Name: John Coleman
Given Name: John
Death: 16 Aug 1846 in North Beaver Twp, Beaver, Pennsylvania
NOTE THAT THERE IS CURRENTLY NO PROOF THAT THIS IS THE CORRECT JOHN COLEMAN TO HAVE BEEN SON TO JOHN COLEMAN OF THE NOTTINGHAM WILL OF 1806. THIS MAN IS LISTED AS A CHILD TO THE EARLIER JOHN COLEMAN BASED SOLELY ON INFO FROM DESC. OF THE "OTHER" JOHN COLEMAN OF BELMONT CO, OH. THESE 2 JOHN COLEMAN'S COULD EASILY SWITCH PLACES.
REV WAR PENSION FILE: National Archives M'film M805, roll 205; Selected Papers from Rev. War Pension & BLWT Files; filed "Coleman, John; New Jersey; R2163"
1. Pittsburgh Agency
John Coleman of Beaver Co, PA, Private under Capt. Pearson & Col. Shreve, NJ
Pensioned for $40.00 per annum
12 Apr 1834
2. Beaver County
On this 6th day of march Anno Domini 1834 Personally came before the Hon John Braden President and Thomas Henry and Joseph Hemphill Esquires associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver Co, John Coleman____a resident of North Beaver twp the County of Beaver and State of PA, aged 86 yrs...That in the first of May in the year 1776 he volunteered in a company commanded by Captain Pearson and marched under the command of Capt. Quigley, that he resided in Nottingham twp, Burlington Co in the state of NJ and marched in sd. company from Bordentown in the Army commanded by General Dickinson to Egg Harbor and remained there at least one month and marched back to Bordentown, there being nothing to do at time we were discharged. and that about Sep of the same yr. he was drafted in the militia and marched from Nottingham twp under the Command of Capt Robert Quigley to Amboy and joined the Regt commanded by Col. William Shreve, in army he believes commanded by General Lee and remained there about one month at which place he went over with a party in the night and brought off a British officer from Staten Island and was there discharged having served one month at and that in Dec in the year 1777 he came to Trenton as a guide a party of militia and then joined a scouting party under Joseph Brady and was between Trenton and Princeton during the Battle of Trenton and ws in the scouting party 2 months and soon after the Battle of Princeton he volunteered in a company commanded by Capt. Quigley and marched from Nottingham twp to Princeton and there joined the Army under Gen. Putnam and lay there during the winter. Gen Morgan also Commanded at the same place. And was discharged about the last of Mar 1777 but did not receive any written discharge and served not less than 3 months, and some after being discharged that he again went out as a militia man in a company commanded by Capt Quigley in the Army of Gen Heard, and marched with the army through different parts of NJ until Gen Heard left the army in harvest of 1777. and remained with the same army also the whole of the last tour about 5 months, having served in whole at least 13 months. And further states that he has no written discharge or other documents nor never had and that he does not know of any person now living who can testify to his services and that in consequence of the infirmities of age and the failure of memory he canot state any particulars further than already given, and that there is no clergyman whom he can procure to testify for him the clergyman to whose congregation he belongs living at a great distance from the seat of justice. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of any agency in any state
Sworn to and subscribed John, his X mark, Coleman
in open courrt the day and year
aforesaid James Logan Pro.
3. Lawrence County
On this 2 day of Jul 1851 personally appeared Mary Coleman resident of the twp of North Beaver in said county aged 80 yrs who being first duly sworn doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed 13 Jun 1844
This declarant states that she is the widow of John Coleman deceased late a resident of North Beaver Twp in said co a revolutionary soldier and a pensioner of the United States at the rate of $40.00 per annum that the said John Coleman died on the 16th day of Aug in the year 1846.
