Melissa Harriet Coleman1

ID # 349, (1847-1910)
Melissa Harriet Coleman|b. 3 Jan 1847\nd. 26 Dec 1910|p349.htm|John Coleman|b. 1814|p78.htm|Sabrina Caroline Smith|b. 1821\nd. 26 Dec 1896|p348.htm|John Coleman|b. 1760\nd. 5 Oct 1844|p33.htm|Elizabeth Lawrason|b. 1769\nd. 24 May 1845|p34.htm|William Smith|b. 1790\nd. 15 May 1855|p1095.htm|Rachel Walters|b. 1790\nd. 10 Feb 1865|p1096.htm|
Descendants of John Coleman & Elizabeth Lawrason
     Melissa Harriet Coleman was born on 3 January 1847 at Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 She was the daughter of John Coleman and Sabrina Caroline Smith.1 She married Sidney B. Lawrason on 25 December 1865 at St. George, Ontario. (notes: Sidney Laurason, 20, S. Dumfries, S. Dumfries, s/o Purvis D. Laurison and Charlotte (Shook) , married 25 December 1865.
Melissa Coleman, 18,k S. Dumfries, Beverly, d/o John Coleman and Sobrina (Smith)).1
She died on 26 December 1910 at St. George, Ontario, at age 63.1 She was buried at St. George Cemetery, South Dumfries Twp, Brant County, Ontario.1 Pioneers of Beverly (John A. Cornell, originally published in 1889) states the following: The Coleman family came in 1812. There were two brothers, John and William. John settled on a farm which runs down to the third concession. Mrs. S.B. Lawrason of St. George is one of the family. (My research so far shows that John and William were father and son and not brothers.)

Mrs. S. B. Lawrason is Melissa. Her sister Phoebe married Sidney S. Lawrason, son of Purvis Douglas Lawrason. Phoebe's death registration gives her parents as John Coleman and Sabrina Smith. Melissa's death registration gives her parents as John Coleman and Sabrina Smith. Ergo, they were sisters.

Melissa's death registration, which squeezes in all her names including her maiden name of Coleman, gives her name as Harriet Melissa. The 1901 census gives it as Mellissa H. She certainly went by Melissa. Pending further information, I'm treating Harriet as her middle name. Melissa's death registration number is 007576-10.

The 1881 census indicates that Melissa and Sydney had a son Frederick. There is a Frederick buried in the St. George Cemetery who fits theapproximately birth year given: Lawrason, Frederick Douglas, D.D.S., b. 1871, d. 1928, h/o Jessie Dickie Lawrason (Arthur). Also his wife: Lawrason, Jessie Dickie (Arthur), b. 1873, d. 1946, w/o Frederick Douglas Lawrason.

Between censuses and gravestones, there is a confliction about birth years for young Melissa and Frederick, unless they were twins.1

Last Edited=17 Jan 2009

Children of Melissa Harriet Coleman and Sidney B. Lawrason


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.