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2003 Coldiron Family Genealogy Update
Posted by: Otto Coldiron (ID *****8425) Date: December 17, 2003 at 11:49:12
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Coldiron Family Genealogy
December 2003 Update

Research and compilation of family records has continued during the past year. Interest in the family history and genealogy is still very strong, with many families doing their "family tree." Thanks to all of you for your interest and for submitting new data and history to our Coldiron database.

Coldiron Genealogy Records Status One of the best ways to measure our progress in compiling the families is to review the records status. At the time the Coldiron Family Genealogy book was published in 1998, we had recorded 6,034 descendants of Johan Georg Kalteisen (George Coldiron), with 3,174 spouses, for a total family count of 9,210. With the additional research and data submissions in the last six years, we now have 11,972 descendants with 6,631 spouses, for a total family of 18,605. Hundreds of hours have been spent checking and verifying the accuracy of these family records against court house records and state vital statistics. The Social Security Death Index available via the internet has also been a big help in obtaining and certifying death records. Our work continues, and we thank all of you for your interest and support in compiling the records.

Coldiron Family Genealogy Book With all the new records compiled over the last six years, its time to begin work on updating the book. This will be a total update, integrating all the records in the first book with the recent data compiled. The end result will be a totally revised set of Family Group Records. If I worked on it full time, it would take more than a year to complete. Since I can't work full time because of other commitments, a reasonable expectation might be publication in 2005/2006. Its not too early to review your family data to see if I have all the latest changes and revisions. You can forward data and information to me at any time.

Congratulations to George Washington Coldiron on his 100th birthday! George celebrated this wonderful event on 29 Nov 2003 with family and friends in Middletown, OH. George is the son of James Coldiron and Matilda Alice Blanton. He was born in Crab Orchard, KY and raised his family near the little community of Turkeytown, near Crab Orchard. We believe he is the eldest living Coldiron, and we wish him many more good years.

Coldiron Family Reunions We had our fifth annual reunion at our house in Brooksville, FL on 1 March with 29 attendees. We especially enjoyed meeting the first time attendees: Mary Ruth Coldiron Berg, Geraldine (Geri) Tatum, Theresa Coldiron, and Harvey and Delores Peters. We all had a great time swapping stories and exchanging data. I also attended the Coldiron reunion in London, KY on 15 June with about 45 other attendees. Rodney and Barbara Bledsoe of London, KY coordinate this reunion. The Coldiron/Johnson reunion was held in Leesburg, OH on 3 August, planned by Ron and Dianna (Coldiron) Coffey.

Research Trips (1) In June, visited the Kentucky counties of Laurel, Powell, Pulaski, Harlan, and Bell reviewing court house marriage records, library cemetery records, and KY birth records. Visited local cemeteries and took photos of Coldiron related tombstones. (2) In July, returning from vacation, stopped in Rowan Co., KY for one day. (3) In October, returned to Harlan, KY for three days. In addition to these field trips, there was much research done at home via the internet. I'm very careful about using data obtained from the internet. Unless it's from a state or federal database, it must be confirmed by other sources for it to be considered reliable.

Cemetery Records We now have cemetery records of 1,173 Coldiron descendants, showing the name of the cemetery, town, county, and state in which they are buried. These are in 31 states and two foreign countries: AL-3, AR-4, AZ-3, CA-11, CO-17, CT-2, FL-8, IA-2, ID-1, IL-1, IN-26, KS-15, KY-501, MD-3, MI-11, MO-58, MT-8, NC-125, NE-9, NM-5, NY-1, OH-156, OK-31, OR-18, PA-5, TN-10, TX-97, UT-3, VA-25, WA-4, WV-8, Canada-1, France-1. Whenever visits can be made to cemeteries, photos are taken of tombstones and placed in photo albums to share with family members.

Recent Births We welcome the newest members of the family, all born in late 2002 or 2003. Hannah Isabelle Coldiron, 11 Sep 2002, Omaha, NE; d/o Eric Scott Coldiron and Emily Catherine Fassero. Paige Kirkland, b. and d. 28 Sep 2002, d/o Trisha Marie Kirkland and Anthony Womack. Carolyn Elyse Coldiron, 25 Oct 2002, Hickory, NC; d/o David Shea Coldiron and Shannon Kristina Willis. Jenna Jewell White and Laurel Elizabeth White (twins), 21 Nov 2002, Jacksonville, FL; d/o John Noel White and Lori Renee Kirkland. Chase Bryant Solo, 9 Dec 2002, Houston, TX; s/o Mathu Craig Solo and Sara Elizabeth Greer. James Daniel Coldiron, 12 Feb 2003, Montrose, CO; s/o Daniel James Coldiron and Sharon Lynn Junaitis. Shelby Rose Coldiron, 11 Sep 2003, Montrose, CO; d/o Jason Wayne Coldiron and Jennifer Lee Clara Jiron.

