|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1843|
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1890|
New Haven County
Son of William Henry Coer and Mary Ann Thompson Coer. Father to Lacy Welton Coer.
Ironically he was a tobacconist and had a tabacco shop on Bank St in Waterbury. He died of lung cancer.
James was a Mason. he became a member of Harmony Lodge No. 42 on 18 Aug 1864. He advanced to Worshipful Master of the same lodge in 1876. He was High Priest of the Eureka Chapter No. 22, Royal Arch Masons in 1872, 1873, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889 and 1890 at the time of his death. He was Thrice Illustrious Master, Waterbury Council No. 21, Royal and Select Masons 1874. And Grand Senior Deacon, Grand Lodge of Connecticut in 1890.
That he was Grand Senior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut would mean that he was the line of succession to be the Grand Master of All masons in Connecticut when he died. This is quite an achievement.
He also served the city of Waterbury during the Civil War. He organized into the Waterbury Zouaves youths between 17 and 20 years of age. He was captain and A.B. Cook and G.A. Stocking lieutenants. After showing their skill and determination in a voluntary camp in Oakville for 3 days, they were allowed to carry guns. So rapid was their advancement that in the following January they became light infantry Company D.
He was also one of the 19 men who founded Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Waterbury in 1877.
I thank Robert Dorr for all of his input in this bio. He has shared with me more about my second great grandfather than anybody in my family has been able too.
William Henry Coer (1821 - 1879)
Mary A Thompson Coer (1825 - 1896)
Ellen Caroline Welton Coer (1851 - 1933)*
Lacy Welton Coer (1873 - 1925)*
Margaret Leavitt Coer Parker (1877 - 1970)*
New Haven County
Created by: Concetta
Record added: Dec 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32240346
Added: Jan. 18, 2013
Rest in peace my great-great grandpa.|
Added: Dec. 17, 2008