James Ralph Coles

#1065, b. 4 May 1893, d. 7 Oct 1946
Last Edited:21 Sep 2017
FatherJoseph Berot Coles1 b. 24 Oct 1855, d. 5 Nov 1930
MotherElla Pike1 b. Mar 1866, d. before 14 Jan 1911
RelationshipGrandson of Benjamin Lippincott Coles Sr.

Children of James Ralph Coles and Edna Malorin

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
BirthJames Ralph Coles was born on 4 May 1893 (or 1894?) At Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, LA.2,3,1
Census1900, sonHe was enumerated as the son of Joseph B. Coles (given age 46) on the 1900 Census at St. Martin Parish, LA.2
MarriageJames Ralph Coles married Edna Malorin about 1914 at St. Martin Parish, LA.4
DraftRegJames Ralph Coles was required to register for the first draft of World War I, held on 5 Jun 1917. At that time, he was living in Breaux Bridge, St. Martin Parish, LA, with his wife, Edna. He was employed by J. B. Coles. Ralph was described as tall and slender, with gray eyes and dark brown hair.3
Census1920Ralph Coles (given age 26) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1920 census, living at St. Martin Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Edna Coles (given age 24), son(s) Dudley Coles (given age 3 4/12), daughter(s) Annabelle Coles (given age 4 8/12). His brothers Jessie and Walter lived on neighboring farms. Ralph was a general farm laborer on his own account. Their home was rented.5
Census1930Ralph Coles (given age 36) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1930 census, living at Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Edna M. Coles (given age 37), his son(s) Dudley and Henry, his daughter(s) Anna B. and Carrie. They owned their home, which was valued at $500. Neither Ralph nor Edna could read or write, but both could speak English. He worked as a carpenter for a steam railroad but was currently unemployed.4
Census1940Ralph Coles (given age 50) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at 314 Breaux Bridge Avenue at Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, LA. Also living with him was his wife, Edna Coles (given age 42), his son(s) Henry, a lodger, Dudley Coles (given age 23) and Edna Coles (given age 23). They owned their home, which was valued at $350. They lived in this same house in 1935. Ralph and Edna each had a first grade education. He had worked 48 hours during the week before the census was taken, on a bridge gang for the railroad. He earned $1,080 pay in 1939.6
DeathJames Ralph Coles died at age 53 on 7 Oct 1946 in Lafayette Parish, LA.7,8

Citations:

  1. [S1244] U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Online database. Ancestry.com.
  2. [S463] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. St. Martin Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S273] Ancestry.com. "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918."
  4. [S748] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. Lafayette Parish. population schedule.
  5. [S223] 1920 U.S. Census. LA. St. Martin Parish. population schedule.
  6. [S902] 1940 U.S. Census. LA. Lafayette Parish. population schedule.
  7. [S82] Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1900-1949.
  8. [S169] Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1900-1960. Website. Online http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/…