Chapter 17: Griffin Roe Coleman of Winston County, son of Wylie Coleman.

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The Robert Coleman from Virginia to Texas, 1652-1965

Chapter 17:  Griffin Roe Coleman of Winston County, son of Wylie Coleman.

     CHAPTER 17


     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. 

                                  J. P. COLEMAN
                          WINSTON COUNTY CENSUS OF 1850
     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.

                          WINSTON COUNTY CENSUS OF 1860
     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

                                SUSANNAH COCKRELL
        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.htm#N009928">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, (.htm#N010073">(2) Lyda B. Sullivan McNeel. Children: (1) Percy D.,
     (.htm#N010077">Dallas, Texas, (2) Leonard V., died 1941, (3) Bertrand, Carthage,
     (.htm#N010081">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.
                              DEATH OF W. W. COLEMAN
                   One of Our County's Oldest and Most Esteemed
                                 Citizens Passes
                             (WINSTON COUNTY JOURNAL)
        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
                                 WILEY W. 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
                                  WINSTON COUNTY
     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.
                                  JAMES COLEMAN
        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. 

                        LETTER FROM MRS. CHARLES C. WICKER
                                                 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.htm#N010503">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,
                      S/ MRS. CHARLES C. WICKER
                      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.htm#N010553">I.htm#N010552">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.htm#N010597">I can ans. it I will gladly
     do so. 

                                                 Your Cousin
                                                   MOSE COLEMAN
                                                 Louisville, Miss.
                                                 March 23'd 1924

     Dear Cousin Jennie,

        I.htm#N010603">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.htm#N010664">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
                                                    Tommie COLEMAN
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