Ancestors of Oliver F. and Viola Davidson Farmer


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1. Oliver F. Farmer,1 son of Henry Clay Farmer 2 and Rachel Jane Coldiron,3 was born on 3 Jan 1889 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States,4 died on 4 Jun 1975 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States5 at age 86, and was buried on 7 Jun 1975 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.6 The cause of his death was arteriosclerotic, cerebral vascular and cardiovascular diseas, atherosclerosis.7

Birth Notes:
Oregon State Archives-Genealogy Records:
Case# Vol 1 pg 341 Name Farmer, Oliver Date 1/3/1889 Record Type Delayed Birth County Benton Source County

Death Notes: Obituary: Funeral Info:
Services: Chapel of McHenry Funeral Home, Corvallis, Oregon, June 7,1975 10am, Officiating Rev. Fred. Miller, Internment: Pleasent Valley Cemetery.

Oregon Vital Records:
Name: Farmer, Oliver F
Spouse Name: Viola
Death Date: 04 Jun 1975
County: Benton
Birth Date: - Jan 1889
Age:
Certificate No.: 75-08679
Comments: -

Noted events in his life were:

Religion: First United Brethren Church.

Census: 27 Jun 1900, , Powell County, Kentucky, United States. 8

Residence: Dec 1910, Fairfax, Pierce, Washington, United States.

Military: 5 Jun 1917, Clatskanie, Columbia, Oregon, United States.

Physical Description: 5 Jun 1917, Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 5 Jun 1917, Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States. 9

Residence: 15 Feb 1919, Tono, Thurston, Washington, United States.

Residence: 21 May 1919, Concrete, Skagit, Washington, United States.

Occupation: Spaulding Logging Camp employee on Harlan Road, 1920, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 1930, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 10

Occupation: Sawmill Truck Driver, 1930, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Property: Real Estate Value $2,000, Apr 1930, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 11

Occupation: Cannery Worker, Apr 1940, , Benton County, Oregon, United States. 12

Military: WWII Draft Registration, 1942, , Benton County, Oregon, United States.

Military: WWII Draft Registration, 27 Apr 1942.

Physical Description: 27 Apr 1942, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 13

Oliver married Viola May Davidson,14 daughter of Harrison Davidson 16 and Austia Ann Virginia Cramer,17 on 6 Aug 1919 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.18 Viola was born on 1 May 1897 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States,19 died on 9 May 1995 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States20 at age 98, and was buried on 12 May 1995 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.21 The cause of her death was Natural Causes.

Marriage Notes:
Index for 6 Aug 1919 Daily Gazette Times, Benton County reports Marriage Viola Davidson.

Oregon Archives:
Case# 8-422a Name Davidson, Viola M & Farmer, Oliver F Date 1919 Record Type Marriage County Benton Source Genealogical

Benton County, Oregon Marriage Index:
Spouse: Mr Oliver F Farmer
Date: 6 Aug 1919
B/G: Bride
Source: Book:8 Page:422a
County and State: Benton Co. OR


Collection: Oregon Marriages, 1853-1935
Groom's Name: Oliver F. Farmer
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Bride's Name: Viola M. Davidson
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Marriage Date: 06 Aug 1919
Marriage Place: , Benton, Oregon
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59384-1
System Origin: Oregon-VR
Source Film Number: 908958
Reference Number: 2:1JDL08H
Collection: Oregon Marriages, 1853-1935

Ancestry.com Posting:
Marriage Notes for VIOLA Davidson and OLIVER FARMER:
Benton County CourtHouse,Corvallis,Oregon
Records Div. Vol.8,P422.shows marriage date Aug 7,1919.
Newspaper article by Viola Davidson-Farmer: "We were married in my brother's house near Peak. After a wedding lunch, Albert Lytle, who ran the Philomath taxi service, drove us and the minister of the United Brethren Church, Rev Henderson, back to Philomath where we boarded the train for a trip to Oliver's folks who lived on a farm between Shedd and Brownsville."


