Free Genealogy Resources of Descendants of Robert Coleman Sr. from AD 1622
94. Edward Coleman Jr.
Edward was, for some time, keeper of the poorhouse and farm in
Spotsylvania Co. VA. He was paid for provisions furnished the
Continental Army. (Minute Bk. 1774-82, p. 197, Spotsylvania Co.
Records) On 15 Nov 1744, Edward and Lucretia conveyed a tract
of land in Spotsylvania Co. (DB D, p. 182, Spotsylvania Co.
103. Robert Spilsbe Coleman
Robert Spilsbe Coleman wrote his will on 8 Dec 1760. His
executors were wife Sarah, Andrew Crawford, brother Richard
Coleman, Robert Brooking and Charles Mortimer. On 5 Jan 1761,
Robert added a codicil to his will stating he wanted his son
James and JamesÕ heirs to have 50 acres of land that Robert had
purchased from Joseph Evans on 15 Dec 1760. Robert added a
second codicil to his will on 14 Feb 1761, after his son Richard
died. He said his son Whitehead became the heir-at-law but
would receive too great a share of RobertÕs estate. The codicil
than stated that son James receive all his lands in
Spotsylvania, Orange and Culpeper Cos. Robert operated an
Ordinary in Tappahannock inherited from his father at the corner
of Prince and Water, and a wharf at the end of Marsh St. built
by his grandfather. He also operated a ferry over the
Rappahannock River, operatied plantations in both Essex and King
& Queen Cos, and owned land in Spotsylvania and Culpeper Cos.
321. James Coleman
Brother-in-law John Richards was named guardian of James in
1762, and on 15 Feb 1770. Ka,es was apprenticed to John
Ridhards. By 1784, James had died because his inherited lands
in Spotsylvania Co. were then owned by brother Whitehead.
104. Richard Coleman Captain
Richard Coleman was a Captain in the American Revolution. The
records of Spotsylvania Co. designate Richard as Ôcarperter.Õ A
tract of land devised to Ann by her father was conveyed by her
and Richard to James Grey on 16 Oct 1762 (DB 29, p. 142, Essex
Co. Records). . . Richard was paid for provisions given the
Continental Army. (Minute Bk. 1774-82, p. 185, Spotsylvania Co.
Records) Papers in White v. Coleman, file 128 (1829)
Spotsylvania Co. Records name the children of Richard and Ann.
323. Robert Spilsbe Coleman
324. Richard Coleman
Never married. On 14 May 1783, his brother Francis and
brother-in-law John Nelson qualified as administrators of his
estate. (WB E, p. 553, Spotsylvania Co. Records)
105. Joseph Coleman
There may have been other children.
106. Robert Coleman
THE COLEMAN FAMILY CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AROUND 1729 FROM
ENGLAND. CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN,WITH HIS BROTHER'S AND TWO SISTERS
, LUCY AND FRANCES JOINED A WAGON TRAIN THAT WAS GOING TO
CHARLESTON, S.C. ENROUTE , AND WHILE STILL IN VIRGINIA, LUCY
COLEMAN, HIS SISTER MET THOMAS DRAPER, SR. AND THEY WERE MARRIED
IN VIRGINIA. HIS OTHER SISTER, FRANCES COLEMAN, FELL IN LOVE AND
MARRIED COL. ZACK GIBBS, WHO WAS IN THE BRITISH ARMY.
THINGS WERE GOING WELL FOR THE WAGON TRAIN UNTIL CHRISTOPHER'S
WAGON BROKE DOWN WHILE CROSSING A BRANCH ON MILLS CREEK OF THE
PACOLET RIVER. HE DECIDED, THEN AND THERE, TO SETTLE ON THE
SPOT. THE BRANCH WAS KNOWN AS COLEMAN'S BRANCH AND IS TO THIS
DAY. HE IMMEDIATELY SET ABOUT TO BUILD A TAVERN WHERE TRAVELERS
COULD GET FOOD, DRINKS, AND LODGING. THIS TAVERN WAS KNOWN AS
CHRISTIE'S TAVERN. IT WAS SAID THAT HE WOULD TURN NO MAN AWAY,
EVEN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. IF THE TORIES WERE COMING
TO REST AND WATER THEIR HORSES, THE WHIGS WOULD SCAMPER DOWN A
RAMP BUILT OVER THE CREEK AND HIDE IN THE WOODS. IN 1780 WHEN
HUGH HABERSHAW BROUGHT HORSESHOE ROBINSON TO CHRISTIE,S TAVERN
TO REST FOR THE NIGHT, SOMEHOW HE ESCAPED, PROBABLY OVER THE
CHRISTIE'S TAVERN HAS BEEN MENTIONED MANY TIMES IN SUCH BOOKS AS
"The History of Grendal Shoals, Horshoe Robinson, Heroes of
Kings Mountain, Drapers of Virginia" AND IN MANY OTHER ARTICALS
WRITTEN ABOUT UNION COUNTY, S. C. CHRISTOPHER WAS A PROSPEROUS
LAND OWNER AND BUSINESS MAN OF HIS TIME, AND IT IS SAID THAT HIS
WIFE, FEARING THAT THEY WOULD BE ROBBED, WENT OUT ONE DARK AND
RAINY NIGHT AND BURRIED A POT OF GOLD OUTSIDE THE TAVERN. TO
THIS DAY, PEOPLE HAVE SEARCHED WITH VARIOUS DEVICES FOR THIS
GOLD, BUT TO NO AVAIL. IN THE "History of Grendal Shoals",
CHRISTOPHER WAS DESCRIBED AS A QUIET AND PEACEFUL MAN AND QUOTE
"No better citizens have ever graced any country". IT IS SAID
THAT AFTER THE REVOLUTION HE WENT TO CHARLESTON, S.C., WHERE HE
BECAME JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND IS SAID TO HAVE DIED THERE.
Zack Gibbs Colonel
Colonel in the British Army.