Coates in America

Two Centuries of Heritage

 



 

Table of Contents

1            Coates Family History................................................................................................. 1

1.1         The History of Luzerne County, Pa., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893....................................... 1

1.2         Christopher Coates Farm Location Plymouth Township Map 1873.............................. 1

1.3         Luzerne County Map 1893.......................................................................................... 2

1.4         Forty Fort Meeting House........................................................................................... 4

1.5         Luzerne and Wayne County locations in Pennsylvania................................................... 5

2            United States Census Records..................................................................................... 6

2.1         Census Records Prior to 1850..................................................................................... 6

2.2         Census Records 1850 Luzerne County, PA................................................................. 6

2.3         Census Records 1860 Luzerne County, PA................................................................. 7

2.4         Census Records 1860 Wayne County, PA.................................................................. 8

2.5         Census Records 1870 Luzerne County, PA................................................................. 9

2.6         Census Records1880 Luzerne Co. PA...................................................................... 10

2.7         Census Records 1890 Luzerne County PA................................................................ 11

2.8         Census Records 1900 Luzerne County PA................................................................ 12

2.9         Census Records 1910 Luzerne County PA................................................................ 14

2.10       Census Records 1920............................................................................................... 15

2.10.1    Youngstown Mahoning County, Ohio 1920................................................................ 15

2.10.2    Larksville Luzerne PA. Mountain Rd. 1920................................................................ 16

2.11       Census Records 1930............................................................................................... 18

2.11.1    Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio 1930............................................................... 18

2.11.2    Larksville Luzerne PA. Mountain Rd.Census 1930..................................................... 19

2.12       Census Records After 1930...................................................................................... 20

3            United States Coates Biography................................................................................ 21

3.1         John Coates 1778..................................................................................................... 21

3.2         Christopher Coates Sr. 1812..................................................................................... 21

3.3         Christopher Coates Jr. 1845 - 1908.......................................................................... 22

3.3.1      Christopher Coates Jr. Civil War Military Record....................................................... 22

3.3.2      Civil War Discharge Document.................................................................................. 23

3.3.3      203rd Regiment Biography........................................................................................ 24

3.3.4      Civil War Pension Index Document............................................................................ 25

3.4         Rosa Coates 1852.................................................................................................... 26

3.5         George Coates 1871................................................................................................. 26

3.6         Rosanna Coates 1873............................................................................................... 26

3.7         Ellen Augusta Blowers / Coates 1859 -1934.............................................................. 26

3.8         Dorah Coates 1877- abt 1904.................................................................................. 27

3.9         Clyde Coates Sr. 1896.............................................................................................. 28

3.9.1      Clyde Coates Sr. WWI Military Record.................................................................... 31

3.9.2      The Battle of St Mihiel, 12 September 1918............................................................... 32

3.9.3      Clyde Coates Sr. WWI Discharge Document............................................................. 34

3.10       Dora Coates 1925 – Robinson / Sefcik...................................................................... 36

3.10.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 36

3.10.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 36

3.10.3    Dora’s 6 Children...................................................................................................... 36

3.11       Clyde Coates Jr. 1926 - 1982................................................................................... 38

3.11.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 38

3.11.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 38

3.11.3    Clyde Coates Jr. WWII Military Record.................................................................... 39

3.11.4    Clyde Coates Jr WWII Discharge Document............................................................. 40

3.12       Thomas Coates 1951................................................................................................ 42

3.12.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 42

3.12.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 42

3.12.3    Thomas Coates Vietnam Conflict Military Record...................................................... 43

3.13       James David Coates 1957......................................................................................... 44

3.13.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 44

3.13.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 44

3.14       Christopher Ryan Coates 1974.................................................................................. 45

3.14.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 45

3.14.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 45

3.15       Jaime Suzzane Coates 1976...................................................................................... 46

3.15.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 46

3.15.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 46

3.16       Jason Roth Coates 1985........................................................................................... 47

3.16.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 47

3.16.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 47

3.17       Stacey Nicole Coates 1989....................................................................................... 48

3.17.1    Birth Certificate Data................................................................................................. 48

3.17.2    Biography.................................................................................................................. 48

4            Youngstown, Ohio Coates Death and Cemetery Records........................................... 49

4.1         Ellen A. Coates Death Records................................................................................. 49

4.1.1      Cemetery Plot Location Belmont Park Cemetery Youngstown, Ohio.......................... 49

4.2         Clyde Coates Sr. Death Records............................................................................... 50

4.2.1      Cemetery Plot Location Belmont Park Cemetery Youngstown, Ohio.......................... 50

4.2.2      Clyde Coates Sr. Obituary Youngstown Vindicator.................................................... 51

4.3         Janet M. Coates Death Records................................................................................ 52

4.3.1      Cemetery Plot Location Belmont Park Cemetery........................................................ 52

4.3.2      Janet Coates  Obituary Youngstown Vindicator.......................................................... 53

4.4         Belmont Park Cemetery Map.................................................................................... 54

4.5         Clyde Coates Jr. Death Records................................................................................ 55

4.6         Irene Coates Death Records...................................................................................... 56

4.7         Thomas Coates Death Records................................................................................. 57

4.8         Lake Park Cemetery Map......................................................................................... 58

5            Coates Pedigree Chart.............................................................................................. 59

 


 

Letter to the Coates Family

 

May 2005

 

By: James David Coates Sugar Land, Texas

 

To all of the Coates family ancestors I would like to share my research to date.  I began accumulating information when my children had family tree projects in elementary school.  Unfortunately many years have past and until just recently I again was asked about our pedigree.  Well not knowing enough about our past and having limited personal references I felt the need to uncover some of the mysteries that has overshadowed our roots.  As you read and research on your own you will find the substance that has made our family roots continue to grow from generation to generation.  I am truly proud of our Coates heritage and I hope that you will find comfort knowing how we arrived.

