Coats, Ezekiel B.
Age: 32, credited to Townshend, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 1/8/63, CPL, Co. D, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 09/30/1829, Heath, MA
Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
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Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
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Ezekiel B. Coates Dead.
End Came at His Home on Washington Street Sunday.
Ezekiel B. Coates, 76, died Sunday afternoon about 5 o'clock at his home in Washington street after a month's illness with acute dilatation of the heart. He was taken suddenly ill the day before Thanksgiving and has been failing gradually since that time. Mr. Coates was born in Heath, Mass., Sept. 30, 1829, son of Hezekiah and Emily Porter Coates. At the age of 20 he removed to West Townshend and opened a shoremaker's shop, living in that town until his enlistment in Company D, 16th Vermont volunteers. He served with this regiment durig the civil war and was in the battle of Gettysburg. After his discharge he worked for a time in Jamaica and then continued his trade of shoemaker in the town of Wardsboro.
In 1871 Mr. Coates removed to Brattleboro and entered the employ of the Estey Organ company. After five years, however, his health necessitated a change of occupation, and in 1876 he bought a farm in Newfane and conducted it until his return to Brattleboro in 1881. Mr. Coates worked as a carpenter and afterward as a case-maker in the Estey Organ factory until 1887 when he took the position of janitor in the high school building, continuing that work until the erection of the Canal street school building of which he has had charge since.
Mr. Coates married in Whitingham, March 12, 1851, Miss Eliza Goodell of Rowe, Mass., who died in 1864. To them were born five children, three of whom survive: Albert O. Coates of Providence, R.I., Adelbert A. Coates of Boston and Mrs. C. N. Boynton of West Townshend. Mr. Coates' second wife was Charlotte R. Moran, whom he married in Wardsboro Oct. 5, 1867. She survives with three children: Leon B. Coates of Providence, R.I., Mrs. Arthur L. Maynard and Harry Coates, both of Brattleboro. He also leaves one half-brother, Harlan C. Coates of Oneida, N.Y., and three half-sisters, Mrs. Nellie Hicks of Troy, N.Y., Mrs. F. J. Corbett of Wilmington and Miss Marcia Coates of Wardsboro.
Sterling qualities marked Mr. Coates' character. Although a member of no church his life ws one of strict adherence to duty and upright dealings with all, and as a result he held the confidence and esteem of his fellow men. Throught his work as janitor of the local school buildings he made the acquaintance of very many of the town's young people, and by all of them he is remembered with kindly feeling. Mr. Coates was a member of Sedgwick post, G.A.R.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house, Rev. George B. Lawson officiating. Many people were present including a large delegation from Sedgwick post. The bearers were A. B. Ashley, S. S. Hunt, C. L. Piper and H. E. Taylor. Burial was in the family lot in Prospect Hill cemetery.
Source: Windham County Reformer, Dec. 29, 1905.
Contributed by Gail Lynde.