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John Coles

Birthplace: Berks Co., Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 26, 1887 (83)
Jackson Co. , Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Solomon Coles, Jr. and Elizabeth Coles
Husband of Mary Matilda Coles
Father of Mary Smith; Jacob Coles; Pvt. Samuel Coles (USA); Elizabeth Dixon; George W. Coles and 3 others
Brother of Isaac Coles; Ester Galloway Coles; Jesse Coles; James C. Coles; Thomas Coles and 5 others

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About John Coles

iv. JOHN COLES, b. November 22, 1803, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1880; m. MARY MATILDA WAREHEIM6, February 18, 1830, Belmont Co., Ohio; b. Abt. 1810, Pennsylvania; d. Bet. June 13, 1876 - January 13, 1877, Jackson Co., Ohio.

Notes for JOHN COLES:

Some say that John Coles married Sarah Foster in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio on September 23, 1856. I think this may not be the same John Coles. Perhaps she was the wife of Isaac Coles's son, John Coles. If anyone has any proof, please e-mail me at

More About JOHN COLES:

Census: 1851, Millwood Twsp., Guernsey Co., Ohio

Census 1840: Millwood Twsp., Guernsey Co., Ohio, p. 334, John Cole

Census 1850: Millwood Twsp., Guernsey Co., Ohio, p. 348

Census 1860: Ohio, Jackson Co., Scioto Twsp., p. 68

Census 1880: Ohio, Jackson Co., Scioto, FHL Film 1255037 National Archives Film T9-1037 Page 211D

Property: December 29, 1827, Guernsey Co., Ohio, purchase in R13, T08, S367


Burial: Bethesda Cemetery


Morgan's Raid/ Jackson Co. Ohio

Recorded as written in entry for George Coles:

Before his memory failed him Mr. Coles would recall the story of Morgan and his men coming by their farm and taking his father a prisoner as far as Cove station where they released him. His mother took the children up the creek to a thicket near the Weber farm and there spread bed clothes on the ground for them to spend the night hidden until the danger from the raiders was past.

