Descendants of Peter Coldren
1. PETER1 COLDREN was born on 26 Jan 1804 at Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Lutz on 12 Aug 1828. He died on 24 Aug 1886 at age 82. He was buried at Converse Cemetery, Richland Township, Grant County, Indiana.
He appeared on the census of 1830 at Hanover Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He appeared on the census of 1840 at Jay County, Indiana. He and Elizabeth Lutz appeared on the census of 1850 at Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana.
Peter and Elizabeth lived in Pennsylvania for some years then moved to Ohio for a short time before arriving in Jay County, Indiana in 1840. They moved to Grant County, Indiana, in 1864.
The entry titled "The Coldren Family" in Jay County, Indiana, 1982 states "It is believed that Peter's father and uncle emigrated to America from Scotland. Peter ran the store at Antioch for many years."
Children of Peter1 Coldren and Elizabeth Lutz were as follows:
2. WILLIAM ROSS2 COLDREN (Peter1) was born on 17 May 1829 at Pennsylvania. He married (1) Nancy Wiley, daughter of Thomas Wiley and Eleanor Smith, on 19 May 1850 at Randolph County, Indiana. He married (2) Rebecca J. [married name Harper] on 20 Dec 1877 at Miami County, Indiana. He died on 28 Jun 1897 at age 68.
The 1850 US census lists William Coldren's occupation as a cabinet maker. On July 14, 1851, W. R. Coldren was appointed Postmaster when the Bear Creek post office was moved to West Liberty, Jackson Township, Jay County, Indiana from its original location in Bloomfield. The following July, the post office was returned to Bloomfield and a new Postmaster was appointed. Beginning with the 1860 U.S. Census, his occupation was a school teacher. He and Nancy Wiley appeared on the census of 1860 at Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana.
William R. Coldren was a Captain in the 118th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. The regiment was organized at Indianapolis and Camp Wabash, Indiana, from July 28 to September 5, 1863, to serve six months. It was mustered out at different dates from the 1st to 4th of March, 1864, by reason of expiration of term of service. Coldren's service began on September 2, 1863.
William Ross Coldren appeared on the census of 1870 at Jackson County, Kansas.
In the summer of 1871, William Coldren taught a four month term at Pleasant Valley school district (No. 16) . "Mr. Coldren, when he taught, would elucidate in matters of natural history, which was also very interesting to young minds. " William Coldren was also listed among the first teachers at Points school (District No. 2).
Nancy Wiley died on 12 Jan 1876.
In 1886, William R. Coldren, M.D., was a professor of botany and materia medica at the Curtis Physio-Medical Institute in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. He also lectured in other subjects and was secretary of the Institute. The Institute was established December 9, 1881 under an act of the Indiana legislature, approved February 2, 1855, and by 1886 was in its sixth year. The regular course of lectures began in October and ended in March. A student was required to complete the full course before being eligible to graduate. The requirements further provided that "the student must have a good knowledge of the English branches and a good moral character." The cost to the student, in fees, was "professors' ticket, $50; matriculation, $5; demonstrator's fee, $5; graduation, $25." The degree of Doctor of Medicine was conferred upon eight candidates at the close of the term of 1885-86.
Children of William Ross2 Coldren and Nancy Wiley were as follows:
Children of William Ross2 Coldren and Rebecca J. [married name Harper] were:
She was also known as N. J. Coldren. She was also known as Jane. She and Greenberry Tibbs appeared on the census of 1850 at Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana. She and Greenberry Tibbs appeared on the census of 1860 at Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana. She and Greenberry Tibbs appeared on the census of 1880 at Jackson Township, Miami County, Indiana.
Children of Nancy Jane2 Coldren and Greenberry Tibbs were as follows:
He appeared on the census of 1850 at Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana. He and Anna (--?--) appeared on the census of 1880 at Butler Township, Miami County, Indiana.
There were no children of Sterling L.2 Coldren and Mary A. Wood.
Children of Sterling L.2 Coldren all born Indiana include:
There were no children of Sterling L.2 Coldren and Anna (--?--).
He appeared on the census of 1850 at Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana.
Children of Hosea Tinson2 Coldren and Mary Frazee were as follows:
He appeared on the census of 1850 at Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana. He appeared on the census of 1880 at Tipton Township, Cass County, Indiana.
Children of Thomas W.2 Coldren (and possibly Anna M. (--?--)) include:
7. JAMES AUSTIN3 COLDREN (William2, Peter1) was born on 9 Feb 1853 at Union, Randolph County, Indiana. He married Julia Hester Davis, daughter of Alexander Davis and Melinda Ann Hamer, on 13 Aug 1872 at Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He died on 12 Apr 1911 at Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, at age 58.
