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Will of Robert Coleman, Fairfield SC 1809

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Re: Will of Robert Coleman, Fairfield SC 1809

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This is the book I was refering to. Although my Coleman conection is decended from the William Coleman line this puplication was a great help.


With the Assistance of Many Others

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Those will not look forward to
their posterity who never look
backward to their ancestors.


Happy he who with bright regard
looks back upon his father's fa-
thers, who with joy Recounts their
deeds of grace.


Privately Published in 1965
by JAMES P. COLEMAN, Ackerman, Mississippi

Manufactured in the United States of America
by Kingsport Press, Inc., Kingsport, Tenn.

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Author's bio:


Born near Ackerman, Mississippi, January 9, 1914.
Graduated Ackerman High School, 1931.
Attended the University of Mississippi, 1932-1935.
Graduated in law, LLB, The George Washington University, 1939.
Doctor of Laws Degree, The George Washington University, 1960.
Elected District Attorney of the Fifth Circuit Court District, 1939,
and re-elected 1943.
Elected Circuit Judge of the same District, 1946.
Appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court, September 1, 1950.
Appointed Attorney General, October, 1950. Elected without opposition
to a full four year term, 1951.
Elected Governor of Mississippi, 1955. Chairman of the Southern
Governor's Conference, 1959.
Elected to the Mississippi Legislature for the term, 1960-1964.
Only man in the history of Mississippi to serve in all three branches
of State Government by election of the people.
Since 1960 has practiced law in Ackerman, Mississippi, with an office
in Jackson.
On May 2, 1937, at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington,
D. C. was married to Miss Margaret Janet Dennis, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Josiah B. Dennis of Williamsport, Indiana.
One son, Thomas Allen Coleman, named for his grandfather, was born
May 14,1941. He is now a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army,
stationed in Korea. He received his B. A. degree from the
University of Mississippi in 1962 and LL.B. degree in 1964.
Member of the Fentress Baptist Church.
Democrat. Delegate to the National Conventions, 1940 and 1956,
Chairman of the Mississippi Delegation at the latter. Presidential
elector for Roosevelt and Truman, 1944. Democratic National
Committeeman for Mississippi, 1952.
On June 22, 1965, nominated by President Johnson to be a Judge of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and confirmed
by the Senate, July 26, 1965. Took the Oath of Office, August 16,

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The first Coleman of the line described in this book was Robert, who
settled on the South side of the Appomattox, where it joins the
James, 1652. His descendant, Robert Coleman, settled in
Halifax County, NC, in 1756. His son, Robert, moved to what is
now the Feasterville Community, Fairfield County, SC in 1775.
Thereafter, the family spread to Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.
This book is an attempt to tell the story of the family from l652
to 1965, and is arranged in yearly sequence.

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After their removal to South Carolina, the Colemans became so
extensively connected with the Feaster Family that this Book might
more appropriately have been named the Coleman-Feaster History. The
Feasters appear throughout, and the extensive Feaster Genealogy
written by Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman will be found in Chapter 22.

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The quotations appearing in the frontispiece would indicate that
interest in one's forbears is, and should be, a most normal human
trait. Over the years, as I grew older, it became my greatest hobby.
Like most Southerners of my generation, I grew up on a small farm.
Prior to the Civil War my family had been comparatively wealthy.
Great grandfather Daniel Coleman owned l763 acres of land, over a
hundred slaves, and lived in a sixteen room house. The Civil War put
an end to that way oF life.
When a boy and a young man, I did all the hard labor which was so
common prior to farm mechanization. Although hard labor was con-
stant and opportunities were few, it was really a good life.
In many ways I shall always look back on it with much pleasure. In
a day when family ties and family connections were especially prized,
I was blessed with a regular multitude of kinfolks. And I still am.
With great satisfaction, I point out that regard for family is still
strong in our section of this great Country.
In the nineteen twenties and thirties we had no radios or
television sets. There were not many automobiles and no real roads.
Outside the never ending task of wresting a living from the soil
(using only man, mule, and the muscle of both) the great activities
were visiting among friends and relatives, the church, the country
school, and red hot politics. In our community we had prayer meeting
on Saturday night. Of course, there were simple parties such as
would be expected in rural communities. There was no dancing except
the square dance, sometimes given at someone's home, but this was
generally frowned upon. Except for funerals, serious illness, or some
other unusual event, the family worked together from Monday morning
until Saturday noon, and many times if necessary we worked on
Saturday afternoon. One was very close to his immediate family, his
relatives, and his neighbors. They were indispensable.
I was particularly close to my Grandfather Coleman and my
Grandfather Worrell. On visits to their homes, or upon their visits
to ours, we often would talk far into the night about old times,
about members of the family in other days. The seeds of future
interest were firmly planted,

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but most regretably I wrote nothing down and could not understand
all of what I heard.
For example, I knew only the given name of great great
grandfather, Allen Coleman, of Fairfield and Chester Counties,
South Carolina. I had learned of him by accident when I found his
will stored away in the "wardrobe" of my great Aunt Missie Bruce,
the former Laura Eugenia Coleman. I was her special friend, too, and
always wrote her letters for her when she was very old and wished to
write to her many children.
It was not until May, 1949, when thirty-five years of age and then
serving as a Circuit Judge, that the doors of my family history began
to open in definite form. l do not remember the day of the month,
but I had been to Washington for an interview with President Truman
on a matter Which I was then interested. I took the Seaboard
train back to Birmingham, but got off in Chester, South Carolina,
at about two o'clock in the morning. Two days later, on a Saturday
afternoon, Mr. Pegram, the newspaper editor in Chester, took me to
the family burying ground of Allen Coleman, east of Blackstock on
the Great Falls road. Mrs. Hattie Hardin, a great lady and the
Probate Judge of Chester County, had put me in touch with
Mr. Pegram as being one who knew more about family burying grounds
than anyone else in Chester County, which turned out to be a fact.
To my keen regret, Mr. Pegram died soon afterward, and I have often
thought that had I not met him just when I did those doors might
have remained closed forever. I would have been denied one of the
great adventures of my life, a fifteen year journey into the history
of the Coleman family.
Another result of the visit to Chester was that I learned of the
Coleman-Feaster-Mobley reunion held on the fourth Sunday in July
every year, at Feasterville, in Fairfield County. From Fairfield,
Allen Coleman had moved just over the line into Chester in 1817, when
he was forty-four years of age. In July, 1950, I went to the
Reunion, and, of course, have been back many times since.
lt was at this Reunion that I met Donald Clayton, of Birmingham,
the Genealogist of the Coleman-Feaster-Moberley family association;
Mrs. Etta Rosson, then of Shelton, who has spent many years
reducing Coleman family history to written form; Misses Julia and
Mary Faucette, of Feasterville, who have furnished such a great
wealth of source material for this history which you are about to
read; Frank Coleman, of Dallas, who has contributed so much in
general family research, as well as details of the family history
in Texas, and many others who will be mentioned in the course of the
book. Thanks to what they knew, and the inspiration

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they furnished it was soon resolved to write a history of the Coleman
family. It was resolved that this history would be more than a
genealogy. I would do my best, from every available source, to
reconstruct their lives, times, personalities. The result has been a
delightful excursion that I regret to see coming to a close.
Particularly in the company of Frank Coleman, of Dallas, I have
made field trips and courthouse visits in Texas, Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. It
has been my pleasure to meet strangers who became warm personal
friends. I have learned history that could never have been found in a
textbook. I now feel as if I had personally known and lived with
everyone of my Coleman ancestors and their kindred.
Of course, when this began, I was chiefly interested in my own
direct line. The subject was so interesting, and the assistance
from so many people was so enthusiastic, that it has been
impossible to resist the temptation of "digging up" all our related
I must, however, give this word of warning and apology. Since we
go back to 1652, the field is so broad and so long, it cannot be
pretended that I have been able to locate or mention every Coleman
who ought to be listed in this Book. It would be a marvel if I had
been able to avoid errors. Continuing research has actually proven
many mistakes which first were accepted as facts. Many completed
chapters have had to be rewritten several times in the light of
additional discoveries. We have tried to omit everything which was
not capable of documentary proof. Tradition often proves to he
mistaken. I am amazed, however, at the frequency with which I have
been able to verify tradition by written proof, much of it hidden
for scores of years. So, if the reader should find me guilty of
omissions and errors it is hoped he will understand the enormity of
the undertaking and that his forgiveness will be equally generous.
You will find that I am not the sole author of this Book. A good
many chapters have been written by others. To me, the most valuable
part of it was written long ago by Cousin Jennie I. Coleman, who had
no idea that her effort would one day be published. Donald Clayton
has not written any particular chapter as such, but the vast fruits
of his long and extensive research will appear in every chapter, and
he certainly receives credit accordingly.

Now that, so far as able, I have collected the history of the
Coleman family all the way back to Wales, and reduced it to written
form, I leave it to my son, Thomas Allen Coleman, recent law school
graduate, to see what he can someday learn and write about the
family in Wales.

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I want to say a word of special thanks to every person who has in
any way assisted in the compilation of this Book. Obviously, it is
impossible for me to name them all. in addition to those already
mentioned, l could not possibly omit Miss Margaret Coleman, of
Winnsboro, and my lawyer kinfolk, George Coleman, of the same Town.
Moreover, special mention is due the following professional
researchers who cheerfully accepted my employment and did massive
research which eventually came to be used in this Book: Mrs. Leon
Anderson, Halifax, North Carolina, Mr. Malcolm C. W. Tomlinson, of
Washington, D. C., Mrs. Joyce H. Lindsay, of Richmond, Virginia,
Mrs. Inez Waldenmaier, of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Mary J.
Rogers, of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Special credit must go to Circuit Judge S. Bernard Coleman of
Fredericksburg, Virginia, an authority on the descendants of Robert
Coleman of Gloucester County, Virginia. You will find frequent men-
tion of Judge Coleman in this Book.
Neither must I forget the warm welcome which was received from
public officials in Hallettsville Texas, Eutaw Alabama,
Louisville Georgia, Winnsboro South Carolina, Tarboro North Carolina,
Raleigh North Carolina, Halifax North Carolina, and all over
South Side Virginia. To visit these places, to live in them for
a time which was only too brief, and to know these people, have
been great enrichments in a busy life.
In grateful mention I must also include the Library of Congress,
the National Archives, the Virginia State Library, and the
Departments of Archives and History in Alabama, Georgia,
South Carolina, and North Carolina.

I must as a matter of record in this Book, express my special
gratitude to my faithful secretary, Miss Nellie M. Commander, of
Ackerman, Mississippi. For this entire fifteen years, she has typed
and re-typed the pages and chapters appearing in this Book. In this
respect she has almost been a co-author. In like manner special
thanks are due my wife, Mrs. Margaret J. Coleman because she never
complained of the many absences from home or the money spent in the
prosecution of this work.

Ackerman, Mississippi

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One of the tremendously interesting and beneficial by-products of
writing this Book has been the discovery of so many Coleman family
diaries in the possession of various members of the family. I keenly
regret that the limitations of space prevent us from reproducing them
in this work. They give a most interesting picture of human
personalities and the times in which they lived.
If my time holds out and funds become available, I propose at some
future time to print these diaries in book form. My grateful thanks
are extended to Frank Coleman, Misses Julia and Mary Faucette, and
Misses Kathleen and Mary Bess Coleman for allowing us to copy the
following original diaries:

1. The diary of William Ragsdale Coleman's trip to Texas in
2. The diary of David Andrew Coleman, 1852-1859.
3. The diary of Andrew J. McConnell, Jr., Civil War Diary.
4. J. A. F. Coleman's Doings, 1848.
5. The Civil War Diary of
First Lieutenant John Albert Feaster Coleman.

Birmingham, Alabama

Born Columbia, South Carolina, August 8, 1890, the son of
Albert W. and Mary Victoria Feaster Clayton. Educated in
Fairfield County, SC schools and obtaining a B.S. in
Electrical Engineering, Clemson College. He married
Mary Wynette Mathews of Sylacauga, Alabama, June 3, 1916. One son,
Donald Brevard Clayton, Jr., born Hendersonville, North Carolina,
April, 1917. Employed in his profession in Birmingham, Atlanta, and
Asheville until 1918, when he began an electrical contracting
business as the Mill and Mine Construction Company. One of the
organizers of Electric Contractors, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, in
May, 1939, and did all of the electrical work of the Ingalls
Shipbuilding Corporation until 1948. Since 1948 engaged in general
electrical construction work in Alabama and Mississippi. Former
Member of the National Guard. Member of the Independent Presbyterian
Church of Birmingham. Republican. Genealogist of the
Coleman-Feaster-Moberly Family Association, of Feasterville, South
Carolina. On August 1, 1965, Mr. Clayton moved to
211 Barclay Lane, Lexington, VA, where he now lives.

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Born in Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, May 30, 1895. Son of
Thomas Blowett Coleman and Martha Jane Simpson Coleman. Grandson of
William Ragsdale Coleman and Sarah Newport Head Coleman. Great
grandson of Wiley Roe Coleman and Sarah Ragsdale Coleman.
Graduated from Hallettsville High School. B.S. in electrical
engineering, Texas A & M College, 1916.
Served two years and two months in World War I as First
Lieutenant, Supply Officer and Paymaster, 343 Machine Gun Battalion,
90th Division. Served in the Army of Occupation in Germany in the
Fourth Army Corps.
Married Mallie Ada Little, January 20, 1920, Dallas, Texas. Two
children, Ritha Marie, now Mrs. Frank W. Butler, and Ralph Marion,
who married Margaret Jeanine Springer.
Employed by the City of Dallas in City Building Inspector's Office
for over twenty-six years prior to retirement.
Baptist, deacon of Cliff Temple Baptist Church. Active in Church
and Boy Scout work. Past president of the Coleman-Feaster-Mobley
Family Association of Feasterville, South Carolina.


Born Feasterville, Fairfield County, South Carolina, October 9,
1888, the daughter of Charles Washington Faucette, Jr. and Mary
Feaster Coleman Faucette. Educated at Feasterville Academy and
Furman University. At the age of twenty began her teaching career,
which continued for thirty-seven years in the public schools of
South Carolina. She retired in 1957, and has since continued to
live at Clanmore, the ancestral home of the Faucette family, in
Feasterville, SC. Her sister, Miss Mary Faucette, lives with her.
Miss Julia Faucette is a member of the Salem Presbyterian Church,
the DAR, the UDC, and the University of South Carolina Society. She
is also a member of the Eastern Star and is a charter member and
director of Fairfield County Historical Society. Has maintained an
active, life-long interest in the preservation of family records, of
which she and her sister have the most valuable collection of
originals to be found in the Coleman family, and which they have
generously put at the disposal of all interested in the production
of this book.

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Born near Ackerman, Mississippi, April 22, 1920, the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mitchell Commander. Graduate of Ackerman High
School, 1939. Since 1941 Secretary to J. P. Coleman, of Ackerman, MS,
during the times he served as District Attorney, Circuit Judge,
Attorney General, and Governor.


Born at Columbia, South Carolina, September 8, 1894, the daughter
of Howard Leitner Allen and Sarah Isabelle Coleman.
Educated at Feasterville Academy and Draughon's Business College.
One of the leaders in the organization of the Coleman-Feaster-Mobley
Association, of Feasterville, South Carolina. One daughter, Mrs.
Henrietta Rosson Morton, wife of Reverend Theodore R. Morton, Jr.,
Methodist Minister.
Member of the D.A.R. for forty years, in which she has served as
Chapter Regent, State Genealogist, and State Treasurer. Has compiled
many volumes of genealogical records which are in the National and
South Carolina D.A.R. Libraries. Resided in Germany for fifteen
months, with extensive travel in Italy, Switzerland, Austria,
Holland, Belgium, France, England and Luxemburg.

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MRS. ETTA ROSSON, who, like Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman, has done so much
hard work and valuable writing about the history of the Coleman

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MISS JULIA FAUCETTE, Feasterville, S. C., who has done so much to
preserve Coleman Family History.

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From left to right: Miss Mary Faucette, Frank R. Coleman,
Governor J. P. Coleman, Miss Julia Faucette, and Marion D. Ogburn, Jr.
On the Steps of the Boarding House. Reunion of 1956


THE BOARDING HOUSE, Feasterville, SC, where the Coleman-Feaster-Moberley
Family Reunions have been held for many years on the fourth
Sunday in July.

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CLANMORE, the Faucette family home, built about 1845. Many of the
original Coleman family records and relics are kept here.

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ROSSON and BO FEASTER, standing on the Boarding Housesteps, 1950.

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[PICTURE ChesterSCMainStreet.jpg]

Principal Business Street in Chester, SC, looking up toward the
Confederate Monument.

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After receiving from Queen Elizabeth a patent for colonization in the
new world, Sir Walter Raleigh, in April, 1584, sent out Philip Amader
and Arthur Barlowe to discover a suitable location for a colony. On
April 9, 1585, a colony of about 108 men sailed in seven small
vessels from Plymouth. The colony was established at the northern end
of Roanoke Island on August 17th, and about a week later the
Commander of the expedition, Sir Richard Grenville returned to
England. In June 1586, threatened with famine and the hostilities of
the Indians, this entire colony returned to England on vessels of
Sir Francis Drake's fleet. Only a few days after their departure,
Sir Richard Grenville arrived with supplies and more colonists. Only
fifteen of these remained when Grenville sailed away.
A second colony, sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh, composed of 121
persons under John White arrived at Roanoke Island July 22, 1587. Not
one of the fifteen persons left by Grenville in 1586 were found
alive. The sailors refused to transport the second colony to the
shores of Chesapeake Bay as Raleigh had directed, so they were
forced to remain at Roanoke Island.
John White's granddaughter, Virginia Dare, was born only twenty-
nine days after the second colony arrived at Roanoke, and she was
thus the first English child born in America. In this group of 121
persons were Thomas Colman and his wife, whose given name was not
listed. See Page 211 of Dr. Francis L. Hawks' History of North
Carolina, Volume 1, published 1857.
John White returned to England for supplies and did not get back
to Roanoke Island for three years, arriving there August 15, 1590.

After various delays, at 10 o'clock in the morning of August 17th,
the ships were anchored about two miles off-shore. One group safely
made it to shore. White reported that there was a great gale of wind
blowing from the northeast. Captain Spicer, in another boat, steered
by Ralph Skinner, was very nearly overturned, and then White gave the
following description: "The men kept the boat, some in it and some
hanging on it, but the next sea set the boat on ground, where it beat
so, that some of

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them were forced to let go their hold, hoping to wade ashore, but the
sea still beat them down, so that they could neither stand nor swim,
and the boat twice or thrice was turned keel upward, whereon Captain
Spicer and Skinner hung until they sank and were seen no more. But
four that could swim, kept themselves in deeper water and were saved
by Captain Cook's means, who, so soon as he saw their oversetting,
stripped himself and four others that could swim very well, and with
all haste possible rode unto them and saved four. They were eleven in
all, and seven of the chiefest were drowned, whose names were:
Edward Spicer, Ralph Skinner, Edward Kelly, Thomas Bevis, Hance, the
surgeon, Edward Kilborne, Robert Coleman."
This account is to be found at Page 224 of Dr. Hawks' book and
shows us that Thomas Coleman and his wife first arrived on the
eastern shores of North Carolina July 22, 1587, and Robert Coleman
was drowned while attempting to reach them August 17, 1590.
This was nearly twenty years before the first permanent settlement
at Jamestown, and thirty years before the arrival of the Pilgrims at
As is well known, the 121 colonists were never found. They had
completely disappeared, leaving no clue except the word CROATOAN
carved on a tree.
One could well imagine that possibly Robert Coleman was of some
close kin to Thomas, and was willing to brave the great likelihood
of drowning out of a frantic desire to learn something of what had
happened to the colonists.
White reached England, after the fruitless search at Roanoke, on
October 24, 1590.

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their son, JOHN ALBERT FEASTER COLEMAN, who died at the age of

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[PICTURE JennieIColeman2.jpg]

MRS. JENNIE I. COLEMAN, who made the first great contribution to
Coleman Family History.

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[PICTURE JennieIColeman3.jpg]

Top Row, left to right: Mrs. Mary Coleman Faucette, Henry David Coleman,
and John Albert Feaster Coleman.

BOTTOM ROW, left to right: Samuel Stevenson Coleman,
Julia Stevenson Coleman, and Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman.

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It is difficult indeed to know how best to arrange and present the
history of a family which first came to Virginia as early as 1652.
Of all the wealth of material rediscovered by the efforts of many,
covering a period of over three hundred years, by far the best was
the Diary of Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman. She was truly devoted to a
study of family history. By far, she has left the most valuable
contribution in original form.
To Misses Julia and Mary Faucette, Mrs. Coleman was "Aunt Jennie,"
for she was a sister of their mother. To the remainder of us, she is
"Cousin Jennie." The terms are used interchangeably in this Book.
Mrs. Etta Rosson, by permission of the owners of the original
manuscript, made the typewritten copy of the original manuscript.
Cousins Julia and Mary Faucette have made an incomparable contribu-
tion by the preservation of this Diary. Cousin Etta Rosson has done
likewise by copying it for us.
Immediately following will appear Mrs. Coleman's writings as to
the general history of the Coleman family. For those interested in
the details of their family lines, we shall include the entire Diary
at a later point, referring extensively to the Colemans, Feasters,
Moberleys, Colvins, Stevensons, and Yongues.


Feasterville, S. C.
Dec. 3d, 1905

Here in the home of my grandfather, Henry A. Coleman, my father,
John A. F. Coleman, now my home, and which in time will be the home
of my son and only child, John Albert Feaster Coleman, I begin
writing some of the history of our family as I know it, with the hope
that it will be of interest and a great pleasure to my boy and others
of the family when I am gone. Young people do not feel much interest
in family history, and old people do not often take the trouble to
write down what they know. Consequently, so much is lost to me that
I now long to know. While my

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grandparents were living here in this old home, I could have learned
so much, but with the usual thoughtlessness of youth, I didn't know
what I was losing. I did take an interest in family history then, and
have treasured up in my mind many things I heard them and other old
people tell. But much of it lacks something that I very much want to
know. They never recorded anything. My father, not a great deal. I
have wanted to write what I know a long time, but kept putting it
off. Again, I hope this may be of interest to you, John, and others
who care for such history, and I want you to keep on with the record.
I will begin first with the Colemans.
They came from Wales to Virginia. I do not know how long ago.
They moved into North Carolina, Halifax County, from which they came
to this neighborhood in 1775. There was a large family of them, but I
know of only three brothers, Robert, William, and Charles. They soon
acquired large tracts of land. Robert, I imagine, was the eldest,
and he bought up land that had been granted by King George in 1772 to
William Mazyck, also to Joseph Verree, and John Winn, on the
headwaters of Beaver Creek. He settled on uncleared land in a quarter
of a mile of this home, and lived and died within a mile of the first
settlement. He must have had money to have so soon acquired the large
area around him. He must have been a man of strong character, and
industrious, thrifty habits. His descendants generally have these
characteristics, preferring a plain style of living, abhorring show
of any kind.
He was a Major in the British Army [we have found no documentary
proof of this], and I do not know whether he changed before the close
of the Revolution. His sons were Whigs. We have a coat of his, in
good state of preservation, homespun woven, and made over a hundred
years ago.

Robert Coleman was born about 1745, and his wife, Elizabeth Roe,
was born in I747. They had several children when they came to this
State, David Roe Coleman the eldest. As I said, there was a large
family of the Colemans, and also the Roes. All settled near here.
They found the Wagners, Beams and Mobleys already settled on
Beaver Creek. There was intermarriage with these families,
which makes me a descendant of them all. The Wagners came from
Holland, the Beams from Germany, the Mobleys from England. They
were all settled near together on Beaver Creek, several miles below
where Robert Coleman settled. They had been here for some time,
and had endured the hard life of first settlers, such as Indian
foes to dread and conquer. Hans Wagoner had eight daughters, no
sons, so a fort, called Fort Wagoner, was built of
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hewn whiteoak logs, 12 inches square, with a stone wall and deep
ditch around it, and the Wagoners lived in the fort because there
were no sons to protect this family, and when in danger of Indians,
the neighbors gathered in his home for safety and protection for all.
There are signs of the ditch around this yet. Must have been made in
early part of the 18th century. I have been told that the Mobleys
settled there about 1735. Later on, the Hamptons came and tried to
run these first settlers off. The Mobleys lived on Poplar Ridge, the
Beams, Hickory Flat. The Wagoners just above them on Reedy Branch,
in Fort Wagoner. The Hamptons ran the Mobleys off their land. The
Beams and Wagoners would not run, and got a grant from King George.
Hans Wagoner and wife, Elizabeth Johnson (from Scotland), are buried
near where they lived. Sam Mobley married their daughter, Mary, and
continued to live on Poplar Ridge (where they are buried). All these
old settlements are obliterated and the graves unmarked. (The above
was told me by Cousin Trez Feaster) .
The Mayos also lived neighbors to the Beams, and they
intermarried. I do not know their nationality.

Robert Coleman married Elizabeth Roe. Their children:

David Roe, 1st son, born in Halifax County, NC,
May 19, 1765.
John Roe, 2nd son, born in Halifax County, NC,
April 2, 1768.
Robert Roe, 3rd son, born in Halifax County, NC,
February 1, 1769.
Wiley Roe, 4th son, born in Halifax County, NC,
October 27, 1771.
Allen Roe, 5th son, born in Halifax County, NC,
November 7, 1773.
Griffen Roe, 6th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
May 20, 1775
William Roe, 7th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
March 6, 1776.
Sarah Roe, 1st daughter, born in Fairfield County, SC,
November 8, 1778.
Elizabeth Roe, 2nd daughter, born in Fairfield County, SC,
September 8, 1780.
Solomon Roe, 8th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
October 29, 1783.

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Francis Roe, 9th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
July 12, 1786.
Zerebable Roe, 10th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
November 28, 1789.
Henry Jonathan Roe, 11th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
June 22,1793.
Ancil Roe, 12th son, born in Fairfield County, SC,
April 22, 1796.

Of this large family, three died infants. John, Griffen, William,
Francis, and the two sisters went West, first to Greene County, Ala-
bama. I know nothing at all about their descendants, except that they
went on to Mississippi and Texas. David, Robert, Wiley, Allen, Solo-
mon and Henry Jonathan lived and died near by, all marrying and
rearing rather large families.
Robert Coleman and his wife, Elizabeth, are buried very near where
they lived, at what is known as the "Coleman" graveyard. Their small
children were the first to be buried there (lie at the foot of
parents graves). The first house they built, as near as I can locate
it, was on the hill near the Rocky Knoll, above Bonny's Fork Branch.
I've heard my grandfather say that when they reached the place to
camp (on getting to where they settled) a large chip was cut from a
hickory tree, and bread was baked on it for their supper. The fields
then cleared have been cultivated most of the time since, and yield
fairly good crops. They built another home half mile south of the
graveyard; all trace of that is gone. I know living persons, tho, who
have been in the last house-Cousins Elitia Coleman Jeffares and
Julia Feaster Coleman say they have been in it. I think some parts of
it were used in building a home for Cousin David Roe Feaster.
Nine years ago we put up a small monument to mark the graves of
these two pioneer ancestors, Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Roe. 'Twas
paid for by small contributions from many of their descendants to the
7th generation, and from 14 states. I am exceedingly glad that tis
done, for I think they deserve to be so remembered. Only one, David
Roe, of their grown sons was buried with them. The others who died in
this state are buried in family burying grounds near their homes,
except Henry Jonathan, who is buried in the Feaster Cemetery by his
wife, Polly Feaster.

As I said, I've heard of only two brothers of Robert Coleman, and
can trace back to them all very well. There was a large family of
them, tho', and I see in an old list of Mobley names that several
Coleman men and

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women married Mobleys. I feel sure these were brothers and sisters
of Robert Coleman. His brother, Charles, married Polly Mobley.
William married Nancy Butler. I will later on tell of their
descendants. Francis married Margaret Mobley.



Chester, July 9. Funeral services were conducted at the
Feasterville Universalist Church Thursday afternoon for
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman, 81, widow of E. W. Coleman, and oldest
daughter of the late John A. F. Coleman and Julia Stevenson,
who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Coleman Faucette in
Feasterville community late Wednesday. The services were conducted
by the pastor. Interment followed in the Coleman burying ground.
Six nephews were active pallbearers.
Survivors include a step-son, Roe Coleman, Jr. and a
granddaughter, Lola Marsh Coleman, both of Winnsboro; one sister,
Mrs. Mary C. Faucette; one brother H. D. Coleman, both of the
Shelton community and a number of nephews and nieces. Her husband,
E. W. Coleman, died in 1917.
She was born in the old Coleman homestead. She was a member of the
Feasterville Universalist Church.

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On November 5, 1652, Lt. Col. Walter Chiles, of James City County, VA,
in which Jamestown and Williamsburg were located, conveyed
to Robert Coalman a tract of 813 acres on the south side of the
Appomattox River, in Charles City County, now Prince George.l
Cromwell ruled England, and 1652 was the year in which the
Parliamentary Fleet put an end to the first Virginia gubernatorial
tenure of Sir William Berkeley.
On September 29, 1668, Robert Coleman, Sr. received a patent to a
part of this same land. The grant recited that the land was on the
South side of the Appomattox and on the West end of Coleman's house
swamp and further stated that 207 acres of the tract had formerly
been granted to Mr. Walter Chiles and by him sold to said
Robert Coleman, Sr. Further recited that 2 acres had been granted
to Henry Leadbeater and by him sold to Coleman.2 Previously, on
April 29, 1668, Henry Leadbeater had been granted 224 acres on the
South side of the Appomattox, adjoining land of Robert Coleman,
"where he now lives. "
From the evidence which will appear, the writer is entirely
convinced that this Robert Coalman of 1652, who spelled it Coleman by
1668, is the first ancestor in America of all that line of Colemans
hereafter to be described in this book.
On May 20, 1663, Robert Colman, Sr., by deed of gift, conveyed to
his son, Robert Colman, Jr. "part of my land on the South side of the
Appomattox River, I know not the quantity of it." 3
This deed recited that "Robert Colman, Senr" was a resident of
"Apamatick" in Charles City County. It was further recited that the
"bredth" of the land lay upon the river (Appomattox) between the

1. Chas. City County Court Orders, 1655-1658, p. 18.
2. 6 VLP (Virginin Land Patents at the State Library, Richmond), 189.

3. Charles City Co., 1661-1664, p. 500.

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of Robert Burgesse and two marked oaks "which stand at the West end
of my now dwelling house." Robert Coleman, Senior, signed this deed
by the mark "RE." This was the same mark used by so many other
Robert Colemans in later years, including that Robert Coleman who
died, one hundred and sixty three years afterwards, in
Fairfield County, SC (1795-1796).
These lands were in the same neighborhood as that of Robert
Bolling who came to Virginia in 1660 at the age of fourteen and later
(1675) married Jane, the granddaughter of Pocahontas.4
Lt. Col. John Epe (Epps) was also an adjoining landowner.5
On February 15, 1677, Lt. Col. Daniel Clarke swore in open court
that he did hear Robert Coleman declare John Barker to be his
attorney whereupon Barker confessed judgment against Robert Coleman,
Sr. in favor of Capt. John Rudds for 470 pounds of tobacco.6 The same
day a suit brought by Lewis Watkins against Robert Coleman, Sr. was
On June 24, 1678, the same Lewis Watkins was awarded 193 pound of
tobacco against Robert Coleman, Sr.
The same day, a suit by Robert Coleman, Sr. against William Vaughan
was dismissed.
April 20, 1680, a patent to William Vaughan recited that the land
on the South side of the Appomattox River adjoined the land of
Robert Coleman and others.
Another patent, dated July 10, 1680, makes the same reference.8
Robert Coleman, Sr. died in 1688. In December of that year, it was
ordered that if the witnesses to Robert Coleman's will do not appear
a the next court and prove the said will they shall be fined as the
law directs." The witnesses complied and the will was proven in
August 1689. Because of loss or destruction of records, the will
cannot now be found.
In September, 1689, it was "ordered that the estate of Robert
Coleman in the hands of Robert Tucker be inventoried and appraised."
this establishes a close connection between the Colemans and the Tucker
which will appear to be of more significance at a later point in
this narrative.

4 Slaughter, History of Bristol Parish.
5 6 VLP, 62.
6 Charles City Co., VA 1677-79, p. 279.
7 Ibid., 305,
8 7 VLP, 45.
9 Charles City Co., VA 1688, pp. 181, 225.

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The Sons of Robert Coleman, Sr.

1. Robert Coleman, Ir.
2. John Coleman
3. Warner Coleman

We have already seen that on May 20, 1663, Robert Coleman, Sr.
had given part of his lands South of the Appomattox to his son,
Robert Coleman, Jr.
On October 20, 1665, Robert Coleman, Junior, was granted 450 acres
in Charles City County, South of the Appomattox River, beginning at
the headline of Robert Coleman, Sr.l0
On April 20, 1670, James Thweatte obtained a patent to 600 acres
of land in Charles City, VA, on the Appomattox River adjacent
to land of Robert Coleman, Jr., and on Baylis Creek.11 On
March 15, 1672, Thweatte was granted 550 acres adjacent to his other
land and extending to the Black Water.12
Bailey's Creek flows into the south side of the James River, about
a mile below the point where the Appomattox flows into the James. The
City of Hopewell, formerly City Point, is at the junction of the
Appomattox with the James. The location of these original Coleman
lands in America is thus absolutely certain. It was just outside the
city limits of Hopewell, VA and about eight miles Northeast of
Petersburg, VA. This was originally in Charles City County, VA but
since 1702 it has been in Prince George County, VA. Petersburg VA was
not founded until 1733.
In December, 1688, John Coleman, "the orphan of Robert Coleman,
chose his brother, Robert Coleman to be his guardian."13 This
further confirms the death date of Robert Coleman, Sr. as occurring
in 1688.

Robert Coleman, Jr. is not listed in the Prince George County, VA
Quit Rent Rolls of 1704, although John Coleman, Francis Coleman,
George Coleman, and William Coleman, Jr. are so listed. Yet, an
entry in Prince George County VA Deeds for October 4, 1721 (Page 493)

10 5 VLP, 435.
11 6 VLP, 286.
12 Ibid., 447.
13 Chas. City CO, 1687-95, p. 180.

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the lands of John Mayes as bounded on one side by the lands of
Robert Coleman.
On November 10, 1717, Robert Coleman, Jr., on his own motion was
acquitted from paying the county levy for the future.14 Presumably
this would be because of age or infirmity.
By entries at Pages 5, 6, and 11 in the Bristol Parish Vestry, VA and
Register Book, we see that on September 17, 1721, William Tucker
stated that Robert Coleman "Iys at his house in a very weak, helpless
condition & has been so these six months past which proves very
changeable & troublesome to the s'd Tucker, tis ordrd that Wm. Tucker
take care of the fores'd Robert Coleman & find him such necessities
as is convenient and at the laying of the next levie, the s'd Tucker
to bring his account to the Vestry & what is thought just to be allowed
from the p'rsh."
Significantly, it was further ordered that the church wardens
inquire how the aforesaid Robert Coleman "gave his estate to
Robert Tucker Sr., and upon what terms." Surely, this was the same
Robert Tucker mentioned thirty-two years previously, back in
September, 1689, when Robert Tucker was administrator for the Estate
of Robert Coleman, Sr.
Unfortunately, the Bristol Parish Register, VA contains no further
report from the church wardens, so the reason for giving the estate
to Robert Tucker is left clouded in mystery. We do find, however, at
Pages 7 and 11 of the Register, that William Tucker was paid 400
pounds of tobacco for keeping Robert Coleman three months, and on
another occasion (for which no date is shown) Joseph Tucker was
allowed 1400 pound tobacco "on account of Robert Coleman."
Thereafter, the Register mentions no further allowance for the
benefit of Robert Coleman. No doubt he died, relieving the parish of
further necessity of supporting him.
At least, we make out that prior to 1704, Robert Coleman (the
Junior of 1663) had given his estate to Robert Tucker, Sr. in such of
the Prince George records as escaped destruction in the Civil War, we
can find no deeds of conveyance or will from Robert Coleman, Jr. Most
of Prince George County Records were destroyed in the Civil War. If
these records were yet available we very likely would be able to find
a documentary answer.
Sufficient records have survived, however, to give us dependable
knowledge of what really happened. We have already noted that

14 Prince George County Order Book, 1714-20, p. 143.

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Robert Tucker, Sr. was the Administrator of the estate of
Robert Coleman, Sr., in 1688. In 1680, Robert Tucker patented land on
the North side of Blackwater River in what is now
Prince George County, VA.15
The headwaters of Blackwater are situated only a few miles southeast of
Petersburg, and about eight or ten miles South of the James. In 1694
(Page 555 of the Deed Books), Robert Coleman (Jr.), Robert Tucker,
and Elizabeth Tucker, his wife, deeded fifty acres of land to
Francis Hobson and the deed recited that David Sanborn sold said fifty
acres to Robert Tucker in 1676. If the land had been sold to Tucker, as
recited, it is difficult to see why it should have been necessary for
Robert Coleman (Jr.) to join in the conveyance.
In the 1704 Quit Rent Rolls, Elizabeth Tucker was listed for 212
acres. Quite evidently, the elder Robert Tucker was then dead.
Otherwise, under the laws then prevailing, Elizabeth could not have
owned the land in her own right. However, there was a Robert Tucker
listed in Prince George County, VA for 400 acres. This Robert Tucker
died in Surry County in 1722. His son, Robert Tucker, died in 1750,
leaving his property to his wife, Martha Tucker, and sons Daniel Tucker,
Joseph Tucker, Robert Tucker, and daughter, Sara Tucker Clay.16
These given names, Daniel Coleman, Joseph Coleman, and Robert Coleman
have frequently been used throughout the whole history of
the entire Coleman family. Moreover, on May 6, 1727, Robert Tucker
and William Coleman appraised the estate of John Tucker, deceased.
This was the William Coleman who later died in Amelia County.
On October 9, 1716 (Deeds, Page 125) Francis Coleman, Sr. and
Francis Coleman, Jr. of Bristol Parish and the County of
Prince George, sold to Robert Bolling all that tract and parcel of
land whereon John Tucker now liveth, on the South side of the
Appomattox River, containing 100 acres, more or less.
Francis Coleman, Sr. signed by the familiar mark "FC."
On May 14, 1717 (Deeds, 160) Robert Tucker of Bristol Parish sold
200 acres to David Crawley, described as bounded westerly on the
Appomattox, southerly on the lands of Major Robert Bolling, northerly
on the lands of John Coleman, and easterly on the lands of
Major Robert Munford. On July 8, 1717 (Deeds, 178) Francis Coleman, Sr.
and Francis Coleman, Jr. conveyed identically the same land to the same
David Crawley.
Obviously, the Colemans and the Tuckers were claiming and making
deeds to the same land, all in the immediate area of the lands

15 11 VLP 258.
16 Boddy, Historical Southern Families.

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belonging to Robert Coleman, Jr. Therefore, it is likewise obvious
that Francis Coleman, Sr. was a son of Robert Coleman, Jr., was
claiming the land, and his conveyances were considered necessary to
make the title good. I suppose that Francis, Jr. signed as some kind
of insurance against further claims on his part.
John Coleman is positively identified by documentary evidence as
the son of Robert Coleman, Sr., and as the brother of
Robert Coleman, Jr. On May 8, 1725, John Coleman and his wife,
Mary Coleman, of Prince George County, VA conveyed 208 acres of land
to Robert Munford (Deeds, 834).
The land was on the South side of the Appomattox River, in the
Parish of Bristol, "now or late in the tenure and occupation of the
said John Coleman," bounded on the lower side by Robert Munford,
thence up the river to a place called the Ridge Bottom, etc. The deed
further recited that twelve acres of this land was conveyed to
John Coleman by Robert Tucker on March 3, 1701, and "the residue thereof
is a part of a tract of land granted to Robert Coleman now deceased,
father to the said John Coleman, by patent dated the 29 day of
September, 1668."
This deed again clearly shows, of course, the Tucker connection.
Moreover, it proves beyond all reasonable doubt that this
John Coleman was the Son of Robert Coleman, the settler of 1652, and
was the same man who selected his brother, Robert Coleman, Jr., as his
guardian in 1688.
Of great significance, as we shall see later on, the deed was
witnessed by Charles Roberts, John Mayes, and Isham Eppes. On
August 10, 1725, Mary Coleman came into Court at Merchants Hope and
relinquished dower.
On October 9, 1716, Francis Coleman, Sr. and Francis Coleman, Jr.,
of Bristol Parish, Prince George County, VA conveyed to John Coleman a
tract of land "whereon he now liveth," bounded on one side by the
land of Robert Munford and extending to the Appomattox River.
Drury Bolling was a witness. Francis Coleman, Sr. used the mark "FC."
(Deeds, 126).
Now, we must note (Deeds, 753) that on December 8, 1715,
Robert Bolling surveyed 313 acres on the South side of the
Appomattox River at the Horse Pen Branch for Captain John Coleman.
This land was not patented to John Coleman until July 9, 1724.17

The surveyor's entry thus shows that John Coleman was known by the

17 12 VLP 64.

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name of Captain as early as the year 1715, when he would have been
anywhere between 41 and 48 years of age.
On June 7, 1714 (Deeds, Page 16), John Coleman sold to
Robert Munford ten acres of land in the Parish of Bristol,
Prince George County, VA on the dividing line between Coleman and
Munford, and on the river, up the river to a point in the John Coleman
old field, by the new road leading to the "Chappell," thus down the
road to the point of beginning. John Coleman signed his own name.
Charles Roberts and Joseph Tucker were witnesses. The deed was
acknowledged at Merchants Hope, where court was then held for
Prince George County, VA.
On May 13, 1725 (Deeds, Page 798), William Coleman sold to
John Coleman 185 acres on the East side of the great branch of
Whipponock Creek. After 1753, this land was in Dinwiddie County.
Robert Bolling, John Poythress, and Drury Bolling were witnesses.
William Coleman signed by the mark "W," and acknowledged the deed in
open court at Merchants Hope.
In September, 1689, Francis Tucker was appointed the administrator
of the Estate of Warner Coleman, deceased.18 Francis Coleman and
Jarvis Dix made his bond in the amount of 50,000 pounds of tobacco
and the goods and chattels were directed forthwith to be delivered to
Francis Tucker. It must be noted that at the same time Robert Tucker
had charge of the estate of Robert Coleman, Sr.
There must have been some confusion about the selection of an
Administrator, for Robert Coleman, the previous December, had been
ordered to receive letters of administration on Warner Coleman's
estate. The conflict certainly raised the very clear presumption
that Robert Coleman, Jr. had a close interest in the affairs of
Warner Coleman, Francis Coleman was also interested, else he would
not have become surety to the extent of 50,000 pounds of tobacco.
The Bristol Parish Registry shows that William Coalman and his
wife, Elizabeth, had a son, born March 20, 1732, who was baptized on
August 26, 1733, and given the name of Warner. Thus the christian
name was carried on, and the family connection was further
We might advert here to the fact that in June, 1690, as shown at
Page 290 of the Order Book, the Honorable William Byrd exhibited an
account of the estate of John Coleman, deceased. This could have been
the John Coleman who, on March 18, 1662, bought the 813 acres on the
South side of the Appomattox adjacent to M. Tounstell. It is further

18 Charles City Co., VA 1688. p. 242.
19 Ibid., 1687-95, p. 180.

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noted that Robert Alston, in August, 1690, filed a claim against the
estate of John Coleman for 4 shillings, or 400 pounds of tobacco,
owed him for playing on the bagpipes at Coleman's wedding. Evidently,
Coleman had married again in his very old age, but died before he
could pay the costs of his new status.
We now pause to make some calculations as to time. If Robert
Coleman, Jr. was twenty-one years of age in 1663 (when his father
made him the deed of gift) he would have been born in 1642. Thus, he
would have been 79 years of age in 1721. Moreover, Robert Coleman,
Sr. would have been born at least as early as 1622, if not earlier.
If Robert Coleman, Sr. was eighty years of age at death, he would
have been born in 1608.
In 1652, and occasionally as late as 1731, the surname was spelled
"Coalman." The tradition written into the family records of the
Robert Coleman family of Halifax County, North Carolina (later in
Fairfield County, S. C.) was that the family came from Wales. Without
any research to substantiate it, maybe they were originally coal
miners or coal handlers in Wales, thus the spelling of the name. Well
established Virginia colonial history recites that much of the early
immigration to Virginia came out of England and the nearby counties
in Wales through the Port of Bristol. in early days, the Appomattox
River was also called the Bristol River. This was the origin of the
name of Bristol Parish.


We have already seen that Francis Coleman was a surety in 1688,
which established his birth as occurring before 1667. He appeared as
the owner of 150 acres of land in Prince George County on the 1704
Quit Rent Rolls.
In Prince George County Deeds, 1713-1728, and in Prince George
Court Orders and Returns of Executions, 1714-1720, we find the
following records:

On October 9, 1716, Francis Coleman, Sr. and Francis Coleman, Jr.,
of Bristol Parish, Prince George County, conveyed to Robert Bolling a
tract of 100 acres on the South side of Appomattox River, (Deeds,
On the same date, these men conveyed to John Coleman a tract of
land "whereon he now lives," bounded on one side by the land of
Robert Munford and extending to the Appomattox River, (Deeds, 126).

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Both Francis, Sr. and Francis, Jr., acknowledged these deeds
(Order Book 84). This fixes the birth of Francis Coleman, Jr., at not
later than 1695.
On March 28, 1712, Robert Bolling, surveyor, surveyed 338 acres of
land for Francis Coleman on the South side of Butterwood swamp. This
land is now in Dinwiddie County, which was organized in 1753.
Butterwood Creek runs from West to East at about the center of
Dinwiddie. Butterwood and White Oak flow together to form
Stony Creek. The general area would be about seven or eight miles
West of Dinwiddie Courthouse. Francis Coleman, Sr. did not receive
the patent to this land until July 15, 1717.20
On July 13, 1719, Francis Coleman, Sr., conveyed to
William Parsons 150 acres "whereon the said Francis Coleman late
did live at a place called Baylys, adjoining Francis Hobson and on
Baylys Swamp." Edward Goodrich, Attorney for Honor Coleman, wife of
Francis Coleman, appeared and relinquished dower. The power of
attorney was dated April 14, 1719.
Obviously, having received his patent to lands surveyed seven
years previously, Francis Coleman, Sr., moved from Baylys, on the
Appomattox, South to Butterwood Creek, in what is now
Dinwiddie County, VA.
On August 7, 1719, Francis Coleman, Jr., and Mary, his wife,
conveyed 150 acres to Adam Sims. (Deeds, 359). The land adjoined
John Ledbetter, on Warrick Swamp. Robert Munford was a witness.
On November 10, 1721 (Deeds, 500), Francis Coleman, Sr. conveyed
by deed of gift to his son, Francis Coleman, Jr., 100 acres of land
on the South side of Butterwood Run, on Horse Pen Branch, land where
Francis Coleman, Jr. now liveth. Note the name "Horse Pen Branch."
When Robert Coleman of Halifax County, North Carolina, purchased
land on New Horse Pen from William Roberts, Francis Coleman
witnessed the deed.
On the same date (Deeds, 499), Francis Coleman, Sr. conveyed by
deed of gift to his son John Coleman 133 acres on the South side of
Butterwood Run, adjoining Francis Coleman, Jr.
On March 27, 1721 (Deeds, 759), 350 acres on the upper side of
Butterwood Swamp were surveyed for Francis Coleman, Sr. He did not

20 10 VLP 338.

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receive the patent until July 9, 1724 (Vol. 12, P. 70). This was the
same day William Coleman received patent to 154 acres on West side of
Francis Coleman, Sr. must have been quite a wolf hunter. On
November 13, 1716, he was paid for one wolf. On December 10, 1717, he
was paid for "wolves killed." On December 4, 1718, he was paid for
killing five wolves. On November 11, 1719, he was paid for one wolf.
(Order Book 93, 155, 220, 297).
On November 11, 1718, and again on April 14, 1719, Francis Coleman
was appointed Overseer of the Butterwood Road. (Order Book 214, 249)
We learn from Bristol Parish Register that Francis (Jr.) and
Mary Coleman had a daughter, Amy, born in 1718, and a son,
William Coleman, born 1733. This would be "just right" for the
William Coleman of Fairfield County, SC, who was upwards of ninety
in 1824. Families being of the size they were in those days, it
would appear that the couple did not go childless for fifteen years
and that there were children who did not happen to have their names
entered on the Parish Register.
Further documentary progress on a complete history of
Francis Coleman, Sr. and Francis Coleman, Jr. is halted at this point
by destruction of Prince George and Dinwiddie County VA Records. We do
find, however, from Page 383 of the Prince George Minute Book, that
on February 12, 1739, a deed for land from Francis Coleman, Sr. to
Matthew Ligon was proved in court by the oaths of Joseph Lewis,
John Coleman, and Henry Thweatte, witnesses thereto, "and on motion
of the said Matthew Ligon it is ordered that said deed be recorded."
Court held at Fitzgerald.
On August 27, 1739, an action in debt brought by Francis Coleman
against Thomas Twitty (Thweatte) and Mary, his wife, administratrix
of Henry Wyatt, deceased, was dismissed for failure to prosecute,
Minutes 355.
Now, let us note that Robert Coleman, of Halifax County, NC
later to be included in this work, bought land on "New Horse Pen Run"
in Halifax County. He bought it of William Roberts.
You will have noted the presence of the Roberts neighbors of the
Colemans in Virginia. Moreover, the deed from William Roberts to
Robert Coleman of Halifax, was witnessed by Francis Coleman.

Susanna, daughter of Robert Coleman of Halifax County, NC
married Christopher Pritchett. On March 31, 1712 (Deeds, 750),
Robert Bolling surveyed 147 acres of land on the South side of

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Butterwood Creek for Joseph Pritchett. On March 20, 1720, 199 acres
on the South side of Butterwood were surveyed for the same Joseph
Pritchett. Previously, December 17, 1719, 136 acres had been surveyed
on the North side of Butterwood (Deeds, 756). An examination of the
old survey book of Dinwiddie County at the Virginia State Library
showed numerous Pritchetts residing in Dinwiddie County, 1750-1760.
It will further be noted, when we reach that point, that when
Robert Coleman of Halifax County, North Carolina, obtained his patent
from Earl Granville on November 9, 1756, the land was described as
adjoining Drewry M. Coleman's land. We have noted the many times that
Drury Bolling was a witness to deeds for the Colemans, and Drury
Stith was also a prominent resident of Bristol Parish.


On May 19, 1712, Prince George Deeds, 751, Robert Bolling surveyed
100 acres on the West side of Namozine Creek, below the path,
for William Coleman. This creek was then in Prince George, but since
1753 has been the boundary between Dinwiddie and Amelia.
On December 6, 1715 (Deeds, 753), 154 acres were surveyed for
William Coleman, Sr. on the West side of Namozine.
On May 21, 1712, 185 acres were surveyed for William Coleman on
the East side of the great branch of Whiponock Creek, now in
Northwestern Dinwiddie County, VA but near the Amelia County, VA line.
On February 9, 1720 (Deeds, 757), 297 acres were surveyed for
William Coleman, Sr. on the upper side of Winticomack Creek. This is
in present Amelia County, in the extreme eastern portion thereof, in
the neck which extends between Chesterfield County on the North and
Dinwiddic County on the South.
On November 21, 1723 (Deeds, 764), 235 acres were surveyed on the
lower side of the Sweatt house branch of Deep Creek for
William Coleman, minor. This is possibly five miles West of Winticomack.
On November 9, 1719, William Coleman, Sr., of Prince George County,
conveyed to Robert Munford 118 acres bounded on one side "by
land which formerly belonged to Francis Coleman." (Deeds, 367). He
signed by mark "W," and Drury Bolling was a witness.
On May 13, 1725, William Coleman, of Prince George County, VA,
conveyed a tract of land to John Coleman (Deeds, 798). This was on
Whipponock Creek, in present Dinwiddie, already referred to in
connection with John Coleman.

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Thus, this William Coleman is seen to have been a neighbor and
adjoining land owner to Francis Coleman and John Coleman. He was not
their brother, evidently, because he was listed on the 1704 Quit Rent
Rolls as William Coleman, Junior. His father must have been the
William Coleman who came to Charles City County in 1656 (Order Book,
p. 50), which was the same date Nicholas Coleman came to the County
(p. 51) and the year following the arrival of Thomas Coleman (p. 39).
The author has found many printed references, from many sources,
of family traditions that Thomas Coleman, William Coleman, and
Nicholas Coleman came to Virginia "together" and were brothers. It is
understood that Nicholas Coleman later migrated to Pennsylvania. It
is altogether reasonable to suppose that they came to join Robert
Coleman, Sr., who was there by 1652, and equally reasonable to
suppose that all four were brothers. Thus, William Coleman would
have been a first cousin of Robert, Jr. and John Coleman.
As will be seen in the Appendix, he was granted land in
Prince George County, amounting to 635 acres in patents dated
September 28, 1730. On January 2, 1737, he was granted 202 acres
in Amelia County, VA on the upper side of the great branch of
Winticomack Creek. Amelia County, VA had been formed of
Prince George County, VA in 1734.
William Coleman made his will there on June 2, 1743, Amelia Will
Book 1, Page 37.
As will be seen from the material appearing in the Appendix, he
had sons named Daniel Coleman, whose wife was named Elizabeth;
Robert Coleman, whose wife was named Ann; Joseph Coleman, whose wife
was named Elizabeth; William Coleman, whose wife was named Frances;
Godphrey Coleman; and Peter Coleman. He also had a daughter named
Frances Coleman, who married a Tucker.
All of these children lived and died in Amelia County, except
Robert. This Robert moved to Lunenburg County, Virginia, in 1754.
From there he moved to Union County, South Carolina (across the
Broad River from Fairfield County) in 1768.
In 1775, Robert Coleman of Halifax County, North Carolina, moved
to Fairfield. The tradition is still alive in the Fairfield Coleman
family that there was a "well recognized connection" between the
Colemans of Fairfield and the Colemans of Union. This connection is
borne out by preceding facts, as Robert Coleman, the first settler in
Union, definitely was the son of William of Amelia, and he, in turn,
was a cousin to Coleman, Jr.

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The foregoing evidence indicates the following:

First Generation: Robert Coleman, Sr., 1652-1688.
Second Generation: Robert Coleman, Jr., died 1721.
Captain John Coleman.
Warner Coleman, died 1689.
William Coleman (cousin)
Died in Amelia County, VA, 1745.

Third Generation: Frances Coleman, still alive 1739.
Fourth Generation: Francis Coleman, Jr., still alive 1761.
John Coleman, who received deed, 1721.
Fifth Generation: Robert Coleman, who settled in Halifax
County, NC, 1756.


We can be certain that the Robert Coleman, Sr. (who acquired the
land from Lt. Col. Walter Chiles, in 1652) was not the same man as
the well known Robert Coleman of Gloucester County, who is generally
known as Robert Coleman of "Mobjack Bay" (sometimes called
"Mockjack Bay"). Robert Coleman of Mobjack Bay was the ancestor of
the Essex County, VA Colemans and of the numerous descendants so
carefully studied and described by Judge S. Bernard Coleman, of
Fredericksburg, Virginia, in his most excellent manuscript at the
Virginia State Library, of which he gave J. P. Coleman a copy in

Robert of Mobjack Bay first appears in the Virginia Patent Records
on March 18, 1662, When he was granted 110 acres in "Gloster" County,
on a branch of Burt's Creek adjoining "his own land." He had a son
named Robert, later known as Captain Robert Coleman, who became
Sheriff of Essex, at Tappahannock. This Robert, the son of Robert of
Mobjack Bay, was born in 1656.21 Therefore, the future sheriff was
only seven years old when the Appomattox River Robert Coleman, Jr.,
received the deed of gift from Robert Coleman, Sr.

It might further be pointed out that neither of the patents dated
March 18, 1662, and March 1, 1672, to Robert Coleman in Gloucester
County (Who most certainly was Robert Coleman of Mobjack Bay)
referred to the grantee by the descriptive Senior or Junior. Robert
of Mobjack Bay did have a son by the name of John. This is well
established by the writings of Judge S. Bernard Coleman, supported by
the records cited by

21 Essex County, Va., Deed and Will Book 13. p. 76.

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him, including entries in the Abbingdon Parish Register. However,
this John had wives named Margaret and Ann, while the wife of
John Coleman of Prince George County, as we have seen, was named Mary.
An examination of the Appendix to this book will show that in
addition to Robert Coleman of Charles City County and Robert Coleman
of Mobjack Bay, there was another Robert Coleman, who, on April 20,
1664, was granted 500 acres of land in Nansemond County, VA.
There was yet another Robert Coleman who, on September 29, 1667,
was granted 634 acres of land in Isle of Wight County, VA.
These men were listed in their respective counties in the Quit
Rent Rolls of 1704.
The Appendix carries a copy of the Will of Robert of
Isle of Wight, VA, who left no descendants by the name of Coleman.
Robert Coleman of Nansemond is documentarily well established as
the father of William Coleman, who died in Edgecombe County, North
Carolina, in 1752, and he was also the father of Robert Coleman, who
died in the same County, 1761.
The Robert Coleman, later to be described herein, patented land in
Edgecombe County in 1756. He was in that part of Edgecombe which
later became Halifax County, whereas the descendants of Robert Coleman
of Nansemond County, VA lived in an entirely different section of the
original Edgecombe, which then covered not only its present area
but parts of other present-day counties, Wilson, for example.
Over a period of approximately thirteen years, the writer has
thoroughly studied every record he could find in Virginia, North
Carolina, and South Carolina on all Coleman family lines. He is
convinced that all four of the Robert Colemans heretofore mentioned
were most likely connected. The documentary proof necessary to prove
this beyond a reasonable doubt can no longer be unearthed, if indeed
it ever existed. Yet, an exhaustive study of the surrounding
circumstances and family lines shows that, except as to Robert of
Isle of Wight who left no descendants by the name of Coleman, all
three of the others had descendants through many generations of the
same given name, repeated over and over from generation to
generation, such as Robert, John, Francis, William, Thomas, Stephen,
Charles, and many others which could be cited. It is for this reason
that in the Appendix the writer has included much material on other
Coleman family lines not directly connected with his own. It is hoped
that this will be of assistance to other Colemans who are interested
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lineage. As stated, this material has been "rediscovered," with the
aid and assistance of many people, from "hiding places" going back
for over three hundred years. Courthouse fires, the ravages of the
Civil War, and the natural attrition of time have destroyed many
original documentary sources; yet, that which can yet be found is of
the most interesting value.


This house, known as Burnt Quarter, is about five miles Southwest
of the village of Dinwiddie, Dinwiddie County, Virginia. I, J. P.
Coleman, visited it the first time on April 2, 1963, and again on
February 22, 1964.
The house was built about 1737 by Robert Coleman. It is presently
owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peterson Goodwin Gilliam,
who showed me every hospitality on each of my visits.
Due to the destruction of courthouse records in Dinwiddie County
prior to 1833, we are unable to give a full and complete history of
its owners.
We are unable to say whether the Robert Coleman who built this
House was the son of Captain John Coleman or Francis Coleman, Sr.,
although it seems quite certain from all available records that he
was the son of one or the other of them.
While Tarleton was on his way to Charlottesville, in his effort to
capture Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Legislature, he
visited this Coleman home. The family was storing grain for the
Continental Army, and Tarleton burned the grain quarter. Thus the
name "Burnt Quarter."
Later, at the close of the Civil War, the home was in the line of
fire at the battle of Five Forks.

Letitia Coleman, widow of Robert Coleman, willed the property to
her daughter, Mary, who married Colonel Joseph Goodwyn.
Mary Elizabeth Coleman Goodwyn, the 20th child of this couple,
inherited the property from her mother. She was born at
Burnt Quarter on the 25 day of December, 1812, and died there on
June 16, 1884. She married John William Gilliam, the only son of
Samuel and Susan Gilliam, on April 24, 1832. The property has
been in the Gilliam family ever since.

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[PICTURE BurntQuarter.jpg]

BURNT QUARTER, home of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. G. Gilliam, Dinwiddie
Virginia, the oldest known Coleman house in America.

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CAROLINA, 1756-1775

ROBERT COLEMAN, the elder, of Halifax County, North Carolina and
later of Fairfield County, South Carolina, who died late 1795.

In this chapter we shall write of Robert Coleman, who died in late
1795. He is undoubtedly the common ancestor of all the Coleman
family described in this book. Documentary evidence conclusively
shows that this Robert Coleman was the father of that Robert Coleman
who married Elizabeth Roe.
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman, in a chapter which appears later, wrote
that the Colemans first came to Virginia, thence to North Carolina. .
At the time this chapter is written (July 31, 1961) our earliest
specific documentary record of Robert Coleman, the elder, is found at
Page 174, Land Deed Book 8, Records of Halifax County, North Carolina
(1756). On November 9, l756, the Right Honorable John Earl Granville,
Viscount Carteret and Baron Carteret, of Hawnes, in the county of
Bedford granted to Robert Coleman "of Edgecombe County, Province of
North Carolina," 157 acres of land in Edgecombe Parish, said county.
It was described as adjoining Drewry M. Coleman's land, on Rocky
Swamp. For some reason, this grant was not proved for record until
the September Court, 1762.
The land in question had been granted to Earl Granville by
King George II, September 17, 1744.
For Geographical identifications it may be mentioned that
Rocky Swamp runs from North to South and enters Big Fishing Creek
about three miles West of the present city of Enfield, Halifax
County, NC. This is about sixteen miles southwest of the
town of Halifax. The County is situated in Northeastern North
Carolina, lacks only about six miles touching the Virginia State
line, is approximately 90 miles South of Richmond, and is bounded on
the Northeast by the Roanoke River, for which the Indian name was

On March 13, 1761, Book 7, Page 255, Robert Coleman bought of
William Roberts 100 acres in Halifax County on the West side of

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Rocky Swamp, beginning at the mouth of New Horsepin Run.
Francis Coleman was a subscribing witness and signed by mark.
Halifax County, NC had been formed of Edgecombe three years
previously, in 1758.
In the meantime, the Courthouse was moved from Enfield to
We next find the will of Thomas Mathis, Halifax County Wills,
dated October 15, 1764, admitted to probate in April, 1765. It must
be noted here that Mathis was one way of spelling Matthews. The
testator mentioned his wife, but did not state her given name. He
named his daughters, Frances Coleman, Sarah Hill and Millie Mathis.
He also named sons, Charles, James, Isaac, Thomas and Benjamin. From
a deed later to be described, we know that Frances Coleman, daughter
of Thomas Mathis, at least from 1764 to 1774 was the wife of
Robert Coleman, the elder.
On February 21, 1770, Book 11, Page 18, Robert Coleman conveyed to
Thomas Coleman the same land, on the West side of Rocky Swamp,
acquired of William Roberts in 1761. We know from a deed made by
Robert Coleman in Fairfield County, South Carolina, March 31, 1795,
that Thomas was his son.
On April 11, 1771, Book 11, Page 323, by deed of gift,
Robert Coleman conveyed to Christopher Pritchett 100 acres "of the
land which Coleman now holds on the South side of the main road."
Robert signed by mark "R." Thomas Coleman was a witness to this deed.
By the Last Will and Testament of Robert Coleman we know that
Susanna, wife of Christopher Pritchett, was Robert Coleman's daughter.
The 1782 Tax List, District 12, Halifax County, at the North
Carolina Department of Archives and History, shows that Christopher
Pritchett, John Pritchett, Elijah Humphries, Jeremiah Mathis,
Richard Mathis, James Mathis, Samuel Mathis, David Mathis, and
Susannah Mathis were all neighbors and residents of that Tax District.
Also in that District were Thomas Williams, John Williams,
James Williams, and John Thomas. David Roe Coleman referred to the
Thomases as his cousins, but I have never learned how this came in.
In Tax District Number 12, Halifax County, 1782, were found
Isaac Mathis, Mary Mathis, Sara Mathis, and Thomas Mathis.
On January 25, 1774, Land Deed Book 13, Page 32, Robert Coleman
and Frances Coleman, his wife, conveyed to Elijah Humphries 357 acres
in Halifax County on the East side of Rocky Swamp. Frances Coleman
signed by mark, as did her husband. She used an "x"; he used "RC."

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The Court Clerk certified that Frances Coleman, being privately exam-
ined, acknowledged the relinquishment of her right of dower. Robert
personally appeared before the May Court, 1774, to acknowledge the
conveyance. The land was described in the face of the deed as being
that land which Robert Coleman acquired by patent dated November 9,
1756, and other deeds or grants of record, on Rocky Swamp, adjoining
Humphries, the purchaser.
After the May Court, 1774, Robert Coleman never again appears in
the records of Halifax County. Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman, writing in
1906, did not have these North Carolina records. Yet she then stated
that Robert Coleman, the husband of Elizabeth Roe, came from Halifax
County, North Carolina, to Fairfield County, South Carolina, in 1775.
Since Robert Coleman, the elder, acknowledged the deed to Humphries
in May, 1774, his last recorded transaction in Halifax, the family
tradition known to Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman is documentarily proven to
have been correct.
Thus, we know that Robert Coleman, the elder, was a resident of
what is now Halifax County, North Carolina, from 1756 to 1775. This
goes back twenty years prior to the Declaration of Independence.
Again, the family tradition, as related by Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman,
was that this branch of the Coleman family came from Wales to
Virginia, thence to North Carolina.
We know that Robert Coleman's father-in-law, Thomas Mathis, whose
will has already been mentioned, was in Edgecombe County, NC,
as early as February 14, 1746. On this date, Land Deed Book
3, Page 55, Thomas Mathis "of Edgecombe County" conveyed to his
brother, Isaac, of Brunswick County, Virginia, 320 acres at
Turkey Ford, Conoway Creek. Brunswick County, Virginia, adjoins
Halifax County, NC.
Thomas Coleman, son of Robert the elder, was a subscribing witness
to a deed in the Halifax records from Barzilla Hewett to Anderson
Nunnelly, June 14, 1766. This proves that Thomas was born no later
than 1745. Thus, his father, Robert, was most certainly born as early
as 1725, even if there were no children older than Thomas. Computed
another way, if Robert the elder were eighty years of age at his
death in 1795 then he would have been born as early as 1715. He had
many children and we do not know their dates of birth.
From Thomas' age we know that Robert was married not later than
1744. Thomas Mathis does not appear in Edgecombe County until 1746.
Except for the possibility that Robert had a wife before Frances,

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Robert met and married her before either the Colemans or the Mathises
came to Halifax County.
The best evidence we have at this date of where Thomas Mathis came
from is an entry in the Albemarle Parish Register of Surrey County,
Virginia, showing that James Matthews, son of Thomas Matthews and
wife, Eliza Matthews, was born August 4, 1739. The godparents were
James Matthews and Frances Matthews. The name Matthews is used
interchangeably with Mathis a number of times in the Halifax records.
Thomas Mathis' will of 1764 names a son, James.
Moreover, Deed Book I, Page 520, Brunswick County, Virginia,
Records (1741) described one James Mathis as being from
Albemarle Parish, Surrey County, Virginia.
An extensive search of the records of Lunenberg, Mecklenberg, and
Brunswick Counties, Virginia (which are perfect back to 1720) fails
to reveal the presence of Thomas Mathis or Robert Coleman the elder
in any of these counties prior to removal to North Carolina.
Thomas Mathis did have numerous relatives in Brunswick County, who
will be described, for genealogical interest, in the Appendix.
The only other documentary record of Robert Coleman, the elder, in
Halifax County, is an entry on the Crown Docket, Item 16, January
Court, 1767, styled The King vs. Robert Coleman-indictment. This
entry does not name the charge, but does give Benjamin Taylor as the
prosecuting witness, and carries the notation "not a true bill,"
reflecting that the grand jury declined to indict Robert, whatever
the charge.
On December 7, 1779, Book 14, Page 325, Halifax Records,
Thomas Coleman and his wife, Sarah, sold the 100 acres "whereon the
said Thomas Coleman now lives," being the same land that Robert had
deeded him in 1770, to his brother-in-law, Christopher Pritchett.
The deed recites that the land had been acquired from Robert Coleman, Sr.
This, of course, shows that by 1779 there was a Robert, Jr, in
the family. The appellation "Junior" could refer only to the Robert
who married Elizabeth Roe. This deed further indicates that Thomas,
in 1779, was moving away. It was not until November 29, 1790, that
William Con, by mark, conveyed to Thomas Coleman, of Fairfield
County, 250 acres of land on the waters of Beaver Creek. Thereafter,
on March 31, 1795, Thomas Coleman was a witness to the Will of
Robert Coleman, the elder.
On March 31, 1795, Fairfield Land Deed Book K, Page 302,
Robert Coleman conveyed to "his son," Thomas Coleman, a Negro boy
named Moses.

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On the same day, Robert made his last will and testament, with
Thomas as a witness, above mentioned. Among the appraisers of the
estate was David Roe Coleman, son of Robert and Elizabeth Roe
Coleman, as was his brother, Wiley.
On March 25, 1795, Land Deed Book K, at Pages 124, 126, 128, and
130, Robert Coleman, who signed by the mark "R," conveyed property to
his sons-in-law, William Chapman, Isaiah Mobley, and William Mobley,
as well as to his son, Stephen Coleman. Thus, Isaiah Mobley, was a
brother-in-law of Thomas Coleman. As we shall see in another chapter
they moved together to Warren County, Kentucky (Bowling Green) in
The warrant for the appraisal of the estate of Robert Coleman, the
elder, is dated January 20, 1796, which shows that Robert Coleman had
died previous to that date, cither in late 1795 or early in January,
His will refers to Susanna Coleman, his well beloved wife. This
shows that the Frances Coleman, the wife of 1764-1774, had died after
signing the deed of the latter date, but we do not know when nor
The deed of record at Page 80 of Land Deed Book I, Fairfield
Records, dated April 26, 1792, from Robert Coleman, Sr. and wife
Susanna, for 200 acres on the south side of Little River, recites
that the land in question was granted June 23. 1774, unto William
Jones, "and whereas said Robert Coleman has since the decease of
William Jones married his widow, Susanna."
Deed Book B, Page 77, December 1, 1779, William Jones and his wife
conveyed 100 acres to William Phillips on Phillips Branch of Little
River, granted July 15, 1768. This shows that William Jones died
after 1779. Thus, Robert, the elder, married Susanna after that
On May 16, 1744, Book 5, Page 264, William Jones (senior) sold to
Francis Jones of Northampton County, land on Rocky Swamp. James
Mathis, Jr. was a witness. This is the same neighborhood in which
Robert Coleman obtained his patent in 1756. This shows that the
Joneses and Colemans had known each other long before they appeared
in Fairfield, and also shows the close connection with the Mathises.
This William Jones made a conveyance to William Jones, Jr. on May
18, 1748, and he, no doubt, was the husband of Susanna who later
became the wife of Robert Coleman.
We next encounter the recitations of the deeds from Stephen
Coleman (son of Robert the elder) to Robert Coleman (the husband of
Elizabeth Roe) dated December 7, 1808, which clinches the matter.

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Land Deed Book Y, Page 158, Fairfield County, Stephen Coleman
conveyed to Robert Coleman 17 acres of land "being a part of a tract
of land containing 100 acres granted to a person by the name of
Wadey and then conveyed to Albert Beam, and by Beam conveyed to
Robert Coleman, the father of said Robert Coleman, and by him devised
by his last will and testament to said Stephen, situated on Reedy
Branch of Beaver Creek, situated near the old Post Office."
Robert Fitz Coleman was one of the subscribing witnesses and made
affidavit before D. R. Coleman, Justice of the Peace, that he was
personally present and saw the within named Stephen Coleman sign,
seal, and deliver the within deed to Robert Coleman, Sr., and that he
together with Wiley F. Coleman witnessed the execution of the deed.
Robert Coleman, the husband of Elizabeth Roe, was then a senior
because he had a son named Robert, born February 1, 1769.
Land Deed Book Y, Page 293, January 10, 1811. Deed of
Francis Coleman and Elizabeth Coleman, children of Robert Coleman
who married Elizabeth Roe, to Robert F. Coleman. The instrument
conveys 17 1/2 acres, being a part of a tract of 100 acres
"conveyed to Albert Beam, and by him to Robert Coleman, Sr., and
by him devised to Stephen Coleman, and by Stephen conveyed to
Robert Coleman, father of Francis and Elizabeth, who devised this
and other land in his last will and testament to Francis and Elizabeth."
The Fairfield Census of 1800 enumerated Susannah Coleman, widow,
the head of a family.
Deed Book 1, Page 79, Abraham Jones and wife, Mary, executed a
deed reciting that Abraham Jones was the oldest son and heir at law
of William Jones. This Abraham Jones was thus the son or stepson of
Susannah Jones, who married Robert Coleman, the elder. He was
personally close enough to Robert Coleman, who died in 1809, that he
was one of the witnesses of his will.

"AMELIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA--Deed Book 3. P. 318--

Abraham Jones Sr. of Amelia County conveys to Abraham Jones Jr. by
deed of gift a tract of 421 acres on the west side of Sweathouse
Creek said land being part of a larger tract granted Abraham Jones by
patent 28 Jan. 1733."

"Deed Book 4, P. 150--Abraham Jones Jr. of Edgecombe County, NC
conveys to Abraham Jones Sr. of Amelia County, Virginia--for
the sum of 300 pounds-a tract of 421 acres on the west

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side of Sweathouse Creek said land being part of a larger tract
granted Abraham Jones, Sr. 28 Jan. 1733. Recorded 25 Sept. 1751."

Apt. 2, File #51, Fairfield County, recorded in Book 2, Pages 117
and 118, February 15, 1796:


IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Robert Coleman of the State of South
Carolina and County of Fairfield Farmer being Very Weak of Body but
in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God Calling unto mind
the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men
once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament That
is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Sole
into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and My Christian burial
at the discretion of my Executors nothing Doubting but at the general
resurection I shall receive the Same again by the mighty power of
God and as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God
to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in
the following manner and form:
First, I give and bequeath to Susannah Coleman my well beloved
wife one Sorrel mare, Seven head of Cattle to be taken out of the
Stock I had by my wife in marage, fifteen head of hogs, two feather
beds and Furniture, one large Chest, third of all my geese, one Iron
pot, One Small leather trunk, one duch oven to Her and her heirs
Item, I lend to my well beloved wife Susannah Coleman the Third
part of one hundred acres of land during of her life.
Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved Children, Thomas
Coleman, Sarah Chapman, Mary Parker, Cloey Mobley, Fanney Mobley,
Nancy Mobley Susanah Prichet or the lawfull heirs of her body one
Shilling Sterling each to be paid out of my Estate if demanded.
Item, I give and bequeath to my three well beloved children
Stephen Coleman, Morening Coleman, Tabitha Coleman, all my personal
Estate except what I have given away which is above mentioned.
Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son, Stephen Coleman,
one hundred acres of land whereon I now live.
Lastly, I make, constitute and appoint William Chapman and Isaiah
Mobley my lawful Executors of this my last will and testament, and I
do hereby utterly disalow and revoke, disanul all and every other
form of testaments, wills, legaces, bequeaths and Exers. by me in any
ways before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming
this and

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no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have
here unto Set my hand and Seal, this 31 day of March, 1795.
Signed, Sealed, published and declared in presence of us.

Robert R. Coleman Seal

Anderson Thomas
Thomas Coleman

Proved 20 January 1796
D. Evans

Recorded in Book 2, Pages 117 & 118
February 15, 1796
Apt. 2 File 51

Robert Coleman signed by the mark "R." His estate was appraised by
D. Coleman (this was David Roe Coleman, born 1765, died 1855),
Wiley Coleman (his brother), and William Mobley. The warrant of
appraisement is dated January 20, 1796, which shows that
Robert Coleman had died previous to that date. The warrant spells
William Mobley's name "Moberly" but he signs Mobley. Thomas Means was
also named as an appraiser, as was Isiah Moberley. The oath,
however, was signed only by D. Coleman, Wiley Coleman and
William Mobley, William Chapman and Isiah Moberley being the Executors.

Wes' Note 7/18/02:
Thus it would appear we have these family relationships:
Robert Coleman, Sr., b c1720-25, was he the one who d. 1809?
married Susanna, widow of William Jones, Jr., after 1 Dec 1779
1 Robert Coleman, Jr. + Elizabeth Roe
David Roe Coleman
Robert Fitz Coleman fits in here?
Wiley F Coleman fits in here?
Wiley Roe Coleman
Robert Roe Coleman, b. 1 Feb 1769
Francis Roe Coleman,
Elizabeth Roe Coleman
2 Thomas Coleman, of Halifax Co., sold land 7 Dec 1779 leaving area?
sold it to his brother-in-law, Christopher Pritchett
b. <=1745
bought 250 acres of land on Beaver Creek 29 Nov 1790
witnessed his dad's will 31 Mar 1795 and received negro boy
Moses on same date.
moved his family to Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY along with
Isaiah Mobley's family.
3 Sarah Coleman married William Chapman
4 Mary Coleman married Mr. Parker
5 Cloey or Fanney? Coleman married Isaiah Mobley
6 Cloey or Fanney? Coleman married William Mobley
7 Nancy Coleman married Mr. Mobley
8 Susanah Coleman married Christopher Pritchett
9 Stephen Coleman
to brother Robert he sold inherited land on Reedy Branch of
Beaver Creek
10 Morening Coleman
11 Tabitha Coleman
The Estate consisted of the following:

One horse
One colt
One mare
One bed and bedstead
50 bushels of corn
12 heads of hogs
3 head of cattle
1 spinning wheale
1 grindstone
4 head of geese
1 pewter dish and four plates and two tin pans
2 cowhides
1 meal tob

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1 axe
1 axe
1 broadaxe
Two sides of leather
One drawing knife and iron wedge and two reap hooks
1 Loom
1 half bushel
1 sithe blade
1 sledge and clevis and Srivin
1 half set of wagon boxes
1 wheate sive
1 shovel plow
4 chair fraims
1 pair saddle walletts
350 pounds of bacon and 100 pound of cotton
1 saddle
1 barsheare plow and table


Halifax County Wills proved April Court, 1765, as follows:

October Ye Fifteenth, 1764, this being my last will and testament in
the name of God Amen.

I Thos. Mathis being in perfect sence and memory and knowing it to
be appointed once for all men to die I give my soul to God who gave
it me and my body to the earth to be buried to the discretion of
executors and my worldly estate as followeth:

Item. To my daughter Frances Coleman I give ten shillings besides
what she was possessed with before. Item. To my son Charles Mathis I
give five shillings besides what he already has had of me. Item. To
my daughter Sarah Hill I give ten shillings besides what she has
had of me. Item. To my son James Mathis I give my Negro fellow Will.
Item. To my daughter Milly I give ten shillings besides what she
already has. Item. To my son Isaac Mathis I give 160 more or less
acres of land lying over the creek being part of the Coles survey and
the remainder tract of the land I give to my son Thomas Mathis. Item.
And my home plantation I give to my son, Benjamin Mathis, being 150
acres, more or less. Item. To my loving wife I give three Negroes
Cook, Rachel and Hannah during her life if after her death the Negro
feller Cook shall

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return to my son Isaac and Rachel to my son Thomas likewise and
Hannah to my son Benjamin. Likewise, also to my son Isaac, I give
Dinah and Daniel aFter my wife's decease. Also to my son Benjamin I
give Neil and David after my wife's decease. Item. To my son, Isaac,
I give my mill observed Thomas and Benjamin I give equal part
with my son lsaac til they come of age. Item. To my son Thomas, I
give my Negro Peter as soon as he comes of age, and Kate to my son
Benjamin as soon as he comes of age, and to my son James, I give one
bed and furniture and to my son Isaac I give my still and him l leave
to pay all my worldly debts. item. To my son, Isaac, I give one bed
and furniture and to my son Thomas another bed and furniture and to
my son Benjamin another bed and furniture after my wife's decease I
leave everything that is not already given I give to my three
youngest sons, Thomas, Isaac and Benjamin to be equally divided among
them. My son Charles and my son lsaac l leave my executors.

Thomas (his mark) Mathis

Test: William Pullen, Isaac Mathis, Thomas Mathis.
North Carolina, Halifax County, April Court, 1765.

The above will was exhibited in open court and duly proved by the
oath of Thos. Mathis a witness thereto, who on his oath did say that
he saw the testator, Thos. Mathis, seal, publish and deliver the same
to be his last will and testament and that at the same time he saw
William Pullen and lsaac Mathis the other two subscribing witnesses
sign the same as witnesses thereto whereupon Isaac Mathis one of the
executors therein named came in Court and was duly qualified by
taking of the oath by law directed wherefore return shall be

Test: Joseph Montfort, Clerk of the Court.

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Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman, in her diary, stated that this
William Coleman was a brother of Robert Coleman who died in 1809 and
of Charles Coleman who died in 1788. It seems likely that she may
have been mistaken as to this. It appears more probable that he was a
brother to Robert who died in late 1795, and therefore the uncle of
the other two. We know from the Bristol Parish Register that
Francis Coleman, Jr. had a son named William who was born in 1733, and
at page 545 of Mills Statistics of South Carolina, published in 1826,
it is stated that William Coleman of Fairfield County was then upwards
of ninety years of age.
This William Coleman first appears of documentary record in
Fairfield County in 1771 as he had a tract of land surveyed for him
on November 27 of that year. He received the patent on July 12, 1772
to 100 acres on a branch of Beaver Creek, bounded on all sides by
vacant land.
In a land survey map (found in official South Carolina records)
250 acres of land of Robert Coleman on Bonney's Fork of Beaver Creek,
surveyed November 5, 1784, was shown to be located south of land
belonging to William Coleman.
On January 7, 1811, William Coleman conveyed to "my son,
Solomon Coleman" 145 acres originally granted to William Mazyck, and
conveyed to Robert Coleman and by Robert Coleman to William Coleman
on the headbranches of Beaver Creek. D. R. Coleman and Robert F. Coleman
witnesses. Land Deed Book Y, Page 546.
Solomon Coleman was born in 1787, and died about 1863.
On the 12 day of December, 1815, William Coleman in the presence
of Nancy Coleman and D. R. Coleman, for love and affection to his
lovely daughter, Elizabeth Butler, wife of John Butler, conveyed to
her and to her eldest and only son, Martin, 56 acres of land, being
part of a tract originally granted to William Mazyck. Land Deed Book
Z, Page 436.
On the 16 day of May 1816, William Coleman conveyed to
William Coleman, Jr., 150 acres of land. Land Deed Book Z, Page 469.
On the 11 day of September 1817, William Coleman, in the presence
of D. R. Coleman and John Coleman, conveyed to his son,
David Coleman, 150 acres of land. Land Deed Book Z, Page 442.
On the 13 day of February, 1818, William Coleman in consideration

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of the sum of $500.00 conveyed to Abner Coleman that plantation or
tract of land whereon "l now live," being part of three tracts of
land, one of which was granted to me the said William Coleman for
100 acres in the year 1772 on Beaver Creek. John Feaster,
D. R. Coleman and Wiley Coleman were witnesses. Land Deed Book Z,
Page 433.
It will be noted that William Coleman had a son named Abner, a
christian name prominently used for many generations in the family of
the Robert Coleman who patented land in Union County in 1768. This
Robert Coleman of Union County is positively known to be the son of
William Coleman of Prince George and Amelia.
On the 15 day of May, 1818, William Coleman (in the presence of
David Coleman and D. R. Coleman) conveyed to his son, John Coleman,
103 acres, previously granted to William Coleman on September 7,
1789. Land Deed Book Z, Page 441.
This son was known as Major John Coleman. He was born in 1780 and
died in 1862.

Children of William Coleman

Elizabeth Coleman Butler
William Coleman, Jr.
David Coleman
Abner Coleman
(Major) John Coleman

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by J. P. COLEMAN (Written January 4, 1964)

In the chapter on Robert Coleman, who died late 1795, we have seen
that on February 21, 1770, he conveyed to Thomas Coleman lands in
Halifax County, North Carolina, on the west side of Rocky Swamp,
acquired from William Roberts in 1761.
On December 7, 1779, Thomas Coleman and Sarah Coleman, his wife,
sold the same lands to his brother-in-law, Christopher Pritchett.
Eleven years later, November 29, 1790, in Fairfield County, SC,
Thomas Coleman bought 250 acres, on the waters of Beaver Creek,
from William Con. On March 31, 1795, Robert Coleman
conveyed to "his son" Thomas Coleman, a Negro boy named Moses.
In the study of Coleman family history, we had, for many years,
been quite curious as to what eventually became of Thomas Coleman. In
1963 we employed a professional researcher to compile a list of all
Colemans appearing in the early census records of Kentucky. When she
reported the presence of a Drewry Coleman in the Warren County census
of 1820, our interest was doubly aroused because Robert Coleman, the
elder, patented lands in Halifax County, North Carolina, in 1756,
adjoining Drewry Coleman.
At the 1820 Census, in Warren County, the Drewry Coleman family
consisted of one male age 26 to 45, two males under 10, a female age
26 to 45, and a female under 10. The age of the children would
indicate that Drewry Coleman and his wife were born between 1785 and
This clue led us to Bowling Green. We went there on August 30,
1963, where we found an abundance of Coleman family records at the
According to the Revolutionary War Record of Clement Moberley,
at National Archives, he was born in 1746 in Bedford County, VA.
He moved to South Carolina, then to Madison County, Kentucky, shortly
after the Revolutionary War. He then moved to Warren County,
Kentucky, and from there to Crawford County, Arkansas, in 1831.
According to his Revolutionary War Record, Isaiah Moberley was
born in South Carolina in 1754 or 1755, moved to Warren County,
Kentucky, in 1807, thence to Crawford County, Arkansas, in 1830.
Isaiah Moberley married Nancy Coleman, sister of Thomas.

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Thomas Coleman. On January 12, 1807, Land Deed Book Q, Page 326,
Fairfield County Deeds, Thomas Coleman sold to Wiley Coleman (son of
Robert who died in 1809) the same 250 acres of land which he had
purchased from William Con in 1790. D. R. Coleman, likewise a son of
the aforementioned Robert, and Isaiah Moberley were witnesses to the
Then, in Warren County, Kentucky, on November 16, 1808, Book 4,
Page 100, Landon Key and Katy Key sold to Thomas Coleman, "of
Warren County," 200 acres on Bay's Fork.
On December 12, 1811, Frederick Barnes and Elinor Barnes, Book 5,
Page 519, sold to Thomas Coleman 50 acres originally patented to
Abner Chapman.
On July 16, 1814 (Book 6, Page 376) Thomas Coleman sold to
Isaiah Moberley 400 acres on McFaddin's Fork of Gasper River. This is
in western Warren County, near the Logan County line.
At Page 377 of Book B of Warren County Wills is found the will of
Thomas Coleman. It was dated February 23, 1816, but not proven until
October, 1821, which indicates the year of his death. Since we have
already shown that he was born not later than 1745, he was at least
near eighty years of age at his death. His will names his wife,
Polly; sons, William, John, Thomas and Benjamin; also a daughter,
Betsy Fraker.
From that excellent Coleman historian, Mrs. Etta Rosson, I first
learned that Charity Coleman, daughter of Thomas Coleman, married
Stephen Crosby. He was born November 10, 1782 and died March 20,
1856. She was born January 22, 1772 and died July 29, 1855. They
were married in 1801. On July 25, 1964, I visited the Crosby family
cemetery in the Cool Branch Neighborhood of Fairfield County. The
directions to this cemetery are as follows: Driving south on South
Carolina Highway 215, immediately south of the Chester-Fairfield
line, turn right, or west, on a rural road. Go 8/10 of a mile and
the cemetery is to the left, on top of a beautiful knoll. It cannot
be seen from the road. It contains many expensive monuments, many
Crosby graves, but is in poor repair. One of the graves is that of
Coleman Crosby, son of Stephen and Charity. Of course, Charity
Coleman Crosby did not move to Kentucky.
As to the children of Thomas Coleman, we found the following from
the Bowling Green Records.
On December 8, 1814, Book 6, Page 424, Thomas Coleman sold to
John W. Coleman the 50 acres adjoining Abner Chapman.
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time prior to 1825. In that year, John W. Coleman, a brother to and
executor of the latter Thomas (Book 12, Page 220) conveyed to
Larkin P. Coleman all of the right of the said Thomas Coleman in and
to the estate of Thomas Coleman, Sr. in 55 acres of land.
On January 14, 1825, Book 12, Page 306, John W. Coleman, executor
of Thomas Coleman, deceased, conveyed to Thales Morrison 48 acres of
land belonging to the late deceased, and David Chapman was a witness.
On October 14, 1826 (Book 12, Page 250) John W. Coleman, executor,
sold to James Weatherspoon 115 acres of the lands of Thomas Coleman,
On the same date (Book 12, Page 264) James Weatherspoon sold land
to Daniel Coleman, adjoining land "formerly belonging to
Thomas Coleman, deceased."
On December 14, 1826, Book 12, Page 264, Daniel Coleman sold to
yet another Thomas Coleman 115 acres.
The thread continues. On June 4, 1834, Daniel Coleman sold to
Larkin P. Coleman, land formerly belonging to Thomas Coleman,
deceased, adjoining land "where Larkin P. Coleman now lives," book
15, Page 389.
On October 28, 1842 (Book 19, Page 130) John Coleman, of Allen
County (adjoining Warren), sold to Daniel Coleman, of
Warren County, KY 107 acres on Drake's Creek, where Daniel now lives,
once owned by Thomas Coleman, now deceased.
John W. Coleman, the son of Thomas who died in 1821, died
intestate. On August 28, 1848, his heirs conveyed lands belonging to
him. The deed was signed by Margaret Doyel, Edward F. Coleman,
Susan S. Coleman, Mitchell H. Coleman, John W. Coleman and
James W. Coleman.
Reverting to Drewry Coleman, on November 30, 1818 (Land Deed Book
9, Page 12), Drewry Coleman bought 250 acres on the East fork of
Gasper River from Thomas Proctor.
In Land Deed Book 16 1/2, Page 217, March 14, 1839, the heirs of
Drewry Coleman sold to William Covington the 250 acres "in the
barrens," on which Drewry Coleman lived at his death, subject to
dower rights of the widow. The deed was signed by Emily Coleman
Dillon, William S. Coleman, Joseph Coleman, Robert Coleman,
Elizabeth Coleman, Nancy Coleman, and Susan Coleman.
We still do not know the exact relationship of this Drewry Coleman

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the 1756 Drewry Coleman of Halifax County, North Carolina. Yet, he
lived in the same community in Kentucky with Thomas Coleman, the
Moberleys, and the Chapmans. His children bore the given names so
common to all the other Colemans. Since the Kentucky Drewry Coleman
was born about 1785, it is reasonable to assume that he was the son,
grandson, or nephew of Thomas Coleman.
The will of Larkin P. Coleman appears at Page 361 of Will Book C,
Warren County, dated June 19, 1858. His widow was named Jane. He
had sons named James P. and Thomas. The daughters were named
Melcena Dempsey and Mary M. Weatherspoon.
From the old Survey Records and Marriage Records of
Warren County we found the following:
Survey Book A, Page 296, July 29, 1800, 200 acres surveyed for
William Chapman, three miles north of the Barren River. From Land
Deed Book K, Page 124, Fairfield County, we know that William Chapman
was the son-in-law of Robert Coleman who died in 1795. His wife,
Sarah, was a sister of Thomas Coleman
At Page 13() of the same book we find a survey of 200 acres for
George Chapman on the north side of Barren River, and
Thomas Chapman was one of the surveyors.
Over thirty Chapmans appear on the marriage records for the first
few years following 1800.
We now revert to the Moberleys.
On May 10, 1799 (Deed Book 1, Page 108) the Trustees for the town
of Bowling Green sold to Clement Moberley lot 17 in said town,
one-half acre in size. On June I, 1807 (Deed Book C, Page 3)
Clement Moberley sold this lot to Samuel Campbell.
On August 19, 1799, Survey Book A, Page 231, 200 acres were
surveyed for Clement Moberley on McFaddill's Fork, adjoining
Elisha Moberley and John Moberley. John Moberley and Charles Moberley
were chainbearers. Previously, Page 165, 200 acres had been surveyed
for John Moberley on a branch of Gasper River, in which Clement was a

I was advised in Bowling Green that all of these 200 acre tracts
were for Revolutionary soldiers and that the land between the
Green River and the Barren River was originally set aside for land
grants to Revolutionary soldiers.