Recent Deaths We are saddened at the passing of: Gerald Franklin Noe, 21 Jun 2002, Williamsburg, KY; s/o Benjamin Franklin Noe and Nellie Gray Wilson. Peggy Carol James Cantrell, 26 Aug 2002, Huntsville, AL; d/o Charles Wesley James and Betty Vanetrice Coffey. Mary Ethel Gee Coldiron, 31 Oct 2002; wife of Pierce Sebastian Coldiron. Carolyn Curd Coldiron, 3 Nov 2002, Morristown, TN; wife of Lee Edward Coldiron. Homer David Allen, 31 Dec 2002; s/o Ethan Allen and Leah Ball. Edna M. Denny Coldiron, 25 Jan 2003; wife of William Paul Coldiron. Grady Kenton Coldiron, 16 Feb 2003, Temple, TX; s/o Aubrey Clark Coldiron and Maudie Faye Mauldin. Warren David Coldiron, 18 Feb 2003, Kingsport, TN; s/o Dennis Coldiron. Gilbert Carlton Sheets, 27 Feb 2003; s/o Toy Green Sheets and Missouri Kansas Halsey. Mark Franklin Coldiron, 15 Mar 2003, Venice, FL; s/o Sebastian Howard Coldiron and Shella Trimble. Linda Irene Coldiron Lovern, 2 Apr 2003, Graham, TX; d/o William Moses Coldiron and Ida Belle Gleghorn. Lyle Charles Coldiron, 19 Apr 2003, Blanding, UT; s/o Walter William Coldiron and Lucy Catherine Klipping. Myrtle Halcomb Coldiron, 24 Apr 2003, Maryville, TN; wife of Denver David Coldiron. Helen Vera Coldiron Ankenman, 3 May 2003, Miami, OK; d/o Walter William Coldiron and Lucy Catherine Klipping. Barbara Halcomb Sturgill, 24 May 2003, Brooksville, FL; d/o Clarence Halcomb and Verna Carol Jackson. Wanda Davis, 21 Jun 2003, Memphis, TX; wife of Garland Winson Coldiron. John L. Coldiron, 22 Jun 2003; s/o Boyd Coldiron and Dora Dean McCoy. Harry Lee Coldiron, 30 Jun 2003; s/o Virgil Eugene Coldiron and Irene Louise Williams. Jerry Wayne Coldiron, 14 Jul 2003, West Jefferson, NC; s/o Walter Worth Coldiron and Mary Lou Stanley. Dwight Malcolm (Connie) Coldiron, 28 Jul 2003, Erlanger, KY; s/o Charles H. (Red) Coldiron and Exie Ida Taylor. Esther Grace Farmer Franks, 17 Aug 2003, Byesville, OH; d/o Abner Coldiron Farmer and Julia Wills. Lillian Manns, 1 Sep 2003, Middletown, OH; wife of Cecil Coldiron. Lee Edward Coldiron, 9 Sep 2003, Paducah, KY; s/o Harvey Ledford Coldiron and Ethie Wilder. Maxine Cole Coldiron, 29 Sep 2003, Middletown, OH; wife of Edward Earl Coldiron. Nellie Virginia Vinson Laberge, 30 Sep 2003; d/o John Herman Vinson and Frona Ellen Coldiron. Geraldine Chapman Coldiron, 30 Oct 2003, Ville Platte, LA; wife of James Cletus Coldiron. Otis Coldiron Jr., 10 Oct 2003; s/o Otis Coldiron and Lillie Hodge. Ralph Clay Howard, 13 Oct 2003, Baxter, KY; s/o Hampton Howard and Charlotte (Lottie) Coldiron. Wiley Bruce Coldiron, 22 Oct 2003, Hickory, NC; s/o Burley Worth Coldiron and Rena Almedia Johnson. Wayne Greer, 2 Nov 2003, Lansing, NC; s/o Arthur Alexander Greer and Sallie Coldiron. William Ernest Halcomb, 3 Dec 2003, Harlan, KY; s/o William R. Halcomb and Fannie Coldiron. We extend our condolences to all members of these families.

Updates of Your Family Information I am always interested in receiving any updates on your family and relatives. This includes new births, deaths and marriages, plus any significant happenings and events in your family. Please send all information to me via letter, e-mail, or phone at the addresses below. Thanks! It is always helpful to have the information as complete as possible, but if you don't have it all please submit whatever you can. The following may be helpful in submitting information: (1) Birth, death, and marriage information include full names, and place (city, county, and state) the event happened. (2) For all females, show their complete maiden name rather than their married name. (3) To avoid confusion, show all dates like this (example): 23 Jan 1942 (4) For all persons who have died, please provide the place of burial (name of cemetery, city, county, and state).

Otto G. Coldiron                     Phone: (352) 754-5075
1125 Arlanie Rd.                     E-mail: ottoc@earthlink.net
Brooksville, FL 34604-6907


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