I'm not sure if I have already posted what information I have available about the Frederick Coulon that was born at about the time you mention. He was my great-grandfather's half-brother, Fred E. Coulon, and was born in northern New York (likely either Clinton or Franklin Counties, the family moved around a lot) in about 1858. What we know, we think for certain, is that he married Sarah Pinkman and died in 1926.
Clara Durocher Coulon, wife of Charlie Coulon (my grandfather's brother) wrote in a letter to my mother: "Fred worked for the Schenectady saw and file co. and was sent to the red woods, so Charlie says."
Apparently my great-grandfather's family had little education, and did not keep in touch once they had scattered.
We also have a not-well-done genealogy that was compiled in the early 1960s, which lists the children of Fred and Sarah (Pinkman) Coulon, and notes that they had settled in Seattle, Washington. I'm fairly sure that part is accurate to the degree listed.
The genealogy also says, however, "Louis Coulon [my great-great-grandfather] was born in New York state, his father was born in Canada, his grandfather was born in France." This is untrue, as my mother found birth records for Louis in Quebec, where his family traces back for a number of generations. They did come from France, just not that recently.
Anyway, my father was born in 1924, which puts us pretty much on the same generational level. His father was born in 1889, and his father born in 1841, so the generations in my family stretch out a bit more than most folks.
I don't think any of this will be of help, but if anything rings a bell, please let me know. All I really know about Johnny Coulon is that Granddad said we were related somehow. That could simply mean that he figured we were related to anyone named Coulon. Probably true, but lacks a little on the detail end of things.
I'm glad you are enjoying your trip through your family history. It can be quite a high when you find something! It's a wonderful hobby.
Marilyn Coulon Putman
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