On February 9, 1810, Book 4, Page 230, Isaiah Moberley, sold 200
acres on Casper River to Anthony Turney, evidently the same land
which had been surveyed for Isaiah Moberley back in 1799 while he
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resident of Fairfield County, South Carolina. In this deed
Isaiah Moberley referred to himself as a resident of
Bedford County, Tennessee.
On October 17, 1828, Book 13, Page 183, Clement Moberley sold to
Benjamin Hampton 71 1/2 acres on McFaddin's Ford of Gasper River.
Burwill Cox, who had married Rebecca Moberley on March 14, 1820, was
a witness to the deed.
On the same date, David A. Moberley and David R. Moberley sold 100
acres to Benjamin Hampton at the same location.
In Marriage Register A, Warren County, we find the following
Page 262. October 27, 1818, Vashti Moberley to Daniel Turney.
We here remember that Robert Coleman who died in 1795,
Charles Coleman who died in 1788, and Francis Coleman, who died in
Alabama in 1824, all had daughters named Vashti.
Page 166. Edward Moberley to Sarah Simons, May 29, 1824.
Page 134. Sicily Moberley to William Johnson, October 9, 1826.
Page 163. James Moberley to Betsy Cox, December 3, 1800.
Page 197. Nancy Moberley to Harvey O'Neal, June 15, 1804.
Page 261. Polly Moberley to William Taylor, August 15, 1809.
Page 35. Sallie Moberley to Elmon Covington, October 12, 1802.
It is evident from the foregoing that there was an extensive
colony of Colemans, Moberleys and Chapmans on the Gasper River in
Warren County, Kentucky; that Thomas Coleman moved from
Fairfield County, SC, with Isaiah Moberley, to Warren County, KY
in 1807.
The writer is unable to understand why many of them later left
Warren County. It is as beautiful a country, particularly from an
agricultural standpoint, as one could ever see. Possibly it became
too thickly settled to suit them.

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Born, Halifax County, North Carolina, October 4, 1762. Died,
Greene County, Alabama, December 27, 1850.

Revolutionary soldier. According to the records in the National
Archives, he enlisted in Lincoln County, North Carolina, June, 1780.
Discharged April, 1782. Was in the battles of Cowan's Ford,
Guilford Court House and Eutaw Springs.
He moved to Georgia in 1789, to Kentucky in 1806, to Mississippi
territory in 1812, and to Alabama in 1818.
He was married to Fanny Mobley in Greene County on March 8, 1829,
at the age of 67. Fanny was then 45 years of age, so his children,
John R. Coleman and Mrs. Judith Person, wife of David Person, must
have been by a previous marriage.
Larken Mobley, his brother in law, was the Executor of his Estate,
No. 635, Greene County. He left one hundred dollars to each of his
children, remainder for life to his widow, then to his nephew,
Ryan C. Mobley, for his kindness to him in his old age. Mrs. Persons
lived in Kemper County, MS.
Purchasers of the personal effects were Giles C. Coleman and
Thomas Colvin.
The Mississippi Territorial Census of 1816 listed
Charles P. Coleman as a resident of Claiborne County.

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Fairfield County is situated in the "Up Country" or Piedmont section,
north central part of South Carolina. It is directly north of
Columbia, SC, the capitol of the state. lt has an area of 706 square
miles. Winnsboro, SC, twenty-five miles North of Columbia, is the
county seat.
This was originally Cherokee territory and was ceded by that tribe
in Glen's Treaty of 1755.
The Catawba-Wateree River is its eastern boundary; the Broad River
is its western boundary. At Blair's, in the western part of the
county, the elevation is 295 feet above sea level; at Ridgeway the
elevation is 625 feet.
Charleston had been settled in 1670, and it appears from best
available records that a few people began to settle in what later
became Fairfield County about 1750.
The Feasterville Community, as it is now known, is in the western
section of the county, on Beaver Creek, a few miles from where it
enters the Broad.

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Charles Coleman was a brother to Robert Coleman, who died 1809.
Robert Coleman was a witness to Charles' will, and Francis Coleman
was his Executor.
He married Polly Mobley, daughter of Clement Mobley and Mary Fox.
His children were Isaiah, who was dead by 1791, and the following
Nancy, who married her first cousin, Robert Roe Coleman;
Sarah, who married her first cousin, Allen Coleman,
(Robert and Allen being brothers), and
Vashti, who married Reuben Manning (1772-1848). S he had a son,
Simpson Manning (1800-1863). Mrs. Paul J. Anderson, of Anniston, AL,
is a descendant.
Robert Roe Coleman and Allen Coleman are to be found in their
appropriate chapters herein. It might be pointed out, however, that
since the sons of Robert, who died in 1809, married the daughters of
Charles, many Colemans are descended from both Charles and Robert.
This is true, for example, of J. P. Coleman, the author of this
In his Last Will and Testament Charles Coleman bequeathed unto
his son lsaac Moberly, alias Coleman, "200 acres of land known by
Welches Fork of Sandy River to him and his heirs, but if he should
die without issue that it is my Will and desire that his Legacy be
equally divided between his three sisters, Sarah Coleman,
Nancy Coleman, and Vashti Coleman, or any of them that may be
At Page 15 of Land Deed Book N, of Fairfield County Records, we
find that on February 5, 1791, Francis Coleman, who calls himself
"lawful attorney for Charles Coleman" sold to John Coleman 200 acres
in (Chester County on the South side of Sandy River on a branch
called Welcheses Fork, land originally granted to Charles Coleman.
David Coleman, Robert Coleman, Sr., and Robert Coleman, Jr., were
witnesses to this instrument.
On February 5, 1800, David Coleman, son of Robert, made oath that
he saw the within named Francis Coleman sign this deed and that he
also saw Robert Coleman, Sr., and Robert Coleman, Jr., subscribe
their names to the deed.

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This instrument, beyond all reasonable doubt, again proves the
existence of Robert, the elder, and Robert, his son, in
Fairfield County on February 5, 1791, and it further proves that
Isaiah Coleman died with no heirs, and the land was thus sold in
conformity with the directions of the will.
By the terms of his Will, we know that Charles Coleman was
granted land on Beaver Creek, in Fairfield County, on October 15,
At Page 279 of Land Deed Book C of Chester County, SC,
we find the deed dated July 1, 1786, in which Solomon Peters
sold Charles Coleman 400 acres of land on a branch of
Sandy River previously granted to Peters in May, 1774.
John Coleman was a witness to this deed.
As to Amelia Gwin, also mentioned in the Will, we know that one
John Gwin was granted land in Fairfield County as early as
December 11, 1766. He later got 100 acres on Sandy River in 1784,
as well as 416 acres on Beaver Creek in 1787, the year before
Charles Coleman died. However, the exact relationship, whatever
it may have been, between Charles Coleman and Amelia Gwin, at this
day remains a mystery, as will later be explained. It is very
likely that she married Charles Coleman after he made the will.



I Charles Coleman of Fairfield County in the State of
South Carolina being at this present of sound and perfect mind
and memory praised be Almity God and I well considering the
uncertainty of this mortal life I do therefore make and ordayne
this my present last will and testament in manner and form
Following, that is to say first and principally I commend my soul
into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the merrits death
and passion of my savour Jesus Christ to full pardon and
forgiveness of all my sins and to inherrit everlasting life; and
my body I committ to the Earth to be decently buried at the
discression of my executor named or otherwise as providence shall
order it.
And as touching the disposeal of all such temporal estate as
hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give and dispose of as
followerth first I will that all my debts be paid and funeral
charges be discharged.
ITEM I lend unto Amelia Gwin one hundred acres of land lying in
the county aforesaid on a branch of Beaver Creek Granted by his
Excellency Benjamin Guerard the fifteenth day of Oct. 1784 during

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natural life and after her decease I Give unto her son Jesse Gwin
& his heirs &c.
ITEM I give and Bequeath Unto Amelia Gwin one feather Bed, bed
stead and furniture, one cotton wheale and cards, one linnen wheale,
one large chest, one iron pot & skillet one half dozzen pewter
plates and one half of my cotton and all my flax one large black sow
& seven pigs, seven hundred wt. of killible pork, ten barrels of
corn, her choice of two of my cows and one heifer she called own.
I also give unto her my little sorrel mare. I also will that my
manner (manor) plantation rented or leased out for four years
after my decease and the money that may arise thereof be
appropriated to the support of Amelia Gwin and her children at the
discression of my executor.
ITEM I give & bequeath unto my son Isaiah Moberly alias Coleman
two hundred acres of land known by the name of Welches Fork of
Sandy River to him and his heirs but if he should die without
issue that it is my will and desire that his legacy be equally
divided between his three sisters, Sarrah Coleman, Nancy Coleman
and Vashtie Coleman or any of them that may be surviving. I also
give unto Isaiah Moberly one sorrel colt known by the name of
black and all black.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Coleman one
feather bed, bed stead & furniture, one linnen wheale and one
cotton wheale and one covered trunk and my loom.

LASTLY it is my will and desire that after my decease that all
the rest of my stock and horses, cattle, and hogs not before
mentioned be collected; together with my smith's tools, one shot
gun, two riffle guns, one feather bed, bed stead and furniture and
the rest of my house hold goods and chattels not before named with
all my plantation tools and utensils thereunto belonging of every
kind whatever also ninety two acres of land adjoining my manner
plantation and Daniel Malone may be sold to the best advantage as
my Executor may think proper, and the debts due my estate may be
collected as soon as possible and added to the money that may
arise from my sale and my executor to make use of the money to the
best advantage for the support of my four children Isaiah Moberly,
Nancy Colman, Sarah & Vashtie Coleman, and soon either of said
children arrives of lawful age or either of my dauters should
marry that their be an equal division made among them of the money
in the hands of my executor, but if either of the aforesaid four
children should die before they arrive to the age of maturity then
it is my desire that their legacy or legacys be divided among them

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Now I do hereby constitute and ordayne FRANCIS COLEMAN my full &
sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby making
void all former wills &c. heretofore made and have hereunto set my
hand & seale this 31st day of December Anno. Dom: 1787.


Signed Seald and Delivered Proved 12th May 1788
in the presence of D. Evans C. C.
H. W. Carson Recorded at Page 13 of Will Book 1
Daniel Malone Fairfield County
Robert Colman. South Carolina"

Document on file in the office of the Probate Judge, Fairfield
County, South Carolina, in file #1, Package #41. (copied May 23,
"State of So. Carolina, Fairfield County
KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we, Francis Coleman, Robert
Colman and William Chapman, all of the said county and state are
held and firmly bound jointly and severally unto Richard Winn,
Robert Winn and John Buchanan, three of the sureties of the said
county in the full and just sum of five hundred pounds sterling to
be paid to the said John Winn, Richard Winn and John Buchanan, or
their successors in office, for the time being, or their certain
attorney or assigns for which payment to be well and truly made
we bind ourselves and each of us by himself and every of our
heirs, executors and administrators firmly by these presents
sealed with our seal, dated this twenty-sixth day of May in the
year of our Lord, One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty Eight and
in the Twelfth year of American Independence.
WHEREAS (obliterated), the goods and chattels, rights and
credits of Charles Coleman, late of the County of Fairfield,
deceased, were lately granted to Francis Coleman, now the
condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound,
Francis Coleman, shall well and truly administer all and
singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said
Charles Coleman, deceased, pay his debts and funeral expenses, and
make distribution of all that shall remain and likewise in all
things abide by the will of the said deceased and letters
testamentary then the above obligation to be void otherwise to be
and remain in full force and virtue.


Sealed and delivered in the presence of John Winn."

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In Package #41 of File #1, Office of the Probate Judge,
Fairfield County, South Carolina, is found the inventory of the
Estate of Charles Coleman, deceased, as "sold by Francis Coleman."

"June 1, 1788.

One set of Blacksmith tools
One set of gun tools
One rifle gun
One beehive
One beehive
One beehive
One feather bed
One rifle gun
One grindstone
One sifter
One dutch oven
One iron pot
One bare shear plow
One ditto
One cutting knife
One steel trap
One black horse
One bay horse
One dish and six plates
One dictionary
One sorrel mare and filley
One sorrel horse
One cow and calf and heifer
One cow and calf
One cow and calf
Seven head of young cattle
One white gelding
One shotgun
One rifle barrel
30 head of hogs
One cow and calf
One saddle

The estate was appraised by Robert Colman, John Guin, and
William Chapman."

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From the contents of the will it may be seen that the deceased
had a special interest in Amelia Gwin (which might also have
properly been spelled Guin), as he made special provision for her.
The longtime, highly experienced, and well versed genealogist of
the Coleman-Feaster- Moberly Family Association, Mr. Donald B.
Clayton, of Birmingham, Alabama, has given intensive study to the
exact identity of Amelia Gwin, but he has been unable to solve the
mystery with documentary evidence. The will itself specifically
identifies Jesse Gwin as Amelia's son.
On October 13, 1810 (Fairfield Deed Book 2, Page 298), Jesse
Coleman conveyed to Thomas Means land granted to Charles Coleman
in 1784 and devised in his will to "Milly" , now Milly Lemly. So,
the son referred to as Jesse Gwin in 1787 had come to be called
Jesse Coleman by 1810. The Last Will and Testament of this Jesse
Coleman, dated July 27, 1839 is to be found at Page 226 of Book A
of the Wills of Marengo County, Alabama. In this instrument he
names his wife, Elizabeth, and sons, Nathanial, Isaiah, and
William, as well as daughters, Sarah and Vashti. Charles Coleman
had a son, Isaiah, as his Will shows, as well as daughters who
were named Sarah and Vashti.
In the History of Bolivar County, Mississippi, compiled by Mrs.
Florence Warfield Sillers (1948) Page 439, is found the biography
of Moses W. Coleman. lt is there stated that he was the seventh of
eleven children born to Franklin J. and Lucinda Adams Coleman, and
stating that Franklin's parents were Jesse and Elizabeth Jordan
Coleman, "South Carolinaians; who moved to Alabama where they
spent their last days." In this work by Mrs. Sillers there follows
this significant statement, "The Coleman's were of English and
Welch ancestry." Of course, this ties in with the statement in
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman's Little Black Book that the Coleman's
came from Wales.
I am very much intrigued by the fact that the Bolivar County
History, above referred to, states that Jesse Coleman's wife was a
Jordon. This more nearly ties in with the big family of Jordans
who went with the Nansemond Coleman's to Edgecombe County, North
Carolina. Both the Jordons and the Colemans of Nansemond were
very prominent in Edgecombe County History from about 1745 to
1800. There were plenty of Charles, Roberts and Moseses in this
family as will be seen in the Appendix.
I draw the rather inescapable conclusion from many items such as
this that the Robert Coleman who owned land South of the
Appomattox in 1652, the Robert Coleman of Isle of Wight, and the
Robert Coleman of Nansemond were very closely related to each
other, and that this was

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recognized and kept alive by similar family names for over a
hundred years. The same line of reasoning, of which could quote
multitudinous examples, indicates that they were also related to
Robert Coleman of Mobjack Bay, Gloucester County, the ancestor of so
many Virginia Colemans described by Honorable S. Bernard Coleman in
his excellent work to be found at the Virginia State Library.

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Born, Virginia, August 16, 1744.
Died, Washington County, Alabama, August 13, 1823. Age 79.

On March 13, 1761, Robert Coleman, who died late 1795, bought 100
acres of land from William Roberts on the west side of
Rocky Swamp, Halifax County, NC. This we have seen in a
previous chapter. Francis Coleman was a subscribing witness to the
deed, but he signed by mark. Since the Francis Coleman to be
discussed in this chapter wrote a beautiful hand and signed his
own name to documents still in existence, and since he was only
seventeen years old in 1761 and thus not of legal age to be a
lawful witness to the execution of documents, the Francis Coleman
who witnessed the deed of 1761 was most likely the father of
Robert Coleman.
However, for reasons immediately to appear, it seems absolutely
clear that the Francis Coleman now about to be discussed was a
son of the Robert Coleman who died in Fairfield County, South
Carolina, in 1795, and a brother of Charles Coleman, who died in
1788, as well as a brother of Robert Coleman who died in 1809, in
addition to being a brother or half brother to all the other
children of the first named Robert.
Francis Coleman purchased land in Fairfield County, SC,
from William Martin on January 23, 1772. On February 11, 1773,
he was granted 150 acres on Sandy Fork of Beaver Creek, on
which all the other Fairfield Colemans later lived. The patent,
signed by Lord Montague, described the land as being bounded on
the Northeast by lands already owned by Francis Coleman, on the
South by land of Clement Moberley, and on all other sides by
vacant land.
As shown by the Fairfield County land records, on March 25, 1788,
Francis Coleman purchased other land which had been granted
to William Moberley (Mobley) on March 4, 1760. Robert Coleman was
a witness to this deed.
As we have already seen in the chapter on Charles Coleman, who
died in 1788, Francis Coleman was the executor of the last will
and testament of Charles Coleman. Moreover, Robert Coleman, who
died 1809, was a subscribing witness to that will, which was dated
December 31, 1787.

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February 5, 1791, Land Deed Book N, Page 15, Fairfield Records,
Francis Coleman sold to Jhn Coleman 200 acres of land originally
granted to Charles Coleman, reciting that he did so as "lawful
attorney for Charles Coleman." Strictly speaking, he should have
described himself as the Executor of the last will and testament
of Charles Coleman. Robert Coleman, Sr. and Robert Coleman, Jr.
were witnesses to this instrument of 1791. Nearly ten years
later, February 5, 1800, David Coleman, son of Robert Coleman who
died in 1809, made Oath that he saw Francis Coleman sign this
deed and that he also saw Robert Coleman, Sr. and
Robert Coleman, Jr. subscribe their names as whitenesses.
On March 16, 1801, Francis Coleman, Sr., of Jefferson County,
Georgia, for five hundred pounds sterling, sold to Hartwell Macon
410 acres of land in Fairfield County, on Sandy Fork,
Beaver Creek, originally obtained by Francis on January 23, l771
and February 11, 1773, bounded by the lands of Liles and Hampton.
Robert Coleman, Sr. was one of the subscribing witnesses, so
evidently Francis had returned to Fairfield to consummate this
On April 23, 1803, Francis Coleman and Margaret, his wife, of
the State of Georgia and County of Jefferson, conveyed to
Henry I. Macon, 266 acres of land described as being part of the
tracts sold by John Marlin to Francis Coleman on January 23, 1772,
and granted to Francis Coleman on February 11, 1773, by
Governor Charles G. Montague. It was further recited in 1803, that
the land adjoined Ephriam Lyles, Hampton, and Thomas Means (Land
Deed Book O, Page 191, Fairfield County Records).
Of course, this quite positively shows that the Francis Coleman
in Jefferson County, Georgia, in 1803, was the same
Francis Coleman who patented land in Fairfield County adjoining
the Moberleys in 1773, and who purchased land from one John Martin
in the first month of 1772. It also proves that his was the same
Francis Coleman who acted as Executor for the Estate of
Charles Coleman in Fairfield County in 1788.

Francis Coleman received the following land grants in the State
of Georgia:

1790, 250 acres of land in Burke County;
1795, 400 acres in Burke County;
1795, 153 acres in Warren County;
1797, 75 acres in Warren County.

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Mr. G. Duffield Smith, 3520 Drexel Drive, Dallas, Texas, a
descendant of Francis Coleman through his daughter,
Frances Womack, unearthed a record of Francis Coleman in
Wilkes County, GA, in 1790, when Peter Spencer collected tuition
for teaching Isaac, Frank and John Coleman .
In the 1805 Land Lotteries in the State of Georgia,
Francis Coleman had two draws.

The records of Jefferson County, Georgia, were destroyed in
Sherman's March to the Sea. The writer has found an old jury
list in the Courthouse at Louisville, Georgia, which shows that
Francis Coleman was number 19 for jury duty in Jefferson County,
Georgia, July 4, 1799. Isaac, John and William were noted for
jury duty on November 13, 1798.


August 14, 1799


At the request of Mr. Francis Coleman the bearer hereof I
address you to present to inform you of his wish to remove his
property to the Don or Tombigby River, through the Creek
I have informed him that this liberty can only be granted by
you, who know the feelings and sentiment of the Indians on such
I will therefore only further add that Mr. Coleman's seems to
be a peculiar case--he sometimes since sold out his land here, and
purchased land in exchange on that River. He is a citizen of
repute, and I believe, if indulged, would give no trouble to the
United States or offense to the Indians.
I am, Sir, with respect, your obt. servt.

Addressed to Colonel Benjamin Hawkins,
Superintendent of Indian Affairs North of Ohio.
This letter is of record at Page 396 of the Minutes of the
Executive Department of the State of Georgia for the period

Land Deed Book A,'Washington County, Alabama, Pages 3-8. 1799.
Joel Walker for $3,000 cash sold to Francis Coleman a plantation
of 500

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acres of land in West Florida on a point immediately above the
Black Rock on the River Tombeckby [Tombigbee - WDC] about
112 miles above the Town of Mobile, [Now in Alabama - WDC]
bounded by the river on the north, east, south and southwest,
granted to Charles Walker by the Province of West Florida,
January 27, 1777.
American State Papers-Public Lands-Volume 1, Page 683.
Francis Coleman's case. Land claims in the Mississippi territory,
case No. 116, Land on the Tombigbee River. Recites that
Francis Coleman was of Jefferson County, Georgia. Application made
by William Coleman as Attorney in fact for Francis Coleman. States
that the land is about 112 miles above Mobile.
This proves, of course, that Francis Coleman of Jefferson
County, Georgia, formerly of Fairfield County, South Carolina, was
the same man who moved to Washington County, Alabama.
On November 19, 1799, William Coleman and John Coleman, sons of
Francis, were granted passports to go through the Creek Nation to
the Tombigbee and return.
Francis Coleman's daughter, Frances, married John Womack. On
April 12, 1802, Jesse Womack and John Womack were granted
passports to the Creek Nation in the western country.
On April 23, 1804, Francis Coleman, Jr, son of
Francis Coleman, Sr, was granted a passport to remove to the
western country.
Benjamin Coleman given a passport to the Tombigbee Country,
April 30, 1803.
December 30, 1807, on the recommendation of Isaac Coleman, of
Jefferson County, passport ordered prepared for William Coleman
to pass through the Creek Nation.
On Tuesday, May 12, 1812, a passport was ordered to the
Mississippi Territory (which included present day Alabama) for
messrs Francis Coleman, Isaac Coleman, and David Rowe, of the
County of Jefferson. The passport included 11 negroes, the
property of Francis Coleman.

Mississippi Territorial Census of 1816 listed the following:
Washington County Francis Coleman
Jesse Coleman
Clarke County Jesse Coleman
William Coleman

Francis Coleman was a soldier in the American Revolution. This
fact has been too clearly handed down in the family from
generation to generation to be denied now. In the DAR Lineage
books it is stated that

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he served as a Private in General Elijah Clark's Georgia troops.
Although Francis was a resident of South Carolina at that time,
General Clark did much fighting in South Carolina, so Francis
would have had every opportunity to have joined General Clark's
forces. There is no record of his Revolutionary service in
National Archives in Washington but he died before Revolutionary
pensions were common except for the indigent, so the writer has
concluded that this is not significant.
The writer has encountered writings to the effect that this
Francis Coleman was the son of Francis Coleman of Caroline County,
Virginia, the burgess, who was the son of Samual Coleman, of the
Mobjack Bay Coleman line. Since Francis of Caroline was not grown
and married until long after 1744 it is obvious for this reason
alone that he was not the father of Francis Coleman of Washington
County, Alabama. The family connections of Francis of Caroline are
elaborately covered in the writings of Judge S. Bernard Coleman.



Francis Coleman, b. August 16, 1744, Virginia.
d. August 13, 1823,
Washington County, Alabama.

Margaret Coleman, b. December 29, 1750.
His Wife, d. April 17, 1804.


Isaac Coleman, b. September 25, 1768.
d. 1841.
Had a daughter named Vashti, and a son,
Hamilton J. F. His widow, Nancy, died at
Cahaba, April 28, 1856.
William Coleman, b. May 13, 1770.
Married, Nancy (Dean) Lawrence.
d. 1847.
Lived in Perry County, Alabama.
Had ten children.

Francis Coleman, b. June 8, 1772.
Married Mary Womack.
d. September 10, 1835, Butler County, Alabama.

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Margaret Coleman, b. January 6, 1774.
Married Robert Tillman, Jefferson County, GA
May 5, 1793.
Nine children.
John Coleman, b. January 3, 1776.
Benjamin Coleman, b. April 29, 1778.
d. December 24, 1816.
Frances Coleman, b. February 14, 1781.
Married John Womack (son of Jesse Womack,
Revolutionary soldier. He was born
December 25, 1776).
Eleven children.
Abner Coleman, b. January 17, 1783.
d. April 10, 1787.
Elias Coleman, b. December 9, 1784.
d. October 9, 1786.
Vashti Coleman, b. December 19, 1786.
Married (1) John Williamson
(2) Matthew Shaw.
Robert Coleman, b. March 9, 1789.
d. October 1, 1789.
Daniel Coleman, b. September 5, 1792.
Married Sarah Hawkins.
Three children.

It will be noted that Francis Coleman had a daughter named
Vashti, as did Charles Coleman who died 1788. He had sons named
William, Francis, John, and Robert, as did Robert Coleman who died
1809. He had a son named Abner, as did William Coleman of

Children of John Williamson and Vashti Coleman were:
Charles Fox Williamson,
Carolyn Williamson, and
Daniel Mobley Williamson.

Daniel Mobley Wiliamson was born
April 10, 1816, near old St. Stephens, Choctaw County, Alabama,
and died at the old home place, Millry, on April 30, 1899. He
married three times and had twenty-three children. His second wife
was Telitha Worsham. Octavia Chaney Williamson was a child of
this marriage.

OCTAVIA CHANEY WILLIAMSON, daughter of D. M. W. and his
wife, Telitha Worsham, was born January 24, 1853, at the old home

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place in Choctaw County, and died May 21, 1926, at Laurel, MS.
She married (1) John Glenn Whitselt, born October 22, 1851,
died April 14, 1874. They had one child, Mary Olivia.

MARY OLIVIA WHITSETT, daughter of John Glenn Whitsett and his
wife, Octavia Chaney Williamson, was born June 16, 1873, in
Cherokee County, Texas. At this writing, July 24, 1959, she is
living at Laurel, Mississippi. On June 14, 1888, she married
James Dumont Duvall, who died December 28, 1928. Of this union were
nine children. The fifth child was Howard Gibson.

HOWARD GIBSON DUVALL, was born February 1, 1903, at Lumberton, MS,
and is now living at Oxford, Mississippi. On March 10, 1927,
he married Clara Mae Wilson, daughter of Samuel Dee Wilson
and Clara Alice Barnes. They had two children: Samuel Dee Wilson
and Howard G., Jr.

SAMUEL DEE WlLSON DUVALL, son of Howard Gibson Duvall and his
wife, Clara Mae Wilson, was born May 31, 1928, at Tupelo,
Mississippi. On December 5, 1948, he married Faye Lewis, daughter
of Walter W. Lewis and his wife, Belle Carrington. At this writing
he is living at 735 Beach Boulevard, Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Margaret Tillman received the household goods.

DanieL W. Coleman, of Butler County, received his portion.
A. W. Coleman, of Butler County, received his portion.
Jasper W. Coleman, of Butler County, received his portion.
Evidently these were the children oF Benjamin Coleman.
Vashti Williamson received her share on November 29, 1823.
Lucy W. Whiting, Martha Evans, of Dallas County, Alabama.
Francis Coleman, Jr., acknowledged his share on November 29,
Isaac Coleman received his share June 25, 1824.
May 13, 1843, Washington County, Vashti Shaw, formerly
Vashti Williamson, acknowledged receipt of her share of negroes
left her by Francis Coleman.

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Margaret B. Hawkins, formerly Margaret B. Coleman, sister of
William H. Coleman, acknowledged receipt of six slaves, two mules,
and yoke of oxen. Margaret B. was wife of James G. Hawkins.
John Womack acknowledged his legacy, May 17, 1843.
William H. Coleman filed his receipt May 17, 1843.


CLARKE COUNTY William Coleman, born between 1760-1770.
Abner Coleman, born between 1800-1810.
MARENGO COUNTY Isaiah Coleman, born between 1810-1815.
DALLAS COUNTY Isaac Coleman, born between 1760-1770.
Isaiah Coleman, born between 1t770-1780.
William Coleman, born between 1790-1800.
Robert Coleman, born between 1790-1800.
Allen Coleman, born between 1800-1810.

Land Deed Book N, Page 258, Greene County, Alabama, shows that
William Coleman, son of Francis, was granted 640 acres of land in
Greene County on September 24, 1835, pursuant to the Act of
Congress of March 3, 1811, for the Relief of William Coleman and
others. His wife was named Nancy, and the records recited that he
was of Dallas County, Alabama.
On a farm now belonging to John Henry Mosely, on the North side
of the Farm to Market Road from Millry to St. Stephens, Washington
County, Alabama, about one mile East of the Bigbee Community, are
to be found the graves of Dr. William Harris Coleman, born
September 20, 1820, died October 28, 1883; his wife, Caroline V.,
born May 30, 1837, and died September 17, 1888. He is said to have
been married twice and had six children: Maggie, Lena, Frank, Jim,
Dan, and Felix. I do not know which of the Colemans was his father.
I have been much assisted in my researches on Francis Coleman by
Donald B. Clayton, of Birmingham, who has done so much of the spade
work which has gone into this book, and without whose work this
book really would not have been possible.
I have also been greatly assisted by Mr. G. Duffield Smith, of
3520 Drexel Drive, Dallas, Texas, as well as by
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Duval, of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

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From Mr. Smith I received the following information as to
Frances Coleman, who married John Womack.
John Womack died at Womack Hill, Choctaw County, Alabama.
Thereafter, his widow, Frances Coleman, went to Texas and lived
with her daughter and son-in-law, Aurelia Womack Baker and
Isaac Baker at Plantersville, Grimes County, Texas, where all are
Jesse Womack, son of John Womack and Frances Coleman, was a
citizen of the Republic of Texas.
His daughter, Eugenia Womack, married James Ledbetter Smith, who
was the father of Jesse Philip Smith, who was the father of
Mr. G. Duffield Smith.

There is considerable evidence to the effect that Margaret
Coleman, wife of Francis, was the daughter of James Daniel of
Amelia County, VA later Prince Edward County, VA when it was formed
of Amelia. His will was probated April 19, 1763, in which he
mentions his daughter, Margaret, wife of Francis Coleman. I believe
this to be correct because on Jan. 10, 1762, James Matthews, Sr. and
Ann, his wife, in Halifax County, NC sold to William Daniel 142 acres
of land. Francis Jones and James Matthis were witnesses to the deed.
James Daniel had a son named William.

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As will be seen from the writings of Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman,
appearing in other pages of this work, Robert Coleman is thought to
have been born about the year 1745. He married Elizabeth Roe. At
this writing, July, 1961, it is not known whether they were married
in Virginia or North Carolina. Since Robert the elder is known to
have been in Halifax County, North Carolina, by 1756, when
presumably Robert would have been only eleven years old, the
marriage must have taken place in North Carolina, unless
Robert Coleman, Jr crossed the nearby boundary into Virginia for his
This couple had fourteen children.
They are as follows:


Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Roe, his wife:
Robert Coleman born about 1745
Elizabeth Roe born Feb. 20, 1749


David Roe Coleman, 1st son, born May 19, 1765.
John Roe Coleman, 2nd son, born April 2, 1768.
Robert Roe Coleman, 3rd son, born February 1, 1769.
Wiley Roe Coleman, 4th son, born October 27, 1771.
Allen Coleman, 5th son, born November 7, 1773.
Griffin Coleman, 6th son, born May 20, 1775.
William Coleman, 7th son, born March 6, 1776.
Sarah Coleman, 1st dtr., born November 8, 1778.
Elizabeth Coleman, 2nd dtr., born September 8, 1780.
Solomon Roe Coleman, 8th son, born October 29, 1783.
Francis Roe Coleman, 9th son, born July 12, 1786.
Zerevable Coleman, 10th son, born November 28, 1789.

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Henry Jonathan Coleman, 11th son, born June 22, 1793.
Ancil Roe Coleman, 12th son, born April 22, 1796.

(in same Bible)

"The Roes came to South Carolina from Halifax County, NC."
David Roe was born October 18, 1747.
Elizabeth Roe (mother of David Roe Coleman) was born
February 20, 1749.
John Roe, was born February 6, 1751.
William Roe, born April 20, 1754.
Andrew Roe, born April 26, 1756.
Solomon Roe, born August 6, 1759.
Francis Roe, born December 18, 1761.
Mary Roe, born February 25, 1763.
Pattey Roe, born December 14, 1764.
Benjamin Roe, born November 10, 1766.
Salley Roe, bonn June 13, 1769.
Joseph Roe, born May 17, 1770.
Nancy Roe, 5th daughter } Twins, born October 3,1772.
Hancil Roe, 9th son }

This Bible is in permanent possession of Misses Julia and
Mary Faucette, R. F. D., Blairs, South Carolina.
The following notes were among papers of David Roe Coleman, and
are now also in possession of the Misses Faucette:
l. "John Roe died in 1780, in Chester County, S. C., on
Sandy River, of the smallpox." (signed) David Roe Coleman.
2. "My cousin, David Giles Thomas, of the State of Alabamy, left
for home this morning. He is the son of Athanacious Thomas, and his
wife, Sarah Crosby, late of South Carolina. April 27, 1854.
David Giles Thomas, (is) the son of Athanacious and his wife,
Sarah Crosby. My cousin Mary, the daughter of John Roe, of Halifax,
North Carolina, Roneoak. June the 2nd day 1854."
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman stated that Robert Coleman was a Major in
the British Army prior to the Revolution.
This seems to be incorrect, as shown by the following documents:

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Your Reference ......... PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE,
P.R.O. Refeence 11583/ny66 CDR. CHANCERY LANE, W.C.2.

All Letters to be addressed to
The Deputy Keeper of the Records. Telephone: Holborn 0741, 0742.

2 September 1950.

Dear Sir,

Robert Coleman

I have to acknowledge receipt of your letter of August 16.
I have to inform you that the name of Robert Coleman does not
appear in the printed Army Lists of commissioned officers during
the period 1702-1761. It would not be possible to search the
War Office Records preserved by this Department unless some
indication of a Regiment in which Coleman served can be given.

Yours faithfully,

(J.E. Fagg)
for Secretary

Mr. J.P. Coleman,
Judge of the Circuit Court,
5th District of Mississippi,


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In 1897, W. C. Ford wrote two books. One was entitled
"British Officers Serving in America 1754-1774." The other had the
same title for the years 1774-1783.
There is no Coleman listed in either of these books as being
British officers in America for the period 1754-1783.


Land Deed Book K, Page 386. July 9, 1795, Bolling Wright sold to
Robert Coleman, Jr., 100 acres on a branch of Broad River, called
Beaver Creek, being part of land granted to Andrew Feaster on
December 12, 1787. D. Coleman was a witness.
Land Deed Book K, Page 222. January 11, 1796. Ephriam Liles sold
Robert Coleman a Negro named Pleasant, twenty years of age. D.
Coleman is a witness.
Land Deed Book N, Page 13. James Sims and Daniel Rogers of
Chester County, on the 11th of December, 1797, sold Robert Coleman,
of Fairfield County, 180 acres of land on the middle fork of
Beaver Creek, bounded by Wade Hampton and others. David Coleman,
witness to the conveyance.
Land Deed Book N, Page 14. January 29, 1799. Wade Hampton, for
$200.00, sold John Coleman 100 acres situated on the branch of
Beaver Creek at Broad Rover. D. Coleman and Andrew Feaster were
Land Deed Book N, Page 346. On the 14 of March, 1801,
Robert Coleman, Sr., and wife, Betty Coleman, with D. Coleman,
Robert Coleman and Isaac Coleman for witnesses, for $60.00, sold
Rubin Manning 54 acres of land on the headwaters of Beaver Creek,
waters of the Broad river.
Land Deed Book P, Page 236. January 18, 1805, Robert Coleman
sold to David Coleman 229 acres of land on Bonney's Fork of
Beaver Creek granted to William Mazyck on the 13 day of October,
1772, by his Excellency Charles Montagues Governor, and then
conveyed by William and Isaac Mazyck to the said Robert Coleman, Sr.
Situated on the road from Liles' Ferry to Chester Courthouse.
Land Deed Book U, Page 93. 7 September, 1807, Robert Coleman
sold to David Coleman 229 acres of land on Bonney's Fork of Beaver
Creek, being part of a 450 acre tract granted Robert Coleman, Sr,
the 6 day of February, 1786.

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South Carolina }
Fairfield District }


I Robert Coleman, Sr. of the State and district aforesaid, being
of sound mind and Memory though weak of Body, Do make and ordain
this my Last will and Testament in Manner and form following, that
is to Say, I Give to my Sons David, John, Robert, Wiley, Alen,
Griffith, and Solomon Coleman One Cow and Calf each, the prime of
my Stock of Cattle--l Give to my Son Francis and Daughter Elizabeth
Coleman the Tract of Land whereon I now live to be Equally divided
between them Shear and Shear alike, to them and their heirs forever
I Give to them also all the rest and residue of my stock of cattle
hogs sheep & c for the purpose of paying my debts and legacies,
Together with what debts may be owing to me, also all my house hold
firniture plantation tools & c for the same purpose I give to my
son Henry Jonathan Coleman my negro woman Rachel to him and his
heirs forever, also three Hundred dollars to be paid to him by my
executors when he shall come to the age of twenty one years, the
said three hundred dollars to be raised by debts owing to me, if
there shall be so much owing, but if not so much, the balance not
raised thereby, to be raised out of my stock, house hold furniture
plantation tools & c given above to Francis & Elizabeth I give to
my daughter Sarah Mobley, also one feather bed and furniture to be
paid to her by Francis and Elizabeth my son and daughter--it is my
will and desire that the whole of my property above mentioned given
to Francis and Elizabeth Coleman; together with the whole of debts
owing to me, be the fund out of which all my debts be paid,
together with the ballance which the debts owing to me shall fall
short in raising the three Hundred dollars as above given to Henry
Jonathan--it is my will and desire, that my son Henry Jonathan,
shall learn the Hatery Business with one of his brothers Wiley or
Griffith--(In testamony whereof I have here unto set my hand the
thirtieth day of Sept. 1809--
It is my will that my sons Wiley and Francis, shall execute this
my will.

the presence of
Abraham Jones
Wm. Franklin
Allen Coleman

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On the 14 day of November, 1809, this will was admitted for
probate before John Buchanan, ordinary, and Wiley Coleman, and
Francis Coleman were named Executors. This shows that Robert
Coleman evidently died in the year 1809. His wife Elizabeth must
have preceded him in death. At least, she is not mentioned in the
The signature of Robert Coleman on his Will dated September 30,
1809, with Abraham Jones, William Franklin, and Allen Coleman as
subscribing witnesses, is very clearly the same handwriting as that
of the Robert Coleman who was a subscribing witness to the last
will of Charles Coleman, dated December 31, 1787, and is the same
signature as that appearing on the bond of the estate of
Charles Coleman dated May 26, 1788.
I, J. P. Coleman, have examined the original signature in all
three instances in the office at the Probate Judge at Winnsboro and
there can be no doubt of these being the signature of the same man.
On the back of the will of Robert Coleman, dated September 30,
1809, is the following notation:
In the Court of Ordinary for the District of Fairfield on the
14th day of November, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight
Hundred and Nine, personally appeared William Franklin, who
deposeth on oath that he did see the within named Robert Coleman
subscribe his name to the within as his last will and testament.
That the said Robert Coleman, deceased, was then of sound and
disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of the
knowledge and belief of this deponent. That Abraham Jones and
Allen Coleman together with this deponent did at the request of and
in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each
other subscribe their names as witnesses thereto.

Lt. Anthony Allaire of Ferguson's Corp (Included in the Appendix
of "King's Mountain and its Heroes") wrote in a diary in August,

"Tuesday, 15th. Got in motion at seven o'clock in the morning,
marched two miles to Lyles Ford [3 1/2 miles South of Shelton and
about a mile North of Blairs] forded Broad River and proceeded
seven miles to a Mr. Coleman's in the Moberly Settlement; halted
during the heat of the day. Got in motion at seven o'clock in the
evening; marched two miles to the Camp of the New York Volunteers,
where we got intelligence that Gen. Gates lay within three
miles of Camden with an Army of 7,000 Men."

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"Wed. 16th. Got in motion at seven o'clock in the morning and
Marched two Miles to Mobley's Meeting House for convenience of
"Thursday 17th. Got in Motion at nine o'clock in the morning and
marched six miles to Rebel Col. Winn's plantation. Winn is at
James Island, a Prisoner."


The names and dates of birth of Elizabeth Roe's brothers and
sisters appear at a preceding page.
She was the daughter of John Roe and his wife, Sarah. John Roe
first appears in Halifax County, August 14, 1749. On this date,
Book 3, Page 368, William Reeves sold 200 acres of land to John
Roe. There were no identifying streams or water courses mentioned
in the deed.
At this same period, there was another John Roe in nearby
Lunenberg County, Virginia. On May 18, 1751, Lunenberg Deed Book 5,
Page 124, John Roe and his wife, Frances sold James Tatum 100 acres
which John Roe had received by patent dated July 12, 1750.
On February 19, 1754, John Roe and Sarah Roe sold to Sherwood
Grimsley 200 acres of land "where Grimsley now liveth." Book 4,
Page 553. Robert Williams and Charles Daniel were witnesses.
On the same date, John Moorland and Dorothy, his wife, sold John
Roe (spelled Rowe) 300 acres on the West side of Little Creek,
South side of Roanoke River. Book 4, Page 555.
On October 7, 1776, Book 13, Page 512, John Roe sold this same
land to George Morris. No wife signed the deed, and since it would
have been necessary to the legal conveyance of a homeplace, it must
be presumed that Sarah Roe was dead by this date.
Our next record of John Roe is that found in his Will, April
20, 1778, reciting that he then lived in Camden District, South
Carolina, but formerly of Craven County, of which Fairfield was
later formed.
This establishes, of course, that although John Roe sold out in
Halifax, North Carolina, more than two years after the date of the
Coleman sale, he very promptly joined them in Fairfield County. At
some later date, he moved lo Pendleton District, now Anderson
County, South Carolina, as shown by the following Will made
twenty-four years before his death.

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Will Book A of Anderson County Records, Anderson, South Carolina,
formerly Pendleton District.

Copied by J. P. Coleman and Frank Coleman on July 29, 1961.

South Carolina
Camden District

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, the twentieth day of April, One
Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy and Eight. That I John Row late of
the County of Craven in the Province aforesaid, gentleman, being in
health and perfect mind and memory, calling to mind that it is appointed
for all men to die, I therefore make and ordain my last will and
testament as follows:
I first recommend my soul into the Hands of God who gave it me,
secondly, my body for to be buried in a decent manner at the
discretion of my executors and also all my just and lawful debts to
be paid out of my estate and the remainder to be divided as
follows, to-wit:

ITEM: I give and bequeath to son, John Row, one Negro girl named
ITEM: I give to son, William Row, one Negro boy named Sam to him
and his heirs.
ITEM: I lend to son, Andrew Roe, one Negro girl named Phyllis,
to him and his heirs.
ITEM: I lend to son, Solomon Row, one Negro girl named Karis him
and his heirs.
I lend to my son, Benjamin Row, 1 Negro girl named Lucy to him
and his heirs.
ITEM: I lend to my son, Joseph Row, one Negro named James to him
and his heirs.
ITEM: I lend to my son Hansile Row, one Negro woman named Hannah
and the first child she brings to be given if it lives to my
daughter, Mary, and the next child if she lives to bring any more
to my daughter, Martha.
ITEM: I lend to my daughter, Nancy, one Negro woman named
Rachel to her (and her) heirs and the first child she brings if
it lives to be given to my daughter, Sarah, and if she brings any
more children to be given one to my daughter Frances and my house
furniture to be equally divided between my daughters at my decease.
This being my Last Will and Testament whereof I have to set my
hand and afffixed my seal the day and date above written.

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Witnesses Present: John Row, Andrew Row, Joseph Attoway.
John x Row

Proved by the oath of Andrew Row "the only witness to be
obtained," February 5, 1802.

John's son, Andrew, was in what later became Anderson County
earlier than February 9, 1796. On that date, Book C, Page 155,
Andrew sold Isaac West 200 acres on Twenty-three Mile Creek. Andrew
was still alive on March 29, 1806, for on that date he sold land in
the same locality to Richard Robinson, Book H, Page 307.
John's son, Solomon Roe, was in the area as early as 1788, as we
shall see hereafter.
John's son, Benjamin, went along with the others, as shown by a
deed in which he sold 69 acres of land to Abraham Duke, Book K,
Page 108.
Hancil Roe, the ninth son and fourteenth child of John Roe, was
in the same area as early as June 25, 1792. Book B, Page 21. On
that date, called "Anselm" Roe, he purchased 150 acres from
William Jackson on Twelve Mile Creek. His name regularly appears
thereafter in the old Pendleton District Records (now at
Anderson, South Carolina) through the year 1827.
His wife's name was Mary, and she was the daughter of
Thomas Watson. Deed Book L, Page 227.
On November 7, 1809, Abraham Duke, Hugh Tatum, John Roe, and
Nancy Roe recite themselves to be the heirs of Solomon Roe,
deceased. On that date, they sold land on Rock House Fork,
Eighteen Mile Creek, Seneca River.
The deed recited that Solomon had acquired this land in 1788.

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In this chapter we shall write of the thirteen children born to
this couple. After telling of them we shall list the names of
their children. The reader then may follow descendants in the most
excellent genealogy prepared by Mrs. Etta Rosson which appears in
subsequent pages.

First Child

DAVID ROE COLEMAN, eldest child of Robert Coleman and
Elizabeth Roe Coleman. Born May 19, 1765. Died March 25, 1855.

In the opinion of the author of this Book, David Roe Coleman was
one of the outstanding members of the entire Coleman family. He is
best and most completely described by Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman in her
Diary as follows:


His first child, David Roe, was my great grandfather. He married
Edith Beam, September 13, 1787. She died in 1825. I have never
learned much about her. My grandfather, Henry, used to speak of
her with much affection. I've heard of one of her children being
very cross as a baby. She would card, sew, or do other necessary
work, with it on her lap, and when it slept, would do her cooking,
even if not the regular time, to get a meal. She couldn't leave it,
if awake (must have been one of the first babies, or very spoilt.)
David Roe Coleman was one of the most honored men in this county.
Well informed, tho' not educated, a good surveyor, of upright
habits, he was a man of influence. His health was remarkably good,
his daily living being very simple; his supper for years was
cornbread and milk. Had good sound teeth as long as he lived.
Could shoot squirrels from the top of tall trees, and rode over his
farm almost daily on a pony, accompanied by several small dogs. The
last of these was kept by Grandfather Henry as long as it lived
(after David Roe's death), name "Lion." His negro slaves were
devoted to him and led a happy, well fed and well clothed life,
under their kind old

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"marster." There are a few of them still alive, fifty years after
his death, and they speak of him with the greatest love and
reverence, and eyes dim with tears. Mary, who is now 76, and was
bought by my father at his sale, looks back on the days spent as a
slave of "Marster" as the best time of her life. Her mother,
"Greecy," was bought by him and raised from a girl. Her children
were above the ordinary, as she was, doing more and better work
than many other slaves. Then "Coleman" Negroes have always had the
reputation of being superior workers, as well as more honest and
reliable every way, even since they were set free, this is
acknowledged by those who work them. I have heard of some who have
gone to other states and their superiority was always noted. I am
proud to record here that I believe this was because of the way
they had been reared, trained and treated by their owners, who
worked themselves, and learned (Sic) the slaves to do good work, and
by their example of honest dealing, exerted an influence that is
still manifest in these ex-slaves, and their descendants. "Eb,"
another daughter of Greecy, and house girl, died a few years ago.
She told me many little happenings in the old life at "Marsters,"
how good he was to them all, how happy and well fed they were. With
eyes filled with tears, she told how she was standing at the back
of his chair as he sat at the supper table (some of his grandsons
being present) when he was stricken with death (March 25, 1855).
The end was peaceful, as his life had been. I tell these things,
John, so that you, who were born thirty-five years after slaves
were set free, may judge something of the character of this old
ancestor, a slave holder, and of his treatment of them. You can
never know, as I do, of the true feelings existing between good
masters and mistresses and their slaves. They were often treated as
friends, and many of them proved themselves worthy of all
confidence, faithful even unto death. Many of the Coleman slaves
are buried adjoining the family graveyard.
Grandfather David Roe Coleman accumulated considerable
property, in shape of land and negroes. He was a splendid surveyor,
and did much of that work. His eight children all lived, except
one, to be grown, marry and raise families. He divided his property
as they married, equally among them, giving each the same. In an
old diary of his I read where he says he did this to prevent any
trouble after his death; each should have his or her rightful
share while he lived. As he was never in a court of law, he
desired them never to resort to it. I am proud to say that neither
sons, grandsons, nor greatgrandsons have, as far as I know.
His house stood about the middle of what we call the Daddy
Field." (His children and grandchildren all called him Daddy"),
not far from

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the "Long Leaf Pine" that he planted, bringing the small sprout
from somewhere between Columbia and Charleston. 'Tis the first
one I ever saw, and is a great curiosity in this up-country.
Good many young ones grow around it now, and a few are scattered
over the near fields. The old one must be at least seventy years
old. His house was a plain structure, of the style of all the
houses around in those days. I remember how it looked. One large
room, the main body, was of hewn logs, a splendid chimney, with
large fireplace, at one end, and the entrance door at the other,
shed rooms on each side, and a "loft" above. This house was
removed (which I regret) in 1867, and rebuilt for a home for his
nephew, Henry J. Coleman. 'Twas not long after the Civil War,
the people were stripped of nearly everything, no sawing of
lumber, so it was considered a great help to this young man, who
had been a soldier four years, to get a home by moving this
old house a few miles, and rebuild on his land. It is still
standing in tolerably good shape, lived in by negro renters.
"Daddy" David had the mysterious gift or power to cure diseases
(called faith cure, I guess). Sick people came to him from long
distances to be cured of tumors, wens, cancers, etc. He gave
this "power" to his son-in-law, Jacob Feaster, who practiced the
same as long as he lived. He gave it to his son John, who never
used it. Also gave it to David Cork, who lived a long life and
cured many people of divers complaints. I know of no one
practicing this now.
I can imagine some of the loneliness of this old man, who lived
thirty years after the mother of his children was gone. Several
of his sons and one daughter went to Alabama and made homes in
what was then the "great unknown west." They had to go on
horseback and wagons--no trains then, and letters were few. Once
in a while they would return for short visits to the old father.
I see short accounts of these visits in his diary. Then they
would leave him, and I think of the sad partings. He spent much
time in reading, as he grew old, and copying sermons. Was a
Universalist in faith, and practice, and attended the meetings
at the same old church we belong to. From what I gather from his
few records, his faith was pure and simple as a child's. His
grandchildren loved to stay with him, and he studied Greek with
his grandson, David A., after he was eighty years old.
Wells for drinking water were very rare or unknown then, all the
first homes were built near good springs. The "Daddy" Spring is fine
and is still giving freely of its good water, over a hundred years
since he settled near it. A splendid corn and wheat mill was built
near it in 1867, owned by several Colemans, run by the spring
water, was a success for

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years. Gradually, it ran down, after change of owners. No sight of
it left.


(Copied at the home of Misses Julia and Mary Faucette by
J. P. Coleman, July 26, 1954.)
Entries in the handwriting of David Roe Coleman (1765-1855).

D. R. Coleman was born in Halifax County, N. C., May 19, 1765.
Married Edith Beam, September 13, 1787, Fairfield District, SC.

R. F. Coleman, the first son of DRC and Edith, his wife, was
born the 26th of August, 1789, and died the 7th of September, 1842.
Wiley F. Coleman, 2nd son was born March 10, 1792.
D.H. Coleman, 3rd son was born 17 December, 1794.
H. A. Coleman, 5 September, 1797.
Wilson H. Coleman was born the 25th of March, 1800.
Isabella Coleman was born 13th September, 1803, first daughter.
Elizabeth, 2nd daughter, born 6th of April, 1807.
Sally (or Sarah), 3rd daughter, was born the 10th of April 1810.

Edith, the mother of the above named children died on
April 28, 1825, in the 60th year of her age.

Her third daughter, Sarah, died about the year 1815.

Robert F. Coleman married Susanor Feaster, who died
January 15, 1829, by whom he had 7 children, 3 daughters.
Drusilla, who married William Coleman.
1st son Wm., died young.
2nd son D.R.C.

Wiley F. Coleman died the 4th of March, 1835, leaving a widow
and 7 children. 1 daughter Sophiah born July 19th, 1817,
married lately to Abner Fant.
Elizabeth, 2nd daughter, born January 21, 1819.
1st son Wilson was born the 27th December, 1821.
3rd daughter Mary was born 16th December, 1824.
2nd son David was born September 1, 1827.
4th daughter Martha was born 4th August, 1830.
5th daughter Isabella was born December, 1833.

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On the 5 of October, 1848, I had 57 grand children. Nine of whom
are dead. Also had 33 great grandchildren. 3 of whom are dead. I
am at this time 83 years old.


The following written in the David Roe Coleman Bible by
John Albert Feaster Coleman:

"The record of Robert Coleman above so far as I know is that he
was of Welch descent, he moved from Virginia to North Carolina,
was one of a large family, had a brother William, the father of
Solomon Coleman, and Charles another brother was the father of
Nancy and Sallie Coleman. The former married Robert (her cousin)
son of Robert above & Sallie his son Allen."

From the Diary of David R. Coleman, in his handwriting, read at
this time and place:

"August 7, 1853. Clear morn, cloudy, thunder Evening."

This was the day of the birth of Jacob Feaster Coleman,
grandfather of J. P. Coleman.
Also copied from the Diary of David R. Coleman.

"The preceding accounts as stated against my children is done
by me for the purpose of keeping them as near on an equality as
possible with respect to the gifts I make to them while I am living
that When I am dead they may be enabled thereby to make an equal
distribution amongst themselves of all the property I may be
legally possessed at my Death, shear and shear alike -- all mine to
be equal by theres each one to choose a disinterested friend and
they to make the division as above stated without applying to the
law as nothing that I have acquired of this worlds goods was ever
obtained at law. Neither had I ever a law suit. I therefore hope
that my children will immitate there father in that parlicular.

Wrote the 24th of June 1825"

David Roe Coleman was sixty years of age when he wrote the
above, but lived another thirty years.

Land Deed Book DD, Page 58, Fairfield County, December 14, 1805.
David Coleman agrees that 800 acres shall be Robert Coleman's part

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land purchased from Mary Veree on October 30, 1800. Allen Coleman
and Solomon Coleman were witnesses.


South Carolina,
District, June 27, 1835.

Dear Son:

I take the present favorable opportunity to write to you a line
in way of remembrance, as I have not had a letter from you for a
great while, and inform you that your father is still living and in
good health (Blessed be God for His mercies). Hoping that you and
your family are all well. I believe I have not wrote to you since
the Death of your brother, Wiley. His widdow and children are well
and I think are likely to do well. They are very industrious, and
your namesake, Wilson, is much so. Wiley had but a very short
sickness from Thursday until Tuesday. He was doing very well. I
think it was the excessive cold was the cause of his death. I am
certain I have never experienced so cold a winter. Our wheat crops
were greatly injured and a great many entirely ruined. All the fig
trees and chany trees are killed, the fig trees will spring up
again, but the Chany will not.
Our prospects for corn and cotton is very good at this time, the
seasons have been very good.

As for your brothers and their families are all well, except
Chaney, Henry's wife. She has had a long spell of sickness that has
seemed to threaten insanity. Isabella and her family are well. We
expect to see lsaac and Betty in July. They were all well when we
last heard from them. I am in the 61st year of my age. I am as
nearly as strong as I ever was, but not so active. I take a great
deal of exercise, tho I work but little. I go into no excesses
except reading. I think one third of the day is spent by me in
reading. I live much alone and think that few men desires peace
more than I do, and none love it better. To love God with all my
powers and my neighbors as myself is my aim and end. I rejoice that
I have lived a life of Temperance (in almost everything). I have a
good pare of spectacles and an excellent little Rifle gun, and I
think I can kill more squirrles than any man in the neighborhood.
This serves as an

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amusement for me in my vacant hours from reading. Peace be with
you, my dear son.

I add no more.
Wilson H. Coleman. Sent by Mr. William Halsell.

Deed Book 4, Pages 326-28, Fairfield County, March 10, 1817.
Deed from Ferdinand Beam and others to Robert F. Coleman, recites
the descendants of Albert Beam, father of Mrs. David Roe Coleman,
as follows:


1. John Beam
2. Jesse Beam
3. Albert Beam
4. William Beam
5. Edith Coleman
4. Mary Coleman
5. Sarah Coleman
6. Dorcas Beam
7. Elijah Beam, deceased
1. Ferdinand Beam
2. Edith Beam
3. Nancy Beam, wife of David Coleman

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Second Child

JOHN ROE COLEMAN, born, April 2, 1768, Halifax County, N. C.
Died, September 4, 1835, Greene County, Ala.

John Coleman married Mary Beam, daughter of Albert Beam and
sister of Edith Beam, who married David Roe Coleman. The children
of David Roe Coleman and John Roe Coleman were double first cous-
By file No. 316 of the Probate Court of Greene County, Alabama,
we find that John Coleman died possessed of an estate valued at
$15,000, including 14 slaves and $1025 in cash.
On June 19, 1837, Wm. R. Dennis was paid by the Administrator
the sum of twenty dollars for paling in two graves, evidently that
of John and his wife. She preceded him in death as she is not
mentioned in the estate papers.

The children of John Roe Coleman and his wife, Mary Beam were:

1. Robert Coleman, later of Choctaw County, Mississippi, for whom
a later chapter herein appears.
2. Salley, wife of Grayfield Cosa.
3. Elizabeth, wife of William Coleman, who later went to
Anderson County, Texas.
4. David Coleman, of the State of Georgia.
5. Mary, wife of Charner Colvin.
6. Dorcas, wife of Henry McElroy.
7. John G. Coleman, who was the Administrator of the Estate, later
of Yalobusha County, Miss.
8. Giles C. Coleman, later of Yalobusha County, Mississippi.
9. Nancy, wife of Laton Upchurch.
10. Elijah L. Coleman.

(File No. 639. Greene County, Alabama)


JOHN G. COLEMAN, his brother-in-law, ADMINISTRATOR.

Died 1841, leaving as his heirs, his widow, Elizabeth Coleman.
Went to Anderson County, Texas.

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Mary A. Coleman, who married Marshall Wrenn.
Isabella C. Coleman.
Elizabeth M. Coleman.
Nancy A. Coleman.
William F. Coleman. Went to Anderson County, Texas.
Robert M. Coleman. The last four were minors.

Among the purchasers at the sale of the estate were
Giles Coleman, Joseph Coleman, and John G. Coleman.
Estate was finally settled on October 29, 1845.
On October 29, 1842, the Administrator sold the lands of
William Coleman, deceased, to J. G. Coleman and Elizabeth Coleman.
The notes were signed by John G. Coleman, Sr., John G. Coleman,
Elizabeth Coleman, John G. Coleman, Jr., and D. H. Coleman (son of
David Roe Coleman).
On October 18, 1854, John G. Coleman, and Isabella, his wife,
sold the land where he had formerly lived. Book S, Page 675.
On October 8, 1851, Giles C. Coleman and Susannah Coleman deeded
160 acres about six miles north of Eutaw to Isaac Mobley. Book R,
page 441.
On February 21, 1854, Elizabeth Coleman of Anderson County,
Texas, sold her 1/2 interest in lands in Greene County, Alabama,
and W. F. Coleman was a witness to the deed.
On April 28, 1854, J. G. Coleman and Isabella, his wife, of
Chambers County, Alabama, sold land in Greene County. Book X, page
At Page 325 of Book I, we found that on September 15, 1838,
John G. Coleman and Elijah L. Coleman sold all their right in
certain lands to William De Graffenried.
Land Deed Book Y, Page 295. January 2, 1817, John R. Coleman and
Mary, his wife, to Robert Fitz Coleman all their right, title or
claim that they have to the real estate of Albert Beam, reciting
that Mary is a daughter of Albert Beam.
Land Deed Book DD, Page 128. Fairfield County. On the 13 day of
December, 1821, John R. Coleman and Mary Coleman, his wife,
conveyed their home place to William Curry.
The last will and testament of Henry McElroy dated October 31,
1853, was probated on December 17, 1853, Sumter County, Alabama.
The 1850 Census of this family listed eleven children: Sarah,
Mary J., Nancy R., Emiline, Dorcas L., Louisiana, Martin V.,
George W., Alabama, Asenith, and Laura.

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Third Child

ROBERT ROE COLEMAN, Born, Halifax County, N. C., Feb. 1, 1769.
Died, Fairfield County, S. C., August 12, 1844.

Robert Roe Coleman married his first cousin, Nancy Coleman,
daughter of Charles Coleman. His brother, Allen, married Nancy's
sister Sarah, so the children of this couple were double first
On the road to the Beam House, near Feasterville, a road to
the right takes one to the site of the Sallie D. (Jonathan D.)
Coleman house. This is where Robert Coleman lived. There is an
old family graveyard, with many graves, only one marked. The stone
bears the inscription Robert H. Coleman. October 1, 1832. June 24,
1862. He was a son of Hiram H. Coleman and grandson of Robert R.
Robert H. Coleman died at Augusta, Georgia, of pneumonia, the
second year of the Civil War.
His wife was Julia Ann Feaster, daughter of Andrew Feaster and
Mary Norris. It was customary when there were several of the same
given name in a family for the women to be called by her name and
that of her husband, making a double name. So, Julia Ann was called
"Julia Bob." She, with two sons, moved to Florida with her
brothers. She lived at LaGrange, Florida, near Titusville, in
Brevard County. Her home was a center of culture and refinement.
She had the only piano in that part of a wild country. She taught
the first Sunday school on Indian River, and weddings were
frequently held at her house. On her frequent visits to
Feasterville she told of the Indians about her home, of the wild
animals, such an panthers.
Robert Roe Coleman and Nancy Coleman had four children:

1. Hiram H., born April 30, 1803, died April 9, 1837. Married
Elizabeth Beam.
2. Wylie (Screw), married Sallie Rainey.
3. Jonathan David, married Sallie McLane.
4. Polly, who died young.

All information on Robert Roe Coleman furnished by
Mrs. Etta Rosson.

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BOB COLEMAN, SR. (Robert W.), descendant of Robert Roe Coleman
and Nancy Coleman. Bob lives at Chester, SC and is one of
the best loved of all the Coleman Clan.

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Fourth Child

WYLIE ROE COLEMAN, born, Halifax County, N. C., October 27,
1771. Died, Fairfield County, S. C., October 16, 1824.

Married, first, in 1799, Sarah Ragsdale.
She was born October 15, 1781, and died August 3, 1820.
She had eleven children:

1. William Ragsdale, born October 4, 1800, to whom a chapter in
this book is devoted.
2. Nancy Ann Coleman, born December 6, 1801.
3. Joseph Ragsdale, born June 2, 1803.
4. Sophia, who married her first cousin, Williams Charles Coleman,
born January 16, 1805.
5. Griffin Coleman, born September 25, 1807, on whom we have a
later chapter.
6. Elizabeth A. and
7. Robert F., twins, born April 4, 1810.
8. Rebecca, who married John W. Robinson, born December 20,
9. Wylie W. W., born April 19, 1815.
10. Henry J. F. W., born February 5, 1818.
11. Sarah, born December 23, 1819.

After the death of Sarah, in 1820, Wylie Coleman married Mary
Semone, by whome he had one son, Elihu, who was born January 8, 1824,
the year of his father's death.



Wiley Coleman, Father, October 27, 1771.
Sarah Ragsdale Coleman, Mother, October 15, 1781.

William R. Coleman, October 4, 1800.
Nancy Ann Coleman, December 6, 1801.
Joseph R. Coleman, June 2, 1803.
Sophia Coleman, January 16, 1805.

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Home of Wylie Coleman, still standing, but in a great state of
Wylie and Sarah are buried immediately behind this house.

Griffin R. Coleman, September 27, 1807.
Elizabeth A. Coleman, April 4, 1810. }
Robert F. Coleman, April 4, 1810. J } Twins
Rebecca Coleman, December 20, 1812.
Wiley W. W. Coleman, April 19, 1815.
Henry J. F. W. Coleman, February 5, 1818.
Sarah Coleman, December 25, 1819.
Eli Coleman, January 8, 1824.


Wiley Coleman to Sarah Ragsdale, in the year 1799.
Nancy A. Coleman to Richard Nolen, January 22, 1822.
Joseph R. Coleman to Juliana Banks, February 5, 1824.
Elizabeth A. Coleman to John Williams, October 12, 1826.
Sophia Coleman to William Coleman, January 9, 1827.
William R. Coleman to Sarah Head, January 26, 1830.
Griffin R. Coleman to Susannah Cockrell, February 9, 1830.
Robert F. Coleman to Margaret Smith, in the year 1832.
Rebecca Coleman to John W. Robinson, February, 1835.

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Sarah Coleman to Wiley U. Gilmer, December 8, 1833.
Wiley W. W. Coleman to Mary Coleman, February, 1836.
Eli Coleman to Elenor Beasley, in the year 1844.
H. J. F. W. Coleman to Alcy Cockrell, November 28, 1848.


Wiley Coleman, October 16, 1824.
Sarah Coleman, August 3, 1820.
John Williams, August 6, 1836.
Elizabeth A. Williams, May 8, 1837.
Nancy Ann Nolen, July 6, 1847. }
Eli Coleman, April, 1849. } In different
Richard Nolen, October, 1851. } handwriting
Sophia Coleman, January 22, 1857. } from
Joseph R. Coleman, June 16, 1859. } H. J. F. W. Coleman
Juliana Banks Coleman, December 21, 1871. }
Alice Coleman, November 11, 1863. }

NOTE (by Mrs. J. W. Starnes): H. J. F. W. death is in my Bible
as January 20, 1891.

The above COPY of Bible Record made in 1844 is now in the
possession of Mrs. J. W. Starnes, Ridgeway, South Carolina, a
descendant of Wilie Coleman. 1949.

The State of South Carolina }
District of Fairfield }

Articles of agreement made and concluded this first day of
January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
twenty four Between Wiley Coleman of the one part and Mary Seymone
of the other part. Whereas a marriage is shortly to be had and
solemized between the said Wiley Coleman and the said Mary Seymone,
it is therefore covenanted and agreed by and between the said
parties to these presents in manner and form following, that is to
say--The said Wiley Coleman doth for himself, his heirs, executors,
and administrators covenant and agree to and with the said Mary
in case the said intended marriage shall be had and solemized as
aforesaid that she the said Mary shall be entitled to in her own
right absolutely in fee simple to a child's part or such proportion
or share of the Estate both real & personal of the said Wiley at
his death or so much thereof as shall be fully equal to the
proportion or share of

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any one of the children of the said Wiley in case the said Mary
shall survive him and the said Wiley shall die intestate and if
the said Wiley shall leave a last will and testament it is further
covenanted and agreed that he shall thereby make a proportion for
the said Mary equal in value and amount to what she would be
entitled to receive of his said estate should he depart this life
intestate and it is also covenanted and agreed between the parties
aforesaid that the said Mary shall be entitled on the death of her
said intended husband in case she shall survive him to have,
receive and take in her own right absolutely all such property
and effects in addition to the above provision as she shall bring
with her in marriage or shall make or earn by her own individual
skill and industry. And the said Mary on condition of the
promises doth for herself, her heirs, executors and administrators
covenant and agree to and with the said Wiley Coleman in case the
said marriage shall take effect and she shall survive him to
receive and accept the above proportion as in every respect
complete and sufficient and in lieu of her distributive share of
the estate of the said Wiley Coleman real and personal and also in
lieu of dower or any or all other demands which she might legally
have or claim of in or to the said estate And it is further
covenanted and between the parties aforesaid that the said Mary in
case she shall survive the said Wiley Coleman shall upon the
reasonable request of heirs or executors or administrators of the
said Wiley Coleman, make and execute any other instrument or
instruments of writing as shall be advised by councel learned in the
law, to release his estate both real and personal from the claim
of the said Mary over and beyond the provision or provisions
secured to her by virtue of these presents in witness whereof we
the said parties have hereunto set our hands and affixed our Seals
this the first day of January in the year of our Lord aforesaid.
In presence of WILEY COLEMAN
Simson Pannel } MARY SEYMONE
B. D. Carter } Mark
William Thomas }

So. Carolina )
Fairfield District )

Personally appeared William Thomas before me and made oath that
he was present and saw the above named Wiley Coleman & Mary Sey-
mone sign, seal and acknowledge the above Signatures to both their
hands and seals that he together with Simeon Pannel &

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Benjamin D. Carter in the of each other witnessed the due execution
thereof. Sworn to before me the first day of Jany 1824.

D. R. Coleman JQ
Recorded May 12, 1824

Land Deed Book Y, Page 541. August 17, 1812, Wiley Coleman
conveyed his home place to John Weir, includes land granted to
William Coleman and by him and wife Elizabeth conveyed to
Robert Coleman on the 12 day of May, 1788 on Beaver Creek.
File 43, Package 664, Fairfield County. William Ragsdale
Coleman, at the age of 25, was the Administrator of his father's
estate. The widow, Mary, in writing, waived her right to be
On March 22, 1825, the personal property of Wylie Coleman was
sold by W. R. Coleman and Henry J. Coleman and brought the sum of
$6262.30. Purchasers at the sale included W. R. Coleman,
Henry J. Coleman, Joseph Coleman, H. A. Coleman, Robert Coleman,
Wiley Coleman, Solomon Coleman, Robert R. Coleman, Sophia Coleman,
Mary Coleman, D. R. Coleman and John Robinson.
The sale required three days to complete. It included nine slaves.

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Fifth Child

ALLEN COLEMAN, born November 7, 1773. Died June 21, 1848, age

Allen Coleman was married to his first cousin, Sarah Coleman.
She was the daughter of Charles Coleman. Thus Colemans like the
writer of this chapter are descendants of Colemans "both ways." The
date of the marriage is unknown, but their son, Williams Charles,
was born September 13, 1801.
On January 11, 1803, Allen was a witness to a deed made by
l'sh Coleman to William Ragsdale, conveying 50 acres of land on the
south side of Sandy River (Book J, Page 245).
On December 14, 1808 (Book X, Page 272, Fairfield County),
Robert Coleman, Jr. conveyed to Allen Coleman 225 acres on
Storm Branch, waters of Beaver Creek.
On the thirtieth day of September, 1809, Allen Coleman was one
of the witnesses to his father's will.
On November 9, 1816 (Book 5, Page 255, Chester County),
George Washington McDaniel conveyed to Allen Coleman, for a
consideration of $ 1150, 250 acres on the waters of Little Rocky
Creek, Chester County. The deed recites that Allen Coleman is a
resident of Fairfield County. This no doubt marks the date that
Allen moved from the Beaver Creek area to Rocky Creek. The new
location was partly in each of the two counties of Chester and
Fairfield. His wife, Sarah, died May 27, 1839. Her tombstone states
her age to have been 64, so she must have been born in 1775.
A survey of these lands made March 6, 1767, and of record in the
Surveyor General's office in Columbia shows the property in that
year to have been entirely surrounded by vacant land. The land was
originally laid out to John McDonald and a note on the plat shows
the South Fork of Rocky Creek to have been six feet broad and five
inches deep, "but goes dry in summer."

On October 18, 1828 (Book NN, Pages 97 and 98, Fairfield)
Allen Coleman, for $484.50 conveyed to Henry Tynes 254 acres "on the
branches of Beaver Creek," reciting that the land adjoined
Henry A. Coleman, Robert R. Coleman, Solomon R. Coleman, and
Solomon Beam. The deed further recited that the land originally had
been granted to Joseph Veree in 1774, by his widow conveyed to
David R. Coleman, and by him conveyed to Allen Coleman and
Robert R. Coleman.

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Sarah Coleman did not acknowledge the deed until July 28, 1833,
and signEd by mark. A copy of this deed was made available to me by
Miss Eva Colvin, 908 Pickens Street, Columbia, South Carolina, on
March 3, 1951.
The South Carolina census for Chester County, 1830, lists A.
Coleman. The family consisted of one male and one female born
between 1770 and 1780, as well as one male born between 1800 and
1810. This must have referred to Isaiah Daniel Coleman, then 19,
who was actually born in 1811.
To reach the original Allen Coleman home, go north 1/10 mile
from the Faucette home. Turn right on the road to Chester. 4/10
mile on the right is the home site.


(Page 70 of Book A-l of the Records of Wills Of Chester County,
South Carolina)


In the name of God Amen, I Allen Coleman of the District and
State aforesaid being of sound mind and memory and mindful of the
uncertainty of life have made and published this my last will
and testament.
1st. It is my will and desire that my body be decently buried.
Secondly. It is my will and desire that all my property both
real and person after my lawful debts are paid be disposed of in
the following manner, viz.
First, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Gladden
four negroes which she now has in her possession, namely, Delse
and three children and Mary also two negro boys named Joe and
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my son William Charles Coleman
two negro boys named Dave and Abram which are now in his
possession, also a negro boy named Bob.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Gladden
seven negroes which she has now in her possession, viz. Charlotte
and her four children and Sue and Ellen, also two negroes named
Charles and Lucinda.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son Isaiah Daniel Coleman
seven negroes which he has not in his possession namely Sam,
Augustus, Wilson, Fanny, Frank, Levi, and Mary, also Jenny and any
increase which she may have after this time.

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Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my grandson,
Ansellem Roe Gladden, one mulatto boy named Sam.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Sarah Coleman
Gladden one negro girl named Inda.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my grand daughter
Sarah Coleman one negro girl named Esther.
Eightly, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Gladden,
one old negro woman named Esther.
Ninthly, It is my will and desire that all the residue of my
property, both real and personal, be sold and applied to the
payment of my debts and should there not be sufficient to pay my
debts then it is my will and desire that all my children contribute
an equal proportion for that purpose but should there be an
overplus after the payment of my debts then in that case it is my
will and desire that such overplus be equally divided between my
children or their lawful representatives.
Tenthly, It is my will and desire that all the above named
negroes which are now in my possession and which I have willed to
my children remain on the plantation whereon I now reside until
said plantation is sold and for said negroes to be under the care
of my son in law James Gladden.
In the last place, I do hereby appoint my son-in-law James
Gladden and my son Isaiah D. Coleman, Executors of this my last
will and testament.
Signed, sealed, and published this Eleventh day of February in
the year of our Lord One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Forty Four.


Signed, Sealed and Published in the presence of S. D. Barron,
John Howze, and Joseph R. Coleman.

On January 31, 1848 in the Court of Ordinary for Chester
District this will was admitted to probate and James Gladden and
Isaiah V. Coleman named Executors and qualified.


The Allen Coleman burying ground is 3.3 miles East of Blackstock
on the Great Falls Road. This road is paved, and the cemetery is
probably three hundred yards south of the road in thick woods.

The cemetery contains the following monuments:

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"In Memory of Allen J (R) Coleman, who departed this life
July 21, 1848, in the 75th year of his age. He was a kind neighbor, a
humane master, and an honest man. Peace to his remains."

Grave is in Southwest corner of the rocked walled burying ground.

"Sacred to Memory of Agnes Coleman" (First wife of Isaiah Daniel).

Next grave North:

"In memory of Sarah Coleman, wife of Allen J. Coleman, who died
May 27, 1839, in the 64th year of her age.
A referred wife, mother, and mistress.
God takes the too good on earth to stay
And leaves the bad, too bad to take away."

Next grave North:

Under this stone are carefully laid aside the mortal remains of
two infants (twins) the children of I. D. and Agnes Coleman who
were born and died September 10, 1839.
"Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom
of heaven."

This cemetery is located on the farm of Robert W. Douglas, as of
1950, Route 1, Blackstock. It is completely enclosed by a stone wall.


1. William Charles Coleman, who married his first cousin,
Sophia Coleman.
2. Rebecca Coleman, who married John Gladden.
3. Elizabeth Roe Coleman, twin, who married James Gladden, twin
brother of John.
4. Isaiah Daniel Coleman, who married Agnes Ferguson, and after her
death, Harriet Davis.

Williams Charles Coleman and Isaiah Daniel Coleman have chapters
devoted to them in the Mississippi section of this book.
John Gladden and Rebecca Coleman, had children named (1) Sallie,
who married John Feaster Coleman, son of Henry Jonathan Coleman and
Mary Feaster; (2) Rebecca, who married a Latham; (3) Jesse, who
married his cousin, Sallie Coleman, they being buried at the
Jefferes Cemetery, Feasterville; (4) Anselm Roe Gladden.



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ELIZABETH and ISOBEL GLADDEN, the twin daughters of Allen Coleman

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Sixth Child

GRIFFIN COLEMAN, born May 20, 1775.

(by J. P. COLEMAN)

Much time has been spent in an effort to discover written
evidence concerning this sixth child of Robert Coleman and
Elizabeth Roe.
By the entry in the David Roe Coleman Bible, we are certain of
the date of his birth.
The Fairfield Census of 1800 lists Grief (sic) Coleman as living
in a household of his own, adjacent to the other Colemans, but
omits any information as to the number in his household. He was
twenty-five years old that year. The only mention of him in
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman's Book shows that he "went West." He does
not appear in any of the Census Reports of 1810 for South Carolina,
Georgia, or the Mississippi Territory, of which Alabama was later
In his father's will of 1808 the desire was expressed that the
younger brother, Henry Jonathan, should learn the hatter's trade
from Wiley or "Griffith," so Griffin must have yet been in South
Carolina in 1808, at the age of 33.
Griffin Thompson, of Ackerman, Mississippi, a lifelong resident
of Choctaw County, and who is still alive on November 1, 1962, was
born December 11, 1877. He has frequently told the writer that when
he was born, his great grandmother, Elizabeth Coleman, the wife of
Griffin of Old Concord, was present. She insisted that the baby be
named Griffin, since, she said, there had always been a Griffin in
the family "all the way back."
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman in her writings said that Griffin Coleman
"went West," but in all our searches we have been unable to find
any trace of him.

Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Children

WILLIAM ROE COLEMAN, born Fairfield County, South Carolina,
on March 6, 1776. We very much regret that we have been unable to
learn anything of this seventh child other than
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman's statement that he went west.

SARAH COLEMAN, born November 8, 1778, married Reuben Mobley, and
moved to Alabama.

ELIZABETH COLEMAN, born September 8, 1780. Also moved to

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Tenth Child

SOLOMON ROE COLEMAN, born October 29, 1783, Fairfield County, SC.
Died Greene County, Alabama.

He married Mourning Coleman, daughter of Stephen Coleman.
By file No. 636 in the Probate Records of Greene County,
Alabama, we find that his widow, Mourning, survived him.

They had the following children:

1. Tabitha, who married Anderson Conoway.
2. Nancy, who married Wiley Mobley.
3. Elmira, who married James Thompson.
4. Elizabeth, who married Colvin Jones.
5. Robert Coleman.
6. Martha, who married Robert Free, and left children, David,
Nancy, Mourning, Susanna, and Solomon Monroe.
7. Mary, who married John Horten, and left children, Alonzo C.,
William C., Elizabeth, Jane Hollis, and Leonidas.

His home was on the line of Greene and Pickens Counties,
Alabama, and he owned six slaves at his death.

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Eleventh Child

FRANCIS ROE COLEMAN, born, Fairfield County, SC, July 12,
1786. Died, Greene County, Ala., January, 1839.
He married Margaret Mobley, daughter of Benjamin Mobley.
On September 10, 1814, he deeded to Henry Jonathan Coleman, his
younger brother, "the place on which I now live, containing 520
acres, more or less, on Fork of Little River. Deed Book Z, page
333. On the same date he deeded to another brother, Wiley
Coleman, stating that they had been joint purchasers of the land
in 1810. Book Z, Page 334.
File No. 324, Probate Court of Greene County, Alabama, shows
that Margaret Coleman relinquished her right as Administratrix in
favor of her son, Joseph.
According to these files, Francis Roe Coleman, left the
following children:

1. Griffin B. Coleman, later of old Concord, Choctaw County, MS
to whom a later chapter is devoted.
2. Mary, who married Elijah Edge.
3. Joseph Coleman.
4. Ansel R. Coleman, a minor.
5. Margaret Jane Coleman, who married William B. Hill.
6. William R. Coleman, who in 1853, was living in Kemper County,
7. Jonathan F. Coleman.

He owned six slaves and personal property worth $4,796.08. He
also owned 520 acres of land in Sections 28, 32, and 33 of
Township 23, Range 2 East, which is about 6 miles north of Eutaw,
between the present day Cresswell road on the south and the
Yellow Jacket Road on the North. This land was sold to
David H. Coleman, son of David Roe Coleman, for $3,457.21.

Twelfth Child

ZEREBABLE COLEMAN, born November 28, 1789. Died young and buried
at the feet of his parents in the Coleman Cemetery, Feasterville, SC.

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Thirteenth Child

HENRY JONATHAN COLEMAN, born, June 22, 1793. Died, February 3,

On December 31, 1818, he married Mary Feaster, daughter of
John Feaster and Drucilla Moberley. The ceremony was performed by his
brother, David Roe Coleman.
He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He enlisted at Winn's
Bridge South Carolina, and served from October 6, 1814 to February
28, 1815 in Captain William Nevitt's Company of South Carolina
He acquired nearly 2,000 acres of land, was a hatter by trade as
well as an excellent farmer.
His wife was born January 10, 1798, and died November 18, 1873.
They had sixteen children. Six served in the Confederate Army
and only two survived.
1. John Feaster, born October 3, 1819, died February 15, 1856.
2. Elizabeth Drucilla, born March 18, 1821, died December 9, 1891.
3. Dr. Robert William, born October 3, 1822, died May 27, 1873.
4. Jacob Feaster, born January 30, 1824, died May 20, 1864, of
pneumonia at Wilmington, North Carolina, in the Confederate Army.
5. Chaney Caroline, born January 4, 1826, died an infant.
6. David Roe, born June 8, 1828, died May 9, 1897.
7. Henry Jonathan, Jr., (1) born January 3, 1830. Died an infant.
8. Henry Jonathan, Jr., (2) born May 13, 1831, Died May 3, 1874.
9. Francis Wiley, born May 23, 1833. Died an infant.
10. Dr. William Calhoun Preston, born June 28, 1834. Died
January 31, 1863, of wounds received in the Confederate Service.
11. Allen Griffin, born October 24, 1835, Died July 7, 1864, in the
Confederate Service at Petersburg, Virginia.
12. Dr. Benjamin Franklin, born October 20, 1837. Died October 28,
1863, in the Confederate Service at Bruceton, Virginia.
13. Richard Henry Lee, born January 15, 1839. Died an infant.
14. Hiram Lee, born January 18, 1840. Died an infant.
15. George Washington, born September 4, 1844. Died February
4, 1931. Confederate soldier.
16. Sarah Caroline, born April 9, 1847. Died September 19, 1890.

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PRESTON COLEMAN, 1834- diarist of note, 1823-1865
1863. Wounded at Second Manas- (Photo provide by Miss Kathleen
sas from which he died. (Photo sup- Coleman.)
plied by Miss Kathleen Coleman.)

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1835 to the Present

Chapters arranged in the order
of their arrival in Mississippi


We are much indebted to Dr. John H. Goff, Professor of Business
Administration, Emory University, for expert advice, cheerfully
given, on the route likely followed by the Colemans who migrated
from Chester and Fairfield into Winston County, Mississippi. Dr.
Goff, who probably knows more than does any other person about
the mid-nineteenth century routes from South Carolina to
Mississippi, took great pains to furnish us detailed information,
for which he would accept no fee.
Elapse of time and scarcity of records leave us with no definite
proof as to which of two available routes were actually followed.
One way would have been from Chester and Fairfield to Abbeville, SC,
and from there to Columbus, Georgia. Another would have been
south, through Columbia to Augusta, thence west to Columbus,
Georgia. They could have gone either way. The latter would have
been the longer, but more level. Professor Goff has traveled both
routes as closely as would be possible in any automobile. The
presence of Lyle's ford, on the Broad River, in western Fairfield,
offering a convenient crossing, which was in use even in
Revolutionary times, may have caused the use of the "upper" route,
by Abbeville.
Dr. Goff says that the shortest route, from Abbeville to
Columbus (Ga.), was one of the great stage thoroughfares from
New York to New Orleans, before the advent of the railroad. He has
personally retraced this road, and knows it well. Starting at
Abbeville, the traveler would have come to Vienna, on the
Savannah River, opposite Lisbon, Georgia. Here he ferried the river
and went on through Washington, Georgia (where the picturesque home
of Robert Toombs stands until this day); thence to Powelton, in
Hancock County; thence to Sparta; and from there to Milledgeville,
the Capitol of the State. At Milledgeville he could have taken the
"Old Garrison Road" direct to Macon, or he could have curved
through Clinton to Macon.
After leaving Macon, if he followed the favored way, he would
have gone through Knoxville, Roberta, Francisville, Ficklin's Mill,
and Geneva, into Columbus. This was the route of the historic
Upper Federal Road, later the old "Federal Wire [telegraph] Road."
From Columbus he would have gone via Crawford, Society Hill,
Tuskegee, and Montgomery, Alabama. Since we know that

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Isaiah Daniel Coleman came into Winston County, Mississippi, via
Macon, MS, it is fairly certain that he went from Montgomery to
Selma and turned northwesterly to Linden, Livingston, and Alden,
all in Alabama, and from thence to Macon, Mississippi. True, he
could have turned north at Selma and gone through Marion,
Greensboro, and Eutaw, and thence to Macon.
The older Colemans (Williams Charles, Griffin, and William
Ragsdale) entered lands at the Columbus, Mississippi, Land Office.
It would be fairly certain that they came to the State via Columbus.
In this event, as Professor Goff points out, they no doubt turned
North at Montgomery, through Centerville, to Tuscaloosa, thence to
Reform, and on to Columbus. From Columbus they followed the
Robinson Road (cut in 1821) directly to Louisville.
(This description may be confusing if one does not bear in mind
that both Georgia and Mississippi have a Columbus and a Macon.)
As early as 1834, John B. Whitfield went from Lenox County, NC
to Linden, Alabama. His route was through Columbia, Augusta;
Macon, Columbus, Tuskegee, and Montgomery, thence west to Linden.
Professor Goff says that by 1854 there were alternate routes,
and a person with his own vehicle might have gone one way,
whereas public carriers would have gone another. The Colemans
moved in their own conveyances, some of them taking six months to
make the trip from South Carolina to Mississippi.

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Williams Charles Coleman was the son of Allen Coleman, and was the
first of the Colemans in Mississippi. He was born Sept. 13, 1801
and died February 4, 1877.

The lands in Winston County, Mississippi, to which the Colemans
first moved from South Carolina, were opened to white settlement by
the Choctaw Indian Treaty of 1830 at Dancing Rabbit. The territory
here relinquished was divided into seventeen counties by the Act of
December 23, 1833. Choctaw and Winston were two of the seventeen.
Mississippi had become a State only sixteen years previously,
December 10, 1817, although there had been settlements at Biloxi
and Natehez for over a hundred years.
Winston County. situated a little east of the geographical
center of the State, lay to the South of Choctaw County, named for
the Indian tribe. At the close of the Confederate War, during
Reconstruction, the County of Choctaw was greatly reduced in size
by the formation of Montgomery and Webster Counties on its West and
North sides. Three townships; 108 square miles, were taken from
northwestern Winston and attached to Choctaw. This explains why
the lands first owned by Williams Charles Coleman and William
Ragsdale Coleman, later owned by Isaiah Daniel Coleman, were in
Winston County when settled but are now altogether in
Choctaw County.
The public records in Winston County are all intact. Those of
Choctaw County were burned at least three times previous to 1881.
The Winston County records are a veritable storehouse of ante-bellum
history; Choctaw records for the same period are wholly
Louisville was originally laid out as the county seat of
Winston County and remains so until this day. When
William Ragsdale Coleman completed the purchase of the plantation
from Williams Charles Coleman, on January 23, 1839, part of which
(the homesite) was in Winston and the remainder in Choctaw, he had
to record his deed in both counties. He no doubt saddled up and
rode to Greensboro to record the deed for Choctaw County purposes.
Greensboro was situated north of the Big Black river in what is now
Webster County. lt was about two miles north of the present post
office located on U. S. Highway 82 known

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as Tomnolen. Greensboro, noted for its bloody and turbulent
history, remained the county seat of Choctaw until after the
Confederate War, when the courthouse was burned by unknown
arsonists. Nothing remains of Greensboro today but two ancient
cemeteries. The county seat of Choctaw County was then successively
moved from Greensboro to LaGrange to Chester, and finally to
Ackerman. Ackerman was not laid out as a town until 1884 (when the
present Illinois Central Railroad came through). This was after
Williams Charles, William Ragsdale and Sophia, were all dead, but
it was five years before Isaiah Daniel, son of Allen, passed on.
Chester was named for Chester, South Carolina, and until 1959 was
in existence as a post office in central Choctaw County, about six
miles Northwest of Ackerman.
Williams Charles Coleman was the son of Allen Coleman and his
wife, Sarah Coleman. In all the family records he is listed as
William Charles, but his name in Winston County land deeds and on
his tombstone is listed as Williams Charles, hence we shall use
that spelling in this history. He was born in Fairfield County, SC,
on Beaver Creek and near the Broad River, on September 13, 1801.
On January 9, 1827, he married his first cousin, Sophia Coleman,
daughter of Wiley and Sarah Ragsdale Coleman. She was born
January 16, 1805.
According to the land deed records, Williams Charles Coleman was
the first of the Colemans to come to Mississippi. On July 23, 1835,
he purchased land from Baley C. Waters and Andrew C. Waters,
in Winston County (now Choctaw). The deed is of record at page 60
of Book A of the Winston County land deed records. Only 59 pages of
recorded deeds had been registered when Williams Charles bought
this land. This was the East l/2 Southwest 1/4, Section 1, Township
16, Range 10, owned since 1934 by J. P. Coleman. This was first the
homesite of William Ragsdale (Buck) Coleman, and then of
Isaiah Daniel Coleman. It is two miles South Of the present village
of Fentress in present-day Choctaw County.
The large plantation which was accumulated was located both
north and south of Yockanookany River and was situated in both
Winston and Choctaw counties. Since the time of the
post-Confederate War boundary shift, it has all been in Choctaw.
The original boundary between the two counties in this territory
was the boundary between Townships 16 and 17, which bi-sected the
Coleman plantation.
As stated, Williams Charles Coleman sold this property to
William Ragsdale Coleman sometime before 1839 (Sophia executed a
deed as to dower in that year, Deed Book D, Page 288). Evidently,
William Ragsdale Coleman

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lived on it as early as 1837 for both he and his wife were
charter members in that year of Concord Baptist Church, about four
miles from the property.
Williams Charles Coleman then settled about seven miles
northeast of Louisville, the homesite being located in Section 23,
Township 15, Range 13, which would be approximately eleven miles
south and seventeen miles east of his first home. The writer first
visited the old Williams Charles Coleman homesite on July 22, 1951.
It is an exact replica of the Wiley Coleman home in South Carolina,
of which there is a kodak picture in this volume. In 1951, the
writer noticed that the hewn logs across the front of the house,
which was not then occupied, measured 46 feet in length, and only
one log in the entire house was decayed. As of that time, Mr.
Tommie Reed, the present owner of the property, was beginning the
restoration of the house, leaving the log frame work and pegged
rafters intact. The writer visited the property-again on July 11,
1960, at which time the restoration had been completed, the house
painted white on the outside, a carport added to one end of the
house, and the Reed family is occupying it as a home.
The land, on the very upper reaches of Pearl River, surrounding
this home is nearly level and closely resembles that first entered
and then sold to William Ragsdale. Apparently the old Colemans were
good judges of land.
In a cemetery on the highest knoll in the neighborhood, in sight
of the house, and about one-fourth of a mile north of the old
Louisville and Macon road (about 7 miles northeast of Louisville)
are found the graves of Williams Charles Coleman and his wife,
Sophia, and that of their son Mortimer Allen (Mott) Coleman and his
wife, Ann. These are the only marked graves in the cemetery (except
that of William D. Welsh) and the inscriptions are as follows:

(1) Williams Charles Coleman, born September 13, 1801, died
February 4, 1877, aged 75 years, 4 months, and 21 days.
"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright
For the end of that man is peace."
(2) Sophia, wife of Williams Charles Coleman, born January 16,
1805, died January 23, 1857.
(3) M. A. Coleman, November 8, 1830-April 6, 1917. Gravestone
carried same epitaph as that of his father.
(4) Ann J., wife of M. A. Coleman, born November 1833, died
August 25, 1912. Aged 78 years, 8 months, 21 days.

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(5) William D. Welsh, b. January 9, 1828, d. September 25, 1859.
Member Webster Lodge 205, F. & A.M.

