Alven Coleman1

ID # 141, (1868-1936)
Alven Coleman|b. 7 Feb 1868\nd. 7 Oct 1936|p141.htm|George W. Coleman|b. 1 Oct 1841\nd. 23 Apr 1922|p129.htm|Harriet Church|b. 12 Oct 1848\nd. 31 Mar 1930|p139.htm|Daniel Coleman|b. 13 Jun 1816\nd. 22 Feb 1865|p79.htm|Mary Abel|b. 17 Sep 1809\nd. 17 Jun 1879|p126.htm|William Church|b. 1828\nd. 25 Apr 1903|p771.htm|Sarah Davey|b. 1 Dec 1826\nd. 24 May 1907|p772.htm|

Great-grandson of Catherine Jones.
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     Alven Coleman was born on 7 February 1868 at Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 He was the son of George W. Coleman and Harriet Church.1 He married Lavinia Emma Himes on 19 June 1895 at Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario. (notes: 012469-95 (Waterloo Co) Alvin COLEMAN, 27, painter, Wentworth Co., Galt, s/o George C. & Harriett married Lavina E. HIMES, 24, London England, Galt, d/o John & Lavina, witn Alex E. WILSON & Elizabeth HIMES both of Galt, 19 June 1895 in Galt.).1 He died on 7 October 1936 at Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario, at age 68.1 He was buried at Mountview Cemetery, Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario.1 When Alven and Veen were courting, Veen worked as a maid for the Howell family that had a large home at the corner of Water and Dickson Streets. Mrs. Howell offered Al work, but he thought he'd manage otherwise. It was difficult for awhile, and the story was that he cut ice in winter above the dam on the Grand River for a dollar a day. At the timeof his marriage, Al was a painter and decorator and was still doing that at the time of the 1901 census. Later, he became a barber and had his own barber shop in downtown Galt until his death.

Alven Coleman was enumerated twice in the 1891 census. He was enumerated as being with his parents and siblings in St. George and he was also enumerated in Galt. He is with a James Mittson and his family. James is a house painter and Alvin is shown as a house painter. There aretwo other painters at the house and they are likely employees along with Alvin.

As I mentioned above, grandfather had his own barber shop in downtownGalt. One day he came home looking quite dejected. Grandmother said to him, 'Why, Al, what's wrong?' It seems that haircuts were going up to 13 cents from 11 cents and he just didn't know how he could look his customers in the eye and ask them for that extra two cents!1

Last Edited=9 Nov 2007

Children of Alven Coleman and Lavinia Emma Himes


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.