The Coleman Family


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 John S. Coleman                


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This is one of my mystery families!  Were David and Bridget born under rocks? And who would name their child Theobald?  No wonder his family put "David" on his tombstone. Somewhere out there are records to show who David's parents were. And if he had siblings. The same goes for Bridget.  When did they come to America? How did a man with an Irish name come to be born in Germany?   Were his parents Irish, who first went to Germany? Was the surname changed from something like Kohlmann? So many questions. . . . . . .

First Generation

Theobald (David) Coleman was born about 1826 in Germany.   He married Bridget Halpin in Dunkirk, NY 28 October, 1854.  Bridget was born in Ireland about 1829.  David died in the Civil War in a battle at Hatchers Run, VA on 29 October 1864.  Bridget died 5 September 1887.  David and Bridget are buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Dunkirk, NY.  They had the following children:

Mary E. Coleman b. 1855, d. 6 Nov. 1860. She is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.

+ John S. Coleman  b. 21 November 1856

+ Frank J. Coleman  b. 26 October 1859.        

Joseph Coleman  b. 8 Nov. 1861, d. about 12 Dec. 1862.  He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.


Second Generation

John Steven Coleman was born in Dunkirk, NY  21 Nov. 1858.  He married Elizabeth Gordon on  2 Sept. 1886.  Elizabeth, from Wellsville, NY, was born 1 May 1863, the daughter of John Gordon and Ann Cauley.   John died in Dunkirk 12 June 1907.  Elizabeth died 31 January 1929.  Both are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.  John and Elizabeth had the following children:

+ David Thomas Coleman  b. 8 July 1887

+ Margaret Coleman  b. 28 February 1889

+ Mary Elizabeth Coleman  b. 26 April 1890

Casimer Coleman  b. 28 January 1892 in Dunkirk, Chautauqua Co., NY, d. 26 September 1894 in Dunkirk.  He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.

+ John Edward Coleman  b. 6 June 1895

+ Leo G. Coleman  b. 22 June 1897

+ Cecile Coleman  b. 11 December 1898

Francis Coleman  b. 10 March, 1901, d. 1913 in Dunkirk, NY. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.

Helen Coleman  b. 8 September 1903.  Helen married twice, first to Elmer Scott.  She then married Carl Guenther in Buffalo, NY 16 August 1946.  Carl was born 2 August 1900.  He died 6 July 1967.  Helen died 1 January 1981. Both are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

Frank J. Coleman was born in Dunkirk, NY  26 October 1859.  He married Margaret Ann Peck. Margaret was born 18 August, 1865, and died 27 April, 1950. Frank died 5 February 1934 in Dunkirk, NY. Both are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Dunkirk. Frank and Margaret had the following children:

+ Anna Louise Coleman  b. 5 October 1884

Francis Miles Coleman  b. 12 December, 1889, d. 6 February 1890.  He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Dunkirk, NY.

John Coleman  b. 28 July 1892, d. 16 August 1892 in Dunkirk, NY

George Coleman  b. 28 July 1892, d. 14 August 1892 in Dunkirk, NY

+ Thomas Raymond Coleman  b. 7 July 1893


Third Generation


David Thomas Coleman was born July 8, 1887 in Dunkirk, NY. He married Florence Johanna Meiers 19 November 1912 in St. Mary's RC Church, Dunkirk, NY.   Florence was born in Dunkirk, NY  8 November 1889, the daughter of John F. Meiers and Emma M. Schultz.  David died in Schenectady, NY in 1957. Florence died 20 December 1989 at 100 years of age.  David and Florence had the following child:

John David Coleman  was born 26 February 1914 in Schenectady, NY.  Jack married Katherine Gertrude Donohoe in April, 1952 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She was born 17 February 1923 in St. John, New Brunswick.  Jack died in Schenectady, NY in 1958. Katherine died in New Brunswick, Canada 24 June 1985.                           

Margaret Coleman was born 28 February 1889 in Dunkirk, NY.  She married George Hof.  Margaret died 10 August 1938, and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.  She and George had the following children:

Infant Hof  b. 5 May 1927.   This baby died at birth, and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

George Hof, Jr. (living) married Ruth Anne Moore (living)

Robert Hof  (living) married Eileen (Unknown) (living).