From this it will be noted that Sophia was only 52 when she
died. She died three years before her brother,
William Ragsdale Coleman, moved to Texas and three years after
her first cousin (and brother-in-law), Isaiah Daniel Coleman moved to
Mississippi. lt is reasonable to presume that these men were
present when she was the first to be laid away, in sight of her
home, in the little cemetery. It also reminds us that, in
South Carolina, Williams Charles Coleman's father, Allen Coleman,
in 1839, buried his wife, Sallie, in sight of his house "so he could
sit at the window and see her grave."
No doubt Sophia's brother, Griffin Roe Coleman, who had moved near
Liberty Church in 1844, only a few miles away, and her sister, Mrs.
John W. Robinson, who lived on the adjoining plantation to W. R.
(moved there in 1855), were also at the burial.
This reminds us that Williams Charles Coleman was the first to come
to Mississippi; that William Ragsdale Coleman, his first cousin and
brother-in-law followed almost immediately; that Griffin Roe Coleman
(of Liberty) arrived in 1844; that Rebecca Coleman (Mrs.
John W. Robinson) came in 1855; and Isaiah Daniel Coleman, brother
of Williams Charles Coleman and first cousin to the others, arrived in
1854. Four of these were children of Wylie Coleman and two were sons
of Allen Coleman. We shall present them in this book in the order in
which they came to Mississippi.
We are further reminded from the inscriptions on the gravestones
that Williams Charles Coleman lived a widower for twenty years after
his wife died.
Mortimer Allen Coleman (M. A., also known as Mott) was their
son. His story is told from the gravestones and from his obituary
in the Winston County Journal, issue of April 13, 1917, which
M. A. Coleman's wife was Ann Bostick, of South Carolina, and
they had no children. They had a foster daughter, who married
J. D. Doss, and who passed away at Louisville in 1951. She was the
mother of Dan W. Doss, business man, of Louisville, also deceased.
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman in the diary of her trip to Mississippi
and Alabama in 1919 (accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Mary
Faucette, by the courtesy of whose family the diary was made
available) said that

"Mott Coleman's sister Emily married a Welsh."

(This no doubt accounts for the Welsh grave. Since William D.
Welsh, buried in the family burying ground, is two years older
than Mott, he probably is the brother-in-law.)

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She also said, "Her daughter (meaning Emily's daughter)
Sallie Welsh married John Hull."
M. A. Coleman was quite well to do for his day and time. The
writer noticed that his grave appeared to be about one-third
excavated when visited on July 22, 1951. One of the neighbors said
that the rumor got out in the community that "Mott's money was
buried with him" and that immediately thereafter unknown vandals
attempted to excavate the grave in the night time.

(WINSTON COUNTY JOURNAL, issue of April 13, 1917)

Captain M. A. Coleman died Friday Night.
After a lingering illness of months, Captain M. A. Coleman died
at the home of his son-in-law, Honorable J. D. Doss on East Main
Street (Louisville) last Friday night, April 6, 1917 and his
remains were laid to rest in Liberty Universalist Cemetery (error)
the following day in the presence of a large congregation of
friends, Rev. J. H. White conducting services. Mr. Coleman passed
his 86th year last November, which placed him among our oldest
citizens. There was perhaps no man in the county better known than
Mr. Coleman. He had been a citizen of the county for many years,
had served his county in the State Legislature, and as sheriff and
tax collector. He was for many years one of our largest
agriculturalists, owning large numbers of acres east of town where
he resided until recently and where he was a benefactor to many
people. He was of a jovial nature and big hearted, always ready to
help his friends when in need, having many kindly acts to his
credit. He was a lover if the foxchase in his earlier days and was
known throughout our county as a famous foxhunter, keeping a large
pack of dogs for his and his friends pleasure for many years.
Mr. Coleman lived to a ripe old age, always active in all that
pertained to the welfare of his country. and in his death one of
our county's best and most patriotic citizens has passed to his
reward. Peace to his ashes."

Note: The newspaper report is in error in stating that Mr.
Coleman was buried at Liberty. He was buried in the family
cemetery already described.


I must acknowledge my gratitude to Honorable R. W. Boydstun,
of the Louisville Bar, and to Mr. E. B. Clark, Deputy Chancery
Clerk, of

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Louisville, Mississippi, for information which located the Coleman
graves. Also, I thank Mr. W. H. Hight, Editor of the
Winston County Journal, for making available the obituary of
M. A. Coleman from the 1917 files of his paper.

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Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman.

Mr. Boydstun guided me to the Coleman graves on July 22, 1951,
and offered to do so in 1960. It worked out, however, that Mr.
R. B. Yarbrough, of Louisville, accompanied me in 1960. While at
the scene we were given much valuable information by Mr.
Connie Mack Lloyd, who lives nearby, and who is a brother of Mrs.
Tommie Reed.

approximately 7 miles Northeast of Louisville, Mississippi.
Re-visited on July 11, 1960.

From Louisville
Go East on the Macon Road (State Highway 14) 1.8 miles.
Turn left on Bond Road, go Northeast 2.6 miles.
Turn left and go 2.8 miles.

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Turn left and go .2 miles to Tommie Reed house, which is the old
Williams Charles Coleman home, restored.

The graves of Williams Charles Coleman and Mortimer A. Coleman
and wives are in sight of this house on top of hill. This is
beautiful, rolling, red soiled country. Very productive.


Mortimer A. Coleman, (Mott), died 1917.
Wiley Allen Coleman, drowned in mill pond.
Dan G. Coleman, died in Civil War.
Mrs. Emeline Coleman Welch.
Mrs. Sallie E. Coleman Higgins.

As already stated, William B. Welch and Mrs. Emmaline Welch had
four children. The sons were Alexander W. and Robert. The daugh-
ters were Elizabeth and Sallie. Sallie married John N. Hull.
The writer is very sorry that he at this time knows nothing
about Mrs. Sallie Higgins.


Winston County Personal Assessment Roll, 1847. On file in
Mississippi State Department of Archives and History.

WILLIAMS C. COLEMAN, assessed for 17 slaves under 60 years of
age; 60 head of cattle, and 1 clock valued at twenty dollars.

Land Deed Book Q, Page 24, Winston County. February, 1859,
Williams Charles Coleman, conveyed "In consideration of the love
and affection I have for my daughter, Emeline Welch, 560 acres of

United States Census, Winston County, 1860. Wm. C. Coleman,
age 58, born in South Carolina.
Personal property valued at $30,000; Real Estate valued at $10,000.


Winston County Personal Assessment Roll, 1863. W. C. COLEMAN

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assessed for 32 slaves under 60 years of age, 1 pleasure carriage
valued at $ 150; 1 watch valued at $ 174; 1 clock valued at $ 18.

M. A. COLEMAN (Mott) assessed for 6 slaves under 60 years of
age; 1 pleasure carriage valued at $70; I watch valued at $30.

Drawer 70, Case 216, Supreme Court of Mississippi. In re: Estate
of Williams C. Coleman. Shows Wms. C. Coleman to be the father of
Emmeline Welsh, wife of William B. Welsh, who died September 25,
1859. Shows her children to be: Alexander William Welsh,
Sallie Welsh, Robert Edward Welsh, and Elizabeth Welsh.

Mortimer A. Coleman served as Sheriff of Winston County during
Reconstruction years. Was a member of the Mississippi Legislature
at the 1880 session from Winston County.

In the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History is a
handwritten manuscript of William T. Lewis' History of
Winston County, written in 1876. In this manuscript we find the
following, p. 17:

"Wm. C. Coleman had a son by the name of Wiley Allen, who was a
noctambulist. One night while at Sam Welch's Mill, it is sup-
posed, he commenced wandering about in his sleep and stepped out of
the mill house into the pond and was drowned."

It will be noted that this young man was named for both his
grandfathers, Wiley and Allen Coleman. It might be further noted
that Williams Charles Coleman was the son of first cousins and
married his first cousin.
Williams Charles also had a son named Daniel. The Winston County
Census of 1850 lists him in the Williams Coleman family group as
eleven years old. In 1860 the Census listed him as D. G., age 21,
and residing with Mott Coleman. He enlisted in the Barksdale Greys,
later Company G., 20th Mississippi, June, 1861, along with his
brother, Mortimer A. (Mott). He died at Vicksburg,
September 10, 1863.
Continuing from Lewis' History, at Page 60:

"Williams C. Coleman once lost a very fine young horse and after
making diligent search and careful inquiry of every person he saw
until his efforts proved fruitless he then offered a reward of

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fifty dollars to any person who would bring him the horse or put
him on his track so he could get him. Jack Bass struck a bee line
in the direction of Mobile and after the elapse of a few days he
brought Coleman's horse to him and received the reward."

At Page 122 of the Lewis Manuscript is listed the contributors
to the Wiliston Guards, organized at Louisville on May 13, 1861.
Among the contributors were, I. D. Coleman, $25, Wiley W. Coleman,
$20, Williams C. Coleman, $ 15, Griffin Roe Coleman, $ 10, and
W. A. Coleman is listed as contributing $50 to his son,
T. Fisk Coleman. T. Fisk Coleman was killed at Gettysburg. The
Winston Guards fought at Antietam, Gettysburg, and Fredericksburg.
At Page 136 of the Manuscript begins the history of the
Barksdale Greys. This was the third company from Winston County to
enter the Confederate War. It was named in honor of
William Barksdale of Columbus, Mississippi. This company was
organized at Webster in the northeastern part of Winston County, in
June 1861. They volunteered for three years or the duration of the
war. They were mustered into the Confederate service as Company G,
20th Mississippi Regiment. John S. Reed was captain.
The following are listed:

No. 32, Dan G. Coleman, died Vicksburg, September 10, 1863.
No. 33, Mort A. Coleman, discharged Bowling Green, Kentucky,
June 10, 1862. (Son of Williams C. Coleman).
No. 35, William J. Cooper, died Island No. 10, near Fort Pillow,
July, 1862.
No. 36, Wm. Coleman(served for the duration) son of
Isaiah Daniel Coleman.
No. 37, W. W. (Burry) Coleman, son of Griffin Coleman.
No. 38. Moses W. Coleman (brother of Burry), discharged
Grenada, Mississippi, July 4, 1862.
No. 39, Adam M. Cooper.
No. 40, John L. Cooper, died Franklin, Tennessee.

There were 135 in this company as originally constituted.
From luka the Barksdale Greys went to Lynchburg, Virginia, where
they received orders to join General Floyd's command in West Virginia,
at Big Sewell Mountain. From there they marched to Cotton Hill, WV.
Thence they marched and countermarched through West Virginia
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Kentucky. In February 1862, they were ordered to Fort Donalson, TN.
where on the 14th of that month they were engaged in
the hard fought battle at that place, which resulted in the capture
of nearly the entire Confederate forces. The Barksdale Greys,
commanded by Lt. W. R. Nelson, was the second company that opened
fire on the Federals at Fort Donalson. The weather was cold and the
ground covered with snow during that memorable battle;
notwithstanding, at the surrender of the Confederate forces,
John C. Doss, Charles Lenon, Lt. E. J. Kizar, William J. Scruggs,
and Mike A. Lynch, after stacking arms, made good their escape from
capture and wended their way up a Bayou until they procured an old
dugout from a citizen and crossed over the murky water; but not
without a mishap, for Doss, Lenon, and Scruggs while crossing over
capsized the dugout and received a copious ducking. They made their
way through the snow and over the frozen ground about one hundred
miles to Franklin, where they boarded the train and soon arrived
safely at home, bringing tidings of the sad disaster and surrender
of Fort Donalson.
Capt. Reid (here spelled Reid in the Manuscript) next
rendezvoused the remnant of the Company at Corinth, at which
place they were detailed to guard the commisary stores. In a few
weeks the booming of cannon was heard at Shiloh which gave
unmistakable evidence that a battle was furiously raging there. The
Barksdale Grays applied to their Capt. for permission to go to
Shiloh, and upon permission being positively refused, M. A. Lynch,
C. C. Ivy, Henry Spear, Thos. Futree, Walter Coleman, and
Pink Marlin secretly through the night, cooked some rations and left
their post before daylight the next morning and hied away to the
battle field, which was reached about the time the battle ended.
In the fall of 1862, the members of the Barksdale Grays who
had been confined in prison at Camp Douglas
(William Charles Coleman, son of Isaiah Daniel Coleman was in this
number) were exchanged and again rendezvoused at Holly Springs, MS.
The Company marched and countermarched through
western Mississippi for some time, camping a while at Clinton.
While at the latter place Seabe McElvany went into the country and
during a conversation with a young lady she asked him, "Are you
fond of novels?" Seabe replied, "I don't know, I never eat any; but
I am extremely fond of ingions (onions) and Lieut. Nelson sent me
out here to try and get a mess of them."

The company was ordered from Clinton to Jackson to be mounted as
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raid through the State. On the 16th of May, 1863, the company was
engaged in the battle of Baker's Creek. When it was discovered that
the Confederate Army could not cope with the Federal Army, whose
numerical strength so greatly exceeded their own, and that they
would be compelled to fall back; the Barksdale Grays and three
other companies of the regiment were ordered to hold the Federal
Army at bay until the Confederates could retreat. They took their
stand on Champion Hill and successfully held at bay, for several
hours, the whole Federal Army until the desired retreat was made.
And when the three companies were ordered to retreat they done
(sic) so under such a galling and terrific fire from the Federal
Army that it seemed almost impossible for a single soldier to have
escaped sudden death. After they had retreated a short distance
Lieut. W. J. Scruggs discovered that he had left his pistol and
fearlessly ran back in view of the Federal Army, amidst a shower
of lead and found his pistol. While hunting for his pistol he
discovered Theodore Lawrence snugly ensconced in a hole in the
ground, praying to God for protection.

After many advances and retreats in western Mississippi, the
company finally made an unsuccessful stand at Jackson, Mississippi,
retreating from there to Demopolis, Alabama, and thence to
Tennessee. They fought and sustained a heavy loss in Hood's
memorable slaughter pen at Franklin, Tennessee in 1864, where
Lieut. Col. Rover, commander of the regiment; Lieut. E. J. Kizar,
commander of the company, Lieut. William J. Scruggs and others
fell in the fruitless attempt to storm the enemy's impregnable
breastworks. When the strill bugle notes of Lieut. Col. Rover was
heard above the din of battle "To Storm the Fort" the company
rushed forward with impetuosity to obey his orders. Seaborn
McElvany was the first man to mount the breastworks and plant upon
it the Confederate flag, which, like the dauntless Jasper of the
revolution, or the fearless Hyacinths of the French revolution of
1848, came near costing him his life; for he fell, desperately,
but not mortally, wounded upon the enemy's breastworks. When
Seaborn McElvany mounted the Federal Breastworks, Lieut. Col. Rover,
the bravest of the brave, stood by his side, where he fell
with his face to the foe and his body pierced by a dozen minnie
balls. Lieut. Kizar, who was killed in the battle at Franklin,
Tenn., was a college graduate-an accomplished gentleman--a good
officer and as brave a man as ever unsheathed a sword. Winston County
mourns the loss of such men. Lieut. W. J. Scruggs, who was killed
in the same battle, was man of excellent morals and fine mental
attainments. The effect of his lofty and noble bearing was

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impressed upon the hearts of his comrades. By whom this loss will
ever be deplored, and his memory cherished as a lost jewel from
the casket of life.
A short time before the surrender the companies had been
reorganized and new officers elected, when Lieut. W. R. Nelson was
elected captain of the Barksdale Grays. During the war he acted in
the capacity of private, corporal, lieutenant, captain and
physician of the company.
The Barksdale Grays did their duty fearlessly throughout the
war. Their bones were left to mingle with the dust on the
battlefields of Fort Donalson, Baker's Creek, Atlanta, Franklin,
Nashville, and many other battle fields of minor importance.
The remains of some of the Barksdale Grays repose in each of the
following States: Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.
The following are the names of the Eleven officers and privates
of the company who were present at the Surrender on the 26th of
May, 1865, at Greensboro, North Carolina: Capt. W. R. Nelson, Sgt.
Eph Richardson, Sgt. James A. White, Sgt. Adam M. Cooper, Corp.
Thomas Harper, Corp. James Finkley, Jack Bigham, Wm. Coleman (son
of Isaiah Daniel), Sam Bateman, Fred Richardson, and Wiley Wingo.
All of the foregoing is copied from the Lewis Manuscript,
ending on Page 145 thereof. Then follows a list of contributors to
the Company when it was organized, including a. B. Cooper, $50;
Wms. C. Coleman, $25; Wiley W. Coleman, $20; Grif R. Coleman, $10;
Nimrod Triplett, $5;

Note by J. P. Coleman, March 13, 1956. Wm. Coleman was my great
uncle. l have the cherished recollections of his many visits to our
home when I was a small boy. I have listened to him by the hour
telling his stories of his military ventures.

He was 12 years old when his father moved to Winston County, MS.
I wonder if he visited his old home and his relatives
in Fairfield County, SC, either when he was retreating before
Sherman (the route lay through Winnsboro and Blackstock) or when he
started his long trip homeward from Greensboro after the surrender.
It is now too late for me ever to find out.

On Page 148 of the Manuscript is found a list of women who
contributed to the purchase of a flag for the company when it was
organized. In the list are Sarah Cooper, Mary Metts, S. R. Coleman
(sister of William Charles) and Mary Coleman.

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Photo taken at Granberry, MARTHA JANE SIMPSON COLEMAN.
Texas, 1915. Photo taken at same time.

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Buck Coleman)

William Ragsdale Coleman was the eldest child of Wylie Coleman and
Sarah Ragsdale. Born, Fairfield County, South Carolina, October 4,
1800. Died, near Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, October 29,
1881. Resided in Winston (later Choctaw) County, Mississippi, from
1835 to 1860.


An excellent sub-title for the life of William Ragsdale Coleman
might be "The Life Story of One of the Many Colemans with Restless
He first saw the light of day in the first year of the Nineteenth
Century in Fairfield County, South Carolina. At the age of
thirty-five, he moved to Winston (later Choctaw) County,
Mississippi. At the age of sixty, he moved to Lavaca County, Texas,
where he lived another twenty-one years. By modern highway, it is
1281 miles from Fairfield to Lavaca, being 624 miles from Fairfield
to Choctaw, and 657 miles from Choctaw to Lavaca.
When Sarah Ragsdale Coleman died on August 3, 1820, William
Ragsdale Coleman was nearly twenty years of age. His brothers and
sisters were Nancy Ann, age 18; Joseph Ragsdale, age 17; Sophia,
age 15; Griffin Roe, age 13; Elizabeth A. and Robert F., twins, age
10; Rebecca, age 7; Wylie W., age 5; Henry Jonathan Francis Wyatt,
age 2; and Sarah, age 8 months.
The mother was only thirty-nine years of age when she died,
leaving eleven children, of whom seven were under fifteen years of
On January 22, 1822, Nancy Ann, then age twenty, married Richard
Nolem, and left home.

Wylie Roe Coleman, the father of this large family, recognized
the need for a second wife. To protect the interests of his
children in his estate, he entered into an ante-nuptial written
contract with Mary Seymone that in the event she survived him,
after the contemplated marriage, she would claim only a child's
share in his estate. Because it is an interesting document, of a
kind no longer used, this contract has been copied in full in the
chapter on Wylie Coleman. Elihu Coleman, the only

*Frank R. Coleman of Dallas, Texas is the son of Thomas Blewett
Coleman and grandson of William Ragsdale Coleman.

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child of this marriage, was only nine months of age at the time
Wylie died on October 16, 1824. The graves of Wylie and Sarah are
located about 150 feet from his old home, about nine miles West of
Woodward, in Fairfield County, but near the Chester County line.
Joseph Ragsdale Coleman married Julianna Banks in February,
1824, leaving the nineteen year old Sophia as the oldest daughter
and William Ragsdale Coleman as the oldest son at home. The next of
the children to marry was Elizabeth A., the twin, who married John
Williams, in October, 1826. Then, on January 9, 1827, Sophia
married her first cousin, Williams Charles Coleman, the son of
Allen Roe Coleman and Sarah Coleman, themselves first cousins.
By the time the year 1830 rolled around, William Ragsdale
Coleman, approaching his thirtieth birthday, was ready to set up a
home of his own. On January 26, 1830, he married Miss Sarah Newport
Head, a native of South Carolina, the daughter of William Head,
Sr. and Susannah Gibson Harrison Head. Susannah was the daughter
of Captain Burr Harrison and his wife, Elizabeth Dargon. Captain
Harrison was a Revolutionary soldier and served under Lafayette at
Yorktown. Captain Burr Harrison was the son of Thomas Harrison,
grandson of Thomas Harrison, Sr., great grandson of Burr Harrison,
and great, great grandson of Cuthbert Harrison of Virginia.
Thus the descendants of William Ragsdale Coleman and his wife,
Sarah Newport Head, were distant relatives of the illustrious
Harrison family of Virginia, which produced two American
Presidents, namely, William Henry Harrison, and his grandson,
Benjamin Harrison. Sarah Newport Head was related to President
The Head family lived in Chester County, on the waters of Little
Sandy River. The parents of William Head, Sr., were Richard Head
and Sarah Newport. William Head, Sr. and wife, Susannah, moved to
old Winston County, Mississippi, now Choctaw, where they lived
about three miles East of the William R. Coleman home. The location
is now about three miles South of Ackerman and immediately East
of Highway 15. Their graves, marked, are now in the Tombigbee
National Forest, Choctaw Unit, and are situated across the highway
from the Howard McDowell residence. William Head died July 1,
1837. His wife died July 2, 1844.


Thomas Blewett received a land grant, consisting of 2000 acres,
situated on the Pee Dee River in South Carolina, from King George II.

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He made extensive improvements, including a large mill, on the
land. He had a son named Thomas Garton Blewett, born 4 July,
1789, at Blewett's Falls, South Carolina.
Thomas Garton Blewett moved to Chester, Chester County, South
Carolina, where he married Regina de Graffenried (born at Chester,
South Carolina, May 8, 1799), who was a descendant of the
Landgrave, and daughter of Tscharner and Eliza Allen de
The slaves of Thomas Garton Blewett constructed a two story
spacious brick mansion in the town of Chester, in Chester County,
South Carolina.
The family moved to Columbus, Mississippi, in 1833, where the
same slaves built another two story brick residence. He named one
plantation "Pee Dee," another "Chester," and a third "York." The
cultivated areas included 1600 acres in cotton, 1000 acres in corn,
and some 300 acres in oats, wheat, potatoes and peanuts.
It is evident that William R. Coleman had great admiration for
Thomas Garton Blewett, eleven years his senior. He named his third
child, born in South Carolina, Thomas Blewett Coleman, and his
fifth child, born in Mississippi, Regina Blewett Coleman.
Griffin Roe Coleman, another brother, had reached the age of
twenty-two years. He chose a wife and married Susannah Cockrell,
February 9, 1830.
Apparently, Wiley Roe Coleman left no will. The record shows
that William R. Coleman and Henry Jonathan Coleman were
Administrators of the estate. (Henry Jonathan Coleman, the youngest
son of Robert Coleman who married Elizabeth Roe, to reach maturity,
was a brother of Wiley Roe Coleman and an uncle of William R.
In making preparations to move from South Carolina, W. R.
Coleman sold 279 acres in Fairfield County to John and William
Bryce (sons of William Bryce). This land was a part of the landed
estate of Wiley Roe Coleman. William R. Coleman had acquired
Griffin R. Coleman's share of 95 acres, also Elizabeth's share of
94 acres and Rebecca's share of 94 acres. This conveyance is dated
May 17, 1834, and was witnessed by Henry J. Coleman and William W.
Henry J. Coleman appeared before David R. Coleman, Justice of
the Quorum, and made affidavit that he saw William R. Coleman sign,
seal and deliver the deed of conveyance.
In February, 1829, he had sold 50 acres in Chester County,
situated at the head of Little River, to Jonathan Thomas and

In 1832, he sold 40 acres in Fairfield County for the sum of $1250.00

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to Hugh Murdoch, said land known as the saw-mill tract, and was a
part of the estate of Wiley Roe Coleman, his father.
By this time, his brother, Robert F. (twin) had married Margaret
Smith, in 1832, and his sister, Sarah (at the age of 14), had
married Wiley U. Gilmar, December 8, 1833.
His brother, Wiley W. W. Coleman, at nineteen, was nearing the
age of maturity, and another brother, Henry Jonathan Francis Wyatt
Coleman, sixteen years old, both nearly old enough to care for
themselves, but the twelfth child of Wiley Coleman, Sr. (the child
by his second wife), Eli, was only ten years of age.
To complete the record of the children of Wiley Roe Coleman,
during the succeeding years, Rebecca Coleman married John W.
Robinson, in February, 1835. Wiley W. W. Coleman married Mary
Coleman, in February, 1836. Eli Coleman married Elenor Beasley, in
the year 1844. Henry,Jonathan Francis Wyatt Coleman married
Alcy.Cockrell, an old maid, November 28, 1848.
Since his obligations to his father's family had been taken care
of, William R. Coleman was free to move and to satisfy his urge to
settle on the virgin and fertile soil of a new State.
Three children, born in South Carolina, were members of his

1. William Head Coleman, born December 13, 1830.
2. Sarah Susan Coleman, born April 3, 1832.
3. Thomas Blewett Coleman, born October 12, 1833.

William R. Coleman named his third child as "Thomas G. B. Cole-
man," in his diary of 1851, thus establishing the fact this son was
named for Thomas Garton Blewett, of South Carolina and Mississippi.
William R. Coleman was responding to the same urge that a number
of his relatives had shared. Five of his uncles, namely, John
Roe Coleman, Grimn Roe Coleman, William Roe Coleman, Solomon Roe
Coleman, ald Francis Roe Coleman, all sons of Robert Coleman who
married Elizabeth Roe, had moved to Greene County, Alabama, along
with two of his aunts, namely, Sarah Coleman and Elizabeth Coleman.
This makes a total of seven persons in one family that had restless
feet, and all moved to Greene County, Alabama.
Five of the children of Robert Coleman, who married Elizabeth
Roe, namely, David Roe Coleman (Daddy Dave), Robert Roe Coleman,
Wiley Roe Coleman, Allen Roe Coleman, and Henry Jonathan Coleman,

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remained in South Carolina and reared families. The remaining two
children of Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Roe died young.
The Colemans in South Carolina used many nicknames. Here are

1. David Roe Coleman, Senior, "Daddy" and "Daddy Dave."
2. Albert, son of David Henry Coleman, "Ob."
3. David Roe Feaster, "G. W. Punkins."
4. Trezevant D. Feaster, "Trez."
5. Wiley Coleman, "Screw."
He was the son of Robert Roe Coleman and Nancy Coleman.
6. David Andrew Coleman, "The Squire."
7. Jacob Feaster, "Squire Feaster."
8. Henry Jonathan Coleman, Senior, "The Steamer."
9. William Ragsdale Coleman, "Buck."

After the trip from South Carolina to Mississippi, the following
children were born:

4. Eliza Jane Macon Coleman, January 30, 1835.
5. Regina Blewett Coleman, December 17, 1836.
6. Louisa Harriet Coleman, September 10, 1838.
7. Henry Jonathan Coleman, March 25, 1840.
8. Anna Rebecca Coleman, November 26, 1841.
9. Mary Anner Harrison Coleman, June 23, 1843.
10. James Burr Head Coleman, January 13, 1845.
11. Marcia Maranda Coleman, May 3, 1848.

The family lived on a plantation comprised of about 1760 acres
of land, and included the plantation which Williams Charles Coleman
sold to William R. Coleman in 1839. Slaves were used to help
cultivate the land, and the sons of William R. Coleman worked in
the fields.
The two story house faced west and included a two story porch,
or balcony, from which William R. Coleman could watch the overseers
and workers in the fields.
There was a row of negro slave cabins located across the road
from the residence. The doors of the slave quarters opened toward
the main house where their master lived. There was a spring nearby
which furnished water for all.
Thomas Blewett Coleman told his children that he would play, as
a boy, with the little negro slave boys on the farm. He spent most
of his childhood and young manhood on the Mississippi farm, and
learned how to be an excellent marksman with a gun and learned how
to be a successful farmer.

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On one occasion, William R. Coleman had left the older son,
"Bill" (William Head Coleman), and the younger son, "Tom" (Thomas
Blewett Coleman), in the charge of a negro overseer, a slave, and
gave the boys specific instructions to work all day in the field,
while he would be away from home. Upon his return at the close Of
the day, he asked for a report from the overseer, as to how much
work the boys had done. The slave replied: "Marse William, dem two
boys dun nothing but fit and fit all day long." (Fight all day
For fear that he would become a bad example before his young
children, Thomas Blewett Coleman would not talk about the following
incident until his children became older. When a barefoot boy on
the farm, he had disobeyed his father, while working in the field.
William R. approached him to take hold of him, in order to
administer the necessary punishment. Tom started running as fast as
he could. Climbing over rail fences and running across the cotton
field, with William R. close behind, in hot pursuit. When the chase
ended, a double dose of punishment was administered.
The farm provided cattle for beef and hogs for meat needed to
supply both the whites and the negroes. Wild game, which included
deer, squirrels and wild turkeys, became a supplementary source of
meat. Tom would clear a strip, about 150 feet long, in the woods,
draw a line on the ground, bait the line with shelled corn and wait
for the wild turkeys to find and eat the corn. From his hiding
place behind the piles of brush, he would shoot down the line of
turkey heads as the corn was picked up.
The young men wore long trousers, with straps at the bottoms
buckled under the shoes, to keep the trouser legs down, just like
the pants shown on the posters of "Uncle Sam," the well known
caricature representing the United States of America.
Some of the slaves were assigned work in the fields, others were
to help with the housework and the care of the white children.
Before Tom was old enough to be depended upon to wash behind his
ears, one of the negro women slaves would bathe him. When the
ordeal was over, the slave would ask: "Now, how do you feel, better
or wusscr (worse)?" To this question, Tom would always reply:
"Wusser (worse)."
William R. Coleman's old home and plantation was sold to his
first cousin, Isaiah Daniel Coleman.

William Ragsdale Coleman had become restless again. Although he
had become prosperous, he was interested in acquiring new land in
the State of Texas. In 1851, William R., in the company of his son,
Thomas Blewett Coleman, who had reached the age of eighteen, and a
cousin named George Davis, made a trip to Texas and he recorded in a

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Diary, the route, the mileage and various comments on the soil,
crops, the kinds of trees, and general conditions he found along
this way. After traveling for fifteen days on horseback, they
crossed the eastern boundary of Texas, averaging twenty-six miles
per day.
The travelers reached Nacogdoches, one of the three oldest
settlements in Texas, and two other towns made famous in the early
history of the State, namely, Washington-on-the-Brazos and
Independence. The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at
Washington-on-the-Brazos, and for a time served as the Capitol of
Concerning the land on the Brazos, he made the following comment
in his Diary: "Rich land-through a beautiful high prairie country.
A very healthy looking country. Land selling from $1.00 to $10.00
per acre.

Note: It is of interest to record the fact that my mother,
Martha Jane (Simpson) Coleman, was born during the year 1851 in
Macon County, Alabama. Her parents were David Butler Simpson and
Arabella Butler Callaway.

"Fine cedar groves and plenty of pin oak and evergreens.
Generally the richest country and the prettiest prairie country I
have ever seen. Thickly settled with rich farmers. Plenty of
cattle, horses, sheep and hogs to be seen for miles. Some droves of
sheep appear to be one thousand head." He was favorably impressed
that this area would be a good location for him.
The travelers proceeded to Bastrop on the Colorado River, then
to Austin, the State Capitol. His comment about Austin was as
follows: "A very healthy place. Three female academies, with fine
churches." He had seven young daughters and he was noting places
where schools would be available for them in case the Move to Texas
was made. After looking at the rich level land on the east bank of
the Colorado River near Bastrop, he made favorable comment on the
land in the Diary.
At Austin, they turned north to Georgetown, and there turned
east, starting the return trip to Mississippi. They passed the
falls of the Brazos River below present Waco, and visited the towns
of Fairfield and Palestine and went to visit Frank Coleman, living
thirteen miles north of Palestine.
The travelers passed through the towns of Rusk, Henderson,
Elysian Fields and on to a town located on the line between
Texas and Louisiana, known as Lickskillet, now called Latex,
thence to Shreveport, Louisiana, and then back to Winston
County, Mississippi.
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that his first decision was to settle there, but in 1860, when he
moved to Texas, he bought land in Lavaca County. He had passed
through Round Rock, in Fayette County, while on the inspection
trip, and Fayette County lies to the north of Lavaca County, and is
an adjoining County.
Although the war clouds were gathering, prior to the Civil War,
William R. had made plans to move to Texas in 1860, when he was
sixty years of age, an age at which most people would hesitate to
make a move of this kind. On December 15, 1859, he entered into a
written agreement with Isaiah Daniel Coleman, his first cousin, to
whom he had sold the farm, that he would vacate the premises by
October 1, 1860. He sold his large walnut dining table having a
seating capacity of twelve persons, and other furniture, but moved
some of his furniture and equipment, horses, slaves, etc., to
Lavaca County.
On July 13, 1860, William R. Coleman paid cash $4,446.00 for
446 acres of land located six miles northwest of Hallettsville, and
on the east bank of the Lavaca River. He purchased this land from
A. W. Searcy and wife, Mary Louisa Searcy.
On September 18, 1869, he purchased 377 additional acres,
adjoining the first tract, from Thomas J. Ponton. He paid $100.00
cash, signed notes to pay $850.00 in gold on December 25, 1869
(Christmas Day), and $619.00 due twelve months from date of deed, a
total of $1,569.00. The total acreage was 823 acres.
A letter written by Eliza Jane Macon Coleman (who was an
unmarried daughter and a school teacher) is addressed to Thomas B.
Coleman, her brother, at Hallettsville, Lavaca County. The letter
bears the date of January 29, 1861, written and mailed at
Lexington, Mississippi. In the letter she expressed hope that he
had recovered from his "little fit of homesickness."
Homesickness for Mississippi became a serious matter, and a
family conference was held to decide what should be done.
Texas was a very young State, having been admitted to the United
States in 1845, following a short period of existence as the
Republic of Texas. Life in the new State required the endurance of
hardships. The State lacked schools and cultural advantages. Life
in Texas was so different from the life the children had become
accustomed to on the plantation where most of the work was done by
slaves, and where life was comfortable and easy in the midst of
relatives and friends.
Lavaca County is located in the south part of Central Texas, in
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derived its name, flows across the central part of the County in a
southeasterly direction The Navidad River flows across the eastern
part of the County. Both rivers empty into Lavaca Bay, an arm of
Matagorda Bay.
Gonzales, the main town in DeWitt's colony, is located about
twenty-eight miles to the west of the Hallet settlement, and San
Antonio de Bexar is about ninety-five miles to the west. Goliad,
or Presidio la Bahia, is situated about sixty-two miles to the
All of the four sons of William R. Coleman volunteered for
service in the Confederate Army. Thomas Blewett Coleman was among
the first recruits to drill on the streets of Hallettsville.
1. William Head Coleman served in the famous Walker's Texas
Division, C. S. A., was wounded and disabled early in the war.
Later, he served two terms as Sheriff of Lavaca County.
2. Thomas Blewitt Coleman enlisted in Co "A" 8th Texas Infantry
and served four years, mainly in Louisiana and Arkansas under
General Edmund Kirby-Smith

3. Henry Jonathan Coleman was killed on the second day of the
Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, in the northwest corner of Arkansas.
March 8, 1962, was the 100th anniversary of his death. The Yankees
called this battle the "Battle of Pea Ridge." A comrade by the
name of Newt Anderson was by the side of Henry Jonathan Coleman
when he was shot down.
4. James Burr Head Coleman served in Co "D," 2nd Texas Cavalry,
Pyron's Regiment. After the war, he moved to Coleman, Texas, where
he was President of the First National Bank in January 1896.
Also rendering service in the Confederate Army, was William
Ford, who married Sarah Susan Coleman, daughter of William Ragsdale
Coleman. William Ford received a wound in the arm during the war and
died later from the effects of the wound.
Thomas Blewett Coleman hastened home at the close of hostilities
to help make a living for the family, which suffered privations and
hard-ships, along with other Southern families, following the
fall of the Confederacy, during the years of the Reconstruction

Rural churches in the State of Texas have been noted for having
consecrated pastors, and congregations great in the spirit of
consecration, dedication and Christian fellowship, although often
limited as to numbers. The rural church known as "North Grove
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church of this kind. Although the life of the church covered a
short span of ten years, its activities comprised an important
chapter in the life of William R. Coleman and his family.
He came to Texas with letters for himself and family, as well
as for two slaves, from the Concord Baptist Church located in
Winston County, Mississippi, of which he had been one of the
founders in 1837.
Thomas Blewett Coleman served as Church Clerk of the North
Grove Baptist Church for most of the time, and the minutes were
kept in his handwriting. The Articles of Faith, Church Covenant
and Rules of Decorum are in my mothers's handwriting.
The minutes of the first meeting reveal a list of the fourteen
charter members. On Page 3 appears the following entry:
"On Saturday, the 29th of May, 1875, the following Brethern
and Sisters presented themselves with letters of Recommendation
for the purpose of being organized into a regular Missionary
Baptist Church:

J. P. and Margaret Garrison
W. R. Coleman
S. N. Coleman
M. M. Andrews
E. J. Coleman
S. S. Ford
T. B. Coleman
W. W. and Lavina Page
T. M. Tyler
S. L. Tyler
T. F. and T. L. Tyler

"On motion, Elder B. F. Carr was called to the chair as
Moderator and A. S. Bunting, Clerk. After prayer by Elder P.
Harris, the Church Constitution and the Articles of Faith were
read, and adopted. The right hand of Christian and Church
fellowship was then exchanged, after which, the Church was de-
claimed (proclaimed) duly organized.

"The Church then proceeded to elect three Deacons, Brethern
William R. Coleman, John F. Garrison and W. W. Page.
B. F. CARR, Moderator,
A. S. BUNTING, Clerk."'

William Ragsdale Coleman, his wife, Sarah Newport (Head) Cole-

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man, his three daughters, Miss Eliza Jane Macon Coleman, Mrs. Sarah
Susan (Coleman) Ford, Mrs. Marcia Maranda (Coleman) Andrews, with
his son, Thomas Blewett Coleman, all presented themselves for
membership on letters from the Hallettsville Baptist Church, to
become charter members.
Martha Jane (Simpson) Coleman, wife of Thomas Blewett Coleman,
was accepted as a member, at the time of the second meeting of the
Church, and on a letter from the Hallettsville Baptist Church.
On later dates, the following relatives were received:

Miss Florence N. Andrews, granddaughter of W. R. Coleman.
Miss Anna B. Ford, granddaughter of W. R. Coleman.
Miss Lula Ford, granddaughter of W. R. Coleman.
Miss Anna Sue McLelland, relative of the wife of W. R.
Coleman .
Mrs. Mary Anner Harrison (Coleman) Simpson, who was a
daughter of W. R. Coleman and wife of W. B. Simpson.
William B. Simpson, son-in-law of W. R. Coleman and brother
of Martha Jane (Simpson) Coleman.

The minutes do not give a definite location for the first lot
and house of worship, but on the 27th day of October, 1879,
William R. Coleman signed a deed donating three acres of land, a
part of the William Ponton League, and situated about five miles
northwest from Hallettsville, for the establishment of a Baptist
Church, with space for a cemetery, and providing that the Church
building, when constructed, was to be available for use as a
Use was made of the Church building as a school. The two oldest
children of Thomas Blowett Coleman, who were David William Coleman
and Ernest Head Coleman, attended school there, the school term
lasting for three months during the year.
In February, 1877, W. R. Coleman asked to be relieved of the
duties as Deacon, and T. B. Coleman was elected Church Clerk.
In July, 1877, Brother H. V. Cole was licensed to preach, and
Thomas Blewett was ordained as a Deacon.
The name of T. B. Coleman appears on many Committees appointed
by the Church, and on the lists of delegates to the meetings of the
Association, as well as to State Conventions.
In the record for 1878, little "Davie" W. Coleman (David William
Coleman), oldest child of Thomas Blewett Coleman, and at the age of
seven years, is listed as having made a contribution to Missions.

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has set a record for longevity for the Coleman family in Texas,
having passed his 90th birthday before he departed this life on
December 24, 1961.
On September 5, 1885, a resolution was adopted and the church
organization was dissolved at North Grove Baptist Church.
William Ragsdale Coleman, the chief sponsor for the Church, had
departed this life on October 29, 1881, and his widow with several
members of his family had moved to Coleman, Texas.
For the Spring Term of Court, 1863, William R. Coleman was
summoned to serve as a Grand Juror.
He was summoned again to serve on the Grand Jury March 13, 1865,
and when he did not answer the summons, a One Hundred Dollar fine
was levied against him for defaulting. Apparently, he had a valid
excuse, for on March 16, 1865, at his request, the fine was set
aside. (Vol. "C," P. 43).
Page 263, Vol. "D," Minutes of District Court at Hallettsville,
dated November 2, 1868. Presiding Judge, Wesley Ogden; Sam C.
Lackey, District Attorney; W. H. Coleman, Sheriff; T. A. Hester,
Clerk. William R. Coleman summoned as a Petit Juror-defaulted-was
fined Thirty Dollars. Minutes for November 7, 1868, show "It is
ordered by the Court that the fine of Thirty Dollars entered at
this term of the Court against William R. Coleman be set aside."
The name T. B. Coleman appears several times as having served on
the Grand Jury and on the Petit Jury.


On December 30, 1835, William R. Coleman was in Winston County,
Mississippi, and witnessed a deed from Abram Miller to Samuel T.
On July 1, 1837, he was one of the five founders of Concord
Baptist Church, then in Winston, but now in Choctaw County.

1843. Inscription on the Tombstone in Old Concord Church Ceme-
tery, "Sacred to the Memory of Anna Rebecca, daughter of William R.
and Sarah N. Coleman. She departed this life November 4, 1843,
aged 1 year, 11 months, and 8 days." (Nov. 26, 1841-Nov. 4, 1843).

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Whision County Personal Tax Assessment Roll, 1847.

"Wm. R. Coleman
1 pleasure carriage, $150
1 clock, $5
30 head of cattle
1 piano, $1,000
20 slaves under 60 years of age

AUGUST 27, 1850

Family No. 17.
Whistoll County, Mississippi.
U. S. Census of 1850.

William R. Coleman, 49, b. S. Car.
Sarah, 41, S. C.
William, 19, S. C.
Thomas 11, S. C. (this age for Thomas appears to be error)
Eliza, 15, b. Miss.
Regina, 12
Louisa, 10
Henry, 9
Mary, 7
James, 5
Marcia, 2

Also residing with the family were James Williams, teacher, age
21, born in Alabama, Catherine Williams, l7, b. Ala., Jane Hudson,
40, born Virginia."

4th Sunday in August, 1853. Protracted Meeting, Concord
Baptist Church. "Received for baptism, and baptized on the 1st
Sunday in September, Eliza J. Coleman, Francis Coleman (son of
Griffin Coleman), Thos. B. Coleman. P. 121 of the Minute Book.

U. S. CENSUS OF 1860. Winston County. Enumeration of June 20,

WM. R. COLEMAN, born in South Carolina, value of personal
estate, $34,000, value of real estate, $10,800.
S. N. Coleman.
Wm. H. Coleman, personal property valued at $3,300.

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Thomas B., 24, personal property, $2,300.
E. J., female, age 23, school.teacher.
L. H., 20, music teacher.

There are other names after L. H. too dim to read.

Louisville, Miss.
May 2, 1860

Rec'd of Edward Foster Twelve Hundred and Fifty Six dollars for
a steam mill I have this day sold him for sixteen hundred dollars
leaving bal due me of Three Hundred and forty four dollars. And
should I fail to furnish said mill I am to pay him 10% interest
on the amt. paid me until I refund it. The said mill to be 18
Horse Power.

W. R. Coleman

(Evidently, William Ragsdale was here selling his steam mill in
contemplation of his forthcoming move to Texas).

Saturday before the second Sunday in September, 1860. Page 167
of the Concord Church Minutes.

"Granted letters of dismission to Bro. W. R. Coleman, T. B.
Coleman, and Sisters S. N. Coleman, E. J. Coleman, Susan Ford,
Louisa Coleman, and servants Sam & Abram."

May 15, 1882, Lavaca County, Texas, Last Will and Testament of
William R. Coleman proved. Will dated April 3, 1879. Mrs. S. N.
Coleman Executrix. Owned 575 acres of land, about six miles North
of Hallettsville, valued at $6,900.
January 12, 1885. Will proven for Mrs. Sarah N. Coleman, dated
the ___ day of October, 1882. Named daughter, Mary A. Simpson, wife
of W. B. Simpson; daughter, Marcia M. Andrews; son, James B.
Coleman; granddaughter, Florence Andrews; son, W. H. Coleman;
daughter, Regina B. Lemman, wife of Dr. D. S. Lemman; Louisa H.
Wilkins, wife of Dr. B. B. Wilkins. Thos. B. Coleman, Executor.
The Estate settlement shows that the land was sold and bequests
were paid.
Original Invitation in the possession of J. P. Coleman by the
courtesy of Mrs. Robert Stainback, 631 North President, Jackson,

"Mr. Andrew Hemphill
The pleasure of your company is respectfully solicited at W. R.

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Coleman's to attend a Quilting Party on Friday the 23rd of Dec.



Copied from William R. Coleman Family Bible by Frank R. Coleman
on July 13, 1954, through the courtesy of Mrs. Mary Coleman
Johnson, and through the kindness of Mrs. Hampton Cottar, 135
Roberts Cut Off Road, Fort Worth, Texas.
The Bible is large, old-fashioned, with heavy covers, large
print and made by the New York Bible Society.
One of the pages near the front cover has the following words in
Old English lettering:


The handwriting for the first part of the family record is old
style showing the use of a pen with a very fine point. The
handwriting appears to be feminine; it does not have bold masculine
strokes. The letters are small but formed with accuracy, beauty,
skill and uniformity that made it a wonderful document to read.
Then in later years, others added entries with marked contrasts in
the handwriting.
WILLIAM RAGSDALE COLEMAN, Son of Wiley Snr. and Sarah
Coleman, Born in South Carolina on the Fourth day of October
AD 1800.
SARAH N. COLEMAN, daughter of William Snr. and Susan G. Head,
Born in South Carolina on the Twenty-first day of June AD 1809.


WILLIAM HEAD COLEMAN, Son of William R. and Sarah N.
Coleman, Born in South Carolina on the Thirteenth day of
December AD 1830.
SARAH SUSAN COLEMAN, daughter of William R. and Sarah N.
Coleman, Born in South Carolina on the Third day of April 1832.
THOMAS BLEWIT COLEMAN, Son of William R. and Sarah N.
Coleman, Born in South Carolina on the Twelfth day of October
AD 1833.
ELIZA JANE MACON COLEMAN, Daughter of William R. and

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Sarah N. Coleman, Born in Mississippi on the Thirtieth day of
January AD 1835.
REGINA BLEWITT COLEMAN, Daughter of William R. and
Sarah N. Coleman, Born in Mississippi on the Seventeenth day of
December AD 1836.
LOUISA HARRIETT COLEMAN, Daughter of William R. and
Sarah N. Coleman, Born in Mississippi on the Tenth day of
September AD 1838.
HENRY JONATHAN COLEMAN, Son of William R. and Sarah N.
Coleman, Born in Mississippi on the Twenty-fifth day of March
AD 1840.
ANNA REBECCA COLEMAN, Daughter of William R. and Sarah
N. Coleman, Born in Mississippi on the Twenty-sixth day of
November AD 1841.
R. and Sarah N. Coleman, Born in Mississippi on the Twenty-third
day of June AD 1843.
JAMES BURR HEAD COLEMAN, Son of William R. and Sarah N.
Coleman, Born in Mississippi, on the Thirteenth day of January
AD 1845.

(In different handwriting.)

MARCIA MIRANDA COLEMAN, Daughter of W. R. Coleman
and S. N. Coleman, was born on the 3rd of May, l 848.
Andrews, was born on the Sixth of March, 1868.
SUSAN FRANCES HEAD, Daughter of William W and Mary A
Head, Born in Mississippi on the Thirteenth day of November
AD 1837.
A MELVINA WlLLIAMS, Daughter of John Jr and Elizabeth Ann
Williams, Born in South Carolina on the Twenty-second day of
January AD 1829.
NANCY CATHERlNE WILLIAMS, Daughter of John Jr and
Elizabeth Ann Williams, Born in Alabama on the Twelfth day
of April AD 1833.


HEAD, Married Twenty-sixth day of January AD 1830.

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Married Eighteenth day of April AD 1867.
(In the following entries several persons contributed information as
shown by several styles of handwriting).

Eighteenth day of January AD 1842.


PEARL COLEMAN BISCO, Daughter of Wm Head Coleman
Died August 13, 1935. Son, Jack Coleman Bisco whose father was
Michael Joseph Bisco.
MATTIE SIMPSON COLEMAN, Wife of Tom Coleman, died
August 19,1935.
WILLIAM HEAD Snr., Departed this life on the 1st day of July,
SUSAN GIBSON HEAD, Departed this life on the 2nd November
BURR HARRISON HEAD, Son of William, Senr. and Susan G.
Head, Departed this life on the 25th day of january 1845.
WILLIAM WOODWARD HEAD, Son of William Senr. and Susan
G. Head, Departed this life on 13th March 1847.
(The following notation in the handwriting of Thomas Blewit Cole-
ELIZA JANE MACON COLEMAN, Daughter of Wm. R. and
Sarah N. Coleman, Departed this life on the Twentieth day of
June, 1880.
WILLIAM RAGSDALE COLEMAN, Departed this life on the
Twenty-ninth day of October,1 K81.
SARAH NEWPORT COLEMAN, Departed this life on the Twenty-
first of November,1884.
WILLIAM HEAD COLEMAN, Died December 15, 1890.
JAMES BURR HEAD COLEMAN, Died June 12, 1905.
LULA H. COOMBS, who was Louisa Harriett Coleman Coombs,
died September 21, 1917.



THIS CERTIFIES that the Rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated
between James Burr Head Coleman of Coleman, Texas,

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and Mary Eliza Livingston, of Coleman, Texas, on May 1st, 1878 at
Coleman, Texas.

by REV. B. I. McLELLAND { C. C. Fountain


{Kate S. Price

James Burr Head Coleman was son of William Ragsdale Coleman and
Sarah Newport Head.


James Burr Head Coleman born in Mississippi, January 18th, 1845.
Mary Eliza Coleman Born June 8th, 1860, in Gonzales, Texas.
Marcia Gertrude Coleman Born March 21st 1879, in Coleman, Texas.
Florence Estella Coleman Born October 30th 1881, in Coleman,
Casey Livingston Coleman, Born June 10th, 1883. Born in Coleman,
Charles Pelham Coleman, Born December 6th, 1887. Born in Coleman,
Mary Finney Coleman, Born May 121h, 1890. Born in Coleman,
Thomas Clarence Coleman (twin), Born July 24th, 1893. Born in
Coleman, Texas.
Maggie Claire Coleman (twin), Born July 24th, 1893. Born in
Coleman, Texas.
James Sidney Coleman, Born January 11th, 1896. Born in Coleman,


C. L. Coleman, of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Nell Evans, of Wagoner,
Indian Territory (no heirs) on December 27th, 1906, at Wagoner,
Indian Territory.
Maggie Claire Coleman, Mineral Wells, Texas, and Marion L. Long,
Ft. Worth, Texas, on February 7, 1912.
Mary Finney Coleman, Mineral Wells, Texas, and George F. Miller,
on October 9, 1912.

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Charles Pelham Coleman, Mineral Wells, Texas, and Addie Harris,
Yukon, Oklahoma, July 3, 1919.
C.L. Coleman married Ora Dunn (Davis). (No heirs).
Charles Pelham Coleman married Melanie Johanna Meckel, March 7,
1931, San Antonio, Texas.


Marcia Gertrude Coleman, Died October 14th, 1880.
Florence Estella Coleman, Died May 28, 1883.
James Sidney Coleman, Died January 13th, 1896.
James Burr Head Coleman, Died June 12th, 1905.
Mrs. M. E. Price, Died June l9th, 1909, mother of Mary Eliza
James Archibald Livingston, Died 1909.
Mary Finney Livingston, Died 1910.
Maggie Claire (Margaret) Coleman, Died March 7, 1942.
Mary Eliza (Livingston) Coleman, Wife of James B. Head Coleman,
Died February 2, 1943.
Addie Harris Coleman, Died December 6th, 1939.
Casey Livingston Coleman, Died March 4, 1931.
Mary Finney Coleman (Miller) married Joseph (Alex) Johnson,
January 24, 1930.

(Copied by Frank R. Coleman, on July 13, 1954. Bible in the
possession of Mrs. Hampton Cottar, 135 Roberts Cut Off Road, Ft.
Worth, Texas.)

Dear Mrs. Arnold:

I deferred writing from day to day waiting for Thomas and his
family to be established in their home. I promised you I would take
up my pen, to give you a description of their establishment and
their prosperity.

In the first place I have the pleasure to write that we all
enjoyed uninterrupted health, altho we had a tiresome time in
coming as we must expect, traveling fifteen hundred miles and more
but travelers can form an idea of the difficulties we had to
encounter passing over mountains, rivers and bridges and I must say
the most beautiful scenery I ever beheld. After we left Virginia we
had a rough country to pass through, East Tennessee, and very
little better in Middle Tennessee. Indeed the whole state, at least
on the Public road, were a set of uncouth and disobliging people,
in Knoxville they looked a little more civilized. The traveling
through Alabama was very little better. They called their

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MRS. ETHEL HAWLEY, great granddaughter of Will-
IAM RAGSDALE COLEMAN, and her husband, W. E.
HAWLEY, at the McDowell Farm, Choctaw County,
Mississippi June 7, 1949.

Taverns, Stands and their accommodations intolerable. Passing
through the country that the Choctaw Indians sold to the
government, where I most dreaded, we had the best accommodations.
Our bills were very high and our fare intolerable and I would advise all

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that immigrate here to come in their cars or by Steamboats, unless
their Company is sufficiently large to buy their own provision and
have a tent. We had to pay from sixteen to twenty dollars every
morning and we were traveling seven weeks. Never laid by but one
day, Betsy wanted some cloths washed for her children. We had to
travel every Sabboath day. Every rainy day our bills were so
enormously high. Without partiality permit me to inform you, we
had not gone six miles in the State of Mississippi before we
discovered a visible change for the better. The houses are neatly
built, have a light, neat and airy appearance. We had good
The first night we got to Columbus, l6 miles from the line
dividing Mississippi from Alabama. There we were more comfortably
fixed than we had been since we left Virginia and our bills were
lower. We passed through some beautiful and flurshing villages and
some of the most splendid plantations that you could conceive.
Figure to yourself a field so extensive and the corn so high that
it looked like a map of sapplings or stake drove so thick in the
ground, with four or five ears of corn on them. The whole field
covered with pumpkins, the largest I have ever seen. Cotton
fields as far as your eyes can view, resembling a great river
frozen over and covered with drifted snow. The potatoes, not
patches, but fields of them, and yams that they have here in
abundance. You know I promised you Mrs. Arnold, I would describe
every thing exactly as it is, and I do assure you I have never in
my life seen such cows and you may buy one at any time with a
young calf for $12.00. One was offered Thomas yesterday morning
for that price. I've never eaten better bacon and I never saw
larger hogs. There is not a day scarcely the huntsmen don't
bring in deer, sometimes two. I thought l never tasted such
excellent meat, but I am almost tired of seeing it. Some days they
bring in wild turkeys by the horseload, shoot them not a half mile
from the College. Partridges, rabbits, squirrels, in short, let me
assure you that we can procure every article you have in the market
at Washington and much cheaper.
We arrived on the 11th of November, in Jackson, the Capital of
Mississippi, a very flourishing city. The State house is a very
handsome building very much like the Capital to Washington. On a
smaller scale Steamboats passing to and fro on Pearl River. Jackson
is built on table land with the river running below it. l think it
empties in the Mississippi River. The Trustees of the Centenary
College have purchased this beautiful place called the Brandon
Springs, in Rankin County, 18 miles from Jackson. The Medicinal
spring is handsomely inclosed with a

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dome, and on top a cupelo with a gilt hall and a large leaf, a walk
from the spring to a pavilion elegantly enclosed with seats all
around, and all kind of trees, enclosed with a latticed all painted
white from thence the walk continues to a botanical garden. You
pass through the garden to a centree building that is now called
the Domitory. It has 42 rooms, two of them very large, then on both
sides are 24 cottages painted white. Some with three and some with
four rooms, little porch in front with lattice work. After passing
the Dormitory there are five very large houses, the President's
house have five rooms down stairs and four above. lt is a large two
story house with Galleries all around, handsome white pillars, a
carrage house, stable, meat house, good kitchen, pantry, etc. In
short, they have every comfort.
Betsy and their children are delighted. Every room in the house
is handsomely papered. Thomas gets twent-five hundred dollars per
year, house, fire wood and expence of Doctor free. The Doctor has
six rooms to his house, built in Cottage style, no upstairs and
interior very handsome. The Multifiora and honeysuckles making the
porch perfectly green. He has for his Salary two thousand dollars,
house and firewood free from expence. I have a cottage with two P
(defaced) rooms and board with Thomas. I insisted on this
arrangement. They have so much company is not always agreeable to
me besides if I had gone to live or have a room in Thomas' house it
might wound James feelings. I did not like to cause him
mortification. Betsy and the girls are very affectionate to me.
There are from 55 to 60 houses all very handsome, neatly
painted. The College is in a very nourishing state. lt is thought
superior to any in the South. All the Servants that came from
Washington are well and much pleased. Sprig says he would not go
back if he could. Jenny declairs she would not, she is hired to
Thomas. If you should see Ben inform him his children are well.
Henry and Nora live with the Stward. In the college Maria is
unrse to Betsy's boy. Van Buren and Geroginna lives with Son Thomas
and drives his carriage. James has a man by the name of Emanuel
driving his carriage and cultivates his garden.

I believe I have told you all the news. I should like to see
you all very much but if I have my health next summer I would
prefer staying here. We have excellent water. There are four
wells and I think there are five or six cisterns. I am sure there
are more than a dozen springs in the circumference of less than a
mile. I have seen very little frost, not one particle of snow,
indeed I can scarcely realize that it is the 12th of January.

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I wish you, dear Mrs. Arnold to give My love to Mrs. Simpson
and all their family. Give my love to Miss Lucy, say to them l had
my reason for not visiting them if they knew all they would not
blame me, but i can assure theM I feel much attached to them. Now
you must read this letter to them and write me all the news. The
Miss Thorntons send their love and bid me tell they never will
forget your kindness. l thank you for your goodness in staying
with me. l never put my wrapper on I don't think of you. If we
don't meet on earth, I hope we may meet in heaven where parting may
be no more; farewell, God forever bless you is my prayer.


January 12, 1842.


(OCTOBER 9, 1851 to DECEMBER 19, 1851)

October 9, 1851, started to Texas. William Ragsdale Coleman,
George Davis and Thomas B. Coleman (a son of William Ragsdale
Coleman). From William Ragsdale Coleman's to Kosciusko, 30 miles,
Attala County. Then to Thomas Town, 16 miles, Leake County. The
crops this far are sorry. Cotton something over one-half a crop.
Health tolerably good. Land generally very poor and dry, except
about 10 miles North of Thomas Town, which is good.
3rd Day. Then to Sharon, 24 miles. Land level, but rather poor
and much worn. Thickly settled with a goodly number of Meeting
Houses. Badly watered.
Sunday, October 12, to Canton, Madison County, 7 miles. Land
good and level. Crops very poor.
Then to Jackson, 26 miles, Hinds County. Land good and generally
level. Crops very sorry. Cotton not a half a crop, and corn very
October 13th. 10 miles southwest of Jackson. Land good and
thickly settled and wealthy people. Then 6 miles, very poor and
very broken.
Then to Gallatin (which no longer exists), Copiah County, 24
miles, making from Jackson to Gallatin, 40 miles. Poor, broken long
leaf pine country. Gallatin is a poor place, secluded in a long
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Then on the Natchez Road to Rodney, Jefferson County. A good
appearance of health.
Thursday, October 16th, arrived in Rodney, 54 miles from
Gallatin. Rich land. Cotton good, Corn very poor.
Thursday, October 16th, 1851, at 12 o'clock arrived in Water
Proof, Louisiana, Tensas Parish. Fine land, cotton making one and
one-half bales to the acre. Thickly settled and finely improved.
Friday, October 17th, to Tensas River, 14 miles. Land good,
cotton one and one-half bales to the acre. Corn not more than one
to five bushels to the acre. Certainly a sickly country, but finely
improved and thickly settled with wealthy citizens. Land perfectly
Saturday, October 18th. From Tensas River to Harrisonburg, Cata-
houla Parish, 20 miles. Land rich, sickly, and wet. Many overflows.
Many deaths. Then to camp at night 17 miles through a very broken,
poor, pine country. Road very bad. Still Catahoula Parish.
Sunday, October 19, 1851. Thence through a very poor pine
country, then through a large portion of level postoak country.
Exceedingly poor. A portion of which very rocky in places. Thickly
settled, with the worst looking citizens that I ever saw. Many old
settlements made many years ago either died out or quit. Mostly
French or Creoles. The water exceedingly bad and scarce and very
sickly. I have not seen a healthy citizen for the last 60 miles.
To Little River, where steamboats run in the winter, but now
ford it. Then to Gabriel Barron's, 10 miles, Rapides Parish, then
to camp at night, 23 miles (this is near where Alexandria now is).
Still very poor country, some prairie and some long leaf pine.
Creeks and branches all dry. Hogs very sorry. Still thinly settled,
sickly, hardly a person remaining out of every six settlements. The
people gone. Farms badly mistreated. The state of society
wretchedly bad. I have seen but two Meeting Houses for the last
hundred miles.
October 21, 1851. Then to Red River, 15 miles, the high land is
tolerably good. A mixture of oak and pine. Cotton and corn sorry.
Thinly settled and with poor people, many French and Mexicans. Red
River is a fine stream but very low at this time, not boatable. It
overflows its banks immensely. The bottoms are immensely rich, all
stiff red loam. Many places for miles it is sanded over with red
sand five or six feet in depth, thrown out in overflows, not many
wet marshes. Many ash, pecans, and cotton trees of enormous size.
Then to Natchitoches, 10 miles. This place is a large and
beautiful town situated on the former banks of the Red River, but
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made a new channel 10 miles distance. Steamboats still run the old
channel in times of extreme high waters. There are many French and
Mexicans here.
October 22nd. To fort Jesop, Sabine Parish, 25 miles.
October 23rd. Then to the town of Many, 7 miles, then to Sabine
Town, 18 miles. Steam boats run here. People appeared healthy.
October 24th. From Sabine Town, Sabine County, Texas, to Milam,
the county seat, 9 miles. Then to Thompson Allen's.

(15 days after they left home, the travelers have reached Texas.)
Following is the mileage schedule entered in the back of this

To Kosciusko 30, to Thomas Town 16; to Sharon 24; to Canton 7;
to Jackson 26; to Gallatin 40; to Rodney 54; to Water Proof 12; to
Tensas River 14; to Harrisonburg 20; to Little River 41; to Gabriel
Barron's 10; To Red River 38; To Natchitoches 10; To Fort Jesop 25;
to Many 7; To Sabine River 18 Total distance to Texas 392 miles.
Average mileage per day on horseback 26.

October 25, 1851. To San Augustine, a considerable Town. The
county site of Augustine County, 18 miles. The land from the Sabine
River is very rich. High class country. Fine running creeks. Some
good springs. Up to camp tonight 9 miles. This is a very healthy
and old settlement, and very thickly settled. It appears that there
may have been settlements made one hundred years ago. The land is
very red and exceedingly rich. The people appear very healthy. This
part of the country is very thinly timbered. Generally large
hickory and blackjack, and a mixture of walnut, ash, mulberry,
buckeye, blackhaw, and many other rich growths that we do not know.
Not a particle range but the best upland country of the same
distance that I have ever seen. There is a great deal of rock in
some places. Some limestone rock. Up to Melrose Town, 16 miles,
Nacogdoches County.
October 26, 1851. Now to Nacogdoches Town, 10 miles, a consider-
able Town, a great distance from trade. They haul from a distance
of eighty to one hundred miles. Some parts of the country about
Nacogdoches is exceedingly sandy.
October 27, 1851. Monday. From Nacogdoches todays travel up to
feed time 13 miles. Very sandy country tolerably level well
watered, healthy, and thinly settled. The range improving but not
good, then to Dunlap, a little town, 2 miles, situated on the San
Antonio Road in Nacogdoches County, a sorry place. Then to
Ashmore's in Cherokee County, 12 miles, a level and beautiful
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watered, situated on or near the Angelina River, just cleaned out
for steamboats, great place for fish.
October 28, 1851 . Then to John Conner's, 1 mile. Fine land.
Healthy country. Stayed at Conner's two days.
Thursday, 30 October. From J. Conner's southwest to Austin
James, by Mrs. Leach's, 8 miles, where we took dinner in a valley
between two mountains. Rich land, with walnut, pecan, ash,
mulberry. Red land. Then to the San Antonio Road at Tany's Fort, 8
miles, finely watered and some extra good plains.
October 31st. Then to the Neches River, 6 miles, land good and
level and fine. This river is small, not navigable. Wide swamp
and great overflow. Then to Crocket, 27 miles. Exceedingly poor,
generally badly watered, thinly settled, Houston County. From the
Neches River the country is very level and sandy with some prairie
or barrens. Very thinly timbered except on the creek. Crops very
poor, but little cotton planted .
Saturday, November 1, 1851. From Crocket to Camp Ground, on the
Cincinnati Road, 10 miles. The driest of any place since we left
home. Then to camp at night 12 miles. A great many salamanders.
Sunday, November 2nd. From camp to the Trinity River at Cincin-
nati, Walker County, 11 miles. Sickly. Then to Stubblefield's down
Trinity River, 8 miles.
Monday, November 3, 1851. Stayed all day with Stubblefield.
Tuesday went to look at Mr. Haskell's land. Rode 10 miles to
get to it through a very poor country, badly timbered and badly
watered, then back 10 miles. Stayed two days more on the 5th and
6th. Davis is sick.
Friday, November 7th. Started from Stubblefield's then to
Huntsville, the county seat of Walker County, 10 miles. Then to
Anderson Town, 35 miles. Large prairie country with some cedar
grove, near Anderson. Not a drop of running water. Anderson Town
is a new town just built up and a considerable town with two
meeting houses and the Baptist were sitting in conference when I
passed through. The creeks and branches are generally rock
bottomed. This evening the land is exceedingly rocky. The timbered
portion is good.
Then to Brazos River at Washington Town. Rich land. The Brazos
is a small stream. Washington is situated on the western bank of
the Brazos, on a high bluff.
Then west to Independence, in Washington County, 12 miles,
through a beautiful high prairie country. A very healthy looking
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selling from $1.00 to $10.00 per acre. Fine cedar groves and plenty
of pin oak and evergreens. Independence is a small town situated on
the prairie. Generally the richest country and the prettiest
prairie country I have ever seen. Thickly settled with rich
farmers. Health good and good well water and some springs. People
well fixed. Plenty of cattle, stock, horses, sheep and hogs to be
seen for miles. Some droves of sheep appear to be one thousand
head. Some mesquite. Still Washington County.
November 10, 1851. Then to Roundtop, small country town in
Washington County, through rich prairie. More beautiful country
than ever. 30 miles from Independence to Roundtop.
November 11th. Then to Bastrop, on the Colorado River, in
Bastrop County, 40 miles. Through a portion of Lafayette County.
Bastrop is situated on the West side of the Colorado River in a
rich valley. Beautiful buildings, many stores, and a beautiful
stream. People look healthy.
Thursday, November 13, 1851. From the eastern banks of the
Colorado River through the Colorado valley. Some black prairie soil
but generally a black sandy soil. Exceedingly rich and as level as
a floor. Cannot be surpassed for fertility and beauty. Fine crops
of corn. We then crossed over the Colorado. The stream is a
beautiful one without any swamp. It has a gravely and rocky bottom.
Thence Northwest up the Colorado Valley to Austin. The land in
the valley on the river selling from $5.00 to $8.00 an acre
unimproved, but improved at $10.00 to $30.00 per acre. 10 or 15
miles off of the river good land can be had for $1.00 and $2.00 per
Austin, the capitol of the State, situated on the banks of the
Colorado River, in Travis County, a large and beautiful place. A
very healthy place. Three female academies, with fine churches.
November 14th. From Austin north to camp at night, 9 miles,
through a rich country, all prairie. Not a sprig of any kind of
November 15th. Then north to Georgetown in Williamson County, 16
miles. It is 7 miles to Walnut. A prairie country, some sandy, but
generally black and some chocolate color. Much limerock. Thence all
the way to Georgeville. Very rocky of lime and thousands of
flintrocks. Land exceedingly rich. Georgeville is a small place,
only three years old and is somewhat a promising place situated in
a large prairie. Timber generally scarce here. Rails hauled three
miles. A beautiful high elevated country very rocky. Bell County
and Nolinville is immediately north of Georgetown and a large
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Thence from Georgeville east to camp at night through prairie
country, very rich and land very high. Crossed Saint San Gabriel
River, which is a very beautiful river 75 yards wide and a perfect
rock bottom.
November 16th. From camp to camp again 22 miles. Crossed many
nice running creeks with some timber. Abounds with deer, wolves,
and splendid range. Crossed Little River this evening and camp.
Little River is one of the branches of the Brazos running
northeast. It is large enough for small steamboats. Thinly settled,
passed only three or four houses today. We are on a small trailway
running from Georgtown northwest to the fall of the Brazos River.
November 17, 1851. From camp in Williamson County 28 miles,
entirely a prairie country generally level. Some portions of this
land good but generally poor. Passed no settlers today. On Elm
Creek considerable swamp, low and wet, for 6 miles. Very brushy.
Still a trail. Sorry portion of Texas. Deer and bear and wolves
aplenty. This is a disagreeable, inconvenient, and sickly portion
of country.
November 18, 1851. From camp to the falls of the Brazos River
in Falls County, 3 miles through timbered and sandy land. The
Brazos is about 100 yards of channel and seems good for navigation
to the falls. There is considerable falls and boats cannot go
above them. Then East 18 miles to camp at night. The Brazos bottom
is about 6 miles wide, of red stiff land, with a very uneven
surface. Overflows some. The growth is generally large hackberry
cottonwood. Then through a prairie country. Bad water and thinly
timbered up to camp on the Blue Ridge which amounts today to 21
miles. The Blue Ridge is a beautiful rich sandy ridge 7 or 8 miles
November 19th. Today's travel from camp on the Blue Ridge to
Springfield in Limestone County, 20 miles, through a beautiful
black sandy prairie country. Level and rich, with many creeks, all
bushy and some timber on them. Springfield is a new place. West of
the Town 100 yards spring sufficient to turn a saw mill. There is
much cedar about this place. Then to camp at night 6 miles.
November 20, 1851. From camp in Limestone County north of east
on the road that leads from the falls of the Brazos to Fairfield,
the County seat of Freestone County, 20 miles. This is a beautiful
sandy prairie country up to Fairfield. Fairfield has had its rise
since the first of July, 1851, and is quite promising with three
good stores. From there to camp, 9 miles. The country from the Blue
Ridge to this place is very desirable.
November 21, 1851. From camp to Parker's Bluff on Trinity River,
5 miles above Magnolia. This is a very sandy country, rather
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watered, but rather poor and very thinly timbered. The Trinity is
small here but steamboats come up here. The Trinity overflows its
banks for 5 or 6 miles and has a very sickly appearance.
From Trinity to Palestine, 10 miles, the County seat of Anderson
County. Two last miles up to Palestine, high, red land. Palestine
is considerable place with good churches, female academy, and
masonic lodge with 14 stars. Then north to Frank Coleman's 12
miles, beautiful sandy country, good water, rather broken in
places, Land generally good, tolerable good timber in places, then
8 miles northeast to the Neches River, the Mosley neighborhood.
There is a small town rearing up here. A very popular neighborhood
and good female schools.
November 26th. Then back south to Palestine, 23 miles, then east
to camp 12 miles, thickly settled. Land from $3.00 to $10.00 per
acre. There is but little cotton planted in this part of the
country and but little from the Colorado River on the upper road to
this place. Corn from 75% to $1.00 per bushel. From camp east of
Palestine to Rusk, Cherokee County, 20 miles, then to Mud Creek, 3
miles. Then to New Salem, in the County of Rusk, a considerable
town, situated in a red land country, surrounded by hills and
November 28, 1851. From New Salem to camp at night 13 miles.
November 29, 1851. From camp to Henderson, 13 miles, situated in
a beautiful sandy country. A considerable town. Said to be
the healthiest town in Texas. Then to camp at night 11 miles.
November 30, 1851. From camp to the Grand Bluff on the Sabine
River. This town is a very small place. 20 miles from camp, this
portion of country is generally poor, lies level, and heavily
timbered, with fine water. Generally thickly settled with bad
looking people. Then from Sabine River to camp at night 10 miles,
Panola County. Steamboats run this river two or three months in
thee year. Seldom any cotton planted.
December 1, 1851. From camp to Elysian Fields, 5 miles, thence
to Vernon, or Lickskillet, at the line of Texas and Louisiana, the
line runs through the Town. Then to camp at night, Desoto Parish,
Louisiana, 15 miles, through good land, lies well, only full of
mounds, not a drop of running water. Large plantations and thickly
settled. Rich planters from the appearance of buildings, etc.

December 2, 1851. From camp to Shreveport, 6 miles, thickly
settled by wealthy planters, fine buildings. Shreveport is a very
considerable town, large and fine buildings, situated on the west
bank of Red River at the mouth of Caddo Lake. Then to Bayou Cross,
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Then to Bayou Red Chute. Then on the high land up to camp, 4 miles.
December 3, 1851. From camp 16 miles through a tolerable level,
low, wet country, thickly settled, some good places, but not
Then to Minden, a beautiful and large town. Fine houses and a
pleasant place. Healthy situation. Then to camp at night, 5 miles.
December 4, 1851. From camp to camp, 26 miles, still in
Claiborne Parish, hilly country. Thickly settled.
December 5, 1851. To camp in Jackson Parish, 25 miles, about
thirty or thirty-five miles south of the Arkansas line. The state
of society has been wretchedly bad for the last 50 miles.
December 6, 1851. From camp to Trenton on the Ouachita River, 20
miles, through a poor country. Trenton is a pretty little town
situated on the west bank of the river. Then to Monroe on the east
bank of the river. The Ouachita is a considerable stream and fine
steamboat navigation. Monroe is a considerable town, the county
seat of Ouachita Parish.
December 7, 1851. From camp in Ouachita Parish to camp through a
part of Bastrop Parish to camp in Morehouse Parish, 19 miles.
Today's travel has been all swamp, first Ouachita swamp then
Mississippi swamp. This morning traveled up a lake about 6 miles,
thickly settled. Large plantations. Exceedingly rich and level.
Fine buildings. Wealthy citizens. Roads very bad.
December 8, 1851. From camp to camp across a bayou and across
Death River, 17 miles, still Morehouse Parish. The road today has
been exceedingly bad. Many deaths lately with pneumonia.
December 9, 1851. From camp in Morehouse Parish to camp in
Carroll Parish, 16 miles. Bad road, across lakes and flat lands
generally. Overflows to a great extent. Very miry and a good deal
of water on the ground. Some canebreaks. Have seen only four
settlers in the last thirty miles. Camped last night where we could
not hear anything but owls and wolves and the bellowing of
December 10th, 1851. To Bayou Mason, 5 miles. Then to Tensas
River at Featherstone, 7 miles, then to camp, 6 miles, making in
all 18 miles today.

December 10th. This day's travel has been through wet overflows
across lakes and bayous. It commenced raining last night. Today
still raining. Have not seen any appearance of the sun. Tonight
we are in the muddy swamp far distant from any house and we do
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bad we are much disheartened. Many miles of swamp to go before we
reach Vicksburg. No settlers.
December 11, 1851. From camp to Richmond, Madison Parish. A
considerable town, situated on the banks of Roundway Bayou. One of
the finest hotels I have ever seen. Then across the swinging bridge
75 yards long, then east 15 miles, thickly settled, fine farms,
rich planters. Land making from one to three bales per acre. Ducks
and geese by the thousands.
December 12, 1851. From camp to Vicksburg, 15 miles. From
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, 8 miles. Vicksburg is
situated on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. A very
considerable town, exceedingly broken, much washed land.
Saturday, December 13, 1851. From camp to Smith's Ferry on the
Big Black River on the Canton Road, 18 miles. Plantations badly
watered. Big Black here has not any swamp. Steamboats run far
above Smith's Ferry. Then to Brownsville, 10 miles.
December 14, 1851. From camp to Livingston, 14 miles. Rail
timber is very scarce. Livingston is a little dry town. One good
meeting house Madison County. From dinner to camp, 11 miles. Still
Madison County, thickly settled, with rich planters. The land much
worn out. We are tonight within two miles of Canton.
December 15, 1851. To Canton, then to Sharon, then to camp.
December 16th. Then to Thomastown, then to Kosciusko.
December 19, 1851. Then to W. R. Coleman's, 30 miles.

We note from the diary that some of the expenses incurred on
this trip were as follows: Toll Gate, 50 cents; Heat, 15 cents;
Ferry, 40 cents; Whiskey, $1.00; 3 pounds of sugar, 30 cents; one
tin cup, 9 cents; Fodder, 75 cents.
This journey took W. R. Coleman through 11 counties in
Mississippi, 15 parishes in Louisiana, and 20 counties in Texas.
Total mileage covered on this trip, 1506.
In the same little book which contained the Diary of the Trip to
Texas, are found additional notations as follows:

The following entries were found in the W. R. Coleman diary of
the trip to Texas:

February 3, 1842, left with James --- to pay Mr. Horne in
Gainesville, $90.00. Paid. Signed. George Gentry, Cherokee County,

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May 19, 1843, rec'd of Isaac Coleman $15 S. C. money.
May 30, 1843, paid to lsaac Coleman in consideration of the____
$15.00 as follows: 1 load of corn supposed to be 28 or 30 bushels, 5
bushels of meal, 5 bushels of peas, corn and meal at 37 1/2, peas at 75.
June 25, 1843. Left with Mr. James Y. ___ $20.00 to be changed and
$8.00 to be sent to Robert Coleman.
W. R. Coleman received of W. H. Head $250.00 to be paid in
Marion, Alabama.

Entry shows that on July 24, 1851, W. R. Coleman made a trip to
Marion, Alabama. He recites the distance to Louisville 15 miles,
then 30 miles to Ward's in Noxubee County, then shows 43 miles to
undecipherable point. He paid 25% for a watermelon, 45% for three
glasses of cream, and $2.75 for staying overnight. He paid $1.50
for crossing the Warrior river, 50% for crossing the Tombigbee, and
paid $1.00 for a handkerchief. He was to have visited Eutaw,
Greensboro, and Clinton.
He shows the addresses of James M. Coleman, Macon County,
Alabama. Alfred Coleman and Matthew Coleman and Stephen Coleman,
Marshall, Texas, Harrison County. Notes he started home from
Marion, Alabama, on Thursday, July 31, 1851.

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On Oct. 9, 1851 my grandfather William Ragsdale Coleman, with
my father Thomas Blewit Coleman, and George Davis a cousin, started
to Texas from the farm in Mississippi. He kept a diary on the
trip. This journey, made to find good farm land in Texas brought
the travelers into Texas only 15 years after Texas became a
Republic. On Dec. 19, 1851 he reached home after traveling 1506
miles. It is probable that the trip was made on horseback. In
1860 grandfather moved his family to Texas and settled on a farm
about 3 miles norwest of Hallettsville. As you read the diary, the
progress of the travelers can be traced on the map.
Prepared by Frank R. Coleman - August 25, 1956.

[MAP OF LAVACA COUNTY, TEXAS drawn by F.R. Coleman]

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Born, 1795 (census report). Died between 1870 and 1873. First
arrived in Mississippi, 1835. Have not been able to locate his
grave, but he must have been buried at Mt. Moriah, near his
home, as so many of his descendants are buried there.
His wife was named Jincy.
Mr. Charles F. Prewitt stated that Robert Coleman had a prior
wife, name unknown, by whom he had the following children, but we
have been unable to verify:
WILLIAM COLEMAN (Deaf Bill). Born, 1821. Still alive at the
1880 Census. Buried at Mt. Moriah, no marker, but buried by the side
of his wife, Sarah Coleman, who was born July 20, 1825, died July 22,
ROBERT and ISAIAH, who went to Texas. By the census, Robert
was born in 1828 in Alabama. Isaiah married Kate Gaston, widow of
Lee Moss.

Children of the Second Wife

JONATHAN COLEMAN (Johnnie) b. April 27, 1832, d. January
19, 1879. Married his second cousin, Sarah Jane Coleman, the daughter
of Giles C. Coleman, b. April 24, 1843, d. November 4, 1923. Both are
buried at Mt. Moriah, 4 miles northwest of Weir, on the French Camp
HENRY COLEMAN, b. March 9, 1836, d. October 21, 1906. Married
Priscilla Weir, sister of James and John Weir, who was born
September 6, 1839, d. January 14, 1917. Both buried at Weir.
Last wills and testaments of record at Pages 24 and 61 of Will
Book 1, Choctaw County.
THOMAS J. COLEMAN, died in the Mississippi Delta.
MRS. T. J. BLACK, known as Polly.
HIRAM F. COLEMAN, married his second cousin, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Griffin Coleman of Old Concord.

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Second Generation

HENRY COLEMAN, died without issue.

Children of Jonathan Coleman and Sarah Jane Coleman

(a) WREN COLEMAN, born October 2, 1866, died March 30, 1934.
Married (1). Donie Jameson, 1907. (2). Cora Ligon Milam,
May 15, 1917. No children. Burial Magnolia Cemetery, Meridian,
Mississippi .
(b) CLARENCE COLEMAN, born January 17, 1870, died April
10, 1931. Buried at Weir.
(c) JOHN C. (JACK) COLEMAN, born August 12, 1871, died
May 23, 1929, buried at Weir. Never married.
(d) MRS. LILLIE B. COLEMAN WADE, born October 1, 1877,
died November 30, 1939.
(e) FRANK COLVIN COLEMAN, born July 24, 1873, died October
4, 1899.

Children of William C. (Deaf Bill) Coleman

WILLIAM D. COLEMAN, 1863-1884.
SARAH, Mrs. Mack McKinley, 1842-1872.

Mrs. Lillie Coleman Wade was married to Lige Wade. Their
children were: Joe Wade, presently of Weir, Mississippi; Sarah
Dorothy, married Louis Hermann of New Orleans; and John Coleman
Wade, deceased.
The following is taken from Page 49 of "A History of Ward
County, Texas":

"Grandfalls (named after "the grand falls of the Pecos River" by
the first surveyors of land in Ward County), in 1898 proudly
possessed a school to serve the forty-odd settlers living in the
vicinity. Professor E. C. Wade, a quiet, dignified and
well-educated young man, was its teacher. By 1903 the growing
school needed an additional teacher, and it was sought to have Mrs.
Wade join her husband at the school. She was cultured, refined and
exceptionally well qualified in all respects; however, she had
two small children of pre-school age whom she could not leave
unattended at home. Finally, in November, 1903, the Wades
considered themselves fortunate to have rented their two back
rooms to a middle-aged couple, the M. K. (Jake) Kimberlains. Mrs.

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looked after the Wade children while Mrs. Wade taught, and
Professor Wade got Jake a job as school janitor to supplement his
income from his wife's operation of a home laundry. It seemed a
happy arrangement all around."
"But Jake, crippled in his left arm, and perhaps in his mind
also, opposed Professor Wade's persistent demands that the Kim-
berlain boy, Eddy, age 11, be required to attend school. Eddy did
finally attend, but realizing his father's attitude, he did so only
haphazardly, causing confusion at school and resulting in little
learning for himself, Jake blaming Professor Wade for the boy's
display of backwardness. Arguments occurred between Jake and
Professor Wade, and Jake made remarks about the Professor around
the community which reflected against the Professor's good name. On
February 29, 1904, during an argument in which Wade demanded
apologies because of accusations made against him, Jake shot the
unarmed Professor in the stomach with a pistol and killed him.
Kimberlain was convicted and served 25 years in prison. (4)"


Professor Wade's body was returned home and buried in Bear Creek
This Robert Coleman first appears in Mississippi on August 8,
1835. On this date (Book A, Page 262, of the Winston County Land
Deeds) Andrew Walters conveyed to Robert Coleman "of Sumter County,
Alabama," the Northeast Quarter of Section 6, Township 16, Range
10, then in Winston County, now in Choctaw, and located about two
miles Northwest of the present Town of Weir. The language of the
conveyance indicates that Robert Coleman had lived in Sumter
County, Alabama, before coming to Mississippi, and Griffin Coleman
of Old Concord was a subscribing witness to the conveyance. This
further shows that while Williams Charles Coleman received his
first conveyance from Andrew C. Walters on July 3, 1835, Robert
must have accorpanied him since both Williams Charles and Robert
purchased of Andrew C. Walters. Griffin Coleman received his first
deed August 27, 1836, from Alfred Gilkey, Book B, Page 54.
In the land deed records of Sumter County, Alabama, Book C. Page
221, we find that on February 7, 1837, Robert Coleman and wife,
Jency, conveyed 111 acres of land, being the Northwest 1/4 of
Fractional Section 4, Township 20, Range 2 West of Sumter County.
The deed was

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acknowledged in Winston County, Mississippi. The property is
located three miles northeast of Sumterville, Sumter County,
Alabama, and since there is no deed of record to Robert Coleman it
is apparent that he entered this land from the government when
first opened to settlement about 1820.
We also find that on February 27, 1839, Isaiah Coleman, son of
Robert, gave a deed of trust on lands in Section 28, Township 20,
Range 2 West (Book C, Page 111). This land was three miles south of
the lands owned by Robert Coleman.
As late as April 18, 1848, Isaiah Coleman was conveying land in
Sumter County, (Book K, Page 385).
September 30, 1861, Book Q, Page 633, Winston County, "Robert
Coleman of the Co. of Choctaw "sold to" Henry Coleman, son of the
before named Robert Coleman, of the County of Winston," the West
1/2 Northwest 1/4, Section 6, Township 16, Range 10.
Book Q, Page 635, September 30, 1861, "Know all persons by these
presents that I, Henry Coleman, having a mind to volunteer in the
Army of the Confederate States of America and knowing that life on
all occasions is uncertain but especially so when engaged in the
war and exposed to the vicissitudes of a soldier's life" conveyed
to his beloved wife the same land. She was his first wife, Emily,
born Dec. 22, 1833, died July 4, 1862. Buried at Bear Creek.
Our next record of him appears in Land Deed Book U, Page 55,
when, On June 22, 1867, Robert Coleman and wife, Jincy, conveyed
the West 80 acres of the tract he acquired in 1835 to his son,
T. J. Coleman.
As ff this date, I have not located the grave of Robert Coleman,
but we know that he was dead by the year 1873, because on October
3, 1873, the heirs of Robert Coleman conveyed to Jonathan Coleman
the East 80 acres of this same Quarter Section. The heirs executing
this instrument were William Coleman (known as "Deaf" Bill), Mary
Ann Blaylock, T. J.Black and Henry Coleman. From this evidence and
from an interview on August 26, 1951, with Mr. Charles Feemster
Prewitt, who was born in 1872 and reared in the same community,
William Coleman, Thomas J. Coleman, Jonathan Coleman, and Henry
Coleman were all brothers, and sons of Robert Coleman. A sister,
Polly, married Tom Black, which accounts for that signature on the
deed. Thomas J. Coleman went to the Mississippi Delta, and we have
no further information at this time. According to his tombstone in
the Mt. Moriah cemetery, about four miles northwest of Weir (French
Camp road) Jonathan Coleman was born April 27, 1832, and died
January 19, 1879.

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His wife, Sarah Jane Coleman, was born April 24, 1843, and died
November 4, 1923. Her husband died at the early age of 47, while
she lived to be 80 and was a widow forty-four years. Mr. Charles F.
Prewitt states that she was a well educated woman for her time and
was a school teacher when she married Jonathan Coleman. She was
widowed at the age of 36, saved all the extensive land that
Jonathan Coleman owned, reared her family, and was so economical
that she was still saving money at the time of her death. Mr
Prewitt tells many interesting anecdotes about Jonathan Coleman He
knew him as "Johnny."
It seems that Johnny was well known as a practical joker. There
was a young woman living in the community, who, unfortunately, was
not attractive and was not sought after by the men. Johnny Coleman
told her that a certain gentleman in the community was in love with
her and desired to marry her, but was too timid to ask for her hand
in marriage. Of course, the gentleman had entertained no such
thoughts, and was much amazed by what followed. One day as the
gentleman was riding through the woods, the lady stopped him and
told him that Mr Johnny Coleman had told her of his desire to marry
her and that she was ready to accept him. The man was highly
shocked and told her that he had not entertained any such
intentions. Of course "bad trouble" ensued with Johnny over the
incident, but fortunately no one was hurt.
For a long time he was supervisor in Attala County, resided just
over the line out Of Choctaw, the boundary running through his
front yard. He got into a feud with his brother, Henry, over
denying a public road in which Henry was interested, and they
carried guns for each other for a long time, but violence never
occurred. However, when Johnny lay on his death-bed in 1879, Henry
was apprised of the fact while passing there and declined to see
his brother, which indicates the overly stern stuff out of which
some of these old-time Colemans were made.
Carrying some of Johnny Colemans practical jokes further, he was
a great friend of Dudley Prewitt (father of Charles Feemster
Prewitt and brother of Andrew Jackson Prewitt, who married Sarah
Coleman, daughter of Isaiah Daniel) Dudley Prewitt would "bait"
wild turkeys and would conceal himself in a blind to await their
arrival. Johnny Coleman found the blind and saw the bait, concealed
himself in the blind, killed an enormous gobbler, threw it over his
shoulder and went by and invited Dudley Prewitt to a log-rolling
the next day and promised him plenty of turkey if he would attend.
Of course, when Dudley went to the blind he saw the feathers on the
ground from the gobbler that Johnny had shot and he knew then what
had happened.

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Cluffie Ming was a tenant on the Jonathan Coleman plantation,
then operated by his widow, Mrs. Sarah Jane Coleman. He asked her
for an order for five dollars worth of medicine for his sick
children. Mrs. Coleman told him that he did not need five dollars
worth of medicine. She made out a list of salts and cathartic
pills which came to seventy-five cents, and Cluffie said that by
the time "she got through with him" he decided that he did not need
any medicine at all.
One day, Cluffie was discussing the Colemans with Mr. Prewitt,
and Mr. Prewitt was talking about what splendid people and fine
neighbors they were when Cluffie said "I admit they are fine
people, but they sure are hell on their croppers."
Johnny Coleman and Mrs. Sarah Jane Coleman had five children.
The oldest was Wren, Born October 2, 1866, died at Noxapater,
Mississippi, March 30, 1934, and buried in Magnolia Cemetery at
Mr. Richard A. Moss, of Ackerman, now 79 years of age, tells me
that Jonathan Coleman was a very precise kind of a man, that he
enjoyed a drink, and was not very talkative, except when drinking.
When drinking, he liked to expound on "scientific subjects."
Mr. Prewitt appears to have been especially fond of Wren
Coleman. He described him as being "true as steel." Mr. Forrest
Woods, of Noxapater, Mississippi, worked for Mr. Coleman for many
years in his mercantile establishment in Noxapater and says that he
was one of the Finest men he ever knew.
In early life Wren Coleman went to Texas and remained there for
about two years, but came back to the old home farm. He had a
college education, at which college I have not been able to
ascertain. According to Mr. Prewitt, he was a prodigious worker and
would not stop at anything in the way of work. On one occasion Mr.
Prewitt saw Wren Coleman "in a trot," and remarked to a negro
present that Mr. Coleman appeared to be in a hurry. The negro
replied "he is just pokin' now; if you try to follow him in the
field, he will kill you."
Wren Coleman married, first, Miss Donie Jameson, of Kosciusko,
in June, 1907. She died soon after the marriage and he was married
the second time to Cora Ligon Milam on June 15, 1917. She survives
and at this time resides at 714 Sixth Avenue, Laurel, Mississippi.
He had no children.
The remaining children of Jonathan Coleman were Clarence, who
died in 1931, and John C. (Jack) who died in 1929. Mr. Prewitt's
description of Jack Coleman was that "he would stand hitched"
meaning that he

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was steadfast and could be depended upon. He was farming in the
Arkansas Delta at the time of his death. Neither he nor Clarence
were ever married. A fourth son of Jonathan Coleman was Frank
Colvin Coleman buried in Mt. Moriah cemetery, born July 24, 1873,
and died October 4, 1899. The name "Colvin" is a direct reference
to South Carolina and the Coleman connection with the Colvin
family. The only daughter of Jonathan Coleman, Lily, married a
school teacher, Lige Wade. She was born October 1, 1877 and died
November 30, 1939. Lige Wade was a school teacher of brilliance,
but was killed in Texas in an altercation with a northern man who
occupied the same house with him. He is buried in Bear Creek
cemetery in Attala County.
"Deaf" Bill Coleman, brother of Jonathan and son of Robert lived
on the headwaters of McCurtains Creek. He had a son by the name of
Will Coleman, who, according to Mr. Prewitt, was "as proud as a
peacock" and always went extremely well dressed. Mr. Richard A.
Moss gives this same description of him. He studied to be a doctor
and married Cherry George, daughter of Dr. George. He took her to
the old home of his father (his mother was dead) but the new wife
did not like the place and left her husband. She was a very
beautiful woman and when she left him, Will Coleman abandoned all
pretense to personal pride, dressed in any manner, and took to
strong drink. He began to contract to furnish cross ties for the
new railroads then being built through Choctaw County. (1884). He
became ill of pneumonia and died while away from home working on
one of these contracts. Dudley Prewitt sent his son, Philip, after
the body. He hauled it home nailed up in a box and he was buried in
Mt. Moriah Cemetery without the box ever being opened. Thus ended a
career that opened with bright promise and was wrecked because of a
beautiful woman.
"Deaf" Bill's wife was named Sarah. She was born July 20, 1825,
and died July 22, 1882. She is buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery and
her grave is marked. Her husband, buried beside her, has no marker.
After her death, "Deaf" Bill decided that he would marry again.
He was a man who was well fixed, with plenty of horses, mules,
cattle, sheep and everything that made for comfort in those days.
He went to French Camp and borrowed $800 from Frank Holloway, a
prominent lawyer of that place. Hc bought himself a new buggy, a
very efficient car trumpet, and set about finding a new wife. He
was soon seized with a sudden illness of the "flux," of which he
died, and all of his possessions went to Holloway in satisfaction
of the indebtedness.

