Joseph Coulter

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Joseph Coulter, at his wedding in Edmonton in 1911

The Reverend Joseph Coulter (1 August 1871 - 16 March 1960) was a methodist minister for the United Church in Canada during the 20th century.

Early life

He was born in Milverton, Ontario on 1 August 1871.

Marriage and family

He married Williamina Bessie McNaughton in Edmonton in 1911, a woman born 17 June 1890 and thus 18 years younger than him. At the time he was 40 and she was 22. They had seven children:

Most of [Joseph's] children were actively involved in the church. I know they were not allowed to play cards on Sunday. Apparently Ian had a deck of cards hidden in a drawer and would sneak off and play solitaire but one Sunday when he went to play solitaire the deck of cards was missing.
— Stephanie Luet, November 2018

Hubert and Everett were both teachers before they went to war. They were both killed during the war and had no issue.

Ken had scarlet fever as a child, was deaf, had no children, and at age 58 married 47-year-old Marie *** in 1971.

Wes had four children with Betty Caswell:

Ruth had three children by Bruce Newman:

Sandra and Evelyn were named after Ruth's brothers Hugh and Everett, respectively, who had recently died in the war.

Elaine had four children by Phillip Luet:

Ian had three children with Phyllis Skitch:

In total, Joseph had 14 grandchildren, all from four of his seven children, born between 1944 and 1967.

Ian has 4 grandchildren, Elaine 6, Wes 3, and Ruth 10, for a total of 23 great-grandchildren.

Ruth also has 9 great-grandchildren, and Elaine has 2 great-grandchildren, while Ian and Wes's grandchildren have no issue.

To summarize, Joseph has 7 children (5 deceased), 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. (total descendants = 55, 47 still living).


He died on 16 March 1960.


Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947 25114-25213 25115: Coulombe, Joseph Rosari - Coulter, Hubert Vincent