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"The earliest recording of the name Colebank I have found to date
is in
The Boke of Maryages and
Buryalles of
"Saynte De'nis Back-
Church Parishe
" in London, England. On "1550 Sept. 1,
Thomas Smythe and Allys Colbanke" were joined in marriage.
The next is in "
A List of Passengers to be
Transported From The Towne of
Gravesend (
near London) to Virginea June
23, 1635
" where we find "Sara Colebank" listed among the
women passengers. The 1810 Census of Monongalia County,
Virginia recorded "P. Colebank" and in the 1820 Census his sons
were recorded, "Sam Coalbank" and "James Coalbank". In later
censuses the "Colebank" spelling is used most often.
We know that the name existed as "Colbanke" in 1550 so the
name dates back to 1500 or earlier. We know there was a
practice of giving foundlings a surname indicating where they
were found. We know that stories handed down by some of the
Colebank families say this is how the name originated.
Traditional stories that are handed down often have a nucleus of
truth -- names, dates and places become vague because they
are harder to remember. It is possible that the first Colebank was
a foundling child named for the place where he was found. I think
Colebank is a place name of the man who lived on the bank of
the Cole River. The original spelling was likely "Colbenc,
Colbanke or Colebanke.
I have wondered about the origin of the Colebanks ever since
grade school in the 1900s when my schoolmates asked me
"Colebank" -- What kind of name is that? Where did they come
from?"  I couldn't answer.
All anybody knew about the Colebanks was that they came from
West Virginia. My Grandpa L S Colebank said he grew up in West
Virginny near the Monongahela River and Point Marion,
Pennsylvania; that his father was James David Colebank and his
grandfather was James Coalbank. He said the earliest Colebank
he had heard about was his Great Grandpa Peter Colebank.
In my studies, all the Colebanks I have talked to or corresponded
with have proven to be descendants of Peter and Sarah Grimes
Colebank born about 1755. I found them in Monongalia County,
Virginia in the 1810 federal census. They had three children --
Samuel, James and Mary."

Warren Colebank,
Colebank Family Historian
"From Whence Came the Colebanks", 1989,  pages 8 -9

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What's New on the Site:

August 5, 2016:
 Added letter and photo to Lula Belle Colebank
Bolyard page.

April 4, 2016:  Added letters from D N Dumire to Icy Colebank
from 1899 to
Samuel M. Colebank page.

April 4, 2016:  Added Samuel M. Colebank page

March 30, 2016:  Updated James Quinter Colebank page and
Lula Belle Colebank Bolyard page.

October 24, 2014:  Added Emeline "Emma" Colebank Root page.

October 18, 2014:  Added Matilda Colebank Bennett page.

September 27, 2014:  Added obituary to Grace Colebank
Anderson page.

September 7, 2014:  Added photo to Grace Colebank Anderson

August 4, 2014:  Added James Boord burial record and death
certificate to
Mary Colebank Boord page, added civil war
pension index to
Simeon Colebank page,

July 22, 2014:  Added Mary Colebank Boord page. Photos added
to James Quinter Colebank page,
Bunea Vista Lindsey Wolfe
John Thomas Colebank page, Rolla Colebank page, L S
Colebank page and Samuel Garber Colebank page.

July 21, 2014:  Added photos to Mary Colebank Empey page.

July 3, 2014:  Photos added to Unknown Colebanks page.

July 1, 2014:  Added new photos to Alice Colebank Dadisman
Langan page.

June 27, 2014:  Added Lawrence Washington Colebank and
George C. Colebank pages.

June 26, 2014:  Added William Allen Colebank page and Alice
Colebank Dadisman Langan pages.

June 25, 2014:  Added Delia Colebank Cushman page.

March 25, 2013:  Added Rupert Charles Colebank and Hazel
Colebank Johnson pages

March 16, 2013:  Added William Andrew Colebank and Lyman
Thomas Colebank pages.

February 10, 2013:  Added George Earl Colebank page.

December 29, 2012:  Added MP3 of "Christmas Song," a song
written and performed by Fred Hintz Sr., son of Vickie Colebank

April 24, 2012: Added photo to Mary Coalbank Bowlen page.

April 10, 2012:  Added photo album from Mel Hagen's 91st
birthday party to
Ann Colebank Hagen page.

April 5, 2012:  Added George Wayne Colebank, Lynn Morris
Colebank and Emma Colebank McLaughlin pages.

April 4, 2012:  Added Dale Robert Colebank page

April 3, 2012:  Added Carroll Victor Colebank page.

January 16, 2012:  Added Nadine Colebank Olson page.

January 15, 2012:  Added Pearl Ellet Colebank page.

October 16, 2011:  Added new information and photos to the
Mary Coalbank Bowlen page

September 11, 2011:  Added Earl Richard Colebank page

September 9, 2011:  Added Lois Colebank Erwin page

September 8, 2011:  Added Donald Elbridge Colebank page.

September 7, 2011:  Added Frank Morris Colebank and Norman
Willard Colebank pages.

September 5, 2011:  Added Ann Bernice Colebank Hagen page.

September 3, 2011:  Added Grace Colebank Anderson page

August 30, 2011:  Added Robert Lincoln Colebank page and
Unknown Colebanks page

August 25, 2011:  Added Martha Ruth Colebank Smith page

August 24, 2011:  Added John Francis Colebank page

August 23, 2011:  Added Laurence Stanley Colebank page

August 22, 2011:  Added Maynard Milton Colebank page

August 20, 2011:  Added Olive Colebank Roxin page

August 19, 2011:  Added Bunea Vista Lindsey Wolfe page.

August 18, 2011: Added Mary Jane Colebank Lindsey page

August 12, 2011:  Added Bernice Colebank Roof page

August 10, 2011: Added Jennie Colebank Holmes page

August 9, 2011: Added Jessie Colebank Lunz Osmundson page

August 8, 2011:  Added Henry Ward Colebank page

August 7, 2011:  Added John Milton Colebank page

August 6, 2011: Added Mary Elizabeth Colebank Strean (Lizzie)

August 4, 2011:  Added Royal Kenneth Colebank page

August 3, 2011:  Added Elgie Thomas Colebank page.

August 2, 2011:  Added James Colebank II page.

August 1, 2011:  Added Mary Colebank Empey, Evaline
Colebank Larkin and Grant Colebank pages.

July 29, 2011:  Added William Jefferson Colebank II page

July 28, 2011: Added Harmon Freeman Colebank page

July 27, 2011:  Added Joseph Milton Colebank page and Quinter
Corbett Colebank page.

July 26, 2011:  Added Morris Colebank  page and photos, and
Jesse M. Colebank page and photos.

July 14, 2011:  Added Sarah "Sallie"  Ann Colebank Hartsaw
Howard Milton Colebank page and Elsworth Thornton
Colebank page. Photos added to Franklin Pierce Colebank page.

July 13, 2011: Added
Andrew Jackson William Colebank and
John Thornton Colebank pages.

July 12, 2011:  Added death certificates to Marshall Colebank
page. Added
Lee Roy Colebank and Martha Jane Colebank Roll
pages. Obituaries added to
Daniel Olena Colebank page.

July 11, 2011:  Added birth, death and marriage records to Jane
Colebank Haney, William A. Colebank, John Lewis Colebank,
Elizabeth J. Colebank Blosser pages.

July 10, 2011:  Added William A. Colebank, Elizabeth J.
Colebank Blosser, Claude Colebank and Ora Octave Colebank