Dudley Coleman

Dudley COLEMAN(1805 – 1865) was Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather, one of 32 in this generation of the Shaw line.

For more pictures of Dudley’s children and grandchildren see my post Dudley Coleman Extra Pix  Many of these pictures are from the family homestead, thought lost forever and recently rediscovered.

Dudley Coleman was born 17 Nov 1805 in  Vassalboro Maine. His parents were Joseph COLEMAN and  Mary CROSS. Dudley married Cynthia Maria RICHARSON 29 Oct 1829 in China, Kennebec, Maine.  Dudley was a New England farmer, of about 160 acres near Vassalboro, Maine.  Dudley died 25 Sep 1865 in Vassalboro, Maine.

Dudley Coleman & Daughter Eleanor – Gravestone

Cynthia Maria Richardson was born 18 May 1811 in Vassalboro, Maine.  Her parents were Seth RICHARDSON  III and Susanna A. BALCOM.  Cynthia was living in Stillwater, MN when Judith passed away.  Cynthia died 9 Mar 1899 at the residence of her daughter Susannah  Hathaway in  Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota and is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater.

Cynthia Richardson Coleman (1811-1899)
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Children of Dudley Coleman and Cynthia Richardson:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Cynthia Maria Eastman Coleman 8 Aug 1830 Vassalboro Daniel Foster
1 Dec 1857 Augusta, Maine
20 Mar 1897 Augusta, Kennebec, Maine
2. Guilford Dudley COLEMAN 22 Feb 1832 Vassalboro Maine Ellen Celeste WEBBER (twin of Emma)
9 Oct 1855 Vassalboro Maine
Mary J. Woods (Aunt Molly)
7 Feb 1884
at the age of 46 in Anoka Minnesota.
30 Nov 1903 Anoka Minnesota
3. Susannah Richardson Coleman 2 Dec 1834 Vassalboro Calvin Hathaway
23 Jun 1852 Vassalboro, ME
16 Feb 1916 Stillwater, Washington, MN
4. Roxanna “Roxie” Parmenter Coleman 24 Feb 1835 Vassalboro Augustus Plummer
20 Apr 1854
Charles R. Church
5 Sep 1863
Kennebec, ME
Marcellus Lovejoy
22 Aug 1869
30 Nov 1926 Vassalboro
5. Judith Coleman 3 Dec 1836 Vassalboro Milton Lapham
bef. 1863
12 Jan 1898
aged 62
Anoka, MN
6. Eliza Ann Coleman 8 Jul 1837 Vassalboro Edward Lang
Aft. 1930
Portland, ME
7. Charles Richardson Coleman 14 Jun 1841 Vassalboro Mary E. Gardiner
25 Nov 1865 Vassalboro
Abbie Augusta Stewart
12 Jun 1904 Vassalboro
11 Oct 1910 Vassalboro
8. Elvira Brown (Alvira, Vi) Coleman 25  Mar 1845 Maine William Wallace Gilbert
25 Nov 1865 Vassalboro
22 Jan 1930 Vassalboro, Maine
9. Seth Richardson Coleman 18 May 1847 Vassalboro Emma Theresa Miars
2 Jun  1871 Cedar, MN
17 Jun  1936 Ashland, WI
10. Eleanor Coleman 1 Jul 1850 Vassalboro 18 May 1861 Vassalboro
1826 Dudley Coleman Land Purchase Vassalboro, Maine

1826 Dudley Coleman Land Purchase Vassalboro, Maine

1833 Dudley and his brother Joseph Colman sells Saw Mill

1833 Dudley and his brother Joseph Colman sells Saw Mill

Dudley and his family were living in Vassalboro, Maine in the 1850 census, very close to the Oliver Webbers.

Dudley was still living in Vassalboro in the 1860 census.  The 1860 census records that Charles was 20 years old inferring he was born in 1840 while the 1850 census states he was 4 years old inferring he was born in 1846.

1861 - Dudley Colman to Cynthia Colman

1861 – Dudley Colman to Cynthia Colman

Dudley was a blacksmith.

Children of Dudley and Cynthia:

9. Seth Coleman standing, 4. Roxanna Coleman Lovejoy , 6.  Eliza Coleman, 8. Elvira Gilbert, on step Belle and Eleanor Lill Sholes, Emma Coleman and Etta
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

8. Elvira, 7.  Charles,  6. Eliza and sitting  1.  Cynthia Maria Coleman
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

1. Cynthia Maria Eastman Coleman

Dudley’s daughter Cynthia was so big, they had to take the casket through a window.  She was a jolly woman and a favorite aunt.

Did you think they were exaggerating?

Cynthia’s husband Daniel Foster was born 5 Jul 1799 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine,  His parents were Daniel Foster and Philena Pettingill.    He was 31 years older than Cynthia. He first married thirty years earlier 7 Jan 1822 in Augusta, Maine to Rebecca Eaton (1799 – 1856).  Daniel died 7 Mar 1881 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1870 census, Cynthia and Daniel were farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

Daniel Foster and Cynthia Maria Eastman Colman gravestone Wall Cemetery Augusta Maine

Child of Cynthia and Daniel:

i. Annie Rebecca Foster b. 16 Jan 1859 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. 28 Nov 1921 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine); m. 16 Aug 1875 Augusta, Maine to William Amos E. Cunningham (Sep 1853 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine – 1925 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine)  His parents were Richard Warren Cunningham (1825 – 1882) and Maria H Howe Cunningham Shaw (1831 – 1922). Annie and Amos had seven children born between 1875 and 1900.

