JAMES COLEBANK/COALBANK

James Coalbank/Colebank was born to Peter and Sarah Grimes Colebank in Monongalia County,
West Virginia in the year of 1794 during President Washington's 2nd term in office. Mary Goodwin
was also born in Virginia on June 25, 1794.
James and Mary were only 19 years old when their first child Nancy was born. James lived almost
his entire life in Monongalia County. He was a tenant farmer and never owned any land of his own.
In the 1820 census James and Mary had one boy and three girls and lived in the Cass district west
of the Monongahela River. In the 1830 census, they had 2 boys and 6 girls. In 1840, they were just
across the state line in Dunkard Township, Green County, Pennsylvania, near Point Marion, with
two boys and five girls at home.                                                                                                                   
By 1860 they had moved back to Monongalia County (in Union District) east of the Monongahela
River near Stewartstown, West Virginia. Their youngest child Marinda, age 21, and grandson
Thomas Jefferson Colebank (daughter Jane's son) were living in the household. The following
summer, July 3, 1861, at age 17, Thomas enlisted in the Union Army to serve in the Civil War.
In their later years James and Mary lived about 3 miles southwest of Point Marion in a house on
Hoard road in the hamlet of Hoard, not far from the east bank of the Monongahela River.  Mary died
February 19, 1881 at the age of 67. James was a widower for 6 years. He was 73 years old when
he died of tuberculosis on November 22, 1867, They are buried side by side in the Eden United
Methodist church cemetery next to the sidewalk as you come out of the front door of the Eden
Church(see below), which is situated between Stewartstown and the Pleasant Hill School between
Morgantown and Point Marion on State Highway #119.

The children of James and Mary Coalbank/Colebank were:

Nancy Colebank - born 1813 in Monongalia County, West Virginia. She married Hiram Hickman,
who was born in 1809 in Monongalia County, on April 18, 1831 in Monongalia County. Their
children were Mary Hickman, Clarissa Hickman (1832), James Hickman (1838), and Hiram
Hickman Jr., (1845).  Hiram died at age 36 in 1845. In 1870 and 1880 a widowed Nancy was living
alone in Dunkard Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania.  She died in 1895 in Greene County,
Pennsylvania. (See
Nancy Colebank Hickman page)

Sarah Colebank - born 1815 in Monongalia County, West Virginia. She married John Shroyer or
Schroyer, born July 16, 1815 in Greensboro, Virginia, on April 13, 1837.  Their children were Artlissa
(1838), Frances (September 16,1839 in New Geneva, Fayette County, PA), John D. (1842), James
A. (1844), Mary (1848), Elizabeth (1849), William (1853), James Marshall (1855) and Olivia (1859)
OR William (1853), Marshall , Ollie, Arte L. (1838), Frances, born September 16, 1839 in New
Geneva, Fayette County, PA, John  B. (1842), Mary  (1845), Elizabeth (1848), David M. (1855) and
Olivia (1859). In 1850, the family was living in Nicholson, Fayette, Pennsylvania. In 1870, John and
Sarah were living in Springhill, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Sarah died June 3, 1909 in Port
Marion, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. (See
Sarah Colebank Shroyer page)

Peter Colebank - born 1817 in Monongalia County, West Virginia. He married Hannah Trippet
Smith. He died in 1892 in Monongalia County. (See
Peter Colebank II page)

Jane Colebank - born June,1822 in Monongalia County. She had a son, Thomas Jefferson
Colebank (April 25, 1844) (See Thomas Jefferson Colebank page) with a man named William
Harmony but they apparently never married. She married John Wesley Haney (January 1828), a
shoemaker, on March 4, 1850 and they farmed in Union Township of Monongalia County. Their
children were Clarissa (Clara) Haney (February 12, 1851 - November 1, 1880), Mathew J Haney
(1853), Susan C Haney (October 13, 1853), Mary Frances Haney (February 2, 1855), John Corbin
Haney (December 11, 1856) Buenavista Haney (1858), Willie J Haney (1860), Millie Jane Haney
(March 31, 1860) and Tabitha Haney (November 4, 1861).  John died in 1908 and Jane died in
1916 in Monongalia County.  (See
Jane Colebank Haney page)

Mary Ann Colebank - born 1824 in Monongalia County. She married Isaac Conn Zearley.  Their
children were Eliza Jane Colebank (1843), John Zearley (1850) and Anna Mary Zearley (1852) She
died in 1852 in Monongalia County. (See
Mary Ann Colebank Zearley page)

James David Colebank - born in 1828 in Mongalia County. He married Marry Morris, then Caroline
Elizabeth Hess. He died in 1875 in Iroquois County, Illinois. (See
James David Colebank page)

Elizabeth Colebank - born 1829 in Monongalia County. She married James Nicholson. Went to
Altoona, Pennsylvania. (See
Elizabeth Colebank Nicholson's page)

Alcinda Colebank - born 1832 in Mongalia County, West Virginia. She married Jackson Stoker
(1822).  Their children were Laverna Stoker (1848), Elmira Stoker (1848), James L. Stoker (1856)
and Eliza E. Stoker (1865). She died in 1912 in Monongalia County. (See
Alcinda Colebank Stoker

Wilamena Colebank - born 1836 in Monongalia County. She married John Madera (1836 - 1892) in
1857. Their children were Marshall Madera (1859), Lizzie Madera (1862), Nicholas Madera (1864)
and Walter Madera (1867). She died in 1875 in Monongalia County.  (See
Wilamena Colebank
Madera page)

Marinda Colebank - born 1840 in Greene County, Pennsylvania. She married Samuel Thomas
(January 16, 1837 - April 23, 1909). Their children were Mary Eliza Thomas (May 1, 1863 - March 31,
1952), Lora Thomas (November 17, 1869 - August 21, 1941), Milton Wesley Thomas (September
20, 1871- March 20, 1945) and James Thomas (1873). Marinda died June 14,1873 in Monongalia
County, West Virginia.  (See
Marinda Colebank Thomas page)

*The above information came from '
From Whence Came the Colebanks' by Warren Colebank,
Copyright 1989
                                               Eden Cemetery
          Stewartstown, Monongalia County, West Virginia

Buried here are:

Colebank, Brooke Ann, b. Aug 6, 1978, d. Aug 18, 2000
Colebank, Claude, b. 1900, d. 1996
Colebank, Donald F, b. 1916, d. 1925
Colebank, E. Gay, b. 1897, d. 1970
Colebank, James F, d. Aug 27, 1900, age: 31y 1d, Son of T.J. & M. Colebank
Colebank, James, d. Nov 22, 1867, age: 73 years
Colebank, John L, b. 1871, d. 1967
Colebank, John T, b. 1913, d. 1926
Colebank, Lizzie A, b. 1870, d. 1938, s/h/w John L. Colebank
Colebank, Margaret, b. 1844, d. 1925, s/h/w T.J. Colebank
Colebank, Mary J, b. 1860, d. 1945, s/h/w Parshall Colebank
Colebank, Mary, d. Feb 19, 1861, age: 66y 7m 24d, Wife of James Colebank
Colebank, Ocie H, b. 1903, d. 1989, s/h/w Claude Colebank
Colebank, Parshall, b. 1858, d. 1939
Colebank, Thomas J, b. 1844, d. 1928, Veteran of Civil War
The grave of Mary Goodwin Colebank
The large Colebank stone in Eden Cemetery (indicated by the arrow) belongs to Thomas
Jefferson Colebank (Grandson of James and Mary) and his wife Margaret.
The grave of James Colebank
James and Mary Goodwin Coalbank
Death Record of James Colebank (click to