Gen Isaac Coe

Gen Isaac Coe

Birth
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 16 Jan 1899 (aged 82)
Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, USA
Plot II-015-01
Memorial ID 89582070 · View Source
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Isaac Coe was born in Middletown, Connecticut and lived there until middle aged before moving to Nebraska City. He was Perhaps the most prominent citizen there in Nebraska City. His ancestors were natives of England. His parents and grandparents both paternal and maternal, were residents of Middletown, CT. and followed agricultural pursuits. Isaac had four brothers and one sister. The sister, living in Chicago, Illinois in 1852, was married to George H. Bliss and they had one daughter. Isaac's brother Lewis Coe died in Muscatine, IA, in 1887, leaving one son and one daughter. The remaining three brothers lived in the State of Connecticut.
Isaac received in youth the educational advantages afforded by the common schools. In 1846 he was united in marriage with Sarah L. Bacon, whose parents and grandparents, like those of Isaac, were natives and residents of Middletown and followed farming pursuits.
After their marriage Isaac and Mrs. Coe lived upon the farm near Middletown for six or seven years and one child was born to them, Eloise, now Mrs. F.P. Ireland, who with her husband and one child resided in Nebraska City. Mr. Ireland was a practicing lawyer. Not enjoying sufficiently robust health to continue farming, Isaac sold his property and with his family moved to Butler County, Alabama. There he engaged in business for a number of years. On selling his interests there he moved back to Nebraska City in 1858. There he invested his funds in government land sales at the United States Land Office. Not long after he had identified himself with Nebraska City, he was elected by the officers of the several volunteer companies of the division South of Platteville in the Territory of Nebraska to the position of Brigadier General, and was in charge of the division for several years, the territory embraced in that district bordering 75 miles on the States of Iowa and Missouri and over 600 miles on Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming, as the present boundaries were defined. The term of service included the whole of the period embraced by the Civil War, and the excitement necessarily incidental thereto. Throughout, the personal liberties and effects of the citizens were guarded without exception, and the happy condition of things were very largely due to the wisdom, judgement, and other qualities of those in command of the forces. For the services thus rendered by the officers and forces at large there was made neither charge nor reward, nor was any compensation whatever given by the Territory, and that in order that no war debt might be incurred, with the result that the now State of Nebraska is upon a financially solid foundation and takes front rank among the States in that regard.
Subsequently, Gen. Isaac Coe was engaged in freighting across the plains west of the Missouri River, and continued the same until the laying of the railroad and opening of the same for traffic precluded the necessity of any continuance in that line. In this he was associated with Levi Carter, a citizen of New Hampshire. They worked in partnership under the name of Coe & Carter. In addition thereto he invested money in developing the mineral resources of the various Western Territories, and derived therefrom a large interest from the original investment. The firm of Coe & Carter assisted largely in the construction of the Union Pacific, Denver, Pacific & Oregon Short Line Railroads, and a number of other enterprises looking toward the development of the resources of the still wild portions of the district west of the Missouri River. They were also large stock buyers, and introduced a number of enterprises in the line of stock interests in the various unsettled portions of the western territory, buying largely of land for the feeding of such stock, including also sufficient for the harvesting of hay, etc., for their sustenance.
The family of Gen. Coe consists of two children; Mrs. Ireland and a son Frank E. Coe, who owned a ranch well stocked with cattle and horses in Idaho Territory. In politics the General was a stanch Democrat. He died in 1918 in Nebraska City. Gen. Coe's father was Eli Coe, born October 14, 1784 in Middletown, CT. and his mother was Lois Coe, born January 6, 1788 in Middlefield, CT. Gen. Coe married October 6, 1846 in Middletown CT. to Sarah L. Bacon who was born June 30, 1828 in Middletown, CT.


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  • Created by: Lloyd Donahoo
  • Added: 4 May 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 89582070
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Isaac Coe (16 May 1816–16 Jan 1899), Find a Grave Memorial no. 89582070, citing Wyuka Cemetery, Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Lloyd Donahoo (contributor 47132707) .