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  • ID: I485
  • Name: John Coleman
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Coleman
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Bef 1730
  • Death: 1804-1806 in Nottingham Twp, Burlington, New Jersey
  • Note:

    2DO:  (1) Determine which of the Rev. War John Colemans is his son John. If the one who d. in Beaver Co, PA, is correct, then this John & wife must 'age' a few years, as the Beaver Co John was b. 1748.
          (2) Wife seems to have been dead bef. 1800, as his deeds of that period do not list a wife, while other deeds of that time and place do so. Might wonder if she was related to Mahlon Stacy in some fashion as a son is named Mahlon Coleman (but Mahlon Stacy was a well-known figure), especially since a deed does reference a property line in common with Mahlon Stacy.
          (3) There are two separate men named John Coleman in Maidenhead about 1750. Both are adults with young families and both have ties to the Rozel, Brearly (remember that Mary Wood, wife of Thomas Coleman, had Brearly nephews), and Skirm families. Since they share the same name, locality, and associates, they are likely closely related. The are probably not brothers, so a "cousin" relationship should be investigated. One of the Johns was less well-to-do and therefore less well educated (this is the one who lived in Baker's Basin and left son Timothy) . . . he also left a son named Thomas The other John (mine) left Maidenhead in 1760 (see his deed of purchase from Anthony Morris which specifies John's residence in Maidenhead at time of purchase) and moved four or five miles into the town of Nottingham (later renamed Hamilton Square and now a suburb of Trenton in Mercer Co., NJ).

    AGE:  Not on 1741 Freeholders List of Hunterdon Co., so either too young (therefore, not born before 1716 to be aged 25 & up) or not present in area.

    WIFE:  Unknown, but do note that Woodward's History of Burlington & Mercer Counties, (printed 1883) p. 798, says that, "William Norton had thirteen children, and they married into the families of Hutchinson, Lee, Clark, Coleman, Tilton, Hendrickson, and Beecroft, and many of their descendants live in Hamilton and other parts of the county." Look for possible further connections, as a DOB is given for the John Norton, a brother to this William, of 20 Dec 1725 in England. Age makes it possible.
         OK, Wm. Norton had 13 children, with at least one b. 1725 in England. Since John Coleman md. ca 1745-1750 (dated by birth years of his known children), assume his wife was b. roughly 20 years before, or abt. 1725-30. She could fit into the family of William Norton (and John Coleman does name a son William, although that's a common name). However, the limiting factor is the mention that descendants of William Norton, including some who intermarried with a Coleman family, are living "in Hamilton and other parts of the county" at the 1883 publication of county history book cited. If some Norton/Coleman descendants (who could admittedly have any surname if descent is through a daughter in any generation) were still in Hamilton or noticeably in the county in 1883, then an estimated degree of relationship would be about 3rd cousin if the oldest Norton living in 1883 was the one giving this statement (estimating three succeeding generations per 100 years). John Coleman was in Hamilton by 1760, although James and Robert Coleman were close by as well; only descendants of John (amongst people surnamed Coleman) were still in Hamilton by the 1880's. And they were relatively prosperous and prominent. Although it's certainly possible that the surname of the Norton/Coleman descendants could change a number of times through a female descendant's marriage, it's also more memorable if the surname stayed the same. Hmmm . . . enough fodder to warrant a serious investigation of the Norton family.

    1753 RESIDENCE & LOCAL OFFICE: HISTORY OF BURLlNGTON AND MERCER COUNTIES, NJ; Woodward, Major E.M.; Philadelphia; Everts & Peck; 1883; p. 851; DalPubLib, microfilm of NJ Co. Histories, reel 1, item 4

         "Civil List...old town record book of Maidenhead contains minutes of numerous elections...from about 1711 to 1867...Collectors...John Coleman, 1753."

         Since there is proof (see next item) that John Coleman's son Jesse was born in Lawrence Twp (which contains Maidenhead as its chief settlement) in 1758, that implies that the John Coleman elected tax collector in 1753 may be the same John Coleman.  Equally possible is that the tax collector was the John Coleman who left a will of 1780, naming son Timothy Coleman and others.

