Rebecca Coleman

30 September 1861–12 May 1953 (Age 91)
Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Coleman was born on 30 September 1861, in Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, her father, David B. Coleman, was 33 and her mother, Jane Martindale, was 34. She married Charles A Reed on 26 November 1879, in Pennington, Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States. She lived in Mercer, New Jersey, United States for about 5 years and Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States for about 10 years. She died on 12 May 1953, in Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Ewing, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

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Charles A Reed
Rebecca Coleman
Marriage: 26 November 1879

Spouse and Children

    Charles A Reed



26 November 1879
Pennington, Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States

Parents and Siblings

    David B. Coleman


    Jane Martindale




    George H Coleman


    Thaddeus G. Coleman


    Sarah E Coleman


    Jeuriel Watson Coleman




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World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 18

Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Age 25

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • Rebecca Dilts in household of Joseph B Dilts, "New Jersey State Census, 1905"
  • Rebecca Reed, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Rebecca Reed in household of Charles Reed, "United States Census, 1880"

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