"Alexander Davis, with his wife, Melinda, and children, Sarah Lovina (Mrs. Mat Knox, Julia (Mrs. Oscar Coledren), John, Ellen (Mrs. O. W. Grover), Dora (Mrs. John Pogue), and James, came from Black Hawk county, Iowa, in 1857, and settled on the farm now occupied by his son, John. During the hard-times year of 1860 he drove back to Indiana with his family, where he had lived before he went to Iowa. He stayed there two years, when he returned to his Kansas home. Mr. Davis died about 1866. His widow went to Oregon with her son, James, several years ago, where she died. She was Mrs. Vance when she left here."
He appeared on the census of 1860 in the household of William Ross Coldren and Nancy Wiley at Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana.
1885 Kansas State Agricultural Census, Pottawatomie Co., KS:
14 - 14 Coldren, J. A. 32 M W Married Laborer Indiana Mo.
Coldren, Julia 32 F W " " Ind.
The following item appeared in The Havensville Torchlight, 5 April 1894:
Mrs. Julia Coldren arrived from San Francisco Saturday to resume her residence in this community among her relatives and many friends.
The following is the obituary of James Austin Coldren as reprinted in the Havensville [Kansas] Review on 11 May 1911 from the Tri-Weekly Republican, Corvallis, Oregon:
"James A. Coldren, night watchman at the Occidental lumber mill, died at his home on North Second street this morning at 2:30. Two weeks ago he suffered a hemorrhage of the brain, supposed to have been caused by a fall while working at the mill. He had partially recovered from this and was anxious to return to work. Last night he went to the mill to report for duty but was persuaded to return home. During the night he suffered another apoplectic stroke and continued to sink rapidly to the end, which came at 2:30 this morning."
"The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Bovee undertaking parlors and the burial at Crystal Lake cemetery. Rev. H. H. Hubbell will conduct the services."
"James Austin Coldren was born at Union, Ind., Feb. 9, 1853. He joined the Christian church when ten years of age and was a faithful member all his life. He began teaching school when 14 years of age and followed the profession for many years. Aug. 13, 1972(incorrect 1872), he was married to Miss Julia Davis, Pottawatomie county, Kansas. In 1888 they removed to Oregon and in 1890 to California. In 1905 they returned to Oregon and Mr. Coldren continued his school work teaching at Philomath, Summit and other points in Benon and Lincoln counties. A year ago the family came to Corvallis and Mr Coldren entered the employ of the Occidental Lumber Co. as night watchman. His employers held him in high esteem as a faithful workman and a man of sterling Christian character."
"His wife and daughter, Oneita survive him."
Children of James Austin3 Coldren and Julia Hester Davis were:
The Ancestral File is the only source the author has seen that gives a middle name (assuming that the "Harrison Coldren" with no first initial is, in fact, William H. Coldren). Most sources list his name as "W. H. Coldren" or "William H. Coldren." However, the name is consistent with the fact that Ida (Spoor) Hammond, grandmother of the author, gave her grandfather's name as "Harry Coldren." He appeared on the census of 1860 at Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana. The 1880 US census, California Township, Starke County, Indiana gives W. H. Coldren's occupation as laborer and his wife, Ida M., as keeping house. He appeared on the census of 1880. He lived on 5 Jan 1894 at Clifton Avenue, Logansport, Cass County, Indiana.
In a 1977 letter to her grandson, David Staub, Ida (Spoor) Hammond said that her grandfather Coldren was buried in Crown Hill East Cemetery in Knox, Starke County, Indiana in a Thompson family plot given to him by his cousin before he moved to California. This is not consistent with a 1939 letter from Coldren's daughter, Della Leota (Coldren) Spoor, to her niece, Elizabeth McGraw, in which she said that she visited her father's grave in Logansport.
Children of William Harrison3 Coldren and Ida Mae Loring were as follows:
He appeared on the census of 1860 in the household of William Ross Coldren and Nancy Wiley at Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana. He was working in a sawmill in 1880. He appeared on the census of 1880 in the household of James Harlan Thompson and Sarah Ann Wiley at Harrison Township, Cass County, Indiana. He and Ida Jane Loney appeared on the census of 1920 at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. He and Ida Jane Loney appeared on the census of 1930 at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Children of Royal Adalaska3 Coldren and Ida Jane Loney were as follows:
She was also known as Daisey V. Welbourn. She appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of Jacob H. Vinson at Marion, Grant County, Indiana.
Children of Daisy Lesta3 Coldren and Dr. Oclasco Carlos Welbourn were as follows:
He appeared on the census of 1880 in the household of Greenberry Tibbs and Nancy Jane Coldren at Jackson Township, Miami County, Indiana.
Children of Thomas Wiley3 Tibbs and Hilda M. Spoor were as follows:
As of 1927, Elmer E. Coldren and Mark Coldren lived at 816 E. North St., Portland, Jay County, Indiana. He was a janitor in 1927.
