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59. Daniel Boone Coleman , Sr

Daniel Boone Coleman was married to Mariam Smith while having affairs with Pauline (Pliney) Blankenship. He and Pliney produced 3 children, but his wife raised all three of them.
The children were: Hayes, Daniel Boone, and Lydia Angeline.
It was said that Pliney took those 3 children and left them standing in the road in front of Daniel and Mariam's house and told Daniel to take care them..This happened before 1880.
Pauline is my (Pamela Marlene Jessie Estep) g-grandmother.

1880, Lydia Angeline was living with Daniel and Mariam.

Anne Vanover has Daniels birthdate (July 31, 1834) I have 1837 from (1900 Census)

Notes from Carrol Hurley Ullrich:
My (Carrol) information regarding GGGrandpa, Daniel Boone Coleman, in a personal interview, June 23, 1999 with Hubert Scarberry, Hubert said that Daniel owned all the land on Paw Paw, Pike Co., KY from his house all the way up in Grassy.
Daniel Boone gave all of his children land to live on, so Uncle Jim Hurley and his wife Jane (dau of Daniel Boone and Miriam) lived in the house where the big rock is.

Carrol Hurley Ullrich has birthdate July 31, 1834 for Daniel..

In 1880, L.A. Blankenship was living with them (Lydia)? Lena was living with her grandparents Curtis and Matilda . Daniel, age 21, was also living with them. (Mariam and Daniel).
The 1900 Census says Daniel B. and Mariam had 8 children; 5 living.

Source: Trina Fields Grasser jjst@mtaonline.net
I received a death certificate from Paw Paw, Pike co. KY for Daniel B. Coleman the other day.I think I will take it as true. The file # is 14914. Registration District # is 7347.It states that Daniel was a white male of 82 yrs.10 mos. and 19 da. He was b.July 30, 1837 in Tazwell co. VA... Death date..May 11 ,1920..Trade...a farmer..Father Curtis Coleman...Mother ...Matilda Estep from VA...Cause of death...old age and "hart " failure...Informant...L D Coleman address Paw Paw KY...Filed.. May 12, 1920... (Looks like ) Jass Dotson,registrar. . Place of burial...Coleman (You think that could mean Coleman Cemetary?)..Date of burial..May 12, 1920..Undertaker (looks like) LD Coleman,Paw Paw KY .

Corporal Daniel B. Coleman, Co. H

ENLISTED: 25 November, 1862, Peach Orchard, Lawrence County, KY.

MILITARY DATA: Captured December ?, 1862, a few different dates given - 2, 4, 5, and 16th, and a couple of different places - Pike County, no specific site AND Floyd County. On a muster-out Roll it said, "Captured at either Pearter or Plarter Creek, KY" [possibly Prater?] in Floyd County.

Taken to Richmond/Libby Prison April 1, 1863; Paroled at City Point April 3, 1863, to Camp Chase May 1, 1863; To Army of the Cumberland June 21, 1863. One record says June 2, 1863, he returned to duty in the September/October, 1863, roll. There are different dates for this too.

When relating info regarding his illness, he said he had fever at Libby Prison and then also on June 28, 1863, while at Hickman's Bridge, Ky. There he was treated at a hospital.

MUSTERED OUT: 15 September, 1865, Louisville, KY.

FAMILY DATA: Born 30 July, 1837, to Curtis and Matilda Coleman at Paw Paw, VA.; Wife, Mariam Smith, married 17 March, 1858; Children - H.M., Matilda; Lena; Elbert; L.Dodge; Mary E. Children by Philina Blankenship - Lydia, Boon, Hayse.

RESIDENCE: Paw Paw, KY, on Knox Creek.

DEATH: 11 May, 1920, at home, buried at Coleman Cemetery, Buchanan County, KY.

Submitted by Julie Lindquist

Note: I have been to this cemetery, located at the mouth of Paw Paw Creek (on the Rockhouse Fork), behind the Dotson store. It is no longer visible from the road when the trees have their leaves and the grounds are no longer maintained. I stopped at the store and talked to a Mr. Dotson who knew exactly where it was and agreed to lead me to it. This cemetery is on the side of a hill and it is not recommended that you attempt to climb up to it if you aren't in good health. - Robert.

MY NOTE: Mr. Dotson would be Troy Earl Dotson husband of Ida May Scarberry and father of Helen Marlene Dotson Bailey. I lived near that cemetery for years. You can get to it easy by going thru the yard of Vernon & Judy Scarberry and up the path. Some clearing may be required to pass thru. And of course permission from Vernon or Judy to cross their property. Pamela M. Estep.

