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From: CARL R COE <>
Subject: [COE-L] COE, Benjamin Franklin, b. June 4, 1814, Marshall Co VA USA
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 1999 16:33:26 -0400


Good to hear from you again.

Benjamin Franklin Coe, born June 4, 1814, at Moundsville, VA, was the
second child of Philip and Salome (Ogle) Coe of Marshall County, VA (now
WV). He married January 22, 1837, in Marshall County, Annie Kerr, who was
born Oct. 12, 1814, and died May 2, 1899, daughter of Hugh and Mary (Jolly)
Kerr. The family moved to Farmington, NM, where Benjamin died May 2, 1899.

Benjamin Franklin Coe's son, also Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Coe, born Oct.
1, 1850, in Marshall County, rode with "Billy the Kid" during the Lincoln
County War. He was loosely played by Charlie Sheen in the movie "Young
Guns." Both Frank and his cousin George Washington Coe, son of Benjamin
Franklin Sr.'s brother Thomas Coe, are mentioned often in Robert M.
Utley's, "Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life" (Lincoln and London:
University of Nebraska Press, 1989).

Frank Coe's son Wilbur Coe wrote the book "Ranch on the Ruidoso" (Library
of Congress, 68-26490). George Washington Coe, who was born July 13, 1836,
in Washington County, IA, wrote the book "Frontier Fighter" (University of
New Mexico Press, 1934), about his exploits with "The Kid." The book makes
for interesting reading.

Philip Coe, who was born September 21, 1784, in Washington County, PA, was
a son of Philip and Abigail (O'Connor) Coe. The family is descended from
Robert Coe, who was born in 1596 in Suffolk, England, and immigrated to
Boston, MA, in 1634.

I hope this is helpful.

Carl Robert Coe

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