 

The information I have assembled came from our family members, the Viola Williams family, friends, vital records, and yes the Internet.  Many dates and descriptions listed on the census records have been helpful to tie up when and where everyone fits into our family tree. The research is far from complete, however it certainly is a base to give all of us an opportunity to reflect on who we are and to give us the opportunity to dig a little deeper into our roots.  As any of us find additional data please forward it to me and I will continue to update our family tree noting your contribution.

 

The name Coates is of ancient origin and was written in the earliest records as De Cote, a Norman name; the letter "a" occurs in the spelling as early as 1331, when in the fourth year of Edward III, William De Coates was Lord of Coles DeVille in Leicestershire, England, and in 1347 John De Coates, with an "a" held lands here of Bishop of Lincoln, although the name was generally written Cotes until the seventeenth century. The name in Scotland is Coats, omitting the "e" and may be from another source. There are landed proprietors bearing the name Coates in England, Wales and Ireland.

 

Coats/Coates family line came from Yorkshire England.  Our United States family branch originated from John and Elizabeth Coates who immigrated to New York in 1811.  They then moved to Pennsylvania in 1817 and settled in Luzerne County.  The family grew and most stayed in and around the surrounding county area; however as America changed so has the family.  Today because of marriages, health, Wars, occupational and industrial migration many have relocated from that region throughout America to begin their own family history.

 

Religion: The original family was Presbyterian.  Some eventually became Baptist, Mormon, Catholic and even Orthodox.  Today most have remained traditional Presbyterian Protestants.

 

Jim Coates 2005

 


1         Coates Family History

1.1          The History of Luzerne County, Pa., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893

 
CHRISTOPHER COATES Sr., farmer, P.O. Larksville, was born in Westchester, N.Y.,
November 29, 1812, son of John (1778) and Elizabeth (1779) (Summergills) Coates, both of whom were natives of Yorkshire, England.  They immigrated to this country July 5, 1811, locating in Westchester, N.Y. (close to the Bronx NY), where they resided six years till 1817, as farmers and milk dealers.  They removed from Westchester to Ross Hill Luzerne County, where he remained a short time, finally moving to Newport Township Luzerne Co., where he resided eight years till about 1825.  John sold his Newport property and bought a farm of fifty acres in Plymouth Township, remaining thereon till his death, which occurred in 1862, at the age of eighty-four years.  His wife died the same year, at the age of eighty-three.  

1.2         Christopher Coates Farm Location Plymouth Township Map 1873


1.3         Luzerne County Map 1893

 
 
Christopher Sr. was one of eleven children, ten of whom grew to maturity.  Three remain alive today (1892): Jane, Christopher Sr. and William.  Christopher Sr. is the second in the family. He was reared and educated in Wilkes-Barre, and confined himself principally to agricultural pursuits, though he has occasionally followed other vocations.  In March, 1846, he married Miss Mary, daughter of Charles and Rebecca Bryant, and to them have been born eleven children, six of whom are now living:  Christopher Jr. (Clyde’s Sr. adopted father married to Ellen Augusta Coates maiden name Blowers), Mary, William, Walter, Ida and Estella. Walter is the only member of the family who is still unmarried.  Since 1862 they have resided on their farm of ninety-nine acres, which Mr. Coates has wonderfully improved.  He is a practical farmer, a good citizen, and an obliging neighbor.  He has a valuable conglomerate rock quarry on his farm. 
 
Mrs. Coates (Rebecca Bryant) was born in Luzerne borough Kingston Township.  Her parents owned the land where the old fort, which was burned in 1776, at the time of the Wyoming massacre, stood.  
 
Politically, Mr. Coates is a Republican.
 
Note: Minor typographical errors and some spelling, words, dates, and sentences were corrected to clarify the original text without altering the author’s intent. The changes are in blue text JC

 
 

1.4         Forty Fort Meeting House

The Forty Fort Meeting House, built in 1806-8, and located in the Old Forty Fort Cemetery, is a wood-frame building with white clapboard siding in a style typical of New England meeting houses. The style was carried to the Wyoming Valley via the Connecticut settlers who migrated to northeastern Pennsylvania in the late 18th century. In 1768, the Susquehanna Company set aside certain public lands to be used for a "gospel ministrie" (Susquehanna Company Papers, Vol. III, p.44). Several factors intervened to delay actual building of a house of worship, including the first and second Yankee-Pennamite wars and the American Revolution, especially the Battle of Wyoming (July 3, 1778), when a house of worship that was begun was destroyed in the aftermath of the battle. Construction of the Meeting House began soon after the resolution of a 30-year long conflict between Pennsylvania and Connecticut claimants for title to the land. The commission to design and build the Meeting House was given to Joseph Hitchcock from New Haven, Connecticut. Hitchcock was also the designer of the Old Ship Zion Church in Wilkes-Barre—an entirely different style of architecture. The Meeting House was the first finished church in which religious services were held in this part of Pennsylvania, and was used for services by both Presbyterians and Methodists. The Forty Fort Meeting House is the only extant example of the New England influenced style of architecture in the immediate area that is not greatly altered from its original appearance. In March 1860, the state legislature approved a bill creating the Forty Fort Cemetery Association, which still retains control of the cemetery and the Meeting House.

The Forty Fort Meeting House is located in the Old Forty Fort Cemetery on the northern end of River St., across from the Forty Fort Borough Building, in Forty Fort. The house is not currently open to the public.


