This posting is further to my message posted in October, 2003. I believe we have resolved that the Pierre Coulon who arrived in Lunenburg (via Halifax), Nova Scotia from France in 1752 moved on with his family to Staten Island and became "Colons" -- see Raymond Waguespack's and my postings from October, 2003. I sent Raymond my information from this period (1752 to 1760s) and I believe anyone who may be related to that branch could perhaps contact Raymond for further information regarding Pierre Coulon's descendents.
Getting back to my ancesters (Coolens of Hubbards or St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia), it is still a mystery as to who Joseph Coulon is (as he is not a descendent of Pierre Coulon -- see previous postings). If anyone has any information with respect to the Joseph Coulon I am seeking, kindly contact me or post a message. The information I have on Joseph Coulon is as follows:
- Joseph Coulon was born somewhere (?) in Nova Scotia in 1766.
- He is buried around Hubbards or Blandford, Nova Scotia and died at the age of "83 yrs, 6 mos" as per church records
- He married Jane Elizabeth Covey (origins and family unknown) in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1804 (St. John's Anglican Church)
- They had 10 children (others say possibly more) -- their children's births from 1805 to 1812 appear in the Lunenburg church records and from 1814 to 1839 in Chester church records (I have names of the 10 children but won't bother to list them here however they are well documented)
- Joseph was a farmer and fisherman
- He petitioned for a land grant in 1824 (along with a Shatford gentleman) in St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia, which land was subsequently granted to them
- Joseph was illiterate at the time of the petition of the land grant as he signed with an "X" and somone else wrote his name under the "X" as Joseph Coulon
- On subsequent documents (in later years), Joseph did sign his name but it appeared as Joseph Coolen on these documents (anglicized, I expect)
Although he has left many, many descendents who still live in the area, I cannot find who his parents or siblings were or where he was born in Nova Scotia. My great-uncle Karl Coolen researched this for almost 30 years with no results, even travelling to Montbelliard, France. When he passed away, I received all of his research papers. He also hired someone at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia but, again, came up empty.
What further complicates matters is that there is a large Coolen community across the bay from where Joseph Coulon/Coolen descendents (who are Protestants) settled but that Coolen family are Catholic and apparently from Newfoundland. Although there appears to be some inter-marriage over the past 200 years, no one has been able to link the two families (some may claim to have done this, there are no known records to my knowledge).
In summary, I would be pleased to hear from anyone with any information about this Joseph Coulon/Coolen. I find it difficult to accept that someone with so many living relatives still in the area and someone who lived to the ripe old age of 83 didn't leave at least stories of his own origins behind!!
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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