Ruth, there are many Coldiron researchers who would like to know the ancestry of Ann Coldiron. She has eluded all of us for so many years! For what it's worth, here's a broad summary of my thoughts and conclusions:
The only known Coldirons in existance in the late 1700's and early 1800's were Johan Georg Kalteisen (George Coldiron) and his descendants. JGK or one of his sons must be the father of Ann, since these men are the only known male Coldirons in the world at this time. I think we have found and accounted for all of JGK's male descendants who grew into adults and fathered children. Let's examine this structure, starting with JGK and working downward through his sons, and see what the possibilities are for the father of Ann Coldiron.
> JGK (George Coldiron) 1730-1805 (d. Rowan Co., NC)
There are male descendants of the above sons, but I'm only showing those that are possible fathers of Ann, considering her birth year. If Ann was 60 in the 1850 Harlan Co. census, she was b. in abt. 1790.
Ann is not mentioned in JGK's will (dated 10 Oct 1803, probated 5 Feb 1805 in Rowan Co.), where he carefully names all nine of his children (wife Catherine not named; we assume she had died by then). We have no knowledge of JGK ever being in VA or KY.
Jacob's will, proved 17 Feb 1817 in Rowan co., does not mention Ann.
Conrad moved his family from Rowan Co., NC to Ashe Co., NC in the early 1790's. He is in the 1790 Rowan Co. census, but is not on the Rowan Co. tax lists with father George in 1792, 1794, or 1798. He is in the 1800 census in Ashe Co., NC. He sold his property in Ashe Co. in 1808 and is in the Knox Co. (later Harlan Co.) census in 1810. We thus assume he moved his family to Knox Co. in abt. 1808.
It is possible that Conrad's family stopped in Virginia for a while on their way to Kentucky. The only passable route to KY at that time from the southern plateau was through VA (including Lee Co.) via the Wilderness Trail, and then through Cumberland Gap into KY. One of his sons, Henry, stopped in Lee Co., VA and raised his family there before moving on to KY late in life.
Now the questions start -- If Ann was b. in 1790 in VA, who was there to father her? JGK and sons George and Jacob were still in Rowan Co., NC. Conrad most assuredly was in either Rowan Co. or Ashe Co., NC. Who's left? This is the dead end we reach every time we look at this.
One other possibility is that Ann is not a Coldiron, but married a Coldiron and retained the name when she married Aaron Pennington. There is no evidence of this so it must be viewed as pure speculation, but none the less is a remote possibility that should be considered.
I would like to stress that these conclusions drawn (as to potential fathers of Ann) are based on the limited information we have and the events as we know them. Along with many others, I sure wish we could solve this mystery.
Otto G. Coldiron
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