In the 1910 census, Amos was a general contractor in Augusta, Maine.


2. Guilford Dudley COLEMAN (See his page)


3. Susannah Richardson Coleman

Susannah’s husband Calvin Morey Hathaway was born 27 Oct 1828 in Bucksfield, Maine. His parents were Hiram Hathaway (1789 – 1876) and Hannah Hussely ( – 1844).  Calvin died Jun 1894 in Stillwater, Minnesota.

When the Civil War broke out, Calvin and his family returned to Massachusetts and Calvin  enlisted as a private in the 4th Regiment, Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.  When discharged, the family returned to Stillwater, Minnesota.  In the 1880 census, Calvin was a blacksmith in Stillwater.

Several of Sussanah and Calvin’s children lived their whole lives in Stillwater. Stillwater is part of the Twin Cities metro area in Washington County, Minnesota, directly across the St. Croix River from the state of Wisconsin. The population was 18,225 at the 2010 census. The town was founded by settlers drawn by the area’s then-abundant lumber and river traffic, making it one of Minnesota’s oldest towns, predating Minneapolis by several years. Stillwater was officially incorporated as a city March 4, 1854 (the same day as St. Paul).

Stillwater is often referred to as the birthplace of Minnesota. In 1848, a territorial convention that began the process of establishing Minnesota as a state was held in Stillwater at the corner of Myrtle and Main Streets. Minnesota officially became a territory in 1849 and became a state in 1858.

As more evidence of Stillwater’s importance at the time, the convention selected three leading Minnesota cities as locations for three important public institutions: Minneapolis got the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul became the capital, and Stillwater was chosen as the site of the territory’s first prison. The Minnesota Territorial Prison was opened in 1853.

Eliza Coleman Lang, Susannanh Coleman Hathaway, Calvin Hathaway and 2 children
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Mr and Mrs Calvin M Hathaway age 54 and 49 — 1882 Stillwater. MN
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Children of Susannah and Calvin:

iii. Wills, iv. Effie and v. Addie Hathaway in 1870
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

i. Elbridge C. Hathaway b. 22 May 1853 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; d. bef. 1860 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota)

ii. Alice H. Hathaway b. 2 Dec 1854 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 2 Mar 1856 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

iii. Willis Hiram Hathaway b. 7 Apr 1859 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota; d. 25 Dec 1929 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; m. Mary Josephine Woods (14 Dec 1865 in Ohio – 1945 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon ) Mary’s parents were Benjamin F. Woods (1815 – ) and Caroline Hunt (1839 – ). Willis and Mary had five children born between 1893 and 1901.

Willis Hiram Hathaway
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1900 census, Willis and Mary Josephine lived in Giltedge, Montana where Willis was a blacksmith. My grandmother was born in Giltedge that same year.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hathaway
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

iv. Elizabeth B. “Effie” Hathaway b. 21 May 1863 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota; d.  9 Nov 1917 in Stillwater, Minnesota; m. 6 Jan 1890 Stillwater, Minnesota to John Burnham Northey (21 Dec 1852 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont – 16 Feb 1914 in Stillwater, Washington, Minnesota; Died at the Hospital following Gall Bladder surgery on Feb 12, 1914)  John’s parents were Edward C. Northey (1827 – 1907) and Elizabeth Burnham (1824 – 1913). He first married 3 May 1882

Age: 29 in Stillwater to Harriet E. “Hattie” Booth (b. 3 May 1860 in Diamond Bluff, Pierce, Wisconsin – d. 9 Jun 1889 in Stillwater) and had three children. Effie and John had another three children between 1893 and 1905.

Effie Hathaway age 19 years May21, 1882
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In 1900, John was a building contractor in Stillwater.

v. Adalide “Addie” Eastman Hathaway b. 15 Apr 1866 in Stillwater, Minnesota; d. 4 Jun 1921 in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Adalide didn’t married and lived her whole life in Stillwater. Here’s a google maps picture of the house on 210 Walnut Street East where she died.

Addie E. Hathaway
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1910 census, Annie was living in Stillwater Ward 1, Washington, Minnesota with her mother Susanna.

vi. Harry Lincoln Hathaway b. 20 Oct 1869 in Stillwater, Minnesota; d.  5 Aug 1935 in Stillwater, Minnesota; m.7 Nov 1893 Minnesota to Emma Herrn (6 May 1871 in Minnesota – 14 May 1961 in Stillwater, Minnesota) Emma’s parents were from Germany.

In the 1920 census, Harry had his own blacksmith shop in Stillwater just like his uncle Guilford had in Anoka.

Harry Lincoln Hathaway – Stillwater, MN
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

vii. Calvin Hathaway b. Jul 1871 in Stillwater, Minnesota; d. Bef. 1880 in Stillwater

viii. Annie Shakespere Hathaway b. 27 Apr 1874 in Stillwater, Minnesota; d. 12 Nov 1882 in Stillwater

Annie S Hathaway seven years old 27 Apr 1881 Stillwater, MN
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson


4. Roxanna “Roxie” Parmenter Coleman

Roxanna Parmenter Coleman
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Roxanna’s first husband Augustus Plummer was born about 1833 in Maine and died in the Civil War.

Roxanna’s second husband Charles R. Church was born 8 Jun 1825 in Maine. His parents were Isaac Church and Nancy [__?__].  Roxanna and Charles were divorced before 1868. He was a farmer.

