William Coleman1

ID # 41, (1792-1873)
William Coleman|b. 5 Oct 1792\nd. 7 May 1873|p41.htm|(--?--) Coleman||p942.htm||||||||||||||||
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     William Coleman was born on 5 October 1792 at New Jersey.1 He was the son of (--?--) Coleman.1 He married Catherine Jones, daughter of Andrew Jones and Mary Slough.1 He died on 7 May 1873 at Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario, at age 80.1 He was buried at Troy Cemetery, Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 William's daughter, Mary Coleman Dodge, in the U.S. census for 1880, taken at Chesaning, Michigan, states that her father was born in New Jersey. Also, William's death certificate places his birth in New Jersey. The informant of William's death was his son Andrew. The registration said that William had suffered paralysis for two years. There is conflicting information as to the year of William's birth. His death certificate written in May of 1873, dates his death as May 7, and says he was 80, which would place his birth in 1793. Some trees place his birth in 1797. His grave stone, per a transcription done in the 1980s, says he died May 7, 1873, age 80 years, 7 months and 2 days. This would place his birth in 1792. Based on these two records, this tree shows his birth as October 5, 1792. It should be pointed out that an online transcription, plus a transcription done in the 1960s by Harley Misener, reads the year of William's death from his stone as being 1878. This is a problem in the reading of the stone and is unquestionably wrong, for his death registration clearly gives his death as May 7, 1873. Where the transcriptions do agree is as to his age, namely 80 years, 7 months and 2 days.

A microfilm exists showing Troy Cemetery's transcription said to have been done originally by Harley Misener, but updated by a group. They show William's death as May 7, 1873, age 80 years, 7 months and 2 days. Given that this date agrees with William's death registration, this is considered to be an accurate transcription.

In the Index to Upper Canada Land Books Vol. 4, Jan. 1817-Dec.1820
William Coleman, Beverly 03 Jan. 1817 Book J page 202 R105:

According to the Abstract Indexes for Beverly Township, John Coleman transferred the ownership of half of lot 6 on the 3rd concession to William Coleman.

In the 1861 census, it is a year after Catherine's death and William is with Andrew and Isabella. This may well have been the original farm. William is listed as 64 which is at odds with the 1871 census, his death record and the dates on his stone.

In the 1825 census taken at Beverly, William is said to have living in his household: 2 males under 16; 2 females under 16; 2 males over 16; 1 female over 16. This doesn't work considering what we know of his family. It's possibe that there were other family living with them at the time, or perhaps workers. This will never likely be resolved.1 This is the same William Coleman as person #1172 in the My Loyalist Family line.

Last Edited=1 Sep 2010

Children of William Coleman and Catherine Jones


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.