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Jesse Coles

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 01, 1901 (99)
Immediate Family:

Son of Solomon Coles, Jr. and Elizabeth Coles
Husband of Levina Coles and Leah Coles
Father of Enoch G. Coles; Hugh Coles and Sarah Hayes
Brother of Isaac Coles; Ester Galloway Coles; John Coles; James C. Coles; Thomas Coles and 5 others

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About Jesse Coles

iii. JESSE COLES, b. November 22, 1801, Pennsylvania; d. April 01, 1896, Ohio; m. (1) LEAH CLARY, April 08, 1823, Guernsey Co., Ohio; b. Maryland; d. Bef. 1851; m. (2) LAVINA WISE, December 28, 1851, Noble, Iowa; b. November 1824, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1900.

Notes for JESSE COLES:

Source: Compiled by Beulah Imhoff

Taken from "Guernsey Co. Ohio History Book" Page 314 & 315. Source: Compiled by Beulah Imhoff

Jesse Coles, of Millwood Township, has a reputation in his community, that should, in honor to the old gentleman, be extended beyond the bounds of Millwood Township. He was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, and is in his eighty-fourth year. He claims that he has yet sixteen more years to live, as it is his intention not to shuffle off this mortal coil until he reaches the even 100. Mr. Coles settled in Millwood township in 1823. In due time he was married and raised a large family of boys and girls. After the death of his first wife, he removed to the neighborhood of Sarahsville, Noble County where he built a cabin and kept bachelor's hall. This was necessary because his children had all married and had homes of their own. While there he got along very well, until he was takend with a bad spell of sickness. It would have gone hard with him, he says, were it not for an excellent old maid, who lived within "hollerin" distance of his cabin. This kindhearted creature took the best care of the widower, and finally brought him through all right. During the worst of his sickness he thought his time had come, and that the right thing to do was to prepare himself for burial. To this end, he got the old maid to prepare a shroud and hang it away in a convenient place, and on his recovery he tenderly cared for it, and when he married his second and present wife, he handed the garment over to her for safe-keeping. About eight years ago, he made further preparation for his last journey on earth. While in a good state of health, he went to Quaker City, and gave orders to one of its citizens to make his measure for a plain but substantial walnut coffin, to be ready at a certain date. At the appointed time, in company with his son, he took the coffin home on a sled. On its arrival, it was carefully raised to the loft of the loom house, where it now sets safely, beyond the gaze of the curious, patiently awaiting the time when its owner will be laid therein for an eternal rest. An evilly disposed person some time since circulated the report that the family had made kindling wood of the coffin, and also that it was a receptacle for dried apples, but we are glad to be in a position to state positively that there is not a vestige of truth in either rumor. May the years be many and happy before the old gentleman shall need either the coffin or the shroud. JEFFERSONIAN, August 20, 1885.


Recently the subject of this sketch was named as one of the very few old people of this section. Wednesday of last week at 8 o'clock he died. Where he was born no one knows, some say in Pennsylvania, others in Maryland. He was in many ways a remarkable character. Physically he was one of the strongest of this section. It was said that had he taken proper care of himself he would have lived a hundred years. One of his freaks was to go out and sleep for two or three days in a corn shock. And then the yarns he used to spin. Who has not heard of his shooting deer around a hill-side, and with one bullet killing thirty nine pigeons on a fence. These tales he told until it is claimed he actually believed them. About sixteen years ago he had his coffin made. It was a plain walnut coffin untrimmed, and was made by William Marsh, deceased. In this he was buried. He had many good traits. He was frugal, strictly honest in his dealings, a good neighbor and had a large circle of friends. For some time before his death his mind had failed and he was as weak as a child. He was buried on Thursday at 2 o'clock at Green Law Cemetery.


Burial: Green Lawn Cemetery, Guernsey Co., Ohio

Cause of Death: probably alzheimers

Census 1840: Millwood Twsp., Guernsey Co., Ohio, p. 332

Census 1870: August 1870, Ohio, Guernsey Co., Millwood Twsp., p. 30


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Jesse Coles's Timeline

November 22, 1801
Pennsylvania, United States
September 16, 1858
Age 56
Ohio, United States
June 20, 1860
Age 58
Quaker City, Ohio, United States
December 1861
Age 60
Guernsy, Ohio, United States
April 1, 1901
Age 99