Noted events in their marriage were:

Census: Jun 1900, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States. 22

Census: Jan 1920, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 1930, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 11

Residence: 1 Apr 1935, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 238 East College St, Apr 1940, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 12

Property: their home at 238 East College Street with a value of $1,500, Apr 1940, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 12

Residence: P. O. Box 355, 27 Apr 1942, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. 13

Residence: 818 E. College St., 1951, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 818 E. College St, 1953, Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: Aug 1960, Garberville, Humboldt, California, United States.

Birth Notes: Oregon Births 1868/1929:
Name: Viola May Davidson
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place:
Birth Date: 01 May 1897
Birthplace: Peak, Benton, Oregon
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: Harrison Davidson
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Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Virginia Ann Cramer
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I09273-9
System Origin: Oregon-EASy
Source Film Number: 2259368
Reference Number: DF 325
Collection: Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868-1929

Oregon State Archives-Historical Records:
Case# 325 Name Farmer, Viola May Davidson Date 05/01/1897 Record Type Delayed Birth County Benton Source Health

Death Notes: Obituary
Viola was born in Peak,Oregon a small settlement near Mary's Peak, on May 1,1897. She was a lifelong resident of Benton County. She attended school at Peak and Philomath College. She met and married Oliver F. Farmer on Aug 5,1917 in Peak and they resided there until 1923 when the moved to Philomath.
Viola worked at several jobs outside the home, but the majority of her time was spent raising seven children. She raised three boys of her own and also her four nieces and nephews. She enjoyed flower gardening and birds. She was a member of the Philomath United Brethern Church.

Funeral services for Viola were held on May 12 in the McHenry Funeral Home,Corvallis,Oregon. Burial at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Philomath.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: telephone switch board operator.

Census: Jun 1900, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Census: 23 Apr 1910, Blodgett, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 12 Sep 1912, Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: 21 Sep 1914, Elk City, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Occupation: cannery worker, Apr 1940, , Benton County, Oregon, United States. 12

Occupation: head mess hall attendant, Jan 1944, Camp Adair, Benton, Oregon, United States.

Residence: Box 23, 12 Apr 1955, Phillipsville, Humboldt, California, United States.

Residence: General Delivery, 31 Aug 1955, Garberville, Humboldt, California, United States.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Merwin Davidson Farmer was born on 2 Jun 1920 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States,23 died on 9 May 2009 in Graham, Pierce, Washington, United States24 at age 88, and was buried on 15 May 2009 in Gig Harbor, Pierce, Washington, United States.24 Another name for Merwin was Merwin David Farmer.25

         ii.  Edon H. Farmer was born on 24 Dec 1922 in Peak, Benton, Oregon, United States,26 died on 11 Feb 2007 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States at age 84, and was buried on 17 Feb 2007 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. The cause of his death was Cancer.

        iii.  Lynn Evan Farmer was born on 29 May 1932 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States,27 died on 21 Nov 2013 in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States at age 81, and was buried on 27 Nov 2013 in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States.


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2. Henry Clay Farmer,2 son of John Howard Farmer 28 and Rebecca Jane Ledford,29 was born on 18 Jul 1848 in Mount Pleasant, , Virginia, United States,30 died on 5 Apr 1938 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States31 at age 89, and was buried on 8 Apr 1938 in Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.32 Another name for Henry was H. C. Farmer.33

Death Notes: Oregon Death Index
Name: Farmer, Henry
County: Benton
Death Date: 05 Apr 1938
Certificate: 36
Spouse: Rachael

