Saturday, August 4, 2012

James P. Coleman

The Coleman Family and Their Kin

James P. Coleman
Mary A. McCleland
MRIN 162

 James P. Coleman was a long time resident of the Carrollton City community in Carroll county, Georgia. He was a farmer, blacksmith, and businessman. Born September 1833 in DeKalb county, Georgia, he was the eldest son of Henry Allen Coleman and Sarah Ann Barnes. He moved with his family to Cobb county and was residing there with them in the year 1840. About 1853, he married Mary A. McCleland, daughter of Georgina McLelland and by 1860 had established his residence in the Kansas district of Carroll county. When the War Between The States,(American Civil War), broke out, he enlisted in Company F, 3d Georgia Regiment (State Guards) on 15 Oct 1861 for a six month term of service and at its conclusion, he was honorably discharged near Savannah, GA. on 15 Apr 1862. He then enlisted on 4 Aug 1863 in Company I, 7th Georgia (State Guards) and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant serving till his term of service expired on 4 Feb 1864 and the unit was disbanded. On 15 Jun 1864, he enlisted in Company B, Glenn's Cavalry, State Troops and served in that unit till its surrender at the end of the war. He was paroled on April 26, 1865. After the war he pursued his business interests in Carrollton and in 1870 he was the owner and proprieter of a jewelry store in Carrollton which he later sold to his brother, W.A. Coleman. About 1880, his wife, Mary A. (McCleland) Coleman died. He appears in the 1880 Federal census as a widower with the occupation of a miller living in the Lowell District of Carroll county. In 1890, he joined his brother,W.A. Coleman, in a joint venture to build a grist mill at Whooping Creek near the present town of Clem, GA. just south of Carrollton. On 2 Oct 1898, he remarried to Mrs. Mary Buran (maiden name Guthrie), a widow, and selling most of his business interests moved to Cobb county where he returned to the occupation of farming. By 1910, he returned to Carroll county making his residence at Clem, Georgia and died in 1915. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Mary A. McCleland, 1st wife of James P. Coleman, was born in 1853 in Georgia. She was the daughter of Georgina McLelland. Not much is known about her except that her brother, William G. McCleland, married James P. Coleman's sister, Sarah Jane Coleman. Mary A. McCleland Coleman died in 1880.  She and James P. Coleman had eight children:

1. Henry McCleland Coleman, b. 1854 in Georgia, married 12 Apr 1876 to E.F. Whittle in Carrollton,GA., d. 16 May 1896 in Modesto, Stanislaus county, California.
2. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, b. 30 Jan 1856 in Alabama, married 15 Mar 1877 to John Henry Jones in Carrollton,GA., d. 1 Jul 1944 in Carroll co.,GA.
3. John William Coleman, known as Will ,b. 1858 in Carroll co.,GA., married on 29 Jan 1880 to Mary Emma Tuggle in Carroll co.,GA.
4. James Thomas Coleman,known as Tom , b. 15 Jan 1860 in Carrollton,GA., married 11 Jan 1882 to Charity Mariah Cox in Carrollton, GA., d. 10 Feb 1941 in Carrollton, GA.
5. Tallulah Lee Coleman, known as Lula, b. Nov 1864 in Georgia, married on 11 Jan 1882 to Francis (Frank) M. Davis in Carroll co.,GA., d. 26 Jun 1955 in Carroll co.,GA.
6. Joseph J. Coleman, b. 1869 in Carroll co.,GA., d. 1870 in Carroll co.,GA.
7. Etta Rowena Coleman, b. 18 Jun 1871 in Carroll co.,GA., married 11 Jan 1893 to William Alonzo McBrayer in Paulding co.,GA., d. 6 May 1939 in Cobb co.,GA.
8. Lottie Virginia Coleman, b. 24 Sep 1875 in Carroll co.,GA., married George Wilson Lumpkin Davenport,
d. 15 Dec 1966 in Macon, Bibb co.,GA.

