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Willim Coltrane Origins
Posted by: Delbert Argyle Date: February 13, 2000 at 06:08:53
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David Coltran was born at Wigtown, Scotland. He was the youngest son of Elizabeth Stewart and Patrick Coltran. He was christened February 17, 1711 at Wigtown parish, Wigtown, Scotland. His parents died while he was a child. He was reared in the household of his maternal grandfather John Stewart, Baron of Physgill. He came to America in the late 1730ís in company with two of his older brothers. He met and married Mary Trotter of Edenton, Chowan, North Carolina soon after his arrival. As an educated man he quickly acquired position in the community. He soon acquired land in nearby Rowan County where he became Justice of the Peace. With the breakout of war, he entered the British Army. He was a Captain serving in Colonel Goochís regiment in the Carribean area. Soon after being mustered out he was called to Scotland to help deal with the Estates of family members killed in 1745. He died at sea in 1746.

William Coltrane was his son, born to David Coltran and Mary Trotter about 1739 at Edenton, Chowan County or perhaps in Rowan County, NC. Some have erroneously credited Pennsylvania as his birthplace. His maternal grandfather, James Trotter, petitioned for his guardianship in 1747. Said petition may have been moot with Williamís residence in Rowan County. In 1761 William Coltrane married Rachel Worthinton at New Market, Rowan County NC. They moved a bit west to Guilford County (Randolph) where most of their children were born. He died 17 November 1835 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He is credited with 9 children whom he registered at the courthouse. William and Rachel are the progenitors of the modern Coltrane family. Coltrainís and Coltrinís are descendants of Williamís uncles.


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