The declarant further states that she was married to the said John Coleman in the month of Jan in the year 1787 near the city of Trenton in the State of NJ by a Justice of the Peace named George Anderson and that from the time of said marriage to the period of the death of the said John Coleman she lived with him in lawful wedlock and had children born the first one of whom was named Nancy & she was born in the year after this declarants said marriage This declarant further states that she has no record publick or private of her aforesaid marriage and further states that since the death of the said John Coleman she has not again married
Sworn to & subscribed the Mary, her X mark, Coleman
day & yr above written
Judge Jas. D Clark
Certification by Judge that, for reasons of old age & bodily
infirmities, she is unable to appear in open court..but that
satisfactory evidence was adduced that John Coleman died 16 Aug
1846 & that she still continues his widow
4. Note from the Pension Office stating that the wife's name before
marriage was Mary Mahon. Children were Nancy, Betsey, William,
John & George. Widow's pension denied for "no record proof nor
satisf. parole testimony of marriage"
MARRIED TWICE: Since Pension Office gives wife Mary Mahon and her children
Nancy, Betsey, William, John, and George; then remaining daughters Sarah
Coleman, Ruth Smart, Margaret Harden, Charlotte Bannon, Mary Copper, and Levina McLaughlin must be by a deceased first wife.
REV WAR PENSION: FHL 0970608; Pension of John Coleman of NJ; File #R2163;
1. 14 Mar 1853 Letter of L.M. Drum(?) to the Pension Office, Wash. D.C. refers to request of Washington office to locate marriage record, dated 25 Jun 1852 according to John F. Burr, Burlington NJ County Clerk--no records kept by his office prior to 1801 application was made to examine papers of George Anderson, who md. John & Mary Coleman--but these begin 11 months after the marriage testimony of William Patterson ("before addressed") establishes that the marriage occurred prior to 1794.
William Coleman was taxed in 1816; no person is taxed until age 21 (though he could be older), making his birth in 1795 according to Patterson's statement, there were 2 children older than William that fixes marriage before 1 Jan 1794
2. 1 Feb 1853 Letter of Jos. F. Burr of Mt. Holly NJ
no marriage records prior to 1801
"I find no John Coleman agmong the mortgages. Among the deeds I find 2 deeds, one to Mahlon & the other to Jesse Coleman both from John Coleman of Nottingham Township in this county. The grantor designates them as his sons and from that I suppose he was married(?) at above po_____s & then a widower. The deeds were executed in April & December 1800."
3. 28 Jul 1852 Letter of Wm. C. Howell, J.P. of Trenton NJ
"I was well acquainted with George Anderson Esq.-But he deceased some 10 or 15 years Since He has a Son living on his old Homestead about two miles from Trenton--from whom I can ascertain the facts provided his Fathers Docket is in his possession but I fear it is not; as upon the decease of a Justice of the Peace his representatives are requested to deposite his Dockets in the office of the County Clerk. He was a Justice for the County of Burlington, and the County Seat is 20 miles from Trenton-so you will perceive that it may possibly take several days to arrange the matter.
4. 9 Aug 1852 Letter of William C. Howell of Trenton NJ
"I went to the house of Mr. James Anderson, son of the Late George Anderson Esq., deceased. He resides on his Fathers old Homestead Farm two miles from Trenton near the Assunpink Creek.
Mr. James Anderson is an intelligent Gentelman of the highest respectability-as was his Father before him.
At the time I went to his House I did not find him at home-I left a note informing him of the object of my visit-I afterward Met him in Trenton the same day-and informed him by word of mouth of my wishes-He said He had all his Father's old Papers and Dockets tht He had left a the time of his decease. He promised to Examine them to see whether any record could be found of the marriage of John Coleman and Mary Mahon. I have Seen him again this day, and He informs me that He had Examined them but cannot find it: He States that he cannot find any Docket of an older date, than one commencing in December 1787. which is Some Eleven Months after the marriage But that He searched that Docket and others, thinking the parties seeking the information might be in error as to the year: but has searched in vain. He further states that He has never seen amongst them at any time a Docket of an Earlier date than 1787. His Father was a Justice of the Peace from the year 1775 to 1839 at which time He died aged 89 years. He says He does not Know whether he Kept any Docket previous to the one above mentioned whether the Law required it previous to that time. My own impression is that it did-and that the Docket is mislaid or lost.
The Family of David Lee & wife and Sons are all deceased Except one Son who lives a few miles from Trenton who I have not been able yet to See-this son is a man aged about 74 or 75 years. I will make it my busines to see him as soon as possible and if he can recollect any thing of it; will So inform you."
