|Death: ||Oct. 4, 1896|
Cyrus Coleman left his home in Pennsylvania a "beardless boy" about 1859, and soon thereafter may have been mining in Volcano, California, where he shows up as an enumerated voter in 1860. By 1861, he owned 160 acres of land adjacent to and SW of the land claimed by Jacob Markley (which later became the town of Markleeville). He would have been only about 21 years old at the time.
Coleman's name was inextricably linked with both Markleeville and Alpine County thereafter (Alpine County was officially formed in 1864). He subdivided "Coleman Addition" to the town of Markleeville, and apparently profited by selling lots. He also was active in local mining affairs (becoming a founding trustee of the Dubuque Gold & Silver Mining Co. in nearby Monitor in 1863, for example). And he became the Recorder for the Alpine Mining District in 1864.
By 1867, Coleman had entered politics, becoming a member of the Union Central Committee. He also got a teaching certificate in 1868-69. He was elected a State Assemblyman in Sept, 1871, and served in the Assembly from 1871-72; 1880-81, 1889, and 1895, representing Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Inyo, and Mono Counties at various times. (See 1909 California Blue Book.)
He was referred to as "Superintendent Coleman" in 1874 and was a large shareholder in a local mine, suggesting he may have been a mining superintendent in that year; and he owned the Polaris group of mines in the Monitor area in 1894. He was listed in the 1886-7 Markleeville Directory as an "assayer." He also was a member of the local I.O.O.F. ("Odd Fellows") in Markleeville.
Coleman died at the age of 56 in Pleasant Valley (near Markleeville) in October, 1896. Records from his Estate are at the Alpine County Archives (Box 14, Files 790A & B). See also 1896 Coroner's Jury Report, Box 1986.01.50.01 (listing cause of death as heart attack).
*ALTHOUGH HE WAS ORIGINALLY BURIED IN ALPINE COUNTY (probably at the Markleeville Cemetery), COLEMAN'S BODY WAS SUBSEQUENTLY EXHUMED and sent to San Francisco to be cremated. HIS ASHES WERE THEN DEPOSITED IN THE FAMILY BURIAL PLOT IN BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA.* (likely the Berlin Fulmer IOOF Cemetery).
Created by: Karen D.
Record added: May 07, 2013
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Nancy J Johnson
Added: Sep. 28, 2014