In the 1870 census, Charles was a house carpenter, living with his sisters Harriet and Lucinda in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1880 census, Charles was a truckman boarding in a large establishment in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine.   Most of the other boarders were also working in different jobs, so maybe he wasn’t institutionalized yet or maybe the asylum wasn’t locked down.

Charles R Church Insanity — Daily Kennebec Journal — Mar 9, 1900

Charles died 10 May 1900 in Augusta, Maine of senile insanity and heart disease.

Charles R Church Gravestone — Wall Cemetery, Kennebec County, Maine,

Roxanna’s third husband Marcellus C. Lovejoy was born 31 Mar 1844 in Old Town, Penobscot, Maine, His parents were Collins Lovejoy  (b. 1810 – ) and Thankful Nichols (b. 1816 – ). Marcellus died 24 Feb 1913 in Vassalboro, Maine.

In the 1860 census, Augustus was working as a laborer and Roxanna as a domestic in Richmond, Virginia.

On 31 Jan 1862 Augustus enlisted in Company D, 15th Infantry Regiment Maine. He was promoted to Full Musician in 1862. Company D, 15th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment mustered out on 5 Jul 1866, but think Augustus had died before then.

On 5 Sep 1863, Mrs. Roxannah Plummer married Charles R. Church. Roxannah and Charles didn’t last because she married a third time on 22 Aug 1869 to Marcellus C. Lovejoy.   Marcellus was a machinist. In the 1870 census “Borannah” and “Marselous” Lovejoy lived with her sister Susannah Hathaway’s family in Stillwater, Minnesota with Marcellus working as a saw filler in the mill. Roxanna’s youngest brother Seth Coleman was also living with them and working in the saw mill. Marcellus was recorded in the 1870 census twice, also living with his parents in Old Town, Penobscot, Maine while working at a saw mill.

In the 1910 Roxanna and Marcellus were living in Portland, Maine and by 1920 Roxanna was widowed and living with her nephew Jesse Gilbert’s family. In 1919, Roxanna sold her household goods including 6 cords of wood, tools and furniture to Jesse for the consideration of one dollar.

Roxanna Coleman and Marcellus Lovejoy grave

Here’s the story of the Fifteenth Infantry. I wonder when Charles Plummer dropped out of the picture.  Another relative, this time from my mom’s side of the family, Jonathan PARKS‘ son George also served in the 15th and died of disease  6 Aug 1864 in Washington, Dc while serving in the Maine 15th .  You can see an account of the Red River Campaign on Jonathan’s page.

Cols., John McCluskey, Isaac Dyer; Lieut.-Cols., Isaac Dyer, Benjamin B. Murray, Jr., Pembroke; Majs., Benjamin Hawes, Franklin M. Drew, James H. Whitmore, John R. Coates. This regiment was raised principally in Aroostock county, and was organized at Augusta, Me., from Dec. 6 to 31, 1861, to serve for three years. It was mustered into the U. S. service on Jan. 23, 1862,[one week before Augustus’ enlistment] and embarked from Portland March 6 for Ship island, Miss., at which date it numbered 962 men, rank and file. The regiment remained encamped at Carrollton, La., from May 19 to Sept. 18, during which time it suffered much from malarial diseases. In September it went to Pensacola, Fla., where it remained until June 21, 1863. Here the health of the men so improved that the number in hospital was reduced to less than one-quarter. During the first year of its service the 15th lost by desertion, discharge and death 329 men, although it had never been in battle. On its return to New Orleans in June, 1863, it joined Gen. Banks’ expedition to Texas and rendered conspicuous service in the capture of Fort Esperanza, in Matagorda bay.

While at Matagorda peninsula, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, 1864, three-fourths of the original members of the regiment reenlisted for another term of three years. Returning to New Orleans in March, the regiment formed a part of Gen. Banks’ Red River expedition, during which it marched more than 700 miles in two months, and participated in the battles of Sabine cross-roads, Pleasant Hill, Monett’s Ferry and Mansura plains. In June, 1864, it was ordered to New Orleans, and on July 5 embarked on transports for Fortress Monroe, Va., where it arrived on the 17th. Six companies were then ordered to Bermuda Hundred, and the remaining companies participated in the campaign up the valley in pursuit of Early’s army. The command was reunited at Monocacy Junction, Md., Aug. 4, when the veterans of the regiment who had reenlisted received a 35 days’ furlough, returning to the field Sept. 27. In October it went to Martinsburg, where it remained until Jan. 7, 1865.

The original members of the regiment who had not reenlisted were mustered out on Jan. 18, 1865, but the reenlisted men, recruits, volunteers, drafted men and substitutes forwarded from Camp Berry, Portland, were sufficient to reorganize the regiment, which was ordered to Washington in April, and went to Savannah, Ga., on June 4. On the 13th, it embarked on transports for Georgetown, S. C., where it was assigned to the 3d separate brigade, Department of South Carolina, and remained here until the date of muster out, July 5, 1866, whence the men went to New York, where they were finally paid and discharged.

5. Judith Coleman

1898 Obit

Judith’s husband Milton David Lapham was born in 1827 in Minot, Cumberland, Maine, His parents were Abial Lapham (b. 1789 – )  and Abigail Emery (1800 – ).  Milton first married Elizabeth M. Whitehouse (1830 in Minot, Cumberland, Maine – Bef. 1862 in Grow Township, Anoka, Minnesota) with whom he had two children.   Elizabeth’s parents were Ebenezer Whitehouse and

Elizabeth [__?__].  Milton and Elizabeth moved from Maine to Anoka in 1856.