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23 Miss. Infantry, Confederate States Army. She died September 16,
1872, age 30 years, 4 months, and 16 days. She was the mother of E.
Y. McKinley, a prominent citizen of the Panhandle section of
Choctaw County.


Mr. Henry Coleman who lived some two miles from Weir, passed
from the walks of men on Sunday night October 21 aged about 70
years. One of the landmarks of Choctaw has passed away in the death
of Henry Coleman. He was a member of a family well known not only
in Choctaw but in this section of the State. Mr. Henry Coleman was
a remarkable man in many respects. He was a man of strong:
convictions and had the courage of them. He stood for truth
right and justice. He was a man who had great contempt for a
mean act. He lived above reproach at all times. The disease that
sapped away his life was cancer and for quite awhile before his
death he was well aware that death would soon approach him but
when the end came he was ready to go. His remains were buried at
Mt. Moriah Church. "Peace to the ashes of them noble true men.


It is with sincere regret that the Plaindealer chronicles the
death of that splendid citizen Jack G. Coleman which sad event
occured very suddenly at his home al Marked Tree Arkansas on
Thursday of last week. He was 58 years of age and a native citizen
of Choctaw County where he was widely known and prominently
connected. He had been engaged in farming in Arkansas several years
and had large planting interests there. The remains arrived at Weir
last Saturday and interment took place at the family cemetery.
Services being conducted by Rev. Wallace of Noxapater assisted by
Rev. W. I. Duncan Presiding Elder of the Columbus District. He is
survived by one sister Mrs. Lillie Wade and two brothers Clarence
and Wren, besides a large list of other relatives and friends.

Jack G. Coleman was a genial clever wholesouled fellow a good
citizen, and a man who loved his friends. Truly another of our good
friends has gone to his reward. We deeply sympathize with the loved

Personal Roll, Choctaw County, 1863. Robert Coleman, 4 slaves
under 60 years of age.

Choctaw County Census of 1840.

Robert Coleman (of Mt. Moriah) enumerated next to John Pre-

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3 males under 5
1 5-10
1 10-15
1 15-20
1 40-50
1 female 15-20
1 30-40

Choctaw County Census of 1850.

Family No. 523.
Robert Coleman, 54, [farmer, b. S. C. (Deafe). Born about 1796.
Jincy, 47
Robert, 22, farmer, b. Alabama.
Louisa, 21
Jonathan, 19
Hiram, 16
Henry Thomas, 10
Mary Ann, 9

Choctaw County Census of 1860.

Robert Coleman, age 60, farmer, born in S. C.
wife, Jency, age 6(), born in S. C.
Eliza, age 35, spinster, born in Alabama.
Thomas, age 23, farmer, born in Mississippi.

William Coleman, age 39, farmer, born in S. C.
wife, Sarah, age 34, born in Alabama.
Sarah E., age 17, born in Mississippi.

Hiram Coleman, age 30, born in Alabama,
wife, Elizabeth, born in Alabama.
Mary J., age 5, born in Mississippi.
Robert W., age 3, born in Mississippi.
Sarah C., age 1, born in Mississippi.

Choctaw County Census of 1870. Township 17, Range 9.

R. B. Coleman, 75 b. S. C.
Wife, Jincy, 67, b. S. C.
Sallie, 10, b. Miss.

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T. I. Coleman, 30 b. S. C.
Delila C., 22, b. S. C.
Mary A., 4, b. Mississippi
Robert W., 2, b. Mississippi

W. M. Coleman, age 39, born in S. C.,
wife, Sara, born in Alabama.
Elizabeth 28, and William G., both born in Mississippi.

Mt. Moriah Colemans, U. S. Census 1870

Jonathan Coleman, B. 1831, Alabama
Sarah, B. 1844, Alabama
Wren, 3
Clarence, 7/12
Isaiah, 3

Henry Coleman, B. 1836, Alabama
Priscilla Weir B. 1839, Mississippi
Richard, 6

Choctaw County Census of 1880.

Henry Coleman, 44 (1836), born in Alabama. Father and Mother in
S. C.
Priscilla, wile, 43, born in Mississippi. Parents in S. C.

Beat 1. T. J. Coleman, white male, 23. Born in S. C. Mother born
in Alabama.
E. J. Coleman, white female, 23, born in Mississippi. Parents in

William Coleman, white male, 59, born in S. C., and so were his
S., white female, 54, born in Alabama.
W. D. Coleman, son 17, born in Mississippi.

Henry Coleman, son of Robert of Mt. Moriah, was a soldier in the
New Prospect Grays, organized at New Prospect, Mississippi, August
26, 1861.
Among others, this group fought at Chickamauga, Franklin, Kenne-
saw Mountain, Murphresboro, Spring Hill, Shiloh, and Peachtree

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Joseph W. Robinson, son of John W. and Catherine Coleman Robin-
son, grandson of Wiley Coleman, fought in this outfit, lost an arm
at Peachtree Creek, and later became a well beloved doctor of
medicine at LaGrange and French Camp in Choctaw County,
This organization was in eighteen general battles.
Winston County furnished 1490 soldiers to the Confederate Army,
and 465 of them were killed in battle.


Choctaw County, Mississippi, Census of 1850

Isaac Coleman, b. 1812, S. C., farmer.
Judith Coleman, b. 1815, S. C.
Penelope, b. 1834, S. C.
Cornelius, b. 1836, S. C.
Augustus, b. l838, S. C.
Nancy, b. 1841, S. C.
Louella, b. 1846, Miss.
Adella, b. 1846, Miss. Twins.
John, 10 months, Miss.

Mrs. Etta Rosson states that Isaac Coleman was the son of
Solomon Coleman, who, in turn, was the son of William Coleman, of
Fairfield. He married Judith McShane, daughter of Hundley McShane
and Alice Feaster, who was the daughter of Andrew and Margaret
Feaster. Mrs. Rosson further states that Isaac Coleman and wife
died in Union County, S. C., so they must have moved back to South
Isaac Coleman first acquired land in Winston County from Joseph
P. Crosley on Dec. 13, 1843. Land Deed Book H, Page 147.
In the Personal Assessment Roll of 1847 he was assessed with 1
Pleasure Carriage, 1 clock, and thirteen slaves under sixty years
of age.
At Page 204 of Land Deed Book M., Winston County, Mississippi,
is recorded the deed of July 17, 1852, by which Isaac Coleman and
Judy, his wife, sold to Walter Ford

N l/2, S. 6, T. 16, R. 11
E 1/2 NE 1/4, S. 1, T. 16, Range l0
SE 1/4 and E 1/2 of NE 1/4, 35-17-10
W 1/2, SW l/4, 36-17-10
760 acres.

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This was probably when they went back to S. C. Walter Ford later
sold this land to John W. Robinson, who married Catherine
Coleman. It belonged to the widow Robinson, then to Dr. Joe and
Hon. Lafayette Robinson, and now much of it belongs to J. P.


(Uncle Will)
Weir, Mississippi
July 3, 1861
Feb. 3, 1956

CHARLES CAMERON COLEMAN (at age 70) (right)
Cameron, Texas
April 7, 1866
Jan. 19, 1953

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Son of Francis Roe Coleman, born July 12, 1786, and Grandson of
Robert Coleman, who died 1809.

For the purpose of distinguishing him from Griffin Coleman, born
1775, and Griffin Ragsdale Coleman of Winston County, we have
assigned to this man the title, "Griffin Coleman of Old Concord."
He was born March 3, 1804 and died April 18, 1853. He is buried
in the Old Concord cemetery, not used since about 1876, located
about seven miles Southwest of Ackerman, Mississippi, in the
Northeast 1/4 of Section 31, Township 16, Range 11, near the home
(1961) of Izene Blanton. His grave is marked. He was the ancestor
of an unusually large number of descendants, as this chapter will
He was married to Elizabeth Ross, born 1800, who was buried in
the same cemetery in 1878, but her grave has no marker.
Elizabeth Ross, the wife of Griffin Coleman of Old Concord, was
the daughter of William Ross and his wife, Elizabeth. She had at
least six brothers and sisters: Sarah D., who married Richard
Blackwood; Mary, who married Samuel Chestnut; Caroline H., who
married William Wylie; Susannah, the oldest, who married a Jessup;
Jane, who married David Weir; and a brother, Francis M. Ross.
Her mother, of the same given name, was the daughter of William
Morrow, who died in Chester County, South Carolina, 1825.
She had the following aunts and uncles: Jane Morrow, who married
James Robinson; Mary Morrow, who married Alexander Parkinson;
Margaret Morrow; and an uncle, Samuel Mills Morrow.
This was discovered by Mrs. James W. Crowder, 157 York Street,
Chester, S. C., in Equity Roll Number 272, Chester County, S. C.,
which was filed on March 22, 1822.


1. Hugh Wilson, born 1828. The ancestor of a large number of
2. Isabella, 1829-1888, married Robert Blackwood.

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3. William Alexander Coleman,1832-1876.
4. Elizabeth, b. 1835, married her second cousin, Hiram F. Cole-
man, son of Robert of Mt. Moriah. No further information
5. Francis, known as Frank,1836-1899.
6. Mary, known as Mollie, b.1842, never married.

Our first documentary proof of Griffin Coleman of Old Concord is
found in the Alabama federal land records. He was 27 years old in
the year 1830 and during the ensuing five years he bought 300 acres
of United States Government lands in Wilcox County, Alabama.
On January 16, 1836, Deed Book D, Page 323, Wilcox County,
Griffin Coleman and wife, Elizabeth Coleman, sold to William T.
Matthews the West l/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 15, Township
12, Range 6, on the Alabama River. The writer visited the locality
in late August, 1955.
On May 4, 1839, Deed Book F, Page 379, Wilcox County, Griffin
Coleman conveyed to William Gaston the Southwest 1/4 of the
Southwest 1/4 of Section 30, Township 15, Range 7, Wilcox County.
By then, however, he was in Winston County, Mississippi, as the
deed was acknowledged there.
Previously, on August 27, 1836, Land Deed Book B, Page 54,
Griffin Coleman had recorded his first conveyance in Winston
County, to 160 acres, the West 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 13
and the West 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4, Section 24, Township 16,
Range 10. This was about three miles south of the William Ragsdale
(Buck) Coleman location. The house site was where William Bryan
Hutchinson lives in 1961.
From the Minutes of the Old Concord Church, Page 25, we find
that Isabella Coleman and Wilson Coleman, children of Griffin of
Old Concord, joined the Church on Friday before the second Sunday
in October, 1842.
On February 9, 1844, Griffin B. Coleman was in Greene County,
Alabama, and sold to Ryan C. Mobley (nephew of Charles P.
Coleman) forty acres, a part of the Estate of Francis R. Coleman,
deceased. Land Deed Book N, Page 806.
On Saturday before the second Sunday in August, 1847, Page 72 of
the Concord Minutes, "Bro. G [Griffin] Coleman made his statement
concerning an affray on the Master's ground on Saturday before the
fourth Sunday in July, 1847, and made acknowledgments to the Church
for language made use of by him during the fray, which was

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On Saturday before the second Sunday in October, 1847, a letter
of dismission was granted lo Wilson Coleman, Page 74 of the
On Saturday before the second Sunday, November, 1847, letter of
dismission was granted to Bro. Griffin Coleman and wife.
Evidently, feelings engendered by the incident which took place
the previous July prompted Griffin to withdraw from the Old Concord
Church, but he withdrew in good standing.
The Mt. Moriah Church, located between French Camp and the
present town of Weir, was founded April 17, 1847. According to its
Minutes, on Saturday before the third Sunday in November, 1847,
"Brethern H. W. [Wilson] Coleman, Griffin Coleman and wife
presented letters from Concord Church, Winston County (now Choctaw
County) and were received."
Saturday before the 3 Sunday in February, 1848, G. Coleman ap-
pointed to the building committee.
H. W. Coleman became a deacon on Sat. before the 3 Sunday in
May, 1848.
Friday before the 3 Sun. in August 1848 Griffin Coleman was on
the Committee to inquire into charges growing out of the fight
between Bro. Blake and Davis.
Same date H. W. Coleman was elected a delegate to the Associa-
Sat. before the 3 Sunday in Oct. 1850, prayer was offered by
Brother G. Coleman.
Sat. before the 3 Sunday in Nov. 1850, "Resolved that this
church in all cases take truth for testimony let it come from what
sorce (sic) it may." This was in derogation of the rule in the law
courts that the testimony of a slave could not be received.
Sat. before the 3 Sunday in October, 1851, Bro. G. B. Nations
reported that he had been accused oF fornication. Hugh W. Coleman
and Griffin Coleman were on the Committee appointed "to investigate
the matter." The next month Bro. Nations was acquited.
Sat. before the 3 Sunday in March 1852 Bro. Griffin Coleman was
elected as a deacon. Sat. before the 3 Sunday in April he was
ordained. Bro. John Micou preached the sermon.
Sat. before the 3 Sunday in Sept. 1852 G. Coleman and H. W.
Coleman elected delegates to the Association.
May 14, 1853, Mt. Moriah Church voted to elect a deacon to
succeed "our worthy Brother Coleman who departed this life a few
days back and has left his seat vacant in the church."

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OF 1847

Griffin Coleman
1 clock, 10
14 1 head of cattle
4 slaves under 60


Griffin Coleman, 45, b. S. C.
Elizabeth, 50, b. S. C.
Elizabeth, 15, b. Alabama.
Francis, 14, b. Alabama.
Mary (Molly), 8, b. Mississippi.


1. HUGH WILSON COLEMAN. Born 1828, died before 1860. His
youngest child was born in 1856. After his death, the widow
married Abner Howard.
Martha J. Coleman, the wife of Wilson Coleman, was born August
11, 1831, and died May 10, 1924, age 93. She is buried in the Weir
cemetery as are the other descendants of Wilson Coleman unless
otherwise expressly stated. She was the daughter of William Love
and his wife Lydia.


1. Lydia G., born December 1, 1849, died July 2, 1932. Married
F. J. Simpson. The family moved to Stephenville, Texas, south-
west of Fort Worth. While his wife was on a visit to Mississippi,
Mr. Simpson was dragged to death by a run-away mule. She is
buried at Weir. Their children were Lela, Nannie, Ida, and Hugh,
all dead except Hugh, who now lives in Missouri.

2. Florence Irene, born October 30, 1853, died May 30, 1927. She
was known as Sallie. Married late in life to Bill Hutchinson.

3. Frank G., born November 30, 1853, died March 18, 1925. Mar-
ried Mattie Buntin, born November 21, 1856, died May 28, 1942.

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Frank G. Coleman came within a few votes on at least two diff-
ferent occasions of being elected Sheriff of Choctaw County.
4. Nannie L., born June 16, 1856, died April 27, 1941. Married
William J. Smith, born December 6, 1849, died September 6, 1923.

2. ISABELLA COLEMAN, born March 23, 1829, and died August 30,
1888. Married Robert Blackwood, who was born September 4, 1816,
and died December 17, 1886. Buried New Concord.
The 1860 Census of Winston County states that Robert Blackwood
was born in North Carolina, his wife in Alabama. He owned real
estate valued at $3,500, personal property, $800.


1. Nettie Blackwood, married Bill Roberts, Sheriff of Choctaw
2. John Henry (Dock) Blackwood.
3. Marcene Elizabeth Thompson, born January 8, 1851, died May,
1940. Mother of William Griffin Thompson, born December 11,
4. William Alexander (Dutch) Blackwood, grandfather of James
Blackwood, Doyle Blackwood, and Roy Blackwood, famous Blackwood
Brothers Singers, whose father was Emmett Blackwood, and whose
great grandfather was Isaiah Daniel Coleman.

5. Richard (Dick) Blackwood, went to Texas.
6. Bob Blackwood, went to Texas.
7. George Terrell Blackwood, died in Elaine, Arkansas.
8. Rebecca (Becky) Married E. N. (Lige) Catledge.
9. Mary, married Olen Porter.
10. Ross Blackwood (E. R.), died in Memphis, resident of Arkan-
11. Sallie, married a Crow in Louisiana.
12. Tom L. Blackwood, died a few years ago in Texas.
13. Ada, married a Pomeroy.
14. E. W. (Buddy) Blackwood, lives in California.


1. Joe Thompson
2. William Griffin Thompson

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3. Eddie, died at age 2
4. Haley Bell, died unmarried
5. Betty, married Lee Sides
6. Jim Thompson, died in Jackson
7. Eula, married Jess Fulcher, dead

(The writer regrets very much that he does not have available
the genealogical data complete on the above extensive family, but
this data should give a good "start" to those interested.)

3. WILLIAM ALEXANDER COLEMAN, born 1832, died 1876, at the age
of 44. He married Julia Ann Black, born 1843, daughter of J. B.
Black and Nancy Poole. Her son, Mr. W. A. Coleman, who lived to be
95, told me that his mother was born in Georgia, but the 1860
census states that she was born in Mississippi. She died December
31, 1873, age forty years. She and her husband are buried in Beulah
Cemetery, near Weir, Mississippi. Their graves are immediately
north of William Alexander Coleman, born 1861.

Their children:

1. William Alexander Coleman, known as Will, born July 3, 1861,
died February 3, 1956. Age 95.
2. Charles Energy Coleman, born at West Station, where his
father was teaching school, April 7, 1866, died at Cameron,
Texas, January 19,1953, age 87.
3. Alma, born 1869. Married John M. Wade, who was born No-
vember 2, 1849, and died February 2, 1897. He is buried in the
Bear Creek Cemetery, Attala County. She thereafter married Charlie

William Alexander Coleman, born 1832, was a school teacher. He
was very delicate all his life, suffered from "bronchitis." His
sons, however, were very stalwart men, who lived to a great age.
The writer's grandfather, Jacob Feaster Coleman, 1853-1934, went
to school to his cousin, William Alexander Coleman, at Beulah, near
Weir, although that town was not then in existence. I have heard
Grandfather Coleman say that one of the worst thrashings he ever
received in his life was at the hands Of schoolmaster William
Alexander Coleman for some infraction of his rules at Beulah.
Our first documentary record of him is found in the Mt. Moriah
Church Minutes, Page 158, Saturday before the second Sunday in
July, 1859, when he was reported present at the church conference.

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Next, we have the Winston County personal assessment rolls of
1863, at which time he was assessed with one pleasure carriage,
valued at $100.
He was a Confederate Soldier. His son, Mr. William Alexander
Coleman, 1861-1956, told the writer he remembered the bright moon-
light night when his father got home from the War, although he was
only five years old at the time.

William Alexander Coleman, born July 3, 1861, and died February
3, 1956, was one of the writer's favorite and most loyal friends.
We spent lots of time together during which he furnished much of
the background information contained in this chapter. Indeed,
without his assistance it could never have been put together at all
for it had been lost in the threads of much time. He was a mall of
strong convictions, experienced no hesitancy in taking the side to
which he believed he should adhere, yet was personally of gentle
character, possessed of much good humor, and a Favorite to his last
days of all who knew him. He spent his life on his farm within
sight of Beulah, his native heath, and at Weir, only two miles
away. During his latter years he made his home with his daughter,
Mrs. Winfield M. Black, but maintained the closest ties and
frequent association with his large family of children, who kept
up the keenest interest in him. He enjoyed the loyalty and devotion
of a large family to the end of his days.
On December l2, 1886, he was married to Emma Catherine Steele,
born March 27, 1865, died June 27, 1930.


The Plaindealer regrets to chronicle the death of Mrs. Will A.
Coleman which sad event occurred at her home south of Weir in Beat
4, in the Beulah Church community, on last Friday evening, June
27th, at 7:45, after a long illness. Mrs. Coleman was about 65
years of age, a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and an
elegant Christian character in every relation of life, and held in
high esteem by all who came in the circle oF her acquaintance. She
is survived by her husband and six children as follows: Messrs. S.
P. Coleman, McComb City; C. E. Coleman, Grenada, W. E. Coleman
Whitney, C. S. Coleman. Greenwood: John M. Coleman, Indianola;
Henry C. Coleman, Drew; Mrs. W. M. Black, Weir, and Mrs. Harvey
E. Morris, Ackerman.
Funeral services were held at Beulah Church cemetery on last
Saturday morning at 11:00 o clock, services being in charge of Rev.
D. L. Hill, pastor

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of the Baptist Church of this place, who paid a beautiful tribute
to her Christian character and life. Her six stalwart and devoted
sons acted as pallbearers when the last sad rites were performed
and her remains placed at rest to await the resurrection.
We join the many friends of the loved ones and friends in
extending our deepest sympathy in their great great bereavement.
Truly, a splendid character has passed to her reward.

(b.July 3, 1861)

1. Sam P. Coleman, b. December 13, 1888. Married on June 30,
1919,to Rubye Maynor (b.March 12, 1890). No children.
2. C. Eugene Coleman, b. March 12, 1890). Married on June 6,
1917 to Allie Belle Sloan. Children, Mary L. (Married Sam J.
Simmons) b.October 4,1918; Kathryn E., b.July 13, 1922.
3. William1 E. Coleman b. July 29, 1892. Married on October 22,
1922, Ethel Trainor. Son, William Marion Coleman, born Sep-
tember 22, 1926.
4. Myrtle Coleman, b. November 7, 1894. Married May 25, 1918,
Winfield M. Black. No children.
5. Pansy Coleman, b. July 1, 1897, Married November 17, 1920,
Harvey Morris. No children.
6. Clyde Steele Coleman, b. November 20, 1899. Married on De-
cember 11, 1926, Mamie Clare Evans. Son, Clyde Steele Cole-
man.,Jr., b. January 19, 1935.
7. John M. Coleman, b. January 9, 1903, Married on July 29, 1937
to Mayvis Prewitt, great grand-daughter of the Settler John Pre-
witt. She was born March 20, 1908.
8. Henry Carlisle Coleman, b. December 18, 1906. On May 10,
1943, married to Beulah Singletary. No children.

Charles Energy Coleman, was born April 7, 1866, at West Station,
Holmes County, Mississippi, where his father was teaching school.
He died Cameron, Texas, January 19, 1953, age 87. He moved to Texas
in 1894 and came back in 1896 to marry Susan Catherine Turnipseed,
Nov. 3, 1869-Jan. 10, 1961. Their children were Mike Coleman, d.
Aug. 6, 1959, and a daughter, Ruth Coleman, who married John
William Rosson on 1 June 30, 1925, and still lives in Cameron,

Charles Energy Coleman was an active, vigorous man, as his
photograph taken at the age of 70, will show. For many years he
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representative for a coffee company throughout a large territory in
Texas, and later following other pursuits of like kind.

Mrs. Alma Coleman Wade, daughter of William Alexander Coleman,
who died in 1876, was the mother of a daughter, Julia Wade, who
married Brack Miller, and was living when last heard from at 88
Virginia Street, Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Miller was the mother of
Mrs. Deolece Miller Parmelee, who was living at Monahans, Texas, in
1962. Both these ladies have shown keen interest in family history
and have furnished much valuable information. Mrs. Alma Coleman
Wade was born Feb. 24, 1869 and died January 17, 1953. She is
buried at Bear Creek Church, Attala County.

4. FRANCIS (FRANK) COLEMAN. Born in Alabama, 1836. He served in
Company I, 15th Mississippi Infantry, Confederate States Army. On
Jan. 2, 1889, he was killed in a personal battle, in which several
others were killed, including one of his own sons. There had been a
feud with some neighbors. The killing took place in the Southeast
l/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 1, Township 16, Range 10,
Choctaw (formerly Winston) County. This land was owned after 1945
by J. P. Coleman. Francis married Elizabeth Prewitt, the daughter
of John Prewitt and his wife, Mary A. Prewitt, original settlers
near the old Natchez Trace in the French Camp area, Choctaw County.
He evidently was a very strong willed man, like most of the
Colemans. Our first documentary reference to him is in the Mt.
Moriah Church minutes, Page 125, wherein it is reported that on
Saturday before the second Sunday in May, 1854, a "Committee was
appointed to talk to and admonish Bro. F. [Francis] Coleman" in
relation to certain reports." He was then eighteen years of age.
His father had been dead for a year. Then, Page 127, on Saturday
before the second Sunday in July, 1854, "the case of Bro. Frank
Coleman was then taken up. On motion of Bro. Brown he was excluded
for general misconduct." This might not have amounted to more than
dancing, as the churches were very stern on such matters in those
We next find him in the Winston County Census of 1860. He then
owned real estate of the value of $1200 and personal property worth
$200. His wife is stated to have been born in Mississippi. His mothers
age 60, had real estate worth $1200.
She was living with Francis, as was the daughter, Mary, known as

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He thereafter served in the Confederate Army, as above stated.
At the 1880 census he had a son, John J., born 1859. He was killed
in the feud of 1889 along with his father. The writer's great Aunt,
Mrs. Laura Eugenia Coleman Bruce, 1866-1934, lived in Sight of the
death ground and heard the firing. She said that John J. was an
unusually gentle, well mannered man, who could cook and baked
excellent cakes.
Frank Coleman had a daughter named Margaret, of whom we now know
nothing, except that she was born in the year 1870.
Another daughter, named Ida, was born in 1868. She married Jesse
Naugle and had no children.
Another daughter, Emma, married Charles Boggan, son of Dr.
Boggan, a near neighbor on the north side of the Yockanookany. They
moved to McKinney, Texas, and from there went to Okemah, Okla-
homa. In recent years, the writer met Mr. Aubrey Lee, then of
Redmond, Utah, a grandson of Charles and Emma Boggan. He had a
brother, Jack Lee, then living in Livermore Falls, Maine.
Griffin Coleman, of Old Concord, was a first cousin of Robert
Coleman, of Mt. Moriah.

On Wednesday evening, the 2nd day of January [1891], between
sundown and dark near Fentress in Choctaw county one of the most
terrible and bloody tragedies occured that ever happened in that
county. For sometime Mr. Francis Coleman and his son James have
been on bad terms with William and Charles DeLay over a dispute
about some land between the Colemans and the Delays and their three
sisters, the two families living only about two hundred yards
apart. On the evening mentioned the four men engaged in a deadly
conflict, in which Francis Coleman and Charles DeLay were killed
and James Coleman and William DeLay were badly wounded and Mrs.
Pearson a sister to the DeLays was severely injured. Four double
barreled shot guns loaded with buckshot and a pistol were used in
the conflict, and two of the shot guns were battered and torn to
pieces in the fight. The jury of Inquest found that Charles
Boggan, a son-in-law of Francis Coleman, was an accessary to the
killing of Charles DeLay. This is a terrible state of affairs and
it seems that peacemakers might have prevented such a tragedy by
taking the proper steps in time.-- THE WINSTON SIGNAL, January 12,


John Prewitt, the father of Frank Coleman's wife, was born in
South Carolina, March 29, 1794, and died February 6, 1873. His
wife, Elizabeth Gowan Prewitt, was born in Virginia, March 20,
1800, and

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died April 26, 1847. He married again after the death of his first
wife, but we do not know her family name.
The graves of John Prewitt and Elizabeth Gowan Prewitt may be
found on the north bank of the old Louisville and Winona public
road, now abandoned, West of the J. Phillip Prewitt place. There
are several graves. The only other marked grave is that of their
daughter, Missouri Ann Prewitt, born December 27, 1834, died
September 16, 1852.
Among the children of his first marriage were Dudley Prewitt,
Major Russell G. Prewitt, Andrew Jackson Prewitt and Dr. R. K.
Prewitt, all Confederate Veterans, as well as Elizabeth, who
married Francis Coleman. The son, Andrew Jackson Prewitt, married
Sarah (Sallie) Coleman, daughter of Isaiah Daniel Coleman and his
first wife, Agnes Ferguson.


John Prewitt, age 66, farmer, born in South Carolina,
Wife, Mary A. Prewitt, 40, born in Virginia.

Sons: Jackson A. Prewitt, age 20.
Rufus K. Prewitt, age 16.
John H. Prewitt, age 10.
All born in Mississippi.

Dudley Prewitt, age 30, born in Alabama.


Probate Court Records, Winston County, Book 1, Page 2. October
4, 1837.

Ordered that a jury by view be appointed to lay out a great road
leading as follows, to-wit, leaving the Choctaw road at the
Chickasaw Trace two miles above the house of N. Woodward to the
County line of Choctaw in Section No. 4 in Township No. 16 Range
10, to intersect a road leading to Greensborough in Choctaw County,
and that the following named persons be appointed said jury,
James Peeler, Alfred Gilkey, Jesse Shomaker, John Weir, Abram
Miller, John Shomaker, Tigual Pugh, David Cotton, Overton Cotton,
Stephen Miller, R. D. Brown and Larking T. Turner, and that they
meet at the time and place appointed by the Sheriff, etc.

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This is the road which later became the Louisville and Winona
Road. lt is still in its original location through the farm of J.
P. Coleman. It ran immediately in front of the William Ragsdale
Coleman house, later owned by Daniel Coleman.
November 25, 1837 (Page 6).
W. C. Coleman took his seat as a Member of the Board of Police
for Winston County.

Wednesday, 14 February, 1838.
It is further ordered that S. T. Potts be appointed overseer on
the Coleman Road from where the Tchula Road leaves the same to the
county line and that he have the following named hands, to-wit, S.
T. Potts and hands, R. D. Brown and hands, W. R. Coleman and
hands, William Head and hands, Elijah Brown.

Page 16.
James May appointed Captain of the Patrol in Beat 4. Griffin
Coleman and William R. Coleman, Members of the Company.

Page 26. February, 1839. Williams C. Coleman noted as living on
the Macon Road between Louisville and Murphy Creek.

January 6, 1840.
Williams C. Coleman still a Member of the Police Court and Burr
H. Head elected President of the Court. (Page 44).
Page 85. Services of W. C. Coleman and Burr H. Head on the Board
of Police expired. Burr H. Head appointed Overseer of the Poor.
February 15, 1842. William R. Coleman Overseer of the Coleman
road from his place to the Choctaw County line.
James McLcelland Sherilf in 1842.

May, 1844. The Board of Police places a bounty of four dollars
for each wolf killed.

February 15, 1845, lsaac Coleman appointed Overseer of the Cole-
man Road from W. R. Coleman's to the county line.

Page 29. June Term, 1838.
Burr H. Head, Administrator, Estate of William Head, deceased.

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R. D. Brown, Samuel T. Potts, and Caleb Barron, Appraisers of
the Estate.

27 slaves
20 hogs
9 cattle
6 horses
Total Estate $13,419.70

All the heirs conveyed the lands, 200 acres, Section 9 and 10,
Township 16, Range 11, to Susannah Head.
W. R. Coleman, who signed for his wife; John Murphy, of
Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, who must have signed for his wife;
James B. McLelland, same; Burr H. Head; William W. Head.
William R. Coleman received 7 slaves in the distribution of the
John W. Murphy received 7 slaves.
James B. McLelland, received 7 slaves.
William W. Head, received 3 slaves and 143 acres of land in
South Carolina.
Susannah Head, received 3 slaves.

July 1, 1839. Samuel T. Potts, R. D. Brown, John Kennedy,
Griffin Coleman, John Weir, Thomas Weir, Thomas P. Miller, William
Smith, John Smith, James G. Rook, John Gardner, and Nathaniel
Woodward appointed a jury to meet at the home of William R. Coleman
on July 15 to determine the mental condition of William W. Head. It
was the verdict of the jury that William W. Head was wholly
incapable of taking care of himself.

Burr H. Head appointed Guardian. Made bond for $12,000.00

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by GEORGE METTS, Louisville, Mississippi

Born: Fairfield County, South Carolina, September 27,1807.
Died: Winston County, Mississippi, May 29,1877.
Buried: Liberty Universalist (White Church) Cemetery.

Griffin Roe Coleman was born September 27, 1807, the son and fifth
child of Wiley Roe Coleman and Sarah Ragsdale Coleman, of Feaster-
ville Community, Fairfield County, South Carolina. He married
Susannah (Susan) Cockrell, daughter of Moses Cockrell, on
February 9, 1830.
Moses Cockrell, the father of Susannah Coleman, was born
February 28, 1799, and died April 9, 1867. His wife, Charlotte, was
the daughter of Andrew Feaster and Margaret Fry Cooper. She was
born August 8, 1809, and died October 28, 1864. Both are buried at
Soule Chapel Methodist Church, about six miles Northwest of Macon,
Fourteen years later, on the day before the anniversary of this
marriage, Griffin R. Coleman purchased 80 acres of land from one
"Joseph May" in Section 14, Township 15, Range 13, Winston County,
Mississippi, adjacent to the plantation of his brother-in-law and
first cousin, Williams Charles Coleman. It is recorded that he paid
two hundred forty dollars for this property. The Warranty Deed
transferring the title to Griffin R. was witnessed by Williams C.
Coleman. As he brought his entire family West with him to
Mississippi and lived the latter half of his life on this one
Mississippi homesite, this sketch of G. R. Coleman (1807-1877)
will begin in Mississippi.
In all probability, Griffin R. and his wife walked over this
"new home" on their fourteenth wedding anniversary, accompanied by
their children, Amanda, 13; Moses, 11; Sarah, 7; Susan Regina, 4;
and Walter W., 2, the youngest, and, like the rest, born in South
Carolina. It does not seem likely that Griffin R. (he is listed in
all Winston County, Mississippi, land transactions as Griffin R.,
possibly to distinguish him from "Griffin Coleman of Concord," his
first cousin, who settled earlier in the county) would make the
trek to Mississippi without his family as he already had

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at least two brothers, William Ragsdale and W. W. Coleman, and one
sister, Sophia, living in Winston County, besides a number of
The Colemans of Winston County are known as a clannish family,
but do not frequently visit one another. They, however, have a
"family saying" that "blood is thicker than water," and will
quickly come to the aid of a brother or sister, although there be
little visiting between families in times of peace and tranquility.
There is a good chance that Griffin R. and his family stayed
with William Charles and Sophia until a house could be erected on
this property, described as the "East 1/2 of Southwest Quarter,
Section 14, Township 15, Range 13." Whether there was a home on
this property at the time Griffin R. purchased it is not recorded.
In any event, the house which Griffin R. either built or
acquired was a long two story structure, with a porch along half of
the west side. The other half was enclosed as a bedroom, and there
were sheds constructed on the North and South sides, also used as
sleeping quarters. The kitchen was constructed in a building to
itself a good way from the house.
This building was later occupied by Walter W. Coleman, youngest
son of G. R. and stood until well after 1900, when the property was
sold outside the family and the building torn down.
Immediately in back of the house was a small stream or "branch,"
the headwaters of Mill Creek, which in turn are the headwaters of
Noxubee River. The source of the branch was a spring at the home of
Williams Charles approximately one mile south. Strangely enough,
Mill Creek flows North, but another stream, also said to have
originated on Coleman property, flowed South and is generally
credited to be the headwaters of Pearl River.
It was to the North along Mill Creek which Griffin R. bought
property until by the outbreak of hostilities with the North, he or
his cousin, Williams Charles and Isaiah Daniel (still spoken of as
"Uncle Dan'l" by descendents, many who neither know who he was nor
what became of him, but whose exploits became folk legend), owned
most of the property in what is now old Mill Creek community, and
parts of Bond and Murphy Creek communities of Winston County.

Daniel Coleman moved away from his home place, however, about
three and one-quarter miles West of the Griffin R. and Williams
Charles residences, in 1860, settling in extreme Northwest Winston
County in what is now Choctaw County on property he purchased from

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Ragsdale Coleman, which was the original Coleman homestead in
Griffin Roe was thirty-six years of age when he moved to
Mississippi, and as already mentioned, had five children between
the ages thirteen and two. Two more children were born after he
arrived in Mississippi, Jacob Feaster, 1845, a son; and Emily
Fairfield, a daughter, born in 1849, and carried in the 1850 Census
rolls as "South Carolina."
Winston County personal tax rolls show that in 1847, three years
after coming to Winston County, G. R. Coleman was assessed for
twenty-four head of cattle and five slaves under sixty years of
age. In 1863, he was assessed for one pleasure carriage and eleven
slaves under sixty years of age, which in point of slaves made
Griffin R. Coleman the smallest slave holder of the older Winston
County Coleman settlers.
He continued almost from the day he arrived in Mississippi until
his death to obtain property, mostly in small parcels, along or
near Mill Creek, and from before the Civil War until his death on
May 20, 1877, owned and operated a water mill in Section 2,
Township 15, Range 13, on Mill Creek, where he both ginned cotton
and ground corn. .
Except for the faint trace of a ditch no sign of the old mill
remains today. This mill site is on Mill Creek on property commonly
referred to as the "Sallie Elleton Place," who incidentally was his
granddaughter, child of his daughter, Sarah, and her second
husband, J. C. Cannon.
Griffin Roe Coleman was on his way to this mill in a wagon when
the wagon reportedly slipped on a wet hillside roadbed near his
home. Somehow he was thrown out of the wagon and crushed between a
wagon hub and the clay bank. He died on the above mentioned date as
a result of these injuries.
In 1866, Union troops confiscated twenty-five bales of cotton
from G. R. Coleman at this mill, engaging a party named "Cage" to
haul this cotton by wagon to Macon where it was shipped by train.
Both Griffin R. and his son, Walter W., known as "Burr," were at
the mill when the cotton was taken. in 1933, an instrument seeking
compensation for this cotton was filed in Winston County by his
surviving children, Emily Fairfield Coleman Metz and W. W. Coleman.
On Griffin Roe Coleman's children, the oldest daughter, Amanda,
married Adam Cooper, September 28, 1853; Sarah first married
Francis Marion Triplett (buried 16th Hills graveyard, 1862), and
then J. C. Cannon; Moses married Sallie L. Cooper, April 9, 1868;
Walter W. married Dolly C. A. Metts, on December 21, 1867; Jacob
Feaster married Charlotte Pagan, on December 7, 1869; and Emily

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field married George Young Metz, on November 12, 1868. (It might be
noted that Dolly "Metts" and George "Metz" were brother and sister,
as were W. W. and Emily Coleman. For some unexplained reason some
descendents of George Y. Metz use the "Metz" spelling, others the
"Metts" spelling, but seldom consistently, which results in
considerable confusion, especially in obtaining records from
gravestones, deeds, and tax records.)
Regina Susan, Griffin R. Coleman's third daughter, died August
20, 1867, unmarried, and like all, with the exception of Amanda and
Sarah, are buried in the Liberty Universalist Cemetery.
Liberty Universalist Church, known as "The White Church," is
listed as having been organized in 1846 in a national directory of
Unitarian- Universalist Churches, however, this date could not be
authenticated by the researcher of this particular chapter. Wording
of the warranty deed conveying the property to Liberty Church by
Williams Charles Coleman would indicate that buildings or
"tenaments" existed on the property prior to the transfer of title,
and in all probability services were conducted at the property and
in homes of members of the faith prior to the actual transfer of
Five and 45/100 acres to Liberty Church on May 10, 1859.

Book Q (Record of Deeds, Winston County, Mississippi), Page 25
shows that on May 10, 1859, Williams Charles Coleman conveyed to
Liberty Church the Five and 45/100 acre property, the indenture
being between "William Coleman of the county and state above named,
of the firstpart, and C. Y. Rowland, A. Gillis, Esq., and W. B.
Welch, trustees of Liberty Church, describing the property as
commencing at a large white oak one Chain Northeast of the Spring
known as the Spring of "Linches Schoolhouse." There is no record,
however, of Giles Linch having owned land in Section 10, Township
15, Range 13 East, prior to the above mentioned transfer of title.
It is of possible significance that between 1850 when H. Lanham
purchased the entire Section from J. H. Hardy and H. Gray, to
February 29, 1856, when Williams C. Coleman acquired the West
half from a G. B. Sanders, the property changed hands four times
and that Giles Linch settled on property in adjacent Section 9,
Township 15, Range 13, as early as 1848. Who built the schoolhouse
and why it became known as "Linches Schoolhouse" is not known;
however, Giles Linch was a literate man, and was elected to the
Mississippi Legislature from Winston County as early as 1855. Some
of his descendents are buried in the Church Cemetery, but a child
who died after he settled nearby is buried, like Daniel Coleman's
three children, in an unmarked grave within sight of his original

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The first marked grave at the Liberty Cemetery is that of Regina
Susan Coleman, daughter of Griffin Ragsdale and Susan Cockrell
Coleman, who died August 20, 1867.



Griffin Coleman, 42, b. S. C.
Susanna Coleman, 37, b. S. C. .
Amanda Coleman, 19, b. S. C.
Moses Coleman, 17, b. S. C.
Sarah Coleman, 13, b. S. C.
Regina Coleman, 10, b. S. C.
Walter Coleman, 8, b. S. C.
Jacob Coleman, 5, b. Miss.
So. Carolina Coleman, 1, b. Miss.


G. R. Coleman, 52, b. S. C.
Personal property $10,000. Real estate, $4,500.
Susannah, 48
Moses, 25
Susan, 21
Walter, 1 8
Jacob, 1 5
Emily (listed above as So. Carolina), 8



AMANDA COLEMAN, born December 6, 1830, died June 1, 1908.
Married Adam Mayfield Cooper, born July 28, 1828, died June 27,
1899. Buried at Louisville. He was the son of George Cooper and his

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wife, Sallie Mayfield. George was the son of Peter Cooper, who
settled in Georgia.
This couple had four sons and three daughters. I am sorry that I
do not know the names of all of them. Among them was John Walter
Cooper, who was born November 26, 1857, at Louisville. On November
10, 1881, he married Miss Sarah Jane McGee. She was born December
26, 1861. Mr. Cooper died January 3, 1903 at Yakima, Washington.
Mrs. Cooper died July 6, 1952 at Tacoma, Washington. They were the
parents of a daughter, Sallie, born at Louisville on September 5,
1896. She married Harry Tell Metzler in Tacoma, Washington, on
April 9, 1924. In 1955, Mrs. Metzler was living at 716 South 53
Street, Tacoma.



1. Polly. Born December 13, 1872. Died June 1, 1945. She was the
second wife of Pace Lipscomb. He was born August 17, 1871, died
September 7, 1931. He first married Regina Coleman, daughter of
Walter W. (Burr) Coleman. Children of Mrs. Polly Lipscomb were:
Cooper Lipscomb Anderson and Wade Randolph Lipscomb, both deceased,
and Mrs. Polly Lipscomb Lantz, of Pubelo, Colorado, and Edward Pace
Lipscomb, of Maryland. Mr. and Mrs. Lipscomb are buried at
2. George Bell Cooper Coleman. Born April 22, 1869, died January
18, 1955. Married, October 28, 1923, Manassa Roe (Tommie) Cole-
man, daughter of Jacob Feaster Coleman.
3. Sallie Coleman, born August 28, 1876, died February 28, 1923.

4. Griffin Roe Coleman, born April 2, 1878, married Florence
Richardson, and still alive as this is written. Children: Eugene,
Kate, and Evon.


SARAH COLEMAN. First married Marion Triplett. Had two sons,
Albert and Walter. He died in Macon, during the Civil War, while
trying to make his way home. Second marriage to Jack Cannon. Three
children, Sallie, who married Jake Murphy, Dell, and Henry, who had
nine children. Albert Triplett had two sons, Marion and Nimrod.


WALTER W. COLEMAN (BURRA). Married Dollie Metts, December 22,

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1. Regina, born July 3, 1870, died July 15, 1898. Married Pace
Lipscomb, his first wife. Her children were Walter Jasper Lipscomb,
of Schlater, Miss. and Albert Floyd Lipscomb of Macon, Miss.
2. Mrs. Minnie Coleman Johnson, born October 18, 1872, married
Davis Y. Johnson, January 20, 1892. Died September 19, 1930.
3. Lola Coleman Caldwell, born October 31, 1876, married
Caldwell. Died October 31, 1933.
4. Ossie Coleman Bouchillon, born June 16, 1879. Married J. K.
Bouchillon, November 24, 1904. Died March 7, 1919. Roy Bouchillon
is a son of this marriage.
5. Mary Bell Coleman McCool, born June 1, 1886. Married W.
Charles McCool, November 24, 1904. Died January 21, 1921. Buried at
Murphy Creek. Children: Waldine, Carrie May, Dollie, who married
Attorney Hoy Hathorn, Walter, and Annie B.
6. Amanda Coleman Jones, born August 15, 1889. Married Wayne
Jones, August 19, 1916. Died October 15, 1965. Buried at Murphy
Creek. Children: Mrs. Dorothy Myer, Mrs. Mary Lucy Canizaro,
Walter, Regina McKay, Lee Meets Jones, and Mrs. Suzanna McKay.



1. Susie, who married Jake Livingston. Sons, Hubert and Halbert.
2. Robert E. Coleman, born March 31, 1873, died August 27, 1939.
Married Pearl Moore, who died 1964. Daughter, Mrs. Erma Thorne, of
Meridian, Mississippi, has been much interested in family history.
Son, Billy Coleman, Lucedale, Mississippi.
3. Kirk Coleman, born October 10, 1R74, died February 28, 1945.
married Alma Croft. They are buried at Betheden.
4. Roxie, married Lewis Suber. Children: Inez, Robert, Lawrence,
Clayton, Hurold, Madge, and Maude.
5. Manassa Roe (Tommie), born November 27, 1879. Died May 28,
1955. Married G. B. Cooper Coleman.
6. Elbert Feaster Coleman (Ell). Born, 1881. Died May 3, 1963.
Buried at New Hope Methodist Church. Married (1) Velma Ruth Deason,
died 1920, (2) Lyda B. Sullivan McNeel. Children: (1) Percy D.,
Dallas, Texas, (2) Leonard V., died 1941, (3) Bertrand, Carthage,
Mississippi, (4) Lester Clayton, deceased, (5) Mrs. Lottie Wall

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Waco, Texas, (6) Elbert Feaster, Jr., Dallas, Texas, (7) Mrs.
Electa Eaves, (8) Daniel Carl, the latter two of Lewisville, Texas.
7. George Alma Coleman (Sugar Baby).


EMILY FAIRFIELD COLEMAN, born April 27, 1849. Married George W.
Metz, November 12, 1868. She died in 1936. He was born 1844, died
1915. Parents of twelve children. The youngest twins. Ollie, Edgar
Belmont, George, Elbert, Albert Walton, Mary May, Nancy Pearl,
Daisy Jack, Ahmalean, Ahvallene.
In August, 1919, Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman and Mrs. Mary Coleman
Faucette, of Feasterville, South Carolina, visited their Winston
County kin. Here are some of the notes kept by Mrs. Coleman on this

"Moses was 12 years old when they came to Mississippi in wagons
and carryalls for the women and children. Several families came
together. Four weeks on the way. After the surrender he came back
by Rock Hill and by home of relatives in Fairfield, riding a fine
U. S. horse he had captured. Name Gunboat. Got home in fourteen
days, swimming all the rivers, till he reached Tuscaloosa. Was a
great hunter. Has killed 6 wild turkeys at one shot. His father
(Griffin R.) killed 9 at one shot. His father used to hunt bears in
Mississippi Valley (delta)."
"James Bouchillon ancestors from Abbeville, South Carolina, of
French descent. Married Rebecca Straight. Son Kirk Bouchillon
married Osceola (Ossie) Coleman. Daughter Ann Bouchillon mar-
ried Henry Fulcher. Son, Lucien, played the violin for us."

Liberty Universalist Church & Graveyard, 6.9 Miles Northeast
Of Louisville, Mississippi, On The Old Coleman Road. Turn
Right (Opposite Little Residence) Go .3 Miles To "White
Church As It Is Known There.

1. Moses Coleman 3/18/1832-7/25/1923.
2. Sallie Cooper Coleman (wife) 1/26/1837-3/12/1919.
3. Sallie Coleman (Dtr.) 8/28/1876-2/28/1923.
4. Velma, wife of Elbert Coleman, 12/23/1877-1/18/1919.
5. Lester, Son of E. F. & V. R. Coleman, 4/18/1917-5/31/1918.
6. Robert E. Coleman, 3/31/1873-8/27/1939.

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7. Chester D. Coleman, Officers Training Camp, 4/27/1892
8. Jacob Feaster Coleman, 3/17/1845-7/6/1920.
9. Charlotte Pagan (wife), 1/31/1847-9/18/1910.
10. Clayton, son of J. F. & C. P., 4/3/1888-10/S/1895.
11. Hattie, Dtr. of J. F. & C. P., 1/11/1872-3/15/1896.
12 George B. Pagan, 7/28/18.16-7/25/1901.
13. Mrs. Susan Coleman, 1810-7/30/1894.
14. G. R. Coleman, died 5/20/1877, aged 70 years, 4 months, 16
days. (Griffin R.).
15. Regina Susan, Dtr. of G. R. & S., died 8/20/1857, aged 28 years
12 days.
16. W. R. Coleman, died 10/2/1884, age 4 years, 4 months.
17. Minnie Coleman Johnson, wife of Davis Yancy Johnson,
18. Dollie Metz Coleman, wife of W. W. Coleman, 9/7/1846-
19. W. W. Coleman, Co. G 20th Miss. Reg. Lorings Division,
20. Ossie Coleman Bouchillon, 6/16/1879-3/7/1919.

In the Metz Plot are the graves of George Y. Metz (1844-1915) and
Emily Fairfield Coleman Metz (1849-1936), with a list of their

On September 15, 1949, returning from Jackson, Mississippi, we
(Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Clayton, Sr., and son Don) came by Louisville,
Mississippi, had lunch, and went out Northeast on the Louisville
Starkville Road, to Old Webster, there turned South, stopped at
Betheden Lutheran Church, then continued to Coleman Road and
returned to Louisville, after stopping at Liberty Church. The
following buried at Betheden:

1. Robert E. Lee, son of W. T. & S. F. Coleman, 2/23/1902-
2. Thomas P. Coleman, Co. I-150th Inf., b. 11/30/1894-d.
10/22/1918, in England.
3. Willie L., son of W. T. & S. F. Coleman, 3/14/1890-9/7/1906.
4. Wm. Thomas Coleman, 4/26/1855-7/25/1923.
5. Sarah Francis Coleman, wife of W. T., 6/11/1866-11/21/1928.

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6. Alma Croft, wife of A. K. Coleman, 6/17/1879-12/14/1931.
7. A. K. Coleman, 10/10/1874-2/28/1945.

One of Our County's Oldest and Most Esteemed
Citizens Passes

After a lingering illness of several months, death claimed one
of our county's oldest and best known citizens, Mr. W. W. Coleman,
last Tuesday, March 21st 1933, at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Kirk Bouchillon, in Bond community. Funeral services were held at
Universalist Church, of which he was a charter member, on
Wednesday, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and
relatives. Rev. J. C. Watson, of the Presbyterian Church,
Louisville, had charge of the services, assisted by Rev. J. L.
Ward, of Columbus, and Rev. Blum Wallace, of Shreveport. Mr.
Coleman was 91 years of age last January, and had resided all of
his life in the community in which he died, and held the high
esteem and friendship of all with whom he came in contact because
of his upright and honorable principles. Firm in his convictions he
could always be located upon any question at issue, and stood for
the right. He served loyally and bravely through the Confederate
War, and was loyal to the cause until death, taking an interest in
the Reunions so long as he was able to attend.
Bura Coleman, as he was familiarly known to his comrades and
friends, shed light and gladness by his presence, and in his
passing they have lost a true and tried friend.
Immediate relatives surviving, are: Mrs. Lola Caldwell, of
Macon, Mrs. Wayne Jones and Mrs. Kirk Bouchillon, daughters, and
one sister, Mrs. George Metts, all of this County.

Beginning at Page 180 of Lewis' History of Winston County is
found the history of Company D. of Perrin's Regiment of Cavalry of
which Robert O. Perrin, of Scooba, was Colonel and Henry L.
Muldrow, of Starkville, was Lt. Colonel. Moses W. Coleman, son of
Griffin Roe Coleman, was 2nd Sgt., and had a horse shot under him
in the charge at Kingston, Georgia, in 1864.
According to Pages 185 and 186, this organization fought in the
Army of Tennessee and was at Marietta, Kennesaw, Good Hope Church,
Peachtree Creek, and opposed Sherman all the way to Savannah. After
the surrender, they were in Jeff Davis' train and passed through
Unionville (Union) and to Washington, Georgia, where they
surrendered on May 9, 1865.

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Thus we see that a Winston County Coleman was one of those who
guarded the President of the Confederacy in his unsuccessful
flight South after Appomattox.
Jacob Feaster Coleman enlisted in the Confederate Army in June,
1863. He served in the twentieth Mississippi Regiment.
W. W. Coleman enlisted in 1861, Co. G., Twentieth Mississippi,
and was in prison at Camp Douglas at the time of the surrender.


Louisville, Miss., March 23, 1924.

Dear Cousin Jennie:
l am really ashamed to write you, as I have just neglected to
write so long. Your letter to Uncle Mose on the 18th of March, his
birthday had he been living. He died last July the 26th, after
being confined to his bed for 3 weeks. His advanced age, and his
daughter Sallie's death, he lost all interest in life. He died at
his daughter, Polly's, at Mashulaville, but was brought back to his
own home and buried beside his loved ones that had gone before.
I deeply sympathize with you in the passing away of your dear
son. We all have the same great bereavement of being parted a
while from our loved ones. Some times I think if it was not for my
great faith in Universalism, I would not care to live, but I know
there is a good kind loving Father's hand in all our trials and
troubles in this life, and believe some time we will understand.
All the kinfolks you asked about are still living and doing
fine. Uncle Berry still has rheumatism and cannot get about much,
but is as fat as pig and often speaks of his trip to South
Carolina. (He went back to South Carolina in 1920). Oh, how I do
wish you would visit us again. Well, there has been one great
change in my life since you were here. I have only added "Mrs." to
my name. Cooper and I married the 28th of last October, and we are
living here at Uncle Moses old home place. Chester and George are
living at Papa's old home, only the two left now. Chester, you
know, has T.B., but is doing just fine. Weighs 196 lbs. Fat and
healthy, but must be very careful for several years yet.
Uncle Jack Cannon lives with his daughter. Brother Elbert's wife
died four years ago, and he married again last April, a widow with
three children. Brother Robert has moved to adjoining county
(Attala) to live

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with Pearl's parents that were left by themselves. They are too old
and feeble to live alone.

Griffin and Florence have 3 healthy little children, a boy and 2
girls, still living at the same place. I stopped to go to Sunday
School at Old Liberty, but it began raining, so I cannot go.

(Signed) Tommie Coleman

b. April 18,1815
d. March 20,1875
Buried at Mashulaville, Mississippi

Son of Wiley Coleman of South Carolina. Brother of William
Ragsdale Coleman, Mrs. Sophia Coleman, Mrs. Catherine Coleman
Robinson, and Griffin Ragsdale Coleman.
He married Mary (Polly), daughter of Solomon Coleman and Betty

Moved to Winston County, Mississippi, 1844. Land Deed Book H,
Page 382.
In the Winston County Census of 1850, his wife is listed as
Mary, age 32, son Theophilus, 12, and daughter, Emma, age 2.
In the 1860 Census, the value of his real property is given at
$20,000, personal property at $50,000. The same children as in
1850, with the addition of William, age 6, born in Mississippi.
In the 1863 Personal Assessment Roll of Winston County he was
assessed with 40 slaves, 900 dollars loaned out at interest, two
pleasure carriages, 1 watch, 1 clock, 1 piano, and 35 head of
Book M, Page 34. John Hardaway "of the Choctaw nation, West of
the State of Arkansas" sold to Wilie W. Coleman undivided one-half
West 1/2 Southeast 1/4 Section 2, Township 14, Range 14. l9
November, 1851.
Land Deed Book M. Page 540. William C. Coleman and Sophia
Coleman. 19 March, 1853. Sold to W. W. Coleman North 1/2 Southwest
1/4 East 1/2 Northwest 1/4 and Southeast 1/4 of Section 32, Township
15, Range 14.
William T. Coleman, son of Wylie W. Coleman and Mary Coleman was
known as Barley. He married Dody Shaw. They had two sons, buried at
Mashulaville. One was named Robert, whose grave is not marked, and
Edward, whose grave is marked. Wylie had a daughter, Mary (Molly)
who married Arthur Jernigan.

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I am grateful to Mr. E. Q. Richards, of Macon, Mississippi, for
this information.

U. S. CENSUS OF 1860

W. W. COLEMAN, 45,
Value Of real property, $20,000; Personalty, $50,000
born in S. C.

MARY, 43, b. S. C.
T. F., 21, b. S. C. (Theophilus)
EMMA, 11, b. Miss.
Wm., 6, b. Miss.


One of my favorite friends was Mr. Ed Coleman, of Noxapater,
Mississippi. For many years he was Constable of District 5, Winston
County, and always served as special deputy at the Circuit Courts
when I was Judge and District Attorney. He was a favorite of all
who knew him.
He was the son of William H. Coleman who enlisted in Pickens
County, Alabama, on March 18, 1862, in the 19th Alabama, Joe
Wheeler's command. He was born July 20, 1829, and died January 23,
1908. He is buried in the Northeast corner of the Methodist
Cemetery at Noxapater.
William H. Coleman was the son of Henry Coleman, a Baptist
Minister, born in South Carolina.
Uncle Ed did not know the family history sufficiently to know
whether we were kinfolks. He was so much like all the other
Colemans that I always claimed kin with him.
Reverend Wayne Coleman, presently Pastor of the First Baptist
Church, Oxford, Mississippi, is an authority on this line of
Colemans. He is a grandson of Uncle Ed Coleman.
I did not want to leave Uncle Ed out of this Coleman Book.


I have not been able to identify this Coleman. In the Winston
County census of 1850 he is listed as 45 years of age. He was born
in South Carolina. His wife, Cynthia, was 38, and born in North

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The children were Harrison, 17; Elizabeth, 15; Mary, 12; George,
11; Nancy, 9; and Sarah, 5, all born in South Carolina except
Sarah, who was born in Mississippi.


Louisville, Mississippi
September 14, 1956
Gov. J. P. Coleman
Ackerman, Miss.

Dear Mr. Coleman:

I am sure you will be surprised to get a letter or request not
asking for a job--maybe tho this is more than that--What I want so
badly is to get connected on our Coleman family line back to
Revolution so I can get into the DAR's. Had thought I might get my
Triplett line but it seems it will take more time and MUCH more
money than I can get to get that done. You may not remember me but
I work here in Mr. Shelby Woodward's office and have been in here
10 1/2 years--my Paternal G- Grandfather was Griffin R. Coleman. His
sons were Mose--Jake & Walter and I don't know the daughters except
my Grandmother was Sallie or Sarah Coleman she married first my
Grandfather F. M. Triplett and had two sons Moses Walter, and
Albert G. Triplett. My Grandfather died during the Civil War, in
Macon. He was very ill and they were trying to get him home, but he
never made it. He never did see my Dad as he was born 6 months
before G-Dad died and after he had gone to the War. If you do have
the line run and would let me use it, could I come to Ackerman some
week-end, or of course it would be lots easier on me not having a
way to come if you would let Bro. Thrailkill have the material and
bring it to me. He is the father of my daughter-in-law. Anyway it
will suit you I would manage to get up there if you have time to
let me know if you have this data compiled and will let me copy it.
Thanking you for any consideration in this matter, I am

Sincerely yours,


Mrs. Charles C. Wicker
208 Thelma St.
Louisville, Mississippi

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Louisville Miss R #4
April 11-1915
Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman
Shelton, S. C.

Dear Jennie

Mott sent me your letter, so I thought I would write to you too. I
am Griffin Coleman's oldest son. My father came to Miss in 44. I was
born in S. C. I was 12 years old when he came to Miss. I stayed at
Uncle Henry Coleman two years & went to school at Feasterville to
L. F. W. Andrews. My father had three brothers Buck, Wiley &
Wyatt. I dont know how many sisters my father had. My mother was
Mose Cockrell's daughter. She was a Granddaughter of Andie
Feaster's. Mott Coleman & me are first cousins. His mother was my
father's sister, Sofie. Buck Coleman married a Head & moved to
Texas in 60. Wiley married Pollie Coleman he died here. Wyatt
married my mother's sister & died in S. C. I have two brothers,
Walter & Jake, four sisters Amanda, Sallie, Emiley & Susie. I will
not tell you any thing about Mott for he is going to write you a
long letter soon. I went to school with your father, he came to see
me in Miss in 53. I was with him when he killed the first deer he
ever killed. Ask me any question & if I can ans. it I will gladly
do so.

Your Cousin

Louisville, Miss.
March 23'd 1924

Dear Cousin Jennie,

I am really ashamed to write you as I have just neglected to
write so long, but your letter to Uncle Mose on the 18th of March
his birthday had he been living, he died last July the 26th after
being confined to his bed for three weeks, his advanced age and
grieving over his daughter Sallie's death he lost all interest in
life. He died at his daughter Pollie's at Mashulaville but was
brought back to his own home and buried beside his loved ones that
had gone before.
`I deeply sympathize with you in the passing away of your dear
son. We all have the same great bereavement of being parted a
while from our love ones, some times I think if it was not for my
great faith in Universalism I would not care to live, but I know
there is a good kind

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loving Father's hand in all of our trials & troubles in this life,
and believe some time we will understand.
All the kinfolks you asked about are still living and doing
fine. Uncle Berry still has rheumatism and cannot get about much
but is as fat as a pig and often speaks of his trip to S. C. Oh how
I do wish you could visit us again. Well there has been one great
change in my life since you was here. I have only had Mrs. added to
my name. Cooper and I married the 28th of last Oct and are living
here at Uncle Mose's old home place.
Chester & George are living at Papa's old home only them two
left there now. Chester you know has T.B. but is doing just fine
weighs 196 lb fat & healthy looking but must be very careful for
several years yet. We thought for over two years he could not live
but have great hopes now of him getting entirely over the attack.
Aunt Dump still have all her children with her.
Uncle Jack Cannon lives with his daughter, very feeble now.
I don't guess you are raising any chickens and having a garden.
I have 23 baby chicks and have my garden planted, but we are still
having winter here had a 12 in snow Mar 13th, only snow we had
this winter.
Cooper and I are in the creamery business milking 6 cows now.
Will have 15 to milk later this spring. I like it fine. Clara &
George are selling cream too they have about 20 cows in all. Lots
of farmers are selling cream since the Bollweevil gets all the
cotton in this country mighty little cotton planted here now.
Chickens eggs and cream are the mostly crop.
How is Cousin Mary give her my love & respects. You spoke of
Sister Robie her health is not very good she has 8 children living
and has two grown girls and three grown boys. Inez her oldest
daughter taught school this Winter. Brother Elbert's wife died 4
years ago and he married again last April, a widow with three
Brother Robert has moved to adjoining county (Ittala) to live
with Pearl's parents that was left by themselves, they are too old
and feeble to live alone.

Griffin & Florence has three healthy looking children. A boy and
two girls they are doing fine and still live at the same place. I
will finish your letter. I stopped to go to Sunday School at Old
Liberty but it began raining so I cannot go. I guess you saw in Our
Helper that Bro. Strain was preaching for us again that is every 3
months while when he can get loose from his Churches in Ga. He
wants to move his family to Miss.

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must close now and feed my chickens and pick up the eggs. I get
between 30 and 40 eggs a day, also go to my turkey nest. I have
turkeys too. A housekeeper is kept busy most of the time. Please
forgive me and write to me sometimes tell Cousin Mary to write. I
guess she is busy with Grand babies. Wth much love and deep sympathy
to you in your great bereavement.

your loving Cousin

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(He was the son of Allen Coleman and his wife, Sarah. He was the
grandson of Robert Coleman, died 1809.) Born on Storm Branch of
Beaver Creek, waters of the Broad River, Fairfield County, S. C.,
December 20, 1811. Died at his home about two miles south of
Fentress, Choctaw County, Mississippi, April 8, 1889. Buried,
Concord Cemetery, 6 miles Southwest of Ackerman, Mississippi.

Isaiah Daniel Coleman was a brother of Williams Charles Coleman,
Elizabeth Coleman Gladden, and Rebecca Coleman Gladden. These
sisters were twins.
The first available public record of his life shows that on
November 26, 1833 (Book Z, Page 382, Chester County, S. C.) he
purchased 84 acres of land on the South Fork of Rocky Creek from
Robert Brown. In the same year, when he was twenty-two years of
age, he also bought land from John Gladden.
His first wife was Agnes Ferguson. Their first children were
born and died September 10, 1839, when he was twenty-eight. Agnes
died November 1, 1847. He married again on September 2, 1852. In
the meantime, his mother died May 27, 1839 and his father died June
21, 1848.
On August 2, 1853, for $4,287.25, he conveyed to Alexander B.
Douglas 408 1/2 acres of land on which he then lived. Part of this
was land on which his father lived and died.
This was about two years before the railroad came to Blackstock.
(On February 22, 1865, General Jefferson C. Davis, commanding
the 14th Corps, U. S. Army, had his headquarters "at the Douglas
house, near Blackstock." Page 157, McMaster's History of Fairfield


Isaiah Daniel Coleman first settled in Mississippi at a place on
the Betheden Road about six miles northeast of Louisville, Winston
County. On February 6, 1854, (Land Deed Book N, Page 64) for a

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of $3,000 "to us in hand paid by Isaiah Daniel Coleman, of Chester
District and State of South Carolina" Reese Perkins and Mary
Perkins sold to "the said Isaiah D. Coleman" the West 1/2 of
Section 15 and all of Section 16 (960) acres of Township 15, Range
13, Winston County, As this was near the lands of Williams Charles
Coleman, his brother, it would appear that possibly Williams
selected the land and made the transaction for Daniel in advance of
the removal to Mississippi.
In 1856, according to the personal assessment roll of Winston
County (now on file at Archives and History in Jackson), I. D.
Coleman owned 52 slaves under 60 years of age.
Apparently, he made five crops on this plantation, northeast of
Louisville. Then, on December 15, 1859, for $6,758 cash, he
purchased the 1,763 acre plantation of William Ragsdale (Buck)
Coleman, but he was not to obtain possession until October 1, 1860.
Presumably, he made the 1860 crop at his original location, and
moved to the new place just in time to see the secession of
Mississippi, which occurred January 9, 1861.
The U. S. Census of 1860 for Winston County, shows that on
August 13 of that year B. S. Covington, enumerator, listed the

I. D. COLEMAN, age 49
Real Estate, $5,000
Personal property, $90,000
Born in South Carolina
H. R. (Harriet) age 32
Sara, age 18, female
W. C., age 16, male
M. S. (Molly), age 15, female
J. F. (Jacob Feaster), age 7
H. J. (Henry Jonathan), age 1

All born in South Carolina, except Henry Jonathan, whose
birthplace is listed as Mississippi.

(The writer, in his early boyhood, listened to several warm
arguments between his grandfather, Jacob Feaster Coleman, and
William Charles Coleman, the older half-brother, as to Feaster's
birthplace. Grandfather Feaster contended that his mother told him
he was born in South Carolina. Uncle Bill said that Feaster
definitely "was born after the family arrived in Mississippi." The
1860 Census report, as well as the date of the deed from Isaiah D.
Coleman to Alexander B. Douglas, proves that Feaster was right, but
he died without ever having this proof

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made available to him. His official death certificate lists him as
having been born in Mississippi.)
On November 11, 1861, with the War Between the States in full
swing, Isaiah Daniel Coleman (Book S, Page 33) for $5,000, sold to
E. G. Eiland the same land he purchased from the Perkinses.
On August 3, 1861, William Charles Coleman, the seventeen year
old son of Isaiah D. Coleman and his first wife, Agnes, enlisted at
Webster (about ten miles northeast of Louisville) in Reed's Company
of the 20th Mississippi Infantry, CSA. He was in the battles of
Fort Donelson, Franklin, and Nashville. He was captured, of course,
at Donelson and paroled in 1862. He was with Joseph E. Johnston's
Army when paroled at Greensboro, N. Car., April 26, 1865. His negro
servant, Joseph Coleman, drew a pension until his death in Winston
County, Mississippi.
The next public record we have of Daniel Coleman is found in the
personal assessment roll for 1863. He was assessed with one
pleasure carriage, 1 watch, 1 clock, 80 head of cattle, and 76
slaves under 60 years of age.
We are told that Daniel never gave up his belief that the
Confederacy would win, and continued to buy slaves at Columbus
right up to the end of the War. Of course, when the war was over he
was left with nothing but his land, his home, his water mill on
Yockanookany Creek, his gin, and his brick kiln, with no labor with
which to operate them. It seems, however, that he continued to farm
extensively for a number of years, with his former slaves as share
croppers. Later in life he himself plowed on land formerly
cultivated by his slaves. The War, and all its tragic losses would
appear to have come at an extremely unhappy time for him. He was
fifty-four years of age when it was over, and lived for twenty-four
years afterward.
On May 29, 1866 (Book S, Page 385), Daniel Coleman borrowed $800
from Wiley W. Coleman, due January 1, 1867. To secure the repayment
of this debt he gave a deed of trust on all his land, 13 mules, 40
head of cattle, 70 hogs, 2 wagons, 1 carriage, 1 gin, 1 thrasher,
500 bushels of corn, 6000 lbs. fodder, 4000 lbs. of bacon, 24
sheep, and 25 plows. Hard times! This Wiley W. Coleman was Daniel's
first cousin (son of Wylie Coleman and Sarah Ragsdale).
In March, before his death in April, 1889, the sixteen room, two
story home, erected by William Ragsdale Coleman, in which Daniel
had lived for twenty four years, burned to the ground. He was
living in the house at the time, with his youngest son, Henry
Jonathan Coleman, and his

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daughter-in-law, Estelle Bruce Coleman. He had become quite
inactive, but continued to read a great deal. He would chew tobacco
and use papers for a cuspidor. Johnnie Coleman had been plowing
that day in the "flat" in front (West) of the house. At noon time,
when he came in from plowing, he gathered up all the soiled
newspapers and threw them in a fireplace on the ground floor. The
chimney soot became ignited, but it was not thought that the flames
had spread. Johnnie went on back to his plowing, but about two
o'clock his wife noticed that the roof was on fire. There were no
ladders long enough to reach to the second story roof. The March
wind was high. The old home and nearly all its furnishings were
totally destroyed. Daniel had to be forcibly detained from entering
the flames. In less than a month he was dead.
Here, in some respects, was a man with an interesting personal
history. In some ways it could be said that he was a strange man.
He belonged to no church, although his second wife is known to have
been a devout Baptist. He would not allow his photograph to be
taken, saying that he did not wish to leave any graven image behind
him for others to look upon. His wife, however, had her photograph
taken, of which several copies are still in existence. He seems to
have been a very frugal man. I have heard it said that while riding
horseback down the road he would dismount and pick up loose ears of
corn lost by others in the roadway. He was a small man in physical
size, which seems to have been characteristic of the Colemans of
that generation. He is reputed to have been a hard taskmaster with
his slaves, which was not commendable.
Many years after the end of the War, he was plowing one day when
Mr. J. P. Blackwood, then a young man, who had been burning a
newground, came across the field. He was black with soot and,
pretending he was a Negro, he began a sassy conversation with the
old man. He laughed all his life about the energetic manner in
which Daniel chased him out of the field.
If rain "set in" while he was plowing he would wrap a blanket
around his shoulders and plow on until it became too muddy to plow.
I am indebted to Hon. Clarence E. Morgan, former District
Attorney, of Kosciusko, for the following story.
Under the Slave Code of 1857, a slave could not leave his
master's plantation without a written pass in his possession.
Violations were punishable by thirty-nine lashes. One morning
Daniel caught the negro butler of Col. Potts, a neighbor, in the
Coleman "quarters" without a pass. He tied a rope on the luckless
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Col. Potts' residence, where he demanded of the Colonel that the
Negro be given the prescribed thirty-nine lashes. The butler was a
favorite of the Colonel's and he did not want to punish him, so he
used diplomatic means to avoid it. He first invited "Mr. Coleman"
in to breakfast, but he said he had already had breakfast. Then the
Colonel suggested other refreshment of a more potent type, to which
"Old Daniel" assented. They tied the offender to a convenient tree
and proceeded to the refreshments, at the close of which both men
agreed that under all the circumstances three licks would be
sufficient punishment. And it is not known whether that three were
ever in fact administered.
Here was a man who for many years knew prosperity and plenty. He
knew misfortune, too. His first wife died when she was only 32. His
second wife died when she was forty-seven, and after a long
illness, which seems to have been what was then known as "dropsy."
He knew adversity, after the war, including the loss of his home
On the afternoon of April 8, 1889, he was at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Bruce. He was attempting to eat an orange, and
strangled to death. This ended his earthly career.
I think he must have been loyal to his father, because he did
not leave South Carolina until six years after Allen Coleman's
death. Daniel was made one of the Executors of Allen's will. His
brother, Williams Charles, had been in Winston County, Mississippi,
for nineteen years when Daniel came. He was eleven years younger
than his first cousin, William Ragsdale Coleman, and outlived him
eight years. William Ragsdale had been resting for that long in
North Grove Cemetery, Hallettsville, Texas, when the house of his
construction went up in flames and Daniel, a few weeks later, went
to his long home at Concord Cemetery. He was buried by his second
wife. His first, and their twins, lie five hundred miles away in
the rock walled burying ground, east of Blackstock.
He was born in the eleventh year of the Nineteenth Century,
while James Madison was serving as the fourth President. He was
twenty-one years of age when Jackson was elected to his second
term: He was still living in South Carolina at the death of John C.
Calhoun. He was well established in Mississippi on the date of
Dredd Scott decision, March 6, 1857, and was there at the time of
John Brown's raid of October 16, 1859, the very day of the birth of
his tenth child, Henry Jonathan. He died one month after the
inauguration of Benjamin Harrison as the 23rd President. His
lifetime covered the entire Nineteenth Century except for

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its first eleven years and its last eleven years. He lived during
the administration of 19 Presidents. He lived through the Civil War
and Reconstruction. Yet he seems never to have been an aspirant for
public office. Of his political beliefs and affiliations we are
left not a line of evidence.
Mr. Richard A. Moss, of Ackerman, Mississippi, who was born in
1872 and still alive and active in 1962, told the writer that he
could remember Daniel Coleman well. That he was a tall, raw-boned
man. He wore a big black hat and always rode a big gray horse. He
would ride at such speed that the wind would blow the wide brim of
his hat back against the crown. Daniel Coleman always flatly refused
to allow a photograph to be made, so these memories of Mr. R. A.
Moss are all we have in the way of a personal description.


I. MARRIED, first, AGNES FERGUSON, Who was born in 1815,
died November 1, 1847, age 32, and is buried in the Allen Coleman
burying ground, 3.3 miles East of Blackstock, S. Carolina.

Children of this marriage:

1 & 2. Twin children, who were born and died September 10,
1839. Buried beside their mother.

3. Sarah Allen, born June 21, 1842, died March 10, 1921.
Married Andrew Jackson Prewitt, September 23, 1863.
Buried beside her husband, Mt. Mosiah Cemetery, near
French Camp, Choctaw County.

4. William Charles, 20 Miss., C.S.A., born December 6, 1843,
died November 23, 1927. Buried, Concord Cemetery.
5. Mollie S., born June 3, 1845, died March 13, 1925. Married
J. J. Woodward. Buried beside her husband, Bethsalem, ten
miles south of Ackerman, Mississippi.

(Her birth-date appears on the tombstone as June 3, 1843.
This was an obvious conflict with birth date of William
Charles. The Winston Census of 1860 listed her as 15 years
of age. So we use the year 1845. )

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II. MARRIED, second, on September 2, 1852, HARRIET DAVIS.
Children of this marriage:

1. Jacob Feaster Coleman, born Sunday, August 7, 1853, Chester
County, S. C. (border of Fairfield, 3.3 miles east of Blackstock).
Died, Ackerman, Mississippi, July 19, 1934. Buried, Enon
Cemetery, Ackerman, Mississippi.

(Tombstone erroneously states birth year as 1854).
2. Allen Jones Coleman, born October 21, 1854, died June 2, 1855.
3. Daniel Isaiah Coleman, born July 7, 1856, died January 27,
4. Isaiah Davis Coleman, born December 26, 1857, died August
29, 1859.

(These three children must have been buried near where I. D.
Coleman first lived in Winston County. Graves so far unlocated.)
5. Henry Jonathan (who later changed his name to John Henry),
born October 16, 1859, died February 19, 1934. Buried, South
Union Cemetery, west of Ackerman, Mississippi.
6. Laura Eugenia, born September 22, 1864, died April 2, 1939.
Married Rufus Bruce, July 14, 1886. He died January 11, 1904.
She is buried in Concord Cemetery.

Thus it is seen that Daniel Coleman was the father of eleven
children, five by the first wife, six by the second, and only six
of them lived to maturity.



1. Georgia Virginia Prewitt, born December 1, 1864, married R. S.
(Rob) Weeks, had eight children.
2. Daniel Russell Prewitt, named for his grandfather Isaiah Daniel
Coleman, born April 11, 1866, died of pneumonia 1882.
3. Lena Roberta Prewitt, born February 10, 1868, married A. B.
Reed. Had one son, John, recently living in Houston, Texas.
4. Mary Hattie Prewitt, born April 21, 1870, married T. B. Davis.
Had one daughter, Hattie, presently living in Bartow, Florida.
5. John Henry Prewitt, born December 23, 1871, married first Tede
Montgomery and had five children, Herbert, Thelma, Mary, Andy

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and Hilary. Married second, Roberta Boone, and had three chil-
dren, Robert, Sarah, and Homer. John Henry Prewitt died the 11 day
of July, 1945, and is buried in the cemetery at the Fentress
Baptist Church, of which he was a long time Deacon and leader.
6. Andrew Jackson Prewitt, Jr., born December 2, 1873. Married
Maude Hunt. Had two children, Reverend Thomas Oren Prewitt,
now of Jackson, Mississippi, and Andy Maude, who died at about
the age of fourteen.
7. Carrie Savala Prewitt, born September 23, 1875, married William
Emmett Blackwood. Had four children. Three sons, Roy, Doyle,
and James, of the famous Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and a
daughter, Lena, who married Edward L. Cain.
8. Rufus Dudley Prewitt, born March 31, 1877, married Mary Car-
ter, had two sons, Latimer and Jack Russell. Rufus Dudley Prewitt
was once Tax Assessor of Choctaw County, Mississippi, as was his
father before him.
9. Blumer Francis Prewitt, born December 31, 1878, married first,
Susan Moss, and had two children, Etmae and James. After the
death of his first wife, married again and is presently living in At-
lanta, Georgia.
10. Sarah Elizabeth Prewitt, born February 12, 1881. Married Amzi
Robinson. Died recently in Houston, Texas.
11. Charles Dickson Prewitt, born February 20, 1883, married Kate
Carter, sister to the wife of Rufus Dudley Prewitt. Presently lives
in Greenwood, Mississippi.

The birth dates of the "Blackwood Brothers" are as follows:

Roy Blackwood, born December 24, 1900.
Doyle Blackwood, born August 22, l911.
James Blackwood, born August 4, 1919.

Their sister, Lena, was born December 31, 1903.


William Charles Coleman's first two wives were McCamerons, twin
sisters, and are buried in Beulah Cemetery, near Weir, Mississippi. His

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last wife was Louisa Walker, whom he married on November 20, 1900.

We do not know too much about the children of William Charles
Coleman, or their children. They all left Choctaw County many years
ago and went to the territory around Marked Tree, Poinsett County,
This is all the information we have concerning the children of
William C. Coleman:

1. Ella, married Walter Barrentine, and killed by a train at
McCrory, Arkansas, 1947.
2. Ney Coleman, never married. Died in McCrory, Arkansas.
3. Lela. Married Sid Smith, and then Bob Simmons. Died in Mc-
4. Maggie. Married George Catledge. Died in 1911 in Texas.
5. Plumer. Died in Arkansas, a suicide.
6. Mattie Sue, died single in the 1890's. Buried at Beulah.
7. Sarah, known as Sadie. Married William Ernet Newton. Has lived
at Robinsonville, Tunica County, Mississippi, for many years. Her
children are Paul Ralph Newton and Frank Murray Newton, the
latter a resident of Robinsonville.

Choctaw Census of 1880 reflects the following:
W. C. Coleman, age 36, born in South Carolina, as were both par-
Wife, Sarah, age 33, born in Mississippi, but parents born in South
E. Y., daughter, age 9.
W. N., son, age 7.
M. L. and W. M., twin daughters, age 1.

Mary McCameron Coleman, first wife of William Charles Coleman,
died July 3, 1868, age 22 years, 3 months, and ten days.



1. Ida, born January 11, 1866. (She married John Henry Bowie,
who was born October 8, 1862, and died April 14, 1931.)

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2. Amanda E., born February 8, 1867, died March 3, 1903. Age 36.
3. George L., born January 19, 1869, died June 2, 1894. Age 25.
4. Infant son, born and died March 19, 1875.
5. Infant son, born and died April 3, 1876.
6. Lottie, who married a Starnes, her tombstone states that she was
born December 20, 1875, which is an error, if No. 4 is correct.
She died January 28, 1922, age 47.
7. Minnie L., born July 25, 1878, died August 13, 1898. Age 20.
8. Dick, born June 16, 1884, died September 5, 1886.
9. James Harley, born February 25, 1885, died August 24, 1911. Age
26. He married a Jeffers.
10. Monny, born August 19, 1891, died February 1, 1892.
11. Mott, We do not have the date of his birth and death. He was a

J. J. Woodward, husband of Mollie S. Coleman, was born March 27,
1840, and died December 27, 1915.
Graves of all the above, except Mott Woodward, are in Bethsalem
Cemetery, Choctaw-Winston boundary.


Jacob Feaster Coleman married Eliza Jane Bruce, daughter of Berry
Bruce, on April 2, 1876. She was born February 17, 1859, so was 17
years of age at the time of the marriage. She died November 8, 1932,
and both are buried at Enon.
1. Harriet Elizabeth Coleman, born October 12, 1877, died October
31, 1933. (unmarked). Buried at Enon.
2. Alma May Coleman, born August 7, 1880 died December 7, 1883.
3. Samuel Finis Coleman, born March 22, 1883, died August 30,
1955. Buried at Hickory, Mississippi.
4. Lether Bell Coleman, born January 19, 1886 died September 10,
5. Un-named son, born April 13, 1887, died May 10, 1887.
6. Thomas Allen Coleman, born July 29, 1888.
7. Arlando Coleman, born November 22, 1891.
8. Mary Daisy Coleman, born March 2, 1898, died June 27, 1899.

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9. Hilda Coleman, born November 15, 1902. Married Lee T. Mc-


John Henry Coleman, who married Estelle Bruce, daughter of
Thompson Bruce, and niece of Mrs. Eliza Jane Bruce Coleman, died



1. Samuel F. Bruce, born October 11, 1887.
2. Henry Bruce, born February 24, 1890.
3. Arthur Bruce, born August 24, 1891.
4. Harriet Cornelia Bruce, born March 5, 1893.
5. Russ D. Bruce.
6. Claudia Bruce (deceased).
7. Willie D. Bruce, born November 1, 1903.

Rufus Bruce is buried in Lebanon Cemetery. He was the son of
Baylis Bruce (brother of Berry Bruce) who is buried in South Union
Cemetery. Baylis Bruce was born December 10, 1828, died April 9, 1896.

Children of Thomas Alien Coleman, who married Jennie Essie Wor-
rell, November 3, 1912.

1. James Plemon Coleman born January 9, 1914.
2. Thomas Boyce Coleman, born October 15, 1915.
3. Mary Ellen Coleman, born June 18, 1917, died June 6, 1965.
4. Alvin Reed Coleman, born July 17, 1919, died August 19, 1921.
5. William DeWitt Coleman, born July 22, 1921.
6. Anna Ruth Coleman, born July 16, 1924.

Children of Arlando Berry Coleman, who married Ruth Sanders,
October 28, 1923.

1. James H. Coleman, born August 28, 1924.
2. William Floyd Coleman, born November 29, 1925.

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3. Alvin Berry Coleman, born May 18, 1927.
4. Robert Lee Coleman, born January 27, 1929.
5. Kenneth Melvin Coleman, born February 11, 1935.

On February 12, 1922, Hilda Coleman, youngest child of Jacob
Feaster Coleman and Eliza Jane Bruce Coleman was married to Lee T.
McDowell. He was born February 10, 1894. There were eight children:

James Terrell, born Dec. 3, 1923
Lora Kathryn, born Oct. 21, 1925
Mary Jane, born Nov. 28, 1927
Della Louise, born Dec. 24, 1929
Elsie Marie, born Oct. 25, 1932
Marjorie Lucille, born July 30, 1935
Donna, born May 6, 1940
Myron Lee, born May 20, 1945


Isaiah D. Coleman
Alexander B. Douglas

The State of South Carolina

Know all Men by these presents that I, Isaiah D. Coleman of Chester
District in the State aforesaid, in consideration of the sum of
four thousand two hundred and eighty-nine 25/100 Dollars to me paid
by or secured to be paid by Alexander B. Douglas of Fairfield
District in the State aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and
Released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and Release
unto the said Alexander B. Douglas all that plantation or tract of
land (whereon I now live) containing four hundred and eight and one
half acres; situate, lying and being a part in Chester District and
a part in Fairfield District, on the Southern Branch of Little
Rocky Creek, waters of Catawba River, In the state aforesaid
Bounded on the East by William Johnston's land; on the North East
by Lands belonging to Hugh Davaugh's, on the North West by John
Johnston's land, on the West by lands belonging to James Hutchin-
son; on the South by William Wilson's Land and on the South East by
lands belonging to John Mobely; and hath such shape form and marks, as

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is fully Represented by a plat here unto attached, the grave yard
or burying ground is reserved and not included, One half acre being
taken out of the amount of Land contained in the tract.

Together with all and singular the Rights, members and
hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or
in anywise incident or appertaining. To have and to hold all and
singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Alexander B.
Douglas, his heirs and assigns forever, and I do hereby bind
myself, my heirs, Executors and Administrators to Warrant and
forever defend, all and singular the premises within mentioned and
Released unto the said Alexander B. Douglas, his heirs and assigns
against myself and my heirs and all other persons lawfully claiming
or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal
this second day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand
Eight Hundred and fifty three and in the seventy eight year of the
sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.

Signed, Sealed and delivered in the
presence of
Jno. P. Lathan
William Douglas

The word Land was inserted before signed.

State of South Carolina }
Chester District }

Personally appeared before me William Douglas and made oath that
he saw the within named Isaiah D. Coleman sign, seal and as his act
and deed deliver the within written Deed, and that he with Jno. P.
Lathan in the presence of each other witnessed the execution

Sworn Before me, this second day of
August, 1853
Jno. P. Lathan
State of South Carolina }
Chester District }

I, Jno. P. Lathan one of the magistrates for said District do hereby
certify unto all whom it may concern Harriett F. Coleman, the wife of the

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within named Isaiah D. Coleman, did this day appear before me and
upon being privately and separately examined by me, did declare
that she does fully, voluntarily and without compulsion, dread or
fear, of any person or persons whomsoever, Renounce, Release, and
forever Relinquish unto the within named Alexander B. Douglas his
heirs and assigns All her interest and Estate and also her Right
and Claim of Dover, of, in, or to all and singular the premises
within mentioned and Released.


Given under my hand and seal this
second day of August Anno Domini
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Jno. P. Lathan

Recorded December 5th, 1853
Delivered to Wm. Douglas, Jany 10, 1854

Recorded in Book II, page 15, 16, 17 in the Office of the Clerk of Court,
Chester County, South Carolina




THIS DEED OF CONVEYANCE, Made and Entered into this the
Fifteenth day of December A.D. 1859, between William R. Coleman,
party of the first part and Isaiah D. Coleman, party Of the second
part, for anD in consideration of the sum Of Six Thousand Seven
Hundred & Fifty Eight Dollars to him in hand paid by Isaiah D.
Coleman party of the second part, at and before the enscaling and
delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby
acknowledged, and the part of the second part forever released and
discharged from the same, by these presents, have bargained and
sold, and do hereby grant, alien and convey unto the said Isaiah D.
Coleman party of the second part, and to his heirs and assigns
forever, all the following described tract or parcel of land, to-

The W1/2, NE1/4--W1/2 NW1/4 & SW1/4 Sec. 35 & S1/2 Sec. 34 & E1/2

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SE1/4 Sec. 33, all in Town. 17 Range 10 East in the County of
Choctaw and State aforesaid, and the S1/2 and NW & W1/2 NE1/4 Sec.
1, and the SE1/4 & NE1/4 & E1/2 NW1/4 Sec. 2 & W1/2 NE1/4 Sec. 11,
all in Town. No. 16 Range No. 10 East situate, lying and being in
the County of Winston and State aforesaid and in the Columbus Land
District, containing seventeen hundred & sixty three acres, more or
less, together with all and singular the tenements, appurtenances
and heridatments thereunto belonging, and the said Isaiah D.
Coleman, party of the second part, his heirs or alienees under him,
and the part of the first part do covenant with the said party of
the second part that he will warrant and forever defend the title
of the same to him, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns
of, in and to the above described premises, free from and against
the right, title, interest, claim and demand, of all and every
other person claiming, or lawfully to claim the same by through or
under him or in any other manner whatever.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, The party of the first part have hereunto
set his hand and seal, the day and year first above written.


Personally appeared before E. D. Hyde, Clerk of the Probate
Court of said county, William R. Coleman, who acknowledged that he
signed, sealed and delivered the foregoing Deed on the day of its
date, for the uses and purposes therein expressed, as his own act
and deed.
Given under my hand and seal of office at Louisville, Miss. this
15th day of December A.D. 1859.

s/ E. D. HYDE, Clerk


I, E. D. Hyde, Clerk of the Probate Court, in and for said
county hereby certify that the within and foregoing Deed was
received in my office, for record this fifteenth day of December
A.D. 1859 and the same was duly recorded in Book, Letter R at page
39 the fifteenth day of December A.D. 1859.

s/ E. D. HYDE, Clerk

Following is photostatic copy of the original agreement by which
William R. Coleman was to retain possession of the plantation until

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October 1, 1860. This contains the only known signature of isaiah
D. Coleman now in existence.
This instrument remained among the William R. Coleman papers
until presented in 1950 to J. P. Coleman by Frank R. Coleman,
Dallas, Texas, grandson of William R. Coleman.


The above photostat reads as follows:


This is to certify that I have this day purchased of William R.
Coleman of said County a tract of land on which he now resides
specified in a deed executed by him to me this day and that the

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said Wm. R. Coleman is to remain in the peacable possession
and enjoyment of the said tract of land with the tenements and
appurtenances thereunto belonging free of rent until the 1st day of
October, A.D. 1860, at the expiration of which time he is to
deliver the same to me. Given under my hand and seal this 15th
day of December, 1859.

Following is the obituary of Andrew Jackson Prewitt, son-in-law
of I. D. Coleman:

A. J. PREWITT, SR., was horn August 5, 1839, in Choctaw County,
Mississippi, and died April 25, 1900, being at the time of his
death 60 years, 8 months and 20 days old. He enlisted in the Army
in April 1861 in Co. I, Choctaw Guards, and belonged to the 15th
Mississippi Regt. He was elected Orderly Sgt. and afterwards
promoted to 2nd Lt. He served in the Infantry three years and on
account of rheumatism raised a company of cavalry in 1864 and
served his company as Captain until the close of the war. Mr.
Prewitt was married to Miss S. A. Coleman, daughter of I. D.
Coleman, September 23, 1863, and to them were born eleven children,
six boys and 5 girls, all of whom are now living except the oldest
son, and all married except one, the youngest boy. Mr. Prewitt
served one term as Tax Assessor And was reelected to a second term.
On July 20, 1870, Mr. Prewitt united with the Baptist Church at
Mt. Moriah and to the day of his death lived a consistent,
christian life. Mr. Prewitt was a man of noblest impulses. He was
esteemed and beloved by all.