         This also establishes that John Coleman was born before 1733, for he would have to be 21 or older in order to hold office.  As it is not likely that the youngest man in the village would be elected to office, this may suggest that he was somewhat older.

    1758 RESIDENCE:  GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL MEMORIAL OF MERCER COUNTY, NJ; Lee, Frances Bazley; 1910; Lewis Pub; p. 43(of the reprint); DalPubLib 974.965 L477G

         "Jesse Coleman, Sr., great-grandfather of Henry Uber Coleman, who was born in Lawrence township in 1758, and died Aug 16, 1831"

         John Coleman was father to Jesse Coleman (see will of John Coleman), so therefore in Lawrence Twp in 1758.

    DEED AND MOVE TO BURLINGTON CO.:  NJ; Land and Property Liber AG; pp. 75-80; FHC Film #0460064
         2 Jan 1760   Anthony Morris of Philadelphia, PA, brewer, sells to John Coalman of Maidenhead, Hunterdon, West Jersey, husbandman...a certain Massuage Plantation and Tract of the Township of Nottingham, Burlington, West Jersey...containing 221 2/3 Anthony Morris & John Coalman did enter into certain Articles of Agreement Article of Agreement Indented made and concluded as agreed unto this tenth day of March in the Year of our Lord 1756 (mentions again same men & residences) Whereas Anthony Morris is seized of [land as described]...Begining at a certain Gum Tree for a Corner being also the Corner to a certain Piece of Land that John Coxe sold to Anthony Morris From thence South West 27 Degrees 5 Chains to a Corner Thence North West 83 Degrees 21 Chains to a Spanish Oak Corner Thence North West 8 Degrees 3 Chains to a white Oak Corner Thence North West 49 Degrees 14 1/2 Chains to a white oak Thence North West 47 Degrees 12 Chains to a black Oak Thence North East and by North 74 Chains to a white Oak Thence North Easterly 80 Degrees 17 1/2 Chains to a white Oak Thence South West 20 Degrees 40 Chains to a Maple Then South West 52 Degrees 12 Chains to a white Oak Thence East 3 Degrees South to a Post Corner to the afore mentioned Anthony Morris other Land and thence bounded along the same to the Corner first named, containing 221 2/3 Acres...[now sells to John Coalman]for 200 pounds lawful Money of Pennsylvania [to be paid with interest by 10 Mar 1761 by  John Coalman]
         Witnesses:  Anthony Morris               Anthony Morris   L.S.
                              Mr. Abraham Skirm
         2 Jan 1760   Received of John Coalman the Sum of 200 Pounds
         Witnesses:  Anthony Morris                Anthony Morris
                     Mr. Abraham Skirm
         24 Dec 1763  Proved  in Hunterdon Co. by Abraham Skirm, who being one of the People called Quakers and duly affirmed according to Law doth say that he saw Anthony Morris the Grantor Sign Seal and deliver the within Deed                                       Wm. Clayton
                                                   Judge, Hunterdon Co.
         Recorded 7 Feb 1776

    RESIDENCE IN NOTTINGHAM:  FHL film 6064313; A copy of the Minute Book of Nottingham Township from its Formation in 1692 to 1710; pp. 28, 36-9, 42, 45, 46, 48-50
      p. 3
       1695 1 Mon 25 day  A list of the names and surnames of the Inhabitants of the Townshipp of Nottingham:
           Thomas Coleman  (between Samuel Hunt & John Richardson)
       [Name not seen again in Nottingham, although he reportedly did not die until 1714. Was he in Bucks Co, PA, or Philadelphia?]

      p. 28
       A List of the names of he Inhabitants of the Township of Nottingham as Taken by Abram Skirm in the year 1758  (among others)
          George Rozell, Samuel Lee, John Coalman, William Foard, Abram Skirm

      pp. 36-8
       1762 8th M, 24th Day  (among others) Tax list  (pounds, shillings, pence)
          Bowman Coalman 0,3,10; *John Coalman 0,18,10; *George Rozell 0,18,10;

          *Samuel Lee 0,18,10; *Robert Coalman 0,7,4; *Abraham Skirm 1,7,4.
      [Those with an asterisk are freeholders; others are householders.]

