The subject of this sketch was born Sept. 24, 1803, in the town of Westford, Otsego County, N. Y. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Coates, who were among the first settlers of the town. He was the second son of a family of eight children. At the age of twenty-one years he assumed control of his father’s business, and at his father’s death, which occurred in 1828, he, with Jacob L. Snyder, as executors, settled the estate to the entire satisfaction of the other legatees.
Mr. Coates purchased the interest of the heirs in the estate, and to the farm, then embracing 225 acres, he made subsequent additions until at the time of his death he was in possession of nearly 500 acres.
His wife’s portrait and a view of his late residence may be seen elsewhere in this work. His portrait also would appear here, but unfortunately there are none in existence. March 27, 1857, he married Lucy Ann Bennett, daughter of Aaron and Sally Bennett, who were early settlers in the town of Maryland. To Mr. and Mrs. Coates were born Ella D. Elbert, and Effie M., all of whom are living with their mother. Mr. Coates was a man of unusual ability, and was well posted on the events of the day; a man of untiring industry, and during a busy life succeeded in accumulating a large property; and during the late war it is related of him that he paid the highest taxes of any man of his town. He was a staunch Democrat, but never a seeker after official honors. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died Nov. 14, 1872. A beautiful monument marks his resting place in the Methodist cemetery at Westville.
More from the history of Otsego County NY: Norman and Bingham Babcock, with their sister, Eliza, reside on the farm formerly occupied by their father and grandfather. Martin Coates, an early settler, occupied the premises where his father located in an early day. On the old homestead of Reuben Hinds lives a daughter of that pioneer, Mrs. Pickens. (The History of Otsego, NY, Duane Hamilton Hurd, 1878)