I do not know if anyone has this information or not but wanted to share it with the group.
In the History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens, there is a listing for Isaiah M. Coltrane. You can find the biography sketch on him at the following address:
Now what is interesting about this sketch is that if you look in the 1850 and 1860 Census for William Coltrane and Elizabeth White there is know Isaiah mentioned. But in the 1850 Census there is a Madison living with his parents in Randolph County, NC. In the sketch it does mention that he leaves for Indiana at age 21 (1859). In the sketch it says he was known as "Jim" in the Army.
I looked on the CivilWardata.com and found the following information on him.
J M. Coltrain
Residence Parke County IN;
Enlisted on 8/1/1862 as a Private.
On 8/1/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. IN 78th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 10/3/1862 at Evansville, IN
James M. Coltrain
Enlisted on 1/21/1864 as a Private.
On 1/21/1864 he mustered into "F" Co. IN 11th Cavalry
He was Mustered Out on 9/19/1865 at Fort Leavenworth, KS
BOTH these men above are the same man. He served in the 78th Indiana Infantry until 1862 and took a year off from the war. Then he joined with the 11th Indiana Cavalry. The year off might have been one of the times he was captured and he may have been paroled at this time.
In the sketch it also mentions William and Elizabeth's children, naming only seven. They had 10 children if you look at the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 Census. They were the following: 1. Isaiah James Madison Coltrane (1838), 2. Nancy Coltrane (1840), 3. Abagail Coltrane (1845); 4. Daniel Franklin Coltrane (1846), 5. Louisa Coltrane (1847), 6. William Branson Coltrane (1848); 7. John Coltrane (1854), 8. Kelly Monroe Coltrane (1857); 9. William A. Coltrane (1858), 10. Ellen B. (L.) Coltrane (1859)(married to O.C. Bruce). Ellen B. (L) Coltrane died in 1879 giving birth to Ellen Bruce.
NOW, my question is this. WHO is William Coltrane's father? In all the Census his birth year adds up to 1805. That would put him born 3 years before the parents I have for him now (Daniel Coltrane and Sophia McGee). I also have another son of Daniel Coltrane and Sophia born in 1802, 6 years before they were married. His name is John Coltrane. So, was Daniel married before and his first two children were from another wife or do John and William belong to another line?
Thanks. I hope this helps in peoples research.
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