Person:Robert Coleman (26)

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Robert Coleman
b.abt 1745 Wales
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Name Robert Coleman
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 1745 Wales
Marriage bef 19 May 1765 to Elizabeth Roe
Death? Sep 1809 Fairfield (old county), South Carolina, United States
References
  1. Family Recorded, in Coleman, J. P.. The Robert Coleman family from Virginia to Texas, 1652-1965. (Ackerman, Mississippi: J. P. Coleman, 1965).

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    ... [The Colemans] came from Wales to Virginia. I do not know how long ago.
    They moved into North Carolina, Halifax County, from which they came
    to this neighborhood in 1775. There was a large family of them, but I
    know of only three brothers, Robert, William, and Charles. They soon
    acquired large tracts of land. Robert, I imagine, was the eldest,
    and he bought up land that had been granted by King George in 1772 to
    William Mazyck, also to Joseph Verree, and John Winn, on the
    headwaters of Beaver Creek. He settled on uncleared land in a quarter
    of a mile of this home, and lived and died within a mile of the first
    settlement. He must have had money to have so soon acquired the large
    area around him. He must have been a man of strong character, and
    industrious, thrifty habits. His descendants generally have these
    characteristics, preferring a plain style of living, abhorring show
    of any kind.
    He was a Major in the British Army [we have found no documentary
    proof of this], and I do not know whether he changed before the close
    of the Revolution. His sons were Whigs. We have a coat of his, in
    good state of preservation, homespun woven, and made over a hundred
    years ago.

    Robert Coleman was born about 1745, and his wife, Elizabeth Roe,
    was born in I747. They had several children when they came to this
    State, David Roe Coleman the eldest. ...

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    ... Robert Coleman and his wife, Elizabeth, are buried very near where
    they lived, at what is known as the "Coleman" graveyard. Their small
    children were the first to be buried there (lie at the foot of
    parents graves). The first house they built, as near as I can locate
    it, was on the hill near the Rocky Knoll, above Bonny's Fork Branch.
    I've heard my grandfather say that when they reached the place to
    camp (on getting to where they settled) a large chip was cut from a
    hickory tree, and bread was baked on it for their supper. The fields
    then cleared have been cultivated most of the time since, and yield
    fairly good crops. They built another home half mile south of the
    graveyard; all trace of that is gone. I know living persons, tho, who
    have been in the last house-Cousins Elitia Coleman Jeffares and
    Julia Feaster Coleman say they have been in it. I think some parts of
    it were used in building a home for Cousin David Roe Feaster.
    Nine years ago we put up a small monument to mark the graves of
    these two pioneer ancestors, Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Roe. 'Twas
    paid for by small contributions from many of their descendants to the
    7th generation, and from 14 states. I am exceedingly glad that tis
    done, for I think they deserve to be so remembered. Only one, David
    Roe, of their grown sons was buried with them. ...