Laura Mariam Smith

Reared Daniels three children, Lydia, Boone, and Hayes, who he had illigetimate with my Great Grandmother Pauline Blankenship.
Per: Pamela Estep

Paulina Blankenship

Illegitimate relationship with Daniel Coleman------3 children.

Information about Paulina's children, Loranza Dow, Johnny Prater, Virginia (Jenny), Lydia Angeline, Hayes, and Daniel Boone Jr. came from Lillian Elgin, Ennis Blankenship Layne, Peggy Ellen Blankenship Jessie and Dana Altizer Basinger. Info on son's Jason and Lee was provided by Kathy Hill. All descendants of Paulina.

She was a servant of Daniel Boone and his wife Laura Miriam.

Several people who knew Paulina have said that she was hateful and cold hearted.

1850-1860 Pike Co. Ky., Census lists Paulina age 8.

Granddaughter Lillian Anges Coleman once asked her if her name should have an e at the end but she said no its spelled with an a (therefore making her name Paulina and not Pauline like some of us thought)

It is believed that Paulina had a son named Conley, and when he got killed at a young age all she had to say was "well he was a bigger liar that ever lived." But that could have been her brother Conley.
My mother, Peggy Ellen Blankenship Jessie, told me when she was younger and Paulina was still living, she called her grandma and Paulina got a broom and chased her with it and told to to never call her that again.

Paulina said of her mother, " she was a little flat-headed dutch".

Pauline and Daniel Coleman never married, he was married to Mariam Smith, who reared 3 children Pauline and Daniel had together. Those children were: Lydia Angeline Coleman, Daniel Boone Coleman and Hayes Coleman.

187. Daniel Boone Coleman , Jr

He is an illigetimate son of Mariam's husband Daniel Boone Coleman with Paulina (Pliney) Blankenship
Mariam raised him along with his brother Hayes and sister Lydia Angeline, who were also illigetimate children by Paulina and Daniel.
It has been said that Daniel Jr. claimed Miriam as his only Mother.

Source for following line: Becky Fox Shuff shuff@panthermountain.net
D. B. Coleman is listed in the Fayette County. WV Will Book 3. He states that if he should have some kind of accident, that his employer should pay his expenses and send half of what is left to his brother Haze Coleman and half to sister Lydia A. Coleman, both living in Paw Paw Kentucky.

Source: Mary Coleman mbcky@cs.com.
Daniel Jr.'s will was written the year of his death, 1901, in Montogery, Fayette Co., WV. The administrator of his will was Mr. M.J.Simms, his employer. Testimony that he was the writer of his will was made by L.N. Simms and W.R. Bennett.

Sarah E. Francis

It is thought that some of Hiram Mahlon Francis's family moved from Buchanan Co., Va to Glen Fork, WV. Sarah was their oldest daughter.
In 1900 she was back home with her parents, age 20 name listed as Sarah E. Coleman, widow, no children. Evidently her husband died or was killed shortly after they were married. (notes from Gerri Davenport)

From: KUllr99431@aol.com <KUllr99431@aol.com>
To: punkin13@netscope.net <punkin13@netscope.net>
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2001 9:30 PM

Descendants of Hiram Mahlon Francis (and Celia Charles
Generation No. 1

1. HIRAM MAHLON2 FRANCIS (WILLIAM H.1) was born July 1858. He married (1) CELIA CHARLES, daughter of MOSE CHARLES and SARAH HURLEY. She was born October 1861.

i. SARAH3 FRANCIS, b. February 1880; m. DANIEL BOONE (BLANKENSHIP) COLEMAN; b. Abt. 1863.
: I think some of Hiram Mahlon Francis's family moved from Buchanan Co., Va to Glen Fork W. Va. He married Celia Charles and their oldest daughter was Sarah who married Daniel Boone Coleman(?) or Blankenship. In 1900, she was back home with her parents, age 20, name listed as Sarah E. coleman, widow, no children. Evidently her husband died or was killed shortly after they were married. (Gerri Davenport). (carrol's note: Glen Fork, W. Va is about 14 miles from where I grew up and is where a lot of Francis' live. They married into the Hurley, Adkins families (my lines).
ii. KESSIE FRANCIS, b. November 1883.
iii. ROSE FRANCIS, b. March 1887; m. BALLARD GILLIAM; b. July 12, 1886; d. 1964.
iv. BENJAMIN FRANCIS, b. April 1889.
v. LONZO FRANCIS, b. May 1892.
vi. MOSES FRANCIS, b. March 1895.
vii. ALPHA FRANCIS, b. March 1896.
viii. IDA FRANCIS, b. June 1897.
ix. GOLDIE FRANCIS, b. April 1900.

