|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1846|
GEORGE COLMAN (Tyler's list, GEORGE COLEMAN) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Died December 18, 1846. Taken sick enroute to Pueblo, he was left at the house of Mr. TURLEY, but attempted to follow on after the company. After traveling a short distance, he expired, and was afterwards found dead by the roadside not far distant. (‘Mormon Battalion,' Historical record, Vol. VIII, page 918)
George Colman/Coleman died on the U.S. Mormon Battalion march to Pueblo Colorado. He left no descendants and his parents are unknown and as such he is in danger of being forgotten. I believe his grandparents will be George Coleman & Elizabeth Prine, and his father could be either John or James. When he enlisted, Brigham Young promised that "Men and nations will hold you in honorable remembrance". He along with some 15 others gave their lives for church and country. He was married to Mary Reeves and is connected to this database through her later marriage to Judson Tolman. Refer to his history for more information.
Judson Tolman's second wife was Mary Reeves Coleman. They were married in 1852. Mary was the widow of George Coleman who had lost his life in the Mormon Battalion. Of Judson's and Mary's lives together we know nothing. No record of children has been found. There is a church record that the marriage was canceled on the 26th of January, 1857.
Joseph and one of his sea companions, George Coleman, decided to leave the sea and landed in Canada, on the eastern shores. They put their earnings and collections of many years in their seamen's chests, and were lowering then down to the waiting row boat to go to shore, when the new captain and one of his friends, angered and jealous over what had happened, dropped an iron bar through the bottom of the little boat, and it soon began to sink. So Joseph and his friend, George, stripped off their shoes and coats, and jumped over-board to try to save the chests, but were unsuccessful and were compelled to swim ashore with only what they had on, no clothes and no resources, except with an invincible will which knew not the meaning of defeat.
They joined the Army in Canada for a short time, then went down into New York a while, and later went down into New Jersey, and got work on a farm near Newark. These two restless seafaring men soon became acquainted with two sisters, named Ann Eliza and Mary Reeves, and in 1840 Joseph married Ann Eliza and George married Mary, and in 1842
The two couples joined the Mormon Church and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois.
After being driven out of Nauvoo, George Coleman volunteered to go as a member of the Mormon Batallion, leaving his wife and a young son, Moroni, to the care of his friend Joseph and her sister, Ann Eliza.
Coleman was among those unable to go farther than Santa Fe and was then sent back to Pueblo for the winter. On this hard return trip he gave out and was left to rest at the home of a Spaniard. A few days later when two men of his company returned for him the Spaniard told them that Coleman had died and he showed them what appeared to be a fresh grave where he and his men buried him. One of the hired men, however, said that Coleman had become nervous and had left in the night attempting to overtake him comrades. Just what was the fate of her husband, Mary never knew for she never heard from him again.
~~from the history of Joseph Godfrey~~
* Mormon Battalion members
Mary Revees Godfrey (1820 - 1883)
Moroni Coleman (1844 - 1924)*
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Jun 02, 2009
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