      p. 42
       1765 John Coalman Late Constable brought a charge of Removeing two poor Persons by virtue of warrant of Removeal, the one to Chesterfield, the other to Maidenhead, the Committee takeing the same into consideration  orders that the Overseer pay  unto the said John Coalman the sum of fourteen shillings for the said service & to take his receipt for the  same.

      p. 45
       1770 3 Mon 13th day  At a Towns Meeting for the Township of Nottingham Holden at the House of James Whites the following officers were chosen viz Overseers for the Poor: Joseph Chambers, John Coalman

      p. 46
       1771 3, Month 12 Day  At a Towns Meeting held at the House of Michael Nowlands at the White Horse, the following officers were chosen for the year Insuing &c viz
         Overseers fo the Poor:  John Coalman, Michael Rogers
         Collector:  John Coalman
       [one man, not two, as the year previous in 1770 Joseph Chambers was listed first as Overseer of the Poor--as though senior in this office--and was also named Collector.  Ditto the ensuing year in 1772 when Nathaniel Robins is elected to the same 2 offices.  Seen other years as well.]

      p. 48-50
       1772 3 Month, 10 Day  At the Towns Meeting its thought it might be of Some Service to order Copys of all Duplicates for this year to be entered in the Bound Book or so much as contains the Names of the Inhabitants.
          (among others)
          *Abraham Skirm; John Coalman "Son of Robt"; [adjacent to] Charles
          Coalman; *Widow Foard; [next three adjacent] *John Coalman Sener;
          *John Coalman; *James Coalman

       Let's assume that John "Son of Robert" and Charles, to whom he is adjacent on the list are likely brothers, both sons to a mysterious Robert Coalman.
       The other Coalmans are adjacent to Greenwich     p. 122
         Benjamin    Egg Harbor    p. 185

    RELATIONSHIP TO ROZELLS:  Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey; Vol. 23; 1948; p. 74; Will of Nathaniel Rozel
         Omitted Abstracts:  Nathaniel Rozel's Will
         "Nathaniel Rozel, of Maidenhead Twp, Hunterdon Co, West Jersey; will dated 24 Apr 1770.  Plantation whereon I now dwell to be sold (except certain piece on south side beginning at the ditch dug by my father, George Rozell, which I give to my said father).  Wife Abigal L150 and use of remainder during widowhood.  In case of her marriage or death, to be divided as follows:  to 2 sons, George and John, of my brother John Rozell, one half and the other half to my kinsmen, William and James Coalman.  To my kinsman Nathaniel Coalman my gun. To my father also the horse I had of John Coalman.  Executors:  wife and John Coalman.
         Witnesses:  John Rozel, James Coalman, Abr'm Skirm.  Proved 2 May 1770.
         Inventory 3 May 1770, made by Thomas Tindall (Quaker) and Benjamin
         Brearley; L297.1.8.  Accounts of Benj'n Brearley, John Rozel, Robert Firman, Abraham Hunt.
         File number 810J, Secretary of State's office, Trenton.  Omitted from the published abstracts of wills, in the New Jersey Archives."

         Nathaniel Rozel seems to have been a young man, as there are no children of his marriage, plus his father George is still young and vigorous enough to get back a piece of land on which George dug a ditch, and a horse. Nathaniel seems to feel that no child is on the way; how long has he been ill?  He may suspect that his widow Abigal is likely to remarry as he disposes of his estate with that in mind.  He gives to sons of his brother John, possibly minors under this scenario.  The other half of his estate is to go to "kinsmen" William and James Coalman; note that these names are coupled as if to suggest that anyone would associate them without question.  "Kinsman" Nathaniel is given only a gun and is mentioned in another sentence; this Nathaniel is not as favored--is he younger, a more distant kinsman, or just not as admired?  John Coalman is mentioned twice, as someone from whom Nathaniel Rozel had gotten a horse and as an executor.
         One or 2 John Coalmans?

         Only "my" John Coleman had known sons named either William or James; he had both, so likely these are his sons named in the will of Nathaniel Rozel.  Also, Abraham Skirm, who would move to Nottingham in Burlington Co, as would "my" John Coleman, had a daughter Anna who married a James Coleman.  The wife of "my" John's son James was an Anna as seen in the 1796 Burlington Co deed between James and Jesse Coleman (both sons of "my" John Coleman).  Confirmed again in the probate on James, who left widow Anna.

