Hi Maxine~ I am researching this family. James S. COILE and Elizabeth LEONARD are my 4th great grandparents. Looking at my notes, the information I have on James S. Coile is:
James was a native of NC who came to TN as a child. James's father came to America (from Ireland?) andjoined the American army during the Revolutionary War while his brother who came with him joined the British army.
"James Coile, a native of NC, was the son of a Revolutionary soldier and was said to have come to Tennessee, when a child, with his parents. The Coiles were related by marriage, to the Bettis family & John L. Coile, a son of James Coile, was the father of Hon. John J. Coile, a merchant, and Dr. H.P. Coile. John Coile, father of these two, married Mary Bettis, who was born in Jefferson County in 1825, the daughter of John W. Bettis and his wife, Elizabeth Lyle."From the book, Tennesse Cousins by Worth S. Ray.
Coile family researcher, Carolyn Kreis wrote, "I can't prove James & Sally were the parents of James S. but they were the oldest Coiles in Jefferson Co. in 1830-40. The other Coiles were Temple C. Coil, Aaron C. Coil & James S. These could be brothers but who knows? Sally could even be a second wife and not James's mother. In 1840 James was in the 80-90 age and the others were in the 30-40 age. Sally was 76 in 1850 so she was at least 14 years younger than James. "
In a book called Tennessee Cousins,by Worth S. Ray (1966): "James Coile, a native of NC, was the son of a revolutionary soldier and is said to have come to TN, when a child, with his parents."