5. 19 Sep 1909 Letter of Mrs. Charlotte Fields of La Porte City, IA requesting Rev. record of John Coleman, Beaver Co, Penn., whose widow received a pension
6. 2 Mar 1904 Letter of Miss Charlotte Boyle of Rochelle, IL requests pension record of John Coleman of New Jerson & later lived in Beaver Co., N. Beaver twp, PA, until his death between 1846 & 1849. "In 1846 when my grandmother last saw him he was over 90 years old. She cannot remember the county in New Jersy where he lived...It is possible that he enlisted in Penn, but she thinks he enlisted in New Jersey and moved to Penn later."
Note that there was a 23 yr. age difference between John Coleman & wife Mary Mahon indicated by the pension. She could have been a 2nd wife as he would have been 39 yrs old at this marriage, while she was only 16. Looked for extra, unexplained Coleman records of Beaver Co. for evidence of older children. NOPE, there are none either present during Coleman's long life, nor are any indicated by the Census beginning 1800-1850. [Oops, they're there, but all daughters. See will of John Coleman & compare to list of children supplied by wife Mary Mahon.]
CENSUS: 1800; M32, R36; PA; Beaver Co; Second Moon Twp; p. 25
Coleman, John 10010/0(or 5)0010
1 male u 10 0 (or 5) females u 10
1 male 26-45 1 female 26-45
between Johnston & Joseph Colhoun
CENSUS: 1810; M252, R45; PA; Beaver; North Beaver Twp; p.
Colman, John 01101/0(or 6)1010
1 male 10-16 0 (or 6) females u 10
1 male 16-26 1 female 10-16
1 male 45+ 1 female 26-45
CENSUS: 1820; M33, R96; PA; Beaver Co; North Beaver; p. 166
Colaman, Jn 300121/22411 2 employed in agriculture
3 males u 10 2 females u 10
1 male 16-26 2 females 10-16
2 males 26-45 4 females 16-26
1 male 45+ 1 female 26-45
1 female 45+
adjacent is Wm Colaman (age 26-45, with wife, 1 son, 2 daus)
CENSUS: 1830; M19, R165; PA; Beaver Co; North Beaver Twp; p. 195
Coleman, John 00000000001/0010200101
1 male 80-90 1 female 10-15
2 females 20-30
1 female 50-60
1 female 70-80
on 190 is George Coleman (aged 30-40, wife, 20-30 fem, 3 males u 5)
CENSUS: 1840; T5, R139; PA; Beaver Co; North Beaver Twp; p. 166
Coalman, John 000000000001/000001100001
1 male 90-100 1 female 30-40
1 female 40-50
1 female 90-100
on p. 164 is George Coalman
CENSUS: 1850; M432, R790; PA; Lawrence Co; North Beaver Twp; 2 Oct; household 306/307
Coleman, Mary 80 b.PA $1800
Elizabeth 50 "
See also, household 318/319
Coleman, Alvina(?) 52 b.PA $1800
William 25 " Farmer
John 20 " "
James 18 " "
Jane 16 "
Nancy 15 "
George 13 "
Isabel 22 "
Welch, Sarah 6 "
Could this family be that of a deceased son to John Coleman? If so, which
one? Likely George since he lived close on earlier census.
Do not recognize his neighbors as intimates of John Coleman Sr. of Nottingham back in NJ.
Beaver County spun off Lawrence County in 1849. Check Lawrence County probate
records for wife Mary & unmarried dau Betsy after 1850.
WILL: FHL 1289061; PA; Beaver Co.; Will Book C; pp.20-22; will of John Coleman
2 July 1838
Last Will and testament of John Coleman of twp of North Beaver in Beaver Co.
Beloved wife Mary: use and benefit of all my land except so much as is
herein bequested during her natural lifetime, also all my household & kitchen
furniture, one horse, 4 cows, 4 hogs, 12 sheep Daughters Sarah and Elizabeth: share all of the goods & effects of my wife
on her death
Daughter Ruth Smart and her children: 8 ac. of land to be surveyed off the
south west corner of my land
Daughter Margaret Harden and her children: 8 ac. of land to be surveyed
off the north east corner of my land
A line to be drawn east-west across my remaining land.