Harriet Davis was born December 8, 1826.
She was the daughter of Jacob Davis. We are not certain as to
the name of her mother.
On a trip to Washington, D. C., in November, 1953, I at last
found the 1850 Fairfield County Census for Jacob Davis, as follows:

Jacob Davis, 57, (1793) Planter, born Fairfield
Wyatt, 33
Harriet, 23
Nancy, 20

Therefore, Jacob Davis' wife was dead before 1850.

I was informed, however, by Mrs. Eliza R. Wylie, of Richburg, S.
C., in a letter dated October 3, 1950, that Harriet Davis' mother
was a

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Hinds. This must be true, since James Darling Davis, brother of
Harriet, named one of his sons Henry Hinds. This son, Dr. Henry
Hinds Davis, wrote the published obituary of Mrs. Harriet Coleman.
Also in the papers of Jacob Feaster Coleman, oldest son of Harriet,
along with a clipping of the obituary, was found the following
penciled memorandum:

"Mch 27th 1876

Sacred to the memory of Jacob Davis, who was born Mch 22nd
1793, and died Nov. 27th 1854. Aged 61 yrs, 8 mo & 5 days.


Harriet had brothers named Thomas, Lloyd, Wyatt, Wylie, and
James Darling. She also had four sisters. They were Nancy, who
married William Caldwell, of Chester, South Carolina; Lucy Asenath,
who married James B. Coleman; and Mary, who married a Grant and
moved to Mississippi. Asenath Davis Coleman was born December 5,
1815, and died December 21, 1890. James B. Coleman, her husband, to
whom she was married in 1840, died in 1872.
From the Estate Settlement of Thomas Davis, deceased, Box 45,
File 693, Fairfield County, we are fairly certain that Jacob Davis
was the son of Thomas Davis, who died about 1825. In the first
place, Jacob was the Administrator of the Estate. Furthermore,
Strother and Polly Tidwell are two of the heirs named. The only
other marked grave in the cemetary where Jacob Davis lies buried is
that of Charles Tidwell.
Heirs of Thomas Davis named in 1825 were Timothy Davis, Thomas
Davis, Jacob Davis, John Davis, Nancy Ivey, apparently the wife of
William Ivey, Polly Tidwell, apparently the wife of Strother
Tidwell, and David Davis.
Evidently, Thomas Davis' wife was named Elizabeth. Her Estate
Settlement, Box 45, File 702, Fairfield County, shows Thomas Davis,
Administrator, in 1832. It also lists the same identical heirs,
except that Nancy Ivey is mentioned as deceased.
I am indebted to Mrs. Etta Rosson of Shelton, South Carolina,
for these court records.
On a personal inspection of the Fairfield Land Deed Records, I
found that between the years of 1843 and 1853, Jacob Davis, in
various deeds, was the purchaser of lands on Dutchman's Creek and
Cedar Creek, slightly north and east of Ridgeway, totaling 3092
An amazing consideration is that I could not find in these
records where Jacob Davis ever disposed of these lands. The Probate
records do

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not show that Jacob Davis' estate was administered upon in
Fairfield County, or, if so, the papers are lost. When Sherman came
through Winnsboro in 1865 he did not burn the courthouse.
Jacob Davis was born, as above stated, March 22, 1793, and died
November 27, 1854, just before or about the time the daughter,
Harriet, moved to Mississippi. We know that Isaiah D. Coleman made
a crop in Winston County in the year 1855.
For the information of those who in the future may be interested
in visiting the grave of Jacob Davis, I am indebted to Miss
Margaret Coleman, of Winnsboro, S. C., for the following:
At the intersection of U. S. Highway 21 and State Highway 34, in
Ridgeway, take State Highway 34 for a distance of 4.8 miles East;
turn left and take dirt road; at the first fork keep right (this is
the Dutchman's Creek Road). At 1.5 miles of dirt road there is an
abandoned road to the left which is now little more than a path.
The cemetary is about l/4 mile from the road, in the tallest group
of oaks, and very hard to see for the underbrush. Jacob Davis'
grave is well marked, one of the only two in the cemetery that can
be identified. This area is rattlesnake infested.
Miss Margaret Coleman located this grave in 1952. I visited it
in July, 1953.
On September 2, 1852, at the age of twenty-three years, Harriet
Davis was married to Isaiah Daniel Coleman, then a widower, age 41.
He then had three children, the oldest of whom was ten years of
age. She was eighteen years younger than her husband. Eleven months
and five days after the marriage she gave birth to her first son,
Jacob Feaster Coleman, who was always known by his middle name
"Feaster." There would appear to be little doubt that he was named
for his grandfather, Jacob Davis, and for the Feaster family in
Fairfield County, into which Henry Jonathan Coleman, uncle of
Isaiah Daniel, had married.
James Darling Davis, married Mary Gipson. He was born in
Fairfield District, S. C., on August 27, 1821, and died at
Louisville, Mississippi, January 18, 1901. He is buried there in
the Masonic Cemetary.
According to his great granddaughter, Mrs. Hazie Rodgers Furr,
of Pontotoc, Mississippi, (daughter of the late Judge and Mrs.
Henry H. Rodgers), he moved to Winston County, Mississippi, in
1857, about two years after his sister had arrived in Winston.

JAMES DARLING DAVIS was married to Mary Gipson on October 16,
1850. They had the following children:

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1. Dr. Henry Hinds Davis, born in Ridgeway, S. C., December 18,
1851, died at Louisville, Mississippi, September 24, 1925.
2. Kitty M. Davis, born in Ridgeway, S. C., December 25, 1853.
3. Alice M. Davis, born in Ridgeway, S. C., March 24, 1856, died at
Louisville, Mississippi.
4. Edward F. Davis, born in Louisville, Mississippi, Winston County,
March 22, 1858.
5. Harriet Ella Davis, born in Louisville, Mississippi, Winston
County, May 19, 1860, died Birmingham, Alabama.
6. George W. Davis, born in Louisville, Mississippi, Winston County,
October 31, 1862, died Louisville, Mississippi.
7. James W. Davis, born at Louisville, Mississippi, Winston County,
July 25, 1865.
8. Jacob F. Davis, born in Louisville, Mississippi, Winston County,
March 16, 1870.

DR. HENRY HINDS DAVIS and Miss Lelia Louisa Blumenberg were
married December 28, 1881, in Attala County, Mississippi. They had
the following children:

1. Frederick D. Davis, born in McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
November 7, 1882, who is now living at Box 52, Rt. 1, Jackson,
2. Henry S. Davis, born in McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
March 14, 1884, died Louisville, Mississippi, September 7, 1931.
3. Leita Louise Davis, born in McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
January 23, 1886, died Louisville, Mississippi, August 12, 1951.
4. Clair Gibson Davis, born McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
October 1, 1887, died McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
September 2,1888.
5. Hiram Hanna Davis, born in McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
March 1, 1890, died Louisville, Mississippi, Winston County;
May 6,1918.
6. James Dwight Davis, born in McCool, Mississippi, Attala County,
August 6, 1893.
7. Richard Blumenberg Davis, born in McCool, Mississippi, Attala
County, December 14, 1895, died May 8, 1947, at Houston,

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This information was taken from Dr. Henry Hinds Davis Family
Bible, which is now in possession of the family of his son, James Dwight

Obituary of Mrs. Harriet Davis Coleman, written by her nephew,
Dr. H. H. Davis:


Died--At the residence of her husband, I. D. Coleman, in Choctaw
County, Miss., on Friday, March 25th, 1876, Mrs. Harriet R.
Coleman, aged 49 years, 3 months, and 17 days, after a lingering
illness of 4 or 5 months.
Mrs. Harriet R. Coleman was a sister of James D. Davis, and was
born in Fairfield District, S. C., removed to this State in 1855,
since which time she has resided continuously in Winston and
Choctaw counties, up to the time of her death. .
It is said that "Death seeks a shining mark," and if this be so,
the insatiate Archer has, in this instance, fully demonstrated the
truth of the aphorism, for Mrs. Coleman combined within herself,
all that tends to make up the true Christian, the affectionate,
confiding and loving wife and mother, doting sister and truest of
friends; unswerving in any of the duties of life, and with a heart
and hand always open to the necessities of suffering humanity. She
was a strict member of the Baptist church, and like the "breathing
of an expiring Saint" she calmly yielded up the ghost, and passed
over the 'Silent River' amid the weepings of her numerous relatives
and regrets of hosts of friends, Peace to her ashes.
"None knew her but to love her
None named her but to praise."


The community, relatives, and the Baptist Church at Ridgeway, S.
C., have just been greatly bereaved in the loss by death of Sister
Asenath Coleman, who "passed over the river" Dec. 21st, 1890, at
the age of seventy-five years and sixteen days.
She had been long connected intimately, widely and effectively
with the religious and social life of this community. She was
converted at a tender age, and soon after joined the Baptist
Church, to which she gave warm cheerful, sympathetic and
consecrated service in health and under severe affliction. She gladly
carried out her husband's wishes in giving the lot for the present
Baptist Church. She leaves three brothers, Mr. Wylie Davis and Mr.
Lloyd Davis, of Ridgeway, S. C., and Mr. Jas. Davis, of
Mississippi, and two sisters, Mrs. Caldwell, of Chester, S. C., and
Mrs. Grant, of Mississippi.

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better world 18 years. As the fruits of this union there lives an
honored number of children and grandchildren, including four sons
and three daughters. Three sons and one daughter live here; one
daughter, Mrs. Essie Durham, her husband and two sons, live in
Greenville, S. C.; one son is a professor in the State Institute
for Deaf and Dumb, and one daughter lives in Florida.
Death is a gain to her. May her Christian character descend as a
mantle on her stricken and sorrowing children. May our loss be not
only gain to her, but a blessing in disguise to us. May this
dispensation of God's Providence lead to such increased devotion on
the part of the little church that her place may soon be filled by
other laborers, is the prayer of her pastor.

Ridgeway, S. C.
Dec. 23, 1890

The following letters in the original were kept during her
lifetime by Mrs. Laura Eugenia Coleman Bruce and then left to her
daughter, Mrs. Willie Dee Bruce Cooper, who made them available
for this publication.
Mrs. Bruce was the daughter of Isaiah Daniel Coleman and Harriet
Davis, their youngest child.

Dear Brother & Sister 20th Nov. 1855

I now Rais my pen in answer of yours which came to hand yesterday
stating all well and a fine crop which I wold like to look at very
well this leaves us all tolerable well. hoping it may reach you all
enjoying the Saim greate blessing thanking God for all his
blessings; we have maid a very good crop of corn our cotten was
like yours it did not get up before June to a stand it rained heare
about the time it rained there but there was Several rains not
fare of and they did well in the crop way. I did not plant a ful
crop I intendid to get some timber for the rail Roade which I did
and am working at clearing the land and getting the timber $1625
Dollars was the I contractid for and it wil push me to get it
done this yeare but I find it a better way to make money than
making cotton on our pore land I have just bought 347 acres of land
about 6 or 7 miles below me it crosses the Rail Roaid I got it low
and the man that worked it this yeare tels me he maid a waggon
loade of corn to the acre & 800 pounds of cotten on an average and
think that does pretty well for old pore land it was sold for a
devision among of heirs.

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I now inclose the other half of the hundred dollar bil and Send it
to you I have not got any more collectid yet Brother Wiatt has not
maid any collection yet as I no of he has the promise of 1200
next month if he get any

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worth deviding he wil doe So I Supose; our country is unusual helthy
Some few caises this summer past and most of them dide but all well
now T B Walker has had a Short Spel but is better the rest of the
conexion well so fare as I no; corn woth 50 cts cash, foder 75 cts
on twelve months credit beef 5 cts bacon 13 to 16 cts cash if I had
cept yours til now I could have done beter with it but two lait now
wheate is worth $1.50 heare and Scarse at that I sold out two soon
for 1.25 per bushel flower worth $10 per barel and we have no hope
oF pork coming heare and if it was to come it wold be so high we
would have no money to buy it we think 6 or 8 dollars pr hundred
grose I close by Sining my Self

to Isaiah D. Coleman Yours Truly
and wife & family J. B. COLEMAN

This letter was written by James B Coleman, whose wife was a
sister of Mrs Harriet Davis Coleman

Steep Creek February 14th 1856

Dear Sister I received your letter on the 10 instant whitch game
mutch pleasure to hear from you but very sorry to of your misfortun
but I hope your loss is its gain Dear Sist I truly simpathise with you
for the loss of your son but we are taught in holy writ thy will be
done o God--Dear Siter be reconciled to the will of Providence--Your
babe is gone to the relms of bliss where there will be no more pain
nor Death--there to enjoy the Smiles of its heavenly Father and await
the finaly faithful--on the banks oF everlasting Deliverence--where the
wicked cease from troubling and where the weary are at rest Dear
Sister you requested me to excuse you for not writing sooner I must
excuse you Dear Siter but doo not neglect me so long again We are
all in fine health and prospects fair the cotton crop was light last
year but plenty

(page 2)

of corn and some to sell Mr. Grant made 38 bales of cotton last
year a falling off of Ten bales--Jessie E Gill was married on 28th
of January to a gentleman in Montgomery by the name of Smith They
seem to enjoy the honey moon with a greateal of pleasure. Salie E.
Gill is teaching in montgomery and board with her sister all of
our reletives are well at this time and send there best respects to
you and your husband the radroad will be in opperation here this
fall Propperty is very high negroes from 1000 to 1400 dollars and
land 15 to 20 dollars per acre--mules from 100 to 175 Dollars Corn
75 cts per bushel, bacon from 11.12 cts cofy 13 cts shugar 10 cts
molasses 60 cts by the barel We have a fine school in a half mile of
us and all of children is going thats large enough Josephine will re-
main in Haynevine this year Dear Sister I would like to write more
but I am not well posted up at this time Our negroes send there love
to you and

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your negroes we have only had two little negroes born since you was
here I must close write soon Dear Sister Farewell



Mrs. Estelle Bruce Coleman was the daughter of Thompson Bruce,
and married Henry Jonathan Coleman, son of Isaiah Daniel Coleman,
in 1887. She died February 21, 1953.
The Isaiah Daniel Coleman house burned in March, 1889. The house
was constructed of logs, weatherboarded with plank, and contained
16 rooms. It was situated on the east side of the old Louisville
and Winona Road (which is still used as a public road), and on the
identical spot where the J. P. Coleman tractor shed now stands.
This is approximately 600 feet north of the Southeast corner of the
Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 1, Township 16, Range
10, Choctaw County, Mississippi. The house faced west and a hall
ran through it from front to back on the first floor. There were
two chimneys at each end of the house, providing fireplaces on both
the first and second floors.
"I (Mrs. Estelle Coleman) moved to this house in 1887, when I
married Henry Jonathan Coleman, and I lived there until the house
burned in March 1889.
"Isaiah Daniel Coleman was then getting quite feeble. He would
chew tobacco and would spit on newspapers. My husband was doing
spring plowing in the 'flat,' on the west side of the road, in
front of the house. I was doing the family wash. When my husband
came in for dinner he gathered up a bunch of the newspapers that
his father had been using and threw them in the fire which was
burning in a fireplace on the first floor. He returned to plowing
and it was not until about 2 o'clock that it was discovered that
the roof was on fire. There were no ladders sufficiently long to
reach the roof, and no men present except Henry Jonathan Coleman
and Isaiah Daniel Coleman. Henry Jonathan Coleman was then 30 years
of age.
"We were not able to get much out of the house. Henry Jonathan
Coleman did take an elegant mirror out and, in the excitement,
accidentally broke it.

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"After the fire, which was seen for miles around, Henry Jonathan
Coleman and I moved into a cabin on the west side of the road, and
Isaiah Daniel Coleman moved in the home with his daughter, Mrs.
Laura Eugenia Bruce, about a half mile north, on the old Louisville
and Winona Road.
"He died there April 8, 1889, about a month after the fire. He
was never especially sick, but was weak from old age. He was eating
an orange and somehow became strangled on it and died before help
could arrive. Henry Jonathan Coleman, Rufus Bruce, and others were
about three-quarters of a mile away at a log rolling on the John W.
Robinson property (then owned by Lafayette Robinson). Isaiah Daniel
Coleman was dead before they could be notified and reach home.
"I was told that Isaiah Daniel Coleman was never affialated with
any church. It was also said that he was extremely bad to use
profane language in his younger days, but he had quit that when I
moved into the home and I never did hear him use such language. He
would sit around the house and spend most of his time reading. He
always refused to allow his picture to be made. He said he would
not leave an image of his on earth for people to look at after he
was gone.
"For over sixty years there has been a tradition that he
attempted to enter the house when it burned, and desired to be
burned up with it. This is not true. My husband had to lead him
away from the house several times to keep him from getting in it
and being burned. This was due, I think, to the fact that he was
very old, could not see well, was very much excited by the
occurrence, and was not altogether aware of the danger.
"The house could not have been much over 50 years old when it
was destroyed by fire.
"Either William Charles Coleman or William Ragsdale Coleman
built this house. William Ragsdale had lived in it until 1860."
Mrs. Carrie Prewitt Blackwood, daughter of Sarah Allen Coleman
Prewitt, died May, 1963, age 88. A number of years ago she told her
granddaughter, Mrs. Madeline Cain Wood, who now lives in Ackerman,
Mississippi, about the Isaiah Daniel Coleman house. Cousin Carrie
was fourteen years of age when this house burned. She added details
not remembered by Mrs. Estelle Bruce Coleman, previously related.
According to her recollections, a grove of oak trees stood
between the house and the public road, which was the old Winona and
Louisville road. The house contained a basement. The front porch,
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the way across the front of the house, had a stairway leading to
the second floor porch.

NOTE: Henry Jonathan Coleman always insisted that his name
was John Henry and used the initials "J. H."

In December, 1950, Mrs. Estelle Coleman sold to J. P. Coleman
her spinning wheel which John Bruce brought to Mississippi when he
moved here from Georgia. This spinning wheel was later owned by his
daughter, Mrs. Rachel Hood. About 1900. Mrs. Hood sold the spinning
wheel to Mrs. Estelle Coleman for $2.00. Mrs. Coleman and her
half-brother, Floris B. Bruce (Sheriff of Choctaw County,
1944-1948) carried the spinning wheel home with them.

Following is the oldest known letter written by J. P. Coleman.
He wrote it to his Aunt, Mrs. Hilda Coleman McDowell, when he was
eight years of age. Mrs. McDowell kept it for forty years and
showed it to J. P. Coleman in 1962, from which he had this copy


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J. P. COLEMAN, when a Student at the University of Mississippi, 1933.

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THOMAS ALLEN COLEMAN, age 13, wearing the coat of Robert Cole-
man, who died 1809, at the entrance to Clanmore, 1954.


J. P. COLEMAN standing in cotton growing, 1950, on the Buck
Coleman-Daniel Coleman land. This ground had then been in
cultivation for 115 years.

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This farm implement shed stands on the exact spot of the William
Ragsdale Coleman (later Isaiah Daniel Coleman) home in Choctaw
County, Miss. It was built by J. P. Coleman in 1947. Picture shows
J. P. Coleman and the best farmer who ever lived on his land, Mr.
Walter L. Kemp. Photo taken in 1950 by Frank R. Coleman.


(Aug. 7, 1853-July 19, 1934), BRUCE COLEMAN.
when a young man.

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THOMAS ALLEN COLEMAN, born July 29, 1888. He was twenty years
of age when this picture was made.

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Children of JACOB F. and ELIZA J. COLEMAN, Thomas Allen, Samuel F.,
Harriet E., and Arlando Berry. this picture was taken about 1900.

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David Henry Coleman, the third child of David Roe Coleman
(1765-1855) and his wife, Edith Beam, was born in Fairfield County,
S. C. on December 17, 1794. He died in Chickasaw (now Clay)
County, Mississippi, March 17, 1866. He married Sarah Franklin.
He moved to Greene County, Alabama, and from there to
Montpelier, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Montpelier is
twenty-five miles South-east of Houston and 23 miles Northwest of
West Point.
His brother, Wilson Henry Coleman, born March 25, 1800, moved to
Greene County with him. There, on 26 day of August, 1828, Wilson H.
Coleman married Mary Johnston. Since Wilson Henry died in Greene
County on October 26, 1846, l shall tell of his family first and
then I shall write of David Henry.
His daughter, Elizabeth, born June 7, 1829, married a Spencer.
His daughter, Martha, born November 4, 1830, married John W.
Gosa, who died of measles in the siege of Attanta. His grave is
marked in the cemetery at Atlanta.
The other children were Wiley Johnson Coleman, born September 9,
1832; Edith, born October 26, 1834, died single October 19, 1906;
Mary Isabella, born January 6, 1836, died single June 29, l907;
Nancy Johnson, born September 19, 1839, died October 8, 1866; Laura
Louella, who married a Ragsdale, was born June 8, 1846, less than
six months before the death of her father.
The estate of Wilson H. Coleman was held together until the year
1891. The widow, Mary, died January 31, 1891. In that year,
according to the Greene County records, a deed dividing the estate
was signed by the following who recited themselves to be the sole
and only heirs of Wilson H. Coleman: Wiley J. Coleman, Edith
Coleman, Mary J. Coleman, Laura L. Ragsdale, Jinnie C. Spencer,
Addie Spencer, and Annie S. Harper.
The Estate File, No. 634, Greene County, shows that David H.
Coleman was the Administrator of his brother's estate.
The heirs listed were: Mary Coleman, widow, Elizabeth Coleman,
Martha Coleman, Wiley J. Coleman, Edith Coleman, Mary J. Coleman,
Nancy J. Coleman, and Laura L. Coleman.
Mr. Herbert Gosa, long time County Engineer, Greene County, still

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living as this is written, was a descendant of Wilson H. Coleman. I
examined the Wilson H. Coleman Bible in his home on January 19, 1952.
The Estate file contains a receipt, dated April 1, 1859, signed
by Mary Coleman, acknowledging that she had received payment from
the Estate of David R. Coleman, in South Carolina, for her minor
The children of David Henry Coleman and Sarah Franklin were:
1. Cecelia, (Sicily) born September 1, 1820. Married a Bains and
had two sons, Oscar and James (in 1840) . They moved to
Bethany, Texas.
2. Sarah, born April 11, 1822. On January 18, 1842, she married
Ashley Davis. Moved to Beaver Valley, Texas.
3. Nancy, born April 20, 1824. Married an Oldham and moved to
Beaver Valley. Also married to Bradford Buhl Davis.
4. Albert, born March 31,1826.

The above four children were born in South Carolina.

5. John Franklin, born April 10, 1828.
6. Edith, born November 14, 1830.
7. David Roe, born December 31, 1832.
8. Wiley Fitz, born May 22, 1835.

From the foregoing it will be seen that David Henry Coleman
moved to Greene County between 1826 and 1828.
In 1832 and 1833 David H. Coleman and Wilson H. Coleman were
granted a total of 640 acres of land in Sections 28, 29 and 32 of
Township 23, Range 2 East, Greene County. This was the same area
in which Francis Coleman lived. I learn in a letter from Mrs.
Imogene Springer in 1964 that this was known as the Springfield
Community. She stated that David H. Coleman moved to Montpelier,
Mississippi, about 1856.

From the Diary of Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman:

"REACHED MONTIPELIER, August 28, 1919, in Clay
county, Mississippi, we find the descendants of David Henry
Coleman, who first emigrated to Greene County, Ala., then to
Mississippi, in the 1850's. This is as fine country as I've ever seen,
level, and very productive, beautiful woods.
"Wiley Fitz Coleman, youngest son of David H. Coleman,
born May 23, 1835, married Amanda Hall in 1856. He died in
1859, wife in 1880. Their children: James Willis Coleman, born
January It, 1857, md (1st) Sallie Bell McGee (2d) Florence

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Branton. Their son, Oscar Willis Coleman, born October, 1888,
married Alice Marshal. Their children, Dorothy, Russell and Elaine.
Live in Monipelier, near his father, where we spent the night. They
have a store of general merchandise and large farm. David Jordan
Coleman, born August 1, 1866, now living in Oklahoma, married and
had children, including one set oF twins."

Among my best friends have been Howard Coleman, West Point, for
many years Chancery Clerk of Clay County, and Robert W. Coleman, of
Okolona, outstanding farmer and business man.
William F. Coleman, Attorney, of Jackson, Mississippi, has
kindly furnished us with a family tree for the David H. Coleman
family. The information was furnished by Howard Coleman and copied
by Mrs. William F. Coleman, a great service indeed.
The family tree follows on page 256.
Letter from B. P. Coleman, Mantee, Mississippi, dated January
20, 1913:

"Mrs. Jennie Coleman, Shelton, S. C.

Dear Cousin: You may be surprised to hear from another Coleman,
but I am writing you for several reasons. First, my mother asked
me. Second, I love that deep interest you have in our family
record. I am a son of David Roe Coleman, the one you wrote to
several years ago. With a sad heart I tell you, good cousin, that
Father is dead. Yes, poor old soul is gone. He died the 21st of
last July. He was nearly 80 years old, and he was a good man. One
that was loved by everybody, and who loved his home. He was so good
and kind to his family. His religious belief was the Universalist.
I feel like I know he was a true Christian. I live 10 miles west of
the old home. I was down there yesterday. Mother is in bad health.
She got your letters, and had me read them over to her. Made
me feel good and sad, too, when I read where you wrote that long
list of Coleman names. On one sheet you wrote these words, "your
grandfather." On one you wrote "this is your great grandfather." It
went deep into my heart. Yet, there was in it a joy that I can't
express. I feel like you deserve a bright place in the heart of
every Coleman by name, as you have family record so far back, and I
brought it home with me, and told my wife and son how proud I was
of it. We have but one, a boy, born Nov. 27, 1901. His name is
Wylie Allen. He saw the Wylie name on your list of names, and said
it started in the beginning of Colemans, and was last given to
him. I was born April the 2nd, 1874. My wife was born Aug. 15,
1874. My wife was Lila Pate. The Pates came from the Carolinas. I
could get you up all the ages of Colemans

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here, if Father did not send them. There is quite a crowd of us.
There is some in Winston County that we don't know yet. I think we
are kin. I would love to see you and your family. Now, last, but
not least, I will tell you my occupation. I am a farmer, and a
missionary Baptist preacher. Yes, I love the work of a poor
preacher. It is a great work. Not an easy one, but a sweet work. I
have not been in the ministry but two years. Will you pray for me?
I will close. Write to us soon. I will answer all letters. With
best love to you and yours, I am, your cousin,


P. S. I did not write much on the ministry question. Will write
on that next time, provided you answer. Direct your letters when
writing me to --B. P. Coleman, Mantee, Miss. RFD #3.

(Dec. 31, 1832--July 21, 1912)

Died, in his home in Montpelier, July 21, about 10:15 P.M., D.
R. Coleman, at the advanced age of 79 years, 6 months, 21 days.
He had been a patient sufferer for five years with tuberculosis of
the bone, which was first evidenced by a small sore on his breast.
It gradually increased in size and virulence until it resulted in
his death.
Mr. Coleman was born in Greene County, Ala., Dec. 31, 1832. He
married July 23, 1856, and had he lived two days longer, he would
have been married 56 years. Ten children were born of this
marriage, five of whom are still living. He was father,
grandfather, and great grandfather.
He moved to Mississippi first in 1850, spent one year, and went
back to Alabama, and again returned to this State in 1860,
remaining here the rest of his life, occupying the present family
homestead. He served the Confederacy for three years and was a
faithful soldier.
His last days were passed resignedly, peacefully and quietly,
although suffering intense pain, borne with great fortitude. He
is remembered by his devoted family as a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his wife and five sons, who have the sympathy and
condolence of all their friends and neighbors.


Family Get-Together at Montpelier Honors Bessie Hall Williamson

A Coleman-Hall family reunion was held yesterday at the home of
W. F. Coleman, Montpelier, honoring Mrs. Bettie Hall Williamson,
of Dallas,

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Texas. This is Mrs. Williamson's first visit back to this county
since leaving Montpelier in 1866 with her father, J. P. Hall. They
drove from this county to Gainesville, Texas in a four horse
wagon. Coming back in this modern day Mrs. Williamson said she
wondered now how they ever got there. Afler settling in Gainsville
Mrs. Hall's father was elected judge and served in that capacity
fourteen years.
The Colemans and Halls moved to this county over one hundred
years ago from Euta, Alabama and settled in the western part of
the county, and the marriage of two Coleman brothers, David Roe
Coleman and Wiley F. Coleman to two Hall sisters, Mary Ann Hall
and Amanda Hall, is the beginning of the large connection of the
Coleman family in the western part of the county. In the Hall
family there were seventeen children, only one now living, Uncle
Lonnie Hall as he is known to his fricnds, 9I years old, now living
in Dallas, Texas. None of the first Colemans are living, and J. W.
(Willis) Coleman is the oldest member of the Coleman family.
Those attending the reunion were: Tom Hall, Mrs. Mary Hall and
Spurgeon Hall, of Tupelo.; Mrs. Bettie Hall Williamson, Dallas,
Texas,; J. W. Coleman and wife, James Willis Coleman, Robert
Coleman and family, Haywood Coleman and family, H. R. Coleman and
family, Mrs. W. L. Coleman, Mary Louise Coleman, Gilbert White
and family, Mrs. Mary Jane Clark, J. W. Clark and family, W. F.
Coleman and family, A. R. Dixon and family, J. C. King, Mrs. Emma
Dexter, Hugh Stevens, W. T. Cliett, Stewart Vail, Miss Lillian
Saul, Miss Mildred Mosely, all of Montpelier, Miss.; Rev. B. P.
Coleman, Mantee, Miss. Sidney H. Coleman and family, State College
Miss.; Frank D. Coleman and family and D. H. Coleman and family and
Mrs. Mattie H. Coleman of West Point, Miss.; H. P. Gates and family
of Siloam.

Mrs. Williamson is remaining at Montpelier for a few days,
renewing acquaintances, after which she will go to Tupelo and visit
with Tom Hall before returning to Texas.

Montpelier Miss Mar 4, 1908
Dear Cousin,

We received your very interesting yesterday and were very glad to
hear from you as it has been a long time since we have heard from
any of our kin folks out there. I think my wife told you all that I
could tell you about the old folks mentioned. Williams Coleman
Grief & Robert lived in Winston Co., Miss. & I think they are dead
but some of their children are living there now: Moses Coleman I
think is Grief' son and Mot is William's son & your father went to
see them when he was in Ala. I am the D. R. or Coleman: Son of D.
R. Coleman the old set of Colemans you ask about are all dead. I
cannot recollect a Tom Coleman he must be some of our Winston Co.

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Grifffin & Williams Coleman did live in Winston Co. Miss. I
think they are dead: Frank died in Ala: John G. Coleman went to
Texas and I think died. He married our cousin Isabella McGlin.
She was Aunt Betty's daughter, my father's sister. I have told you
all I can think of at present. I will be glad to hear from again
Your cousin
D. R. CoLeman

Montpelia Miss March the 4-1908
Mrs. Jennie Coleman
Dear Cousin

Your letter was received yesterday and was a pleasant surprise
to us as we did not know we had such a cousin. I will have to
introduce my self. I am David R. Coleman's wife. He is 75 years
old the last day of last Dec 1907. I was 68 the 13 of last Feb so
you see we are quite and old couple. We have been married 51 years
last July. We were both born and raised in Green Co. Ala. We moved
to Miss in 1860. His father David F. Coleman had moved here two
three years before that and he died here in Clay Co in March 1866.
His mother died in April 1872 and Dave is the only one left of his
Fathers family the rest are all dead. They all moved to Texas
exccpl his youngest brother Wiley and he died in 1869. Wiley's
oldcst son Willis is living here he is postmaster at Monipela. We
have had 10 children 8 boys and 2 girls. 5 of our children are
dead. Those livinig are all boys or rather men now but still my
boys and they all live in sight of us execpt one he lives about 8
miles from us the youngest our baby lives in the house with us he
and his wife has three children 2 little girls and one boy. He is
named Wiley and he is 30 years old. You said you mrriex Uncle
Wilson Coleman's great grandson then Wiley Colemans is his
grandfather. I wonder if Edith and Mary Wileys sisters are still
living. Dave says that John Griffin and Franklin Coleman he
recons they must all of them went to Winston Co as they have never
lived in Ala since he can remember and there is a good many
Colemans lives in Winston Co near Louisville but we do not know any
thing about them. Dave saw a man not long ago that lived down
there he was telling him about the Colemans that lived there. One
of them was named Mose and one named Bob and one Mot. Oh I guess
there is lots of them there the old ones that you asked about are
dead of course long years ago. There was a Sallie Coleman that
married a Mr. Grey Gosa that lived and died

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in Ala but their children are all dead one of their daughters died
4 or 5 years after she lived near us she was Mrs Nancy Watkins and
her mother was Sallie Coleman Gosa and she died years and years ago
I recon before I was borne one of her sones married one of Uncle
Wilson Colemans daughters. There was an old aunt Betsey Coleman
that lived in Ala as long ago as l can rememer but whether she is
the one you wanted learn about I can't say she died there and her
children all went to Texas. Dave had an Aunt Betty Noland sister of
his father who came through Ala on their way to Texas they stayed a
few day at their house he says he was nearly grown when they came
by there I am sorry we can't tell you any more about them but we
dont know much more about them than you do if any. And you ask
about a Tom Coleman we don't know of any one by that name. Was your
husband born in Ala if so cousins Ed you can tell us something
about Wiley Edith & Mary if they are still liveing or not we have
not heard from Ala in a long time. Dave says he cant write as it
has been so long since he has wrote a letter but he is a splendid
scribe and writes a nice hand. But he has not wrot a letter in
years. Well as I am not well and Dave say he will try to write
some I will quit for this time write to us again soon your truly.


Montpelier, Miss.,
March 7, 1920

Dear Cousin Jennie:

We received your most welcome letter some time ago. We are
always glad to hear from you. I think of you and Cousin Mary often.
And the pleasant day you spent with us. I would be very glad to you
come back to see us this summer.
We heard from Uncle Ed's family two or thrce times last week.
They are all well. They mist the flue this year. Their address
is (2046 Vinton Ave. Memphis Tenn). I wrote to Margaret about your
letters comming back. But haven't heard from her since we wrote.
Uncle Ed says he is coming home this summer. I sure would like to
see all of them. John sent us three of his pictures. He sure is
good looking now. And is quite a gentleman.
Gordon Coleman (Uncle Will's son) is going to stay home instead
of going to the Delta as he first planned. Wiley Allen is coming
home when school is out. He is going to school in Beuna Vista
Miss. He is so cute and good looking.

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Howard Coleman (Aunt Mattie's son) is coming home when his
school is out. He is such a fine boy. He is just 23 years old and
has been teach ever since he was 19. He went to College one year.
And would have finished, But his dear father was called home to
his Father two years ago the 22nd of May. When Uncle Lonny died of
Howard came home to car for his mother as he was the eldest.
Haywood and Robert are writing to Jolin and James.
Give my love to all the relative. I would like to meet every one

Love and best wishes,


Montpelier, Miss., Mar. 7, 1920

Dear Cousin Jenny

We received your letter a week ago and was glad to hear from
you. Hope you are feeling better by now and hope Cousin Mary and
her husband are very much improved by now. We are all doing fairly
well, I am never so well myself I have something like Catassh of
the bowels and it is always worse at this season of the year. I am
up all the time and do my house work outside of what Merle and
Ida May does. I have the washing done and Merle irons. l have had
about fifty chicks hatched but havc lost a good many of them and
the weather is so cold, it is as cold now as it has been this
Winter. it has been cold for two week now. l planted Irish
potatoes, onions and mustark but is too cold for anything to do any
good. All the children go to school except Mary Helen, and she
plays and talks all the time. Wiley's sister's daughter (Mrs.
Bright) and three children came to see us in Jan. and staid three
weeks, the oldest was five years old and the baby was one. They
live in Purvis Miss. Yes we stopped at Mrs. Mattie Coleman's
daughter's house on our way to West Point (she is a Mrs. Gates).
Barney and wife are well and Wiley Alen is well now going to school
at Beuna Vista Miss. and looks well. Mr. Will is not well, he has
severe cough. He and Gordon, his son, stay at the store. Mr. Will
and Wiley and a Mr. Hill bought Oscar out, and Oscar is going to
Yazoo City to put in a Chrera Cola Plant. Oscar and his wife have a
new son named James Willis, for his grandpa Willis. Mr. Coleman is
still in Jackson. I have not seen Cousin Florence in a long time. I
guess she is kept busy with everything to look after and him gone.
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now, and they are all at work now. Mr. Ed works at the Chicago
Coal and Lumber Co. and John works in a shoe store, Margaret at
Gerber's, Mable at Van-Vleel's, and David at Weiss a grocery store,
James and Lawrence go to school and nobody at home except Mary
Alice and Mark. Their address is 2046 Vinton Ave., Memphis, Tenn.

Wiley has just come in he has a catch in his back and side he is
bothered with that a lot of the time. The children are all playing.
Frank (Mattie's boy) and Mary Louise are here and they are playing
in yard. It is mighty cold for them to be out. I went to Cousin
Will Lofton's burial last Saturday, came back to my Other's and
staid till Sunday afternoon it was the first night Mary Helen had
ever spent away from home, and she is most three years old. Well I
have just finished a letter to Cousin Justina Spencer the old lady
you saw at Mr. Davis. Her home is in Wellington Texas. Just her and
her husband live togcther. Well I will close. Write to when inclined.


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We have seen in Chapter 12 that John G. Coleman and Giles C.
Coleman were, respectively, the seventh and eighth children of John
Rowe Coleman and his wife, Mary Beam. John Rowe Coleman was the
second child of Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Rowe.
John Greene Coleman was born in 1805 and died in 1876. His wife,
Mary Elizabeth (Coleman) was born in 1825, and died in 1899.
John Greene Coleman was the Administrator of the estate of his
deceased father, as well as his brother-in-law, William Coleman.
Sometime shortly before 1850, he moved to Yalobusha County,
Mississippi, for the 1850 Census lists him, his wife, and three
children, Abner E., 4, Jesse R., 3, and William, 1. The 1860 Census
added two children, Nancy Ann, 10, and Jeanette, only ten months
According to the Greene County records, John G. Coleman and
Elizabeth Coleman were married on November 3, 1841, when
she was sixteen years of age, and he was thirty-six.
At the 1870 Census, William D., then twenty-one, and Nancy
Ann, then eighteen, were living with the John G. Coleman family.
Professor Edward P. Coleman tells me that it is his understanding
that William Coleman moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Jesse Rowe Coleman, the second son of John G. and Mary
Elizabeth, served as a Representative in the Mississippi
Legislature from 1908 to 1912. The following is his official
biography as the same appeared in the Official and Statistical
Register of the State of Mississippi for 1908:

JESSE ROWE COLEMAN, of Water Valley, was born September 15,
1847, at Eutaw, Greene County, Alabama, the son of John Greene
Coleman and wife, Mary Elizabeth (Coleman) Coleman. His grandpar-
ents came from Wales to South Carolina, and thence to Alabama. Mr.
Coleman attended the county schools of Yalobusha County, served in
the ranks of the Confederate Army when a mere lad, and had no
opportunity for a college education. His occupation has always been
that of a tiller of the soil, and his life has been quite devoid of
incident. He is a Jeffersonian Democrat, a Universalist and member
of the Masonic Order and of the Farmers' Union. He was elected to
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sentalives November 5, 1907. He married November 1, 1876, Emma
Laura Stevens, daughter of Silas P. Stevens and wife, Rhoda
(Morgan) Stevens, of Columbus, Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman have
two children: J. G. Coleman, of Water Valley, and Mrs. Eula Lee
(Coleman) Gordon, of Tuscumbia, Alabama.
The really significant thing about this biography, written from
information furnished by Mr. Coleman, is that he recites the
family as coming from Wales. Also, his middle name was Rowe.
Dr. Edward P. Coleman, on a visit to my home on April 6, 1965,
said that Mr. Jesse Rowe Coleman was a "true Universalist." That
he kept a good horse, and would ride all over the county visiting
his acquaintances, discussing religion and arguing the political
issues of the day. He ran for office many times, but was elected
only once. He was a man of such firm convictions and of such
freedom in stating them that he did not stand on the popular side
of the political issues of the day.
Jesse Rowe Coleman and Mrs. Emma Laura Coleman had two children
as noted in the official biography. John G. was born in 1878, and
died in 1964. His wife was named Alma. They had no children, but
reared Miss Ethel Hollowell, who presently holds public office in
Tuscumbia, Alabama. John G., known as "G" also ran for public
Office a number of times. He would always make a good race but was
never elected.
Giles C. Coleman was born January 2, 1810, and died August 16,
1857. His wife, Susan Colvin, was born March 6, 1822, and died July
17, 1863. They were married in Greene County, Alabama, May 3, 1836,
when she was fourteen years of age.
At the 1850 Census, Giles C. and Susan were still in Greene
County, Alabama, where they were listed with children: Mary, born
1838; John, born 1840; Sarah, born 1843; Isabella, born 1846;
Thomas, born 1847; and Francis (Murphy), born 1849.
On October 8, 1851, Giles C. Coleman and Susan Coleman deeded
160 acres about six miles North of Eutaw to Isaac Mobley, Book R,
Page 441. lt was then that they moved to Yalobusha County,

He and his wife are buried in the Coleman graveyard, between
Coffeeville and Water Valley, and just East of Mississippi Highway
7. My good friend, Representative Joe N. Bailey, Jr., located this
cemetery for me on January 11, 1962. In August, 1963, when I was a
candidate for a second term as Governor of Mississippi,
Representative Bailey and I visited this cemetery together. I am
told that it is situated on land which was originally owned by
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John G. Coleman is buried there by the side of his brother,
Giles C. Coleman.
Sarah Jane Coleman, daughter of Giles, born 1843, married her
first cousin, Jonathan, son of Robert Coleman, of Choctaw County,
Mississippi, and she is the subject of a considerable portion of
Chapter 15.
The 1860 Census of Yalobusha County lists Susan Coleman as
living in the Center Beat, Oakland Post Office, lists children,
John, Sarah Jane, lsabella, Thomas, Franklin, and Savilla.
Of Giles Coleman's children, Thomas married Alenlie Gordon,
Savilla married C. M. Gordon, whose nickname was "Clump," and
Isabella married Gus Gordon.
Francis Murphy Coleman, son of Giles Coleman, who also married a
Gordon, Harriett, died in 1924. He is buried at the old
Tabernacle Cemetery, southeast of Water Valley, near the Calhoun
County line. He was one of the "straight laced" Colemans, no
cussing and no frivolity. He was the hardest working man in the
whole area.
The children of Frank M. and Harriet G. Coleman were:

1. John D., moved to Lafayette County.
2. Annice, married Will Higginbotham, no children.
3. Corrinne, who burned to death and is buried at Tabernacle.
4. Vollie Pearson Coleman (twin) born June 11, 1883, died
March 20, 1962. Married Mary Farrell, a highly respected school
teacher. She was born December 17, 1886, and died May, 1920.
About 1922 he married Mary Eudora Gholson. Vollie P. and
his first wife are buried at Bethel Baptist Chureh, southeast of
Water Valley.
5. Ollie Gordon (twin) born June 11, 1883, killed in a grade
crossing accident when struck by southbound passenger train
No. 23 while returning from a call. He said from the age of four
that he was going to be a doctor. Ollie and Vollie went to school
in Tula, Lafayette County, and to High School in Water Valley.
Both went to G. R. C. College, Henderson, Tennessee, and Ollie
attended medical school in Nashville, Tennessee. Except for four
years at Batesville, he practiced medicine all his life at
Coffeeville. Was County Health Officer.

Children of Vollie Pearson Coleman and Mrs. Mary Farrell Coleman:

Dr. Edward P. Coleman, now of the Engineering Department,
University of California, Los Angeles, born 1910.

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Wilson Wayne, born 1911, killed on a hunting trip in 1923.
Mary Annice, born 1913, lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fern Lee, born 1916, died 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee, buried
at Bethel.
Leslie Farrell Coleman, born 1918, graduate of Mississippi, now
County Agent at Raleigh.

Children of Vollie Pearson Coleman and Mrs. Mary Eudera Gholson

Frances Corrinne, lives in Los Angeles, California.
Lucille, lives at Palo Alto, California.
Jack Anderson, Wilmot, Arkansas, graduate of Mississippi State,
Smith Hughes Teacher.
Sammy Benford, graduate of Ole Miss, lives in New Orleans,
Helen Gholson, lives in Los Angeles, California.
Howard Gordon, living on the old Vollie Coleman farm.

Children of Dr. Ollie Gordon Coleman and Mrs. Catherine Brister

Fay, Scarsdale, New York.
Nell, Columbia, Missouri.
Hazel, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
O. G. Coleman, Jr., killed early in World War II.

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Twin Twin

Ollie gordon Coleman at age 31 in Vollie P. Coleman at age 20 in 1903.
1914. M.D., general practice, Bates- Graduated Fried-Haridman College,
ville. Miss. Henderson, Tenn.

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One of the most prominent families in the Northern part of Choctaw
County, in the Bluff Springs area, South of Eupora and South of Big
Black River, was that of Absolom M. (Abb) Coleman, Confederate
His grandson, Earnest E. Coleman, who served for approximately
twenty years as the Marshal of Eupora, was one of the writer's most
cherished friends.
This is a large and extensive family, and they are all descended
from Robert Coleman of Mill Creek, Union County, South Carolina.
We have already seen in the pages on Amelia County; Virginia,
that William Coleman, Sr. died in Amelia County, where his Will was
admitted to probate in 17__.
His son, Robert, the Executor of his Will, moved, in 1754, to
then Lunenburg County, occupying land on both sides of Allen's
Creek, which empties into the Roanoke River in present day
Mecklenburg County.

We there take up the thread as follows:

Land Deed Book 4, Page 405, Lunenburg County, October 1, 1754,
Thomas Hankings to Robert Coleman "of Amelia County" 368 acres on
both sides of Allen's Creek.
Book 4, Page 275, November 8, 1755, Nicholas Major, Jr., sold
Robert Coleman 142 acres on the South side of Allen's Creek.
Land Deed Book 5, Page 120, December 31, 1757. James Tucker sold
Robert Coleman 100 acres on the lower side of Allen's Creek.
Land Deed Book 6, Page 538 Lunenburg County, Virginia, December
1, 1761. Robert Coleman and Ann, his wife, to John Alloway, 142
acres on Allen's Creek and Mountain Branch.
Deed Book 10, Page 90, Lunenburg County, Virginia, November 9,
1764, Robert Coleman, Lunenburg County, with Christopher Coleman
for a witness sold Thomas Farrar 140 acres on Allen's Creek.

Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia. Tithes, June 10, 1764.

* Descendants of Robert Coleman of Union County, South Carolina,
formerly of Amelia and Luenburg Counties, Virginia.

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Robert Coleman
Phil Coleman
Abner Coleman
Christopher Coleman
James Coleman
William Coleman
Stephen Coleman, Cornwall Parish
Richard Coleman
Cluverius Coleman

Land Deed Book 10, Page 34, Lunenburg County, November 27, 1764,
Robert Coleman of Lunenburg County to Christopher Coleman 168 acres
on the South side of Allen's Creek at the mouth of Easter's Branch.
Mecklenburg County Records, Boydton, Virginia, Book 1, Page 194,
August 26, 1765, Christopher Coleman to James Easter, 168 acres on
the South side of Allen's Creek.
Office of the Secretary of State, Columbia, South Carolina,
grant from the Honorable William Bull, sixth Governor of South
Carolina, September 9, 1774, to Robert Coleman for six hundred
acres on both sides of Mill's Creek. Recites that the land had
originally been granted to Robert Coleman by the Governor of North
Carolina on April 28, 1768, but by the running of the boundary had
fallen within the limits of South Carolina.
Mill's Creek is a branch of Pacolet River.
North Carolina Land Grants, April 28, 1768. 200 acres to
Christopher Coleman on Mill Creek in Mecklenburg, County, North
Carolina. (Later South Carolina).
Phillip Coleman, 150 acres, Mecklenburg County, March 1, 1788,
on the waters of Coldwater.
600 acres granted to Robert Coleman, of which we already had a
record, was entered January 1, 1766.

Colonial Rccords of North Carolina. Vol. 8, Page 78.
Protest of Citizens of Anson County, about 1769.


William Coleman
John Coleman
Aquita Jones
E. Pickett

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Anthoney Matthis
John Matthews
James Matthews
John Liles
James Liles
Thomas Pickett

Vol. 8, Page 517.
William Coleman proves claim for six days going against the
Cherokee Indians. So did Phil Coleman, Sgt. David Allen, Samuel
Clowney. Proved November 28, 1771.
Phillip Coleman is of the Lunenburg family headed by Robert
Coleman, and from Allen's Creek. David Allen must have been from
the same locality in Virginia.
Christopher Coleman was a witness to deeds dated May 13, 1775
and July 29, 1778.

Land Deed Book B, Page 109, Union County, South Carolina. July
30, 1786. Robert Coleman deed to Abner Coleman recites that Robert
Coleman, late of said District, died intestate, the owner of six
hundred acres of land, which said land fell by descent to Robert
Coleman, son of Christopher Coleman, as the heir-at-law to said
real estate. Sold to Abner Coleman one-half of the said six hundred
acres on the North side of Mill's Creek.
From this it appears that Robert Coleman, the original settler,
died intestate. His land thus descended by the rule of
primogeniture to his eldest son, Christopher. Christopher having
died intestate the land then descended to his son, Robert, grandson
of the first Robert.
There is much tradition to the effect that these Colemans were
loyal to the King at the time of the Revolution, particularly
Christopher, who is said to have been the owner of Christie's
Tavern, made famous in John P. Kennedy's book, "Horseshoe
Robinson." Christopher Coleman is supposed to have refugeed to
Charleston, where he died during the War. Moreover, one Col. Bob
Coleman, not otherwise identified, commanded the tories at the
battle of Mobley's Meeting House in Fairfield County. In any case,
if they were loyalists, these Colmans must have been highly
inoffensive ones, as their lands were not confiscated.
Robert Coleman, the original settler, died in 1783, and Phillip
Coleman died in 1785. Fragmentary records of their estates may be
found in the Courthouse at Abbeville, South Carolina.

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Absolom Coleman, thc son of Robert and Treassy Coleman, who was
born October 25, 1784, was the first of this line of Colemans to
move to Mississippi. He settled in Attala County, in Section 4,
Township 13, Rangc 6, near the present day village of McAdams.
His will, dated February 11, 1838, is of record at Page 145 of
Will Book A of Attala County, Mississippi. The will recites that it
is made in his own house, "being now about to depart this life."
Evidently, he did not pass away as expected, for the Will was not
proven until December 2, 1839.
The Will names his wife, Martha, and children, Robert, Elisha,
Samuel, Miles, John, Absolom, Jr., Giles, Henry, and Mrs. Sara
Robert Coleman and Elisha Coleman Executors.

Cause No. 318, Chancery Court of Attala County, filed November
16, 1871, shows Miles Coleman died 1851, without issue. Martha
Coleman died August 4, 1870.
John Coleman also deceased, leaving children, Absolom and Emily,
with R. A. Biggers Guardian.
Samuel Coleman, Giles Coleman, and Absolom Coleman still living
in 1871.
Absolom Coleman, the son of John, was the father of the late J.
Henson Coleman, Justice of the Peace, District 4, Choctaw County,
Absolom Coleman, who died in Attala County, 1839, was the
father of Robert, who moved to the Bluff Springs area of Choctaw
This Robert, in turn, was the father of Absolom Melton Coleman,
the ancestor of the numerous progeny in Choctaw Bluff Springs.


Robert Coleman, born July 11, 1812
Married to Eliza Calcote on Feb. 29, 1839.
She was born Nov. 13, 1821.


Absalom Melton Coleman, Feb. 26, 1840.
Stephen Coleman, July 13, 1841
Lemuel Coleman, Dec. 18, 1842
William Phillip Coleman, March 8, 1845

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Charley Coleman, April 81 1857
Ella Darthult Coleman, Dec. 30, 1859.


Absolum Melton Coleman married Lucy Hudson Brook on October 18,
1860. She was born Sept. 12, 1842.


Louretta Coleman, June 25, 1862
William Phillip Coleman, Dec. 5, 1865
Eliza Carolyn Coleman, Sept. 27, 1867
Alice Ella Coleman, Feb. 7, 1870
Sarah Jane Coleman, Oct. 12, 1871.
Emma Darthula Coleman, March 29, 1873
Fannie Lealier Coleman, Feb. 23, 1875
Mary Sue Coleman, Oct. 6, 1876
Lucy Alma Coleman, Jan. 8, 1879
Ada Lee Coleman, Dec. 1, 1881
Robert Samuel Coleman, Jan. 17, 1883.


Louretta Coleman and Charlie Ashley, August 15, 1880.
Alice Ella Coleman and Joseph Harrison Lawley, Jan. 29, 1887.
Eliza Carolyn Coleman and John William Savage, Oct. 18, 1887.
William Phillip Coleman and Mary Brook, Dec. 18, 1887.
Sarah Jane Coleman and Waltcr B. Mitchell, March 15, 1891
Emma D. Coleman and William Bagwell, April 5, 1891.
Fannie Lealier Coleman and John H. Bollis, Nov. 10, 1895.
Mary Sue Coleman and Charles A. Lamb, Dec. 5, 1897.
Lucy Alma Coleman and Jim Tom Lamb, Dec. 11, 1898.
Ada Lee Coleman and Oscar M. Herring, March 4, 1906.
Robert Samuel Coleman and Mary Ada Morrow, Nov. 14, 1906.


3.5 miles west of Miss. Highway 9, South of Eupora, Miss.

b. July 11, 1810 9-12-1842
d. Oct. 10, 1882 8-14-1919

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7-13-1841 MAN
1-2-1907 12-5-1865
SARAH M., his wife 6-27-1946
2-11-1842 IDA BROOKS, his wife
3-21-1922 5-10-1867
WM. P. COLEMAN 3-27-1954
d. July 13, 1863 W. W. BAGWELL
Age 18 y 4 mos. 5 days 3-19-1865
A. M. COLEMAN 8-13-1918
3-7-1908 3-29-1873


Joseph Abbie Coleman, Oct. 17, 1856-April 16, 1945
Margaret Elizabeth Coleman, June 15, 1852-Jan. 4, 1936
John Henson Coleman, Dec. 16, 1883-June 20, 1960
Clara Rook, June 1, 1886


1st Generation, William Coleman, who died in Amelia County,
Virginia, 17__
2nd Ceneration, Robert Coleman of Amelia, Lunenburg, and Union,
died 1783.
3rd Gcneration, Christopher Coleman, who died during the Revolu-
tionary War.
4th Cencration, Robert Coleman, who died in Union County, South
Carolina, 1823.
5th Gencration, Absolom Coleman, who died in Attala County, Mis-
sissippi, 1839.
6th Generation, Robert Coleman, who died in Choctaw County, Mis-
sissippi, 1882.
7th Generation, Absolom M. Coleman, who died in Choctaw County,
Mississippi, 1908.
8th Generation, William Phillip Coleman, who died in Choctaw
County, Mississippi, 1946.
9th Generation, Ernest E. Coleman, who died in Eupora, Mississippi,
April, 1960.

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right: Mrs. Alma Coleman Dunlap (Mrs. W. C.); Mrs. Mary Coleman Lamb
(Mrs. C. A.); Mrs. Ada Coleman Herring (Mrs. O. C.); Gov. J. P. Coleman;
Mrs. Liza Coleman Savage (Mrs. J. W.); Mrs. Fannie Coleman Verhine
(Mrs. Luther). Photo taken at Coleman Family Re-union, Bluff Springs
Church, Choctaw County, Mississippi, August, 1956.


From left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Coleman, J. P. Coleman, and
Merrill Herring. Photo taken at same reunion. (Photos courtesy Mrs. Sarah



Joseph Coleman John Coleman
Males Males
Under 10 years 1 Under 10years 2
10 to 16 years 1 10 to 16 years 1
16 to 26 years 1 26 to 45 years 1
Over 45 years 1 Females
Females Under 10 years 3
Under 10 years 4 10 to 16 years 1
10 to 16 years 3 26to45 years 1
16 to 26 years 1 Abner Coleman
26 to 45 years 1 Males

William Coleman 16 to 26years 1
Males Females
16 to 26 years 1 Under 10 years 1
Females 16 to 26 years 1
16 to 26 years 1
William Coleman
Abner Coleman Males
Males Under 10 years 1
Under 10 years 1 10 to 16 years 1
10 to 16 years 2 16 to 26 years 1
Ovcr 45 years 1 Over 45 years 1
Females Females
Under 10 years 1 Under 10 years 1
25 to 45 years 1 10 to 16 years 2
Over 45 years 1 16 to 26 years 3
Over 45 years 1
Robert Coleman
Males Rubin Coleman
Under 10 years 1 Males
10 to 16 years 3 Under 10 years 2
26 to 45 years 1 26 to 45 years 1
Females Females
Under 10 years 3 Under 10 years 2
10 to 16 years 2 10 to 16 years 1
16 to 45 years 2 26 to 45 years 1
Over 45 years 1 Over 45 years 1

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Abner Coleman (544) Robert Coleman (570)
Males Males
16 to 26 years 4 Under 10 years 1
Over 45 years 1 10 to t6 years 1
Females 26 to 45 years 1
10 to 16 years 1 45 plus years 1
Over 45 years 2 Females
(Slaves 1) 10 to 16 years 1
Phillip Coleman (570) 45 plus years 3
Males (Slaves 6)
Under 10 years 1
16 to 26 years 1 Richard Coleman (524)
26 to 45 years 1 Males
Females Under 10 years 3
16 to 26 years 1 10 to 16 years 1
(Slaves 5) 26 to 45 years 1
45 plus years 1
Mary Coleman (570) Females
Mates 10 to 16 years 1
10 to 16 years 1 26 to 45 years 1
Females Abner Coleman (524)
16 to 26 years 2
26 to 45 years 2 Males
Under 10 years 3
45 plus years 1 10 to 16 years 1
(Slaves 13) Females
Under 10 years 2
Robert Coleman (570) 10 to 16 years 1
Males 16 to 26 years 1
16 to 26 years 1 26 to 45 years 1
(Slaves 2)


Elijah Coleman, born 1813, South Carolina.
Agnes, his wife, born 1814, Virginia.

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Absolom, 9, born Mississippi.
Mary Coleman, 8, born Mississippi.
Jane P., 7, born Mississippi.

Robert Coleman, born South Carolina, 1812.
Elisha, born Mississippi, 1822.
Absolom, 11, born Mississippi.
Stephen, 8
William P., 6

Martha Coleman, 52, born South Carolina.
Samuel Coleman, born 1822, South Carolina.
Absolom, born 1831, South Carolina.
Giles, born 1834, South Carolina.
Henry, born 1837, South Carolina.


Samuel Coleman, 38, farmer, Elisha Coleman, 47, b. S. C.
b. S. C. Agnes, 46, b. Va.
Martha, 4, b. Miss. Mary C., 16, b. Miss.
Elizabeth, 2, b. Miss. Martha S., 9, b. Miss.
George W., 7, b. Miss.
Martha Coleman, 40, b. S. C.
Henry, 22, works on farm, b. Absalom Coleman, 31, b. S. C.
Miss. Sarah C., 23, b. La.
Miles, 8, b. Miss.
Robert Coleman, 49, farmer, Mary J., 6, b. Miss.
b. S. C. Henry, 5, b. Miss.
Eliza, 40, b. Miss. Ruffin, 2, b. Miss.
Absolom, 20, pupil, b. Miss.
Stephen, 18, pupil, b. Miss. James Coleman, 55, b. S. C.
William, 15, b. Miss. Cyntha, 48, b. N. C.
Robert, 5, b. Miss. G. W., 21, pupil, b. Miss.
Ella D., 4/12, b. Miss. Mary J., 19, B. Miss.
Sarah J., 15, b. Miss.
Canada, 6, b. Miss.

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Stephen D. Coleman 1842 Miss. Absalom M. Coleman 1840 Miss.
Sarah 1847
Rolia A. 1869

Robert Coleman 1812 S. C. Lucy H. 1845 Ga.
Eliza E. 1822 Luretta 7
Robert H. C. 1855 Wm. P. 5
Ella D. 1860 Eliza C. 3
Alice 3 1/12


Land Deed Book A-Page 19, contains a conveyance dated July 2O,
1778, between David George and William Williams; Christopher Cole-
man is a witness.
In like manner, Page 24 contains a conveyance dated May 13,
1775, between Joab Mitchell and Richard Hawkins, on which
Christopher Coleman is a witness. This Deed recites that on the
10th day of February, 1775, William Bull, Lt. Com., granted a
plantation containing 300 acres to the said Joab Mitchell, being
on Mill Creek and beginning on Robert Coleman's corner.
On May 10, 1786, Land Deed Book B, page 67, William Harrison
conveyed to Abner Coleman, 125 acres of land on Mill Creek and
adjoining Coleman line.
Land Deed Book B, Union County, South Carolina, page 108. dated
29th day of July, 1786, Robert Coleman, grantor, Abner Coleman,
grantee, recites that Robert Coleman is a resident of 96th District
in State of South Carolina. Bargains, sells and conveys to Abner
Coleman. one-half of the land, containing 600 acres and formerly
belonging to Robert Coleman, deceased, and now falls to Robert
Coleman by dissent, as heir-at-law. All on the North side of
Clark's Mill Creek, including Colman's old fields. No significance
to the attesting witnesses, and recorded the 23rd of June, 1788.
July 29, 1786. A similar instrument recorded at page 109 of said
Book B, refers to Robert Coleman as heir to Robert Coleman,
deceased, of 96th District in the State of South Carolina; recites
that the said Robert

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Coleman died, intestate, and being possessed of 600 acres of
land, which fell by dissent to Robert Coleman, son of Christopher
Coleman. Land is situated on the North side of Mill Creek,
beginning at Robert Coleman's hickory.
Book B--Page 67--refers to Mill Creck as being a branch of Pacolet
Land Deed Book A--page 479--Union County, June 22, 1787, William
Coleman and Mary, his wife, to Nicholas Harris, 197 acres
formerly granted to James McEwean, Sr., and conveyed by McEwean
to William Coleman, as appears by a certificate recorded in the
Registrar's office ff South Carolina, for 500 acres of land in
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, on a branch of Fair Forest of
Mill Creek.
Book D, page 83, February 1, 1794, Robert Coleman conveys land
to John Coleman, with Absalem Coleman as a witness, being 150
acres, in which it is recited the above tract of land (shown on the
plat) represents a tract of land, the property of John Coleman,
being part of a tract originally granted to Christopher Coleman,
then the property of Robert Coleman, by the deceased of Christopher
Coleman, conveyed by the said Robert Coleman unto John Coleman.
Land Deed Book D, pagc 434. John Lewis sells to Philip Coleman
110 acrcs, being part of a tract originally granted to Robert
Coleman, beginning at a maple on the bank of Mill Creek. January
18, 1796.
Book G--page 137, November 2, 1801, William Coleman, of Union
County, conveys to Philip Coleman, son of the said William, 11
negro slaves and other property.
Book G--page 139--November 2, 1801. William Coleman, of Union
County, conveys to Robert Coleman, of the same County, for
$280.00, a tract of land containing 140 acres, being part of a
tract originally granted to Robert Coleman on Mill Creek.
Land Deed Book H--page 437--December 27, 1805. John Gibson
conveyed a certain tract of land to William Coleman; significance
of this is that it was done in the presence of Philip Coleman and
Patsey Coleman.
Land Deed Book I--page 4--February 20, 1808. Robert Coleman, of
Union District, conveyed to John Coleman fifteen acres, being a
part of a tract granted to said Robert Coleman. No further
Land Deed Book K--page 285--January 16, 1811. Patsey Coleman,
Philip Coleman, Elizabeth Coleman, John Guiton, Thomas Lantrip, Ann
Thompson, Francis Coleman and Charlotte Coleman, for $70.00 paid by
Robert Coleman, Jr., relinquished to him the 121 acrcs on which he

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then lived adjacent to John Coleman. No reason given for the con-
Land Deed Book K--page 267--January 21, 1811. Robert Coleman
conveyed to Philip Coleman the land where Robert then lived,
containing 220 acres.
Land Deed Book L--page 107--September 13, 1811. Abner Coleman,
Sr., conveyed to Hezekiah Coleman, all of Union District, 90 acres
on the North side of Mill Creck, being a part of a tract granted
to Robert Coleman, refers to Abner Coleman Jr's. spring. Susannah
Coleman, wife of Abner Coleman, Sr., relinquished dower. Signed by
Land Deed Book L--page 129--Decomber 3, 1811. Hezckiah Coleman
sold the same land to Philip Coleman; and Abner Coleman, Jr., and
Richard Coleman were witnesses. Elizabeth Coleman, the wife of
Hezekiah Coleman, relinquished dower.
Land Deed Book O--page 195. November 24, 1817. Robert Coleman
conveyed to Absalem Coleman 83 acres on Mill Creek, water of the
Pacolet; lands originally granted to Christopher Coleman. John
Coleman and Rubin Coleman were witnesses; no relinquishment of
Land Deed Book O--page 195--November 24, 1817. Philip Coleman
conveyed land to Robert Coleman; Martha Coleman, wife of Philip
Coleman, relinquished dower.
Land Deed Book P--page 59. John W. Gregory conveys two tracts of
land to Absalem Coleman, on December 19, 1818. John Pool and Robert
Coleman were witnesses.
Land Deed Book P--page 355--October 15, 1819. Joseph McKnight,
with Hiram Coleman as a witncss, conveyed to Robert Coleman and
others 3 1/2 acres of ground for a meeting house and a burying
ground being situated on the road from Grindle Shoals on the
Pacolet to the Widow Hail's.
Land Deed Book Q--page 390--December 24, 1820. Robert Coleman
conveyed to Bartley Coleman all that tract of land where Robert
Coleman now lives, 120 acrcs, more or less, being a part of the
survey originally granted to Robert Coleman, Sr. Absalum Coleman
and Rubin Coleman were witnesses.
Land Deed Book S--page 130. John Coleman conveyed lands to Treacy
Coleman, with Hiram Coleman and Bartley Coleman as witnesses.
Isabel Coleman, wife of John, relinquished dower. January 11, 1825.
Land Deed Book S--page 319--May 1, 1826. Treacy Coleman, by
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mark, in the presence of Rubin Coleman and Bartley Coleman,
conveyed to John Coleman the same land.
Land Deed Book W--page 80--August 17, 1832. Absolem Coleman
conveyed 240 acres of land on Mill Creek to Thomas Walker;
witnesses, Bartley Coleman, Robert Coleman, Elisha Coleman;
acknowledged before Rubin Coleman, Justice of the Peace.


WIFE: Trecy
SONS: Absalum, has received $228
SONS-IN-LAW: John Pool, has received property
William Young, same
John Ashley
Absalum Ward, husband of Nancy Coleman.
DAUGHTER: Trecy (Theresa) who later married a Gossett
Executors: Sons, Absalum, Bartley, Reuben.

JULY 29, 1957

Bartley Coleman and Elizabeth Coleman, his wife: their children's ages:

Treassy Coleman Born: June 15, 1810
Robert Coleman Born: January 4, 1812
John Coleman Born: September 12, 1814
Elizabeth Coleman Born: January 20, 1817
Christopher Coleman Born: November 14, 1819
Rubin Coleman Born: September 11, 1821
Mary P. Coleman Born: August 18,1 823
Allenmartin P. Coleman Born: August 23, 1825
Buary P. Coleman Born: September 14, 1827
William Coleman Born: September 5, 1829
Carline Coleman Born: October 17, 1832

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Robert Coleman and Treasey, his wife: their children and ages:

Mary Coleman Born: August 16, 1783
Absolem Coleman Born: October 25, 1784
Elizabeth Coleman Born: July 13, l786
Bartley Coleman Born: February 18, 1788
Elisha M. Coleman Born: February 13, 1790
Sarah Coleman Born: May 3, 1792
Treasey Coleman Born: Novembcr 29, 1794
Ann Coleman Born: December 28, 1796
John Coleman Born: February 12, 1799
Rubin Coleman Born: March 8, 1802

Absalom Coleman and Patty, his wife: their children and ages:

Robert Coleman Born: July 22, 1811
Elisha M. Coleman Born: November 9, 1812
Eliza Coleman Born: Dccember 17, 1813
Samuel Coleman Born: October 2, 1815
Miles Coleman Born: September 15, 1817
Sarah Coleman Born: October 3, 1819
John Coleman Born: August 25, 1821
Jane Coleman Born: February, 1824
Treasey Coleman Born: December 21, 1825
Elizabeth Coleman died April 29, 1910
Robert Coleman died June 18, 1823
Absalom Coleman died September 8, 1839
Treasey Colcman died July 15, 1838

John Coleman and his wife, Isabel, their children and ages:
Robert S. Coleman Born: May 15, 1824
Cherlesler Coleman Born: January 11, 1820
John Coleman died 1833, age 34 years
Treasey Gossett died March 5, 1857
Ruben Coleman died February 16, 1859
Isabel M. Coleman died September 15, 1853.

Rubin Coleman marricd Letitia Faucett on May 31, 1827.
Franklin Coleman Born: June 3, 1829
Elizabeth Coleman Born: May 28, 1831
Henry James Coleman Born: March 8, 1833
Sarah Ann Coleman Born: February 7, 1835

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John Marshall Coleman Born: August 19, 1837
Charles Lipscomb Coleman Born: July 3, 1841
Mary Coleman Born: August 4, 1843

Original Patent in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Coleman,
of Jonesville, South Carolina, seen on July 29, 1957. Patent signed
by William Bull, Governor of the Province of South Carolina, on
September 9, 1774, to Christopher Coleman for 200 acres of land
confirming an original patent from the Governor of North Carolina
on the 26th day of October, 1767; which said land, by the
continuation of the boundary line, lately run in pursuance of his
manifest instructions between the Province and North Carolina now
follows within the limits of this Government (South Carolina)
situated on the Mill Creck of Packlet, adjoining Robert Coleman
land, etc.
Originally entered in the General Land Office on March 16, 1775.
Mrs. Dave Coleman has in her possession a memorandum which says
that Robert Coleman ,married Elizabeth Smith, sometimes called

Bartley Coleman
February 18,1788
December 24,1870
Soldier War 1812.

Elizabeth Poole, his wife
March 8,1791
March 8, 1870

Reuben Coleman's Grave
Age 56 years, 11 months, 8 days.
His son, William G.
January 15,1849--December 13,1926.
Emma A., his wife
April 4, 1854--October 15, 1922.

Honorable D. G. Coleman, J. P., Jonesville, South Carolina,
showed us the Cemetery, Gilead Church (Baptist) 1 miles North of

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Henry Alexander Coleman, my grandfather, and 4th son of Daddy
Dave, settled nearest to him of any of his children, in a quarter
of a mile, & was the good dutiful son always, and his children
loved and stayed with "Daddy" a great deal. I will give here the
birth, marriage, and death record of "Daddy" David's family, most
of it copied from his Bible, and which was written by himself:

David Roe Coleman was born in Halifax County, North Carolina,
May 19, 1765. Died 25 March 1855. Married Edith Beam in Fairfield
County, South Carolina, September 13, 1787. She died 28 April
1825. She was about his age.

ROBERT FlTZ, their first son, born August 26, 1789, (died Sept.
7, 1842). Married Susan Feaster. She died January 15, 1829.

Their children were:

1. Drucilla, married William Coleman (son of Solomon Coleman).
They went to Randolph County, Georgia. Had son and daughters.
Descendants still there. She died about 1880.
2. Edith, who first married Mike Adkins, then Andrew Hancock.
Had children by both. Also went to Randolph County, Georgia.
Died about 1880.
3. Eliza, who married Martin Coleman (son of Solomon) at age of
13. He lived only 6 months. She afterward married James
Brennan, had one child. He and it died. She then married John
Arnette, all this before she was 20. Had 4 children by Arnette.
After his death, late in life, she married Wesley Mayfield, who

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still lives, aged 90. All of her children dead. The last one, Dr.
Robert Coleman Arnette, left three sons & 2 daughters. Dr. Robert
Coleman Arnette died in 1908, buried at Salem Presbyterian
Eliza died in 1890, buried at family graveyard, where her
parents are also buried. This is near Buena Vista, always called
the "Coleman" graveyard.
4. John Feaster, who married in Greene County, Alabama. Know
nothing of him. He went probably to South America in middle
5. Andrew, married in Randolph County, Georgia. Had children,
but I know nothing of them.
6. Susan, married Dr. Sam McClurkin. Died about 1862, and is
buried at Beaver Creek Baptist Church.
She was born January 5, 1829. Left 3 children, only one now
living, Mrs. Eliza Mills, of Rock Hill.

WYLIE FITZ (second son of David Roe Coleman and Edith; his
wife), born March 10, 1792, married Nancy Elam, of Chester County,
about 1816. They had seven children. He died March 4, 1835, in
Chester County, and is buried near his home. After his death his
widow moved with them to Chambers County, Alabama, and she is
buried there. She died in August, 1865. She was born and raised on
place now owned by Jacob Stone, Sr. The Elam burying ground is near
his house.
Their children were:
1. Sophia, born January 19, 1817, married Abner Fant in 1837,
June, died March 7, 1838, dying in a year of her marriage and is
buried by her father.
2. Elizabeth, born January 21, 1819, married James Cork, of
South Carolina, who went to Alabama for her. They came back
here and lived until their children were half grown, then moved
to Abbeville County, where she is buried.
3. Wilson, born December 27, 1821, died in Alabama, August 27, 1841.
4. Mary, born December 16, 1824, married Willis Cofield, in
Alabama. Left two children.
5. David Roe, born September 1, 1827, married Nancy E. Coleman,
of South Carolina. He died August 20, 1894. She was born
March 6, 1830, died 1898.
6. Martha, born August 4, 1830, died about 1874, married Francis

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Tapley, of Alabama. Had 4 children. Moved lo Texas. Know
nothing of them now.
7. Isabella, born December, 1833, died March, 1891. Married
Allen Wheelis, of Alabama. Seven children.

The old house of Wiley F. Coleman is still standing in good
condition. Has had rooms added, but the original family room of
wide hewn logs and large fireplace are just as when he died in
1835. I and your Papa went in to see it a few years ago, and went
out back of the house a little distance to see his grave, under an
apple tree. You must remember that it is the grave of your great
grandfather. You pass the place when going to Chester. It is now
owned by Wade Roberts.

DAVID HENRY COLEMAN (third son of "Daddy" Dave), born December
17, 1794. He married Sarah Franklin, about 1819. Their first four
children were born here. They then moved to Greene County, Alabama.
1. Cecilla, born September 1, 1820. Married a Bains, had two sons,
Oscar and James in 1840.
2. Sarah, born April 11, 1822.
3. Nancy, born April 20, 1824.
4. Albert, born March 31, 1826.
5. John Franklin, born April 10, 1828.
6. Edith, born November 14, 1830.
7. David Roe, born December 31, 1832.
8. Wiley Fitz, born May 22, 1834.

HENRY ALEXANDER COLEMAN (fourth son), born Sept. 5, 1797,
married December 5, 1822, Chanie Feaster. She was born August 26,
1800. Died July 11, 1878, 6 o'clock, P.M. He died July 21, 1877, 1
o'clock A.M., Saturday.

Their first child:
1. David Andrew, born September 16, 1823 (died December l5
1863) of pneumonia, is buried at the Yongue Cemetery). Married
August 29, 1848, Sarah Ann Yongue. Their children are:
(1) Henry Calhoun, married Anna Owens. 7 children.
(2) Hester Caroline, single, died 25 December, 1914.
(3) Chanie Isabel]la, single, died March 13, 1917.
(4) David Roe, married Lucy Hamilton; Eight children.
(5) William Yongue, married Lizzie Coleman. Six children.

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2. (2nd child) Savilla E., born August 20, 1825. Died January 19,
1877. Married March 28, 1844, William M. Yongue. Their chil-
dren were:
(1) Sarah Hester, married James B. Turner. 10 children.
(2) Laura Jane, married Thomas D. Owings. 12 children.
(3) Margaret Drusilla, married John B. Propst. 7 children.
(4) Henry Coleman, died single.
(Three died infants)
3. (3rd child) Edith, born May 1st, 1827, died November 9, 1827.
4. (4th child) John Albert Feaster, born June 9, 1828, died April 30,
1898, married October 13, 1853, by Jacob Feaster, Esq., to
Juliana Stevenson (born July 14, 1831, died December 3, 1912).
Their children:
(1) Samuel Stevenson, born August 10, 1854, married (1st)
Rebecca Gladden. (2nd) Alice Faucette.
(2) Jennie Isabella, born December 22, 1856, married Edward
Wilson Coleman.
(3) Sarah Drusilla, born August 22, 1859.
(4) Henry David, born January 30, 1866, married Narcissa
(5) Mary Feaster, born December 31, 1868, married Charles W.
(6) Chanie Savilla, born July 27,1872.
5. (5th child) Margaret Drusilla, born July 5, 1830, died January 7,
1900, in Powder Springs, Ga., married July 18, 1855, James Leroy
Hunter, of Powder Springs, Georgia, formerly of Chester, South
Carolina. Their children:
(1) Mary Edith, born October 22, 1856, married William S.
Duncan. Left two (2) children who live in Atlanta, Georgia,
James Leroy married Obie McKinsie, and Martha Coleman,
who married Thaddeus B. Johnson.
(2) Mattie Isabella, born September, 1859.
(3) John Henry, born December, 1864, in Solomon Coleman
House. They had refugeed back here in 1863. He married
Cora Bowen, of Douglasville, Georgia. 2 children-Fred and
Edith Annie.
6. (6th child) Susan Isabella, born October 3, 1832. Died Janu-
ary 29, 1892, near Marietta, Georgia. Married Aug. 17, 1853,
Thomas Manning, of Cobb County, Ga., formerly of Chester
County, South Carolina. Their children are:

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(1) Cornelia Drusilla, single.
(2) Henry Simpson, married Louise Aymar, 2 boys.
(3) John Lipsey, married Marie Scott. 3 girls, 1 boy.
(4) Charles William, married Kate Fowler. No children.
(5) Thomas Lawrence, single.
(6) Robert Feaster, single.
7. (7th child) Henry Alexander, born November 3, 1835. Died
June 5, 1863, from effects of wounds received at Manassas Au-
gust 30, 1862. Married November 19, 1857, Rebecca Yongue.
Their children:
(1) Sallie Edith, born November 29, 1858. Died October 15,
1917. Married George R. Lauderdale, of Winnsboro, South
Carolina. He died January, 1918. Had two boys, George and
David Lauderdale.
(2) John Feaster, died when about 2 years old,
8. (8th child Mary, born January 7, 1838, died August 13, 1839.
9. (9th child) Sallie Amanda, born January 28, 1840, died July 23,
1858, married Andrew J. McConnell, April 16, 1857. He was
killed at the Blow Up near Petersburg, Va., July 23, 1864.
10. (10th child) Robert Charles, born January 31, 1842, was drowned
while in bathing near John's Island, close to Charleston, South
Carolina, June 6, 1862. His body was recovered, brought home,
and buried in our graveyard. He was very small, but handsome,
curly black hair and black eyes. The pet of the family. A good
violinist. The last time I saw him, just before he left for
Charleston, he was playing his violin, and I remember he played
"Annie Laurie." I was a very small girl then. This death was
pathetic. My father (John Albert Feaster Coleman) was at the
same place. The soldiers were many of them his cousins and
friends. They hunted for his body for days. When found at last,
my father was not allowed to see him. He brought him home to
the parents, their baby, who could not have a last look at loved
one. I just can remember them bringing the coffin in the house.
My grandmother told me that for years after she expected him to
return to her, as she had a feeling that the body may not have
been his, but that in some way he was alive and must come back.
But his comrades knew it was his body. I imagine the rapture
of the meeting with her lost boy when she reached the spirit
world. All her children are with her now. She was truly good,
unselfish and patient, much loved by her children and all relatives

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and neighbors. As also was my grandfather. Everybody loved
"Uncle Henry."

WILSON H. COLEMAN (5th son) was born March 25, 1800. Married in
1828, Mary Johnston, of Greene County, Ala. Their children were:
1. Elizabeth, born June 7, 1829.
2. Martha, born November 14, 1830.
3. Wiley Johnson, born September 9, 1832.
4. Edith, born October 26, 1834.
5. Mary, born January 6, 1837.
6. Nancy, born September 12, 1838.
7. Laura L., born June 8, 1846.
I know very little about these relatives, all dead now except
Wiley and Laura. He came by here on his return from "the war." I
have a faint recollection of him. Have exchanged letters with
Laura, but for sometime have heard nothing from her.

ISABELLA (6th child and 1st daughter) was born September 13,
1803. Died September 10, 1838. Married February 6, 1823, Jacob
Feaster (died December 26, 1872, 34 years after his wife). Their
children were:
1. Jacob Fry, born February 20, 1824, died August 28, 1852,
married Elizabeth Feaster Stone, September 10, 1844. Moses
Cockrell is their only living child. (He died January, 1915.)
2. Edith Drusilla, born July 24, 1825. (Died May 13, 1875, while
living in the "Boarding House."). Married Henry J. Lyles
February 6, 1844. He died September 23, 1861, of Typhoid
Fever, at Germantown, Virginia, of Co. C, 6th Regiment. Their
children were:
(1) William Woodward, born March 2, 1845. Died in Virginia,
while in service.
(2) John Feaster, born February 16, 1847. Married Carrie Lyles.
(3) Aromanus Coleman, born December 6, 1849. Married Mrs.
Joe Smith Willy.
(4) Mary Edith Isabel, born March 4, 1853, Died October 16, 1896.
(5) David Henry, born October 10, 1854. Died October 10, 1870.
3. John Coleman, born August 21, 1827. Died January 17, 1909.

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Married Sallie P. Lyles, July 14, 1878. They have no living
4. Susan Elizabeth, born April 30, 1829. Died in Arkansas. Married
S. M. Simons, February 1, 1848. Their children (all now living
are in Arkansas):
(1) Jacob Pingree, born August 16, 1849. Dead.
(2) Ophelia Isabella, born May 9, 1851. Dead.
(3) Paul James, born February 23, 1853. Dead.
(4) Silas Calhoun, born January 27, 1855. Dead.
(5) John Feaster, born June 8, 1857. Dead.
(6) Mary Edith, born July 18, 1859. Dead.
(7) Laura Elizabeth Rebecca, born August 28, 1862.
(8) Cornelia Josephine, born October, 1866.
5. David Roe, born December 25, 1832, First married March 18,
1856, Victoria E. Rawls (Died January 7, 1877). Their children:
(1) Annie Isabella, born January 30, 1857. Married A. Mae.
(2) John Rawls, born October 19, 1858. Died August 14, 1913.
(3) Edith Caroline, born July 10, 1860. Married Preston Cole-
(4) Mary Victoria, born November 20, 1862. Married Albert
W. Clayton.
(5) Jacob Henry, born January 28, 1865.
(6) David Robert, born April 2, 1868. Married Virginia Marks.
(7) Ben Sawyer, born February 13, 1871.
(8) James Polk, born February 12, 1873.
2nd marriage to Mrs. Hattie Coleman (nee Porter) in December,
1878. Their children:
(1) Charles McCants, born September 22, 1879.
(2) Virgil Clayton, born May 1, 1881.
(3) Susan Amanda, born March 19, 1883.
(4) Margaret Fry, born April 15, 1885. Married Dr. C. C. Cox.
(5) Roger William, born July 9, 1887.
(6) Hattie Josephine, born November 5, 1889.
2nd daughter of D.R.C. and Edith, his wife
ELIZABETH (called Betty, 2nd daughter of D. R. C. and Edith, his
wife), born April 6, 1807. Married Isaac Nolen, and went with him to
Indian Springs, Georgia. Rode horseback, her father giving her the
horse, A negro woman and horse for her. They all rode horseback.

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What would a young lady of this day think of such an undertaking.
No fast trains, fine carriages, nor automobiles then. Shortly
after, they went on and settled in Chambers County, Alabama. He
accumulated much properly, was a man of influence. Raised a large
family of boys and girls. Aunt Betty died after my grandfather did,
so she was the last one of "Daddy Dave's" children to go. Died
about 1880 in Texas. Isaac Nolon died before his wife. They moved
to Smith County, Texas, before 1860. Some of her grandchildren
living there yet, but I know nothing of them. We have a picture of
her sent to my grandfather. I saw their old home in Alabama in
1897, a beautiful place, well fixed up in every way. Pity they
left it. Their children:
1. Isabella, born December 14, 1827. Married John C. Coleman,
Both died young of yellow fever.
2. Robert Wilson, born February 29,1829.
3. Andrew J., born April 30,1830.
4. Edith Mary Caroline, born March 3, 1833. Married ---- Still-
5. Laura Ann, born September 15, 1835. Married Tolliver Towles:
6. Elizabeth, born June 3, 1837, married Moore.
7. Isaac Henry, born __,1839.
8. John Roe, born December 31, 1841.
If any descendants are living, are in Texas. Uncle Nolen and
family moved to Smith County before the Confederate War. We know
nothing of them now.

The 3rd daughter, the youngest child of D. R. Coleman and Edith
Beam, was "SALLIE," born April 10, 1810. Died in 1815.

"Edith, the mother of the above nine children died on the 28th
of April, 1825, in the 60th year of her age."
This was written in his Bible by her husband, D. R. C., and is
the only thing recorded of her, except the date of their marriage.

* * * * * *

John Roe, second son of Robert and Elizabeth Coleman, went to
Greene County, Alabama. I have no knowledge of him nor his descend-
ants. There are Colemans in that County yet.

* * * * * *

Robert Roe, their third son, married Nancy Coleman, his first cousin,
and settled near his father and brother David. The place now owned by
Henry Traylor. Their children were: Hiram Henry, Wylie, Polly, and

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Jonathan David. Polly died when a young lady (unmarried) of typhoid

Hiram H. married Betty Beam, February 4, 1827. Their children:

Susan (1st) who married John Feaster Cockrell. She died young,
leaving one daughter, who is now widow Lumpkin, with one son,

Nancy (2nd) married David Roe Coleman. They moved to Cham-
bers County, Alabama, in 1848. Raised a family of 8 children. Their
1. Lizzie, married Wince W. Gay.
2. Hiram Fairfield, married Lena Waller.
3. Edward Wilson, married (1st) Lola Marsh, of Alabama. (2nd)
Jennie Isabel Coleman.
4. Bedford Forrest, married Corrie Wallace.
5. Robert Elam, married Lillie Bell Stevens.
6. Julia, married James Howell.
7. Philip Mayo, married Maggie Smith.
8. Yancy, died when about grown. Had been kicked by a mule when
a small boy, and never got over the effects of it.

Robert H. (3rd) married Julia A. Feaster. They had 2 boys, Lewis
Andrew and Robert Feaster. The latter was shot accidentally by a
boy companion when 19 years old, and died from loss of blood.
Lewis married Zura Carter. They have seven children. They live in
Florida, where his mother went a widow with the two little boys in
December, 1867. The father Robert H. died of fever in Augusta,
Georgia, June 24, 1862.

Edward (4th), married Nancy E. Coleman (granddaughter of Wil-
liam, who was brother of Robert Coleman, the 1st). They had no
children. We own the land they lived on. 'Tis a part of the 500
acres granted by King George.

Dr. Hiram S., the youngest of Hiram H. and his wife, Betty
Beam's children, died of consumption January 2, 1866. Never
married. Born after his father's death.

Wylie (2nd son of Robert and Nancy), married Sally Rainey. They
settled where their daughter, Elitia Jeffares now lives. Their
children: Francis Daniel, Polly, Seleta, Sarah, Savilla, Robert,

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Francis Daniel married Susan Stone. They lived and died where their
son, Wylie now lives. Their children:
1. Robert. Went to Tennessee. Twice married.
2. Maggie, married Elmore Boney.
3. Sallie, married Henry Robinson.
4. Jacob F., married 3 times.
5. Wylie, married Victoria Robinson.
6. Minnie, married ---- Tongs, of Augusta, Ga.

Polly married William McLane. He died during the Civil War. They
lived on land given by her father. Their children:
1. Sallie, married Robert Castles.
2. Mary, married James Robinson.
3. Jack, married Widow Yongue (nee Isa Crowder).
4. Silas, married Mattie Mobley.
5. Fanny married William Mobley.

Seleta married James Morgan. They died young, leaving one son;
Hiram, who is now old and has had a hard life. Being half idiot.

Sarah married Jesse Gladden, grandson of Allan Coleman. Their
1. Sarah Rebecca, married Sam S. Coleman (3 girls, 2 boys).
2. John Colemans married in Alabama. I don't know the name. Has
one daughter, Sarah Rebecca.

Elitia married Henry Jeffares (her cousin). Their children:
1. Lizzie, married Sam Wright (3 boys) .
2. Robert R., married Lizzie Hogan (2 boys and 2 girls.)
3. H. Coleman, died single.
4. Ben F., died single.
5. Mattie, married Ned Taylor (4 girls, 1 boy).
6. John Wylie, was thrown by a mule, died from the injury.
7. Sam, died single.

Savilla never married. Was an invalid.

* * * * * *

Jonathan David, familiarly known as "Jonathan D.," married Sallie
McLane. They had no children. Raised as their own, her nephew,
Jones Henry McLane. Jonathan D. inherited his father's place (the

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house is in good condition now, a fine chimney), and was a
successful farmer. He accumulated much property in land and
slaves. Was called a smart man, tho not educated. He lived
according to the dictates of a coarse nature, tho he was
charitable and kind to the poor. His property caused dissensions
and some of it went to waste. His widow dying poor. His niece,
Nancy Coleman (Ed's mother) inherited 1/4 of his land, getting
most of that known as the "Grubbs" place. It is now owned by Ed
(your father).

* * * * * * *

Wylie Roe Coleman, 4th son of Robert and Elizabeth, married
Sarah Ragsdale, and had a large family of sons and daughters, most
of whom went to Mississippi and Texas. Their son, Griffin, married
Susan Cockrell (niece of grandfather John Feaster). They went to
Winston County, Mississippi, about 1850. Their descendants still
live there. They are Universalists and call their church "Liberty,"
after ours here. Last year they built a new church, which was
dedicated by Dr. Shinn. He helped them build it, and then painted
it. Dr. D. B. Clayton had always visited them at regular periods,
preaching for them, since their moving to that state. He went every
year, as long as he lived. A granddaughter of Griffin visited us 3
years ago, Minnie Coleman Johnson. Had two nice little girls. She
told us much of these relatives that we have never seen.

Another son, William, called "Buck," went on to Texas from
Mississippi, and Coleman County, Texas, is named for him.
(Incorrect). He married a Miss Head here in South Carolina.

Sophia married Williams Coleman, her cousin, and went to Missis-
sippi. Joe married a Miss Banks, lived and died in Fairfield,
near where he was born. Some of his descendants live near
Blackstock and Ridgeway.

Henry Jonathan Francis Wyatt was the only one of the family I
ever saw. He was a remarkable man in many ways. Was wild and
reckless in his young days, drawing down much censure on his head,
from relatives. He went West, visiting the brothers and sisters
who settled there, drank and gambled, and did as he pleased. Late
in life he married Ailsy Cockrell, an old maid, and through her
got the old Jacob Feaster home. The land first settled by the
Feasters in this county. After her death he married a widow
Boulware. She lived only a few months. He lived on alone at the old
home, to old age, waited on by the slaves, of whom there

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were good many. He was very kind to them and all loved their
"Marster" or "Boss." He was always Republican in politics, which
was very distasteful to his many Democratic relatives. So they had
very little to do with him for years after "the War." He was given
the office of Trial Justice by the "Radicals," and in spite of the
prejudice that aroused, he proved so wise and just to all, during
this perilous, soul-trying period, that the esteem and respect of
friends was won, and the latter years of his life were his best. He
was a man of fine natural intellect, a memory that covered so much
that it was interesting to hear him talk. He was a peculiar looking
old fellow, as I remember him, tall and large, but active and
straight to the end. One eye was crossed and this gave him a
comical expression, and I would wonder which eye was looking at me.
His speech was quaint, and to suit himself. Said "needcessity" for
necessity. His clothes were homemade, very loose, no fit at all.
Yet he was commanding in appearance. I often wish I had talked with
him more. So much he could have told me, that now I can't find out.
He is buried at the old Cockrell graveyard, on Lizzie Cockrell
Lumpkin's land. No stones mark any of the graves. In a few years no
one will know where they are.
The graves of Jacob Feaster and his wife, Peggie Cannamore, are
right near the old house place, where Wyatt lived. The house has
lately been burned. These two graves are not marked, but are
enclosed by a rock wall. He left considerable property, too, to his
relatives (had no child), but none of them had his grave marked.
Allen Roe Coleman, 5th son of Robert and Elizabeth, married his
cousin, Sallie (daughter of Charles), sister of his brother
Robert's wife. They settled near where Thomas E. Dye now lives.
After a good many years, they moved to the Wateree section of this
county, spending the remainder of their lives there. Their
children grew up and settled there or went West. So that I know
very little about them, except that they had twin girls, Betsy and
Rebecca, and they married twin brothers, Gladden by name.
The 6th son, Griffin Roe Coleman, went West, and the 7th son,
Williams Roe went West. The 10th, Zerebable, and the 12th, Ancil,
died young, and their small graves are at the foot of the graves of
their parents.

