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Benjamin Coles

Birthplace: Guernsey, Ohio, United States
Death: April 18, 1890 (74)
Place of Burial: Nora, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Solomon Coles, Jr. and Elizabeth Coles
Husband of Sarah Tebe Coles
Father of Mahala Coles; Ellen Coles; Polly C. Garbison (Coles); Angelina Garbison; James F. Coles and 4 others
Brother of Isaac Coles; Ester Galloway Coles; Jesse Coles; John Coles; James C. Coles and 5 others

Occupation: Blacksmith/ Gunsmith/Miller/ Farmer, Abolitist - Underground Railroad Home
Managed by: Suzanne Jean Michaels
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About Benjamin Coles


Taken from profile of Lewis Coles; recorded as written:

Lewis Coles, farmer and stock raiser, Nora, Neb. Mr. Coles, a representative farmer and stock- raiser of this county was born in Guernsey, Ohio in 1853 and was the seventh of nine children, the result of the union of Benjamin Coles and Sarah Matson Coles, natives also of the Buckeye State. The father was a blacksmith and gunsmith by trade and continued this in the State of Ohio, until 1855, when he moved to Warren County, Iowa. There he settled on a farm and engaged milling, following this occupation for about ten years until in May, 1880, when he settled in Superior and engaged in gunsmithing. In 1888 he moved to Nora and there his death occurred on April 18, 1890. The mother now resides with her children, those living being named as follows: Ellen (now Mrs. Hall of Warren County, Iowa on the homestead); Polly( now Mrs Garbison of Warren, Iowa); J.F. (married and resides in Oak Township); Rachel L.( now Mrs Dunn of Franklin, Neb.); Lewis,; E.J.( married and resides in Nora Township); S.P.( married and resides in this township).


The early settlers were patrons of the Parmelee mill near Carlisle, and when com was scarce, they were supplied by William Pierson of Palmyra township, a kind old Quaker who had known most of them in Ohio, and now opened his cribs to them in time of need without compensation. During one period of high waters caused by the excessive spring rains, the settlers on Otter week were without meal for six weeks and lived mainly on hominy or boiled corn. Of course there was plenty of wild game. A mill was soon after contrived by James and Benjamin Coles, which proved to be a great convenience for the settlers.


Coles, Benjamin, farmer, sect. 10; Parcel O; Liberty Center



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Benjamin Coles's Timeline

November 5, 1815
Guernsey, Ohio, United States
December 28, 1838
Age 23
Oxford Twp., Guernsey County, Ohio, United States
August 21, 1840
Age 24
Guernsey Co., Ohio, United States
April 10, 1842
Age 26
Age 29
February 18, 1847
Age 31
Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United States
December 19, 1848
Age 33
Quaker City, Guernsey, Ohio, United States
January 11, 1853
Age 37
Millwood Twsp., Guernsey Co., Ohio, United States
February 20, 1855
Age 39
Millwood Twsp., Ohio