Coit, John Summerfield
Coit, John Summerfield a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in New Jersey in 1828. He received a careful religious training; was apprenticed to a carpenter in Newark at. the age of seventeen; experienced religion about this time; served the Church as class-leader, exhorter, and local preacher; spent a year and a half in hard study at Pennington Seminary; and in 1853 was admitted into the New Jersey Conference. In 1867 he was transferred to the Des Moines Conference, and in it served zealously until his death January 7, 1868. Mr. Coit was emphatically a good man, and an humble, devoted, and useful preacher. He was ever ready and a courageous. His preaching was sound, practical, and earnest. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1868, page 283.