Coleman (Jesse) Papers, 1860, 1 Item

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Cite As:Jesse Coleman Papers, 1860. Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-S2

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Accession Number: 2002.238

Processed by: Ned Humphrey, March 2004

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Abstract: This collection consists of the Last Will and Testament of Jesse M. Coleman of the county of Marengo, state of Alabama. The will makes provisions for the disposition of his slaves. It was probated by James A. Young, Judge of the Probate Court of said county in Linden, the 31st day of January, A.D. 1860.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Little is known of Jesse M. Coleman. He was listed as residing in the township of Demopolis, county of Marengo, state of Alabama in the 1870 Federal Census Index as well as the Alabama Census, 1810-1890. He married Elizabeth Hoffman on the June 18, 1838 in Autauga, Alabama. Five children were born to the union: Isah, Sarah, Vashti, William and Nathaniel. He was man of obvious means. His estate consisted of saleable property and eleven slaves. The slave, Tamor, Hannah, Burrell, Dave, Easter, Amy, Phebby, George, Allen, Lewis, and Caroline, were bequeathed to his wife and children.

Scope and Content Note

The Last Will and Testament of Jesse M. Coleman bequeaths to his wife and children his eleven slaves: Tamor, Hannah, Burrell, Dave, Easter, Amy, Phebby, George, Allen, Lewis, and Caroline. The most notable part of the will is the bequest of Caroline, daughter of Tamor, to his wife. He stipulates that upon Elizabeth’s death Caroline is to be set free. Fifteen hundred dollars is to be set aside to be used discreetly by the executors for the benefit of Caroline. The remaining estate is to be divided between his wife and children after all debts have been paid.

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