Mary (Guthrie) Buran
MRIN 148
Mary (Guthrie) Buran, 2d wife of James P. Coleman, was born 22 Jul 1838 in South Carolina and was the daughter of George Guthrie. She married James P. Coleman on 2 Oct 1898 in Carroll co.,GA. No children issued from this marriage. She died 15 Jun 1925 in Clem, Carroll co.,GA. Buried at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Carroll county, Georgia. No information about her first husband "Buran" has been discovered yet.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Henry Allen Coleman

The Coleman Family
And Their Kin

Henry Allen Coleman (Colman)
Sarah Ann Barnes
MRIN 102

131. Henry Allen Coleman (Colman), son of George Colman (Coleman), and Nancy Burford(Bufford), was born 28 Jan 1814 in Putnam county, Georgia. He was raised principally in DeKalb county, Georgia where he was undoubtedly a member of the household of his uncle, Phillip H. Burford. He married Sarah Ann Barnes about 1832, daughter of James P. Barnes and Sarah McKenzie, who were also residents of DeKalb county at the time. His principle occupation was as a farmer and on 9 Jun 1836 he enlisted in Captain James M. Calhoun's Company of the DeKalb Georgia Guard in Major Julius C. Alford's Battalion of the Georgia Mounted Militia to fight in the 1836 Creek Indian War. By 1840, Henry moved with his family to Cobb county, Georgia. He appears in the 895th district as head of household in the 1840 federal census for Cobb county. He lived many years in Cobb county where he continued to farm and was a bailiff and major of militia. He is said to have been a veteran of the 1846 Mexican War though I have not yet found any documentation. In 1856, Henry and his family moved to Carroll county, Georgia. On 12 Jan 1856, he is recorded as the grantee of lot number 142 in the sixth district of Carroll county from L.B. Evans of Benton co., Alabama. On 7 Feb 1857, he purchased lot number 140 in Carroll county in the sixth district from the Reverend John Riggs. The deed was witnessed by William Spence, A.H. Allen, and John Long. In his 1860 poll tax, he is recorded as having 202 1/2 acres in Carroll county and 40 acres ,lot# 1062, in the 19th district of Cobb county. Also in the year 1860, the spelling of Henry's surname officially changed from Colman to Coleman, as that spelling appears in the 1860 federal census for Carroll county and all other census reports thereafter.
On 29 Dec 1862,after the death of his uncle, Phillip H. Burford in DeKalb county, Henry Allen Coleman, George P. Bradley, and Robert M. Gower petitioned for letters of administration on the estate of Phillip H. Burford in that county. On 16 Apr 1873 and 14 Apr 1876, Henry served as a member of the Grand Jury in Carroll county. Henry became the grantee of more land in Carroll county for on 7 Aug 1877, he obtained Lot No. 254, in the 7th district from A.J. Livingston and on 2 Dec 1879, he was grantee of Lot No. 246 in the 11th district from Sena King. On 9 Nov 1880, Henry sold part of his farm to Mr. G. Crawford. On 20 Feb 1872, he obtained Lots Number 121 and 122 in the 5th district from Gallant Crawford. And on 14 Mar 1885, Henry purchased Lot No. 5 in the 11th district from T.A. Duke, W.F. Barr, and M.A. Norrell. On 27 Oct 1890, Henry Allen Coleman suffered from a stroke and died in Carroll county. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He was buried next to his mother in the Bethel Baptist church cemetery, near the town of Temple, in Carroll county, Georgia. 