Simeon Coalbank was born January 22, 1828 in Monongalia County, West Virginia
(near Point Marion, Pennsylvania) to Samuel and Elizabeth Everly Coalbank. He was
named after his grandfather Simeon Everly who was an Indian Scout during the
Revolutionary War. At age 19 Simeon moved with his parents to Sandy Creek in
Barbour County, West Virginia (later became known as the "Colebank Community.")
It was in the Colebank community that he married his first wife Eunice Laverra, who
bore him his first child Rachel in October, 1847.
The next year Simeon married Minerva Monroe, who was born in October, 1829 near
Point Marion, Pennsylvania. In April 1848 Minerva bore him his second child
Alexander. Simeon, Minerva and baby Alexander left the country and were never heard
from again by their families in West Virginia. After not hearing from him the required
amount of time, Eunice divorced Simeon and Simeon's brother Samuel Coalbank Jr
took baby Rachel and raised her to maturity.
Simeon and Minerva went to Brookville Township, Franklin County, Indiana. It is likely
they traveled via steamboat down the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Descendants
say Simeon had 11 children, 7 daughters and 4 sons. My source of information on
the children listed on this family sheet are federal census reports with which I have
accounted for all but one.
Simeon died on October 9, 1897 in Franklin County, Indiana and Minerva died May
26, 1907. They are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Franklin County,
"From Whence Came the Colebanks" by Warren Colebank, copyright 1989, page 295.
Simeon was a delegate from Franklin County, Indiana to the Indiana convention for
the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution, voting "aye."
Simeon Colebank enlisted in the 13th Regiment, Indiana Infantry as a private on
October 18, 1862. He was discharged May 16, 1865. He received treatment for his
war-time eye injuries at the Central Branch of the Home for Disabled Volunteer
Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio in 1872.
The children of Simeon and Eunice Laverra Colebank were:
Rachel Laverra Colebank -- born October 26, 1847 in Barbour County, West Virginia.
She married widower William H. Bolyard, son of Henry Bolyard and Sarah J. Shahan,
born May 26, 1843 in Preston, WV, on September 5, 1875, United States. They
resided in Reno, Preston, West Virginia where William farmed. Their children were
Helen M. Bolyard, born about 1877, Denie (Dena) D. Bolyard, born about 1879,
Wayne Bolyard, born about 1884, Marvin S. Bolyard, born about 1886, and Lena or
Lenna M. Bolyard, born about 1888 . William died March 1, 1896 in Rowlesburg,
Preston, West Virginia. Rachel died January 5, 1922.
The children of Simeon and Minerva Monroe Colebank were:
Alexander G. Colebank - born April 1848 in Point Marion, Pennsylvania. He married
Elizabeth Marshall and died in 1923. (See Alexander Colebank's page)
Queen Elizabeth Colebank -- born September 1849 in Brookville Township, Franklin
County, Indiana. She married Lawrence Siefert, son of Michael and Catherine Siefert
of Ohio, on September 5, 1895 in Franklin County, Indiana. Queen Elizabeth was
marked as "maimed, crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled" in the 1880 federal
census when she was age 30 and still living with her parents.
William J. Colebank -- born February 1852 in Brookville Township, Franklin County,
Indiana. He married Flora _______________ (born April 1857 in Ohio) in 1875. In the
1900 federal census William was listed as Jefferson Coalbank. He and his wife were
living in Middletown, Butler, Ohio. They had 3 children, 2 of whom were living at the
time of the census.
Margreta Colebank -- born 1855 in Brookville Township, Franklin County, Indiana.
Margret was marked as "maimed, crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled" in the
1880 federal census when she was age 26. She was still living with Simeon and
Minerva at that time. Margaret and Queen E. were residing together in Brookville in
the 1910 federal census.
Marieta or Margaretta or Margarete Colebank -- born 1856 in Brookville Township,
Franklin County, Indiana. She died March 25, 1913 in Brookville at age 57.
Luella or Lewella Colebank -- born May 3, 1860 in Brookville Township, Franklin
County, Indiana. She married Joseph A. Glaub, born about 1857, on December 24,
1879 in Franklin County at age 19. Their children were John Adams Glaub, born
1883, and Anna T. Glaub, born 1885. In 1900 Luella, Joseph and son John A., age
16, lived in Blooming Grove in Franklin County, Indiana. By 1920, they had moved to
Jackson, Fayette County, Indiana where Joseph farmed. According to the 1930
federal census, a widowed Luella had moved back to Blooming Grove near son John
and his wife Gladys.
Simeon Colebank Jr -- born July 1864 in Brookville Township, Franklin County,
Indiana. He married Mary Florence Wright, born in July, 1869, on December 19, 1886.
Two of their children, Curtis and Mary, died in infancy. Six children survived to
adulthood, including Nell Colebank (June 3,1887 - October 6, 1961), Bessie (born
July, 1889), Russell, born April, 1894, Herbert, born January, 1897, Mildred M.
Colebank (April 18, 1899 - February 20, 1998) and Harold, born 1904. Simeon
worked as a varnisher and finisher in a furniture factory for many years.
(Malinda) Linda J. Colebank -- born 1866 in Brookville Township, Franklin County,
Indiana. (Note: I can't find any further information on Malinda -- any help is
appreciated - Becky)
Eliza Colebank -- born 1868 or 1869 - (Note: I can't find any information on Eliza -
Elgin "Elgie" V. Colebank -- born June, 1870 in Brookville Township, Franklin County,
Indiana. His wife Louisa J. Tragesser, a Pennsylvania or Illinois woman of German
heritage, was 10 or 11 years his senior. They were married on January 1, 1909. Elgie
and Lou lived in Brookville where Elgie was also a furniture finisher. They apparently
didn't have any children. An Elgie Colebank died in Butler County, Ohio on August 10,
1944, but was it this Elgie??
Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana
Rachel Colebank Marriage License
|PETER COLEBANK, father of
SAMUEL COLEBANK, father of
Simeon Colebank civil war pension index