The following information was submitted in April of 2006 by her great, great niece Nancy Boyarsky, gathered from official documents (census records, death certificate) as well as local art history books and other reference works:
Ida May Coates was born Aug 18, 1856 on the family farm in Jordan, Scott County, but migrated with her family to Santa Clara County, Calif., probably sometime before 1888. Her father was Daniel Hubbard Coates and her mother, who died when Ida May was a child, was the former Sarah Jane Keith.
According to the book, History of San Jose
, by Clyde Arbuckle, Smith & McKay Printing, "In the 1890s, 'a new star had appeared in San Jose's art firmament -- Miss Ida May Coates --
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