         OK, "my" John is possibly the John named in the will of Nathaniel Rozel. Look for further trace of the Nathaniel Coleman named in the will of Nathaniel Rozel.  What if Nathaniel Rozel's mother was a Coleman, d/o early Quaker Nathaniel Coleman who hailed from Nantucket?  What if "my" John Coleman is either an uncle or first cousin to this Nathaniel Rozel...

         How do we explain away the missing Nathaniel Coleman?

         Importantly, notice that an account is held by Benjamin Brearly...remember that Mary Wood, wife to Thomas Coleman who died in 1733, had a sister who married John Brearly...the ancestors of all Brearlys in the area. Is this a "cousin" deal?

    TAX LIST:  REVOLUTIONARY CENSUS OF NEW JERSEY; Strykker-Rodda, Kenn; Polyantos, Inc.; 1972; DalPubLib 929.3 N5ZS
         Tax List 1773-1774
         Coleman/Coalman, Bowman     Nottingham, Burlington Co
                          Charles         "           "
                          James           "           "
                          John            "           "
                          William         "           "
                          Timothy    Evesham,         "

    NJ Calendar of Wills--1771-1780; p. 449
       1773, Nov. 22  Scott, Martin, Of Nottingham Twp, Burlington Co., weaver; will of. Real and personal to be sold. son, Nathaniel, L2 and 10 shillings. Son Jasper, now supposed to be in the Army, L5; but if he does not return, then the L5 to my daughter Elizabeth Scott. My Exr. is to keep  L40 in his hands to bring up my youngest daughter, Susannah Scott, till she is 18. The rest to go to my children, Thomas Scott, Israel Scott, Martin Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Benjamin Scott, Noah Scott and Susannah Scott, when they are of age. Exrs-friends, Abraham Skirm and James Coalman. Witnesses-Thomas Tindall, Gedeon Middleton, Mercy Whitehead. Proved Dec. 6, 1773.
       1773, Dec. 1. Inventory, L66.15.11, made by John Coalman and William
         Mershon.                                          Lib. 16, p. 371

    p. 236; Trenton; 1901; 974.9
                                 "TO BE SOLD
              "A Valuable Tract of Land containing near 300 Acres, situate in West-New-Jersey, near Trenton; bounded by Sunpink (Assunpink) Creek, Land of Mr. John Coleman, and others; and known by the Name of the Bear Swamp; above 100 Acres of good Meadow may be made; the greatest Part of said Tract is well timbered.  For further Particulars, enquire of Mr. Richard Hall, in Elfrith's-Alley, Philadelphia; Mr. William Thomas, in Southwark; or of Andrew Edge, at the Yellow-Springs, Chester County, who will give an indisputable Title to the Purchaser.--THE PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, 20 Nov 1776"

         This should refer to my particular John Coleman, because later deeds of John's sons refer to property on Assunpink Creek. Remember that the obit of g'son Jesse Printy refers to his grandfather as a "large farmer" near Trenton.

    1790 CENSUS SUBSTITUTE:  NEW JERSEY IN 1793, James S. Norton (Salt Lake City) 1973. DPL 929.3749 N885N
         This list is men eligible for militia service, aged 18-45 at time of "census," by passage of law (on 30 Nov 1792) reorganizing NJ militia. Could be listed as an exempt if (a) prior Rev. War service, (b) previously enrolled in state militia, or (c) payment made of $3.00 yearly fee.

      Burlington County
         Coalman, William   p.9      Nottingham
         Coalman, David     "          "
         Coalman, Abraham   "          "
         Coalman, Malon     "          "
         Coalman, Jess     p.12        "     (listed separately as an exempt)

      Hunterdon County
         Coleman, Asher     p.166     Trenton
         Coleman, William   p.170     Twp?     |
         Coleman, Samuel     "         "       | adjacent

       Haven't looked up which county at this time.
         Coleman, Elias     p.228     Winsor
         Coleman, Jossheway p.255     Roxbury Twp
         Coleman, Mathcom   p.276     New Town
         Coleman, John      p.75      Morris River

         Notice that all of the Colemans in Nottingham, Burlington Co., are listed in the will of John Coleman in 1802, with the notable execption of an Abraham Coleman. Could this imply that John Coleman at one time had a son named Abraham (who would likely have died without issue, or some mention would have been made in John's very detailed will), or could this Abraham be more distantly related or not related at all? Since his DOB must be between 1748 and 1775 to be on this list, he would have to be either a youngest son or a twin. He can also be a grandson.

