Mary Coleman1

ID # 81, (1819-1897)
Mary Coleman|b. 1819\nd. 1897|p81.htm|William Coleman|b. 5 Oct 1792\nd. 7 May 1873|p41.htm|Catherine Jones|b. 31 Aug 1798\nd. 13 Nov 1860|p46.htm|(--?--) Coleman||p942.htm||||Andrew Jones|b. 11 Jan 1767\nd. 28 May 1850|p182.htm|Mary Slough|b. 18 Jan 1770\nd. 31 Dec 1843|p183.htm|

Daughter of Catherine Jones.
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     Mary Coleman was born in 1819 at Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 She was the daughter of William Coleman and Catherine Jones.1 She married Leonard Pulsepher Dodge in December 1835.1 She died in 1897 at Chesaning, Michigan.1 She was buried at Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning Twp, Michigan.1 Leonard and Mary were married by license. This bond was required to be signed by two people that knew the couple and basically stated thatthere was no impediment to the marriage, such as consanguinity. The date of the bond was not the date of the marriage, which would have likely occurred some days later.

Name of Future Husband: «tab»DODGE, Leonard P.
Residence: «tab»Beverly Township, Halton County
Name of Future Wife: «tab»COLEMAN, Mary
Residence: «tab»Beverly Township, Halton County
Reference: «tab»RG 5 B9
Volume: «tab»29
Bond Number: «tab»4605
Date: «tab»1835-12-17
Microfilm Reel Number: «tab»C-6784

The above is from the bond index. The bond as it appears on the microfilm is badly faded and barely readable. The signatories were an IsaacRobinson and a James Mullen. No doubt they knew the couple, but I have no other record of them in research that I have done.

I believe that the bond was written, and likely signed, at Brantford.I was, no doubt, given in exchange for the marriage license. The marriage may or may not have been performed in Brantford.1

Mary and Leonard Dodge went to Chesaning, Michigan, sometime after 1868. They appear in the census at Chesaning in 1870. Their two oldest (apparently) living children, according to the census information, Leonard and William, were born in Illinois. The family is at Beverly Township in Wentworth County, Canada West, at the time of the 1861 Canadiancensus and Leonard and William are the oldest children listed at ages19 and 17. They are said to have been born in the U.S. It's tempting to think that Leonard came to Beverly Township a widower and children in tow, but after examining U.S. census information given by their children as to the birthplace of their mother it would seem that Mary wasthe mother of them all.

The only other thing to be said for the Chesaning connection is that in the 1870 census there was a Rufous Dodge there with his wife Mary. To confuse things Rufous was also born in Vermont and Mary was born inCanada. Given the ages, Rufous and Leonard were likely brothers.

There is a Leonard P. Dodge in Jackson, Will County, Illinois, in the1840 census. This is not an every person census. There appear to be two adult males and one adult female in the household. Unless evidence is found to the contrary, the female is likely Mary Coleman.

The birth and death years for both Leonard and Mary are taken from a transcription of their gravestones.

I now find that Leonard's brother, Rufus Dodge, married Mary Jones. She was the daughter of James Jones and Hannah Goodale. James Jones wasbrother of Catherine Jones, who married William Coleman. Mary Jones and Mary Coleman were first cousins.1

Last Edited=27 Jan 2010

Children of Mary Coleman and Leonard Pulsepher Dodge


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.