Pages 637-638, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ALBERT COE, who is extensively and successfully engaged in farming in Liberty township, Woodson county, was born in Geauga county, Ohio, May 5, 1846, a son of John T. and Nancy (Wilkins) Coe, the former was born Feb. 20, 1811, a native of Ohio and the latter, Nancy W., of Vermont, was born Aug. 18, 1813. The father spent his entire life in the Buckeye state and followed the occupation of farming. When the disloyalty at the south was followed by an attempt at secession, he offered his services to the government in 1862, and with patriotic ardor joined the Eighty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but his death occurred at Camp Chase, about eight months later, when he was fifty-one years of age. His wife survived him until 1874, passing away at the age of sixty-one years. They were the parents of five children, namely: Daniel T., born Feb. 10, 1839, who is now in Iowa; Clara E., born Oct. 4, 1840, wife of A. V. Whitney, of Illinois; Lucy E., born Feb. 5, 1842, wife of J. W. Mills, of Illinois; Albert, and Amy, wife of W. T. Clark, born April 3, 1851, also of the Prairie state. They also lost one son, Arthur B., who was born in 1847, July 18, and died at the age of three years.

Albert Coe. the fourth child and second son, remained with his mother until her death, and with her removed to Livingston county, Illinois, in 1864. He had been educated in the common schools and was reared to farm life, thus gaining that broad, practical experience which now enables him in successfully carry on agricultural pursuits on his own account. After arriving at years of maturity he won as a helpmate and companion upon the journey of life Miss Farsina Clark, their marriage taking place on Christmas day of 1870. The lady was born in Livingston county, Illinois, October 12, 1851, and is a daughter of F. S. Clark, who was born in Ohio, February 27, 1819, and married Mildred A. Jones, born Nov. 6, 1822, of Kentucky. They removed from Indiana to Bureau, Illinois in 1845, settling in Livingston county about 1850. Seven children were born unto them: Willam T., born March 4, 1848; Farsina, now Mrs Coe; Annice, wife of W. B. Boatman, born March 3, 1854; Frank born January 8, 1856; Lycurgus, who was born December 22, 1857, and died Jan. 17, 1859; John E. who was born October 28, 1859, and died September 18, 1871, and Winfield S., who


was born October 17, 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Clark are yet living at their old home in Illinois, and have attained an advanced age. Six children have graced the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Coe: W. A., born December 28, 1871: A. D., born May 6, 1873; Nettie, who was born December 17, 1874, and died March 17, 1875; H. M., born March 22, 1876; Maud M., born December 24, 1877, and Clara A., born November 24, 1885. All are yet living with their parents or in the same locality in Liberty township, and all were born in Illinois, save the youngest daughter.

Mr. Coe came with his family to Kansas in 1881, locating in Woodson county upon the farm which he now occupies. He purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land, placed the fields under a high state of cultivation, erected a nice residence on an elevated portion of the grounds and surrounded his home with beautiful forest trees, which cast a grateful shade over the house and lawn in the summer season. He also built one of the largest barns in Liberty township. He follows general farming and stock raising and in company with his sons is extensively engaged in the raising and sale of hay, having two barns in which this product of the meadows is stored. In 1900 they put up and shipped seven hundred tons of hay. He has his farm well fenced and divided into fields, pastures and meadows of convenient size, and one hundred and 80 acres of his land is under cultivation, being planted to corn and small grain. He also has what amount of stock his farm will support, feeding his products to his hogs and cattle. Mr. Coe is a man of resolute will and determined purpose and carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. Thus in the business world he has advanced step by step to a foremost position among the leading agriculturist. His farm is the visible evidence of his labor, the proof of his prosperity and it represents years of honorable toil.

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