Child of HIRAM MAHLON FRANCIS by a paramour is:

Hiram Mahlon Daughtery II

Sergeant Hiram M. Daugherty [Laugherty in the AG's Report], Co. H
HIRAM M. DAUGHERTY, Private in Co. H, promoted to 5th Sgt. May, 1863, and 4th Sgt. November, 1864.

ENLISTED: 9 June, 1863, at Louisa, KY.

MILITARY DATA: Note: July and August, '63, "received no bounty"; present on all muster rolls; clothing account, $18.15, due soldier for arms, equipment; bounty paid $25, due $75.

MUSTERED OUT: 15 September, 1865, Louisville, KY.

FAMILY DATA: Born 1834 to Hiram and Keziah Daugherty in Va.; Wife: Mary Coleman, daughter of Curtis Coleman, married 24 August, 1854; "Hiram 21 years old, born in Smith Co., Va., Mary Coleman 14, born in Pike Co., KY, married by William Hatfield at the house of Curtis Coleman in the presence of Curtis Coleman and Daniel Coleman". Children - Hiram D., Curtis, Francis M.

DEATH: Date not given in pension records.
Per: Pamela Estep

192. Daniel B. Daughtery

Pike County, Kentucky Vital Statistics Reel 24, Kentucky Historical Society Microfilm (Salvaged records, originals, original handwriting).
Medical Information: Date/medical from Pike County Death Records 1849-1909 by Dorcas Hobbs/John Picklesimer, Sr. /Deaths say he was 1 mo. 7 days, so he could not have been born in April.
Per: Pamela Estep

Jarred B. Cook

In the 1910 census Jarritt was married to Mary (age 71)and his daughter Ida (age 16) was living with them, for both of them it was their second marriage.

LaVonne Schoneman - Jun 23, 2003 From Sharon Hurley's Family.Com site
Thank you so much for posting these, especially 15B showing Jarret Cook, which was my great-grandfather. (Referring to some census records that Sharon had fixed and posted on her site.)
He moved to Lewis County, Washington later and I have the 1910 census record showing him there along with his son John(ny) Blackle Cook and Coleman and Hunt relatives. You can view it online at:
& look under SULPHUR CREEK precinct & explore that site for links to much more info on the 60 families who moved there.
Per: Pamela Estep

62. Curtis Coleman

Sergeant Curtis Coleman, Co. D

ENROLLED: 10 Sept., 1862, Pike Co., KY; mustered in at Peach Orchard, KY, 18 November, 1862.

MILITARY DATA: May and June, 1864, on detached service; August, '64, with a detachment on a scout in Johnson Co., KY; small pox during winter of '64/'65, at Louisa, resulting in poor eyesight, disfiguring of face, weakness of lungs. Wounded by gunshot from ambush on march from Mt. Sterling, Fall, '64, in Magoffin Co., KY.

MUSTERED OUT: 15 Sept., 1865, Louisville, KY.

FAMILY HISTORY: Born 1841 in VA; Wife: Clara/Clarissa Charles Davis (widow of Adam Davis); married Nov., 1864, at Louisa, KY; Children - Sherman, Sheridan, Adam, Julia Ann, Melvina

RESIDENCE: After the war near Avondale, McDowell Co., W. VA (three miles from Wyoming Court House on Korel Fork).

DEATH: 30 June, 1908, at home, buried near Avondale, W. VA.

Submitted by Julie Lindquist

1. 1870 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Sandy River District, page 19, Family #120.
Listed as Curtis Clemons, age 28, as head of household, a farm laborer.
2. 1880 Census, McDowell Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 771.
Sandy River District, page 005.
Listed as Curtis Coleman, age 36, head of household.
3. 1900 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Browns Creek District, page 90A, Family 57.
Listed as Curtis Coleman, age 56, born in Sep 1845, head of household.
4. "McDowell Co, WVGW:Queries January-March 1999", internet site
February 1999, Heather Rowe.
Curtis Coleman married Clarissa Charles; lived near Avondale, McDowell Co, WV; Clarissa married first, Adam Davis.
Davis children were: David (married Caroline ______) and Cynthia (married George Washington Rowe).
Coleman children were: Sherman (married Jane Roberts), Sheridan (married, first, Rebecca Jones, second, Nancy Whitt), Julia Ann (child by Henry Asbury, married first George Washington Asbury, second, William "Bart" Stanley), Melvina Cathern "Kate" (married Paris Jones, a "witch doctor"), and Adam (married Rilda Roberts)