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Solomon Roe Coleman, the 8th son, married a daughter of Stephen
Coleman, and settled near here, but all I've heard of him is very
indistinct in my memory, so I can record nothing of him.

* * * * * * *

Francis Roe, the 9th son, went West, after marrying Margaret
Mobley, in this county. Was said to be the handsomest Coleman of
his time. I know nothing of their descendants. I suppose he settled
in Greene County, Alabama, with his brother, John and Griffen. The
two sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth, went West too with these
brothers. Sarah married Reuben Mobley, I think, but I can't trace
the other one.

* * * * * * *

Henry Jonathan Coleman, the 11th son, and the youngest to reach
manhood, married Mary Feaster. They had sixteen children. Five died
in infancy.
1. 1st son--John Feaster, married Sallie Gladden (his uncle Allen's
granddaughter), and their children were:
(1) Silas, died a boy.
(2) John Gladden Coleman, single.
(3) Allen Feaster Coleman, married in Louisiana. 2 children
(4) Mary Rebecca Coleman, married Joe C. Roney, of Amer-
icus, Georgia. 2 children.
(5) Charles Ferdinand Coleman, married Alice Martin, of Monti-
cello. 2 children.
(6) Sarah Edith Coleman, married Martin D. C. Colvin. 7

2. 1st daughter--Elizabeth Coleman, married Micajah Pickett.
Moved to Sumter County, Georgia.
(1) Mary Pickett, married Dr. Raines, 2 children.
(2) Sallie Pickett, married Amos Shumpert, 1 child.
(3) Lon Pickett, married William Harvey. 1 child.
(4) John Pickett, married___. 2 children.
(5) Emma Pickett, married John King. 4 children.
(6) Musco Pickett, married Minnie M. Garrow. 4 children.
(7) Henry Coleman Pickett.
(8) Micajah Pickett, died when young. (Killed in explosion of
cotton compress.)
(9) Annie Lizzie Pickett.

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3. 2nd son--Dr. Robert Williams ColEman married NanCy McCon-
nell. Children:
(1) Fannie Maria Coleman, married Dr. V. P. Clayton. 1 child.
(2) Andrew McConnell Coleman, married Annie Isabel Feaster.
10 children.
(3) Sallie Jane Coleman, married William B. Davis. 4 children.
(4) Mary Elizabeth Coleman, married William Yongue Coleman.
6 children.
4. 2nd daughter--Sarah Coleman, married Beverly Mitchell, of Sum-
ter County, Georgia. Children:
(1) Ella Mitchell ] .
(2) Sallie Mitchell ] All single, living
(3) Henry Coleman Mitchell ] In their home
(4) Frank Mitchell ] together.
5. 3rd son--Jacob Coleman, married Rebecca Meador. Children:
(1) Sibbie Coleman, married Thomas W. Traylor, 4 children liv-
(2) Jacob Feaster Coleman, married Hattie Robinson. 3 children.
(3) Jonathan Meredith Coleman, married Stella Mattoon.
(4) Rebecca May Coleman, died a young girl.
6. 4th son--David Roe Coleman, 1st married Lizzie Crooks, 2nd,
Lizzie Trapp.
{ three oldest girls died young.
{ David Roe Coleman, married Ida Crosby. 2
1st { children
Wife { Dr John Robert Coleman, married Mattie Rabb.
{ 7 children.

{ Mary Rebecca Coleman, married Henry Mitchell
{ Owings. 5 children.
2nd { William Henry Coleman, married Lottie Rabb.
Wife { 6 children.
{ Ernest Eugene Coleman, married Annie Belle
{ Coleman. 6 children.
7. 5th son--Henry Jonathan Coleman, Jr., married Hattie Porter.
5 children:
(1) Franklin Preston Coleman, married Edith Caroline Feaster.
2 children.
(2) Porter Feaster Coleman, married Dora Halsell. 2 living chil-

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(3) David Roe Coleman.
(4) Mary Emily Coleman, married ___ Parham, of Arkansas.
6 children.
(5) Henry Jonathan Coleman.
8. 6th son--Dr. Preston Coleman (William Calhoun Preston Cole
man), married Jennie Secrest. No children. He died from effects
of wounds received at Battle of Manassas.
9. 7th son--Allan Griffin Coleman, was killed near Petersburg, Vir-
10. 8th son--Dr. Benjamin Franklin Coleman, died from wounds, at
Winchester, Virginia.
11. 9th son--George Washington Coleman, married Mary Elizabeth
Stevenson, the 6th of March, 1867. She died December 22, 1878.
(1). John Franklin Coleman, married Eva Shields, of Florida. 3
(2) Samuel Allen Coleman, married Gertrude Shields, of Florida.
4 children.
(3) Henry Lee Coleman.
(4) Sarah Isabelle Coleman, married (1st) Howard L. Allen.
(2nd) J. R. Shelton.
(5) George Wade, married Miss Latie Skipper, of Florida.

* * * * * * *

Stephen Crosby married Charity Coleman, but I do not know her
connection with my great grandfather, David Roe Coleman.
Their children were: William, Tom, Stephen, David, Sally, Eliza.
The above William Crosby married Miss Thomas, of Union County.
They are the grandparents of Uncle Butler Estes.
Tom Crosby married Miss Parks. Mrs. Susan (Lemuel) Estes
descendants are from him. (Misses Maude Durham, sisters and broth-
ers). Stephen married Miss Frances Nevitt. Mrs. Daisy Stone, Corn-
well Stone, is from him. Also, Claude and D. P. Crosby. David
married Miss Ederington. Mrs. Daisy (Crosby) Stone is also from
him, her brothers and sister, thru their father. Sallie married
Charles Douglas. Dr. Jim Douglas and brothers from her. Dr.
Charles McLurkin. Eliza married ____.

I have heard my grandfather speak of "Uncle Sol," who was, I

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suppose, brother of his uncle, David Roe Coleman, but I do not
know more of him, but feel sure he lived and died near my
The Solomon Coleman who lived in the old house known as the
"Solomon House" was son of William Coleman, the 1st, and conse-
quently a cousin of David Roe ("Daddy Dave"). Eva and Clarence
Jeter, of Union County, are his great-great grandchildren.
Robert Roe Coleman (brother of "Daddy") was called "Partin."
They were great for "nicknames," and 'tis kept up to the present day.
Churches, of course, were few and far between when these men
were young, from 1780 to 1830, and the customs were primitive, what
we of this forward age would call very rude, I suppose. They were
more natural and sincere, no doubt. Not far from here (back of the
present Widener old home), near the new negro church, was a church
building, or house of meeting. The young men and boys would gather
to play marbles, pitch horseshoes, jump, etc., before the preaching
began, on Sunday mornings. I think this just creditable as some of
the Sunday practices of this great civilized time. There were two
preachers that visited this meeting house to preach. One (I think
named Gwin) would arrive, reprimand those engaged in playing games,
call them into the house. Of course, they didn't go then. The
preacher would, no doubt, pay them his compliments in a way he
liked and consign them to the place he thought they would be sure
to go.
Another preacher, William Woodward, on his meeting day, would
arrive and join those engaged in games, taking a part. Then say,
"Now, boys, let's go in the church, for preaching." Every one would
follow him in, behave themselves, and no doubt were benefitted, for
he must have been a noble character. On one occasion (remember he
was a believer in a literal hell of fire, in the hereafter, and
that all must go there who were not believers), he said in his
preaching, (to make the dread of the horrible place as fearful as
possible, no doubt), "that the bottom of Hell was covered with
infants, not a span long," and looking over to Robert Roe Coleman,
(he called him Partin) (they were good friends), said, "Now,
Partin, you don't believe that." Partin said, "No, I'll be damned
if I do."
The present day Baptists say such a doctrine was never preached,
but we have the above testimony, handed down by those who had heard
it, and like "Partin," would be damned before believing it.
Perhaps 30 years or more after this, at a Baptist Church,
established several miles from the spot just described, as a place
of meeting, the preacher paid his compliments to the Universalist
belief in a way that

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pleased himself and really knowing nothing of it, then said he
hoped there were none under the sound of his voice who believed
such a sinful, God dishonoring doctrine. Andrew Feaster rose from
his seat, standing in full view, said, "here is one." The preacher
was rather taken aback, but was very sorry that anyone was so
blinded and on such a mistaken road.

And perhaps 40 years later, a daughter of Andrew Feaster,
Drusilla Rawls, living in Columbia, South Carolina, again stood for
the faith. A Presbyterian preacher (her son and his wife belonged
to the Presbyterian Church) was calling on the family, and taking
it for granted that she, too, was of his flock, said something to
that effect. She told him "No, she was a member of the Universalist
Church." "Why! My dear madam, I am surprised! How comes it you have
strayed away thus?" She answered, "I haven't strayed, they have
done the straying. I am where I belong, and always have been." (And
for the 60 years of her life in that city she never "strayed" from
the faith of her fathers. Often times, too, she knew of no other
of like faith in the place.

* * * * * * *



Henry Coleman Yongue, died August__, 1885.
Laura Yongue Owings, died April 13, 1908.
sarah Yongue Turner, died November__, 1913.
Drusilla Yongue Propst, died October 17, 1914.
Hester Caroline Coleman, died December 25,1914.
Edward Wilson Coleman, died February 26, 1917.
Chanie Isabel Coleman, died March 13,1917.
Sallie Coleman Lauderdale, died October 15, 1917 (?)
Mary Coleman Roney, died October 30, 1917.
James Marsh Coleman, died December 13, 1917.
John Gladden Coleman, died December 13, 1919.
Moses Cockrell Stone, died March, 1920.
J. Feaster Lyles, died April 3, 1920.
Henry Gladden Colvin, died June 1, 1920.
Julia Feaster Coleman (of Florida) died June 4, 1920.
Jacob Feaster Coleman (of Mississippi) died July 6, 1920. (This was
the son of Griffin R. of Winston County.)
Jane Gladden Wright, died December 14, 1920.

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John Lipsey Manning (of Marietta, Georgia), died 1922.
Dr. John Robert Coleman, died July 24, 1922.
Jacob Feaster Coleman died August 7, 1925. (This One of Fairfield).
Henry Calhoun Coleman, died November 25, 1925.

Hiram Henry Coleman, son of Robert Roe Coleman, and wife, Nancy
Coleman, was born April 30, 1803. Died April 1837. Married
Elizabeth Beam (Born April 8, 1808, died February 18, 1892)
the 4th of February, 1827. Their children:
1. Susan Rebecca, born December l, 1827, married John Feaster
Cockrell, 5th September, 1848. Died December 27, 1850. One
child, Lizzie, born June 28, 1849, who married Rufus Lumpkin.
One son, John (never married).
2. Nancy Elizabeth, born March 6, 1830. Died December 14, 1898.
Married David Roe Coleman, born September 4, 1827, died
August 20, 1894.
3. Robert Henry, born October 1, 1832, died June 24, 1862, while
in service of Confederate War. Married Julia Ann Feaster, Feb-
ruary 7, 1856. With the first money she received as pension, she
bought a marker for his grave. (Robert R. Coleman cemetery),
1901. She died in Florida, June 4, 1920. They had two sons,
Lewis Andrew and Robert Feaster Coleman the later died young.
Lewis married Zura Carter, in Florida. 4 sons and 2 daughters.
4. Edward A., born May 2, 1835, married Nancy E. Coleman,
granddaughter of William Coleman, uncle of David Roe (Coleman) Sr.
They had no children. He died while in service, buried at
Petersburg, Virginia, August 19, 1862.
5. Dr. Hiram S., born October 6, 1837, died January 2, 1866.

Albert Beam, son of Albert Beam and Sarah Halsey, died June 12,
1847. Born about 1770. She, Sarah Mayo the daughter of John Mayo
and Elizabeth Richardson, was born about 1773, died January 1, 1848.

William Coleman (son of Solomon Coleman and wife, Betty Elam)
was born November 9, 1809, died December, 1878, married Drusilla
Coleman (daughter of Robert Fitz Coleman and wife, Susannah
Feaster), born October 23, 1812, married June 7, 1830, died
September 14, 1875. Had 11 children. (They moved from South
Carolina to

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Randolph County, Georgia, in early married life, and are buried
William, Robert and Francis died in infancy.
Elizabeth Susan married Gov. A. K. Allison, of Quincy, Florida.
She died November, 1895. One daughter, Sarah Fannin. She married
Ross Harris.
Rebecca married George Everett. No children. Died in 1869.
Isabella married William Boone. No children.
Henry married Emma Gormly. 2 children, Ernest and Carrie.
Alice married Joseph Alva Slaughter. 3 children, Mary Eliza, Wil-
liam B. and Isabella Coleman.
David married Sibbie Wilcox. No children. He died in 1860.
Carolina. Single.
Mary Eliza. Single.

(Henry above died, l think, in 1912.)

Copied in 1917 by Miss Eva Colvin

July, 1772. William Coleman, 100 acres on Beaver Creek. (Re-
ferred to in Fairfield Record Book Z, Page 433).
February 11, 1773. Francis Coleman, 150 acres on a branch of
Beaver Creek, bounded by lands of Francis Coleman, Clement Mobile
(sic) and vacant land.
October 15, 1784. Robert Coleman, 250 acres Bonny's Fork.

October 15, 1784. Charles Coleman, 100 acres.
About the same dates of these early Coleman grants there were
Colemans granted lands in Edgefield, Union, Abbbeville, Pendleton,
Orangeburg, Kershaw, and Darlington.

1785. Elijah Beam, 150 acres, Beaver Creek.
April 3, 1786. Edward Roe, 150 acres, Pee Dee, Cheraw.
1787. James Roe, 400 acres, Camden District.
1788. Solomon Roe, 80 acres, Seneca R., Ninety Six.

No. 263. Book N. Issued the 1st of April, 1785, to Mr. Andrew

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Roe for nine pounds sixteen shillings & five pence Sterling for
110 days militia duty in 1779. Acct. audited.
No. 264. Book N. issued the 1st April, 1885, to Mr. Solomon Roe
for Eighteen Pounds twelve shillings and ten pence-farthing
Sterling for 261 days militia duty. Acct. audited.

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Part II

I will first copy what William Edrington wrote of the Feasters
and Colemans in his history of Fairfield County. He got these
facts, no doubt from members of each family, men who were his
contemporaries He lived to be a very old man.
"Andrew Feaster, the first settler of the name (the name was
then spelled Pfister) in 1740 emigrated to this state (South
Carolina) from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His father, Peter,
died on the road and was buried somewhere in Virginia. From him
was descended the present family of Feasters of the Beaver Creek
section of this county, Better known as the Feasterville
township. He had a cousin, John Feaster, who came at the same
time and settled in Edgefield County. He was the great-grandfather
of Laurens Feaster, of the "Dark Corner" section.
Andrew Feaster was twice married (first wife's name not known),
by the first wife only one daughter, Martha, who married William
Colvin, of the Sandy River section of Chester County, now known as
the Halsellville township, and near where John Simpson now lives.
She moved with some of her children to Greene County, Alabama, and
lived to be quite an old lady, over 100 years. Most of her children
died before she did, several going further West, into Louisiana and
Texas. Her son, Tom Colvin, married Savilla Mobley, and their son,
"Long." Thomas Colvin's daughter, Mary, married Nehemiah Cobb.
Their son, Tom, married Dora Steele; their daughter, Fannie,
married Herbert Gosa, great-great-grandson of David Roe Coleman.

Peter Pfeister came to America from the Canton of Berne,
Switzerland, wife and son, Andrew, and perhaps other children, in
1754 on the ship "Brothers." They settled in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania. Andrew changed the spelling of the name to its
present form about 1767. He married in Philadelphia a widow,
Mrs. Peter Cooper (her maiden name was Margaret Fry). She had four
children: Adam, Eve, Peter and Eliza. 'Tis not known just when they
left Pennsylvania for the south, some tradition saying 1770,
others nearer 1780. Peter Pfeister was then a very old man. There
isn't a thing known about his wife, mother of Andrew. They feared
the journey would be too much for him, and Andrew suggested waiting
for his father's death before leaving Pennsyl-

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vania. But he insisted on their going and bringing him along,
saying "Heaven is as near one place as another, and if he died
on the way, why bury him there." They were six months on the way,
and Peter died in Virginia. Brave old man, and how sad the son must
have felt, leaving that spot. I hope the burial was in a graveyard,
where others lay. They travelled on to Georgia [Wilkes County]
perhaps there were a number together, for its probable the
Colvins came then. When they reached the Savannah River, news
of the Indians being on the war-path further on caused them to come
back to South Carolina, where they bought land. The first
settlement we know of being the place known as tile Wyatt Coleman
place, he getting it through his wife, Ailsy Cockrell, who was a
granddaughter of Andrew, and inherited the land after death of her
uncle Jacob Feaster, who left no children. The whole neighborhood
around here for many years was known as Feasterville.
There is a Feasterville in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and a
family graveyard. The names on the stones and the traditions in
the neighborhood go back to the same generation as Andrew
Feaster, and there is a John Feaster, who might have been his
brother. They have a tradition of two brothers, but know nothing of
any going South. They are not Universalists, but belong to some
German church. They do not know of Peter Feaster (Pfeister), Sr.,
of Switzerland. Think they are Germans, but never heard who came to
this country first, nor from where.
Andrew Feaster, Jr. was a silversmith, a cabinet maker, a
Captain of South Carolina State Militia, and a Free Mason. He was
much attached to his brother, John, and bequeathed his property to
John's children. He died January 25, 1808, being shot by mistake
for Ezekiel Woolley, his brother-in-law, who was the Sheriff. The
latter had summoned a posse to assist in capturing a criminal,
Shadrack Jacobs, by name, and Andrew Feaster, Jr. was one of the
number. It was after dark, and Jacobs shot Andrew, who was riding
the Sheriff's white horse, and had on the Sheriff's hat. Twenty
years after, he was brought back from Texas and was hung in
Winnsboro for the crime. He stated that he had supposed the
rider of the white horse to be Woolly, whom he had sworn to kill,
and regretted deeply having shot Andrew Feaster. The latter was
carried to the old Gov. Means home, at old Buckhead, and died on
the floor in front of the fire. It was said that blood stains marked
the spot as long as the house stood.

In the office of the Historical Commission of South Carolina, W.
W. Dixon, in 1915, found the following records:

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United States of America, Dr., to Andrew Feaster, Cr., to 50 Bu.
of Oats.
This is to certify that Andrew Feaster has supplied Col. Henry
Hampton with a mare.

Patrick Walsh, Com.

This is to certify that Andrew Feaster has supplied Henry Hamp-
ton's Regt. Lt. Dragoons with 2 acres of Oats. Given under my
hand and seal this 27th day of June.


Beaver Creek, May 16, 1755.
Gentlemen, Pay Thomas Lehre such indent or indents as may ap-
pear to be due me, from the State of South Carolina, or from the
United States.

To the Commissioner of the Treasury, Book O, No. 321.
Amt. 23 L, 45-3 1/4 d
To the above receipt is given. THOS. LEHR.

Copy of some inscriptions from Feaster Grave Yard, Fairfield County,
South Carolina.

On Monument

Andrew Feaster, Jr., Departed this life 25th January 1808, in the 23rd
year of his age. A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Andrew Feaster, Sr., Departed this life the 15th day of July 1821, in
the 86th year of his age. A native of the Canton of Berne, Switzer-
Margaret Fry Cooper, his wife, departed this life the 10th of October,
1823, aged 95 years. A native of Philadelphia.
John Feaster, Departed this life the 17th day of March, 1848, in the 80th
year of his age. A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Drusilla Mobley, his wife, departed this life the 15th of April, 1807, in
the 33rd year of her age.

Children of Andrew Feaster, Sr. (besides Andrew, Jr., above) and
John, who were not buried in the Feaster Grave Yard, were: Daughters,
Martha (in Alabama), Margaret (in Georgia), Susannah, in family
Cockrell Graveyard, on McLures Creek. Ailsey, and Jacob, near his
home place.

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Many descendants of Andrew Feaster have joined the Daughters of the
American Revolution Society on his record of service.


1st son--John Christopher Columbus Feaster, born January 19, 1819.
Married Martha Cason, May 15, 1840.
Nathan Andrew Feaster, born October 8, 1820. Married (1st) Martha
Louisa Rawls, November 25, 1846. She died 1848. (2nd) Emma Brown,
who died 1855. (3rd) Annette McClanahan.
Jacob Jefferson Norris Feaster, born September 30, 1822. Married
Amelia Boozer, August 14, 1852. She died in N. Y. City, 1870.
(2nd) Mrs. Twitchell.
Elbert Henry Feaster, born September 1, 1824, married Caroline M.
Teague, February 22, 1849.
Trezevant Dc Graffenried Feaster, born September 23, 1826, married
(1st) Martha D. McConnell, December 11 , 1849. She and baby
died January 20, 1855, 20 years of age. (2nd) Julia Collins, who
died February, 1858. Two children: Trez Collins and Mary Jose-
phine, died young. (3rd) Mary Cubbison. 3 children of third mar-
riage, Florence Grace, born March 18, 1864, Frank Cubbison, and
child who died aged 10.
Mary Drusilla Feaster, born December 28, 1828, married Dr. Thomas
Rawls, May 18, 1847.
Sophia Caroline Feaster, born May 2, 1831, married William S. Wil-
liams, May 26, 1852. Both died in Texas.
Chaney Isabel Feaster, born April 25, 1833, married William A. Loner-
gan, July 15, 1852. Died September 15, 1863.
Julia Ann Feaster, born April 18, 1835, married Robert Henry Cole-
man, on February 7, 1856.
Sarah Rebecca Feaster, born May 9, 1837, married George D. Butler
On June 14, 1857, and died December 11, 1861.
Margaret Narcissa Feaster, born September 15, 1839, never married.

* * * * * * *

Arthur Trezevant Feaster, Jr., of Birmingham, Alabama, married Miss
Evelyn Moore, of Auburn, Alabama, June, 1919.
Anna Varina Tribble, of Anderson, married Thomas Butler Pierce, in
1915 (in the Fall).
* He born August 25, 1793. She, April 15, 1800. He died April 15, 1869.
She died August 23, 1878.

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Another daughter of Emma Feaster Tribble married 1. Frank Johnson.
Miss Alline Harmon Of Lexington and Hiram Shinn Allen were married
October, 1919.
Narcissa Coleman (of Florida), married Otto Hecken, of Denmark, at
Panama, March 1, 1916.
Robert Feaster Coleman (brother of Narcissa above) married Julia
Hayes, of Wilmington, North Carolina, July 1916.
Isabel Feaster Lyles married William F. Hetrick in 1913.


No. 321. Lib. O. Issued 14th April, 1785 to Andrew Feaster for 23
lbs. 4 shillings & 3 1/4 d. Sterling for corn and for a mare lost in the
service 1780.

The following is record kept by Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman, in a
pencil tablet:

Drusilla Mobley, daughter of Samuel Mobley and Mary Wagner, was
born about 1770. Tradition says she was 16 when she married John
Feaster, and he 18 years of age. He was born in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, in 1768. Samuel Mobley lived near Beaver Creek, on
Poplar Ridge, as that particular place is yet called, and he and
his wife are buried somewhere in that vicinity.
As near as can be ascertained, Drusilla Mobley and John Feaster
were married perhaps in 1786. John Feaster had gone from the
western part of what is now Fairfield County, bought land and
settled on Beaver Creek, very near the homes of Hans Wagner and
Samuel Mobley. The children of Drusilla Mobley Feaster were:
Andrew, who was killed in infancy by a colt running over him in
the yard; Susan, Hiram, Andrew (named after the first), Jacob, Mary
(called Polly), Chaney, Savilla, John Mobley. The last an infant
at his mothers death the 15th of April, 1807.

It must have been hard living for the women of that day, as we
note the number of children and the mothers dying young. The
grandparents, Andrew Feaster and wife, Margaret Fry, were living
for more than 10 years after this mother died, and they helped
care for the 7 children who grew up. John Feaster had become what
was considered well-to-do by that time, had built a house of a
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and a cemetery was started near that home. Drusilla may have been
near the first to sleep in the quiet, isolated spot now, still
taken care of by her descendants. Very little is known of her, as
she died while her children were small, and the older ones living
didn't think to inquire of the grandfather who could have told
them. It was said by her brother, John, that she was the "best
looking" of his sisters, and must have been trained in the homely
duties of a good housekeeper, as tradition tells of an occasion
when a lady of the Means family (who lived near her on these same
Beaver Creek lands) was dining with her, complimented her for the
beautifully prepared butter, and asked for the loan of her "print,"
so that she could fix hers in like manner. The reply was that her
hand was her "print."
Her home was near Fort Wagner, and less than a mile from where
Hans Wagner and his wife are buried.
The seven (7) children of Drusilla Mobley Feaster who grew up
and married--Susan, Andrew, Jacob, Mary, Chaney, Savilla, John
Mobley. (Hiram and Andrew died young).
1. Susan was the mother of 8 children.
2. Andrew, the father of 11 children.
3. Jacob, the father of 7 children.
4. Mary, the mother of 16 children.
5. Chaney, the mother of 10 children.
6. Savilla, the mother of 9 children.
7. John Mobley, the father of 5 children.
Total 67 children.

Grandchildren's names

Susan's: William, David Roe, Elizabeth, Drusilla, Edith, Eliza,
John, Andrew, Susan.
Andrew's: John Christopher Columbus, Nathan Andrew, Jacob Norris,
Elbert Henry, Trezevant de Graffenreid, Mary Drusilla, South Caro-
lina, Chaney Isabel, Julia Ann, Sarah Rebecca, Margaret Narcissa.
Jacob's: Jacob Fry, Edith Drusilla, John Coleman, Elizabeth Susan,
David Roe, Sarah Isabelle, Mary Andrews.
Polly's: John Feaster, Robert Williams, Jacob, David Roe, Elizabeth
Drusilla, Sarah, Benjamin Franklin, Preston, Allen, Henry Jonathan,
George Washington.
Chaney's: David Andrew, Savilla Elizabeth, Mary Kizanna, John Al-
bert Feaster, Margaret Drusilla, Susan Isabella, Henry Alexander,
Edith, Sarah Amanda, Robert Charles.

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Savilla's: Chancy, james, Jane, John, Sarah, Andrew, Feaster, Robert,
Alexander, Hallie.
John Mobley's: Elizabeth, John Picket, Drusilla, Jacob, Sarah.

Susan, 1st Daughter of Drusilla, married Robert Fitz Coleman. Her
exact age is not known, but he was born August 26, 1789, the 1 st child of
David Roe Coleman, who was married September l3, 1787. 'Tis prob-
able that John Feaster and Drusilla Mobley were married about the same
time, and Susan may have been near the age of her husband. She died
January 15, 1829, leaving an infant 2 weeks old. This infant (named
Susan) was taken to the heart and home of her sister, Chaney, nursed
with her son, John A. F. Coleman.
Her oldest children died young, names William, David Roe. Eliza-
beth. Drusilla, the oldest that lived, grew up and married William
Coleman, son of Solomon, who was first cousin of David Roe, named
above. The children of Drusilla and William Coleman were: Rebecca,
Mary Eliza, Caroline Isabel, Henry. They moved to Randolph County,
Georgia, when the first two or three children were small, before the War,
maybe as far back as 1840. For a long time now there has been no
communication and very little is known of these relatives. Henry, the
son, married and he had children. He is now dead. Isabel married, had
one child. She and it are dead. The other three sisters never married,
and two of them are alive at the old home, near Cuthbert, where also
Henry lived.
William Coleman. who married Drusilla, was an ardent Universalist.
In 1850 he wanted the Convention to meet at his place. As there was no
church of that faith anywhere near, he built a church almost entirely at
his own expense, costing at least $500.00, had it ready for the meeting
in August. He was a tall, well formed man, intelligent, pleasant
mannered. Was member of the Legislature of Georgia several times
about 1873. The family went into Spiritualism, finding much comfort and
Edith, the next daughter, married Michael Adkins. A daughter and
son were born to them. The daughter, Lizzie, the son named Michael.
Mr. Adkins died, and she afterwards married Andrew Hancock. Their
first son named Robert. The son and daughter of first marriage born
about 1826 or 1827.
The two families, Drusilla and William Coleman, Edith and Andrew
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hood, near Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia. Lizzie Adkins mar-
ried an Allison, and has descendants there. Michael married and
has descendants. The children of Edith and Andrew Hancock were:
Robert, John, Zack, Drusilla, Sallie. Some of them still live in
that county.
John married and settled in Greene County, Alabama, where
several uncles and brothers of his father had already gone.
Don't know wife's name, nor children. Some of them went to Texas,
very few living.
Andrew married after going to Georgia, where his sisters lived.

Eliza, 3rd daughter, married Martin Coleman (brother of William,
who married her sister, Drusilla). She was only 13 years old at
time of marriage, was a widow in 6 months. A year or so later
married James Brennan. To them one child was born, a girl named
Mary, who lived to be 4 years old. Said to be a most beautiful
child. So strikingly beautiful, that her looks were spoken of 50
years after her death by relatives of her mother, who also was
called a beautiful girl, blue eyed and brown haired. She was a
widow again & married the 3rd time before she was twenty, to John
Q. Arnette. Of this marriage were--Feaster, Berry, Susan and Robert
Coleman. Feaster and Berry went west after the War, died leaving no
children. Susan, also a beauty of her mother's style, married her
mother's first cousin, Andrew Cameron. Three boys were born to
them--Robert, Andrew and Sam. The two first died young, very
beautiful children. Before the birth of Sam, the father, a
physician, died ot consumption, [in Lincoln County, Ga.] The bereft
wife went home to her mother, where the little boy who never saw
his father, came to comfort her the few years she lived. Then the
grandmother, who had gone thru so much of sadness and trouble, her
only daughter gone when she so much needed her, in old age, raised
this grandson. Years before Mr. Arnett had died, and for the 4th
time Eliza entered the matrimonial state, when her youngest son,
Robert, was 16 years old, marrying Wesley Mayfield who was a kind
husband and a father to her daughter and son. She, with Mr.
Arnett, went to live in Georgia, where her two sisters and brother
lived, supposedly soon after they married. Mr. Arnette died there.
She came back and lived till her death in 1890, on land left her
by her father, her home being near where he and Susan Feaster
settled, also near where they are buried, and where she and her
daughters are buried. Mr. Mayfield lived on at the old home till
his death two years ago, being 96 years old. The grandson, Sam,
grew to manhood, graduated in medicine, and practiced his
profession, until his health failed. He, too, died of consumption.
He was the last of the Cameron name, is buried at

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Salem Presbyterian Churchyard, where also later his uncle, Dr. R. C.
Arnette, was buried.
Robert Coleman Arnette was youngest child of Eliza. He and his
sister grew up at a thne when live was easy and enjoyable for young
people in the country. There were slaves to carry on the work,
making bountiful living for all. There were many young cousins
within their circle of acquaintances, who were much together,
lovely girls and fine young men, many of them musicians, and all
loved to dance. All had riding horses, and the distance between
homes did not count.
Robert Arnette also chose the medical profession, graduating at
Louisville, Kentucky. He married Miss Kittie Evans, of
Monticello, South Carolina, about 1875. Their children: John,
Robert, Susan, Mary and Julian.
John, a farmer, married Miss Simonton, has two children, lives
at the old Evans home. Susan married Edwin Lucas, lives in
Walhalla, has 3 children. Mary married ____. Robert married ___ Hall,
lives at White Oak, South Carolina, has 3 children. Julian, in
Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Arnette was a successful physician and the pet and comfort
of his mother.

* * * * * * *

Susan, the youngest child of Susan Feaster, two weeks old at the
death of her mother, married Dr. Samuel B. McLurkin, who was
physician for many years to the whole surrounding country. She was
the mother of three children, Eliza, Sarah Bell and Sam. She died
young. Buried at Beaver Creek Baptist Church. Eliza married Robert
Mills, of Blackstock, South Carolina. Her children: Edna, the
oldest, married Mr. Eben Pryor, died in short time, leaving no
child. Sam Young, who is in California, Eugene lives in Rock Hill,
married Ida Strauss, has several children. Susie married ___, lives
in Rock Hill, has children. Mrs. Mills lives in Rock Hill, South
Carolina. Sarah Bell married Rev. Robert Perry, of Lancaster
County. They had three children, Mary, Robert, and Helen.
3rd daughter of Drusilla, Chaney, married to Henry Alexander
Coleman, December 5, 1822. She was born August 29, 1800. He was
born September 5, 1797. She died July 11, 1878. He, July 21, 1877.
She was the mother of 10 children, i.e.:
David Andrew, born September 16, 1823.
Savilla Elizabeth, born August 20, 1825.

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Edith, (died an infant), born May 1, 1827.
John Albert Feaster, born June 9, 1828.
Margaret Drusilla, born July 5, 1830.
Isabella Susan, born October 3, 1832.
Henry Alexander, born November 17, 1835.
Mary Kizanna (died an infant), born January 7, IX38.
Sallie Edith Amanda, born January 28, 1840.
Robert Charles, born January 31, 1842.

Chancy Feaster was of fair complexion, blue eyes, light colored,
curly hair, features very much like her father. Rather small in
size, of a kind, affectionate nature, patient with hindrances,
always ready to excuse and regard kindly the faults of others. Her
children loved her dearly, finding her a companion in what pleased
them, her consideration always being for their pleasure. Her
husband was of like nature, tho' jolly, loving fun of all laughter
producing and congeniality of spirit, kind. Loved music and
dancing, played the violin. Their home was a favorite place for the
numerous nieces and nephews to gather and in their older days, have
heard manny recall the good times at this home, the best they had.
Her father opposed her marriage, as three of his children had
already married Colemans. If he had aught against the character of
Henry A. Coleman, 'tis not known. This was a great grief to her, as
she dearly loved her father. Had only a faint recollection of her
mother. The father opposing, she was married at the home of her
sister, Susan, and sevcral years passed before she was forgiven and
visited by him--not til after the death of her third child, when
she was very ill. Tho' she never was known to criticize the
treatment received, nor did her children, as far as known. Several
of the children of Drusilla were of a more stern nature, speaking
in an emphatic manner, that made some stand in awe of them. Not so
with Chaney. She was ever sweet natured and approachable. When she
lay in the last sleep, that knows no waking, one of her nephews, of
a very unemotional, undemonstrative nature himself, stood looking
at her, with eyes filled with tears (unusual). He said, "She was
always good to me, always made me welcome."
When her 4th child was 6 months old, her sister, Susan, died,
leaving an infant 2 weeks old. Chaney took this baby and nursed it
with her own boy, John, and kept her in her home most of the time
until she (Susan) married Dr. S. B. McLurkin (at her home).
Chaney had the sorrows that came to all. Two children lost in
infancy. Her youngest son lost his life by drowning in river near

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Charleston, in 1862, while stationed there. Next youngest died from
effects of wound received at battle of Manassas in 1863. Her oldest
son died of pneumonia, contracted while nursing his brother, John
(who was very ill with same) in 1863. For 3 months John was ill.
Sallie, the youngest, and said by her father, "to be the best of
you all," died July 28, 1858, having been married just a year, only
18. Her oldest daughter (married and mother of 7 children) was an
invalid, in bed 4 years. Her recovery, restored health for some
years afterward was miraculous. Two daughter married and moved away
to Georgia, and the ways of communication and travel were not like
that of this time, of course, many anxious hours were spent about
them. When Sherman's army started on its famous march, the husband
of one daughter was in the Confederate Army, the other an invalid
who had been exempted from active service. The two families, with
their slaves, refugeed to the home of their parents in South
Carolina, where they remained for several years. On the return to
Georgia, where the country had been swept, as Sherman said, life
was hard for many years.
The parents, Chaney and Henry, so sorely bereft in many ways,
called on their only son left, John, to come to their home and
manage the large farm, part of which had a mortgage of $9,500 on
it, made during the war, when Henry A. Coleman bought the lands of
Solomon Coleman, very near his own home. John, his wife and two
children, Sam and Jennie, came to this home in December, 1865. And
never did son and daughter-in-law, more nobly fulfill all duties
toward these parents in their old days
John Albert Feaster (Coleman) married Juliana Stevenson, October
13, 1853. He died April 30, 1898. She, December 3, 1913. Their
children: Samuel Stevenson, Jennie Isabel, Henry David, Mary
Feaster, Chaney Savilla.

Sam married Sarah Rebecca Gladden (descendant of Polly Mobley).
Their children: Kate, Annie Belle, Jesse Gladden, John A. F.


John Mobley Feaster, married Kizanna Pickett, about 1826. He
lived in home of his father, probably for awhile, or near by, as
they had a store in partnership. Then he built a home very near
the church, built by his father in 1834, and inheriting the land
surrounding and on which the Church was built, he gave a deed
of 6 acres to the church.

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merchant there for several years. Finally went to Florida, Alachua
County, in 1848. After the war, he went lower down, on Indian
River, in Brevard County, purchased land and settled with his
nephews and nieces and son and daughter. Lived there till his
death, though some of his family lived on in Alachua County and are
there yet. His wife, Kizanna, probably died in Alachua County.
Their children:
Elizabeth (called Lizzie), married a Mr. Reeves. They had 3 or 4
children. Ed and Agnes grew up and married. Ed married a Miss
Johnson. Has children, lives in his grandfather's old home, at
Micanopy. Anges first married Everett, from Ducan. Do not know of
her children.
John Pickett, oldest son of John M. Feaster, married Rebecca
Kennedy, of Sumter County, South Carolina. She is still living at
Rochelle, Florida, Alachua County. Their children are: Jacob, John,
Lottie and Mary. John married and has a big family. Jacob and
Andrew, unmarried, live with their mother. Lottie and Mary
married Zetrousers, and had families.
Jacob, son of John M. Feaster, married 1st a Ann Crankfield. One
daughter, Kizanna, married, but has no children. 2nd marriage, a
Miss Lynn, and the children are Jack, Bessie, Lola, Sallie, Otis
and Lynn. All of these live in Florida.
Drusilla, 2nd daughter of John M. Feaster, married her 1st
cousin, James Cameron. He going to Florida to live. They had one
daughter, Chaney (Called Nanie). Drusilla 2nd time married Adger
McCrory, and her daughter married Charles McCrorey, nephew of her
husband. They have two children, live somewhere in Georgia.
John M. Feaster, after making a home in lower Florida, married
Dorcas Mobley McCrorey, his first cousin, and whose son, Charles,
married his granddaughter, Nanie. She died of yellow fever.
Robert Charles, the youngest of Chaney's children, was born
January 31, 1842. The spoiled pet of the family, his life was happy
in all that a country boy could enjoy. One day he went hunting and
seeing a large, very scary object in the bushes, he fired at it,
and ran in great hurry to the house, and said, "Pappy, I killed
a bear!" The father, going to investigate, found he had killed one
of his large hogs. He was small of stature, with a handsome,
clear-cut face, curly black hair, and sparkling black eyes. He,
too, was, as were most of the Colemans and Feasters of that
generation, a splendid fiddler. And like the others, he went to the
war, was drowned at Church Flats, John's Island, near Charleston,
South Carolina, Friday, the 6th June, 1862. He was 3d Serg't., Co.
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Volunteers. The soldiers were in bathing, he took Cramps, and went
down before 'twas understood he needed help. Several days before
his body was recovered. Brother John, there waiting, and walking
the shore in agony of distress, the body at last brought home to
the parents, to be laid by "Sallie," in the little cemetery. For
years the mother had a feeling that maybe her boy, her baby, would
return, that he was not drowned, but carried off to sea, and that
'twas not his body (which she was not allowed to see). But comrades
knew it was he. And all, who knew and loved, carried in their
hearts ever since the memory of "little Bob."
Thus the partial record of the history of Chaney and her
descendants is closed. Some may think there is too much praise, and
an entire lack of faults, of which all surely have their share. Can
testify truthfully that the faults were of minor importance. No
truer, better man and woman, made a home and reared children
in Feasterville than Chaney Feaster and Henry A. Coleman.
Their children, of like character. May the same be said unto the
last generation: (Something seems to be missing here, as paper
continues with: Their children are:
(Dr.) David Andrew, Mary Edith, Sarah Isabel, Henry Alexander,
Cornelia Ella (Nell), Hester Caroline, Rebecca Owens.

NOTE BY ETTA ROSSON: These are the children of Henry Cole-
man and his wife Anna Owens. Henry Coleman was son of David
Andrew Coleman, son of Henry Alexander Coleman.

Dr. David is a popular physician, located at Blackstock, South
Carolina. Married Miss Lizzie Clowney (descendant of Sam Mobley and
Mary Wagner). Their children are: Robert Henry, Anna Glenn, David
Andrew, Thaddeus Carmichael, Margaret Brice.

Mary Edith, a lovely young lady, is homekeeper (Their mother
leaving them some years ago) for the father and sisters.

Sarah Isabel, "Nell," and Carrie, fine girls, and graduates of
Winthrop College, are successful teachers, having schools in
different parts of the state.

Rebecca is yet a college girl, pretty, and of the friendly
humorous nature of her mother. Carrie was principal of a large
school the past term. Is almost a reproduction in appearance of her
Great aunt, Drusilla Coleman. Henry Alexander, is a tall, fine
looking man, has a good business reputation, and bright future.

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Hester Caroline died unmarried, December 25, 1914, aged 63. A
good, unmselfish character, loved and respected by the large
family connection. Her life was spent quietly in the service of
others. Specially attending to the mother, who was an invalid in
body and mind for several years. Interested greatly in the nieces
and nephews growing up around her. Always pleasant.

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Part III

Those who wish more detailed information on the Mobleys are
urged to refer to "Hill and Hill-Moberley connections of Fairfield
County, South Carolina." a 326 page work compiled by George A. Hill
and published in 1961. Since this excellent compilation is already
in printed form it has not been duplicated in this book.


As the facts were given by John Mobley, the son of Samuel, to
John Coleman Feaster, the grandson of his sister, Drusilla.


1. William Mobley ( Rev. ) name of wife obliterated.
2. Clement Mobley (Capt.Rev.), married Mary Fox.
3. Ben Mobley (Rev.), married Widow Hill (1st), married
4. Edward Mobley (Rev.), married Drusilla Meador.
5. John Mobley (Rev.), married Mary Beam.
6. Samuel Mobley (Rev.), married Mary Wagoner.
7. Polly Mobley, married Thomas Halsey.
8. Susannah Mobley, married Lewis Meador.
9. Sally Mobley, married Jason Meador.
10. Elizabeth Mobley, married Job Meador.
11. Kesiah Mobley, married Thomas Meador.
12. Dorcas Mobley. married Richard Hill.


1. Eliaser Mobley (Capt. Rev.), married Widow Lyles.
2. William Mobley, married Fanny Rodgers.
3. Samuel Mobley, died single.
4. Isham Mobley, married Susannah Mobley.
5. Gemima Mobley, married Edward Lovejoy (Rev.) .
6. Thomas Mobley, (Capt. Rev.), married Mary Funderburg.
7. Dorcas Mobley, married William Hill (Rev.).
8. May Mobley, married Richard Hill (Rev.) .

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9. Kesiah Mobley, married Cullen Mobley (Rev.).
l0. Elizabeth Mobley, married Micajah Mobley (Rev.).


1. Edward Mobley, married Nancy Sutton.
2. Ben Mobley, married Mary Sutton.
3. Clem Mobley, married Pheby Lashly.
4. Billy Mobley, married Nancy Coleman.
5. Isiah Mobley (Rev.), married Fannie Coleman
6. Nancy Mobley, married Richard Nely.
7. Polly Mobley, married Charles Coleman.
8. Susannah Mobley, married Isham Mobley.


1. John Mobley, married Nancy Jenkins.
2. Ben Mobley, married Luvina Meador.
3. Edward Mobley, married Nancy Roebuck.
4. Margaret Mobley, married Francis Coleman.
5. Elizabeth Mobley, married William Cohnar (or Bohnar).
6. Polly Mobley, married James Rodgers.
(the above named children were children of his 1st wife) .
(Following are 2nd wife's children) .
7. Samuel Mobley, married a Shelton, in Kentucky.
8. Isaac Mobley, married a Shelton, in Kentucky.
9. Tabitha Mobley,married _____ Turner.
10. Nancy Mobley, married a Wilson (or Wilder) Addison.
11. Lucinda Mobley, married--not known whom.


1. William Mobley, married Betsy Jenkings.
2. Edward Mobley, married Amy Hill.
3. Levy Mobley, married Rachel Rable.
4. Reuben (?) Mobley, married Sarah Coleman.
5. Elizabeth Mobley, married Henry Rodgers.
6. Susannah Mobley.
7. Lavinia Mobley, married Henry (?) Chapman.


1. William Mobley, married Drusilla Meador.
2. Isaac Mobley, married _____Brown.

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3. Sally Mobley, married (unknown).
4. Susan Mobley.


1. Edward Mobley, married Polly Mabry.
2. Samuel Mobley, married widow, Elizabeth Whitehead, nee Pickett.
3. Biggers Mobley, married Joanah Corbell.
4. John Mobley, married "Caty" McLain.
5. Elizabeth Mobley, married Richard Mansel.
6. Drusilla Mobley, married John Feaster.
7. Susannah Mobley. married John Taylor.
8. Mary Mobley, married David Shannon.
9. Nancy Mobley, married Moses McCown.
10. Lucrecy Mobley, married John Robinson.
11. Savilla Mobley, married Tom Colvin.
12. Dorcas Mobley, married William Price.

Alexander Mobley, who married the widow Floyd, was 1st cousin to
Edward, the 1st, and had children Colin (Cullen) and Micajah.

Copied in 1917 by Miss Eva Colvin

Grants to Edward Moberley, John Mobley, Clement Moberly, Samuel
Moberley. Isham Moberley, Benjamin Mobley, 1770, 1771, 1772, 1774.
and 1776.

No. 178 Liber J. Issued the 10th of May, 1785 to Mr. Edw.
Moberley, Sr., for six pounds 8s/7d for 90 days Militia duty in 1781 &
1782. Account audited.
No. 179, Liber J. Issued the 10th May 1785 to Mr. Edward
Moberly. Jr., for Eight Pounds for militia duty 113 days in 1781. Acct.
No. 120, Liber N. Issued the 27th day of January 1785 to Mr.
John Coleman for 2 Lbs. 186 3/4 for 34 days militia duty. Acct.
No. 121, Liber N. Issued the 27 January 1785 to Mr. James

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Coleman for six Pounds Sterling 97 days duty done in the militia in
1782 Acct. audited.
No. 281, Book N. Issued the 2d day April 1785 to Mr. John Stone
for Seven Pounds five shillings sterling for 91 days militia
duty in 1781 & 1782.
174, Liber J. Issued the 10th May 1785 to Mr. Clement Moberley
for 12 pounds 18s/7d for 103 days militia duty and provisions
for public use in 1781 and 1782. Acct. audited.
No. 175, Book J. Issued the 10th May 1785 to Mr. John Moberly
for one pound l5s/8d Stlg. for 25 days militia duty in 1782. Acct
180. Issued the 10th May 1785 to Mrs. Isiah Mobley for six
pounds for 97 days militia duty in 1781 and '82. Acct. audited.
284 Liber O. Issued 13th April 1785 to Peter Cooper for 3 lb
Sterling for duty done in the militia in 1782. Acct. audited.
176, Liber J. Issued 10th May 1785 to Mr. William Moberly Jr.
for 4 lbs. 4/3 1/4 pence sterling for 59 days militia duty in 1781.
177, Liber J. Issued 10th May to Mr. Bing (Benj.) Moberley for
nineteen lbs. 14 shillings and 3 pence farthing Sterling for 192
days militia duty. 2 accts. audited.

Shelton, S. C.,
October 19, 1950.

Dear Cousin J. P.:

I am sending you the enclosed copy because you are descended as
I have indicated with red underlining, from our Moberley family
also. Edward Moberley, Sr., and several of his sons, including
your ancestor Clement Moberley, were Revolutionary soldiers
(already established in the DAR). Clement and Edward, (evidently
this Edward was the brother of Clement, but we are not sure--it
might have been the father) served in the Cherokee Indian War,
which, in this state, entitled descendants to membership in the
Colonial Dames, provided the family came to America before 1750,
which the Moberleys did, coming over in the 1600's. The father of
Edward Moberley, Sr., (1) on this sheet, was William Moberley,
first to come to this country (some think there is a lost
generation right in here, between William and the first S. C.
Dixon, states William was the father of Edward Sr. Anyway, he came

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over on one of Wm. Penn's ships, fell in love on shipboard with
Phoebe Lovejoy, governess in Penn's family, and married her. We are
descended from them.
Your Allen Roe Coleman md. Sallie Coleman, dtr. of Charles
Coleman and Polly Moberley. I am descended from this Edward through
Clement's brother, Samuel, who md. Mary (Polly) Wagner.
We are very anxious to hear the result of your research, on military
record of our Robert Coleman, as well as Va. and other records.
With Kind regards to you and your family, and best wishes,
Sincerely your cousin,

(1) Edward Moberley. Sr., born 1700, died 1787, md. in 1735, Su-
sannah de Ruel, born 1702, d. 1761. Children:
William, married ____Hill.
Clement, married Mary Fox.
Benjamin, married Miss Hill, a widow.
Edward, married Drucilla Meador.
John, married Mary Beam.
Samuel (b. about 1739, d. 1809), married Mary (Polly) Wag-
ner, 1761.
Polly, married Thomas Halsell.
Susannah. married Lewis Meador.
Sallie, married Jason Meador.
Elizabeth. married Job Meador.
Keziah. married Thomas Meador.
Dorcas. married Richard Hill.
(DAR Records Supplemental on Nat. No. 176,666) . Also,

(2) Clement Moberley. born 1746, in Bedford County, Virginia, d.
after 1831. in Crawford County, Arkansas. married Mary Fox.
Edward, married Nancy Sutton.
Benjamin, married Mary Sutton.
Clement, married Phoebe Lashly.
Isaiah, married Fanny Coleman. dtr. of Robert Coleman, Sr. and
wife Susannah.
William, married Nancy Coleman.
Nancy, married Richard Neely.

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Polly married Charles Coleman.
Susannah, married Isham Mobley.

(3) Polly Moberley and Charles Coleman, born ___, died 1788.
had children:
Nancy, married Robert Coleman, born Feb. 1, 1769, died circa
12th August 1844.
Sarah (Sallie), married Allen Roe Coleman, born Nov. 7, 1773
d. January 21, 1848. (Sallie born 1775, died 5/27/1839)
Buried near Blackstock, South Carolina.
Vashti, married Reuben Manning.

(4) Sarah (Sallie) and Allen Roe Coleman had the following children:
William Charles Coleman, married 1/9/1827, Sophie Coleman,
his 1st cousin. Settled in Mississippi.
Rebecca, married John Gladden.
Elizabeth Roe (Rebecca's twin sister), married James Gladden.
twin brother of John Gladden. Elizabeth was called "Betsy.
Isaiah Daniel Coleman, married (1st) Agness . (2nd)
Harriett Davis.

(5) Rebecca Coleman, born ___, died ___, and John Gladden.
born ___died ___, had following children:
Sallie (Sarah), married John Feaster Coleman.
Rebecca, married ___ Lathan.
Jesse, married Sallie Coleman, his cousin.
Jane Gladden, married John Wright.
Daniel died when about 20 years of age.


"Before Tarleton had overtaken Buford, the Tories in this
section had begun to gather and organize. As early as May 26, 1780,
that is, 3 days before the Massacre in the Waxhaws, a party of them
collect at Mobley's Meeting House, about 6 miles west of Winnsboro,
in the present county of Fairfield, to meet this Col. Wm. Bratton,
of York. and Capt. Jno. McClure, of Chester, gathered the Whigs,
and defeated and dispersed them. There is no account of the
casualties on either side."--From McCrady's History South Carolina
in the Revolution Page 258.

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"After the fall of Charleston, the first ray of light in the
general gloom which followed (June, 1779), was from a gallant
little affair planned in Winnsboro by Bratton, Winn and McClure.
and carried out at Mobley's Meeting House. 12 miles west of there,
where the Tories had a little garrison. The gallant Sumter alluded
to this exploit with pride many years after in Congress.

Mills Statistics, Page 554. "In 1745 the Lyles settled. Shortly
afterwards Edward Mobley from Virginia, with 6 sons, settled on
Beaver Creek, in the vicinity of W. F." (NOTE: The Lyles were the
first settlers here, so this is probably correct.). ROSSON. Same
history, page 544: "Job Meador who came to the settlement with the
Mobleys, died in October, 1822, aged 101. Andrew Feaster, at 82."


"The first settlers built their log cabins near the margins of
creeks or rivers. The Moberleys settled on Popular Ridge, on the
East side of Beaver Creek. Later, they moved a few miles from the
place of their first location, further to the East, and built a
fort, and, near it, erected. later the MOBERLEY MEETING HOUSE.
(According to Samuel Hemphill Stevenson and Wyatt Coleman, two men
who were very clear in their recollection of dates and places, an
who were born about 1800, the site of the Meeting House was in
front of the old Mobley house, where later stood Capt. Estes' gin
house. Dr. Douglas, Capt. Estes, and others. recollect seeing some
of the old red logs at this place. The Meeting House was built as
an Episcopal Church. but other denominations were permitted to use
it, it became a meeting place for Whigs and Loyalists. And a
skirmish, or battle, took place here, known as THE BATTLE OF
MOBERLEY S MEETING HOUSE. It is said that the whole family of
Moberley suffered from the fact of this battle, through false
reports, some uninformed people stating that the Moberleys were
Tories in the Revolu-

* As published in "THE STATE." Columbia. South Carolina. January 24,
1907. Copy in University Library (Caroliniana). Columbia.
+ Account of this also is, Mrs. Ellet's Women of the Revolution. Seems to be
the same as McCrady's History of South Carolina in Revolution.

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tion. This is not true. They were wealthy, self-sustaining people.
The people of the up-country as a whole were reluctant to enter the
Contest against the Royal Government. They had fared well at the
hands of the King, and had no cause for complaint, so they were not
interested, since they were so far away from the seat of turmoil.
However, when Tarleton invaded the up-country, the people could not
stand the brutalities of his soldiers, and when Cornwallis gave the
order to them to take up arms for the British, they refused, and
joined the bands of partisans like Marion, Sumter and Pickens.


"Monday 14th--Got in Motion at four oclock in the morning;
marched to Quakers, fording place; forded Tyger River, continued
our march to a Revel Col. James Lisles plantation (in the fork of
the Enoree and Broad). Lisle in the Rebel service, his family at

Tuesday 15th--Got in motion at seven oclock in the morning.
marched two miles to Lisle's Ford, forded the Broad River and pro-
ceeded seven miles to a Mr. Coleman's in the Moberly settlement;
halted during the heat of the day. Got in motion at seven o'clock
in the evening; marched two miles to the camp of the New York
Volunteers, where we got intelligence that Gen. Gates lay within
three miles of Camden with an army of 7,000 men. Col. Turnbull had
orders the 12th to retreat from Rocky Mount, and act as he saw
proper--to get to Camden if he could. Sumter appeared with cannon
at Rocky Mount about 12 hours after Col. Turnbull left it, in order
to make a second attempt at the post. He found not so harsh a
reception as his first attempt.

Wednesday 16th--Got in motion at seven oclock in the morning and
marched two miles to Mobleys Meeting House, for convenience of

Leah Townsend's "Early History of the Baptists in S. C.: At
least three churches of this section can claim an ancient origin:
Rock Creek, Beaver Creek, and Moberley Meeting House.

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Part IV


This record of the Colvin family came from a letter to Martin Colvin,
written by Mrs. Rosa Colvin Barksdale, of New Orleans, Louisiana:

1st generation-John Colvin, married Hannah Price.
2nd generation-William Colvin, married Mattie Feaster.
3rd generation-Andrew Colvin, married Jemima Petrie.
4th generation-William H. Colvin, married Rhoda Wright.
5th generation-Spencer P. Colvin, married Mary Rose Van Hook.
6th generation-Rosa Colvin, married J. D. Barksdale.
David Colvin married Susan Huey.
Jeptha Colvin married ___Rainey.
Maria Colvin married Thomas Van Hook.

John Colvin and his wife, Hannah Price, came from Virginia.
Settled on Sandy River, Chester District, South Carolina. Had 7
sons and 4 daughters:
1. William Colvin married Martha (Mattie) Feaster. (He fought in
the Revolution with his father).
2. Thomas Colvin married Savilla Mobley.
3. Edward Colvin married ___Pratt.
4. Nicholas Colvin married Susanna Elam.
5. John Colvin married ___Hardwick.
6. Daniel Colvin married Susan Huey.
7. Talton, belonged to U. S. Army, was massacred at Fort Mims.
8. Peggy Colvin married Simpson.
9. Lucy Colvin married Simpson.
10. ____Colvin married ____Cornwell.


Children of William Colvin and wife, Martha Feaster:
1. William Colvin, married ___Carter, moved to Chambers
County. Alabama, where he died at age of 106. Had 3 sons.

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2. John Colvin, moved to Pontotoc County, Mississippi. 3 sons died
in Mexican War.
3. Charner Colvin, married Coleman. Moved to Alabama,
and then Smith County, Texas.
4. Jacob Colvin, married ---- Love.
5. Edward Colvin, married ---- Stone.
6. Byrum Colvin, moved to Alabama.
7. *Andrew Colvin, married Jemima Patrie. He died in South Caro-
lina. Buried at Beaver Creek Church Cemetery. She went with
others to Alabama.
8. Hannah Colvin, married ---- David. Moved to Alabama.
9. Susan Colvin, married ---- Cockrell. Moved to Alabama.
10. Mayyie Colvin, married ---- Love. Moved to Alabama.


1. W. H. Colvin, married Rhoda Wright. (16 children).
2. Hazel, married Elizabeth Phillips. (8 children).
3. Andrew F. Colvin, married ---- Crosby. (11 children).
4. Susan Colvin, married ---- Hedgepath. (5 children).
5. Mabry Colvin, married ---- Crosby. (12 children).
6. John Petric Colvin, married ---- Crosby. (11 children).
7. Ainsley Alford Colvin.
8. Martha Feaster Colvin, married ---- Timms. (9 children).
9. A. 11. Colvin, married ---- Crosby. (14 children).
10. T. R. Colvin, married ---- Crosby. ( 13 children) .
11. Garland H. Colvin, married ---- Crosby. (10 children).
12. Pelric Colvin. Didn't marry.
13. Polly Colvin, married ---- Mayfield. She born 1811, died 1877.


W. H. Colvin married Rhoda Wright in Chester County, South
Carolina. (Had 10 children). 2nd marriage to Jane Weir, Chester
County, South Carolina. (6 children).


Spencer Pctrie Colvin.


Rosa C. Barksdale.

* The above Andrew born 1782. His wife, 1785. They had 13 children.

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John Stevenson born 1751, died in 1802.

Janet Murdock Stevenson, born 1757, died July 18, 1852, both
natives of County Antrim, Ireland. Buried in New Hope Church
Cemetery, Fairfield County, South Carolina.

Now, I will tell you of your Stevenson ancestry, John. Am glad
you remember your own dear grandmother, who did so much for you
while you were a baby and as long as she lived was mother and
grandmother to you. As you grow older you can look back with
pleasure, over the many kind and loving things she did for you.
Always patient, always ready at your every call. For five weeks
after your birth I wasn't able to do the least thing for you,
and 'twas her watchful, never faililig care that made you live. A
puny baby, that had to be "bottle-fed." And I want here to pay
tribute to another faithful "old slave," Fanny Boulware, who stayed
with us 8 weeks then and helped nurse you and me. You must see that
she never comes to want.
She died in August, 1916, and didn't suffer from neglect. Had
lived here with us most of the time for several years, helping in
the kitchen, having plenty to eat and wear, and a room next to mine
to sleep. The last two Christmases she hung up stockings as John
did. We went to her funeral and burial at Hessian Church, and
helped pay for the headstone that marks her grave. "Well done, thou
good and faithful Aunt Fannie."
John Stevenson and his wife, Janet Murdock Stevenson, immigrated
to America from Ireland about 1790. They then had three children:
William, James and Mary, a baby, who sickened and died on the
voyage across, and was buried at sea. lt took three months to come
over, in a sail vessel.
Janet Murdock's father was a dyer, and considered well-to-do.
Above the poor young man, John Stevenson, who was forbidden to
visit her. They were secretly married a year before her father
knew it, and he never fully forgave her. Then I suppose they
decided to come to America. Found life very hard here for some
time. Bought land in the New Hope section of Fairfield County,
where Eb Stevenson, their grandson, now lives.
They built a rough log cabin without doors or floor. I guess
they were frightened at everything in this new country, and wanted
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went in under the sill at one end, which was some higher there. As
they got able, they improved this, adding more rooms, bought a
negro woman. More children came as the years went by, John, Hugh,
Robin, Peggy, Andrew and Samuel Hemphill, born in 1803.
1. John Stevenson died a young man, unmarried.
2. Hugh Stevenson, never married. Was a fine blacksmith, made and
saved money. Died owner of a fine place called "Whitehall," near
Monticello. Our sideboard (bought from Aunt Nancy Estes) was
his, and is over 100 years old. My grandmother, Cynthia, never
liked her brother-in-law Hugh. Did not name either of her sons
for him, tho' he asked for a namesake.

3. Robin (Robert) was noted for his height of 7 feet. Married Mar-
garet Hartin. Their oldest son, William, was killed accidentally (by
Joe Yongue). Left a widow who was Lizzie Bolick. No children.
2nd son, Milton, is a minister (A.R.P.), married and has children,
but I do not know the names. 1st daughter, Nettie (Janet for her
grandmother) married Dr. Jim Douglas, of Winnsboro. Has sev-
eral child(lren. Macy (2nd daughter) unmarried, is a missionary in
Mexico. Ebenezer married Mamie Weir. He lives at the
old Stevenson home.
4. William (1st son of John Stevenson). Born in Ireland. Married
Jane Thompson. Their children were:
(1) Jean Stevenson married Sam Thompson.
(2) Mary, died in old age, single.
(3) Peggy, married Middleton Martin. Born April, 1819, died
February, 1892. No children.
(4) John Stevenson married Nancy Thompson (no kin to those
(5) William Stevenson married Caroline Valentine.
(6) Robert married Nancy Cabeen.
(7) Jennie married Cephus Bolick.
(8) Martha married Jacob Starr.
(9) Betsy married John Jamison.

I am not giving descendants of the above children.

2nd son, James stevenson, married Nellie Weir. Their children:
(1) John married 3 times: (1st) Dorcas Hill, (2nd) Lizzie
Levister, ( 3rd ) Mary Ann McMullen.
(2) David married Lizie Hill, niece of Dorcas.
(3) Hugh. Died young.

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(4) Billy. Died young.
(5) Sam. Died young.
(6) Jane married Daniel Bolick.
(7) Jennie married Asaph Hill, father of the above Lizzie and
brother of Dorcas.
(8) Mattie and Robert died young.

5. James Stevenson married Sarah Brown (grandfather of Robert and
David Stevenson, near Winnsboro.)
6. Peggy Stevenson, the only daughter after the one buried at
sea, died October 8, 1835, age 35, never married.
7. Andrew Stevenson (6th son) went deranged when a young man.
Stayed in the Asylum in Columbia a while. Gradually got better and
was taken care of by his younger brother, Sam. Lived to be an old
man. Was industrious and helpful in many ways around the home. I
remember many peculiar habits, and we children rather feared him,
tho' we liked to watch the way he did. In going from the house to
the well, or to the lot, or kitchen, he had a certain track of
his own, maybe as far again as the one used by the others, but he
always went his path, no matter how much someone wanted him to go
quickly. He lived in a small house in the yard, or slept there
only, and generally took care of his room, making bed and sweeping.
Once, some negroes stole all of his bedding except a mattress. He
thought that my grandmother had a need for them and had taken them,
so he said nothing, but lay on half the mattress and pulled the
rest over him for cover. 'Twas cold weather. Now and then
grandmother or one of the daughters went to his room, and doing so
this time, found his bed in such a state. He said "I thought
Cynthia needed the bedding and had taken it." and slept that way
several nights. They were all so sorry about it. But he, in his
simple goodness, made no complaint, thinking Cynthia did it, and
'twas therefore all right. I can't remember whether the thief was
found. Grandfather Sam was always kind to him. He sat by him at
the table, from the time he took him in, after being in the Asylum.
Leaving his mother and other brothers to live the remainder of his
long child's life with "Sam." As I said, he sat by Sam, and was
always helped first by him, no matter what company might be
present. And he had a warm place by the fire always. Never talked
much, but was fond of all Sam's children and grandchildren. Pleased
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them. Read his large print "Testament" a great deal. Lived to be
77. Poor, good, simple old Uncle Andy! What a queer life! So many
things of that time come back to me as I wrote of you.

Samuel Hemphill, 7th son of John and Janet Stevenson, was born
January 4, 1803, died March 29, 1890. Married Cynthia Yongue, born
January 17, 1810, died June 15, 1888. Their children:
Jennie (Jannet) Stevenson, born December 1st, 1828, died March
22, 1855.
Juliana Stevenson, born July 14, 1831, died December 3, 1912.
Margaret Jane Steveson, born November 19, 1833, died May 3,
John Yongue Stevenson, born July 23, 1836, killed 2nd Manassas,
Sarah Amanda Stevenson, born January 25, 1839, died September
9, 1906.
Samuel Hemphill Stevenson, born July 26, 1841, killed Battle
7 Pines, 1862.
Mary Elizabeth Stevenson, born June 30, 1844, died December 22,
Nancy Catherine Stevenson, born February 22, 1847, died February
8, l924.
Cynthia Isabella Stevenson, born March 5, 1850, died December 6,

(1) Jennie Stevenson married to Joseph Clowney, December 7, 1848,
by Rev. James Boyce. Had 3 daughters: Fannie, Cynthia, Margaret.
The two last died of consumption when young, as did the mother.
Fannie married William Bolick. They had--Joe, Sam, John, Charlie
and Bell (twins), and Jim.
1. Joe Bolick married Maggie Clowney (has 5 children).
2. Sam Bolick married Eunice Propst (3 boys, 1 girl).
3. John Bolick married Eunice Clowney. (3 children).
4. Jim Bolick married Stella Propst.

(2) Juliana Stevenson married John A. F. Coleman, October 13, 1853,
by Jacob Feaster, Esq. Their children: (6)
1. Samuel Stevenson Coleman married (1st) Rebecca Gladden.
(5 children):
(1) Kate Coleman, married John G. Wolling, Jr. Has 5 living

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(2) Annie Belle Coleman, married Ernest E. Coleman. 7 child-
(3) Jesse Gladden Coleman, married (1st) Mellie ----
No children. (2nd) Geneva Fee. No children.
(4) John A. F. Coleman, married Mamie Crowder. I boy,
(5) Sallie Edith Coleman, married Bailey Crowder. 2 girls,
Sarah Thomas and Jennet.

(3) Margaret Jane Stevenson married Thomas Cabeen, Janary 10,
1861, by Rev. James Boyce. Only one child, "Tommy," who never
saw his father, he dying in Virginia soon after the war began.
Tommy died a few months after his mother, in 1874.
(4) Sarah Amanda Stevenson married James K. Stephenson, Febru-
ary 14, 1867. 6 children. 3 died infants.
1. Margaret Jane Stephenson, the oldest daughter, married Moses
Clark. Has 6 living children.
2. James Butler Stephenson died 2 years ago of typhoid fever, a
young man, single.
3. Lizzie Stephenson married William Weir. 1 son, William.
John Yongue Stevenson and Sam Stevenson, sons of Samuel Hemp-
hill Stevenson and Cynthia Yongue were killed in the War.

(5) Mary Elizabeth Stevenson married George W. Coleman, March 12,
1867. 5 children:
1. John Franklin Coleman, married Eva Shields. 2 sons and a
2. Samuel Allen Coleman, married Gertrude Shields. 4 boys, 1
3. Henry Lee Coleman. Not married. (Later married Essie Ida
Coleman, and lived at Mandarin, Florida).
4. Sarah Belle Coleman, married (1st) Howard Allen, (2d)
William Wilson, (3rd) J. R. Shelton.
5. George Wade Coleman, married Miss Skipper. 2 daughters and
a son.

(6) Nancy Catherine Stevenson married William Butler Estes, De-
cember 12, 1867, by Rev. D. E. Boggs.
(7) Cynthia Isabella Stevenson, the youngest, died at 24 years of age,
unmarried, a beautiful, angelic character. Dearly loved by all the

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John Stevenson's father was John, and his mother's name, "Molly."
but I never heard her maiden name.
Janet Murdock's father was named Hugh. Never knew her mothers
John Stevenson and wife, Janet Stevenson, and most of their
children buried in New Hope Cemetery. He was born about 1751, died
in 1802. She was born in 1757, died July 18, 1852.


This family must have come from Ireland about same time as the
Stevensons. And their first settlement that I know of is near the
Stevensons. Am not sure but think the first one was Samuel Yongue,
and his wife, Sarah Martin. Am not certain about their children,
except my great grandfather, Martin (Yongue) who married Juliana
Cameron. Her mother was a Moore, of the family who lived near
Winnsboro. (The Col. Moore). The children of the above were:
1. Sarah Youngue, who married John Thompson, settled where Mrs.
Jim Turner lives. Long ago went to Mississippi, and I know
nothing of them now.
2. Cynthia Yongue, my grandmother, and never a better one lived.
3. Jane Yongue, and
4. Jennie Yongue. I can't remember their history.
5. Savilla Yongue, married John Milling.
6. Malinda Yongue died a young lady.
7. James Yongue married the widow, Frances Crosby Estes.
8. Andrew Yongue married Nancy Robinson.

Robin and William were brothers of Martin, my great grandfather.

Robin Yongue married Hester Mobley, when rather an old man. His
parents are buried somewhere near his home place. I've never seen
the graves. "Graves on Little River, near where they settled,
Samuel Yongue and wife, Sarah Ann Martin, and several of their
children and grandchildren. I saw the graves, 1928." (This note
made later).
The children of Robin and Hester:
1. William Mobley Yongue, married Savilla E. Coleman.
2. Sarah Ann Martin Yongue, married David A. Coleman.
3. Susannah Yongue, married Moses Clowney.
4. Mary Yongue, married John Lemmon.

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5. Rebecca Yongue, married (1st) Henry A. Coleman, (2nd) Dr.
6. Isabella Yongue, married (1st) Thomas Clark. (2nd) William

William Yongue married Betsy Lamey. Their home place was where
Sam Clowney, Sr. now lives (1921). He was a cripple from ill health
a long time before death. His wife, a great manager of affairs.
Their only daughter, Sarah Yongue, married David Milling. 2
children, "Russ" and Lizzie. Russ, as a boy almost, went as a
soldier of the Confederate War, and was wounded, losing one leg.
(Suffered from it as long as he lived.) He married Mary Lemon
(whose mother was first cousin of his mother). Lizzie married
Samuel B. Clowney. They went to Texas. Have sons there.

Sarah Yongue married second time a David Milling, an older man,
perhaps cousin of first husband's father. Of this marriage,
children: Andrew, died single. Agnes, married Robert Lemon. (Howe
Lemonn is their son). Rena married James McFie (present sheriff,
1921). Ladd was a bachelor.

William and Betsy Yongue had other children, I suppose. I only
remember a son, Robert, and know nothing of his descendants.

Robin Yongue and wife, Hester Mobley, are buried in the family
graveyard near his home, now owned by Spratt Clowney, who is their
great-grandson. (Now owned in 1926 by Blair & Company). Their
children who are buried in same graveyard are: William Mobley and
wife Savilla Coleman. Sarah Ann, and husband, David A. Coleman.
Maletia Jane. Isabella, and husbands, T. Clark and William Bolick.
Son-in-law, Henry A. Coleman, and his son, John Feaster, and a
number of grandchildren. This place was owned by a Hill. I've
always remembered as being told me, and that the graves of him and
wife are also in this graveyard. Robin Yongue added to the house
after he bought the place, accumulated much land and negroes.
Hester Mobley was daughter of Isham and Susannah Mobley (first
cousins). They are buried near their home place, the land now owned
by the Jeffares, close to McLure' Creek, possibly obliterated.
Jemima Mobley, sister of Hester, died December 28, 1875. Robin
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Their children:
Malitia Jane, daughter, died April 17, 1857.
Hester Isabel (Clark-Bolick) died January, 1875.
Susannah Yongue Clowney
Sarah Ann Martin Coleman
Mary Yongue Lemon
Rebecca Yongue Coleman
William Mobley Yongue, only son, born September 11, 1824.

William Mobley Yongue married Savilla Elizabeth Coleman, March
28, 1844. She was born August 20, 1825, died January 1877. Their
Robert Roe Yongue, born February 14, 1845. Died young,
December 5, 1848.
Chaney Isabelle Yongue, born March 17, 1846.
Died December 5, 1848. Same day as Robert Roe Yongue.
Sarah Hester Yongue, born May 4, 1848, married James B. Turner,
November, 1867.
Laura Yongue, born November 28, 1851, married Thomas Owings.
Pierce M. Butler Yongue, born February 23. 1854.
Died September 3, 1856.
Margaret Drusilla Yongue, born May 11, 1856. Died October 17, 1914.
Henry Coleman Yongue, born February 3, 1859. Died
August, 1885.

Margaret Drusilla Yongue married John B. Propst, January 8,
1878, by Rev. W. W. Mills. Their children:
Eunice Propst, born March 10, 1879.
William Yongue Propst, born April 4, 1881.
John Henry Propst, born August 17, 1884.
Stella Propst, born September 25,1888.
Savilla Isabel Propst, born December 15, 1889.
David Coleman Propst, born February 15, 1892.
John Propst, died young.


Capt. John Edward Means, General Anderson's Staff.
Gen. William Boykin Lyles, 1st Lieut. (Killed at 7 Pines).
* Company C, Sixth Regiment, S. C. Volunteers, taken the day they
left for Richmond, Virginia, from Camp Woodward, near Summerville,
S. C., on the morning of the 16th July, 1861.

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Dr. Robert Stark Means, 2nd Lieut., transferred to 17th Regt.
Dr. John Bratton, 3rd Lieut., Col. of 6th Regiment.
Samuel Boyd Clowney, 1st Sergt. (Adjt. tst Regiment).
Henry Hart Burley, 2nd Sgt., Killed at Petersburg.
John Albert Feaster Coleman, 3rd Sergt. (To 7th Reg., Co. B).
Robert Hancock Morris, 4th Sergt. (Killed).
William Cato Harrison, 1st Corp. (Discharged).
Andrew Jackson McConnell, 2nd Corp. (Killed at Petersburg. Lieut.
Company B, 6th Regt.)
William James Clowney, 3rd Corp.
William Coleman Byers, 4th Corp. Wounded and died.
John Christopher Columbus Feaster, Color Bearer, Sergt. Discharged.
Edward Palmer, 1st (13).
Butler Pearson Alston, 2nd (Lieut. Co. G.)
James Gadsden Alston, 3
Dr. Berry Ann Arnett, 4
James W. Blair, 5
George Emmet Boggs, 6
Dr. James R. Boulware, 7
Calvin Brice, 8
John Moore Brice, 9
Robert Wade Brice, 10
Thomas Scott Brice, 11
Thomas Daniel Burns, 12
John Feaster Cameron, 13
Robert McElhanny Clark, 14
Henry Jonathan Coleman. (17th Teg.), 15
Allen Griffin Coleman. (17th Teg.), 16
George Washington Coleman. (17th Teg.), 17
Henry Alexander Coleman. (17th Teg.), 18
Joseph Holmes Crosby. (13), 19
Walter Ruff Counts. (Killed 7 Pines), 20
John Dickerson. (Discharged), 21
Robert Marion DuBose. (Discharged), 22
James Dunbar. (Died), 23
William Richard Dove. (17th Regt.), 24
James Lemly Dye. (17th Regt.), 25
Singleton Dye. (Died), 26
Francis English. (Killed at Drain), 27
Samuel Rice Fant. (Lieut. 17th Regt.), 28

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John Falkner. (Discharged), 29
David Roe Feaster. (Discharged), 30
John Coleman Feaster, (14), 31
Henry Augustus Gaillard. (15), 32
Isaac Dubose Gaillard. (Co. G.), 33
Alfred Grubbs. (Killed at 7 Pines), 34
John Grubbs. (16), 35
John Coleman Hancock, 36
James Stevenson Hill. (7 Pines), 37
William Alexander Hooppaugh. (18), 38
John Lemly Hooppaugh. (Died), 39
William Thomas Hodges. (Discharged),40
Alexander Turner Holley. (Killed at 7 Pines),41
Robert Ogilvy Hutchison. (19), 42
David Thomas James. (20), 43
Dr. John Carr Boyle Jennings. (L.H.), 44
Samuel Robert Johnston. (Co. G.), 45
William Samuel Jones, 46
Jas. Fortunetus Van Buren Legg, 47
James Thomas Lemmon, 48
Daniel Hopkins Kerr, 49
Richard Crosby Levister, 50
William Davis Levister, 51
Austin Peay Lyles, 52
Henry J. Lyles, 53
Nicholas Peay Lyles. (24), 54
William Wallace Lyles. (Killed), 55
William Reese Mabrey. (Discharged), 56
John Washington Martin. (Deserter), 57
Beverly William Means. (Killed), 58
Zebulon Mobley. (Discharged), 59
John B. Montgomery. (25), 60
Nicholas Peay Myers. (Discharged), 61
Thomas McGill. (Discharged), 62
Joseph Nevill. (27), 63
William Boykin M. Norris. (Killed), 64
Nathan Norris. (Killed), 65
John Rutledge Osburn. (11), 66
Dr. Harrison W. Owens. (Co. G.), 67
Robert E. Parnell. (Died), 68

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John Parrott. (29), 69
Richard Edward Timms. (38), 70
James Cason Raines. (Co. G.), 71
Littleton Berry Reynolds. (17), 72
James L. Richmond. (Courier Co. G.), 73
William Yongue Seigler. (Died), 74
William Boyce Simonton. (7 Pines), 75
Watt Brice Simonton. (Discharged), 76
David Alexander Smith. (Died), 77
David Stevenson. (Died), 78
John Yongue Stevenson, (Died), 79
Samuel William Stevenson. (7 Pines), 80
Thomas Riley Stirling. (31), 81
William Thomas Stokes, 32. (Discharged), 82
Thom. Woodward Traylor (23) . (Detailed),83
Thom. Varnadoe. (Died), 84
William James Weir. (34), 85
James Judge Weir. (7 Pines), 86
William Roseborough Yongue, 87
Non Commissioned Officers, 9
Commissioned Officers, 4


Capt. Wm. Boykin Lyles killed at 7 Pines, May 31, 1862.
Sargt. Robert Hancock Morris, killed at Drainsville, December 20,
Corp. Wm. Coleman Byers, mortally wounded at Drainsville, and died
at Manassas January 15, 1862.
Robert McElhancy Clark mortally wounded at Sharpsburg, Md., Sep-
tember 14, 1862.
Walter Ruff Counts killed at 7 Pines, 3 May 1862.
James Dunbar, came home sick and died.
Singleton Dye, died at Culpepper C. H., Va., August 13, 1861.
Frank English, killed at Drainsville, December 20, 1861.
Alfred Grubbs, mortally wounded at 7 Pines, May 31, 1862.
Lieut. Stephen Hill, killed at 7 Pines, Fraziers Farm, June 30, 1862.
John Lemly Hooppaugh, died at Centreville, about February 18, 1862.
Alex Turner Holley, killed at 7 Pines, May 31, 1862.

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Henry Jefferson Lyles, died at Germantown, Pa., September 23, 1861.
William Wallace Lyles, killed at Boonsboro, Md., September 15, 1862.
Nathan Norris, died at Makely Hospital, September 3, 1861.
John Rutledge Osborne, killed at 7 Pines, May 31, 1862.
Robert English Pannell, died at Makeleys Hospital, September 20, 1862.
William Yongue Seigler, died at Manassas, January, 1862. (November
17, 1861).
William Boyce Simonton, wounded and taken prisoner at 7 Pines, and
died at Fortress Monroe.
David Alexander Smith, died at Makeleys, September 5, 1861.
John Yongue Stevenson, killed Mondays fight at Richmond, June 30th,
Samuel William Stevenson, killed at 7 Pines, May 31, 1862.
David Stevenson, died at Germantown, September 13, 1861.
Thompson Varnado, died at Makeleys, September 8, 1861.
James Judge Weir, killed at 7 Pines, May 31, 1862.
John Bunyan Holley, came from camp and died at home, June 28, 1861,
from typhoid.
William Boykin Maddison Norris, mortally wounded in Tenn., and died
in Virginia, January 18, 1864.
John Nevitt (?), was killed at Dandridge, Tennessee, January, 1864.
Oliver R. Mobley, died of pneumonia at or near Morristown, E. Ten-
nessee, January 5, 1864.
William Woodward Lyles, wounded September 30, 1864, and died Oc-
tober 18, 1864

The above list was made by Jacob Feaster, Jr., and is now in
possession of Mrs. John Coleman Feaster, through whose permission
twas copied by Florence G. Feaster, October 26, 1920, and by her
permission, I copied her copy, October 31, 1921.

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Part V

February 2nd, 1897, twenty-one years ago (this the 2nd day of
February, 1918) today, Ed and I were married, here in this home
that is so empty now, and he is gone to that place from Which no
one has ever returned, and I am lonesome for him. Nearly a year he
has been gone, the 26th of February, 1917, at 3 A.M., he breathed
the last struggling breath--breath that he clung to to the last,
trying with all his feeble strength to live on here with us. And I
feel now that his spirit is near me, tho we cannot speak together.
We always observed this date (our marriage day), but today it goes
unnoticed except by the feelings of my heart. January 30th was his
birthday. We always had a "good dinner" for that, and often a
gathering of kinfolks to enjoy the day with us. This date, too,
passed unnoticed, except by me. This miserable weather we've had so
long changes everything. It seems queer to think of this birthday,
the first one since his birth that he is not in this life. Oh!
Life! How wonderful, how fearful, how mysterious it is!
I know if you can, you are thinking of this day, Ed, and want to
speak to me, to comfort and assure me of the never ending life with
you. Be near me, to cheer and comfort, in my loneliness.

February 2nd, 1919. Another anniversary for me to keep alone.
How little we thought of the great change the years would bring for
me, when you came from Alabama 22 years ago, to take me home with
you. We expected to live our allotted years together1er. I think
over the days we enjoyed together in our Alabama home, and am glad
we had them, but how I miss your presence now. No one to
understand just what I mean, as you did. I am alone today, and
wonder if you know and are near.
And Marsh is gone to be with you. How often l imagine your glad
welcome to him.

February 2nd, 1925. 1 try not to think. No one besides seems
to remember, tho I do.

February 2, 1925. 8 years since you left me. Again I try to not
dwell on this date. Can hardly bear my thoughts, and wonder if
you, too, remember!

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February 2, 1927. Ten years since we left your frail body at our
graveyard. Lola knows the spot now, talks of our folks and our


April 30, 1926. Twenty-eight years ago you left us, Pa. I am now
older than you were when you departed from this home.
Ma, Ed and Marsh all gone since then, and I am old and alone.

April 30, 1927. 29 years gone. I am remembering.

April 7, 1925. I carried John to church at Feasterville, April
7, 1900, the first time he went to church, was seven months old,
and all the years since he went to church, the last time on
December 22, 1923. Departed from this old home and life January
7, 1924. God help me.

April 30, 1923. Twenty-five years ago Pa went away from this
old home, and the place that once knew him, knows him no more.
In this room he lay that night, asleep to wake no more here. And l
in Alabama, knowing nothing of it. Oh, Life is so hard to

December 3, 1926. Ma went away December 3, 1912, and was buried
by the side of Pa's grave, December ----- , in our dear old graveyard.
Since then Ed, Marsh & John have gone, and their bodies rest in
same row. Oh, God, how strange, how heartbreaking, is life.

January 7, 1927. 3 years ago John went away at 7 o'clock A.M., 1924.

January 7, 1928. 4 years now, September 7th his 28th birthday.
Just me to remember these dates.

This October 13, 1928, is the 7th anniversary of the marriage of
John A. F. Coleman and Juliana Stevenson (October 13, 1853). He
born June 9, 1828. She, July 14, 1831. Their first child born
August 10, 1854, Samuel Stevenson Coleman. Second, Jennie Isabel
Coleman, December 22, 1956 [sic]. Third, Sarah Drusilla, born August 22,
1859, died of bad diphtheria, January 5, 1863. Fourth, Henry
David, January 29th (no year given). Fifth, Mary Feaster, December
31, 1868. Sixth, Chaney Savilla. Born July 27, 1872. Died September
29, 1885, after a few days of a severe sickness, which must have
been appendicitis. Tho doctors knew of no such at that time, and
could do nothing to relieve or save her life.

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Along with Cousin Jennie I. Coleman and Donald B. Clayton none has
been more industrious or effective in the preservation of the
family genealogy than Mrs. Etta Rosson, formerly of Shelton,
but now of Columbia, South Carolina.
About 1950, Mrs. Rosson completed a book on Coleman-Feaster-
Mobley Genealogy which was deposited in the DAR Library in
Washington. The following pages are entirely her handiwork, the
product of long and diligent labor. Much of the information
appearing in her DAR book appears in the pages preceding and is not
here included simply to avoid duplication.

We wish to give her full credit for the wonderful contribution
she has made to this book.




1. ROBERT FITZ COLEMAN born 27 August l 789, died September 7,
1842, at 11 A.M. Married (1st) Susan Feaster, daughter of John
Feaster and Drucilla Moberley. Susan Feaster died January 16, 1829.
Their children who lived to maturity were:
(a) Drucilla, born October 23, 1812. Married Judge William Cole-
man. Children:
1. Elizabeth, married Honorable A. K. Allison, oF Florida. He
was twice governor of that state. His life may be found in all
Florida histories. He was arrested and incarcerated with Sec-
retary Trenholm, of Davis' Cabinet. There is surviving one
child by this marriage, Sarah Fannin, who married Ross
Gilliam Harris, of Quincy, Florida. She is prominent in the
work of the Eastern Star and served as Grand Matron of the
order in that state.

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2. Rebecca, died childless.
3. Isabelle, married Boone.
4. David Roe, married a Miss Wilcox.
5. Henry, married Miss Gormley. Children:
a. Ernest M., lived at Cuthbert, Georgia. Prominent musician
and teacher.
b. Carrie, married D. L. Luper.

Both Ernest and Carrie are descendants of Solomon Coleman and
William Coleman, his father. Ernest was the last male descendant of
that branch. Town of Coleman, in Randolph County, Georgia, was
named for Andy Coleman (The Mobley Book).

6. Caroline } These two resided at the old home, Spring
7. Mary Eliza } vale, Georgia.
8. Alice, married J. A. Slaughter. Children:
a. Mary Elise, married Sumate Walters. (Children, Amarine,
Alma,,Robert, William, Ethel, Lewis, Julian, Lucia Bell).
b. William Slaughter, married Frances Walters. (Children,
Mildred, Martha, Darius).
c. Belle Slaughter, married Woodson Bealle. (Children,
Alice, Susan, Harris, Mary, Hattie, Edith).

(b) Edith F. Coleman, born November 10, 1814, married (1st)
Mike Atkins. Children:
1. Susan, married John Cox. (Children: Mike, first married
Lucinda Peacock, children, Atkins and William. Mike mar-
ried second Cliff Arthur, children, Sallie, Sue, Arthur. The
other Cox children are: Ella, Robert, Thomas, Chapel, and
Frank. Mike Atkins, Jr. married Ella Allison, daughter of
(Governor Allison, and half sister of Sarah Fannin Allison
Harris, children, Sallie, Floride, and James. Of the three,
James, unmarried; Sallie, married James Dunne, and Floride,
married Alex Perry, child, Kathleen.

Edith F. Coleman, married (2nd) Andrew Hancock. Children:
2. John Hancock, married Parolee Cile. Children: Pearl, Flor-
ence, and Lynn.
3. Joseph Hancock, married Susan Sutton. Children: Charlton,
Arthur, Robert, Susan, Wilton, Sallie, Augusta, and Ruth.

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4. Jack Hancock, married Eliza Gotchings. Children: Ralph,
Todd, Eliza, Cleveland, Josephine (address Lumpkin, Geor-
gia) .
5. Sallie Hancock, married Phil Gotchings. Child: Seymour,
Cordele, Georgia.

(c) Eliza T. Coleman, born October, 1817, died November 28,
1890. (Daughter of Robert Fitz Coleman and Susan Feaster).
Married four times:
(1st) Martin Coleman, son of Solomon Coleman and Betty
Elam. No children.
(2nd) James Brennen. No children lived to marry.
(3rd) John Quirns Arnett. (See children below).
(4th) Wesley Mayfield. (His mother was Susan Proctor). No
children. Born March 1, 1820, died May 12, 1912.

John Quirns Arnett (born 1804, died August 10, 1856, near Goshen,
Lincoln County, Georgia, aged 52 years), and Eliza Coleman had the
following children:

1. Berry Arnett, born December 25, 1839, died childless.
2. Feaster Arnette, killed in War Between the States. Born Novem-
ber 26, 1837.
3. Susan Arnette, married Dr. Andrew Cameron. She was born June
10, 1842, and died July 20, 1870, at 10 A.M. of Pneumonia. They
had three boys, only one of whom lived to maturity, Dr. Samuel A.
Cameron, a graduate of the Charleston Medical College, who died
in February 1872, unmarried.
4. Robert Coleman Arnett, graduated from the Medical College, at
Louisville, Kentucky, and married February 17, 1874, Mary Martin
Evans. Children:
1. Susan Coleman Arnett, born December 26, 1874.
2. John Coleman Arnett, born October 14, 1876.
3. Robert Evans Arnette, born December 29, 1878.
4. Mary Evans Arnett, born April 21, 1880.
5. William Julian Arnette, born December 18, 1888.

(1) Susan Coleman Arnette, married Edwin Raymond Lucas, of
Hartsville, South Carolina. February 28, 1907. Children:
1. Eleanor Simons Lucas. Single.

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2. William Ernest Lucas, married Mary Husted, Toledo,
Ohio, April 21, 1938. (Three children: Barbara, Deborah
Arnette, and Charlotte Hardee).
3. Susanne Lucas, married Benjamin Pratt Gasque, Novem-
ber 14, 1946. Lives at Marion, South Carolina. (Chil-
dren: Susanne Lucas and Benjamin Pratt, Jr.).

William Ernest Lucas, an A.B., M.A., University of South
Carolina, 1931. Also, Degree of Law, Harvard, 1934. Practicing
Attorney 1350 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois. Residence, 318
Oxford Road, Kenilworth, Illinois.

Eleanor Simons Lucas, Librarian, University of Florida, Gainesville,

Susanne Lucas Gasque, is the 9th Susanne in line named for Susannah
de Ruel, wife of Edward Moberley, Sr.

(2) John Coleman Arnette, married Marie Agnes Simonton.
1. John Coleman Arnette, Jr., married Virginia McDaniel.
1. Julian Randolph Arnette.
2. Jacqueline Elizabeth Arnette.
2. Sarah Elizabeth Arnette, married Julian N. McIllwain.
1. Joan Coleman Mclllwain.
2. Richard Mclllwain.

(3) Robert Evans Arnette, married Sarah Hall, and had children:
1. Robert E. Arnette, Jr., married Doris Jean Nipper.
1. Robert Evans Arnette, 3rd.
2. Richard Hall Arnette.
2. Dan Hall Arnette, died at age 16.
3. Mary Caroline Arnette, married Robert Miller Brice.
1. Robert M. Brice, Jr.
2. Sarah Wallace Brice.
4. Berry Feaster Arnette, married Ann Maree Owens.
1. Samuel Berry Arnette.

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5. Francis Davis Arnette, married Mary Isabelle Turner.
6. John Winn Evans Arnette, married Phylis Jean Pelton.
1. John Charles Arnette.
2. Peter Michael Arnette.
7. Edward Mobley Arnette, married Sarah Frances Wylie.
1 . Edward Mobley Arnette, Jr.
8. William Julian Arnette, married Catherine Sue Turner.
1 . Julia Catherine Arnette.
9. John Quirns Arnette, married Jeannette Thelma Dickey.
10. James Douglas Arnette, married Patricia Patrick.
(4) Mary Evans Arnette, married Merryman Edwards Wood-
ruff, June 23, 1910, and died one year later. No children.
She was born April 21, 1880.
(5) William Julian Arnette, single, lived in San Francisco, Cali-
fornia, and was an official of the Fidelity Mutual Life In-
surance Company.

