COAT OF ARMS
George Coulthard (1766-1840) of Graitney, Scotland and Glencoe, Ontario
George Coulthard was born on December 23, 1766 in Graitney which is now called Greta Green in Dumfries County Scotland. He was the son of William Coulthard and Margaret Sim. George had five brothers and three sisters: David (1756), John (1758), William (1759), George (1761), Margaret (1762), Janet (1764), Mary (1769) and Walter (1771). Sometime in the late 1780's early 1790's he married Ann Dickson/Dixon (1767-1855). The family lived on the Crossgilles farm in Dumfries County where George worked as a farmer. George and Ann had nine children: David, Margaret, Mary, William (1791), Jane (1801/2), Andrew (1806?), Robert (1810), Elizabeth and George. The family was living in Mousewald during the early 1790's then moved to Ruthwell around 1810. Ruthwell is located only a couple of miles west of the village of Cummertrees where other Coulthart families originated.
In 1824 George decided to emigrate to St. John's in New Brunswick, Canada. The family consisting of George, his wife Ann and seven of their children (the two oldest children remained in Scotland) sailed from a port on the Annan estuary and apparently landed three weeks later in St. John's where the family would live for a number of years. About 1836 most of the family, leaving the son William (1791) and his family and the daughter Mary and her family behind, moved to Mosa township in Middlesex County, Ontario where they settled on the bank of the Thames River near Glencoe. They cleared the land of timber, oak, maple, etc, leaving the sugar maple as sugar was made from the sap of the latter drawn in early spring. On June 6, 1840 George died and was buried in a cemetery near Glencoe.
Several years later Ann remarried and become Mrs. Richardson. In 1855, the family divided again. This time Robert and George along with their mother and her second husband and two daughters moved to the U.S. They travelled by train to Iowa City, Iowa, then by stage coach to Council Bluffs and the Missouri Valley. Here on a site in Harrison County Iowa alongside the Missouri River, they built a house, partly of log partly of frame, from the cottonwoods on the site and ploughed the prairie with teams of oxen. Here also during the winter months, Robert and George felled trees, cut them into railroad ties at a saw mill at Sandy Point, built them into rafts which they rode down the Missouri River to Omaha, where they were used to build the new Union Pacific railroad begin built west from Council Bluffs and Omaha. Ann died on February 17, 1855.
The Children of George Coulthard
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I visited the village of Ruthwell when I was in Scotland in 1994. The village is only a couple of miles from Cummertrees where my Coulthart ancestors originated and the Ruthwell Parish Church is one of the tourist attractions in the area. It contains one of, if not, the best preserved and oldest Celtic Cross in the United Kingdom. The photo below was taken by the gate that leads to the church. Please read the sign. I wonder if this Coulthard family is a descendant of the brother from the story above who remained behind in Scotland when the rest of the family emigrated to Canada!
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