History of Coe Hill


The Hamlet of Coe Hill in the Township of Wollaston in northern Hastings County on County Road 620 has a history of mining. Incorporated in 1880, it was named after William Coe of Madoc. He formed the Coe Hill Mines Company, after Harry Johnson had discovered iron deposits in a hill. In its early days Coe Hill was therefore settled by miners and by loggers, who harvested the nearby forests. The surrounding arable land provided a good livelihood for farmers.

Today Coe Hill, with a population of 708 (2011 census) is the business hub of the Township of Wollaston. Yet, reminiscent of the mining activity of old, rock-hounding is still a popular and worthwhile hobby to be pursued in the area around Coe Hill, which offers a great variety of activities to outdoor enthusiasts in all seasons.


  • Tracy Simon| December 7, 2018 at 6:43 am Reply

    I’m searching for the Coe Family from Hastings. My father was born out of wedlock in 1926. In his adoption records, his father is listed as Clive Coe Atkins, born in Hastings in 1902. I believe his parents names were William Atkins and Catherine Coe. There are many matches in my DNA results that I cannot find a connection with. I’m thinking they’re from this line. Any lead will help. Thanks!

  • Harry Hunter| October 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I am looking for information about the Military display that used to take place in Coe Hill. There is an effort underway to reproduce the event with the Army Reserve at LOCH-SLOY Picton airbase.

  • Mark Leggett| January 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Wow! the first Coe Hillbilly really was a Billy

  • Marilyn Stroh| October 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Hello, I am looking for any information on Marion Waite, I believe from Coe Hill…born possibly in the mid 1920’s. I have been lead to believe this is my biological family..anything you can find would be greatly appreciated…..Thank You.

  • Philip Foster| September 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply

    greetings: my name is Phil Foster. I am trying to find info on the late William Coe. My mother (Sheila Foster) (deceased) maiden name was Coe. I’ve heard stories all my life about being related to William Coe, but i’m not sure. My mothers Father’s name, was Howard Coe. is there any way you can help? or direct me in the right direction and I thank you
    Phil Foster (son of Sheila Foster (Coe)

    • Geraldine Kakeeway| January 15, 2019 at 4:59 pm Reply

      This is a long shot, and not sure if it will get read. My paternal grandmother was Nina Noreen Guppy – McKenzie – Coe. Sheila Foster was my father’s 1/2 sister. I never met either woman (Noreen / Sheila), but it is interesting I have stumbled upon a bread crumb that has lead to Phil Foster, who if by all imagination is a cousin. My father’s birth name was Gordon Stewart McKenzie, but changed it to some weird circumstances to Walter Guppy, taking on his mother’s maiden name. Anyway, I have been dabbling a bit family research and it is interesting to find this tidbit here.

    • Jamie Sutton| December 26, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

      Bill Coe was my great uncle. He was married to Mildred (nee Stanley). He was a registered Nurse. When Coe moved on a new site as is the nature of prospectors He wife always had a job in a isolated communities. I have his signet ring. I believe he discovered the first uranium (pitchblende) but is was of no value at the time. contact me at [email protected]

    • Rebecca| October 26, 2017 at 1:22 am Reply

      My mother grew up there, I will ask her.

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