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THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY APPENDIX 2 VERBATIM EXCEPTS FROM THE BRISTOL PARISH REGISTER TITHES OF LUNENBERG COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1748, 1749, 1750 WILL OF ROBERT COLEMAN OF ISLE OF WRIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA THE AMELIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA COLEMANS COLEMANS LISTED IN THE 1810 and 1820 CENSUSES OF DINWIDDIE COUNTY, VIRGINIA THE 1800 TAX LIST OF AMELIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA THE MOBERLEYS AND OTHERS LISTED IN 1820 CENSUS OF MADISON COUNTY, KENTUCKY PATENT TO HENRY COLEMAN ON THE BROAD RIVER, S. C., 1750 GREENE COUNTY, ALABAMA, DESCENDANTS OF ROBERT COLEMAN OF MANSEMOND COUNTY, VIRGINIA THE ROBERT COLEMAN OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHO SERVED IN THE REVOLUTION BRISTOL PARISH-VESTRY & REGISTER (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. - 422 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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). - 423 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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). TITHES OF LUNENBERG COUNTY, VIRGINIA 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 - 424 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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. WILL OF ROBERT COLEMAN OF ISLE OF WRIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA 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 forever. 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 - 425 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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 JOHN X BUTLER ROBERT (X) COLEMAN Rodger Murrey (A Copy) Teste: R. A. EDUARD, Clerk. Will & Deed Book 2-Page 607. Part 2-Isle of Wight County THE AMELIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA COLEMANS WILL OF WILLIAM COLEMAN (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 sterling. 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 ever. 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 ever. - 426 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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 ever. 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 MARTHA X BEVILL WILLIAM X COLEMAN (S). mark mark JOHN LOWELL 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. SAMUAL COBBS Clk - 427 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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. MEMO OF J. P. COLEMAN'S VISIT TO AMELIA COURTHOUSE, VIRGINA, 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. WILLIAM COLEMAN, SR. (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 above. Here is what the records in Amelia reveal concerning these six sons of William Coleman, Sr. DANIEL COLEMAN 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 father. Book 3, Page 111, Amelia County Deeds, 19 August 1748, Daniel - 428 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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 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 Coleman." 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 - 429 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY. 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 his were signed "Robert R Coleman." This may have been a universal mark 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 his signed by "William W Coleman." mark Furthermore, the Last Will of Peter Coleman, brother of the Amelia Robert (and son of William) was signed "his mark--P." JOSEPH COLEMAN In Will Book 2, Page 16, Amelia Records, we find the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Coleman. Dated June 5, 1770, and proved J.nuary 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. WILLIAM COLEMAN (JUNIOR) 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. GODPHREY COLEMAN 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 - 430 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY his brothers William Coleman and Peter Coleman the 200 acres of land "left to me by my father, William Coleman." PETER 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 - 431 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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. THE EDWARD WAYNE COLEMAN, JR. HOME IN DINWIDDIE COUNTY VIRGINIA 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. - 432 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY JOSEPH RAGSDALE 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 1734. 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 complex. COLEMANS LISTED 1810 CENSUS, DINWIDDIE COUNTY, VIRGINIA Stanfield Coleman James Coleman Isham Coleman COLEMANS LISTED 1820 CENSUS, DINWIDDIE COUNTY, VIRGINIA John Coleman Williamson Coleman, Jr. & Senior Archer Coleman Martha Coleman Solomon Coleman James Coleman - 433 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY THE 1800 TAX LIST OF AMELIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA Daniel Coleman Estate of Abraham Coleman Archer Coleman William Coleman Burwell Coleman Ebenezer Coleman Solomon Coleman Joseph Coleman Robert Coleman Jesse Coleman THE MOBERLEYS AND OTHERS LISTED IN 1820 CENSUS OF MADISON COUNTY, KENTUCKY 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 Mother No Coleman in Madison County in 1820. PATENT TO HENRY COLEMAN ON THE 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 WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME GREETING: KNOW YE, THAT WE of our fpecial Grace, certain Knowledge and mere Motion, have given and granted, and by thefe prefents, for us, our heirs and succeffors, DO GIVE AND GRANT unto 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. (450) 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 - 434 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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 South-Carolina, 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 Surveyor-General. dated 22 November 1749 - 435 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY GREENE COUNTY, ALABAMA, DESCENDENTS OF ROBERT COLEMAN OF NANSEMOND COUNTY, VIRGINIA THE COLEMAN FAMILY (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 Anderson. 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 A.abama 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 - 436 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY (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) McLemore. 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 gave me a copy of - 437 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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. THE ROBERT COLEMAN OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHO SERVED IN THE REVOLUTION 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 given.) 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, - 438 - . THE ROBERT COLEMAN FAMILY 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 age." - 439 - . 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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