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    John Coles

    John Coles

    Male 1705 - 1747  (42 years)

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    • Name John Coles 
      Born 1705  Enniscorthy, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Immigration Abt 1730  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Died Oct 1747 
      • "Enniscorthy", Albemarle Co., VA
      Buried St John's Church, Richmond, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Person ID I2024  My tree
      Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 

      Father Walter Coles,   d. Enniscorthy, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Relationship natural 
      Mother Alice Philpot,   d. Inniscorthy, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Relationship natural 
      Family ID F4997  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Mary Ann Winston,   b. 1721, Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1758  (Age 37 years) 
      Married 1733  Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Children 
       1. Walter Coles,   b. 14 Nov 1739, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1780  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
       2. Isaac Coles,   b. 25 Feb 1747, Richmond, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1813  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
       3. Mary Coles,   b. 19 Apr 1743, Hanover County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1823  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
       4. Jr. John Coles,   b. 1745,   d. 1808  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
       5. Sarah Coles  [natural]
      Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 
      Family ID F826  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Notes 
      • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume V

        Name: Thomas Jordan Coles

        The Coles family has been prominent in England for many generations, one branch of the name taking up Irish residence. The crest of the Coles family is a serpent entwined about a pillar.

        The great-great-grandfather of Thomas J. Coles. John (1) Coles, was born in Enniscorthy, Ireland, in 1706, and immigrated to Virginia about 1730. His mother was a Miss Philpot, a relative of Sir Philpot Curran, the noted Irish wit and barrister. John Coles married, in 1733, Mary, of Hanover county, Virginia, daughter of Isaac and Mary (Dabney) Winston. Isaac Winston, a member of an ancient English family, came from Winston Hall in England. A few years after the departure of John Coles for America, his younger brother, William Coles, came to Virginia, married Lucy Winston, a younger daughter of Isaac Winston, and settled at Coles hill in Hanover county, Virginia. Sarah, another daughter of Isaac Winston, married Colonel John Henry, and was the mother of the great patriot, Patrick Henry. William Coles, mentioned above, brother of John Coles, was the grandfather of Dolly Madison, wife of the fourth president of the United States, her mother's maiden name being Mary Coles.

        John (1) Coles was one of the first settlers of Richmond, Virginia, assisting Colonel William Byrd in surveying and laying out the town. On Colonel Byrd's original survey of Richmond many of the most valuable lots bear the name of John Coles, land which today is valued at many thousands of dollars. In his will he bequeathed a large share of these lots to his youngest son. Isaac, then a baby, who afterward sold them for a piece of fine linen and a race horse. John Coles became a wealthy and influential man in the colony, although he died comparatively young. In addition to his Richmond property he owned vast landed estates in different parts of the colony, granted him by the King in consideration of services rendered the Crown. He was a colonel of militia and in some old records is also spoken of as major. He was a devoted adherent to the Church of England, and was one of the founders of the famous old St. John's Church, of Richmond, being buried under the chancel of that church. Not many years ago, in the course of some repairs that were being made in the church, there was found under the chancel, among other remains, a brass coffin-plate bearing the name of John Coles. He was church warden from the founding of the church until the day of his death, which occurred in 1747. At that time, the church and state being closely allied, the churchwardens controlled civil and military as well as church affairs, and in consulting old records it is found that John Coles wielded considerable influence in both church and secular affairs. His death in October, 1747, followed the birth of his son. Isaac, by a few months, and in his will he left an immense tract of land in Albemarle county, Virginia, to his son, John (2), willing to his sons, Walter and Isaac, vast estates on the Staunton, Dan, and Bannister rivers in that portion of Brunswick county, Virginia, which was afterward set off as Halifax county, also bequeathing to them other property. His daughters received good estates, Mary, married Henry Tucker, and has many descendants, and Sarah, who married General George Muter, having no children. John (2) Coles married Rebecca Tucker, and built and resided at "Enniscorthy," Albemarle county, Virginia, named after the old home in Ireland whence his father had come. John (2) Coles was the father of Governor Edward Coles, and his descendants have been prominent in many states of the Union, high office and honor coming to many. Mary (Winston) Coles, born in 1721, died in 1758, married (second) a Mr. Donald.