    DEEDS:  NJ; Burlington Co; Deed Bk. I; p. 252-255 (2 deeds)
         1 Jan 1796  James Coalman & Anne his wife of Nottingham Twp, Burlington Co sell to Jesse Coalmon of the same place...for 300 pounds...all that tract of woodland in Nottingham...beginning at a stone in the end of a ditch in David Lee's line also a corner to the land of James Coalman's, thence along the middle of sd. ditch N 37 degrees 45 minutes E 17 chains 25 links to a white oak marked for a corner, thence S 62 degrees 15 min. E 16 chains to a white oak bush marked for a corner, thence with other land of sd. Jesse Coalman's S 27 degrees 15 min. W 17 chains 6 links to a post also a corner for sd. Lee thense with his line N 62 degrees 15 min. W 19 chians 37 links to the place of beginning...30 ac...also all trees, woods, commons, pastures, profits, etc.
         Witnesses:  John James                    James Coleman  L.S.
                     Geo. Anderson                 Anna Coleman  L.S.
         11 Feb 1797  Proved by James & Anna Coleman, she examined sepperately.
                                                   Geo. Anderson
                                                   Judge of the Inferior Court
                                                   Burlington Co
         Rec. 3 Sep 1800

         24 Apr 1800   John Coleman of Nottingham Twp, Burlington Co, Yeoman, to his son Jesse Coleman of the same place...whereas Christopher Wetherell being seized of property rights in the Western Division [of NJ] did survey 416 2/3 ac. in 1 tract in Nottingham as appears by the records thereof in Lib. A Folio 87 in the Surveyor General's office in Burlington which is dated 12 Feb 1708/9 as also 2 other surveys recorded to sd. C. Wetherell same book folio 92, one of 47 ac., the other of 36 ac. adjoining to the first survey [Weatherell] being so seized did convey to Anthony Morris of Philadelphia, PA...[Morris] did convey on 2 Jan 1760 some 221 2/3 ac., including the surveys of 47 and 36 ac., and a part of the 416 2/3 ac. survey laying at the W end of sd. tract [to] John Coleman, who now sells to his son Jesse Coleman for 220 pounds...2 tracts, being part of the 3 several tracts aforesaid...the first beginning at a stone in the line of the land formerly Mahlon Stacy's and runs S 48 degrees E 10 Chains 20 links to a stone, then N 28 degrees E 34 chains 15 links to a stone, then N 61(?) deg. 30 min. W 10 chains to a stone, then S 28 degrees W 31 chains 75 links to the beginning...containing 32 1/2 acres coming off of the 416 & 47 ac. tracts aforesaid...2nd tract begins at a stake & stone where a black oak stood, being the 2nd corner of the 36 ac. tract and runs along the line thereof S 50 degrees E 6 chains 11 links to a small black oak marked for a corner, then N 55 degrees E 8 chains 50 links to a stake, then crossing Myrie run (extremely illeg) a(illeg) N 15 degrees 30 min. W 5 chains to a stake, then S 85 degrees W 2 chains 85 links to a dead black oak, then N 67 degrees W 3 chains 80 links to a stake, then S 28 degrees W 8 chains crossing sd. run again to the beginning...containing 7 1/2 ac. of land and meadow
         Witnesses:  Guvas(illeg) Pharo               John Coleman  L.S.
                          Geo. Anderson
         29 Apr 1800  Received from Jesse Coleman 100 pounds in cash and 2 bonds for the payment of 60 pounds each
         Witness:  Geo. Anderson                      John Coleman
         24 Apr 1800  Proved by John Coleman
                                                      Geo. Anderson
                                                      Judge of the Inferior Court
                                                          of Common Pleas
         Recorded 3 Sep 1800

