A Guide to the William G. Coleman Papers, 1846-1915
Born in Edgefield District, South Carolina, William Goforth Coleman (1805-1888) served under Captain Jarnigham in the Creek War of 1837. Before her death in 1840, he had four children with his wife Frances A. Johnson. In 1844, Coleman moved to Perry County, Alabama, and married Mary Jane Heard, with whom he had eight children. During the Mexican War, Coleman served as a captain in Company C of the Perry Volunteers. Following the war, Coleman moved his family to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, where he farmed and was active in the Conference of Baptist Churches of Christ.
LeBaron, J. Hugh. "Perry County Alabama Volunteers Company C." Accessed May 13, 2011.
Correspondence, military records, an account book, receipts, and ephemera compose the William G. Coleman Papers, 1846-1915, documenting the lives of Coleman and his family. An 1846 muster roll and muster book record the members of the Perry County, Alabama, volunteer regiment of which Coleman was a captain during the Mexican War. Correspondence between Coleman, his wife Mary Jane, family, and friends pertains to Coleman family activities and news, the Civil War, Coleman's experience serving in the Mexican War, and his work as a farmer. A pocket account book and receipts concern Coleman's personal finances, while letters from the U. S. census bureau pertain to his participation in the survey. The collection also contains several business cards and advertisements for Louisiana businesses.
This collection is open for research use.
William G. Coleman Papers, 1846-1915, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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