John Gardner Coates1

#49835, b. 17 June 1853

Individual's Timeline

Birth17 June 1853John Gardner Coates1
Probate1896John Coates2
Probate17 January 1896Mary Rowe

Primary events

  • Birth: John Gardner Coates was born on 17 June 1853 in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1
  • (Admin_beneficiary) Probate: In 1896 John Gardner Coates became the administrator and/or the beneficiary named in the probate documents of John Coates; The Will was not probated unril 1896, when John was 43 years old, and his parents had been dead for 28 years. I assum John and Mary had savings, shares or property in UK at the time they dies in Australia.2
  • (Admin_beneficiary) Probate: In 1896 John Gardner Coates became the administrator and/or the beneficiary named in the probate documents of Mary Rowe; The Estate was valued at £100.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: I am doing research on my partner's family Leslie Williams, whose Grandmother on his Mother's side was Ada Louise Coates who was born at Emerald Hill in 1879 and married Robert Louis PREST in 1903 .
    Ada's parents were John George Gardiner Coates (John added an "e"
    to the surname) and Sarah Nash who were married at Walhalla in 1876. I have spent rather a lot of time chasing up this John Coates as he declared that he was born in Exeter, England on his Marriage Certificate but he was in fact born in Collingwood in 1853!!!

    John Coates by all accounts was a bit of a "Scoundrel". He said that he was a Pharmaceutical Chemist but nothing has been found at all to substantiate this. He probably worked at the Gold mine in Walhalla and a rumour had it that there was a big "cave in" and he helped save several of the men's lives. The last we have heard of him is that he was last seen on Melbourne dockside waiting to board a ship out of Melbourne in 1898 leaving his family behind!!!! He may even have returned to England and started another family. He sounds rather "intriguing" and that was what prompted the interest.

    His parents John and Mary (Row/Roe) came over from Swansea Wales to Australia on the Lady Ebrington in 1853.

    If anybody has any information that may help to solve this little puzzle, we would love to hear from them.

    A message on rootsweb from Syl Griffiths, Qld, Australia.

Citations

  1. Various, Australian Records on Rootsweb, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dnp1954/…
  2. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about John Coats
    Name:      John Coats
    Probate Date:      17 Jan 1896
    Death Date:      12 Nov 1868
    Death Place:      Australia
    Registry:      London, England."