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2011 Coldiron Update
Posted by: Otto Coldiron (ID *****8425) Date: December 09, 2011 at 17:49:01
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Coldiron Family Genealogy

December 2011 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.

The books are still available for purchase. Cost is $59.00 per book including mailing. Just send a personal check or money order to me and I'll mail your book the next day. I can also drop ship them to anyone you choose. They make great Christmas, birthday and marriage gifts for that special family member.

Coldiron Mysteries Solved The updated book on pages 11491151 discusses the top 20 mysteries we've been carrying for some time, unable to solve them. Good news! With the help of some of you, five of these have been solved and we can now add the mystery people to our database.

Mysteries #4 & #5 Who is the Isaac Coldiron b. 1840 in VA, who was married to Mary and had children Anderson, Riley and Nervesta? After much study, we have concluded this Isaac is the same one shown on page 270 of the book, married to Nancy Ellen VanMeter (his second wife). He was first married to Mary Morris in VA and they had the children mentioned. After the Civil War, Isaac left his first family over a dispute and went to Missouri, where he married Nancy. Keys to the mystery were correcting his birth date to 19 Jun 1835, the recent stories submitted by current family members which elaborated on the dispute, and the children's records. Audrey Polenske of Nebraska was instrumental in resolving this, as were Donald Hall and Dan Miller. Thanks to all!

Mystery #8 Who is the Lincoln L. Coldiron, born 9 May 1926 and died 4 Mar 1989 in Owasso MI? This is Lincoln Luther Coldiron, son of Luther Leroy Coldiron and Viva Madeline Travis. Lincoln was a son of Viva when she married Luther, and Luther adopted Lincoln who assumed his Coldiron name. Audrey Polenske solved this one.

Mystery #10 Who was Ruby Ella Coldiron, born 22 Mar 1920 and died 1 Jul 1956; buried Prairie Grove Cemetery, Waynedale IN? James Schaller's girlfriend bought a Coldiron book as a Christmas gift for James in 2009. James learned of this mystery from reading the book and called me, saying "Ruby Ella Coldiron was my mother." James and his friend had planned a business trip to Florida in a couple of weeks and stopped to see us. He supplied documentation that identified his parents. We spent the afternoon talking family and connecting James to the rest of us. James' father was Earl Green Coldiron, who married Ruby Ella Mills. When Ruby died, they had four very young children who were put up for adoption. James was adopted by Richard and Jean Schaller, and had never met another Coldiron before me. James has a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University, and is president of Hosetract, Inc. in Fort Wayne IN. He's going to try to attend our reunion in 2012 to meet more cousins. He is also trying to locate his two sisters who were adopted by other families.

Mystery #15 Who is Ray J. Coldiron, born 10 Dec 1930 and died 30 May 2006; last residence Carey OH [Information from Soc Sec Death Index.] At the time the book was printed we did not have a Ray J. Coldiron in the database. But we did have a Jack Coldiron as a son of Larry Coldiron and Edna Hart, with identical birth and death dates. A little detective work on the internet convinced us beyond doubt that the Jack Coldiron we had was the same man as Ray Jackson Coldiron. His name was originally given to us as a nickname Jack, rather than his full formal name.

Family Reunions There seems to be great interest in family reunions. That's probably because Coldiron is a relatively small family, and most cousins I've met have known few Coldirons outside their immediate family. Attending a reunion is a wonderful way to meet new cousins, catch up on all the family news, and share photos and family stories. Pages 1151 and 1152 of the updated Coldiron book summarize our Coldiron reunions held regularly. Check them out, and attend one in 2012 if you can. You'll have fun and meet cousins you didn't know you had. We were able to attend four reunions in 2011: (1) the annual reunion at our house in Masaryktown, FL on 5 March. We had 36 attendees from five states, including six first-timers. (2) the annual reunion on Father's Day (19 June) in London, KY. Heavy morning rain kept some away but those staying had a great time. Thanks, Rodney and Barbara. (3) our annual reunion at Lake Seneca, NY on 31 July, hosted by Hayward & Beverly Coldiron. Always fun in a spectacular setting! (4) Harlan KY reunion was held on 1 October, and was again well attended. Always exciting to come back to Harlan, since all of us have deep roots there. Thanks to Dave, Ginger and Mike for getting it together.

