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1699 John Coate was born on 8 of month 5, recorded in a Coate family bible. [1]

1708 Esther Coate was born on 17 of month 8, recorded in a Coate family bible. [2] [3] [4] [5] She was named Easter Doughty in another bible record. [6]

1723 John Scholy & Thomas Antrum ... "declared they had made enquire into ye conversation and clearness of ye two sons of Samuel Coate, John & Henry and find nothing to obstruct or hinder the granting of them a certificate [from Burlington, New Jersey to Buckingham, Bucks County, Pennsylvania] for which the meeting orders the clerk to draw & bring it to the next meeting." on 1st of month 5. [7] [8]

1723 John Coate inherited land from his father Samuel with a ferry that crossed the Delaware River to "Wells Ferry" in the Province of Pennsylvania. New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is on the Delaware River. On the other side of its banks, almost directly opposite, sits Lambertville, New Jersey. From 1722 to 1747, the settlement of New Hope was called "Well's Ferry", after the operator of the ferry across the Delaware. By the time Washington arrived during the Revolutionary War, it was known as "Coryell's Ferry". Washington staged his troops here for his famous crossing of the Delaware five miles south of New Hope on December 25, 1776 and his victory over the Hessians at Trenton. [9]

1726 John Coate applied for and received a license from Gov. Burnet to operate a ferry in Amwell township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey on his side of the Delaware on April 30, 1726. John Coate owned a hotel at this crossing too. [10]

Title
1702-32 The ferry across the Delaware from Lambertville, New Jersey to Pennsylvania
was operated by Samuel Coate and then his son John Coate.
The Pennsylvania side of the ferry is shown as Well's ferry on the upper map.
Emanuel Coryell purchased the ferry in 1732.[11]

1727 John & Ester Coate were married on 3 of month 6 (various dates have been reported). [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] John Coat of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, married Esther Doughty, daughter of Jacob Doughty and Amy Whitehead [17]. John Coate and Esther Doughty, both of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, received their marriage license on July 22, 1727 in New Jersey. [18] [19] [20]

1728 Rights to a ferry over the Delaware were granted to Samuel Coate (John's father) by 1702. The ferry was later operated by John Coate. John deeded the rights to John Percel on October 15, 1728. [21] John Coate sold 200 acres of this tract of land to John Purcell. This same tract when resold in 1732 includes a course described as "a post standing by the Kings Road that leads to the ferry over the aforesaid River Delaware to John Wells." [22]

1728 John Coate and James Chambers were named in a debt issue in the October term of the court of common pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. [23]

1729 John Coate and John Durcell were named in a debt issue in the February term of the court of common pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. [24]

1729 John Coate and James Tucker were named in a debt issue in the February term of the court of common pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. [25]

1729 John Coate and Francis Moore were named in a case in the May of the court of common pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Mr. Pierce was attorney for John Coate. [26]

1729 John Coate and Tho. Winder were named in a case in the May of the court of common pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

1729 William Coate, of Amwell, Hunterdon County, sold land to William Cornwell on February 20, 1728/29. William Coate had inherited the land from his father, Samuel Coate, deceased. Samuel Coate, of Springfield,Burlington County, had purchased the land from Robert Eaton on April 16, 1722. Samuel Coate bequeathed, in his last will and testament, the land to his three sons John, Henery, and William Coate; that is to say two hundred to John Coate, two hundred to Henery Coate and the remainder to William Coate. [27]

1729 John Coate was read out of meeting, on July 22, for marrying Esther Doughty (perhaps a 2nd marriage; first wife unknown).

1730 John Coate and Peter Van Talbarow were named in a case in the February of the court of common pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. [28]

1730 The land of John Coats, later sold to Samuel Schooley, was to the east of the Doughty tract in Franklin Twp, Hunterdon County, New Jersey [29]. John Coats owned land east of the Wilson tract, some of which was sold to Samuel Schooley. [30].

1732 John Coate, then of Bethlehem, New Jersey, sold 30 acres of the Coate Ferry tract to John Holcombe on Aug 4. [31]

1732 John Coate was listed as living in Bethlehem Twp, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It was Bethlehem Twp. through at least 1741, then Kingwood and is now Franklin Township. His property was close to Quakertown, NJ. It could be land that Joseph R. Mathews lived on according to "The Jerseyman". The deed refers to a post in William Coates and in Henry Coates land (his brothers' land).

