Ancestors of William Coats
William Coats Sr
(Abt 1745-1783)
(Abt 1745-)
John Baker
William Coats
(Abt 1775-1836)
Nancy Baker
(Abt 1775-1849)
William Coats
(1797-Bef 1860)


Family Links

1. Martha Tracy (Polly Tracy)

2. Cena Callaway

William Coats 1

  • Born: 11 May 1797, Smith County TN 1
  • Marriage (1): Martha Tracy (Polly Tracy) on 15 Apr 1817 in Wilson, TN
  • Marriage (2): Cena Callaway on 29 Jan 1837 in Callaway, MO
  • Died: Bef 1860, Henry County, MO 1

bullet   Ancestral File Number: 9.


bullet  General Notes:

There is no documentation to date as to the birth place of any of Rev William Coats' children, however, there is a Bible record of their births.

1850 Henry County Missouri Federal CensusCOATS R0554.F0564 Big Creek pg 86, Oct 30th: #1 William COATS (m) age: 53 - bca: 1797, TN - occ: farmer - real estate value: $360 ; #2 Cena COATS (f) age: 50 - bca: 1800, SC; #3 Joseph N. COATS (m) age: 21 - bca: 1829, MO - occ: farmer; #4 Huff D. C. COATS (m) age: 10 - bca: 1840, MO - attends school; #5 Cena E. COATS (f) age: 8 - bca: 1842, MO - attends school; #6 John J. COATS (m) age: 4 - bca: 1846, MO - 1850 Henry Co MO Fed Census

Rives County, Missouri was organized on December 13, 1834 and officially recognized on May 4, 1835. It included all of what is now Henry and St. Clair Counties. The area was divided (more or less) into six townships as follows: BIG CREEK TOWNSHIP - included all of what is now Big Creek, the west 1/2 of Shawnee, the north 1/2 of White Oak and Honey Creek and the northwest 1/4 of Fields Creek - all now in Henry County.
Note: Moved from Cooper County to Callaway County Missouri about 1834.
also in Henry County MO...not sure they are related:

COATS, unnamed - female - b: Sep 12 1889, Shawnee Twp - 3rd child of Ocie Ann BARKER - age: 32 - bca: 1857, Shawnee Twp, Henry Co, MO - fth: James William - age: 35 - bca: 1854, Shawnee Twp, Henry Co, MO - occ: farmer - att: E. C. Royston, Huntingdale - bk: 2, pg 43
COE, Charles - male - b: Dec 20 1883, Lewis - 9th child of Jane CHADORTON - age: 38 - bca: 1845, Ashton-under-Lyne, England - fth: Thomas - age: 39 - bca: 1844, Cheshire Co, England - occ: miner - att: William Young, Lewis - bk: 1, pg 22
Cooper County Stray Book B
This book records the finding of stray animals from 1828 through 1833. A valuable reference for noting when an ancestor may have lived in Cooper County.
13 Oct 1831
Horse taken up by James Flack of Lamine Township and appraised by Stephen Turley and William Coats.

bullet  Research Notes:

Cooper County, Missouri, Book of Strays - Book B
From November 1828 to December 1833
From the Western Historical Manuscript Collection
23 Ellis Library University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri 65201-5149
13 Oct 1831
Horse taken up by James Flack of Lamine Township and appraised by Stephen Turley and William Coats.
(not sure who the William Coats is below - this could be William Coats and Patsy Tracy's son William born in 1826)
COATS, Nancy PINKSTON GUTRIDGE - 1835 - 1924 Passing of the Pioneer. Those who lead the way into the great Mississippi valley when it was a vast wild, inhabited only by roving bands of Indians, are leaving us one by one; but there is something peculiarly interesting about them all. They loved the natural; they loved and trusted one another, and they loved and trusted God. Industrious, they gloried in accomplishment by the sweat of the brow and as they would shun the bite of the poison reptile, they spurned dishonesty, cheating, or trying to obtain something for nothing. Benevolent, they divided their stores with the unfortunate, ministered to the afflicted, and shared their meager comforts with the altars; gathered from many miles to hold camp meetings, and in time built rude churches in which they poured out their very souls in song and prayer to God. There were no pianos or pipe organs but the Angels never heard sweeter music. Nancy G. Coats was born in Kentucky Nov. 12, 1835; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Davis, in Eaton, Colorado, June 6, 1924. Aged 88 years 6 months and 24 days. Her maiden name was Pinkston and at the age of six her parents moved from Kentucky to Henry county, Mo., settling near Calhoun. After the death of her parents she made her home with her married sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Summers, in Bear Creek township. In December 1855, she was married to William Gutridge and moved to their new and spacious home near Bear Creek church. To this union three children were born - one daughter who died in infancy and two boys - John W. and James H., who both preceded her in the last voyage. William Gutridge, her first husband, died in 1861 and she remained a widow throughout the Civil war, enduring many hardships. In 1866 she was united in marriage to William Coats, who died in 1873. Two daughters were born to this union - Mrs. C. A. Davis, of Eaton, Colorado, and Mrs. C. A. Rice, of Montrose, Mo. This good woman lived nearly four score years in Henry county and every act of her life was worthy of praise. We remember her as a woman of 40 years, tall, graceful, modest, beautiful. A voice like a silver bell, ringing with melody as she told the sweet story of redemption when she was a girl, and of her union with the M. E. church, South. We remember her years of faithful service since then, how she had watched by the bedside of the sick and dying through the long, weary hours of night, smoothing the pillow and bathing the fevered brow, and we wonder no more why God lengthened her days. We remember at last when she seemed but a shadow of the past, patient in affliction, pure in thought, sweet in disposition, still trying to help others by enduring, without complaint, all the pangs of a heroine's death, more than conqueror of every foe, victor on every battlefield from the rising of the morning sun in the awakening vales of Kentucky 88 years ago, to the sinking of the last evening ray over the towering Rockies of Colorado, and we must say, though our hearts swell with sorrow, it is no wonder that the Messenger came with a gem-bedecked crown and took her to the "Land of the Unclouded Day." The funeral was held at Bear Creek church June 10, 1924, Rev. Dillon, pastor of that church officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground near the church. Nancy G. Coats remained a faithful member of Bear Creek Class, M. E. church, South, unto death. She was, perhaps, the oldest and lived a consistent member longer than any other in the history of the church. It was her desire to be brought back to the place where she lived practically all of her life for burial. She was ready and willing to go. She had not the slightest fear of death. Her faith was supreme and her hope of eternal life grew brighter and brighter until earth faded from view.
(also no indication William Coats was buried here)
Gutridge Cemetery
aka: Coats Cemetery
T40, R27, S9 - Bear Creek Township
612 SW 801 Rd, Henry Co, MO
27 known burials from 1855 to 1924
Landowner: Dale & M. Batschelett
Indexed by: Unknown 1970šs and Samuel A. Vansant Aug 13 1988
Directions: From Ladue 2 miles SW on SW430, turn south (left) on SW 801, cross railroad tracks, continue 1 mile (name of road changes) cemetery about 200 yards SW of the next bend in the road before the bridge.
History: George and Elizabeth Gutridge settled in this part of the county about 1838.

