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2010 Coldiron Update
Posted by: Otto Coldiron (ID *****8425) Date: December 29, 2010 at 13:53:20
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Coldiron Family Genealogy
December 2010 Update

Greetings once again to all family members. We have been doing these annual updates since 2002 and found it's a good way to convey a lot of information across many of our families and keep everybody up to date.

New Coldiron Family Genealogy book (Second Edition) – The new book was published in November 2009 and has been very well received by families who have purchased it. We appreciate your positive comments. The book integrates all the records in the 1998 first edition with the new material compiled in the last 10 years. The new book is 1226 pages, bound with a durable hard cover, 8.5x11 inches in size, and is fully indexed. It contains 4100 Family Group Records, 2443 Census Records of 1023 families, and 1550 Cemetery Records. Family notes and stories are integrated with the Family Group Records so the information on a family is all in one place. There are 14,600 Coldiron descendants in the book. It contains all we know about Coldiron families after 35+ years of research. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing the book.

Family Reunions – Many of you have asked about family reunions. We included a summary of these annual reunions in the Coldiron book on page 1151, including when and where they are held and who to contact for more information. Attending a reunion is a wonderful way to meet new cousins, catch up on all the family news, and share photos and family stories. Here are the ones held in 2010: (1) Pat and I had the 12th reunion at our house in Masaryktown, FL on 6 March. Fifty-four people attended from seven states – AL, FL, NC, NY, PA, TX, and WA. Reunion No. 13 in 2011 will be on 5 March. We hope you can attend – all family members welcome. (2) Coldiron reunion in London, KY is always held on Father's Day in June. Contact Rodney Bledsoe for details 606-864-5641 (3) The Coldiron–Brewer–Williamson reunion has been held in West Virginia since 1956, with average attendance about 200+. It was held this year on 5 July in White Sulphur Springs. Contact Deborah Hinton 336-596-8201. (4) The second Coldiron reunion was held in Harlan, KY at Camp Blanton on 21 August. My brothers and sisters joined us at this reunion and we had a great time meeting the Harlan cousins. It will be on 1 October in 2011. Contact Becky Burgess, P. O. Box 1114, Loyal, KY, 40854. (5) The Faulkner/Coldiron reunion was held in Hazel Green, KY on 9 October. We met many of our Faulkner cousins who are Coldiron descendants. After the reunion, we gathered at the country theater in Hazel Green to listen to authenic mountain music from the area entertainers. Great fun!

Marriages [4] – Congratulations to the following couples recently wed. We wish all of you many years of happiness. Chandra Summer Coldiron and Travis N. Pierce, 20 Sep 2009, Jefferson NC. Christopher C. Coldiron and Kayleigh L. Witt, 15 May 2010, Lexington KY. David James Coldiron and Christina Valdez, 31 July 2010, Orange Park FL. Wesley Chance Coldiron and Leta Grantham, 16 Oct 2010.

In the following birth and death records, s/o = son of, d/o = daughter of, w/o = wife of and h/o = husband of. In the deaths, name in parenthesis is maiden name, number in parenthesis is age at death, and (CD) indicates Coldiron descendant.

Births [4] – Welcome to the newest members of the family! Colten Robert Peyton, April 2008, s/o Jason and Lisa Peyton. Ava Rachelle Bledsoe, 29 Jan 2010, London KY, d/o Jordon and Tara Bledsoe. Kylie Chanel Spencer, 5 Feb 2010, Chillicothe MO, d/o David and Amanda Spencer. Annie Grace Jacobs, 31 Mar 2010, Knoxville TN, d/o Chad and Carrie Jacobs.

