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-FOREWORDTo chronicle intense interest a history or record of this kind requires an
in the subject. has been obtained from histories and court some Many
Much of the information South Caro~ina, records; however,
family Bible records,
the record is not complete For this, due apologies
and, .perhaps, are made.
errors have crept in.
thanks are due to my young friend and kinsman, of Winston-Salem,
John Otts Coan, .J ..also
for his interest
to John Coan Otts, Sr., of Spartanburg, and interest history. The record is arranged convenience only"
S. Co, who, by his love
in the subject, has aided very materially
as the date was obtained and for on acooun until this
This history was begun in 1935 ,but illness had to be postponed
of a severe and prolonged time; therefore,
this has been done under adverse circumstances, the reader it has
and the task has been a hard one; but I assure been a work of pleasure and love.
Spartanburg, S" Co November, 1940
W.. P •. Coan·
THE SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE COAN FAMILY
Before taking up the Coan family of the South, it might be appropriate to discuss the Coan family in general.
The name Coan is Scotch and those of the South were scocchIrish. By that is not meant a mingling or mixture of Scotch and
Irish blood, but Scotchmen born in Ireland. According Washington, was dropped.
to the Media Research Bureau of 1110 F. Street, C., the name was spelled Coane and later the e of
This is not thought to be true by the recorder
this article; however, the spelling of a great many of the old names was changed in the course of time.
In some court records
the name is found to be spelled "Cowan" and in other instances it is spelled HCoweno" Coan is not a very common name, but there are quite a few
by that name in the East, especially
New Jersey, and New Yor'k, the Middle West
There are also some by that name Ln
In a recent issue of Life Magazine, 1940, there appeared a quotation a description
perhaps June or Jul?
from Joe Lincoln, a writer, and Quotation--I1All tBe
of a monument on Cape Code.
are dead, but the cemeteries
that crown the
sandy hills are filled with slate and granite relics like thLs of three centuries of life
On the monument were the follovting Ti)'
inscriptions--UErected The Memory of:
by the request of the grandchildren
who died Dec. 15, 1808, in his 43 year.
Betsy CoaD widow of Samuel CoaD died Oct. l~ 1854: in her 83 year. Also their two sons-Abraham Coan was killed in an encounter with the natives of the Feejee (Fiji) Islands in the year 1842 Benjamin Coan year. A letter dated Nov
Aged 21 years.
was drowned at sea Dec. 3, 1845, in his 22
19,1932, was received
from Mr. George W about
Coan, Sr., of Winston-Salem,
asking for information
the Coan family of the South and giving the following tion -- According from northern Island. to tradition
three brothers came to America on Long one remaini g
Ireland and located or were ship-wrecked
After a while the three brothers scattered,
in N. Y., one going to the Middle West, perhaps going Sou tho
Iowa, and one
The Co an family of Virginia, North and South of the one who came South
Carolina are without doubt descendants from Long Island.
The idea advanced by Mr. Coan may be true, but connecting
what has been said and what is to follow, it is very evident tha there was more than one expedition or Ireland to America. There can be little doubt that the Southern Branch of t~e Coan family was originally from Scotland, moved to County An~r~, of the family from Scotland
Ireland, where they remained they embarked for America~
for a very short time.
The following written in 1935 in regard
to the Southern is
Branch of the family, with James Coan as our progenitor, perhaps true, not only by tradition but by history:
a brief account of the early history of the
Southern Branch of the Coan family in America, many things belie ec to be true, but the proof of which cannot be established, have to be taken for granted • .The chart accompanying his descendants, this history is of James Coan and connected with that of his War hero. It is possible will
but is necessarily
brother, Andrew Coan, a Revolutionary and highly probable, revolution,
that James Coan was also in the war of the
but on account of his tender age, must have been in At any rate the Revolu-
the last years of the war -- 1776-1783.
tionary War pay of both Andrew and James Coan was collected by one, Mr. John "Cowen,
It is not known who John "Cowen" was. in 1690, many Another fac
There was also a John "Cowen" in South Carolina years before James and Andrew worthy of mention
Coan came to America.