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

Marriages [2] Congratulations to the following couples recently wed. We wish all of you many years of happiness. Justin David Coldiron and Kelly Jo Ellis, 20 Aug 2011, Elmira, NY. Zachary Allen Wilkinson and Lisa Miller, 9 Oct 2011, Temecula, CA. Justin is s/o David Shaw Coldiron and Allison Kay Peterpaul, and Zachary is s/o Michael Allen Wilkinson and Suzan Carol Coldiron.

Births [7] Welcome to the newest members of the family! Ruby Leonie Coldiron, 26 Jul 2010, d/o Richard Shane Coldiron and Margaret H Boyd. Gavin James Keene, 22 Aug 2010 in Leesburg, FL, s/o Kristopher James Keene and Kellie Lynn Coldiron. Harrison James Marsden, 24 Aug 2010 in Atlanta, GA, s/o Stuart James Marsden (cd) and Stephanie Charleville. Gavin Kai Moffit, 23 Sep 2010 in Apple Valley CA, s/o Alexander Scott Moffit (cd) and Aubrey. Brooke Marie Marsden, 28 Sep 2010, d/o Connor Campbell Marsden (cd) and Diane. Jonathon Guy Merz, 27 Oct 2010 in Cuyahoga Co., OH, s/o Linda Ann Peters. Sophia Afton Reeder, 17 Aug 2011 in Salt Lake City UT, d/o Matthew Ray Reeder (cd) and Rebecca J Groberg.

