Daniel Coleman (b1838)


Born:September 7, 1838, Athens, AL
Died:June 29, 1906, Huntsville, AL
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL
Brother of:Franklin Coleman
Father of:John LeVert Coleman


•  "Son of Daniel and Elizabeth Lockhart (Peterson) Coleman. He numbered among his ancestry Col. Richard Cocke, of England, a member of the house of burgesses in 1634, 1644, and 1646; Col. Samuel Lockhart; Capt. William Hartwell; and Capt. John Ruffin, all prominent in colonial history. The sword of his grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who fought in the Revolutionary War as colonel of a regiment, was kept by the family until their home in Athens was sacked by Federal troops." - Alabama Biography

•  "Mr. Coleman received his early schooling in Athens under the instruction of Mr. Echols and Mr. Frazer, and at Hanover Academy from Frederick and Lewis Coleman, and Mr. Schooler. He was graduated with honor from the Wesleyan College at Florence, 1859, and later, from the law school of the University of Virginia." - Alabama Biography

•  "He was admitted to the bar in 1860, and practiced for a short time before the War of Secession at Athens. During that time he also published a newspaper, 'The Courier,' which ardently supported the Southern cause. At the beginning of hostilities he enlisted in the Madison Rifles as a private, March, 1861, with his brother John Hartwell Coleman. He first saw service in Pensacola, Fla., with the Seventh Alabama Infantry regiment, and after several months, was transferred to the army of Virginia and became a member of the staff of Gen. Philip St. George Cocke. At the death of Gen. Cocke, Mr. Coleman was transferred to the army of Tennessee, Gen. Wood's staff, Cleburne's division. When his brother, Capt. John A. Coleman, of Hawkins' battalion of Sharpshooters was killed in the battle of Murfreesboro, he became captain of the same company. He remained with the battalion until it was practically destroyed on Chickamauga field. In that battle another brother, Lieut. Richard Vance Coleman, fell at his side. After that time he was attached to Wheeler's cavalry and finally surrendered with that band. Capt. Coleman had narrowly escaped death a number of times. At Shiloh his horse was shot from under him, and later during the fame battle, a part of his uniform was carried off. At another time his canteen was shot from him and his coat was rent with bullets." - Alabama Biography

•  "After the establishment of peace, Mr. Coleman, having been stripped of all his possessions by the war, taught school to support himself and secure an education for his younger brothers. After some time at that occupation, he located in Athens and began to practice law. In 1872, after serving as solicitor for Limestone County, he was elected State Senator from Limestone and Lauderdale Counties. He held his seat in the senate for three sessions and resigned in 1875 in order to practice law in Huntsville. Soon after, he was elected solicitor of the eighth judicial circuit by the general assembly, and held the office for six years. He was a delegate to the national Democratic convention in Chicago, at which Grover Cleveland was nominated for president, and was the first Alabamian to cast his vote for Cleveland. In 1886, he was appointed by President Cleveland to the consulship at St. Etinenne, France. He remained there until the failing health of his wife forced him to resign and seek a milder climate. He lived for some time on the Island of Capri, in the Bay of Naples, before returning to his home in Huntsville, where he reentered the legal profession. He was appointed a lay-reader by Bishop Wilmer, and served for many years at the 'Nativity'" or Mother church, and also at the chapel at Dallas Mills." - Alabama Biography

•  "Married: June 17, 1873, at Huntsville, Mary Claude LeVert, daughter of Francis John and Ann Eliza (Withers) LeVert, of Huntsville, the latter a descendant of William Claiborne, born in Westmoreland County, England, about 1587, who came to Virginia in 1621, was a member of the council, secretary of state, deputy governor, and treasurer of Virginia, and of Augustine and Mary (Herbert) Claiborne, and, through Ann Fox, of Gov. West of Virginia; granddaughter of Dr. Claudius and Anne Lea (Metcalfe) LeVert, the former fleet surgeon to the Count of Rochambeau, the latter a descendant of William Strachey of Saffron Waiden. Essex, England, who came to Virginia in 1610, was appointed secretary of state, wrote a well-known history of early Virginia, and of John Strachey and Elizabeth Vernon, the sister of Admiral Vernon; great-granddaughter of Margueritta (Verdot) LeVert, of Nancy, France" - Alabama Biography

•  He was a Democrat, a Knight Templar and Master Mason. - Alabama Biography

•  Father of:
1. John LeVert Coleman, born September 7, 1877, married M. L. Fletcher, daughter of Hon. A. S. Fletcher of Huntsville.
2. Verdot "Vere" Coleman, m. Edwin Russel Dickenson, attorney-at-law of Tampa, FL - Alabama Biography

Related Links:

•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, pp. 373-4.

•  Alabama Biography for his father - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, p. 373. This is the bio of Daniel Jr.'s father, Daniel Coleman, Sr., who was a lawyer, judge, educator, and civic leader in Athens, AL. The family genealogy is also detailed here.

•  Ancestry.com - Page owned by Burgess Donenelly and requires Ancestry.com membership to view. (Originally found at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/8542276/person/2058646857.)

•  Boddie - Virginia Historical Genealogies by John Bennett Boddie, © 1954, p. 43.

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Alabama Biography
•  Alabama Biography for his father
•  Franklin Coleman
•  John LeVert Coleman