is that William Coan , a son of James Coan, was
in the War of 1812. There are also records of the Coan family still of an earlier date. of Coan Hall. In Northumberland County~ Virginia, there is reco d
Court was held in Coan Hall as early as 1642.
a Coan river, a Coan church and post office, and a district kno as Coan Neck. If the facts could be established, it is possible
that the names of all these places could be traced back to the old early Coan settlers. This brief history deals with the Coan family in general an not with any achievement of any branch of the family or any It is sufficient to say, that
particular member of the family.
they played an important part in the building in the capacity of lawyers, ministers educators, doctors, and business men. In 1768 two Scotch-Irish Coan, brothers,
of the New World,
of the gospel, farmers,
emigrants, James Coan and Andrew through the port of County,
came directly to America,
Charleston, and settled on Tyger River in Spartanburg South Carolina.
Edward McGrady in his History of South Carolina
and Dr. George Howe (D. D., LL~D.) in his "History of the Presbyterian Church of South Caro1ina\U:say they came to Ameri.ca their head-right of one hundred
in 1767 or 1768, and received acres of land, etc. Nazareth
Col. Thomas J. Moore in his "Reminiscences
Church and Family Burial Grounds" says that they cace t
America in 1768. II They were born in County Antrim in northern after coming to America, they identified Ireland. Soon
themselves l;~ithand hel el
build old ftNazareth Presbyterian Presbyterianism in this sec t.Lon ,
The present buildin~_ whi~h is ....,,,
of brick, was built in 1832, and is the third church built on th present siteo settlers. church. It stands as a monument to many of the older
James Coan lived about one half mile north of the The building, where James Coan lived, with its massive still stands. In later years
rock chimney with huge fireplace, the building was weatherboarded,
is in a fair state of preservat·ol Dr. W. P. Coan. yards south of the
and owned by one of his descendants,
Andrew Coan lived three or four hundred church
James and Andrew Coan are both buried in the Nazareth to their graves.
Church cemetery and have marble markers
Much could be said of the two men - this will suffice they were men of charactero A record, but not complete of James Coan and his descendant follows
This record was compiled by Dr. Wo P. Coan of S. C.
A-JAMES eOAN Born-1763 Died-March 6, 1844 Married-Nancy McGee Born-1764 Died-May 15, 1849 Six Children Bl-.;rohnCrawford Coan B2-Jeannette Coan B4-Elizabeth Coan' B5-William Coan B3-Mary Ann Coan B6-Isaac Coan .
Bl-John Crawford Co an Born-November 6, 1804 Died-July 16, 1886 Married-Elizabeth Malinda Graham February 14, 1832 Born-March 14, 1810 Died-February 2, 1884 Eight Children Cl-Dr. William Hoy Coan C2-Carrie Rebecca Coan C3-Nancy C. Coan C4-David M. Coan C5-Laura Ann Coan C6-Maha1a Jane Co n C7-James Coan C8-MaryJulia Coan C1-Dro William Hoy Coan Born-October 30, 1837 Died-November Married-Rebecca Amanda atts January 19, 1864 Born-September 7, 1842 Died-August . Two Children D1-John Robert Coan 25, 1868 7, 1924
D2-Dr. William Preston Coa
D1-John Robert Coan Born-October 17, 1864 Died-May 3, 1915 Single D2-Dr ..William Preston Coan Born-January 27, 1868 Died-August 20, 1943 Married-Sadie Edna Tisdale June 30, 1911 Born~July 24, 1884 Four Children E1-Wi11iam David Coan Born-September 1, 1912 E3-Sarah Edna Coan Born-July 24, 1917 E2-E1izabeth Amanda Coan Born-February 6, 1914 E4-John Preston Coan Born-April 27, 1920
II II I!
