Place: Grove City, PA
Note: Died at 9PM.
Buried next to his wife in the Pine Grove Presbyterian Cemetery. Their grave stones are tall, white obelisks (cost $28 each) -- weathered till they are barely legible. James was a farmer and United Presbyterian.
James inherited 150 acres from his parents in what in now Pine Twp., Mercer Co., PA. In 1821 he built the log house there where he and his wife spent all their married life, and where their children were born. The house, later sided with weather boarding and remodeled several times, is still standing on the old farmstead southwest of Grove City, PA. In those early days, sheep were raised for their wool, which was carded, spun, and woven into cloth. Mrs. Lily (Ray) Byers, a great-grandda ughter, has a bonnet and a pair of mittens made from wool raised by the early Coulters.
In addition to 11 children of their own, James and Cynthia raised a namesake granddaughter, Cynthia Rose McCoy (mother of Lily Ray Byers). The younger Cynthia remembered her grandmother's funeral, where the elder Cynthia's sons carried the coffi n on their shoulders, and the church bell tolled for each year of her age.
Note: The will of James Coulter is files at Mercer, PA
I, James Coulter, of Pine Township in the county of Mercer, Date of Pennsylvania, being week in body, but of strong and disposing mine and being mindful of my mortality, do this thirtieth day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand eigh t hundred and eighty two, make and publish this, my last will and testament, in the manner following:
First I give my farm in Pine Township, on which I now reside, and bounderies as follows: On the morth by Robb, east by Hunter, south by Denniston, west by Wolford Stevenson & Robb, to my two sons subject to the following conditions, viz, to Andre w Jackson Coulter the north end, on which he now resides, and one and one-half perches wide south and parallel with dividing line made by F. P. James.
Second to my son, James Madison Coulter, the south end remainder. Said James Madison Coulter, to, in four years, after my decease, pay to my son Samuel Coulter, one hundred dollars (paid in 1886); And also to my son, Richard Lewis Coulter, sevent y five dollars payable in four years after my decease and payment of administering (paid in 1886). James Madison and Andrew Jackson Coulter to have my wagon and mowing machine.
To my daughter-in-law, Mary L. Coulter, I give my bureau and dining table, clock and cook stove. James Madison Coulter and Andrew Jackson Coulter to pay funeral expenses and to erect a monument to my memory such as stands at my wife's grave . I hereby constitute my son, Richard Lewis Coulter to be sole executor of this, my last will and testament. All the rest, residue of my personal estate, I give to my executor to distribute as equally as possible amoung those entitled thereto bu t not names in this, my last will. In writing thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirtieth day of Septemeber in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty two.
Witnesses James Hunter and W. J. Hunter appeared Nov 6, 1882.