William Colson Coles

18 October 1867–20 October 1954 (Age 87)
Camden, Camden, New Jersey, United States

The Life of William Colson

When William Colson Coles was born on 18 October 1867, in Camden, Camden, New Jersey, United States, his father, Charles Benjamin Coles, was 31 and his mother, Mary Colson, was 24. He married Mary Phillips Wilkinson on 21 October 1903, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Chester Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1900 and Chester MM, Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1910. He died on 20 October 1954, in Moorestown, Burlington, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Colestown Cemetery, Colestown, Camden, New Jersey, United States.

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William Colson Coles
Mary Phillips Wilkinson
Marriage: 21 October 1903
William C Coles Jr.

Spouse and Children

21 October 1903
Pennsylvania, United States


    William C Coles Jr.


Parents and Siblings

    Charles Benjamin Coles


    Mary Colson




World Events (8)

1877 · First National Strike in U.S. Begins In Pittsburgh Against Pennsylvania Railroad

Age 10

Coming out of an economic crisis, everyone was worried when cuts started happening in the railroad. They went on what would the great railroad strike of 1877.

Age 12

Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Age 27

Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Cole .

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm C Coles in household of Geo B Coles, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William Coles, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William C Coles, "United States Census, 1910"

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