Biography of Peleg Cotes
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PELEG COTES, retired merchant, Springfield. Among the few old residents of this city now residing here, we find Mr. and Mrs. Cotes. Mr. Cotes is a native of Oneida Co., N. Y.; he was born in 1803: his father was a farmer, and he remained on the farm assisting his father in his youth, and later farming in connection with his father, until 1835, when he removed to Springfield and entered into a partnership with Philo Birdseye, and engaged in the manufacture and sale of hats, which he continued until 1861, being about the last one to give up the primitive hat factory; but continued as dealer until 1869, when, having accumulated a competency, he retired from active pursuits, Mrs. Cotes is also a native of Oneida County; their marriage was celebrated Jan. 13, 1831, and they have shared life's burdens and the enjoyment of much happiness for half a century, during most of this time residing in their present residence, No, 72 East High street. which he built in 1837. Mr. and Mrs. Cotes were formerly members of the Baptist Church, and he was active in the building of their present house of worship; but, for a number of years, both have been members of the First Presbyterian Church, Mr, Cotes is one of the few remaining of those who came here when Springfield was a village, and is fully entitled to be recorded among the number who, by their energy and enterprise and public spirit, have developed a city, and he and his amiable wife are among its oldest present residents.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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