Rachel Rocheley Coleman

18 September 1816–31 May 1896 (Age 79)
Rhea, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Rachel Rocheley

When Rachel Rocheley Coleman was born on 18 September 1816, in Rhea, Tennessee, United States, her father, Absalom William Coleman, was 29 and her mother, Nancy Lillard, was 30. She married William Watson Hilton on 4 January 1830, in Rhea, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Calhoun, Alabama, United States in 1860 and Chulafinnee, Cleburne, Alabama, United States in 1880. She died on 31 May 1896, in Cleburne, Cleburne, Alabama, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Heflin, Cleburne, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Watson Hilton
Rachel Rocheley Coleman
Marriage: 4 January 1830
James Coleman Hilton
Charles Taliaferro Hilton
William Lillard Hilton
John Farmer Hilton Sr
Augustus Birdwell Hilton
Absalom Coleman Hilton
Nancy Susan Hilton
Andrew Burnam Hilton
Elijah Erastus Hilton
Thomas Tilerow Perryman Hilton
Rachael A Hilton
Aroh Hilton

Spouse and Children

4 January 1830
Rhea, Tennessee, United States


    James Coleman Hilton


    Charles Taliaferro Hilton



    John Farmer Hilton Sr


    Augustus Birdwell Hilton


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Age 19

Historical Boundaries - 1835: Randolph, Alabama, United States; 1866: Cleburne, Alabama, United States

Age 30

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Colmáin ‘descendant of Colmán’. This was the name of an Irish missionary to Europe, generally known as St. Columban ( c.540–615 ), who founded the monastery of Bobbio in northern Italy in 614 . With his companion St. Gall, he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout central Europe, so that forms of his name were adopted as personal names in Italian (Columbano), French (Colombain), Czech (Kollman), and Hungarian (Kálmán). From all of these surnames are derived. In Irish and English, the name of this saint is identical with diminutives of the name of the 6th-century missionary known in English as St. Columba ( 521–97 ), who converted the Picts to Christianity, and who was known in Scandinavian languages as Kalman.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Clumháin ‘descendant of Clumhán’, a personal name from the diminutive of clúmh ‘down’, ‘feathers’.3 English: occupational name for a burner of charcoal or a gatherer of coal, Middle English coleman, from Old English col ‘(char)coal’ + mann ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rachel Hilton in household of W W Hilton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • R Hilton in household of Wm Hilton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • R R Hilton in household of W W Hilton, "United States Census, 1880"

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