Coldiron Family Genealogy
December 2009 Update
Greetings once again to all family members. We have been doing these annual updates since 2002 and found it's a good way to convey a lot of information across many of our families. In addition to mailing it out at the end of the year, I also include it in correspondence during the next year to those inquiring about the family.
New Coldiron Family Genealogy book – I know, I've been telling most of you for the past few years that I hoped to finish the book "in the next year." Well, by golly, we did – finally! The first edition of our book was published in 1998, and we've compiled much more information on many new families since then. This second edition manuscript was mailed to the publisher on 2 Sep 2009 and printed books received on 6 November 09. It integrates all the records in the first edition with all the new material compiled in the last 10 years. The new book is 1,226 pages, bound with a durable hard cover, 8.5x11 inches in size. It contains 4100 Family Group Records, 2443 Census Records of 1023 families, and 1550 Cemetery Records. Family notes and stories are integrated with the Family Group Records so the information on a family is in one place. There are 14,600 Coldiron descendants in the book. It contains all we know about Coldiron families after 35+ years of research. Copies have already been mailed to many families.
If you would like additional information on the book, please contact me.
Family Reunions – We know of six reunions held this year. (1) We had our 11th reunion on 7 March at Otto & Pat Coldiron's house in Masaryktown, FL. Forty-nine people attended from six states – FL, NY, PA, TX, VA and WA. Reunion No. 12 in 2010 will be on 6 March. (2) Coldiron reunion in London, KY is always held on Father's Day. Contact Rodney Bledsoe for details 606-864-5641. (3) Coldiron reunion in Rockdale, TX on 19 July 2009. We attended this one and it was great to meet all the Texas cousins. Contact Connie Seelke 979-229-7400 for future dates. (4) The Coldiron–Brewer–Williamson reunion has been held in West Virginia since 1956, with average attendance about 300. It was held in 2009 on 5 July in White Sulphur Springs. Contact Deborah Hinton 336-596-8201. (5) A Coldiron reunion has been held in the Northern KY/Southern OH area since about 1935. It is usually the first weekend of August. Contact Marian Baker 937-626-4408. (6) First reunion held in Harlan, KY in 2009 at Camp Blanton. Contact Becky Burgess, P. O. Box 1114, Loyal, KY, 40854 for the 2010 reunion plans.
Marriages  – Congratulations to the following couples recently wed. We wish all of you many years of happiness. Steven Richard Wilson and Andrea Kay Arnold m. 23 Jul 07 in Athens, PA. Steve is s/o Donald Wilson and Brenda Duggan. Kayla Shiveley and Robbie Gifford m. 10 Feb 08. David Kyle Spencer and Amanda Irene Stevens m. 3 May 08 in Bethany MO. Nichole Ann Reeder and Joshua Lee Gilgen m. 13 Dec 08 in Idaho Falls UT. Michael Anthony Coldiron and Veronica Irene Roberts m. 21 Nov 09 in Cusseta GA.
In the following birth and death records, s/o = son of, d/o = daughter of, w/o = wife of and h/o = husband of. In the deaths, name in parenthesis is maiden name.
Births  – Welcome to the newest members of the family! Kaylee Jo Drunert b. 20 Jan 08, d/o Gregory Drunert and Amber Houseworth. Clayton Allen Coldiron b. 7 Apr 08 in Boise ID, s/o Luke David Coldiron and Charli Jean White. Korey Russell Gray b. 8 May 08 in Portsmouth OH, s/o Justin Gray and Lindsay Lloyd. Laci Ann Weeks b. 26 Sep 08 in Beckley WV, d/o Derek Weeks and Melissa Crouse. Anna Kathleen Shuler b. 16 Oct 08, d/o Matthew Shuler and Jacqueline Johnson. Gunner Glen Seekins b. 22 Jan 09 in Lewiston ID, s/o Glen Dale Seekins and Katherine Lee Coldiron. Isaac Gene McAlister b. 30 Mar 09 in Shawnee OK, s/o Adam McAlister and Crystal Partida. [Clayton and Gunner are great-grandsons of Brownie and Flo Coldiron.]
