NOTE:  "Through my research, I discovered that there are 2 sites of the Forks of Cheat.
This is the original site where the church burnt down in 1803. The later site is about 2
miles down the road. Both have cemeteries, and Peter Colebank is buried in one of
them. Was unable to find a headstone, but there were many that were not legible."
                                                                           Dayna Choma Sullenberger
                                                          SAMUEL COALBANK, father of

                                                                PETER COLEBANK

Peter Colebank was born about 1752 to Samuel and Sarah Colebank in Fairfax County in the Colony of Virginia. His parents came
from England by way of Halifax, Nova Scotia and landed at Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington D. C.
Peter was the first Colebank born in America and is the forefather of all the Colebanks in the United States. He likely grew up in
Fairfax County and/or the adjacent Loudoun County, Virginia.
Peter Colebank is recorded in the 1771 Shelburne Parish, Loudoun County, Virginia Tithable Tax (all males 16 years of age and
upwards were subject to the payment of this tax). 1771 minus 16 equals 1755 so we know Peter was born before 1755.
Peter Coalbank/Colebank, then about 32 years old, was recorded in the 1787 Fredrick County, Virginia personal property tax list.
Fredrick County is in the northwest corner of Virginia, the second county west of Loudoun.
Peter was about 39 when he married Sarah Grimes about 1791. Sarah was born about 1765 in Ireland and died about 1815 in
Monongalia, West Virginia. Peter is recorded as P. Colebank in the 1810 census of Monongalia County, Virginia (now West
Virginia) with a wife, 2 boys and a girl. He does not appear in the 1820 census so Peter and Sarah died between 1810 and 1820.
Their sons, Samuel and James, appear in the 1820 census each heading their own household. The young woman living with
Samuel and Elizabeth is likely Sam's sister Mary, living with them after her parents died.
Peter's daughter, Mary Coalbank, married Nelson Bowman, the son of Irish Immigrants. Nelson was a farmer, a member of the
Disciple Church, voted the Whig Party and served in the War of 1812. Mary and Nelson had 6 children:  William, Allen, Eliza, Mary
Jane and Elizabeth Bowman.

The children of Peter and Sarah Colebank were:

Samuel Coalbank - born 1792 in Monongalia County, West Virginia, Married Elizabeth Everly, died 1847 in B arbour County, West
Virginia (See
Samuel Coalbank page)

James Colebank - born 1794 in Monongalia County, West Virginia, married Mary Goodwin, died 1867 Monongalia County. (See
James Coalbank page)

Mary Coalbank - born 1797 Monongalia County, West Virginia, married Nelson Bowlen, resided Monongalia County. (See Mary
Coalbank Bowlen page)

                           "From Whence Came The Colebanks" by
                            Warren Colebank, copyright 1989, page 262.

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NOTE from Pamela Bennett from Lost Creek, West Virginia on

"Warren Colebank stated in his book "From Whence Came the Colebanks" that Peter Colebank was born in Fairfax County,
Virginia.  He stated that, "John, Samuel, and Sarah Colebank did not remain in Halifax."  They do not appear in the 1752 tabulation,
nor in the registers of the church in Halifax between 1749-1768.  The following information has recently surfaced which seems to
dispute this:

"The History of Dartmouth and Halifax Harbour 1415 to 1800 Volume 1 by Douglas William Trider."

Dartmouth residents were confused by the method of land grants given for 25 new farm lots, jut behind the farm lots next to the
town plot.  Those land grants went to Samuel Blandgon, two  grants of 20 acres each.  George Byers and others, to grants of 80
acres each.  John Colebanks and others, two grants of 80 acres each. Samuel Colebank and others, two grants of 80 acres each.
Thomas Hardin and others received two grants of 80 acres each.  Abraham Hill and others received two acres of 80 acres in each.
Roger Hill and other received 80 acres in one grant and a separate 20 acres in the other grant.  John Hughes and others receiveed
two grants of 100 acres.  These were 20 acres town lots and 80 acres wood lots.

It has been thought that Peter Colebank (son of Samuel and Sarah) was born in Fairfax County, in the Colony of Virginia about
1752. from the entry above, it would seem to me that Halifax, Nova Scotia would also be a possible birthplace for Peter."
A "Welcome" sign
(Photo courtesy of Dayna Lynn Choma Sullenberger)
Original Forks of Cheat Cemetery site
Plaque on the Baptist Church
(Photo courtesy of Dayna Lynn Choma Sullenberger)
Copper plaque at the Forks-Of-Cheat Baptist Church
(Photo courtesy of Dayna Lynn Choma Sullenberger)