132. Sarah Ann Barnes, wife of Henry Allen Coleman, was born on 27 Aug 1807 in Lincoln county, Georgia. She was the daughter of James P. Barnes and Sarah McKenzie who were early pioneers of Lincoln county and residents of DeKalb county at the time of Sarah's marriage to Henry A. Coleman. Sarah died on 4 Oct 1880 in Carroll county and was buried at the Bethel Baptist church cemetery located near the town of Temple in Carroll county. Sarah’s mother ,(Sarah McKenzie Barnes), is also buried in the Bethel Baptist church cemetery in Carroll co., GA.
Children of Henry Allen and Sarah Ann (Barnes) Coleman
To Henry Allen Colman (Coleman) and Sarah Ann Barnes were born 10 children:
(i) 308. James P. Coleman, Farmer, Businessman, and Confederate veteran. He served in Company I, 7th Georgia Infantry (State Guards, and Company B, Glen's Cavalry (State Troops). He was born Sep 1833 in DeKalb co., GA. Died 1911; married (1st) Mary A. McLelland (also spelled McClelland and McClellan); m. (2nd) Marry Guthrie Buran, b. 1839 in South Carolina.
(ii)1110. Nancy C. Coleman, b. 1834 in DeKalb co.,GA., d. 19 May 1912 in Lindale, Smith co., TX. ; m. Philip Marion Whisenhunt,Jr., Farmer and Confederate veteran. He served in Company E, 1st Georgia Cavalry; b. 1839 in Carroll co., GA., son of Philip M. Whisenhunt Sr. and Elizabeth Bell.
(iii) 1137. Sarah Jane Coleman, b. 1836 in DeKalb co., GA., m. William G. McLelland (McClelland or McClellan), Confederate veteran and Marshall of Carrollton,GA. He served in Company H, 56th Georgia Infantry, b. 1836 in Georgia, son of Georgina McLelland
(iv)129. William Allen Coleman, Farmer, Businessman, and Mayor of Carrollton, GA., b. 25 Sep 1838 in DeKalb co., GA. A Confederate veteran, he served in Company E and F, 1st Georgia Cavalry. Died 30 Oct 1917 in Carrollton, GA. He m.(1st) Cynthia Florence Riggs, b. 1837 in Butts co., GA., dau. of the Reverend John Riggs and Jane Florence; m. (2nd) Clara Eliza Kolb, b. 1852 in Cobb co., GA., dau. of Peter Valentine Kolb,Jr. and Eliza Gant; m. (3rd) Mary Elin Daniel Bailey, b. 1863 in Chatooga co., GA., dau. of Calvin B. Bailey and Susan A. Griffith
(v)255. John Henry Coleman, Farmer and Confederate veteran, he served in Company E and F, 1st Georgia Cavalry, b. 1 Jul 1840 in Cobb co., GA., d. 21 Jan 1932 in Etowah co., AL., m. Sarah Elizabeth Pentecost, b. 1853 in Campbell co., GA., dau. of John S. Pentecost and Temperance Arrington. 255.
(vi) Rebecca Catherine Coleman, b. 19 Mar 1843 in Cobb co., GA., d. 28 Nov 1911 in Cullman, AL., m. Zachery Taylor Adams, Farmer and Confederate veteran, he served in Company D, 10th Georgia Cavalry (State Guard), b. 1845 in Carroll co., GA., son of Absalom Adams and Elizabeth Reid.
(vii) 257. Elizabeth A. Coleman, b. 22 Feb 1844 in Cobb co.,GA., d. 15 Mar 1924 in Eastland co.,TX. m. Nathaniel William Harper , b. 1848 in Butts co.,GA. ,son of James M. Harper and Lavonia M. Head.
(viii) 258. Mary F. Coleman, b. 1845 in Cobb county, GA.
(ix) 259. Martha L. Coleman, b. 1847 in Cobb county, GA. ; m. Benjamin F. Campbell, Confederate Veteran, He served in Company H, Floyd's Legion, Infantry, (State Guard),b. 1844 in South Carolina, son of Hugh B. and Eliza Campbell.
(x) 260. Eliza M. Coleman, b. abt 1850 in Cobb county, GA.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