Clarissa Charles

widow of Adam Davis1. 1850 Census, Tazewell Co, VA, Family 1050, page 293.
Daughter of George and Abigail Charles.
2. 1860 Census, McDowell Co, VA, Family 23.
"First Families of McDowell Co, West Virginia", Evans, page 4.
3. 1870 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Sandy River District, page 19, Family #120.
Listed as Clarissa Clemons, age 30, in household of husband, Curtis Clemmons.
4. "Annals of Tazewell Co, VA", Harman, Vol I, page 133.
Married Adam Davis, 20 Feb 1845.
5. 1880 Census, McDowell Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 771.
Sandy River District, page 005.
Listed as Clarissa Coleman, age 43, in household of husband, Curtis Coleman.
6. 1900 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Browns Creek District, page 90A, Family 57.
Listed as Clarissa Coleman, age 63, born in 1837, in household of husband, Curtis Coleman.
7. "McDowell Co, WVGW:Queries July-December 1996", internet site
30 Nov 1996, Heather Rowe, napalm@lightstream.nett
Clarissa Charles married twice; first to Adam Davis, second to Curtis
Coleman. Adam Davis was shot and killed during the Civil War in Saltville,
WV (sic? VA). Pension papers of Curtis Coleman state that both he and h
wife are buried in Avondale, McDowell Co, WV. Children of Adam and Clarissa
were: Cynthia Davis Rowe and David Davis. Children of Curtis and Claris
were: "Aunt Kate", Julie, Sherman, and Sheridan.
8. "Compiled Tazewell Co Birth Index" "A B C D", Tazewell Co, VA Web Si
Clara Charles, daughter of George and Abigail (_____) Charles, was born abt
1834 in tazewell Co, VA.

194. Adam Coleman

1. 1880 Census, McDowell Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 771.
Sandy River District, page 005.
Listed as Adam Coleman, age 8, in household of father, Curtis Coleman.
2. "McDowell Co, WVGW:Queries 1997", internet site
Researching great grandparents, Adam Coleman who married Rilda Roberts on 8 Apr 1891 in McDowell Co, WV.
3. "Marriage Records of McDowell Co, WV", page 37.
Marriage Record, Book 1, 1865-1896, page 123.
Adam Coleman, age 19, born in WV, son of Curtis and Clara Coleman, married on 8 Apr 1891 Rilda (Surilda?) Roberts, age 15, born in WV, daughter of Ode and Tazy Roberts.
4. 1900 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Sandy River Township, page 256B, Family 306.
There is listed an Adam Coleman, age 28, born in Mar 1872, married 5 years, with 3 children, 3 living, as head of household. Wife is Arminda. Is this the same Adam Coleman, remarried about 1895 to Arminda (________)?

Surilda Roberts

1. 1880 Census, McDowell Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 797.
Sandy River Township, page 012.
Listed Surilda Roberts, age 6, in household of father, Ode Roberts.
2. "McDowell Co, WVGW:Queries 1997", internet site
Researching great grandparents, Adam Coleman who married Rilda Roberts on 8 Apr 1891 in McDowell Co, WV.
3. "Marriage Records of McDowell Co, WV", page 37.
Marriage Record, Book 1, 1865-1896, page 123.
Adam Coleman, age 19, born in WV, son of Curtis and Clara Coleman, married on 8 Apr 1891 Rilda (Surilda?) Roberts, age 15, born in WV, daughter of Ode and Tazy Roberts.
4. "The Heritage of McDowell Co, WV 1858-1999", Vol II, page 229, Roberts Family of McDowell Co, WV article, submitted by Rodney D. Veitschegger, 2072 Quail Run Dr, Bowlin Green, KY 42104.
Surilda, daughter of Owen and Tazzy Bailey Roberts, married Adan Colema

198. Julie Ann Coleman

1. 1880 Census, McDowell Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 771.
Sandy River District, page 005.
Listed as Julia A. Coleman, age 6, in household of father, Curtis Coleman.

199. Melvina C. Coleman

1. 1880 Census, McDowell Co, WV, compiled by William A. Marsh, Vol 9, page 771.
Sandy River District, page 005.
Listed as Melvina C. Coleman, age 4, in household of father, Curtis Coleman.

Richard Ferrell Blankenship

R. F. Blankenship was what was known as a self-read lawyer. In other words, he read and studied a law book and handled cases in his area. Source: GERI DAVENPORT.

