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Samuel Coate (Coates)

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Lambrook, Somerset, England
Death: November 22, 1723 (53)
Amwell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of John Coate and Elizabeth Humphreys
Husband of Mary Saunders
Father of John Coate; Elizabeth Davis; Henry Coate and Marmaduke Coates
Brother of James Coate and Henry Coate

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About Samuel Coate

Samuel came to America with his father, John Coate, after 1682 and settled in the Falls, Bucks County Pennsylvania. Samuel Coate from Somersetshire, England supposedly first appeared in Pennsylvania with his father, John Coate in 1685.

The relationship of his wife Mary Saunders, if any, to Christopher Saunders, who was a passenger on the ship Kent, is unknown.

1687-93 Samuel was noted often in Quaker records in the Middletown Monthly Meeting of Friends, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. He signed a testimony against the sale of "rum or other strong liquors to the Indian" on 11/5/1687. He witnessed several marriages. He was a member of the Grand Jury of the Quarter Sessions Court in Bucks County, PA on 7/13/1693. He was a road juror ordered by the court to help lay out a cart road from Newtown to the ferry house at a session dated 12/1693, the second Wednesday of the month.

1695 Samuel Coate married Mary Saunders, Jan. 16, 1695 in Bucks Co. Pa. at the Falls Monthly Meeting. Samuel first declared his intention to marry Mary Sanders on 11/3/1694/5 at the Middletown Meeting. Samuel and Mary also declared their intention to marry at the Falls Meeting on 12/6/1694/5. On 12/7/1694/5 and 1/6/1694/5, before marrying, they went to both meeting houses a second time to inform family and friends of their intent to marry.

1696-98 Samuel was on a Petit Jury on 10/9/1696; a Common Pleas Jury on the 10th month, 1697; and a Grand Jury on 7/14/1698 and 1/8/1698/9.

1699 Samuel's father gave him 200 acres of land that he had purchased on Mar 13, 1689 from Israel Taylor. Samuel, himself, had purchased 23 more acres from this same Israel Taylor on Nov. 16, 1696. After his father's death, in late 1699 or early 1700, Samuel sold the land he inherited from his father John and settled in Burlington Co., NJ.

1700 Samuel Coate was listed as one of the men who helped survey and lay out a by-road leading into the Kings Road.

1702 Samuell Coates and Samuel Beard acknowledged to the court that they owed the King forty lbs which was to be levied on their goods, chattles and tenements on condition that Samuell Coates keep the peace particularly toward Elizabeth White and Elizabeth Brown. These two women had attested to the court that they were afraid he would abuse or ravish them and felt their lives were in danger. The court then ordered Samuel Coates to find security to prove his intention was peaceful.

1702 Samuel Coate was charged with four others of neglecting service on the road (to King's highway?).

1702 Samuel Coate was named as one of the new Constables from Burlington.

1702/3 Samuel submitted, on 1/10, the purchase of a deed for 3 acres of land in Newtown, with the deed dated 9/16/1696. He appears to have sold that land plus 19 other acres to Shadrack Walley on that same day, 1/10/1702/3 and then submitted it to the courts on 7/8/1703.

1705 Samuel was named as a Grand Juror in the court records. (C-1673)

1723 Samuel moved to Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, where his uncle Marmaduke Coate lived. See New Jersey Documents #11 Record of will pg. 150 and also see E.O. Collins Book. One source entitled, "The Samuel Coate Family" says that Samuel settled near his brother, Marmaduke, who came over in 1717 and settled in Burlington Co. as proved by the will of Ann Coate, widow of Marmaduke. (1929) (C-549d). This brother relationship could be an error as John Coate had a son Samuel but no known son, Marmaduke. It is more likely that Samuel and Marmaduke were first cousins and this was the kinship referred to in Ann Coate's will. Another possible way the "Samuel Coate Family" erred in saying he lived near his brother, Marmaduke, is that Samuel did live fairly near his older brother James, who came to Philadelphia. James and his other brother Henry supposedly came over after their father, John and brother Samuel. (C-1542)

1722 Samuel Coate, the settler on the Field, purchased four hundred acres from Robert Eaton adjoining John Holcombe's land. Samuel was at the time of the purchase, in April 1722, a resident of Springfield, Burlington County. They moved to the land in Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co. in 1723. Samuel also purchased an additional adjoining 100 acres, according to the deed where his son William sells 150 acres of the land in 1728.

