The Coulter Family


Lillian Elizabeth (McAllister) and Samuel Monroe Coulter c. 1907


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I have been able to link our Coulter family as descendants of Alexander Coulter, born c. 1740...

This has been possible because of the graciousness of those who have shared research that has been compiled on the descendants of Alexander Coulter, resident of early North Carolina and pioneer of colonial Tennessee...The research includes a Samuel M. who was son to George Wiley Coulter.  I was able to provide matching evidence that our Samuel Monroe did indeed belong on this Coulter tree.


Samuel Monroe Coulter, who died in 1972, often told the story of how he made Montana his home...

In Cherokee, Kansas, 1907 he married Lillian Elizabeth McAllister Soon after, they left Kansas by train to Washington state.  When the train made a stop in south-central Montana they attended a ball game where Samuel saw some friends from Kansas.  Plans for Washington state were soon cancelled.  He had found employment at the coal mine in the now vanished mining community of Klein, near Roundup, Montana.  


Looking further into Samuel Monroe's travels, more information adds detail to this story...

Sam and Lillian's first child Clifton was born in Kansas Christmas of 1908.  Second child Samuel Alexander was born in Roundup January of 1913.  Therefore, their train ride to Montana occurred sometime between 1909 and 1912; family believes 1910.   Samuel homesteaded land at Klein that originally was part of Fergus County.  Later, c. 1920, his land became a part of the new county of Musselshell.


For a time Samuel Monroe's parents lived with them on the Montana homestead.  George Wiley COULTER and Rebecca MURRAY-COULTER had two children together; Samuel Monroe and Eunice.  Eunice married Morris DUNFEE.  They had two sons; Marvin and Monroe.  Living family recalls that one or both of these sons were living in Butte, Montana and were often visited by Samuel Monroe.

Aside Rebecca's marriage to George, she had a previous marriage to a "Mr. BUTLER"  They had a daughter Ida May.  Ida May married Peter BEER.  Ida died after the birth of their daughter Nellie May.  Peter moved to Washington and Nellie was raised by Rebecca and George alongside Samuel and Eunice.  Nellie later married George TROSCH.)


The Coulters at their Roundup, Montana Homestead c. 1921

Pictured left to right are: Unknown Girl*, Clifton, Samuel Alexander, Lillian Elizabeth holding Eunice and pregnant with Frieda., Lorraine, George Wiley, young George, Samuel Monroe and Rebecca Murray-Coulter.

(*Unknown girl may be Nellie May Beer...granddaughter to Rebecca. )


Samuel Alexander Coulter...

Samuel A., second son of Lillian and Samuel, graduated high school 1932  from Klein High.  In December of 1934 he married Elizabeth Louise HARPER  in Laurel, MT.  They were residents of Laurel the duration of their lives; Sam died in 1965, Elizabeth 1977.  They are buried together at the Laurel Cemetery.


Elizabeth and Samuel A. Coulter with the firstborn of their three children   c. 1937


The Coulter's of Tennessee...

I understand that there are descendants of Alexander Coulter who still reside in an area that was pioneered by the Coulter family c. 1800. Also called "Coulterville", it is near Chattanooga and the Coulter name has been associated with the area throughout the past two centuries. The origin of Alexander is still unknown, but like most Coulters, he is believed to be from Scotland/Ireland: Lanark, Scotland having an ancient Celtic place name of Cultir, evolving into Coulter. Ireland being destination of Scottish Coulters in about 1600.  



Our Direct Line

We have descended from Alexander's son Thomas.  From there our line migrated to Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Montana.  Thomas served as Brigadier General of the East Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812.  Thomas' son, Pleasant Monroe, was a young boy when his father died in Tennessee.  Pleasant held at least 4 land patents in Missouri before his death abt. 1856.    His sons George Lafaette, Pleasant Jefferson, and Thomas Monroe are found in Cedar County, MO in the 1870 Census on what may be the same land as Pleasant's patents.  We descend from George Lafaette, and from his son George Wiley.  George Wiley moved on to Arkansas then Kansas and for a time stayed in Montana with his son, our Samuel Monroe.  George W. is buried in Girard, Crawford Co., KS with his wife Rebecca MURRAY.


George Wiley Coulter~father of Samuel Monroe

The origin of this 8"x10"  sketch is was given to my mother by Samuel Monroe.



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