Nancy Justice

According to the 1900 census Nancy was also listed as a neice of George, and in the 1910 census she was listed as a daugher.

203. James M. Blankenship

James M. born 1877 on the 1880 census of Pike Co. son of Richard F. and Julia. Richard is the son of Presley and Mary. Source: Betty Carson, Blankenship Forum # 827.
Per: Pamela Estep

74. John Henderson Coleman

John is Lydia Angeline Coleman's 2nd husband

Died at home of daughter Lillian Agnes at Grundy, Buchanan County, VA

Many records on a John Henderson Coleman are in the Buchanan County
(Virginia) Library. There was deed conflict between John Coleman and
neighbor, George Estep, which resulted in John's home being set on fire,
while family was inside, and burning to ground. Still refusing to leave the
property, John and his family moved into the barn until another home could be
A John H. Coleman was listed in the 1880 Pike Co Census as living with Robert
M and Matilda J. Scarbury, who lived near Daniel B. and Mariam Coleman.
John's relationship to Robert Scarbury was listed as "brother".

Occupation: farmer, mail carrier for 8 yrs, owned real estate in Paw Paw in
Buchanan County VA 32,33

Buchanan County June 23 1900 Census B-21 Rocklick #N #9
Household # 379
Husband: John Coleman born Oct *Pamela's note: John was born Dec not Oct* 7, 1870 age 29 VAVAVA Farmer
Wife: Lydia born Dec 31, 1870 age 29 VAVAVA
Son: Joseph born June 1893 age 6 VAVAVA
Son: Everett S. born May 1896 age 4 VAVAVA
Son: Daniel B. should have been Daniel M. (Morgan) not Daniel B. born Oct 1897 age 2 (should have been 3) VAVAVA
Dau: Margie E. born May 1900 age 1/12 VAVAVA
Their daughter Lillian Agnes gave me correct info on her family. Lillian hadn't been born at the time of this census taking.

Lydia Angeline Coleman

Lydia had an illegitimate son, Joe Logster Preece, by Joe Preece

Lydia and first husband Green Dotson, had no children

Daughter's Marjorie and Lillian lived together when Lydia died. Lydia died in their home in Barbourbville, Kentucky.

She was a midwife and is in the "Buchanan County Hall of Fame"

According to oral family history, Lydia was born to a teenage servant (Paulina Blankenship) of Daniel B. and Laura Miriam (Smith) Coleman, and Daniel B. Coleman was Lydia's father. Lydia worked for 40 years as a certified midwife in Buchanan County, Virginia and attended meetings of the state health nurse. 1880 Pike KY Census shows that at age 8 she was living with her 7 yr old sibling, Daniel, her father, his wife, Miriam, and Daniel's legitimate children.

214. Marjorie Ethel Coleman

Marjorie never married.
She went to law school at University of Virginia. While she was there, Lillian worked to help her get through school. After Marjorie came back, Lillian went to Berea College and received undergraduate degree, then went back to school for degree in Library Science.

Surveyor for N & W Railroad when about 16 or 18 and
bought a lot of RR stock.

By H. Claude Pobst

The American Heritage Map of the location of the homes of Indians show no tribe permanently occupying Western Virginia. The Shawnees were in Ohio, the Cherokees in Western North Carolina, and East Tennessee, and the Xuala in South Western Virginia. They were probably run out by the Cherokees about 1525-50.

I find in Summer's "History of Southwest Virginia" most excellent account and explanation of the Indians of the entire section. It is his belief that the earliest Indians occupying any part of this section were the Xuala. Mr. Summers definitely believed that De Sota visited the upper reaches of the Holston River, perhaps into Washington County, in 1540. A tradition exists among the Cherokees that the Xuala was driven from the section after 1540 by the Cherokees, but no authentic information can be established as to this. In 1671, Gov. Berkeley sent Capt. Henry Batte with a company of Rangers who crossed the Blue Ridge into Floyd County, and in that section they found Indians living who were said to be remnants of that Tribe, but by 1685 they were all gone. The Shawnees were westward, in Ohio, and perhaps never made many inroads into the present Southwest Virginia. We must, therefore, accept the theory that the Cherokees were the only Indians in our section, immediately prior to the coming of the white man.

But the vast area embracing the Holston, the headwaters of the Kentucky, the Cumberland and the Big Sandy Rivers, seems to have never been permanent abode of any Indians. One reason was the enmity between the Shawnees and the Cherokees, it being bitter enough to deter either Tribe from such a permanent settlement. It was the buffer section separating the two tribes. This condition continued perhaps until rather close to the year 1800, or only about 160 years ago.