1732 Emanuel Coryell purchased the ferry from John Purcell on February 8. [32]

Corryell's first purchase was the ferry on February 8, 1732. He bought it from John Purcel who had bought it in 1728 from John, son of Samuel Coates (John Coate had in 1723 inherited the ferry and ferry lot from his father and had been granted a patent to operate a ferry on April 30, 1726 by Governor Burnet. His father had apparently operated without a patent as no record of a license can be found). … For the next eighty years this community was known in the colonies as Coryell's Ferry and was to play a very important part in the coming Revolution. [33]

1733 John Coat and John Purcell were named in the May 18 minutes of the Hunterdon County Court of Common Pleas regarding a debt due. [34]

1738 John Coate voted in the 1738 elections for John Emley and Benj. Smith and was listed as living in Bethlehem Twp. at that time. Brother Henry was listed at Amwell. [35]

1741 John Coates, of Bethlehem Twp, was named as a freeholder in Hunterdon County, New Jersey for the purpose of selecting a jury. [36]

1744 John Coate requested a certificate from the Buckingham meeting in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Note that John Coate, as a ferry operator, likely had interactions on both sides of the river in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. [37] The certificate was to the Chesterfield meeting and stated that John Coate was clear except for his marriage, for which he has made satisfaction. [38]

1746 John Coate and William King (possibly sons-in-law of Ann Doughty), administrators of Ann Doughty, who died intestate and who was administratrix of Jacob Doughty, vs Adam Dickinson. Adam Dickinson of Hanover, in the county of Huntingdon, in New Jersey. Jacob was from Bethlehem, New Jersey. Bond dated 19th Aug, 1733. Suit brought 23rd September, 1746 in Augusta County, Virginia. [39]

1747 John Coate was active in the Quakertown meeting in Hunterdon County. [40]

1748 John Coate was active in the Quakertown meeting in Hunterdon County. [41]

1749 Marmanduke Coate of Mansfield, Burlington County, named brother John Coats as an executor, on May 7. [42]

1750 A newspaper notice reported horses stolen from Walter Williams, at Bethlehem, [Kingwood Twp was formed from Bethlehem Twp about 1749] near John Coates's at the sign of the Hart. [43]

1751 John Coate, Sr., Tavern owner and inn keeper of Kingwood Twp. left his estate to wife Esther, son Henry and other unnamed children in his will dated May 5, 1751. The probate date was September 3, 1751. John Coate, May 5, 1751, of Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, tavern keeper. Wife, Esther and son Henry executors. Witnesses-Nathaniel Leforge, James Brooks, John Simcock, sr. Proved Sept 10, 1751; Sept 3, 1751, inventory 368.16.3 pounds, incl. books; a silver spoon; bounds and book debts, 320 pounds; made by John Mullinner and Nathaniel Leforge. [44] [45] [46]

1753 At the women's monthly meeting at Kingwood, a certificate was signed, on 14 of month 6, whereby Esther Coate and her son Daniel were recommended to Friends of the monthly meeting at Chesterfield. [47] [48]

1753 A certificate from Bethlehem in Kingwood, for Esther Coate and her daughter Amie and son Daniel, was read and received on 6 day of month 9, at the Chesterfield meeting. [49]

1753 Ester Coats was appointed by the Chesterfield meeting, on 1 of month 11, to attend the quarterly meeting. [50]

Bible records for this family exist in a Bible published in Edinburgh by Alexander Kincaid in the 1770's or 1780s. All the dates in it for this family were written in one hand, years after the dates actually occurred. Bible lists children as: Jacob, born 27 Jul 1728; Henry born 30 Aug 1730; John, born 16 Feb 1732; Amie, born 25 Mar 1735; died 19 Nov 1765; Samuel, born 11 Jan 1737; Daniel, born 29 Aug 1739; William, born 11 Nov 1740/42; & Thomas born 8 Jan 1717. (not seen).

Research Notes:

1756 Easter Coats and Michael Newbould declared their intention to marry to the Chesterfield meeting on May 6. Perhaps Esther married again. [51]

1719 On 16th day of X'br, Joseph Wood petitioned for land for land near N Castle near Skuylkill including land for a brickyard for John Coate [Coats], perhaps this one. [52]

1719/20 On 27th day of 11 month, brickmaker John Coate [Coats], perhaps this one, obtained a grant for 3 acres of ground for a brickyard by the road side which leads to Wissahiconk and joyning to J Logan's pasture for 14 years, and to level the ground where he diggs his clay. [53]

1742 Esther Doughty Coates's estate was administered with Samuel as executor (check the date on this, since she was alive in 1751. Could it be 1752?).

Ernest Parks wrote notes about this family [54].

History of West Branch Quarterly Meeting of Society of Friends, West Milton, Ohio 1807-1957.


Footnotes:

[1] Albert L. Stokes, "Bible Records - Coate, Gardiner, and Wright Families," The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 32 (1957), 1-4, at 1.

[2] Albert L. Stokes, "Bible Records - Coate, Gardiner, and Wright Families," The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 32 (1957), 1-4, at 1.

[3] U.S., Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607-1943, [AncestryRecord].