II June 30, 1948
EI-William David Coan Born-September 1, 1912 Born-July 28, 1926. Two Children
Eliza.beth r.r~;a ----0
FI-Wi11iam David Coan, Jr. Born-September 14, 1950 F2-Frances Craig Coan September 3, 1954 E4-John Preston Coan Born-April 27, 1920 Married-Ruby Rae Williams August 16, 1952 Born-March 5,
Coan, Jr. ..&./_---~ 7, 1954. ~ ~~
J],2·- ynn L
patrici9. eoan Born-:-J?ebruary 6,1957. Born-A:pril
7~3Tracy Hunt Coan BQr:tr_-March 24, 1962,
i~;~~~:~~u~~~e~~a l~%:n Died-May 21, 1833 Married-Robert Miller Otts Born-December 16, 1837 Died-~eptember 21, 1894 Six Children DI-Lily Graham Otts Born-October 5, 1869 Single Died-April 3, 1899
D2-Nannie May Otts Born-August 28, 1872 Died-December Married-Henry Walter Allen December 4, 1895 Three Child ren
El-Dr. Walter Otts Allen Born-January 20, 1897 Died-May 13, 1940 Married-Lucile Kirby June 11, 1929 One Child Fl-Kirby Lucile Allen Born-June 15, 1933 E2-Lily Graham Allen Born-August 2, 1898 Single E3-Robert Miller Allen Born-December 13, 1905 Died-October Married-Mary Alice Gully June 1, 1930 One Child Fl-Mary Delight Allen Born-January 18, 1931 D3-Robert James Otts Born-September 10, 1874 Married-Virginia McCarley December 16, 1923 Three Children Died-June 7, 1931
EI-Robert William Otts Born-October 5, 1924 E2-Nancy Rebecca Otts Born
E3-David Graham Otts Born D4-John CoaD Otts Born-January 26, 1877 Married-Bertha Warren December 11, 1907 Born-December 24, 1886 Tw'o Children Died - 1948.
El-John Coan Otts, Jr. Born-August 14, 1909 Married-Lou Bomar Smith December 21, 1940 E2-E1izabeth Wofford Otts Born-June 15, 1915 DS-Christmas Miller Otts Born-December 25, 1879 Died February 24~ 1920 Single D6-Annie Laurie Otts Born-June 30, 1882 Died-August C3-Nancy C. Coan Born-January 25, 1840 Single 28, 1883
Died-May 19, 1843
D4-David M. Coan Born-March 26, 1842 Died-May 23, 1903 Married-Annie Nesbitt Mitchell - First Wife December 12, 1881 Born-1849 Died-December 12, 1888 One Child Dl-Died in infancy Married-Nancy Born-November Jane Snoddy - Second Wife 7, 1856 Died-November 9, 1928 11, 1924
C5-Laura Ann CoaD Born-February 23, 1849 Died-November Married-Canada Cowan - First Husband October 7, 1884 Married-Robert July 16, 1889
Miller Otts - Second Husband
C6-Maha1a Jane Coan Born-March 2, 1836 Single Died-March 9, 1901
C7-James Coan Born-April 9, 1834 Died-November 8, 1857 Single Died while in Charleston Medical College Ca-Mary Julia Coan Born-February 16, 1853 Died-January 4, 1916 Married-John We Schartle October 12, 1871 Born-June 23, 1841 Died-September 29, 1929 Ten Children DI-Leon Leopold Schart1e Born-October 7, 1872 Married-Daisy Newman June 19, 1901 Two Children E1-Ronald Newman Schart1e Married-Theresa Poole January 6, 1937 E2-E1izabeth Schartle Married-William Edward Callaham September 4, 1929 D2-Linda Elizabeth Schartle Born-February 2, 1874 D3-Wilhelmina Born-February Schartle 4, 1876 23, 1888
D4-John Wolfgang Schartle, Jr. Born-May 18, 1878 Died-February D5-Dorothy Julia Schar tIe Born-December 8, 1880 Married-Edmund Sumner Whitten August 26, 1914 . Three Children El-Julie Whitten
E3-Edmund Sumner Whittenj