General Notes:
1930 US Federal Census, Linn County, Shed, Oregon
Henry and Rachel Listed

ancestry.com posting:
Viola Davidson Farmer gives Henry's birthdate as August 18, 1848. Viola
writes: "When he was a small boy, his family moved to Harlan, Kentucky.
They were farm people, who trace their blood lines back through Daniel
Boone to England. Henry acquired quite a bit of education, his father
having bought and used a large, well-selected library, at one time
thought to be the best in Kentucky. Henry had a deep understanding of
English and mathematics. He taught school in several places throughout
the state. In those days a man could impart whatever knowledge he
possessed and never mind about a license and grades, etc. To be able to
write, read and figure was a pearl of great price and parents were most
anxious that their children should have as much of this necessary gift as
they could possibly get. He lived in Montgomery County, a few miles from
Mt. Sterling, and brought his farm there to high production. He
understood surveying and road building, also the use of water and
drainage. He kept a school going on his farm, teaching some of the time
or hiring it done at other times. He joined the Masons when he was
twenty-three years old and continued in good standing with a lifetime
membership until his death.

About 1903, Henry Farmer sold his farm in Kentucky and moved to
Loving, New Mexico. This was a tragic move in a financial way, going as
they did to the dry arid section, where they had to depend upon water
allotments after the lush fields of Kentucky. When the irrigation dam
went out the land became of little value and the Farmers left for greener
pastures. After several years of looking about they finally settled on a
farm between Halsey and Shedd on the Brownsville. They lived there until
the children were grown and they had retired."

Henry is buried in the Shedd Cemetery; Shedd, Linn County, Oregon

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: school teacher, Breckinridge, Harrison, Kentucky, United States. 29

Alt. Birth: 6 Aug 1848, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 34

Census: Aug 1850, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 35

Census: Jul 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 36

Census: Jul 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 37

Occupation: Farmer, 27 Jun 1900, , Powell County, Kentucky, United States.

Social Security Application: 1988, , Powell County, Kentucky, United States.

Henry married Rachel Jane Coldiron 3 on 29 Feb 1872 in Harlan, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.38 Rachel was born on 13 Aug 1853 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States,39 died on 1 Sep 1939 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States40 at age 86, and was buried in Sep 1939 in Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.41

Marriage Notes: Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008:
Name: H C Farmer Gender: Male Spouse: Rachael Calderon Child: Ora C Farmer

Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965:
Name: Henry C. Farmer Gender: Male Marriage Date: 29 Feb 1872 Marriage Place: Harlan, Kentucky, USA Spouse: Rachel J. Coldiron Film Number: 000834238

Noted events in their marriage were:

Residence: Harlan and Powell Counties, Breckinridge, Harrison, Kentucky, United States. 29

Census: 24 Jun 1880, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 42

Census: 27 Jun 1900, , Powell County, Kentucky, United States. 8

moved: from Kentucky to loving, Eddy, New Mexico, 1903, Loving, Eddy, New Mexico, United States. 29

Residence: 15 Jan 1918, Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.

Residence: RR#2, 12 Sep 1918, Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States. 43

Census: 1920, Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.

Census: Apr 1930, Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States. 44

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Isham S. Farmer was born on 18 May 1874 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States,45 died on 25 Jan 1933 in Bowen, Powell, Kentucky, United States45 at age 58, and was buried on 26 Jan 1933 in , Powell County, Kentucky, United States.45 Other names for Isham were Isom and33 I. S. Farmer.46

         ii.  Carter Skidmore Farmer was born on 17 Oct 1874 in Harlan, Harlan, Kentucky, United States,47 died on 12 Mar 1958 in Scappoose, Columbia, Oregon, United States48 at age 83, and was buried in Mar 1958 in Scappoose, Columbia, Oregon, United States.

        iii.  Sarah Farmer was born on 18 Sep 1876 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States and died on 19 Aug 1890 in , Powell County, Kentucky, United States at age 13. Another name for Sarah was Sally Farmer.29

         iv.  Abner Coldiron Farmer was born on 24 Jan 1879 in , Harlan County, Kentucky, United States,49 died on 10 Jan 1963 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States50 at age 83, and was buried on 13 Jan 1963 in Stanton, Powell, Kentucky, United States.49

          v.  John F. Farmer was born on 27 Sep 1879 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.51

         vi.  Lilie Farmer was born on 17 Sep 1881 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States and died on 13 Oct 1884 in , Powell County, Kentucky, United States at age 3. Another name for Lilie was Lily.52

        vii.  Minnie Farmer was born on 15 Aug 1883 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States and died on 11 Sep 1884 in , Powell County, Kentucky, United States at age 1.