Milton enlisted as a Sargent in Company C, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry Regiment  the “Mounted Rangers” on 17 Oct 1862.  He mustered out on 31 Oct 1863.

First Cavalry.–Col., Samuel McPhaill; Lieut.-Col., William Pfaender; Majs., John H. Parker, Solomon S. Buell, Orrin T. Hayes. This regiment was made up of twelve companies, organized in the fall of 1862 and was composed largely of men who had lost their wives, children or relatives in the Sioux massacre the previous August and September.

The first battalion of three companies was sent out as soon as organized for guard and patrol duty. In the spring of 1863 nine companies under Col. McPhaill assembled at Camp Pope for the campaign of the Missouri, the other three companies remaining for patrol duty. The regiment was in the Battle of Big Mound., where the 1st battalion led the attack. It fought its way up the steep hill, put the Indians to flight and followed them for 15 miles. The regiment was in the Battle of Dead Buffalo Lake, and was at Stony lake, when the Indians attacked in great force. It reached the Missouri July 29, and returned to Fort Abercrombie. Col. McPhaill, with several companies of cavalry, was sent to Fort Ridgely, which place he reached Sept. 1. The 1st battalion was sent to Fort Ripley and the various companies of the 1st cavalry were mustered out during the fall and winter of 1863-64.

Milton and Judith’s farm was on the Rum River, three miles north of Anoka. Today’s Rum River Nature Preserve is also about 3 miles north of Anoka. Maybe Milton’s farm is part of the reserve.  Milton died Dec 1899 in Anoka, Minnesota

Rum River Nature Preserve

In the 1880 census, Milton and Judie were farming in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota.

Children of Judith and Milton:

Fred S Lapham Obit Anoka Herald Dec 11 1940

Fred S Lapham Obit Anoka Herald Dec 11 1940

i. Fred Stanton Lapham b. 4 Feb 1863 in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota; d.  8 Dec 1940 in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota; m. 25 Sep 1889 Minneapolis, Minnesota to Sarah D. Manley (Apr 1866 in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota – 26 Dec 1927 in Anoka, Minnesota) Sarah’s parents were Patrick Manley (1828 – 1913) and Bridget McNally (1835 – 1910) Fred and Sarah had three children born between 1890 and 1895.

In  the 1900 census,  he was a farmer in Anoka. He was known as “Uncle Fred” to everybody.

ii. Victor Mandel Lapham b. 16 Mar 1869 in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota; d.  8 Jun 1935 in Cathlamet, Wahkiakum, Washington (on Columbia River halfway between Longview and Astoria; m1. 1893 to Edith Florence (Feb 1868 in Iowa – 1 Mar 1939 in Minnesota)

1914 Victor Lapham Postcard — “Dearest Aunt, the baby you used to hold in your arms and his 21 year wife
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Victor M. Lapham
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1910 census, Victor was living with Edith in St Paul and working as a telegraph operator for the railroad. After Victor and Edith divorced, he married Anna Olene (1881 in Wisconsin – After 1935) In the 1920 census, Victor and Edith were still living in St Paul and Victor was still an operator for the railway. Victor moved from Minnesota to Washington in 1925. In 1930, Victor was living with Anna in Cathlamet, Wahkiakum, Washington and working as a carpenter with his own shop. For several months prior to his death he worked for the CCC in the tool room.

iii. Elbertina “Bertie” Lapham b. 23 Jan 1874 in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota; d. 19 Dec 1964 in Portland, Oregon; m. 12 Apr 1894 to Alvah (Asa) L. French (27 Jul 1872 in Northfield, Dakota, Minnesota – 21 May 1949 in Anoka, Minnesota) Alvah’s parents were James French (1836 – ) and Adaline [__?__] (1844 – ) Bertie and Alvah had four children born between 1897 and 1911.

Shortly after they married, Alvah gave up work as an interior decorator and took up farming in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota from which he retired in 1935.

In the 1920 census, Alvah and Bertie were farming in Grow, Anoka, Minnesota.


6. Eliza Ann Coleman

Eliza Coleman Lang (1837 – Aft, 1930)
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Eliza’s husband Edward M. Lang was born 20 Nov 1835 in Deering, Cumberland, Maine. His parents were Samuel Wells Lang and Sarah Carleton. Edward died 9 Oct 1901 in Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine.

According to her niece Bertie, Eliza loved to write poetry.

EM Lang Sr.from “A History of the canning industry”

Edward invented a process for making solder for cans and owned E. M Lang Solder. Can Manufacturers Institute Timeline – 1866 – E. M. Lang of Maine was granted a patent for sealing tin cans by casting or dropping bar solder in measured drops on can ends. That same year, J. Osterhoudt patented the tin can with a key opener.

Lang’s Solder

A History of the canning industry edited by Arthur Ignatius Judge

The Evolution of Solder Making by E M Lang Jr.

We hardly know how to speak of the rise and progress of the solder business in the United States without a personal reference to our own business. The late E. M. Lang, the founder of this company, and the pioneer of the business, as we claim, began business for himself in 1859 with one small lathe to repair and manufacture dies for canners. In 1860 he began a series of costly experiments perfecting machinery for the manufacture of canners’ solder, and at last succeeded. In company with Mr. George Burnham, Jr., a silent partner, he organized the firm of E. M. Lang Co. In 1869 they had branch works in Baltimore and continued in business as manufacturers there until 1873, after which the firm had a salesroom there for several years.

