Those Canadian Coates were very prolific. Interestingly enough, it seems most of the offspring were female, or died young or left no discernable record. Looking at the decendants of Reuben Coates (1779-1849) & Mehitable Hodgeman (1783 – 1865) we see that, of the off spring of Benjamin Coates (1809-1869 )& Theodosia there is no one to carry the name into the final chapter.
Of Reuben Coates (1817)&Caroline Kingsley’s tribe Alfonso Coates (1/6/1851 & MaryAnn Coates leave us with one viable son;
Wesley Alfonso Coates(1880-1918) Married Edith May Barber and they had three children;
Florance R Coates (1905 )- no records available
Robert Alfonzo Coates (1908 – 1918) died young, never married.
Arnold W. Coats (1912 – 1980). Arnold moved to Vermont and settled there. While living in Vermont and not yet a citizen, on 24 Mar 1944 Arnold joined the army, enlisting from Massachusetts. He enlisted for the duration of the war. He married Christine J. ?. after the war. They had one son, Robert J. Coates (1950-present), who provided information for Arnold’s death certificate in 1980. At that time Robert was living in Hardwich Vermont. No other information is available at this time.
Of Sylvester Coates (1825-1910) & Sarah only Horace Sylvester (1857-1942) and Mary Ann Coates produces viable name bearing heirs:
Arthur C. Coates (1886-1967) married Norah Delisle (1887-1971). They had four children, but only one son: Fern Coates(1917)May Coates (1918 )Kathleen Coates (1920)Charley Coates (1915 ) Charley remained in Sherbrooke Quebec but I was unable to find any records regarding marriage or children for any of them.
Stuert/Stewart H. Coates (1891-1973) Remained at home with his parents through the 1920s. No further information is available at this time.
John Coates Jr. (1782-1838) & Elizabeth Foster Wilson (1791) had a little better luck projecting their brood into the future.
Of Solomon Coates (1815)& Martha Livingston’s offspring only Gordon Coates 91859)& Jessie Viola Graham produced viable sons. Gordon died before 1921 and Jessie married William Faulkner of Newport Quebec. Only Elwin Coates (1900) and Horace Coates (1905) appear with her in the 1921 census. I was unable to track them any further.
Which leave Tyler Coates (1823-1914)& Mary Ann Mayhew (1828-1916) to secure the future for this Coates clan.
Thomas Henry Coates (3/23/1852-1901) married Lydia Pinkham around 1886. They had three sons;
Percival Orton Coates (1888-1970) Married Dorothy Rose (1895 – 1954) they had the following sons:
Van Henry Coates (1916 – 2002) married Margaret Smitherson in 1938. They emigrated the Michigan and settled there before 1940, though he did not officially emigrate in 1942. Van served in the military for the USA in 1845. He worked as a truck driver. When he returned he divorced Margret. Van is buried in Howell, Livingston County, Michigan, USA. He and Margret had one son together;
Van Jr. Coates (9/1/1942-2000) I was unable to access additional information. There is an obituary in the Gregory Newspapers that is displayed on Ancestry.com but not accessible without an expensive upgrade to my account. If anyone reading this has access to the Gregory Michigan papers and finds the obit, if you send it, I will post it.
Orton Coates (1914 – ) Married Eva Harper. Orton worked as a truck driver with his Father in Law William S. Harper and traveled back and forth between the US and Canada. Orton and Eva remained in Quebec and had one daughter, Dorothy Coates and one son, Edward Coates. There is no additional information on them at this time. It is believed they are still living in Quebec. Orton married a second time to Helen Lessenba. She and Orton had six sons. Their names are unknown at this time.
Wilmer Coates (1918 – ) Remained in Canada. No further information is available at this time
Percival divorced Dorothy and married Alice Estelle Smith Foster(1895 – 1986) they had the following children:
Allan Coates- died in childhood.
