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Josiah Coe Collection

Manuscript Collection No.21

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.3 cu.ft. in 1 box. 1803 - 1846.

Provenance: The Ohio University Library received the Coe Collection as a gift from Dr. Arthur H. Blickle on November 12, 1979. The materials were inventoried by Tarita M. Stokes in March 1983.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Mr. Blickle has dedicated such copyrights and or literary rights as he possesses in these papers to the public. Consideration of all other copyrights and possible literary rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library.

Photoduplication: The Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name and number and the Ohio University Library in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

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The Coe family is one of the oldest in the United States, its first American members having come here from Suffolkshire, England, where they had lived for many generations.

Josiah Coe, born in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1769, bought 500 acres of land in the Northwest Territory in 1803. Three years later, he and his family moved to Athens. During his years in Athens, Mr. Coe served on the first grand jury assembled in the county. He was also one of the first contributors to fund the building of Athens' first log-cabin courthouse. Mr. Coe helped found the Athens Presbyterian Church, established in 1809.

He was the father of fifteen children, and died April 28, 1846.

Sources: Harris, Charles H. The Harris History. Athens: The Athens Messenger, 1957. Walden, Blanche. Pioneer Families of the Midwest. Athens: Publisher unknown, 1941.

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The Coe Collection consists of receipts for business transactions, either for the exchange of goods, services or rents. There are tax receipts which do not indicate for what the tax was paid. Mr. Coe apparently rented land from Ohio University, because there are rent receipts dating from 1808-1846. There are also miscellaneous receipts in the collection.

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Box 1

  • Folder 1 Tax receipts dating from 1809-1845.
  • Folder 2 Rent receipts, Ohio University, 1808-1846.
  • Folder 3 Miscellaneous receipts, 1803-1840.
  • Folder 4 Miscellaneous receipts, 1803-1840.

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