Biography of Frank Seymour Colt

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Colt, Frank Seymour, Buffalo, only son of Charles Townsend Coit and Julia E. Seymour. was born in Troy, N. Y., September 2, 1850. He descends from John Coit, who came from England and in 1638 received a grant of land in Salem, Mass., whence he removed in 1644 to Gloucester, where he served as selectman. His son, Joseph Coit, moved to New London about 1651 and was a lifelong shipbuilder. Rev. Joseph Coit, son of Joseph, was born April 4, 1678, was graduated from Harvard Colege and received a master's degree at the first commencement of Yale. His son, Col. Samuel Coit, born in Plainfield, Conn., in 1708, was prominent in military and civil life. Among his sons were William, a graduate of Yale, and a naval commander in the Revolution; John, who built the first vessel known as a "smacks" on the Atlantic coast; and Benjamin, whose son, Benjamin Coit, jr., born December 21, 1759, at Preston, Conn.. was a shipmaster, merchant and commander of vessels in the Revolutionary war, and died at Norwich, Conn., December 28, 1841. George Coit, son of Benjamin, jr., was born June 10, 1790, at Norwich. With the late Judge Charles Townsend he was a clerk in a drug store in his native town until 1811, when both of them came to Buffalo and established themselves in the same business. In 1818 they sold out and engaged in storage and forwarding enterprises, which they carried on extensively for many years. The firm of Townsend & Coit became a synonym for honesty, integrity and fair dealing throughout the country, and was the leading one in the city until 1844. Their history is largely the early history of Buffalo and graces many pages of these volumes. April 4, 1815, Mr. Coit married his partner's sister, Hannah Townsend, and their children were Sarah Frances, Charles T., George, jr.. John Townsend, Francis E., Nathaniel T., Eliza Ripley and William Benjamin. He died May 9, 1865. Charles Townsend Coit, the eldest son, born February 14, 1819, was one of the founders of the Troy and Erie line of boats, and for many years was president of the First National Bank. He died December 11, 1881. He married Julia E., daughter of Henry R. Seymour. Their only son, Frank Seymour Coit, has followed in the footsteps of his worthy ancestors. He was for a time connected with the First National Bank, was also a prominent manufacturer and has been active in the political affairs of the city, serving as deputy county treasurer from 1877 to 1888. For a number of years he has given his attention to the management of real estate.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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