       viii.  Cordia Farmer was born on 24 Apr 1885 in Haystack, Powell, Kentucky, United States,53 died on 10 Aug 1960 in Wenatchee, Chelan, Washington, United States54 at age 75, and was buried in Aug 1960 in Cashmere, Chelan, Washington, United States.54 Other names for Cordia were Cordie and8 Corina.

         ix.  Daniel F. Farmer was born on 3 Apr 1887 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States,55 died on 18 Jun 1963 in , Marion County, Oregon, United States at age 76, and was buried in Jun 1963 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States. Another name for Daniel was Dan.

1         x.  Oliver F. Farmer (born on 3 Jan 1889 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States - died on 4 Jun 1975 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States)

         xi.  Rebecca Farmer was born on 1 Feb 1891 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States56 and died in Jul 1974 in Kent, King, Washington, United States at age 83.

        xii.  Stella Cash Farmer was born on 12 Feb 1893 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States,57 died on 18 Oct 1946 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States58 at age 53, and was buried on 22 Oct 1946 in Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.59

       xiii.  Grace Farmer was born on 30 Jul 1895 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States and died on 1 Jan 1946 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States at age 50.

        xiv.  Ora Cezel Farmer was born on 16 Feb 1899 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States,56 died on 1 Oct 1981 in , Multnomah County, Oregon, United States at age 82, and was buried in Oct 1981 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon, United States.60

         xv.  Roy Marg Farmer was born on 15 Jan 1900 in Haystack, Powell County, Kentucky, United States61 and died on 26 Jul 1972 in Lebanon, Linn, Oregon, United States at age 72.




3. Rachel Jane Coldiron,3 daughter of Abner Lewis Coldiron 62 and Lucy Ann Ball,63 was born on 13 Aug 1853 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States,39 died on 1 Sep 1939 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States40 at age 86, and was buried in Sep 1939 in Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.41

Birth Notes: Kentucky Birth Records 1852-1910:
Name: Rachael Coldiron Birth Date: 13 Aug 1853 Ethnicity: White Gender: Female Father's Name: Abner L Coldiron Mother's Name: Lucy A Ball

Death Notes: Oregon Death Index
Name: Farmer, Rachael
County: Benton
Death Date: 01 Sep 1939
Certificate: 120
Spouse: Henry

General Notes: Ancestry.com posting:
Viola Davidson Farmer writes: "Rachel Coldiron was a beautiful woman, small and well formed, with a great deal of strength, vitality and energy. She had blue-black hair and dark blue eyes. She was a good Christian and raised her children in the Baptist church, where she sang with a clear sure voice. She was always singing in the home. Her children remembered waking up to wonderful food smells from the kitchen
and their mother's voice singing a good old hymn."

Noted events in her life were:

Census: 9 Jun 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.

Census: 28 Jun 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.

Rachel married Henry Clay Farmer 2 on 29 Feb 1872 in Harlan, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.38 Henry was born on 18 Jul 1848 in Mount Pleasant, , Virginia, United States,30 died on 5 Apr 1938 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States31 at age 89, and was buried on 8 Apr 1938 in Shedd, Linn, Oregon, United States.32 Another name for Henry was H. C. Farmer.33
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4. John Howard Farmer,28 son of David M. Farmer 64 and Rebecca Jane Howard,64 was born on 6 Oct 1821 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States64 and died on 21 Feb 1899 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States64 at age 77.

