Biography of Sylvanus R. Coates
Richland Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

SYLVANUS R. COATES, Postmaster and hardware merchant, Wharton, was born in Portage County, Ohio, July 17, 1844; he is a son of U. B. and Mary A. (Randolph) Coates, both natives of Ohio and of English ancestry. They removed from Portage to Wyandot County in 1848. They had three children, Sylvanus R., Moses G. and Emaline F. Mr. Coates now resides at Mansfield, Ohio. Mrs. C. died in 1873, aged forty nine. Our subject obtained his education in the common schools. He remained at home till of age, when he began renting land and followed it until about 1869. September 24, 1864, he was married to Miss Sarah Starr, daughter of John and Eve (Shade) Starr, natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Coates have no children. Mrs. Coates departed this life in 1868, at the age of twenty four years. Mr. C. again married, December 29, 1869, to Miss Minerva Matteson, daughter of Job and Hannah (Messenger) Matteson, by whom he has had five children, viz.: Wheeler H., born October 16, 1871; Hannah, February 1, 1874; Norris M., August 1?, 1875; Oliver G., December 21, 1879; Jesse S., May 3, 1883. Hannah died February 7, 1874, aged six days. In 1869, Mr. Coates purchased property in Wharton, and the same year erected a frame store. He was engaged in the grocery and provision trade for nine years, and in 1878 formed a partnership with Mr. Wallace under the firm name of Coates & Wallace. This firm keeps a large and well selected stock of hardware, stoves, etc., and enjoys a large and successful trade. Since 1869, Mr. Coates has filled the office of Postmaster and with credit to himself. He owns two lots, and is now erecting a fine residence that will cost $2,500. Mr. Coates is an active business man and an enterprising and highly respected citizen. He is a Republican in politics, and although in a strong Democratic township, he has held various loeal offices.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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