As late as 1768, the last great battle between two Indians tribes was fought in Tazewell County. Early in the summer of that year about 200 Cherokee Indians camped at a lick to spend the summer in hunting. I am firmly convinced that this place was what is now called Four Ways, two miles east of Tazewell. The Martingale Restaurant is located on this land. Since perhaps considerably before 1850 this land has been owned by the Peery family. When I was a boy it was owned by Capt. Edd Perry, a Confederate soldier. He died about 1900 or before that, and about that date his land was partitioned among his heirs. There were five of them, and their father had left them 1050 acres of the finest blue grass land on earth. At the Chicago World Fair in 1892 his sod was awarded the first prize. It was no this farm that "Sweet Alice Ben Bolt" was written. Mr. G. A. Martin, a young lawyer from Norfolk, visited this farm and when I was a very young boy I remember that he married the only daughter of Capt. Edd. He found many, many artifacts left by the Indians, paid boys to hunt them for him, later mounted them in a large glass case, and I bought the entire lot from him during the last years of his life. I have them in my office, and will be glad to show them to anyone interested. There are about 1700 to 1800 of them, mounted according to the Smithsonian method.

But to continue my story about the last great battle between Indian tribes in this section: Later in the summer of 1768 several hundred Shawnee Indians appeared and their chief sent to the Cherokees a demand that they immediately leave. The answer of the Cherokees was defiant, and both sides began to prepare for battle. The Cherokees retired to the top of Rich Mountain, about six or seven miles distant, near to or perhaps partly on the farm now owned by Judge F. W. Smith, and there during the night threw up a breastwork several hundred yards long and three or four feet high. The battle lasted three days, but in the end the Shawnees retired.

No permanent Indians villages seems to have ever been found in this section. I cannot believe that Buchanan County was ever so settled by the Indians, because the mountains were steep, rocky, covered with forest trees, and had no rich and which would grow good grass to feed dear, as the fields of Tazewell, Russell, Washington, Smythe and Wythe counties would. Hence, it was merely a place where roving bands of Indians would come to fish and hunt for short periods of time and as a passway from the grass fields of Kentucky to the grass fields of the Clinch and Holston rivers. No doubt Short's Gap was frequently used as a passway from the Levisa to the Clinch waters, but no Indian stayed in this county very long. There was no reason for so doing.

Just when the first white man came to what is now Buchanan County is not known. There is no doubt but that white settlers came to the county and settled here many years before they bought any land. The country was rough, steep, wild, no roads, no pasture or grass lands. A man could bring his family, clear some land, build a log hut, and would have to pay nothing for it.

The land at first belong to the State of Virginia and the only way a person could acquire title to it was to obtain a grant from the Commonwealth. Also, by a person could acquire title to it was to obtain a grant from the Commonwealth. Also, by a statute passed by the legislature, a person settling on land, using and possessing it for five years and paying taxes on it at any time during said five years, would have the title of said land. If he went before the Court and proved those facts, the Court would enter an order so stating, whereupon by statute the Commonwealth's title to said land would be relinquished to him.

After the Revolutionary War, mostly during the seventeen nineties, the State of Virginia, owning all the land from the Atlantic to the Pacific, or claiming same by virtue of settlement in the name of the King of England, granted huge tracts of land to those furnishing aid to the colonies during that war. As practically all the lands east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including perhaps all of he Valley of Virginia, had already been taken up by settlers, these large grants were issued of land lying in the main Allegheny Range of Mountains. The better lands in Tazewell, Russell, Washington, Giles, Smythe, and Wythe Counties had likely been so taken up. But west and northwest of Tazewell and Russell counties in what is now Dickenson, Buchanan and parts of Wise counties, in Virginia (and Mercer, Raleigh, McDowell, Mingo and Logan counties in West Virginia) where the lands were less valuable, there remained hundreds of thousands of acres of land still owned by the state.

Around 1850 the Warders began to sell land to citizens, and junior grants lying within the 200,000 acre and the 500,000 acre grants were issued in increasing numbers, as settlers became more numerous.

