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James Giffin Coates was born 07 Sept 1893 on the family farm near Chandler, Charles Mix, SD, d: 03 April 1950 at Sumner, Pierce, WA, buried 08 April 1950 in Platte Cemetery, Platte, Charles Mix, SD.

He married on 13 June 1919 at Chamberlain, Brule, SD to a school teacher, Ruby Pearl Dunn. She was b: 25 Oct 1888 in Fillmore Co., MN, d: 09 Mar 1971 in North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, Flathead, MT, buried 13 Mar 1971 in Platte Cemetery, Platte, Charles Mix, SD.  Her parents were William Henry Dunn and Henrietta Duxbury.

They had three children:

1.  Jerrol Giffin Coates married on 15 April 1961 at Chattanooga, Hamilton, TN to Glenda Carol Gass.  She was b: 09 Dec 1937 in Igo Gap, TN, and d: 25 Jan 2002 in Providence Hospital, Centralia, Lewis, WA

They had a son, Joseph Giffin Coates.

2.  Doris Terrill Coates married James E. Forkin.  They had two children:  

1.  Frederick Forkin

2.   Kathryn Forkin

3.  Marilyn Alice Coates, married James Elijah Cox.

They had two children:

1.  Daniel Paul Cox married Terrelyn Parker.  One child:  Johnathan Edward Cox.

2.  Dale Jonathan Cox, married Lisa Megretta Shively.