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    Thomas Jordan Coles

    Thomas Jordan Coles

    Male 1875 -

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    • Name Thomas Jordan Coles 
      Born 5 Jul 1875 
      • "Coles Hill", Pittsylvania Co., VA
      Gender Male 
      Person ID I13045  My tree
      Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 

      Father Walter Coles,   b. 12 Aug 1825,   d. 11 Nov 1914  (Age 89 years) 
      Relationship natural 
      Mother Lavinia Catherine Jordan,   b. 3 Aug 1833, Luray, Page Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1906  (Age 72 years) 
      Relationship natural 
      Married 1862 
      Family ID F9596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Notes 
      • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume V

        Name: Thomas Jordan Coles (cont.)

        Thomas Jordan Coles, youngest of the six children of Walter (2) and Lavinia Catherine (Jordan) Coles, was born at Coles Hill, Pittsylvania county, Virginia, July 5, 1875. He attended the local schools until he was eleven years of age, then entered the Kenmore University High School at Amherst Court House, Virginia. He was afterward successively a student at Greenwood School, Greenwood, Virginia, Keswick School for Boys, Cobham, Albemarle county, Virginia, and Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in the last-named institution taking a teacher's course, after entering the pedagogical profession. He began this career when he was eighteen years of age and continued therein until his thirtieth year, in that period holding positions as principal in several of the leading academies of the state. For the three following years he engaged in the insurance business, returning to Chatham in 1907 and establishing in that line, in December, 1909, being appointed by the court treasurer of Pittsylvania county, the largest county in the state, assuming the duties of the office on January 1, 1910. At the election of 1912 he was returned to this position without opposition, his present term expiring in 1916. Immediately after returning to Chatham, Mr. Coles was elected clerk of the local school board, and for the past six years he has been a vestryman of the Episcopal church at that place. His fraternal societies are the Masonic order, Pittsylvania Lodge, No. 24, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch Chapter, No. 56; Dove Commandery, No. 7, Knights Templar; Acca Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; the Modern Woodmen of America, No. 11641; the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, No. 117; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No. 227, Danville, Virginia. In the administration of the finances of the county he has displayed careful ability and systematic thoroughness that have gained him much favorable mention, and among the public servants of Pittsylvania county there is none who holds the respect and confidence of its citizens to a greater degree than does Mr. Coles. He is backed by generations of men noted in county, state and nation, men whose deeds are written boldly across the history of the country, whose memory he reverences and to whom no shame can be brought through him. Mr. Coles is a busy man of affairs, universally well-regarded, popular because of a pleasing personality, and in him is found all of the loyalty to lofty principles that made his ancestors men of distinction and importance.