In revisiting your post, I found it fascinating that you believe Benjamin Franklin Coe was the father of Benjamin Franklin Blansett. Equally interesting is the fact that he was born out of wedlock and in 1873 in Schulyer County, MO.
There was another illegitimate child born that year in Schuyler County, also thought to have been fathered by Frank Coe or his brother Lewis Wetzel Coe.Please see the information below.
Luther Edward Coe was born Luther Edward Crapson, May 7, 1873, in Schulyer County, MO. He was also known as Edward H. Cole and Luther E. Cole. He was raised by Charles and Melvina Hale of Fabius Township, Schuyler County, and is listed in their home as a seven-year-old servant in the 1880 census (1880 US Census, Schuyler County, MO, ED 154:27). He changed his name to Coe before 1898.
He married August 2, 1898, in Randolph County, MO, Mary S. Walker, born May 1874 in Schuyler County, MO, daughter of Thomas and Patience (Roup) Walker (Randolph County, MO, Marriages, 6:139). He lived at Cairo, MO, at the time of marriage. They were married at the Walker home by William Baker, Justice of the Peace.
Thomas Walker was a son of Hampton and Mary (Hicks) Walker of Tuckers Crossroads, Wilson County, TN (1860 US Census, Wilson County, TN, District 8, p. 314). His sister Lucy Mae Walker, born June 5, 1854, in Wilson County, TN, married John G. Gillispie, born March 1, 1849, in Schuyler County, MO, and settled in Randolph County, MO. John Gillispie’s brother Daniel Marion Gillispie married (1) Sarah Elizabeth Crapson and (2) Clara Crapson, first cousins of Luther Edward Coe.
Luther, Mary and daughter Dorothy Coe are listed in the 1900 census of Moniteau Township, Randolph County. Luther’s birth is listed as May 1873 in Missouri. Mary is listed as born in May 1874 in Missouri. Luther’s parents are listed as having been born in Missouri. Mary’s parents are also listed as being born in Missouri. They are listed as married for two years, with one child. Both are listed as able to read and write. They lived in a rented house. Luther’s occupation is listed as day laborer. Interestingly, they are living next door to John G. and Lucy Mae (Walker) Gillispie, Mary Coe’s aunt and uncle (1900 US Census, Randolph County, MO, ED 132:17a-b).
Mary (Walker) Coe died January 11, 1906, at her home near Randolph Springs, Randolph County. She died in bed on a Thursday afternoon. The children were with her and went to neighbor Marvin Lawrence’s home after she rolled out of bed onto the floor. Luther was working a couple of miles away at a sawmill. An obituary appears in the January 19 edition of the "Huntsville Herald." The obituary reports that burial was at Clifton. Family members believe she was buried near her parents in Hagar Cemetery, Huntsville. No headstone has been found in either cemetery.
After Mary’s death, the children lived with members of the Roup family. Daniel Roup, who was born Aug. 31, 1852, in Greene County, PA, settled at Cairo, Randolph County, MO. He married March 29, 1877, in Schuyler County, MO, Mary Elizabeth Tucker, born April 9, 1850, in Wilson County, TN, died Jan. 14, 1926, at Cairo, MO, daughter of Andrew Jackson and Paulina (Walker – sister of Thomas Walker and Lucy Mae [Walker] Gillispie) Tucker. Patience Roup, who was born March 8, 1839, in Greene County, PA, married Thomas Walker, born Feb. 18, 1842, in Warren County, TN, and settled at Huntsville, MO. Daniel and Patience (Roup) Walker were children of Henry and Susannah (Martin) Roup of Greene County, PA, Henry County, IA, and Newton County, MO. Daniel and Mary Roup are buried at Grand Prairie Cemetery, Cairo. Thomas and Patience (Roup) Walker are buried at Hagar Cemetery, Huntsville, MO.
Luther Coe’s age is listed as 35 in the 1910 census. His occupation is listed as coal miner. His place of birth is listed as Missouri. The birthplace of his parents is listed as unknown (1910 US Census, Randolph County, MO, ED 147:4b).
Luther lived in Moberly, MO, in 1918, but worked as a farmhand for Clay Powell of Cresbard, SD (WW I Draft Registration Card, Randolph County, MO).
With brown hair, blue eyes, medium height and build, Luther named Osborne M. Crapson of Queen City, Schuyler County, as his nearest relative when he registered for the draft during WW I. A barber, Osborne Crapson was born May 28, 1856, in Schuyler County, son of Greenberry and Susanna (Duvall) Crapson. He married May 4, 1884, Louisa J. Williams, born May 4, 1856, in Logan County, IL, died January 6, 1906, in Queen City. He died May 11, 1938, in Queen City. Burial was at Tarr Cemetery.
In the 1870 census of Salt River Township, Schuyler County, Osborne M. Crapson, age 14, is living in the home of his mother Susanna (Duvall) Crapson. The father Greenberry Crapson died in 1859. Also in the home were children Julia Ann and Greenberry Baldwin Crapson, as was grandson William Grisham, son of daughter Susan Crapson who married William A. Grisham. Julia Ann Crapson was a 24-year-old single woman. The family of Lewis Wetzel Coe lived a couple of houses away (1870 US Census, Schuyler County, MO, p. 390).
Lewis Wetzel Coe was born December 8, 1837, in Marshall County, VA, oldest son of Benjamin Franklin and Annie (Kerr) Coe. Marshall County, VA, is the same county where the Crapsons lived before heading West (1850 US Census, Marshall County, VA, p. 312). Marshall County borders Greene County, PA, where the Roups and Crapsons lived before moving to Marshall County. The next county south is Wetzel County, named for frontiersman Lewis Wetzel. Lewis Wetzel Coe married Elvira A. Brown, Dec. 10, 1865, in Schuyler County.
Also in Schuyler County was Civil War veteran Thomas Richardson Coe, uncle of Lewis Coe. Born November 27, 1822, in Marshall County, VA, Thomas Coe’s son George Washington Coe, who was born July 13, 1856, at Brighton, IA, rode with Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War. He later wrote the book “Frontier Fighter” (University of New Mexico Press, 1934) about his adventures with the Kid. Lewis Coe and his brothers moved to New Mexico with George W. Coe in the 1870s and were also involved with Billy the Kid. Thomas Coe died May 2, 1902, in Queen City. Burial was at Tarr Cemetery, not far from Osborne M. Crapson.
Luther Coe died July 20, 1935, in San Antonio, TX (Bexar County, TX, Deaths, 6:471). No parents are listed on the death certificate. The cause of death is listed as heart disease. His body was taken to Oakland Cemetery, Moberly, Randolph County, MO, for burial. The funeral was conducted at 6:30pm, Wednesday, July 24, 1935 ("Moberly Monitor," July 24, 1935).
I hope that the above is somehow helpful.If you have any information that might help unravel Luther Edward Crapson's relationship to the Coe family and why he changed his name to Coe, I would be delighted to hear from you.
Carl Robert Coe
Marysville, OH 43040-9012