Coumans of New Brunswick
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Simon Coumans 
Born: 1828 in New Brunswick, CAN
Married: 1856 in
Mary O'Farrell (b. ca. 1834 in Ireland)
1910 in Bay City, MI
John Coumans Sr. & Jane
Children: S. Coumans &
M. O'Farrell had 7 children
.............1. John Coumans
born Aug 24, 1857
.............2. Lewis Philip Coumans
born Jan 20, 1859 in Chepstow, Bruce Co., ONT
died Apr 20, 1918 in Bay City, MI
.............3. Richard Coumans
.............4. Jane Coumans
.............5. Margaret Coumans
born Feb 18, 1863
.............6. Mary Coumans
born Apr 05, 1864
.............7. Thomas Coumans 
born Sept 23, 1867
MORE ABOUT SIMON COUMANS . . .
Simon was born in New Brunswick, and moved to Flint
MI, then back to Bruce (aka Perth or Huron) County, Ontario.
He eventually returned to the United States, and settled in Bay City, MI.
Somewhere along the line he met Mary Ann O’Farrell, likely in Detroit
after she’d immigrated from Ireland and was working in a maid at the foot
of Woodward Avenue.
In 1856 Mary and Simon were married in Chepstow, Ontario, where Simon’s
In 1867, Simon was listed (under the name Comans) as living (or at least
owning land) in Bruce County, Greenock Township. The property was located at
Concession 9, Lot 7. His father, John Coumans Sr. had property right next
door - Con 9, Lot 6. See this webpage for the original details:
By 1871, Simon Coumans had likely moved out of Greenock Township, as his name was
no longer listed in the records.
In 1878 (or 1873) the family moved to Lapeer County, Michigan. They had 7
children. John Coumans was the oldest of these - born on Aug 24,
1857, he was likely named after Simon’s father John Coumans Sr. Lewis
(“Louis”) was born on Jan 20, 1859. Margaret on Feb 18, 1863, and Mary on
April 5, 1864. Thomas, the youngest child, was born Sept 23, 1867.
In 1888 Simon retired and moved with his wife to Bay City. Before this
time, neither could read, so following his retirement, the couple taught
themselves. In 1906 the two celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Shortly before Simon’s 1910 death, his son Lewis had been planning a trip
to Mexico (due to Lewis’ poor health), however, because of the seriousness
of his father’s condition, he cancelled the trip at the last minute. Simon
passed away in 1910, in his home on Henry Street in Bay City, MI. A notice was posted in the Bay City
Tribune. Simon’s funeral was held at 9am at St. Mary’s Church and was
buried in St. Patrick’s cemetery. Mary was also buried in St. Patrick’s.
Spellings for Coumans: Cummins, Cummin, Comyn, Comyns, Commons, Commans, Commens,
Comman, Commen, Common, Coumman, Coummen, Cumin, Cumins, Coumyn, Kimmann,
Kommen, Kohman etc . .
Footnotes and Sources:
Old Mary Immaculate Cemetery - Chepstow, Bruce Co., ONT
2. Source: 1851 Census
of Perth Co., ONT
3. Source: 1861 Personal Census of Greenock Twp., Bruce Co., ONT
Personal Communication with B. Bennett
Personal Communication with G. Sheridan
6. Source: Obituary of Simon Coumans - Bay City Tribune 1910
7. Source: Church Records of St. Peter's Goderich, ONT: 1843 - 1850
8. Source: Obituary of Lewis P. Coumans