Deaths [48] – We are sad to report the passing of: Mary Flo Scutchfield (Coldiron) (88), 13 Oct 2009, d/o James Coldiron and Bessie Arnett. Sandra Ann Smith (66), 20 Oct 2009, Nacogdoches TX, d/o Vernon R. Smith and Theresa Anita Coldiron. Philip Douglas Thompson (86), 22 Oct 2009, h/o Lois Marie Coldiron. Barbara Sue Wiles (Coldiron) (62), 25 Nov 2009, Winston-Salem NC, d/o Denver Dale Coldiron and Sidna Ruth Wyatt. Harvey Guymon Peters (77), 29 Nov 2009, Cleveland OH, s/o Jesse Leroy Peters and Grace Cyble Hart (CD); h/o Dolores Lea Walker. Robert N. Brookey (80), 22 Dec 2009, Middletown OH, s/o Walter D. Brookey and Rebecca Daretta Day (CD). Martin Lane Calkins (48), 29 Dec 2009, s/o William Perrin Calkins and Ida Edith Coldiron. Maxine Shockley (Coldiron) (79), 5 Jan 2010, Rutledge TN, w/o Glyn W. Shockley, d/o Luther Coldiron and Judy Mae Hollon. Barbara Jacqueline Coldiron (Hopkins) (79), 14 Jan 2010, w/o Harold Coldiron. Audrey C. Kergel (85), 26 Jan 2010, w/o Walter Leroy Coldiron. Bernice Elizabeth Coldiron (Parker) (90), 27 Jan 2010, w/o Paul Edgar Coldiron. Orby Leneave (90), 17 Feb 2010, h/o Lucy Baker (CD). William Levi Johnson (89), 18 Feb 2010, Dayton OH, s/o Charles J. D. Johnson and Cynthia Clara Coldiron. Octa Maughams Howard (Blanton) (95), 1 Mar 2010, Richmond KY, w/o William Fry Howard; both Octa and William were Coldiron descendants. Audrey Maxine Delange (Holland) (72), 2 Mar 2010, Glendale AZ, d/o Johnnie Wilburn Holland and Johnnie Orvela Langford (CD), w/o George Noel Delange. Mary Helen Elliott (Lefevers) (74), 7 Mar 2010, d/o Charley Lefevers (CD) and Mattie Nunn, w/o Cammie Elliott. Mary Helen contributed greatly to compiling the Coldiron/Lefevers genealogy records. Wiley Baker (83), 9 Mar 2010, s/o Beverly P. Baker (CD) and Lizzie Mae Goforth. Arlie Davis Jr. (81), 10 Mar 2010, Shelby OH, s/o Arlie Davis and Lillian Coldiron. Estelle Agnus Coldiron (Froelicher) (72), 14 Mar 2010, Fort Thomas KY, w/o Gerald William Coldiron. Argus Paul Ferguson (67), 23 Mar 2010, s/o Fred G. Ferguson and Minta A. Ison (CD). Pauline S. Gentry (Eldreth) (78), 29 Mar 2010, West Grove PA, d/o Ambrose Eldreth and Elzina Coldiron. Doris Laverne Coldiron (Wacasey) (80), 1 Apr 2010, Bryan TX, w/o Frank George Coldiron Jr. Michael Ray Coldiron (52), 22 Apr 2010, s/o Felix Ray Coldiron and Rosemary Downs. Joy E. Dorsey (68), 23 Apr 2010, Chillicothe MO, s/o Howard Dorsey and Geneva Coldiron. Charles Edward Alderman (79), 25 Apr 2010, Sun City Center FL, s/o Robert M. Alderman and Pearl Coldiron. Geneva Dorsey (Coldiron) (84), 27 Apr 2010, d/o Frank Thomas Coldiron and Edith May Johnson, mother of Joy E. Dorsey listed previously. Sandra Sue Shafer (Coldiron) (63), 27 Apr 2010, Latonia KY, d/o Charles Howard Coldiron and Thelma Marie Dreyer. Aubrey Eugene Coldiron (71), 18 May 2010, West Plains MO, s/o Edward Jennings Coldiron and Lona Marie Peterson. Eugene Middleton Arthur (62), 24 May 2010, Gary IN, s/o Eugene Arthur and Trila Middleton (CD). Delores J. Coldiron (Fannin) (77), 27 May 2010, w/o John L. Coldiron. John David Coldiron (82), 15 Jun 2010, Savannah GA, s/o James Goldon Coldiron and Maxie Florence Dorton. Margret Loretta Eakin (Brock) (76), 1 Jul 2010, Beech Grove IN, d/o Charles C. Brock and Kathrine Simpson (CD). Sally Jean Sweatt (Trumble) (42), 2 Jul 2010, Houston TX, d/o John Trumble and Pauline Audrey Coldiron. Beecher Fannin (91), 20 Jul 2010, Akron OH, h/o Audrey Lorene Spires (CD). Livia Coldiron (Anderson) (93), 24 Jul 2010, w/o Jonathan Howard Coldiron. Sarah Rita Coldiron (Moses) (85), 27 Jul 2010, Edgewood KY, w/o James Goldon Coldiron Jr. Francis Gale Whitworth (75), 2 Aug 2010, s/o Harlan W. Whitworth and Valeria Olive Reeder (CD). Audrey Lorene Fannin (Spires) (87), 29 Aug 2010, Akron OH, d/o Ernie Charles Spires and Ethel Lee Coldiron. Audrey's husband Beecher Fannin is listed previously. Ronald Wayne Coldiron (73), 12 Sep 2010, Lexington SC, s/o Ralph Taggart Coldiron and Margaret Mary Bolash. Florence Lea Coldiron (Taylor) (89), 1 Oct 2010, w/o Jessie Howard "Brownie" Coldiron and d/o Levi Jackson Taylor and Stella Mae MacDaniel. Maudia Lauretta Coldiron (Brandt) (97), 8 Oct 2010, Norfolk NE, w/o Floyd Herbert Coldiron. Audrey Polenske, who has contributed greatly to compiling the Coldiron family records, is a d/o Floyd and Maudia. Naomi Marie Coldiron (Smith) (83), 23 Oct 2010, Williamstown KY, w/o Ernest Melvin Coldiron. Mary Magdalene Kirkland (Coldiron) (89), 24 Oct 2010, Redding CA, d/o Ambrose Walter Coldiron and Sarah Belle Henderson. Andrea Marie Coldiron (19), 25 Oct 2010, Galveston TX, d/o Andy Wayne Coldiron and Sharon Lea Rogers. David C. Roberts (87), 8 Nov 2010, Saratoga Springs NY, h/o Ruth Elizabeth Coldiron. Shirley Ormsby (Coldiron) (72), 16 Nov 2010, Ashland KY, d/o William Bradley Coldiron and Milda Hallie Napier. Cathy Jo Dice-Getter (Long) (60), 17 Nov 2010, Dayton OH, d/o Clem Long and Virginia Opal Coldiron. Phyllis M. Coldiron (Straton) (80), 26 Nov 2010, West Palm Beach FL, w/o Roy Harrison Coldiron.

