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Cyrus Coulter

CYRUS R. COULTER, farmer, was born August 26, 1843, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Baird) Coulter. His grandfather, Patrick Coulter, was a native of County Derry, Ireland, and settled in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, whence in 1804 or 1805 he removed to what was then Scrubgrass township. He was three times married, his first wife being Nancy Finley, by whom he had two sons: Cyrus and William; and three daughters, all of whom are dead. John Coulter was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, June 15, 1787, studied medicine with Epaphroditus Cossitt of Mercer, and was one of the first practicing physicians in the county. He was also one of the leading pioneer farmers. He was twice married, his first wife being Achsah (Riggs) Coulter, who bore him six daughters, three of whom are living: Eliza, wife of William Moyn; Caroline, wife of Joseph A. Allen, and Achsah, wife of James B. Witherup. By his second wife he had three children: Mary A., wife of Thomas J. Eakin; Martha, who resides at home, and Cyrus R. Mr. Coulter died June 13, 1849, and his widow resides with her son.

Our subject lived upon the homestead farm until the beginning of the war, when he enlisted in Company E, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry , and served until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, which he witnessed.

He is a member of Alexander Welton Post, G.A.R., and in politics a stanch Republican.

Source: History of Venango County, Pennsylvania: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.; Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890.