 

1.5         Luzerne and Wayne County locations in Pennsylvania

 

2         United States Census Records

United States law mandated that all states participate in  a mandatory census every 10 years.  The purpose is to establish the amount of representatives required based on total population in each state.  This is still in effect today and is how we came up with the Electoral College process.  As America grew the data required by the census has made many changes to the reporting structure on the forms.  

 

When researching electronic data bases of the census records it is difficult to find many individuals due to spelling errors or name changes.  When studying microfilm it is even harder.  As you will see in the documents provided some of the names have been changed but because of the centric locations at the time and a bridge between generations the data on these people has been accurately back checked to ensure our line is correct.

 

 

2.1       Census Records Prior to 1850

Prior to 1850 the information contained in the census records only includes the Head of Household name and numeric values to number and type of individuals living in the household.

There is no relationship names listed.  The only way to know who is in that family unit is by ancestry records of the family handed down throughout the generations.

 

2.2       Census Records 1850 Luzerne County, PA

 

Obtained by: James Coates February 2005

 

 

John Coats                   69        Head of House

Elizabeth Coats 66        Wife                            

George E. Coats           25        Head of House

Jane Coats                   25        Wife

Elizabeth Coats 1          Daughter

 

 

 

 

Christopher Coats        38

Mary Coats                  24

Christopher Coats jr.    5

John Coats                   3

Emory Coats                1

George Bryant              12

 

 

2.3       Census Records 1860 Luzerne County, PA

Obtained by: James Coates January 2005

 

 

John and Elizabeth Coates living alone in this census


 

2.4       Census Records 1860 Wayne County, PA

Obtained by: James Coates January 2005

 

 

Blowers Family

James Father 1815

Ellen D. 1821

Daniel 1847

Mary daughter 1850

Ellen A. daughter 1859

 

 

 

 


 

2.5        Census Records 1870 Luzerne County, PA

 

Obtained by: James Coates Dec 2004

 

Christopher Coates Sr.

 

Farmer - 1812 –  

Married to Mary Bryant 1825  

They had 11 children

List Children from the 1870 Census records

1. (George Bryan 32 Not in this Census)

2. Christopher Jr. 25 April 1846 Still alive in 1892 Jane

3. (John 23 Not in this Census)

4. (Emory 21 Not in this Census)

5. Mary 1860

6. William 1862 Still alive in 1892

7. Walter 1865 Still alive in 1892

8. Ida May 1866 Still alive in 1892

9. Estella 1867 Still alive in 1892

10. Sarah 1869

11. (Ann 1874 Not in this Census appears in 1880)

 


 

2.6       Census Records1880 Luzerne Co. PA

Obtained by: James Coates Dec 2004

 

       

 

 

 


 

2.7       Census Records 1890 Luzerne County PA

 

Due to an unfortunate tragedy the 1890 records for most states were lost in a fire Pennsylvania was one of those states.  The only way to find out is by family, church, or independent county records

 


2.8       Census Records 1900 Luzerne County PA

Obtained by: James Coates Dec 2004

Archive Series T643 Roll 1431 Page 232 4WD Edwardsville PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census records are interesting in the fact that certain information can change from one census to another.  This is because the individual who is filling the form enters information incorrectly.  These records were difficult to find since the spelling of Coates was changed to Coats.  Daughter Dorah was changed to Dora.  This is the first census that Clyde Coates Sr. appears on and is listed as an adopted son.  It is unclear who Clyde’s father is. 

 

Christopher - 54           April 1846 Head of house

Ellen A. - 41                 October 1858 Wife

Dorah - 23                   October 1876 Daughter

Clyde - 4                      April 1896 Adopted Son

Delbert Williams - 1      November 1898 Grandson

Ellen D. Blowers - 77 April 1823 Mother-in-law

 

I was told by Jay McClure that Clyde’s mother was Dorah.  Dorah was 23 at this time and the census records indicate married 2 years having 1 child born and 1 child alive. That child would be Delbert Williams.   Clyde was adopted by her parents and took the Coates name. Perhaps husband / father killed during Spanish American War in 1898 or maybe is Benjamin F. Williams or his brother.

 

 


 

2.9       Census Records 1910 Luzerne County PA

 

 

 

 

This is an interesting record since George is 38 and has only been married for 2 years.  Wife Marlene V. is from Canada.  I have not found any other info on him if married before.  George is listed in the 1900 census Series T623 Roll 1482 Page 302 County Potter Summit Township.  He is single and occupation is Woods

 

George Coats 38 Head of House occupation Carpenter

Marlene 26 Wife

George F. Son 3 months

Ellen A. 51 Stepmother

Clyde 14 Stepbrother - Occupation Apprentice Florist

 


2.10   Census Records 1920

2.10.1                        Youngstown Mahoning County, Ohio 1920

 

 

 

 

Ellen A. Coates            Age 61             Widowed

Clyde Coates               Age 23             Married   (Not living with his wife)

Mary E. Tucker            Age 65             Widowed - Ellen’s Sister

 

 


2.10.2                       Larksville Luzerne PA. Mountain Rd. 1920

 

 

Walter is Christopher Jr. Brother

 

 

Walter Born 1965

Elizabeth R. Born 1873

Sterling W. Born 1899

Christopher Born 1901

John Born 1905

Vera Born 1907

Ester 1909

Emory or Edward Born 1913 Edward  appears on 1930 records

 

 

William is Christopher Jr. Brother

 

 

William Born 1861

Merilda S. Born 1863

Jesse Born 1892

Iva M. Born 1894

Nellie Born 1899

2.11  Census Records 1930

2.11.1                       Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio 1930

 

 

 

 

Breaden Street

 

Clyde Coates Sr.          Age 34                                     Head of house

Janet Coates                 Age 27 Should read 33             Wife

Dora Coates                 Age 4                                       Daughter

Clyde Jr.  Coates          Age 3                                       Son

 

 

 


2.11.2                         Larksville Luzerne PA. Mountain Rd.Census 1930

 

 

Christopher is Williams Son Nephew of Christopher Jr.

