The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


COATES, Elbert - Westford

The subject of this sketch was born Sept. 24, 1803, in the town 
of Westford, Otsego County, N.Y. He was the son of Joseph and 
Elizabeth COATES, who were among the first settlers of the town. 
He was the second son of a family of eight children. At the age of 
twenty-one years he assumed control of his father's business, and at 
his father's death, which occurred in 1828, he, with Jacob L. SNYDER, 
as executors, settled the estate to the entire satisfaction of the other 
Mr. Coates purchased the interest of the heirs in the estate, and 
to the farm, then embracing 225 acres, he made subsequent additions, 
until at the time of his death he was in possession of nearly 500 acres.
His wife's portrait and view of his late residence may be seen 
elsewhere in this work. His portrait also would appear here, but 
unfortunately there are none in existence. March 27, 1857, he married 
Lucy Ann BENNETT, daughter of Aaron and Sally Bennett, who were 
early settlers in the town of Maryland. To Mr. and Mrs. Coates were 
born Ella D., Elbert, and Effie M., all of whom are living with their 
mother. Mr. Coates was a man of unusual ability, and was well posted 
on the events of the day; a man of untiring industry, and during a busy 
life succeeded in accumulating a large property; and during the late war 
it is related of him that he paid the highest taxes of any man of his
town. He was a staunch Democrat, but never a seeker after official
honors. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He died
Nov. 14, 1872. A beautiful monument marks his resting-place in the
Methodist cemetery at Westville.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 356


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