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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky A Reprint of Part H of Battle. J.H., W.H. Perrin And G.C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885 Ballard Co.
S.B. COIL, Ballard County, was born in Pendleton County (now West) Virginia, on February 18, 1842, and is a son of Adam and Dorcas (Morrow) Coil. The father was of German descent, the mother of Irish. In 1848 the parents came to Kentucky, and first settled in Blandville, where the father resided a short time and subsequently removed to a farm fives miles distant. In 1854, he came to Pickettâ€™s District and settled near where our subject now resides. He erected a mill which he ran until his death, February 22, 1864. The mother died in 1871. Our subject was the fifth of seven children, of whom there are now living Elizabeth Mercer, wife of I.E. Mercer now in Texas; Rebecca, wife of T.H. Corbett, of Frankfort, Ky.; Florence, wife of William L. Garnett of Louisville and Samuel B. The last named was educated in the schools of Blandville. At the age of nineteen he began reading law with J.D. White, at Blandville, but after two yearsâ€™ experience he retired from the profession. He next came to the old home farm, and ran a grist-mill and steam distillery for two years. He then farmed for two years and next went to Blandville, where he traded in stock for three years. He then purchased a farm one mile east of Blandville, and there resided twelve years. From there he came to his present farm, where he now owns 200 acres, of which about seventy-five are in cultivation. He also pays some attention to stock-raising, and in connection with William McCawley, is running a saw-mill. Mr. Coil was married on September 4, 1865, to Miss Margaret M. Thomas, a daughter of William and Catherine (Vallandingham) Thomas, natives of this State. Five children blessed this union, of whom three are now living: Kittie V., James W. and Charles E. This lady died in 1877. On December 8, 1878, Mr. Coil married Miss Susan M. Thomas, a sister of his first wife. This union has resulted in three living children, viz.: Mary E., Norton O. and Bruria L. Mr. Coil has been identified with the Masonic fraternity, and he is also a member of Eureka Lodge, No 728, K of H. He has served six years as a constable and two years as deputy sheriff.