Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
THOMAS F. COULTAS is a native of Illinois, and was born in Scott County, September 24, 1832. His father was James Coultas, and his mother's
maiden name was Mary Foster. They were married in England, and came to America leaving Liverpool in May, 1830.
They settled three miles northeast of Winchester, in what was then Morgan County but is now Scott County. Thomas
Coultas was raised in the neighborhood of Winchester, and received such an education as a pioneer settlement could
afford. He was married February 4th, 1855, to Elizabeth J. Loud, daughter of Rufus W. Loud, a native of Boston, and a
ship-carpenter by trade; he married Jane Scammon, and died during the war of 1812. Mrs. Coultas was born in York
county, Maine, March 16th, 1835. Her father moved to Scott county and settled near Winchester when Mrs. Coultas
was four years old, and in the year 1854 moved to the vicinity of Virden. After his marriage Mr. Coultas devoted his
time to farming in Scott county until the spring of 1867, when he moved to Virden township, and is now one of the sub-
stantial farmers of that section. He owns 278 acres of land. He has always been a republican in politics, casting his first
vote for Fremont for President in 1856. Mr. Coultas has seven living children - Ellen; Horace W.; Rufus J.; Alvin F.;
Franklin E.; Anna, and Emma J. He is a man who has always stood well in the community as an enterprising farmer and
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