Mr. Lang, a pioneer in the movement, was compelled to invent at once his machinery and his process. Of course, at the present time there are very many solder manufacturers in the country, but we claim for the late head of this firm the honor of being a pioneer. The letters patent granted to Mr. Lang covered practically the entire range of the business. October 9th. 1866, Mr. Lang was granted a patent for an improved method of casting solder for canners. This patent covered the casting of solder in continuous bars or separate drops, and his process secured the mathematical correctness of the amount required, and thus obtained a limitation not known before.

February 21st. 1871. he received a patent for the improvement in casting solder wire, in which reference was made to the fact that he was alrcadv the grantee of letters patent for a machine for casting solder in drops or sticks. This was an improvement upon the old form of forcing the solder through holes in a metal plate. It was claimed that the flat wire produced bv this patent could be applied at a great saving of time and material in the soldering of covers and studs of cans for the preservation of fruit.

Lang’s Patented Solder Machine

In this claim Mr. Lang said: “The great superiority of my method lies in the rapiditv of the operation, while the old process entailed waste of solder, more frequent heating of irons and the less neat appearance of the can.”

EM Lang received the highest award, medal and diploma on wire drop and stick solders at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

It would not have been possible for the canning business to have developed to its present enormous proportions without the machines invented by Mr. Lang and others. As in the case of the Lang drop solder machine, capable of producing 10,000 pounds of drop solder per day with one man. It is with pardonable pride, as we believe, that we look backwards to the past and find that our founder, the late Mr. Lang, supplied exactly the article the growing industry needed

Eliza Coleman Lang, Susannanh Coleman Hathaway and Calvin Hathaway and 2 children
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1900 census, Edward and Eliza were living in Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine where Edward was a solder and dye maker. In 1903 they lived at 24 Lincoln Street, Portland, Maine

Children of Eliza and Edward:

i. Rosetta Hotten Lang b. 21 Oct 1859 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine ; d. aft 1920 in Maine; m1. 14 Nov 1877 to John F. Dunham (Oct 1856 in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine – aft 1905 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine) John’s parents were John Dunham (1819 – 1880) and Frances E (1820 – 1887) Rosetta and John had two children: Edward F. (b. 1879) and Lilla May (b. 1882)

After her divorce from John, Rosetta married 20 Nov 1897 to Oscar Franklin Skillings (23 Mar 1857 Portland, Maine – 27 Jul 1904 Portland, Maine) Oscar’s parents were Andrew Skillings and Nancy R Noyes (1825 – ) Oscar was a blacksmith.

Etta Dunham on right end

Etta Dunham on right end
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1900 census, Oscar was working as a  carriage blacksmith in Porland, Maine. The house where Oscar died of Phthisis (tuberculosis) in 1904, 34 Alba Street, portland, maine, was being painted in 2009.

m3. 20 Mar 1920 in Westbrook, Main to her cousin (see below) Seth Elison Gilbert (23 Aug 1869 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota – 10 Mar 1939 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine) In 1920, Rosetta was working as a private family nurse and Seth as a painter.

In 1930, Seth was living with his brother Jesse in Vassalboro and working as a painter.  His marital status was listed as “married”, but Rosetta was not part of the household.

Rosetta Hotten Lang

ii. Edward M. Lang  b. 25 Jun 1865 in Cumberland, Maine; d. 9 Dec 1932 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine; m. 1888 to Ella M. Freeman (Mar 1868 in Maine – Prior to 1930 census) Edward and Ella had two children: Robert Hanson (b. 1890) and Ernest Freeman (b. 1893)

In 1903, Edward lived at 249 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine.. [Under the I295 interchange today]..

In the 1910 census, Edward was the propriator of his father’s solder factory in Portland, Maine.

EM Lang Jr.from his article in A History of the canning industry

iii. Charles Elden Lang b. 9 Sep 1872 in Deering, Cumberland, Maine; d.  17 Jul 1961 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine; m. 12 Sep 1894 to Ruth E. Merrill (Apr 1875 in Deering, Cumberland, Maine – After 1940 census) Ruth’s parents were Charles Merrill and Susan [__?__].

Charles and Emma Lang</br> Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Charles and Emma Lang
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1930 census, Charles was living with his father-in-law in Portland, Maine and working as a machinist for the steam railroad. His daughter Ruth (1896 – 1955) also lived with the family and owned a beauty salon.

In the 1940 census, Charles, Ruth and Ruth all lived at 51 Inverness Street, Portland, Maine.

iv. George Burnham Lang  b. 7 Nov 1873 in Deering, Cumberland, Maine; d. 13 Dec 1970 in Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts; m. 3 Jun 1896 to Fannie Foster Cobb (7 Jan 1875 in Maine – 28 Nov 1971 in Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts ) George and Fannie had one daughter Beatrice (1903 – 1978).

Fanny and George Lang

Fanny and George Lang
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1910 census, George worked at an automobile shop in Portland, Maine. Interestingly he went by Burnham instead of Lang. By 1920, he was back to using “Lang”.