CLIFTON, Fanny - b: Apr 9 1862 - d: Mar 14 1906
CLIFTON, James - b: Dec 25 1819 - d: Jan 15 1879
CLIFTON, James M. - b: Mar 20 1856 - d: Mar 18 1875
CLIFTON, Mary - b: Jun 5 1824 - d: Feb 5 1899
CLIFTON, Rufus - b: Apr 9 1866 - d: Sep 1 1872
COATS, Nancy PINKSTON GUTRIDGE - b: Nov 12 1835 KY - d: Jun 6 1924 Eaton, CO - 1st m: Dec 1855 to William GUTRIDGE - ch: Infant girl, John W., James H. - 2nd m: 1866 to William COATS - 88Y 6M 24D - bur: Jun 10 1924
FAHNESTOCK, Minnie E. - d: Apr 18 1876 - dau of E. L. & C. A. - 1Y 1M 21D
GUTRIDGE, Elenore - b: Mar 18 1839 - d: Jul 16 1883
GUTRIDGE, Elizabeth - b: Mar 7 1815 - d: Oct 23 1895 - sp: George GUTRIDGE
GUTRIDGE, G. W. - b: Dec 25 1848 - d: Jul 18 1913
GUTRIDGE, George - b: Feb 14 1806 - d: Dec 26 1877 - sp: Elizabeth
GUTRIDGE, George - b: abt 1849 - d: Jul 18 1913 NE of Montrose, MO - *newspaper account only - 64Y - bur: Jul 18 1913
GUTRIDGE, George W. - b: Dec 21 1854 - d: Feb 4 1855
GUTRIDGE, Gervis Smith - b: Sep 25 1878 Henry Co, MO - d: Jan 16 1901 - son of Peter GUTRIDGE - sp: Carrie McKEAIGG
GUTRIDGE, Infant Girl - b: Sep 1 1860 - d: Sep 5 1860 - dau of William & Nancy PINKSTON GUTRIDGE
GUTRIDGE, John W. - b: May 6 1859 - d: Apr 6 1879 - son of William & N. C.
GUTRIDGE, Mark E. - b: Sep 11 1854 - d: Apr 11 1855 - son of William & T. E.
GUTRIDGE, Mary E. - b: Apr 16 1850 - d: Feb 25 1904
GUTRIDGE, Oren H. - b: Jun 15 1875 - d: Nov 30 1877 - son of Peter T. & Sophronia M.
GUTRIDGE, Peter T. - b: Jul 10 1851 - d: Nov 18 1890 SW of Clinton, MO - sp: Sophronia M. CLIFTON
GUTRIDGE, Sophronia M. CLIFTON - b: Nov 11 1851 - d: Oct 18 1890 - sp: Peter T. GUTRIDGE
GUTRIDGE, William - b: Apr 25 1831 - d: Jan 14 1860 - sp: Nancy PINKSTON - ch: Infant girl, John W., James H. - (death year may be 1861)
LIMEBECK, Aaron - b: abt 1839 Oneida Co, NY - son of Adam & Phoebe NICHOLAS LIMEBECK - sp: Margaret GUTRIDGE COVEY STRICKER - reported to be buried here, no marker found
LIMEBECK, Margaret GUTRIDGE COVEY STRICKER - b: abt 1837 OH - dau of George & Elizabeth GUTRIDGE - 1st m: William COVEY - 2nd m: William T. STRICKER - 3rd m: Aaron LIMEBECK - reported to be buried here, no marker found
McBEE, Louisa GUTRIDGE - b: Jan 18 1833 - d: Jan 7 1860 - dau of George & Elizabeth GUTRIDGE - sp: Jerome McBEE
PINKSTON, Lucinda GUTRIDGE - b: Oct 25 1832 - d: Oct 21 1862 - dau of George & Elizabeth GUTRIDGE - sp: William P. PINKSTON
REYNOLDS, Albert - b: Jul 25 1819 Nicholas Co, KY - d: Jun 9 1873
not sure if or how this Caroline Coats might be related:
GRACEY, Edward Austin
source: 1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co, pg: 331
--- Edward Austin Gracey of Clinton, Missouri, is a leading member of the bar of Henry County, and has practiced his profession here for thirty-six years. Judge Gracey was born at Sparta, Tennessee, May 22, 1861. His parents were Wayman L. and Martha (Hudgins) Gracey, both natives of White County, Tennessee. The Graceys are of Irish descent, the great-grandfather of Judge Gracey coming from Bambridge, Ireland, to America. On the maternal side, Judge Gracey's ancestors came from Scotland. Wayman L. and Martha (Hudgins) Gracey spent their lives in Tennessee. The mother died in 1885 and the father departed this life in 1887, and their remains rest in the cemetery at Sparta, Tennessee. They were the parents of fifteen children, ten of whom are living, as follows: Edward Austin, the subject of this sketch; Alice, Sparta, Tennessee; Josie, the widow of W. C. Rogers, Sparta, Tennessee; Mary, wife of James Meyer, Sparta, Tennessee; Charles, Louisville, Kentucky; Crockett. Chillicothe, Texas; Augusta, unmarried and resides in Clinton, Missouri, and Mack and Wayman, twins, reside at Sparta, Tennessee; and Ethel, unmarried, Sparta, Tennessee. Judge Gracey was reared in Sparta, and received his early education in private schools, and after preparing for college entered Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, where he was graduated in the class of 1880. He then read law in the office of Judge D. L. Snodgrass for a time at Sparta and in 1881 came to Clinton, Missouri, where be continued the study of law under the preceptorship of Gen. B. G. Boone, and in 1882 he was admitted to the bar of Missouri. He has been successfully engaged in the practice of law at Clinton since that time and is well known throughout this section of the state as an able and conscientious lawyer. September 6, 1882, Edward Austin Gracey was united in marriage with Miss Olive Blakemore, a native of Henry County, and two children were born to this union: Francis and George Wayman, both residing in Clinton. George Wayman is employed as teller in the Brinkerhoff-Faris Trust & Savings Company. Judge Gracey's first wife died February 10, 1899. On January 29, 1916, he was united in marriage with Caroline Coats of Kansas City, Missouri. Judge Gracey is a Democrat and has taken an active part in politics for a number of years. He has served two terms as prosecuting attorney of Henry County, from 1887 to 1891. For the past nine years he has served as a justice of the peace. He is a member of the Baptist Church and is one of the widely and favorably known citizens of Henry County.


William married Martha Tracy (Polly Tracy) on 15 Apr 1817 in Wilson, TN. (Martha Tracy (Polly Tracy) was born on 25 Dec 1797 in Smith, TN and died on 12 Aug 1833 in Cooper County, MO.)


William next married Cena Callaway, daughter of Joseph Callaway and Polly (Mary) Barrett, on 29 Jan 1837 in Callaway, MO. (Cena Callaway was born in 1800 in SC 1 and died after 1860 in Callaway, MO 1.)

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