John Quirns Arnette married (1st) Frances Elam, daughter of
Martin and Mary Elam. Frances Elam Arnette died November 8, 1855,
by lightning.

(d) David Roe Coleman, Jr., born January 25, 1820.
(e) John Feaster Coleman, married and moved to Texas. Born
March 17, 1822.
(f) Andrew Edmond, born November 15, 1824, married Bettie
Williford and moved to Randolph County, Georgia.
(g) Susan, born January 16, 1829, died September 18, 1862, mar-
ried the famous physician, Dr. Samuel W. B. McClurkin, born
August 19, 1821, died February 2, 1885. Children:
a. Eliza, born June 21, 1854, married Robert Mills. Children:
1. Edna Mills, married Pryor. No children.
b. Sam, born February 9, 1861, died September 8, 1901, lived
in California.
c. Eugene.
d. Strauss, married. No children.

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e. Susan, married. No children.
f. Isabelle McClurkin, married Robert D. Perry, a descendant
of Governor Perry, of Florida. Survived by three children:
1. Robert, married Etta Truesdale. Children: Robert, Jesse
Stevenson, William Banks, and Daniel.
2. Helen Perry, graduate of Fredericks College, Virginia,
married Hollis Garvin. Home at Kitchings Mill, South
3. Mary Louise Perry, unmarried. Worked in Columbia.
g. Robert Coleman, born September 24, 1839, died January 15,

2. WILEY FITZ COLEMAN (2nd son of David Roe Coleman and Edith
Beam), was born March 10, 1792, died March 4, 1835, and buried near
his home. Married about 1816, Nancy Elam. After his death she moved
to Chambers County, Alabama. Children:
(a) Sophia, born January 19, 18t7, died March 7, 1838, married
Abener Fant, June, 1837. She is buried by her father, on road to
(b) Wilson H., born December 27, 1821, died in Alabama, Au-
gust 27,1841.
(c ) Elizabeth, born January 21,1819.
(d) Mary Edith, born December 16, 1824, married Willie Cofield, of
(e) David Roe Coleman, born September 1, 1827, died August 20,
1894, married Nancy E. Coleman, August 3, 1848. She was
born March 6, 1830, died December 14, 1895.
(f) Martha, born August 5, 1830, married Francis Tapley, of Ala-
(g) Isabelle,born December 21, 1833.

3. DAVID HENRY COLEMAN (third child of David Roe Coleman and
Edith Beam). Born December 17, 1794, married Sarah Franklin,
and moved to Greene County, Alabama, thence to Chickasaw County
(now Clay County) Mississippi, where he died March 17, 1866. Chil-
(a) Cecilia, born September 1, 1820, married a "Bains" and had two
sons, Oscar and James (in 1840).
(b) Sarah, born April 11, 1822.
(c) Nancy, born April 20, 1824.
(d) Albert, born March 31, 1826.
(Above four children were born in South Carolina).

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(e) John Franklin, born April 10, 1828.
(f) Edith, born November 14, 1830.
(g) David Roe, born December 31, 1832.
(h) Wiley Fitz, born May 22, 1835.
(Above four children were born in Alabama).

4. HENRY ALEXANDER COLEMAN (fourth child of David Roe Coleman and
Edith Beam), was born September 5, 1797, died July 21, 1877, at 1
o'clock A.M., Saturday. Married December 5, 1822, Chaney Feaster,
born August 29, 1800, and died July 11, 1878. Their Children:
(a) David Andrew Coleman, born September 16, 1823, died De-
cember 15, 1865, of pneumonia. Married August 29, 1848,
Sarah Ann Martin Yongue. Five Children:
a. Henry Calhoun Coleman, married Anna Owens. Seven Chil
1. Dr. David Andrew Coleman, married Elizabeth Clowney.
Six Children:
a. Robert Henry Coleman, married Inez McLeod. 1 son,
b. Anna Glenn Coleman, married Howard Whitlock
(children: Anita, Howard, Jr., and Roger).
c. David Andrew Coleman.
d. Thaddeus Carmichael Coleman, married Hester
e. Margaret Coleman.
f. Mary Elizabeth, died at age of Three.
2. Mary Edith, single.
3. Sarah Isabelle, single.
4. Nell Williams, married Kennedy Dowtin, of McCormick,
South Carolina.
5. Henry Alexander (Hal), buried in France, World War I.
6. Hester Caroline (Carrie), single.
7. Rebecca Owens, married Paul Dowtin, of McCormick.
a. Daughter, Hallie Coleman Dowtin, married Pete Bar-
den, of Cameron, South Carolina.
b. Hester Caroline (Hattie), died single.
c. Chaney Isabelle, died single.

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d. David Roe Coleman, born June 3, 1857, died June 18, 1947,
married Lucy Hamilton, December 19, 1883. She was born
December 26, 1858, died January 26, 1945. 8 Children:
1. Elizabeth Hamilton Coleman, single.
2. Annie Yongue, single.
3. Helen Mills, married T. Albert Ladd, July 7, 1915. 5
a. Lucy Catherine Ladd, married (1st) Leroy Gucss. 2
1. Helen.
2. Bill.
Lucy Catherine Ladd Guess, married (2nd) Harry S.
Cram, of Bluffton, South Carolina.
b. Albert Ladd, married Jonnie Bell Gregory. 1 child,
Catherhie (Callie).
c. Annie Bess.
d. Margaret, married John Smith, of Arizona. 1 child,
John, Jr.
e. Mary Jo Ladd, married Harry Sanders, of Columbia.
1 child, Harry, Jr.
4. David Plumer Coleman, married Isabel (Belle) Propst.
6 children:
a. John Propst (Jack).
b. Sarah, married Cromwell Murray, of Columbia, chil-
dren: Sally and Jerry.
c. Ethel, married Harry P. Maynard, of Belmont. 1 child,
Harry Phillip, Jr.
d. Mary, married Thurston Bell, of Rome, Georgia. I
child, Mary Dona Bell.
e. David Plummer, Jr. (D. P.)
f. Roe, died at age of 5.
5. Charles Howard Coleman, married Essie Mae Suber. 4
a. Martha Elizabeth.
b. Louise.
c. C. Howard Coleman, Jr., married Helen Keistler. 1
child, Charles Howard, III.
d. Annie Laurie, married Ralph Mills, of Newberry.
6. Mary Coleman, married J. Rudolph Hamilton, of Edge-

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7. Margaret, married Reverend Angus N. Littlejohn, of Jones
(Mary Coleman and Margaret were twins).
8. James Osborne Coleman, single.
c. William Yongue Coleman, married Mary Elizabeth Coleman,
daughter of Dr. Robert Williams Coleman and Nancy Mc-
Connell. Married at Columbia, South Carolina, on October
31, 1889. 6 children:
1. Fannie Maria, died at age of ten years.
2. Chanie Isabel, married Bernice Shellhouse, of Aiken
County, South Carolina. 5 children:
a. Mary Elizabeth Shellhouse, married Woodrow Scott.
4 children:
1. Mary Elizabeth.
2. Billy.
3. Kathryn.
4. Dorothy Ann.
b. Charles Luther, married Dora Vickers, of West Vir-
ginia. 1 child, Alice.
c. Robert William, married Florine Fanning, of Wagner.
1 child, Robert W. Shellhouse, Jr.
d. Frances Isabel, married James C. Epps, of Kingstree,
South Carolina. 1 child, Frances Virginia Epps.
e. Nancy Kathleen, married James S. Matthews, of Rock
Hill .
3. Sara Kathleen Coleman, single.
4. Robert Yongue Coleman, married Mary Collier, of Rock
5. Mary Elizabeth (Mary Bess), single.
6. Nancy McConnell Coleman, married Guy M. Ross, of
Greensboro, North Carolina. Children:
a. Mary Elizabeth (Betty).
b. Guy Matthews, Jr., married Patricia Fields.
c. Nancy Jo.
d. Coleman DeVane.
(b) Savilla E. Coleman, daughter of Henry Alexander Coleman and
Chaney Feaster, born August 20, 1825, died January l9, 1877.
Married, March 28, 1844, William Mobley Yongue, who died
May 23, 1884, aged 59 years, 8 months, and 12 days. Children:

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a. Sarah Hester, married November 28,
1867, James B. Turner.
4 children:
1. W. J., married Elizabeth Turner. Died survived by
widow and children, Earl A., William J., Bertha Ray,
and Louise.
2. Robert Yongue Turner, married Sarah Isabelle Timms. 9
a. R. Y. Turner, Jr.
b. James Anderson Turner.
c. Harold K. Turner.
d. Katharine Thelma Turner.
e. Sarah Elizabeth Turner.
f. Charles Elbert Turner.
g. Fred Turner.
h. William Alexander, single.
i. John Grady, single.
3. Clarence K. Turner, married Annie Stuart. 3 children:
a. Stuart L. Turner.
b. Sarah Louise Turner.
c. Elizabeth Turner.
4. Pierce C. Turner, married Mamie Stevenson. 5 children:
a. James B. Turner.
b. Coleman Turner.
c. Agnes Turner.
d. Kathleen Turner.
e. Isabelle, married Lawrence McKinnon. 1 child, Janie
Katharine McKinnon, married Howard S. Yarborough.
1 child, Grady Alexander Yarborough.
b. Laura Yongue, born November 22, 1851, died April 13,
1908, married Thomas D. Owings, born December 30, 1849,
died February 22, 1912.
1. Chaney Owings, married William Brooks. 8 children:
a. Louise
b. Annie
c. Pauline
d. Sarah
e. Edith
f. William
g. John F.
h. Charles M.

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2. Henry M. Owings, married Mary (Mamie) Coleman.
5 children:
a. Mitchell.
b. Mary Elizabeth (Bess), married Ernest Bolin.
c. Laura Bernice, married Bill Rabb, 2 children, Bernice
and Mitchell.
d. Thomas.
e. Robert Coleman.
3. Savilla, married Robert Riddle, no children.
4. Cora.
5. Annie, married Thomas Howell.
a. Annie Laurie.
6. Sarah.
7. Susan.
8. William.
9. Thomas Edith (?).
10. Kate.
11. Clara.
12. James.
c. Margaret Drucilla Yongue, born May 11, 1856, died October
16, 1914, married John B. Propst, born September 14, 1852,
died April 15, 1892. Five children:
1. Eunice Propst, married Samuel S. Bolick.
a. Samuel S. Bolick, Jr. (1st son).
b. William Bolick, married Mamie Stevenson.
c. Coleman Bolick.
2. William Yongue Propst, married Maybelle Clark, 2 children.
a. Elizabeth Drucilla, married Gross.
b. William Propst.
3. John Henry Propst, single.
4. Stella Propst, married Jim Bolick.
5. David Crosby Coleman Propst, single.
6. Savilla Isabelle Propst, married David Plummer Coleman.
d. Henry C. Yongue, single, born February 3, 1859, died August
6, 1884.
(e) Edith, born May 1, 1827, died November 9, 1827.
(d) John Albert Feaster Coleman, born June 9, 1828, died suddenly
of a heart attack April 30, 1898. Married October 13, 1853,

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Julianna Stevenson, daughter of Samuel Hemphill Stevenson and
Cynthia Yongue (daughter of Martin Yongue and Julianna
Cameron). The Fairfield newspaper, News & Herald, said of his
demise: "Mr. John A. F. Coleman, one of the most highly es-
teemed Citizens of Feasterville, is dead. He was a Confederate
soldier and a good citizen. Was captain in the 17th Regiment."
Julianna Stevenson was born July 14, 1831, died December 3,
1912. 6 children:
a. Samuel Stevenson Coleman, born August 10, 1854, married
(1st) Rebecca Gladden. 5 children:
1. Jesse Gladden Coleman, married Geneva Fee.
2. Kate Coleman, married John G. Wolling, Jr.
a. James William Wolling, single.
b. Estelle Wolling, married Joe Edmunds.
c. Samuel Wolling, married Mell
d. Julia Kate Wolling, married James Davis.
e. Jesse G. Wolling, married Francis Dickey.
f. Trez, died small.
3. Annie Belle Coleman, married Ernest Eugene Coleman,
son of David Roe Coleman and Elizabeth Trapp. 8 chil-
a. Rebecca May Coleman, married Feaster Dye. 2 Sons:
1. Harold Dye.
2. Donald Dye.
b. Claude Wagner Coleman, married Inez Gantt. 1 dau-
1. Darnell Coleman.
c. David R. Coleman.
d. Ernest Eugene Coleman, married.
e. Marvin Gladden Coleman, married Mrs. Bernell Alex-
ander. 1 child:
1. Claudie Paulette.
f. Robert Trapp Coleman, married Florrie Wilkes.
g. Withers Memminger Coleman, married Emily Wade.
h. Pauline Coleman.
4. John Albert Feaster Coleman, Jr., married Mamie Crow-
der. 1 child:
a. Samuel Stevenson Coleman, married Vivian Meade.
5. Sarah (Sallie) Edith Coleman, married Bailey Crowder.
2 children:

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a. Sarah Thomas Crowder, married Albert Swygert.
b. Jeanette Crowder, married Thomas Carrington.

Samuel Stevenson Coleman married (2nd) Miss Alice Faucette. No

b. Jeanette (Jennie) Isabelle Coleman, married Edward Wil-
son Coleman. (She was his second wife.) 1 son, John Albert
Feaster Coleman, died single. Jennie I. Coleman was born
December 22, 1856.
c. Sallie Drucilla Coleman, died young.
d. Henry David Coleman, born January 29, 1866. Married
Narcissa Wolling. 8 children:
1. Mabel Janet Coleman, died single. ,
2. Florence Benton Coleman, married John Beam. No chil-
3. John Feaster Coleman, married (1st) married, (2nd)
4. Henry David Coleman, died single, World War 1.
5. Robert Julian Coleman, married.
6. Samual Reginald Coleman, married.
7. Narcissa Elizabeth (Narcie Bess) Coleman, married Jack
Gore. 2 children:
1. Jack Gore, Jr., married.
2. Betty Gore.
8. Lula Wolling Coleman, married William C. Jeter. 2 chil-
1. Billy.
2. Harry.
e. Mary Feaster Coleman, married Charles Washington Fau-
cette, Jr. 5 children:
1. Juliana Elizabeth Faucette, unmarried.
2. Mary Louise Faucette, married Marion DeHone Ogburn.
1 child:
a. Marion DeHone Ogburn, Jr.
3. Harry Coleman Faucette, married Caroline Hutchinson. 2
a. Charles Washington Faucette, married Margie Mc-
Gruder. 3 children:
1. Robert Charles Faucette.
2. Ann Shure Faucette.
3. Michael Coleman Faucette.

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b. Mary Eason Faucette, married George
Cunningham. 1 child:
1. William Cunningham.
4. Andrew McConnell Faucette, married Gertrude Smarr. 1
a. Andrew McConnell Faucette, Jr.
5. Mary Isabelle Faucette, single.
f. Chaney Savilla Coleman, died single, when 13 years old.
(e) Margaret Drucilla Coleman, born July 5, 1830, died January 7,
1900, married July 18, 1855, James LeRoy Hunter, of Chester
County, South Carolina. They lived at Powder Springs, Georgia.
a. Mary Edith Hunter, married William S. Duncan, of Atlanta,
Georgia. 2 children:
1. James LeRoy Duncan, a graduate of Emory, married
Martha McKenzie. No children.
2. Martha (Mattie) Duncan, graduate of Agnes Scott Col-
lege, married Thaddeus Banks Johnson. 1 child, Thaddeus
Banks Johnson, Jr.
b. John Henry Hunter, was a doctor, married Cora Bowen.
1. Frederick Coleman Hunter, graduated in pharmacy.
2. Anne Hunter.
(f) Susan Isabella Coleman, born October 3, 1832, died january 29,
1892, married August 17, 1853, Thomas Manning, of Marietta,
Georgia. (Formerly of Chester County, South Carolina).
(g) Henry Alexander Coleman, born November 3, 1835, died June
5, 1863, from effects of a wound received at Battle of Manassas
August 30, 1862. He married November 19, 1857, Jemima
Rebecca Yongue, daughter of Robert Yongue and Hester Mo-
berley. They had one daughter.
a. Sarah Edith Coleman, married George R. Lauderdale. Lived
at Winnsboro, South Carolina, where he was a successful mer-
chant. Two sons:
1. George R. Lauderdale, Jr. 1 child: George Lauderdale, Jr.
2. David T. Lauderdale, an ARP Minister, was an honor
graduate of Erskine College, Due West. In 1951 he has
been Pastor of a Church at Lexington, Virginia, for 35

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(h) Mary Coleman, born January 7, 1838, died August 13, 1839.
(i) Sarah (Sallie) Amanda Coleman, born January 28, 1840, died
July 23, 1858. She married April 16, 1857, Andrew J. McCon-
nell, known as "Dick." He was First Lieutenant oE Bailey's Com-
pany, 17th Regiment, killed at the "Blow Up" at Petersburg,
Virginia, July 23, 1864. She had died previously, with her in-
fant, their first child. Therefore, there were no descendants.
(j) Robert Charles Coleman, born January 31, 1842, was very small,
and the pet of the family. Was 3rd Sergeant. Co. B, 17th Regt.,
S. C. Volunteers. He was drowned while in bathing at Church
Flats, Johns Island, near Charleston, South Carolina, while in
service, as a Confederate soldier. Died June 6, 1862.

NOTE: JEMIMA REBECCA YONGUE, married (2nd) Dr. Owens. Her
mother, Hester Moberley was the daughter Of Isham Mobley (son of
William Mobley and Ann Osborn) and Susannah Mobley (daughter of
Clement Mobley and Mary Fox). Clement Mobley was son of Edward
Mobley and Susannah de Ruel. Both Edward Mobley, Sr. and Clement
Mobley were Revolutionary soldiers. Also, Clement Mobley served in
the Cherokee Indian War (record with South Carolina Historical
Commission), which entitles descendants to membership in Daughters
of Colonial Wars. All descendants of Charles Coleman, brother of
Robert Coleman who married Elizabeth Roe, are also descendants of
Clement Mobley.

5. WILSON HENRY COLEMAN, son of David Roe Coleman and
Edith Beam, was born March 25, 1800, and married Mary Johnston in
1828, in Alabama. 7 children:
a. Elizabeth, born June 7, 1829.
b. Martha, born November 14, 1830.
c. Wiley Johnston, born September 9, 1832.
d. Edith, born October 26, 1834.
e. Mary, born January 6, 1837.
f. Nancy, born September 12, 1838.
g. Laura L., born June 8, 1846.

6. ISABELLA COLEMAN, born September 13, 1803, died September
10, 1838. Married Jacob Feaster. Children:
a. Jacob Fry Feaster, born February 20, 1824, died August 28, 1902,
married September 10, 1844, Elizabeth Stone.

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b. Edith Drucilla Feaster, born July 24, 1825, died May 18, 1876,
married Henry J. Lyles, February 6, 1844.
c. John Coleman Feaster, born August 21, 1827, died January 14,
1909, married Sallie P. Lyles, July 14, 1878.
d. Elizabeth Susan (or Susan Elizabeth), born April 30. 1829, mar-
ried February 1, 1848, Reverend S. M. Simons, of Lexington
County, South Carolina.
e. David Roe Feaster, born December 25, 1831, married March 18,
1856 (1st) Victoria Rawls, died January 7, 1877. Married Feb-
ruary 1, 1897 (2nd) Hattie Porter (Coleman) widow.
f. Sarah Isabella, born November 3, 1834, died young. March, 1838.
g. Mary Andrews, born July 11, 1836, died December 16, 1855.
(Very beautiful and beloved).
7. ELIZABETH, OR BETTY, COLEMAN, daughter of David Roe
Coleman and Edith Beam, was born April 6, 1807, died in October 1880.
Married lsaac Nolen, and moved to Alabama. Later moved to Smith
County, Texas. 8 children:
a. Isabella, born December 14, 1827, married John C. Coleman, of
Alabama, in 1846. Both died of yellow fever. Left one son.
b. Robert Wilson Nolen, born February 29, 1829.
c. Andrew J., born April 30, 1830.
d. Edith Mary Carolina, born March 3, 1833.
e. Laura Ann, born September 15, 1835.
f. Elizabeth, born June 3, 1837.
g. Isaac Henry, born 1839.
h. John Roe Nolen, born December 31, 1841.
8. SALLIE COLEMAN, daughter of David Roe Coleman and Edith
Beam, was born April 10, 1810, and died in 1815.


1. Jacob Fry Feaster and Elizabeth Stone's children:
1 William Feaster, died in the service of the Confederacy.
2. Isabelle Feaster, died unmarried.
3. Moses Feaster, married Belle Dickerson. 1 son, W. L. Feaster,
graduate of Furman, later Principal of the Lancaster Schools.
Moses Feaster was much esteemed by all who knew him. Was

*She was the daughter of David Roe Coleman and Edith Beam.

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small of stature, a fair violinist, devoted to fox hunting, a base-
ball enthusiast. Died in Union County where he lived the last
years of his life.
2. Edith Drucilla Feaster, married Henry J. Lyles. Children:
1. William Woodward Lyles, a gallant Confederate soldier, was
mortally wounded at Ft. Donaldson, and died unmarried.
2. J. Feaster Lyles, married Carrie Evelyn Lyles. He was an instruc-
tor in Kings Mountain Military Academy after the War. Was in-
terested in history, mathematics, and geology of South Carolina.
1. Henry J. Lyles, single.
2. Mary Woodward Lyles.
3. Isabelle Lyles, a Winthrop graduate, married William F.
Hetrick, of Pennsylvania, later of Gainesville, Georgia.
4. Jennie Preston Lyles, married William Gunter.
5. Nicholas Peay Lyles, attended Clemson College.
6. Florence Feaster Lyles.
7. Edith Eliza Lyles.

A. Coleman Lyles, brother of J. Feaster Lyles, married the widow
Josephine Willie, nee Smith. Children:
1. Arromanos Coleman Lyles, married Margaret Ella Cross.
2. Edith Lyles, married Roland G. Hill, of Carlisle, South Carolina.
1. A. Coleman Hill.

A. Coleman Lyles was six feet tall, with the Feaster blue eyes and the
Feaster nose. Was prominent in State and County politics in Union
County, a member of the Legislature from that county, until his

3. John Coleman Feaster and Sallie P. Lyles. One child, Thomas Feas-
ter, lived to be eight years old.
4. Susan Feaster and S. Milton Simons. Children:
1. Virgil Pingree Simons.
2. John Simons.
3. Paul Simons.
4. Ophelia Simons.

(The above all died young).
(The following married and lived in Arkansas).

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5. Lizzie Simons.
6. Cornelia Simmons.

5. Mary Andrews Feaster, a beautiful girl, died unmarried, aged
twenty years.
6. David Roe Feaster, was a soldier in the Confederate Army, enlist-
ing in the Buckhead Guards. Was a leader in his section in the cause
of white supremacy in 1876. Married (1st) Victoria Rawls. (She
was a sister of Maria Louisa Rawls, who married Nathan Feaster,
son of Andrew Feaster and Mary Norris). Children:
1. Annie Isabelle Feaster, married McConnell Coleman.
2. John Rawls Feaster, died unmarried.
3. Edith Caroline Feaster, married Preston F. Coleman.
4. Mary Victoria Feaster, married Albert W. Clayton. Children:
1. Philip Clayton, died a child.
2. Donald P. Clayton, a Clemson graduate, married Miss Mary
Wynnette Mathews, and lived at Birmingham, Alabama, 1
1. Donald P. Clayton, Jr., married (1st) Mary Ann Geisking.
(2nd) Catherine Chapman.
3. Edith Clayton, married William Brown Wright, and lived at
Shelton, South Carolina. 2 children:
1. Mary Wright, married Sumter Williams, Jr., of Orangeburg,
South Carolina, where they live. 2 children:
1. Victoria (Vicki) Williams.
2. Carolyn Williams.
2. Edith Clayton Wright, married R. M. Ballenger, of Greer,
South Carolina, where they live. No children.
5. David Robert Feaster, married Virginia Marks. Children:
1. Donald Feaster.
2. Edith Feaster.
3. Jacob Feaster.
4. Christine Feaster.
5. John Feaster.
They lived at Fordyce, Arkansas.
6. Jacob Henry Feaster, is unmarried. A graduate of Peabody Nor-
mal, of Nashville.
7. James Polk, is unmarried.

Captain David Roe Feaster on the death of his first wife married

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(2nd) the widow Hattie Coleman (nee Porter, of Ridgeway), widow of
Henry Jonathan Coleman, Jr. Children:
1. Charles McCants Feaster, Cashier, Bank of Carthage.
2. Margaret Fry Feaster, married Dr. C. G. Cox.
3. Roger Williams Feaster.
4. Hattie Josephine Feaster, a teacher of Princeton, Arkansas.

Captain D. R. Feaster's widow, lived on in Princeton, Arkansas,
after his death. The family was an interesting one. His seven
children by his first wife, her five by her first husband, and
their six, made quite a family in all. A stranger would sometimes
think she was mother of all, and, as far as her kindness was
concerned, she was.

7. Sarah Isabelle Feaster, died young, single.

Letter written by David Roe Coleman to his son, Wilson, of
Greene County, Alabama:

"South Carolina, Fairfield District, June 27, 1835.

Dear Son:

I take the present favorable opportunity to write to you a line
in way of remembrance, as I have not had a letter from you for a
great while, and inform you that your Father is still living and in
good health. (Blessed be God for his mercies). Hoping that you and
your family are all well. I believe I have not wrote to you since
the death of your brother Wiley. His widow and children are well,
and I think are likely to do well. They are very industrious and
your namesake, Wilson, is much so. Wiley had but a very short
sickness, from Thursday until Tuesday. He was doing very well. I
think it was the excessive cold was the cause of his death. I am
certain I have never experienced so cold a winter. Our wheat crops
are greatly injured, and great many entirely ruined. All the fig
trees and chaney trees are killed. The figs will spring up again,
but the chaney will not. Our prospects for corn and cotton is very
good at this time. The seasons have been very good so far. Your
brothers and their families are all well except Chany, Henry's
wife. She has had a long spell of sickness that has seemed to
threaten insanity, hut is getting better. Isabella and her
family are well. We expect Isaac and Betty to see us in July. They
were all well when we last heard from them. I am in the 71st year
of my age. I am nearly as strong as I ever was, but not so active.
I take a great deal of exercise, tho I work but little. I go into
no excesses except reading. I think one third of the day is spent
by me in reading. I

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live much alone, and think that few men desires peace more than I
do, and none love it better. To love God with all my powers and my
neighbors as myself is my aim and end. l rejoice that I have lived
a life of Temperance (in almost every thing). I have a good pare of
spectacles and an excellent little rifle gun, and I think I kill
more squirrels than any man in the neighborhood. This serves as an
amusement for me in my vacant hours from reading. Peace be with
you, my dear Son. I add no more.


Wilson H. Coleman.
Sent by Mr. William Halsell."


1. HIRAM H. COLEMAN, born April 30, 1803, died April 9, 1837.
Married February 4, 1827, Elizabeth (Betty) Beam, daughter of
Albert Beam and Sally Mayo, and a niece of Edith Beam, wife of
David Roe Coleman. Betty Beam was born April 8, 1808, and died
February 18, 1892. Hiram died young, leaving his wife with five
small children, as follows:
(a). Susan R., born December 1, 1827. Married September 5, 1848,
John Feaster Cockrell. He died March 6, 1889. Susan died
December 27, 1850,leaving one child.
1. Elizabeth Coleman, married Rufus Lumpkin, 1 child.
(b). Nancy E. Coleman, born March 6, 1830, died December 14,
1898. Married David Roe Coleman, Jr., August 3, 1848. They
moved to Alabama and raised a family of 6 sons and 2 daughters.
He died August 20, 1894. 8 children:
1. Lizzie, married W. W. Gay.
2. Hiram Fairfield Coleman, married Lena Waller.
3. Edward Wilson Coleman, married ( 1st) Lola Jackson Marsh.
2 children:
a. David Roe Coleman, married Mayme Burley. 1 child:
1. Lola Marsh Coleman.
b. James Marsh Coleman, died single.

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Edward Wilson Coleman, married (2nd) Jennet (Jennie) Isa-
belle Coleman, February 2, 1897.
a. John Albert Feaster Coleman, died single.
4. Bedford Forrest Coleman, married Corrie Wallace.
5. Robert Elam Coleman, married Lillie Belle Stevens.
6. Julia Coleman, married James Howell.
7. Phillip Mayo Coleman, married Maggie Smith.
8. Nancy, died when about grown.

(c). Robert Hiram Coleman, born October 1, 1832, died June 24,
1862, at Augusta, Georgia. Married Julia Ann Feaster, Febru-
ary 7, 1856. 2 children.
1 . Robert Coleman, died single when about 18 years old, being
accidentally shot by a friend while out hunting.
2. Lewis Andrew Coleman, married Mazura Carter. Born June
27, l868, died November 22, 1879. 7 children:
a. Robert Feaster Coleman.
b. Margaret Narcissa Coleman.
c. George Wilson Coleman (lawyer at Palm Beach, Florida).
d. Andrew Jackson Coleman.
e. Lewis A. Coleman, Jr.
f. Julia R. Coleman.
g. Edith Isabel Coleman.

(d). Edward A. Coleman, born May 2, 1835. Married September 23,
1859, Nancy E. Coleman, who lived near the Propsts, Fairfield
County. She was daughter of Major John Coleman, son of Wil-
liam Coleman, brother of Robert Coleman who married Eliza-
beth Roe, and also Charles Coleman, of the 1st generation in South
Carolina. Edward died August 19, 1862, in Virginia "as a soldier."
Estate Settlement, Winnsboro, South Carolina, Box 17, f. 140:
"Departed this life in Virginia, as a soldier, 1862, and left as
his heirs at law his widow, Nancy Coleman, no children, but a
brother, H. S., and 2 children of his deceased brother, Robert H.,
his sister, Nancy, wife of David R. Coleman, of Alabama, and a
child of his deceased sister, Susan Cockrell, and his mother,
Elizabeth Coleman."

(e). Hiram S. Coleman, born October 6, 1837, died January 2, 1860,
single, of consumption. He had gradated in medicine.

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2. WYLIE ("SCREW") COLEMAN, son of Robert Roe Coleman and
Nancy Coleman. Married Sallie Rainey, his first cousin. They settled
where Henry and Elitia Jefferes later lived. Had 6 children.
(a). Francis Daniel Coleman, born January 4, 1822, died April 19,
1891. Married Susan Stone, born November 8, 1829, died June
22, 1875. They lived and died where their son Wylie Coleman
lived, and are buried at Beaver Creek Church. 6 children:
1. Robert L., went to Tennessee. Married twice.
2. Maggie, married Elmore Boney.
3. Jacob F. Coleman, married three times.
4. Sallie Coleman, married Henry Robinson.
5. John Wylie Coleman, born October 20, 1856, died june 15.
1928. Married Victoria C. Robinson, December 7, 1875. She
was born January 18, 1859, died October 16, 1945. They
had seven (7) children, as follows:
a. John Francis Coleman, married (1st) Miss Carolyn
Kearse, of Olar, South Carolina. One child:
1. Erma Carolyn Coleman, married Julian McCullen,
Kinston, North Carolina. John Francis Coleman mar-
ried (2nd) Miss Addie Jenny, Fairfax, South Caro-
lina. They had six (6) children:
1. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, married Clyde Arnold.
One child:
Clyde Coleman Arnold.
2. Francena Coleman, married George Plough.
Charleston, South Carolina.
1. Shirley Plough.
3. Zenith Coleman, married Herman Hartz, Ridge-
land, South Carolina.
1. Susan Hartz.
2. Herman Hartz, Jr.
4. Jenny Coleman, married William Galloway, Latta
South Carolina.
1. Addie Jenny Galloway.
5. John Francis Coleman, Jr., died at age of one
6. Ethel Coleman, married L. B. Epperson, Atlanta.
Georgia. No children.
John Francis Coleman, married (3rd) Mrs. Glady
Thompson, of Smoaks, South Carolina. No children.

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b. Bertie Ray Coleman, married Jessup P. Eaddy, of Leo,
South Carolina, and Hamlet, North Carolina.
1. Alice Victoria Eaddy.
c. Georgia Robinson Coleman, married Walker N. Sojour-
ner, Denmark, South Carolina.
1. Georgia Louise Sojourner, married Forrest R.
DeMont, Waltham, Massachusetts.
2. Mary B. Sojourner, married David L. Ballard (Joe),
Greensboro, North Carolina.
1. David L. Ballard, Jr.
d. Susie Coleman, died at age of sixteen years.
e. Robert Wylie Coleman, married Miss Sadie Wright,
Chester, S. C.
1. Robert Wylie Coleman, Jr., married Miss Kathleen
Vaughan, Chester, South Carolina.
f. Minnie Louise Coleman, married (1st) Charles May
Adams, of Saluda, South Carolina.
1. Charles Coleman Adams, married Miss Julia Dukes,
of Greelyville and Chester, South Carolina.
Minnie Louise Coleman, married (2nd) James C. Ten-
nant, Chester, South Carolina. No children.
g. Margaret Coleman, married Broadus A. Robinson, of
Blackstock, South Carolina.
1. John Francis Robinson, married Miss Dorothy
Timmons, of Darlington, South Carolina. No children.
2. Mary E. Robinson, married John Morley Kiliholtz,
of Baltimore, Maryland.
1. Charles Kiliholtz.
2. John Morley Kiliholtz, Jr.
3. Broadus A. (Alex) Robinson, Jr., single.

6. Minnie Coleman, married Henry Tongs.
Victoria C. Robinson's parents were John Elliott Robinson and Mary
Hartin. Both are buried at Beaver Creek Church.

(b). Polly, daughter of Wylie (Screw) Coleman and Sallie Rainey,
married William McLane. 5 children:
1. Sallie, married Robert Castles.
2. Mary, married James Robinson.
3. Jack, married widow Isa Yongue (nee Crowder).
4. Silas, married Mattie Mobley.
5. Fannie, married William Mobley.

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(c). Seleta, married Jim Morgan. 1 child.
1. Hiram.
(d). Sarah Coleman, married Jesse Gladden. They are buried at
Jeffares family cemetery, Feasterville.wille, Fairfield County, South
Carolina. 2 children:
1. Sarah Rebecca Gladden, married Samuel Stevenson Cole-
2. John C. Gladden, married Mary
1. Sarah Rebecca.

Samuel Stevenson Coleman married (2d) Miss Alice Faucette.
No children.

(e). Elitia Coleman, married Henry Jeffares, her cousin. 7 children.
1. Lizzie Jeffares, married Sam Wright.
2. Robert Jeffares, married Lizzie Hogan.
3. Coleman Jeffares, died young.
4. Ben Jeffares.
5. Mattie Jeffares, married Ned Taylor.
6. John Wylie Jeffares, died young. Thrown by a mule.
7. Sam Jeffares.
(f). Savilla Coleman, never married.

3. JONATHAN DAVID COLEMAN, son of Robert Roe Coleman and Nancy
Coleman married Sallie McLane. (She was called "Sallie D"). They
lived at his father, Robert Roe Coleman's, old home place. Had no
children. Raised as their own her nephew, Jones McLane. Jonathan
"D" owned many slaves and land, carried on much business, was a
successful farmer, and his land and money caused dissention in
division. Nancy Coleman, mother of Edward Wilson Coleman,
inherited 1/4 of his land, getting most of the tract known as
the "Grubbs" place, owned later by Edward Wilson Coleman and Marsh
Coleman, his son. Very little of the balance of his property
remained in the hands of his relatives. (Sallie McLane's father was
Henry Mclane).


(a). WILLIAM HEAD COLEMAN, born Chester District, South
Carolina, December 13, 1830, died December 15, 1890, at Mineral

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Wells, Texas. He was a Confederate soldier in Walker's Texas
Division, and served two terms as Sheriff of Lavaca County, Texas.
One of his children, James H. Coleman, is living in Mineral Wells
(1950); Hugh H. is living with him; Henry L. lives in Fort Worth,
Texas, and Pearl (Mrs. M. J. Bisco) died some few years ago.

(b). SARAH SUSAN COLEMAN, born in Fairfield or Chester Districts,
South Carolina, April 3, 1832, died January, 1919, at Taylor,
Texas. Married William Ford. 4 children. Survivors at her death
were: Mrs. R. C. Payne, Taylor, Texas; Mrs. Lillie Miller, Houston;
Mr. Henry Ford, San Angelo, all now deceased (1950).

(c) . THOMAS BLEWETT COLEMAN, born October 12, 1833, Chester
District, South Carolina, died November 21, 1919, near Granbury,
Texas, interred at Hallettsville. Married Jane Simpson, July 7,
1870, daughter of David Butler Simpson, born Macon County, Alabama,
September 16, 1851. Died, Maples Community, near Granbury, Texas,
August 19, 1935 (interred Hallettsville, Texas). Eight (8)
children, all born Lavaca County, Texas.
1. David William, born August 15, 1871.
2. Ernest Head Coleman, born July 23, 1874.
3. Hattie Coleman, born August 9, 1881, died October 4, 1882.
4. George Thomas Coleman, born November 20, 1883, near Gran-
bury, Texas. Died, April 21, 1938.
5. Sarah Arabella, born October 17, 1886 (twin). Married William
Fleming McKennon.
6. (Twin), born October 17, 1886, died October 22, 1886 (age 5
7. James Joseph Coleman, born April 28, 1891.
8. Frank Ralph Coleman, born May 30, 1895, married Mallie Ada
Little, January 20, 1920.

(d). ELIZA JANE MACON COLEMAN, born September 10, 1835, died June
20, 1880, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

(e). REGINA BLEWETT COLEMAN, born December 17, 1836, in Winston
County, Mississippi. Died October 7, 1921, Dallas, Texas. Married,
Winston County, Mississippi, September 1, 1859, Dr. David S.
Lemman, born Dayton, Ohio, June 11, 1815, died San Antonio, Texas,

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June 15, 1892. During 1884-1885, Dr. Lemman was grand Master of the
Texas Grand Lodge I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows). 6 children:
1. Lily Newport Lemman, born Winston County, Mississippi, Au-
gust 28, 1860. Died April 1, 1861.
2. Daniel H. Lemman, born San Antonio, Texas, July 8, 1862, died
June 11, 1868.
3. (Twin) lda Inez Lemman, born October 9, 1866, married Octo-
ber 20, 1891, at San Antonio, Texas, to William Martin Cornett
(born New York City, March 23, 1860, died, Dallas, Texas,
March 20, 1948. He was a member of School Board 1888, among
first Aldermen City of Dallas.
4. (Twin) Eugene D. Lemman, born October 9, 1866, San Antonio,
Texas, died same place.
5. David S. Lemman, Jr., born San Antonio, Texas, May 10, 1869,
died June 15, 1870.
6. Ina May Lemman, born San Antonio, Texas, June 2, 1871, died
Los Angeles, California, January, 1936.

(f). LOUISA HARRIETT COLEMAN, born Winston County, Mississippi,
September 15, 1838, died September 21, 1917, at Austin, Texas.
Married (1st) Dr. Wilkins, (2nd) Judge Coombs. 2 children:
1. Norma, married Albert P. Tenison, of Dallas, Texas.
2. Lena, married Mr. Griffiths. Lived at Austin, Texas.

(g). HENRY JONATHAN COLEMAN, born Winston County, Mississippi,
March 25, 1840, died March 8, 1862. Killed at the Battle of
Elkhorn, Lavern, Arkansas. (Served under General Kirby Smith).

(h). ANNA REBECCA COLEMAN, born Winston County, Mississippi,
November 26, 1841, died November 14, 1843.

(i). * MARY ANNA HARRISON COLEMAN, born June 23, 1843, at Winston
County, Mississippi, died ---, married William Barham Simpson (Brother
of Mattie Jane Simpson, who married Thomas Blewett Coleman), born
February 1, 1841, died September 19, 1921. Married April 18, 1867.

(j). JAMES BURR HEAD COLEMAN, born January 13, 1845, Winston
County, Mississippi. Died June 12, 1905. Was President First

* Double Wedding.

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National Bank, Coleman, Texas. (In February, 1949, his daughter,
Mrs. Mary C. Johnson, was living at Alexandria Arms Apartment, 1801
North Alexandria Avenue, Hollywood, California).

(k). * MARCIA MARENDA COLEMAN, born May 3, 1848, Winston County,
Mississippi. Died ---. Lived at Coleman, Texas. Married Pem A.
Andrews, April 18, 1867.
1. Florence Andrews, married Jack H. Babbington. Lived at Cole-
man, Texas.

Ada Inez Lemman and William Martin Cornett lived in Dallas,
Texas, where for many years she was pipe organist in the First
Baptist Church. He was prominent in musical circles, individually,
and as a member of a quartet which was much in demand throughout
the State. In the early 1900's he was Superintendent of the
Poultry Department of the State Fair Of Dallas, Manager of Printing
Department of Holland's Magazine and Farm and Ranch Magazine, a
fifty year charter member or the Dallas Typographical Union, which
he served as treasurer for over thirty years. 5 children:
a. Ethel May Cornett, married Wallace Earle Hawley, April 6, 1944.
b. Inez Esther Cornett, died an infant.
c. William Lemman Cornett. Lives in Dallas, Texas. Married Feb-
ruary 22, 1920, Virginia Kerns, at Dallas, Texas. 2 children:
1. Christian Martin Cornett, born March, 1921, died, 1936.
2. Mildred Cornett, now teaching in Dallas Public Schools.
d. John Robert Cornett, born in Dallas, lives in La Mesa, California.
Married Lorine Newton, Los Angeles. 2 children:
1. Robert Lewis Cornett, living in La Mesa. California.
2. Beverly Lorine Cornett, living in La Mesa, California.
e. Ada Regina Cornett, married Walter P. Henderson, December
5, 1930. Lives in Dallas, Texas.

Eugene D. Lemman (son of Regina Blowett Coleman and Dr. David S.
Lemman), married Fannie M. Johns, October, 1894. 4 children:
1. Eugene Ford Lemman, born August, 1896, died January 7, I S97.
2. Woodhul Thornton Lemman.
3. Dorothy Lemman.
4. Daniel H. Lemman.

* Double wedding.
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Ina May Lemman (daughter of Regina Blowett Coleman and Dr.
David S. Lemman), married Arch W. Lipscomb, November 5, 1895, San
Antonio, Texas. 2 children:
1. Loyd Lemman Lipscomb, lived in Los Angeles.
2. Emily Cornett Lipscomb, lived in Los Angeles.

Louisa Harriet Coleman, married (1st) Dr. B. B. Wilkins (2nd)
Judge Coombs. 2 children by first marriage, none by second.
1. Lena Lide Wilkins, married D. A. Griffiths.
1. Lula Griffiths.
2. Hattie Griffiths.
3. Homer Griffith.
4. Norman Griffiths.
2. Norma Newport Wilkins, married Albert P. Tenison. She was
born December l2, 1868, died December 11, 1942, Dallas, Texas.
He was born January 10, 1859, died March 14, 1913, Dallas,
Texas. 2 children:
1. Lena Tenison, married _ Slayton. Lived in Dallas, T,exas.
2. Albert P. Tenison, Jr., born 1891, died 1932.

Mary Anna Harrison Coleman, daughter of William Ragsdale Cole-
man and Sarah Newport Head, married William Barham Simpson, had
three children:
1. Henry Simpson, lived in Dallas, Texas.
2. (Twin) Sallie Simpson, married Mr. Pounds. Live in Brownwood,
3. (Twin) Posie Simpson, married Mr. Gardenheir. Live in Brown-
wood, Texas.

James Burr Head Coleman, son of William Ragsdale Coleman and
Sarah Newport Head, married Mary Livingston. 5 children:
1. Casey Livingston Coleman.
2. Charles Pelham Coleman.
3. Mary Finney Coleman, married_ Johnson. Live in Holly
wood, California.
4. Clarence Coleman.
5. Margaret Coleman.

Marcia Maranda Coleman, daughter of William Ragsdale Coleman,
and Sarah Newport Head, married Pem A. Andrews, at Hallettsville,
Texas. Children:
1. Florence Newport Andrews, married John Henry Williams-

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Babington, son of an English Army Officer, born September 23,
1855, at Madras, India, died December 1, 1935, Coleman, Texas.
2 children:
1. Lucile Babington.
2. Mabel Elizabeth Babington, married H. R. Fossler, of Vermil-
lion, South Dakota.

2. Lucile Andrews.

Ethel May Cornett, daughter of Ada Inez Lemman and William
Martin Cornett, married Wallace Earle Hawley, born June 29, 1894,
Bridgeport, Connecticut. Served in World War, 56th Artillery,
Alsace-Lorraine, Champaign Defense, Oise-Aisne, Aisne-Marne, St.
Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne; Croix de Guerre, Purple Heart and Silver
Star awards; Gassed and wounded. Retired as First Lieutenant, U. S.
Army, Son of Arthur W. Hawley, 1860-1941; grandson of Eli Curtis
Hawley, 1818-1899; great grandson of Abijah Hawley, 1785-1846;
great, great grandson of Robert E. Hawley, Jr., 1762-1845 (served
in American Revolution); great, great, great grandson of Captain
Robert E. Hawley, Sr., 1726-179? (served in French-Indian and
American Revolution Wars); great, great, great, great grandson of
John Hawley, Jr., 1694; great, great, great, great, great grandson
of Captain John Hawley, Sr., served in French-Indian Wars, was
nineteen times Rep. to General Assembly, 1661-1729; who was seventh
child of Joseph Hawley, 1603-1690. Born in England, came to
America 1629-30. All others mentioned were born Stratford,
Connecticut. Joseph Hawley was first Town Clerk of Stratford, was
town Treasurer, some thirty-eight times Representative in
Connecticut General Court. Second largest property owner, and
Justice of the Peace when he died in 1690. Mentioned in most
genealogies as important Founding Father, or immigrant Ancestor.


Drawn from the family Bible at William R. Coleman's, in Winston
County, Mississippi, November 29, 1844, by H. J. F. W. Coleman.
(Original copy made in 1844, now in possession of Mrs. J. W.
Starnes, Ridgeway, South Carolina).


Wiley Coleman, Father, October 27, 1771.
Sarah Ragsdale Coleman, Mother, October 15,1781.

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William R. Coleman, October 4, 1800.
Nancy Ann Coleman, December 6, 1801.
Joseph R. Coleman, June 2, 1803.
Sophia Coleman, January 16, 1805.
Griffin R. Coleman, September 27, 1807.
Elizabeth A. Coleman, April 4, 1810. (Twin)
Robert F. Coleman, April 4, 1810. (Twin)
Rebecca Coleman, December 20, 1812.
Wiley W. W. Coleman, April 19, 1815.
Henry J. F. W. Coleman, February 5, 1818.
Sarah Coleman, December 25, 1819.
Eli Coleman, January 8, 1824.


Wiley Coleman to Sarah Ragsdell, in the year 1799.
Nancy A. to Richard Nolen, January 22, 1822.
Joseph R. Coleman to Juliana Banks, February 5, 1824.
Elizabeth A. Coleman to John Williams, October 12, 1826.
Sophia Coleman to William Coleman, January 9, 1827.
William R. Coleman to Sarah Head, January 26, 1830.
Griffin R. Coleman to Susannah Cockrell, February 9, 1830.
Robert F. Coleman to Margaret Smith, in the year 1832.
Rebecca Coleman to John W. Robertson, February, 1835.
Sarah Coleman to Wiley U. Gilmar, December 8, 1833.
Wiley W. W. Coleman to Mary Coleman, February, 1836.
Eli Coleman to Elenor Beaseley, in the year 1844.
H. J. F. W. Coleman to Aley Cockrell, November 28, 1848.


Wiley Coleman, October 16, 1824.
Sarah Coleman, August 3,1820.

John Williams, August 6,1836.
Elizabeth A. Williams, May 8,1837.

(The following is in different handwriting from H. J. F. W. Cole-
man's) .

Nancy Ann Nolen, July 6,1847.
Eli Coleman, April, 1849.
Richard Nolen, October,1851.

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Sophia Coleman, January 22, 1857.
Joseph R. Coleman, June 16, 1859.
Juliana Banks Coleman, December 21, 1871.
Alice Coleman (Alcy), November 11, 1863.
H. J. F. W. Coleman, January 20, 1891.

Militia, son of Wylie Roe Coleman and Sarah Ragsdale (Ragsdell),
was born June 2, 1803, died June 16, 1859, and married February 5,
1824, Juliana Banks (Majoribanks), born March 11, 1804, died
December 21, 1871. Both are buried at Fellowship Church Cemetery,
near Woodward, South Carolina. Lived East of Blackstock, but
attended Church at Fellowship (near the Samuel Moberley, Jr., home).
It is said that Joseph was not a church member, but was inclined
to the Baptist, so Juliana, who was Scotch Presbyterian, told him
she would join with him, if he would join the church, so Baptists
they became. There was no Baptist Church near, so they would go
down on Saturday and spend the night with the Moberleys, and
drive home Sunday afternoon. They were both big and fat and had a
buggy specially made, to which they drove two horses.
Joseph Ragsdale Coleman was evidently an officer in the State
Militia. They had musters, and were taught to drill, etc. Some of
his commissions, dating back to the 1830's, are in possession of
Mrs. J. W. Starnes, Ridgeway, South Carolina.
The inscriptions on the graves of this couple, at Fellowship
Cemetery, are as follows:

"Sacred to the memory of Colonel J. R. Coleman, who was born
June 3, 1803. Passed away June 16, 1859, aged 56 years and 13

"Sacred to the memory of Mrs. J. R. Coleman." (Stone broken
and dates destroyed)

There were eight children, as follows:
1. Wylie R. Coleman, born January 3, 1825, died in Mexico (Mexi-
can War), July 18, 1847.
2. Sarah Elizabeth Coleman, born March 8, 1827, died September
14, 1861. Married William Robinson, August 28, 1850.

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3. Samuel Wyatt Coleman, born October 9, 1829, died August 4,
1856. Buried in Strong Burying Ground, on Great Falls Road,
East of Blackstock. Never married.
4. Rebecca Jane, born June 29,1832. Died in infancy.
5. Sicily Allenia, born June 1, 1834. Married Dr. T. F. Broom,
December 1,1859.
6. Henry Allen Coleman, born March 16, 1837, died January 6,
1908. Married Harriett Matilda Coleman, daughter of James
Buchanan Coleman and Aseaneth Davis, at Ridgeway, South
Carolina. Dr. Henry Allen Coleman lived and died at Mandarin,
7. Mary Hellender "Ellen" Coleman, born October 24, 1839. Mar-
ried Thomas Nelson, October 24, 1872. Died at Simpson, South
8. Walter Francis Marion Coleman, born September 21, 1846, died
December 25, 1895. Married Cynthia Miller, January 6, 1870.

W. F. M. Coleman was the father of Mrs. J. W. Starnes, Ridgeway,
South Carolina. He is buried at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church,
six miles from Chester, near the Great Falls Road. His wife's
family lived near there, and her grandfather gave the land on which
the church was built.

Wylie R. Coleman volunteered to go to Mexico December 8, 1846,
and died of illness at Pueblo July 18, 1847. His name is on the
iron Palmetto tree monument on the State House Grounds, Columbia,
South Carolina.

Samuel Wyatt Coleman, third child above. is buried in the Strong
family cemetery, on Great Falls Road, East of Blackstock, near
where Joseph Ragsdale Coleman lived. Two infants of Joseph Ragsdale
Coleman are buried in the Allen Coleman Cemetery, east of

3. SOPHIA COLEMAN, daughter of Wylie Roe Coleman and Sarah
Ragsdale, was born January 14, 1805, died January 22, 1857. Married
January 9, 1827, (her first cousin) William Charles Coleman, son of
Allen Roe Coleman and Sarah Coleman.

4. ELIZABETH COLEMAN, born April 4, 1810, died May 8, 1837.
Married John Williams, October 12, 1826.

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5. GRIFFIN R. COLEMAN, born September 27, 1807, died May.
1870. Married Susan Coleman Cockrell, February 9, 1830.

6. ROBERT COLEMAN, born April 4, 1810 (Twin). Married Margaret
Smith, in 1832.

7. REBECCA COLEMAN, born December 20, 1812. Married John W.
Robertson, in February. 1835. Buried in Lebanon cemetery, Choctaw
County, Mississippi.

8. WILEY COLEMAN, born April 19, 1815, died 1875. Married
Mary (Polly) Coleman, daughter of Solomon Coleman and Betty Elam.
Buried at Mashulaville.

9. WYATT COLEMAN (H. J. F. W.), born February 5, 1818, died January
20, 1891. Married Ailsey Cockrell, November 28, 1848. She died
November 11, 1863.

10. SARAH COLEMAN, born December 25, 1819. Married Wiley U.
Gilmar, December 8, 1833.

11. ELIHU COLEMAN, born 1824, died April,1849. Married Eleanor
Beasley, in 1844. Eli settled in Georgia.


1. David William (Dave) Coleman, born Lavaca County, Texas, Au-
gust 15,1871.
2. Ernest Head Coleman, born Lavaca County, Texas, July 23, 1874.
3. Hattie Coleman, born Lavaca County, Texas, August 9, 1881, died
October 4, 1882.
4. George Thomas Coleman, born Lavaca County, Texas, November
20, 1883. Died near Granbury, Hood County, Texas, April 21,
1938. Interred Hallettsville, Texas.
5. (Twin). Sarah Arabella (Sallie) Coleman, born Lavaca County,
Texas, October 17, 1886. Married William1 Flemming (Billie)
6. (Twin). Boy, born Lavaca County, Texas, October 17, 1886, died
five days old.

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7. James Joseph (Jim) Coleman, born Lavaca County, Texas, April
22, 1891.
8. Frank Ralph Coleman, born Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas,
May 30, 1895.


1. W. H. Coleman, born December 13, 1830, died December 15,
2. Sarah Susan Coleman, born April 3, 1832.
3. Thomas Blewit Coleman, born October 12, 1833.
4. Eliza Jane Macon Coleman, born January 30, 1835, died June 20,
5. Regina Blewitt Coleman, born December 17, 1836.
6. Louisa Harritt Coleman, born September 10, 1838.
7. Henry Jonathan Coleman, born March 25, 1840, died March 8,
1862. Fell at the Battle of Elkhorn, Arkansas.
8. Anna Rebecca Coleman, born November 26, 1841, died Novem-
ber 14, 1843.
9. Mary Anner Harrison Coleman, born June 23, 1843.
10. James Burr Head Coleman, born January 13, 1845, died June 12,
11. Marcia Maranda Coleman, born May 3, 1848.

NOTE: Obituary for W. H. Coleman shows he was born December 3,
1830, and died December 30, 1890. His wife was C. R. Coleman.

CHARLES COLEMAN, SR. (We know of no relation of our Charles and
Robert Coleman of the first generation, and give this data for the
reason that there is a connection with our Coleman family by
marriage, as follows, through Joseph Ragsdale Coleman's son). His
will is on record in Fairfield County, Will Book Volume 3, Page 85,
dated August 13, 1836, recording date unknown, but estate was being
settled in 1842. Brief of Will follows:

"My daughter, Harriet M. Leggo.
Son-James B. Coleman (Dr. James Buchanan Coleman).
Son-George B. Coleman. "Land whereon he lives at present."
Daughter-Malinda W. Boyd.
Son-Charles S. Coleman.
Son-Joseph R. Coleman.

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Daughter-Judith B. Simpson.
Daughter-Sarah Ann Coleman.
Daughter-Jane B. Coleman.
Son-John A.I. Coleman.

NOTE Before settlement of estate was completed, some of the
children had married and were mentioned as follows:

Malinda W. Boyd, husband John Keith.
Sarah Ann Coleman, husband Thomas L. Simpson.
Jane B. Coleman, husband John K. Smith.

Husband of Judith B. Simpson referred to as William Simpson.

Reference to "Charles" Coleman, son of George B. Coleman (1859).

DAR Lineage Book, Volume 56, National No.55464:
1. Charles Coleman served as armorer in South Carolina militia 178?-
81. Born in Virginia 1762, died in 1842, in Alabama. Married
Elizabeth Gibson. Their son, James Buchanan Coleman, married
Asenath Davis, born 1815, died December 21, 1890, daughter of
J. Thomas Davis and Esther Hines, of Longtown, Fairfield County,
South Carolina. Their children:
1. Essie (Esther) Ruth Coleman, married D. N. Durham.
2. James W. Coleman, born December 2, 1844, died June 13, 1899,
buried at Aimwell Presbyterian Church, near Ridgeway, South
Carolina. Married Elizabeth Cason, born July 13, 1852, died
September 28,1924. She is buried by him.
3. Harriett Matilda Coleman, married Henry Allen Coleman, a
Confederate surgeon, (who was son of Joseph Ragsdale Coleman
and Juliana Banks (Majoribanks). Harriett Matilda Coleman
was born October 7, 1842, died November 2, 1926. Dr. Henry
Allen Coleman was born March 16, 1837, and died January 6,

4. Minnie Coleman, married James A. Kennedy.

The above Charles Coleman had a brother, Robert Coleman, and
they lived over on the Wateree River. Robert sold land to Charles
and returned to Virginia.

Number 3 above, Harriett Matilda Coleman and Dr. Henry Allen
Coleman had daughter:
1. Essie (Esther) Ida Coleman, born March 12, 1867, died Novem-
ber 21, 1953, who married Henry Lee Coleman, son of George

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Washington Coleman and Mary Elizabeth Stevenson, of Feaster-
ville, South Carolina. (Henry Lee Coleman was grandson of
Henry Jonathan Coleman and Mary Feaster). Essie and Henry
Lee Coleman lived at Mandarin, Florida, in the Doctor's old

Dr. Henry Allen Coleman and Harriett Matilda Coleman also had a
son, who died as a child.

Essie Coleman (Mrs. Henry Lee Coleman), daughter of Henry Allen
Coleman and Harriett Matilda Coleman, writes:

"My mother's father bought the John Roseborough place in Ridge-
way, bringing his bride, Acsaneth Davis, to it. He built the brick
house with the labor of his slaves, about the time the railroad was
put through Ridgeway, giving a right-of-way between him and Colonel
Davis, who owned the opposite hill. Bricks were made near the
spring, and my mother said it was a beautiful sight at night when
they were fired."

ZEVEABLE COLEMAN, 12th child of Robert Coleman and Elizabeth
Roe, was born November 28, 1789, and died very young. Is buried
at the foot of his parents.

HENRY JONATHAN COLEMAN, 13th child of Robert Coleman and
Elizabeth Roe, was born June 22, 1793, and died February 3, 1861.
On December 31, 1818, he married Mary Feaster, daughter of John
Feaster and Drucilla Moberley, the ceremony being performed by his
oldest brother, David Roe Coleman.
He was a soldier of the War of 1812, and among the Pension and
Bounty Land Records in The National Archives, Washington, D. C., is
a file #WO 10 397, COLEMAN, Henry Jonathan, relating to claims
based on his War of 1812 service. The National Archives General
Land Office records show that under the act of September 28, 1850,
Warrant No. 14829 for 80 acres was issued to Henry J. Coleman on
September 8, 1851, for his services. Other grants also were made to
him for this service, on record in above office. He enlisted at
Winns Bridge, South Carolina, (near Winnsboro), and served from
October 6, 1814 to February 28, 1815, as Private in Captain William
Nevitt's Company of South Carolina Militia.
Henry Jonathan Coleman acquired nearly 2000 acres of land, and
owned forty or fifty slaves. Everything they wore and ate was made

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the place-cotton, wool, and hogs. The negro women during the winter
months spun the cotton and wool, and wove the cloth for white and
He was a hatter by trade, as well as a first class farmer. His
slaves wore good clothes, and had plenty to eat. As a hatter, he
made fine hats, beavers, etc.


1. JOHN FEASTER COLEMAN, son of Henry Jonathan Coleman and
Mary Feaster. Married February 9, 1847, Miss Sarah (Sallie)
(Gladden. Their children:
1. Silas Gladden Coleman, died a child in 1863.
2. John Gladden Coleman, born June 3, 1849, died single, Decem-
ber 14,1919.
3. Allen Feaster Coleman, married Mrs. Hodge in Louisiana.
4. Mary Rebecca Coleman, born September 27, 1852, died October
30, 1917.
5. Charlie Fernando Coleman, born October 5, 1854, died Octo-
ber 23, 1882.
6. Sarah Edith Coleman, born February 29,1856, died November 3,

John Feaster Coleman and Sallie Gladden were cousins, and her
parents objected to the marriage for that reason. They fell in love
when very young. Sallie told her parents she would wait until she
was twenty-one years old, and if she still felt the same way, they
would marry then. They waited, and married. Two weeks before the
last child was born, he died of typhoid fever, and Sallie was so
grieved that she had no desire nor will to live. Her family tried
to persuade her that she should live for the sake of her children,
but she died April 8, 1856. They were second cousins, lived at
Feasterville, and are buried at the Feaster Cemetery. Little Sarah
Edith Coleman was little more than one month old, was taken and
raised by her grandparents, Mary Feaster and Henry Jonathan
Coleman, Sr. She was a great pleasure to them, as well as her
Uncle, George W. Coleman. In 1857 or 1858, she was carried by them
to Preston, Georgia, to visit Sarah Caroline Coleman Mitchell,
her mother's

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sister "Mammy," as the grandmother Mary (Polly) was called by the
grandchildren, was in good health, Edith was a beautiful plump,
sweet baby. Sarah Mitchell's first baby, Ella, was a sweet baby,
but very frail. All enjoyed so much being together.
Sallie Gladden Coleman, knowing she would die, had "willed" her
fourth child, Mary Rebecca Coleman, to her sister, Sarah Caroline
Coleman. The latter was then engaged to marry Beverly C. Mitchell.
When her sister-in-law died, leaving her the child, she told Mr.
Mitchell she had been asked to take the child, and if it did not
suit him, she would release him from their engagement. He replied
that he did not want to be released, "She will be our little girl,"
and so they were married, and raised the child as their own. Mr.
Mitchell had a nice home, and was kind to all.

(3). Allen Feaster Coleman married a widow, Mrs. Marcie
Hodge, in Louisiana, and had two children:
1. Janie Coleman, married Dr. Wiggins, of Arkansas.
2. Allen Feaster Coleman, Jr., lived in Kingsville, Texas.

(4). Mary Rebecca Coleman, died at the home of her sister, Mrs.
Martin D. C. Colvin, Feasterville. She married November
29, 1876, Joseph Carter Roney (born in McDuffle County,
Georgia. 3 children:
1. Anna Belle Roney, born December 17, 1877, in Ameri-
cus, Georgia. Married December 5, 1900, Dobbins
Holmes, of Clinton, North Carolina. He was born August
13, 1869. 1 child:
1. Dorothy Holmes, born September 12, 1904. Married
December, 1928, Archer Edmont Turner. No chil-
2. Joseph Coleman Roney, born December 9, 1879.
3. Charles Henry Roney, born January 5, 1884, died
January 10, 1884.

(5). Charlie Fernando Coleman, lived and died near Monticello,
Fairfield County, South Carolina. Married February 2, 1876,
Miss Alice Martin, of that place. 2 children:
1. Charlie Martin Coleman, born January 12, 1877, died
December, 1930. Married Miss Tina Rhames, of Camden,
South Carolina.
1. George Rhames Coleman, born December 17, 1904.
2. Claudia Coleman, born February 3, 1879. Married Wil-

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liam H. Suber, of Newberry County, South Carolina. 3
1. Mary Alice Suber, born March 5, 1903.
2. Gladys Coleman Suber, born August 30, 1906. Mar-
ried ---- Smith.
3. Elizabeth Suber, born November 5, 1913. Married
Carl Setzler.

(6). Sarah Edith Coleman, married August 7, 1877, Martin
Dennis Calhoun Colvin, born in Chester, South Carolina,
September 5, 1852, died May 21, 1928. They were married
in the Henry Jonathan Coleman home, then owned and
occupied by her uncle, George Washington Coleman and
his wife, Mary Elizabeth Coleman (nee Stevenson). The
following children were born to them:
1. Dennis Coleman Colvin, born March 24, 1879. Married
Miss Essie Maie Rudisill, of Dallas, North Carolina, July
22, 1909. Now living at Gastonia, North Carolina. 2
1. Sarah Elizabeth, born June 21, 1910.
2. David Coleman Colvin, born January 2, 1920.
2. Eva Colvin, born February 18, 1881. Single.
3. Charlie Fernando Colvin, born April 19, 1883, married
at Tulsa, Oklahoma, January 18, 1919, Miss Dorothea
Wier Hudson. 1 child:
1. Constance, born May 31, 1920.
4. John Colvin, born April 29, 1885, died September 24,
5. William Jerome Colvin, born October 15, 1886, married
January 15, 1913, Miss Lillian Sipple, of Ridgeland,
South Carolina.
1. Edith Sipple Colvin, born August 16, 1915.
2. William Jerome Colvin, Jr., born October 7, 1917.
3. Francis Meador Colvin, born November 3, 1919.
4. Martin Coleman Colvin, born November 3, 1919.
6. Henry Gladden Colvin, born February 14, 1889, died
7. Mary Alice Colvin, born April 23, 1892, married Thomas
Mathias Adams. 1 child: Edith Emily Adams.
8. Infant Daughter, born October 19, 1897.

2. ELIZABETH DRUCILLA COLEMAN, daughter of Henry Jon-
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athan Coleman and Mary Feaster. Married November 18, 1837, Mica-
jah Boulware Pickett, in Americus, Georgia, and had the
following children:
1. Mary E. Pickett, born at Feasterville, South Carolina, in the
Henry Jonathan Coleman home, November 25, 1839, married
November 21,1861, Dr. Cadwaller Raines. Children:
1. Ida, born November 18, 1862.
2. Elizabeth Micajah Raines, born February 9, 1866. Married
Steven R. Johnson. 5 children:
1. Elam R. Johnson, killed in RR wreck.
2. Sallie Schumpert Johnson, a fine musician.
3. Mary F. Johnson, married Charles Wells, March 4, 1917,
at Americus, Georgia.
4. Amos Steve Johnson, married Miss Alice Fussell.
5. Coleman Pickett Johnson, married Miss Annie B. Ellison.
1 child:
1. Mary Elizabeth Johnson.
2. Sarah K. Pickett, born April 21, 1842. Married Amos Schumpert,
February 1, 1863. 1 child:
1. Amos King Schumpert, born July 24, 1878, Married Joel
Walter Hightower. 4 children:
1. Edith Hightower.
2. Sarah Vashti Hightower.
3. Joel A. Hightower.
4. Sue Clifford Hightower.
3. Louisa J. Pickett, born November 23, 1843, in Sumter County,
Georgia. Married October 13, 1868, William Harvey. 2 children:
(Died 1903) .
1. Pickett Harvey, died young. (Born 1869).
2. Mary Tabitha Harvey, born June 28, 1871, died 1910. Mar-
ried Thomas W. Stewart. 1 child:
1. William A. Stewart.
4. Emma Henrietta Pickett, born Sumter County, Georgia, May 13,
1852, married October 27, 1870, John Rufus King. 4 children:
1. Miriam Elizabeth King, married Emmett Eugene Cook, 1907.
3 children:
1. John Rufus Cook, born June 27, 1908, Preston, Georgia. 2
children: Barbara and Betty.
2. Emmett Eugene Cook, born December 27, 1910.
3. Coleman Pickett Cook, born April 4, 1913.

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2. John Amos King, married Elizabeth Louise Stephens. 3
1. John Amos King, born November 4, 1907.
2. Frank Pickett King, born February 15, 1909.
3. Annie Margaret King, born November 13, 1910.
3. Robert Lee King, married Lois Katherine King. 2 children:
1. Emma Frances King, born November 2, 1910.
2. Miriam King, born August 26, 1913.
(Robert Lee King was killed in an automobile wreck).
5. Annie C. Pickett (1st), died quite young, single. Born February
24, 1846, Sumter County, Georgia.
6. Annie Pickett (2nd), died single. Born May 4, 1862.
7. John Feaster Pickett, born December 26, 1848, Married Julia
Brown, April 21, l875. 2 children:
1. Mary Lorena Pickett, married D. C. Pickett.
2. Eloise Elizabeth Pickett.
8. Henry Coleman Pickett, born November 7, 1854. Married Evelyn
Kellerher. No children.
9. Micajah B. Pickett, Jr., killed in Cotton Compress at Eufaula,
Alabama. Born January 4, 1860.
10. Musco T. (or P.) Pickett, born April 3, 1857. Married Minnie
McGarrah, February 26, 1885. 3 children:
1. Jerome Pickett.
2. Annie May Pickett.
3. Edna Elizabeth Pickett.

The greater part of Elizabeth Drucilla Coleman Pickett's married
life was spent in Sumter County, Georgia. She died in Americus,
Georgia, and is buried there. Her son, Henry Coleman Pickett, was a
member of the New York Stock Exchange. He came home and nursed her
in her last illness, seeing that she had everything desired and

3. DR. ROBERT WILLIAMS COLEMAN, third child of Henry Jonathan
Coleman and Mary Feaster, was born October 3, 1822, and died in
1873. On November 9, 1847, he married Miss Nancy Amanda McCon-
nell, who was born February 22, 1830. He was born, lived, died,
and was buried at Feasterville, South Carolina (Feaster Cemetery).
He was a fine physician, educated in New York City in medicine, and
a lover of fine horses. Was of that temperament, it is said, that
attracts a man's confidence and a woman's respect in professional
life. He enlisted for
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the Civil War in the Buckhead Guards, but was unanimously picked
out by the people to remain at home, the community feeling it would
not do for him to leave. In 1861, he sent his brother, George
Washington Coleman, to the military school at Kings Mountain to
prepare him for the war, though George was only seventeen years of
age. (Six of these brothers served in that War).
During the Ku-Klux days, Robert Williams Coleman was the
counsellor in his neighborhood. It is said that his judgment was
never at fault, nor his counsel unheeded in those trying times.
Five children were born to this marriage, as follows:
1. Frances Maria Coleman, born November 10, 1852. Married Dr.
Virgil P. Clayton. 1 child: (He married (2nd) Miss Jessie Sud-
1. Daisy Lucille Clayton, born June 25, 1873, died March 3,
1914. Married Robert Willis Buntz.
1. Robert Willis Buntz.
2. Daisy Lucille Buntz.
3. Francis Marion Buntz.
4. Albert Buntz.
2. Andrew McConnell Coleman, born July 28, 1855, died Janu-
ary 29, 1930. Married Annie Isabel Feaster, born January 30,
1857, died October 9, 1901. 10 children:
1. Robert Williams, born January, 1874.
2. Thomas Woodward Coleman.
3. Victoria Elizabeth Coleman.
4. Andrew McConnell Coleman.
5. Virgil Clayton Coleman.
6. David Roe Coleman.
7. Allen Griffin Coleman, born February 22, 1888.
8. Nancy Ann Coleman, born August 26, 1890.
9. Bennie Coleman.
10. Lewis Coleman.

Allen Griffin Coleman, Route #3, Box 395, Marshall, Texas,
married December 14, 1921, to Maudie Mae Wood, born February 2,
1899, El Dorado, Arkansas. Children:
1. Joe Allen Coleman, born September 7, 1922, Haynesville,
Louisiana. Married October 12, 1957, to Marta June Bobbs.
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2. Helen Ruth Coleman, born November 5, 1930. Married Ruben
Vernon Wuensche. Children: Vernon Allen and John Anthony.
3. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, born August 29, 1857, died January
23, 1862.
4. Sarah Jane Coleman, born September 12, 1860. Married Wil-
liam B. Davis, of Wilmington, North Carolina. They later lived
in New York City.
1. LeRoy Coleman Davis, born December 25, 1881. Married
Hattie E. Vail, September 30, 1901, Florida, New York.
2. William B. Davis, born March 3, 1884, died May 19, 1888.
3. Julia Elizabeth Davis, married Jerome I J. Lake, New York
City, October 19, 1907.
4. Mary Elizabeth Davis, married George W. Buchler, New York
City, June 21, 1913.
1. Coleman Beuhler.
5. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (2nd), born September 6, 1862. Mar-
ried William Yongue Coleman.

It is said that when Robert Williams Coleman was studying
medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, he saw a house
there he admired, came home and built one like it, in which he
lived. Later, his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Coleman and her husband
William Yongue Coleman, lived there. lt is still in the family.

"COLEMAN Masonic Lodge No. 97, Feasterville, Fairfield District,
was organized in 1860. The warrant of this Lodge, dated November
20, 1860, was granted to J. C. C. Feaster, W.M., R. W. Coleman,
S. W., and J. F. Coleman, J.W." (Page 575, Mackey's History of
Freemasonry in South Carolina.

NOTE: The above men were John Christopher Columbus Feaster, son
of Andrew Feaster and Mary Norris (he built Clanmore, the Faucette
home); Dr. Robert William Coleman and John Feaster Coleman,

4. JACOB FEASTER COLEMAN, son of Henry Jonathan Coleman and Mary
Feaster, married Marion Rebecca Meador, born July 19, 1831, died at
home, March 11, 1879. He died of pneumonia, at Wilmington, North
Carolina, while serving as a soldier in the War Between the States.
His body was brought home by his body servant and

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slave, Tone Shelton, and a friend, William Mabry. They were
married February 22, 1848. 5 children:
1. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, died young. A child.
2. Silvia (Sibbie) Caroline Coleman, married Thomas W. Traylor,
on December 20, 1866. 7 children:
1. Fannie L. Traylor, born September 19, 1867, married Harry
Gibson, of Columbia, South Carolina. 2 children:
1. Henry L. Gibson, born January 13, 1889, married Miss
May Ryan, of California. 1 child: Frances Lillian Gibson,
born December 19, 1914.
2. Lillian Coleman Gibson, born January 26, 1891, married
Reverend E. D. Brownlee, August 11, 1914, Columbia,
South Carolina. 1 child: E. D., Jr., born April 20, 1916,
died July 12, 1917, at Sanford, Florida.
2. Thomas W. Traylor, born April 16, 1873, died 1926, married
Miss Maggie Boulware. 12 children:
1. Fannie Eunice Traylor, born September 27, 1894, mar-
ried Davis Boulware.
2. Clyde May Traylor, born June 23, 1896.
3. Thomas Herbert Traylor, born July 22, 1898, married
Gladys Hill.
4. Conrad Meador, born April 26, 1900.
5. John Cornwell Traylor, born May 14, 1902.
6. Silvia Edith Traylor, born September 24, 1904.
7. William Lyles Traylor.
8. Harvey Preston Traylor, born May 17, 1910.
9. Chesley Traylor, born March 15, 1908.
10. H. Coleman Traylor.
11. Maggie Helen, born October 9, 1912.
12. Horace Traylor, born June 21, 1915.
3. Clarence Arthur Traylor, born October 11, 1882, died Septem-
ber 23, 1912. Married Miss Minnie Belk. Had one child.
4. Horace Cleveland Traylor, born December 13, 1884, married
Miss Hattie Nesbit, of Spartanburg, South Carolina. (He is
Judge, Probate Court, Fairfield County, 1950).
1. Horace Traylor, Jr.
5. C. Edna Traylor, born 1870.
6. William Coleman Traylor, born December 10, 1871.

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7. Preston Hampton Traylor, 1876. Died when he was 2 years old.
(Five or six died as infants. No names).
3. Jacob Feaster Coleman, Jr., born July 26, 1855, died July, 1925.
Married Miss Hattie E. Robinson, of Union, South Carolina, on
December 19, 1883. She died 1950. 3 sons born to them:
1. Jacob Wallace Coleman, born June 5, 1885, married Miss
Laura Aseaneth Kennedy, November 20, 1917, at Ridgeway,
South Carolina. 1 child:
1. Jacob Wallace Coleman, born October 30, 1919.
2. Roy Meredith Coleman, born April 21, 1887, died single.
3. George Franklin Coleman, born March 4, 1891, married
Henres Kathline Buchanan, June 5, 1917, Winnsboro, South
1. George Franklin Coleman, born August 21, 1918, married
Miss Lucy Davis, Winnsboro, South Carolina. In 1950, he
was a successful lawyer, practicing at Winnsboro, a mem-
ber of the House of Representatives from Fairfield County.
2. John Buchanan Coleman.

4. Jonathan Meredith Coleman, born December 4, 1861, died Octo-
ber 16, 1914. Buried at Baltimore, Maryland. Married (1st) Miss
Stella Maltoon (or Mattoon) on May 20, 1886. 1 child: Stella,
died December 8, 1908, an infant. He married (2d) Miss Katie
Lenthecum of Baltimore, Maryland, April 26, 1900. (This was
his wife's friend, and the wife requested that he marry her.)

5. Rebecca May Coleman, died young. Born February 5, 1865, died
June 7, 1882.

Sarah Caroline Coleman, daughter of Henry Jonathan Coleman,
played the piano beautifully, and Narcissa Feaster also played
beautifully. It is said that on summer evenings one could hear
both pianos being played, one at the Henry Jonathan Coleman home,
and one at the Andrew Feaster home, both now owned by the Dickey

5. CHANEY COLEMAN, daughter of Henry Jonathan Coleman and
Mary Feaster, was born January 4, 1826, and died unmarried.

6. SARAH CAROLINE COLEMAN, daughter of Henry Jonathan
Coleman and Mary Feaster, was born April 9, 1827, and died September

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19, 1890, at Americus, Georgia. Married June 12, 1856, Beverley C
Mitchell, and lived at Americus, Georgia.

From "The Mobley's and Their Connections," by W. W. Dixon: "She
was one of the singularly beautiful characters that has enriched
our history. She is yet spoken of as a favorite pupil of Mrs. Kate
Ladd. There was never a sister more deservedly loved than she. This
fair flower of womanhood, transplanted from our State to Georgia,
spent its fragrance and had its fruitage in the sister state. Her
body rests there at Americus, Georgia."
Her husband, when they married, lived at Webster County. After
th War he moved to Americus, where he died. His son, Henry Coleman
Mitchell, received an appointment to West Point, but had to decline
on account of measles, which impaired his eyesight. He has been City
Alderman of his home town. Franklin Preston Mitchell was Postmaster
of Americus for twelve years. Ella inherited her mother's talent
for music and painting. Sallie was very much like her mother. After
the War, Mr. Mitchell sold his cotton for $55,000 in gold, and moved
to Americus, Georgia. Children:
1. Ella Mitchell, born June 23, 1857.
2. Sarah (Sallie) Mitchell, born December 10, 1858.
3. Henry Coleman Mitchell, born january 9, 1860, died June 30
4. Franklin Preston Mitchell, born November 29, 1862, died Febr-
ary, 23, 1916.
5. James Robert Mitchell, born September 14, 1867.

Beverley C. Mitchell died July 20, 1889, at Americus, Georgia.

Sarah Caroline Coleman Mitchell died September 19, 1890, 63 years
and 5 months of age.

7. DAVID ROE COLEMAN, son of Henry Jonathan Coleman and Mary
Feaster, was born June 8, 1828, died Sunday morning, May 9, 1897,
at 5 :35 o'clock. Buried at Feaster Graveyard, Feasterville, South
Carolina, at 11 A.M. on May 10, 1897. He had his eyes injured
while, blasting for his father in the construction of the S. U. &
C. Railway (Spartanburg, Union and Columbia). He was sent to the
Blind Institute Boston. He married (1st) Laura Elizabeth Crocks, of
Newberry County, South Carolina, December 20, 18S5. She died July
20, 1866 They were engaged when he was blinded, and he offered to
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from the engagement, which she refused. 5 children were born to
1. Mary lane Coleman.
2. Laura E. Coleman.
3. Sarah C. Coleman.
(These three died as little girls, with diphtheria).
4. David Roe Coleman, Jr., born April 25, 1863, died August, 1927.
Married Ida Crosby, January 20, 1886.
1. Elizabeth Coleman, married Paul West. No children.
2. Edith Roe Coleman, single.
5. John Robert Coleman, (Physician). Born September 8, 1865,
died July 24, 1922. Married Mattie Chappell Rabb, December
31, 1893. She died December 8, 1912. Children:
1. Robert Carl Coleman, born June 8, 1895. Married Ida Mae
Crowder. Children: Margaret, David Roe, Robert Carl, Jr.,
and Elizabeth.
2. Ruby Lucille Coleman, born March 2, 1898, married Andrew
Frank Blair, of Blair, South Carolina, 1921. Children:
1. Robert Coleman Blair, married Alice Wicker. Son: Robert
Coleman Blair, Jr.
2. Andrew Franklin Blair, Jr.
3. Patricia Eugenia Blair.
4. William Lawrence Blair.
3. Phillip Allen Coleman, married Ethel Hedgepeth. 2 children:
1. Martha Anne Coleman.
2. Phillip Allen Coleman, Jr.
4. Clyde Clayton Coleman, married Herbert Barrincau.
5. A. Roe Coleman, married Adelaide Marks. Children:
1. Clayton Coleman.
2. John Robert Coleman.
3. Roe Ellen Coleman.
6. Grace Eileen Coleman, married Claude Hunter Ragsdale, Jr.
1. Claude Hunter Ragsdale, Jr.
2. Linda Eileen Ragsdale.
3. Diane Ragsdale.

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7. Julian Kinlock Coleman, married Martha Baker. Children:
1. Mary Baker.

DAVID ROE COLEMAN, married (2nd) on February 7, 1873, Elizabeth
Trapp. 3 children:
1. Mary Rebecca Coleman, born December 20, 1873. Married
Henry Mitchell Owings, February 6, 1895. Their children.
1. Henry Mitchell Owings, Jr., born March 30, 1897.
2. Mary Elizabeth Owings, born January 22, 1900. Married
Bolin. No children.
3. Laura Bernice Owings, born February, 1909. Married William
Rabb. 2 children: Mitchell and Bernice.
4. Thomas David Owings, born October 29, 1911.
5. Robert Lee Owings, born February 3, 1915. At home with

2. William Henry Coleman, married Lottie Douglass Rabb (sister of
Mattie Chappell Rabb). He was born August 10, 1876, died
June 8, 1913. Married February 13, 1899. Lottie Douglass Rabb
was born April 18, 1885. 6 children:
(He lived on and farmed his father's home place).
1. Howard Coleman, born June 18, 1901.
2. Ansel Roc Coleman, born April 12, 1903.
3. William Douglas Coleman, born November 25, 1904.
4. Charley Rabb Coleman, born October 28, 1906.
5. Albert Griffin Coleman, born August 17, 1908.
6. Clarence DeLano Coleman, born October 18, 1911.

3. Ernest Eugene Coleman, son of David Roe Coleman and Eliza-
beth Trapp, was born March 18, 1878. Married Annie Belle Cole-
man, who was born March 8, 1879.

8. HENRY JONATHAN COLEMAN, JR. (1st), son of Henry Jonathan
Coleman and Mary Feaster, was born January 3, 1830, and died as a

9. HENRY JONATHAN COLEMAN, JR. (2nd), nicknamed "Foot," 9th child
of Henry Jonathan Coleman and Mary Feaster, was born May 13, 1831,
and died May 3, 1874. Married September 25, 1866, Hattie E.
Porter, of Ridgeway, South Carolina. (She married (2nd) David Roe

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Feaster): After his death, they would speak of his widow as "Hattie
Foot." Children:
1. Franklin Preston Coleman, married Edith Caroline Feaster. Chil-
1. John Feaster Coleman, lived at Ramsay, Arkansas.
2. James Rawls Colemans lived at Ramsay, Arkansas.
2. Porter Feaster Coleman married Dora Halsell (a descendant of
Hans Wagner, as well as her husband being one). Children:
1. Blanche Coleman.
2. Winnie Coleman.
3. Lorena Coleman.
4. Henry Foot Coleman.
5. Hugh Gladden Coleman.
(All lived at Princeton, Arkansas).
3. Mary Emily Coleman, married R. W. Parham, of Arkansas. Chil-
1. Wilkins Parham..
2. Tabitha Parham.
3. Nancy Parham.
4. Margaret Parham.
5. Mary Ellen Parham.
6. Hattie Parham.
7. Sue Parham.
8. Paul Henry Parham.
9. Jonathan Parham. Residence, Fordyce, Arkansas.
4. Jacob David Coleman, married Lillian Hardeman. Children:
1. Horace Jonathan Coleman.
2. Nahela Elizabeth Coleman.
3. Benjamin H.Hardeman Coleman.
4. Henry Coleman..
(All lived at Fordyee, Arkansas).
5. Henry Jonathan Coleman married Rosa Gist. Children:
1. Vanita Rose Coleman.
2. Henry Jonathan Coleman, Jr.
(Both of McAlister, Arkansas).
6. David Roe Coleman.

Henry Jonathan Coleman, Jr. (1831-1874), entered the Buckhead
Guards and witnessed the bombardment of Fort Sumter. His enlistment

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soon expiring, he re-enlisted in William Preston Calhoun Coleman's
Company, was captured at Fort Stedman, Lookout, Maryland, and
paroled in 1865. He received a severe wound at Kinston; a grape
shot took him square in the check, went around the flesh and came
out of the back of his neck. His widow left the state. The nickname
"Hattie Foot Place" still clung to the place.

10. FRANCIS WYLIE COLEMAN, 10th child of Henry Jonathan Coleman and
Mary Feaster, was born May 23, 1833, and died unmarried.

11. WILLIAM PRESTON CALHOUN COLEMAN, 11th child of Henry Jonathan
Coleman and Mary Feaster, was born at Feasterville, Fairfield
County, South Carolina, June 28, 1834. He attended the Arsenal
School in Columbia, South Carolina, and was graduated in medicine
in New York. He practiced in Louisiana, came back to this state and
married Miss Jane Secrest, of Lancaster Court House, South
Carolina. His brother, Dr. Robert Williams Coleman, had persuaded
him to come back and take part of his practice, and he settled on
the Hart Means place (beyond the Feaster Burying Ground, going
toward Blairs), house still standing and owned by Lee Fee in 1950.
He was a violinist of such sweetness and power that it should be
mentioned. Governor Means induced him to raise a company for the
War Between the States. He got his brother, Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Coleman, from Louisiana, to take the first lieutenancy. Means was
the Colonel, 17th Regiment. Its operations were first at
Charleston, then they went to Virginia.
After the Battle of Malvern Hill, Andrew Mobley and John Banks
swapped placed with George B. Coleman and Allan Griffin Coleman, so
that they might be with their brothers, they having been
transferred to the 6th Regiment.
At the Battle of Second Manassas, Captain Preston Coleman had
his leg shot off and was carried from the field by his brother, Dr.
Frank Coleman;. His Leg was amputated above the knee. He died from
the effects of typhoid fever after a lingering illness at his
residence in Fairfield District, Feasterville, South Carolina. He
was Captain of Company B, 17th South Carolina Volunteers. Was an
unusually handsome man. Died January 31, 1863. No children.

12. ALLEN GRIFFIN COLEMAN, 12th child of Henry Jonathan Coleman
and Mary Feaster, was born October 24, 1835, and died July 7,

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1864, being killed on the front at Petersburg, Virginia, and buried
in a cemetery there.
He was educated at Kings Mountain Military Academy, went through
the entire war, and was shot mortally July 7, 1864. He was
considered the best soldier of his regiment, Major William Betsell
told W. W. Dixon, at Union, South Carolina, in 1896. He spoke in
highest terms of this soldier afterwards, saying to Colonel Fitz
Hugh McMaster, that if he had a thousand such men as Allan Griffin
Coleman, he would not be afraid of any line of troops in battle. He
received a severe wound at Malvern Hill. Died single.

13. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN COLEMAN, 13th child of Henry Jonathan
Coleman and Mary Feaster, was born October 20, 1837. He was
educated at Kings Mountain Military Academy and at the
Arsenal, Columbia, South Carolina. Graduated in medicine in New
York. He practiced in Louisiana until he joined his brother
Preston's Regiment. He was killed at the Battle of Brucetown,
Virginia, on October 28, 1862, and is buried in Stones Brick
Chapel, Brucetown, Virginia. Died unmarried. He was six feet tall,
the handsomest of all, and his mother's favorite. He ranked as a
Lieutenant at his death.

14. RICHARD HENRY COLEMAN, 14th child of Henry Jonathan Coleman and
Mary Feaster, was born January 15, 1839, and died unmarried.

15. HIRAM LEE COLEMAN, 15th child of Henry Jonathan Coleman and
Mary Feaster, was born January 18, 1840, and died single.

16. GEORGE WASHINGTON COLEMAN, 16th child of Henry Jonathan Coleman
and Mary Feaster, was born September 4, 1844, at Feasterville,
South Carolina, and died at Columbia, South Carolina, February 4,
He received his education at Feaster Academy, Feasterville,
Fairfield County, and attended for a short time Kings Mountain
Military Academy conducted by Coward & Jenkins, at Yorkville,
South Carolina, leaving to enter the Confederate Service in April,
1861, and returned to his old mother at her home July 4, 1865,
then just from Federal Prison at Point Lookout, Maryland.
He farmed at Feasterville until 1884, then at Cash's Depot, Ches-



terfield County, South Carolina, for four years, then to
Barnhamville, near Columbia South Carolina, for eight years, then
to "Pine Top," a little. farm four miles North of Columbia on the
Asylum Road, and there built and lived for six years; then, to
Bockman, Richland County, South Carolina, where he built up an old
house and farm, until 1909. Then came back to Feasterville, to the
old Henry Jonathan Coleman place, where he had been born and
raised. He, and eight of his brother and sisters were born in that
house, and eight before his father moved there.
George Washington Coleman, married (1st) Miss Mary Elizabeth
Stevenson, daughter of Samuel Hemphill Stevenson and Cynthia Yongue
on March 12, 1867. 5 children:
a. John Franklin Coleman, born December 31, 1867.
b. Samuel Allan Coleman, born October 26, 1869.
c. Henry Lee Coleman, born February 11, 1872.
d. Sarah Isabelle Coleman, born October 22, 1874.
e. George Wade Coleman, born February 6, 1877.

Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Coleman died December 22, 1878, and
George Washington Coleman married (2nd) his cousin, Annie Julia
Lonergan, daughter of William A. Lonergan and Chaney Isabelle
Feaster, daughter of Andrew Feaster and Mary DeSassure Norris.
f. Lewis Andrew Coleman, born August 20, 1882.
g. Julia Elizabeth Coleman, born April 1, 1884, at Cash's Dep.
Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
h. Robert Charles Coleman, born July 16, 1885, at Cash's Dep.
South Carolina.
i. Mary Feaster Coleman, born January 22, 1888, at Barhamville
Richland County, South Carolina.
j. William Lonergan Coleman, born May 25, 1890, same place.
k. Virgil Preston Coleman, born March 23, 1892, same place.
Annie Julia Lonergan Coleman died May 6, 1893, of typhoid pneu-
monia. She was born February 3, 1859.
a. John Franklin Coleman, married Eva Estelle Shields, in 18'
3 children:
1. George James Coleman, born January 1, 1894, married
Selma Inez Braddock. 2 children:
1. Dorothy Inez.
2. George James.

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2. Nellie Elizabeth Coleman, married Ray Weeks. 2 children:
Ray, Jr. and Charles.
3. John Franklin Coleman.
b. Samuel Allen Coleman, born October 26, 1869. Married Miss
Gertrude Isobel Shields (sister of Eva Shields, wife of his
brother Frank), December 29, ]899, at Palatka, Florida. 6
1. Samuel Stevenson Coleman, born October 23, 1900.
2. Franklin Lee Coleman, born July 15, 1902.
3. Feaster Shields Coleman, born June 13, 1904.
4. Gertrude Elizabeth Coleman, born October 10, 1906, died
August 25, 1907.
5. Henry Jonathan Coleman, born June 24, 1912.
6. Eva Elizabeth Coleman, born July 16, 1916. Married John
Bates. 3 children.
c. Henry Lee Coleman born February 11, 1872, married his
cousin, Miss Essie Coleman, in January, 1923, She was of S.
Jacksonville (Mandarin), Florida. No children.
d. Sarah Isabelle Coleman (Belle), born October 22, 1874, mar-
ried November 15, 1892, at Columbia, South Carolina, Howard
Leitner Allen, son of Hiram S. Allen and Rebecca Leitner. 4
1. Etta Coleman Allen, born September 8, 1894, married (1st)
February 27, 1915, Earl Finnstrom, a Swede, at Columbia,
South Carolina. (2nd ) Braudie H. Rosson, at Augusta,
Georgia, October 16, 1922. 1 child:
1. Henrietta Mayo Rosson, born June 12, 1934. Married
Reverend T. R. Morton.
2. Hiram Shinn Allen, born July 13, l 896, married Alline
Harmon, of Lexington, South Carolina, in 1919. 1 child:
Howard Lee Allen, born December 13, 1924, at Columbia,
South Carolina, married Phyllis Schmeltzer, of Grove City,
Pennsylvania. 2 children: Karen Lee Allen and Linda Mae
3. George Coleman Allen, born April l 0, 1898, died May 27,
1898, at Columbia, South Carolina, of smallpox.
4. Mae Elizabeth Allen, born May 9, 1899, married Henry
Grady Wright, Shelton, South Carolina, June 21, 1922. She
was a graduate in Home Economics of Winthrop College.