In the 1940 census, George and Fannie were living at 21 Mechanic Street, Portland, Maine.

v. Eliza Belle Lang b. 24 Oct 1876 in Deering, Cumberland, Maine; d.  aft 1960 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine; m. 16 Sep 1896 Alton Irving Cropley (28 May 1875 in Maine – 25 Apr 1953 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine) Alton’s parents were Henry T Cropley and Lucy [__?__] Eliza and Alton had one child Eleanor Belle (1905 – 1984).

Belle Lang Cropley
Photo Credit: Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1920 census, Alton owned a shoe store in Portland, Maine.


7. Charles Richardson Coleman

Charles’ first wife Mary E. Gardner was born 28 Oct 1835 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Her parents were Alexander Gardner (1797 Nantucket – ) and Mary Pinkham (Sydney Maine – ).  Mary died 15 Apr 1900 in Vassalboro, Maine of cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease.

Mary E. Gardner (Mrs Charles R Coleman)
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Charles’ second wife  Abbie Augusta Stewart  was born 12 Jun 1844 in Monson, Maine. Her parents were Elijah Wyman Stewart and Sarah Fisher Springer. Abbie first married 14 Mar 1871 to Marshall Harvey Culver (9 Jan 1816 in Norwich, Vermont – 29 Aug 1895 in Medford, Mass.) Abbie died 15 Nov 1920 in Corona, Riverside, California.

Charles Coleman
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1880 census, Charles and Mary were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Charles mother Cynthia was living with the family.

Charles died of Mycorditus (inflammation of the heart muscle)

Charles Richardson Coleman Headstone — Union Cemetery Kennebec County Maine,

Children of Charles and Mary:

George Coleman and sisters Lillian and Effie

(iii) George Coleman and sisters (ii) Lillian and (i) Effie
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

i. Effie Hathaway Coleman b. 24 Dec 1866 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d.  27 Jan 1937 in Vassalboro, Maine; m. 8 Jan 1887 in Augusta Maine to Duncan Christopher Walker (27 Apr 1860 in New York – 28 May 1912 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts) Duncan’s parents were Duncan H Walker (1827 – 1860) and Anna [__?__] (1831 – )

Effie Walker and children: left to right  Nellie Edna Walker, Ralph Waldo Walker and Elsie May Walker  May 12, 1917 Newton, Mass.
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1910 census, Duncan was a plumber in Newton Ward 1, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

ii Lillian May Coleman b. 30 Aug 1869 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 1946 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 21 Sep 1889 to Charles F. Connor (Aug 1866 in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine – 24 Aug 1936 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine)  His parents were Jonathan M Connor (1825 – 1899) and Mary J. Rogers(1827 – 1894)

Lillian and Charles had one child Nellie Alleen Connor (1892 – 1985)

Lillian and Charles F Connor and their daughter Aline – June 1906
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1920 census, Charles was a salesman in Augusta, Maine.

iii. George Weston Coleman b. 23 Oct 1876 in Vassalboro, Maine; d.  20 Mar 1923 in Vassalboro, Maine

George Weston Coleman 21 yr 1 mo 29 days taken Dec 21 1897
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1910 census, George W was living with his parents in Vassalboro and working as a paper hanger. In the 1920 census, George was farming in Vasalboro.

iv. Harvey Alexander Coleman b. 28 Apr 1879 in Vassalboro, Maine; d. 14 Sep 1880 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine


8. Elvira Brown Coleman 

Elvira Brown Coleman

Elvira Brown Coleman
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Elvira’s husband  William Wallace Gilbert was born 3 Jun 1839 in Leeds, Kennebec, Maine.   His parents were Edward Jones Gilbert (1815 – 1899) and Deborah Turner (1818 –  1897).  He first married 10 Aug 1862 to Mahala B. Bumpus (1841 in Leeds, Androscoggin, Maine – 18 May 1863 in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine) who died in childbirth.  William died 21 Apr 1916 in Vassalboro, Maine.

William Wallace Gilbert age 52 in 1891
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the Civil War, William was a private in 1st Maine Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.   He enlisted 30 Jan 1864 and transferred to Company G, Maine 1st Cavalry Regiment on 19 Feb 1864. Mustered out on 01 Aug 1865 at Petersburg, VA.

1st Maine Cavalry Reenactors —  mainecav.org/

Three hundred selected men from the 1st Regiment participated in the daring raid of Gen. Kilpatrick to the vicinity of Richmond, Feb. 27 to March 12, 1864, the loss of the 1st in this famous raid being 93 men killed, wounded or missing and over 200 horses. It also moved with the cavalry corps on Gen. Sheridan’s first raid, May 9, 1864, until within 3 miles of Richmond. In the engagement at Trevilian Station, June 24, 1864, its loss was 10 officers and 58 enlisted men.

During August of this year its loss in killed, wounded and missing was 49 men and 75 horses, and the total casualties during 1864 amounted to 295 officers and enlisted men. In Aug., 1864, seven companies of the 1st D. C. cavalry were transferred and assigned to the several companies of this regiment by a special order of the war department. The original members of the regiment whose term of service expired Nov. 4, 1864, were mustered out at Augusta, Me., on the 25th, while the regiment, now composed of veterans recruits and members of the 1st D. C. cavalry whose term had not expired, participated in the closing battles of the war; was mustered out of the U. S. service at Petersburg, Va., Aug., 1, 1865, and arrived in Augusta, Me., on the 9th.

William and Elvira Gilbert
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1870 census, Gilbert and Elivra were living in Anoka, Minnesota where Gilbert was a painter.