Son George Washington Coleman, his heirs and assigns: get the north half of sd. land--he then to pay yearly $100 @ to my daughters Charlotte Bannon, Mary Copper, and Sarah Coleman, this without interest and according to their
Son William Coleman, his heirs and assigns: all the remiaining half of my
land south of sd. line--he to pay $100 yearly without interest and according
to their respective ages to my daughters Levina McLaughlin, Elizabeth Coleman, and Nancy Johnston or to her children
Just debts and funeral expenses to be paid.
Any remianing assets to be equally divided between all my children.
Son George W. Coleman and John Ferguson, Executors
Witnesses: John Ferguson John Coleman L.S.
15 Sep 1846 John Ferguson declined to serve as executor and proved the will.
1 Oct 1846 Robert Gailey, Esq. proved the will
1 Oct 1846 Letters of Administration granted to Jeremiah Bannon and Cyrus Clark, Administrators of John Coleman, decd. [Who is Cyrus Clark? Second husband of one of daughters or maybe a grandson?]
[Heirs alive at making of will: -IN ORDER GIVEN IN WILL- wife Mary, dau
Ruth Smart & children, dau Margaret Hardon & children, son George Washington
Coleman & heirs, day Charlotte Bannon, dau Mary Copper, dau Sarah Coleman, son William Coleman & heirs, dau Levina McLaughlin, dau Elizabeth Coleman, dau Nancy Johnston]
COUNTY HISTORY: Lawrence County, PA Soldiers; Mers, Paul W.; Closson Press;
1935 Sampson Drive, Apollo, PA 15613; 1988; p. 6; DalPubLib 929.37489 M996L
Coleman, John. b. 1748, d. August 16, 1848, in North Beaver Township,
Lawrence County. He served as a private in the New Jersey military
establishment. His wife was Mary Mahon. John Coleman settled on a tract
south of Mount Jackson, in 1801 or 1802. His land laid next north of a
tract settled by John Patterson. Mr. Coleman lived to be about one
hundred years old, and was buried "with the honors of war" in the United
Presbyterian graveyard at Mount Jackson. He had been in one or two
skirmishes in the Revolutionary War, and had taken the notion that he
must be buried with the honors of war, and accordingly his whim was
gratified. His pension application was rejected initially, but later
approved, claim number R-2163. Rev. V.A., Fed. Pen. Roll, N.S.D.A.R.
COLEMAN, John. pvt., Captain Jeremiah Ree's Company, 5th Bn. 1st Brigade, PA. Militia, enlisted January 1, 1814, discharged March 5, 1815, d. August 15, 1846, buried at Methodist Cemetery, Harlansburg.
FHL 1288901; PA; Beaver Co; Index to Probate
Coleman, George W. 1841 Docket 1:34
Coleman, John 1846 WB C:20 Docket 1:71 104
Coleman, Emma A. 1901 WB M:187
Coleman, Elizabeth 1904 Docket 8:465
Coleman, George H. 1907 Docket 9:300 Inv. 5:116
Coleman, Annie L. 1913 Docket 10:336
FHL 1492114; PA; Lawrence Co; Index to Probate
Coalman, Alvira d.N Beaver Twp Wm. & James Coalman Admrs. Docket 1:103
Coalman, Elizabeth James Patterson Admr. Docket 1:93 File I-C12
Colelman, George W. Minor John Ferguson Gdn File C9
Coleman, Jane B. Minor John Fergusonen File C4
Coalman, Mary B Beaver Twp James Patterson Admr. File I-C15
Colelman, Nancy D. Minor John Ferguson Gdn File C5
Father: John Coleman b: Bef 1730
Mother: Unk b: Bef 1733
- Change Date:
23 Jun 2012
- Sarah Coleman
- Ruth Coleman
- Margaret Coleman
- Charlotte Coleman
- Mary Coleman
- Levina Coleman
Mary Mahon b: 1771
in near Trenton, Burlington, New Jersey
- Change Date:
23 Jun 2012
- Nancy Coleman b: 1788
- William Coleman b: 1789-1794
- John Coleman
- George Coleman b: 1790-1800
- Elizabeth Betsey Coleman b: 1800 in , , Pennsylvania
- Lavina Coleman b: 31 Jan 1802 in , , Pennsylvania