General Notes: Ancestry.com posting:
1. JOHN FARMER. He married REBECCA LEDFORD.
Notes for JOHN FARMER:
Viola Davidson Farmer says that John was "of English origin." John kept
a large, well-selected library, at one time thought to be the best in
Kentucky.
Notes for REBECCA LEDFORD:
Viola Davidson Farmer says that Rebecca was "of Scotch origin."
Rebecca's mother was known as "Blind" granny, and was a wonderful person.
She left a heritage of quality long remembered down the families,
although her name has been forgotten.
Children of JOHN FARMER and REBECCA LEDFORD are:
2. i. HENRY CLAY FARMER, b. July 18, 1848, Mt. Pleasant, Virginia;
d.1938, Philomath, Benton, Oregon.
ii. OLIVER FARMER.
iii. DANIEL FARMER.
3. iv. JANE FARMER, b. Abt. 1850.

Noted events in his life were:

Census: Aug 1850, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 65

Occupation: farmer, Aug 1850, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 65

Property: real estate $900, Aug 1850, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 65

Census: Jul 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 36

Census: Jul 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 66

Property: real estate $2,500 and personal property $1,000, Jul 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 66

Census: Jun 1880, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 67

John married Rebecca Jane Ledford 29 on 22 Jun 1847 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.64 Rebecca was born on 2 Mar 1825 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States65 and died on 20 Oct 1901 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States64 at age 76.

Noted events in their marriage were:

Alt. Marriage: 20 Feb 1847.

Census: Aug 1850, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 65

Census: Jul 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 36

Census: Jul 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 66

Census: Jun 1880, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 67

Children from this marriage were:

2         i.  Henry Clay Farmer (born on 18 Jul 1848 in Mount Pleasant, , Virginia, United States - died on 5 Apr 1938 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States)

         ii.  Oliver G. Farmer was born in Nov 1851 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States36 and died in 1902 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States at age 51.

        iii.  Daniel S. Farmer was born on 3 Feb 1857 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States68 and died on 29 Jan 1930 in Fort Myers, Lee, Florida, United States at age 72.

         iv.  Jane Harrison Farmer was born on 12 Feb 1859 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States,69 died on 23 Aug 1950 in Pond Creek, Grant, Oklahoma, United States70 at age 91, and was buried in Aug 1950 in Pond Creek, Grant, Oklahoma, United States.70




5. Rebecca Jane Ledford,29 daughter of William Elias Ledford and Elizabeth Anne Farmer,71 was born on 2 Mar 1825 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States65 and died on 20 Oct 1901 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States64 at age 76.

Birth Notes: Ancestry.com posting on birth date with photo.

Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth: 1 Feb 1825, Leaksville, Page, Virginia, United States. 64

Census: Aug 1850, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 65

Census: Jul 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 36

Census: Jul 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 66

Census: Jun 1880, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 67

Census: Jun 1900, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.

Rebecca married John Howard Farmer 28 on 22 Jun 1847 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.64 John was born on 6 Oct 1821 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States64 and died on 21 Feb 1899 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States64 at age 77.


6. Abner Lewis Coldiron,62 son of William Coldiron 72 and Leah Lewis,73 was born on 2 Mar 1832 in Poor Fork, Harlan County, Kentucky, United States,74 died on 1 Jul 1911 in Baxter, Harlan, Kentucky, United States75 at age 79, and was buried on 2 Jul 1911 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States.75

Death Notes: Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000 Record
Name:Abner L Coldiron
Death Date:1 July , 1911
Death Place:Harlan
Age:081
Volume:45
Certificate:17977

Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953:
Name: Abner L Coldiron Death Date: 1 Jul 1911 Death Location: Harlan Residence Location: Harlan Age: 81 Gender: Male Ethnicity: White Birth Date: 2 Mar 1830 Birth Location: Harlan, Kentucky Father's Name: William Coldiron Mother's Name: Lewis


General Notes: ancestry.com posting:
A LOOK AT 1896 BUSINESS, PROFESSIONAL
LISTINGS IN HARLAN COUNTY

by Holly Fee-Timm
[originally published 30 December 1987
Harlan Daily Enterprise Penny Pincher]
In 1896, a statewide listing of businesses and professionals was published covering the year 1895-1896. At that time Harlan County and its county seat, then known as Mount Pleasant, was an isolated area but the length of its listing was surprising. The list itself mentioned only the name and occupation of various individuals some of whom are listed here with some additional information. Notice that many of them were related to each other in some way.
Abner Lewis Coldiron was born about 1832, son of William and Leah Lewis Coldiron. The gazette listing reads "Abner L. Coldiron & Son General Store" and the son referred to is probably Andrew Jackson Coldiron who was living next door to his father in the 1900 census. Abner's first wife was Lucy Ann Ball, daughter of Moses and Ellender Richardson Ball, early settlers on Catrons Creek.

