Name: James B. Coleman
Given Name: James B.
Birth: 11 Jul 1808 in Baker's Basin, Lawrence Twp, Mercer, NJ
COUNTY HISTORY: HISTORY OF BURLINGTON & MERCER COS, NJ; Woodward, Major E.M.; Philadelphia; Everts & Pect, Pub.; 1883; DalPubLib, NJ Co. Hist. Reel 1, item
4; p. 812
"James B. Coleman
His grandparents, Timothy and Hannah Coleman, resided in Lawrence
township, at Baker's Basin, Mercer County (then Hunterdon), where he owned a farm of 50 acres and reared his children. By an agreement dated in 1803, John Coleman and his mother, Hannah, before mentioned, bought the interest of the other heirs in the homestead, and on this he resided and died at the age of 87 years. His wife, Mary Brearmore, survived him, and died at the age of 95, having borne him the following children,--James B., subject of this sketch; Nathaniel, deceased, was a shoemaker at Ewingsville; Sarah, deceased, was the wife of Charles Waters; and Lewis, who was for several years a tailor, and later a farmer in Ewing.
James B. Coleman, born at Baker's Basin, July 11, 1808, in early boyhood learned the lessons of industry and economy. He obtained very little education by home assistance, and recollects that the result of his first day at school was the advice that he be sent no more; but in afteryears he became a popular and efficient teacher at the same place. Through the kindness of John Brearly, a neighbor, young Coleman was furnished board and sent to the English school at Lawrence, then taught by the eminent teacher, Roswell Howe, where his progress was rapid, and he became proficient in English, mathematics, and surveying. At the age of 18 he began teaching in Mercer County, and for 20 years following he pursued his chosen vocation most of the time. As soon as possible, and through the aid of Edward Davies, he obtained a compass, and during his teaching days followed surveying. In this he became so well established that he made it his principal business most of his active life, and his name is familiar throughout Mercer County as the "Old Surveyor."
Mr. Coleman married, in 1828, Theodosia, daughter of Capt. Amos Hutchinson, of Hamilton Square, who was born in 1810. In 1833 he purchased a small place near Sandtown, in Hamilton township; built his present residence, and has made it his home since, a period of nearly 50 years. Mr. Coleman is a man of sterling integrity, plain in his ways, judicious in business, and by his industry has a competency. The public, trusting his ability, have kept him in the office of justice of the peace for some 15 years, and as commissioner of deeds, conveyancer, and master in chancery he has done public business for many years.
His children are Mary, wife of Samuel Bennett, of Cranbury; Elizabeth, wife of Randolph B. Tutten, of Washington Twp; Christiana, wife of John F. Robbins, of Clarksville; John H., a surveyor and commissioner of deeds; and Sarah Jane, wife of George A. Morris, of Hamilton Square."
CENSUS: 1840; NJ; Mercer Co; Nottingham; p. 24
CENSUS: 1850; NJ; Mercer Co; Hamilton Twp; p. 252
Coleman, James B. 42 b.NJ surveyor $2000
Theodosia 40 "
Elizabeth 17 "
John 16 " in store
Christiann 12 " in school (fem.)
Sarah J. 5 " "
Father: John Coleman b: 1779 in , , New Jersey
Mother: Mary Baremore b: 1784 in , , New Jersey
Theodocia Hutchinson b: Abt 1810 in Hamilton Twp, Mercer, New Jersey
- Change Date:
23 Jun 2012
- Mary Coleman
- Harriet Coleman
- Elizabeth Coleman b: Abt 1833
- John H. Coleman b: Abt 1834 in Hamilton Twp, Mercer, New Jersey
- Christiana Coleman b: Abt 1838 in Hamilton Twp, Mercer, New Jersey
- Sarah Jane Coleman b: Abt 1845 in Hamilton Twp, Mercer, New Jersey