 

 

Christopher   (Walters Son) Born 1901

Elizabeth Born 1901

Walter Born 1927

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter is Christopher Jr. Brother

 

 

Walter Born 1965

Elizabeth R. Born 1873

John Born 1905

Vera Born 1907

Ester 1909

Edward or Emory Born 1913 Emory appears on 1920 records

 

 

 

2.12  Census Records After 1930 

 

1930 is the last available Census records until 2013.  US privacy act requires 73 years must pass before records become available and that will probably change.

3         United States Coates Biography

 

3.1       John Coates 1778

John 1778 to 1862 84 years old, married to Elizabeth (Summergills) 1779 to 1862 83 years old.

Emigrated from Yorkshire England to Westchester NY in 1811 and settled in Luzerne county PA.  PO office location Larksville.

Occupation: Farmer and Dairy Farmer

Buried in ____________ Cemetery Luzerne County PA.

They had 11 Children.

 

1860 census lists them without anyone living with them Series M653 Roll 1153 Page 761 Plymouth Township.

 

3.2       Christopher Coates Sr. 1812

 

Born November 29, 1812  Died - 189_

Buried in ____________ Cemetery Luzerne County PA.

Farmer-

Marriage to Mary Bryant in March, 1846 - daughter of Charles and Rebecca Bryant,

They had 10 Children

 


 

3.3       Christopher Coates Jr. 1845 - 1908

 

1845 – 1908

Accidental death a race horse trampled him at the country fair age 63

Record in Wilkes-Barre Almanac Accidental Deaths in 1908

Buried in ____________Cemetery Luzerne County PA.

Farmer- Civil War Veteran

Coal Mine Laborer and Carpenter

1st Marriage to Rosa ____________ June 15, 1870 thru 1874 Deceased

2nd Marriage Ellen A. Blowers 1875

Father to George 1871, Rosanna 1873, Dorah 1877, & Adopted Clyde Coates Sr. 1896

Rosa mother to George, and Rosanna

Ellen Augusta Blowers mother of Dorah and Adopted Clyde Coates Sr.

 

 

 

 

3.3.1    Christopher Coates Jr. Civil War Military Record

 

Civil War Discharge Papers on file Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Archives

Obtained by: Clyde and Irene Coates Validated by: James Coates

 

Rank: PVT Private

Company:  F 203rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry

Enlisted: September 6 1864 and served 1 year

Discharged: June 27 1865 Raleigh North Carolina

Reason: G.O. 73 C.S. ____________Dept.of N.C.

Born: Luzerne County

Age: 19

Height: 5 foot 3 inches

Eyes: Blue Complexion: Fair Hair: Dark

Occupation: Farmer


3.3.2    Civil War Discharge Document

 

 

3.3.3    203rd Regiment Biography

 


3.3.4    Civil War Pension Index Document

 

 

 


 

3.4       Rosa Coates 1852

Daughter of ________ and _____________ ______________ of Luzerne County PA

Died 1874

Buried in ____________ Cemetery Luzerne County PA.

 

 

 

 

3.5       George Coates 1871

Son of Christopher and Rose Coates

Wife Marlene V. ___________ born Canada 1884 immigrated 1908 parents born Canada

Buried ____/____/______in ____________ Cemetery Luzerne County PA.

 

Son George F. born January 1910

 

 

 

 

3.6       Rosanna Coates 1873

Daughter of Christopher and Rose Coates

Husband was son of ____________ and ____________ ______________ of Luzerne County PA

Buried ____/____/______in ____________ Cemetery Luzerne County PA.

Children __________________

 

 

 

3.7       Ellen Augusta Blowers / Coates 1859 -1934

 

Ellen was 1 of 5 children born to James and Ellen D. Blowers

Born in Wayne County PA.

2nd Wife of Christopher Coates Jr. Married 1875

Mother of Dorah Coates

Adopted mother of Clyde Coates Sr.

Buried in Belmont Park Cemetery, Youngstown, Mahoning County Ohio

 

Her siblings were

1 ____________

2 ____________

3 Brother Daniel

4 Sister Mary

 

 

3.8       Dorah Coates 1877- abt 1904

Daughter of Christopher and Ellen A. Coates

 

Mother of Clyde Coates Sr. 

 

Mother of Irwin “Delbert” & George Williams

 

1st Husband Unknown

 

2nd Husband was Ben Williams son of ____________ and ____________ ___________ of Luzerne County PA

 

Died between 1902 and 1906 reason unknown

 

Buried ____/____/______in ____________ Cemetery Luzerne County PA.


 

3.9       Clyde Coates Sr. 1896

 

April 1 1896 to November 26, 1977 81 years old

SS# 287-01-0067

 

Clyde was born in the Village of Duryea, Marcy Township Luzerne County Pennsylvania.  A Husband, Father, Grand Father, and Great Grand Father.  WWI Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient a member of VFW Post 93, and a life member of DAV Post 17 in Youngstown, Ohio.  

 

Employed by the Carnegie Illinois Steel Co. (US Steel) at age 20 in 1916 and for 45 years he was a payroll clerk until he retired in 1961.

 

Married his 1st wife ____________ in ______________   ____________ County in 1916 and had it annulled aboutt 1923.  He did not have any children with her.

 

Married his 2nd wife, the former Janet Murray. Alexander of Canada, July 9, 1924; and had 2 children.

