Elizabeth Lawrason1

ID # 34, (1769-1845)
Descendants of John Coleman & Elizabeth Lawrason
     Elizabeth Lawrason was born in 1769 at New Jersey.1 She married John Coleman, son of (--?--) Coleman.1 She died on 24 May 1845 at Troy, Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 She was buried at Troy Cemetery, Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 A few words about Elizabeth's place in the Lawrason family are in order. Hitherto, our chief source for this was to be found in the brief Coleman family history in The Annals of the Forty. This information was supplied by Damaris Chase of Evanston, Illinois. We also have a letter written from Brisbane, California, in the 1970s by Dorothy Radoff, a Moe Descendant, to a Wentworth historical society stating essentially the same thing. She may have been aware of the Annals history, but, since her letter is asking for family history, it is possible that she was working from an independent family source. Some researchers have suggested that Elizabeth was a niece of Miller Lawrason's, but with such evidence as is now available, this idea can be discounted. This researcher accepts that Elizabeth, wife of John Coleman, was indeed a Lawrason, even though solid documentation eludes us.

To begin with, we now have two earlier sources with which to work. One is a wall chart drawn up by Thomas Stuart Lawrason of Hamilton in 1929. On the chart he makes the claim that Elizabeth was a sister of Miller Lawrason and their other siblings. An earlier source exists, however. The book, Father Corson, by Rev. John Carroll, and published in Toronto in 1879, quotes a paper written by Dr. William Case Corson, the son of Robert Corson. On Page 15 we find:

Daniel Corson was born in Sussex County, New Jersey, some twelve years before the commencement of the war of the Revolution. A few years after the conclusion of the peace, our paternal grandfather, whose name we have given, attracted by liberal grants of land, came to a beautiful farm on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. He came at about the same time with the Howells of the 'Jersey Settlement', the Aikmans, the Colemans, the Lawrasons, the Hamills, and many other names, since distinguished in the history of Canada. etc. Here Robert Corson was born. Unquote

This is no absolute proof, but based on the information available to us, Dr. Corson is not merely referring to families in a random fashion, but making reference to an extended family, the lynchpin of which is the Lawrason family. We do not presently have evidence that the Howells and Aikmans were related to the Lawrasons any closer than by marriage, which they certainly were. Perhaps more information in this regard awaits patient investigation.

With the information that we do have available, it seems safe to say that Elizabeth Lawrason and her husband John Coleman did not come to Upper Canada until many years after her siblings. Miller and Lawrence Lawrason are present in Upper Canada from the 1780s. The Colemans purchased lot 6 on the 3rd concession of Beverly Township in 1816. At the time, John Coleman was resident in Beverly. Daughter Sarah's obituary has the family in the Copetown area for some time prior to that date. Cornell's history of the pioneers of Beverly places the family in the Copetown area in 1812. Since it's evident from a careful reading of the history that Cornell had his information for Adam Misener and his wife Helen Coleman, we may accept this date as being fairly accurate. Census pages and death registrations indicate that the daughters of John and Elizabeth were both in the United States, at least some in Pennsylvania. Cornell shows William Coleman as the brother of John and, since this information will have come from the Miseners, we may take it as reasonably accurate. Such evidence as we have places the births of Elizabeth Lawrason and her husband John, as well as his brother William, in New Jersey. It should be said here that, considering an age difference of 32 years between John and William, they were likely half rather than full brothers. To date, no information as to their parentage has been found.

In researching the Colemans of Beverly it would be well to discount the brief paragraphs as they appear in The Annals of the Forty. Three Coleman families are conflated here. John the shoemaker, so described, was one of the Cullybacky Colemans from Ireland. They settled in Dundas, though some went to the Westover area. John W. Coleman is mentioned and presents us with quite another story. Beverly Township assessment information places the John W. Coleman family in Beverly as early as 1822. Such information as has been found, admittedly circumstantial, makes it almost certain that James H. Coleman, buried at Troy, was his son. We can be certain that William H. Coleman, buried in Cook Cemetery, Caradoc Township in Middlesex County is the son of John W. Coleman and his wife Margaret Hayes. John and Margaret moved to Brantford Township perhaps around 1838. They left for Boone County in Illinois around 1844. Their story is presented in another tree, but it is possible that the two John Colemans were cousins. Certainly, both were from New Jersey.

As mentioned, the daughters of John Coleman and Elizabeth Lawrason are recorded as being born in the United States. Their son, John Coleman Jr., according to his daughters' death information, was born in Beverly, probably around 1814. A few years after John Coleman Sr. purchased lot 6 on the 3rd concession, brother William, the husband of Catherine Jones, was sold or given half the lot. When John Coleman Sr. died, John Coleman Jr. became the owner of the remaining half lot.1

Last Edited=9 Jun 2009

Children of Elizabeth Lawrason and John Coleman


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.