|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1805|
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1879|
Father: Benjamin Watts COATS b: 1772 in Virginia?
Mother: Elizabeth BROCK
Marriage to Mary Polly MCINTOSH b: ABT. 1815 in Perry Co., Kentucky
Married: 11 AUG 1831 in Kentucky
Sarah COATS b: 1837 in Kentucky
John Herd COATS b: Jan 5, 1839 in Indiana (served Union Forces, Civil War)
James COATS b: 1841 in Missouri (served Union Forces, Civil War)
* Martha Jane COATS b: 4 APR 1842 in Vera Cruz, Ozark Cty, Missouri
Nancy Jane COATS b: 14 DEC 1845 in Missouri
(she married James Shelton "Shelt" Alsup in 1864. He was killed in a shootout with the sheriff and a vengeful posse on the 08 of MAR 1879 in Douglas Co., Missouri, along with one of their children Mary Artena age 5 years. Both buried in Denlow Cemetery)
Elizabeth COATS b: 1848 in Missouri
Jeremiah COATS b: 1851 in Missouri
Caroline COATS b: 1854 in Missouri
After Polly's death in 1870, Jeremiah remarried Celia HAYNES and had four more children:
Marriage 2 to Celia Haynes
Married: ABT. 1870 in Douglas County, Missouri
Andrew J. "Jack" COATS (disappeared about 1896)
Emmaline COATS, b: Sept 13, 1879
Jeremiah Coats was married first to Mary McIntosh in Perry County, KY., now Breathitt County. The family then moved to southern Indiana, where they lived until about 1839-1840. The family then moved to Ozark County in about 1839-1840. They first lived on Fox Creek in the Denlow or Champion area. By 1842, it is believe the family had settled at Old Vera Cruz where Mr. J.C. Vineyard now lives. Jeremiah and Mary Ann lived the rest of their lives there and are buried there. There are gravestones.
The first post office in what is now Douglas County, was called Red Bud, established in 1848, where Mr. Vineyard now lives. Robert Hicks was the postmaster until July 6, 1859, when the name was changed to Vera Cruz and Jeremiah Coats was made postmaster, serving until May 3, 1866.
Mary McIntosh Coats died Jan 3, 1870, and is buried at Old Vera Cruz. About 1876, Jeremiah then 71, married Celia Haynes Nance, a young widow of about 21, with two children, Thomas J. Nance and Angeline Nance. To this marriage was born Andrew J. "Jack", and Emmaline.
Jeremiah died Dec 1, 1879, and is buried beside his first wife, Mary Ann, at Old Vera Cruz. Jeremiah served during the Civil War in Company H., 46th Regt. of the MO. INF from Aug 17, 1864, to March 9, 1865. His age at enlistment was given as 44, as was the age of several older men in his company. Little is know if Jeremaih was involved with the Vera Cruz conflict.
Celia married Zachariah Hitchcock on Nov 16, 1882. She later married Harrison M. Elliot and A. B. Smith. She died in 1921, and is buried at Brushy Knob with her fourth husband Harrison M. Elliot. There is a gravestone.
History Douglas County Seat
After bitter quarreling over location of the county seat, Vera Cruz became the compromise choice. The first courthouse, made of logs by volunteer labor, was completed in six weeks. It had a puncheon floor and hand-crafted furnishings. County officials occupied the building December 27, 1857.
The county seat moved to Rome after a Civil War incident in which the courthouse in Vera Cruz was fired upon, but continued war activity in Rome prompted a return to Vera Cruz.
Here the county established its first seat of government and transacted its business in a primitive log courthouse until 1869.
Vera Cruz was then considered to be about eight miles east of the center of the county, and Arno was considered a like number of miles west of the center. Considerable dissatisfaction developed over the Arno location. Vera Cruz was too far east, and likewise, Arno was too far west. Trouble followed and the matter was taken to court for settlement.
Finally, about a year later, the issue was settled by compromise. It was then that Ava was selected, being about a mile west of the center of the county.
Mary Ann McIntosh Coats (1814 - 1870)
Celia Haines Elliott (1855 - 1921)*
Emma Coats Barnes (1879 - 1923)*
Created by: Sanders
Record added: Oct 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43306188
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