Thomas Coats Jr. was a ship wright. The following information comes from the
Grayson family tree- ancestry . com
Born ca.1661 in Lynn, Essex co., MA[14,18] and died in New Hampshire by 1709; he was 48. Thomas was a Shipwright and lived in Lynn, Essex co., MA until roughly 1695, when he moved to Newbury, Essex co., MA. It is believed that he perhaps later moved to Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH where he was fined in 170_ for selling without a license. He was also on the Tax Rolls there in 1707.
On 29 December 1685, when Thomas was 24, he married Martha GAY/GEE, in Lynn or Newbury, Essex co., MA
Most of the above information is available in the various records located in the county archives of the respective states. Birth records from Essex county Mass. indicated Thomas and Martha had the following children:
John Coates 1/7/1690 in Lynn, Essex Mass.
Thomas Coates III 7/15/1688 in Lynn Essex Mass
Philip Coates 3/28/1699 in Newbury essex Mass
James Coates 3/28/ 1699 in Newbury essex Mass.
Ada Elizabeth Coates birth date not recorded.
It is very likely there were other children that did not survive born between 1690 and 1699. Ada Elizabeth is likely born between those years as well. Little information appears regarding Ada. Should more information come to light I will post it at that time.
John Coates married Anne Titcomb 12/8/1725 in Newbury. The remained in Newbury and had the following children:
Anne Coates 8/27/1743
David Coates 7/19/1734
David Coates 10/5/1736 (born at Falmouth Mas.)
Elisabeth Coates 12/1/1726
Jonathan Coates 10/5/1730
Martha Coates 9/7/1728
Mary Coates 8/10/1732
Mary Coates 4/23/1739
Thomas Coates III Married? No information is readily available concerning Tomas III. If More information comes to light I will post it at that time.
Phillip Coates 3/28/1699 born in Newbury Essex Mass. I can find no records of Phillip at this time. If information becomes availabel I will post it at that time.
James Coates 3/28/1699 born in Newbury married Martha Rhoads of Lynn 9/27/1724. Martha is the granddaughter of Josiah Rhoads and Elizabeth Coates, daughter of Henry Rhoads and Elizabeth Paul. Martha was born in Lynn in 1703. She died in Windham Connecticut. They had the following children, all born in Killingly Windham Conn.
James Coates 3/21/1731
Eliphelet (son) Coates 7/25/1734-married Susannah ?
Hannah Coates 4/25/1737
Mary Coates 7/31/1739
Benjamin Coates 1/17/1744- Married Esther ?
Hezekiah Coates 2/8/1747
Susannah Coates 8/30/1762
I will leave you here for now. Stay tuned. There is much more to come. In our next installment we will start to look at the Robert Coot's/Coats/ Coates family. The two families lived side by side in Lynn and, as I said earlier, I believe Robert and Thomas were brothers, though they could have been cousins. They did not come over together but their lives and the lives of their children crossed. In order to keep the two families straight it is helpful to put them out there kind of side by side so as to keep them untangled. Most of the information I have posted thus far on the Thomas Coates family has come from a review of the early vital statistics records. I have not yet looked at military records, though there is information concerning the Coats participation in King Philip's war and the French Indian War.
Until next time, may your journeys be pleasant and your adventures enjoyable.