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Coles, Isaac

Male 1747 - 1813  (66 years)


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  • Name Coles, Isaac 
    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 I785  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 

    Father Coles, John,   b. 1705, Enniscorthy, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1747  (Age 42 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Winston, Mary Ann,   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 F18026  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lightfoot, Elizabeth,   d. 1781 
    Married 1 Apr 1771 
    Children 
     1. Coles, Isaac Howell,   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. Coles, Mary,   d. 1860  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F269  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thompson, Catherine,   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 
    Children 
     1. Coles, Walter,   b. 8 Dec 1790,   d. Nov 1857  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     2. Coles, John,   b. 26 Apr 1799  [natural]
     3. Coles, Catherine Thompson,   b. 10 Feb 1795  [natural]
     4. Coles, Mary,   b. 18 Oct 1805,   d. 1835  (Age 29 years)  [natural]
     5. Coles, Robert Thompson,   b. 15 Mar 1801  [natural]
     6. Coles, Jacob Thompson,   b. 23 Jan 1808  [natural]
     7. Coles, James Thompson,   b. 9 Jan 1797,   d. 1824/1896  (Age 98 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Feb 1747 - Richmond, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jan 1790 - New York City, New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • 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.