    DEED:  NJ; Burlington Co; Deed Bk. H; p. 624
         15 Dec 1800  John Coleman of Nottingham, Burlington, Western Division of NJ, yeoman, to Mahlon Coleman his son of the same place...for $10 and other Goods causes Considerations & in sd. twp being part of a large Tract of 221 2/3 ac. which John Coleman became seized of by deeds from the hand and seal of Anthony Morris dated 21 Jan 1760, sd. deed recorded in Book A of deeds folio 75 Surveyors office in Trenton...beginning at a small black oak marked on four sides with 3 notches being a corner to Jesse Coleman & runs S 49 degrees 30 min. E 14 chains 50 links to a stone, then S 53 degrees 30 min. E 15 chains 80 links to a white oak, then S 9 degrees E 2 chains 75 links to a swamp oak corner, then N 84 degrees E 21 chains 95 links to a stone, then N 22 degrees 45 min. E 5 chains 39 links to a forked gum marked corner, then N 3(?) degrees 30 min. W 9 chains to (illeg) run, then down the several courses to a (illeg) on the W side above the road fording place, then up the same S 65 degrees W 50 links to a stone, then N 49 degrees W 4 chains 23 links to a stone, then S 81 degrees 30 min. W 8 chains 53 links to Jesse line, then along the same S 15 degrees E 68 links crossing sd. run, then along Jesses line again S 55 degrees W 8 chains 50 links to the Beginning...containing 77 ac. and premises together with the buildings and improvement thereon
         Witnesses:  James Coleman Junr.             John Coleman  L.S.
                     Gervis(?) Pharo
         22 Dec 1800  Proved by John Coleman
                                                     George Anderson
         Recorded 30 May 1800

         Repeated references to John Coleman's purchase in Nottingham from Anthony Morris in 1760 suggest that he first came to this area from Maidenhead (also called Lawrence Twp) at that time.

    TAX LIST:  GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL MEMORIAL OF MERCER COUNTY, NJ; Lee, Frances Bazley; 1910; Lewis Pub; p. 39; DalPubLib974.965 L477G
         Tax rateables, Windsor Twp, Middlesex Co, NJ  Jul 1785
             Widow Coleman, head of house
         Also on this list is Richard Applegate, possibly the same who deposed
             on William Printy's Rev War pension

         Tax rateables, Maidenhead Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ  Aug 1786
             Tim & Elias Coalmen, single man
             William Coalmen, single man
             William Printy
             Benjamin Titus, head of house
             Samuel Titus, head of house

         Tax rateables, Nottingham, Burlington Co, NJ  Sep 1795
             Jess Coalman, head of house
             Maehlon Coalman, head of house
             John Coalman, no marks
             William Coalman, no marks
             James Coalman, no marks
             Abraham Coalman, head of house  (Who is this? All of the other
                   Colemans here are named in the will of John Coleman.)
             William Printy, head of house
             John Titus, no marks
             Benjamin Titus, head of house
             Richard Applegate, no marks
             John Saturley, no marks
         Did they move, or boundaries change?
         Boundaries changed.

         "1802, 19 Oct.  Coleman, John, Sr., of Nottingham Twp, Burlington Co will of. Son, William, a bond against him for $437.81.  Grandson, John Coleman (son of son, William), L20 with interest, when 21; should he die before of age, same to be paid to grandson, William Coleman (son of son, William). Grandchildren, David More and Sarah More, each L20, when of age; should both die before of age, their legacy to their half brother called, John Armstrong. To daughter Barshaba's son, called John Armstrong, L20, when of age. Granddaughter, Hettee Coleman (dau of Jesse Coleman), chest of drawers, when 18.  Son, James, 5 shillings.  Son, Jesse, all my lands and tenements; he paying to my sons, John and David, each L100.  To Margry Stackhouse, L60, or to her daughter, Sarah Stackhouse.  Grandson, Gumley Coleman (son of Jesse), pair of silver buckles.  Granddaughter, Eleday Coleman (daughter of Mahlon Coleman), a small trunk. daughter, Rhoda Printy, 5 shillings.  Son, Mahlon, 5 shillings. Personal estate to be sold.  Executors--friends, William West and William FoordWitnesses--David Lee, William Lee.  Proved Feb 14, 1806.
        1804, April 13.  Inventory, $1,390.67; made by David Cubberley and Joseph
                                                        File 12256 C"