D6-Carrie May Schar tIe Born-November 18, 1882 D7-Roy Schartle Born-February 10, 1887 D8-He1en Graham Schartle Born-March 21, 1889 Married-Morton LeBaron Church October 4, 1919 Three Children EI-Morton E2-Francis E3-Alice LeBaron Church, Jr. LeBaron
D9-David Norman Schartle Born-January 16, 1891 Married-Mrs. Pearl Pledger Hume 1916 Three Children EI-Margy E2-David E3-Patty Schar tIe Norman Schartle, McFarland Jr. (Died)
DlO-Karl Schart1e Born-March 10, 1898 Married-Mary Madelon Myleneck One Child EI-Betty Doris Schar tIe
B2-Jeannette Coan Born-January 13, 1792 Died-March 25, 1879 Married-Abner Wakefield Born-April 5, 1793 Died-September 2, 1861 Two Children Cl-Nancy Elizabeth Wakefield Born-December 12, 1828 Died-September 5, 1890 Married-David Oliver Leonard March 30, 1852 Born-April 27, 1833 Died-February 7, 1905 Seven Children· Dl-Corne1ia Ann Leonard Born-January 23, 1853 Died-July Married-Thomas Jefferson Smi·th February 26, 1869 Born-May 1, 1846 D2-Martha I. Leonard Born-Decemb er 16, 1854 Died-July 29, 1886
17, 1856 27, 1908
D3-Minerva Fannie Leonard Born-September 12, 1857 Married-Dr. B. 00 Bennett February 8, 1877 BornDied-January D4-James Leonard Born-November 16, 1861
D5-Lula Elizabeth Leonard Born-July 31, 1863 DiedMarried-J. Terry Wood September 2, 1882 D6-Dr. David Oliver Leonard, Jr. Born-April 21, 1867 Died-January 17, 1924 Married-Fannie Wi11imon September 9, 1896 Born-September 1, 1876 Died-March 10, 1923 Seven Children El-Mattie Elizabeth Leonard Born-October 14, 1897 Died-September 17, l~OO E2-L1oyd Keith Leonard Born-February 24, 1899
E3-Ruth Perritt Leonard Born-October 1, 1901 Married~ Rev. D. O. Davis E4-Helen Louise Leonard Born-July 3, 1904 Died-September E5-Frances Evelyn Leonard Born-March 1, 1907 Married-Rev. C. O. Shuler Born May 4, 1909 Two Children E6-David O. Leonard Born-September 26, 1909 Married-Willie Mae Bell Three Children Born-March 20, 1912 Married-Madolyn Matlock Died-December 1940 21, 1905
E7-Drq Robert W. Leonard
D7~Thomas D. Leonard Born-December 2, 1870 Died-May Married-Nevada S. Anderson Born-April 13, 1875 Three Children C2-Minerva Born-March Single Wakefield 1, 1830 Died-September 27, 1907
B3-Mary Ann II Born-August II Married-John I Born-October
Coan 28, 1806 S. Finch 22, 1802
Died-May 3, 1862 Died-March 18, 1862
B4-Elizabeth Coan Born-November 6, 1799 Single
Died-May 15, 1857
B5-William eoan Born-February 12, 1793 Died-May 1, 1865 Married-Elizabeth Otts Born-1802 Died-November 1, 1849 Six Children CI-Elizabeth Ann Coan Married-John C. Jones Born~December 6, 1830 Five .. · Children
D1-Anna Jones Married-W. D. Mitchell Two Children EI-Will Mitchell Married-Mary Jones One Child E2-Bessie Mitchell Married D2-Mollie Jones BornDied-l920 Married-Dr. B. D. Downey Two Chi ldren El-E1izabeth Downey E2-Mary Dorsey Downey D3-Williarn Jones Married-Loula Grogan Several Children D4-Charles Jones BornDied-1920 Married-Bessie Strother One Child El-John C. Jones D5-Estelle Single Jones
C2-Jane C. Coan Born-September" 16, 1828 Mar~ied-Ha~ilt0r. Posey No Children