Deaths  – We are sad to report the passing of: Ruby Blanche Barrett (Coldiron) 94, 5 Feb 08, Beckley WV, d/o Ambrose C. Coldiron and Maggie A. Woods. Lois Marie Avery (Coldiron) 88, 11 Mar 08, Richmond IN, d/o Calvin Ray Coldiron and Mary N. Craycraft. Barbara Ann King (Carr) 71, 12 Apr 08, Danville KY, d/o Buford Carr and Emma Irene Coldiron. Shirley Ann Worley (Minor) 75, 2 Jun 08, Beckley WV, d/o James M. Minor and Ruby Antoinette Coldiron. Robert David Coldiron II 51, 24 Jun 08, Williamsburg KY, s/o Robert David Coldiron and Betty Jean Theobald. Henry Wyatt Avery 91, 19 Jul 08, Richmond IN, h/o Lois Marie Coldiron (above). Walter Jerome Coldiron 76, 24 Jul 08, s/o Walter Irving Coldiron and Patricia E. Nulph. Alene Sylvia Kennedy (Coldiron) 78, 11 Sep 08, d/o Taylor Coldiron and Nannie Lou Banks. Daniel H. Curtis 61, 1 Oct 08, Edgewood KY, h/o Pamela Marie Coldiron. Barbara Jane Cox (Helterbridle) 73, 22 Oct 08, Stout OH, d/o Stanley E. Helterbridle and Edna Pearl Coldiron. Barbara Ann Madsen (Poe) 70, 28 Nov 08, d/o Roy Poe and Kathleen Walker. Bernice Hatter (Coldiron) 88, 1 Dec 08, Colton CA, d/o John Henderson Coldiron and Ollie May Wickware. Rebecca Bates Coldiron (Vinson) 89, 12 Dec 08, w/o William Halbert Coldiron. Melvin Burr Coldiron 90, 21 Dec 08, s/o Frank Thomas Coldiron and Edith May Johnson. Kenneth McCarty 73, 4 Jan 09, Inverness FL, s/o Virgil McCarty and Virgie L. Osborne. Wanda Sharon Adelman (Coldiron) 59, 10 Feb 09, Palos Hills IL, d/o Pearl Coldiron and Elva Fee. Denver Dale Coldiron 82, 16 Feb 09, W. Jefferson NC, s/o Eli Freeland Coldiron and J. Clyde Davis. Raymond W. Coldiron 70, 19 Feb 09, s/o Raymond Webster Coldiron and Leola Allen. Lonnie Ray Inman 67, 12 Mar 09, Cincinnati OH, s/o Ameris Inman and Doveye Coldiron. Albert Ethan Andes 72, 15 Mar 09, Dandridge TN, s/o Roslyn Andes and Lela Iva Coldiron. Julia Ann Holden 43, 15 Mar 09, d/o Oscar Holden and Norma Ball. Thomas M. Butt 88, 16 Mar 09, Taylor MI, s/o Loyd Butt and Lucy E. Lefevers. Magnola Rowe (Coldiron) 85, 24 Mar 09, Valparaiso IN, d/o Hobert Coldiron and Ida Mann. Jacqueline May Collinsworth (Coldiron) 81, 5 Apr 09, Springfield OH, d/o Emmett Coldiron and Barbara Adkins. Kurtis D. McNary, 6 Apr 09, h/o Marcella Lynn Coldiron. Kathleen Poe (Walker) 94, 1 May 09, d/o John Henry Walker and Kate Potter Coldiron. William McKinley Campbell 91, May 09, s/o Luther L. Campbell and Malvery Coldiron. Betty Jean Coldiron (Wilkin) 85, 11 May 09, Chillicothe OH, w/o William Wallace Coldiron. Lois June Howard (Kelly) 83, 8 Jun 09, w/o Ralph Clay Howard. John Clinton Coldiron 56, 14 Jun 09, Kennewick WA, s/o Jack Clinton Coldiron and Irma M. Foster. Opal Louise Coldiron (White) 73, 26 Jun 09, Clearwater FL, w/o Seth Melvin Coldiron. Earl Bresnahan (former name Pearl Earl Coldiron) 48, Jul 09, s/o Carroll Coldiron and Margaret Klein. Darrell Von Reeder 69, 15 Jul 09, Pacific Junction IA, s/o Ray Thomas Reeder and Edna Grace Coldiron. David Earl Coldiron 62, 26 Jul 09, Vernon TX, s/o Dallas Earl Coldiron and Georgia Nell Coleman. Rudell Coldiron 76, 17 Aug 09, s/o Hobert Coldiron and Ida Mann. Robert Coldiron 75, 1 Sep 09, Mission Viejo CA, s/o Zeb Vance Coldiron and Pearl May Vestal. Phyllis Coldiron Carter 90, 5 Sep 09, d/o Phillip C. Carter and Hager M. Coldiron. Pauline Coldiron (Baillie), 21 Sep 09, Scotland, w/o Douglas Frank Coldiron. Willie Howard Coldiron 77, 26 Sep 09, Lexington KY, s/o Samuel Howard Coldiron and Eliza Mae Miller. Gilbert Edward Coldiron 89, 1 Oct 09, s/o Clarence Milton Coldiron and Louise Dell Holmes. John Dwan Coldiron 75, 10 Oct 09, s/o Wiley Coldiron and Elizabeth Lovelace. Mack Arthur Napier 67, 18 Oct 09, Butler NC, h/o Bonnie June Coldiron. James Taylor Coldiron 76, 22 Oct 09, s/o James Monroe Coldiron and Sarah Belle Trent. Ada Lou Gentry (Coldiron) 89, 2 Nov 09, d/o Luther Coldiron and Judy Mae Hollon. Leslie Fish Roark 69, 9 Nov 09, Dayton OH, s/o Robert Tobe Roark and Lucy Baylor Ball.
