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Re: "Douglas County Missouri History and Families 1857
Posted by: Debbie Hanson (ID *****1690) Date: May 19, 2002 at 00:03:25
In Reply to: Re: "Douglas County Missouri History and Families 1857 by Paul Coats of 932

Jeremiah Coats was born Dec. 8, 1805, in Sullivan Co., TN. We have not been able to learn who his parents were. On Aug. 11, 1831, he married first to Mary McIntosh in Perry County, KY., now Breathitt County. Eleven children were born to this marriage. Mary Ann, in 1832, who married Asa Holman about 1854. William, about 1834, in Kentucky, who married first Elizabeth E. Hicks about 1855, in Douglas County. Sarah, born about 1836, who we believe married Stephen Haynes about 1876, in Douglas County. She was about 40 in 1876, and Stephen was about 19. We believe these three children of Jeremiah's and Mary's were born in Kentucky.

The family then moved to southern Indiana, where they lived until about 1839-1840. Here John Herd Coats was born on Jan 5, 1839. He married first to Nancy Riley about 1866, in Douglas County. We do not know the name of his second wife.

The family then moved to Ozark County in about 1839-1840. The first lived on Fox Creek in the Denlow or Champion area, where James Coats was born on Dec. 8, 1840. He married Mary Ann "Polly" Heard on Oct 12, 1865, in Webster County, MO.

By 1842, we believe the famiy had settled at Old Vera Cruz where Mr. J.C. Vineyard now lives. Jeremiah and Mary lived the rest of their lives there and are buried there. There are gravestones.

Martha Jane April 4, 1842, married Joseph B. Jenkins there in 1857. Nancy was born Dec 14, 1844, she married James Shelton Alsup in 1864. He was killed by a sheriff's posse in 1879, and she married his brother, John Benton Alsup about 1885.

Elizabeth was born about 1847 and married Drury Upshaw. Jeremiah Jr. was born about 1851 and married Mary Elizabeth Fugate. Caroline was born about 1854 and also married a Fugate

The first post office in what is now Douglas County, was called Red Bud, established in 1848, where Mr. Vineyard now lives. Robert Hicks was the postmaster until July 6, 1859, when the name was changed to Vera Cruz and Jeremiah Coats was made postmaster, serving until May 3, 1866.

Mary McIntosh Coats died Jan 3, 1870, and is buried at Old Vera Cruz. About 1876, Jeremiah then 71, married Celia Haynes Nance, a young widow of about 21, with two children, Thomas J. Nance and Angeline Nance. To this marriage was born Andrew J. "Jack", who disappeared about 1896, and Emmaline born Sept 13, 1879, who married George Washington Barnes in 1895. There are still grandchildren of Jeremiah and Celia living.

Jeremiah died Dec 1, 1879, and is buried beside his first wife, Mary, at Old Vera Cruz.
Celia married Zacariah Hitchcock on Nov 16, 1882. kShe later married Harrison M. Elliot and A.B. Smith. She died in 1921, and is buried at Brushyknob with her fourth husband Harrison M. Elliot. There is a gravestone.

Jeremiah served during the Civil War in Company H., 46th Regt. of the MO. INF from Aug 17, 1864, to March 9, 1865. His age at enlistment was given as 44, as was the age of several older men in his company.

His sons, William, John and James also served in the Union Forces in this War. Also, his son-in-law, Joseph B. Jenkins.

My wife of 52 years is Mildred Coats Parker, great granddaughter of Jeremiah and Mary McIntosh Coats.

Submitted by John M. Parker

Hope this helps...... :o)

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