Elvira Coleman Gilbert

Elvira Coleman Gilbert – 1920

In the 1880 census, Gilbert was an attendant and Elvira was a cook living and working at a large institution in Augusta, Maine.

Elvira Coleman – Obit

Children of Elvira and William:

Gilbert Family 1915
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

i. Infant son Gilbert

ii. Flora M. Gilbert b. 21 Oct 1866 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota; d.  17 Aug 1867 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota of Canker of the Bowels  Oakwood Cemetery, Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota, Plot: Blk 5, Lot 1)

iii. Edward Leslie Gilbert b. 21 Jan 1868 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota; d. 24 Jan 1939 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine); m. 2 Aug 1899 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine to Carrie Viola Johnson (25 Sep 1857 in Augusta, Maine – 12 Dec 1946 in Augusta, Maine) Carrie’s parents were Lewis P. Johnson (1827 – ) and Lydia C. Norton (1831 – )

Edward Leslie Gilbert

Edward Leslie Gilbert
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Carrie Viola Johnson

Carrie Viola Johnson
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

In the 1910 census, Edward was the proprietor of a boarding house in Augusta, Maine.

iv. Seth Elison Gilbert b. 23 Aug 1869 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota; d. 10 Mar 1939 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m1. 5 Dec 1892 in Portland, Maine to Elizabeth (Lizzie) M. Jones (Oct 1866 in Cliff Island, Cumberland, Maine – ) Elizabeth’s parents were Charles D Jones and

Hattie Griffin

After he divorced Elizabeth in Oct 1905, he married 16 Jul 1909 to Lottie Mary Cash (Aug 1870 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine – ) Lottie’s parents were Arthur Cash (1824 – ) and Dorcas Ann Mason (1829 – ) Lottie previously married in 1893 to Frank C Ramsdell (1861 – 1907) and had two children Fred Arthur(b. 1893) and Ray Newell (b. 1899)

Seth was a motorman and Lottie was a waitress.

On 20 Mar 1920 Lottie M Cash of Portland Maine married Leo A Borden of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Leo was born in 1882 in Chicago, Illinois making him 14 years younger than Lottie.

The same day, 20 Mar 1920, Seth married his cousin Rosetta Hotten Lang (See above) I wonder what was the story of the divorce and double marriage.

Rosetta Hotten Lang b. 21 Oct 1859 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine ; d. aft 1930 in Maine; m1. 14 Nov 1877 to John F. Dunham (Oct 1856 in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine – aft 1905 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine) After her divorce from John, Rosetta married Oscar Franklin Skillings (23 Mar 1857 Portland, Maine – 27 Jul 1904 Portland, Maine)

In the 1900 census, Oscar was working as a  carriage blacksmith in Porland, Maine. The house where Oscar died of Phthisis (tuberculosis) in 1904, 34 Alba Street, portland, maine, was being painted in 2009.

In 1920, Rosetta was working as a private family nurse and Seth as a painter.

In 1930, Seth was living with his brother Jesse in Vassalboro and working as a painter.  His marital status was listed as “married”, but Rosetta was not part of the household.

Seth Gilbert

Seth Gilbert
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

v. Jesse Stevens Gilbert b. 17 Sep 1872 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota; d.  7 Sep 1940 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 15 Dec 1897 in Vassalboro to Estella Blanche Sherman (23 Jan 1879 in Vassalboro, Maine – 20 Jun 1931 in Vassalboro, Maine) Estella’s parents were Clarence Austin Sherman (1853 – 1937) and Nellie Lavina Dailey (1851 – 1885) Jesse and Estella had five childrern born between 1900 and 1920.

Jesse Stevens Gilbert – Augusta, Maine
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Estella Blanche Sherman

Estella Blanche Sherman
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Four Generations:  Jesse Gilbert with his grandson Minard Lyman Gray   1918 - 2002 , daughter Gladys Claire Gilbert   1900 - 1987  and mother Elvira Brown Coleman   1845 - 1930

Four Generations: Jesse Gilbert with his grandson Minard Lyman Gray
(1918 – 2002), daughter Gladys Claire Gilbert
(1900 – 1987) and mother Elvira Brown Coleman
(1845 – 1930)

In the 1930 census, Jesse was living in Vassalboro and working as a painter with his brother Seth,


9. Seth Coleman

Seth’s wife Emma Theresa Miars was born 14 Sep 1853 in Chester, Penobscot, Maine. Her parents were George W Miars and Cyrena Pratt.   Emma came to Minnesota when she was two years old.  Emma died 13 Dec 1919 in Ashland, Ashland, Wisconsin.

Emma Theresa Miars — Mrs Seth Coleman
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Seth spent his early years on the family farm in Vassalboro, Maine, but in 1865, at age 17, he traveled West with his sister Susan and her husband Calvin Hathaway. The Hathaways and Seth settled in Stillwater, Minnesota. Seth found work as a lumberjack during the winter, a log driver in spring, and as a sawmill worker through the summer months. He worked in the woods for seven years, up until the time of his marriage in 1871.

Seth Coleman, standing left. His brother, Guilford D. Coleman, standing right. Their cousin, Dr. Nathan Coleman MD, seated. Photo taken in Anoka, MN late 1880′s
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

At that point in time, he became an apprentice blacksmith in a shop owned by his brother, Gilford D. COLEMAN, located in Anoka, Minnesota and lived across the Mississippi River in Champlin.  According to his niece, he was quite a character.  He was a happy-go-lucky guy, good natured and really lazy.  His wife, Emma, was a nagger.  His niece wrote she could still hear her “SETH” when she was yelling at him,  He didn’t earn enough to satisfy her and she’d scold all the time about how shiftless, lazy and dirty he was.  But Seth took it all in stride and laughed in spite of it all.  He was very comical, had many tales to tell, always wore his hat at a crazy angle.