Additional background on these folks may be found in the second edition of the Coldiron book. Almost all of these deaths can be verified in the Social Security Death Index at, and the obituaries can be viewed at No subscription required.

Libraries Containing the Coldiron Family Genealogy Books – If you don't have a copy of the books, you may find them in the following libraries. Most have the first and second editions. Asterisk-* indicates major library.

Sutro Library Branch, San Francisco, CA -*       
California State Library, Sacremento, CA -*
Largo Public Library, Largo, FL       
Allen Co. Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN -*
Stockton Public Library, Stockton, KS       
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY -*
University of Kentucky Library, Lexington, KY -*       
Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY -*
Johnson Co. Public Library, Paintsville, KY       
Pike Co. Public Library, Pikesville, KY
Laurel Co. Public Library, London, KY       
Laurel Co. Historical Society, London, KY
Harlan Co. Public Library, Harlan, KY       
Clay Co. Historical Society, Manchester, KY
Bell Co. Public Library, Middlesboro, KY       
Breathitt Co. Public Library, Jackson, KY
Letcher Co. Public Library, Whitesburg, KY       
Bell Co. Public Library, Pineville, KY
Rockcastle Co. Public Library, Mt. Vernon, KY       
Clay Co. Public Library, Manchester, KY
Perry Co. Public Library, Hazard, KY       
Wolfe Co. Public Library, Campton, KY
Morgan Co. Public Library, West Liberty, KY       
Menifee Co. Public Library, Frenchburg, KY
Magoffin Co. Public Library, Salyersville, KY       
Floyd Co. Public Library, Prestonsburg, KY
Rowan Co. Public Library, Salisbury, NC -*       
Appalachian Regional Library, W. Jefferson, NC -*
Cincinnati Public Library, Cincinnati, OH -*       
Perry Carnegie Library, Perry, OK
Bradford Co. Public Library, Troy, PA       
Family History Center, Salt Lake City, UT -*
Bradford Co. Hist. Society, Towanda, PA       
Spaulding Memorial Library, Athens, PA
Lee Co. Public Library, Pennington Gap, VA       
Rose Hill Community Library, Rose Hill, VA
Wise Co. Historical Society, Wise, VA       
C. Bascom Slemp Library, Big Stone Gap, VA
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI -*       
Library of Congress, Washington, DC -*

I hope this past year 2010 has been good for you and all of your family. Have a very blessed New Year.

Otto G. Coldiron
1125 Arlanie Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604-6907

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