Mrs. Dora Robinson/Sefcik of Cleveland, Ohio and a son Clyde Alexander Jr. of Youngstown, Ohio.

 

He had eight (8) grandchildren and six (6) great grandchildren at the time of his death in 1977

 

 

According to the 1900 census records Clyde is an adopted son of Christopher Jr. and Ellen A. Coates.  I have been told that his actual birth mother was Dorah Coates daughter of Christopher and Ellen.  I have not been able to find his birth father yet.  I have viewed the LDS birth records for Luzerne County and Clyde is not there but Irwin “Delbert” is.  I still have to search the Lackawanna County records hopefully to get this information.)  

 

After Christopher Jr. passed away in 1908 Clyde and Ellen lived with his step brother George

Coates Dorranceton borough Luzerne County, PA as noted in the 1910 census records.

 

Sometime between 1910 and 1916 he also lived with the Benjamin F. and Elizabeth Williams family in Edwardsville, Luzerne County, PA.   There were 4 children in that family.  Irwin, George, Ocie, Elizabeth.  Clyde referred to them as his (½) half brothers he was not related to the sisters.   Ben was actually his step father because Dora Coates was the mother of Clyde, Irwin “Delbert” and George.

 

 

 

 

 


 

3.9.1    Clyde Coates Sr. WWI Military Record

 

The following information is taken from his original Army Discharge Papers that Irene Coates still possessed.   Document was received April 8 1920 at 10:21 AM and was recorded April 9 1920 Mahoning County Records Volume 4 Page 15 by Martin F. Flynn, Recorder.

Military Record: Honorable Discharge February 5-1919 Age 22 Camp Sherman - Ohio

Service Branch: Army

Serial # 34 88 200

Grade: Bugler

Company A 1st Div  Conv. Center ( formally of Co. L 26th Infantry 1st Division

Enlisted: May 27, 1918 Age 22 at Youngstown, Ohio

Born: Duryea, Pennsylvania

Occupation: Clerical Worker

Eye color: Blue

Hair color: Light

Complexion: Fair

Height: 5 foot 5 inches

Battles: St. Mihiel received metal of victory

Wounds: Contusion _____________ Sept 12, 1918 Received purple heart metal

Vaccinations

Typhoid Prophylaxis completed June 21, 1918

Paratyphoid Prophylaxis completed June 21, 1918

Married or Single:  Married   (unknown not Janet Alexander)

Character:  Excellent

Remarks: Entitled to travel pay to Youngstown, Ohio

No record of AWOL or absence form duty under GO 45 W.D. 1914


3.9.2    The Battle of St Mihiel, 12 September 1918


First selected as a major attack target by U.S. commanders in mid-1917, the German-held St. Mihiel salient was ultimately assaulted by wholly independent U.S. forces on 12 September. The battle lasted until 16 September, 1918 and it was a complete victory for the Americans and the Allied forces.  The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 which ended the war.

In three days of brilliant offensive action, 12-14 September 1918, the American First Army attacked the salient at St-Mihiel which the Germans had held since September 1914. The salient covered the most sensitive section of the enemy's position on the western front (Mezieres-Sedan-Metz railroad and the Briey Iron Basin). It threatened the entire region between Verdun and Nancy and interrupted the main railroad line from Paris to the east. Its primary strength lay in the natural defensive features of the terrain itself. The western face of the salient extended along the rugged, heavily wooded heights of the Meuse; the southern face followed the height of the Meuse for five miles to the east and then crossed the plain of the Woevre, including with the German lines the detached heights of Loupmont and Mont Sec which dominated the plain and afforded the enemy unusual facilities for observation. The enemy had reinforced the positions by every artificial means during a period of four years.

Having concentrated by night movements over 600,000 men on the battlefield, the American troops were deployed in attack positions on the night of September 11th. On the south face of the salient was I Corps with four divisions in line extending from the Moselle westward. On its left was IV Corps with three divisions in line facing Mont Sec. These two corps delivered the main attack, the advance pivoting on the center of I Corps with the VI Corps (3 divisions) on the west. In spite of the determined resistance of the Germans who repeatedly launched strong counter-attacks, the Americans continued to progress along the whole line. The swiftness with which the operation was carried out enabled the First Army to smother the opposition to such an extent that 16,000 prisoners; 443 field guns, and large stores of material and supplies were captured.

The weight of American arms was now shifted to the Meuse-Argonne offensive which began on 26 September and ended on 11 November 1918. The transfer of American units to this area was begun even before the completion of the St-Mihiel area. The First Army under command of Lieutenant General Bullard was to hold in the St-Mihiel area, while the First Army under command of Lieutenant General Liggett took the offensive in the Meuse-Argonne.

The Meuse Heights and the broken hills of the Argonne Forest had been organized into almost impregnable positions by the addition of machine guns, artillery, trenches and obstacles of all kinds. Between these two natural bulwarks, lay the dominating hill of Montfaucon which afforded the Germans perfect observation, and whose inherent strength had been greatly increased by the elaborate use of field fortifications of all kinds.

The movement of men and material was made entirely under the cover of darkness, all activity suspended and the men kept in concealment during daylight hours. French soldiers remained in outpost positions until the last minute to prevent the Germans from seeing or otherwise securing information of the presence of large numbers of American soldiers in the region and thus receiving advance warning of the impending offensive.