Sheriffs of Harlan County Kentucky
Written and researched By:
Otto G. Coldiron
1125 Arlanie Road,
Brooksville, FL 34604-6907
Sheriffs Of Harlan County, Kentucky
In researching the Coldiron family for many years, I have been collecting notes on the Sheriffs of Harlan County. This is partly because some of my relatives have been Sheriff of Harlan County, and also because the office has been an interesting one to study - receiving national attention in the 1930's. I have tried without success to locate a chronological list of these colorful characters but there doesn't seem to be one available. What follows is an attempt to list them in order in which they served, including historical and genealogical information on each from the notes in my files. I caution readers that some of the genealogy information has not been verified against original sources.
In Harlan Footprints, Vol 1, No. 2, Dec 1982, page 25, editor Holly Fee included an overview of the office of Sheriff in an article titled Background. It is included below to give the reader an orientation to the office.
Prior to 1851, the County Court not only filled their own vacancies but appointed other county officials. The County Clerk, Constables, the Coroner and the Surveyors of the Roads were all life appointments. The County Attorney served for one year; the Jailer served "at the pleasure of the Court." Tax Assessors and Collectors were appointed yearly. The two year term of Sheriff was the most powerful and financially rewarding office in the county. The County Court was generally bound to recommend to the Governor the most senior of their magistrates for the office of Sheriff until 1851 when the office became an elected position and some of its power was diluted by the office of County Judge. In financial terms, the office of Sheriff was rewarding as it received commissions for the collecting of taxes, both county and state, and fees for the execution of Judgments, serving of summonses, etc. There was also good opportunity for illegal profit particularly by the demanding of an additional percentage for the execution of judgments. On a statewide basis, the office was often sold or leased, wholly or partially. The Sheriff was also powerful politically as he was the chief election officer in the county and was often involved in local election disputes and sometimes outright fraud. Indirectly, a Sheriff held great influence over many voters by the simple tactic of using the threat of serving a summons or executing a judgment if the vote was not as he indicated.
Harlan County was established in 1819. It previously was part of Knox County.
The period each Sheriff served (in parentheses after each name) was obtained primarily from reading the Harlan Co. Court Orders from 1829 to 1950, and from reviewing election results from 1950 to present. It has been impossible to determine the complete period every Sheriff served - those who were in office up to about 1880 are not mentioned frequently in the Court Orders. When only one year is given, as in (1838), it indicates that a reference was made in the Court Orders identifying the Sheriff at that time. He could also have been Sheriff slightly before and after that period. The numbers after the period served refer to the references listed at the end of the article. Here they are - as much as I know about them - the Sheriffs of Harlan County.
*Abner Lewis Coldiron (1882) 1, 22
Abner was my great-grandfather. He was born 2 Mar 1830, Harlan Co., KY, son of William (Billie) Coldiron (listed above) and Leah Lewis. He married first to Lucy Ann Ball in about 1850, Harlan Co., KY, and they raised 11 children in Harlan Co. Lucy Ann died in 1890 and Abner married second to Mary Farley on 3 Sep 1896 in Harlan Co. This marriage ended in divorce. Abner died 1 Jul 1911 in Baxter, Harlan Co., KY, living his entire 81 year lifetime in Harlan Co. He is believed to be buried in the Old Coldiron Cemetery back of the Harlan Municipal Water Works in Coldiron Heights. We have documented 1,009 direct descendants of Abner Lewis Coldiron and Lucy Ann Ball located across the United States.

