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Re: COOLIDGE'S FROM UPSTATE NY
Posted by: Anson Coolidge (ID *****0112) Date: November 28, 2004 at 19:43:06
In Reply to: Re: COOLIDGE'S FROM UPSTATE NY by Stephen Calkins of 438

I have been unable to connect my Coolidge branch that lived in Ellenburg Center, (Claysburg Township?), Clinton County, New York with the Benjamin Knowlton Coolidge that lived in Jay, New York.

I have an Aunt who is 100 and will be 101 on Christmas Eve. She lives in Malone, New York and was born on the family farm in Ellenburg Center (Claysburg Township?)New York. Although she is very lucid for her age she has uncertain memories of her family. She has said that she believes her Grandfather came from somewhere around Cadyville, New York. I have visited the cemetary in Ellenburg Center and find no Coolidges burried there prior to William Benjamin Coolidge. His toomstone states his date of Birth as 1841 but does not state place of Birth.

Ellenburg Center is about 22 miles from Cadyville and 60 miles from Jay so it is not impossible to believe that this is the same family.

From the 1900 census records for Clinton County, NY, Roll 1018 Book 2 Page 1A (this record has been taped with a tape that does not allow good copying) shows both William(Benjamin) Coolidge and Charlotte Vandusan as being born in New York and their parents all being born in New York. If William Benjamin Coolidge's father was born in New York it might be Catyville as my aunt remembers.

From the 1880 census data for Claysburg, Clinton County, NY Family History Library Film No. 1254819: William (Benjamin) Coolidge was born in NY - age 38, Father's birthplace VT, Mother's Birthplace NY. Charlott (note census records spelling with no e) Age 37 born NY, Father and Mother both born NY.
Children: William H., age 12, Malison,age 11; Jennie age 7, Minnie, age 5; and Sylvester age 2.

Note the disagreement on the birthplace of William(Benjamin) Coolidge's father between these two census.


I have no certain information that William Benjamin Coolidge's father was Benjamin Coolidge but I have assumed that this is so. For the 1880 census in Claysburg Township, New York there was a Benjamin Coolidge born 1856 married to Julia Etta Williams born 1859. This home also had a Benjamin Coolidge born 1806 in Massachusetts. It seems probable that Benjamin Coolidge born 1856 in Claysburg Township, New York is the younger brother of William Benjamin Coolidge born in Claysburg Township, New York in 1841 or 1842. If this is correct then the 1880 census data for William (Benjamin) Coolidge's father's birth place being Vermont and the 1900 data showing New York is incorrect.

As you can see, my data is uncertain and I need a lot of help beyond the 1841 or 1842 birth of my great grandfather.


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