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They were married in the Universalist Church, at Feaster-
ville, South Carolina. Children:
1. Henry Grady Wright, Jr., born April 21, 1923, married
Miss William Z. Foster, in June, 1948. He served in World
War II, and after that attended Clemson College, where he
graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1950.
2. Howard Allen Wright, born August 6, 1926.
3. Isobel Kerr Wright, born March 16, 1932.

Howard Leitner Allen died September 23, 1900, and his widow,
Sarah Isabelle Allen married (2nd) Julian Redwood Shelton, of
Shelton, South Carolina, November 5, 1916.

e. George Wade Coleman, son of George W. Coleman, was born
February 3, 1877, married (1st) Kate S. Skipper, at Tifton,
Georgia, November 23, 1900. 3 children:
1. Florence Elizabeth Coleman, married William E. Salter. 1
1. William E. Salter, Jr.
2. Laurie Louise Coleman.
3. George Wilbur Coleman, married Emily Reid.

George Wade Coleman married (2nd) Mrs. Ida Hughes.
f. Lewis Andrew Coleman, (first child of George Washington
Coleman and Anna Julia Lonergan) married at Columbia,
South Carolina, Mary Ella Crim. She died in December, 1931,
at Daytona Beach, Florida. Children:
1. Robert Lewis Coleman, married Mary Ellen Rowell, No-
vember 21, 1947. No children.
2. Henry Crim Coleman, married Sarah McHugh.
3. Mary Sawyer Coleman, married Bradley Lanier Dansby, at
Orlando, Florida. Children:
1. Bradley Lanier Dansby, Jr.
2. Lewis Coleman Dansby.
4. Annie Lonergan Coleman, married Lloyd James Appleby, at
Titusville, Florida, August 2, 1927. Lives at Shell Lake,
Wisconsin. Several children.
1. Mary Elizabeth Appleby.
5. Florence Feaster Coleman, married I. Owen Eubank, Jan-
uary 10, 1930.

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6. Julia Elizabeth Coleman, married Fleming A. Seay, October,
1933. 1 child.
7. Ella Serena Coleman, married Guy Nolan Pellett. 2 children.
8. George Jacob Coleman, married Ruth Deishorst, February
28, 1942.
9. Polly Ruth Coleman, married Deore Jorgenson.
10. Fannie Reuben Coleman, married Peter A. Zahn, February
28, 1942.
11. Edith Isabelle Coleman, married LeRoy G. Dickson.
12. Lewis Andrew Coleman, Jr.

Ella Crim Coleman was born August 24, 1880, near Cedar Grove
Church, Lexington County, South Carolina. Died December 14, 1931.
Ella Crim Coleman's mothers cousin, Mrs. E. V. Fox, wrote her the
following, August, 1928:

"There were four (4) Poindexter sisters (no brothers):
Eliza Poindexter, married Fox. Her daughter, Mary Fox, married
Alfred Norris, son of William Norris, II (and was the mother of
Mrs. Mamie Tillman).
Mary Ann Poindexter, married Jasper Sawyer, and was Mary Ella
Crim's grandmother.
Martha Poindexter, married Lee.
Maria Poindexter, married Drafts.

g. Julia Elizabeth Coleman (child of George Washington Coleman
and Annie Julia Lonergan), was born at Cash's Depot, Chester-
field County, South Carolina. Married Jesse Chappell, of Book-
man, South Carolina, November 29, 1905. 7 children:
1. Annie Belle Chappell, married J. L. Jerigan.
2. Mattie Elizabeth Chappell, married Mack Tuttle.
3. Drucilla Mobley Chappell, single.
4. Jessie Chappell.
5. Sarah Caroline Chappell.
6. John1 Pope Chappell.
7. Lewis Gladden Chappell.

h. Robert Charles Coleman, son of George Washington Coleman
and Annie Julia Lonergan, married Martha M. Harris, Novem-
ber 7, 1911, at Dallas, Texas. She died at San Antonio, Texas,
October 7, 1916, of acute indigestion. No children. Robert

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Charles Coleman married (2nd) Mrs. Annie Hill, of Waco,
Texas, November 18, 1917. No children.

i. Mary Feaster Coleman, daughter of George Washington Cole-
man and Annie Julia Lonergan, married her cousin, Norris
Teague Froscher, April 8, 1914, at Titusville, Florida. 2 chil-
1. Mary Norris Froscher, married Isaac Almand. 2 children:
1. Mary Anne Almand.
2. Richard Almand.
2. James Lonergan Froscher, married Jean

j. William Lonergan Coleman, married Mary Louise Hutchings,
June 4, 1917, Pensacola, Florida, where they live. 1 child:
1. William Lonergan Coleman, Jr., born at Key West, Florida.
k. Virgil Preston Coleman. Single.

Annie Julia Lonergan Coleman was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
She was greatly beloved by her step-children, they feeling toward
her as if their own mother.

Captain E. J. Means organized Buckhead Guards. Henry Jonathan
Coleman, Jr., Allen Griffin Coleman, and George Washington Coleman
joined at Buckhead, South Carolina, the 6th South Carolina
Regiment. Left for Charleston April 11, 1861. Were there at the
firing on Fort Sumter. They volunteered for ninety days. After the
expiration of the ninety days, came to Summerville, South Carolina,
to reorganize. Allen Griffin Coleman and George W. Coleman,
brothers, volunteered again for twelve months. Served that time,
then reorganized at Orange Court House, Virginia. Boykin Lyles
was made Captain. Volunteered for three years, or until the end of
the War. Allen and George W. Coleman served in that Regiment until
the Battle of Malvern Hill, then swapped with two men to go to the
17th (and then to the 6th South Carolina Regiment) under Captain
Preston Coleman's (brother of Allen and George W. Coleman)
Regiment. John Hugh Means was Colonel of that Regiment (17th).
Joined and went in battle the next day. Colonel Means was killed
that day. Captain Preston Coleman was shot in the leg, which had to
be amputated. His brother, Lieutenant B. Frank Coleman (M.D.) was
left there with him. As soon as he (Preston) was able to travel
home, Lieutenant Frank Coleman came to our Regiment at Brucetown,
Virginia (17th Regiment).

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Lieutenant B. Frank Coleman was taken sick when there only
fifteen days, and died. Is buried at Cranes Chapel (or Stones
Chapel), a little church at Brucetown, Virginia. Allen G. Coleman
was killed on battlefield at Petersburg, Virginia. Was shot one day
and died the next. He is buried in cemetery at Petersburg,
Virginia. Henry Jonathan Coleman, Jr. was captured at Fort
Steadman. George W. Coleman was with his company and served until
April 1, 1865, was captured at Five Forks, Virginia, then carried
to Point Lookout, Maryland, and put in prison. Was paroled, came
home, reaching South Carolina July 4, 1865.

Elizabeth Coleman, second daughter of D. R. Coleman, should cer-
tainly be given mention as a pioneer. She married Isaac Nolen and
moved to Indian Springs, Georgia. After her marriage she rode from
her father's to Indian Springs on horseback, there being no
railroads in those days, and very poor dirt roads--a horseback ride
of 300 miles. She became the mother of ten children, and at the age
of eighty years was living in Smith County, Texas. Truly a pioneer

(Feasterville, Fairfield County, South Carolina)

Henry C., son of Henry and E. J. Jeffaress, July 11,
1864-December 31, 1900.
William Bennet Jeffares, June 12, 1865-July 1, 1932.
Robert Rainey Jeffares, June 30, 1862-July 10, 1914.
Sarah R. Coleman, wife of Jessie W. Gladden, married March 25, 1835.
Died February 20, 1900.
Jessie W. Gladden, September 7, 1827-November 7, 1873.


WILLIAM COLEMAN, married Nancy Butler. He died about 1825 or
1830. Purchased land from Robert Coleman, his brother, a part of
the original grant from the King, and some of same was owned by his
descendants up to about 1906. The family graveyard is in a clump of
cedars on hill near the house place. Their children were:
1. William Coleman.

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2. Solomon, died about 1863, married Betty Elam, of Chester
County, sister of Nancy Elam, wife of Wylie F. Coleman.
3. Elizabeth, married John Butler.
4. Abner Coleman.
5. John (called Major John), married Polly Rainey.

All the land came to be owned by Solomon Coleman and Major john
Coleman. The former owned the part joining Mrs. Jennie I. Coleman's
place on the East, and lived in the house that John A. F. Coleman
("Farmer John") lived in in 1904, he buying the land from Harry D.

2. Solomon Coleman and Betty Elam had the following children:
1. William Coleman, married Drucilla (Drucie) Coleman, daugh-
ter of Susan Feaster and Robert Fitz Coleman. She was born
1812. William Coleman moved to Randolph County, Georgia.
and had several daughters, and only one son, Henry, who lived
at the old place. William was a member of the Legislature of
(Georgia in 1873. "I (Jennie I. Coleman's note) saw him in
Atlanta then. He was a large man, of pleasant manners. Was
an ardent Universalist, built a church himself on his place,
and had a Convention meet there. Was called "Judge Cole-
man." The Confederate War coming on reduced his property,
causing changes that crippled the growth of Universalism every-
where in the South. He and his family went into Spiritualism,
and were very happy in the belief. His son, Henry, had one
son, I believe. Several of the daughters never married."
2. Martin Coleman, married Eliza Coleman, another daughter of
Susan and Robert Fitz Coleman. Martin died within a few
months after marrying, and his widow married (2nd) James
Brannon, (3rd) John Q. Arnette, (4th) Wesley Mayfield.
3. Isaac Coleman, born 1812, married Judith McShan, born 1815,
a niece of John Feaster (son of Andrew Feaster and Margaret
Fry Cooper). They went to Louisiana and lived there many
years. Had two sons, neither married. The daughter, Nelly,
came back here and married William Tucker, of Union County.
He had considerable property. She had two daughters, Mrs.
Clara Fant, and Ada (can't recall her married name). One son,
William, did not marry. Daughter Nannie married William Je-
ter, and Lou married John Jeter (cousins), of Union County,
South Carolina. They also were men of property at the time.

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The three daughters thus marrying and settling in Union
County, South Carolina, the parents, lsaac and Judith Cole-
man, came back from Louisiana to live with them, and died
there a good many years ago. They, too, were Universalists.
Nannie left three sons, Dr. Iranus, Clarence and Tom, and one
daughter, Eva, who married Paul Jeter. They live near Car-
lisle, South Carolina. The sons married, too. Louella and Adella
were twin daughters, so much alike their friends could not tell
them apart. Louella, married Jeter, had one son, Isaac Cole-
man Jeter. Adelle married a native of Vermont, Colonel
Twitchell, went North and died, leaving one son, Isaac Cole-
man, of whom we know nothing.
Judith McShand was daughter of Alice Feaster (daughter
of Andrew Feaster, Sr.), and Hundley McShand.
4. Iley Coleman, living in 1863, married a lady of Charleston.
He was a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee. For some unknown
cause he killed himself by jumping in a well. In 1863, he (Iley)
was in Memphis, Tennessee. (See Estate Settlement of Solo-
mon Coleman, Fairfield County, South Carolina, records).
5. Mary (Polly), the only daughter, married her cousin, Wylie W.
Coleman, and they moved to Winston County, Mississippi. (He
was son of Wylie Coleman). Had one son:
1. Mortimer, lived at Winston County, Mississippi. Was a
member of the Universalist Church there, a man of con-
siderable wealth, and a member of the Legislature. Had
no children.
3. Elizabeth Coleman, daughter of William Coleman and Nancy But
ler, married John Butler, and had one son.
1. Martin Butler.

5. John ("Major John") Coleman, son of William Coleman and
Nancy Butler, married Polly Rainey. He owned the land called
the "Reuben," Johnny Major, and Nancy Ed tracts. His descend-
ants have died out of this vicinity. One grandson lived near Fair-
burn, Georgia, and had several sons, but we know nothing of them.

Solomon Coleman, died about 1863, left an estate of $25,000. His
house was still in use in 1906, always known as the "Solomon
House." His place was bought by Henry Alexander Coleman, and in the
division of his estate, the Solomon farm fell to "Aunt Aisa
Manning," of Georgia,

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who got the rent from it till her death. Then her daughter,
Cornelia, inherited it. She sold it to Harry David Coleman. He
lived on it in the old house, making good crops on the old land for
several years, then sold to John A. F. Coleman. He did well there
for two years.

Solomon Coleman was considered a queer kind of man, but above
the average. He married Betty Elam and raised a large family--very
tall, large men were his sons.


Box 77, folio d6. Robert Fitz Coleman, names widow, Rebecca,
stating that he died intestate, 1842. (NOTE: Rebecca was his second
wife, she being a widow when he married her.)

Box 19, folio 174. Estate settlement of Solomon Coleman, 1863.
William Coleman, Administrator. Petition of William Coleman, of
Randolph County, Georgia, names Isaac Coleman, of Bienville Parish,
Louisiana, Iley Coleman, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Mary Coleman,
wife of Wiley W. Coleman, of Winston County, Mississippi, "the only
heirs." Solomon Coleman died being possessed of a personal estate
of the value of $25,000. Signed, William Coleman, Buckhead, South
Carolina, August 3, 1863.

Box 14, folio 101. States John Coleman, Sr., died February 3,
1862. Jacob Feaster and Reuben R. Coleman, Administrators. Mary R.
Coleman bought much personal property. Also, Jonathan D. Coleman.
( NOTE: This is probably Major John Coleman, who married Polly
(Mary) Rainey.)

Estate settlement of above John Coleman names widow, Mary Cole-
man, and children: Reubin, Jonathan, Nancy, wife of Edward A.
Coleman, six children of his deceased son, James Coleman, residing
in Georgia, "whose names arc believed to be Mary Coleman, who is
intermarried, do not know to whom; Nancy Coleman, Elizabeth Cole-
man, John, William, and James Coleman, his only heirs at law."

Box 17, folio 140. Edward A. Coleman (estate settlement)
"departed this life in Virginia, as a soldier in 1862, and left as
his heirs at law, his widow, Nancy Coleman, no children, but a
brother, H. S. (Hiram S.), the two children of his deceased
brother, Robert H., his sister, Nancy, wife of David R. Coleman, of
Alabama, and a child of his deceased sister, Susan Cockrell, and
his mother, Elizabeth Coleman."

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Box 20, folio 185. l. H. Coleman, Administrator of Estate of
Henry A. Coleman, 1864. Mentions wife and 1 child. No names.

1813. Estate Settlement of Susannah Coleman, Administrator,
Solomon R. Coleman, Sr BONDSMEN: Solomon R. Coleman, Sr., Abraham
Jones, Robert R. Coleman. APPRAISERS: Thomas S. Herbert, John
Feaster, John Coleman, Robert Coleman, Solomon Coleman, Junr.
OATH: Before David R. Coleman, J. P. BUYERS: Robert F. Coleman,
Wiley Coleman, Stephen Coleman, Rhoda Coleman. HEIRS AND
DISTRIBUTEES: Jacob Hosch, Abraham Jones, Phebe Jones, Stephen
Coleman, An'd. McCulley, "my own share," Solomon R. Coleman.


The following records are in South Carolina Historical
Commissions books, Stubs to Indents.

Volume Page
Abner Coleman X 729
Charles Coleman Y 266
Francis Coleman N 221
John Coleman N 120
William Coleman U 244

WAR OF 1812

National Archives, Washington, D. C., has record of Henry
Jonathan Coleman (WO 10 397) service in War of 1812, for which he
received several bounty grants of land. They state he enlisted at
Winns Bridge, South Carolina, and served from October 6, 1814, to
February 28, 1815, as Private in Captain William Nevitt's Company
of South Carolina Militia. His widow, Mary Coleman, applied for
pension August 26, 1873. Record state he married in Feasterville,
South Carolina, Mary Feaster, daughter of John Feaster, that she
was aged 75 years in 1873, and died November 6, 1873.

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U. S. CENSUS RETURNS, 1790-1830

(Feasterville Community, Fairfield County, South Carolina)

From the intersection of S. C. Highways 22 and 215 at Salem,
proceed northwesterly on Highway 215 for a distance of 4.4 miles to
the Hans Wagner DAR monument, which is located on the left-hand or
west side of the Highway.
At a point 1.2 miles north of the monument, and 5.6 miles north
of Salem, turn right on county road. Proceed on this road 1.9
miles, then take the right through field 4/10 mile to the Coleman
To reach the Feaster Cemetery, return to Highway 215, then turn
right or north 1/10 mile and turn left. Go westerly 1.7 miles, then
turn left across culvert and across field to the cemetery.
The roads turning off 215 to these cemeteries are located 1.4
miles south of the Boarding House at Feasterville and 2.3 miles
south of the intersection with the road to Shelton at the Faucette
home, Clanmore.
The Boarding House is on the right hand side of the road as one
travels from Salem. Liberty Church is a short distance to the left.
I, J. P. Coleman, first had the privilege of visiting the
Coleman and the Feaster Cemetaries on July 23, 1950. My guide was
Claude Wagner Coleman, son of Earnest Eugene Coleman and Mrs. Annie
B. Coleman. Mrs. Annie B. Coleman was a daughter of Samuel
Stevenson and Rebecca Coleman.
I have since visited them many times. On May 30, 1960 I took my
son, Thomas Allen Coleman, then age 19, and my youngest brother,
William D. Coleman, to this sacred spot.
Inscription on Fort Wagner Marker on Highway 215, about 4 miles
North of Salem Cross Roads:
"Fort Wagner. Site one mile East of Junction of Beaver Creek and
Reedy Branch. Built in 1760 by Hans Wagner as a Refuge from the
Cherokee Indians."

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(Feasterville, Fairfield County, S. C.)

Located near the old John A. F. Coleman home and near where
Robert Coleman first settled when arriving in Fairfield County just
before the Revolution.
Burials according to numbers shown on accompanying sketch of

A. 1. Infant son of S. S. & A. F. Coleman.
2. Sam'l Stevenson Coleman, b. Aug. 10, 1854-d. January 31,
3. Rebecca Gladden Coleman (wife), July 18, 1855-February
26, 1893.
4. Thomas Randel, son of Thos. and Harriett W. Jenkins, Novem-
ber 6, 1858-February 25, 1913.
5. Isabella E. C., wife of T. W. Jenkins, July 30, 1861-April 27,
6. Thomas Jenkins, December 2, 1822-January 29, 1894.
7. Rebecca, wife of Thos. Jenkins, died July 21, 1909, aged
about 72.
8. Mary Edrington, wife of James Lewis, died December 14, 1885.
9. Joseph H. Lewis, died November 26, 1880, aged 36 years and
5 months.
10. Vacant.
11. William Brown Wright, February 19, 1890-May 10, 1953.

B. 1. John A. F. Coleman, Jr., September 7, 1900-January 7, 1924.
2. James Marsh Coleman, June 22, 1882-December 13, 1917.
3. Edward Wilson Coleman, January 30, 1859-February 26,
4. Jennie Coleman, December 22, 1856-July 6, 1939.
5. Sarah Drusilla, dt. of J. A. F. C., August 22, 1859-January 5,
6. Chanie Savilla, Ditto, July 27, 1872-September 29, 1894.
7. John A. F. Coleman, Sr., June 9, 1828-April 30, 1898.
9. Ben Sawyer Feaster, Son of D. R., February 13, 1871-Feb-
ruary 6, 1877.
10. John R. Feaster, Son of D. R., October 19, 1858-August 13,

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11. Victoria E. Rawls, Wife, Capt. D. R. Feaster, November 11,
1837-January 7, 1877.
12. Albert W. Clayton, April 12, 1860-May 28, 1905.
13. Mary V. Clayton (Wife), November 20, 1862-March 6, 1929.

C. 1. Chanie Feaster Coleman, August 26, 1800-July 11, 1878.
2. Henry Coleman, September 5, 1797-July 14, 1887.
3. Robert C. Coleman, January 31, 1842-June 6, 1862.
4. Wm. McConnell, Son of A. J. McConnell, June 10, 1858-July
4, 1858.
5. Sallie McConnell, January 28, 1840--July 23, 1858.
6. Lt. Andrew J. McConnell, February 14, 1838. At Petersburg,
Va., Civil War.
7. Rock Marker only.
8. Rock Marker only.

D. 1. No Headstone
2. Sarah, Dt. of D. R. and Edith Coleman, August 10, 1810-1815
3. Edith Beam Coleman, died April 25, 1825-aged 60 years.
4. David Roe Coleman, May 19, 1765, in Halifax County, N. C.--
March 25, 1855.
5. Dt. of MDC and Edith Colvin, October 17th, 1897.
6. Henry Gladden Colvin, February 14, 1889-June 1, 1920.
7. Sarah Edith Colvin, February 29, 1856-March 11, 1930.
8. Martin Dennis Calhoun Colvin, September 5, 1852-May 21,

E. 1. Elizabeth Roe, born February 20, 1749-1825?
2. Robert Coleman. He was born in 1745, d. 1811. Fourteen chil-
dren born to them. Stone erected to them by descendents to the
7th generation, from 15 states, in 1898 thro the efforts of Jennie
I. Coleman.
3. Edith, Dt. of H. A. and Chaney Coleman, May 1, 1827-No-
vember 9, 1827.
4. No marker.

F. 1. Child-No marker.
2. " Zerebable, November 28, 1789, died young. Buried at
parents feet.
3. "
4. Mary, Dt. of H. A. and Chaney Coleman, January 8, 1836
- August 14, 1839.

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5. Child, No Headstone.
6. " Ditto
7. " "
8. " "
9. Peter Feaster, August 28, 1826-October 8, 1896. Erected by
S. S. Coleman, his young master, and many white friends.

| F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
| E 1 2 3 4 This South End
| Area has in it
| a number of
| D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 graves with
| Rock Markers
| said to be
| C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 slaves
| B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
| A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
------------------------ GATE --------------------------------------- !

COUNTY, S. C. 1953

(Feasterville, Fairfield County, South Carolina)
By DONALD B. CLAYTON, August 21 st, 1954

(John Feaster the oldest son of Andrew Feaster and Margaret
(Fry) Cooper, widow of Peter Cooper, of Pennsylvania, purchased
land near Beaver Creek, built a home on it and established a Family
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where most of the Feasters are buried. Leaving Highway 215 1.4
miles below the "Boarding House" in old Feasterville, you follow a
farm road in a southwesterly direction, passing the Old Henry
Jonathan Coleman place (later owned by his son, George W. Coleman)
on top of the hill, then proceeding about 1.7 miles to the location
of the Old John Feaster Home, and on beyond it .1 mile where you
turn to the left along the edge Of a field some .2 mile where the
graveyard is located-see sketch of Graveyard)

The graves of the following are marked at locations indicated on
the above Sketch:

Aa Mattie Rabb Coleman, Wife of Dr. Robert R., 8/9/1878-12/8/1912.
Ab Dr. John Robert Coleman. A fine country doctor. 9/8/1865-
Ac Wm H. Coleman, Brother of Dr. Robert. 8/10/1876-6/8/1913.
Ad Infant of Wm. H. Coleman and L. R. Coleman, 1901.


A1 Arthur Clarence, son of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, 10/11/1882-
2 Davis Elsworth, son of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, 8/24/1887-?
3 Infant son, son of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, no date.
4 Infant son of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, September, 1880-6/2/1888.
5 Infant daughter of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, born and died
6 Preston Hampton, son of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, 4/12/1875
7 Infant daughter of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, born and died
8 William C., son of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, 7/9/1870-6/7/1872.
9 Carrie E., daughter of T. W. and S. C. Traylor, 2/12/1869
10 Sibbie C., wife of T. W. Traylor, 9/12/1850-5/26/1901.
11 Thomas W. Traylor, 3/2/1841-1/18/1923.
B1 Mary E. Trapp, wife of David R. Coleman, 9/27/1847-8/5/1898.
2 David R. Coleman, 6/9/1828-5/9/1897.
3 Laura Elizabeth, wife of David R. Coleman, Died 7/20/1866,
age 28 years.
4 Mary Jane, daughter of D. R. and L. E. Coleman, Died 9/11/1862
age 5-2-19.
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5 Laura Emma, daughter of D. R. and L. E. Coleman, died 9/14/1862,
age 3-2-4.
6 Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of D. R. and L. E. Coleman, died
10/30/1862-age 1-4-20.
7 Allen Griffin, son of H. J. Coleman, 10/24/1835-7/7/1864. Buried
at Petersburg, Virginia.
8 Lt. Benj. Franklin, son of H. J. Coleman, 10/20/1837-10/28/1862.
9 George Washington, son of H. J. Coleman, 9/4/1844-2/4/1931.
10 Mary Eliza, daughter of S. H. Stevenson, wife of G.W.C.,
11 John Colvin, son of M.D.C. and Edith Colvin.
12 Lawson B. Fee, son of Lee Roy and Laura Withers Fee, 3/7/1882-
13 Laura Ann Withers, daughter of Pamela Brooks Neville and Law
son Withers, 9/13/1849-6/13/1938.
14 Lee Roy Fee, son of Basil and Martha Fee, 9/13/1845-6/5/1924.
15 Mary, daughter of L. R. and L. W. Fee, died August 21, 1889, age
2 years, 5 months.

C1 A. C. Feaster. Died at Warrenton, Virginia. 12/2S/1862.
2 J. M. Feaster, son of A.C.F., 6/11/1861-2/28/1862.

D1 Mary E. Coleman, daughter of Dr. Robert W. and Nancy Coleman,
died 1/23/1862, age 4-4-23.
2 Dr. Robert W. Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman,
3 Nancy Ann McConnell, wife of Robert W. Coleman, 2/22/1830
4 Jacob F. Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman, 6/30/1824
5 Mariam R. Meador, daughter of Meredith and Sibbie C. Chapman
Meador, wife of J. F. Coleman, 7/19/1834-3/11/1879.
6 Mary R. Coleman, daughter of J. F. C. and M. R. C., 2/5/1864-
7 Infant son of J. M. and Stella M. Coleman, died in infancy,

NOTE: Meredith Meador evidently married Sibbie Coleman Chapman,
daughter of William Chapman and Sarah Coleman, daughter of Robert,
Sr. and brother of Robert, Jr., Stephen, Thomas, Charles, and

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E1 Henry J. Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman, 5/13/1831
5/3/1 874.
2 Annie Julia Lonergan, wife of G. W. Coleman, 2/3/1859
3 Infant daughter of E. H. and C. M. Feaster, 6/19/1856
4 Mary Sophrenia Butler, daughter of Andrew and Mary F.,
5 Sarah Rebecca Feaster, daughter of Andrew and Mary F., wife of
George D. Butler, mother of Mary S., 5/9/1837-12/11/1861.
6 C. I. (Chanie Isabelle) Feaster, wife of W. A. Lonergan,
7 W. A. Lonergan, 12/12/1819-1/22/1865.
8 Feaster Meredith, son of J. G. and Lula Wolling, 9/12/1882
9 Anna May, daughter of J. G. and Lula Wolling, 7/16/1886
10 John Gladden Coleman, son of John Feaster Coleman and Sarah C.
Gladden, 6/3/1849-12/13/1919.

F1 Bessie May, daughter of C. E. and F. A. Waters.
2 Mary Feaster, wife of H. J. Coleman, Sr., daughter of John Feaster,
1/10/1798-1 1/8/]878.
3 Henry Jonathan Coleman, Sr., Son of Robert and Elizabeth Roe
Coleman, 6/22/1793-2/3/1861.
4 John F. Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman, 10/3/1819
5 Sallie C. Coleman, wife of J. F. C. (Nee Gladden), 2/27/1826
4/8/1 856.
6 Silas Coleman, son of J. F. and S. C. Coleman, September, 1848-
April, 1862.
7 Capt. Wm. P. (Preston) Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary. (Large
monument). He was Capt. of Co. B, 17th SCV, severely wounded
at second battle of Manassas. Died of Typhoid Fever. 6/28/1834

G1 Elizabeth Picket, wife of Micajah Picket. Died 6/4/1837-age 16.
(Family history gives Micajah's wife as Elizabeth Drusilla Cole-
man, who was born 3/18/1821 and died 12/9/1891, in Georgia).
2 Margaret Fry Feaster, wife of Andrew, Sr., 1728-10/10/1823.

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J3 Andrew Feaster, Sr., 1735 - 7/15/1821.
4 Andrew Feaster, Jr., accidentally shot. Single. 1776 - 1/25/1808.
5 Drusilla (Mobley) Feaster, wife of John Feaster, 1784 - 8/15/1807.
6 John Feaster, 1768 - 3/17/1848.

H The Feaster Family Monument of Square pieces of stone, and about
seven feet high, with names of the Feasters above J2-J6.

G1 Chaney Coleman, daughter of H. J. and Mary Coleman, 1/4/1826,
died in infancy.
2 Henry J. Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman. 1/3/1830,
died in infancy.
3 Francis Wylie Coleman, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman, 5/23/
1832, died in infancy.

G4 Richard Henry Lee, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman. 1/15/1839,
died in infancy.
5 Hiram Lee, son of H. J. and Mary Coleman, 1/10/1840, died in

K1 Trez. Degraffenreid Feaster, 9/23/1826 - 9/7/1897.
2 Florence Grace Feaster, daughter of T. D. Feaster, 3/18/1864 -
11/18/1929. (She was born in Columbia, died in Daytona Beach,
Florida, where she spent her winters for many years. She never

(In notes left by Florence Grace Feaster she states that Fanny
Rodgers who married William Mobley lived to be 117 years old, and
is buried in the Feaster Graveyard. Her daughters, Allie, married
James Lewis, and Ailsy, never married, are buried in the Coleman
Graveyard. Fanny's grave is not marked.)


The following note from the Diary of Capt. David Roe Feaster:

"March 6th, 1888--Moke and Jake went down and cleaned off Pa's
Graveyard. My father, mother, one brother, three sisters, and
several nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts buried there."

(D.B.C., Jr., 1957-we know the following are buried there, and
others that we have no record of.)

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Jacob Feaster, 5/6/1791-12/12/1872.
Isabelle (Coleman) Feaster, 9/13/1803-9/10/1838.
Susanna (Feaster) Coleman, 1789-1/15/1829.
Robert Fitz Coleman, 8/26/1789-9/7/1842.
Jacob Fry Feaster, 2/20/1824-8/28/1852. His wife, Eliza Stone,
buried at Red Hill.
Edith Drusilla Lyles, 7/24/1825-5/13/1875.
Henry J. Lyles, 6/15/1815-9/23/1861.
Sarah Isabelle Feaster, 11/7/1834-3/?/1838.
Mary Andrews Feaster, 6/11/1836-12/16/1855.
William LaFayette Feaster, 6/18/1846-4/26/1864.
Elizabeth (Coleman) Coleman.
Brennan Arnette Mayfield, 3/10/1817-11/2?/1890.
Wesley Mayfield, 5/1/1820-5/24/1912.
Margaret Narcissa Feaster, 9/15/1839-11/?/1879.
W. B. Traylor, born in Alabama, son of W. R. Traylor, 1847-1865.
Wm. Woodward Lyles, 3/2/1845-?. Killed in Civil War.
Henry David Lyles, 10/10/1865-?.
Burial place of the following unknown at this date-1957.
John Feaster Lyles, 2/16/1846-1916.
Arromanus Coleman Lyles, 12/6/1849-3/28/1905.
Mary Isabelle Lyles. 3/4/1853-10/14/1896.

(These names are to be found in the Coleman, Feaster, Lyles Fami-


Leaving Highway No. 215 onto secondary road S-20-30, leading to
Blairs, 1.9 miles from No. 215, leading to the Right (North) can be
seen the Old Road that originally connected this settlement with
the Feasterville Community Center, at Liberty Church, passing by
the old home of John Feaster for whom the Community was named. This
road ran along the West edge of Jacob Feaster's land, starting
opposite the old two story Cameron Place (no longer standing-1953).
About a half mile North of the present Blairs Road (S-20-30) a
road to the Old "Egypt" Place turned East (Just back of the Jacob
Feaster Land ), proceeded about 250 yards, then turned North and
about 50 yards from that point on the right hand side is the Old
Graveyard, in a rather thick patch of woods, with a wire fence
around it. The "Egypt" Road turns off of the Old Road to

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Feasterville, right at three Large Pine Trees, now standing along
the edge of the Old Road in line.
The following Graves are marked in this graveyard, there are a
hundred or more indicated by rock headstones:

Wesley Mayfield, 5/1/1820-5/24/1912. (It is vouched for that grave
was dug into his wife's grave, who had predeceased him. They have a
common headstone.

Mary T. Coleman, wife of the above. 10/3/1817-11/28/1890. (This is
the Eliza T. Coleman, dtr. of Robert Fitz Coleman, who married four

Henry J. Lyles, born Fairfield Co., S. C. 6/16/1815, and died at
Germantown, Va. 9/23/1861, of Typhoid Fever, aged 46 yrs. 5 mos. 7
dys. Member of Buckhead Guards, Capt. E. T. Means, Co. C, 6th SCV,
Col. Winder.

Sgt. Robert F. Coleman, 2nd S. C. Militia, in War of 1812.

Woodward Lyles, son of H. J. L.
Henry Lyles, son of " (No markers)

W. B. Traylor, son of N. B. Traylor, born Cahaba Co. Ala. 1847,
Died 1865. Was a member of S. C. Reserves. (N. B. Traylor should be
W. B.)

Jacob Feaster and his wife, Isabelle Coleman, are buried here.
Also Daughter Mary, as well as others of the family and
connections. No markers.

Narcissa Feaster, youngest daughter of Andrew Feaster and Mary
Norris; the niece of Jacob Feaster, and the granddaughter of John
Feaster, who moved to Fla. with her family, came back to S. C. at
her request to die and be buried. Trez. D. Feaster, who owned
Buena Vista (he was her brother) brought her to his home to die,
and promised her to bury her in the old Feaster Graveyard (at the
John Feaster Home), but on account of the bad weather when she
died, he buried her at the Jacob Feaster graveyard, which was only
about a mile from his house. Narcissa wrote a Diary of the early
years of the Civil War.

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U. S. CENSUS OF 1790

There were 6138 white residents in Fairfield County in 1790.
3909 were males, 2229 females. Thus, the male population
outnumbered the females by nearly two to one. There were 1485
In the adjoining county of Chester there were 5928 white
residents--3097 males and 2831 females. There were 938 slaves.
In all South Carolina there were only 142,979 white inhabitants,
contrasted with 107,094 slaves.
The following Colemans were enumerated in Fairfield County:

1 male over 16 1 male over 16, 2 under 16
2 under 16 7 females
1 female

1 male over 16 1 male over 16, 2 under
1 under 16 1 female
6 females

1 male over 16 (widow of Charles Cole
4 males under 16 man)
5 females all ages 2 males under 16
11 slaves. 4 females

In the adjoining county of Union, we find the following:

2 males over 16,3 under 16 1 male over 16, 1 under 16
3 females 2 females
2 slaves

2 males over 16,3 under 16
3 females

1 male over 16, 1 under 16 5. WILLIAM COLEMAN
6 females 2 males over 16, 3 under 16
6 slaves 8 females

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Edward Moberly Thomas Burns
Wm. Malone Thomas Brady
Enoch Grubs Boland Wright
Jesse Herbin Micajah Moberly
Jessie O'Briant Edward Day
John Brown Francis Con
John Dye Araminas Liles
John Watson William Moberly
Wm. Burns Thomas Moberly
John Grissom John Lashly
Philip Hoppough Robert Coleman, Sr.
Robert Coleman William Chapman
Lucy Watson William Moberly
William Nevit Jesse Beam
William Alsup Wiliam Moberly, Sr.
Thomas Coleman William Liles
Philomon Parton Levy Moberly
Thomas Meadows Andrew Feaster
Samuel Mayfield Albert Beam
Henry Robertson William Coleman
Valentine Rachel David Coleman
Joseph McDaniel Abraham Jones
William Adam Emily Coleman
Colin Moberly Thomas Liles
John McDaniel David Shelton
Edward Nix Adam Cooper

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County Census Year Head of Family Age Bracket

Fairfield 1800 Susannah Coleman 45 and up
Allen Coleman 26 to 45
Grief Coleman 16 to 26 (next to Allen)
Robt. Coleman, Sr. 45 and up
Robt. Coleman 26 to 45
Kador Coleman 45 and up
Robert Coleman 26 to 45
David Coleman 26 to 45
John Coleman 26 to 45
Wiley Coleman 26 to 45 (next to John)
1810 Charles Coleman 26 to 45
Robert Coleman 26 to 45 (next to Charles)
Wiley Coleman 26 to 45
Francis Coleman 16 to 26 (next to Wiley)
David Coleman 45 and up
William Coleman 45 and up
Solomon Coleman 16 to 26
Colomon R. Coleman 16 to 26 (next to Solomon)
Allen Coleman 26 to 45 (next to Solomon K.)
Robert R. Coleman 26 to 45 (next to Allen)
John R. Coleman 26 to 45 (next to Robert R.)
John Coleman 26 to 45 (next to John R.)
Stephen Coleman 16 to 26
Jesse Coleman 26 to 45
Fanny Coleman 45 and up
1820 Solomon R. Coleman 26 to 45
Henry J. Coleman 26 to 45
Wiley Coleman 45 and up (next to Henry J.)
Elizabeth Coleman 26 to 45
Wiley F. Coleman 26 to 45
David Coleman 16 to 26
Abnor Coleman 16 to 26
John Coleman 16 to 26 (next to Abnor)
Robert Coleman 45 and up
Robert Coleman 26 to 45
Charles Coleman 45 and up
Fanny Coleman 16 to 26
Robert R. Coleman 45 and up
William Coleman, Jr. 16 to 26 (next to Robert R.)
Solomon Coleman 26 to 45 (next to William, Jr.)
John P. Coleman 45 and up
Francis Coleman 26 to 45 (next to John P.)
David R. Coleman 45 and up
Robert F. Coleman 26 to 45
David H. Coleman 26 to 45

Chester 1800 Isaiah Coalman 26 to 45
1820 Allen Coalman 45 and up

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FAIRFIELD CENSUS OF 1800 Female 10-16-2
Joseph Chapman 16-22-2

Male over 45-1 over 45-1

Female 10-16-1
Allen Coleman
Male under 10-1
James Davis
Male 10-16-1 Female under 10-1
16-26-1 16-26-1
over 45-1
Female 10-16-1 Griff Coleman
16-26-1 (Next door to Allen)
over 45-1 Male 16-26-1

and no others mentioned

James Rowe
Male under 10-1 Robert Coleman under 10-2
26-45-1 10-16-1

Female under 10-2 16-26-1
26-45-1 over 45-1

7 houses over from William Lyles Females 16-26-1
Aramanos Liles, and then Ann over 45-1
Beam, Sarah Beam, William
Beam, Jesse Beam, all mentioned Robert coleman
in a row. William Mobley, Wil- (Robert Roe Coleman)
liam Liles, Samuel Weir Male under 10-1

Thomas Coleman Female under 10-1
Male under 10-1 26-45-1
16-26-1 Lewis Pickett was there as was
over 45-1 Micajah Pickett, Charles Pickett
Female under 10-3
10-16-1 Jane Rowe
16-26-3 Male 16-26-2
over 45-1 Female over 45-1

Susannah Coleman Lived 8 houses from Samuel Mob-
Male 16-26-1 ley
26-45-1 Thomas Davis-same area as

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Kador Coleman John Coleman
Male under 10-1 Male under 10-2
26-45-2 26-45-1
over 45-1 Female under 10-2
Female under 10-1 26-45-1
Wiley Coleman
Wm. Ferguson
Male under 10-1
Male 16-26-1 16-26-1
26-45-1 25-45-1
over 45-1 Female 15-26-1
Female 16-26-1
over 45-1 Jesse Coleman
Male 16-26-1
Isaac Ferguson
Male 26-45-1 None others mentioned
Female 10-16-1
Robert Coleman James Rowe
Males under 10-2 Male under 10-2
26-45-1 10-16-1
Female under 10-1 26-45-1
16-26-1 Female under 10-2

next door to Andrew Feaster 9 10-16-1
doors from John Feaster and 10 16-26-1
doors from Abraham Jones 26-45-2

Abraham Jones David Rowe
Male 16-26-1 Male 16-26-1
26-45-1 26-45-1
Female under 10-2 Female 1-10-2
26-45-1 16-26-1

David Coleman Joseph Rowe
Male under 10-1 Male 26-45-1
10-16-1 Female under 10-1
26-45-1 16-26-1
Female 16-26-1 over 45-1

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Charles Coleman Berry Chapman
Male under 10-4 Mary Moberly and Agnes Moberly
(1765) 25-45-1 listed nearby. Also Thomas Shel-
Female under 10-3 ton, Cullen Moberly, William
10-16-1 Moberly, Micajah Moberly, Also
nearby Arramanos Lyles, Jr.,
Next on list John Liles

Robert Coleman
Male under 10-3 James Davis
10-16-1 Male under 10-2
26-45-1 16-26-2
Female under 10-3 Female 16-26-1
Jonathan Davis
Wylie Coleman Male under 10-2
Male under 10-3 16-26-2
10-16-1 Female 16-26-1
26-45-1 David Coleman
Female under 10-3 Male under 10-1
16-26-1 10-16-2
16-45-1 16-26-2
over 45-1
Next Name Female over 45-1

Francis Coleman
William Coleman
Male 16-26-1 Male 10-16-2
Female under 10-1 16-26-1
26-45-1 over 45-1
Female 10-16-1
William Chapman over 45-1
Male 16-26-1 6 slaves
over 45-1 Next Door.
Female under 10-1
16-26-2 Solomon Coleman
over 45-1 Male under 10-2
Britton Chapman Female 16-26-1

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Solomon R. Coleman Abraham Jones
Male 16-26-1 Male under 10-3
Female under 10-3 10-16-1
16-26-1 26-45-1
Female under 10-1
Next door. 26-45-1
Allen Coleman
Male under 10-1 Stephen Coleman
26-45-1 Male under 10-1
Female under 10-1 (Frank Bridges Laurel)
10-16-1 16-26-1
26-45-1 Female 16-26-1

Next door. Jesse Coleman
Robert R.Coleman Male under 10-1
Male under 10-1 26-45-1
10-16-1 Female under 10-1
26-45-1 26-45-1
male 10-16-1 He lived only 3 houses from Jacob
26-45-1 Feaster. Jacob Feaster lived next
house to Andrew Feaster. He lived
John R. Coleman next door To Anna Beam.
Male under 1O-3
10-16-1 Joseph Chapman
16-26-1 Male over 45-1
26-45-1 Female over 45-1
Female under 10-2
10-16-2 Samuel Chapman
26-45-1 Male under 10-2
Female under 10-2
John Coleman 10-16-1
Male under 10-2 26-45-1
Female 16-26-1 Jesse Chapman
Male under 10-4
Near neighbor 26-45-1

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Female under 10-2 Fifth house from there
10-16-1 Fanny Coleman 10-16-1
Thomas Davis, Jr. Female 10-16-1
Male 16-26-1 over 45-1
Female under 10-1

(Lists only heads of households)


Eleanor Coleman Robert F. Coleman
Charles Coleman, born between 1 male born between 1740
1770-1780 1750 (Incorrect)
1 male born between 1815-20 1 1780-1790
2 males born between 1790 and 1 1815-1820
1800 1 1820-1825

Charles Coleman
1 male born between 1790 and Robert R. Coleman, 1 male
1800 born between 1760-1770 (Note:
2 between 1800 and 1810 Listed on the same page as Jacob
1 after 1825 Feaster )

John A (?) Coleman William Coleman, between 1800
1 male born between 1790 and 1810
1800 1 male under 5
1 between 1800 and 1810 (listed on the line next to Jacob
1 1810-1815 Feaster)
1 1815-1820
1 1820-25
Henry J. Coleman
Joseph R. Coleman 1 1790-1800
1 1800-1810 1 1815-1820
1 1820-25 1 1820-1825
1 after 1825 1 after 1825

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CENSUS 1830--Page 2 10 & 15 and 1 between 5
and 10.
William C. Coleman (son of Al- Hiram Coleman
len )
1 male between 1790-1800 between 20 and 30
1 1800 1810 2 females under 5
1 after 1825 1 female between 20 and 30
Females-1 between 1800 and
1810 Henry Coleman
1 after 1825 1 male between 30 and 40
1 between 5 and 10
On the next line: 1 under 5

Griffin Coleman, 1800-1810 1 female between 20 and 30
1 1810-1815 1 female under 10
1 female under 5
1 female,1810-1815
Solomon Coleman
Wiley Coleman 1 male, 1780-90
1 1790-1800 1 1790-1800
1 1820-1825 1 1800-10
1 female 1800-1810 2 between 15 and 20
2 under 5 2 between 5 and 10
1 between 5 and 10 1 female 1790-1800
on the same sheet as Ephraim 1 between 10 and 15
David R. Coleman, 1760-1770
ON THE LINE BELOW JACOB 1 female,1770-1780

Solomon R. Coleman J. Coleman, 1800-1810 .
1 1780-1790 1 female same age
1 between 10 and 15
1 under 5. W. F. Coleman, 1790-1800
1 female between 30 & 40 1 male between 5 and 10
between 15 & 20, 1 between 1 under 5.

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(Giving the Numbers in each Household)

Charles Coleman, 12 John Coleman, 8
Charles Coleman, Sr., 5 Robert Coleman, 6
David R. Coleman, 2 Robert R. Coleman, 4
George Coleman, 2 Solomon Coleman, 7
Henry A. Coleman, 7 Wiley Coleman, 5
Hiram Coleman,3 Wm. C. Coleman, 4
Henry J. Coleman, 9 Widow Coleman, 4
Joseph R.Coleman,5 William R. Coleman, 1
John M. Coleman, 7

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(Copied at Richmond State Library, 7-26-1961)

Page 5-6 At a Vestry called at Ye Chappell Sep'r 17th 1721.
(Excerpt) Upon a petition of Wm. Tucker sheweth that Robt Coleman
lys at his house in a very weak, helpless condition & has been so
these six months past which proves very changeable & troublesome to
the S'd Tucker, tis ordrd that Wm Tucker take care of the fores'd
Robt Coleman & find him such necessaries as is convenient and at
the laying of the next Levie, the s'd Tucker to bring his Account
to the Vestry & what is thought just to be allowed from the P'rsh.

Tis further ord'rd that the Church-Wardens Enquire how the
fores'd Rob't Coleman gave his Estate (to Rob't Tucker sen' & upon
what terms.

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Test. Cha. Roberts C'lk Vest. (Page 7) Bristoll P'rsh Dr. to Wm
Tucker for Keeping Rob't Coleman 3 months 400 lb tobacco 32 casq.
(note this figures 12 1/2 lbs to 1 cask.
Page 11. Bristoll, P'rsh Dr. To Joseph Tucker on account Rob't
Coleman, 1,400 Lbs of tobacco 112 casq.
Vestry held at the Chappell Nov. 8, 1722.
P. 35. Francis Coleman and Matthew Anderson ordered to proces-
sion the land of Butter Wood Swamp and the Rockey Run, by order
Henrico Co. Court 3d July,1727.
Wm Coleman and Thos Hobby procession from the mouth of the Swett
house branch up Deep Creek and the River to the Extent.
Page 43. Vestry held at the ferry Chapple, Jully 24th 1727-for
processioning (Excerpt) The Bounds of Tho. Hobby and Wm Coleman
Processioned, the parties conccrn'd being present.
Page 43. (same Vestry) The Bounds of Matthew Anderson and
Francis Coleman Processioned, the parties Concerned Being present.
Test Jno Mayes Clerk Vestry.
Page 56. Vestry held Aug 3d 1731. ordered John Coleman and
Thomas Nunally to procession between Ye Chappie Road and Butter-
wood Road from Stoney Creek to ye Extent.
Page 65-66 Vestry held Feb. 6-1732. Ordered that Samuell Gallimore
be bound to Robert Coleman as the law directs. Order'd that Wm
Burgess be bound to Cap'n John Coleman.
Pages 295-300. Letter "C."
Peter, son of Wm & Faith Coleman born 25th June last, bap. Feb
9th 17 ( ) (Page 295).
John, son of Fran. & Mary Coleman born 11th June last bap May
14th 17 ( ). (Page 295).
Peter, son of Wm & Faith Coleman, born & bap' in August 17 ( ).
(Page 296}).
Amy dau. of Fran. & Mary Coleman born 23rd of last May bap'
Sep'r 29th 17 ( ). (Page 296).
Benj. s. of Dan. & Eliz. Coleman, born 14th Dec. last; Bap. May
10th (172 ). (Page 297).
Jack M. (Male), Slave of Jno and Mary Coalman, born 6th Febr.
1726. (Page 297. )
Martha, dau. of Daniel and Eliz'th Coalman, born 20th Nov.'br
1726. ( Page 297) .
( ) dau of Wm and Sarah Coalman born 18th August.
Bap. Sep. 20, 17 ( ) 8. (Page 297).

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Martha, dau. of William and Sarah Coalman, Born 10th Sep'r 1730
Bap' 8th Oct. (Page 298).
Maryligon Coalman of John and Mary Coalman Born 18th July 1731.
Bap' Aug 10th (Page 298).
Anne dau of Wm & Margaret Coalman Born 11 th Ap' 1731 Bap' l9th
Sep' (Page 298)
Daniel son of Daniel & Eliz. Coalman. Born 24th May 1731 Bap'
1rth Sep' (Page 298).
Wm son of Wm & Sarah Coleman born 23rd June 1732 Bap' Aug' 13th
1732 (Page 299).
Warner, son of William & Eliz. Coalman, Born 20th March 1732.
Bap. 26 Aug' 1733. (Page 299).
Margery Lucas dau. of William & Margaret Coalman. Born 24th Sep.
1733. Bap. 21st Octb'. (Page 299).
Sarah, dau of William & Sarah Coalman. Born 21st March 1734.
Bap' 28th Ap' (Page 299).
Robin, male slave of William & Sarah Coalman. Born 11th Dec.
1733. (Page 299).
William, son of Francis & Mary Coalman. Born 29 May 1733 Bap.
July 2d (Page 300).
William, son of Joseph and Eliz. Coleman. Born 8th March 1734.
(Page 300).

For the year 1748

Samuel Jones William Williams
James Matthews Capt.William Jones
David Liles Robert Jones
Jonathan Davis William Jones
James Coleman Thomas Jones
David Dorch Edward, Benjamin, William, and
Richard Gladden Clem Mobberley
William Gladden

For the year 1749
David Gwin Francis Griffen
John Gwin William Griffen
James Coleman
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Henry Pruett James Mathes
Robert Bruce John Colven
William Matthis John Ragsdale, Sr. & Ir.
Edward Mobberly, Sr. & Jr. William Jones, of Prince George
Thomas, Benjamin, John, Morde- County
cai, and Hamon Mobberley

John Ragsdale was still listed in Lunenberg County in 1772.


IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Robert Coleman being Sick and weak of
Body but in perfect memory praised be to God for it I do make this
my Last will and Testament as followeth-
I give and bequeath to Elinor Giles four pounds Sterling money
to be paid by my Executors.
I do give and bequeath to my Brother Stephens Sons Son all my
Land that I am now possessed with Excepting ye plantation of
Richard Baton now lives on to him and his heirs for Ever If they
shall come for it if not then to my Executors & their heirs
I do give and bequeath to Benjamin Beal five hundred pounds of
tobacco to be paid him by my Executors-
I do give and bequeath to Martha Murrey five hundred pounds of
Tobacco to be paid her by my Executors-
My will and Desire is that all my negroes shall have the
priviledg to hire their selves out to Service and paying Executors
five hundred pounds of tobacco each of them yearly and ye rest of
their profits for themselves.
I do give and bequeath to George Martin all my land that lies
between the Long Branch & Smiths branch to him and his heirs for
Ever up to the Road-
I give and bequeath to John Watts twenty Shillings Sterling
money to be payd to him by my Executors.-
And Likewise my will is that my Executors pay John Watts Two
thousand pounds of Tobacco to him or his heirs and after my Debts
and Legacies are payd all the Remainder part of my Estate I do give
to Christopher Reynolds and Ann his wife and to ye heires of her
bodie Lawfully begotten and if no Such heires then onto my Brothers
Sons as

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aforesaid as Witness my hand this Eighth day of March, 1715/16
and I do make Christopher Reynolds and Ann his wife
my whole Executors.

his mark his mark

Rodger Murrey

(A Copy)
Teste: R. A. EDUARD, Clerk.

Will & Deed Book 2-Page 607.
Part 2-Isle of Wight County

(Will Book 1, Page 37, Amelia County, Virginia)

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, June the 2d. 1743
I, William Coleman, Senr. of the Parish of Rawleigh in the
County of Amelia being sick and weak of body but of sound and
perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same do here make
and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form
following first and principally I recommend my soul into the hands
of Almighty God that gave it hoping through the merits of my
blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain full remission of my sins.
Secondly I bequeath my body to the earth to orderly and decently
buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named as to any
temporal estate I give and devise in manner and form following,
first I will my debts and funeral charges shall be paid.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Coleman one shilling
Item I give and bequeath to my son Robert Coleman two hundred
acres of land more or less lying on the uper side of Wintocomake
Creek all the land below the Great Branch to him and his heirs for
Item I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Coleman two hundred
acres of land more or less Lying on the uper side of Wintocomake
Creek all my land above the Great Branch joyning to my son Robert's
land as I have already mark'd out the same to him and his heirs for

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Item I give and bequeath to my son William Coleman two hundred
acres of land more or less Lying on the lower side of Wintocomake
Creek and on the North side of the Great Branch as I have already
mark'd out the same to him and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Godphrey Coleman two hundred
acres of land more or less Lying on the lower side of Wintocomake
Creek and on the North side of the Great Branch joyning my son
Williams' land as I have already mark'd out the same to him and his
heirs forever; I also give my son Godfrey one feather bed and
furniture as it stands to him and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Peter Coleman the land and
plantation whereon I now live after the decease of Faith my wife to
him and his heirs forever. I also give my son Peter the feather bed
that is called his to him and his heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances Tucker her
mother's trunk after her mothers decease.
Item I give and bequeath to Faith my wife the land and
plantation whereon I now live during her natural life and at the
end of her life to my son Peter I also give my wife all my goods
and chattles during her life and then to be equally divided between
my two youngest sons Godfrey and Peter to them and their heirs for
I also make my son Robert Coleman whole and sole executor of
this my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal they day and year above written
Signed sealed and delivered

In presence of
Robert Bevill

her his
mark mark


At a Court held for Amelia County the xxl of March MDCCXLV

The last will and testament of William Coleman was presented by
Robert Coleman who made oath thereto and proved by the oaths of
John Powell and Martha S. Bevill two of the witnesses to the said
will and ordered to be recorded.


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Note especially that William Coleman, Sr., to whom I have
referred as William of Amelia, is shown by this Will to have had a
daughter, Frances, who married a Tucker.

SATURDAY, MAY, 13, 1961

I drove down from Washington Friday afternoon in the company of
my good friend, T. Marx Huff. We drove to Richmond and then took
Highway 360 Southwest about thirty miles to Amelia Courthouse. We
spent the night at Buddie's Motel, about four or five miles past
Amelia. This is on the railroad from Richmond to Danville. It is
the railroad over which President Jefferson Davis and other
Confederates escaped from Richmond after the fall of Petersburg. It
is the point to which General Lee had ordered his provisions to be
delivered after his retreat from Petersburg. He was trying to get
to Danville and effect a junction with Joe Johnston's army in North
Carolina. When he got to Amelia, he found that the provisions had,
through some kind of foul up, gone on to Richmond. Furthermore,
Sheridian was blocking his path at Jetersville, so he had to turn
West toward Appomattox, where five days later the Army of Northern
Virginia was surrendered.
Early Saturday morning, accompanied by Mr. Huff, I went to
Amelia Courthouse. l was looking for further information on Robert
Coleman, WhO patented land from Lord Granville in Halifax County,
North Carolina, in 1756. He is our earliest Coleman ancestor on
whom we then had positive documentary proof.

(Died 1745)

For many years I had in my possession a copy of the Last Will
and Testament of William Coleman, Sr. This Will has been copied
Here is what the records in Amelia reveal concerning these six
sons of William Coleman, Sr.


William Coleman, Sr. left his son, Daniel, only one shilling,
which indicated that he had already made due provision for him, or
that he was well enough off not to need any assistance from his

Book 3, Page 111, Amelia County Deeds, 19 August 1748, Daniel

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Coleman sold land To William Watson, being 225 acres patented to
Daniel on August 1, 1745.
Deed Book 6, Page 59, 18 June 1757, Daniel Coleman sold lands to
Abel Parton, no wife mentioned.
We Find in Deed Book 9, Page 82 (and I failed to get the date),
Daniel Coleman, Sr. and Elizabeth, his wife, sold land to Thomas
Lipscomb, land on Joseph Coleman's line.
According to the Bristol Parish Register, Daniel Coleman and
Elizabeth Coleman, his wife, had the following children born to
them: Benjamin, 1720; Mary, 1724; Martha, 1726; and Daniel, 1731.
So, Daniel was born not later than about 1698 and William
Coleman, Sr. at least as early as 1678.
Daniel Coleman's will was executed March 7, 1782, and admitted
to probate February 26, 1789, Will Book 4, Page 130, Amelia County
Records. The will named the following children: Daniel, Martha,
Mary, Frances, Elizabeth, Hezekiah, Ann, and Jesse.
Charles Coleman, who died in Fairfield County, South Carolina,
in 1788 had a son named Jesse.


Robert Coleman was named the sole executor of his father's Will
of June 2, 1743. This meant that he was at least twenty-one years
old, and thus was born as early as 1722. His father willed him one
hundred acres of land on the upper side of Wintocomake Creek.
Deed Book 4, Page 34, 1 November 1750, Robert Coleman sold to
Thomas Cowles, of Chester City County, land "devised to the said
Robert Coleman by William Coleman, Sr., father of the said Robert
The deed further recites that patent for the same had been
issued to William Coleman 13 October, 1727.
Ann, wife of Robert, waived dower.
Deed Book 5, Pages 188 and 193, 26 September, 1754, Robert
Coleman made similar deeds to Samuel Morgan. The deed at Page 192
carries Francis Roberts and Thomas Roberts as witnesses.
We find in the Halifax County, North Carolina, records that
William Roberts sold land to Robert Coleman on March 13, 1761. Deed
Book 7, Page 255.
Robert Coleman never again appears in the Amelia County records.
As will be seen later, this Robert Coleman moved to Lunenberg
County, Virginia. From there he moved to Union County, South
Carolina, in

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1775. This was the same year that Robert Coleman of Halifax
County, North Carolina, moved to the adjoining county of Fairfield,
South Carolina.
"Our" Robert Coleman's deeds in North Carolina and South Carolina
were signed "Robert R Coleman." This may have been a universal

Custom, but it is significant that William Coleman, Sr. has deeds
of record in 1737 in Amelia, Book 1, Pages 67, 68, and 69 in which he
signed by "William W Coleman."
Furthermore, the Last Will of Peter Coleman, brother of the
Amelia Robert (and son of William) was signed "his mark--P."


In Will Book 2, Page 16, Amelia Records, we find the Last Will
and Testament of Joseph Coleman. Dated June 5, 1770, and proved
January 23, 1772. He signed by mark, but did not use the initial "J."
The Last Will of Joseph Coleman named sons, Joseph, John,
Sutton, Francis and Page.
In Will Book 7, Page 454, Amelia Records, we find the report of
the sale of the personal property of Elizabeth Coleman, deceased,
widow of Page Coleman. This was 1809. The buyers at the sale were
James Coleman, Braxton Coleman, William Coleman, Tabitha Coleman,
Jesse Coleman, and Charles James Coleman.


Deed Book 5, Page 423, March 25, 1756, William Coleman and his
wife, Frances, sold John Merrimoon 350 acres of land.
Deed book 6, Page 99, August 13, 1757, deed from William Coleman
and wife for 438 acres.
William Coleman's will, dated October 12, 1767, was admitted to
probate April 28, 1768, Amelia County Records. Sons named: Abra-
ham, Jeremiah, Godfrey, Burrell, Archer, William, and Jesse,
Daughters were mentioned but not named.


The Last Will and Testament of Godphrey Coleman, dated June 6,
1753, and proved September 27, 1753, Page 99 of Will Book 1, willed to

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his brothers William Coleman and Peter Coleman the 200 acres of
land "left to me by my father, William Coleman."


The Last Will and Testament of Peter Coleman is found at Page
109 of Will Book 5, Peter outlived most of the others as his will
was proved on February 27, 1794. He left all of his property to his
daughter, Fannie, without stating her last name. We do not know
whether she was married or single.
We do know, however, that Peter Coleman had other children,
because in Land Deed Book 16, Page 140, "for love and affection,"
he sold 50 acres of land to his son, Solomon Coleman. This was 4
October, 1782.
The given name Solomon is in our Coleman family in early
Nineteenth Century South Carolina.
Again, on August 9, 1784, Isaac Coleman deeded land to Solomon
Coleman, Book 17, Page 94.
However, bad trouble must have arisen between Peter Coleman and
his son, Solomon, because in Deed Book 19, Page 162, May 24, 1792,
we find that Peter Coleman sued out a peace bond against Solomon
Coleman and Isaac Coleman, and they made bond to preserve the peace
for a year and a day toward Peter, the father of Solomon. This
shows how the Colemans could and did "fall out" and take umbrage
toward each other. Even to this day we know too many instances of
this, but will not relate them in this book.
From deeds appearing at Pages 44 and 46, Book 9, we find that
Peter Coleman's wife was named Martha.
From the records of Bristol Parish we know that Peter Coleman
was born in 1720.
Solomon Coleman must have moved away from Amelia County, because
I find no reference to him, wills or deeds, after about 1800.
From the foregoing research, we find that of the sons of William
Coleman, Sr. (who died before March 21, 1745), Robert was the only
one to move away from Amelia County. He eventually went to Union
County, South Carolina, and became the ancestor of the Bluff
Springs Colemans in Choctaw County, Mississippi, about whom we have
a chapter in this book.
Francis Coleman, the son of Joseph, likewise died in Amelia
County, for his will, dated September 19, 1811, appears at Page 40
of Will Book

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8. He signed by mark, the will was proved October 24, 1811, so he
died very shortly after he made the Will. Nancy Coleman was a
witness, but he left all his property to his sister, Mary Coleman
Tucker. So, evidently, he had no other family, unless he was at
outs with them and did not want to leave them any property.
As to the Isaac Coleman who had to give the peace bond to Peter
Coleman, he died by 1810, because we find at Page 388 of Will Book
7, that Mazy Coleman is the orphan of Isaac Coleman.


On April 2, 1963, and again on February 22, 1964, I had the
pleasure of visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wayne
Coleman, Jr., Ford, Virginia.
Mr. Edward Wayne Coleman is of the Amelia County Colemans, who
moved over into Dinwiddie. This branch of the Amelia County Cole-
mans originally lived near Sayler's Creek Battle Field. Mrs. Eva
Orgain and Mr. Will Coleman, of Chester, Virginia, are members of
this family. I had the pleasure of visiting with them in Chester on
February 23, 1964.
Mr. Edward Wayne Coleman lives at Coleman's Lake, about seven
miles Northwest of Dinwiddie Courthouse.
On April 2, 1963, Mr. Coleman showed me the Coleman family
cemetery near his home. Here are buried:

First Generation: Thomas Newton Coleman, 1817-1898, and Eliza-
beth, his wife, 1818-1893.
Second Generation: Lewis Edward Coleman, born September 22,
1850, at Woodlawn in Amelia County, died 1940, and Mrs. Olivia
Boisseau Coleman, 1861-1941, his wife.
Third Generation: Edward Wayne Coleman, Sr., born July 15, 1877,
died February 6, 1958. On February 24, 1904, he married Ruth
Goodwyn Mrs. Coleman died April 11, 1964.
Here we have three generations of Colemans, and Mr. Edward Wayne
Coleman, Jr., born August 7, 1905, is the fourth generation. His
son, Ned Coleman, a senior at the University of Tennessee, is the
fifth generation.
Lewis Edward Coleman had brothers named Emmett, Junius, and
Thomas, called Kit. Mrs. Eva Orgain is an Aunt of Edward Wayne
Coleman, Jr.

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Deed Book 3, Page 461. On the 15th day of May, 1750, land was
conveyed to Joseph Ragsdale of Chesterfield County (which lies
between Amelia and Richmond). The deed was for 196 acres, and it
was on Wintocomake Creek. Then, on November 3, 1753, Joseph
Ragsdale sold this land to John Tucker in which he recited that he
had become a resident of Lunenberg County. This is of interest
because William R. Coleman married Sarah Ragsdale in Fairfield
County, South Carolina, before 1800.
According to the Bristol Parish Register (which covered
parts of the counties of Amelia, Price George, Chesterfield, and
Dinwiddie), there were four separate William Colemans in that area
in the first thirty years of the 1700's.
William Coleman, whose wife's name was Faith. This was William
of Amelia.
William Coleman, whose wife's name was Sarah, and who had
children, Martha, born 1730; William, born 1732, and Sarah, born
William Coleman, whose wife's name was Margaret, and who had
children, Ann, born 1731; Margery Lucas, born 1733.
William Coleman, whose wife's name was Elizabeth, who had a son
born 1732, named Warner.
We also find that Joseph Coleman and Elizabeth Coleman, his
wife, had a son named William, born 1734. The Joseph Coleman herein
treated did not mention a son named William in his Will. However,
this William would have been thirty-eight years old when Joseph
died in 1772, and thus was probably elsewhere.
The whole matter is that Virginia was chocked full of Colemans
by 1750, and the task of "digging them up" is correspondingly

Stanfield Coleman James Coleman
Isham Coleman

John Coleman Williamson Coleman, Jr. & Senior
Archer Coleman Martha Coleman
Solomon Coleman James Coleman

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Daniel Coleman Estate of Abraham Coleman
Archer Coleman William Coleman
Burwell Coleman Ebenezer Coleman
Solomon Coleman Joseph Coleman
Robert Coleman Jesse Coleman


Richard Moberley, 45 Ephriam Moberley
William Moberly, 45 Elias Moberley
Gabriel Ross, 45 Samuel W. Ross
James Ross, over 45 Alexander and John Ross
John Moberley, 16-26 Sally Roe
Benjamin Moberly John Prewitt
John Moberley, over 45 15 in family
Edward Moberley Samuel Moberley

No Coleman in Madison County in 1820.

BROAD RIVER, S. C., 1750

GEORGE the Second, by the Grace of God, of GREAT-BRITAIN, FRANCE
and IRELAND, KING, Defender of the Faith, and fo forth, To ALL TO
fpecial Grace, certain Knowledge and mere Motion, have given and
granted, and by thefe prefents, for us, our heirs and succeffors,

Henry Coleman, his
heirs and affigns, a plantation or Tract of Land Con-
taining Four Hundred & fifty Acres in the fork between Saluda &
Broad Rivers, bounded on all sides by vacant Land.


And hath fuch shape, form and marks, as appears by a plat thereof,
hereunto annexed: Together with all woods, under-woods, timber and
timber-trees, lakes, ponds, fifhings, waters, water-courfes,
profits, commodities, appurtenances and hereditaments whatfoever,
thereunto belonging or in anywife appertaining: To-gether with
privilege of hunting, hawking and fowling in and upon the fame, and

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all mines and minerals whatfoever; faving and referving,
neverthelefs, to us, our heirs and succeffors, all white
pine-trees, if any there fhould be found growing thereon: And alfo
faving and referving, to us, our heirs and succeffors, one tenth-
part of mines of filver and gold only: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, the
faid tract of Four Hundred fifty acres of land and all and fingular
other the premifes here-by granted, with the apurtenances, unto the
faid Henry Coleman, his heirs and affigns for ever, in free and
common foccage, he the faid Henry Coleman, his heirs or affigns
yielding and paying therefore, unto us, our heirs and succeffors,
or to our Receiver-General for the time being, or to his Deputy or
Deputies for the time being, yearly, that is to fay, on every
twenty-fifth day of March. at the rate of three fhillings fterling,
or four fhillings proclamalion money, for every hundred acres, and
ro in proportion according to the quanlity of acres, contained
herein; the same to grow due and be accounted for from the date
hereof. Provided always, and this prefent grant is upon
condition, nevertheless, that he the faid Henry Coleman, his heirs
and affigns, fhall and do within three years next after the date of
thefe prefents, clear and cultivate at the rate of one acre for
every five hundred acres of land, and fo in proportion according to
the quantity of acres herein contained, or build a dwelling houfe
thereon, and keep a flock of five head of cattle for every five
hundred acres, upon the fame, and in proportion for a greater or
leffer quantity: And upon condition, that if the faid rent, hereby
referved, fhall happen to be in arrear and unpaid for the fpace of
three years from the time it became due, and no diftrefs can be
found on the faid lands, tenements and hereditaments hereby
granted, that then and in fuch cafe, the faid lands, tenements and
hereditaments, herby granted, and every part and parcl thereof,
fhall revert to us, our heirs and fucceffors, as fully and
absolutely, as if the fame had never been granted. PROVIDED ALSO,
if the faid lands hereby mentioned to be granted, fhall happen to
be within the bounds or limits of any of the townfhips, or of the
lands referved for the ufe of the townships now laid out in our
said Province, in purfuance of our Royal Instructions, that then
this Grant shall be void, any thing herein to the contrary
contained notwithstanding.

Given under the Great Seal of our faid Province.
WITNESS James Glen, Esqr. our Capt. General
Governor and Commander in chief in and over our taid Province of

this Twenty Ninth Day of November
Anno Dom. 1750 in the Twenty fourth-Year of our Reign.

James (L. M. S.) Glen
Signed by his Excellency the Governor in Council
John Brailsford, C.
And hath hereunto a plat there
of annexed, reprefenting the Recorded Decem. 4, 1750
fame, certified by George Hunter, Esq. D.H. Coleman, 21st. March 1750

dated 22 November 1749

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(NOTE: This paper was given January 9, 1964, before the Twenty
Three Circle and again in January, before the Greene County His-
torical Society, as a tribute to James Samuel Coleman, 1873-1963).

James Samuel Coleman was born May 25, 1873, near Akron, Alabama,
and died Dec. 19, 1963, at Eutaw, with burial in Grassdale
Cemetery. He attended school at Eutaw and was appointed to
Annapolis by Senator John B. Bankhead. From 1889 to 1894 he taught
in Eutaw (the school being where the swimming pool now is). He
later taught at Verner School in Tuscaloosa, then studied a year in
Heidelberg, Germany, and Paris, France, after which he taught at
State Normal School at Livingston, then was Commandant for five
years at the Wright School, Mobile, and then principal of Selma
Military School.
From l909 to 1945, he published the Green County Democrat at
Eutaw. He was a Mason, a Presbyterian Elder (50 years) a member of
the Board of Education, of the Kiwanis Club, and of the
Twenty-Three Circle (of which he was really the founder).
He married Sept. 20, 1905, at York, Alabama, Mary Belle Peteet,
a Livingston graduate, who was Alabama's Mother Of the Year 1958.
Their children are: James Samuel (Annapolis graduate, now a Justice
of Alabama Supreme Court), Wilson McConnell (Annapolis graduate,
now Captain in U. S. Navy), Charles Hamilton, Dallas, Texas, and
John Woodrow, Attorney, Talladega.
J. S. Coleman was one of Eutaw's most distinguished citizens,
but no less so was his father, Thomas Wilkes Coleman, who was born
March 31, 1833, nine miles west of Eutaw, and died Nov. 9, 1920, at
Eutaw, with burial at Grassdale. He married Nov. 1, 1860, at
Sumterville, Alabama, Frances Jane Wilson (1842-1920) and reared a
large and useful family of children, among whom were: Julia (Mrs.
James Oliver Banks), Mary (Mrs. Grigsby Eskridge Chandler), Thomas
Wilkes, Jr., Flavel Woodrow, James Samuel (1873- 1963), Frances
Jane (Mrs. Thomas Thompson Quarles), Charles Hamilton, and John
Thomas Wilkes Coleman was a member of the Constitutional
Convention of 1891, and on the Alabama Supreme Bench, and is
written up in Dr. Owen's Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Dr. A.
B. Moore's Alabama, and other volumes. He was the son of James Cobb
Coleman (1810-1868), who first married Martha Ann Anderson
(1810-1834), and married secondly, Juliet Bestor, sister of Dr.
Daniel P. Bestor, Baptist Minister and Educator. James Cobb
Coleman's two children by his first wife were: Julia Frances

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(Mrs. Ulysses Thadeus McLemore) and Thomas Wilkes, 1833-1920.
Alice, daughter of Juliet Bestor, married Dr. John Samuel
Meriwether in 1860.
James Cobb Coleman (1810-1868) was the son of John Coleman, born
in Edgecombe County, N. C., died 1852 in Greene County, Alabama,
where he had come in 1819. He came to Bibb County in 1818 with his
father, Charles Coleman, and a brother, Wiley Coleman, who settled
in Bibb County, while John and his father, Charles, came to Greene
County. Charles, the father, was born in 1744 in Edgecombe County,
N. C. and fought in the American Revolution as Quartermaster of the
3rd N. C. Regiment. He married Mary Rountree and died in 1824,
being buried at Grassdale in sight of the Coleman-Bank house said
to be the oldest frame house in Greene County. Five generations of
Colemans are buried at Grassdale.
There are many other descendants of the Coleman family in our
County. Mrs. Bassie Hester, Mrs. R. I. Colgrove and Joe Thadeus
McLemore are children of Joel Thadeus McLemore and wife (Judith
Elizabeth Dunlap) and grandchildren of Julia Frances (Coleman)
Dr. John Samuel Meriwether and wife (Alice Coleman) were the
parents of the late Mrs. Daisy Dunlap, and the grandparents of Mrs.
Mary Morgan (Ward) Glass William Riddle Ward, John Meriwether
Ward, John S. (Bo) Meriwether, Lida Meriwether Hall, Sara
Meriwether Humphries, and great grandparents of William Ryan
deGraffenried (candidate for Governor of Alabama in last race.)
Thomas Wilkes Coleman (1833-1920) was a half brother of James
Cobb Coleman, Jr. (1842-1912) who was the father of Misses Alice
and Louise Coleman, and of the late Mrs. Janie Kirksey, and the
grandfather of Mrs. Polly (Coleman) Yarbrough.
James Cobb Coleman (1810-1868) was a brother of Judge Wiley
Coleman (1819-1892) and of Miss Rhoda Coleman (1829-1900) and of
Martha Jane Coleman, who married in 1852 James Oliver Banks, and
was the mother of James Oliver Banks, Jr. (1865-1941), who married
Julia Coleman in 1888 and was the father of Wilkes, Ellen Gray
Humphries, Willis, Hampden Jack and Ralph.--"Greene County
Democrat," Eutaw, Alabama, June 11, 1964.
The foregoing newspaper article is an excellent report on those
Colemans in Greene County Alabama, who migrated there from Edge-
combe County, North Carolina. They were descended from Robert
Coleman of Nansemond County, Virginia, and his sons or grandsons,
William Coleman and Robert Coleman. The Nansemond County records
have been destroyed and the particular genealogy of that County can
only be put together from fragmentary sources.
I wish to pay special tribute to Mr. James Samuel Coleman, men-
tioned in the above article, who died December 19, 1963. Early in
my efforts to locate the history of the Colemans I went to Eutaw,
Alabama, met Mr. Coleman, and had a most delightful visit with him,
including a visit to the beautiful cemetery at Grassdale. Later he
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his autobiography, which my secretary typed. This was a most
interesting life story and ought to be published.
Miss Mary Ellen Coleman, sister of James Samuel Coleman, kept up
a keen interest in genealogy. I once ran across some of her
writings at the book store of The Genealogical Publishing Company
in Baltimore. I purchased them and gave them to her nephew, Judge
James S. Coleman, now of the Alabama Supreme Court. The history of
this large and able family would afford sufficient material for a
book within itself.


Over a period of many years I have heard much speculation as to
the true identity of the Robert Coleman of South Carolina who is
listed in early South Carolina records as having served in the
Continental Army during the Revolution.

The following from National Archives would seem to settle
this question:

Robert Coleman
Revolutionary War service from South Carolina
(Widow, Prudence)
W 23858

Robert Coleman, a resident of the District of Marion, South
Carolina, when he entered the service under Captain N. Simonds and
Witherspoon, in General Marion's command. He was in several
skirmishes, one at Bass's Mill on (Gread Reeder River against the
Tories. Also served a tour guarding the Tories. He was also in the
Battle of Fort Moultrie, near Charleston as a Sergeant in Marion's
Riflemen, later a 1st Lt.

June 14, 1777 Robert Coleman married Prudence. (Her maiden name not

The soldier died February 22, 1825 (or May 22, 1825) . Both dates given.

On November 28, 1840, Prudence Coleman, widow of Robert Coleman,
filed for a pension on the service of her husband. The widow was a
resident of Marion District, South Carolina, near Lynches Creek.
She was at the time 84 years old, "since 28th of August."

The widow died September 18, 1841.

At the time of the widow's death she had the following children:

Prudence Poston,
Elizabeth Poston,

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Celia Turner,
John L. Coleman,
Jane Finklea (I am not sure of the spelling of 'Finklea')
Margaret O. Hearnden.

Henry Culpepper served as the legal administrator. (His
relationship to daughter of veteran, Mary Culpepper, not given.

In May 17, 1852, from Marion District, South Carolina, this
statement was made: "William Coleman, oldest child of Robert
and Prudence Coleman, would if now living, be 73 or 74 years of

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In Coleman Family Forum post # 263 dated May 25, 1988, with a subject of
"Coleman NC/SC" Dan M. Baxley wrote:

Am seeking contact with anyone having information regarding my Coleman
ancestors. Earliest known Coleman is
Robert Coleman b. 1755 Halifax County, NC,
m. June 14, 1777 to
Prudence ?,
she died September 18, 1841 in Marion Co., SC.
Children were
William Benjamin Coleman b. 1778, d. abt. 1828;
Mary Coleman b. 1795 Marion Co., SC
m. Henry Culpepper;
Prudence Coleman, b. 1797 m. Josia Poston;
Jane Coleman, b. 1800 Marion Co., SC
m. Willis Finklea, d. abt. 1815;
Elizabeth Coleman, b. 1803 Marion Co. SC
m. Samuel Poston;
Ceclia Coleman, b. 1803 Marion Co. SC
m. Benjamin W. Turner;
John Scott Coleman, b. 1808 Marion Co, SC
m. Mary ?, & Francis C. Page;
Margaret Coleman, b. 1810
m. Mr. O'Hernden and Mr. Bryant.

William Benjamin Coleman had five children.
George W. Coleman d. abt. 1841;
James C. Coleman, b. 1810;
Benjamin C. Coleman, b. 1822;
Mary Jane Coleman, b. 1822 Charleston Dist., SC
m. (Jordan?) Reddin Baxley.
=== end quote
In post 2785, by AliceAnne Coleman Brunn, with subject of "Re: Coleman NC/SC, dated June 04,2000:

John Scott Coleman
John Wesley Coleman
Ted Coleman, Sr.
Ted Coleman, Jr.

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1627-1769 (With Notes and Observations)

Prepared by J. P. Coleman, in the year 1961

December 12, 1627. Patent Book 1, Part J, Page 84. HENRY
COLEMAN, 150 acres, Elizabeth City.

May 30, 1634. Patent Book 1, Page 147. HENRY COLEMAN,
Planter, of Elizabeth City, 60 acres, upon Southampton River, assigned
to Coleman by Francis Hough, 3 January 1633.

June 6, 1635. Land Patent Book 1, Part 1, Page 241. HENRY
COLEMAN, 150 acres, on woods going up to Elizabeth City and
adjoining Hampton River.

March 10, 1635. Patent Book 1, Part 1, Page 360. HENRY COLEMAN.
Marginal reference and index uses name William Coleman. 100 acres
Elizabeth City, County. Mentions wife, Katherine.

October 17, 1642. Patent Book 1, Part 11, Page 836. HENRY
COLEMAN, 104 acres Elizabeth City, County. Bounded west upon
Hampton River.
This is the HENRY COLEMAN, who, on October 7, 1634, was
sentenced by the Council at Jamestown to be excommunicated for
forty days for using scornful speeches and for putting on his hat
in church. 1 Hennings Statutes at Large, Page 223.
Judge S. Bernard Coleman, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in his
excellent manuscript at the Virginia State Library, is of the
opinion that Henry Coleman probably came to Virginia in the
Furtherance, 1622; that he was alive as late as 1655; that his wife
was named Katherine; but that no descendants have ever been

September 21, 1643. Patent Book I, Part II, Page 891. ANTHONY
COLEMAN. 82 1/2 acres, James City County. Renewed in another's name
on July 11, 1651.
According to Mr. S. Bernard Coleman, this man died about 1652.
See notes following on William Coleman.

May 6, 1651. Patent Book 2, Page 313. RICHARD COLEMAN, 320 acres
North side Rappahannock River. For the transportation of

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seven persons including William Thomas and John Chapman, names
prominently identified with the Colemans in Virginia, North
Carolina, and South Carolina, in the eighteenth and nineteenth

January 11, 1652. Patent Book 3, Page 142. RICHARD COLEMAN,
100 acres on a creek proceeding out of Occapason Creek.
Transportation of two persons, including Abraham Jones, another
name prominent in Southside Virginia, North Carolina, and South
Caro- lina.

October 27, 1652. Patent Book 3, Page 126. RICHARD COLEMAN, 600
acres South side Rappahannock. Transportation of twelve persons, by
assignment from Thomas Chapman.

June 9, 1654. Patent Book 3, Page 373. RICHARD COLEMAN, 600
acres North side Rappahannock.

September 7, 1654. Patent Book 3, Page 293. RICHARD COLEMAN,
1400 acres on North side in the freshes of Rappahannock River.
Richard Coleman's wife was named Margaret. Mr. S. Bernard
Coleman, after the most careful research, believes him to have been
a brother of Anthony and William of the same period, but no
relationship with Henry Coleman could be established. Mr. Coleman
thinks Richard Coleman must have left the Colony of Virginia about

September 6, 1655. Patent Book 3, Page 367. COL. FRANCIS
MORRISON, 24 acres commonly known by the name of the Glass House,
James City County. Formerly sold by Sir John Harvey to ANTHONY
COLEMAN and by Edward Knight and William Coleman, joint heirs sold
to John, Senior, etc. This is near Jamestown.

January 29, 1662. Patent Book 5, Page 294. WILLIAM COLEMAN and
ROBERT BAYNHAM, 300 acres Northumberland County, upon a creek of
Yeocomoco River. (This land was in Westmoreland County after 1663).

Again quoting Mr. S. Bernard Coleman: This William Coleman,
presumably an heir to Anthony Coleman, was born 1619, came to
Virginia in the Assurance, 1635. His will was admitted to probate
September 6, 1665. He left his property to his brother, Richard,
and apparently had no wife or children.

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March 18, 1662. Patent Book No. 5, Page 353 (369). ROBERT
COLEMAN, 110 acres, Gloster County, on the main branches of Burt's
Creek adjoining his own land.
Once more quoting Mr. S. Bernard Coleman: This was Robert
Coleman of Mobjack Bay, the ancestor of the Essex County Colemans
(Tappohannock, the county seat), and numerous descendants so care-
fully studied and (described by Mr. Coleman in his manuscript at
the Virginia State Library, of which he gave J. P. Coleman a copy
in 1957.
According to Charles City County Court Orders in the year
1655, Howell Pryse and William Justice were granted land for the
transportation of various persons including Thomas Coleman,
William Coleman, and Nicholas Coleman. This confirms the long
standing tradition, often encountered in some branches of the
Coleman family, that three Coleman brothers migrated to Virginia
together in the mid-seventeenth century and became the ancestors of
many of the Colemans now alive.
By the same Court Orders, Page 534, we see that on August 7,
1671, Stephen Coleman witnessed a deed. And the nearby Surrey
County Records, 1687-1694, Page 291, contain an inventory of the
estate of Stephen Coleman, (dated January 27, 1691. The sons of
"Brother" Stephen Coleman were later mentioned in the will of
Robert Coleman of Isle of Wight County, probated in 1715.
In Charles City County Court Orders we find that John Coleman,
Page 456, was a witness in Court, March 11, 1663/4.

Prince George County was formed of Charles City County, 1702,
and lies South of the Appomattox.

December 13, 1665. Patent Book 6, Page 264. RICHARD COLEMAN as
the heir of his brother, William Coleman, granted 380 acres of
land in Westmoreland County, formerly Northumberland County, near
the Corotoman River. Said land was assigned by Richard Smith to
William Coleman and Robert Baynham. Said Baynham granted his right
to William Coleman.
This appears to be the same land mentioned above in patent of
January 29, 1662.

September 29, 1667. Land Patent Book 6, Page 181. ROBERT COLEMAN
granted 634 acres of land in Isle of Wight County--300 acres
purchased from Ambrose Bennett and 334 acres for the transpor-
tation of seven persons including Robert Coleman.
If the patentee received land for his own transportation, the patent

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would have read "for himself and six persons." Therefore, the
transported Robert must have been a son or other relative of the
patentee. Neither would the transported Robert have been the same
Robert who received previous patents unless he had returned to
England on some mission and 50 acres was being acquired for his
re-transportation to the Colony.

May 4, 1670. Land Patent Book 6, Page 336. ROBERT COLEMAN and
WILLIAM RUFFIN granted 938 acres of land in Isle of Wight County on
western branch for the transportation of nineteen persons into the
Isle of Wight was an original county, formed in 1634.
This Robert Coleman's partner in this acquisition was William
Ruffin. Ruffin Coleman was a prominent land owner in north Alabama
and even in Mississippi in the mid 1800's.
This land was in Isle of Wight as was the patent of September
29, 1667, previously listed.

March 1, 1672. Land Patent Book 6, Page 34. ROBERT COLEMAN
granted 200 acres of land in Gloster (Gloucester) County due him
for the transportation of four persons into the Colony.
Again, this must have been Robert Coleman of Mobjack Bay.

April 20, 1684. Land Patent Book 7, Page 378. ROBERT COLEMAN
granted 530 acres of land on the West side of a reedy marsh being a
branch of Chuckatuck. The name of the county is not given, but the
town of Chuckatuck is in Nanesemond County.

April 21, 1695. Land Patent Book 8, Page 422. ROBERT COLEMAN
granted 80 acres in the lower parish of Isle of Wight County for
the transportation oE two persons into this Colony.

October 8, 1697. Land Patent Book 9, Page 107. JOSEPH COLEMAN
granted 344 acres of land in Gloster County for the transportation
of seven persons into this Colony.
Joseph Coleman was the son of Robert Coleman of Mobjack Bay.

October.28, 1697. Land Patent Book 9, Page 110. ROBERT COLEMAN
of Nansemond County granted 450 acres of land near Wickham Swamp in
the Upper Parish adjoining John and Thomas Milner.
This Robert Coleman was the father of William Coleman, who died in

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Edgecombe County, North Carolina, in 1752, and of Robert Coleman,
who died in the same county, 1761.

April 26, 1704. Land Patent Book 9, Page 597. JOHN COLEMAN
granted 1200 acres of land on the South side of Tappahannock River
in Essex County for the transportation of twenty-four persons into
this Colony.

October 23, 1705. Land Patent Book 9, Page 549. DANIEL COLEMAN
and Samuel Williams granted 600 acres of land on Herring Creek in
King William County for the transportation of twelve persons into
this Colony.

June 15, 1714. Land Patent Book 10, Page 168. DANIEL COLEMAN
and John Madison granted 200 acres in King William County in a fork
of the Mattapony River. Both Daniel Coleman and John Madison of
King and Queen County.

September 5, 1723. Land Patent Book 11, Page 234. THOMAS COLEMAN
granted 540 acres of land in the Parish of South Farnham, Essex

December 2, 1723. Land Patent Book 11, Page 296 (226 ?). ROBERT
COLEMAN of King and Queen County granted 1500 acres of land on the
south side of Middle River of Mattapony River in St. George Parish
Spotsylvania County.
This was the son of Captain Robert Coleman, of Essex, who died
in 1713, and a grandson of Robert of Mobjack Bay. Had sons named
Robert, John, Thomas, Samuel, Richard, and Spilsby. Died 1748.
(BSC) .

July 9, 1724. Land Patent Book 12, Page 48. DANIEL COLEMAN of
King William County granted 400 acres of land on the south side of
South River in St. Margaret's Parish King William County.

July 9, 1724. Land Patent Book 12, Page 49. DANIEL COLEMAN
granted 344 acres of land in St. Mary's Parish King William
County. Daniel Coleman of King William County.

June 16, 1727. Land Patent Book 13, Page 90. ROBERT COLEMAN of
King and Queen County granted 688 acres of land in Spotsylvania
County adjoining said Colemans land which he bought of Capt.
Joseph Smith and others. (Same man as the patent of December 2,
1723) .

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September 28, 1732. Land Patent Book 14, Page 529. ROBERT
COLEMAN granted 400 acres of land in St. Margaret's Parish Spotsyl-
vania County.

May 25,1734. Land Patent Book 15, Page 209. ROBERT COLEMAN,
SR., of King and Queen County, granted 400 acres of land in St.
Marks Parish Spotsylvania County in the great fork of Rappahannock
River (Same man as patent Of June 16, 1727).

March 17, 1736. Land Patent Book 17, Page 295. GRISSEL COLEMAN
granted 345 acres of land in Goochland County on both sides of
Little Buffalo Creek--a branch of Willis River.

January 2, 1737. Land Patent Book 17, Page 429 and 430. JAMES
COLEMAN granted 400 acres in Hanover County between the two ledges
of Mountains.

July 20, 1738. Land Patent Book 18, Page 36. SAMUEL, COLEMAN
granted 100 acres of land in Caroline County.

August 30, 1744. Land Patent Book 23, Page 723. ROBERT COLEMAN
granted 400 acres of land in Spotsylvania County.

August 20, 1745. Land Patent Book 23, Page 1102. JAMES COLEMAN
granted 400 acres of land in Brunswick County on the north side of
the Roanoke River.

September 20, 1745. Land Patent Book 22, Page 479. JAMES COLEMAN
granted 300 acres of land in Louisa County on the west side of the
Little Mountains.

September 20, 1745. Land Patent Book 24, Page 88. JAMES COLEMAN
granted 274 acres of land in Brunswick County on both sides of the
south fork of Allens Creek.

November 3, 1750. Land Patent Book 29, Page 356. JAMES COLEMAN
granted 1035 acres of land in Louisa County on the south side of
the head of Negro Creek.

November 3, 1750. Land Patent Book 29, Page 362. JAMES COLEMAN
granted 100 acres of land in Louisa County on the south fork of the
north fork of James River.

August 5, 1751. Land Patent Book 29, Page 512. JAMES COLE-
MAN granted 133 acres in Louisa County on the west side of Little

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September 13, 1753. Land Patent Book 32, Page 225. MATTHEW
COLEMAN granted 200 acres of land in Dinwiddie County on the north
side of Butterwood Swamp. (Note: Dinwiddie formed from Prince
George in 1752.

December 15, 1754. Land Patent Book 32, Page 662. EDWARD COLEMAN
granted 400 acres of land in Halifax County on the north fork of
Panther Creek.

June 10, 1760. Land Patent Book 34, Page 501. JAMES COLEMAN
granted 380 acres of land in Lunenburg County on both sides of a
branch of Allens Creek. (Note: Lunenburg formed in 1746 from

September 10, 1760. Land Patent Book 33, Page 909. ROBERT
SPILSBY COLEMAN granted 77 acres in Essex County.

September 25, 1762. Land Patent Book 34, Page 1077. THOMAS
COLEMAN granted 170 acres of land in Spotsylvania County.

August 30, 1763: Land Patent Book 35, Page 387. JOHN COLEMAN
granted 230 acres of land in Halifax County on the branches of
Difficult Creek.

September 22, 1766. Land Patent Book 36, Page 1009. STEPHEN
COLEMAN granted 214 acres of land in Lunenburg County on the west
branch of Terrys Run.

April 6, 1769. Land Patent Book 38, Page 625. JOHN COLEMAN
granted 230 acres of land in Mecklenburg County on the south side
of the south fork of Allens Creek. (Note: Mecklenburg formed in
1764/5 from Lunenburg.


Thomas Coleman, 250 acres.
James Row, 300 acres.


Robert Coleman, 1500 acres.

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John Rowe,100 acres.


Robert Coleman, 1400 acres.


John Coleman,200 acres.
Francis Coleman, 150 acres.
William Coleman, Jr., 100 acres.
William Jones, Sr., 600 acres.
William Jones, Jr., 230 acres.
James Matthews, 100 acres.
Joseph Pritchett, 50 acres.
Francis Tucker, 100 acres.
Elizabeth Tucker, 212 acres.

Land Patent Book Number 1, Part 1, Page 436, June 11, 1637,
William Farrar, son and heir to William Farrar, late of Henrico,