Member of GAR post 219
Josiah R. Coats
Wellington Enterprise 13 February 1901 pg 2
Josiah Roberts Coats was born on the Butler Road, New London township, Sept. 5, 1839; died at his home in Rochester, Lorain county, O., Feb. 4, 1901, aged 61 years, 4 months and 29 days. He enlisted in Co F., third regiment O.V.C., Sept 5, 1861, at Rochester. He was discharged Nov. 5, 1864, at Columbia, Tenn. He re-enlisted March 22, 1865, at New London, commissioned a second lieutenant in Co. C. 196th regiment, O.V.I. He was honorably discharged from the service of the U.S. army, Sept. 11, 1865, at Baltimore, Md., being a veteran in the service of our country three years and 8 months. He was united in marriage to Deborah Bacon, Oct. 17, 1867. To this union was born four children, who, with the mother and one grand-daughter, are left to mourn the loss of a dear one. Mr. Coats was a devoted husband, (not clear) and loving father, loved and respe4cted by all who knew him. He united with the Free Baptist church at Rochester, Jan. 4, 1876. Brother Coats spent 25 years in the service of his Redeemer and died in the triumphs of his living faith. The church loses a worthy member and the community an honored citizen. The funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. A.H. Lash, text: John, 4:14, 14. The G.A.R. bore the remains of their comrade to rest in the Rochester cemetery to await the resurrection morning. A.H. Lash.
Card of Thanks.
Wellington Enterprise 20 February 1901 pg 4Resolutions of Respect.
Headquarters Hamlin Post, No. 219, Depít of Ohio, G.A.R., Wellington, O., Febíy. 18, 1901.
Whereas, it has pleased God to call from us by death our comrade, Josiah R. Coats, therefore,
Resolved, That by this act Hamlin Post suffers the loss of a worthy member, the state an upright citizen, and his family a kind and indulgent husband and father.
Resolved that Hamlin Post, collectively and individually, extend to the family of our absent comrade our sincere sympathy in their bereavement, and
Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be entered on the records of the Post and a copy sent to the family of the deceased.
In behalf of Hamlin Post,