PETER COALBANK, father of
SAMUEL COLEBANK, father of
THORNTON ELSWORTH COLEBANK,
father of

LAWRENCE
WASHINGTON
COLEBANK
Lawrence Washington Colebank was born June 5,
1867 in Dunkard Township, Greene County,
Pennsylvania to parents Thornton and Sarah Hartley
Colebank . He married Laura McClain in 1923 in
North Dakota. He died on July 30,1924 on his
honeymoon.   
Lawrence Washington Colebank
Headstone of Lawrence and Laura Colebank


                              LAWRENCE COLEBANK OBITUARY

"It is with a feeling of deep sorrow that we record the death and burial of Lawrence W.
Colebank, a former respected friend and citizen of this vicinity, but for the past fourteen years
one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Sioux County, North Dakota.
Mr. Colebank was born in Greene County, Pa., June 8th, 1867, being the youngest of eleven
children born to Thornton and Sarah Hartley Colebank. He was educated in the public schools
of his native Pennsylvania and being inclined in the educational life, he entered the
Southwestern State Normal School at California, Pa. Realizing that a greater field was open in
the west, he went to Nebraska. In 1910, he went to North Dakota. He was the leading factor in
the organization of Sioux County from an Indian reservation into that now famous county.
On June 11, 1924, he and his wife, Mrs. Laura McClain-Cornish Colebank, started by motor for
Florida by way of Point Marion [PA]. He was struck by a car outside of Jacksonville, Florida on
July 30, 1924.
The body was brought here [Point Marion] for burial on Sunday August 3rd, at the home of Mrs.
Colebank's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Bowers on Cheat street.
Brothers and sisters to mourn the loss are: Mrs. James Boord, of Greene Co., Pa.; Mrs.
Ruhama Grover, of Newburg, WV; Mrs. E.M. Cushman, of Greene Co., Pa.;Mrs. Kelso Root, of
Buckhannon, WV.; George C. Colebank, of the state of Washington; Marshall Colebank, of Clay,
WV; Joseph M. Colebank, of Sutton, WV; John T. Colebank, of Evansville, WV; Ellsworth
Thornton Colebank and Clark C. Colebank, of Grafton, WV.
Lawrence Colebank was a man loved and respected by all who knew him, because of his
many manly qualities and Christian virtues."

Daily News Standard, August 6, 1924

                       LAURA MCCLAIN COLEBANK OBITUARY

" Funeral services for Mrs. Laura McClain Colebank will be conducted Sunday afternoon in the
home of a sister, Mrs. D. M. Bowers, 27 Main street, Point Marion.
Mrs. Colebank, a native of Point Marion and a daughter of the late Simeon L. and Equilla
Cannon McClain, died early Monday morning, April 22, 1935, in the home of relatives at Santa
Ana, Cal. Death was attributed to a stroke of paralysis suffered about six months ago and from
which she never fully recovered.
Surviving, besides Mrs. Bowers, are three brothers, Leroy and William McClain, of Point Marion,
and J. C. McClain, Uniontown.
In 1900 she became the bride of Bonner Cornish, of Waco, Tex., who died there 10 years later.
In 1922 she was married to Lawrence Colebank, also a native of Point Marion, taking up their
place of residence on Mr. Colebank's ranch at Swastik, N. D., where he was also county
superintendent of schools. Mr. Colebank was the victim of an automobile accident in Florida in
July, 1924, after which Mrs.Colebank made her home in Los Angeles, Cal.
Her last visit with local relatives was for a period of five months last year."

Uniontown Herald, April 26, 1935