TRAPNELL, Valentine Coles1910 - 1999 (88 years)
Name TRAPNELL, Valentine Coles Born 2 Aug 1910 Brooklyn, NY  Gender Male Also Known As Coles Trapnell Residence 1917 124 South, Bluefield, Mercer, WV, USA  Residence 1920 Manhattan Assembly District 23, New York, New York  Education 1930 Virginia Military Institute  Arrival 1 Sep 1933 New York, New York  Obituary From San Francisco Chronicle:
Los Angeles -- Coles Trapnell, who wrote and produced the early “Maverick” TV series and edited “Four Star Playhouse,” died Friday in Los Angeles of coronary thrombosis. He was 88.
Mr. Trapnell joined RKO as a reader in 1936 and soon after became a story editor and associate producer at 20th Century-Fox.
“Four Star Playhouse,” which was telecast first in 1954, was a dramatic series that starred Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, Dick Powell and David Niven. Mr Trapnell was with the show until it closed in 1956.
Mr. Trapnell wrote and produced the “Maverick” cowboy series from 1959 to 1962 and later wrote for the series “Lawman” and “Yancy Derringer.” He also wrote a how-to book for screenwriters titled “Teleplay.”
He was a story editor for Universal Studios from 1962 until his retirement in 1975.
Mr. Trapnell is survived by his daughters, Sarah Trapnell Byrne of Palo Alto and Jane Trapnell Marino of New York; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association. 
Obituary Los Angeles Times, Feb 4, 1999
Coles Trapnell; Television Writer Produced 'Maverick'
February 04, 1999 |MYRNA OLIVER | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coles Trapnell, early television writer and producer whose series included "Maverick," has died at age 88.
Trapnell, also a longtime story editor at Universal Studios who taught script writing at L.A. Valley College, died Friday of a heart attack at a retirement home in Los Angeles.
In the mid-1950s, Trapnell served as story editor of the classic live television series "Four Star Playhouse," a collaboration of performers Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven and Dick Powell.
"With the number of dramatic shows on TV increasing each year," Trapnell told The Times in 1954, "competition for good stories is now a dead serious business."
In those years Trapnell selected 80 scripts a year to supply "Four Star" and two half-hour shows, "The Star" and "The Story." In addition to currying known Hollywood writers, Trapnell sought top-quality material in UCLA theater arts classes and trade publications.
From 1959 to 1962, Trapnell wrote his own stories and produced Warner Bros.' "Maverick," which launched James Garner as a star. Trapnell also wrote for the Western series "Lawman" and "Yancy Derringer."
A native of New York, Trapnell was educated at Virginia Military Institute and New York University and began his career as a journalist on the Glen Cove Record.
He moved to Hollywood in 1936 as a reader at RKO and then worked for 20th Century Fox as story editor and associate producer until 1953. He was story editor at Universal from 1962 until his retirement in 1975.
In 1966, Trapnell wrote a well-received book titled "Teleplay," a guide for aspiring scriptwriters.
Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Trapnell Byrne of Palo Alto and Jane Trapnell Marino of New York, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in Westwood Memorial Park. The family has asked that any memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Assn.
Occupation Film and television writer, producer, and story editor. Religion Episcopalian Cause of Death Coronary thrombosis  Died 29 Jan 1999 Los Angeles, CA [1, 9] Buried Feb 1999 Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA 
- Photo of Valentine Coles Trapnell & Jean Hamilton Brown
Westwood Memorial Park plaques for Jean and Coles Trapnell
Person ID I102 Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines Last Modified 1 Oct 2012
Father TRAPNELL, Major Thomas Tidball, b. 18 Jul 1883, Charles Town, WV , d. 16 Jun 1940, Mclean, VA (Age 56 years) Mother VALENTINE, Edna Sarah, b. 31 Aug 1882, Brookhaven, Long Island , d. 23 Jul 1971, Santa Monica, Ca (Age 88 years) Married 20 Feb 1909 Brookhaven, Long Island  Divorced 19 Aug 1922 Manhattan, NY, USA 
- After being denied 2 months earlier, divorce granted.
