"The humble petition of Robert Coates Senior of Lynn and Jane, his wife, daughter of George Sumner, who died by Small Pox some 40 years since, in Rowley Mass., for administration of the estate of Thomas Sumner, her brother, who married and died without issue, his wife is also dead, she having married twice, ( her second marriage to Thomas Ellithorp) said Jane is the only living heir, she being about 10 years old when her father died. To the court to be held the first Tuesday of Nov. 1691"
Robert Coots was the second inhabitant of Nahart Mass., living there as a fisherman and shepherd. Nahart was a part of Lynn, Essex Mass. In 1657 the people of Lynn held a town meeting and appointed Robert Coats, Thomas Loughton. George Keyson and Joseph Armitage a committee to defend their right to Nahart for the benefit of all the people of Lynn.
Robert and Jane had the following children, all born in Lynn Mass.:
Robert Coats Jr. born 1658 died in Stonington Conn. 5/2/1727 Married Mary Hodgkins
John Coats born 1661 died in Lynn 1729 Married Alse/Els (Alice) Hanley.
Abigail Coats born 4/10/1663 died 7/21/1743. Abigail married Samuel Rhoads 1/16/1681,. ( see previous post, in addition to the children mentioned in the previous post there is also a Benjamin Rhoads listed as being the child of Abygail and Samual, born 6/12/1704. I did not find birth records to verify this child. He may have been born in a town other than Lynn and recorded there.).
Robert Coates Jr. was born in Lynn, Essex Mass. He served as a soldier in 1674 on the Connecticut river under Captain Turner. In 1678 Robert Coates Jr., his father Robert Coats Sr. and brother John Coates were among the inhabitants of Lynn who took the oath of allegence to the king.
on December 29,1682 he married Mary Hodgkins of Lynn. Mary was born on 4/6/1661, the daughter of William Hodgkins and Grace Dutch of Ipswich. In 1682 Robert Coates Jr. with his wife Mary and infant son Robert Coates III, moved to Ipswich Mass. It was the custom in those days that when moving to a new township someone from the town had to act as a sponsor and sign a declaration that the new residents would not become a burden to the township and the sponsor would be held responsible for their behavior for a period of years, until such time as they were deemed full members of the community. William Hodgkins signed such a statements. which can still be located in the files at the county offices in Ipswich. The declaration reads: "1684- Know all men by these precepts that I, William Hodgkins Sr. of Ipswich, do bind myself, heirs and executors and administrators in the sum of fifty pounds, current paid unto the selectmen of Ipswich or their successors that where as my son-in-law, Robert Coates, is lately come to dwell in Ipswich, that he nor his familie become to charges to the town during his or their residence in Ipswich as witness my hand this twentieth day of January 1684"
Robert and Mary remained in Ipswich until about 1688. While in Ipswich their daughter Mary was born on 8/29/1685. At some time following Mary's birth Robert Jr. moved his family back to Lynn, where the rest of his children were born. Robert Coates Jr. and Mary Hodgkins Coates had the following children:
Robert Coates III Born Lynn 8/17/1683 Died in Stonington Conn.1771
Mary Coates Born Ipswich 8/29/1685 Died in stonington Conn. 1764. She died unmarried. (more on her will below)
William Coates born Lynn 10/23/1689 Died in Stonington Conn. 1/23/1776
Obadiah Coates Born Lynn 9/18/1691
Hannah Coates Born Lynn 2/12/1693
Joseph Coates Born Lynn 3/20/1695 died in Wallingford Conn. 1772
Caleb Coates born Lynn 9/22/1698 died in Stonington Conn.10/9/1749
Abigail Coates born Lynn 4/30/1701
Grace Coates (twin) born Lynn 4/30/1701
Hezekiah Coates Born Lynn 4/2/1705 Died Stonington Conn. 10/21/1751
Around 1707 Robert Coates Jr. moved his family to Stonington Connecticut. He worked as a weaver in Stonington. On 4/26/1707 , following the death of Robert Coates SR. Robert Coates Jr sold land he had inherited from his father in Lynn to Jonathan Rhoads of Lynn. I believe this was JOnathan Rhoads son of Samual Rhoads and Abygaill Coates, Robert Coates Jr. nephew. The deed was not recorded until 12/31/1731.
John Coates Born in Lynn 1661 Died in Lynn 1729. His will was probated 4/17/1729. He married Alse/Eols Hanley on 11/3/1690. John also served in the military. He was a member of the squadron of Mr. Loughton and Francis Burrill. On 2/16/1677 he took the oath of allegience, sworn to by Captain Thomas Marshell of Lynn. John and Mary remained in Lynn and had the following children:
John Coates Born in Lyn 10/16/1691-Died Ashford Conn. 1754
Sarah Coates Born Lynn 3/29/1693
Mary Coates Born Lynn 3/22/1695
Samuel Coates born Lynn 7/29/1699 Died in Lynn 1776
Jane Coates Born Lynn 5/27/1701
Martha Coates Born Lynn 11/5/1703
Tabitha Coates bron Lynn 4/19/1705
Benjamin Coates born Lynn 3/29/1706 died 4/25/1773
Abigail Coates born lynn 1712
Abigail Coats born 4/10/1663 died 7/21/1743. Abigail married Samuel Rhoads 1/16/1681. They had the following children: