of household. The census included a count of family members by approximate age and listed whether of not they had slaves and the color of the people in each family. Other records, land grants, wills, tax ledgers, church memberships often reveal names. Please keep in mind that I am working from a computer with available on-line records. Other records exist in the various places, cemeteries, churches, counties, etc. that would provide a much more in depth history of these families. If you are interested in looking more closely into any of these families i encourage you to contact the county historian in each of the counties mentioned to request additional information or perhaps you would like to plan a genealogy vacation. There is nothing more satisfying to a family historian than standing in a location your ancestors may have stood and seeing the sights they saw each day. those are the things that breath life into the story.