George Coleman

The Coleman Family
And Their Kin

George Colman
Nancy Burford
MRIN 104

261. George Colman is the progenitor of all the Colmans ,(Colemans), in this manuscript. He was born in South Carolina, probably about the year 1780. His family is said to have been from Charleston, SC, arriving there from northern Ireland in the early 1700s. Though undocumented, I am certain that his father was Samuel Colman who appears in the 1813 Tax List of Putnam co., GA.
The family of George Colman moved from South Carolina to Georgia in the early 1800s. He is named in the biography of his grandson, William Allen Coleman of Carroll co., Georgia, in the "Memoirs of Georgia", published by the Southern Historical Society in 1895.
262. Nancy Burford (Bufford), wife of George Colman, was born 18 Dec 1782 in Warren co., North Carolina. She was the daughter of Phillip Terrell Burford, a Revolutionary War veteran, and Rebecca Clack of Warren co., NC. After the death of her husband, George Colman, she remarried on 10 Feb 1819 to William Allen of Putnam co.,GA. Between 1825 and 1830, after the death of William Allen, about the year 1825, she moved to DeKalb co., GA. where her brother, Phillip Hastings Burford resided. In 1860, the spelling of the family surname, Burford, was changed to Bufford. Nancy died on 20 May 1866 and was buried at the Bethel Baptist church cemetery, near the town of Temple, in Carroll co., GA. The epitaph on her gravestone reads:
"NANCY BUFFORD, Mother of H.A. COLMAN, BORN Dec. 18, 1782, DIED May 20, 1866."
To George and Nancy Colman were born two children:
(I)2086. Sarah (Sally) Allen Colman, born probably about 1812 in Georgia.
(ii) 131. Henry Allen Colman, Farmer, Veteran of the 1836 Creek Indian War, Major of Militia, and Bailiff, was born 28 Jan 1814 in Putnam co., GA. He married Sarah Ann Barnes of Lincoln county, Georgia.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Biography of Maj Greene Malcolm

In 1867, Major Greene Malcolm led approximately 30 families of Confederate refugees, 70 men,women and children,to establish a Confederate colony in the Republic of Honduras. The following biography was provided to me by one of his descendants:

Major Abednego Greene Malcolm
1st Battalion (McNairy’s) Tennessee Cavalry

Abednego Greene Malcolm, known also as Greene Malcolm and in some records as Greenbury Malcolm, was born September 18, 1821 near Frankfurt, Kentucky. Orphaned at nine years of age, he was the son of a Veteran of the War of 1812 and grandson of Revolutionary War Veteran, Nathanial Greene, of Revolutionary War fame. By profession, Greene Malcolm was a Physician, having graduated from the School of Medicine at Edinburg, Scotland. He traveled extensively over Europe, parts of Asia and the Fiji Islands and once declined an offer from Commodore Perry to accompany him to Japan.
On June 9th, 1846 he enlisted for service in the Mexican War at Louisville, Kentucky serving with the 1st Regiment (Marshall’s) Kentucky Cavalry. Stationed initially at Camp Patterson, Texas on October 31st, his unit was ordered to Monterey, Mexico in December 1846. During his Mexican War service he saw action in the Battle of Agua Nacoa and was with General Taylor at the Battle of Buena Vista. He carried a scar from that battle where he received a wound inflicted by a Mexican Cavalryman. He was afterwards with General Scot at the fall of Mexico City and was the second man over the wall at the fall of that fortress city. He was discharged from service following the war on June 1st 1847 at New Orleans. During the war he contracted chronic dysentery which he never got over.
In 1848, he went to California where he amassed a fortune and lost it all by the causes of fire , flooding and Indian raids and spent the next two years on the Texas frontier fighting Indians.
On June 15th, 1861, at the opening of the War Between The States, he enlisted in the 1st Battalion, (McNairy’s), Tennessee Cavalry serving in the rank of Major. His campaign participation included operations in Kentucky and Tennessee and he carried the last train out of Atlanta, Georgia just before its fall into the hands of Federal troops.
Following the War Between The States and the South’s defeat, rather than endure the persecution and humiliation of “Reconstruction,” he traveled to Mexico, where with other like-minded Confederate soldiers, he helped to plant a Confederate colony. Following the plantation of his colony in Mexico, he returned to Atlanta, Georgia where he planed and organized another colony of ex-Confederate soldiers and their families. Setting out in the Spring of 1867, his colony of thirty families made their way to New Orleans where they booked passage for Spanish Honduras (The Republic of Honduras). Despite their difficulties, upon arrival at Fortress Omoa, near Puerto Cortes, Major Malcolm led his colony of Southern refugees into the interior of Honduras where at Comayagua, Honduras he met with representatives of the Republic and presented a letter for President Medina of the Republic of Honduras explaining their reasons for emigration and an offer of services in exchange for citizenship, certain considerations and concessions:

