Coatesville was named in honor
of the Coates family. Moses Coates, the ancestor of the family, along with
his wife Susanna, came from Ireland ca 1717 and settled in Charlestown Township,
Chester County, whence some of their children removed to East Caln.
William Fleming was an early settler near Coatesville. His wife Mary was a
sister of John and Thomas Moore, who settled at Downingtown. The Fleming
family are now quite numerous.
The noted marauder during the
Rev. War, James Fitzpatrick, had one of his hiding-places at what was known
as Hand's Pass, a gap in the North Valley Hill, a short distance west of
Coatesville, near where the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Turnpike leaves the valley.