James Coil, farmer, was born in Union Township, this county, December 1, 1840. When about two years of age, his parents—Elias and Mahala Coil—came to this township, where the father died, in August, 1878, and the mother still lives. They had a family of ten children, three of whom are living.


James, the eldest, was married. May 31, 1866, to Miss Sallie M. Sanderson, who has borne him five children: Emily J., John, Elias, Sarah E., and Russie E.; all living save Ehas, who died January 27, 1876.


Mr. Coil has a farm of two hundred and forty-nine acres, where he lives, and sixty and one-fourth acres four miles east. He has bought seventy-one acres of this by his own industry and economy. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. They are good neighbors and respected citizens.

 

From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County