    PROBATE:  LDS Film #0459333; NJ; Burlington Co; Probate Records of Surrogate's Court; John Coleman, file #12256C
         "In the name of God Amen I John Coleman Senr of the township of Nottingham County of Burlington State of New Jersey being of Sound mind and Memory do make and publish this for my Last Will and testament this 19th day of October in the year of our Lord 1802--------
         First I will That all my Just Debts and funnarl Charges be paid as Soon as may be Convenient after my Disease by my Executors Hereafter Named--Second I Give and Bequeath to my Son William Coleman A Certain Bond I Hold Against him Bearing date the 9th day of August in the year 1799 for the Sum of $437.81 Which bond I Define to be given up to my Son William Coleman as Soon as may be Convenient after my Desease By my Executors hereafter Named with all the Interest That may be Due at the time of my Disease--Third I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson John Coleman Son of William Coleman the Sum of 20 pounds Which Sum I Order my Executors to put to Interest for his use as Soon as may be Convenient for them after my disease On Surity as they Shall think fit and Safe tell he arrives to the age of 21 years then to pay him the Interest and principal but if he should Die before he arrives to the age of 21 then his Legacy to be paid to my Grandson William Coleman Son of William Coleman when he Arives to the Age of 21 years with all the Interest that may be Due at that time--Fourth I Give and Bequeath to my 2 GrandChildren David More And Sarah More the Sum of 20 pounds to each of them to be put to Interest for their use by my Executors Hereafter named till they arive to their Several Ages that is to David when he arives to age of 21 and to Sarah when She arives to the age of 18 then to be paid to them by my Executors Hereafter named with all the Interest that my be due at that time but If they or Either of them Should happen to die Before they arive to the above Mentioned Ages then in that Case it is my will that their Legacy or Legacies Shall be paid to their half Brother Called John Armstrong together with all the Interest that my be Due on the above Legacies at that time by my Executors here after named--Firth I Give and Bequeath to my daughter Barshabas Son Called John Armstrong the Sum of 20 Pounds to be put to Interest for his use by my Executors hereafter named till he arives to the age of 21 then to be paid to him with all the Interest that may be due at that time but if he should happen to die before he arives to the age of 21 then in that Case it is my will that his Legacy Be paid to his half Brother and Sister David More and Sarah More with all the Interest that may be due at that time Shear and Shear alike--Sixth I Give and Bequeath to my Grand Duaghter Hettee Coleman Daughter of Jesse Coleman one Chest of Drawers now im my possession to be give up to her father by my Executors hereafter named to be kept by him tell She arives to the age of 18 But if She Should die before She arives then to be given to her next oldest Sister--Seventh I Give and Bequeath to heirs of my son James Coleman the Sum of 5 Shillings to each of them to be paid by my Executors hereafter named--Eighth I Give and Bequeath to my Son Jesse Coleman all the Lands and tennemants that I now hold to him his Heirs and Assigns forever to have imediate Possession after my Disease with the Conssideration of paying Such Sertain Legacies that is 100 pounds to My Son John Coleman and 100 pound to my Son David Coleman to them their heirs or Assigns in one year after my Disease--Ninth I Give and Bequeath unto Margry Stackhouse the Sum of 60 pounds to be paid to her as Soon as may be Convenient after my Disease By my Executors hereafter named but if She Should die before my Disease then her Legacy to be paid to her daugher Sarah Stackhouse-Tenth I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson Gumley Coleman Son of Jesse A Certain pair of Silver Buckels that I now Commonly wore for his own--Eleventh I give and Bequeath to my Grand Daughter Eleday Coleman Daugher of Mahlon Coleman a small trunk that is now in my house for her own--Twelvth I Give and Bequeath to my Daugher Rhoda Printy the Sum of 5 Shillings Besides what I have already Given her--thirteenth I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Mahlon Coleman the Sum of 5 Shillings over and above what I have already    Given him--Fourteenth I Give to Margery Stackhouse one little Wheal tea   Cittle tea pot and Coffe pot for her own--Fifteenth as for my personal Estate It is my will that my Executors hereafter named do Sell at Public Vendue or other ways to the Best Advatage as Soon as may be Convenient after my Disease--I do hereby Constitute and Appoint My 2 Respectful friends William West and William Foord My Executors to fulfill and Execute this my last will and testament."
         Witnesses:  David Lee                       (signed) John Coleman
                     Nasshtali Storcetee(?)          [Note that there is a seal]
                     William Lee