You will note from the above records that we're able to compile more records on deaths than births and marriages. That's only because death records are much more easily obtained. Almost all birth and marriage records are reported to me by a family member; there is no convenient way to access them by other means. Death records are very accessible. I use two main sources: (1) the Social Security Death Index and (2) Legacy.com. If a person has received a Social Security benefit (including monthly social security checks), the Social Security Administration reports their death in the SSDI, including the death date, usually the birth date, their SSN, and the place where they received their last benefit. Legacy.com is a website that publishes obituaries. At least once a month I search these two databases for the keyword Coldiron. If I find a new obituary, I check it carefully for family information, and then print it and keep it in my obituary file. Currently there are 679 Coldiron names in SSDI and 405 obituaries on Legacy.com.
Libraries Containing the First Edition of Coldiron Family Genealogy – If you don't have a copy of the first edition of the Coldiron book published in 1998, you may see a copy located in the following libraries:
Sutro Library Branch, San Francisco, CA - *
Library of Congress, Washington, DC - *
Largo Public Library, Largo, FL
Allen Co. Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN - *
Stockton Public Library, Stockton, KS
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY - *
University of Kentucky Library, Lexington, KY - *
Filson Club Library, Louisville, KY - *
Johnson Co. Public Library, Paintsville, KY
Pike Co. Public Library, Pikeville, KY
Laurel Co. Public Library, London, KY
Laurel Co. Historical Society, London, KY
Harlan Co. Public Library, Harlan, KY
Clay Co. Historical Society, Manchester, KY
Menifee Co. Public Library, Frenchburg, KY
Breathitt Co. Public Library, Campton, KY
Rowan Co. Public Library, Salisbury, NC - *
Ashe Co. Public Library, W. Jefferson, NC - *
Cincinnati Public Library, Cincinnati, OH - *
Perry Carnegie Library, Perry, OK
Bradford Co. Public Library, Troy, PA
Family History Center, Salt Lake City, UT - *
Lee Co. Public Library, Pennington Gap, VA
Rose Hill Community Library, Rose Hill, VA
Wise Co. Historical Society, Wise, VA
Big Stone Gap Public Library, Big Stone Gap, VA
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI - *
The facilities marked with an asterisk - * are major genealogy research centers. The other facilities indicate strong residence communities for Coldiron families. I plan to also place copies of the second edition of the book in these libraries and historical societies, and possible others as well. Copies have already been sent to the Library of Congress as part of the copywriting process.
I hope this past year 2009 has been good for you and all of your family. If you can, please make a point to attend a family reunion in 2010 – maybe even start one in your area. It's a great way to become acquainted with those family members we seldom see, and to build family relationships. Have a very blessed New Year.
Otto G. Coldiron
1125 Arlanie Road
Masaryktown, FL firstname.lastname@example.org