8: Morgan's Raiders were Confederate cavalrymen under the command of General John Hunt Morgan. On July 8, 1863, Brigadier-General John Hunt Morgan led approximately two thousand soldiers across the Ohio River into southern Indiana. Morgan's superiors had dispatched the cavalry leader into northern Kentucky to cause disorder among the Union military. Morgan exceeded these orders by crossing north of the Ohio River, but he did create turmoil for the United States army. On July 3, as the Indiana militia descended upon Morgan's men, the Confederates entered Ohio, near the Hamilton-Butler County line. Morgan led his men to the outskirts of Cincinnati, where he spent the night of July 13-14, within the sight of the Union army's Camp Dennison. The next day, Morgan divided his men. He sent a small group through Warren, Clinton, Fayette, Ross and Jackson Counties, while the main force traveled through Clermont, Brown, Highland, Pike and Jackson Counties. The larger group crossed the Scioto River at Piketon and proceeded to Jackson, where it reunited with the smaller detachment. The reunited Confederates proceeded east through Jackson, Gallia, Vinton and Meigs Counties, in an effort to reach the Ohio River. On the night of July 12, Ohio Governor David Tod issued a proclamation, calling out the Ohio militia to protect the southern counties from Morgan's Raiders. The Confederates faced little opposition until July 18, when they encountered a small earthwork, defended by Ohio militiamen. Severely outnumbered, the militiamen retreated under the cover of darkness. However, their presence had allowed Union cavalry to catch up to the Confederates. A battle ensued at Buffington Island. The Northern force numbered approximately three thousand men, while Morgan's Raiders included 1,700 soldiers. Morgan hoped to lead his men across the Ohio River, and the Union soldiers and gunboats intercepted him. Estimates for the number of wounded or killed Southerners range from fifty-two to 120 men. Union soldiers captured an additional eight hundred to 1,200 men. Northern soldiers lost twenty-five men in the battle. Morgan's remaining men managed to break through the Union lines and continue in a northerly direction along the Ohio River. Morgan and his men retreated westward through Meigs and Gallia Counties then moved in a more northeasterly direction through Vinton, Hocking, Athens, Perry, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Carroll, and Columbiana Counties. At Sallneville, in Columbiana County, Union Cavalry under the command of Major W.B. Way and Major G. W. Rue surrounded Morgan's Raiders and succeeded in capturing Morgan and most of his command. Morgan's capture marked the end of his raid of the North. The Northern soldiers took Morgan and most of his captured men to Columbus. The enlisted men were confined in the Camp Chase Confederate prison camp. Morgan and several of his officers were held at the Ohio Penitentiary. Morgan arrived there on October 1. Morgan and his men remained in their cells until November 27, when Morgan and six of his soldiers used the airshaft to reach the prison yard. They then fashioned a rope from their prison uniforms and scaled the wall. Utilizing some of the one thousand dollars that his sister had smuggled into the prison inside of a Bible, Morgan purchased a train ticket to Cincinnati. He then made his escape across the Ohio River into Kentucky. Morgan returned to the Confederate military but lost his life less than a year later on the battlefield. Morgan's Raid caused a great deal of fear among Indiana and Ohio residents and cost several of these people some personal property that the raiders had seized. Almost 4,400 Ohioans filed claims for compensation with the federal government for items that they lost to the Confederates during the raid. The claims amounted to 678,915 dollars, with the government authorizing compensation in the amount of 576,225 dollars. While the Confederates succeeded in instilling fear in the civilian population, the raid inspired many of these people to fight even harder to defeat the Confederacy. | Morgan's Riaders 9: Research shows that John Coles put in a claim for losses sustained in Morgan's Raid. In the list of Jackson County claims is John Coles who says he lost one horse, a bridle, one pistol and two guns. He asked for $111.00. The State of Ohio paid him $90.00. Jackson County had quite a few claims. There were 250 totaling $45,495.00. In the list of claims, John gave his residence as Jackson, rather than Cove. His son-in-law, Milton Smith, also put in a claim. His included one revolver and one halter. He asked to be paid $17.25. The State paid him nothing. | On or about July 17, 1863 John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders visited the Coles Farm in Scioto Township, Jackson County. Morgan's band consisted of over 2,000 men, but it is thought that this was a smaller group, maybe a scouting party, which was making their way from the Beaver area in Pike County to the town of Jackson. When news that the raiders were coming reached the community, Grandma Mary Matilda Coles gathered her children and had taken them up the creek toward the Weber Farm and hid them in the bull rushes and cat tails. Grandpa John Coles remained at the farmstead, in hopes to protect their belongings. A group of Morgan’s Raiders were assembled near the home of Milton Smith. (Milton was the husband of Mary Coles, the oldest daughter of John and Mary Matilda.) Milton and Mary lived in a log home, just up the hill, at the corner of Weber Road and what is now known as State Route 776. Milton Smith was apparently running when one of Morgan’s men yelled for him to halt. Milton refused to stop, a shot was fired which missed Milton but hit the neighboring barn of John Coles, about 125 yards away. The hole made by the bullet can still be seen today. The raiders made their way from the Smith Farm down the hill to the Coles Farm. As they rummaged through the barn, they took a few items such as Grandpa John's muzzle loading rifle. They also took him prisoner and forced him to go with them. And as the story has been told down through the years, Grandpa John Coles stated that he was bare headed, and for a man to be outside without his hat in those days was considered to be not fully dressed. They made their way to the Cove Community about 1.5 miles away, where they decided to release him. Before they did however, one of the men took his rifle by the barrel and broke the stock out of it over a stump, then handed it back to him in two pieces. The rifle is still in the Coles family, exactly as it was when handed back to Grandpa John. John's son George Coles was a child at the time and remembered quite well the events that took place and through the years has told this story many times to his children and grandchildren.

Source: Title: Revision of Coles Familiy History Final Version (Copy) Family of Frank Enich & Sara Caroline Coles. Lucasville, Ohio Tags: None Published: about 3 years ago


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John Coles's Timeline

November 22, 1803
Berks Co., Pennsylvania, United States
June 6, 1831
Age 27
Ohio, United States
July 6, 1833
Age 29
Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio, United States
May 31, 1835
Age 31
Ohio, United States
May 16, 1838
Age 34
Ohio, United States
March 19, 1841
Age 37
Ohio, United States
September 6, 1851
Age 47
Jackson County, Ohio, United States
April 26, 1887
Age 83
Jackson Co. , Ohio, United States