         Admitted to court and sworn to by executors William Foord & William West 14 Feb 1806 (signed by them)

         In comparison to the abstract printed in the NJ Wills Series, note that the original document suggests that son James is deceased, as is dau  Barshaba.  Barshaba did not seem to marry Mr. Armstrong.  Dau Rhoda Printy and son Mahlon have already received their shares.  [Rhoda Printy has moved to KY; where is Mahlon?]  Sons John & David are due 100 pounds; while son William is forgiven a debt of over $400--were these amounts equivalent?  Margry Stackhouse & her dau Sarah are not named as relatives, but have listed them as such pending further study.  There is an additional witness, name virtually illegible--compare to tax lists of the area to see if it can be clarified.  No wife mentioned, so presumably dead.

         "A True and Perfect Invotery of all the Goods & Chattles Notes & Credits of John Coleman Late of the township of Notting County of Burlington State of New Jersey Dec.--appraised by us the under susbcribers this 13th day of April 1804--                                $
         Purse and aperl                                    77.86
         Bonds bills Notes                                1046.39
         2 beds beding bedsted $91 Case Drawers $6          97
         pair buckels buttons Yarn                          10.75
         to Dining Table Dough Trough                       22
         Emty Cask & found in cellar                        15.50
         to hoggs, sheep                                    40
         3 Cattle $51 Green Grain in the Ground 30.17        81.17
                                      David Cubberley
                                      Jos. Harris"
         Appraisal presented in court 14 Feb 1806 by David Cubberley

         Although he is a wealthy man for his time and place, John Coleman's estate is pretty bare of household goods.  Does this suggest that he either shares a household with an adult child (in which case principal heir Jesse Coleman is the best bet), or perhaps that Margry Stackhouse could have been a daughter or housekeeper with her own possessions in the house?

    MISC.:  GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL MEMORIAL OF MERCER COUNTY, NJ; Lee, Frances Bazley; 1910; Lewis Pub; p. 24 of the original, p. 6 pf the reprint; DalPubLib974.965 L477G
        "from 'Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State 1677-1776 ...7 Feb 1765-- George Brown, gaoler, advertises escaped prisoner, John Coleman, committed for running away from Isreal Lariam."

         This could be John's son John.  Timothy Coleman also had a son John of the same generation.

    MISC.:  HISTORY OF BROWN CO, OHIO; p. 27 of Biography section; W.H. Beers & Co, Publishers; 1883; Chicago; available on m'film at DalPubLib
         County history bio of the late 1800's mentions Coleman daughter Rhoda by saying that "his [Jesse Printy's] mother was of Swedish birth." This shouldn't be true, because her brother, Jesse Coleman, has a reported birth in 1758 in Lawrence Twp; however, could be true in speaking of her heritage as there was an early Swedish Coleman of southern NJ (Lasse Coleman). Also could be true in any female line.
  • _UID: D108DBCFD0CE47C8B00C159B24E06C364204
  • Change Date: 22 Apr 2014 at 09:03

    Marriage 1 Unk b: Bef 1733
    • Married: Bef 1748
    • Change Date: 23 Jun 2012
    1. Has Children John Coleman b: 1748
    2. Has Children James Coleman b: Abt 1750
    3. Has Children William Coleman b: Bef 1753
    4. Has No Children David Coleman
    5. Has Children Rhoda Coleman b: Abt 1757 in , , NewJersey
    6. Has Children Jesse Coleman b: 1758 in Lawrence Twp, Hunterdon, New Jersey
    7. Has Children Mahlon Coleman
    8. Has Children Barshaba Coleman b: Abt 1762
    9. Has No Children Margery Coleman
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