Mary Elizabeth Coleman was born in Dunkirk, NY  26 April 1890.  She married Thomas Heffernan.  Tom was born about 14 February, 1869, and died in 1947.  Mary died in October, 1985 in Dunkirk.  Both are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.  Mary and Tom had the following child:

Elizabeth Virginia Heffernan  b. 20 February 1921.  She married Malcolm Clarence Reed in Dunkirk, NY  20 Sept. 1941. He was born 13 April 1915, and died 19 June, 1994.  Betsy died 20 Jan. 1997.

John Edward Coleman was born in Dunkirk, NY  6 June, 1895.  He married Carolyn E. Merchant.   Carolyn was born 17 March 1897 in Lakewood, NY the daughter of Richard T. Merchant and Carrie Rexford. John died in Kenmore, NY,  10 October 1945.  Carolyn died in Kenmore, NY 13 March 1989. Both are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Tonawanda, NY.  John and Carolyn had the following children:

Edward Francis Coleman  was born 25 June 1921.  He  married Jeanne Elizabeth Anderson.   Jeanne was born 10 June 1922, the daughter of Carl Anderson and Alberta Haberer.  Ed died 2 May 1973 in Tonawanda, NY.  Jeanne died 14 October 1995. Both are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Tonawanda, NY.

William Gordon Coleman was born 5 December, 1922. He married Dolores Goldsmith (living). Bill died 26 November 2002, in Kenmore, NY.

James Rexford Coleman was born 21 March 1924. He married Harriet Janice Starr 28 August 1950.  Harriett was born 27 January 1928, and died 5 November, 2000 in Maryland. Jim died 21 March 2001 in Maryland.

Joan Elizabeth Coleman was born 28 May 1931 in Buffalo NY.  She married William Power (living).  Joan died 9 April 2001 in California.  Her ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean near Santa Cruz.

Leo G. Coleman was born 22 June 1897.  He married Pat (Unknown.)  He later married Ruth (Unknown).  Leo died in Middleport, NY in August 1965.  Leo and Pat had the following children:

Thomas Coleman  b. unknown

Richard L. Coleman  b. 27 November 1928.  He married Florence Fowlow (living).   Dick died 25 October 1992 in Niagara Falls, NY.  He is buried in Lewiston,  NY in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Cecile Coleman was born 11 December 1898.  She married Donald Conway.  Cecile died in November, 1983.  Cecile and Don  had the following children:

                    Virginia Conway  married William May.

Barbara Conway  married Gerald LeFevre.  Jerry was born 29 August 1928. He died 1 February 1975, and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery,  Tonawanda, NY.

Anna Louise Coleman was born 5 October 1884 in Dunkirk, NY. She married Harry Sievert on 18 July 1916.  Harry was born 21 May 1895, and died 22 March 1963.  Anna died 31 October 1961.   They had the following children:

Jackson Coleman Sievert was born 14 August 1919. He married Grace Hinkel. Jackson died 25 April 1980 in Dunkirk, NY.

Guy Sievert  (living) married Sara Mancuso (living).

Glenn William Sievert b. 27 July 1923, d. 22 April 1966. He married Eleanor Kurowski. Eleanor was born in 1926, and died in 1997. Both are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, Chautauqua Co., NY.

Thomas Raymond Coleman was born 7 July 1893 in Dunkirk, NY.  On 17 August 1921 he married Francis Edith Larson-Kinney. She was born 6 January 1897, and died 15 January 1933. On 1 July 1944 he married Clara Brown. Clara was born in 1897, and died in 1994. Ray died 5 April 1958.  He and Clara are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Dunkirk, NY.

Ray and Francis had the following children:

Olga Coleman  (living)

Donald Coleman  b. 30 May 1925. He married Hisae Otsu in Japan in 1954.  Hisae was born 13 April 1932, and died 30 April 1991. Donald died 17 November 2000 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

(Note: Details of living relatives are not included, to protect their privacy.  Children of this generation are not included, also to protect their privacy.)

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