Joseph Coachman




Joseph Coachman

Joseph Coachman was born in 1761 in Georgetown, South Carolina, and died 06 January 1814 also in Georgetown.  He married Margaret Belin in 1789. She was the daughter of Allard Belin and Margaret Robert and was born in 1744 in Charleston, Charleston Co., South Carolina.

According to Joseph Coachman’s son-in-law, John Joseph Simons, Joseph Coachman’s plantation was called Rock Point on the banks of the Black River.  Unfortunately, although many of the old Georgetown District plantation homes have survived to today, it appears that Joseph Coachman’s has not.  Today there is a park on the Black River called “Rock Point” and, since the Coachman Cemetery is nearby, I am assuming it is the location of his plantation.  The 1787 tax list for Prince George Parish, Georgetown County shows that Joseph Coachman owned 4,202 acres of land and 108 slaves.

Rice plantations up and down the Black River provided much of Europe with "Carolina Gold" rice during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Rice growing was made possible by 1) perfecting irrigation techniques using tidal water and manmade dykes; 2) experimentation with natural fertilizers; 3) and most notably, slave labor. With these factors perfected the rice planters in the Georgetown District became gentlemen of leisure. With the construction of the rice plantation system complete, overseers, and to a lesser extent drivers managed fields and slaves. Planters employed factors to market and sell their crops and bankers to handle their money. With their finances managed for them and discipline administered by resident overseers, the job of the planter was simply to enjoy their families and friends.

Quoting John Joseph Simons again, the Coachman family was among the “first families of the state of South Carolina.”  He goes on to describe Joseph Coachman himself. 

“I will here give you a small account of the character of your honored Grandfather Joseph Coachman.  I cannot let such an illustrious character pass without giving it its due.  He was born 16 miles from Charleston at your Great-grandfather’s place in the Charleston district.  He was born in the year 1761.  In his youth he settled in Georgetown District where he lived all of his life till near the latter part of his life.  He died in Williamsburg District, South Carolina.  I have been acquainted with many men during a long life but never did I know any man that I could place real confidence in but this beloved man, Joseph Coachman.  He was indeed the widow’s friend, the orphan’s father and the poor man’s real and best friend.”

Joseph Coachman died 06 January 1814 and is buried in the Coachman Cemetery near Rock Point.  In his will are mentioned his wife, Margaret, his daughters, Mary Lynch Simons and Hannah Green; his sons, Benjamin and Isaac; and his brother, John.

Children of Joseph Coachman and Margaret Belin were:

1.  John Coachman who died young.

2.  Margaret Coachman who died young.

3.  Samuel Coachman who died young.

4.  James Coachman who was born 11 Nov 1790 and died young.

5.  Mary Lynch Coachman was born 08 Oct 1792 in Georgetown County, South Carolina.  She married John Joseph Simons 07 May 1812 at Rock Point, Georgetown District, South Carolina.  He was the son of Shadrach Simons and Elizabeth Britton.  He was born 19 Jun 1793 in Charleston, South Carolina, and probably died in Mississippi.  Mary Lynch Coachman is the subject of the next generation.

6.  Ann Coachman was born in 1794 in St James Parish, Georgetown District, South Carolina and died young.

7.  Joseph Coachman was born about 1796 and died young.

8.  Hannah Coachman was born 11 Nov 1797 in St James Parish, Georgetown District, South Carolina.  She married a man by the name of Green.

9.  Benjamin Coachman was born in 1799.

10. Isaac Dew Coachman was born in 1800.


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