Chapter 16: Griffin B. Coleman of Old Concord, son of Francis Roe Coleman.

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The Robert Coleman from Virginia to Texas, 1652-1965

Chapter 16:  Griffin B. Coleman of Old Concord, son of Francis Roe Coleman.

     CHAPTER 16

     by J. P. COLEMAN

     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.

                         CHILDREN OF GRIFFIN COLEMAN AND
                                  ELIZABETH ROSS

        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

                          WINSTON COUNTY CENSUS OF 1850

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

                                   OLD CONCORD

        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.

        The children of HUGH WILSON COLEMAN and MARTHA J.
     COLEMAN were:

         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.

                          CHILDREN OF EDWARD THOMPSON, A
                            MARCENE BLACKWOOD THOMPSON

        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.

                           DEATH OF MRS. W. A. COLEMAN
                     (THE CHOCTAW PLAINDEALER--JULY 3, 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
     was a sales

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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,

                                 PREWITT APPENDIX

        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. 

                          CHOCTAW COUNTY CENSUS OF 1860

     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.

                               WINSTON COUNTY NOTES

        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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