C3-Mary Martin Coan Born-May 22, 1823 Qied-October Married-Franklin Posey Six Children DI-Barbara Posey Married-Robert Poole Two Children El-Walter Poole
E2 .. ole Poole C D2 ..illiam H. Posey W Single D3-David Married
D4-Andrew M. Posey Born-November 21, 1855 D5-Dr. John W. Posey Married-Ida Cox Four Children EI-Conway Posey
E2-Dr. Everett Posey
E4-Lona Posey D6-Dr. Benjamin F. Posey C4-James 20 Coan Married-Harriet Z~erman Ten Children DI-Adra Coan Died September 17, 1941 - age 83 years. Married-S. J. Nesbitt
D2-Loula Coan Married-John Turner D3-Alice Coan Married-Dr. J. O. Vernon D4-J. William Coan Married-Marion Gilbert D5-James E. Coan Married-Marion McMaster D6-Jesse O~ Coan Married-Ellen Finch ... First Wife Married-Nettie Suttles - Second Wife D7-Minnie Coan Married-Walter G. Query D8-Charles Single Coan
D9-Enunie Coan Single DIO-Hattie Coan Married-Thomas Hill
C6-John O. Coan Born-1832 Died-1909 Married-Mary Ann Jones Born-June 6, 1837 Died-1924 Seven Children Dl-Betty Coan Born-laSS Died-February Married-Leonard Sheffield Three Children El-Mamie Sheffield Single (Died young) 1939
E2-Kate Sheffield Single E3-Annie eoan Sheffield Married-Will Fontaine No Children D2-Birdie O. Coan Born-October 1879 Single D3-Posey Coan Born-1875 Married-J; J. Coxe Two Children EI-John eoan Coxe Married-Dora Poole No Children E2-Mary Coxe Born-19l0 Married-Richard One Child
D4-Loulie Coan Born-May 1859 Died-1929 Married-A. H. Bousman One Child EI-Roy C. Bousman Married-Elsie Gorsuch One Child Fl-Alfred H.· Bousman Born-19l5 Married DS-John O. eoan Born-May 26, 1882 Married-Mary Montague Born-June 4, 1882 One Child EI-John Born-May
Co an , Jr. 23, 1914
D6-George W. Coan Born-October 1867 Died-November Married-Loula Bro~vn BornDied-August 1939 Two Children E1-GeorgeW. CoaTI, Jr. Born-June 1892 Married-Mary Wiggins Born-l890 Three Children F1-George W. Goan, III Born-August 1915 F2-James Wiggins Coan Born-July 25, 1917 F3-Mary Spotswood Coan Born-July 25, 1921 E2-May Coan Born-1897 Married-Kenneth Two Children FI-Kenneth F2-George
D7 -John Coan Died in early childhood
B6-Isaac Coan Born-1794 Died-August 25, 1877 Married ..hiI"za Kinmali - First Wife T January 19, 1820 Seven Children CI-Ellis Coan (Moved to Illinois) C2-Crawford Coan Seven Children Dl-Ikeaac Coan
D2-Net Coan Purcell D3-Lillie D4-Hattie Coan Traylor Coan Buckley
DS-Pat Coan D6-Laura Coan (Died young) D7-Fostena Coan
C3-Squire Coan Born Died-ISB7 or 1888 One Child Dl-William Coan
.G4-Arseneth Coan (Killed in battle) C5-Jane Coan Married-Noah Whaley C6-Senna Coan Married-Jesse Miller C7-Nancy Coan Married-Labin Johnson Married-Elizabeth Traylor - Second Hife Born-1796 Died-September 14, lB64 Three Children
C1-E1i Dixon Coan Born-January 6, 1838
C2-DeForest Coan Born-August 22, 1836 Died-January 15, 1881 Married-Martha Jane Arnold September 9,1856 Born-August 12, 1832 Died-June 11, 1893 Five Children Dl-Columbia Born-August Franklin Coan 24, 1857 Died-March 1861