Finally, on the night 25-26 September, the First Army stood on its new battle front ready for the momentous battle that was to begin the next day. I Corps was on the left, V Corps in the center and III Corps on the right. The artillery preparation for the attack began in full force at 2030 hours with 2700 guns. At 0530, the infantry began the assault, protected by a rolling barrage. The dense fog during the morning coupled with the difficult terrain impeded the attack, but except in front of Montfaucon, the progress on the first day was considered entirely satisfactory. III Corps drove forward vigorously to the east of Montfaucon and by early afternoon, its left flank was a mile beyond that hill. During the advance, its right flank wheeled toward the Meuse and took up a defensive position along the bluffs of the river. I Corps on the left, made a deep penetration along the Aire River while its left flank fought its way forward about one mile in the Argonne forest. On the evening of the 26th, the strong German first position was in the hands of the Americans, and Montfaucon, in the second position, had held out, but the deep salients driven into the German lines on both sides of that hill made its capture a question of merely a few hours.

From this point on, the American Army bolstered by one French Corps, had its feet firmly planted on the ground and maintained the initiative of attack. Incessant Allied offensives in process all along the western front had completely shaken the enemy defenses everywhere, and the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, found the Allied Armies in hot pursuit of the retiring Germans along the whole front.

 

 

3.9.3    Clyde Coates Sr. WWI Discharge Document

 


 

3.10  Dora Coates 1925 – Robinson / Sefcik

 

3.10.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born _______________, 1925

Ohio Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

County Mahoning

City Youngstown

Reg. Dist No. _______

Primary Reg. Dist No ________

File No. __________

Registered No. ________

Address at birth 16 Henry St. 6th Ward. Youngstown, Ohio

Father Name Clyde Coates Sr.

Mother Maiden Name: Janet “Jennie” Alexander

 

3.10.2                       Biography

 

Dora graduated from South High School Youngstown, Ohio 1944 and the same year she was married to Robert Robinson on 12/25/1944.  They moved to Cleveland, Ohio and had 6 children.  Dora was a housewife until her divorce from Robert and began working until she meet George Sefcik of Cleveland, and eventually married him in October 1978.  They remained married until George’s death in 2002.

 

3.10.3                       Dora’s 6 Children

 

Laura Jean July 17, 1947

Married Bob Krosky of Cleveland, they had 2 Children

Lauren

Bob Jr.

Lived in Cleveland Ohio, Indiana, and Raleigh NC in 2004

 

 

 

Janet November 18, 1948

Married Dennis Callahan of Cleveland they had 2 Children

Colleen

Michelle

Lived in Garfield Heights/ Cleveland Ohio in 2004

 

 

 

 

Diane July 24, 1950

Married John Darrah they had 2 Children

Dianna

John Jr.

Divorced and remains single

Lived in Parma/ Cleveland Ohio

 

 

Robert August 1, 1952

Married Elizabeth ____________ they did not have any children

Elizabeth had 1 child from previous marriage.

Widowed and remains single

Lived in Garfield Heights/ Cleveland Ohio in 2004

 

 

William March __, 1954

Married Julie ____________  they had 3 Children

William Jr.

Christine

Tina

 

Lived in Garfield Heights/Cleveland and Cape Coral Florida

 

Richard February 12, 1956

Married Rita ____________ they had 1 Child

Richard Jr.

Divorced re-married Karen Lombardo

Lived in Garfield Heights/Cleveland

 


3.11  Clyde Coates Jr. 1926 - 1982

 

Clyde Coates Jr. “BUD”

June 20, 1926 to Dec 5, 1981

SS# 301-20-5884

Father, Grandfather Veteran WWI

 

3.11.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born June 20, 1926

Ohio Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

County Mahoning

City Youngstown

Reg. Dist No. 798

Primary Reg. Dist No 8359

File No. 83317

Registered No. 2073

Address at birth 16 Henry St. 6th Ward. Youngstown, Ohio

Father Name Clyde Coates Sr.

Mother Maiden Name: Janet “Jennie” Alexander

 

3.11.2                       Biography

 

Clyde attended South High School in Youngstown, Ohio 2.5 years and then began working at the US Steel Co. 

He decided to and enlisted into the Army with his best friend Duncan Laverie. Both served the country and came back and returned to civilian life.

 

Married: September 9, 1950 to Irene Voytilla of Campbell, Ohio

  February 19, 1928 --- August 20, 2003

They had 2 Children

Thomas September 11, 1951 to December 21, 1984

James David October 15, 1957 ________________

 

He was fortunate to have two grandchildren from his son Tom prior to his death

Christopher Ryan and Jaime Suzanne

Later James had 2 grandchildren

Jason Roth, and Stacey Nicole

 

Clyde worked for US Steel in Youngstown, Ohio for over 35 years and was the last employee to leave the plant after it closed in 1978. 

 

The end of steel in Youngstown and a way of family life.


 

3.11.3                       Clyde Coates Jr. WWII Military Record

Service Branch: Army

Enlisted September 8, 1944 at Youngstown, Ohio

Born Youngstown, Ohio

Civilian Occupation: Truck driver and helper unloading trucks Carnegie Illinois Steel Company Youngstown, Ohio for 5 months prior to entering the Army.

 

Eye color: Blue

Hair color: Brown

Complexion: Fair

Height: 5 foot 5 1/2 inches

Weight 145 lbs

 

Marital Status:  Single

 

Military Record: Honorable Discharge July 22, 1946 Fort George G. Meade - Maryland

Serial # 35 850 054

 

Rank Grade Earned:

PVT Private 4 months Armored Command Basic Training (521)

PFC Private First Class 5 months Medium Tank Crewman (2736)

CPL Corporal 9 months Duty NCO (556)

Military Qualifications: MKM M-1 Rifle

 

Last assignment:  NCO Headquarters 707th Tank Battalion.