After completing his apprenticeship, Seth moved to Stillwater, Minnesota, where he opened his own blacksmith shop.  However, in 1891, Seth moved his family to northern Wisconsin, after securing a job as a blacksmith for the Ohio Coal Co., in Ashland. He remained with the company until it closed in 1894. Seth, his wife Emma, and his youngest son, Vernon, returned to Champlin.

In the 1900 census, Seth, Emma and Vernon lived in Champlin, Hennepin, Minnesota where Seth was a blacksmith.

In 1918, Seth and Emma came back to Ashland to live with their son, Hale and children, after Hale’s wife, Isabelle, died. He was so proud of Hale who was Superintendent of Mails in Ashland.

Seth R. Coleman, 87 years old, by bridge over Rum River, Anoka, MN 1934. Born in North Vassalboro, ME 1847. Youngest brother of Guilford D. Coleman,

Emma died in 1919 but Seth remained with Hale until 1921 and then returned to Champlin. In 1931, at age 84, Seth came back to Ashland and lived with his son Hale until the time of his death in 1936, at the age of 89.

Seth Coleman obit

Seth R Coleman obit Anoka Union July 1 1936

Children of Seth and Emma:

i. Lula May Coleman b. 6 Sep 1873 in Anoka, Minnesota; d. 2 Feb 1952 in Ashland, Ashland, Wisconsin; m. 19 Jan 1893 to James Edward Henry (24 May 1870 in Collins Center, New York – 22 Oct 1949 in Ashland, Ashland, Wisconsin) James’ parents were John Newton Henry and Diana Merchant. Lulu and James had three children.

In the 1910 census, James was chief engineer at a water works in Ashland, Wisconsin

Seth’s daughter Lulu May Coleman and her husband and James Henry Aug 1921
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

ii. Hale Sylvester Coleman b. 1 Jan 1875 in Champlin, Hennepin, Minnesota; d. 21 Apr 1955 in Clearwater, Florida; m1. Isabella Armstrong (27 Sep 1874 in St Joseph, Berrien, Michigan – 29 Jan 1918 in Ashland, Wisconsin)  Isabella’s parents were

Samuel Armstrong (1842 – ) and Alice Robinson (1854 – ) Hale and Isabella had four children born between 1909 and 1915.

m2. Edith Hagen (1875 – 1941 Manatee, Florida); m3. Mary Houtte (24 Jan 1882 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – 29 Jul 1968 in St Petersburg, Florida)

Hale was married three times. Mary (Huotte) Sharp was his last wife, and she survived Hale.

Hale Coleman age 18 Feb 26 1893 Ashland, Wisconsin
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

Hale was 16 years old in 1891 when the Seth Coleman family moved from Champlin, Minnesota, to Ashland, Wisconsin. At age 19 he was employed as a coal derrick operator for the Wisconsin Central Railroad Company, until the end of the navigation season in 1894. Hale, his father, mother, and younger brother Vernon, moved back to Champlin in 1894.

Hale worked as a farm hand in the Champlin area until 1898, when he secured a job as a fireman on the tug, “Arthur,” that was operating out of the Keystone Lumber Company, in Ashland. At the end of the navigation season he was hired as a janitor by the Ashland Public School System where he was employed until May of 1899. from that point on, Hale worked in the machine shop and round house for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and then for the Jones and Adams Coal Company, as a derrick operator.

In 1901, he was called into the U.S. Postal Service as a substitute mail carrier. He served in that capacity until 1903, when a postal clerk job opened. Hale worked as a postal clerk until he was promoted to the position of Superintendent of Mails in 1917. In 1929, he was again promoted to the position of Assistant Postmaster. Hale retired form the U.S. Postal Service in 1933, at age 58.

In the 1920 census, Hale was widowed with four small children [Richard, Thomas, Dorothy and Margery]  and working as a Postal Superintendent in Ashland, Wisconsin. In the 1930 census, Hale was still a single widow, this time with four teenagers.

Marjory Coleman age 7 years 1922
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson

iii. Vernon Pratt Coleman b. 16 Oct 1888 in Champlin, Hennepin, Minnesota; d. 12 Dec 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; m.16 Aug 1922 Minnesota to Alice Christine Gagnelius (15 Mar 1898 in Minneapolis, Minnesota – 12 Feb 1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota). Alice’s parents’ were Olaf Gagnelius (3 Jul 1873 Sweden – 18 Sep 1952) and Christine Lindstrom (14 Feb 1871 Sweden – 14 Nov 1928)

Vernon served in the U.S. Army during the First World War, and fought in three major battles (one was in the Argonne Forest.) He became a very successful commercial artist and was employed by the Minneapolis Color Photo and Engraving Company, as a greeting card illustrator.

In the 1940 census, Vernon and Alice lived at 3911 York Ave North,  Robbinsdale, Hennepin, Minnesota where Vernon was a commercial artist at a photo and engraving company.

Vernon Pratt Coleman Taken in Boys Brigade suit 23 Nov 1900, Anoka, Minnesota
Photo Courtesy of Margaret Gilbert Peterson



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