William Griffin Coleman

31 August 1856–7 September 1903 (Age 47)
Marion, South Carolina, United States

The Life of William Griffin

When William Griffin Coleman was born on 31 August 1856, in Marion, South Carolina, United States, his father, Griffin Coleman, was 36 and his mother, Elizabeth Frances Betsy Whaley, was 30. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Annie Boatwright. He lived in South Carolina, United States in 1870 and Le Gette Township, Marion, South Carolina, United States for about 20 years. He died on 7 September 1903, in Marion, Marion, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Palmer Cemetery, Marion, South Carolina, United States.

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William Griffin Coleman
Annie Boatwright
Benjamin Franklin Coleman
Mary Elizabeth Coleman

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World Events (8)


Age 4

In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.

Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 14

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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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  • William G Coleman in household of James A Sawyer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William G Coleman in household of James A Sawyer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Griffian Coleman, "United States Census, 1900"

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