University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William G. Coleman Papers, 1846-1915



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Coleman, William Goforth, 1805-1888
Title: William G. Coleman Papers
Dates: 1846-1915
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 73-006
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

LeBaron, J. Hugh. "Perry County Alabama Volunteers Company C." Accessed May 13, 2011.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Coleman, William Goforth, 1805-1888
Coleman, Mary Jane Heard
Coleman family
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Alabama Infantry Regiment, 1st (1846-1847)
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Personal narratives, American.
Places
Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Perry County (Ala.) -- History -- 19th century
Claiborne Parish (La.) -- History -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William G. Coleman Papers, 1846-1915, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
3F172 Correspondence, 1846-1903
Letters of introduction to Conference of Baptist Churches of Christ, July-October 1862
Military records, 1846
Personal account book, 1850
Census letters, 1880
Receipts, 1863-1915
Advertisements, 1856-1857
Memorabilia