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CHAPTER 11 ROBERT COLEMAN, WHO MARRIED ELIZABETH ROE, AND WHO DIED IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC, 1809 by J. P. COLEMAN 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 wife. This couple had fourteen children. They are as follows: BIBLE RECORD Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Roe, his wife: Robert Coleman born about 1745 Elizabeth Roe born Feb. 20, 1749 CHILDREN 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. - 91 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY Henry Jonathan Coleman, 11th son, born June 22, 1793. Ancil Roe Coleman, 12th son, born April 22, 1796. FAMILY RECORD OF THE ROES (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: - 92 - . 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, Ackerman, Mississippi, U.S.A. PW. - 93 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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. FAIRFIELD RECORDS ON ROBERT COLEMAN, JR. 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 witnesses. 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. - 94 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY (WILL BOOK 5, PAGE 495, FAIRFIELD COUNTY) WILL OF ROBERT COLEMAN South Carolina } Fairfield District } IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, 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. ROBERT COLEMAN the presence of Abraham Jones Wm. Franklin Allen Coleman - 95 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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 Will. 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, 1780: "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." - 96 - . THB ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY "Wed. 16th. Got in motion at seven o'clock in the morning and Marched two Miles to Mobley's Meeting House for convenience of Ground. "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 FAMILY OF ELIZABETH ROE, WIFE OF ROBERT COLEMAN, WHO DIED IN 1809 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. - 97 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY "LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN ROW, of Record at Page 32 of 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 Sue. 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. - 98 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY Witnesses Present: John Row, Andrew Row, Joseph Attoway. his John x Row mark 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. - 99 - .
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