1723 Samuel and his family took a certificate to Buckingham from Burlington on March 6, 1723 (the same year he died). Quaker minutes mention sons John and Henry and in the Women's minutes from Buckingham it mentions Mary Coate and daughter Elizabeth. (C-549c, 995, 1086)

Samuel was a carpenter and established a ferry service known as Coate's Ferry on the New Jersy side of the Delaware River. On the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River was a service owned by John Wells known as "Wells Ferry". It is interesting to note that this ferry service later became known as Coryell's Crossing and was where Washington crossed the Delaware in the Revolutionary War and is the scene of the famous painting of same. The Newsletter of the New Hope Historical Society (Feb 2004) reports that "In New Jersey Emanuel Coryell applied for a license for John Coates (son of Samuel) to keep a ferry opposite Wells Ferry. Coates sold that ferry to John Purcell, who in 1732, sold it to Emanuel Coryell. Emanuel died in 1748 and his son, John, obtained a New Jersey license. The ferry and lands formerly owned by Coryell were seized as the property of George Ely and sold by the sheriff of Hunterdon county. ... Coryell's Ferry on the Jersey side became Lambertville when U.S. Senator John Lambert secured a post office there." Cited directly from oodWolfe/pn/p3343.htm

1723 On Aug. 24, 1723, John Bainbridge, Samuel Coate, Thomas Curtis, Joshua Anderson, Andrew Smith, and Nathaniel Leonard, freeholders, received tax money from Capt. Ralph Hunt for the running of the government in Maidenhead, Hopewell, Amwell and Trenton Townships, NJ.

1723 The will of Samuel Coate, a gentleman, was dated 22 Nov 1723 at Amwell, Hunterdon County, West Jersey. Sons John and Henry were appointed as executors. John was given 200 acres next the River Delaware. Henry was given 200 acres on the hill, where the new ? is now running. Jon William Coate received 100 acres on the hill next to York Road. Marmaduke got 20 pounds, Samuel got 5 pounds, and wife Mary got 3 pounds a year, all to be paid by son John. Daughter Elizabeth Coate got a feather bed, a cow, a mare, and too yewes (two ewes?) , to be delivered when she changed her condition (got married?). Witnesses--Jon Holcombe, John Wells, Benjamen Willcoks. Proved 08 Jan 1723-4. (Lib. 2, p. 258, and Hunterdon Wills). His son John, who received the ferry tract, made application for and received from Governor Burnet a license to operate a ferry in Amwell township, Hunterdon Co., from the landing commonly called Coate's Landing across the River Delaware to the Province of Pennsylvania. All of the Coate heirs appear to have sold their holdings in 1728. Source Park's book Appendix L Item 9, p53, will p60. ListDocs Copies of documents about Samuel Coate will, 1723.

1723 Inventory on 23 Dec of the personal estate, £215.11, incl. a clock, £5, a Bible and other books, £1, a negro woman, "Desparat" (disparate?) debts, £25, "things Left and forgotten," 5 s.; made by George Green and John Holcombe.

1728, his son John sold 200 acres of the tract of land he was given by his father, to John Purcell. In 1732, John Coate, of Bethlehem, N.J. sold 30 acres more of this land to John Holcombe. It is a home built by this John Holcombe that Washington stayed in twice during the Revolutionary War. (This 1732 deed mentions adjoining posts belonging to William and Henry Coate's lands.)

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Samuel Coate's Timeline

November 10, 1670
Lambrook, Somerset, England
May 8, 1699
Age 28
Bucks Co, PA
Age 33
Buckinghammon, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 41
Buckingham, PA, USA
Age 46
Amwell, Hunterdon, New Jersey
November 22, 1723
Age 53
Amwell, Hunterdon, New Jersey