D2-Joe1 Hume Coan Born-February 25, 1859 Died-September 29, 1938 Married-Susie T. Gladish June 17, 1880 Born-September 17, 1861 Died-October 28, 1936 No Children D3-William Robert Bratton Goan Born-November 3, 1865 Died-January D4 ... William Perry Goan Born-December 13, 1867 Married-Mary Cathryn Bacon January 15, 1893 Born-October 12, 1870 Five Children EI-Mabel Esther Coan Born-March 21, 1894 June 18, 1924 One child 14, 1886
F1-Marie Carol Noftager Born-October 1, 1926 E2-Cathry~ Jane Coan Born-February 8, 1897 E3-Joel1a T. Coan Born-May 26, 1904 Married-Julius Lamar Thorn Two Children
FI-Phi1ip Lamar Thorn Born-August 12, 1930 F2-George Born-July William Thorn 8, 1936
E4-Joseph DeForest Coan Born-March 3, 1909 Married-Alberta Henry August 29, 1933 Born-April 8 Two Children FI-Barbara Jo Coan Born-June 30, 1934 F2-Richard Born-April Arnold Coan 12, 1938 Died-October 15, 1871
ES-Emma Rachel Coan Born-October 23, 1869 C3-Serenia Coan .Married-George Gideon Five Children DI-Mecia D2-A1ice D3-Lizzie D4-Stanley DS-Maudie Gideon Griffith Gideon (Died young)
Gideon Bradfield Gideon Gideon Smitn
C7-Nancy Coan Born-May 9, 1825 Married-Laban Johnson Born-May 6, 1825 Died January 21, 1904 Nine children D1-Arsineth Johnson Born February 22, 1846 D2-Isaac Johnson Born-January 25, 1848 D3-Cordellia Ann Johnson Born January 7, 1850 Married-Emory Drennon D4-Rachel Johnson Born April 30, 1852 Died young. D5-Robert Johnson Born February 5, 1854 D6-Louella Johnson Born April 8, 1857 Married James Anderson D7-Artimeca Johnson Born July 11, 1859 D8-Penina Johnson Born-November 12, 1863 D9-Wilse Johnson January 29, 1865 Married Addie Chappel Seven children: El-Gertrude Johnson Martin Died young
FI-Mrs. Frances Ruffner F2-Mrs. Vivian McPherson E2-Roscoe Johnson Two children
F2-Mrs. Mary M. Roberts E3-Mrs. Harriet Three children FI-Harold F2-Jack Redman Redman Redman Redman
F3-Jaunita ·E4-Herman Johnson
Fl ... Mrs. Ruth Daily F2"'Marjorie Johnson ES-William Johnson (Living in Australia) E6-Mrs. Eva Dailey FI-Robert F2-Larry Dailey Dailey
E7-Mrs. Marada Williams Fl-Lois Delight Williams
C3 .. erena Coan S DI-Mecia Gideon Griffith D2-Alice Gideon (Died Young)
D3-Lizzie Gideon Bradfield Married Wilbur Bradfield El-May Bradfield Married Fred Barber Fl-John W. Barber F2-Bernard Barber
F3-Erma J. Barber
F4 ..Norma Barber
F5-Mary H. Barber F6-Maurice Barber
E2-Ruth Bradfield Married Howard Demotte FI-Cleo Demotte F2-Delores Demotte
F3-Roy Demotte F4-Marian Demotte
E3-Beatrice Bradfield Married Hallie Dillon Fl-Connie F2-Martha E4-Earl Bradfield FI-Evelyn Bradfield R. Dillon
II F3-Jirnmie Bradfield ES-Clifford Bradfield Bradfield
Bradfield Bradfield Bradfield Bradfield Jo Bradfield Sue Bradfield
FI-Raymond F2-Aileen F3-Frank F4-David F5-Carolyn D4-Stanley Gideon Married Opha Chew El-Inez Gideon E2-CatherineGideon E3 ... Arthur Gideon
E4- Ivan Gideon Died December E5-Bernard D5-Maudie Gideon Gideon Smith
El-Glen Smith E2-Ralph E3-Ginevie Smith Smith
Mrs .. H. P,' Coan
Mother - Nary Elizabeth Touchberry Born November 1851 in Manning,
Died - March
15, 1906 - age 55. 1844 Clarendon Coun Y:
- Thomas Jefferson Tisdale Born in Sumter County, South Carolina:in
Died December 22, 1917 in Manning, South Carolina
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