JAMES TYLER8 COBURN (Tyler7, David6, David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. 16 Jan. 1872 d. 1963 son of A. Tyler7 Coburn and Elizabeth (Smith) Coburn m. 1909 Vera Baldwin b. 1878 d. 1977.
Tyler was born in the new Coburn house built 1869 and went to school across the road in the Keswick Ridge Superior School which taught all the grades from one to eleven. Tyler attended the Provincial Normal School in Fredericton. He also took a bookkeeping course from Belleville Business College in Belleville, Ontario. He taught school in Peel, Carleton County and also Cross Creek, York County.
Here is a portion of an autobiography, by Winifred I. Gilmore starting January 1892. It relates her memories of Tyler Coburn.
After his teaching experience, Tyler, along with his brother Wilfred, worked for Cobb, Bates and Yerxa, a grocery wholesaler, in Boston. The original Yerxa a partner of that firm was from Keswick. The story goes that Yerxa drove his cattle to Boston, sold them there and stayed. The Albright boys Leigh and Charles of Keswick Ridge also worked for that firm.
The telegraph wires brought some electrifying news from San Francisco. Some prospectors had struck it rich on Bonanza Creek, which is a tributary of the Klondike River, which in turn is a tributary of the Yukon River in North Western Canada. The arrival of these prospectors in California with many hundred weight of nuggets started the greatest gold rush of them all.
In 1896 the Coburns, along with the Albrights and thousands of others, caught Klondike Fever. (See description under Charles Wilfred Coburn)
Seventeen partners bought a schooner the Stowell Sherman to sail to Alaska byway of Cape Horn. That was before the Panama Canal. After many adverse adventures they put in at Montevideo, Uruguay and Tyler was left to sell the schooner. Here is amemo of that sale and division of proceeds:
William Walker, an Englishman, who heads that list was the only partner to make it to the North. His frozen body was found on the beach at Nome, Alaska.
Tyler Coburn got to California on an American troop ship. The passage was very rough, going through the Straits of Magellan. From that time onward Tyler’s life was dedicated to the Christian Ministry. He laboured for a time with the Salvation Army. He was with that mission on Skid Row in Chicago and the water front in San Francisco.
In 1909 he and co-worker missionary Vera Baldwin were married. Tyler had been preaching a country circuit and getting around by horse and saddle. Another young preacher had been doing the same but got a horse and new carriage and boasted he was going to marry Vera Baldwin. Tyler immediately made haste and got to Vera first with a proposal of marriage which was accepted. This interesting story is from my sister, Grace Fraser. It is her recollection of what Tom Coburn told her of his Coburn grandparents’ courtship and marriage.
The following is directly from Tom to me in the 1991 Christmas mail. It tells how his grandfather Tyler proposed to his grandmother Vera. Here is Tom:
Grandpa always claimed that he had lighter pockets but a a faster horse. I think when told to me there was a lesson there about materialism or some such.
Lois (Coburn) Helm recounts a few special memories of "Papa" Tyler James Coburn
Vera’s belonged to the Society of Friends, commonly called Quaker. She was related to the Nixons who had settled in Whittier, California. Ex-president Richard Nixon is of that family. Vera’s most distant forbear, she had heard of was a mercenary soldier (a Hessian) from the Fortress of New Jersey who deserted, prior to Washington’s attack, and went to raise cabbages in Pennsylvania.
Rev. Tyler8 Coburn had congregations of the Society of Friends around the Los Angeles area, finally settling in Whittier, California.
Tyler died in 1963 and Vera died in 1977.
Their graves are in Rose Hill Cemetery, Whittier.