Deaths [37] We are sad to report the passing of: Ruth Lavonne Smith (Hearrell) (75), 20 Jan 2010, d/o George J Hearrell and Clara Rebecca Coldiron. Kenneth Rady Peters (85), 23 Mar 2010, s/o Jesse L Peters and Grace Cyble Hart (cd). Dorothy Rose Coldiron (Slusher) (69), 3 Nov 2010, Salyersville KY, h/o Rudell Coldiron. Lester Lee Coldiron (77), 26 Dec 2010, Hudson FL, s/o Rev. Jesse A Coldiron and Daisy May Coldiron. Lester was Brownie Coldiron's brother. He has attended our family reunion at our house in FL several times. We will miss him. Irene LaVaun Marrs (Worboys) 87, 30 Dec 2010, Brookfield MO, d/o Dewey A Worboys and Lela Schooler (cd). Jack Clark Coldiron Jr. (47), 18 Jan 2011, s/o Jack Clark Coldiron and Josephine Adkins. Raymond Reed Kent (91), 19 Jan 2011, Mesa AZ, s/o Ray Adam Kent and Clara Jane Schooler (cd). Norma Gail LaCour (Coldiron) (68), 28 Jan 2011, Tyler TX, d/o Bert Harcort Coldiron and Nellie E Janeway. Donald William Cornett (71), 7 Feb 2011, Hamersville OH, s/o Elmer H Cornett and Lula Mae Coldiron. Georgia Geneva Coldiron (Breeden) (75), 8 Feb 2011, Waverly MO, w/o Marvin William Coldiron. Bryan Dudley Coldiron (49), 12 Feb 2011, Opelika TX, s/o Dudley Eugene Coldiron and Peggy J Sessions. Arthur Ray Coldiron (63), 14 Feb 2011, LaPorte IN, s/o Luther Coldiron and Bonnie Rudd. William Henry Metheny (71), 15 Feb 2011, Elkins WV, s/o Clair E Metheny and Sadie Mae Coldiron. Agnes Fay Canaan (Nickel) (95), 17 Feb 2011, Mulberry IN, d/o Dr. Leander G Nickell and Nancy Ethel Coldiron. Jerry L. Coldiron (58), 28 Feb 2011, Williamsport PA, s/o Morgan Joseph and Mary (Sally) Coldiron. Mattie Faye Crow (Coldiron) (92), 12 Mar 2011, McAllen TX, d/o Dallas Herald Coldiron and Lura D Carter. Jesse Jean Hoskins (Coldiron) (87), 21 Mar 2011, Nashville TN, d/o Abner Lewis (A. L.) Coldiron and Rebecca J Middleton. Retta Jo Kunard (Coldiron) (69), 23 Apr 2011, Enid OK, d/o William (Ted) Coldiron and Florence C Lawellin. Gregory Shepard (54), 16 May 2011, Grovertown IN, s/o Johnie Shepard and Vonnie Coldiron. Junior Edward Coldiron (59), 17 May 2011, Logansport IN, s/o Troy Lee Coldiron and Mila M Starnes. Opal Lou Welch (Coldiron) (97), 20 May 2011, Mountain City TN, d/o Eli Freeling Coldiron and J. Clyde Davis. My brothers and sisters and I have fond memories of Opal. We visited with her at her brother Denver's house in Warrensville NC on 26 Oct 2006. She delighted us with several family stories. David Lee Coldiron (73), 27 May 2011, Loveland CO, s/o Homer Joseph Coldiron and Edna M Holstine. Harriet Rebecca Thomas (Coldiron) (97), 28 May 2011, Flatwoods KY, d/o John Franklin Coldiron and Jemima V Litteral. Warren Lavoy (Buck) Coldiron (89), 7 Jun 2011, Blair KY, s/o Felix Lincoln Coldiron and Lou Ellen Hogg. Kayla Denise Wager (17), 8 Jul 2011, Bryan TX, d/o Milton Louis Wager Jr. (cd) and Helen L Clark. Alpha Jeane Thorne (Hall) (78), 11 Jul 2011, Flint MI, d/o Roosevelt M Hall and Virginia Skidmore (cd). Edgar "Eddie" Coldiron (38), 15 Jul 2011, Hilo HI, s/o Richard Lee Coldiron and Juanita R Hill. David Owen Lewis (61), 2 Aug 2011, Milwaukee WI, s/o John W. Lewis and Mary Helen Coldiron. Cheston Wayne Coldiron (31), 3 Aug 2011, Austin TX, s/o Grady Kenton Coldiron Jr. and Joyce L Wall. Jimmy Charles Coldiron (45), 11 Aug 2011, s/o Jack Clark Coldiron and Josephine Adkins, brother to Jack Clark Coldiron Jr. shown above. Kay Carroll (K. C.) Coldiron (71), 31 Aug 2011, Bellevue NE, s/o Floyd Herbert Coldiron and Maudia L Brandt. Ruby Antoinette Minor (Coldiron) (99), 2 Sep 2011, Beckley WV, d/o John P. Coldiron and Sarah E Wright. I have known Ruby for almost 30 years and enjoyed visiting her in Beckley. She contributed greatly to compiling her family's genealogy. I will miss getting her Christmas card with a yearly family update. Mildred Lee Walker (Eldridge) (96), 12 Sep 2011, w/o Milton H. (Red) Walker (cd). Betty Jane Coldiron (Gardner) (82), 17 Sep 2011, Washington Court House OH, w/o James Lee Coldiron. Roy Harrison Coldiron (85), 8 Oct 2011, Lake Worth FL, s/o William Bradley Coldiron and Milda H Napier. Robert James Coldiron (80), 21 Nov 2011, Lexington KY, s/o Troy Coldiron and Sendy J Manns. Edwin E. Leid (81), 2 Dec 2011, Danville PA, h/o Julio Coldiron.

Almost all of these deaths can be verified in the Social Security Death Index at, and the obituaries can be viewed at I maintain hard copies of the obituaries for reference.
I hope this past year 2011 has been good for you and all of your family. Have a very blessed and safe New Year.

Otto G. Coldiron       352-754-5075
1125 Arlanie Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604-6907

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