Thomas H. Coate, blacksmith, Pleasant Hill; was born in McMinn Co., Tenn., in 1828; he is of English descent and son of Miles and Mary (Umphsus) Coate. They emigrated to Ohio in 1832, making the journey on horseback. They settled in Newton Township, where Mrs. C. died, when our subject was only 15 years old. Mr. C. again married and moved to White Co., Ind., and in 1863, enlisted in the late civil war; the 7th of November of the same year he died while in the service, at Knoxville, Tenn, aged nearly 60 years. Our subject was raised on a farm till 15 years old, when he was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade and served a term of three years; blacksmithing has been his chief occupation, giving his attention to some extent to farming. He was in the l ate war, as member of the 147th O. N. G. He is no political aspirant, but has several times been elected to township offices, which he filled with entire satisfaction. He is a chartered member of the A.F.& A.M., of Pleasant Hill. Is the present and was the first resident W. M. He has been married twice, first, May 15, 1849, to Louisa J. Evans, who died June 14, 1854; second to Susannah Jones, of English descent, in 1855 three children were born to the first union, all died in infancy, and ten to the second, eight of whom still snrvive.

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