Children of Elmer E.3 Coldren and Mary Belle 'Mame' Grantham are:
13. AMANDA M.3 COLDREN (Hosea2, Peter1) was born on 29 May 1865 at Grant County, Indiana. She married John T. Starr, son of Joseph Starr and Louisa Haines, on 28 Jul 1883 at Bryant, Jay County, Indiana. She died on 8 Jul 1918 at Wayne County, Indiana, at age 53.
Since the date of the marriage of John Starr and Amanda Coldren (1883) is later than the date of birth given for Sylvester (1882), then probably either there is an error in one of the dates or John Starr had a prior wife (and mother to Sylvester). She lived on 28 Jul 1883 at Portland, Jay County, Indiana.
Children of Amanda M.3 Coldren and John T. Starr were as follows:
Children of Charles W.3 Coldren and Ida Bolen are:
15. FLORA L.3 COLDREN (Hosea2, Peter1) was born on 22 Oct 1870. She married Leslie E. Reid on 20 Feb 1892 at Jay County, Indiana. She died on 17 May 1937 at age 66.
Children of Flora L.3 Coldren and Leslie E. Reid are as follows:
16. COLWELL CARRIE3 COLDREN (Hosea2, Peter1) was born on 3 Oct 1875. He married Carrie Blanche Smith, daughter of John Calvin Smith and Lucinda Elizabeth Smith, on 25 Jun 1907. He died on 7 Mar 1951 at age 75.
He was a farmer, renting 80 acres in Section 21, Wayne Township (R. 6, Portland) in 1927 at Jay County, Indiana.
Children of Colwell Carrie3 Coldren and Carrie Blanche Smith were as follows:
17. ONEITA4 COLDREN (James3, William2, Peter1) was born on 25 Dec 1898 at California. She married Roscoe Ellis on 22 Apr 1917 at Havensville, Pottawatomie County, Kansas. She died on 8 Dec 1972 at age 73.
She was also known as Cleo Oneita Coldren.
Children of Oneita4 Coldren and Roscoe Ellis are as follows:
Her Ancestral File Number is 21R3-LB3. She lived on 16 Sep 1909 at Gary, Lake County, Indiana. She lived on 7 Jun 1939 at 1318 N. Wells St., Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
Children of Della Leota4 Coldren and Orris Russel Spoor were as follows:
Leota Coldren, writing to Nellie's daughter Elizabeth in 1939 said:
He was a tall athletic fellow and I did not know him so well although they visited us once when Russell was little and they were on their way back to Hammond from Pittsburgh where he had been working. And for no reason in the world that any one knows he went out to work one day and we have never seen nor heard of him since. Nellie never knew whether he was killed or what became of him. That was a short time before your birth. So for the second time she was alone with a new baby. Not alone for I think our mother suffered as much as Nellie did & did all she could for her. My own opinion is that his people coaxed him away. I understood they were well-to-do Chicago people- He was a structural steelworker. I have heard a man by his name works in the Gary mill but its not likely him tho if I believe even yet I would know if I could see him.
Children of Nellie4 Coldren and John H. Milne are:
Children of Nellie4 Coldren and Charles McGraw are:
There were no children of Nellie4 Coldren and George Henry.
The 1920 census erroneously listed his name as "Haworth." He appeared on the census of 1920 at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Children of Oliver Elsworth4 Coldren and Ruth Margert Whinery were as follows:
Children of Edith4 Coldren and Frank Stafford are:
22. BEATRICE AGATHA4 COLDREN (Colwell3, Hosea2, Peter1) was born on 28 Jan 1911. She married Late Loy. She died on 10 Mar 1977 at age 66.
Children of Beatrice Agatha4 Coldren and Late Loy are:
23. CHARLES WILLIAM4 COLDREN (Colwell3, Hosea2, Peter1) was born on 24 Apr 1914. He married Florence Heidegger. He died on 1 Dec 1995 at age 81.
Children of Charles William4 Coldren and Florence Heidegger are as follows:
24. MARY ELIZABETH4 COLDREN (Colwell3, Hosea2, Peter1) is still living.
Children of Mary Elizabeth4 Coldren and Robert Kirgan are:
25. THELMA MAE4 COLDREN (Colwell3, Hosea2, Peter1) is still living.
Children of Thelma Mae4 Coldren and Marvin Tullis are as follows:
26. COLWELL CARRIE 'JIGGS'4 COLDREN JR (Colwell3, Hosea2, Peter1) is still living.
Children of Colwell Carrie 'Jiggs'4 Coldren Jr and Nilah Marceil May are as follows:
There were no children of Colwell Carrie 'Jiggs'4 Coldren Jr and Mary Florence Ford.
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