[4] Extracts from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, [AncestryRecord].

[5] North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, [AncestryRecord].

[6] Ethan Allen Doty, "The Doughty Family of Long Island," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 43 (1912), 273-87, 312-24, at 284, citing Daniel Doughty bible, [InternetArchive].

[7] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Burlington and Rancocas Monthly Meeting, Minutes, 1636-1737, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[8] U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Burlington Monthly Meeting, Minutes, 1678-1737, left, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[9] Richmond C. Holcomb, "The Descendants of Sarah Holme, Daughter of Thomas Holme," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 44 (1920), 158-169, at 165.

[10] Captain R. C. Holcomb, "The Ferry Tract at New Hope, Pa. and Coryell's Ferry in New Jersey," Papers Read Before the Bucks County Historical Society 5 (1912), 584-611, at 602, [InternetArchive], [GoogleBooks].

[11] Alfred G. Petrie, Lambertville, New Jersey : from the beginning as Coryells Ferry, [AncestryImage].

[12] Albert L. Stokes, "Bible Records - Coate, Gardiner, and Wright Families," The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 32 (1957), 1-4, at 1.

[13] New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956, [FamilySearchRecord].

[14] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, [AncestryRecord].

[15] New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965, [AncestryRecord].

[16] New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965, [AncestryRecord].

[17] Ethan Allen Doty, "The Doughty Family of Long Island," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 43 (1912), 273-87, 312-24, at 284, [InternetArchive].

[18] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 22. (Marriage Records, 1665-1800) (1900), 70, the listing for John reports the year 1729, perhaps a typographical error, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[19] New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Records, 1683-1802, [AncestryRecord].

[20] New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Records, 1683-1802, [AncestryRecord].

[21] Alfred G. Petrie, Lambertville, New Jersey : from the beginning as Coryells Ferry, [AncestryImage].

[22] Richmond C. Holcomb, "The Descendants of Sarah Holme, Daughter of Thomas Holme," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 44 (1920), 158-169, at 166.

[23] Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Minutes, item 2923, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[24] Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Minutes, item 3041, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[25] Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Minutes, item 3083, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[26] Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Minutes, item 3294, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[27] Recorder of Deeds, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, A-37, deed 473, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[28] Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Minutes, item 3977, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[29] James P. Snell, History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881), 430, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks].

[30] James P. Snell, History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881), 431, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks].

[31] Richmond C. Holcomb, "The Descendants of Sarah Holme, Daughter of Thomas Holme," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 44 (1920), 158-169, at 165.

[32] Alfred G. Petrie, Lambertville, New Jersey : from the beginning as Coryells Ferry, [AncestryImage].

[33] Alfred G. Petrie, Lambertville, New Jersey : from the beginning as Coryells Ferry, [AncestryImage].

[34] Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Minutes, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[35] James P. Snell, History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881), 192, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks].

[36] Norman C. Wittwer, "Hunterdon County Freeholders, 1741," The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 37 (1962), 49-56, at 56.

[37] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, [AncestryRecord].

[38] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, [AncestryRecord].

[39] Lyman Chalkley and Mary S Lockwood, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia Extracted from the orginal court records of Augusta County 1745-1800, Vol. 1 (1912), 293, [GoogleBooks].

[40] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, [AncestryRecord].

[41] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, [AncestryRecord].

[42] A. Van Doren Honeyman, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 30. (Wills and Administrations 2, 1730-1750) (1918), 101, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust].

[43] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 12. (Newspapers 2, 1740-1750) (1895), 691, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Nov 22, 1750, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[44] A. Van Doren Honeyman, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 32. (Wills and Administrations 3, 1751-1760) (1924), 62, [InternetArchive].

[45] New Jersey, U.S., Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817, Vol.36, [AncestryRecord].

[46] New Jersey, U.S., Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817, Vol.36, [AncestryRecord].

[47] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting, Union, New Jersey, Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1687-1871, 23, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[48] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting, Union, New Jersey, Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1687-1871, 23, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[49] Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, [AncestryRecord].

[50] Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Women's Minutes, [Burlington County, New Jersey,] 1794-1796, 29, bottom, [AncestryImage].

[51] Extracts from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, [AncestryRecord].

[52] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Volume 19. (Minutes of the Board of Property, Volume 1) (1890), 693, Property Board Minute Book L, [InternetArchive].

[53] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Volume 19. (Minutes of the Board of Property, Volume 1) (1890), 699, Property Board Minute Book L, [InternetArchive].

[54] Ernest S. Parks, M. H. Pemberton, and Gary W. Coats, The Ancestors and Descendants of Marmaduke Coate of South Carolina and Ohio (Gahanna, Ohio: Linda Coate Dudick, 1994), 59, [FHLBook], [FHL Library].