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    Isaac Coles

    Isaac Coles

    Male 1747 - 1813  (66 years)

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    • Name Isaac Coles 
      Born 25 Feb 1747  Richmond, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Died 3 Jun 1813 
      • "Coles Hill", Pittsylvania Co., VA
      Buried "Coles Hill", Pittsylvania Co., VA 
      Person ID I12992  My tree
      Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 

      Father John Coles,   b. 1705, Enniscorthy, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1747  (Age 42 years) 
      Relationship natural 
      Mother Mary Ann Winston,   b. 1721, Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1758  (Age 37 years) 
      Relationship natural 
      Married 1733  Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Family ID F826  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family 1 Elizabeth Lightfoot,   d. 1781 
      Married 1 Apr 1771 
       1. Isaac Howell Coles,   b. 16 Dec 1777, of "Springwood", Halifax Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1820  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
       2. Mary Coles,   d. 1860  [natural]
      Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 
      Family ID F5021  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family 2 Catherine Thompson,   b. 1767, New York City, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1848, Pittsylvania Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
      Married 2 Jan 1790  New York City, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
       1. John Coles,   b. 26 Apr 1799  [natural]
       2. Catherine Thompson Coles,   b. 10 Feb 1795  [natural]
       3. Jacob Thompson Coles,   b. 23 Jan 1808  [natural]
       4. Mary Coles,   b. 18 Oct 1805,   d. 1835  (Age 29 years)  [natural]
       5. Robert Thompson Coles,   b. 15 Mar 1801  [natural]
       6. James Thompson Coles,   b. 9 Jan 1797,   d. 1824/1896  (Age 98 years)  [natural]
       7. Walter Coles,   b. 8 Dec 1790,   d. Nov 1857  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
      Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 
      Family ID F5022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Notes 
      • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume V

        Name: Thomas Jordan Coles (cont.)

        Colonel Isaac Coles, son of John (1) and Mary (Winston) Coles, was born in Richmond, Virginia, March 2, 1747, died on his plantation in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, June 3, 1813, and is there buried. He was educated at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia, was a colonel of militia during the revolutionary war, and was a member of the Virginia legislature in 1783-84-85-87. He was a member of the convention which met in Richmond in June, 1788, to ratify the new Federal Constitution, and there voted against its ratification. He was a member of the first United States Congress which met in New York City in 1789 and there "voted against the adoption of the Constitution as it came from the hands of its framers, for he saw the poison under its wings." It is also on record that he voted to "abolish the slave trade," although a large land-owner and slave-holder himself, while his brother-in-law, Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts, voted to continue it. He held his place in Congress until 1797, and while a member of the Philadelphia Congress he voted "to locate the seat of government on the banks of the Potomac. "He was twice married, (first) in 1771, to Elizabeth, died in 1781, daughter of William Lightfoot, of Charles City county, Virginia. They had three children, only one of whom lived to maturity, Isaac (2), who built and lived at a place called Springwood, near Houston, Halifax county, Virginia, and was the grandfather of the late Hon. Paul C. Edmunds and Captain Henry Edmunds, of Halifax county. Colonel Isaac Coles, Sr., married (second) in January, 1790, Catherine Thompson, a "New York belle and beauty," whom he met while attending the New York Congress. She was a daughter of James and Catherine (Walton) Thompson, of New York, and a descendant of the Beekmans. Her sister, Ann, had previously married Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts, an old bachelor at the time of his marriage. Elbridge Gerry was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Massachusetts, member of Congress, vice-president of the United States at the time of his death in 1814, and was once sent abroad on an important diplomatic mission with Pinckney and Marshall. Catherine Thompson, second wife of Colonel Isaac Coles, Sr., was born in New York City in 1767, died in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, in 1848. being buried by the side of her husband. They were the parents of a large family, of one of whom, Walter, further mention is made. Colonel Isaac Coles, Sr., during his political career, lived on the plantation in Halifax county, Virginia, inherited from his father, located at Coles' Ferry on the Staunton river, and about 1800 moved to Pittsylvania county, Virginia. His home in this locality was a plantation of five thousand and fifty-seven acres, which land he had purchased from Philip Lightfoot, a cousin of his first wife. His reason for disposing of his Halifax property was two-fold; because of the malarial conditions there prevalent, which affected both his health and that of his family, and because of financial embarrassment, for the political positions that had taken such a large share of his time had been honorary or with small remuneration attached and wide inroads had been made upon his finances during his long public service. Colonel Isaac Coles, Sr. was known as a great wit and entertaining raconteur, and in the declining years of his life prominent men from all parts of the country journeyed to his home to enjoy his unmatched hospitality and the gleams from the intellect that time had not deprived of its luster.