Henry Coates-Died in childhood
Robert Percival Coates (1934 – 2011) Immigrated to the US in 1935, settling in Niagara Falls NY where he lived with relatives or family friends of his mother. Robert served in the Military in the 1950, where he learned electrical engineering. He married Althea Voss while in the military serving in England. After he returned form the Airforce Robert moved his family to Lansing NY, a suburb of Ithaca NY, where they continue to live. Their first son, Robert Michael Coates was born in England in 1955. Robert was killed in a car accident in 1977, leaving no spouse of children. Robert and Diana had a total of four sons:
Robert Michael Coates (1956-1977)- never married, no children
Paul Coates (11/25/1959- living) Married Mary B. Kneeland on 11/14/ 1986. Divorced 2004. Paul and Mary had four children, one daughter- Meghan D. Coates (1997-present) and three sons; R. Michael Christopher Coates (1987-present) Michael has one son with Sasha Predechet- Talon Coates born 10/22/2009., Alexander Jeremiah Coates (1989-present) as yet unmarried, no children, and John Francis Coates (2000-present) unmarried, no children.
Daniel Wayne Coates(1960-present) Daniel never married but has one son, Robert Daniel Coates (1992-present) as yet unmarried, no children.
Carl Thomas Coates (1968-present)Carl married and divorced Kim Molenoux. They have one daughter, Rachel Coates. Carl has remained single, no additional children at this time.
Eugene Gilbert Coates (1892-1976) married Laura Gertrude Mayhew. In 1923 Eugene moved his family to Michigan, where they settled and remained. He and Laura had the following heir producing sons:
Cedric Coates(1916 – 2008) married Inez Betty Metz (1919 –)They settled in Howell Michigan where they raised the following sons:
Daniel Scott Coates (1950) married Katherine Rita Owens. They have two daughter.
Gary Roy Coates married two times and has a total of seven children, names unknown. They continue to live in the Howell Michigan area.
John Coates- no information available at this time
Thomas Allan Coates married twice, first to Shiley G.?, no children recorded. The second marriage to Tyne Diana Baugh. They continue to live in the Michigan area. They had three children, two sons and one daughter;
Jeremiah James Patrick Coates(1978) – married no children as of yet.
Jeffery Allen Coates1982 – married no children as of yet.
Melody Lynn Coates1985 –unmarried, no children at this time.
Robert James Coates (1942 – 1997) Remained in Michigan and married a total of fine times. He has a total of 5 children with four different mothers. Additional information unavailable at this time.
Fred Coates (1918 –) entered and settled in Michigan. No other information is available at this time.
James A. Coates (1856 – 1951) & Peggy Macleod (1865 – 1951). They had the following sons:
Alvin A. Coates (1895) married Martha Arilla Conner. They remained in Lennoxville Quebec and had one son,; Herbert Coates (2/6/1921-1976)Herbert became a development engineer. He married Kathleen Wheeler on 6/24/1944 and moved her with him to the USA. They entered in New York City on 10/11/1956 and officially became a citizen on 2/10/1965. Herbert and Kathleen had four children, names and sex unknown. They settled in North Carolina where the family remains today.
Fred C. Coates (1891-1919), - died young. No spouse, no children
Harold R. Coates (1908-1999), - remained in Quebec. No additional information available at this time.
Benjamin Franklin Coates (9/17/1860 – 2/27/1955) Married Annie Pinkham. They had the following sons;
Dave Coates (1908-1960) moved to Michigan and settled there in 1926. Married Rexie Mae Holland(1926)in 1946. No further information available at this time.. Presume there are children still living in Michigan USA.
Elwin Coates (1903), no information available at this time.
Sternis Coates (1896 – 1980), Married Jewell Aulis. No other information available at this time
Myron Coates (1863 – 1919) Married Scottena Mae Pinkham (1872 – 1951).This family appears ot havbe remained in Quebec but there is no information readily available on them. They had the following sons;
Hollis Coates(1893 – 1929) no wife, no children,
Charlie Arthur Coates (1897-1901 ) died in childhood
Clarence Raymond Coates(1898 – 1962) no information available
Cecil Richard Coates(1903 – 1957) Married Kay Campbell no information available
Wallace Douglas Coates(1905 –) remained in Quebec. No other information available at this time.
Willis Gordon Coates(1907 – 1968)- no further information available.
John Myron Coates (1917) – no information available at this time.
Well folks, that concludes our series on the Coates families of Massachusetts. I hope you have found this an enjoyable and helpful series. It is certainly a lot of information to digest. I know there are omissions and probably a few incorrect facts scattered here and there. Research from a distance is never an exact science. If any of these people belong to you and you have additional information you would like to add, feel free to drop me a line. If you have an idea for an upcoming segment, let me know this as well. Until next time pull out your scrap book, take a stroll through a cemetery or have a chat with an aged friend and realize that the past lives in you.