 

Summary of Military Occupations

Medium Tank Crewman Assisted in capturing and holding enemy positions in combat. Was a tank gunner in a medium tank crew.  Load, aimed and fired a 75mm gun.  Performed maintenance work on the gun and tank.  Served 16 ½ months with the Tank Battalion in the European Theater.

 

Battles and Campaigns: GO33wd45:  Rhineland Central Europe

 

Decorations and Citations: Good Conduct, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Army of Occupation Metal (Germany), World War II victory Ribbon.

 

Wounds: None

 

Immunizations:

Small Po_ – Sept. 1944   Typhoid ---Sept. 1944   Tetanus—Nov. 1944   Flu – Oct. 1945

 

Additional Notes:  Label Button Issued No days lost under AW 107 ASR Score 29 (35)

Typ. Jul 45

 

3.11.4                       Clyde Coates Jr WWII Discharge Document



 

3.12  Thomas Coates 1951

 

3.12.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born September 11, 1951

Ohio Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

County Mahoning

City Youngstown

Reg. Dist No. 50

Primary Reg. Dist No 5001

Registrar’s No. 194669 4809

Birth No. 134

Hospital St. Elizabeth

Address at birth 125 Williamson Ave. Youngstown, Ohio

SS# 298-48-8601

Father Name Clyde Coates Jr.

Mother Maiden Name: Irene Voytilla

 

3.12.2                       Biography

 

Tom graduated from attended Woodrow Wilson High School Youngstown, Ohio in 1969.  The following September after turning 18 he enlisted into the Army.  He was stationed in Okinawa Japan for a few months and was then sent to Vietnam were he served until his discharge in 1970.   Tom held many jobs.  Labor in the steel mill, carpenter and eventually became a licensed barber and practiced that profession until his death on December 22, 1984.

 

1973 Tom married Cindy Chuderwicz of Sharon, PA.

Born 2/23/52 daughter of Jenny and ______________ Chuderwicz Sharon, PA

 

They bought a home on Detroit Ave. and had 2 children

Christopher Ryan 11/21/74

Jaime Suzanne 6/28/1976

 

Later they moved to McDonald Ohio where he divorced and remained single.

Cindy and the children moved back to Sharon, PA where she raised the children. 

Christopher has not married

Jamie has not married and has 1 son Nicolas Pollock born July 17, 1997

They reside in Sharon, PA as of 2005.


 

3.12.3                       Thomas Coates Vietnam Conflict Military Record

 

Branch Army

 

Enlisted September 15, 1969

 

Blood Type “B”

 

Basic Training Fort Campbell Kentucky

 

Specialty Number and Title

51B20 Carpenter

 

Specialty Training Received

Utility Work 51A10 FLW MO 8 weeks 1969  WODL03-L

 

Foreign or Sea Service

USARPAC -- 1 year 0 months 10 days

USARPAC Okinawa February 7, 1970 through August 31, 1970

USARPAC Vietnam September 6, 1970 though February 21, 1971

 

Ranks

PVT-E1May 20, 1969 Reserve awaiting report date 9/20/1969

 

PVT-E2 September 20 1969 F7-19A AR600-200

Co E, 9th Tng Bn 2dTagBde, USATC 31-3160-03, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

 

PFC E-3  March 1, 1970 SO # 99 HW USARYIS

175th DRD Co. USARPAC Okinawa

 

P4 E-4 November 28,1970 UO#90 6 B36th Engr Bn Vietnam

 

Last Rank Earned SP4 Pay Grade E4 November 28, 1970

 

Discharged Honorable Feb 21, 1971 – Station US Army Personnel Center Oakland California ---  DD form 256A       Total days served 1year 9 months 1 day.

 

Decorations, Medals, Badges

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnam Campaigns Medal


 

3.13  James David Coates 1957

 

3.13.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born October 15, 1957

Ohio Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

County Mahoning

City Youngstown

Reg. Dist No. __

Primary Reg. Dist No ______________

Registrar’s No. ____________________________________

Birth No. ____________

Hospital Cafero

Address at birth 807 Palmer Ave. Youngstown, Ohio

SS# Not available to after deceased

Father Name Clyde Coates Jr.

Mother Maiden Name: Irene Voytilla

 

3.13.2                       Biography

 

Jim graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School Youngstown, Ohio in 1975.  In July 1975 he began trade school at United Electronics Institute in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and graduated March of 1977 as a Certificated Electronic Technician

 

Youngstown’s steel industry was declining and employment was difficult especially in electronics.  He decided to move to Houston Texas during the late 70’s oil boom and has made it his home.

 

Jim held many jobs.  Electronic Technician Geosource – Western Geophysical – Wang Computers, Industrial Controls Application Engineer, Honeywell – Fluor Daniel Industrial Controls Estimator Honeywell……….

 

1978 Jim married Vickie O’Dell from Rye, TX .

Born November 26, 1959 daughter of Jean and Bobby O’Dell Matoka/Princeton, West Virginia

 

1980 bought a home on Cobbleridge Dr. Sugar Land, TX  and had 2 children

Jason Roth April 17, 1985

Stacey Nicole November 20, 1989

 

They all still reside in Sugar Land, Texas in 2004

 


 

3.14  Christopher Ryan Coates 1974

 

3.14.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born November 21, 1974

Ohio Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

Reg. Dist No. ____________

Primary Reg. Dist No ____________

Registrar’s No. __________________________

Birth No. ____________

 

3.14.2                       Biography

 

Christopher graduated from Farrell Area High School Sharon, PA in 1993.  In September he began college at Youngstown State University, Youngstown Ohio.  He Completed his first 2 years then transferred to ____________ college in _____________ PA.  Chris did not finish his education and became a carpenter. 