Kentucky, Land Grants, 1782-1924:
Grantee: Abner L Coldiron Number of Acres: 100 Survey Date: 24 Aug 1868 County: Harlan Watercourse: Johns Jones Book Number: 74

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Sheriff of Harlan County, Breckinridge, Harrison, Kentucky, United States. 29

Census: 1850, , Harlan County, Kentucky, United States.

Property: Real Estate $400 and personal property $100, 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.

Military: 1863, , Harlan County, Kentucky, United States.

Census: Jun 1900, Mount Pleasant, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 76

Census: 22 Apr 1910, Mount Pleasant, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 77

Abner married Mary Farley 76 on 3 Sep 1896 in , Harlan County, Kentucky, United States. Mary was born in Mar 1855 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States.76 Another name for Mary was Mary Ball.29

Marriage Notes: Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965:
Name: A. L. Coldiron Gender: Male Marriage Date: 3 Sep 1896 Marriage Place: Harlan, Kentucky, USA Spouse: Mary Farley Film Number: 000834238

Noted events in their marriage were:

Census: Jun 1900, Mount Pleasant, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 76

Abner next married Lucy Ann Ball 63 about 1850 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. Marriage status: death of spouse. Lucy was born about 1831 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States and died in 1896 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States about age 65.

Noted events in their marriage were:

Census: 1860, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 78

Census: 28 Jun 1870, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 51

Census: Jun 1880, Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. 79

Children from this marriage were:

          i.  Eleanor Virginia Coldiron was born on 6 Jul 1852 in Martins Fork, Harlan, Kentucky, United States80 and died in 1904 at age 52. Another name for Eleanor was Virginia.

3        ii.  Rachel Jane Coldiron (born on 13 Aug 1853 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States - died on 1 Sep 1939 in Philomath, Benton, Oregon, United States)

        iii.  Moses William Coldiron was born on 4 Aug 1855 in Martin's Fork, Harlan County, Kentucky, United States, died on 1 Sep 1938 in Pond Creek, Grant, Oklahoma, United States70 at age 83, and was buried in Sep 1938 in Pond Creek, Grant, Oklahoma, United States.70 Another name for Moses was Will.29

         iv.  Sarah Coldiron was born about 1857 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States and died on 1 Nov 1954 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States about age 97. Another name for Sarah was Sally.

          v.  Narcissus S. Coldiron was born on 23 Aug 1858 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States and died on 6 Aug 1886 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States at age 27.

         vi.  George W. Coldiron was born in 1860 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States and died in 1890 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States at age 30.

        vii.  Andrew Jackson Coldiron was born on 19 Feb 1863 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States,63 died on 6 Feb 1939 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States63 at age 75, and was buried on 7 Feb 1939.

       viii.  Calvin C. Coldiron was born on 1 Mar 1864 in Poor Fork, Harlan County, Kentucky, United States, died on 26 Jan 1900 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States at age 35, and was buried in 1900 in Baxter, Harlan, Kentucky, United States.

         ix.  John C. Coldiron was born in 1867 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States and died on 18 Sep 1897 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States at age 30.

          x.  Sherman Coldiron was born in Oct 1869 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States and died on 1 Jun 1909 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States at age 39.

         xi.  Mary Coldiron was born in 1874 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States and died in 1880 at age 6.


7. Lucy Ann Ball,63 daughter of Moses Ball Jr. and Ellender Ella Richardson, was born about 1831 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States and died in 1896 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States about age 65.

Noted events in her life were:

Census: 1850, , Harlan County, Kentucky, United States.

Lucy married Abner Lewis Coldiron 62 about 1850 in Chevrolet, Harlan, Kentucky, United States. Marriage status: death of spouse. Abner was born on 2 Mar 1832 in Poor Fork, Harlan County, Kentucky, United States,74 died on 1 Jul 1911 in Baxter, Harlan, Kentucky, United States75 at age 79, and was buried on 2 Jul 1911 in Rose Hill, Carter, Kentucky, United States.75


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