- Tom and Edna had a difficult marriage, and difficulty obtaining a divorce. The requirements for divorce in NY in the early 20s required evidence of infidelity, including witnesses. Their divorce process ran into trouble when the court appointed referee did not initially think there were sufficient grounds. After another two months of wrangling, the court granted a divorce.
Photos Thomas Tidball Trapnell, Edna Sarah Valentine (Trapnell), and baby Valentine Coles Trapnell Thomas Tidball & Valentine Coles Trapnell Documents Joseph Trapnell III letter to Thomas Tidball Trapnell
Aug 4, 1910
My dear Tom,
When I reached my office about noon today, I found yours of yesterday announcing the birth of your son. It was a great relief, for we, especially Mamma, have felt not a little anxiety on account of the long delay. We unite most heartily with you in returning Thanks to our Father in Heaven and prayers that all may continue well with the trio.
I am not well enough to write you at length but, no doubt, Mamma, when she has read your letter will write Edna our congratulations in extenso.
I think your baby is about, or fully, up the average so fars as averdupois is concerned and, as for looks, I believe a newly born infant is, to a a man's eyes, the most disappointing production in natural history. Fortunately they develop rapidly and in, say 30 days, you will hardly credit the statement that it is the same individual.
I am glad to know that Mother and child are doing well and since Edna wanted a boy (which I concur in) that she has it.
My best love and warmest wishes for all hands. Meanwhile keep us posted if you can. As ever,
Yours A f'ly
Albums Trapnell Family (162)
Descendants of Joseph Trapnell
Family ID F63 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family BROWN, Jean Hamilton Roxburgh, b. 25 May 1905, Gourock, Scotland , d. 13 Aug 1985, LOS ANGELES, California (Age 80 years) Married 24 May 1930 Grace Church Chantry, New York, NY, USA [1, 12]
- Married by Reverend Edward Felix Kloman
- Wedding invitation: “Mr & Mrs. Joseph Brown announce the marriage of their daughter, Jean Hamilton, to Mr. Valentine Coles Trapnell, on Saturday, May the twenty-fourth, Nineteen hundred and thirty, Grace Church Chantry, New York”
Children 1. TRAPNELL, Sarah Valentine, b. 28 May 1937, Brooklyn, NY , d. 18 Apr 2006, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, CA (Age 68 years) 2. TRAPNELL, Jane Roxbury Photos JeanColesJaneTrapnell At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld. Joseph Brown familiy, 1946 At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld. Last Modified 23 Apr 2017 Family ID F61 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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Documents Skidding Down Memory Lane - Coles Trapnell
Memoir of Coles Trapnell, written around 1987. Approx 30 pages, covering mostly his early childhood. Compelling and well-written, and it's a shame he didn't go any further with it.
- [S33] Byrne.FTW, Date of Import: Feb 20, 2005.
- [S517] Bluefield, W. VA., Directory, R.L. Polk, Trapnell Thomas T (Edna), lawyer 604 Law & Commerce bldg, h 124 South.
- [S519] Coles Trapnell; Television Writer Produced 'Maverick'.
- [S15] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United Stat.
- [S190] Register of Former Cadets, Virginia Military Institute, (1939, Roanoke VA, Roanoke Printing Co), Trapnell, Valentine Coles; Wading River, N.Y.; 1 1/2 Years; Short Story Writer, 20th Century-Fox Film Corp., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y., P. 230, Col 1.
- [S172] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006), Online publication - Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data -
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
- Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfi.
- [S509] Coles Trapnell.
- [S509] Coles Trapnell, Coles Trapnell, who wrote and produced the early “Maverick” TV series and edited “Four Star Playhouse,” died Friday in Los Angeles of coronary thrombosis.
- [S122] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007), Online publication - Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.
- [S300] Headstone Photo, Photo of Valentine Coles Trapnell & Jean Hamilton Brown plaque.
- [S207] Divorce for Mrs. Trapnell, White Plains, NY, Aug 19. -- An interlocutory judgement of divorce in favor of of Mrs. Edna Valentine Trapnell from Thomas Tidball Trapnell granted by Justice Seeger...The couple were married at Broohaven, LI, on Feb 20, 1909...The couple at the time of the suit resided at 601 W. 169th Street, Manhattan.
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- [S33] Byrne.FTW, Date of Import: Feb 20, 2005.