   ---------------------------------------------------------fill in information-------------

 

Christopher has worked as a carpenter ----------------------fill in the information ----------------------------….

 

 


3.15  Jaime Suzanne Coates 1976

 

3.15.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born  June 17, 1976

Ohio Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

Reg. Dist No. ____________

Primary Reg. Dist No ____________

Registrar’s No. __________________________

Birth No. ____________

 

3.15.2                       Biography

 

Jaime graduated from Farrell Area High School Sharon, PA in 1994. 

 

She is the mother of  Nicholas Pollock 1998

 

 


 

3.16  Jason Roth Coates 1985

 

3.16.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born April 17, 1985

Texas Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

Reg. Dist No. ____________

Primary Reg. Dist No ____________

Registrar’s No. __________________________

Birth No. ____________

 

3.16.2                       Biography

 

Jason went to Lakeview Elementary, Macario Garcia Middle School, and Austin High School all in Sugar Land, Texas.  Jason played Varsity football and lettered as a starting guard in his Junior year and graduated in 2003.  In September he began college at Wharton Community College in Sugar Land, Texas and completed 1.5 years before transferring to Austin Community College in Austin, TX.  Jason plans to complete his education in business and economics at either the Texas State San Marcos Texas. …..

 

 

Jason is a college student, not married and has no children at this time.

 

 


 

3.17  Stacey Nicole Coates 1989

 

3.17.1                       Birth Certificate Data

Born November 20, 1989

Texas Dept of Health Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Live Birth

Reg. Dist No. ____________

Primary Reg. Dist No ____________

Registrar’s No. __________________________

Birth No. ____________

 

3.17.2                       Biography

 

Stacey went to Lakeview and Oyster Creek Elementary, Macario Garcia Middle School, and Austin High School all in Sugar Land, Texas.  Stacey played for the High school softball team and was the JV Pitcher is in her freshman year 2005.  Stacey was recognized with a metal for academic excellence as the best English student in the 9th grade out of 650 students. She will graduate in 2008. 

 

Stacey is a student at this time.

 

 

 

 

 


4         Youngstown, Ohio Coates Death and Cemetery Records

 

4.1         Ellen A. Coates Death Records

 

Ohio Online Death Certificate Index

 Last Name

 First Name

 Middle
 Initial


 COATES

 ELLEN

 A

 County Name: MAHONING

 Date of Death: 5/7/1934    75 Years old Born 1859

 Volume Number: 7521

 Certificate Number: 32171

4.1.1    Cemetery Plot Location Belmont Park Cemetery Youngstown, Ohio

 


4.2         Clyde Coates Sr. Death Records

 

Ohio Online Death Certificate Index

 Last Name

 First Name

 Middle
 Initial


 COATES

 Clyde Sr.

 A

 County Name: MAHONING

Date of Death: 11/26/1977    81 Years old Born 1859

 Volume Number:

Certificate Number: ____________

 

4.2.1    Cemetery Plot Location Belmont Park Cemetery Youngstown, Ohio

 

 


 

4.2.2    Clyde Coates Sr. Obituary Youngstown Vindicator

 

 

Clyde Coates Sr.

 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Thompson Funeral Home for Clyde Coates Sr., 81 of 55 E. Dewey Ave., who died of complications following surgery at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center.

 

Mr. Coates was born April 1, 1896 in Scranton, PA, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Coates, moving to Youngstown in 1916.  He was a payroll clerk at the U.S. Steel Corporation, 45 years, retiring in 1961.  He was a member of VFW Post 93, a life member of DAV Post 17, and was an Army veteran of World War I.

 

He leaves his wife, the former Janet M. Alexander, whom he married July 9, 1924; a son Clyde Jr. of Youngstown; a daughter, Mrs. Dora Sefcik of Cleveland; eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Printed 11/28/1977 Youngstown Vindicator

 

 


4.3         Janet M. Coates Death Records

 

 

Ohio Online Death Certificate Index

Last Name

First Name

Middle
Initial


COATES

 JANET

 Murry

County Name: MAHONING

 Date of Death: 1/14/1978    81 Years old Born 1897

Volume Number: ____________

 Certificate Number: _____________

 

4.3.1    Cemetery Plot Location Belmont Park Cemetery

 

 


 

4.3.2    Janet Coates  Obituary Youngstown Vindicator

 

Rites Wednesday for Mrs. Coates

 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Thompson Funeral Home for Mrs. Janet M. Coates, 80, of 55 E. Dewey Ave., who died of kidney failure at 10:20 p.m., Saturday in Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital, where she had been a patient for five weeks.

 

Mrs. Coates was born May 5, 1897, in Glasgow, Scotland, a daughter of Paul Alexander and Euphemia McInnes Alexander, coming to America and Youngstown in 1923.  She was a member of Foster Memorial United Presbyterian Church, and was past president of the Youngstown Osteopathic Guild, a member of the Dames of Malta, the Royal Neighbors, the Daughters of Scotia and various other Scottish organizations.  Her husband, Clyde Sr., whom she married July 9, 1924, died Nov. 26, 1977.

 

She leaves a son, Clyde Jr. of Youngstown; a daughter, Mrs. Dora Sefcik of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, where the Daughters of Scotia will hold services at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Printed 1/16/1978 Youngstown Vindicator

 

 

 

 


 

4.4         Belmont Park Cemetery Map

 

 


 

4.5         Clyde Coates Jr. Death Records

 

Lake Park Cemetery Section V


 

4.6         Irene Coates Death Records

 

Lake Park Cemetery Section V


 

 

4.7         Thomas Coates Death Records

 

 

Lake Park Cemetery Section V


 

 

4.8         Lake Park Cemetery Map

 


5         Coates Pedigree Chart