My investigations lead me to believe that the first permanent settler of Buchanan was Frederick Stiltner. When I first came to the county to live in January 1919, I talked to Christopher Stiltner who, as I recall, stated he was a grandson of Frederick. Basil Stiltner, long employed in the office of the Commissioner of the Revenue at Grundy, and who is now 74 years of age, states the original Frederick, as a very young man, shipped as a stowaway on a boat bound from Hamburg, Germany, to Norfolk; nearly starved, he had to show himself at last. After landing at Norfolk, he joined the British army as a paid Hessian soldier. He did not like it, deserted and went west to reach the mountains where the British could not find him. He was also no doubt avoiding the American troops. He finally reached Swords Creek in Russell County, and spent a few weeks with a widow and her two children. He left there and crossed Sandy Ridge, down Levisa River to the lower end of the present town of Grundy, and spent the winter in a hollow poplar tree which had blown down. Returning to the widow in the spring he married her and brought her and children back and they built a small log hut near the poplar tree. In 1827, based on a survey dated in 1821, he obtained a grant for 124 acres of land extending along the river from below Little Prater Creek nearly to Vansant.

I am strongly inclined to believe that there were two Frederick Stiltners, a Senior and a Junior, and that the Senior was the one who came from Germany. Basil may have confused the two. The boy who came over in 1777 was perhaps 17, and so was born about 1760. Christopher was born in 1835, and it was not likely that his father was sired by a Frederick who was then about 75. It is more likely that his father was Frederick, Jr. And further, it is my recollection that Christopher told me it was his grandfather, not his father, who came from Germany. Otherwise, the story told me by Christopher and Basil are the same.

One of the Fredericks in 1832 conveyed his 124 acre grant to John Yates. Hannibal A. Compton, former Commissioner of the Revenue of the county, says in his history written for the 1958 Centennial, that Robert Looney came first to the county, and then Joseph and John Looney in 1823. In some of the histories it is stated that the Looneys came from Botetourt County, Virginia, but other writers say they came from Tazewell County. I am inclined to believe that they came from Botetourt to that part of Tazewell County which afterwards became Buchanan County.

Another very early settler was Milton Ward who, with all of his family and some ten to fifteen Negroes, came from Bowen's or Ward's Cover in Tazewell County, and settled at the mouth of Big Young Branch of Dismal. In 1850 he obtained 3 grants, and in 1873 he bought a large tract of land from the Warders, supposed to be about three thousand acres, for which he paid $200.00. A large family of Wards now live in that section of the county. His slaves all remained with his family, and are buried in the family grave yard. The old log house stood until recent years, and the site is now occupied by Tom Ward's widow.

The Colemans, ancestors of Marjorie Coleman (my law partner at Grundy) were also very early settlers of the county. Miss Coleman's father and mother were both Colemans, distantly related. Incidently, her father's kinfolk were Confederate sympathizers while her mother's were Northern sympathizers. Miss Coleman states that her information is that four brothers settled in Buchanan County who were from eastern Virginia and, while she does not know the date they came, her mother's father, Daniel B. Coleman, was born in Buchanan County about 1830, on the right fork of Paw Paw. It seems reasonable to believe that the family must have come to the county very early, certainly in the first quarter of the 19th century. One of the four brothers, Peter, settled farther up into the county, on Bull or Poplar Creek. Another brother, Richard D. Coleman, settled on Home Creek and was killed by William McClanahan during the Civil War. Richard D. Coleman patented many thousand acres of land in the county, but I am unable to locate any grant earlier than 1835.

This material has been made available by the courtesy of the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia and Rhonda Robertson rsr@mounet.com The Historical Society of Southwest Virginia was formed in 1960. The Historical Society publishes the bulletin: Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia in March of each year and each volume contains between 80 and 150 pages.

Education: William & Mary College Law School in Virginia
Occupation: Pike Co., Kentucky Attorney

81. Richard Dennis Coleman

1st Lieutenant Richard Coleman
39th Kentucky Infantry

Richard was the son of Isaac and Mary (WHITT) Coleman. He served as county commissioner when Buchanan County was formed in 1858, and also as county surveyor. He married Nancy King on February 18, 1847. Richard owned 7,000 acres. He enlisted in the 39th Ky in Nov,1862 and was 1st Lt. of Company H. He was killed Jan. 9,1864 at a skirmish at Turman`s Ferry in Floyd County, Ky. According to family stories, he moved his family from Home Creek, Va to Louisa, Ky. where his military post was and told them if anything happened to him to leave the area. When he was killed they moved to McLeod Co, Mn.

Source of information: Steve Coleman stevec@mtinter.net

ENLISTED: 25 November, 1862, at Peach Orchard, Lawrence County, Kentucky.

MILITARY DATA: "Killed by the rebels in the line of his duty, he being shot in the breast while fighting the enemy." Capt. William King was his brother-in-law. Many others in Co. H and some of the other companies [most notably Company D] in the 39th were relatives. In response to a raid on his property, he and William gathered relatives and neighbors together and joined the 39th.

