|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1822|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||May 20, 1908|
Mary Hutchison Grogan was born to Jonathan "John" D. Grogan and Hester "Jane" Hall in Grogansville, Rockingham County, North Carolina. Older family members say Mary had curly, auburn hair. The parents of her mother, Jane, have not been identified. Her father, John, descends from Bartholomew Grogan Sr., who is believed to be the first of her line to immigrate to America. Mary's great grandfather, Bartholomew Grogan is reported as born about 1727 in County Offaly, Ireland. He may have come as a British soldier during the French and Indian Wars to put down the recurring offenses on the Virginia frontiers between 1751 and 1758.
On Aug. 2, 1760, Bartholomew Grogan received a grant for 384 acres on Buffalo Island Creek, on the north side of the Dan River, in Granville County, North Carolina near the Pittsylvania County, Virginia line. He is reported to have married Lurenia Smith? Mar. 11, 1773, Bartholomew and his wife Susannah sold part of this land, which was then in the bounds of Guilford County. In 1778, Bartholomew was a co-founder and resident of Grogansville in Guilford County where they were members of the Matrimony Baptist Church. It is believed most or all of Bartholomew's children (said to be about 9-12) were born on the Buffalo Island Creek land. Bartholomew is said to have died between 1817-1820 in Rockingham County, and did not leave a Will. The identity of Mary's great grandmother is unknown.
Mary's grandparents, William Grogan and Mildred "Milly" Davidson married about 1792 in Rockingham County, North Carolina. Seven children are known to have been born of this union in Rockingham County. In 1825, for "Love and Affection" Millie deeded to her husband 125 acres of land in Rockingham County, which William sold in 1838, presumably just before they removed to Calloway County, Kentucky. The parents and all but one of their adult children, Bartholomew "Bartlett" Grogan, removed to Calloway County, Kentucky after 1838. Gold Leaf tobacco was at this time the major crop in Kentucky.
Mary's father, John, and mother, Jane, married about 1821. Her known siblings are:
--Sara, born about 1826
--Emily A., born about 1828
--William C., born Jun. 7, 1830
--Jonathan S., born Oct. 1831
--Elizabeth "Bettie" W., born about 1836
--Nancy Jane, born about 1839
In the 1840 census for Rockingham County, it was found that the Jonathan D. Grogan family was at that time a near neighbor to Diannah Walker, the grandmother of Robert Spillsby Coleman, son of Tilman Sharpe Coleman and Jennett Walker. Robert probably knew Mary before he departed to Calloway County, Kentucky when she was about 12-13 years old. From this census to Mary's marriage to Robert, we know the Jonathan D. Grogan family removed to Calloway County, Kentucky between 1840-1845.
Mary H. Grogan gave proof of age (22 years) before she and Robert S. Coleman were married by T. S. Hamblin, Minister, on Jun. 7, 1845 in Concord, Calloway County, Kentucky. They were the parents of:
--John Spilsby Coleman
--Elizabeth Caroline Coleman, wife of John Sanders Fort
--Jane Sharp Coleman, wife of John Wesley Spain
--Emily Rebecca Coleman, wife of William A. Heathcott
--Robert Poindexter Coleman, husband of Mary Elizabeth Harp
--DeWitt Eugene Coleman, husband of Kataca Mittie Joe Dalton
--William Samuel Coleman, husband of Dicey Elizabeth Lee
Son, John Spilsby, died on Sep. 11, 1857 in Calloway County just before the family was to depart for Arkansas. The long trip was made with the families of William C. Grogan (Mary's younger brother) and his wife Eliza Ann McKinney; Robert McCuiston and his wife Elizabeth Grogan (Mary's younger sister); and the family Young McKinney with Susan McKinney (brother and sister of Eliza Ann). They reached Clarksville, Scott (later Johnson) County, Arkansas in 1857. They remained in the area more than two years before removing to Chigger Valley in Revalee, Scott County, Arkansas.
Recorded in the Jul. 10, 1860 census for Revilee are:
--Dwelling 428 422: W. C. Grogan, wife Eliza A., son D. C., and sister in law Susan McKiney
--Dwelling 442 437: Robert S. Coleman, wife Mary H., children S. T., Ann E., E. C., J. S., E. R., R. P., D. W. U.
--Dwelling 453 448: R. G. McCristin, wife E. W., daughter Lola B.
Mary's brother in law, Robert McCuiston was killed by bushwackers in 1861, and her sister, Elizabeth died in that year in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky enroute to her parents in Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky. Her daughter Lola was never found. Her father, John Grogan, did find her son Andrew Johnson McCuiston, who was born in Revilee on Dec. 1, 1860.
When Civil War was proclaimed, William Grogan joined Capt. Wiley A. Tumlinson's independent calavary at Waldron in Scott County on Jul. 20, 1862. After the Civil War, William moved his family back to Calloway County, Kentucky.
The Robert Coleman family is recorded in the Jun. 9, 1870 census for Revilee, Scott County, Arkansas. Robert passed away on May 29, 1872. After Robert's death, family history says Mary received proposals of marriage, which she rejected, one of which at gunpoint.
Mary's father, John Grogan, died on Mar. 23, 1877 in Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky.
On Feb. 4, 1878, Mary H. Coleman by deed "gave land for the Christian Church." Men of the Liberty Community built the Liberty Church and Schoolhouse on this land, located northeast of the Coleman homeplace.
No record of the death of Mary's mother, Jane, has been found. However, Mary did receive a post card dated Jun. 22, 1886 from the Post Master at Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky informing her that W. C. Grogan had sent her money on May 15, and that if she had not received it to please advise at the Paris Post Office. The money may have been for her portion of inheritance to be received after her mother's death.
Mary's son Dee Coleman, his daughters and the daughters of her son Sam Coleman lived with her in the log homeplace. Dee had a natural bent for business, and was considered "well to do." He partnered with Sam in the Coleman Bros. grist that was once located on present Lennie Graham Road. Sharecropper homes, which he owned and rented, once lined present Coleman Road, and Mortgages still exist for crop agreements he made with with sharecroppers. Before 1900, Dee Coleman had a new home built for the family on Coleman Road on his property adjacent to the Liberty Cemetery land (two parcels), which he deeded in 1912 and 1947.
Family says Grandma Coleman had a particular habit. Every morning she would unlock her private cabinet, remove her bottle of whiskey, and then take a big drink before she started her day. Then she'd put it back and relock the cabinet, so Uncle Dee couldn't drink up her whiskey. This was her way of get'n rid of bad breath.
Mary remained a loving and generous woman to the end of her days. She died at home with her family attending at the age 85 years, 9 months and 13 days on May 20, 1908.
Biography by Connie Blackwell, a third great granddaughter of Mary Hutchison Grogan and Robert Spillsby Coleman.
Jonathan D. Grogan (1797 - 1877)
Robert Spillsby Coleman (1812 - 1872)
Elizabeth Caroline Coleman Fort (1848 - 1939)*
Jane Sharp Coleman Spain (1851 - 1916)*
Emily Rebecca Coleman Heathcott (1854 - 1879)*
Robert Poindexter Coleman (1857 - 1920)*
Dewitt Eugene Coleman (1859 - 1955)*
William Samuel Coleman (1861 - 1894)*
Mary Hutchison Grogan Coleman (1822 - 1908)
William C Grogan (1830 - 1914)*
Jonathan S Grogan (1833 - 1918)*
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Originally Created by: Larry Burwell
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