The undersigned respectfully submits to your consideration that on the 10th of April, after a passage of ten days, I arrived in the city of Omoa with seventy souls, emigrants to your beautiful land. These persons consist of men, women and children who are what might be termed the forerunners of perhaps thousands of the best citizens of the Southern States, of the United States. We wish to make this our home.
To find in this that which we have lost in our own native land, liberty.
To make this what our country was before it was destroyed by our enemies.
Our desire is to become citizens of the Republic at once, to be a part of your people, to claim your protection, to defend you with our lives from foreign invasion, and to do our whole duty to our adopted country.
In coming among you we would state that on account of our recent great misfortunes, many of us are greatly impoverished, and without going into further preliminary remarks, would give this as our reason for asking you to grant the following privileges and donations. ...

With the highest consideration,
I am gentlemen, your obedient servant.
(Signed) G. MALCOLM.
Comayagua, Honduras, C.A., May 3, 1867.”

Soon after establishing their colony near San Pedro Sula, and naming it the colony of “Medina”, in honor of the President of the Republic of Honduras, it was decided to place the government of their local interests under the control of a council, in order to avoid the necessity of assembling the entire colony when any question of interest or expediency should arise likely to affect their welfare. At a public meeting, an election was held of the following representatives:

Major Malcolm as their presiding officer, L. G. Pirkle, H.H. Briers, George W. Walters
J.H. Wade, and P. Goldsmith, Secy.

Major Malcolm was later appointed Minister of Immigration by the government of the Republic of Honduras in order to facilitate their transition of new arrivals to the colony.

About 1870, Major Malcolm removed to Texas where he remained till his death on December 11th, 1906 in Malakoff, Henderson county, Texas. Major Malcolm was twice married, first to Nannie Roark and second to Susan Francis Lee, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Strong) Lee of San Jacinto county, Texas. From these two marriages spring many descendants. Major Malcolm is buried in the Post Oak Memorial Cemetery in Malakoff, Henderson county, Texas.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Coleman Mills

In the late 1800's, the Coleman brothers, William Allen Coleman, and James P. Coleman, known as Jim and Allen Coleman, owned and operated a Cotton Gin at Whooping Creek, Georgia about eight miles south east of Carrollton. Whooping Creek was later renamed "Clem," Georgia. The name being a contraction of "Coleman."

Photo Credit: Scott Jackson,of Carrollton, GA.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tom Coleman

James Thomas(Tom)Coleman, son of James P. Coleman, at work in the family jewelry store in Carrollton, Georgia (1890). Source: Georgia National Archives, Virtual Vault, Photos of Carrollton, Georgia.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Laura Coleman and Cleve Kingsbery

Laura Kolb Coleman , daughter of William Allen Coleman of Carrollton,GA. and Clara Eliza Kolb of Marietta, GA. shown with her Fiancee, Edwin Cleveland Kingsbery, known as Cleve Kingsbery, son of Edwin Kingsbery and Emily Sharpe Cleveland.
This photo was taken on August 30th, 1905 in Carrollton, Georgia. The couple were married on August 8th, 1906 in Carrollton.