FAMILY DATA: Born circa 1822; Wife: Nancy King, daughter of Lewis and Mary King; married February 1847. Children - Mary Jane, Lewis, Joseph, Anthony Wayne, Priscilla, Elender, Cosby, Nancy Caroline. Denny was a leader in his community: Justice of the Peace in Tazewell Co.; one of seven commissioners who formed Buchanan Co. in 1858; elected surveyor of Buchanan Co.; second largest land owner in Buchanan Co., Virginia.

RESIDENCE: Pike Co., KY; Tazewell Co./Buchanan Co., Virginia.

OCCUPATION: farmer and surveyor.

DEATH: 9 January, 1864, at Turman's Ferry, Boyd Co., KY. Burial: As of 1869, #566 at New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana. "Original place of interment was City Cemetery in Louisa, Kentucky." Source: NAMES OF SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN DEFENCE OF THE UNION INTERRED IN THE NATIONAL CEMETERIES OF VICKSBURG AND NEW ALBANY INDIANA. (Volumes published by Government Printing Office in 1869, Washington D.C.).
Submitted by Julie Lindquist.

Information on Richard and his spouse came from Mrs. Leland Lindquist, 412 1st Street, N. Sartell, MN 56377, to Carrol Hurley Ullrich to me Pamela Estep

CO H, 39th KY (Union)
Son of Isaac and Mary (WHITT) Coleman. Richard served as county commissioner when Buchanan County was formed in 1858,. and also as county surveyor. Married Nancy KING on 2-18-47. Richard owned 7.000 acres. He enlisted in the 39th Ky in Nov,1862 and was 1st Lt. of Co. H. He was killed Jan. 9, 1864 at a skermish at Truman`s Ferry in Floyd County, Ky. He was either a cousin or uncle of the other Richard listed here.

Coleman, Richard Dennis "Denny": 1st Lt., Co. H - buried in the National Cemetery at New Albany, Indiana. Information comes from Roll of Honor, Book # 24 found at the Fort Wayne Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Graciously provided to us by Jim Abshire.

222. Nancy Caroline Coleman

Buchanan County, Virginia 1860 Census lists Nancy's last name as Jackson age 12.

225. Joseph Coleman

Occupation: Laborer

227. Priscilla Coleman

In Buchanan County, Virginia 1860 census Priscilla's name was spelled Pricey age 5.

228. Elender Coleman

Buchanan County, Virginia 1860 Census has Elender's name as Eleanor age 4.

82. Nancy Coleman

Reel 24, Pike County, Kentucky Vital Statistics, Kentucky Historical Society Microfilm (Salvaged records).

93. Curtis Coleman

1850 Pike Co., KY., Census: age 1

Nancy Dotson

Nancy was christened on 30 Sep 1988 in Family Records.

94. James Henderson Coleman

Pike Co., Ky Vital Statistics, Reel 24, Ky Hist. Society Microfilm says James Henderson Coleman was born July 3, 1852 to Daniel Coleman, Jr. & Sarah Smith

Birth and death dates from Coleman Cemetery record

Census Pike Co., KY.,1880:
James H.--age---27
Matilda J.---age---7
Leni Leoti---age---5

1910 Pike Co., KY., Census:
James H.---age---57

1920 Pike Co., KY., Census:
James H.----age---67

Source for following census: Barbra Jean., Hathcock - 976 Eaton Avenue - Columbus, OH 43223 - Email: Ray1693@aol.com

1880 -Peters Creek, Pike, Kentucky Page 659A
James H. COLEMAN Self M M W 27 KY Occ: Farmer Fa: KY Mo: KY
Arminda COLEMAN Wife F M W 23 KY Occ: Keeps House Fa: VA Mo: VA
Matilda J. COLEMAN Dau F S W 7 KY Fa: KY Mo: KY
Leni Leoti COLEMAN Dau F S W 5 KY Fa: KY Mo: KY
Elerson COLEMAN Son M S W 3 KY Fa: KY Mo: KY
Floyed COLEMAN Son M S W 1 KY Fa: KY Mo: KY

Source for some children and dates down this line: Bob Coleman.
Obits (full birth & death dates): Carrol Ullrich

Occupation: Farmer
Per: Pamela Estep

259. Floyd Coleman

Death date from cemetery record.

261. Ballard Coleman

Occupation: Farmer

95. Louisa Jane Coleman

Pike County, Kentucky Vital Statistics Reel 24, Kentucky Historical Society Microfilm (Salvaged records, originals, original handwriting).

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