Benjamin Lippincott Coles Sr.

#1012, b. 29 Aug 1801, d. 25 Feb 1883
Last Edited:19 Sep 2016
FatherKendall Coles1 b. about 1768, d. before 1840
MotherKesiah (Keziah) Lippincott1 b. about 1772, d. after 1840

Children of Benjamin Lippincott Coles Sr. and Elizabeth O. Parker

Children of Benjamin Lippincott Coles Sr. and Sophia Gergensen

Research Notes:

     According to family stories, Benjamin was married a first time in Pennsylvania, but his wife died young and left no children. No confirmation of this early marriage has yet been found.
     However, an interesting marriage record shows a Benjamin Cole married to Catharine Freed on 10 Mar 1822, at Whitpain Reformed Church, Bluebell, Montgomery County, PA (also called Boehm's Reformed Church), by Rev. George Wack.2 The same couple is shown in another reference (possibly the original source of the above record) as being married by same pastor at same church and date, at Skippack, Montgomery County, PA.3
     This marriage has not been confirmed to be for our Benjamin, but the timing is plausible. He would have been about 21 years old at that time. It certainly bears checking out. Need to get a copy of the original record if possible to see if more info is available on this couple.2,3

Outline of Life Events:

BirthBenjamin Lippincott Coles Sr. was born on 29 Aug 1801 at Burlington County, NJ.4,5,6,1
Marriage LicenseHe and Elizabeth O. Parker obtained a marriage license on 18 Feb 1839 at Galveston County, TX.7
MarriageBenjamin Lippincott Coles Sr. married first Elizabeth O. Parker, daughter of William Waring Parker and Hannah Smith, on 25 Feb 1839 at Galveston County, TX.4
Death, WidowHe was left a widower when his wife, Elizabeth O., died about 1850 at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.
Census1850R. L. Coals (given age 39) was enumerated in the household of a hotelkeeper born in Ohio named J. D. Swain on the 1850 Census at Iberia, St. Martin Parish, LA. Other members of the household included Amanda Coals (given age 11) and William Coals (given age 9). Benjamin and his two children appear to be living in a hotel, but this isn't specified in the census record. Other apparently unrelated people are also recorded as living in the same "household".8
MarriageBenjamin Lippincott Coles Sr. married second Sophia Gergensen on 19 Feb 1852 at St. Martin Parish, LA.9
Census1860B. L. Coles (given age 59) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1860 census at St. Landry Parish, LA, with his wife, Sophia; William P. Coles (given age 18), Charles P. Coles (given age 10), Benjamin L. Coles Jr. (given age 8), Walter W. Coles (given age 7), Joseph B. Coles (given age 6), Kindle Coles (given age 4) and Lucius J. J. Coles (given age 8/12). Benjamin was a Carpenter, and stated he had real estate valued at $6000 and personal estate of $3000..10
Census1870On the 1870 census, B. L. Coles (given age 70) was the head of a household, living in St. Landry Parish, LA, with his wife, Sophie Coles (given age 36). Also living in this household was Charles Coles (given age 21), Benjamin Coles (given age 18), Walter Coles (given age 17), Joseph Coles (given age 15), Kendal Coles (given age 13), Lucius Coles (given age 12), John S. Coles (given age 10), Albert Coles (given age 5) and Kizia Coles (given age 3). B. L. Coles had personal property valued at $1,500..6
Census1880Benjamine Coles (given age 79) was enumerated on the 1880 census as the head of a household, living in St. Martin Parish, LA, with his wife Sophia Coles (given age 42), son(s) Benjamine Coles Jr (given age 28), Joseph Coles (given age 24), Lucius Coles (given age 22), John Coles (given age 21), Albert Coles (given age 16), Esia Coles (given age 12), Edmond Coles (given age 10) and Lennard Coles (given age 8), daughter(s) Amandra Coles (given age 6). Benjamin gave his occupation as Carpenter, and Sophia was keeping house.11
DeathBenjamin Lippincott Coles Sr. died at age 81 on 25 Feb 1883 in Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, LA.4


  1. [S19] Rev. Donald J Hebert. Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1909. Eunice, La.: Hebert Publications, 1974-.
  2. [S17] Donna R. Irish. Pennsylvania German Marriages. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982.
  3. [S1343] Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985. images. Online at
  4. [S1] Holy Bible. Hartford: Silus Andrus and Son, 1853. Benjamin Lippincott Coles Family. Held by Henrietta Stumpf, Arkansas.
  5. [S98] Judith Olsen. Lippincott: 6th Generation of Desc of Richard/Abigail. Woodbury, NJ: Gloucester County Historical Society, 1999.
  6. [S241] 1870 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  7. [S28] Marriage License Record Book "A", Galveston County, Texas, 1838-1850.
  8. [S229] 1850 U.S. Census. LA. St. Martin Parish. population schedule.
  9. [S464] Original Marriage Record.
  10. [S328] 1860 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  11. [S249] 1880 U.S. Census. LA. St. Martin Parish. population schedule.
  12. [S1139] Death certificate for Benj. L. Coles. Online Jefferson.