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My Quest for Great Grandparents

Mary Ann Coomer Family of Adair Co,. KY

By: Col. Carlis B. Wilson

In my quest for parents and siblings of grandmother Alma Coomer Wilson, after a visits of my relatives I was able to find out that my great grandfather's name was "Ammon Coomer." In a number of years of researching and getting no where with my grandmother Alma Coomer family I had pretty much put it on hold.

While at the Adair County Public Library, looking for some documents and records on my Wilson Family, I located a folder in the Coomer Files. In that folder was a sheet of paper with a half dozen Coomer names, although there was no signature or source for the names. However this Coomer family was: John Coomer, b. 1796, Stokes Co., NC. He married Nancy Unknown. She was born in 1803.

Children of John Coomer and Nancy Unknown are:
i. Viletta Coomer born 1823
ii. Amon Coomer born 1825
iii. Mary Ann Coomer born 1830

Upon my return to aunt's house, with exciting news of finding Amon Coomer, she said. "No that would not be Ammon for it isn't spelled correctly." Yet I thought very strongly that this could be the family that I was searching for. About one year later I returned to Adair County to do more research. While there I asked a cousin about our great-grandparents. She volunteered to help me do more research; we were able to find some census that shed more light on this Coomer family which we thought could be our relatives, but weren't sure at this time.

Later my cousin was at the library and met a noted Adair County Researcher Mrs. Margie Coffey, who happened to be a relative to our Coomer branch.

After sharing what we had on the Coomer family, Mrs. Coffey sent me information that changed my thinking altogether. She pointed out that it was Mary Ann Coomer, born 1830, the daughter of John and Nancy Coomer, not their son Amon which was my great, great grandparent. Mary Ann Coomer married Leander Coomer. He was born 1826. Now we have the information to put the family together.

Children of Mary Ann Coomer, and Leander Coomer are:
i. Albert "Tolbert" Coomer, b. 1827.
ii. Nancy Coomer. b. 1858
iii. Ammon Coomer. b. 1860
iv. Polly J. b. 1864
v. Mary E. b. 1866

With the above information we now have great grandfather AMMON COOMER (MARY2, JOHN1) was born 1860. He married MARY E. YARBERRY, November 09, 1905, daughter of William Aron Yarberry and Sally Sherrll.

Children of AMMON COOMER and MARY E. YARBERRY are:

i. ALMA4 COOMER, b. June 23, 1884; d. July 08, 1937.

ALMA "ELMA"3 COOMER (AMMON3, MARY2, JOHN1) was born June 23, 1884 in Adair County KY, and died July 08, 1937 in Adair County KY. She married JOSHUA "Josh" BRYANT WILSON, son of GWINN T. WILSON and MARTHA J. WILSON. He was born July 06, 1887, and died February 19, 1946 in Adair County KY.

Note: in this research it turns out that great, great grandmother Mary Ann Coomer should have been the one we were looking for instead of the great grandfather Ammon. Since she as well as her husband Leander Jr. were Coomers made it no easier to research?

Another interesting find is; MARY ELIZABETH YARBERRY married AMERICA "AMMON" COOMER May 7, 1883. Mary Elizabeth sister FANNY YARBERRY, b. July 15, 1857, Adair County KY; d. November 09, 1905, Adair County KY. Married NATHANIEL SIKES WHEELER 1871 in Adair County KY, born 1852 in Adair County KY, and died 1924 in Adair County KY.

As It turns out my great grandmother MARY ELIZABETH YARBERRY COOMER (dad's grandmother) and great grandmother FANNY YARBERRY WHEELER (moms grandmother) wife of great grandfather NATHANIEL SIKES WHEELER, were sisters.

Again I was not aware of MARY ALICE COOMER and LIDGE BRAGG being my great aunt and uncle although we lived in the same community.

More about AMMON COOMER and Daughter ALMA COOMER
In this research we find AMMON as AMERICA COOMER and ALMA as ELMA COOMER. Also MARY ALICE COOMER as sister of grandmother ALMA.

For more information on this Coomer Family, go to The Coomer Families Reports:


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