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COE, Benjamin Franklin, b. June 4, 1814.
Posted by: Carl Robert Coe Date: January 18, 2001 at 16:11:35
In Reply to: George W. Coe,1934 book by shirley adair of 2270


Someone else recently asked about Frank Coe and his connection to "The Coe Families of Maryland and Virginia." Frank is descended from Northern Coes and is unrelated to the Southern Coe families. It might be interesting to point out, however, that Frank Coe and our new president share common Coe ancestors. President-elect Bush's ggggg-father Moses Coe and Frank Coe's grandfather Phillip Coe were brothers, sons of Benjamin and Rachel (Prudden) Coe of Morristown, NJ, and Washington County, PA.

Frank Coe's ancestors are outlined below:

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN7 COE (Philip6, Philip5, Benjamin4, Joseph3, Benjamin2, Robert1) was born June 4, 1814, in Marshall County, VA, second child of Philip and Salome (Ogle) Coe. He lived at Moundsville, VA, and in the early 1850s moved to a farm near Queen City, MO. Later in life he went to Farmington, NM, where he died June 28, 1893. Benjamin Coe's father Philip Coe, who was born September 21, 1784, in Washington County, PA, was the seventh child of Philip and Abigail (O'Connor) Coe.

He married January 22, 1837, in Marshall County, VA, Annie Kerr, born October 12, 1814, died May 2, 1899, daughter of Hugh and Mary (Jolly) Kerr.

Children (b. in Marshall County, VA):
1. Lewis W., b. Dec. 8, 1837. Settled on the Ruidoso River in New Mexico.
2. Mahala, b. July 13, 1839.
3. James Austin, b. Jan. 13, 1842. Settled on the Ruidoso River in New Mexico.
4. Albert M., b. Jan. 28, 1844. Settled on the Ruidoso River in New Mexico.
5. Mary Ellen, b. Jan. 2, 1846.
6. Zubah Jane, b. Mar. 16, 1848.
7. Benjamin Franklin "Frank," b. Oct. 1, 1850. Rode with Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War. His son Wilbur Coe wrote the book "Ranch on the Ruidoso" (Library of Congress, 68-26490).
8. Jasper W., b. Mar. 31, 1852. Settled on the Ruidoso River in New Mexico.

Frank Coe's cousin George Washington Coe, who was born July 13, 1856, at Brighton, IA, son of Thomas and Margaret Ann (Tracy) Coe, also rode with Billy the Kid. In 1934 his book "Frontier Fighter" detailing his exploits with the Kid, was published by the University of New Mexico Press. Many years ago my father gave me a copy of the wonderfully written book, which makes for fascinating reading. For further information on the Coes' exploits with Billy the Kid see Robert M. Utley, "Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life" (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1989). The above books are available on "Ranch on the Ruidoso" is currently out of print.

Carl Robert Coe
Marysville, OH 43040-9012


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